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While some friends and family have opted to go abroad this year, we’re all about the staycation in this household. The UK is full of incredible places to visit, from beaches and castles to pubs and wildlife trusts - we are truly spoilt for choice (albeit not spoilt on nice weather, unless you prefer the wind and rain)

Researchers from SACO, The Serviced Apartment Company, carried out a poll with UK holidaymakers and revealed one in four Brits believe there is "no place like home" when it comes to holidays.  As do I! There are many places I want to visit and take the kids. I'd love to holiday in the Lake District, Brecon Beacons, Devon...  my list goes on and on.

Staycations are not only cheaper, they are less stressful (I hate airports), and luxury at no extra cost, with places like serviced apartments in Manchester giving you an alternative to hotels, perfect for larger families like mine.

Nearly half of those polled by SACO said the biggest benefit of holidaying in the UK was the fact you could travel at a time of day to suit you and a quarter love the fact you don’t need to take out expensive travel insurance.

Being able to travel by car, avoiding sweltering heat and being able to take the family dog along were also listed as benefits of the staycation – we are planning on taking our dogs on our next staycation next year.

SACO also established:


  1. Pub lunch in the Cotswolds

  2. Walking/hiking in the Lake District

  3. Eating ice-cream on Brighton Beach

  4. Eating fish and chips in Padstow

  5. Admiring the white sandy beaches of the Hebrides

  6. Walking in the Peak District

  7. Enjoying a cream tea in the Isles of Scilly

  8. Enjoying a pasty in St Ives

  9. Visiting the Roman Baths

  10. Open top bus ride in London

  11. Picking fossils on the Jurassic Coast

  12. Swimming in Bude Sea Pool, Cornwall

  13. Boating on the Norfolk Broads

  14. Eating candy floss at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

  15. Walking the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

  16. Walking the dog on Holkham Bay, Norfolk

  17. Searching for Nessie at Loch Ness

  18. Playing arcade games on Weston Super Mare Grand Pier

  19. Building sand castles on Blackpool Sands beach

  20. Climbing St Michaels Mount

  21. Winning a toy for the children in Barry Island

  22. Rock Pooling in Polzeath Beach

  23. Exploring Exmoor

  24. Playing rounders on Perranporth Beach, Cornwall

  25. Strolling over the Clifton Suspension Bridge

  26. Riding donkeys on Great Yarmouth Beach

  27. Surfing on Fistral Beach

  28. Crabbing in Looe

  29. Punting on The River Cam

  30. Sailing in Salcombe


  1. Eating fish and chips

  2. A pub lunch

  3. Eating a cream tea

  4. Building sand castles

  5. Paddling

  6. Playing arcade games

  7. Getting blown about on a beach

  8. Skimming stones in the sea

  9. Relaxing in a deck chair

  10. Getting rained on

  11. Playing in rock pools

  12. Eating a pasty

  13. Playing cards

  14. Crabbing

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