A national campaign led by VisitEngland is being launched this year, encouraging UK residents to ‘holiday at home’. The likes of Blackpool, Yorkshire, Skegness and Liverpool will feature in a series of adverts, all designed to push the attractions Britain has to offer holiday makers.
We think it’s a great idea. Many families are starting to think about where to go for this year’s summer holiday. Before you start renewing the passports and worrying about airline baggage allowances, why not stop and think about having a staycation this year? 2012 is a particularly good year to think about staying in the UK and make the most of doorstep delights as we prepare to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and to host the Olympic Games.
England’s green and pleasant land is the perfect place to spend your holiday this year. England may not be the biggest country in the world, but it’s certainly bursting at the seams with exciting things to see and do. There’s so much to see, so don’t tie yourself to one location when you can travel about and see everything on offer. A caravan or motorhome is an ideal way to see the country and not worry about sorting out accommodation, you can just go as you please.
You could begin in the Lake District which has some of the most beautiful countryside around. No matter what your interests are, you’ll find something to keep you amused. Whether it’s hiking the Cumbrian peaks, a gentle stroll in the Lakeland countryside or getting involved in serious water sports, you’ll wonder why you never came before.
Next, dig out your glad rags and spend some time in London. It’s our capital city, but it’s also a key destination for tourists from all over the world. Why not play tourist and go on a sightseeing tour to take in national monuments like Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, the London Eye and Westminster Abbey? You can wander round some of London’s famous markets like Petticoat Lane and visit the Tower of London to find out more about some of the more chilling moments from history. And you certainly won’t go hungry in London, try out the excellent oriental cuisine in Chinatown or treat yourself to fine dining in the West End.
At the other end of the country, Devon and Cornwall are alive with pretty seaside towns set against the gently rolling countryside. You can enjoy the many golden beaches, go for sea excursions and do some dolphin spotting. Or you can meander through the winding streets and treat yourself to a proper Cornish ice cream or an indulgent Devonshire tea.