Blackpool, Lancashire and Lake District staycation demand surges

Lancashire is now one of the most sought after staycation hotspots in the UK for next year, according to new data. The county, which is home to popular destinations like Blackpool and Morecambe, saw a 60% surge in searches for 2022 holidays while the Lake District also experienced a 56% increase. During the coronavirus pandemic, many people have had their holiday plans scuppered by travel restrictions and the ‘red list’, opting for a UK getaway instead.

: Coca-Cola Christmas truck tour schedule update as new stops announced And according to Parkdean Resorts , people have fallen in love with local beauty spots, with more and more searches for a summer staycation right here in the UK. Cornwall remains the most in-demand holiday destination, with searches up by two thirds for 2022 getaways.

Lancashire took the second spot on the podium as a popular choice in 2022, with searches up 60 per cent. Gemma J never leaves Lancs without a visit to the West Lancs Railway – a charity run site open to the public on Sundays from Easter through summer until October.

West Lancs Railway makes for a fun family trip out

She said in a 2Chill recommendation: “You can enjoy a steam train ride along the narrow-gauge track on a short run of about 400m from Becconsall station through woodland between the village and the Douglas river to Delph station. “The journey is about five minutes each way and you get to see the engines up close.

After your ride, there is a tearoom serving up cafeterias of coffee, homemade cakes and of course cream teas – a lovely pot of tea and fruit scones with jam and cream.” The Lake District did make the top three destinations for British holidaymakers, thanks to the activities on offer at the picturesque national park. Among the attractions in Cumbria is the Derwent Pencil Museum – arguably one of the most unusual museums in the country.

Gareth Butterfield described it as a ‘fascinating’ trip, writing: “Who’d have thought a collection of pencils – which includes the world’s oldest pencil and the world’s longest – would be an entertaining day out for a family. “But it honestly, genuinely is. Who wouldn’t want their picture taken next to an eight-metre-long pencil?

You know you want to.” Parkdean resorts surveyed 2,500 people across the UK and analysed their own booking and search volume data. Download the LancsLive app for free on iPhone here and Android here.

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