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