With the credit crunch, rising prices, and the 10% tax-grab all biting, low-earning artists and creatives may be thinking of a cheap summer holiday in the British Isles. A few suggestions that you might not otherwise think of, within easy reach of the Midlands…

Llandundo as a prelude to walking part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path (yes, ok, it’s Wales; but the coast is not like the outsider-shunning uplands).

The Peak District National Park, just a short hop from the industrial Midlands.

National Trust Working Holidays.

Book tickets and a hotel for the English Music Festival (Oxfordshire, 23rd-27th May 08) or the Three Choirs (Worcester, 2nd-9th Aug 08), the world’s oldest mainstream music festival.