Camping & caravan sites: These destinations see surge as Britons gear up for staycations

Following the announcement by Boris Johnson that camping and caravan sites are set to reopen from July 4, staycation hotspots across the UK recorded a surge in bookings. Though international travel may remain unclear for now, Britons are turning their attention to areas of natural beauty at home, with some destinations coming out on top.


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Data from the Rest Easy Group, which owns a number of UK holiday brands including Snaptrip and LateRooms, recorded a “record spike” in the 12 hours following the announcement.

Based on year-on-year figures, the experts at Rest Easy Group found that Cornwall and Devon were the two most popular destinations for Britons looking for a UK holiday.

They were followed by an influx in bookings to North Yorkshire, Cumbria, Dorset, Snowdonia, Norfolk, Derbyshire, Dyfed and Somerset.

Along with a 69 percent increase in traffic to its websites, Rest Easy Group also found that Britons were increasing their typical holiday spend.

The experts revealed that the average booking cost skyrocketed to £947 across the UK – a 46 percent increase compared with last year.

Matt Fox, CEO and co-founder of Rest Easy Group, said: “It’s no secret that it’s been a tough few months for the travel sector worldwide, so we welcomed the news from the Government that staycations will be allowed to go-ahead from the 4th of July. And it seems the public did too.

“During the last three months we have seen a steady increase in bookings for mid-to-late 2021, but [the] announcement sent a flood of new traffic to all our brands as people get excited about travelling again in 2020.”

The firm also found that Britons are eager to get away as soon as possible, with July ranking as the most popular month for bookings.

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However, holidays might not be as you would normally expect in many of the country’s most popular areas of natural beauty.

In a bid to ensure social distancing and keep both visitors and locals safe, St Ives in Cornwall has said it will shut down some roads.

According to The Telegraph, the popular tourist region will make all roads vehicle-free between the hours of 11am and 4pm.

“The proposed road closure will start from the Tregenna Place and Gabriel Street junction (or library corner as it is known locally),” St Ives Town Council confirmed in a statement.


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“The barrier will run across Tregenna Place, opposite Wetherspoons. This will keep the three-road junction at library corner flowing and maximise the ability of vehicles to leave without entering the zone.”

Though such measures may seem extreme, they could be the key to ensuring maximum safety when holidays restart.

Mr Fox also says that Britons should consult government advice before booking travel.

“We’d encourage travellers to follow all government guidelines before booking or taking a holiday. Amongst this pandemic, the most important thing is that people stay safe and stop the spread of the virus,” he told

Mr Fox also suggests that travellers are flexible about where in the UK they visit, to avoid a huge influx in certain areas.

He explained: “Outside of more people choosing domestic travel over international travel with a particular focus on rural vs urban as the public look to avoid more crowded places, we think that people are going to look to book longer stays (with early booking data indicating this), perhaps combining holidays with working from a new location (especially those without children in school).”

He added: “We’d encourage people to be flexible in order to find the best break for them.

“Make a list of the things that are most important to you and use those to find the perfect holiday for you.”

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