With this year restricting us to look around us, for what's at home to enjoy, I wanted to focus today's post on your very own UK, with the beauty, magnificenc,e and culture it has to offer.
Calling on my talented friend Jade, who runs the blog 'The Staycation', with musings of past adventures, to day trip-adventure ideas, I thought it would be lovely to focus today's post on weekend exploration and staycation ideas here in the UK.
Jade has put together your complete guide for every best spot you need to know about - British or not! As well as a guide to what to do in each area, there are some really delicious eatery ideas for you to enjoy, too.
I hope you enjoy today's post, please do check out Jade's blog www.thestaycation.wordpress.com and @thestaycation_ for more UK travel insights and ideas.
Birthday getaway ideas?
Warwickshire has so much to offer. The fantastic raft of independent shops and eateries in Leamington Spa, the home of William Shakespeare – Stratford-upon-Avon, and the charm of Warwick being so close together make a cracking combination. If you’re in Warwick make sure you swing by Thirteen Bakery for your sugar hit.
Winter getaway recommendation?
It may sound odd but I had one of the best Winter getaway’s I’ve had was in Somerset, staying at The Birdhouse Treehouse which was really secluded. I actually didn’t have much phone reception so it gave me an unexpected (and much needed) digital detox. A short drive to the coast, which is rugged and wild in the winter, and then warming up with a drink by the fire at the pub after is dreamy. My favourite pub is The Lord Poulett Arms in Hinton St George.
What’s your favourite getaway for spring and why?
Hay-on-Wye is absolutely charming, on my most recent visit I stayed at Westbrooke Court B&B just outside of the town. It has stunning interiors, wonderful views and excellent hospitality. When exploring the town be sure to check out Days Household Goods on Castle Street for beautiful homewares. A short drive from Hay-on-Wye is The River Café Glasbury, which serves wonderful food in an intimate space. And of course when talking about Hay-on-Wye how can I not mention the Literary Festival which takes place at the end of May to the beginning of June.
For those living in London and surrounding areas, where would you recommend for a quick weekend trip away?
Amersham is easily accessible by train from London and is located in the Chiltern Hills, so great if you like countryside walks. If you prefer the coast, Whitstable in Kent has some great places to eat, and a lovely walk along Tankerton Beach.
Best beach holiday in the UK?
For me it’s Cornwall. With all its history and charm, the harbours and beaches accompany stunning towns with some of the best pubs. I most recently visited Mousehole, you can read more about that here, but I’m really looking forward to going back again in the future. I love waking up to the sound of seagulls and the feeling of sand between my toes.
With the coronavirus pandemic, lots of us are now opening our eyes to exploring more of the UK. What do you hope people will realise about holidays going forwards?
I love that there are so many people out there who also love a staycation as much as I do. I hope lots of people have an opportunity to explore a new part of the UK, which they may not have before. You can travel a relatively short distance and feel as though you’re in a different country sometimes. If it’s a day out, a weekend away or a longer holiday there is so much to see. We have a really rich heritage and incredible natural beauty. Whether it’s a city break or countryside escape I think there’s something for everyone.
Once the pandemic is over, what areas would you recommend to international holiday-makers wishing to explore more of what the UK has to offer?
I went to university in Chester, and what a wonderful place it is. I am really keen to explore much more of the north of the UK, it’s largely undiscovered for me. But Chester is a city in the north west of England. It’s known for the Roman walls, which surround the city (you can walk along them) and shopping in The Rows is just beautiful. The cathedral is well worth a visit, and of course, Liverpool and North Wales are nearby if you have more time to explore.