Lockdown regulations are gradually being eased, which means pubs, hotels and other leisure outlets were opened again on 4th July. For many people, the re-opening of our hospitality industry has been welcomed with open arms; for others, the concept of being immersed in large crowds is their worst nightmare! 

We’re here to show you that you can still get your holiday fix this summer AND avoid the crowds. Here’s some alternative UK holiday destinations to think about: 


Instead of Blackpool, try Deal

Blackpool is one of England’s seaside hot spots, attracting many British tourists each year with its glitzy fairground. 

If you want to still experience the true British seaside holiday this year, but hope to avoid the tourist hubs, why not try Deal in Kent? 

It ticks every box as it’s a quaint, seaside town brimming with teahouses, galleries and pubs; plus it’s only a stone’s throw away from the buzzing Dreamland in Margate, so you can still get your summertime fairground fix. 

Instead of Snowdonia, try Trough of Bowland

For any adventure-seeker or avid hiker, Snowdonia and the Lake District is an ideal spot to spend a week during the summer. However, there are other hidden gems that will provide an equally memorable holiday. 

Situated in the Lancashire countryside, Trough of Bowland offers an abundance of countryside pubs and villages to explore, as well as endless miles of hiking routes and walking trails. 

If you want to immerse yourself in the beautiful British landscape this summer, Trough of Bowland would be a great alternative this year.

Instead of London, try Liverpool

When booking a UK trip, many people are drawn to the bustling capital city of London, for the infinite amount of top-quality restaurants and tourist attractions. 

If you’re looking for a worthy alternative, add Liverpool to your UK bucket-list. It’s renowned for being the home of The Beatles and therefore boasts a bustling music scene, as well as an array of galleries, museums and monuments. 

As an additional benefit, it’s also a lot cheaper than London, which is a plus for anyone that’s more cost-conscious this year. 

Instead of UK mainland, try UK islands

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the UK is blessed with hundreds of surrounding islands situated off the British coast. 

If you want to get that holiday feeling by escaping the UK mainland, there are a number of great spots merely a boat ride away. 

For example, within an hour boat ride from the mainland, you could be exploring Anglesey in North Wales, the Isle of Wight just off Portsmouth harbour, or Arran in Scotland. 


Don’t forget, we’ve changed our product offering to enable all Caxton Customers to use their Caxton Card in the UK, fee-free this summer.* You can now tap away on your contactless card in Cornwall, Brighton or Edinburgh...the possibilities are endless! If you want to understand the benefits of using a prepaid card after COVID-19 - read more here.