Created in 2014, Carpe Diem Emmie is a Midlands based Lifestyle, Theatre and Travel blog. Ran by Emmie, a 28 year old woman based in rural Leicestershire.

In the day Emmie works in a primary school where she is passionate about inclusion and mental health. In the evening she escapes to the cultural world.

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3 Great New Year Escapes in the UK.

Leicester, UK

It's been over a week since we celebrated the start of the New Year and we're all probably back into our daily routines, wondering when we can plan our next escape to beat away those January blues. Quite frankly I really enjoy looking for new places to explore, little weekend getaways that will give me something to look ahead to. Also there's so much of the UK I still would like to see.

Recently I stumbled upon Great Little Breaks , who are a website that specialise in booking 3-5 star accommodation and short breaks throughout the UK to suit both the leisure and corporate traveller. I've even chosen some ideas for a romantic getaway with Jordan sometime this year from browsing this website whilst consuming the last bit of Christmas chocolate. All the prices are really reasonable especially with what is included within the price and I've decided to pick out 3 which really stood out to me to give you some getaway inspiration. 
Lake District Dining Break
The Lake District is one of the most beautiful places in the UK and somewhere I don't feel like I've visited enough in my lifetime. With it's incredible views, delicious dining options and the ability to captivate you with it's previous residents, William Wordworth and Beatrix Potter. This Great Little Break experience includes a three course a la carte evening meal followed by tea or coffee in the terrace restaurant overlooking the beautiful Lake Windermere. 

You'll enjoy a relaxing 4* overnight accommodation stay in the Ryebeck Hotel as well as a full English breakfast on the following morning, perfect for a kickstarter before a visit to the World of Beatrix Potter, Kendal Castle and Shap Abbey which are located close to the venue. 

Countryside Retreat
I'm a country bunny at heart, I love everything about it and enjoy it's ability to make you feel at ease instantly. This retreat is right up my street and it really is an idea for the perfect getaway to beat those January blues. Stonehouse Court based in Gloucestershire is set amongst six acres of stunning grounds that overlook the Stroud Water Cancal and rolling hills of the Stroud Valley in the Cotswolds. The Cotswolds are alone renowned for their incredible views so you couldn't go wrong if you need somewhere that will give you the perfect detox from everyday life.

This break includes a three course evening meal on your first night, walking maps of the local area which is perfect for those who want to explore and experience the beauty of the Cotswolds for themselves. You are also offered a hearty picnic lunch for your day out, return hot drinks back at your hotel (your going to need to warm up when you get back), two nights accommodation and a full English breakfast BOTH mornings. Now from £105 per person you could not go wrong with this getaway, book me one now!

Spa Treat Escape
There's nothing like an escape to a spa during January and this one at the Kings Head Hotel in the historic market town of Cirencester in the Cotsworlds is definitely up there as one to try out. Included in this package is a two nights accommodation, 20% off pre-booked spa treatments (so treat yourself to a massage because it's the New Year!). There's also a Full English Breakfast on BOTH mornings and a three course dinner on the first night. The spa room features a Steam Room, Sauna, Experience Shower and Bubble Spa so you'll have the perfect place to put your feet up and relaxed with your loved ones, however there's no fault in going on your own because self love and care is just as important.

Have you booked yourself a January getaway this year, because if not then I would definitely check out what Great Little Breaks has to offer on their website.

*Collaborative Post. Main image and views are my own, other images are sourced from the Great Little Breaks website. 


  1. These breaks are great, especially as January is known for being a rather miserable month, it's nice to have something to look forward to.

    I love exploring the UK, I'm going to have a little peek at Great Little Breaks and see if I can bag myself a deal! aha xx

  2. I absolutely love UK based breaks! Some of the best holidays I have had have been in the U.K. :)

  3. Beautiful photography. I soo love the sound of all of them, I actually cannot choose one I'd like to go on more! Sooo need a break, it's long overdue.
    The Pale Tails
    - Beckie x


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