‘a holiday spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.’
Holidaying at home is on the rise, and we’re delighted that Devon is one of the most popular places for a staycation in the UK.
A 2018 survey carried out by Travelodge indicated that last year, over half of Britons (57%) were taking their annual summer holiday in the UK which is an increase of 2% from 2017, with the average length of the staycation break being a week. The hotel chain carried out the research on more than 3,000 UK adults, which also revealed that 38% of Britons want to holiday in the UK rather than Europe in order to support their economy.
Home to two separate coastlines, Dartmoor National Park, award-winning beaches with stunning sea views, cosy places to stay and a fabulous local food scene to name a few, Devon has something for everyone - the adventurer, the foodie, the dawdler... all have a place here.
Here are 8 reasons why you should staycation in Devon:
Being the only county in the UK with two separate, stunning coastlines, Devon is pretty special.
Unbeatable coastal walks, sandy bucket and spade beaches, characterful pubs with a seaside view, Devon’s coasts have it all.
Food and drink
As well as an abundance of independent cafes, restaurants and pubs, the variety of locally sourced West Country food and drink is impressive to say the least. Coastal towns are renowned for their scrumptious seafood and fresh produce takes pride of place at farmers’ markets around the county.
Look out for local tipples from independent brewers, locally roasted coffee, traditional cheeses, delicious cider, and of course a classic Devonshire cream tea (cream first!)
You won’t struggle to find a scenic walking route wherever you are in Devon. Comprising of two national parks (Dartmoor and Exmoor), two rugged coasts and wildlife-rich nature reserves, it’s the perfect county to explore by foot. Climb ancient rocks on Dartmoor, or discover secret coves and empty beaches on the South West Coast Path. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to find a great hiking route.
Along with high street shopping and designer brands, Devon prides itself on its local food, crafts and produce. You’ll find food/arts and crafts/farmers markets, antique fairs, and an abundance of unique and independent shops and boutiques all over the county. It’s the perfect place to indulge in some serious retail therapy.
Devon is a lovers’ haven for some alone time with your other half. From watching the sunset at Lympstone Manor with panoramic views over the Exe Estuary and fine dining by two Michelin-starred chef Micheal Caines, to a luxury break at Bovey Castle with Champagne on arrival and stunning views of Salcombe bay at Salcombe Harbour Hotel and Spa, Devon's boutique hotels provide the perfect romantic escape.
People have been living, working and enjoying the Devon lifestyle for thousands of years, so naturally, the county is steeping with history. From medieval castles and ancient market towns (Tavistock, Ashburton, Chagford) to an abundance of historic pubs, and dainty, hidden cobbled streets, you don't have to look far to find it during your Devon staycation.
Devon loves a celebration. From music and heritage to arts and crafts, there are many festivals throughout the year, and they come in all shapes and sizes. In May, Exeter welcomes visitors from all over to the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink, June sees the annual music festival 'Lemonfest' in Newton Abbot, and Denbury hosts 'Glas-Denbury', to name a few...
There’s no need to leave your furry friends at home. Whether on two legs or four, Devon gives a warm welcome to all visitors. You’ll find dog-friendly attractions (The Donkey Sanctuary, Pennywell Farm, Crealy), dog-friendly beaches, an abundance of dog-friendly pubs and cafes and of course accommodation.