Train time from London: 57 minutes
Topping the 2016 list of best places to reside in the UK, Winchester is a charming and compact place that is ideal for a Bank Holiday day trip – and gives you a chance to see how the other half live! We’d be happy too if we had their close-knit network of medieval streets, literary legends and stunning South Downs on our doorstep.
Start your Spring Bank Holiday Sunday with a mooch around Winchester Farmers’ Market (opens in a new tab). Tuck into all manner of locally-made breakfast sandwiches or pick up a few items to enjoy on a picnic later that afternoon. Winchester’s history is as satisfying as that Hampshire fry-up, with Winchester Cathedral, The Great Hall and the remains of Wolvesey Castle (all open in new tabs) all within strolling distance and all totally unmissable on a weekend in Winchester.
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Train time from London: 1 hour 55 minutes
If the Bank Holiday gods are smiling and glorious weather is forecast, pack your beach bag for a weekend away in Bournemouth. This seaside resort is blessed with seven miles of sands, two iconic piers and one quirky land train.
Beach days by numbers start with hiring one of the colourful huts that line Alum Chine, Durley Chine, Bournemouth, Boscombe, Southbourne and Fisherman’s Walk. From just £40 for a whole day’s rental, this is a pocket-friendly way to enjoy the beach and views out to the Isle of Wight. If your mind is set on seeing more of the resort (and really, you must), board the Bournemouth land train and pootle along the promenade, between Boscombe and Bournemouth piers and up to Bournemouth Gardens. An ice cream stop along the way is seaside law, if you didn’t know.
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