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UK Bank Holidays 2022

Not sure where to spend your UK bank holidays in 2022? Well now is the perfect time to plan a road trip this year with our roadsurfer campervans. Whether you are hiring your camper from London or Edinburgh, a long weekend provides the perfect time to get away and explore the UK in 2022.

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UK bank holidays 2022 in Cornwall

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Early May Day – 2nd May 2022

The start of May means milder weather, long days, blooming flora, and the perfect opportunity to use your Bank Holidays in 2022 to explore beautiful early summer vistas. The 2nd of May bank holiday provides the ideal opportunity to shake off the winter blues and get your mind and body ready for the gorgeous summer ahead.

Starting from Edinburgh

For those planning a trip around Edinburgh during the long May Day Weekend, north of Edinburgh, at the edge of the Scottish Highlands, the annual Spirit of Speyside Festival takes place. The area between Aberdeen and Inverness is the traditional home of Scottish Single Malt Whiskey, with more than 50 distilleries scattered across the landscape. The distilleries themselves host the Spirit of Speyside Festival which consists of music, tours, and tastings. Festival transport takes you between locations, meaning if you want to try one of the local specialties, you don’t have to worry about driving later. The area in which the festival takes place also hosts stunning coastal landscapes with miles of empty, rugged beaches perfect for hiking or surfing.

Nearby you also find the Cairngorms National Park, home to a beautiful amalgamation of mountains, lakes, and moorland, which will be in full bloom at this time of year. Here you will find never-ending hiking and mountain biking trails and plenty of opportunities for road bikers to tour along the manicured tarmac roads that weave seamlessly through the landscape.

For those of you wanting to combine the Spirit of Speyside Festival with informative and cultural highlights of the region, you will also find Aberdeen nearby. Aberdeen was settled by hunter-gatherers more than 8000 years ago, and still clearly visible today are stone circles dating back more than 4000 years. The area is also littered with castles, churches, and fortresses that may seem young in comparison but still date back 700 years.

Where to stay? For those looking to make the Spirit Speyside Festival, Speyside by Craigellachie is the most practical option. If you are interested in the National Park, Rothiemurchus Campground has direct access to all the region’s highlights. Finally, the coast lovers can overnight at Glenbuchty Stopover Motorhome Aire.

With roadsurfer, you will be flexible enough to visit all three locations and really make the most of the Bank Holiday long weekend in 2022.

Starting from London

This May Day Weekend, 200 miles south of our Hub in London, you have another festival where beautiful landscapes and coastlines meet historically significant sites at The Exeter Food & Drink Festival. The festival exhibits the best local, southwest English cuisine. You will be impressed by not only the delicious food and beverages on offer but also the small concerts, workshops, and cooking classes.

Alongside the festival, you are surrounded by the stunning southern peninsula of England. Cornwall, only another hour or so south, is home to England’s best waves and most established surf scene. Dartmoor National Park, 15 minutes away from the festival, is home to some of England’s most scenic hiking and mountain biking trails and also provides road bikers looking to rack up a few miles during their long weekend an opportunity to spread their wings.

There are also the historical sites in and around Devon which are only a short drive north. The proximity of all of these highlights means you can go surfing in the morning, check out Castle Drogo after lunch, then head back to the festival for dinner and a show.

Where to stay? For direct access to Exeter and the Food & Drink Festival, Leadstone is close enough to get to and from the festival grounds quickly, but far away enough away to offer a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city. If surfing and beaches are your things, Dennis Cove is only a stone’s throw from Newquay and its surrounding surf coast.

Finally, those looking to spend most of their time hiking and exploring the Dartmoor National Park should take advantage of Hideaway Camping. Of course, you are not limited to spending the entire long weekend at one location, which is the beauty of the camper life.

Spring bank holiday – Thursday 2nd June and the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday – Friday 3rd June 2022

The late May UK Bank Holidays in 2022 fall on Thursday, 2 June, and is followed directly on Friday by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, resulting in a wonderful 4 days off. With these four full days, you have enough time to explore more far-flung places that you’ve been meaning to tick off the bucket list.

Starting from Edinburgh

If you want to start your roadsurfer camper adventure from Edinburgh and have always wanted to visit the Isle of Man, this long weekend would be the time. The Isle of Man TT starts on May 28th and continues until the 11th of June. The Isle of Man TT is the most famous and dangerous road races on the planet, drawing racers and spectators from around the globe.

To get to The Isle of Man, you need to head south from Edinburgh, through the Lake District, which is worth a stop in itself, to Liverpool, where you board the ferry. The journey is around 250 miles. Alongside the nail-biting racing, the Isle of Man is also home to spectacular vistas. Douglas Head, for example, is a beautiful piece of coast where the lush green pastures roll into the Irish Sea.

There are also historical points of interest, like Castle Rushen, the coastal Peel Castle, and The Great Laxey Wheel. The island nation also boasts a myriad of coastal and forest hiking trails, like those found in Glen Helen or on the most prominent mountain, Snaefell.

Where to stay? There is an excellent selection of coastal and inland camping locations on the Isle of Man, including Silly Moos and Ballamoar Campsite.

Starting from London

If motorsport isn’t your thing, you will find the Isle of Wight along England’s other coast. This island is noticeably closer, only around 100 miles away from our hub in London, and also includes a ride on a ferry or hovercraft.

The Isle of Wight is located off England’s south coast and boasts a temperate climate, stunning chalk cliffs that line the coast, and calm seas. The island is relatively close to the mainland, making it a popular destination for Londoners. Queen Victoria even built her summer residence, Osborne, there.

