The responsibility that comes with deciding where to take your family on holiday is huge. Do you decide to go for somewhere that pretty much guarantees a suntan or somewhere more known for its culture and heritage
Choosing to holiday in the UK, whether it’s for a short weekend away or even a couple of weeks, is a great option for many families these days. When you factor in the expensive flights and high exchange rates during the summer for holidays abroad, you can find that most of your budget is soaked up.
2016 is a quintessential year for Britain and British culture, with it being 400 years since the death of Shakespeare and the 90th birthday of the Queen. Recent reports by the Office for National Statistics also found that 7.3 million overseas residents visited the UK between December 2015 and February 2016, which was up 6% compared to last year.
With more people choosing to discover Britain as a holiday destination, we’ve looked into some of the best reasons why you should consider a holiday in the UK this year.
Pack your bucket and spade
You might not immediately think it, but the UK has a great selection of beaches and fantastic seaside views. In fact, Blackpool was given the title of the best beach in the world according to Britons in a survey conducted by Post Office Money.
Undoubtedly, the best time to visit the beach is in the summer when you can sunbathe, build sandcastles and take a stroll along the promenade. However, you can still enjoy your time at the beach regardless of the weather. Being right by the beach means that there will be some of the best fresh seafood restaurants on hand and plenty of attractions to visit that will be suitable for the entire family. Who doesn’t still love a quick go on the 2p arcade machines?
Experience the culture
Britain is home to 29 World Heritage sites, which all offer something different, but the chances are that you won’t have to go far to find a slice of British culture.
The country is widely recognised around the world as one of the best destinations for heritage and culture, with every city having its own story to tell. Hop on board and explore the expansive history that Britain has to offer throughout its many attractions, museums, castles and spacious lands.
All you can eat
Whether it’s a pasty in the countryside, fish and chips on the pier, a Full English breakfast or a Sunday roast in a country pub, Britain has a fine selection of traditional meals on offer for hungry visitors.
Wherever you go, make sure you try out some locally-sourced dishes and see what your holiday destination has to offer to your taste buds. You never know, you might be able to impress your friends with your newly found culinary inspiration at your next dinner party.
Dust off your wellies
There are a number of different festivals and events that take place around the UK each year and many are worth seeing for yourself!
If it’s music you’re into, then there are a vast selection of different music festivals for any taste imaginable. Outside of the world of the music, you have festivals focusing on arts, sports, entertainment and just generally having a good time.
Most festivals will offer the option to purchase family tickets, so keep an eye out for the best deal!
The adventure of your lifetime
You don’t have to venture as far as New Zealand to seek out some adventure in your holiday. The UK is renowned for it’s awe-inspiring mountains, coastlines, and views, so get your bags packed and see where you end up.
Whatever your interest, there’s something for everyone. Sailing, sea kayaking, mountain biking and even horse riding can all be found throughout the country. If you’re looking for something a little less extreme, Britain is still known for its vast landscapes and walking opportunities and is a great way to show little ones the natural beauty of the country.
Ultimately, Britain is surrounded by sights that the entire family will enjoy and remember for years to come. Wherever it’s a city trip or a weekend in a beach resort, you’ll find something for everyone.
Adam Maidment writes on behalf of VisitBlackpool, the UK’s number one beach resort for families. With plenty of attractions, events, and activities for children of all ages, Blackpool is the perfect holiday destination for your family all year round.