How To Swap Your Overseas Holiday Plans For A UK Stay

Many British holiday makers are looking a little closer to home for travel ideas this winter and into 2021, due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Brighton UK holiday maker
UNSPLASH Rhys Kentish

The removal of quarantine risk, combined with attractive deals on UK trips, are encouraging us to seek out thrills, spills, action and adventure a little closer to home.

If you had a dream trip abroad cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus, these UK holiday ideas could help you recreate the magic on home soil.

The romantic weekend: Beautiful Bath

For many people across the world, it’s been the year of staying at home. We’ve swapped outings for gardening and offices for kitchen tables, so couples have spent more time together than ever before.

A change of environment may be beneficial for romantic relationships, since travel creates an opportunity for spontaneity and bonding.

Bath is one of the most charming romantic break destinations in the UK, since it combines beautiful architecture with art and luxurious spas. History-loving couples will find Bath really puts the ‘Roman’ into ‘romance’ – the city’s iconic Roman Baths have stood for almost 2,000 years. 

The surfer’s paradise: Laid-back Cornwall

When you think of surfing holidays, Australia’s Bondi Beach might spring to mind. However, there are also several fantastic surfing beaches in Cornwall.

The most famous is Fistral Beach, which perches on the edge of Newquay. Its hollow waves can reach two metres high and surf boards can be hired from Fistral Beach Surf School.

The seaside city break: Brighton

More than one million Brits stayed in Brighton in 2019. With the prospect of trips to beachside cities such as Barcelona remaining uncertain, the 2020/21 numbers could be even higher.

Brighton is one of England’s livelier seaside resorts, boasting a dazzling pier – stacked with more colourful amusements than most – there’s an entire amusement park set above the English Channel, plus several eateries and a bar.

Like many of its international counterparts, this seaside city attracts a youthful crowd. Brighton is also known for its vibrant open market, which offers a range of artistic and mouth-watering products in equal measures.

The historic weekend break: Shakespearian Stratford-upon-Avon

One of the best aspects of going on holiday is learning about culture and history. Staying in the UK can be the perfect opportunity to learn about our own heritage – and towns don’t come much more culture-rich than the birthplace of William Shakespeare: Stratford-upon-Avon.

Wander between charming Tudor houses clad with black-and-white timber, visit one of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s three local theatres or stop for a drink at the oldest pub in down, the Old Thatch Tavern, which dates to 1470.

The ski holiday: Glenshee, Scotland

Why not swap Alpine skiing for Cairngorms skiing this winter? At Scotland’s largest ski resort, the infamous Tiger black run gives its continental cousins a run for their money.

The ski and snowboard season lasts from December until the beginning of April, depending on snow conditions – check the latest snow report before travelling. 

The canal cruise: Norfolk Broads

If you feel most at home on the water, UK boat holidays might appeal. In the lush, flat-as-a-pancake landscape between Norwich and Great Yarmouth, 125 miles of waterways provide ample opportunity for exploration.

Hire a private boat and you can expect to see quaint towns, windmills and family attractions such as Lenwade’s dinosaur-themed animal park.

Cancellations and changing quarantine rules don’t have to spell the end of travel – after all, there are many places in Britain to chase that holiday magic.

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