If you’re planning a UK staycation this year you’d be hard pressed to beat Ilfracombe, Devon for a family holiday. I should know, I’ve had four Devon holidays over the years with various combinations of family and they’ve all been wonderful.
Our last one was just as good and ticked all boxes as there’s a whole heap of things to do in Ilfracombe. Its status as the culinary and cultural core of North Devon is growing and the town is sometimes called the ‘new St Ives’. I could see the similarities.
My first family holiday in North Devon was when I was three years old. It was 1967 and my Dad drove my Mum, me, my baby brother and my grandparents from Hove all the way down to Devon in a blue VW Dormobile. Apparently we did cool things before we even knew they were cool!
We stayed in a caravan at Woolacombe Sands and spent our days on the wide sandy beach. I remember my Grandad bringing me a crab he’d caught in a bucket and being absolutely terrified of it. We had donkey rides and ice creams, played in the sea and built sandcastles. Happy days.
Things to do in North Devon and why it makes the perfect family holiday destination…
In April I went back to North Devon for another family holiday. Mr Jones, my son, his girlfriend and their four-month baby Jack came too. This time I was the grandparent! What goes around eh… Our base for the week was Horizons in Ilfracombe, North Devon, a modern, seaside themed apartment overlooking the town’s pretty harbour.
Who doesn’t love a weekend away or UK staycation exploring a new place, especially when it’s home to a quirky pier, a lighthouse and rows of colourful beach huts. Add in the Salthouse Harbour Hotel and the company of my daughter, Amy, and that ticks all my boxes. We set off to the English county of Suffolk to visit Southwold and Ipswich on a girly weekend.
Southwold beach huts
An Isle of Man short break makes for the perfect UK weekend away, or even a week, without travelling too far from home. If you take a trip across the water and visit one of Britain’s islands then it sort of feels like you’ve gone overseas anyway.
The first of my Isle of Man short breaks showed me that this little island in the Irish Sea is the perfect destination for a UK staycation. And that it’s not just for TT petrol heads. There are loads of things to do on the Isle of Man that don’t involve burning rubber.
It was a big four-day weekend here in the UK as Britons the land over celebrated our Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I went back to the town where I grew up to celebrate with family, friends and neighbours at something the British do best; a good old-fashioned Street Party. The flags fluttered, heaps of bunting was strung across the streets and even the sun came out for a while. Let me share with you a very special day…