43% of people in the North East are choosing a “staycation” in 2019
eSky commissioned independent research to find out what truly ignites the Brits’ wanderlust.
A whopping 43% of people in the North East are considering taking a Staycation this year – due to the growing uncertainty surrounding Brexit. This equates to approximately 1.1 million residents! Let’s all hope for another long hot summer as we enjoyed in 2018!
For those who are looking to holiday closer to home this year, eSky rounds up its top “North East Beauties”.
Skegness is the perfect family-friendly break. Featuring sandy beaches, acres of formal gardens, as well as boating lakes, indoor fun centres and a model village, there is something for all the family to enjoy.
The resort is home to the first ever Butlin holiday camp, built in 1936, and it is still open today! Ingoldmells is a popular choice for families thanks to the fun activities nearby, including Hardy’s Animal Farm, where you can see sheep, goats and ducks.
For those travelling by train, Cleethorpes has a three-mile promenade that is directly on the main train line. Amusements line the walkway north of the pier, while on Central Promenade stands Ross Castle, a 19th-century folly with a viewing platform overlooking the Humbler estuary.
Stone Creek is an isolated beauty spot – perfect for those who want to get off the beaten track for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. The pretty hamlet is the base for a sailing club and nearby there are nature reserves which are home to a number of wintering ducks.
For nature lovers, Hornsea is a location not to be missed. Hornsea Mere, Yorkshire’s largest freshwater lake, is an RSPB reserve of international significance. To the north of the town is also Honeysuckle Farm which has a number of animals and nature walks.
Seafood lovers should check out Bridlington. A bustling resort and fishing harbour, you can still spot fishermen landing haddock, cod, lobsters and crabs. Fishing trips can also be arranged and there are cruises around the harbour and to the bird colonies of Flamborough Head and Bempton Cliffs.
The harbour town is a favourite destination for history buffs. The ruins of a 13th-century castle, Whitby Abbey, sit on the clifftop above the town. The surrounding graveyard, steps and the abbey itself all feature in the novel, Dracula. Dracula fans can also enjoy the Dracula Experience located on Marine Parade.
This traditional seaside resort is also a busy fishing port. The town’s attractions also include a racecourse and the RNLI Zetland Museum. There is also a nature reserve to the west of the town, Coatham Marsh Nature Reserve, where sedge warblers are often seen in summer.
The popular destination of Hartlepool was once a thriving shipbuilding centre. The old docks are now a marina and include a collection of historic ships. To the south of the resort is Seaton Carew which boasts a long stretch of sandy beach.
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