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28 Things Everyone Remembers From Their Summer Holidays

Lots of castles and drizzle.

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1. You've probably seen a whole load of crumbling castles.

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Your parents probably got an English Heritage family pass and felt they needed to see every castle in Britain to get their money's worth.

2. And a fair few stately homes, too.

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Maybe your parents got a National Trust membership, too.

3. But at least you got some cool Viking-themed toys while you were there.

4. Most trips to the seaside looked like this:

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5. Except for maybe one perfectly timed trip on the one scorching day of the year.


And the whole beach was totally packed.

6. And it was the only time you ever ate sticks of rock.

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7. You have at least one picture of you posing in one of these:

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8. And whilst you were there, you were definitely victimised by some very aggressive seagulls.

The British seaside isn't complete without a mob of threatening seagulls.

The British seaside isn't complete without a mob of threatening seagulls.

9. All the crap rides were actually super exciting and not crap at all.

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10. If your parents were really serious about the beach, they rented one of these.

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11. And they were always fully prepared for the beach with their own deck chairs.

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The chairs spent the rest of the 360 days or so of the year gathering dust in the shed.

12. Even if the weather was shit, it was still fun because it meant you could fly kites.

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Who cares if it's freezing, look at those kites go!

13. You probably had at least one caravanning holiday.

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14. During which you didn't actually do that much other than awkwardly say hello to your temporary neighbours.


And drink cups of tea.

15. And the inside of this caravan was definitely grim.

With fake-wood-effect everything.

With fake-wood-effect everything.

16. You've also had your fair share of camping trips.

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17. Most of which were spent trying not to get stung or bitten.

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18. You also probably had this exact tent:

19. Your dad was also probably really into it and took every possible supply you could ever need.

Even though you were literally just 20 minutes away from a local shop.

Even though you were literally just 20 minutes away from a local shop.

20. A lot of them were probably in Scotland.

It was beautiful but felt distinctly unlike summer.

21. Most of these holidays also included walking.

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Other activities included looking at sheep and getting slightly damp in the drizzle.

22. Stopping at the service stations was actually exciting.

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Your parents might get you some sweets to shut you up for the remainder of the M1.

23. Before the arrival of GPS, most trips also featured pulling over to the side of the road and arguing over a copy of this:

24. You definitely stayed at Pontins or Butlins at least once.

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25. Or Center Parcs, if you're a bit posher.

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26. Where you spent most of your time climbing on things.

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It's not a holiday unless you have to wear a helmet.

27. Or watching excellent theatrical performances.

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28. Your parents probably still have a lot of the tacky magnets from these places on the fridge.