We’ve found all the top five reasons why you should book your staycation today and start planning your getaway!

Now is the time to book your staycation and beat the boom! Here at Darwin Escapes, we have destinations all over the UK for you to find your dream holiday location, with stunning accommodation from static caravans and large lodges to EPIC treehouses and beautiful beach huts! Find your holiday inspiration with us and book your staycation at one of our stunning locations.

1. the best beaches for sandcastles

Did you know that Britain actually has the best sandy beaches for building sandcastles in the world?! So book yourself a beach break away in the UK and pack your bucket and spade. Whether you’re heading south to Cornwall or east to Norfolk, we have destinations along the coastline waiting for you!

2. endless history to discover

The UK is a country full of culture and history, with endless monuments and historic attractions throughout. Including a range of Medieval Castles, especially near our North Wales destinations, as well as Roman Runes and towns that date back to the doomsday book. There will always be something to explore and discover during your staycation.

3. year-round events for everyone

The UK is home to a calendar of a huge variety of events, including world-renowned music festivals, like Glastonbury, huge literacy festivals such as Hay Week and smaller fetes, fairs, and the ever-popular Christmas Markets. So whether you’re looking for a village fete, international music festival, or a Medieval festival, there will be an event for you to enjoy on a weekend staycation with Darwin Escapes.

4. breath-taking landscapes

Are you looking for an adventure-filled holiday? Or maybe a relaxing beach break? Perhaps you’d like both! Well, a staycation is perfect escape for you, book a stay along the North Wales coastline, and you can soak up the sun golden beaches, then challenge yourself with a climb up the Snowdonia Mountain all in the same day. The UK has one of the most diverse landscapes waiting to be discovered and explore on your staycation.

5. explore with your pup!

A staycation often offers the freedom of taking your fur-baby! So if you’re looking for pet-friendly holidays, a staycation could be the best idea for you, and with Darwin Escapes’ luxurious, self-catering lodge’s we have the ideal destination for your pup! There are a number of pet-friendly attractions throughout the UK, including pubs, garden centers, and stately homes, as well as dog-friendly restaurants becoming more popular. And if you’re looking for endless dog walks, Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat in Cumbria is perfect for you and it even has a special dog wash area for you to clean your pup’s muddy paws after a fun, nature-filled walk.


So whether you’re looking for staycation ideas for families, which includes endless fun and family facilities, or you’re really wanting romantic staycation ideas for couples, with a hot tub, relaxing spa facilities, and stunning views, we have the perfect destination for you.

Start planning your holiday break and escape with your friends and family, book your staycation today!

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Britain is teeming with natural wonders for everyone to discover, we’ve listed a few here with Darwin Escapes’ nearest accommodation for you to start planning your trip and beating the staycation boom!

There’s never been a better time to explore the British coastline, there really is so much to do for the whole family. Whether you’re into watersports, mountain climbing or just looking for the perfect beach holiday to sit back and take in the sun, you’ll find it with us. Our stunning destinations are spread around the UK, so you can enjoy a lodge holiday break, with spectacular facilities, in all corners of the country, from the very tip of picturesque South Cornwall to the stunning Scottish coastline, we will have the location for you.

 

Durdle Door

Photo of the Durdle Door in Dorset from the water edge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Possibly one of the most famous landmarks in the UK, Durdle Door is a natural limestone arch along the Jurassic Coast. Although open to the public, it is privately owned by the Welds family who own around 12,000 acres in Dorset in the name of the Lulworth Estate.

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Cheddar Gorge

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Offering the most beautiful of scenery, the limestone Cheddar Gorge is in the heart of the Mendip Hills. It is home to the Cheddar show caves where Britain’s oldest human skeleton, Cheddar Man, was found and dated at over 10,000 years old.

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The Needles

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The amazing world-famous attraction is a row of three stacks of chalk that rise about 30 metres out of the sea. The Needles Lighthouse is on the outer end of the rocks and was built in 1859.

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Snowdonia National Park

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The national park is a region in North Wales where includes mountains and stunning glacial landforms. Home to Mount Snowdon, Wales’ highest mountain you can enjoy breathtaking views from the peak, which stretch across the sea to Ireland on a clear day.

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Scafell Pike

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Climb the highest mountain in England, which is around 978 metres above sea level. Located in the Lake District National Park, Scafell Pike is part of the British National Three Peaks Challenge for avid climbers.

