The Great British Staycation

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Who needs abroad when you’ve got Britain, particularly when the weather is as kind to us as during the recent Bank Holiday weekend? Decide on a staycation, and it can still be tough choosing where to go but one thing’s for sure, whatever the result, it’ll be the best of British.

The staycation is where it’s at for holiday happiness. Be it two weeks away, a couple of days’ break or a grand day out, you’ll find all that you need within our shores.

The common theme is that few of us visit what’s close to home, but maybe we should. This country is an exciting place with an abundant history and vibrant culture.

After all, millions of foreign visitors flock here to visit our UNESCO World Heritage sites (nearly 20) and experience our golden sandy beaches, rolling green hills, mysterious stone circles and bustling towns and cities. It’s time we did too.

This country can do pretty - think of chocolate box villages, black and white timbered houses, spectacular coastlines and magnificent glens, vales, valleys and dales, stunning lakes and romantic moorlands, - but it can also feed, entertain and welcome on a grand and varied scale.

Stay high above ground in a luxurious tree house, go glamping, caravanning or tent pitching, stay in a home-from-home hotel or bed and breakfast anywhere you fancy.

Pitch up for some golf, chill down at a relaxing spa, soar up and away on ballooning action-packed activity breaks, or why not be beside the seaside - staycations are Grade A-cations in GB.

And what could be more British than the great British pub? We’ve been dong pubs, inns, watering holes and local hostelries for so long that they have become a national institution. From beer gardens in summer to roaring fires in winter, pubs are perfect places in which to sup our favourite tipple.

No longer does the ‘nation of shopkeepers’ label apply: now we’re a nation of restaurateurs with some of the best chefs around. We’re not talking about haute cuisine either - although there’s plenty of that too.

From traditional fish and chip shops to family run pizzerias, locally run burger bars, cafés, waterfront restaurants, tea rooms and much more, you’ll find it difficult to choose where to eat.

What won’t be difficult is enjoying the warm welcome they all offer and top quality ingredients, usually sourced locally. Britain’s hostelries take pride in what they put on the plates and rightly so. We’re producing some pretty tasty stuff.

Think Welsh Lamb, Lancashire Hot Pot, Yorkshire Puddings, local sausages and bacon from outdoor bred pigs, Aberdeen Angus or Hereford Beef, our fantastic range of regional cheeses, Eccles Cakes and the famous Cornish cream-teas.

We may be famous as tea drinkers, but we’re pretty good at producing the alcoholic stuff as well. We have vineyards, micro-breweries, distilleries all creating an array of memorable drinking experiences that will help to make you trip go down a treat,

Here’s a few more reasons why, when it comes to holidays - rule Britannia.

  • The world’s fastest zip line, reaching speeds of up to 100mph, can be found in a former quarry in north Wales.

  • Much of Britain’s countryside is extremely accessible – you could be in a national park within an hour of arriving at Manchester, Gatwick or Cardiff airports.

  • There’s a whole festival in England celebrating oysters, another celebrating asparagus, a third for plums, ones for pies, sausages and beers ….

  • You can create your own bottle of one-off single malt whisky in Scotland, and take it home as a unique souvenir.

  • Backpacks on! Britain’s highest mountain is in Scotland at 1,066ms/3,500ft above sea level. Its highest pub, in Yorkshire, sits at 528ms/1,732ft.

  • You’ll be chuffed to know that if you visit Wales, you can ascend its highest mountain, Snowdon, on a train.

  • These boots were made for walking. The South West is home to Britain’s longest national trail, the 630 mile South-West Coast Path. It’ll take around 30 days to complete the entire trail!

  • The Pennine way crosses many miles of rugged moorland, where the less rugged can arrange to have our bags moved between the stone built pubs and B&B’s that provide our nightly stops.

  • Water, water everywhere, Cumbria’s Lake District has the highest rainfall in the country but is an area of truly outstanding natural beauty.

So next time you’re looking to travel, don’t bother to check if your passport’s up to date, just take a look at what’s on home territory. And the very best of British!