It's absolutely freezing outside and there's even snow on the ground which makes summer seem like a very long way in the future.
Beat the winter blues by planning a holiday in the UK and start looking forward to a summer to remember. This year has a lot to live up to after all the excitement of summer 2012 but we're certain that the UK is the place to be. Take a look at our pick of this summer's holiday hotspots in the UK and start dreaming of warmer days to come.
Home to Sandbanks, one of the most expensive places to live anywhere in the world, Dorset is the jewel of the south coast. The golden sands and crystal clear waters of Lulworth Cove will have you thinking you've jetted off somewhere exotic but you can just lie back and soak up the sun. Learn to windsurf in Poole Harbour or a game of volleyball on Bournemouth beach. Spend the evening watching the sun go down in one of Poole or Bournemouth's trendy bars such as Fishy Fishy owned by Dermot O'Leary in Poole Quay or fashionable 1812 in neighbouring Bournemouth.
Now that the Lakes have shrugged off their old-fashioned image, choosing a holiday in the Lake District is a smart move. Miles of unspoilt scenery and pretty Lakeland towns combine to make the Lake District the perfect spot for a UK holiday. You don't need a rucksack full of fancy walking gear to appreciate the stunning scenery; just book yourself into a spa overlooking Lake Windermere and enjoy the view from your massage table. The Lakes are also a hotspot for fantastic local food so be sure to sample delicious Cartmel sticky toffee pudding and Grasmere gingerbread in one of the region's award-winning restaurants. When it comes to finding accommodation in the Lake District, we have a great selection of fantastic cottages for you, perfect for a stylish UK holiday.
If you're looking for a UK holiday with a bit of everything, look no further than North Wales. You can be enjoying a holiday in North Wales within a couple of hours from anywhere in the UK and as you don't need to worry about a passport; a holiday in the UK is a fantastic choice. For a dose of culture head to the truly original seaside town of Portmeirion complete with mind boggling turreted buildings all shades of the rainbow. Walk through the immaculate gardens of this unique town or relax on the pretty beach overlooking the water. Spend a relaxing afternoon meandering through the pretty towns of Porthmadog and Beaumaris which are packed with independent boutiques.