Welcome to the Cool Places Year, where we give you a reason to getaway in any (or every) month of the year! Keep reading for annual celebrations around the country, seasonal tips and great places to stay.
'New Year, New Me', as they say, and we'd be inclined to agree. Start off the year with a well-deserved break from the hectic tangle of Christmas and New Year. We think there's nothing better than escaping to a spa or wellness retreat to truly recoup and get back in touch with yourself, ready for the year ahead.
Check out our favourite spa hotels for a luxury break here. How about Vinegar Hill Pottery for some mindful arts and crafts, Fair Oak Farm for one of their designated wellness retreats, or Green Farm Kent for a boutique spa complete with yoga, meditation and head-clearing woodland walks.
Did you know that Burn's Night is also in January? Every year, on the 25th January, Scotland comes together in celebration of the life and times of Robert Burns. Expect to see Kilts, merriness and traditional celebrations! Check out our guide to Scotland here for a huge range of places to stay. Or check out The Camillia Boatel for a little bit of a different stay, right in the centre of Edinburgh!
Happy Chinese New Year! Depending on how January goes, maybe you're in luck to have another fresh start. Chinese New Year is on the 1st February 2022 and is hugely culturally important throughout the world. London is host to the largest Chinese New Year parade of its kind outside of Asia throughout China Town, Trafalgar Square and the West End. Head to our guide to London to stay in and amongst the action.
It's the month of love, if you're into that sort of thing! Well, we all know that you should celebrate your relationship every month, but why not use February and Valentine's Day as an excuse to spice things up a little, with a cute getaway for two? Check out our cottages for couples guide or our romantic retreats guide to find your perfect romantic escape! Or, celebrate galentines with your mates - it's a good excuse for a party, if you ask us! Click here for our favourite places to stay for large groups and gatherings.
Something else highly important is happening in February too... Pancake day! Here's our bespoke guide to the best places for pancakes in the UK.
There are loads of reasons to get away in March! Firstly, because you want to. But if you need a reason let's start with St David's Day - the National Day of Wales. Check out our guide to Wales so you can explore their stunning countryside and be close to Cardiff for the celebrations too!
March also features St. Patrick's Day but you don't need to take a flight to Ireland to have an incredible St. Paddy's Day! You can find an Irish pub in almost any city in the world, and it's just as exuberantly celebrated all over the world! For a St. Patrick's you won't forget, head to Waxy O'Connell's in London. Check out our guide to the big smoke here for somewhere to stay.
The 4th March is also National World Book Day! Trust us, this can be a lot more exciting than just primary school book fairs and £1 vouchers. Why not head to Hay-on-Wye, the country's official Town of Books! The Cob at Montpelier might be the perfect adults-only getaway for book lovers, offering a tranquil surrounding and cosy interior to chill with a book and relax, or try High Park for a beautiful two-bedroom cottage countryside stay.
We don't believe in Spring holidays... April Fools!
With April comes a lot of things, usually rain, longer days and hopefully sunshine! April is Stress awareness month, so prepare to relax this month. Check out our range of Country House Hotels to escape to the country and have everything done for you... sounds blissful, doesn't it?
Let's not forget Easter Holidays! Fun for all the family this Easter, and check out our family-friendly cottages and hotels for a suitable stay. Or try something new and take a look at Forest Holidays - woodland cabin glamping in exciting forest locations all over the country!
22nd April is also Earth Day! A fantastic annual day where over over 193 countries in the world take a moment to acknowledge Climate Change and demonstrate support for environmental protection. Holidaying locally in the UK can be one way that we can contribute to lowered international emissions, so get ready to explore the UK. Even better, we've got loads of fantastic eco-retreats for your to check out, and enjoy your guilt-free eco-conscious holiday.
May is home to two iconic British bank holidays, need we say more? Take the opportunity for a long weekend break this year!
