The warm climate, azure waters and sub-tropical gardens aren’t the only things that make the Isles of Scilly so magical. Step back in time, let the children roam freely, spot seals and rare sea birds, or cheer on a Friday night gig race while staying on the one-mile wide island of St Agnes. To get there, journey first to St Mary’s then take a 15-minute boat trip across. Reward yourself with an island-made pasty (order ahead!) at the Turk’s Head, Britain’s most south-westerly pub.
Sunny and warm? Walk along to Troytown farm for a rose geranium ice cream made with milk from its nine cows.