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Winnats Peak

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Take a trip down the winding road of the limestone gorge. The ridges were thought to have formed as a ravine between coral reefs that originally formed the limestone.

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Darwin Escapes has glorious holiday destinations in the UK for you to explore, from the Yorkshire Wolds to the Welsh coast. We are sure to have the perfect holiday break away for you, book now and beat the staycation boom!

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Recently we’ve all been stepping outside more and exploring the stunning UK landscape, so now is the time to discover your holiday alter ego and find the perfect outdoors holiday break for you!

Whether you’re looking to sunbathe on every beach in Cornwall, wander the Yorkshire Wolds, or explore the legends and mountains in North Wales, we have the perfect resort waiting for you. In this post we’ve grouped together the types of outdoor getaways you may be looking for and have picked our top destinations where you can enjoy that type of holiday. Read below and find out your holiday alter ego is…


hiking your way

Is walking the countryside and climbing mountains your kind of thing? We have the best resorts to base yourself from where you can see some of the most spectacular sights in the UK.

The Lake District

our resorts: Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat & Thanet Well Lodge Retreat

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The Peak District

our resort: Rivendale Lodge Retreat

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North Wales

our resorts: Talacre Beach Resort & New Pines Holiday Home Park

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surfing around

Spread your toes in the sand, chase the summer sun and spend endless days surfing in the sea. Explore the home of UK surfing in Cornwall or find secret beaches in Devon when you discover surfing is the way forward!

Cornwall

our resorts: Piran Meadows Resort, Sandymouth Holiday Resort & Mullion Cove Coastal Retreat

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Devon

our resorts: Hawkchurch Resort & Spa & Beach Cove Coastal Retreat

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Dorset

our resort: Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat

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woodland wanderings

Lose yourself on woodland walks and explore long-lost trails. British woodlands are places of mystery and legends, find your favourite area and discover the hidden history.

Norfolk

our resort: Norfolk Woods Resort & Spa

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Yorkshire

our resort: Kilnwick Percy Resort & Golf Club

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Somerset

our resorts: Bath Mill Lodge Retreat & Cheddar Woods Resort & Spa

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Isle of Wight

our resorts: Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat & Woodside Coastal Retreat

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Have you found your outdoorsy alter ego? Find your holiday inspiration and explore the UK like never before!

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Start planning your 2021 staycations with Darwin Escapes and discover all that Britain has to offer, your way.

2020 is almost over (sigh of relief anyone?), they year threw us all a lot of curve balls, but we really can’t wait to make 2021 your year. Although we know restrictions are tightening for the start of the year, that doesn’t mean you can plan your Easter or Summer breaks away now and have a fabulous UK getaway to look forward to!

We’ve listed a few of the top UK destinations that you can visit in the New Year, from beachside breaks to woodland getaways, here at Darwin Escapes, we’ve got your 2021 holiday.

*please note, all of the below destinations are open to visitors at the time of writing. We hope at they are at the time of reading too, but please check our Coronavirus page for the latest information and always follow your local restrictions.

time to visit Cornwall

people walking towards the sea with their surfboardsAlways a popular holiday location, our Cornish resorts are the perfect getaway and some of the top destinations for families in the UK.

Head to Newquay for our fabulous Piran Meadows Resort, where you and your family can take a full advantage of the miles of golden sands. Venture to Fistral Beach, the home of UK surfing, and catch the best waves in the country. You’ll find your next adventure or your sunbathing hot spot when you holiday at Piran Meadows.

Our beautiful Sandymouth Holiday Resort is the place to be for stunning views of the Cornish coastline. Our family resort has everything you need for a self-catering break away in one of the top UK destinations for families. Explore Bude and find your perfect escape to the coastline, whether you’re looking to venture out coasteering or follow the coastal path for a wander along the stunning British seaside.

Holiday at our Mullion Cove Coastal Retreat and spend summer weeks in the Lizard Peninsula where you can enjoy spectacular coastal views. This sleepy resort offers the perfect place to getaway and relax in Cornwall, our holiday accommodation have everything you need for a break away and you can explore Mullion, the harbour and the southernmost point of the UK, your way.

discover Devon

Couple sat together on Mullion Cove looking out to the oceanA wonderful region filled with history, countryside and sandy beaches waiting for you to discover, our resorts in Devon are really the top destinations for couples in the UK.
Escape to the coast with our Beach Cove Coastal Retreat and our stunning beach huts. Ilfracombe is one of the UK’s top destinations waiting for you to explore, from the beautiful Hele Bay only seconds away from your doorstep to the surrounding mountains and footpaths. Whether you’re looking for a coastal adventure or a romantic, peaceful break away, our Beach Cove retreat is the perfect destination for you.

