Sunrise in New Forest

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be counting down the days to the next bank holiday weekend, on August 25th. It’s the chance for you to get away for a long weekend, and spend quality time with your loved ones. To help you plan the perfect bank holiday weekend, we’ve come up with a list of some of the best getaway destinations you can drive to with an Alamo hire car. From the city worker that wants a country retreat, to the love birds in need of a romantic city break, you’re bound to find a getaway right for you – just take your pick!

Enjoy a weekend at the beach

Porthminster Beach, St. Ives

With powdered golden sand and turquoise water surrounded by rolling green hills, dotted with wild flowers, Porthminster Beach is a beautiful place to while away a long weekend. At the home of the famous Godrevy Lighthouse (the inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s novel, To the Lighthouse), there are many things to do and see, from water sports to hiking and even sunbathing, you’ll never be stuck for things to do.

Fistral Beach, Newquay

One of the best surfing spots in the UK, Fistal Beach is the ideal location for when you and your kids are looking for a fun seaside break. Learn how to surf, or body-board on the gentler waves, and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere Newquay has to offer. There’s also plenty to do in the main town, where you’ll get to meander in and out of quaint shops and treat yourself to do a mouth-watering fish and chips supper.

Unwind at a country retreat

Eden Valley, Lake District

The little known area of Eden Valley is a true gem of the Lake District, and a must-visit if you’re in need of a relaxing retreat. Enjoy hikes along the lush green valley and the winding river Eden, and take in the breathtaking views that beautiful Cumbria has to offer. In need of a bite to eat? Make your way down to the town of Appleby for a drink and a meal at the Royal Oak pub.

The New Forest, Hampshire

Everyone knows how beautiful the New Forest is – even those who haven’t visited yet! Extend your getaway by unwinding in a charming B&B cottage, which will make the perfect base for enjoying a variety of activities. Rent out some bikes and peddle through the stunning forests, or enjoy a horse ride through the vibrant fields.

For food and shopping, drive down to Southampton; stop by Oxford Street for a bite to eat, or shop ‘til you drop at WestQuay.

Delight in the hustle and bustle of a city break


The Bull Ring Birmingham

Manchester Town Hall

Looking for the perfect city break? Why not head up north and enjoy a long weekend in the exciting city of Manchester. There’s so much to do in this city, from browsing the incredible archive of music at Piccadilly Records, to taking your kids to ponder nature’s history at the Manchester Museum. As for food, you’ll be overwhelmed by the choice available, from Greek to Indian and the amazing cuisine in China Town, you’ll find something to suit everyone’s palate!


From champagne cocktails at the MailBox to shopping at the BullRing, Birmingham really is the jewel of the midlands. In the city’s centre, be sure to enjoy a walk along New Street, a car-free area with shops, food stalls and live street entertainment!

If you’re with your kids, take them to Cadbury’s World for the day. There, they’ll get to indulge in plenty of delicious chocolate, watch how their favourite treats are made, and play games in the outdoor park.

If you’re planning an exciting getaway this August bank holiday, why not make your life simple by hiring a car with Alamo?