After several years of restricted overseas travel many of us have embraced holidays in the UK and the trend for ‘staycations’ shows no signs of slowing down. Recent research from the Accor hotel group shows that the pandemic travel restrictions have actually doubled our desire to explore our own country – at the end of 2021 just 14% of travellers were planning staycations and at the start of 2022 that number has doubled to 28%, in fact, 25% of respondents are now more likely to staycation.
The UK offers a wealth of holiday options, whether it be to explore a new city or escape to the countryside for rural adventures and with warmer weather on the way, the summer holidays are the perfect time to enjoy a staycation with all the family invited. For parents looking to keep young minds busy during the school holidays a city break with the kids is the ideal choice. Let their imaginations run wild visiting cultural sights, museums and unearthing the history behind a new place. Whilst for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle and burn off some of that energy in the fresh air, the UK countryside offers a wealth of outdoor pursuits to enjoy, from days out at the beach to country walks and horse riding.
If you’re in need of inspiration, we’ve compiled a list of our top five suggestions for family holidays in the UK that are sure to appeal to everyone – from the kids to grandma and grandpa.
1. Unspoilt Beaches on the Pembrokeshire Coast
For a beach holiday without the crowds, Pembrokeshire in South Wales is a stunning option. Protected by their National Park status, Pembrokeshire’s beaches have some of the cleanest waters and sands in the UK, with acres and acres of golden sands backed by dunes and secluded rocky coves a plenty. With exhilarating water sports, spectacular coastal walks, fresh seafood, and vibrant towns & villages full of culture and creativity to explore, the region offers something for all the family to enjoy.
Find out more here: Holidays in Pembrokeshire, Wales - Hotels, Accommodation & Things To Do
2. Island Hopping in the Hebrides
There are more than 50 inhabited islands off the west of Scotland, where the Inner and Outer Hebrides offer island hopping at its finest. With wildlife, white sand beaches, and ample walking opportunities who needs Greece or Croatia?! The main groups of Scottish isles which are best suited for touring include the Inner Hebrides and the Outer Hebrides in the west of Scotland, and Orkney and Shetland in the north. Whether you’ve only got a couple of days, or a couple of weeks off work, there are a wealth of adventures to discover, from whisky distilleries on the Isle of Islay, to spotting sea eagles on the Isle of Mull, or exploring castles and some of the most dramatic landscapes on Skye.
To find out more visit: Scottish Islands & Island Hopping Holidays | VisitScotland
3. Sports Fever & Chocolate in Birmingham
Come July Birmingham will be in the global spotlight when it hosts the Commonwealth Games, and as the UK’s second city it has a wealth of sights for families and couples to enjoy. For those with young families, the Legoland Discovery Centre offers hours of entertainment for a rainy day, whilst no trip to Birmingham would be complete without a visit to Cadbury World where visitors can learn about the history of chocolate in an entertaining way. For couples looking to explore the city’s historic canals and waterways, hiring a boat is a great way to travel, finishing up with a bite to eat in one of the trendy eateries that line the waterways.
For more information visit: Visit Birmingham - Events, Activities, Tourism and Information
4. One of the World’s Best Beaches and Seal Spotting in Norfolk
Norfolk boasts royal attractions, wonderful wildlife and Holkham beach on the North Norfolk coast has recently been voted one of the best beaches in the world. The beach boasts endless miles of unspoilt golden sands and wide-open landscapes, and just a few miles away is Blakeney Point, home to the UK’s largest colony of seals. The colony of up to 500 grey and common seals can be viewed at very close range from one of the boat trips that run locally.
To find out more visit: Holkham - Seal Trips
5. Glamping in North Yorkshire
For those who want to experience the great outdoors, but are not up for the basics of camping, glamping offers campers a more luxurious and comfortable stay whilst still experiencing all the benefits of nature. North Yorkshire is one of the most popular destinations for glampers looking for an affordable luxury UK stay. For those up for exploring Yorkshire's famous rolling hills, visitors can enjoy long walks along the bracing coastline or the Cleveland Way – a National Trail that runs 109 miles through the beautiful and ever-changing landscapes. For those with youngsters, there’s plenty of action and adventure for them too, from the Flamingo Land theme park to the Yorvik Museum which takes you on a trip back through time beneath the streets of historic York. Or those in search of cultural experiences can their fix with an evening at the Theatre Royal or a tour of York Minster.
For more information visit: Glamping in North Yorkshire (glampsites.com)