January Short Break Ideas
With a new year comes a new you and a whole host of exciting, new possibilities. So, why not start off 2022 in style with a weekend away this January? The UK is a winter wonderland personified, playing host to 15 glorious National Parks, countless scintillating cities and fabulously quirky locations.
Whether you’re looking to relax in the beautiful Great British countryside, live it up in the city or frequent a destination with a difference, we’ve got you covered with our handpicked list of the very best January short break ideas.
January Countryside Escapes
Fancy retreating to a rural haven this January? We don’t blame you! From roaring open fires in cosy pubs to crisp wintry walks along cobbled streets lined with glittering, frost-covered trees, a January countryside escape is a wonderful way to make the most of the chilly winter months.
Treat yourself and a loved one to a weekend away with one of our stunning rural short break experiences. Explore the natural beauty of Windermere in the Lake District, soak up the verdant views of Devon’s Jurassic Coast, or wrap up warm for a brisk stroll along the breathtaking golden sands of Cornwall. Sounds pretty dreamy, doesn’t it?
Here’s our pick of the best winter getaways in the countryside to enjoy this January.
Two Night Hotel Break
100s of Locations
If you’re in need of a holiday after all the buzz of Christmas but you're just not quite sure where to go, this two-night hotel break is the perfect January getaway fix. Choose from our stunning selection of top-quality hotels and enjoy a two-night escape at a range of fantastic destinations – it’s time to luxuriate in a bit of ‘you’ time! Simply select your ideal location – from quiet coastal corners and luscious open countryside spaces to bustling cities and lively towns – pack your bags and off you go! There's no better way to unwind after a busy festive period than by exploring a new location or retreating to a cosy hideaway. Having a weekend short break booked and in your back pocket is bound to make January a whole lot easier!
Two Night Stay at The Hideaway Cottage with a Bottle of Prosecco and Breakfast for Two
Leicester - Leicestershire
After the hustle and bustle of the holiday period, a relaxing retreat is the perfect way to recharge your batteries. The Hideaway Cottage, nestled in the idyllic village of Twyford in Leicestershire, is the ultimate sanctuary to catch up on some quality kip and enjoy uninterrupted time together with a special someone. Upon arrival, pop open a lovely bottle of prosecco and raise a toast to the New Year! Settle into this charming cottage and soak up the gorgeous surroundings, as you make your plans for the year ahead and reminisce on times gone by. The Hideaway Cottage also comes fully stocked with bread, milk, tea and coffee to give your getaway a homely touch – and with a continental breakfast hamper on offer too, there’s no need for you to do anything but snuggle down and enjoy quality time together.
Two Night National Park Minibreak
100s of Locations
Is there a more relaxing and wholesome way to see in 2022 than by getting out in the great outdoors and exploring the UK's best and most beautiful National Parks? We think not! Whether you want to test out the new hiking boots you got for Christmas in the Peak District, soak up some sea views in Eastbourne, or ramble along the rolling hills of Derbyshire, this two-night short break is just the ticket for eager adventurers! After immersing yourself in the tranquillity of the nature around you, retire to one of our chic collection of countryside hotels – all readily equipped with unctuously comfortable beds for a wonderfully restful night's sleep. If you're simply looking for a breather from civilization and an excuse for some peace and quiet after the busy festive season, look no further than this relaxing and reinvigorating National Park minibreak.
January City Breaks
Do your New Year’s resolutions all revolve around embracing new things and being a little spontaneous? If so, look no further than an exciting city break this January! The UK is home to a magnificent multitude of urban wonderlands, all bursting with bags of culture, tasty treats, luxurious hotels and much, much more.
Choose a delightful destination from our selection of stylish city breaks and prepare for a weekend of cosmopolitan thrills. Catch an award-winning show in London’s West End, enjoy a dram or five of Scotland’s finest whiskies in Edinburgh or marvel at the magic of the Shambles in York.
With a range of sensational locations across the UK, we’ve got a city break for every type of urbanite! Check out a few of our favourites below.
Two Night Weekend Break in London
Charing Cross - West End
From Big Ben to the London Eye, the West End and everything in between, a getaway to the Big Smoke has so much on offer. London is teeming with arty theatres, magical museums, idyllic parks, wondrous landmarks, top-quality restaurants, exciting bars and luxurious hotels, just waiting to be discovered. Head to the Capital and soak up the sights across two glorious nights with this unforgettable weekend city break experience. With a range of opulent 4 and 5-star hotels at your fingertips, explore the streets of London Town to your heart’s content, safe in the knowledge that a cosy bed awaits when you need to rest your tourist legs. There are also breakfast and half-board options available if you're looking for culinary convenience or you can opt to explore London's buzzing foodie scene instead – the choice is yours!
