Summer has been and gone. Well, I say been and gone but I’m not totally convinced that we had a real Summer this year. We didn’t get away to anywhere hot and sunny, we have that to look forward to during the Half Term, but we did manage to make sure we visited lots of places in this country, including to my happy place. The UK has so much to offer and we have made many happy memories throughout this year and in years gone by.
I’ve mentioned it before. We live not far from Stratford Upon Avon, in the heart of Shakespeare’s County of Warwickshire. This means we are also very close to the Cotswolds and of course Birmingham isn’t very far away from us at all. In fact, living in the Midlands, there isn’t anywhere that’s a really long way away. Anywhere is pretty easy to travel to if you fancy a road trip. Who doesn’t love a road trip?
Our happy place
I mentioned earlier on in the year how my favourite happy place in this country is the Isle Of Wight and this is where we spent our Summer break. It holds so many childhood memories for me that I really enjoyed taking my Little Man there to relive some of those memories and create new ones with my own little family. It was only a couple of hours in the car plus the ferry journey so all in all, it’s not a bad journey.
Having said that, it’s nice sometimes to have a break away nearer to home. The Cotswolds has so much to offer and whilst we might not stay away from home locally very often, there is so much to do in this vicinity, it’s hardly surprising it’s such a popular place with tourists.
A Cotswolds pub lunch is a favourite ‘happy place’
In fact, eating a pub lunch in the Cotswolds has been voted as the people of Birmingham’s “happy place”, according to new research.
Researchers from SACO, The Serviced Apartment Company, questioned 168 residents from Birmingham about places in the UK which hold special memories and ultimately make us “happy”. It’s great to hear that the area I live in is popular with so many. I may be biased but you really can’t beat a good Cotswold pub. The Snowshill Arms is one of my particular favourites and The Fleece Inn is another. Roaring fires in the winter and stunning gardens in the Summer. Typically British in the best possible way. I’m lucky to be only a stone’s throw away from this kind of experience. I truly get why it would be chosen as a happy place for so many people.
Must Do activities on a British holiday
We seem to be traditionalists in this country because it didn’t stop there. Other favourite happy places were, eating ice cream on Brighton Beach. Eating fish and chips in Padstow. Enjoying a pasty in St Ives. Playing arcade games on Weston-super-Mare Pier and building sand castles on Blackpool Sands Beach. These are such traditional things for us Brits to do, it’s not surprising that they have become all time favourites. In fact, I have done most of these things this year alone!
For anyone visiting this country, we would have to recommend that they experience these things for themselves. See life through our lives, live like we live. SACO which offer serviced in apartments in Birmingham has hit the nail on the head when they talk about the UK. A spokesperson said:
“Britain really does have it all, whether that’s food and drink, leisure, accommodation and entertainment, or the great outdoors and sprawling beaches. In terms of culture, history and picturesque scenery, many popular European resorts could not compete. There’s no better time to visit a memorable location that makes you feel happy and content.”
Aren’t we lucky to live here really? When you think about it? Okay, so the weather might not be up to much the majority of the time but we have so much more to love.
Have a look at the results of the survey below and see how many you can relate to. I bet there is at least one thing on the ‘Top 10 Must Do Activities’ list that you’ve done this year alone…
I’m such a statistic, aren’t I? I took Little Man to the Isle of Wight, to my happy place, because I had such wonderful childhood memories and I wanted to recreate them for him and according to the results of this survey, I’m really not alone!
Yes, we complain about the weather. Some even go as far as to say that Brits aren’t happy unless their complaining, but I think you’ll agree that looking at these statistics, we’re pretty content with our home.
We don’t plan on having a holiday abroad next year and I’m actually kind of glad. Writing this has got me all kinds of excited for where we can go and what we can do here on our home turf. In the meantime, I might just have to pop to a nice little local at the weekend for a Sunday lunch. It sounds like bliss to me.
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What happy places do you have here in the UK? What are your favourite things to do when you holiday? Are you a statistic like me? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to know.
SACO The Serviced Apartment Company commissioned the independent research in August 2017. The study of more than 1500 British adults was conducted online by Ginger Polls with 168 people from Birmingham taking part in the survey.
*Post written in collaboration with SACO