The coronavirus pandemic may have spoiled our Easter and Summer holiday plans, but there is still a slither of hope that we may be able to get out for a short Christmas staycation in December. A staycation, if you don’t already know, is a holiday in your home country - a stay-at-home vacation.
We’ve got a fantastic list of destinations in the UK to take a break at. The sandy Spanish beaches and dreamy Turkish mountains will all be forgotten about once you discover the beauty of the UK.
The perfect place to start. Snowdonia is a large National Park, covering areas of North Wales and Mid Wales. It’s jam-packed full of dramatic mountains, lush meadows, stunning waterfalls and majestic gorges. You can head to the beach for a stroll with the mountains as your backdrop, or take a ride on the Snowdon Mountain Railway which can take you to the peaks in no time. For the full experience go camping or park up at one of the many caravan sites Snowdonia has to choose from.
Head down to the most south-westerly point of England with a trip to Cornwall. A great walk here is the trail to St. Michael’s Mount at low tide. If the sea comes back before you’re done don’t worry, there is a ferry you can catch back. Alternatively, the domes of the Eden Project will serve for a great day. Round it off with a pint and a Cornish pasty.
If you’re planning a trip for the family, there is no place with as many fun activities for the littles ones as Blackpool. The Blackpool Pleasure Beach is a must - the theme park was opened in 1896 and is full of exciting rides. It is so easy to access, situated at the North of Liverpool, and just over an hours drive from Manchester.
For a beach holiday, Brighton is a charming choice. The historic quarter of the town is a maze of interesting shops and quirky sights and sounds. The vibe is unlike another other location in the UK. The Lanes is an area you must visit to get the full Brighton experience.
Brighton is also the LGBTQ+ capital of the UK, so get your best rainbow dress out to parade the streets!
The Lake District
If you prefer hiking over walking the cobbles, the Lake District should be high up on your list. The top picks for scenery here include Old Man Coniston and the stretch from Patterdale to St Sunday Craig. There are multiple picturesque little villages to stop at off along the way for a drink.