Archive for the ‘Bank Holidays’ Category

Making the most of the Bank Holiday weekend!

Monday, August 26th, 2013
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Today marks the final Bank Holiday before Christmas, which is a pretty good reason in my books to enjoy a long weekend. And, with weather forecasters predicting a return to the blazing temperatures of earlier in the year, there’s no excuse not to make the most the extra day off. You’ll find plenty of events organised up and down the country whether you’re on holiday or just looking for inspiration for a day out with the family. Meet Peter Rabbit at The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness-on-Windermere, visit TreeFest at Wiltshire’s Westonbirt Arboretum or take part in the Seaside Carnival in Llanelli. Or, if you’re after a relaxing day, simply lace up your walking boots and enjoy the breathtaking beauty on offer in the UK, breathe in lungfuls of fresh sea air along the South West Coastal Path or explore the rolling green hills of North Wales. The choice is yours!

Talland Bay, Cornwall

carousel on the beach

westonbirt arboretum

Fear not, we have a very dedicated team of holiday cottage advisors here at Sykes so if you’re wanting to plan a last minute break or make a booking for next summer, there’ll be one of our advisors waiting to take your call until 9.30pm tonight.

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Book Your Last Minute Bank Holiday Today!

Friday, August 16th, 2013
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No one likes to think about it, but sadly the summer is coming to and end. The nights have begun to cool and cravings for warming comfort food are setting in. Children in Scotland have already headed back to school for goodness sake, so there really is no getting away from it, summer 2013 is coming to a close.

late summer beach

There is still time to squeeze a last little bit of fun and sun out of the summer though with the final bank holiday of the season coming up from 24-26th of August. That means that starting today you can book a last minute break for the long weekend starting today for cottages with a Friday changeover day, and tomorrow for those with a Saturday changeover.

Booking a Last Minute Holiday

Never booked a last minute break before? There’s nothing to it. Just browse our selection of last minute holiday cottages, make your selection, and either call our friendly reservations team to secure the booking via our website. You’ll have to make the full payment at the time of booking, but once that is all settled you can start planning your end of summer getaway!

So what are you waiting for? Get browsing the cottages today for next weekend’s last minute getaway! The early bird catches the worm so the earlier you make the decision the greater selection of cottages you’ll have.

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Get Away For the May Day Bank Holiday!

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
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The first bank holiday of the summer season is nearly upon us and what better way to celebrate than getting away on a cottage holiday. You don’t need to jet off to Europe to have a great time, especially with a weather report for the UK as glorious as the one for this weekend. We still have a wonderful selection of holiday cottages available for the weekend, and with Last Minute Breaks being only 65% of the regular weekly rental rate for a minimum of three nights, you can grab a great deal!

Here are a selection of cottages that are still available to rent over the May Bank Holiday, but get in quickly because once they are gone, they are gone!

For more great cottages that are still available for the 2013 May bank holiday weekend follow the links and see what kinds of deals you will find.

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Book now for the Early May Bank Holiday Weekend!

Friday, April 19th, 2013
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With two long weekends coming up in May, there is no better excuse to book a weekend away! Bank Holidays are a fantastic time to take a break, without having to take too much time off work plus with summer weather on the way, taking a trip to a holiday cottage is a lovely way to spend the long weekend.

Take a break in the UK for the May Day Bank Holiday

Take a break in the UK for the May Day Bank Holiday

Choosing to holiday in the UK over the May Bank Holiday means that you can really make the most of the long weekend without having to waste your precious time off travelling to your destination or stuck in airports. When you book a holiday cottage in the UK you can be at your holiday home in no time, leaving more time for you to enjoy your May Bank Holiday weekend with your nearest and dearest.

Escape for a romantic break for the May Bank Holiday Weekend

Escape for a romantic break for the May Bank Holiday Weekend

Don’t spend your May Bank Holiday weekend painting, spring cleaning or slaving away doing DIY projects around the home; British Bank Holidays are there to be enjoyed! Traditionally, May Day is celebrated in towns and villages with fetes, fairs and festivals to mark the day all over the country, including events taking place in Padstow, Oxford and Hastings. In the capital city, many special events are taking place including a May Day procession from the London Docklands Museum on Monday 6th May.

Whether you want to take part in traditional May Day activities, like dancing round the Maypole and Morris dancing, or simply want to enjoy the extra time off work, with country walks, fresh air and the company of friends and family, renting a holiday cottage is a superb option. Plus with three night breaks over the Early May Bank Holiday weekend starting from £121, we are sure to have a holiday cottage to suit all tastes, budgets and holiday itineraries!

Searching for a holiday cottage during the month of May? Click here to view holiday cottages with availability during May 2013.

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Great bank holidays in 2013 with Sykes Cottages

Friday, August 17th, 2012
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Next year’s bank holidays may feel like a long way away, but now really is a great time to book a trip over a bank holiday weekend in 2013. Bank holidays and public holidays are extremely popular times of year to take a trip, so booking early is the best way to ensure that you get the holiday cottage that you want.

Plan ahead for a great bank holiday weekend

Many of the bank holidays fall into the school holidays meaning that New Year, Easter, May and Christmas are already some of the most popular times to take a holiday. Plan ahead to avoid disappointment and to ensure that you have the widest choice of holiday cottages.

Peak District

The bank holiday dates for 2013

So when are the bank holidays in 2013? Here is a list of dates for the 2013 bank and public holidays in England, Wales and Scotland. For more information about bank holidays and public holidays, visit the Directgov website.

Holiday Date Exceptions
New Years Day 1st January
2nd January 2nd January Scotland only
Good Friday 29th March
Easter Monday 1st April England and Wales only
Early May Bank Holiday 6th May
Spring Bank Holiday 27th May
Summer Bank Holiday 5th August Scotland only
Summer Bank Holiday 26th August England and Wales only
St Andrew’s Day 2nd December Scotland only
Christmas Day 25th December
Boxing Day 26th December


Make the most of long weekends

The extra day off work means that a bank holiday is a great time to have a weekend away. Make the most of a three day weekend and book a cottage for a short break for just three nights. After three relaxing days away you will feel like you have really made the most of the bank holiday! Or, if you fancy a full week away, taking annual leave to coincide with a bank holiday weekend means that you can have a week off and only use four days holiday. Great news!

Shropshire Union Canal

Don’t wait; book your bank holiday break today!

We are already taking bookings for 2013! If you want to find out more about booking a bank holiday break, give our offices a call and talk to one of our friendly holiday cottage advisors, or browse our website to view our cottages to rent for the next bank holiday.

We also have holiday cottages that are available for a break over the upcoming August bank holiday weekend. Why not book your perfect self-catering holiday today?

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