A weekend in ‘Skeggy’ costs 40pc more: what the staycation boom has done to classic British holidays

Holidays are back on the table this summer and classic British trips will be more popular than ever.

Britons eager for a getaway after months of lockdown will be heading for all the sunny coasts and stunning national parks the country has to offer.

The travel ban may be almost over but flying abroad is not as simple as it once was and anyone daring enough to go overseas faces government restrictions. Expensive coronavirus testing before and after your flights and the risk of having to self-isolate on return have pushed many to reconsider holiday plans.

Eight of the 10 most searched for destinations this summer were in Britain, twice as many as in 2020, according to hotel website Booking.com. Beach trips or relaxing spa getaways are top priorities.

Jamie Lane of AirDNA, a holiday let data centre, said British holiday bookings had surged since the roadmap for lifting restrictions was announced in February. He said: “A combination of stronger demand and a preference for larger homes has pushed prices 30pc to 40pc higher than in 2019.”

City breaks have proved less popular, with the vast majority of bookings made for more rural settings.

Telegraph Money looks at five quintessential British holiday destinations to see how prices compare for a family holiday this summer.

Skegness





Skegness has had a huge increase in bookings for July


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Skegness is one of the hottest destinations in Britain this summer, if not temperature-wise then certainly in terms of its massive popularity.

With its donkey rides on the beach and arcades along the pier, “Skeggy” has long been a tourist draw, but the old seaside favourite has had a 74pc increase in bookings compared with 2019, according to AirDNA figures.

Some 9,504 nights in rental properties have been booked for July, compared with 5,468 two summers ago. This has pushed prices up by 40pc and the average stay now costs £169 a night – nearly £50 more expensive.

Cornwall

A rich cultural history, spectacular views, hundreds of beaches and plenty of activities – it’s no wonder Cornwall is a top destination this summer. Demand for overnight accommodation in July this year has shot up by 69pc compared with pre-­pandemic times.





Prices for private holiday rentals in the county have increased by nearly £50 a night following a booking frenzy


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Prices for a week-long stay in Cornwall for a family of four in July range from £600 for a cottage to £4,174 for a luxury detached house on the coast, according to booking website Expedia.

Hotels and private rentals have raised prices by a third on average, according to AirDNA, and the cost of a one-night stay has risen from £143 to £190.

The Lake District

The stunning views in the Lake District, England’s largest national park, make it every camper’s dream destination. There are more than 70 camping sites and prices start at £105 for a seven-night pitch for a family of four in July.





The number of nights booked in the Lake District has increased by 54pc


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Those who want the camping experience but with less effort can opt for “glamping” in pods, yurts and teepees. This would cost between £280 and £645 for a week-long stay, according to Pitchup.com, a booking website.

There has been a 54pc increase in bookings for accommodation this July, according to AirDNA. The cost of the average overnight stay has gone up by more than £40 to £194.

Llandudno

Seaside town Llandudno is the largest in Wales and is famous for its long promenade lined by impressive Victorian buildings. Its streets will be busier than usual this summer as 41pc more nights have been booked for July than during the same period in 2019.





The average one-night stay in rented accommodation in Llandudno costs £205


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The price of an overnight stay has risen in tandem with its popularity, with a 40pc markup. The average one-night stay in rented accommodation costs £205 for this July, compared with £147 two years ago.

Norfolk Broads

A boating holiday along the Norfolk Broads has long been popular and makes a perfect family getaway. Those who stay in the region have plenty of water-based activities to choose from, including day hires, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding and sailing.





Boats are booking up fast for the summer


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Bookings are 46pc higher than two summers ago, according to AirDNA. But this has not been fully reflected in prices: the cost of an overnight stay on the broads has climbed by only 16pc from £180 in 2019 to £210 for this July.

Anyone who hopes to rent a boat for a seven-night stay in July may need to book quickly, as there are only a handful of options remaining. Those on offer to sleep four range from £819 to £2,249, according to ­waterwaysholidays.com. Now is a good time to book.