August is officially here and to help you make the most of the summer, here's a pick of some beautiful locations in the South West of England to visit and enjoy!
Known as the 'Pearl of Dorset' and situated on the Jurassic Coast, Lyme Regis is a picturesque seaside town with a traditional arcade, a cobbled pier and harbour scattered with colourful fishing boats. Lyme Regis has been featured in the newspapers on many occasions, with daring tourists taking photographs in stormy weather, in an attempt, to capture gigantic waves crashing against the pier. Any visiting paleontologists will not be disappointed, since millions of years of fossils are buried in the beach. Take the opportunity to visit Dinosaurland, a fossil museum located in a Grade 1 listed building in the town, and which displays a collection of more than 9000 specimens found by owner and paleontologist, Steve Davies. Venture up Broad Street hill and you'll discover plenty of artisan cafes, antique and gift shops. Sit outside overlooking the coastline, enjoy a portion of vinegar drenched chips with golden battered cod and breath in the fresh sea air, just watch out for the seagulls!
The Bristol International Ballon Fiesta returns to Aston Court Estate on the 9th August till the 12th August and welcomes 150 Hot Air Balloons from around the world. By day there's plenty of arts and trade stalls to visit, fairground rides and musical entertainment and by night, view a spectacular nightglow and firework finale. Entry is free, so what are you waiting for? Enjoy a fun filled day with friends and family watching magnificent balloons float up, up, up and away... adventure is out there!
Cornwall - Glendurgan Gardens
Situated near the Helford River, Glendugan, is a beautiful sub-tropical garden filled with an array of exotic and botanical plants and flowers. Find yourself lost whilst weaving through the grand maze, planted by Sarah and Alfred Cox in 1833 as a form of entertainment for their twelve children. It's truly a spectacular sight to behold when viewed from above. This 185 year old intricate maze is currently undergoing a four year restoration project to return it to it's original luscious state. Venture further through the gardens and you'll discover Durgan, a scenic fishing village with a sandy beach and populated with an assortment of cottages, decorated with bunting and fishing boats bobbing up and down on the sparkling, turquoise water.
Home to Beyond Bespoke, Sherborne is a small, idyllic town surrounded by gold rolling hills and vast green spaces, deep in the Dorset countryside. The buildings of the town date back to the 17th century and Tudor architecture and archways still remain in Cheap Street today. Take a stroll through Capability Brown's immaculate landscape gardens by the lake at Sherborne Castle, built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and now reflects over 400 years of English history. Raleigh's 12 century 'old' castle lies in ruins nearby, after withstanding two civil war sieges. There's plenty of independent coffee shops, interior design stores, antique and book shops to browse in. Every street is lined with pastel coloured cottages, decorated with fragrant climbing roses and complete with small doors that are painted in vibrant shades. Sherborne Abbey is illuminated at night and offers the perfect view, whilst you enjoy delicious home cooked food and a drink at one of the many pubs opposite to finish your day.
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