As travel abroad becomes less common and people start looking for alternative avenues for escape, more and more families are beginning to reconnect with the wealth of attractions and sights to be found within our own island. Staycations are increasingly encouraged as a means of avoiding the perils of travel by boat or plane, as most families can hop into a car and drive off to a wide range of places in the UK.
As a result, new life and new appreciation is being found in numerous places across the country. Whether it is the sandy beaches of the south west, the mountains and hiking trails of the north, or the rich forests of the midlands, it turns out there was more to be found at home than most can realise.
To help you plan your post lockdown vacation, we have listed five of our best spots for a staycation with your family.
Opened at the turn of the Millennium, the Eden Project has become one of Cornwall’s most acclaimed and world-renowned sites bar none. Covering some thirty acres within a reclaimed clay pit, it boasts thousands of individual plant species contained within two environmentally sealed biomes. One simulates a tropical rainforest, while the other recreates a Mediterranean climate.
The Eden Project has been entertaining and educating families ever since it is opened, allowing visitors to explore its numerous biomes to experience environments that normally would require an international flight. Numerous exhibits, activities, gardens and events are hosted throughout the year, each one providing unique and fascinating insights into the natural world of our planet.
Having reopened the Eden Project has taken great pains to protect its guests and staff from Covid-19, introducing numerous measures to help ensure everyone can still enjoy the full extent of the site. As well as limiting the number of guests to the site, one-way systems and new protective screens and barriers have been set up to help ensure social distancing is maintained.
Payment is now all contactless at the entrance, while NHS and care workers can enjoy free entry.
Long associated with the daring adventures of Robin Hood and his band of Merrie Men, Sherwood Forest has formed the cultural and geographic heart of England for centuries. Although much reduced in size now, many of its more famous sites remain and the area remains an historical and natural preserve beloved by people the world over.
Sherwood Forest continues to host numerous events throughout the year, whether it is historical fairs, nature trails, or various workshops, although understandably many have been placed on hold due to recent concerns. Even so the forest remains open to be explored, offering numerous trails to walk through and sights to see.
Boasting itself to be the world’s most environmentally friendly theme park, the Welsh amusement park of Greenwood is situated within the idyllic forests of Gwynedd and proudly shows off both its natural and Celtic heritage.
With such innovative and noteworthy attractions such as the UK’s first solar-powered ride and the world’s only people-powered rollercoaster, Greenwood orientates all its rides around minimal environmental impact. In addition, there are numerous trails, obstacle courses and outdoor activities for people to enjoy.
It covers some 17 acres, all of which is shrouded in forest, and it provides fun and entertainment for all the family although the focus is very much on a younger audience and their parents. Families looking for high-adrenaline theme park adventures may find the tranquil nature of Greenwood a little droll.
There is no greater time of year for adventures across the most beautiful parts of the English countryside than the summer, where the days are longer, the weather fairer, and the landscape at its most verdant. After months of being trapped indoors, many have thus sought sweet escape to the most distant corners of the land and the Lake District has seen more activity than ever.
Covering the low-lying mountains of the northern Pennines, the Lake District has long been famous as the most scenic and breath-taking regions in the country. Covering nearly 2400 square kilometres and boasting England’s largest and deepest freshwater lakes, the Lake District is a fantastic place to visit for a hiking or camping holiday with the family.
For those looking for a beach holiday but find the idea of travelling to Spain or the Caribbean a little too much for the moment, remember that the UK already has some of the finest beaches in northern Europe. In particular, Sandbanks in Dorset is considered one of the UK’s best coastal spots having won the Blue Flag Award thirty years in a row.
Situated on a small peninsula across from Poole, it offers soft, golden sands, beautiful blue seas and numerous facilities and recreation sites for the whole family. Swimming, sunbathing, sandcastles, crazy golf, play areas and boating are all on offer. Water and beach sports are also in no short supply, with visitors able to enjoy boating, fishing, diving, tennis and volleyball.
Meanwhile the town of Poole is bursting with cosy cafes, rustic restaurants, timeless tearooms and popular pubs; but do keep in mind that this area is still managing its own policies regarding social distancing. Be respectful of local rules and regulations – do your research before visiting and leave the town as pristine as you found it. That way the town will be even finer should you decide to drop by to visit again.
While travel abroad continues to be a tricky prospect at best, where will you be taking your family staycation in the UK?