WHETHER it is larging it in Lloret de Mar or going massive in Magaluf, getting away to sunnier climates for a post-A levels holiday is an initiation rite for lots of teens.
But with the traditional damp ‘n’ wild Med adventures of our youth looking increasingly unlikely this year, Tracey Davies has a look at some alternative options a little closer to home.
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MOVE OVER MALIA, IT’S EVERYTHING ABOUT MARGATE
IF Malia in Crete and Majorca’s Magaluf are going to be off limits this summer, why not switch it up and head to Margate on the Kent coast rather?
With the hip beach bars and classic amusement park Dreamland, it is not for nothing that it’s called Shoreditch-on-Sea, in a nod to the East London hipster haunt.
Ride the beautiful train, eat ice-cream sandwiches or take a spin around the roller disco. And during the night, journey the light wonderful at Fez or the Margate Arts Club.
Feeling flash? Remain at The Albion Spaces (rooms from ₤ 114, thealbionrooms.live), the fashionable hotel by band The Libertines. Or conserve your dollars for booze and kip down at the Alpha Hostel (beds from ₤ 18, margate hostel.com).
We can not guarantee that you’ll celebration with the band at The Libertines’ Waste Land, you can follow in the steps of bad-boy frontman Pete Doherty with a mega-breakfast at the Dalby Cafe around the corner.
NIX AYIA NAPA FOR NAUGHTY NIGHTS IN NEWCASTLE
IF it’s wall-to-wall pubs and clubs, lawns of schnapps, and glitter bombs you want, there’s only one location to go. Newcastle.
With a night life nothing short of legendary, you can party difficult to the Vengaboys’ megamix at the Bigg Market or go Geordie Shore-glam in the mixed drink bars and private clubs of Collingwood Street aka the Diamond Strip.
This summer season, the Mouth of the Tyne Festival (July 8-11, mouthofthetynefestival.com) is back, with Keane and the Lighthouse Household headlining at Tynemouth Priory, while Dr John Cooper Clarke and Newton Faulkner start in Whitley Bay’s Playhouse.
Stay trendy at Motel One Newcastle (spaces from ₤ 69, motel-one. com), a stagger from the bars and clubs of Bigg Market.
In the morning, a saveloy dip– a fat saveloy bap with stuffing, pease pudding and gravy– is a sure way to treat even the fiercest of hangovers.
IT’S A SURFER’S PARTY PARADISE IN NEWQUAY
FOR blond beaches, rolling white surf and an attractive, salted night life, forget Australia’s Bondi and move down to Newquay.
The Cornish resort’s Fistral Beach, aka the British Bondi, is the centre of the UK surf scene when it welcomes Boardmasters (August 11-15, boardmasters.com), which is a week-long surf-and-music celebration where thousands surf all day and party all night.
For cheap-and-cheerful digs, have a look at the Escape Browse Lodge (beds from ₤ 25, escape2newquay.co.uk), discover to capture a wave or two at the Quiksurfer Surf School (quiksilversurfschool newquay.com) or just party hard at clubs such as Sailors, and Berties on the waterside, which is renowned for its cheap drinks, damp T-shirt contests and foam celebrations.
ZIP IT, ZANTE, SNOWDONIA IS A * FOR ADRENALINE JUNKIES
YOUR very first vacation without parents does not always have to be everything about pails of booze and foam celebrations.
Wales’ Snowdonia National Park is referred to as the extreme-sport capital of Britain and is an excellent location to get your teenage kicks. Flight Speed, the world’s fastest zip-line, at the Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda, where only the bravest fly through the valleys at 100mph (zipworld.co.uk).
Go white-water rafting down the rapids of the River Tryweryn (nationalwhitewatercentre.co.uk) or venture underground to Bounce Below, a below ground trampo-lining system in a 200-year-old previous slate mine.
By night, camp under the stars at Llechwedd Glamping (camping tents from ₤ 150, llechwedd.co.uk), with safari camping tents (and a bar) over-looking the valleys of Blaenau Ffestiniog.
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STATE ADIOS TO BENIDORM AND EY YUP TO BLACKPOOL
FOR brassy seaside fun, you can’t beat Blackpool. Blending inexpensive cocktails and bargain beds, the Mojitos hostel (beds from ₤ 25, mojitosblackpool.com) is always vibrant, and well placed for all of the seaside shenanigans.
By day, ride the white-knuckle flumes at Sandcastle Waterpark, which is the UK’s biggest indoor waterpark, or dominate the rollercoasters at Blackpool Enjoyment Beach.
New for this season is the Stroll the Woodie experience, where thrillseekers can climb the resort’s oldest wooden rollercoaster on foot.
Nights are fuelled by pitchers of Sex on the Beach at the Walkabout, drag reveals at The Flying Handbag or a Jäger- fuelled karaoke marathon at Gaiety’s Bar, prior to dancing up until dawn at Trilogy, Blackpool’s newest megaclub.