Staycations rock!

Why would you ….

  • take your well earned cash, give some of it away in commission, then pay more each time you top up?
  • pack a 20kg suitcase, no more! carefully weighed, measured and pulled together (leaving your favourite Jimmy Choos, because there’s no room) heft it to an airport for it to be chucked about, and then sit around aimlessly waiting for your plane?
  • pay for car hire, additional drivers, child seats, insurance, when you’ve already paid all of this for the car you have left at the airport in England, at over £5 per day?

Why would you learn a new language or seek out a foreign festival, when right here there are festivals, traditions, markets, interesting stories and backgrounds you have never noticed …?

In South West England, we have our own ‘myths and legends’ – Glastonbury Abbey, Chalice Well, Tintagel’s King Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot, smugglers and pirates (and Banksy) in Bristol! Literary figures have found inspiration here, from Agatha Christie to RD Blackmore’s Lorna Doone – you should too.

Why would you trek up a mountain, visit a castle or a theme park, or take a guided tour in elsewhere when you haven’t seen and done everything here?

Don’t go anywhere until you have visited Dartmoor and Exmoor, 14 AONBs, World Heritage sites or 600 miles of coastline …. Don’t go to the Louvre, the Getty or EuroDisney until you have enjoyed all of our attractions including Caverns, Caves, Dinosaurs, Museums, Model Villages, Galleries, Wildlife parks, Zoos and Aquariums.

Don’t gasp at wonders or landmarks across world until you’ve admired our own – Roman Bath, Stonehenge, Corfe Castle or the Minack …. Don’t seek out adventures on foreign shores until you have experienced an adrenaline filled break in this region – surfing, sailing, mountain biking, microlighting, canoeing and coasteering.

Don’t smell the roses at Versailles, until you have admired every bloom, branch and twig in our beautiful gardens – the Lost Gardens of Heligan; Westonbirt Arboretum; Wilton and Rosemoor; the Eden Project.

Why would you extol the virtues of the hostels, hostelries or cuisine elsewhere, without stopping to think about the delights and delicacies in your own country?

Try one of the many castles, cottages, spas and seaside B&Bs or Caravans, ‘glamping’, or even a Yurt! And with the most Michelin starred restaurants outside of London, regular food markets and festivals, we are recognised as ‘Britain’s larder’ – pour away your gazpacho; reshell your pistachios; unslice your black forest gateau and cork your champagneeating out in here is simply delicious!

You would be hard pressed to fit it all into one holiday; multiply this by 8 other regions, and you’ll agree there just aren’t enough hours in the day to waste any time overseas ….

Finally the weather; it’s often a bit of a joke our English weather, but lets face it, holidaying isn’t always about heat and sunshine – picture the scene, a beautiful Cotswold stone cottage, nestling in a quintessential English village the snow falling outside, a cracking log fire and that certain someone special!

Do follow South West England on twitter to keep up to date with news from all of these brilliant places, like the facebook page or check out the website.  Happy holidays.

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Blog from Maureen McAllister of McAllister and Co.  If you If you have visited an attraction in South West England or had a fun day out you would like to share, please do let us know.