With travel restrictions in place due to the pandemic and still much uncertainty surrounding holidays abroad, it’s not surprising that many of us in the UK have chosen to stay and take a holiday here.
Whether it’s a hotel, an Airbnb, camping or taking day trips, whether it’s a two week, one week, mid-week or weekend stay, it’s a holiday!
Not exciting you?
We need breaks. We need a change of scenery, a change of routine, somewhere we can relax and switch off from our normal daily lives and enjoy undistracted quality time.
True, but the UK?
Ok, so the weather leaves a lot to be desired but we DO get some good days and, believe it or not, not everyone wants sunshine and heat (strange, we know, but true!).
What the UK has to offer
Beautiful countryside with breathtaking views.
Miles and miles of coastline.
History and culture – cities, towns, museums, cafes, restaurants, festivals, events, archaeology……
In other words, VARIETY!
Look at these positives
· Fewer costs involved.
· No airport hassles – anxiety about your luggage being 1kg over!
· None of that tension picking up the rental car in a foreign airport.
· No worries over passports or whether you’ve got the right travel insurance policy, ugh!
· Less tiring.
· Easier travelling with small children.
· Great opportunities to meet up casually with family and friends
· You can often take your dog, so no worries about leaving your pets behind.
Our 10 Top places to visit
- The Jurassic Coast.
A beautiful World Heritage Site on the English Channel coast. In fact, it’s England’s only World Heritage Site!
The Jurassic Coast begins at Orcombe Point in Exmouth, Deveon and ends 95 miles away near Swanage, Devon. Spanning over four regions (East Devon, West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland and Purbeck), it’s is brilliant for long walking trips.
Our capital city is one of the most exciting, vibrant cities on the planet, so it will never be a dull staycation. Sightseeing, history, culture, nightlife and events – there is always something happening.
A peaceful, flat county with fantastic sandy beaches and canals. You can hire a boat and explore the Broads, which is always a popular family staycation idea.
- Lundy Island, Devon.
This is a tiny remote island off the coast of Devon and it’s home to fewer than 30 people and some puffins. Historic buildings have been turned into holiday rentals. Ideal if you’re looking for peace and solitude.
A city for all ages as it has every thing required for a UK city break, however you want to spend your time.
It has the sea, the beach, a huge number of bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants and boutique shops. There’s also ample sightseeing opportunities with the Royal Pavilion, the pier and the giant ferris wheel for panoramic views.
- The Cotswolds.
An obvious choice, but obvious for good reason. A continuously popular staycation destination due to its natural beauty and versatility – whilst being relatively easy to get to from all over the UK.
If you want a solid walking holiday, you have it. If you want a weekend of fine dining and boutique hotels, you can fill your boots. And if you want a relaxed country break of meandering around the quintessentially English market towns, castles, and country houses – the Cotswolds is your oyster.
- Lake District, Cumbria.
2021 is the 70th anniversary of the Lake District officially becoming a National Park. Brilliant for walking, picnicking, rowing, rock climbing and sampling local ales.
- Kent and the Isle of Sheppey.
Close to London, Kent offers many things – historic cities (Canterbury is one), interesting seasides (Margate, for instance) and beautiful countryside. The Isle of Sheppey is well worth a visit and has been described as having an ‘unique island vibe’. You can enjoy its vast skies and beautiful nature reserve views.
- England Coastal Path.
A fantastic way to discover England’s beautiful varied coastline. It’s opening in sections and aims to stay as close to the coast as possible.
Did you know - by the end of 2021 England is going to have the longest coastal walking route on the planet!
The biggest city in Somerset is steeped in culture. Named after the Roman built baths in the city centre, Bath is a hub of culture, shopping and dining. Make sure to visit the Roman baths – they’re beautiful and so interesting.
Rather stay at home?
Try these for a perfect staycation:
· If you don’t normally have help at home, consider paying for some. Having a gardener or cleaner will free up your time, allow you to relax and make things feel different for you.
· Try out a new local restaurant.
· Host a beer or wine tasting. Lots of fun and can be as casual as you like.
· Take a virtual cooking class.
· Visit a museum or learn the history of a local town.
· Create a spa day at home. Get together a good playlist, run a bath, light some candles…
· Camp in the garden. Cook over a fire. Kids will love it!
· Feast! To make your staycation memorable try a delicious food hamper. Our hampers are ideal for British holidays and are filled with top quality British produce from leading independent suppliers.
An interesting and fun way to spend part of your staycation, our hampers are suited to indoor or outdoor dining. Versatility is the key here with the British weather!
Our top 5 Staycation Hampers
- The Staycation Hamper - British cheese, fine wine and nibbles. Enjoy at home or send to friends nationwide.
- The Deli Box - the best of award-winning artisan savoury treats.
- Best of British Picnic Hamper - delicious artisan treats fantastic for picnics.
- The Weekend Pamper Hamper - ideal for indulging at home! Something for everyone.
- The Pimm’s Cream Tea Hamper - great for a refined, quintessentially British afternoon.
Enjoy your break!