When the purse strings are pinching but the unquenchable thirst for wanderlust rears its head, finding an all-pleasing balance can be tough. This perhaps explains why more Brits than ever are turning to their own doorsteps when appointing destination for a suitable trip away. Dubbed the ‘Staycation’, this practice involves holidaying in your homeland, be that country, city or beach landscape. The easy option, which most travel advisor's will steer toward, is to explore the many sights and activities centred around London, which in itself can warrant just as hefty a price tag as travelling abroad. We encourage you to set your sights further afield with this handy guide to our top 3 Staycation destinations within the UK.
A cultural site of history in our great nations past, Bath provides plenty to see and do, catering for all activities. Famed for its Roman Baths, the city has been designated as a World Heritage Site and boasts the only natural thermal spa in the UK. Wandering around the city, it is easy to see why it has gained such status, the architecture of the streets in the city centre resemble a look of another time, with steep hills and picturesque views only a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
The Roman Baths are open to visitors and allow guests to taste a sample of natural mineral water (which in itself can be an acquired taste). Browsing the baths provides insight and appreciation for just how complex the structures really are and the work which must have gone into creation. If unwinding is more your trip aim than historical gain, Bath offers a choice of spas which can be indulged and used as intended. The Cross Bath is housed in one of the original buildings and hosts an altogether more authentic experience whilst the New Royal Baths are modernised to offer a full experience in a four floor contemporary building which includes open-air rooftop baths to enjoy.
An enigma of modern engineering, Stonehenge evokes questions upon visitation. Seeing the heritage site yourself will bring marvel at the capabilities of Britons past who managed to maintain and rebuild this site. Although the stones themselves have been subject to interference and change over time, measures have been taken to preserve the site as best possible, meaning tourists wanting to touch the stones have to take specific tours which are pricier than the usual entrance fee. One significant tip is to try to choose a day to visit when the weathers on the better side as the environment can get windy and be subject to a sudden shower or two as we personally experienced.
Getting there is simple enough if you have a car; the site hosts a car park outside the Visitor’s Centre where admission is granted. Commuters can also enquire into pre-arranged coach trips if needed. The Visitor’s Centre offers a Café and shop in addition to a small informative museum to clock up your Stonehenge knowledge before boarding the buses which take you down a secluded road five minutes away to view the landmark.
The celebrated home of Shakespeare, Stratford lives up to its historic past and makes conscious effort to preserve any notable landmarks. With this year being the 400th anniversary since the bard’s death, the town promises plenty of activity to coincide. A must place to visit for any arts enthusiast is the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre, which regularly shows its namesake’s plays, updated to offer alternate takes on classic favourites. In the theatre there is also option to visit the top of the tower which will give an overview of the town of Stratford, with a helpful tour guide to point out any notable locations.
If you are fortunate to go when the weather is sunny, take a walk along the River Avon and take in the quaint attractions on offer. Almost any food commodity can be purchased via canal boat, with tiny shops set up inside. Features such as this give the place character and original detail to take in. Thatched houses line the streets in their dozens, creating picturesque views which add to the overall nostalgic atmosphere. Additional attractions include Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and boat tours of the city, with the promise of a curated exhibition of Shakespeare’s birthplace currently in production to coincide with this year’s anniversary.
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16 Jun 2015
6 Tips and Hacks for the Perfect Summer Picnic
Picnics are one of our most enjoyable summer pastimes, so as soon as the sunshine makes an appearance it provides us with the ideal opportunity to host an al fresco feast with friends and family. We have put together our definitive list of handy tips and hacks to help you create the perfect picnic and have a great day out this summer.