Sunday, 19 January 2014

Seaside Staycation: Holiday Ideas

With Dexter being so young I don't want to take him on too many long haul flights this year, we'll be travelling frequently to visit my husband in Munich, and having a trip to China for a family holiday, which will just about wear him out! As we'll be moving to China and living in a real big city, it will take at least six hours on the train to travel to the nearest seaside. This year I've decided to try and have as many seaside 'staycations' in the UK. Plus, they are cheaper and we don't have far to travel.

I'm lucky living in West Yorkshire because we are able to travel to both the east and west coasts within a few hours, giving us a lot more seaside coverage!

Blackpool

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I haven't been here in years! There are quite a few attractions which are child friendly, such as the model village and the zoo. Basically, I love visiting zoos and aquariums so this is right up my street. Of course they have a good shopping mall too so there it lots to keep my husband's wallet (un)happy. There are plenty of various events at the moment such as Showzam featuring Sooty! You could have a nice walk around the tower, and walk on the glass floor, something which I have yet to do! There are various places to stay, such as a static caravan or a homely, friendly B&B. 

Morecambe

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My parents used to have a static caravan in Morecambe, where I went every holiday from the age of 10 to 16. I made some amazing friends and have some great memories of this place. Morecambe to me will always be nostalgic. However, it has changed a lot in the last ten years. Most of the attractions have been knocked down and the retail units gone. But, it will still hold a lot of memories for me and I still think it would make a nice quiet seaside town to visit. Besides, Lancaster is a short drive away and is one of my favourite cities to shop in! Morecambe would make a great Lancashire base for lots of activities such as walking, museums and plenty of animal attractions! There are plenty of places to stay, such as static caravans and seafront hotels. 

Whitby

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With me spending most of my time on the west coast, I haven't really taken much time to explore the east coast. I've been to Whitby a few times on school trips but never had the chance to explore as an adult. Whitby, famous for being associated with Bram Stoker's Dracula, has much more to offer. The high cliffs and scenic views give a peaceful seaside holiday. Unless you fancy visiting the goth festival or various folk festivals of course! There are some gorgeous places to stay in Whitby, such as the Shoreline Holiday Cottages. They have a great range of cottages to suit, and have offers on the moment meaning you can have a short weekend break when suited. Whitby, like Morecambe, makes a great base to travel to various seaside towns. Leading me on to my last seaside trip…

Scarborough

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There is plenty to do here and Scarborough is one of my favourite Yorkshire coastal towns. There is plenty to experience, from the aquarium to tasting the locally caught fresh fish and seafood, yum! There are lots of attractions to see, from the Roman ruins to long walks in parks and surrounding gardens, Peasholm Park being my favourite with the Chinese pagoda. It's a quaint, vintage style seaside town where you can get a fabulous afternoon tea for next to nothing! There are also lots of places to stay, from friendly B&B's to hotels.

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6 comments:

  1. I really want to make the most of staycations in the UK so this is a really useful post, lots to visit with our toddler :) thank you x

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    1. Thank you! There are lots of really child-friendly attractions out there, it's knowing where to look x

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  2. We went to Morecambe last year and had a great time, but you know I'm a Yorkshire lass at heart and Whitby and Scarborough are among my favourites!

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    1. I need to go to Scarborough more! It seems the place all Yorkshire folk go :P x

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  3. Aren't we Brits so lucky to have such a beautiful coastline? I think this post has inspired me to visit the northern coast!
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    1. I know! I feel so silly for not visiting more of the coastline, we have such gorgeous scenery! x

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