I love planning my holidays But this time I’ve been inspired by the rise of the staycation. Look around you – there are some amazing jewels tucked away on our little island and it rarely involves a long flight to get there!
We have stunning beaches and amazing coastlines but what we don’t have reliable weather. So I’ve been looking at city breaks not too far from home. So what better place to start my bucket list of places to visit in the UK, than the beautiful Cambridge. Steeped in history it has the voices of a thousand literary giants, innovators and pioneers coursing through its East Anglian veins.
Here are a few of the best things to do in Cambridge:
Punting - Cambridge is so well known for the boat race and take a trip to the city and you’ll see punting is hugely popular too. In fact it’s one of the staple student jobs. It’s a great way to see the stunning architecture of the colleges and their bridges.
Visit Trinity Great Court. Famous for the Great Court Run at Trinity College in under 43.6 seconds on the strike of noon on the day of the Matriculation Dinner as performed by Abraham in the movie Chariots of Fire. The is best done as part of a walking tour so you actually get to grips with all the history around it.
Have a pint of real ale in The Eagle pub. You can also read some of the comments on the ceiling in the back room, left by WWII pilots.
If you’re not a beer drinker then my next stop would be to have a glass of wine at the roof top bar at The Varsity Hotel.
Eat Crème Brûlée in a college dining hall. Supper surrounded by thousands of years of history and academia – I’d love it!
Watch a Footlights performance. It’s where the likes of Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson took their first steps into performing. I’d love to go along and watch some stars of the future.
There’s so much to do and once this lovely city is ticked off my list I want to venture further afield. There’s so much of this amazing country I’ve not seen and I think I have the bit between my teeth for a few more staycations.
Next on the bucket list would be Cornwall. I went once as a child for a week and it rained everyday. But I still remember St Ives beach stretching for miles with yellow sands. I also want to pay a visit to Rick Stein’s fish restaurant in Padstow – I love his shows!
I want to explore the old smuggler coves and go on an adventure in the tin mines – Arthur would love that. I’d finish with a few surfing lessons, I’m sure I’d be terrible but I’d love to give it ago.
My staycation would then take me up North, far into the heart of the Scottish Highlands, walking the Munros and watching the amazing wildlife. Maybe I’d hire a castle and spend my time imagining I was Lady of the manor. There’s so much to do in this amazing island of ours and I’ve only just scratched the surface. Maybe next year my bucket list would continue with the Cotswolds and some of the wonderful northern cities like Liverpool and York.
Looks like I won’t be hopping on that plane anytime soon!