The Best of Britain – Part 1
It’s getting to holiday season – you can tell by the rain!
In all likelihood, most readers of this blog will be taking a foreign holiday this year, as most years, and while we may lament the fall in value of the pound as we buy our Euros and Dollars, the UK tourism industry is enjoying a wonderful year.
Latest figures suggest that 2017 will receive 38.1 million visits, an increase of 4.0% on 2016; and £24.1 billion in visitor spending, an increase of 8.1% on 2016. Making the UK a better value destination then, means that more people are coming, and they are spending even more of their hard-earned here in Blighty.
All of which got us to thinking about our own favourite spots in the UK for a break. So, for a bit of fun this week, we decided to ask around the office for our favourite spots and offer up a holiday photoblog. Call it a locals’ guide to a few gems of Britain for visitors and nationals alike.
Rye, East Sussex
Rye is an absolutely fantastic place to visit. Close to historic Battle and to Hastings itself, and featuring perhaps Britain’s most British-looking road, Mermaid Street. Every town is unique, but Rye is unique in more ways than most; originally coastal, it now lies some two miles from the sea. It has a quintessentially seaside-y attraction in the excellent Penny Arcade, as part of its excellent heritage centre. The centre is also home to an enormous scale model of the entire town, which forms the basis of a sound and light show that explains the rather dramatic history of the place. It’s the perfect place for a weekend on the south coast for those who want to avoid the madding crowds of Brighton.
The Jurassic Coast, Devon / Dorset
Running between Exmouth and Studland Bay, the Jurassic Coast is Britain’s first Natural World Heritage site. The 96 miles of seafront reveal 185 million years of natural history, encompassing three distinct geological periods, and are so beautiful that there are residents living on the coast’s eroding clifftops that have refused to relocate – despite having their back-garden fall into the sea. Quite an endorsement!
These pictures are courtesy of Tom and show Swanage Steam Railway, the coast itself and rural life down in Dorset.
Three parts charming to one part weird, Portmeirion village is best known for being the temporary home of Number Six during the particularly unsettling 1968 television series The Prisoner. Originally constructed as an homage to Mediterranean life, architect William Clough-Ellis managed to create a fragment of Italy on an estuary in Wales, and it has given pleasure to generations of people ever since it opened. As well as being a hotel all year round, there is a dedicated Number Six festival each year that celebrates the village’s connection with The Prisoner.
We’ll be revealing our other three favourite places in next week’s Cadence blog. Be seeing you!
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