Where Is Your British Happy Place?

The nation’s happiest places have been revealed  in a new study. Eating a pub lunch in the Cotswolds has been voted the nation’s ultimate “happy place”, according to a new study.

But I am pleased that they have missed out my favourite happy place which is Hengistbury Head in Dorset. This is a must visit summer day out for me and the kids. The multi-coloured beach huts, soft, creamy sand, the gentle lap of the ocean and even on the sunniest of days it’s never too busy or over crowded.

New research of Britons looked into the places in the UK which evoke special memories and ultimately make us “happy” – and found hiking in the Lake District came a close second, followed by eating an ice-cream on Brighton Beach.

Enjoying fish and chips in Padstow harbour and admiring the white sandy beaches of the Hebrides completed the top five happy spots.

Researchers from SACO, The Serviced Apartment Company, with serviced apartments in Manchester, polled UK holidaymakers and revealed one in four Brits believe there is “no place like home” when it comes to holidays.

Out of 1,500 adults polled, nearly two thirds said some of their fondest memories of being a child are holidaying in Britain – and 57 percent are trying to replicate those memories for their own children.

Cornwall was by the far the most popular UK holiday destination, followed by the Lake District, the Scottish Highlands and Devon.

Two thirds claimed if you could always guarantee the weather, they would never go abroad, choosing Cornwall as their preferred location to holiday in the UK and a further 37 per cent said that some of their best holidays have been in Britain.

A spokesperson for SACO 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. Many parents are choosing to relive their childhood memories by visiting places of interest with their own children.”

Nearly half of those polled said the biggest benefit of holidaying in the UK was the fact you could travel at a time of day to suit you and a quarter love the fact you don’t need to take out expensive travel insurance.

Being able to travel by car, avoiding sweltering heat and being able to take the family dog along were also listed as benefits of the staycation – as was, it being more affordable.

Must-do things on a traditional British summer break including paddling, skimming stones and building sand castles.

And many activities revolved around food with eating fish and chips, cream teas, pasties and sampling a traditional pub lunch all on the holiday checklist.

A more honest 27 percent said it was a must to get blown about on a windy beach and 24 percent said you haven’t experienced a true British holiday until you have been caught in torrential rain.

Interestingly, the research showed that a typical 7-day break in the UK would set you back £743, compared to £1,555 if you went abroad.


  1. Pub lunch in the Cotswolds
  2. Walking / hiking in the Lake District
  3. Eating ice-cream on Brighton Beach
  4. Eating fish and chips in Padstow
  5. Admiring the white sandy beaches of the Hebrides
  6. Walking in the Peak District
  7. Enjoying a cream tea in the Isles of Scilly
  8. Enjoying a pasty in St Ives
  9. Visiting the Roman Baths
  10. Open top bus ride in London
  11. Picking fossils on the Jurassic Coast
  12. Swimming in Bude Sea Pool, Cornwall
  13. Boating on the Norfolk broads
  14. Eating candy floss at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
  15. Walking the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path
  16. Walking the dog on Holkham Bay, Norfolk
  17. Searching for Nessie at Loch Ness
  18. Playing arcade games on Weston Super Mare Grand Pier
  19. Building sand castles on Blackpool Sands beach
  20. Climbing St Michaels Mount
  21. Winning a toy for the children in Barry Island
  22. Rock Pooling in Polzeath Beach
  23. Exploring Exmoor
  24. Playing rounders on Perranporth Beach, Cornwall
  25. Strolling over the Clifton Suspension Bridge
  26. Riding donkeys on Great Yarmouth Beach
  27. Surfing on Fistral Beach
  28. Crabbing in Looe
  29. Punting on The River Cam
  30. Sailing in Salcombe
  1. Eating fish and chips
  2. A pub lunch
  3. Eating a cream tea
  4. Building sand castles
  5. Paddling
  6. Playing arcade games
  7. Getting blown about on a beach
  8. Skimming stones in the sea
  9. Relaxing in a deck chair
  10. Getting rained on
  11. Playing in rock pools
  12. Eating a pasty
  13. Playing cards
  14. Crabbing

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