The island covers all bases; it has beautiful, sheltered beaches, like Compton Bay, it has stunning woodlands, such as Shanklin Chine, and is rich in history, as seen at the National Trust Needles, Old and New Battery. The island is only 13 miles across, north to south, and 22 miles across, east to west, meaning the entire island is accessible by bike, which is fitting, as June 3rd is also International Bike Day.

Where to stay? There are plenty of campgrounds scattered across the island, but one very well-located and well-equipped campground is Sandhills Holiday Park.

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Summer bank holiday – Monday 29th August 2022

Making the most of the UK Summer Bank Holiday on August 29th 2022 is easy, regardless if you are starting from our station in Edinburgh or London. The warm summer weather combined with the comfort and ease of travel in the roadsurfer campers is a perfect match.

Starting from Edinburgh

When picking up your roadsurfer camper from the Edinburgh station this August, you don’t have to go far to experience your first taste of culture as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is on across the city. Performers showcase their skills at various venues, from bars and clubs to theatres and even on the street. While evenings can be spent soaking in the talent of some of the world’s best performers, days can be spent exploring Edinburgh’s surroundings.

For those interested in history and culture, a trip north along the coast to St Andrew’s Cathedral, then onto Dunnottar Castle, and finally arriving at Aberdeen would be a great idea. The trip takes you along northern Scotland’s dramatic coastline, with plenty of photo-worthy points along the journey.

If nature, hiking, and mountain biking are more your thing, the coast is still a great idea, but there is also Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to the west, which is filled with hiking and mountain bike trails and is less than 100 miles from the heart of Edinburgh. There is also a Safari Park en-route which is worth a look at.

Where to stay? The world is your oyster. You can spend nights near Edinburgh when you want to explore the Fringe Festival, Slatebarns, for example. At Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, you could stay at Balquhidder Braes. Or, if you are headed north, near Aberdeen, you have Wairds Park Campsite right along the coast, but like always, with a roadsurfer camper, you have the freedom to pick and choose as you wish.

Starting from London

If you are starting from London, you can begin our long weekend getaway by going and checking out the Notting Hill Carnival, a Caribbean bonanza with great food, music, dancing, and parades. Then, once it’s time to hit the road, a trip to explore the coast is perfect in August, with warm weather and warm seas.

A beautiful stretch is the 100-mile Jurassic Coast to the south of London. Here you have stunning landscapes, and the possibility to bike, swim, hike, or just spend lazy days soaking up the summer sunshine. There are breathtaking beaches to explore, like Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. There are hiking trails, like the South West Coast Path, and castles and museums are also scattered along the coast.

Where to stay? Brigs Farm, near the ocean, is a great place to set up camp for a day or two. The farm is located to allow easy access to all the highlights of the region, plus, they fire up their stone oven on the weekend to make delicious pizzas.

Scotland Summer Bank Holiday – 1st August 2022

Scotland, lucky as it is, has two extra Bank Holidays throughout the year, giving you a couple of additional long weekends to explore with our roadsurfer campervans. The first Scotland-specific Bank Holiday is on Monday, 1st August, called the Summer Bank Holiday, and the second is on Wednesday, 30th November, called St. Andrews Day.

If you are looking for an adventure idea for the Summer Bank Holiday, heading north from our hub in Edinburgh is a great idea. The Mey Highland Games take place on August first at John O’Groats, at the northern tip of mainland United Kingdom. The long summer days, warm weather, and beautiful surroundings, combined with one of the cornerstones of Scottish culture, make for a fantastic long weekend.

Alongside watching the action at the Highland Games, the coastal area around John O’Groats is also perfect for hiking. Around Dunnet Head, dramatic cliffs drop steeply into the North Sea. You also have the remains of The Castle of Mey and Castle Sinclair Girnigoe to explore, or you can take a trip to Pulteney Distillery. To put a cherry on top, the area around John O’Groats is so far north that it is not uncommon to see the Northern Lights.

Where to stay? The Crofter’s Snug. Ocean Views, close to the Mey Highland Games, and easy access to all the area’s highlights.

St. Andrews Day – 30th November 2022

The St. Andrews Day Bank Holiday theme is kindness and dates back to the singing of The Declaration of Arbroath in 1320. As St. Andrews day is on a Wednesday, it would make sense to take Thursday & Friday off and make a really long weekend. If you go this route, you will have plenty of time to head to the Isle of Skye, an island northwest of our Edinburgh hub, where the 9 Day SEALL festival takes place.

The SEALL Festival is held at various locations on the Isle of Skye and Raasay and consists of a mix of music, theatre, dance, literature, comedy, and children’s shows. The Isle of Skye’s remoteness means there aren’t a lot of concerts and cultural events throughout the year, making this one of the highlights of the remote Scottish island.

When you are not tucked away in a small intimate bar for a live concert or theatre, there is an endless array of activities to take part in across the island’s otherworldly landscapes. There is excellent hiking around the dramatic The Storr, a Lord of the Rings like a mountain landscape, there are cultural tours through the castles Dunvegan and Eilean Donan, or you can take a leisurely stroll to spots like Fairy Pools or Kilt Rock. There is also the possibility of taking a distillery tour through the famous Talisker distillery.

Where to stay? Reraig Camping. Located near Portree, where most of the festival events take place and all of the other highlights of the island, this campground is beautiful and practical, and you will be cosy and warm in our roadsurfer campers.

UK bank holiday 2022 campervan road trip

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