The past year has seen more Brits holidaying in the UK than ever and, as we move into 2019, it is unlikely that this trend will die down.
The ‘Brexit Effect’ and hot British summers has meant more than half of British holiday-makers have been staying put when it comes to booking a trip away.
From walking in the countryside to stargazing at night, Big Cottages, the UK holiday marketplace for groups, has put together its top reasons to opt for a staycation this year.
1 – Wonderful Walks
The UK has a breadth of stunning scenery to explore, whether it’s woodland, moorland or coastal.
Walkers can discover the highest waterfall in England whilst on a walk through The Howgill Fells or take a trip down memory lane and discover key locations from the Winnie the Pooh books in Ashdown Forest in Sussex.
For those wanting a real challenge, there is plenty excursions through the highlands of Scotland, with some even stretching as long as 96 miles.
Walking is a cheap, easy way to experience the beautiful landscapes on our doorstep and with walks of all lengths and abilities, there is bound to be something for everyone.
2 – Pet-Friendly Options
One of the best parts about staying local, is that there’s no need to leave furry companions at home!
With more and more households opting to have a four-legged friend, UK property owners are having to be equally as welcoming in order to keep up with competitors.
Dog lovers will not be stuck for places to stretch their legs in the UK with plenty of towns, villages and countryside walks to explore. Owners won’t need to rush back as many UK high-streets are pedestrianised and pet-friendly, with many cafes and pubs also welcoming pets.
3 – Stargazing At Night
Many people are unaware that the UK is home to some of the darkest skies in Europe and provides spectacular views for stargazing.
Take some time whilst away to give it a go, but don’t give up too soon, the eyes needs plenty of time to adjust to the darkness so it’s a good opportunity to turn all phones off and spend some time away from the screen.
For an out of this world experience, Brits should visit Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, which is the largest area of protected night sky in Europe and the first of its kind in England3.
Exmoor National Park in Devon is also one of the top stargazing spots in the UK with 3,000 stunning stars and planets visible on clear nights.
Other key locations include Galloway Forest Park in Scotland and Southdowns National Park in Hampshire. Both of which have been granted with the International Dark Sky Reserve status, meaning light pollutions are controlled.
4 – Vegan Hotspots
In recent years more and more people are choosing a vegan diet, or even just limiting the amount of meat they consume and although this can be great fun in the kitchen, it can still be difficult when eating out on holiday.
With over half a million people in the UK eating a plant-based diet, many British restaurants have adapted their menus to reflect this.
From the UK’s vegan sweetshop in Glasgow, to a dairy-free ice cream parlour in Bournemouth, the UK is certainly ahead of other countries when it comes to plant-based options.
5 – Stunning National Parks
If Brits are struggling to think of places to visit, the UK is home to 15 stunning national parks. From the dramatic landscapes of the North Yorkshire Moors to the largest native forest of Cairngorms, each has its own unique history so there is bound to be something for everyone.
The Pembrokeshire Coast in Wales is a completely unique landscape as its 186 miles of perfectly preserved coastline makes it Britain’s only fully coastal national park.
Renowned for having inspired many literary greats, The North Yorkshire Moors boasts to having ‘the finest view in England’ which can be taken in by those brave enough to tackle the 25% gradient of Sutton Bank.
6 – Alcohol Tours
It’s a little known fact that the UK has an abundance of British producers of alcoholic drinks, ranging from craft gin to sparkling wine.
These hidden gems can be found across the UK and make for a great day out to add to any staycation. With gin sales rocketing and hitting new records, gin has taken over as the UK’s favourite spirit4.
The Black Friars Distillery is the oldest in England, and Plymouth Gin has been made here, according to the original recipe, since 1793.
Kent, famously known as the ‘Garden of England’, is at the heart of the UK’s wine industry with a plethora of beautiful vineyards spread across the county. Established in 1969, Biddenden Vineyard is the commercially oldest vineyard in Kent and is a must when staying nearby.
There’s even special tasting events with opportunities to try a selection of the award-winning drinks.
Harriet is a travel expert at Big Cottages. This involves scouting out all the best places to go and sharing this with customers, so they can have the perfect, fun-filled UK break.
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