Staycations in the UK

A break close to home

What is a staycation?

The word staycation is a blend between stay and vacation, in literal terms a stay-at-home vacation, a holiday where you stay close to home and enjoy the activities and attractions the UK has to offer. Previously, a staycation involved driving to a place a little further from home for a day trip, but in today's world it's a break taken over a course of days that doesn't involve flying to another country. With 11 idyllic forest locations from Scotland to Cornwall, there’s no better way to take a staycation than a Forest Holidays break. Short travel times, no airport queues and lots of exciting options to fill your days, your UK staycation awaits...

Discover our UK staycation ideas

Book a break at one of our spectacular natural locations and create your ideal forest break. Whether you’re ready for a rest, or you want a fun-filled break with friends and family, our forest locations make the best backdrop to a staycation. Bring the family and enjoy the comfort of a Golden Oak or Silver Birch cabin. Head out to discover castles, museums and theme parks, take to the treetops at Go Ape and pack a bucket and spade for the traditional British seaside. For a staycation with friends, stay in a Golden Oak Treehouse and join in a Forest Survival course, take up your bow with an archery lesson, and gather in the hot tub at the end of each busy day. Or, for a romantic staycation, stay in a cosy Golden Oak Hideaway cabin, enjoy an In-Cabin Spa treatment for two and join the Forest Ranger to see the forest at night.

Staycations for families

With UK staycations growing ever more popular, jetting off to sunnier climates isn't the only option when booking a family holiday. And on a forest staycation with your family, you can experience something totally unique. Seek adventure with adrenaline-fuelled activities, uncover the natural world at your feet and reconnect in the great outdoors. Inspired to give it a try? Explore 11 locations across England, Scotland and Wales and make our socially distanced log cabins the base for your best UK family staycation ever.


  • Staycations for nature lovers

    When you book a staycation in the forest, you aren’t just surrounded by woodland - there’s lots of glorious open spaces and picturesque views to enjoy as well. So why not make your next break a walking and hiking holiday in the UK? And if walking isn’t your thing, enjoy exploring on two wheels instead on a cycling holiday. From the majestic mountains of Snowdonia to exclusive tracks in Sherwood Forest, our locations are well suited to cycling holidays. Plus, more advanced mountain bikers will feel right at home on the Cinder Track in North Yorkshire or the South Downs Way in Hampshire. A Forest Holiday is great for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers alike!

  • Staycations for relaxation

    Studies show that spending time in the forest is good for you. Just the excuse you need to avoid the expense of your usual spa break and unwind in the heart of the forest instead. With calming woodland views and a private outdoor hot tub, you can infuse your break with wellness from the moment you arrive. Making mindfulness a priority this year? Take a moment to listen to birdsong as you stroll through the forest or enjoy an alfresco breakfast on your outdoor decking. And for the ultimate indulgence, relax completely with a soothing massage (or another luxury spa treatment) from the comfort of your own cabin.

  • Adventure staycations

    Get active on your next staycation in the forest with fun things to do. If it's an exhilaration you’re after, try your hand at archery (available at all locations, excluding Beddgelert) and don’t forget to complete your staycation holiday with a Forest Ranger experience. Plan ahead and pre-book your session to get everyone excited about your upcoming break. Then with your Forest Ranger at your side, explore the forest at night on a Nocturnal Adventure or learn the essentials of outdoor survival on our 3-hour Ultimate Forest Survival. Fancy taking things at a more leisurely pace? Enjoy a day trip to nearby towns and villages where you’re sure to stumble across plenty of independent shops and cosy pubs. Perfect if you fancy giving local businesses some much-needed support.

5 reasons to take a staycation in the UK

  1. Ditch the search for your passport, save the cost of flights, put the phrasebook back on the shelf…and relax into a simple, stress-free holiday.
  2. Discover the unsung natural landscapes of Britain, from the crystal clear lochs of Scotland to the waterways of the Norfolk Broads, from the heather-clad moors of Yorkshire to the green, rolling hills of Hampshire; from the cliffs and beaches of Cornwall to the towering pines and ancient oak trees of Sherwood Forest.
  3. Visit the UK’s top tourist attractions, from the Eden Project in Cornwall to Peppa Pig Land in Hampshire, from the bright lights of Scarborough to the historic castles of Scotland; from the quirky village of Portmeirion in Snowdonia to the excitement of Chester Races.
  4. Take a staycation whenever the mood takes you, any time of the year and at a moment’s notice. Our locations are open 365 days a year, whatever the weather.
  5. You can cut your travel times and increase your holiday time. 

Frequently asked questions

How many parking spaces are there per cabin?

Each cabin has parking for at least 2 cars. Golden Oak Treehouse cabins have 3 spaces. Please note, depending on location, not all parking spaces will be directly outside your cabin. Additional cars can be parked at the Forest Retreat.

Please contact either our Holiday Advisors on 03330 110 495 or the location team directly for more details.

What activities are there to do whilst staying at Forest Holidays?

Browse things to do when you book with us online. If you book over the phone our team members will let you know what’s on offer at your chosen location.

If any activities need to be cancelled, we’ll let you know as soon as possible. You’ll automatically receive a refund if an activity isn’t going ahead.

Is there a restaurant on-location?

Each of our locations have a Forest Retreat (Forest Hub at Strathyre and Deerpark) serving a wide selection of snacks, freshly prepared hot meals, and beverages along with freshly baked pizzas, pastries, cakes, and coffees. Pre-orders can be made for fresh bread each day.

Browse the Forest Retreat menu

Where are the best locations for active staycations?

All of our locations are situated within UK forests offering adventure and plenty of things to do. If you're looking for a walking and hiking holiday why not visit one of our Scottish locations at Ardgartan Argyll or Strathyre, for cycling holidays visit our location at Forest of Dean, or for archery check-in at Sherwood Forest.