10 Great UK Staycations

Are you ditching Madrid for Margate this year? If you’re planning to stay in the UK for your holidays, you’re one of the thousands of Britons joining the ‘staycation’ wave. Recent years have seen great strides for UK tourism – with an unstable pound, more and more of the British public are staying put. Many UK millennials that grew up into an easyJet-connected world are, for the first time, realising they’ve been neglecting a host of holiday opportunities closer to home. This is great news for both local economies and the planet.

Here at Fat Lama, we’re seeing the effects of the staycation boom first hand. Our Campervan rentals category has quadrupled from 2017 to 2018 as a proportion of rentals on the platform.

If you’re plotting out your next staycation, we’ve compiled a list of ten tried-and-tested British holiday destinations, from the well-known to the obscure, to help you get the most from your trip.

TOWN & CITY BREAKS

If you like your holidays to consist of a heady mix of coffee shops, galleries, theatre, bars and clubs, these could be right up your street:

1. Edinburgh (Fringe)

Best For: Laughing ‘til you ache

Everyone should hit up the Fringe at least once in their life. For the month of August every year, the city transforms into a creature of its own – a cacophony of shows, venues, flyering and street entertainment. There’s more to see than any human could ever hope to absorb in a lifetime. No wonder people find themselves returning year after year.

Reasons to go:

  • Soak up a great atmosphere and watch the world’s best comics in a beautiful, historic setting.
  • The bars stay open into the early hours.
  • Easy access to the nearby countryside or a short stroll up Arthur’s Seat.

 

2. Margate

Best For: Hipster kicks and sea air

Enjoying a Renaissance of sorts with ‘DFL’s (Down From Londons), Margate is a worthy holiday destination in 2018. Offering an increasing array of coffee spots, it also promises family-friendly beaches like the nearby Botany Bay.

Reasons to go:

  • Visit the recently revamped ‘Dreamland’, a 1920s amusement park with a live music venue
  • Get cultured in the Turner Contemporary, an art gallery just a stone’s throw from the harbour

 

3. Newcastle

Best For: Value for money

Less of a well-trodden path than London, Manchester, York or Edinburgh, Newcastle has an unbeatable industrial charm to it and it’s hyper-affordable for the wallet-clutchers amongst you.

Reasons to go:

  • Great galleries and art spaces – don’t miss The Baltic, which staged the Turner Prize in 2011
  • Train access to a load of great day trips, including Hadrian’s Wall and the famous Tynemouth beach
  • Cheap as chips
  • Alan Shearer?

 

4. Richmond upon Thames

Best For: A quick fix of greenery

If you’re looking for short-term respite from London, then you may like to look south of the river and check out what the London suburb of Richmond has to offer you. This historic town used to be the absolute pillar of high culture in London, and the sheer class of the place still bleeds through its streets.

Reasons to go:

  • Richmond Park. 955 hectares of deer-filled parkland, featuring King Henry’s Mound, which may have been a Neolithic burial ground.
  • Kew Gardens

 

5. Brighton

Best For: Quirks and coffee shops

Brighton has to be one of the absolute classics of the Great British staycation. The town had originally been a well known social hub for Georgian socialites and aristocrats, and the attractive nature of the town, its beauty, fresh sea air and access to a fantastic beach trickled down to holidaying families with the economic boom of the 50s. Nowadays, it’s a great night out and maintains a strong reputation for live music and comedy.

Reasons to go:

  • Seaside nostalgia
  • An historic tour of Brighton Pavilion
  • Drinking coffee and having a nose around on North Laine
  • A varied and adventurous nightlife – don’t miss The Haunt’s famous 80s and 90s nights

 

 

RURAL DESTINATIONS

6. The Scottish Highlands

Best For: Single malt whisky

For serene lochs, heathery fells, and great malts, get thee to the Highlands. Rather than wine tasting in Southern France holidays, grab a dram on the Isle of Skye or get knee-deep in peat in the Cairngorms.

Reasons to go:

  • Dramatic scenery and wildlife-spotting
  • Ripe for campervanning and wildcamping
  • Distillery tours

 

7. The Brecon Beacons

Best For: Cycling, hill-walking, stargazing

From the depths of Dan-yr-Ogof (an 11-mile long underground cave system) to the peak of Pen-y-Fan, the Brecon Beacons offers nature-lovers a trove of delights. It was given National Park status in 1957, and the diversity of its scenic offering shows exactly why.

Reasons to go:

  • Get the views from the summit of Pen-y-Fan, the Beacons’ highest peak
  • Kick back with a dram at the Penderyn distillery
  • Fill your face at the Abergavenny Food Festival in September

 

8. The Lake District

Best For: UNESCO heritage thrill-seekers

No list of British destinations would be complete without mentioning the UNESCO Lake District. Take a cruise on Lake Windermere, tour a series of Beatrix Potter attractions and trek your way up Scafell Pike, England’s tallest peak.

Reasons to go:

  • Recover from hefty hikes in quaint and comfy pubs and inns
  • Eat the world’s best gingerbread in the village of Grasmere

 

9. Snowdonia

Best For: A combo of peaks and coastline

You’d be missing out if you didn’t check out this Northern Welsh National Park. Here, you can choose between hundreds of walks, including a gentle trail up Mount Snowdon, taking in fantastic towns steeped in history.

Reasons to go:

  • Historic Welsh towns and impressive landscapes
  • Tir-A-Mor in Llanrwst – the best fish and chips you’ll ever have
  • A little cheaper than the Lakes, Scotland, and the Peak District

 

10. The Avon Ring (Barging Holiday)

Best For: Slow-paced countryside cruising

For those looking to find a way of combining a lust for adventure with a passion for the outdoors, have a think about taking a narrowboat trip. A great introductory canal route is the Avon Ring, most of which takes place on the rivers Severn and Avon. The width of the two rivers make it very forgiving for new bargers and it also moves through the town of Stratford upon Avon, the birthplace and home of William Shakespeare.

Reasons to go:

  • A perfect entry point for first-time bargers
  • Many great stopping points in canal and riverside towns

 

So there you have it: a host of creative ideas for your next UK holiday. From Margate’s charming seafront to rugged Highland ridges, the UK has plenty to offer. Let us know how you get on!

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