4 Staycations for Smart Holiday Makers
This summer, forget expensive, planning-intensive, overseas vacations and take a staycation instead: you can explore local haunts, relax in beautiful spots, or enjoy activities available in your area.
Money-saving, easy-to-plan and full of fun, staycations are the new vacations. Here are four of our favourite:
UPLIFTING: Bristol's Balloon-filled Skies
If you're looking for inspiration, the Bristol Balloon Fiesta is the staycation for you: every year, for four magical days and nights, the skies of Bristol fill with hundreds of multicoloured hot air balloons, gorgeous fireworks, night glows and acrobatic RAF fast-jets. An unforgettable and uplifting experience!
NOSTALGIC: Fun On Brighton Pier
Brighton Pier is the fun-lovers' seaside staycation of choice. It has thrill-seeker rides, children's games, a unique beer garden that's literally over the sea, and a milkshake store that can blend your favourite chocolate bar or fruit into a delicious summer treat. You can get launched 38 metres in the air at 60mph, or relax in a deck chair looking out to sea, in a picture-perfect postcard... Or just stay long enough to do it all!
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CREATIVE: Glasgow's Vibrant Merchants City Festival
The ideal staycation for culture vultures, Merchant City Festival is a massive extravaganza of street art, music, dance, theatre, heritage, design, film, visual art, comedy and food and drink in Glasgow’s cultural quarter. Featuring drummer extraordinaire, Dougie Hudson, a whiskey-tasting challenge and an awesome 8m-high puppet, serenaded by renowned songwriter, Alasdair Whyte, and a group of Gaelic singers. Unmissable for curious and creative peeps.
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CULT: The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Leeds Castle
If you're into cult movies and the midnight movie genre, this open air projection of the classic 70s rock musical is the staycation for you. Dress up for an unforgettable night under the stars, with the film’s writer and star, Richard O’Brien, on the lawns of the loveliest castle in the world. A once in a lifetime experience, better than ten days in Transylvania!
Friday 10th August
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