Truly relax and find your peaceful escape at our Hawkchurch Resort & Spa in South Devon, offering spa facilities and stunning countryside views of the Axe Valley. Learn all about the history of the local area, which can date itself back to the Doomsday Book, as well as the famous Axminster Carpets Corporation. Hawkchurch offers you the best of both worlds, where you can lose yourself in magical woodland or spend hours discover fossils along the stunning Jurassic Coastline. A self-catering holiday to Hawkchurch in 2021 is the ultimate relaxing getaway.

lose yourself in the Lake District

couple sat on rocks near waters edge in the Lake DistrictWander woodland trails and find yourself on endless footpaths when you explore the Lake District with Darwin Escapes and our stunning resorts waiting for you.
Take in the spectacular views of our beautiful Thanet Well Lodge Retreat when you holiday with us in Greystoke, Cumbria. Cosy up in your holiday lodge and see views stretching across the World Heritage Site of the Lake District, explore the countryside and see the Spring flowers bloom. Walk up mountains on sunny days and discover charming English villages, or take a boat out on the Great Lakes, your next holiday at Thanet Well is waiting for you.

Explore the beautiful countryside with a holiday break at our Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat in the Lake District. Spend hours discovering the sleepy Keswick town or visit the Beatrix Potter museum and see Peter Rabbit’s famous garden, there are so many things to do here. Walk miles of woodlands and countryside, sail across the lakes and ramble the days away when you book your holiday to our stunning Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat.

Have you found your 2021 holiday break? Here at Darwin Escapes, we have so many locations for you to discover and we think they’re all the top UK destinations you need to visit! (not that we’re biased…) Take a look here for more destinations and find your own top destination to visit in 2021, we can’t wait to see you!

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There are so many places to visit in the UK we thought we would narrow down the list to start your journey off!

Start planning your post-lockdown getaway and book a holiday break with us here at Darwin Escapes, we can’t wait to see you again and help you discover what staycationing is all about!

 

Yorkshire

river in yorkshire with path and lined with trees at sunrise

From the countryside to city life, Yorkshire is everything you need to be home. A recent Mecca for Harry Potter fans in the Shambles, history buffs love the city’s stories and wanders have endless woodlands and countryside to walk.

 

Devon

A young family enjoy walking across a beach

Devon is much more diverse than you might think! You can enjoy the famous Devon beaches and the stunning Jurassic Coastline or you can relax surrounded by rolling meadows and forests – the choice is yours.

 

The Lake District

couple sat on rocks near waters edge in the Lake District

The greenest countryside in the UK, the national park covers 885 square miles! The Lake District is a place where you can truly get out to the great outdoors and explore on wandering walks, exhilarating hikes, and a leisurely boat ride.

 

Cornwall

people walking towards the sea with their surfboards

If you’re looking for sandy beaches, Cornwall is the place to be. Known as the home of UK surfing, you can catch a wave any time of the year or you can explore secret islands, like St Michael’s Mount. Cornwall is perfect for adventure seekers!

 

Bath

An image of the Roman Baths in Bath as night falls with lights on around the baths

Enjoy city life with a twist in Bath. Discover a taste of the high life in the Pump Room and Thermae Spa or take a step back in history and marvel at the stunning Roman Baths and Minerva Temple.

 

Glastonbury

glastonbury tor up close with people standing on the hill

The town is more than just the festival! This quirky and interesting town has so much to offer, from wonderful local shops to sites filled with legends and myths. Head to the Tor and feel the spirits or visit the Chalice Well, where you can drink the water to heal, as many have done for the past 2000 years.

 

Britain has so many beautiful regions and cities waiting to be discovered, where will you choose to holiday next?

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Explore North Wales and search out these beauty spots on your holiday break here with us!

With four locations, two offering holiday home ownership only, you will find your perfect destination in North Wales with us here at Darwin Escapes. We’ve searched through all the Instagram posts in North Wales and came up tops with the below, explore the area through the images and start planning your journey through the region today.

 

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Now is the time to discover North Wales! Explore more of this magical part of the country, filled with legends, mountains, and golden sandy beaches.

