Here comes the sun…

That great writer, Henry James, said he thought the two most beautiful words in the English language were ‘summer afternoon’. We’ll most certainly go along with that.

They evoke so much. A riverside picnic. A warm breeze. A shady, woodland walk. A sun at its hottest. A long-promised dip in the sea. A tea on the lawn. A snooze in a hammock.

Summer is also the time to explore or rediscover England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It’s time to visit those places we’ve boasted about to foreign visitors but not seen ourselves. How about Stonehenge, Leeds Castle, the colleges of Oxford and the Yorkshire Dales? This also goes for Edinburgh Castle and the Highlands, Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons and Ireland’s Ring of Kerry.

It’s so easy to find first-rate places to stay and enjoy the British and Irish way of Spring time life. Use our brochure of bed and breakfast accommodation – The Little Green Book – and websites for B&B homes and  for self-catering.

Welsh Coastal Path


In Wales, it’s the Year of the Sea – a celebration of an amazing coastline with its hundreds of beaches, harbours, inlets and islands. Dip in and out of the 870-mile Wales Coast Path for adventure, relaxation and new experiences on and off the water. But don’t forget the stunning mountains and lakes.



Ballindalloch Castle



In Scotland, it’s the Year of Young People, giving them the opportunity to show off the best of their heritage. Follow it on the Victorian Heritage Trail in the Dee and Don valleys, the Castle Trail through Aberdeenshire and the Highland Castle Trail. Then travel through Scotland and through time on the Scottish Pilgrim Journeys.



St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin


Ireland is St Patrick – and the Saint Patrick’s Country Trail is a great way to see the island of Ireland. His fascinating journey from slave to saint takes you from soaring cathedrals, to remote monastic ruins and magnificent landscapes from north to south, east to west.



Lake District


England’s national parks are its true national treasures. Wild moors, towering peaks, ancient woodland and watery wonderlands. There are wildlife safaris on The Broads, painting lessons in the Yorkshire Dales, climbs in the Lake District and strolls on Exmoor and the other 6 parks in England. And Windsor has now calmed down after THE wedding.…and just as beautiful!


It is also a great time for walking the lanes, woods, moors and heaths. There are walking festivals planned for all parts this year. The Ramblers will help you out and about.  While you’re in the countryside, get even closer to it by visiting our stunning nature reserves and woodlands. See The Wildlife Trust,  RSPB and The Woodland Trust.

Some more ideas…


2nd – 3rd Rochester’s Dickens Festival

8th – 10th – Keswick Mountain Festival

10th – Maldon Mud Race

16th – July 15th – Chichester Festival

21st – 24th – Royal Highland Show

21st – 24th – Upton Jazz Festival

22nd – 24th – Sea Sessions Music Festival, Donegal

30th – July 1st – Stratford upon Avon River Festival



7th – 8th – Cotswold Show, Cirencester

8th – Pontefract Liquorice Festival

8th – Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival, Aberaeron

11th – 14th – The Tall Ships Races, Sunderland

13th – 15th – Royal Cork Literary Festival

14th – Loch Lomond Highland Games

14th – 15th – Dorset Seafood Festival, Weymouth Harbour



3rd – 4th – Macclesfield Sheep Dog Trials

9th – 12th – Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

10th – 12th – Chilli Fiesta, West Dean Gardens, Chichester

18th – 19th – Isle of Wight Garlic Festival

24th – 26th – Strathaven Balloon Festival, Lanarkshire

25th – The Great Scottish Swim, Loch Lomond

31st – Blackpool Illuminations switch on

 …and even more in our Days Out Diary.

See details on how to receive our brochure, The Little Green Book

Sue Opperman

Bed and Breakfast Nationwide

PO Box 10894



CO13 3AN


Tel: +44 (0) 1255 672377