Christmas is a special time of year; it gives us all the chance to spend quality time with our loved ones, share delicious meals and relax into the festivities. There is a lot to look forward to in the winter months, and the change in season shouldn’t put you off a much-needed and well-deserved staycation.
Winter is wonderful, welcoming a slower pace of life and indulgences. Crisp winter walks, cosy pubs with open fires and warming hot chocolates are just a few of the treats that the season offers. There are endless benefits of a Christmas staycation for you and your family. It is likely you will beat the crowds that certain areas attract in the summer, you’ll pay an off-peak price for the holiday, and you’ll get to spend some overdue time with your loved ones, away from the normality and routine of life at home. Here are some of the reasons why we think Lincolnshire, Suffolk and Norfolk are some of the best staycation Christmas destinations in the UK.
For enlivening winter walks in breath-taking landscapes, the county of Lincolnshire is the place to visit. The Lincolnshire Wolds AONB has a variety of interesting terrains that are just waiting to be explored, from flat fens to coastal marshes and miles of rolling hills. The trees may have lost their leaves, but the area won’t have lost any of its charm or captivation. As each walk highlights the raw beauty and unspoilt views, it is likely due to the time of year that you may have the place all to yourselves! There is a variety of routes to choose from, some as short as a mile, others as long as 95 miles! Bring along your hiking boots, waterproof clothing, gloves and hats and enjoy the refreshing ramblings in the great outdoors with your loved ones over Christmas.
Suffolk is great for those of you who are in search of idyllic villages and picturesque country pubs. We wouldn’t expect any less from the home of the UK’s largest beer producers, Adnams and Greene King. There is an abundance of quintessential English taverns, where you can tuck into some farm to folk foods and locally brewed drinks. Spend the day by the open fires, listening to live music or relaxing with a good book as you and your family enjoy some down-time together.
Winter, and Christmas specifically, welcomes an unexpected array of wildlife to Norfolk. For some, the sights that nature holds in the area over this period will contribute to a Christmas for the family that will be remembered and shared for many years to come! The peace and quiet is disrupted by the arrival of thousands of pink footed geese; it is estimated that almost half of the world’s population descends on Norfolk to feed during the winter months. Another of nature’s incredible spectacles takes place on the Norfolk shores over the festive period and offers a once in a lifetime opportunity that is sure to chase the winter blues away! As the long stretches of golden sands become dotted with hundreds of grey seals, the beaches become a winter nursery for the newborn seal pups. Head to Hunstanton, Horsey or Blakeney for the best views!
Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk all have a range of fantastic, festive, family-friendly activities over the Christmas period. You can expect the towns, villages and cities to have an array of attractions, including bustling Christmas markets, captivating pantomimes and concerts, an array of delicious food and drink and of course, fireworks and visits from Santa.
How will you spend your Christmas staycation? We would love to hear about your plans for your family short breaks UK via our social media channels!