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If you haven’t booked a summer holiday this year, it doesn’t mean you can’t still do holiday things. Holidays aren’t just about getting a tan: there’s also eating new things, seeing new sights and trying a new skill. We’ve put together a few things for you to try in the last few weekends of the Great British Summer.

Go Seal Spotting on Lundy Island
This trip to Devon has the best of so many worlds - good healthy outdoor exploring with great food, wildlife spotting and a boat ride. If the weather permits, take the South West Coast Path on its trail past hidden beaches and through quiet hamlets. If it's raining, embrace the weather and catch the boat to Lundy Island to get some great photos of the puffins, seals and, if you’re lucky, some sharks too. (

See the Other Side of Brighton
Nicknamed London-on-Sea for half of the last century, Brighton has a reputation as being over-crowded because of the easy access from the capital. But these days, if Londoners want a weekend away, they head to Stansted. Brighton has much more to offer than just the seafront. Shop in The Lanes for silver, antique jewellery and all that glitters, and make your way to the North Laines ( for a few more affordable trinkets. But most importantly, book into one of the many bed-and-breakfasts the town has to offer. That will mean that you can enjoy a glass of champagne before catching the curtain at the Theatre Royal.

See Edinburgh from a New Angle.
After the madness of the festival fringe calms down (ending August 31st), Edinburgh breathes out, prices drop and the streets seem to get wider. It’s a perfect time for joining a rooftop tour of the Magnificent St Giles’ Cathedral, which offers sweeping views over the Scottish capital. If you’re in the mood for a tour with more bite, pick up one of the movie tours maps ( and get to know the locations where Trainspotter was filmed.

Catch Some Waves in Snowdonia
Somewhat north of Cornwall, surfers are flocking to catch the waves on the newly created Surf Snowdonia ( The man-made inland fresh-water lagoon is brand new this year and offers beginners and enthusiasts alike the chance to catch an artificial wave right in the middle of the Conwy Valley. After burning off a few calories, head into Llanrwrst or Betwys-y-coed for a traditional slice of spicy Welsh Bara Brith cake.

There’s still so much summer to take advantage of, and after the schools start back, maybe we’ll even see some more sunshine.

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