British tourists have had a love affair with Benidorm since the fifties, charmed by its sun, sea and generous helping of home comforts. While the Spanish resort will always hold a special place in the hearts of many, other destinations are giving it a run for its money.
According to dealchecker's latest data, destinations including Tunisia and Portugal have had a 126% and 35% increase respectively in holiday searches over the last year, proving that appetites for sunny all-inclusive getaways remain high among Brits. Dealchecker has listed the top seven resort destinations that will be popular, budget-friendly hotspots this summer.
As Tunisia's largest resort, Hammamet's white sandy beaches are a main attraction. Visitors can enjoy the town's bustling medina before heading back to one of the value for money all-inclusive resorts.
Portugal's Albufeira is fast becoming a go-to package holiday destination. Like Benidorm, Albufeira offers bustling nightlife and warm temperatures.
Faliraki, Rhodes, began life as a quiet fishing village, This family friendly destination is a quieter alternative to Benidorm, with space to sunbathe on its blue flag beach.
Morcco's Agadir offers traditional souks and hammam baths alongside laid-back beaches, perfect for sunbathers and surfers It has excellent golf courses too.
Gibraltar, lying off the southern coast of Spain is a British Overseas Territory, meaning visitors don't need to change currency or worry about a language barrier. It even has its own Marks & Spencer.
Playa de las Americas, Tenerife's most popular resort, is popular with windsurfers and waterskiers. Nightlife? Absolutely, Las Verónicas is one of Europe's best party strips with nightclubs, cabaret bars and live music venues.
Gumbet, Turkey, appeals to both party-goers and those in search of a more relaxing escape. In mid-summer, holidaymakers can party on the beach while come September, guests enjoy a more relaxed vibe.
Founded in 2005, dealchecker is a UK-based travel comparison website enabling customers to compare flight, holiday, hotel, cruise and car hire prices, alongside reliable and unbiased money-saving deals. Visit www.dealchecker.co.uk
Now in its 34th year, the Bury St Edmunds Festival brings a world class celebration of culture and entertainment to the Suffolk town between 16 and 26 May.
The Festival comprises music, song, dance, comedy, film and other art forms with top performances by artists of international renown alongside home-grown talent. The line-up includes classical violinist Nigel Kennedy, Rick Wakeman and Clare Teal, Dr John Cooper Clarke, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Quintet-a-Tete jazz band, the Puppini Sisters and Chineke.
Music includes classical favourites and easy listening, blues, jazz and folk, ceilidh, a brass band, Latin American sounds and an early music trio. Similarly, vocal artists range from close harmony and a cappella to a Judy Garland tribute and concerts by the Cathedral Choir.
Comedy acts are sure to put a smile on your face. Join Edinburgh Fringe's favourite housewife 'Barbara Nice' ; comedian and author James Campbell who presents a stand-up comedy show for children aged six upwards, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without rude words. Dr John Coper Clarke brings a mix of classic poetry with hilarious ponderings on modern life. Dance enthusiasts can enjoy high energy ceilidh to classical ballet.
As if all that isn't enough, visitors can also take part in guided walks, watch street theatre, see photographic exhibitions and the screening of Oscar Wilde plays recorded live from London's Vaudeville Theatre.
In November, TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition will open at London's Saatchi Gallery. Celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the tomb discovery, the boy king's priceless tomb artefacts will visit London while a new permanent resting place for the treasures is constructed at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
The exhibition will be In London from November to May 2020 and will transport visitors to Ancient Egypt where they will accompany Tutankhamun on his journey to the afterlife. Over 150 objects showcase the spectacular artistry of the boy king's 3,300-year-old treasure. This will be the largest Tutankhamun exhibition ever and offers the opportunity to experience the magic and mystery of Tutankhamun before his treasures return to Egypt forever.
Book with Shearings
I'm Gilly, award winning journalist, travel writer and author of 11 books. My byline appears in national and regional newspapers and magazines. Website gillypickup.co.uk