Beautiful Britian
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Posted on 17 Dec 2018

With the Brexit blues set to continue, there’s never been a better time to pack a suitcase, organise the other half or a gaggle of friends and head off into the sunset. But you don’t need to dig out your passport and pay a fortune in foreign exchange rates to reconnect with your inner peace, with 2019 looking set to be another amazing year for the ‘staycation’. You’ll never be more in vogue, darling!


 

Fancy the great outdors...


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...but not the ‘roughing it’ miseries of camping? Well how about glamping instead? Glamping is camping with the pure luxury of feather beds, log burners and electricity. Don those Hunter wellies and head to Craig Wen in Snowdonia. Or live out your childhood dream and spend a weekend in a tree house at Cotswold Camping in Shipston-on-Stour. 



Up for a scream?


Amusement parks are just as popular today as when you were a kid. Alton Towers, Drayton Manor and Thorpe Park are all high-profile destinations where you can get that adrenaline-head junky rush. Book up to five days in advance to get mega discounts, or dig out that Tesco Clubcard and call in your points. After all, points mean prizes!


Tension in your trapezius?


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Then it’s time to unwind, relax and forget all about the stresses and strains of life. Whether it’s Hoar Cross Hall in Staffordshire or The Charm in Brighton, a spa break is just the ticket to recharge in comfort. With day tickets and residential stays available, unwinding with friends couldn’t be easier.



Discover natural beauty

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Inspired by the beautiful scenery in the movie God’s Own Country - and I don’t just mean Josh O’Connor and Alec Secareanu - you can get up close and personal with nature by exploring the great outdoors. With 10 national parks in England, three in Wales and two in Scotland, from Loch Lomond to the New Forest there’s no shortage of great natural beauty waiting to be discovered. So pull on the walking boots and visit nationalparks.gov.uk to download walking maps, trails and a passport to spiritual refreshment! It’s also great for those into mindfulness.


Calling all you bibliophiles!


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If a nose in a book or keeping up with your latest author is your thing, why not get out and about to enjoy a literary festival or several? From the internationally popular Hay Festival to smaller, lesser-known events, get your books autographed, be inspired by first-rate talks and find out all about the latest book releases. See literaryfestivals.co.uk for details on the countless events taking place across the UK in 2019. And while you’re at it, why not visit Gays The Word in London, the amazing community-led queer bookstore that featured in the hit movie, Pride?



Wanting to give something back?

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Volunteer working parties are perfect for those who’re looking to get away while at the same time doing something good for the community. In exchange for board and food, turn your hands to dry stone walling, laying pathways or clearing plastic from beaches. Make David Attenborough and your mum proud! With over 170 working holidays to choose from, see Nationaltrust.org.uk/holidays

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