Post-summer travel escapes

Experiencing post-summer blues? 50connect brings you a guide to the best end of season travel escapes that will leave you refueled and refreshed.
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Stuck in the post-summer slump? Late September is the perfect time to get away and recharge your batteries. As schools open their gates for a new term, peak holiday season closes and prices fall – meaning there are some fantastic autumn escapes to indulge your need of a well-deserved break.

Get back to nature with a log cabin in the woods, explore the best of Britain’s coastline with breathtaking sea views or recharge your batteries with a burst of culture; this roundup of escapes and breaks has everything you need to refuel and relax.

Forest Holidays

Forest Holidays offers guests the chance to enjoy a peaceful getaway surrounded by British forests. With nine locations around the UK, of which all are on the Forestry Commission Estate, Forest Holidays is the perfect escape for those looking for weekend and midweek getaways in a tranquil setting. Forest Holidays also has dedicated pet-friendly cabins for those with a beloved pooch.

Prices start at £445 for 3 nights. To see all nine locations Forest Hotels are offering, visit their website

Wooden veranda with great outside space

Wooden veranda with great outside space


Trevigue farmhouse B&B and holiday cottage in Cornwall has been lovingly designed to provide the most relaxing and care-free holiday you could wish for. The luxurious B&B and the coastal holiday cottage are an easy five-minute stroll to the dramatic South West Way coastal path, which also leads down to staggeringly magnificent ‘Strangles Beach’. Numerous surfing beaches are close by such as Crackington Haven, Widemouth Bay, Summerleaze and Crooklets at Bude (not forgetting the Victorian sea pool), Trebarwith and Polzeath to name a few. Once you have arrived at the Trevigue guest house or self-catered holiday accommodation it is an ideal base for travelling further afield to visit the incredible landscape of the Eden project, the mysterious lost Gardens of Heligan or the Minack Theatre on the West coast.

For more information about Trevigue, visit

Nottingham Town Hall

Nottingham Town Hall

Warner Leisure Hotels

Warner Leisure Hotels offer adults-only getaways at luxury locations all over the UK. This includes coastal, seaside resorts as well as country house getaways such as Thoresby Hall, Nottinghamshire.

Their locations offer a wide range of gourmet food options and fun activities, which span across anything from archery to dance lessons and even luxurious spa treatments – all in child-free, scenic locations. They also offer onsite entertainment every evening.

For the latest deals and a full list of destination visit

Swansea bay

Swansea bay

Visit Swansea Bay

Just a short drive from Swansea, the Gower Peninsula is more than just a pretty face. It was designated as the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty back in 1956, and we’re glad to say it hasn’t changed much since!

Gower is home to Rhossili Bay, Wales’ best beach and Britain’s fourth best beach, as voted for by Trip Advisor users in the 2016 Travellers Choice Awards. The Independent has previously labelled this the ‘supermodel’ of British beaches. The area also boasts the Gower Peninsula, which was named the UK’s first area of Outstanding Natural Beauty back in 1956. It is its 60th anniversary this year so no better time to visit the area.

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Swansea Marina, Wales

Boats and yachts moored in Swansea’s Marina, South Wales

Riviera travel

While many people dream of spending weeks relaxing in the sun, sometimes you just can’t beat a short break away to recharge your batteries in culture rich cities such as Bruges and Krakow. The team at Riviera Travel has a huge amount of experience when it comes to crafting superb short city breaks, so why not make 2016 a year of exploration?

Unwind with a relaxing few days on their escorted tour to Bruges – with its picturesque canals and medieval charm. Its beauty and tranquility are outstanding, the most perfectly preserved medieval town in Europe and its atmosphere is totally unique. Or enjoy an escorted city break to undiscovered Krakow – Poland’s architectural gem. Ranking with Prague and Vienna as one of the real architectural gems of central Europe and having its historic centre a UNESCO world heritage site makes Krakow without doubt one of the most beautiful cities.

Browse all Riviera Travel short break destinations here

Vernazza at sunset, Cinque Terre National Park, Ligurian Riviera, Italy

Vernazza at sunset, Ligurian Riviera, Italy

Rail Discoveries

Rail Discoveries offer a stunning tour, the 9-day The Italian Riviera. This is a fantastic holiday on the enchanting Italian Riviera, where fabulous towns and villages overlook the Mediterranean in a region of breathtaking natural beauty. As part of the tour you will receive a rail excursion to the Cinque Terre and a cruise to Portofino; the tour also includes:

  • Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Meet in St Pancras at Rail Discoveries’ dedicated Departure Office
  • Return rail travel
  • 8 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • 8 dinners, with wine in Chiavari
  • Excursion by rail to the Cinque Terre with a local guide
  • Cruise to Portofino and San Fruttuoso
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Genoa with a local guide

With late departures available across Sept-Oct 2016, prices start from £1145pp find out more at

All prices correct at time of publication.

Last modified: June 10, 2021

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