Whether you’re looking for a holiday home by the beach or a holiday break away to the countryside, our North Wales destinations are waiting for you. Start planning now with our list below!

 

Great Orme Copper Mines

In Llandudno
Jump on the famous tramway and ride to the top of the Great Orme, take in the beautiful views before heading into the underground Copper Mines. The mines actually date back over 4000 years to the Bronze Age and are the largest in the world! They were hidden away for thousands of years until they found in 1987.

 

Nant Gertheyrn

In the Llyn Peninsula, Snowdonia
Drive down to this former granite quarry and take in the spectacular views on your journey. Once you reach the bottom you’ll find fully restored quarryman’s cottages, a bar, and restaurant, as well as a café where you can grab a bite to eat. The site is now the Welsh Language Learning Centre.

 

Roman Fort & Bathhouse

In Prestatyn
Discover the remains of a 1st Century fort, a bathhouse, and even a metalsmith’s shop at these ruins. They were first found in the 1930’s but were then covered up for unknown reasons, but they were eventually rediscovered in 1984 during a housing development build. The Roman ruins were built around 70AD and were on top of an early settlement from the Iron Age, dating back to the 2nd and 1st Centuries.

 

Point of Ayr Lighthouse

In Talacre Beach
Built to warn ships entering the Dee and Mersey Estuary, the lighthouse was constructed in 1776 and is now a Grade II listed building. Although it has not been used as a lighthouse since 1884, the Lighthouse has an interesting history and has even featured on a 2011 Dulux TV advert!

 

Erddig

In Wrexham
Wander the beautiful kept 18th Century garden before exploring the much-loved home of Erddig. You can learn stories of family and servants from 250 years of history in the house, with portraits and preserved rooms showcasing their lives. A great day out for all ages.

 

Find all these hidden gems and more when you discover what North Wales has to offer you!

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Whether you’re looking to explore the area you live in or are starting to plan your post-lockdown getaway, this post has the top eight hidden gems of the UK waiting for you to discover them!

 

Minack Theatre

In Portricurno, South Cornwall, Near Land’s End

Known as one of the world’s most spectacular theatres, Minack Theatre has more than 80,000 theatre goer’s every year and double that number just to marvel at the structure! The outdoor stone theatre is a beautiful and offers breathtaking views over the Cornish sea.

Nearest accommodation: Mullion Cove Coastal Retreat

 

St Michael’s Mount

In Mount Bay, Cornwall

A unique tidal island in Cornwall that visitors can walk to during low tide! The view of the walkway appearing is truly magical. The island is also the home of the fairy tale story ‘Jack and the Giant Killer’, find out more on your trip to St Michael’s Mount.

Nearest accommodation: Piran Meadows Resort

 

Gaping Gill Cave

In the Yorkshire Dales

Accessible only via a winch, you can stand under a naturally formed gaping hole in one of the most beautiful caves. Explore the underground and see what secrets it holds.

Nearest accommodation: Kilnwick Percy Resort

 

The Shell Grotto

In Margate, Kent

Hidden beneath the streets of Margate are rooms and hallways entirely covered with mosaic’s made from seashells! This one-of-a-kind attraction is worth exploring and perfect for photos.

Nearest accommodation: Canterbury Reach Lodge Retreat

 

Over Owler Tor

In the Peak District

There are so many reasons to visit the Peak District, the charming towns, the amazing cycle paths and of course the beautiful mountains and views in the region. Over Owler Tor really offers the best views over the Peak District, with eroded gritstone capping the hill, which is beautiful covered in colourful heather or tipped with snow.

Nearest accommodation: Rivendale Lodge Retreat

 

Rievaulx Terrace

In North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire

Visit the stunning 18 Century landscaped gardens, find your way through the woodland and explore the land around on endless walks. There are two temples to explore too, which offer art exhibitions and historic portraits waiting for you to discover, visit the Tuscan and Ionic Temples on your visit.

Nearest accommodation: Kilnwick Percy Resort

 

Kynance Cove

In South Cornwall

Known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Kynance Cove is truly breathtaking. The TV show Poldark uses the beach as its famous ‘Nampora Cove’ during shooting season.

Nearest accommodation: Mullion Cove Coastal Retreat

 

Heddons Mouth

In South Devon

A stunning private cove, where you can relax in the sun and take in the views of the sea. The cove is a former smuggler haunt and may still have some hidden buried treasure if you’re willing to look…

Nearest accommodation: Hawkchurch Resort & Spa

 

Are you ready to explore the UK like never before? Start planning your getaway today and discover what Britain really has to offer you!

