The South East of England offers many great staycations and with uncertainty over Brexit and the plunging pound why not look closer to home for a break?
Staycation first came into common-usage in 2009 when recession-hit Britons were pressured into ditching their passports and foreign climes for domestic holidays. However, despite a recovering economy staycations are remaining popular.
2017 promises to be a record-breaking year with more of us staying close to home for our summer break. We have a list of four fab places for you to visit this summer if you are planning a staycation this summer in Sussex or Surrey – no airport delays and no currency exchange rates![one_half]
The former home and country meeting place for the influential Bloomsbury Group of writers, painters and intellectuals, including Virginia Woolf. The house is filled with textiles, ceramics and art. Explore the house and Mediterranean-inspired garden, there is a café and shop events throughout the year and workshops and talks.
Charleston Trust, South Downs National Park, Firle, Lewes BN8 6LL
Budding Einsteins’ should head to this former observatory – they will love the hands-on science and telescopes. Visitors can also enjoy outdoor exhibits such as the Discovery Park and Water Planet. The centre runs workshops on space and astronomy. Science shows run during school holidays and there are regular star-gazing events.
The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, Hailsham BN27 1RN
Heard It On The Grapevine?
England’s largest single estate vineyard, Denbies Wine Estate, on the outskirts of Dorking is in the heart of the Surrey Hills. With more than 265 acres of vines, it sits at the foot of Box Hill with acres and acres of vineyard. Open daily, visit the winery’s restaurants, wine and gift shop and art gallery.
Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA
The birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, Brooklands Museum offers you the chance to see exhibits ranging from racing cars and motorcycles to a collection of Hawker and Vickers aircraft, including the Second World War Wellington Bomber. Don’t miss the state-of-the-art 4D Theatre.
Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge KT13 0QN