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03/04/2014

Have a Spring Staycation Without Breaking the Bank

beach fun
We had a lot of beach fun last year

When you think of spring holidays, do you get put off by the prospect of hours waiting at crowded airports, long lines at customs and immigration, and flight delays? If you do, think about spending your holiday here in Britain. There’s a lot to see and do and all right on your own doorstep.

Britain just oozes history and you don’t have to travel far before you come across one of the magnificent castles or stately homes of which we are rightly so proud. In Scotland, there are the great castles of Edinburgh and Stirling; in Wales you’ll find Harlech and Caernarfon; and in England there is the Tower of London and Windsor, Dover and Warwick Castle to name just a few. And as for stately homes, there are too many to mention that are worth a visit, but names like Blenheim Palace, Longleat, Chatsworth, Levens, Waddesdon Manor and Hardwick Hall stand out.

Outside the beautiful Natural History Museum London 

If you are a museum or art gallery fan, you’ll find some of the world’s finest in our cities. In London for example, find the Natural History Museum, the British Museum and the National Gallery – all of them with free entry. And, if the children get bored, you can always take them to Madame Tussauds London where they can ‘meet’ their favourite stars and stand side by side with the rich and famous.


For something a little different, you could take the family for a day out to a SEA LIFE centre. You and the children can come eyeball to eyeball with everything from shrimps to sharks and other wonders of the ocean without even getting wet. It’s a great way to experience the wonders of the sea and you’ll learn something too from the talks and presentations that are a daily feature of the centres. If you have a Nectar card you can save on entry by redeeming points online for a SEA LIFE voucher.


Toddler
Enjoying the sea life


Britain also has some fantastic theme parks. Adrenalin junkies can ‘Brave it Backwards’ on The SWARM – the UK’s first winged rollercoaster at THORPE PARK in Chertsey or experience The Smiler, the world’s first 14 looping rollercoaster at Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire. Looking for more of a family day out? Why not pay a visit to Britain’s Wildest Adventure, Chessington World of Adventures Resort?

But you don’t have to take the whole day or travel far for a great time with the family. You could just pop into your local VUE cinema to see the latest movies or if you prefer to spend some time at home, you could order the latest video or games online from Sainsbury’s Entertainment, or play a family board  game with each other, craft or grow your own in the garden


festivals
We can't wait for this years festivals 

Also don't forget those festivals, the Uk is renowned for it's action packed summer filled with music, comedy and cultural festivals and young children love nothing more than camping, well at least our little man does. With so much to offer, Britain is a fantastic spring holiday destination – and it’s inexpensive too if you have the right information. So why not stay home this year and enjoy the riches on offer outside your own back door?

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8 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing wonderful information, it is really nice information.

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  2. Some wonderful ideas here for fab days out in the UK. I agree with you completely - the UK is brimming over with history and culture; with beautiful beaches and coves. We're so lucky to have all of this on our doorstep. Don't get me wrong - I love a holiday abroad (for the weather really) but nothing beats a staycation!

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  3. I agree, there is so much to do in the UK, so many seaside's to visit, places of interest to go.

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  4. some great ideas for places to visit without going abroad, we love having staycations :)

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  5. Lots of really good ideas! We've been wanting a trip to London recently so I think I might just make that happen over easter! Plus I've been itching to go to Alton Towers again, I love it so much!

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  6. i miss the sea! where i used to live before i moved to cardiff (still in wales tho) i was a few mins walk away and i used to love going there at night when i felt stressed, just sitting there and listening to the waves.

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  7. Great idea, we love the natural history museum and have already got two festivals booked in for this year! Can't wait x

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