UK holidays: Britons warned to book now for 2021 – staycations in ‘short supply next year'

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The end of the first lockdown in March saw holidaymakers desperate to get away on a holiday. Yet, with travel restrictions still at play, many Britons traded their overseas jaunts for a staycation here in the UK.

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Now, an expert is warning holidaymakers the same could happen again.

With bookings already adding up for the spring and summer seasons next year, a Cornish hotel owner advises Britons they should “book early”.

Stargazy Group owner David Barnard, who heads up hotel restaurant Stargazy Inn, as well as Port Gaverne Hotel and Restaurant and Pilchards Cafe in Port Isaac, experienced first hand the crowds the end of the spring lockdown brought in.

“Everyone was outside – it was packed. I’ve never seen our beaches as busy ever. Crazy busy. It was nice to see,” he told Express.co.uk.

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UK holidays: Britons warned to book now for 2021 – staycations in ‘short supply next year'

UK holidays: Britons may want to consider booking their 2021 staycation now to avoid disappointment (Image: Getty Images)

UK holidays: Britons warned to book now for 2021 – staycations in ‘short supply next year'

UK holidays saw a surge in 2021 (Image: Getty Images)

He thinks it is likely to be more of the same next year.

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“Down here in Cornwall we are just thinking with the travel restrictions, because we are such a desirable place for everyone to visit, especially with us being covid-Safe, we think 2021 is maybe going to be more of what we have experienced since July. Very positive,” he continued.

With this in mind, he advises Britons with their eye on a specific holiday to consider booking now.

“The only certainty we have got moving forward is staycations, that’s the only certainty we have got for next year,” he said.

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“So my advice is to book early. Because it is going to be short supply next year.”

Indeed, already camping website pitchup.com has reported a 500 percent increase for bookings next summer.

So far, it says there have been around 1,400 bookings, and the likelihood is that there will be more to come.

Similarly, glamping specialist Canopy and Stars states it has taken more bookings for August 2021 already than it did for August 2020.

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Mr Barnard also highlighted some of the times when he anticipates his own hotel will be at its busiest.

UK holidays: Britons warned to book now for 2021 – staycations in ‘short supply next year'

Popular locations in the UK for holidays (Image: DX)

It is likely other staycation providers will follow a similar pattern.

“Our season is basically from Easter through to the end of October,” Mr Barnard explained.

“We can be very high occupancy throughout the whole of that.

“Obviously, our peak occupancy is going to be in the school holidays.

“We’ve found since we’ve been here that the season starts to creep a little bit further and further and further. Weekends are certainly busy.”

He added: “I would say our season is maybe about nine months of a year.”

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However, Britons looking to book for a Christmas and New Year holiday in 2021 might also want to think ahead.

“Christmas and New year down here, for about eight days between Christmas and New Year can be as busy as bank holiday in August,” warned Mr Barnard.

Though the future is very uncertain right now, Mr Barnard remains positive for the future and thinks Britons will soon be enjoying UK holidays once more.

“Hopefully 2021 is going to turn a page and we will see where we are from there,” he said.


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