A person standing on a rocky beach, with John Fowler Holidays

Choosing a staycation

June 29, 2016

As a family, we prefer to holiday within the UK. There is so much to see and do on our doorstep that the rest of the world can wait for a few years until the children are older. We have been trying to visit new places across the UK but don’t feel as though we have scratched the surface when it comes to seeing all our country has to offer.

Choosing a staycation over going aboard might not appeal to everyone but this is why we opt to enjoy all the things that the UK has to offer us…


This probably the hardest decision to make as there are so many wonderful places to visit. At heart I’m a northerner, however, the weather can be a little unpredictable, to say the least. Although you are able to enjoy some beautiful scenery with hills and valleys to climb, rocking climbing and caverns to explore.

The south coast of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset have some amazing towns and villages to explore. With an array of beautiful beaches, moors and harbours to visit, it’s difficult to know what to do first. If you’re looking for accommodation then check out John Fowler Holidays for a choice of different types of places to stay from caravan parks in Cornwall and lodges to apartments and glamping.

A bridge over a body of water


Many of use want to get away from cooking on holiday so half or full board might be the easy option, however, it does restrict somewhat in terms of times you can eat and the menu. Why not throw caution to the wind and book self-catering, enjoy the local pastries for breakfast, grab a Cornish pasty or some local fish and chips for your lunch and then take a walk through the town to find a local restaurant to enjoy for your dinner. Ask for restaurant recommendations from your host at your accommodation or when you pop into the shop to grab a newspaper.

A tray of food on a beach, with Restaurant and Fish


Whether you’re looking for a slow paced breakaway from reality, with strolls across the beach and exploring the local footpaths. Or whether you are looking for things to keep the kids entertained we are lucky enough to have a wealth of activities to choose from. Google the area in which you are visiting to see what attractions are close by, from bowling alleys and cinemas to the best place to go crabbing and local swimming pools.

Depending on your family you can opt for the fast-pace of an attraction one day, followed by a slow-paced explore of local rock pools the next – it doesn’t all have to be full on all the time (otherwise you’ll need a holiday to get over the one you are on).

A person standing on a rocky beach, with John Fowler Holidays


Across the UK we are gifted with some of the most beautiful beaches. From the surfer beaches with amazing waves, you can opt to sit and watch the surfers as they ride the waves (who wouldn’t fancy an afternoon of this?) or better still give it a go yourself with many beaches offering surfing lessons.

Beaches also offer that simple way of life, especially for children. Forget all the technology gadgets back at your accommodation and hand over a bucket and spade. With the promise an ice cream and a paddle in the sea – what more could they want.

A young boy standing on a beach

Do you opt to enjoy a staycation or head off aboard?


Disclosure: This is a collaborative post, however, we love our staycations and have booked to visit Minehead later this year

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