Two Night Break in Edinburgh
Edinburgh - Scotland
Edinburgh boasts a rich history, truly gorgeous architecture, a thriving foodie scene, stunning parks, majestic gardens and amazing museums. With so much culture to be found around every corner, it's no wonder that the Scottish capital is considered one of the world’s best destinations for a city getaway. Escape to Auld Reekie for a two-night stay and drink in all this wonderful city has to offer, choosing from our handpicked selection of top quality 4 and 5-star hotels. Walk down the stunning Royal Mile, get your history fix at Edinburgh Castle, sip whisky at countless trendy bars and even catch a glimpse of the Queen's residence at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Your weekend stay in Edinburgh is bound to be one for the memory books!
Two Night City Break for Two
26 Locations - UK Wide
There's nothing like the buzz of a city to help you shake off those dreary January blues! Whether you're in need of some retail therapy, are hungry for a MICHELIN-starred dining experience or want to indulge in a spot of historical sightseeing, a trip to a new UK city is a brilliant way to kick off 2022 with a culture-filled bang! Choose the ultimate destination for your January escape from our incredible selection of stunning city breaks – from the hustle and bustle of London’s streets to Brighton's bronze beaches or Edinburgh’s romantic Royal Mile. We’re sure to have the perfect city pitstop to tickle your fancy! With a collection of fabulously luxurious hotels to boot, pack your bags and get ready to live in the lap of luxury with a thrilling two-night adventure at your location of choice.
Unusual Breaks to Take in January
Do you have a bucket list as long as your left arm that’s been hindered by cancelled plans and travel bans over the last couple of years? It’s about time we did something about that! Shake up the norm this new year and do things a little differently with a memorable and unique UK holiday.
From immersive murder mystery stays with dinner to family holidays in quirky cabins beneath the stars and grandiose getaways in colossal castles, our range of unusual breaks to take in January are sure to delight even the most eccentric of tastes!
Discover our curated selection of unusual escapes below.
Overnight Murder Mystery Break for Two with Dinner
"There's been a murder…" is not normally a phrase you’d expect to hear when checking in to a hotel. But this isn't any normal hotel getaway! Available at luxurious locations across the UK, it's time to flex your detective skills and immerse yourself in a thrilling murder mystery break this January. Navigate your way through plot twists and turns, as talented actors transport you to a world of crime over a delectable three-course dinner. Once the story has unfolded before your eyes and you've channelled your inner Sherlock Holmes, you’ll retire to your comfortable room with a huge sense of satisfaction and be ready for a blissful night's sleep. With so much excitement, the winter blues will be long behind you as you tuck into your breakfast the next morning with your fellow detectives, before heading back to reality!
Two Night Escape to a Castle for Two
Fancy living like a royal for a wonderful weekend? With this glamorous getaway, it's time to clear your busy schedule and pick up your crown and sceptre. Get ready to indulge in a minibreak fit for a king or queen and rule over your subjects with a regal stay in one of the UK's most majestic castles! Perfect for any history buff out there or anyone in need of a getaway with a difference, staying in a castle promises to be an exciting once-in-a-lifetime experience. With this short break, you can expect to explore the tranquil grounds of the Bath Lodge Castle, sample the Norman history of Appleby Castle in Cumbria, or marvel at the architecture of Peckforton Castle in Cheshire. After all, what better way is there to escape reality than by staying in a castle?
Two Night Break in a Cabin for Two Adults and Two Children
Kick the year off by exploring the great outdoors with this fantastic two-night stay for the whole family! Book into a cosy family camping pod in either the Lee Valley Camping and Caravan Park in Edmonton or the Lee Valley Campsite in Sewardstone for a wholesome trip to remember. Set in the River Lee Country Park, there are plenty of action-packed family activities on offer, from cycling and watersports to wildlife watching and nature trails that you and the kids can get stuck right into. And once you've worked up a sweat and got those endorphins flowing with a day full of adventures, you’ll then retire to your camping pod which is fully equipped with a double bed for parents and heating to ward off the chilly January weather!