3 British staycations which tick all the right boxes

If you’re already planning your summer holiday for next year, you might be interested to learn that many Brits are choosing a staycation i.e. a holiday in Britain. As holiday budget are tighter and the economy struggles, many parts of the UK will experience a boost to their summer season. Whether you’re looking to explore and soak in history, play on the beach or rejuvenate in tranquil surroundings, Britain has it all and here we look at 5 types of holiday in Britain that tick all the right boxes:

1. Beach Holidays

A holiday at the seaside is the quintessential British holiday. For generations, a beach holiday has been a favourite with us Brits, after all, what’s there not to like. The beaches in England are some of the safest beaches in the World with RNLI coastguards making sure everyone is safe and sound. Wales, Devon and Cornwall provide the most popular beach holidays with resorts such as Newquay (Cornwall), Tenby (Wales) and Woolacombe (Devon) catering for every holidaymaker with a wide selection of hotels, bed and breakfasts and campsites available. Caravan holidays in Devon are one of the most popular type of holidays for families with caravan parks offering cheap prices, great amenities and loads to do. Camping in Devon is also a firm favourite for those holidaying on a budget – popular with younger groups, couples, families and of course surfers looking to surf the fantastic surf spots of Woolacombe and Croyde.

2. Glamping Holidays

First off, if you haven’t been glamping (glamorous camping) you won’t be the only ones. Only recently have these holidays become popular and the ‘glamping’ word become what it’s easy to see what all the fuss is about. Spend a weekend in a bow-topped caravan in the middle of an apple orchard in Somerset; a few days in a yurt in the Lake District overlooking Britain’s tallest peak; or you can spend your holiday in a luxury Iron Age roundhouse – complete with thatched roof on the picturesque Bodrifty Farm. Glamping holidays are perfect for those that love the great outdoors and something a little different.

3. Canal Boat Holidays

Canal boating holidays have become more and more popular over the years, especially with families. It’s hard to imagine anything more traditionally British than meandering through countryside canals on a narrowboat, breathing in the country air. This is a holiday for those who like relaxation, nature and exploration whilst spending quality time with loved ones. A week living on a hired narrowboat from a company like Anglo Welsh and working the locks is great fun for young and old and using the canal boat as your base, go off and explore local towns, shops and restaurants at your own pace.

Eden Project Opens England’s Longest Zip Wire

The Eden Project in Cornwall, UK, has added what is claimed to be England’s longest zip wire to its more traditional botanical attractions.

The popular tourist attraction, which is based on a site near St Austell in Cornwall, is best known for its gardens and its iconic biomes, huge plastic domes that house tropical and sub-tropical plants in greenhouse-type conditions, but the new zip wire literally gives the site a whole new perspective.

The 740-metre long wire spans the Eden Project’s 35 acres of gardens and installations, and provides an elevated, panoramic view of the site, its surrounding countryside and St Austell Bay. Wire riders will be strapped in to safety harnesses before being sent down the wire.

The Eden Project’s chief executive, Gaynor Coley made the inaugural trip on the SkyWire, and afterwards she told This Is Cornwall, ‘The SkyWire has many meanings to us here at Eden. Not only does it give an exhilarating ride to thrill seekers visiting the project but it also represents the risks people take to be successful in an ever-changing world. The SkyWire is about reaching for the sky, taking opportunities and embracing challenges and we look forward to many people enjoying the ride.’

Marco Fiera, a member of the No Fit State circus company joined Mrs Coley on the zip wire, riding a Penny Farthing bicycle as he went.

Since its opening in 2001, the Eden Project has become one of Cornwall’s most popular attractions, having welcomed over one million visitors. The addition of the zip wire is likely to add a new and more adventurous type of client to the Project’s fan-base.

3 Day Yoga Retreats in Cornwall from £99

London based Yoga Holidays announced today that it is the first Yoga School in the UK to offer consumers holidays in Cornwall (England) from £99 per person this summer. Aimed at those feeling the pinch during the economic downturn these cut price trips will last for 3 days and follow the recent trend towards ‘Glamping’ (Sleeping in a tent, tipi or yurt where bedding and other equipment is supplied).

