The Spring Bank Holiday weekend is near and no doubt front of mind for many UK residents in search of somewhere new to explore. The UK is a nation that has been changed forever following over a year of restrictions, with 61% agreeing that they will no longer take leaving their local area for granted. It’s no surprise that with restrictions gradually easing in the UK that staycations are on the horizon, over half (57%) of Brits are gearing up to leave their hometown and visit their favourite UK spots this summer.
With the next bank holiday weekend only weeks away, Samsung has revealed 21 epic UK destinations that the nation can’t wait to rediscover, with the Lake District topping travel to-go lists for Brits, followed by Devon and the Cotswolds. But it’s not just about getting out in the fresh air and seeing something new, one in five under 34s admit that taking photos again is what they are looking forward to most – so the brand has enlisted the help of local photographers to capture the hidden gems at each of these locations on the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S21 5G Series, to inspire and guarantee the influx of double-taps on your social feeds.
Top five hidden gems from the 21 list include:
1. Derwent Water in the Lake District
2. Ilfracombe in Devon
3. Lower Slaughter in the Cotswolds
4. Winnats Pass in the Peak District
5. Limestone Pavement in Yorkshire
We know the UK hasn’t always been the destination to get your international friends envious about, with a surprising 1 in 5 surveyed claiming to never have been on a staycation previously. But this year that’s about to change – with 42% in agreement they have a new zest for life in the UK and can’t wait to get back out again and explore locally.
International travel might be on the hold, but there are also some untapped local beauty spots around the UK that might temporarily make you feel like you’re abroad this May, without the need to pack your passport. With the white sands of Bournemouth, the turquoise waters of Cornwall and the extreme heights of the Peak District all within reach, there are views guaranteed to make even the red listed holiday spots envious.
Personally, when I can’t wait to get back to the New Forest, only two hours from me, or Isles of Scilly where my husband was born, Cumbria – The Lake District is always in my heart, all are wonderful.
“This last year has seen a variety of different restrictions in place, advising us to stay home and stay local more than ever before. Let’s face it, there’s no surprise that whether it’s with families, households or in a group of 6, we are excited to get back out there and explore again when it’s safe to do so.” said Sharon Hegarty, Marketing Director, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland.
“Whilst international travel seems a while away, by working with local photographers this project shows just how beautiful the UK really is – identifying those hidden gems worth visiting with the promise of feed-worthy material, that you can still enjoy at a safe distance to others. With the advanced pro-grade camera, Dual Tele Zoom and Ultra-wide lens in the Galaxy S21 5G you’re guaranteed to never miss a thing, allowing you to capture landscape shots that rival even the most tropical of destinations.”
Now we’ve identified the most aesthetically pleasing corners of the UK, photographers around the country have curated their top tips on capturing the most epic shots of the hidden UK hotspots, informed by their photography series:
Local photography tips
- Plan your shoot – check the weather forecast, tide times, sunrise and sunset times before you go to make sure you are in position at the optimal time
- Lighting conditions play a big factor in photography, usually dawn and dusk is the best time to take landscapes – but always make sure your device has lowlight capabilities
- Switch it up with your angles and lenses – changing your viewpoint to ground level, finding something safe to stand on or using an Ultra-wide lens on the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G can instantly give you a different perspective on the world
- Mix it up with compositional techniques – frame a picture with an archway, find converging lines that draw you into an image or use the rule of thirds to position your subject
- Shooting handheld at night can be quite hit and miss, but the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G is great for minimizing shaky hands with its Zoom Lock feature, and its Bright Night sensor and night mode are perfect for shooting landscape photography at night
The nation’s top 21 locations and accompanying hidden gems, for visiting again when restrictions lift:
- Derwent Water, The Lake District – Cumbria
- Ilfracombe – Devon
- Lower Slaughter, The Cotswolds – Gloucestershire
- Winnats Pass, The Peak District – Derbyshire
- The Limestone Pavement, Malham – Yorkshire
- The Mermaid and Stag Rocks at Freshwater Bay – Isle Of White
- Gold Hill, Shaftesbury – Dorset
- West Cliff Beach, Whitby – Yorkshire
- Glaslyn Lake from the miner’s track – Snowdonia
- St Ives Harbour Beach – Cornwall
- Alexandra Park, Bath – Somerset
- Lyndhurst, New Forest – Hampshire
- Blackpool Tower – Lancashire
- Porthcressa Beach – Isles of Scilly
- Studland Beach, Bournemouth – Dorset
- Stack Rocks, St Govin’s – Pembrokeshire
- Sycamore Gap, Hadrian’s Wall – Northumberland
- Towan Beach, Newquay – Cornwall
- Keld, Swaledale – Yorkshire
- Royal Pavillion, Brighton – East Sussex
- Llangorse Lake, Brecon Beacons – Brecknockshire
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