Staycations, why UK holidays are better than going abroad

28 January 2019

VW Camper in the New Forest

With coastal coves, wild woodlands, craggy mountains and rolling countryside it’s no surprise that there’s been a huge uptake in people exploring the UK rather than heading overseas, and in Dorset this is especially true!

As we’re nestled in the New Forest, Shamba benefits from rich and diverse landscapes that are so close by, so if you want to paddle in the sea or take the little ones to make dens in the forest, you can do it all! Of course, the British weather comes with its own eccentricities, but that makes it more exciting right?

With people feeling less inclined to visit mainland Europe and beyond, we take a look at why a UK staycation might be the gorgeous getaway you’re searching for.

The Red Arrows at Bournemouth Air Show

Keep your eyes on the skies

One of the most anticipated events of the year is always Bournemouth Air Festival. During this long weekend, plane enthusiasts flock to Bournemouth beach to watch aerial displays, visit stalls and soak up the buzzing atmosphere of the UK’s biggest air festival. The Red Arrows are a particular favourite, so make sure you nab a spot on the East Cliff Overdrive to see their display. If you’re keen on boats you’ll also be impressed as you look out to see and witness the plethora of spectators on the water and you can even charter your own trip too.



Cycling in the New Forest

It’s friendly on your pocket

A UK holiday can also be easier on the pocket if you’re watching the pennies. You don’t have to pay expensive air fares or travel expenses and if you have your own car then you’ll just need to make sure you fill up the tank. There’s also no need to change your money, pay for travel insurance and of course it makes getting about easier too. You can plan your budget and allocate funds for days out, food and of course a souvenir or two!

Bucklers Hard, in the New Forest

A rich history to explore

The UK has such a rich heritage so exploring different areas will help jog your memories of school history lessons. Dorset is known as the Jurassic Coast, and a trip to find fossils is a must if you have little ones! If you’re interested in history that’s a little more recent, then attractions such as Buckler’s Hard maritime museum, Beaulieu Motor Museum and Hurst Castle are a must-see and as many of them have their own tearooms, you can also make sure you’re stocking up on fresh local bakes and a good cuppa.


Bring your dog on holiday

You can bring the dog

As Dorset is such a popular area for getting out and about it means that many attractions and sites are dog-friendly. So, instead of having to pop your four-legged friend in with a sitter for a holiday abroad, you can take them with you for their very own getaway.

The New Forest’s coastline stretches 40 miles from Totton through to Barton-on-sea so it means there are plenty of coastal walks with opportunities for your pup to have a paddle. Make sure you also seek out a cosy dog-friendly pub (or two) such as The Drift Inn, The Snakecatcher or the Turfcutters Arms for a bite to eat and a well-earned rest. 



It’s a real treat to take the time to explore the UK on a staycation, and with Dorset as a firm favourite, Shamba is a perfect place for a New Forest camping holiday.