Staycations: The top picks for an Easter holiday
The UK is home to a number of beautiful staycation retreats and what abetter time to explore them that right now? Airlines and holiday tour operators across the world are being forced to amend schedules and cancel huge swathes of planned trips amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
As countries around the world decided to take extreme measures to shut their borders, many Britons may be devastated at the loss of their planned Easter getaway.
However, it doesn’t mean that you should sacrifice a holiday altogether.
The good news in that in recent years the UK staycation industry has been booming, and there are now plenty of options to choose from.
According to ABTA’s latest travel trends report, 56 percent of Britons were planning a staycation before the pandemic even began.
Jason Goldberg at SpaSeekers says “UK spa breaks have seen a rise in demand, with traffic up in the last week.
“Consumer confidence has become an issue especially within the travel industry and therefore many are resorting to staying local.”
What’s more, Met Office provides a long-range forecast helping Britons chase the British sun and plan their holiday with the promise of some golden springtime rays.
Staycations: Snowdonia National Park
If you’re a sun seeker
Though summer may seem like a far off time right now, there are still plenty of chances to catch the springtime sunshine throughout the UK. While it is a little bit too early for the most accurate weather predictions, the UK Met Office’s long-range weather forecast does predict some sun throughout April. In the lead up to the Easter break the Met Office predicts: “The best of any sunshine [will be] across southern and eastern areas.”
Brighton could be the perfect chance to catch some sunshine. According to WhereandWhen.net, the average temperature for April is between 12 and 13 degrees in Brighton.
Though Brighton may not be famed for its long stretches of sand, the southern beach resort is a famous seaside retreat, offering entertainment, its acclaimed pier, and stunning Pavilion.
It is also home to a number of quaint and quirky shops, cafes, restaurants and independent businesses on Brighton lanes.
Just a few miles out of town, adventure seekers can also quench their thirst for exploration at Devil’s Dyke – the largest “dry valley” in the UK.
Whether you want to chill out with a beachside view or take in the sights on a unique bicycle tour, there’s plenty to see and do outdoors.
Plus, Brighton is home to a variety of accommodation options.
Like any seaside town, B&B’s are just part of the furniture here, and there is a wide variety of options to choose from.
Alternatively, opt for a trendy Air B&B, budget-friendly hostel, seaside cabin or dog-friendly hotel.
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If you want a countryside retreat
If the green grass, rolling hills and endless expanses of nature or something you’re seeking, why not venture north to the Yorkshire dales?
Though the average temperature for April is only 4 degrees according to WeatheandClimate.com, there is plenty of beauty all around to keep smiles abundant.
There are plenty of areas of natural wonder and parks to wander through and explore. Some of the most favoured parks amongst travellers are Inglesborugh Park, the Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk and Kilnsey Park.
Meanwhile, the area is also famous for its waterfalls.
Trace the trails leading up to these natural wonders or amaze the kids with the force of nature at Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, Linton Falls, Hardraw Force and Stainforth Force amongst others.
Yorkshire is also home to plenty of friendly, cozy pubs ideal for some traditional grub and a local beverage – plenty of the pubs are also dog and child friendly.
When it comes to accommodation if you’re a lover of the great outdoors it’s the perfect time to pitch a tent.
If not there are also a number of Farmhouses, unique treehouses, “glamping” grounds, hotels and B&Bs to choose from.
Staycations: The Yorkshire Dales
If you want an active holiday
Adventure seekers may want to turn their attention to some of the more rugged areas of nature England has to offer. Both the Lake District in Northern England and Snowdonia national park in northwestern Wales are ideal for those looking to run, hike and explore.
The Lake District, nestled in Cumbria, is a region and national park abundant in mountainous ranges, rivers, streams, trails and, of course, vast and glorious lakes.
However, the popular vacation destinations are also known for its culture and market towns such as Kendal, Ambleside, and Keswick.
From traditional inns rife in pub grub and local entertainment to galleries of local art and quaint shopping experiences, there is plenty to do to wind down too.
Intrepid explorers will be keen to scale the trails and rocky ledges of Hevellynm, Skiddaw, Catbells and its highest point, Scafell Pike.
Or take in the scenic views from a boat ride on Lake Windermere.
Plenty of the lakes also offer swimming opportunities too but be warned, you may need to warm up afterward.
The area is popular for camping, caravan retreats, homely B&B’s and cosy, country hotels.
Staycations: Cornwall’s coast
Meanwhile, Snowdonia in Wales will leave you breathless as you take in the views atop its peaks, or explore the hidden nature of its valleys.
Plus, its coastal setting stretching around 200 miles means there are even plenty of oceanside expanses to explore, too.
Popular activities include cycling, climbing, horse riding, golfing, bird watching, caving and water sports.
Plus, there is plenty of walking too, with Mount Snowdon home to six paths reaching 3,560 feet.
When all of the adventure is done, relax with arts and culture rife in the area within its castles, ancient monuments, and museums.
The accommodation offering largely mirrors that of the Lake District and fits perfectly with the natural surroundings.
Staycations: Blackpool is famous for its traditional seaside vibe
If you want the beach
Blackpool is one of the UK’s most well-known beach towns and offers the traditional seaside experience.
From its long stretches of sand to its pleasure Beach Resort, though it can be a little gaudy at times, it is everything an old-time beach holiday in the UK should be.
Popular attractions include the Central Pier, SEA LIFE and Madame Tussauds, as well as the beach itself.
Plus there are plenty of places to eat, drink and dance the night away along the main strip and beyond.
Blackpool’s promenade is home to a range of budget B&Bs, as well as a newer addition of more upscale boutique options.
Meanwhile, just a small journey out of the main area travellers can opt for a sleepy spot in South Shore of Lythan Saint Annes.
Or head to the South West tip of the country and enjoy the near-tropical offering of Cornwall and Devon.
These stunning sandy beaches and cerulean seaside views will leave you feeling like you’ve jetted off overseas.
Cornwall is home to over 300 beaches and a huge range of coastal walks.
The area is also home to some impressive attractions including the Eden Project, The Minack Theatre, The Lost Gardens Heligan and Tintagel Castle.
Perfect for all ages of the family, there is something for everyone and plenty of accommodation options for travellers of all types.
Whether you want a private cottage, a spa break or a camping adventure, a quick online search will show the wide variety on offer.
Published at Thu, 19 Mar 2020 12:05:00 +0000