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2020 and into 2021 looks set to be the year of The Great British Staycation, as people turn to holidaying in the UK rather than taking their usual summer trip abroad.
Without going into the doom and gloom of Covid-19, holidays within the UK are not only a financially safer option for most, but many people will find staying within the UK a less stressful option as they don’t have to worry about the threat of quarantine, which as we have seen, can happen with less than 24hrs notice.
But holidaying in the UK isn’t a second-rate option. In fact, the UK has so much to offer. With its blue flagged beaches, world-class food and stunning scenery, there remains plenty to explore.
However you choose to explore the UK, whether it’s camping, caravanning, motorhomes, leisure homes or even hotels, there are ways to do it in style. Here is our pick of the best places to hitch up and camp.
Britain has some of the most stunning coastal landscapes in the world, and this camping site has some of the best. As well as faultless facilities and generous pitches on manicured grass, it has spectacular views over Start Bay. There is a huge shingle beach at Start Bay while Dartmouth is a few miles up the road, where you can join a kayaking trip or take a boat ride up the river to Totnes. The excellent facilities include lavatories, showers, washbasins, laundry and a children's playground.
Price: £25.25 a night in summer for a tent and two adults; reductions for Camping and Caravanning Club members.
Contact: 01548 580538; www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk
For those that have followed Duvalay for a long time, many will know that North Yorkshire is one of Liz and Alan’s favourite places which is why we just had to include this site. The rocky romance of Robin Hood’s Bay is a 20-minute walk through the village. The beach is one of the best around, especially for children with its brilliant rock-pooling, crabbing and fossil-hunting. There's a disused railway track nearby running from Scarborough to Whitby, which is lovely for walking and cycling (it forms part of the Moor to Sea cycle track). All the facilities are clean and well maintained: use of showers, toilets, sink, an electric kettle, microwave, fridge and freezer are all included in the price.
Price: Adults from £8 per night. Children from £3 per night.
Contact: 01947 880283; www.hookshousefarm.co.uk
This site has just about everything, including options where you won’t need a Duvalay Sleeping bag. Even so, we had to share it with you. This pack has so much to offer, you can glamp, stay in lodges or static caravans or you can bring your own tent or motorhome. Plus, there are so many activities to keep kids (and adults!) occupied. You can swim, take part in archery, laser quest, nerf challenge, disco golf – we aren’t quite sure what that is – as well as drive in cars for movie night. There is also a huge boating lake with plenty of extra activities for when the weather is warm unless you are feeling brave in the autumn months.
Price: £19.20 per night for a tent pitch for up to six people.
Contact: 0333 920 3151; www.awayresorts.co.uk/tattershall-lakes/
Hopefully we’ve given you a couple of ideas of where to head on your next staycation. There are so many amazing sites out there that the list is pretty endless, but we think these are three that you should definitely add on to your list. Oh, and one more thing, don’t forget to add your Duvalay Sleeping Bag too!