Staycation in Weymouth this summer

Recent research published in The Sun has listed Weymouth as one of the top five locations in the UK for a staycation.

Of course, we have wonderful facilities, award-winning beaches and really cool clubs like Canvas, plus cafes like Flirt Cafe Bar.

But kids thrive on variety. Weymouth is a short drive away but plan to leave early if you are playing a day trip.

However a UK-based staycation is increasingly proving to be a good compromise, particularly for larger families and groups of adults. Highlights include the beach, of course, plus the SEA LIFE adventure park.

A poll by Sykes Cottage found that 66 per cent of Brits chose to holiday in the UK at least once last year, with holiday cottage bookings up 36 per cent – a 10 per cent increase from the 56 per cent who said they staycationed in 2017.

Graham Donoghue, CEO of Sykes Holiday Cottages, said: “Although Brexit has played a part, a number of other factors are boosting staycation bookings, and I expect the growth of British breaks to continue.”

Allen Main, general manager of The Waterside Holiday Group, said: “It’s great to see that so many families are choosing to visit Weymouth for a staycation, we’ve got everything you could possibly want for a quintessential seaside break.

“With the current uncertain climate due to Brexit, we hope that more families will take the time to explore different places on their doorstep and partake in a traditional English adventure. Early forecasts suggest there will be another warm summer this year, so there’s no need to chase the sun.

“We’ve invested over £2million into our parks for this summer, including launching new restaurants at two of our parks, and installing sustainability improvements like new solar panels.

“Over Easter, The Waterside Holiday Park and Spa was 97 per cent filled to capacity, and year-on-year are on target to reach a 25 per cent uplift in bookings across our three parks in comparison to this period in 2018.”

Top 10 staycation:

1.     Whitby, North Yorkshire

2.     Salcombe, Devon

3.     Dartmouth, Devon

4.     Keswick, Cumbria

5.     Weymouth, Dorset

6.     Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

7.     Windermere, Cumbria

8.     Scarborough, North Yorkshire

9.     Filey, North Yorkshire

10.  Ambleside, Cumbria



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