28 Aug

Written by Kristin on August 28, 2013


If you’re like me, you start the summer with the best intents of planning a holiday … but then the days fly by, expenses add up and suddenly it’s nearly September. If time and money are short and you think your chances of going on holiday this summer are over, why not consider taking a trip close to home? There are loads of late deals out there right now and remember, autumn doesn’t officially start until 21 September!

Cottage in the country

Late deals abound when it comes to renting a holiday home, and you can choose the best accommodation for your family’s needs, whether it’s dog-friendly, plenty of outdoor space or a large kitchen. Cash in on summer savings up to £290 off on properties at Cottages4you; you could stay for a week in September at a stone-built Edwardian mansion near Selkirk from £427 or a gorgeous converted barn in Somerset from £316. Whilst you’re there, enjoy country rambles, gardens, wildlife and other outdoor pursuits.

Theme park adventure

If you’ve got kids, heading to Legoland Windsor is a fun and easy short break. The park is geared toward children 12 and under, with more than 55 rides, entertaining shows and workshops. The new Duplo Valley Splash and Play area is now open this year, so take advantage of those last warm days! Save big by checking out Legoland Holidays: get free kids places on September and October trips, as well as your second night free!

London love

Whilst the capital might be one of the most expensive cities in the world, there also are loads of free museums, parks and other things to do … and plenty of resources to find discounts on everything else! Save on pricey entrance fees and grab a three or six-day London Pass during their summer sale for 10% off; you’ll get free attraction to 60-plus attractions. If you’re keen on seeing a show, use our code at Theatre Tickets Direct to save even more off their already discounted theatre tickets. Finally, stay four nights at an Apex Hotel in London and save 30% off, plus use our code for two free Travelcards if you stay at the City of London property.

Beach time in Brighton

Free and low-cost activities abound in Brighton, so why not soak up sun on the beach, visit the Royal Pavillion, or walk along the Brighton pier? Do some window shopping or sit outside at a café and enjoy the sea views! Stay at a Travelodge hotel from £59 a night and you won’t have to pay an arm and a leg for your accommodation. And, if you book your train tickets via thetrainline.com you can save about 43% on your travel.

All-inclusive adult fun

If you want to get away on an adults-only holiday for less, check out Warner Leisure Hotels. September breaks start from £138 per person and pricing includes your hotel room, full English or continental breakfasts, three-course evening meals, activities, evening entertainment and dancing. Destinations range from Wales to Somerset to the Isle of Wight, and your stay can be super active or as relaxing as you want. Whether you want to take walks; play tennis, archery or fencing; enjoy games or quizzes; or just sit in the grass with a book, there’s something for everyone.

Where’s your favourite place to take a short break? Let me know on Twitter at @KrisShopScoop

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