Don’t get caught out with holidays left to take when the New Year arrives! A recent study suggested that only approximately 40% of UK employees take their full holiday entitlement, with a UK average of only around 60% of holidays taken.
Don’t let your holidays get away. We’ve created a little inspiration for using your holidays before the Christmas period. All locations are perfect for long weekend breaks, plus 3 night and 4 day stays.
Wherever you are in the UK there’s a perfect place to use up your holiday allowance. We have holiday homes on the coast and inland, in city or rural locations, for short stays and long breaks. Here are a few perfect places for using up your remaining holiday allowance.
Go wild with long weekend breaks in Wales
Snowdonia National Park looks wonderful in winter. Enjoy the best (and briefest!) view by taking a trip on the fastest zip line in the world. Zip World not only offers that pulse-pounding attraction, but you can also bounce below the surface at the brilliant underground net adventure and more.
Calm yourself with a walk in the hills or return to your Welsh cottage for unrivalled rest and relaxation. Enhance your stay with a hot tub holiday, home cinema or more. There are few better ways to welcome winter and use up your remaining holiday allowance.
Visit spa towns for rest and relaxation
Whether its natural waters, warm baths, gorgeous architecture or just an enticing ambience, the UK’s spa towns are perfect places to use up your holiday allowance and enjoy some pre-Christmas rest and relaxation.
Visit Bath where you can relax in Britain’s only naturally warm minerally rich waters (and relax in an open-air pool). The city’s Christmas market is also one of the best ways to see in the festive season. If you’d rather head north then Harrogate in Yorkshire is equally well-equipped to entertain – with no shortage of surrounding beauty in the Yorkshire Dales too.
Head to Somerset for starling spotting
Why not use up your holiday allowance watching one of nature’s most wonderful winter sights? Starling murmurations offer a breath-taking seasonal spectacle, and there are few better backdrops than the Somerset Levels and Moors.
See hundreds of thousands of sweeping starlings on a winter walk before getting back to your accommodation and enjoying plenty of perfect rest and relaxation. You won’t regret using your remaining holiday allowance seeing this stunning spectacle!
Long weekend breaks in York for shopping, skating and more
The city of York is great at any time of the year, but in autumn and winter it really does shine! The narrow streets of the Shambles are wonderful as winter sets in, and the centre offers an enticing mix of the traditional and the contemporary.
Find the north’s largest skating rink at the Ice Factor (from late November). You can also walk the historic walls under the winter sun. Visit the stunning Minster and enjoy the comfort of some seriously stunning cottages in and around the city too!
Get cosy with long weekend breaks in the Cotswolds
A cosy cottage in the Cotswolds is the ultimate winter idyll. Live out your fantasies of being in The Holiday, get cosy by an open fire and explore the winter markets in the gorgeous honey-coloured market towns.
An inland location makes the Cotswolds an easily accessible delight. Perfect for long and short breaks, there are few better places to use up your holiday allowance.
Enjoy reindeer games in Scotland
How do you get ready for Xmas? Maybe you visit an Xmas market, enjoy mulled wine by the fire or listen to Bing Crosby while you throw up the decorations. But head to the Cairngorms and you can visit the UK’s only herd of wild reindeer.
The mountain backdrop is the perfect setting for a scenic stroll. With around 150 free-roaming reindeer, there’s plenty of opportunities for festive widlife spotting too. You can also enjoy themed festive weekends in December. How festive is that?
Long weekend breaks in Sussex for winter sun
The wait for spring can be a long one, so grab some low season sun in West Sussex. Known as the UK’s sunniest place, you’re more likely to stumble upon sunshine here than anywhere else.
Visit the coast, open houses and the stunning Arundel Castle or enjoy some of the UK’s best walks and scenery. You can also head east to Brighton for some seaside fun. With hundreds of holiday cottages in Sussex available, you could choose to spend your remaining holiday allowance indoors, relaxing and enjoying swimming pools, sea views and more.