As the UK starts to slowly make its way out of lockdown, you might be starting to think about taking a holiday this year.
The government’s roadmap out of lockdown has provided a steady path back to normality, taken step by step to ensure new infections don’t rise. As we get towards the end of the roadmap, and it’s 21 June aiming point, people are becoming increasingly optimistic about booking travel, both domestic and international.
If you’re currently wondering ‘can I go on holiday in the UK?’, the answer is yes.
On 12 April, the government’s third step came into effect, allowing for self-contained holiday accommodation to open, including caravan parks which, for the time being at least, can only be used by a single household or support bubble.
It’s expected the UK will see a rise in the number of people taking staycations, holidaying somewhere domestically, with VisitBritain forecasting £18 billion in domestic overnight spending – 83% higher than 2020, but still down on 2019 whilst the sector recovers.
The first thing to consider when choosing a holiday park in the UK is what are you looking for in your holiday? The UK is a great place to holiday, as it offers a diverse range of activities. For instance, you can holiday around our fantastic coastline, stay in the countryside, taking long rambles, or explore market towns rich with history and culture.
Here at Allens Caravans, we have nine holiday parks across England and Wales, all in idyllic locations. So, for those wondering where to holiday in the UK this year, here is our guide to staycations in 2021, filled with lots of things to see and do.
With both coastline and countryside, Wales offers everything you would need when it comes to a relaxing and tranquil holiday.
Our Sunbeach site allows you to combine coast, country and mountains all in one scenic place. Whether you want to relax on the beach next to the park, building sandcastles or go rock-pooling, or you want to go on a hike in the Cambrian Mountains, Sunbeach offers something for everyone.
And don’t worry – the family pooch hasn’t been forgotten about, either! If you’re travelling with your dog, there are plenty of nearby places to go dog walking. You might even want to explore some of the dog walking options provided on the site, too.
Nearby, you’ll be able to explore the Coed Y Brenin Forest Park, offering great trails for hiking, and for those with a penchant for heritage, the Corris Steam Railway, located just 40 minutes away from Sunbeach, offers passenger rides throughout the summer.
For those feeling a bit more adventurous, the world-famous Mach Loop is half an hour away. Despite a steep walk up the hillside, you’ll be rewarded with the chance to watch fast military jets and big transport planes fly low-level through the valley – something you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the world.
Glan Y Mor, just five miles north of Aberystwyth, is Allens Caravan’s newest site in North Wales, and sits on the sheltered Clarach Bay, meaning can take a walk along the beach in the setting summer sun before returning to the site for the evening.
If swimming in the sea isn’t quite your thing, Glan Y Mor offers a range of amenities such as a games room, a leisure complex, as well as ten-pin bowling, offering something for the whole family to enjoy. The site also has its own clubhouse, where you’ll find a bar you can unwind in of an evening, whilst enjoying the entertainment in the leisure complex, making Glan Y Mor the ideal self-contained coastal site in Wales.
If you want to surround yourself with the majesty that is the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we have three sites all on the doorstep of the northern fringes: Bredon View, Leedons Park, and The Springs. The Cotswolds has many things to offer, including such historical towns as Cheltenham, Chipping Campden and Bourton-on-the-Water.
The Cotswolds also plays host to such famous attractions as Blenheim Palace, Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, and The Model Village to name but a few. If you’re looking to venture out from your holiday park in the area, you’ll definitely be able to find something to keep you occupied.
For those with a passion for Shakespeare, and want to explore the historic medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, Abbot’s Salford and Orchard Lodge are conveniently situated just a stone’s throw away. From there, you’ll be able to visit both William Shakespeare’s birthplace as well as Anne Hathaway’s cottage, before taking in a performance by the RSC at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre down by the River Avon.
For those in the area, you can take day tours out into the Cotswolds, or possibly even a gin and tonic cruise along the Avon, taking in the scenery from comfort of a river cruise.
No matter where.
Overstone Lakes, our holiday park in Northamptonshire, is nestled in with 115 acres of green countryside and has won a Gold Banner David Bellamy Conservation Award.
The park is located just two miles away from Sywell Aerodrome, which this July will play host to the world-renowned Flying Legends airshow, a large-scale aerial display of a wide range of vintage aircraft. Outside of the airshow, however, the aerodrome is also home to Virtual Aerospace, a full-size simulator where you can be the captain of your very own flight.
Overstone Lakes is also perfectly situated for Silverstone Circuit, home of the British Grand Prix, where you can get your fix of burning rubber. Silverstone also features the Silverstone Experience, a new museum documenting the history of Silverstone whilst taking you on a lap of motorsport through the decades.
For those looking to stay onsite, the park has its own clubhouse and bar, heated outdoor swimming pool, fishing lake, and pitch and putt amongst many other features, so whether you’re heading out or staying around, you’ll always have something to keep you occupied.
It doesn’t matter whether you want to be coastal, in the country, or be close to historic towns to explore, Allens Caravans have locations perfect for any type of holiday. No matter where you end up, you’ll be able to enjoy a wide range of amenities onsite and away from the base.
Can I go on holiday in the UK? You bet you can – and you might just find something to keep you coming back again and again.