For families feeling the squeeze of the recession, holidays are often the first to be slashed from the annual budget. However, there is a low-cost alternative that means families don’t have to sit at home over the summer months: the ‘staycation’. Forget hiring vehicles or shelling out for taxis – the family motor and tent will do just fine. Here are four passport-free UK destinations that won’t break the bank:
Visit on a summer day and Cornwall can do a pretty good impression of a Balearic island – white sand, quaint villages and (if you’re touring the world famous Eden Project) sub-tropical flora and fauna. The Guardian put Cornwall at the top of its list of staycation destinations, and with good reason. Comb the wild beaches of the Lizard Peninsula, combine coast and culture with a trip to Porthcurno’s Minack Theatre, or explore the seat of English history at ‘King Arthur’s’ castle at Tintagel.
The Lake District
With some of England’s most picturesque scenery, the Lake District’s impressive peaks and gentle valleys have entranced Britain’s best-loved artists for over 100 years. Bookworm? Retrace William Wordsworth’s steps through the daffodils of Ullswater. Thrill-seeker? Climb the mighty Scafell Pike before stopping for a pint of award winning local brew, Coniston’s No. 9 Barley Wine.
A stalwart of seaside family holidays, Brighton is a bustling coastal city that’s much more than just the funfair. If it’s retail therapy you’re after, lose yourself in the The Laines and their hubbub of independent boutiques and cafes. Budding artists, meanwhile, should wander Brighton’s thriving gallery circuit, or take in a film at the Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Britain’s oldest Grade II listed cinema.
Isle of Skye
The so-called ‘jewel of Scotland’ lies northwest of the Scottish mainland, and is known for its raw, craggy landscapes, wildlife and history. Walk the legendary path past the MacLeod’s Maidens rock formations, go seal-watching off the northern coast, or tour the ramparts of Dunvegan Castle, home to 800 years of clan history. Foodies: wet your whistle at the Talisker whisky distillery, or sample the local cuisine at Skye’s famous Kinloch Lodge restaurant.
If you’re planning on embarking on a UK-based driving holiday this year, remember to check that your Swiftcover Car Insurance policy keeps you covered – breakdown recovery can be particularly useful if you’re going to be clocking up lots of miles.