Lyme ranked among top beach destinations for winter break

Lyme Regis’ popularity as an all-year-round resort has been on the rise in recent years, with storm-watching at the Cobb always a big draw (photo by Richard Austin)

LYME Regis has been ranked among the top UK beach destinations for an autumn or winter coastal escape.

With interest in autumn and winter staycations growing, UK holiday and holiday home specialists, Park Holidays, were keen to discover the top UK beach locations for a getaway in the coming months, comparing a number of factors for eighty different UK seaside towns and villages, and creating a points based ranking system.

Lyme Regis, known as ‘The Pearl of Dorset’, was ranked joint sixth in the table, along with Clacton-on-Sea in Essex and Eastbourne in East Sussex.

Great Yarmouth in Norfolk was ranked first place, thanks to its clean beaches, plentiful fish and chip shops, low average November rainfall, and generous number of sunshine hours even in the colder months.

It was followed by Dorset’s biggest seaside resort Bournemouth in second place, and then Southend-on-Sea in Essex, Brighton, and Margate in Kent.

According to Visit Britain, the UK’s confidence in taking a domestic trip later in the year, between October and December, has increased to 41%, and with a reported £46.8 billion being spent on domestic tourism in 2020, staycations and day trips in the UK are once again on the up.

With less people looking to travel abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic, Google search trend data showed that UK searches in July 2020 for caravan holidays have almost doubled since July 2019. Similarly, the term ‘staycation’ had risen to 49,500 searches in July 2020 alone by UK residents, from just 8,100 in July 2019.

Park Holidays also surveyed 2,000 UK adults about their seaside staycation plans for the next 12 months, as well as what draws them to visit the coast.

According to the study, 74% of Brits said they are planning an autumn/winter staycation, with September and October 2020 found to be the months when Brits were most likely to book a coastal staycation over the next year.

A further one in ten were also found to be planning a seaside staycation in November 2020.

Walks on the beach are the most popular reason for UK adults heading to the coast, with more than half of those surveyed sharing that this was the biggest draw.

Fish and chips, days out with friends and family, and rest and relaxation were also high on the list of reasons for those planning a trip to the seaside.

Tony Clish, UK director for Park Holidays, commented on the findings:   “Following the doom and gloom at the start of the year, it’s great to see the increase in uptake when it comes to domestic getaways in 2020, with families, friends, couples and solo-travellers exploring the beauty that’s on our doorstep – even as the colder months creep in.

“Luckily, the British coastline is gorgeous all year round, and from fish and chips to long walks along the sands, there’s plenty on offer for those that visit.”

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