Included in the price customers will get healthy continental breakfasts, a private tent with a comfortable mattress and two yoga classes per day. Laura Watson, Founder of Yoga Holidays stated “After doing a significant amount of research we found that many yoga retreats cost £500 or more per person.” Watson went on to suggest that this is simply too expensive for many people in the current economic climate. She also stated that “In our opinion yoga should be accessible to a wide range of people not just those with a high disposable income.”

The format the retreats will take is flexible with customers able to do as much or as little as they want. “On full days yogis will be taught twice per day, once in the morning and once in the evening, and in between it is up to them what they do. We have partnered with a number of local businesses to supply rewarding activities such as surfing, kayaking and mountain biking which can be enjoyed as additional extras.”

Bargain hungry holiday makers are advised to visit www.yogaholidays.co/99pounds to book tickets as soon as possible, places are limited and expected to sell out fast!

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Cornwall’s Tourism-Dependent Businesses Report Weak Demand

It’s not just international travel businesses that are feeling the spending squeeze – some of Britain’s most well-known domestic holiday destinations are seeing just a trickle of visitors, many of whom are opting for a shorter, less expensive holiday than usual. Cornwall is one of several regions under the financial weather, with tourism-dependent businesses reporting lower-than-usual revenue.

From hotels to the region’s restaurants, this year’s peak travel season has been fairly commercially underwhelming. While Britain’s economy is officially on the return to health, limited budgets and an all-round avoidance of needless spending have pushed many Britons to forego this year’s short holiday. Even fewer are opting to travel overseas, with a number of travel agents now bankrupt.

Prime Minister David Cameron has called for Britons to help their country’s ailing tourism industry, advising families to travel within the country rather than internationally. Stressing the lower cost of holidaying within the country and the various destinations within the UK, the government has hopes of increasing spending in the tourism industry, which is the nation’s third largest.

As part of a formal tourism recovery plan, the government will offer tax breaks and rebates to hotels and other businesses that cater to domestic tourists. Business rate rooms will be partially reimbursed by the government, encouraging hotels to lower prices and attract low-budget travellers. With many of Cornwall’s businesses struggling to hit targets, it appears that the incentives may be helpful.

But for those who depend on tourism for income, this year’s season is unlikely to hit its peak. From credit crunches to the Icelandic eruption, Britain’s tourism industry will have to survive through one of the worst peak seasons on record. Long-term plans focussing on China and other growing nations will likely make Britain an attractive destination, but they’re unlikely to occur this year.

Newquay’s Wild Summer: Quiet Resort Town or Bar Central?

One of the UK’s top tourism spots could be in the middle of an unwelcome re-branding effort. The town of Newquay, renowned as Britain’s surf capital, is growing increasingly popular with students and recent graduates, particularly those looking for a place to party. The small Cornish resort town has also grown popular with school students at year end as a beach party destination.

While its new popularity certainly pleases some, many locals aren’t so impressed with the town’s new audience. Underage drinking has become fairly common in the town, with a typical night in Newquay revealing drunken tourists, unconscious underage visitors, and an inflow of illegal drug use. Approximately sixty-thousand underage visitors arrived in Newquay throughout July 2010.

It’s a phenomenon that’s causing problems for local residents. The city’s main promenade is home to several major bars and clubs, many of which are located within reach of townhouses and apartments belonging to city residents. While most nights are uneventful and relatively peaceful, during tourist season the noise from bars and nightclubs can routinely continue until 4AM or later.

The prevalence of drunken teens is also a safety concern. Newquay’s cliffs are a hazard, although they are easily avoided by most visitors. Throughout the past twelve months, three teens fell from the city’s cliffs, two of whom died. Parents of those involved in the incidents have blamed simple access to alcohol for the deaths, claiming that the teens wouldn’t be admitted to bars elsewhere.

While the surge in underage drinking is certainly alarming, the town remains one of the UK’s top tourist attractions, and for good reason. With calm summertime weather and some of the country’s best surf beaches, it’s unlikely that Newquay’s reputation for fun will disappear. Residents, however, are hopeful that the town’s fun atmosphere will be met with slightly less reckless abandon.

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