Thursday, 20 August 2015

Lets have a staycation this summer in Cornwall or Devon | Lifestyle & Travel

Anstey's Cove in Devon 

You may recall I wrote a blog post a while back about having a summer holiday staycation in Devon, and how I mentioned that I had never visited either Cornwall or Devon but that they are definitely on my list of places in the UK to visit.

In every photo or TV programme I have ever seen on those two counties there is always sun shining brightly, beautiful blue beaches, and golden sands. The only downside for me is that it would take around six hours to drive down there and at the moment with a very active and demanding 20 month old toddler it would be incredibly hard to get us down there. After our trip to Great Yarmouth taking around eight hours to drive down rather than four, I can't imagine I want to try that quite yet. It's a good idea, because it gives me more time to really plan out my journey and research attractions and decide what we can visit that are suitable for our family needs.

I do love a staycation, or a nearcation, especially to a seaside town. I was lucky when I was a tween and teenager that my parents had a static caravan on a caravan site in Morecambe. Morecambe was definitely a nice place to be back then, there was a lovely (small) beach, attractions for everyone (they had a theme park!) and so many tourists would travel there making it a fantastic base for holidays and weekends there. I spent a lot of years, made a lot of friends, and some amazing memories there. It was truly a home from home and I had so many new experiences there that made me who I am today. I would love for Dexter to be brought up with a nearcation holiday home, or at least for him to experience proper British holidays at the seaside, or camping (if I ever felt I could go again!).

Parkdean Holidays, who have 24 family friendly holiday parks in the UK especially in Cornwall and Devon, have recently compiled a report on why UK holidaymakers would prefer a staycation down on the southwest coast this summer. It even shows that 41% of locals in Cornwall and Devon would actually prefer a nearcation on their neighbourhood coastline. These are incredibly popular holidays nowadays as it can prove to be much cheaper than travelling abroad. They've also discovered in their survey that 'ladies love a cream tea' - can I get a hell yes please?!, 'and more couples are trying surfing'.

There are so many attractions on the southwest coast that Parkdean have even created their very own 'insider's guide' showing the local's best kept secrets that are ideal for families, and holidaymakers of all ages. Some of the places included are Anstey's Cove (that also has an Agatha Christie trail) and the Lost Gardens of Heligan (both images shown) that look absolutely gorgeous and I could spend hours walking around these destinations and taking all their beauty in.

So have you thought about a staycation in the UK, or even a nearcation to explore a new attraction or beautiful scenery nearby? I've been trying to enjoy a few more local places this year, and I even managed to visit York and Harrogate, as well as spending a lot of time in Ilkley too this year and taking in lots of the gorgeous Yorkshire scenery.

Parkdean Holidays currently have a competition running on their site at the moment called Devon vs. Cornwall. You could be in with the chance of winning a family holiday! Just click which image you think represents either Devon or Cornwall. You have to be in it to win it!

And just think, you really could be having your cream tea in Cornwall or Devon, the most important question however, is jam or cream first? I'm definitely a jam then cream girl!

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

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  1. Stunning photos Michelle - it looks and sounds like you had a great time :) x

    1. Oh thanks lovely, they were sourced from the internet and I haven't actually been to either Cornwall or Devon yet xo