How To Plan Your Family Staycation

Everyone needs a break from time to time and there’s no better way to rejuvenate yourself than by spending some time away. While the kids are home from preparatory school, why not join dozens of other families in the UK by choosing a staycation this summer.

In our guide, we explore the key things you need to do when planning your family staycation.

Why Choose A Staycation?

Whether you’re looking for day trips, weekend getaways or a week or two away, there are plenty of options available in the UK. Here are some of the key reasons to choose a family staycation this summer.

Reduced Travel Time

No matter where you choose to go, it’s unlikely you’ll spend more than a few hours travelling. By reducing your travel time, you’ll have more time to relax and have fun at your chosen destination.

Take Your Pets Along

Everyone in the family deserves a break, including your pets. By choosing a staycation over a vacation, you’ll be able to go on holiday with your pets as well. Not only will this give them some time away from their normal routine, but it also gives you some quality time to spend with them.

You’re Closer To Home

No matter how prepared you are for your trip abroad, there’s always the chance something could go wrong.

By choosing a staycation, you’ll never be more than a few hours away from home, so if something goes wrong at either end, you’ll be able to sort it out fast!

children checking a map

Best Staycations Locations UK

Once you’ve decided on a staycation, it’s time to choose your location.

Whether you’re looking for sun and sand, or if you prefer mountains and adventure, you’ll be able to find it all right on your doorstep!

Here are some of our top picks for staycation locations right here in the UK.

Isles of Scilly

Just 28-miles from the Cornish coast, the Isle of Scilly offers a beautiful and relaxing holiday.

Not only do these islands offer white sands and turquoise waters that’ll make you believe you’re in paradise, but there’s also plenty of local attractions to keep all the family entertained.

Scottish Highlands

Lovely and remote, a staycation in the Scottish Highlands might just be the rustic getaway you’ve been looking for.

The Highlands offer some of the most stunning scenery in all of the UK as well as a multitude of ancient and historical landmarks. If you’re a history fan, why not check out the Culloden Moor battlefield? Or, if your little ones are Harry Potter fans, take a trip to the Jacobite steam train, also known as the Hogwarts Express.

Devon and Cornwall

Both Devon and Cornwall are praised for having some of the best holiday locations in the UK. Whether you’re looking for a surfing holiday, camping trip or just a quiet, country break, there’s something for everyone in Devon, our own county, and Cornwall.

Staycation Travel Arrangements

Once you’ve decided where and when you’re going, it’s time to figure out the how.

Travelling with children can be challenging, but by choosing a staycation and reducing the time spent travelling, you can make the journey less stressful for both yourself and your little ones.

Travelling by Car

Driving is the easiest and simplest way to get to your destination. Children are used to being in the family car already, and when you’re in the driver’s seat, you can pick and choose when to stop.

So, if you’re little ones are getting antsy, you can easily make a stop and give them some time out of the car.

Travelling by Train

If you don’t have a car, or would just prefer not to travel by car, then there’s always the option of travelling by train.

No matter where you choose to spend your staycation, chances are you’ll be able to get there by train. By booking your tickets in advance, you may be able to save yourself some money and you might even get the option to choose where you sit.

Most trains come equipped with table seats with access to plugs so you can easily keep everyone entertained on those long journeys.

Travelling by Plane

If your destination is on the other side of the country, then it’s understandable you may want to limit your travel time as much as possible.

Airports across the UK will offer fast flights to various locations in the UK for very reasonable prices. For example, the flight time between Devon and the Scottish Highlands is under two hours.

Of course, you’ll need to accommodate for getting to the airport ahead of time and waiting after you’ve passed through security, but you could still have that vacation anticipation without having to worry about travelling abroad.

Children enjoy kayaking

Things to Do on a Staycation

Just because you’ve chosen a staycation doesn’t mean there isn’t a whole host of exciting experiences just waiting for you.

Once you’ve chosen your destination, it’s always good to have a look at what activities, attractions and restaurants are available nearby once you arrive.

All across the UK, you’ll find plenty of fun and quirky attractions that all the family can enjoy. These include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Zoos
  • Beaches
  • Adventure parks
  • Museums

Make sure you check in with all the family and find out what they’re interested in doing. This way you can start planning a loose itinerary for your trip that will help give all the family a chance to make some fantastic memories.

We’re looking forward to hearing plenty of summer holiday stories when we welcome our students back this September.

If you’re considering a private preparatory school for your child, or if you have any other enquiries, please contact Rachel Elliott, Director of Admissions & Marketing, on 01395 280335 or email rachel.elliott@stpetersprepschool.co.uk.