The Rise Of The UK Staycation
Posted on July 20, 2017 by Kate
The UK staycation is on the rise showing no signs of slowing down, and it’s fair to say that with the weather we’ve had so far this summer, it’s not difficult to see why. Beaming sunshine, T-shirts and shorts on the high street, and all before July - summer 2017 seems worlds away from the British summertime that is so often mocked.
At Great Little Breaks we love nothing more than to celebrate the wonder and variety of the UK and in order to showcase just how diverse a break in Britain can be, we have created 4 types of ‘staycation’ that can help you escape this summer. We have categorised these into Seascapes, Landscapes, Islandscapes and Cityscapes, so what are you waiting for!? Escape with us and indulge in a Great British experience you won’t forget…
There’s something beautifully nostalgic about a trip to the seaside – whether it’s the salty air, scent of traditional fish and chips or the image of blue and white deckchairs. Our Seascapes give you the chance to take a stroll along some of the country’s most picturesque beaches and take in the sights of quaint seaside villages with their traditional sweet shops and Victorian piers – a true snapshot into Britain’s culture and history. Dramatic cliffs and rock-pools are ideal for exploration with plenty of wildlife to admire, and coastal retreats also offer an abundance of restaurants or beach cafés that specialise in good local seafood, such as Porthminster in St Ives.
Our most stereotypical summertime stays are our Seascapes, and an area renowned for its beachy beauty is Bournemouth. One of the coastline’s best kept secrets is its cultural coastal cruise. The cruise departs from Poole Harbour and takes you on a Jurassic journey across Brownsea Island, past the exclusive sandbank houses and out into the open blue. On a hot day with clear skies, it is fair to say that the beauty experienced beats anything a Mediterranean meander could provide!
Here in the UK we love a good ramble, we can’t deny it - we just do! Luckily we have the most picturesque backdrops to facilitate this love. The rolling hills of the Cotswolds make for a calming countryside walk and is one of our favourite landscapes. Manor houses in the Cotswolds are the perfect place to put your feet up after a full day’s walking and indulge in a full English breakfast in the morning. The ease and tranquillity that the Cotswolds has to offer make for a truly luxurious landscape.
Let’s not forget about the wealth of escapes that the North has to offer – not to mention a much better brew (some might argue!). The Peak District was the UK’s first National Park and has since been named a National Treasure. Spanning across Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Staffordshire and Yorkshire, this national park is also one of the largest. The slice of the Peak District that features as one of our top landscapes is the Cheshire treasure that is Chatsworth House. Chatsworth’s history dates back to the 16th Century and Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury, a native of Derbyshire and from a modest background, she grew to become the second most powerful woman in Elizabethan England after the Queen. During your visit to Chatsworth House you can explore over 30 rooms, from the magnificent Painted Hall to the family-used chapel, regal State Rooms and beautiful Sculpture Gallery. Travellers with an eye for culture should definitely not miss out on this historical stretch of landscape
When we think of island hopping most begin their search in Greece or Thailand, but the answer lies a little closer to home than you might think. While the UK is the ninth largest island in the world, what many don’t realise is that close to its shores lie some 50 islands, stretching from English Channel, Scotland's Inner and Outer Hebrides and the south west coast, all sporting diverse landscapes just waiting to be explored.
Waking up and diving straight into the deep blue as the morning sunshine beats down on you is everyone’s summertime dream, right!? Now imagine all that without even having to think about where your passport is, and you’re dreaming of one of our exclusive Island escapes. The Isle of Wight is situated off the South Coast and is easily accessible from the mainland whilst also offering a secluded island feel. It’s also home to an eclectic mix of events throughout the year, including the oldest and largest annual sailing regatta in the world – Cowes Week.
Heading north, be sure pay a visit to Scotland’s largest island, Harris and Lewis – famed for its remote mountain landscape and sweeping white sandy beaches. It’s also home to wild deer, many rare bird species and Atlantic grey seals with wildlife tours available, so don’t forgot your camera!
There really is no better city to take a long weekend break than London. Between the plethora of West End musicals, the diverse restaurant scene and countless events throughout the year, summertime in the city makes for the perfect cityscape staycation. London is also home to the largest number of parks of any city in the UK, so you can enjoy a summer picnic with a glass of something cold whilst watching the sunset over the Capital’s skyline.
That said, a world of history and heritage lies beyond bright lights of our nation’s capital and few cities in the world can rival York for history and character. The riverside city boasts a colourful history which dates back some 2000 years, and to this day is dotted with remnants from its rich past – from the Roman roads you drive on, to the stonework walls flecked with cannonball scars from the English Civil War.
With its sweeping Georgian crescents and Roman baths, Bath is also a must-see city – not forgetting its plethora of galleries, museums, superb affordable places to eat and a wide selection of boutique shops. The city was also home to the one-time resident, Jane Austen – every September, hundreds of admirers descend on the city of Bath for 10 days of Austen-inspired events, including theatricals, musical soirees, food tasting, discussions, and more. This year’s festival will take place September 8 – 17.
Heading a little further north, Chester is also a popular port-of-call for those seeking an unforgettable short break rich in heritage and culture. The city has the most complete city walls, the oldest racecourse, and largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, plus a 1000 year old cathedral and 700 year old unique shopping rows to explore – what more could you possible ask for?!
If the above isn’t reason enough to opt for a staycation this summer, it’s a great excuse to leave the chaos of airports and flying behind, along with the passports and travel plugs. You’ll also avoid the last minute dash to change your currency, and there’s no weight limit on your luggage, so there’s absolutely no question as to whether you should pack the extra pair of shoes!