In praise of the staycation

Why a beach holiday doesn’t have to mean going abroad

5 of the best British beaches
5 of the best British beaches

With domestic tourism making up 60% of the total amount we spend on holidays*, it’s clear that the staycation has a big appeal to us Brits.

No surprise when you consider the rigmarole of air travel and the cost of going abroad. And you needn’t miss out on anything, either, because Great Britain is blessed with some truly beautiful beaches.

We’ve picked five of the best, to give you fresh inspiration for your next staycation.

5 of the best British beaches

Lulworth Cove - Dorset

Found on the Jurassic coast in Southern England, this lovely white pebbled beach in the village of West Lulworth, Dorset, is a popular place to head when the sun comes out. The adventurous can check out nearby Durdle Door, the amazing limestone arch stretching out into the sea – a favourite of geography teachers wanting to bring the subject of coastal erosion alive!

West Sands - St Andrews

Made famous by its part in the opening scene of Chariots of Fire; St Andrews West Sands sits on the eastern coastline of the Kingdom of Fife. If you like your beaches with plenty of room to roam, its 2 miles of uninterrupted sand backed with dunes can’t be beaten.

Holkham Beach- Norfolk

Holkham Beach is an untamed and unspoilt expanse, four miles long, featuring massive sand dunes and dotted with native grasses and wildflowers. Protected from development by being part of the Holkham estate and nature reserve, it’s perfect for a long romantic walk, soaking up the beautifully stark landscape and enjoying getting away from civilisation.

Barafundle Bay- Pembrokeshire

South West Wales has some wonderful beaches, and Barafundle Bay takes some beating. Nobody likes a crowded beach, and there’s more chance of this one staying quiet, because of the long walk over cliff tops you have to complete before you reach it. Being out of the way means there are few shops or restaurants, but who needs an ice cream when you can enjoy the glorious sand beneath your feet?

Granville Beach - Redcar

There’s much to be said for a pretty shingle beach, but for some, a beach should mean sand. These people won’t be disappointed by Granville Beach in Redcar in North Yorkshire, with its generous stretch of sand, interspersed with weather-worn wooden groynes. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants close by. Just don’t forget your bucket and spade!

Preparing for your staycation

There’s always lots to do before a trip; packing, getting someone to come and feed the cat, making sure your TV is off, rather than on electricity-wasting standby. No wonder we’re halfway to our destination before we realise we left the heating on! Not good, when your central heating is likely to consume around 60% of your household energy. But with a smart thermostat such as Cosy, you can turn your heating off remotely using your smartphone, tablet or computer, wherever you are. They can control every aspect of your heating, so if the weather on your coastal walk has been more dramatic than dreamy, you’ll be able to get the house nice and toasty for your return.

Want to get a smart thermostat for free? First Utility offers a tariff that comes with a Cosy smart thermostat worth £250. Installation is included too, leaving you to sort out your next staycation.

* according to research from Tourism Alliance.

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