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5 fab airports to launch your summer hols from

Matlock’s a marvelous place to live in and visit.

Locals know it as ‘Little Switzerland’ because of its gorgeous Peak District geography and it’s blessed by chic cafes, great chippys and much more.

With so much going on, it can be tough to tear yourself away in order to see what’s going on in the rest of the world.

But a vacation broadens the horizons and there are benefits from an occasional break from the old routine for us all.

So if you’re planning a sojourn to sunnier climes, here are five fab airports to launch your summer hols from.

  1. East Midlands

Departing from East Midlands Airport is particularly convenient as it’s only 33 miles from Matlock — barely enough time to play a few rounds of I-Spy with your kids in the car.

And it serves 33 cool cities, with direct flights, including Edinburgh, Dublin, Tenerife, Berlin and Madeira.

So whether you’re planning a weekend city break or seven days by the beach, you’ll be satisfied.

Top tip:  treat yourself to exclusive pre-flight pampering by booking the elegant Escape Lounge.

  1. Manchester

Manchester Airport is 45 miles from Matlock and unlocks a plethora of holiday possibilities — there are package deals aplenty to awesome destinations like New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Hong Kong.

If you’re yearning for a far-flung adventure, Manchester makes it much easier to achieve. And if you’ve got time on the return leg, drop in to the Northern Quarter to sample Boho bars and chic cafes.

Top tip: Cafe Balzar is one of the best places to relax — try their macaroon and berry Martini.

  1. Birmingham

Brum’s airport is a brilliant choice for metropolitan excursions to thrilling locations like Amsterdam, Paris, Munich or Venice.

At 62 miles from Matlock, it’s not too much of a mission to get there, and you might want to build in time for a shopping trip to the Bullring on your return journey — it’s top-notch retail therapy.

Top tip:   pre-book special assistance at Birmingham with your airline to reduce stress levels.

  1. Leeds Bradford

Leeds Bradford Airport takes you from Yorkshire to the world and it’s only 80 miles from the middle of Matlock.

You can fly direct to more than 75 destinations like Rome, Riga, Malaga, Prague and Ibiza, with trusted carriers like British Airways, KLM and Jet2.

Top tip: Flying Tiger bus service takes train travellers from Leeds or Bradford direct to the airport.

  1. Liverpool John Lennon

Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport is often overlooked for its Manchester rival, but holidaying from here has much to recommend it.

Just 76 miles from Matlock, it’s a magnificent springboard for skiing trips to Geneva, cultural holidays in Barcelona and Northern Lights adventures in Bergen.

Top Tip: find Liverpool airport parking at Looking4.com— and book early for bargains.

That’s our list! Please share your super summer holiday plans in the comments section.