"...matches charming old-world oddities with modern trimmings."

Explorer went in search of the best spots for a last-minute summer soiree…


Running from 3-27 August, Edinburgh's Fringe Festival is the highlight of the summer - and you don't need to have planned in advance to head up there and get involved. With a bounty of comedy, drama and dance shows taking place everyday all you need to do is hop on the train and start the show-crawl.
Info: edfringe.com


Summer's a brilliant time to visit Liverpool. Not only does International Beatle Week take place from 22-28 August, but there's also the fifth annual Brazilian Samba festival, Brazilica, from 13-15 July and Liverpool Pride Festival on 4 August. There's even the Ricoh Women's British Golf Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake from 10-16 September.

Info: visitliverpool.com


It's the sunny seaside spot on the north east coast, which matches charming old-world oddities with modern trimmings. Head to Scarborough for water sports, the gorgeous beaches and cultural treats like the beautiful castle and the Sea Life Sanctuary. There's also the Open Air Theatre which sees Russell Watson, Olly Murs and teen favourites JLS take this stage this summer.
Info: yorkshire.com/scarborough


With a newly opened visitor attraction all about chocolate (York's Sweet Story), we're not sure what more one might need to know about the city before hot-footing it to the train station. But, in case you're not quite convinced, there's also the Festival of the Rivers from 7-22 July, which celebrates the Ouse and the Foss rivers with a range of cultural activities, and the York Food and Drink Festival from 21-30 September. Delicious.
Info: visityork.org


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