Here at Tammy towers you may have noticed we like a holiday, it is kind of our thing, actually. We’ve had a pretty even split this year of U.K and foreign holidays. Closer to home we have visited, Bluestones, Butlins, the Cotswolds and spent many a weekend visiting my family in Bristol. This post is therefore all about team staycay!
I don’t know about you but I have many a fond memory of a U.K holiday as a child and according to a recent survey* 63% of us Brummies ( I say us, I am of course an honary Brummie) are trying to recreate this for our little ones. We all love a bit of nostalgia don’t we? Rose tinted glasses do wonders. The same survey also said the number one happy place for Brummies is sat in a pub in the Cotswolds…well I can vouch for this, you may have seen this from a few months back…
After that apparently a Cornish pasty and fish chips by the sea in Cornwall is a roaring fav. I mean, we’ve all got that memory right? . What is more a typical 7 day break in the U.K will set you back approximately £698.00 as opposed to £1,481.00 for a holiday on foreign sands. I mean that has to be a big win for the U.K holiday.
This coupled with the ease of loading the car (I say ease, this is on the premise Mr Tammy isn’t loading your car as it will inevitably end in a strop) and just driving to your location sounds pretty appealing no? No crazy flight times, hanging around airports at goodness knows what hour and of course no flight. As a flight with little ones is a whole new ball game. Surely that is another win for the staycation?
Then what about the location? Apparently Cornwall and Devon are the top holiday spots. There are some truly beautiful beaches on the South West coast and if you could guarantee the weather it really would be a win win. As Mr Tammy says, if you could guarantee the weather he would holiday in the UK everytime…spoken like a true Brummie, apparently. That said you can’t beat some proper fish and chips by the British seaside. Really. You try to get vinegar abroad. It ain’t happening and certainly not without a bemused face from whomever you ask.
It’s not all seaside towns and beach holidays though. Let’s not forget for a small country the U.K has a lot to offer. We’ve all done the European city breaks, climbed the Eiffel Tower, strolled the remains of the Berlin Wall and drank cheap beer in Budapest but have you ever visited and stayed in the U.Ks second city of Birmingham?
Now as someone who has lived 10 miles out of Birmingham for the last 6 years I confess, I didn’t used to like it. However 6 years in I must say, I love Birmingham now. There is so much to it that I never appreciated. You can sit canal side with a cocktail in the summer and sup mulled wine in the Christmas markets in winter. The champagne bar in Selfridges is my happy place, in fact Selfridges is my happy place. The shopping really is great. The bars, nightlife, oh gosh Jamhouse in the Jewellery Quarter is a must. The restaurants, well there are some phenomenal places to eat in Birmingham. Arenas hosting world class acts. There’s plenty for the kids too, aquariums, museums, think tanks. Birmingham actually has so much to offer. More than I ever gave it credit for.
Pre children, despite only being 10 miles north of the city we always used to stay the night in Birmingham. It felt like a mini break and gave us that bit more freedom in terms of home time. There are so many places to stay and there is something for everyone, but now coming complete with two little ones we are all about the space and home comforts. On a recent stay in Bristol we stayed in a SACO apartment – did you see this post? I must say they are perfect when travelling with the family. They are a real home from home allowing you to live like a local. Separate bedrooms, TVs, fridges cooking equipment, kettles – all the facilities that make travelling with a family easier. So much easier than all being in one hotel room. Trust me we’ve done that too. SACO offer serviced apartments in Birmingham and would be perfect for icing like a local mapping for your city break in the second city.
If you haven’t sampled The second city and fancy a city break then Birmingham really is a place to consider. As for the beach holiday well my vote always goes to the Cornish coast but the UK has so much else to offer. The lakes have been granted world heritage status, the vibrancy of Brighton, the history of Bath or the beauty of Yorkshire all make for a wonderful staycation.
What about you? DO you holiday in the U.K. Or abroad? Where Is your nostalgia in the U.K.? DO you have a U.K. hot spot? Are you trying we, staycation or international vacation? Id love to hear from you.