But there's more to May than meets the eye. If you didn't get enough of Hay-on-Wye in March, you're in for a treat! Once described as 'Woodstock of the Mind', welcome to the Hay festival of Literature and Arts, the perfect festival for book lovers! It will be on between 26th May and 5th June 2022. If you're going with all the gang, stay at Glasnant, a large idyllic holiday house for up to 12 people nestled in rich woodland, or for something a bit different, take a look at Cosy Under Canvas for fantastic homely dome tent glamping!
Here's one you might not have heard of, 6th May is International No Diet Day! It's an annual holiday celebrating body positivity and diversity of all shapes and sizes. Check out some of our favourite foodie pubs around the country: how about The Percy Arms - an African themed gastropub with great food and themed rooms in Surrey, or else The Mulberry Inn in Chiddingfold, renowned for its stunning Lebanese inspired menu. Or take a look at our range of Rick Stein restaurants and stays, for guaranteed great food every time.
June is LGBT Pride month! In any city you're bound to find citywide parades and celebrations, as well as cultural and educative events for the LGBT+ community. However, it would be wrong of us not to point you at an escape to Brighton this June, the UK's very own LGBT hub. Or, if you're wanting to get to the celebrations whilst saving on accommodation, check out our range of city hostels here.
We also learnt a new thing recently... 18th June is International Picnic Day! Check out our Woodland Glamping to connect with nature, and have a picnic whilst you're at it!.
And don't forget, this year we get an extra bank holiday on the first weekend of June to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee! A good excuse to get away... don't you think?
Summer solstice has been and gone, the kid's are breaking up from school... it's officially, officially, officially Summer now! What better than a trip to the seaside, some surfing, sun and well-deserved time off work!
August is home to one of the best meteor showers visible to the UK! Every year in the middle of August, if you're lucky, you can see the Perseids shower, and it's a fantastic spectacle. Check out our range of remote cottages to get away from the bright city lights. Or, try something different whilst the good weather is with us, and check out our range of glamping options.
Have you ever been to Bakewell? Well now's your chance, the 11th August is National Bakewell Tart Day! Head to the Peak District to be in an amongst where it all started.
Whatever the reason, book your summer holiday early before they sell out! Take a look at our cottages and cabins here.
The late summer and early autumn is set to grace us once again as schools start up and the nights draw shorter. Check out our favourite autumnal breaks to see those early autumn colours appearing!
Check out Elsie's Cottage for the best of both: stunning walks in the rolling Worcestershire hills just on your doorstep, and just an hour's drive to Ludlow Food Festival from the 9th - 11th September.
It might have only just left us, but with the New Year it's time to think forward again!
Diwali Day 2022 will be on 24th October 2022! Britain is a fantastically diverse country, and the Midlands especially is famed for its Diwali celebrations throughout many of their cities. Check out our Midland stays here, or head to Staying Cool at Rotunda for a central Birmingham bolthole.
November is a fantastic month, starting with a Bang! With Fireworks night. Check out our guide to Sussex to find yourself a stay at the country's firework epicentre. Some events start a few weeks early in October, so be sure to check it out early to avoid missing out!
How about you dip your toe into a new hobby this Autumn... Little Seed Field have held stargazing events, something that you could find to be endlessly fascinating. Head their way for a fantastic stay, and keep your eyes peeled for more great events! Did you know that Northumberland has even been awarded International Dark Sky Reserve status? Go there for the best night skies you can find!
Also, is it a figment of our imagination, or are there a LOT of birthdays in November? Like, a lot?! We don't know why, but we do know that if you're looking to celebrate this November, and get in there before the pre-Christmas crush, we can help. Check out our luxury cottages, apartments and lodges here or our luxury glamping here for all things luxury... you deserve it.
We know, it's far too early to be thinking about Christmas again already! But hey, it is a great reason to escape as the next year draws to an end!
Did you also know that 13th December is National Postal Workers Day. It might seem random, but they need recognition too. Check out Post Office House in Northumberland for a stay that might connect you to the cause!