This summer, its looking very much like we’ll be taking a Staycation. We don’t have any plans for time away or even day trips, though hopefully we’ll end up doing something! That said, after sorting out our tent a few months back, I’m dying to head out camping. My partner and I have discussed a few places we might like to head and for me the Cotswolds is top of the list.
Since we live in Gainsborough, the Cotswolds are about two and a half hours away from us. This is pretty good for a few days camping as it would be too far for a day trip but perfect if you know you can just pop up a tent when you get there. We have the majority of our camping equipment already, but Lily and I both need a sleeping bag and I think I might need to buy a tent repair kit in order to mend a small hole I noticed in the tent! That’s not to say I wouldn’t want to popping into somewhere like Cotswolds Outdoor, just to see what they have. Perhaps pick up a camping stove or a power adapter so I can still charge my phone!
So why the Cotswolds? Well for a start its beautiful. I love the countryside and there’s nothing more spectacular than seeing all the landscape spread out in front of you. However that’s not to say I don’t love visiting the towns and cities too. Gloucester Cathedral is said to be absolutely breathtaking and I’d love to see Tewkesbury Abbey.
As well as that, I think the girls would love to go to Cotswolds Wildlife Park and Gardens. We’ve already been to Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Twycross Zoo this year, but they both seemed to enjoy it so I’m sure they’d love this too. There is also a Railway to visit, a mueums and a Dragonfly Maze that I think all of us would enjoy.
For me though the main enjoyment is always heading away as a family, getting some time together and exploring somewhere we haven’t been before. Will holidays like Florida, few and far between for us, I really think it would be great to make the most of the UK. There are so many places even in this country that I’ve never been to, let alone in Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Sure I love to jump on a plane and visit somewhere abroad, but maybe once a year I’ll be planning a UK break and making our way around the beautiful country we live in.