The Staycation or taking a holiday in the UK rather than going on h0liday abroad – has become a growing trend in recent years. The Staycation has provided a boost to UK resorts, with there being an increase in the number of people taking up camping and using B and B’s in recent years.
Holiday experts are attributing the rise in the Staycation to the recession and the growth in austerity measures.
The National Trust has seen growth in visitors to their locations, with National Trust properties in the south-west have also been welcoming growing numbers of visitors. Across the country, visitor numbers are up 20% this financial year compared with the same period last year.
National Trust properties in the south-west have also been welcoming growing numbers of visitors. Across the country, visitor numbers are up 20% this financial year compared with the same period last year. Internet searches on Devon and Cornwall’s coasts were up by 75% in June compared with the same period last year. Blackpool, Brighton, Bournemouth, Torquay, and Newquay are among the resorts that have been doing well, according to the site, while wilder places such as the Northumbrian coast and the Western Isles of Scotland are also attracting interest.
That holidaymakers are eking out their cash is shown in another key Cornish indicator. Pasty sales have risen dramatically, because, according to the bakers, families are treating themselves to a picnic rather than a trip to the pub.
Another resort that seems to be doing well thanks to investment from the local authority is Boscombe, long seen as Bournemouth’s poor relation. It has invested millions in an artificial surf reef and though it is only half built, there were eight-foot waves there this week and surfers flocked there.
Festivals are also doing good business. The culture minister, Ben Bradshaw, is among those present at Latitude in Suffolk this weekend. The organisers of the Port Eliot festival in Cornwall, the beguiling mix of literature and music in one of England’s loveliest stately homes, have noticed that visitors seem to be booking in there for next weekend and using it as an exciting curtain-raiser for their summer break.