The staycation is now the trendy way to unwind over the summer; why head abroad when the UK has so much to offer? The growing trend for ‘glamping‘ and staycations have even attracted celebrities to the scene, including pop star Mark Owen and model Nell McAndrew.
Touring with Towergate gave four holidays in four great British holiday locations. The tour visited Norfolk, Cornwall, Cumbria and Camarthenshire where each of the winners in each stage of the tour could get involved in activities, ranging from the adrenaline fuelled to the ultimate in relaxation and discovery.
Discovery, wildlife and walking – Norfolk , Reedham Ferry
Norfolk is a real treasure trove of wildlife, nature reserves and coastal discovery. Blickling Hall, for example, is a beautiful house with exquisite gardens. Take your time looking around the property and grounds to make the most of the scenery and peaceful atmosphere. For a brush with nature by the sea, visit Blakeney Nature Reserve. Here you’ll get a great up-close look at the seals and wide variety of bird life which inhabit the area. Alternatively, if you like your animals with a bit more bite, take a walk through the shark tunnels at Hunstanton Sea Life Centre.
Water, food and fun – St. Ives, Cornwall
No UK holiday article would be complete without a mention of Cornwall. The most South Westerly corner of England is famous for its pasties, swashbuckling past and above all, its beautiful, activity-filled beaches. Visit St. Ives where our winners will be learning to surf over three days as well as visiting other outstanding places such as Lizard Bay. Indulge in a traditional Cornish cream tea at the famous Minack Theatre.
Inspire, revive and relax – Eden Valley, Cumbria
Cumbria is renowned for its rugged landscape which attracts hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. The natural beauty of the area is a treat for the eyes where as the luxury spa at Armathwaite Hall provides a treat for the rest of your body! The steamer boats at Ullswater transport you across Britain’s most beautiful lake against the back drop of lovely Lake District fells. If however, you prefer to travel on foot, why not take a stroll around Acorn Bank Gardens where you can enjoy the summer air and a bite to eat in the tea rooms.
Castles, land and folklore – Pembrey, Carmarthenshire
Throughout Wales you’ll find a huge amount of history, myth and legend. In Pembrey find out about Creepy Camarthen– a spooky town tour which uncovers the dark secret of the town’s greatest hero as well as finding out where the ghosts walk! If you’re easily spooked go on a pony trek across the beautiful landscape of the Gower Peninsula.
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Four lovely British counties and some great experineces to be had in all of them 🙂
St Ives is stunning year round – love it!
Not been to St Ives for many years so must go back again – but I’ll avoid the summer crowds when I gather you can’t move!
September is nice because it isn’t as bust with the kids being back at school and the September Festival is on with lot’s of live music amongst other things.
Thanks for info. Love holiday places off-seaon and am sure St Ives is a special place any time of the year.