August 22, 2013, 7:35 am -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- The ‘staycation' is becoming an ever more popular way to enjoy a budget-friendly holiday in the UK, with two out of three families opting to explore the wonders of the British Isles rather than head for sunnier climes according to new research by UK Tourism. With rolling hills as far as the eye can see, pristine white beaches, dramatic cliffs and picturesque villages, Britain has something to offer to suit every family, and the top destinations are ever-fluctuating as families explore everything the UK has to offer.
The Cotswolds are an enduringly popular visitor destination for those in the UK who have never experienced the honey-coloured villages and the ancient stone of the hamlets dotted around the typical British countryside. The ancient cities of Gloucester, Cirencester, Stroud and Tewkesbury are renowned for being historic market towns, with quaint cobbled streets and country pubs, and there are a great number of historic houses, award-winning museums and some of the leading wildlife attractions in the UK. Festival events and fetes take place throughout the summer months, and with some of the most beautiful and immaculately maintained cycling and walking routes in the country, the Cotswolds is one of the premier ‘staycation' destinations for all families.
The north coast of Wales is home to some of Britain's most popular holiday resorts. Sea views, fish and chip dinners and striped deck chairs take over the coastline in summer months, but there are a plethora of other activities to enjoy. Visit the Welsh Mountain Zoo for a wildlife experience like no other, or head to Conwy Castle for a dose of local history. The coastal towns of Llandudno, Rhyl and Colwyn Bay offer a quintessential British coast holiday that the kids are sure to love, and avid walkers should head inland to enjoy a multitude of cycling paths, walking routes and outdoor pursuits in some of the most picturesque countryside in the UK.
Scenic rural Dorset is traditional England at its very finest, with hidden villages, miles of footpaths to enjoy and stunning cliff-side panoramas. Fans of nature and wildlife will find rare plants and butterflies here that are seldom found in other regions, and history buffs can experience some of the oldest fort ruins in England. Events like the Great Dorset Steam Fair and the Wimborne Food Festival take place every year and attract thousands of visitors, and the area has a thriving arts and crafts community, with events taking place most weekends of the year.
Ginna Clark CEO of UK Tourism said, “Our research shows that more and more families are shunning sunshine breaks overseas this year in favour of exploring beautiful Great Britain. With so much to offer from gorgeous beaches and historic market towns to rolling countryside and bustling cities, there is something for everyone. Opting to holiday in the UK also offers incredible value for money and there really is something for everyone come rain or shine!”
These are just a few examples of the some of the British staycations that anyone can enjoy without breaking the bank. For more information, and to order a free brochure for your destination, head to http://www.uktourism.co.uk/