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How to plan the perfect staycation

With our busy lives, more of us are looking locally for the perfect family holiday. And why not? Our beautiful countryside has all the views you need and plenty of opportunity for relaxation or excitement, for those who want it. Why not consider being a tourist at home, and enjoy a truly British staycation?

Travelling abroad can be exhausting, particularly with children. There are so many things to worry about - vaccinations, language barriers, and currency, to name a few. Not to mention the perpetual confusion over local customs and knowing whether or not to tip. 

Remove all of these worries with a holiday in one of our nine forest locations, and you’ll not only get the chance to relax, you can discover beautiful parts of the country without having so far to travel.

To make sure you get the most from your time off, we’ve put together some tips for the perfect staycation.

1. Plan your day trips in advance

If you were travelling to an unknown country you would no doubt research places to see and things to do. However, many of us don’t do this when staying in the UK. There are so many fabulous tourist attractions, from the amazing indoor rainforests of the The Eden Project to stunning historical sites like Nottingham Castle – find out what’s in the area you are visiting before you get there, so you can get a real feel for the local character.

2. Don’t limit your luggage

A staycation is just as much a holiday as any other – but with one fantastic advantage. There’s no limit on your luggage, so you can bring along all the essentials you need to relax. Each of our cabins is fully equipped, but you may still have one or two items you want to bring. Bottle sterilisers for the baby, hair straighteners for the teens – boules, kites, board games galore – whatever creates a home from home for your family. Luckily, you don’t need to pack the hot tub, we already have one here for you!

3. Treat yourself to delicious meals 

One of the delights of a holiday is enjoying some mouth-watering meals, particularly where the cooking, serving and cleaning is done for you. There are lots of charming local pubs and family restaurants to choose from. If you really want to treat yourself though, try our In-cabin chef experience. Our professional local chefs will prepare you a meal from one of our carefully selected menus, giving you the full restaurant experience in the privacy of your own cabin – the perfect indulgence for a special occasion.

4. Get back to nature

Exploring new landscapes and discovering unusual animals – it’s something we love to do on holiday. There are some amazing vistas to discover while you are on staycation. Consider the sweeping landscapes of Scotland, with majestic mountain peaks overlooking ancient forests and calm, placid lochs. Or discover the beautiful Norfolk Broads, close to tranquil Thorpe Forest and the perfect base for birdwatching.

5. Splash and play 

Of course, while it’s good to be a tourist on holiday, you can also take a break from dashing about and trying to fit as much in as possible. There is far less pressure on a staycation – so you’ve got time to show the kids how to play in the woods just like you did as a child. Splash in puddles, build dens, climb trees, go fishing – and remember to take a picnic.

6. Go cycling through the UK countryside 

Cycling though the forest is a wonderful way to explore the woodland trails and venture further afield. We offer cycle hire at or near to each of our locations, and know all the best routes, whether it’s gentle exercise or thrill-seeking you are after! Mountain biking down steep hills, splashing over river crossings, or following the trail down to the nearest pub for a well-deserved, ice-cool pint – the perfect reward - you’ll find the fresh air stimulating and end the day with a healthy glow. Enjoy an evening relaxing in your peaceful, luxurious cabin, bright eyed and refreshed with a sense of well-being. 

Each of our forest locations offers a sense of retreat, and a chance to take a break from the routine of daily life. No matter what kind of holiday you are looking for – a family adventure, a cosy break for two, or a weekend of exploration – you’ll find everything you need in Britain’s forests.