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Stress-Free Day Trips In The UK

19/02/19

Need a break from the hustle and bustle of your city? There are still a few days left of half term, so take your mind off the ongoing pressures of being a teacher and take some of these amazing UK day trips that are just a short journey away from London. 

Henley-On-Thames

With a journey under an hour by either public transport or a car, Henley-On-Thames is the perfect destination for those looking for a crowd-free, aesthetically pleasing small British town. Located very near to the banks of the Thames river, the main street is lined with small gift stores and a range of cafes and places to eat. My favourite has to be the Coppa Club serving fabulous food in an extremely well styled, cosy environment. I would recommend the brunch selection and cocktails! Ensure you make a booking as it does get busy over the weekend. After you have eaten had for a walk down to the river. The stunning houses line the banks of the Thames and the best place for lovely photos.

Pennybridge Farm

Nothing makes you feel happier than the smile of an alpaca. I know this for sure following my recent visit to one of the first alpaca herds in the UK. Leave your worries at home and walk one of Pennybridge Farm’s furry friends. Based in North Hampshire near the Surrey/Berkshire Borders, the staff provide an informative and entertaining afternoon or morning of fun. At the moment the experience can be found on Groupon for half of the cost.

Costwolds

The Cotswolds runs through five counties (Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire). If you are looking to visit for just one day, I suggest visiting Bourton-On-The-Water and Bilbury. These are two of the cutest English villages of honey-coloured stone country houses I have seen. Of course if you are in need of some R and R and want to stay for a few days, there are many hotels and bed & breakfasts in all of the towns. Bilbury has what would be the most famous street of cottages in the Cotswolds and you will find these images on most of the tourism merchandise. As it is quite a tourist spot, I would suggest arriving early to avoid the crowds. You won’t need to spend more than an hour or so here, unless you want to walk the trails, so I advise driving to Burton-On-The-Water for your lunch.



Once you are there, you will find many options for lunch. We chose to have afternoon tea at Smiths of Bourton Tea Room which was lovely. Highly recommend! Finish the day off by explore the town and having a drink at one of the pubs along the river towpath.

Recent Comments
Did you also visit the model village in Bourton on the Water? It is a scale model of the actual village of Bourton on the Water, and as such it contains another small model village within it, absolutely delightful! Thank you for your informative recommendations, I wish we lived close enough to take advantage of your advice for day trips. Perhaps you could add some additional recommendations for days out “up north” when you next visit us.
Linda Jarvis, 19 February 2019
Thank you for the suggestion Linda. We will definitely put a travel blog together with some Northern hidden gems :)
Zuza - Protocol Education, 20 February 2019
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