It's that time of year where we're all searching the Internet in search of a little taste of freedom, pining for fleeting moments from reality and trying to pin down the ideal weekend break for a reasonable cost.

These top UK weekend breaks are sure to satisfy your craving; you'll be feeling that sunshiny breeze and getting your fix of great British culture in no time at all!

History in Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire: Is there anywhere else that feels as magical as this place?

Engulfed in history, craggy cliffs and pirate parables hidden behind the nook and cranny of every quaint cottage, Robin Hoods Bay, located just 5 miles south of Whitby, is the perfect retreat for friends and family alike. With a long reigning background of smuggling, the town is ablaze with tiny little coves and mazes of streets.

Completely lose yourself within the walls of enchanting architecture or charming pubs and shops or find something totally new to do during your weekend break at Robin Hoods Bay – go fishing, rambling, explore famous film settings, sample some of Britain's best fish and chips – the list is endless. A picturesque weekend, immersed in colour and culture. Make sure you visit for information regarding cottage rentals and things to do.

Robin Hood's Bay by Matthew Hartley (CC-BY-2.0)

By Matthew Hartley (CC-BY-2.0)

Adventure in Liverpool, Merseyside: Many exciting attractions surround one of the UK's biggest, most vibrant cultural hot-spots. Being situated close to the coast in the North West of England means that there's a refreshing sea breeze or country landscape just a stone's throw away from the buzzing commotion of the city centre. Approximately 25 minutes away from the centre of Liverpool lies Knowsley Safari Park – one of Merseyside's greatest attractions. Ceaseless activities and endless fun await you here – the safari experience provides a whole host of quirky wildlife than you could never tire of. Start planning your trip now so you can fit absolutely everything into this jam-packed adventure!

Knowsley Safari Park

Relaxation in St Ives, Cornwall: If it's a quick-fix vacation you're looking for; make a trip to this beautiful coastal haven. Choose from an abundance of charming accommodation types – high-end hotels, holiday cottages, apartments, or camping and glamping sites. Experience breath-taking seaside views; bask in the warmth of a glistening sunshine with a glass of wine in hand, sampling local sea-food delights. The mild sub-tropical climate of St. Ives gives it that 'South of France feel' to it, making you never want to leave its soft, sandy bay. Bustling with artistic heritage and bohemian-inspired shops and bars, this little treasure trove will be sure to captivate and enchant all of its visitors.

Porthminster Beach St Ives by John Stratford (CC-BY-2.0)

By John Stratford (CC-BY-2.0)

Energise in the Windermere, Lake District: The Lake District is renowned for its stunning, folding green fields and spectacular mountain-top views. A weekend trip to the Lakes will never disappoint if you're the lively kind who loves to stay active! Out and about near Windermere, England's largest lake, one will find an array of things to do! Water skiing, walking, hiking and cycling are amongst the most popular activities for regular Lake District tourists. If it's clear skies and sunny weather, you can pack up a picnic, hire some fishing rods and rent out a boat on Lake Windermere for the day! Sound like fun? Check out the Lake District's page for more info and to plan the perfect, action-packed weekend break!

Lake Windermere (PD)

Cosy up in Pembrokeshire, Wales: Choose from three different camping locations, all within West Wales, ran by family business, 'Cold at Night'. This dynamic husband and wife team, both artists, began this business venture to enable guests to sample the beauty of Wales' finest nature spots.

'fforest' farm, 'Cardigan Quayside' and 'Manorafon' provide acres of marshes, greenery and rural beauty just minutes away from the Welsh coastline compromising of tented accommodation, cabins and converted farm buildings. Check out their Instagram page for delightfully creative photographs of the wildlife, sunsets and seaside that surround their site.

These guys are most recognised for their quirky 'dome' tents which feature king sized beds, bespoke furnishings and giant bay windows, over-looking lush green fields. Check out Cold at Night's website for more info and booking requests!

Which one of these hidden gems has inspired you to book that well-deserved mini-break? Comment below with your favourite weekend-break destination!

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