Mass vaccinations, which are now offering a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, along with continuing restrictions on overseas travel, are now creating a huge demand for domestic holidays later this year – leading to the obvious conclusion that domestic travel is set to be the travel trend of 2021. With all this in mind, we’ve selected some of the top reasons for taking a closer look at seven super #StaycationSuggestions for later this year…
“The name’s William. William Cecil.” England’s first chief spymaster turns 500
Intriguing Lincolnshire. Burghley, one of England’s greatest Elizabethan houses, will mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of one of England’s most powerful figures (https://bit.ly/2JA1jWZ). Not far away a £16.5m project to bring new visitor facilities to Lincoln Cathedral, one of Europe’s finest Gothic buildings, will open (https://bit.ly/3f0KTB6) while on Lincolnshire’s less well-known Natural Coast (http://bit.ly/2V1xEpR), a new beachfront cafe with viewing deck opens its doors.
A homecoming for the Spitfire in Stoke-on-Trent…
Stoke takes off. Best known for its Potteries, and home this autumn to the 2021 British Ceramics Biennial, featuring work from the UK’s leading contemporary artists, Stoke-on-Trent’s famous Spitfire is set to be officially unveiled in a stunning new, £6m home at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery later this summer (https://bit.ly/2HJLxrA).
300 years on, the world’s first factory opens as the Museum of Making, in Derby
Derby’s past, present and future. Derby is set to celebrate its past, present and future during a very special 2021. It’s the 300th anniversary of the world’s first factory, the Derby Silk Mill, which is also scheduled to re-open as a multi-million-pound Museum of Making. Other cultural highlights for 2021 are the Derby Ram Trail, and a new a solar-powered, zero emission riverboat service. (https://bit.ly/35YZnAu).
40 years of the Humber Bridge in 2021
Hull bridges the gap. Once the world’s longest single-span suspension bridge, the Humber Bridge celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2021 (https://bit.ly/31b2XoE). Watch out for news of events and activities at the iconic East Yorkshire bridge, which is just along the estuary from Hull, the 2017 UK City of Culture, and which is now undergoing a major four-year transformation thanks to a £27.4m Maritime Project (https://bit.ly/3iPF2lv).
20 years after ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movie, follow in Tolkien’s footsteps
Running rings around Staffordshire and The Yorkshire Wolds. Twenty years after ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movie, visitors can explore the Tolkien Triangle in East Yorkshire; and The Tolkien Trail, in Staffordshire (https://bit.ly/389Wdea) & https://bit.ly/35MLJPg).
A heavenly treetop treat in Hampshire
Hampshire Highlights. Can there be a better combination than a luxury treehouse, set next to an award-winning vineyard? Hampshire’s Black Chalk Vineyard is flanked by a development of luxury treehouses, operated by Wild Escapes that are available from £260 per night (https://bit.ly/3e9ls1j). Or how about a stay in a Horse Hut and relaxing in a Lotus Elan sports car turned jacuzzi? Elsewhere in the county, family theme park Paultons is planning to launch its most ambitious project yet – a 1950s Americana themed ‘Tornado Springs’ (https://bit.ly/2SirLWj).