If the coronavirus has taught us one thing, it’s that precious moments with family and friends are priceless and that it really doesn’t matter how much you splash out on a holiday, the most important thing is who’s there with you.
No, we might not be able to lay on a tropical beach until next year or guarantee complete sunshine on our trip. But at some point this year, we will be able to reunite with our loved ones and continue to make memories that last forever.
With 72% of Britons choosing to take a trip in the UK last year, we have put together a list of some of the best British holiday hotspots for 2020 to help you discover what makes Great Britain, so, well, great!
Cornwall, South West
Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape or a bucket and spade holiday that’s suitable for all the family, this coastal destination has something that will tick everyone’s box. In fact, research by Barclays found that 31% of Brits chose to spend their summer holiday enjoying the beautiful beaches in the South West of England last year.
Cornwall boasts 400 miles of coastline, picturesque coves, and a range of sensational Cornish treats. Cornish ice cream, cream teas, and traditional craft beers are just a few delicacies Cornwall is best known for. Of course, no trip would be complete without tasting the legendary Cornish pasty. However, Cornwall offers so much more than just beaches and food.
Surrounded by the sometimes-wild Atlantic Ocean, this hotspot attracts thousands of Brits who want to test their surfing skills and paddle-board in the clear waters. Many Brits also enjoy Cornwall’s historic museums and Castles, and rich maritime heritage, which are mostly free to explore.
Lastly, if you’re lucky with the weather, temperatures have been known to reach up to 35° in the South West, making a holiday in the UK feel as though you’re abroad.
Liverpool, North West
Home of the Beatles, Liverpool has something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re after a weekend full of culture, a few days brunching and hitting the shops, or a day trip to the beach (yes, there are beaches in the North West!), Liverpool truly is the best place for a short city break.
Many tourists enjoy exploring some of the world-famous Beatle’s attractions, including The Cavern Club, where the group made their name, and The Beatles Story, an exhibition devoted to the lives and times of the band (just to name a few). While others appreciate the variety of museums and architecture which date back to the 15th century.
Foodies are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out, as Liverpool is known for its booming hospitality scene. For dining experiences with a view, why not try Panoramic 34? Or if you really can’t decide what you fancy to eat, visit the Baltic Market for a spot of food, music and an electric atmosphere. It goes without saying that the lively nightlife is a big draw for younger visitors. With so many bars and clubs to choose from, it’s no wonder that it is one of the most popular cities for students – a night out in Liverpool won’t leave you disappointed.
Of course, there’s also the famous football ground home to Liverpool F.C. which visitors are able to tour. As well as the new and extremely trendy Liverpool One shopping centre, which includes your favourite high street stores as well as your guilty pleasure designer shops.
Lastly, if you fancy escaping the city during your trip, Liverpool has a number of fantastic beaches which are very popular among the locals. New Brighton beach has over four miles of golden sand and is the perfect place to grab an ice cream and watch the ships sail along the Irish Sea. Or you could even combine your city trip with a few days in a traditional resort like Southport which is just 40 minutes away.
The Cotswolds, West
Situated just two hours outside of London, the Cotswolds is the perfect place for a tranquil break in the UK, so much so that it’s been declared as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The Cotswold’s covers nearly 800 square miles across five different counties, including Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, and Worcestershire, leaving holidaymakers spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation. Log cabins and rental cottages are very popular in the Cotswold’s, and many offer the chance to have your very own private hot tub. What’s better than relaxing in a pool of warm bubbles, with a tipple in one hand and breath-taking views in the other? More often than not your pooches are also welcome on your stay – making a trip to the Cotswold’s fun for the whole family!
Be prepared to hike and bike during a stay in the Cotswold’s as this is the best way to explore all of the wonderful nature, hamlets, and dainty towns. It’s also the best way to burn off all of the amazing gastropub food which the Cotswold is best known for. Just imagine sitting in a country pub with the fire lit, a hearty pub-lunch and real ale at your fingertips, and your family all around you – sounds like heaven to me!
Finally, we may have missed it this year, but on the spring bank holiday (end of May), local cheese enthusiasts’ group together to race down one of the steepest heels in the Cotswold better known as Cooper’s Hill. The annual cheese-rolling contest is a delight to see and hopefully will be back and better than ever next year!
The Cotswold’s is the perfect option for those who just want to forget all of their worries, put their phone away and just ‘be’ for a weekend or so.
The Scottish Highlands, North
Staycations don’t have to involve laying on a beach, as many Brits opt for a more picturesque UK break. Research by Barclays found that 22% of Brits relished a trip to Scotland last year and it’s no wonder! With Scotland’s mix of culture, scenery and famous whisky, it is the best place to escape and unwind. The latest figures show that around 15 million people visit Scotland annually, and of those 12 million were British.
The Scottish Highlands are well known for breath-taking views, so make sure you pack your walking boots and camera so that you can explore the mountains, seas, and beautiful woodland and relax in the tranquil space. Hop in the car and explore Scotland’s largest loch with the family. Who knows, you might even be lucky enough to get a glimpse of the Loch Ness monster!
Why not spend a day trying some Scottish delicacies? Tuck into a traditional Aberdeen Angus beef, or tickle your taste buds with a Stornoway black pudding, whatever you choose you’ll be sure to be greeted like an old friend as you sit down ready to enjoy your food.
With all this on your doorstep, why not head to this landscape steeped in history, beauty, and amazing culture for your 2020 staycation?
For a seaside trip fun for the whole family, Brighton has got to be the place that is on everyone’s bucket list this year.
Enjoy an afternoon of fun at Brighton Pier where you can let off some steam on the funfair rides, use up all of your pennies in the arcade, or simply sit back, relax and take in the sea views in a restaurant or bar along the promenade.
Venture down to the Marina and explore the yacht harbour. It’s home to around 1300 vessels and is scattered with vintage shops and even more restaurants. With plenty to choose from, even fussy eaters won’t go hungry.
Take a trip to the famous Lanes, a winding labyrinth of streets, full of interesting antique shops, specialist boutiques, and restaurants. There’s always something to entertain at one of Brighton’s oldest theatres. The Theatre Royal has been hosting performances since 1807. From tribute acts to West Ends shows, the theatre has something which will suit everyone.
Finish the evening with traditional fish and chips on the beach while you take in the buzzing atmosphere. The city by the sea has so much to offer and is hard to note down in a few words. So basically, if you like, arts, crafts, culture, fun, food, and entertainment, then Brighton is an ideal destination for any family holiday or a short getaway.
Please remember that wherever you decide to spend your holiday, you must buy travel insurance to protect both yourself and your trip – this even applies to those who choose to stay in the UK!