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5 Reasons a British Summertime holiday beats those abroad

When it comes to planning the perfect summer holiday destination, there’s usually some sort of decision to be made between staying at home in the UK (having a ‘staycation’ so to speak) or jetting off abroad. There are arguments for both, but here at The Clifton, we think that a UK staycation wins every time!

Take a look at our five reasons for staying in the UK, and perhaps visiting the Isle of Wight, this summer.

The UK has beautiful beaches

One of the most common reasons that people in the UK decide to go abroad is to experience the sights and sounds of foreign beaches, but we think that they’re missing some pretty wonderful ones here on English soil. The UK has some of the world’s best and award-winning beaches, many are popular spots along the south and west coast of Britain, while others are of the wild and unspoilt variety and in The Isle of Wight’s surrounding beaches received the highest number of Keep Britain Tidy awards, taking home a massive 17 Blue Flags and Seaside Awards – making it the perfect spot for finding a fabulous beach without the air time.

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It’s full of history

When it comes to looking at holidaying in the UK, many people forget to feature its rich history. You don’t need to travel all the way to Rome to get a taste of culture and historical sights – it’s all around you in the UK, dating from Mesolithic, Roman, and Saxon to modern history in the making there is a lot of history to explore in many favourite holiday destinations. The Isle of Wight itself has plenty of old fashioned villages to see where you can get a traditional afternoon tea in a quaint thatched cottage. (Shanklin Old Village is a perfect example of one, in fact!), also the UK has plenty of museums to explore, castles to marvel at and even houses of monarchs to experience.

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We have the best festivals

If you’re less interested in visiting museums and more interested in getting muddy in a field with a soundtrack of current artists in the background – look no further. A good portion of the world’s biggest festivals are held in the UK: think Glastonbury, Bestival, Isle of Wight Festival and more. Save on travel and attend some of these UK based festivals during the summer – bring your wellies and be prepared for a weekend of joy.

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For those uninterested in the music scene, there’s not only music festivals but literature festivals, food festivals, film festivals, flower festivals and more, ensuring that there’s one to suit people of all tastes.

The quirky pubs

No matter where you go in the world, we don’t think you’ll beat a traditional English country pub when it comes to stopping somewhere for a drink and a bite to eat. Generally situated in old historic buildings with traditional finishes and large stone fireplaces, or large beer gardens, it’s really the perfect place to grab a pint and brave the winter or watch the summertime go by.

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We have wonderful food

You can’t deny the charm of enjoying a portion of freshly battered fish and chips by the English seaside, or enjoying a meal of classic British favourites, like the traditional Sunday roast complete with Yorkshire pudding or bangers & mash with a modern twist. Whilst there’s something to be said about enjoying pasta in Italy or paella in Spain, dipping into the UK’s culture and enjoying some classic British cuisine in on a classic British holiday is a different experience altogether – and one that holidaymakers shouldn’t rule out this year.

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Are you thinking of leaving the UK for your holiday this year, or are you going to stay? We’d love to know your reasons why – and we’d love to have you if you’re looking at an Isle of Wight holiday. Get in touch with us here to find out all you need to know.