What springs to mind when you imagine a weekend away in Blighty? Go on, you can be honest. Squabbling over Scrabble in a mildewy old caravan? A perpetually damp anorak? Shudder.
Imagine, instead, if you will, the buttery softness of a fresh scone with a tang of raspberry jam. The first bite of winter in the air as you crunch through rustling woods. Catching your breath at the highest turret of a medieval castle that bristles with history.
Reinvent the Great British Weekend Away with Corus Hotels.
There is so much to see and do in our own backyard. Embrace unpredictability. Pack an anorak, and your Big Coat too, just in case. Enjoy the best of both worlds; see the sights like a bright-eyed tourist, yet place a successful order for coffee without getting into a red-faced flap and having to get the phrasebook out.
More and more people are making the decision to forgo the expense of long-haul flights in favour of an adventure closer to home. Bearing this in mind, we at Corus Hotels have put together a few nifty ideas to inspire your next Great British Weekend Away:
A Whole New Wold
Pack your walking boots and open your eyes to the Great British landscape! Experience the chalky Yorkshire Wolds, where your breath will be whisked away and your cheeks will bloom rosy red (maybe best to pack a scarf and hat too!). Warm up with an indulgent spa experience and enjoy sightseeing in the surrounding historic towns, where you'll find a wealth of exciting activities.
Where to stay: The Old Golf House Hotel, Huddersfield
A Piece of History
While we’re in Yorkshire, we’ve got to mention the newly refurbished Piece Hall in Halifax – culture vultures, this one’s for you. The Grade I listed Georgian building has recently undergone a 1.9m refurbishment and is bursting at the seams with glorious handpicked independent shops, cafes, a gallery, and fascinating heritage spaces. Built in 1779, it was used for trading pieces of cloth (aha!), and it’s now reopened to the public and free to enter.
Where to stay: The Imperial Crown Hotel, Halifax
A Knight’s Tale
If it’s adventure and various forms of child-entertainment you seek, look no further than the walls of Warwick Castle. Here, you can explore the depths of the scary dungeons, catch shows with beautiful birds of prey or live jousting (don’t try this at home), and dress up like a medieval knight, complete with chainmail and a sword to pose for a picture with. Sadly, you have to give these back, but fear not, for ye olde gift shoppe welcomes all and stocks plastic swords.
Where to stay: The Chace Hotel, Coventry or The Regency Hotel, Solihull
Country to Coast
A British weekend away wouldn't be complete without a portion of hot, vinegary fish and chips eaten straight out of the paper with a tiny fork. Wrap up warm and flock to the seaside, where the sandy beaches of Cleethorpes and romantic strolls across the Lincolnshire Wolds await. The historic fishing port of Grimsby is the perfect spot for a maritime adventure - and some of those famous fish and chips!
Where to stay: The St James Hotel, Grimsby
Could there be anything more festive than cradling a mug of spiced mulled wine in your gloves as you admire the twinkling lights of the Manchester Christmas Markets? The world-famous markets will be trading from 10th November until 20th December 2017, bringing joy, Yuletide offerings, and an abundance of seasonal treats to the buzzing streets of Manchester.
Where to stay: The Hillcrest Hotel, Widnes
What better place to be a British tourist than in our very own London town? Shun the shops, avoid the Eye, and go on your own adventure. Explore a borough you’ve never been to before, discover a new favourite café, buy the most exciting street food you can find and have a picnic with coats on. Winter in the city wouldn’t be complete without a mulled wine and a bag of bright candyfloss at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park! Visit from Friday 17th November 2017.
Where to stay: Corus Hyde Park Hotel, London
We could go on. We really could. There are endless fantastic, imaginative and unusual activities to experience right here at home, and this list is just to get you started! Get out there and see more, do more, and enjoy more, and don’t forget to pack the Wine Gums for the car journey. And your big coat.
From Hyde Park in London to Solihull in the West Midlands and Burnham Beeches in the rolling Buckinghamshire countryside, our 8 perfectly placed Corus Hotels are the ideal choice for any weekend trip. Settle in and be our guest.
Now is the perfect time to book your Great British Weekend Away with Corus Hotels, as we're delighted to offer 15% off in all of our hotels to celebrate the launch of our new website. This amazing offer is available for a limited time only - book now!
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