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Whether you’re looking to holiday in your country or planning for a post-lockdown break away, North Wales is filled with legends, mountains, and beaches for you to discover!

Book your holiday break in wales or find your holiday-ever-after and search for your North Wales holiday home with us at Darwin Escapes. We have four resorts in the area, each offering its own unique personality, so you’ll find the perfect destination for you. Read more below to see the places you can explore!

 

Betws-Y-Coed

A beautiful village in the Conwy valley, perfect for outdoorsy people. There are endless walking trails, hills to hike and adventures to be had. The village has been popular since Victorian times and is home to stunning waterfalls and lots of local shops to see.

Conwy Castle & Town

Explore the historic castle, built between 1283 and 1289 by King Edward I. Don’t miss the beautiful quay or the smallest house in the UK. There are so many historic houses to visit in Conwy you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time!

Bodnant Gardens

Created and landscaped over 150 years ago, the gardens are colourful all year round and have the most outstanding backdrop of the Snowdonia Carneddau mountains. Find the secret gardens, hidden corners, manicured lawns, and magical woodland in the gardens.

The Great Orme

Drive to the top or get the famous tramway and take in the views of Llandudno town below. Thought to be over 350 million years old, you can take in the wildlife on the headland – the goats were recently made famous as they traveled to the town during the summer lockdown period.

Rhyl

Enjoy a traditional seaside getaway when you visit Rhyl promenade. Have fun in the arcades, stop for candy floss and a stick of rock at the sweet shops, get scared in the small horror walkthrough attraction, and test your skills at the mini-golf station! The perfect traditional British seaside day out on the North Wales coastline.

Talacre Beach

Relax on golden sands all year round, explore the sand dunes, and the protected wildlife in them. Grab some fish and chips for a traditional chippy tea by the sea, before you wander over to find the centuries-old Lighthouse.

There are our top five things to do in North Wales, there are so many things other places to explore that we can’t wait for you to visit and start planning your getaway with us!

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North Wales is waiting for you to explore all it has to offer, below are just a small selection of the local attractions open in the area. With 4 resorts in North Wales, Darwin Escapes has the place for you to create your holiday your way along the coastline. We can’t wait to welcome you back when reopening our doors on 13th July, and we want to you discover all the exciting places in the local area.

Read below and start planning your holiday…

the best zoos

Chester Zoo

Pre-book your tickets to the UK’s favourite zoo. There are over 35,000 animals and 128 acres to explore at Chester Zoo, some of which you will have seen on Channel 4’s documentary Secret Life of the Zoo.

Welsh Mountain Zoo

Booking is essential for entry, the zoo also asks you to follow the new one-way system put in place. Welsh Mountain Zoo is one of the oldest and most established zoos in Wales, first starting in 1963 as a family run business. There are 140 species of animals to visit at the zoo, which is set in one of the most picturesque locations along the coast.


castles and gardens

Flint Castle

The first castle built in Wales by King Edward I, the ruins of the castle still stand today and you can explore the history of the country and sea views across to the Wirral.

Bodnant Garden

A National Trust property, you will need to book tickets in advance but we promise you it’s worth it. Bodnant Gardens is wildly known as the most beautiful outdoor gardens in the UK, and with 80 acres to discover, from terraced gardens, magical wild gardens to informal lawns, you’ll have a fabulous day out here.


proms, piers and towns

Rhyl Promenade

A wonderful walk along the seafront, with arcades, sweet shops and seating areas to enjoy. Plenty of open lawn area for games and bike rides.

Llandudno Pier & Town

Any trip to Llandudno is well worth it, the shops may start opening up and the coastline is second-to-none. The Victorian-style builds add to the seaside feel of the town and make sure to stroll down the pier and take in the sights.

Beddgelert

Although fairly far out (over an hour and a half’s drive), the town of Beddgelert offers legend, myth, and magic in the Snowdonia region. Visit the gravesite of Wales’ most famous, and most beloved, dogs in this quaint Welsh village.


beaches open all year round

Conwy Beach
Rhyl Beach
Prestatyn Beach
Talacre Beach


Wales is reopening and we can’t wait to welcome you back to explore all that’s on offer!

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All our resorts in England and Wales are now open.

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