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UK Staycations in Wales

You may have read that Pembrokeshire has been named in the top ten UK places to visit in an online staycation survey.*

Tucked away in the farthest South West corner of Wales with its plentiful unspoilt golden beaches, wild coastal path and pretty seaside towns, we are not surprised!

Pembrokeshire is a popular countryside holiday escape with miles and miles of beautiful coastal National Park to discover – another reason it is the perfect destination for a UK staycation.




Staycation Meaning

So what is a staycation? A staycation is quite simply a holiday spent in one’s home country, as opposed to a holiday abroad.

A staycation can also mean booking a holiday cottage close to home and taking time to visit local attractions. A staycation will enable you to discover all the UK has to offer and means you won’t have to travel as far or deal with all the stress which comes when leaving the country.


Staycation Ideas

Lush green Pembrokeshire with its waterways, beaches and castles offers more than you will possibly be able to squeeze into your Welsh staycation. It also has some of the UK’s top tourist attractions.

City lovers can explore beautiful St Davids, while countryside fanatics can head off to the Welsh Wildlife Centre and Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve.

Castell Henllys Iron Age Village is a fantastic educational attraction for those who love history and Folly Farm will keep the children amused for hours.

For more inspiration why not have a look at our outdoor activities page?

If you don’t want to make a set agenda, that’s fine too. Staycations are all about doing what you feel like, when you feel like it. You could even just take a road trip and see where you end up! There are some fantastic road trip routes throughout Pembrokeshire and everywhere is easily reachable for a day trip. In addition, the county doesn’t seem to suffer from the traffic congestion you may find elsewhere in the country.

One road trip idea you could take is to start the morning with a surf or swim at Manorbier, stop for lunch at Stackpole Inn, followed by a walk around Bosherston Lily Ponds.

Alternatively, for a more action packed day you could head to St Davids to see the Cathedral then eat out in Solva, before heading off on a sea safari around Skomer.

You could finish your day of adventures by having a picnic supper and watching the sun set from Marloes beach.

Staycation Tips

Staycation holidays don’t have to be weeks long. Obviously depending on where you live it might be worth your while taking a longer break but you could also just have a short break away.

  • The best thing to do is not try and pack too much in. However short or long your getaway, make sure you take time to relax.
  • We have plenty of cottages to accommodate solo travellers, couples, families and large groups. You will be able to catch up while refreshing yourself by being somewhere new. A change is as good as a rest.
  • Pick the best possible holiday cottage and enjoy spending time there, rather than using it as just a base. Spend time looking at the sea view, light that log fire or relax in the hot tub.
  • Eat well. Don’t hesitate when it comes to trying new restaurants, cafes or bars. Make the most of the pop up and independent eateries within Pembrokeshire because they serve produce sourced right on their doorsteps. For example, Cafe Môr serves picked Pembrokeshire seaweed while Lobster and Môr and The Griffin Inn, Dale, serve seafood caught that day.
  • Travel to places by foot or cycle. Make an adventure out of going for some exercise. Aim for a destination, be it a beach such as Manorbier or a place to eat such as Wiseman’s Bridge Inn. Alternatively, just head off and see where you end up!
  • Most importantly, just be present and in the moment. A staycation will enable you to have more time holiday-ing and less time travelling. Use your precious time to catch up with yourself and waste it wisely.

Christmas Staycation

A Christmas break in Wales is a special experience – take a break from the hassle of organising who is staying where and all the cooking arrangements. Instead, book a holiday cottage and eat at a local restaurant for your Christmas day meal.

Not only will it enable you to have a cosy escape, there is still plenty to do over Christmas and Twixmas (the time between Christmas and New Year) in Pembrokeshire.

Discover Candlelight Carols at St Davids Cathedral, the Boxing Day and New Year’s Day swims, fantastic Christmas markets and the switching on of the Christmas lights.

Additionally, if you’ve had a staycation in Pembrokeshire before, or you live within the county, you will already know where to go and what to do.

Spend more time celebrating and less time planning and travelling!

Family Staycation

Make your family break the long, summer holiday of the year. Take a week, take two! This will give you enough time to properly unwind and find out what you’ve been missing in this special corner of Wales.

A family staycation in West Wales will also mean you can take your children to some fantastic local attractions.

Pembrokeshire is filled with family friendly holiday activities and you can find out just what will be a short drive away from your staycation home on our things to do section.

Attractions such as Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, Picton Castle and Gardens, Manor House Wildlife Park, Oakwood Theme Park, Heatherton World of Activities and Coasteering are always a big hit.

Furthermore, if you choose a cottage with a pool, you and your children will be amused for hours without having venture out in the car all the time.

You could also stay on a farm and make the most of wide open spaces, learn more about the UK’s rural areas and how farm animals are cared for.

Last Minute Staycation

The great thing about staycations is they can be booked last minute.

If you’re travelling to Pembrokeshire from within the UK you won’t have to worry about finding that pesky passport, weighing hand luggage or emptying all your liquids.

Simply decide to take off for a short staycation, pack the essentials and arrive at your fully furnished cottage, ready to have a chilled break or an action packed getaway.

We have a fantastic range of last minute holiday cottages for you to choose from for any number of people.

Staycation Trends

Holiday cottage bookings at FBM Holidays are up 200% on last July due to recent global events with many people booking a UK staycation rather than taking a holiday abroad.

There has also been an upward trend in the number of people booking staycations over the last few years.

Taking a staycation is often a more affordable way of enjoying precious time off and people looking to explore more of the UK on a short break are just some of the top reasons for increasing staycation trends.

More people looking to bring their pets with them on their staycation and cottages with hot tubs are other key features growing in popularity.

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