Have you had hopes of an international adventure dashed by the pandemic? If so, you’re not alone. But as frustrating as it may feel, there’s solace to be taken in the wealth of staycation opportunities here in the UK.
You might need to move fast too. In the week the government announced plans to ease lockdown for 4th July, staycation bookings quadrupled as Brits scrambled for the great outdoors.
Here are five domestic destinations to add to your list and accelerate your holiday planning.
There are few better places to be when the sun is shining than Cornwall. Whether you want to lay back on its beaches, surf in its bays or explore its pretty villages and towns, there’s plenty for everybody to enjoy.
Alternatively, admire the botanical gardens at Eden Project or enjoy a slap-up feed in Padstow. Because of its popularity you may need to weigh up your financial options when booking – especially if kitting everybody out in new wetsuits too.
Though not strictly an official region, it’s impossible not to be taken in by the natural beauty of North Wales. There’s the stunning island of Anglesey and picturesque coastal town of Conwy, and plenty to see and do in between.
The area around Snowdonia National Park offers plenty for active families. Set off on group hikes around Snowdon itself, attach your gang to the longest zipline in Europe, or catch artificial waves at Surf Snowdonia.
The Lake District is estimated to welcome around 15.8 million visitors annually – and for good reason. On a staycation here you’ll find towering peaks, well-worn trails and, of course, many mighty lakes.
The towns of Keswick and Bowness-on-Windermere are two ideal bases for hungry families thanks to a wealth of local amenities. There are also lots of great spots for camping if you want to keep costs down.
If beauty spots in England or Wales don’t take your fancy, how about the Scottish Highlands? Boasting the Cairngorms National Park, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness, the area is frankly spoilt for choice!
With all that walking you’ll need somewhere to rest and recover too. Cosy up in front of log fires in a lodge, enjoy whisky in traditional pubs, or try your hand at wild camping.
Any list of staycation destinations isn’t complete without mentioning the capital. And while life in London may not be quite normal at the minute, there’s still lots for families to see and do outdoors or in safe, controlled indoor environments.
Take a walking tour of big hitters like Buckingham Palace and Big Ben or explore its many gardens and green spaces. It’s also worth checking reopening plans for attractions such as the National History Museum.
Will you still get away this year?