We all deserve a break from the hustle and bustle every now and then, but we can’t always afford to jet off to Ibiza or the south of France.
But who’s to say we can’t keep it within these waters? We say pack up your things and head on your merry way. It only takes a couple of hours to reach the fresh air…
1. Stroll along the beach in Brighton
Although often dubbed ‘London-on-Sea’, Brighton is a welcome contrast from the capital. It’s only about an hour away by train, and there’s the seaside (which always means great fish and chips), the famous pier, and beautiful buildings that will transport you to even further away lands…
2. Talk politics with Hugh Grant at Byline Festival
Byline Festival in East Sussex is for anyone and everyone who thinks Trump is a toupéd f*ck nugget (not our words), or who generally has something to say about life, society and politics. Join big names like John Cleese, Lenny Henry and Hugh Grant, as well as more than 60 music acts, spoken word and immersive theatre shows. Learn how to riot, how to be hilarious, and how to get your voice heard. Hosted in the beautiful Pippingford Park in Sussex, it’ll be a fantastic way to spend a (hopefully sunny) weekend in June and to stick two fingers up at, well… quite a lot of things actually.
3. Punt along the river in Cambridge
Come rain or come shine, if you go to Cambridge it’s generally recommended that you go punting down the River Cam. It’s one of those “when in Rome” things. But there’s plenty else to do, too. Wander about, hire a bike, admire the beauty of the cobbled streets and the lovely green parks. There’s also tonnes of history, and plenty of classic English pubs (including the Eagle, which—fun fact—was once frequented by the blokes who discovered DNA).
4. Admire the stunning countryside scenery in The Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is a great place to visit if you’re after a quintessentially British countryside scene and a bit of a ramble. Everywhere you look is absolutely beautiful, particularly cutesy villages such as Castle Combe. Hop on a train from Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh and you’ll feel the stress of London life rise off your shoulders as you step into the fresh countryside air.
5. Enjoy a stunning coastal walk in Eastbourne
Get yourself to Victoria, jump on a train to Eastbourne, and venture out to Beachy Head. Take a stroll along the chalky cliffs and admire the stunning views of the lighthouse and out across the sea. You might recognise the setting from a few films, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or James Bond. The area is surrounded by some amazing coastal walks, and some proper olde English pubs. Oh and *apparently* it’s the sunniest place in the UK, so we’re sold.