Our best recommendations for your staycation in the UK

August 19, 2021

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Summer isn’t over yet, so we thought it was the perfect time to share some recommendations for cool places to visit or things to do in some of the cities where Bolt operates. We asked the Bolt community to help us in our quest and compiled the following list. 

London

Visit Kew Gardens 

With over 50,000 living plants, a 5-acres lake, and its renowned Japanese gardens, Kew Gardens is an excellent getaway for a day. Isn’t it the perfect time to enjoy nature and escape the city? 

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AE

Enjoy Fulham Beach 

Yes, you read it correctly – there is a beach in the middle of London or kinda… So if you miss the feeling of walking barefoot in the sand and are looking for a relaxing and entertaining afternoon, Fulham Beach is your place. With day-beds, beach huts, two pop-up restaurants, live Dj’s, weekly events and games, there is no way you won’t like it. 

Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TY

Spend the afternoon at the Tate Modern Museum

If the weather is not compliant with your summer programme, plan B is always in London. Take a chance to look at the latest exhibitions at the Tate Modern Museum. Did you know that most museums in London are free? An additional reason to try it out! 

Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Birmingham 

Enjoy a delicious brunch 

Who doesn’t like a tasty brunch? This is the perfect occasion to reconnect with your loved ones while enjoying delicious food. We asked the Bolt community to share their best recommendations, and here are the top 3 of the best places in Birmingham for an unforgettable brunch: 

  • Ladana: 388 Stratford Rd, Birmingham B11 4AB
  • The Botanist: House 14, Cheltenham, 16 Temple St, Birmingham B2 5BG
  • Yorks Cafe: 29/30 Stephenson Street, Birmingham, B2 4BH

Have a stroll around Birmingham Botanical Garden  

Don’t miss Birmingham favourite’s garden and its fifteen acres of gardens, glasshouses and exotic birds. August is a great time to visit the Botanical garden, with a variety of flowers only available at this time of the year. Have a look at their seasonal walk guide offering suggested routes to admire the “Plant of the month” and make your whole experience even greater. 

Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3TR

Fun night at Birdies Bar

Based in the vibrant neighbourhood of Digbeth, Birdies Bar is bringing the beach to Birmingham. Enjoy live music or their popular Quiz Nights for an unforgettable evening. Of course, it’s without saying that you have to experience their finest cocktails, beers and street food. 

The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Digbeth, Birmingham B9 4AA

Newcastle 

Cycle along the River Tyne 

It is no secret that Newcastle is known for its famous bridges. This is the perfect time to cycle along the River Tyne to get the best view. You can hire a cycle and ride around the area at The Cycle Hub. Enjoy a well-deserved break after a ride at their cafe’s place. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, find here 20 popular cycle routes in the city. 

The Cycle Hub, Quayside, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 1BU

Sunday Quayside Market 

Located in the Quayside’s area along the banks of the River Tyne, the market has existed since 1736 and has become a not-to-be-missed event through the years. Taking place every Sunday from 9.30 am to 4 pm, the chances are high that you will find something exciting thanks to a variety of stalls. From quality local crafts to fashion, jewellery, and of course food and sweets, there is something for all tastes and budgets. 

Newcastle Quayside, Swing Bridge to Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear, NE1 3DE

Hang out at the Biscuit Factory 

Visit the Biscuit Factory, the UK’s largest independent contemporary art, craft and design gallery. With over 200 artists every season displayed over two floors, a cafe and a rooftop terrace, this is a great place for a cheering afternoon. The factory is open Wednesday to Sunday and entrance is free. 

The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddart Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1AN

Leicester

Gorse Hill City farm 

Spending the day at the farm is always a good idea! Get to know Gorse Hill City Farm, created in 1985 by a group of 30 residents. With more than 100 animals, a cafe, and many grounds to cover, this is an easy escape for the day. 

Gorse Hill City Farm, Anstey Lane, Leicester, LE4 0FJ

Leicester Market 

A must-see in the city is the 700 years old Leicester market. Located in the city centre, you won’t miss its 100 stalls and Food Hall. Open six days a week, Monday to Saturday, from 8 am to 5 pm, the square also hosts various smaller markets and activities. Have a look at their website to see the latest updates. 

2 – 4 Market Place South, Leicester LE1 5HB

National Space Centre 

If you are in Leicester, you can’t miss the National Space centre – the UK’s largest planetarium. Experience their six interactive galleries but also the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower. Have a look at their event calendar, as the centre is also often hosting a variety of side events throughout the year. 

Exploration Dr, Leicester LE4 5NS

You now have a couple of options to have some fun or relaxing time. Need a ride to get there? Get a Bolt! To download the Bolt app, just click here

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