The UK’s ultimate happy places to share with your family

Friday 25 August 2017 by Jessica Mendoza Recreate your childhood memories for your own kids with some of these ultimate happy place activities, which have been researched by SACO.


One of the most magical things about raising a family is sharing places and activities that are special to you with them.

It could be something that you used to do with your own parents as a child or a destination that you returned to time and again, creating happy memories.

Now, SACO has surveyed 1,500 people to create a list of the ultimate happy places in the UK and they could be perfect for a get together with your loved ones.

At the top of that list is having a pub lunch in the Cotswolds, which was selected by 22.9 per cent of respondents, with walking or hiking in the Lake District coming in second.

Food also featured highly in the selection of happy places, which is not surprising, as tempting our taste buds is often associated with holidays.

With this in mind, eating ice cream on Brighton Beach and indulging in fish and chips at Padstow Harbour took up the positions of third and fourth in the round-up.

A spokesperson for SACO said: “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.”

In total, one in four Brits told the serviced apartment company that “there is no place like home” when it comes to holidays.

This includes 27 per cent of respondents who said that getting blown about on the beach is all part of the staycation experience.

Coupled with the 24 per cent who commented that you haven’t really had a proper British holiday until you’ve been caught in a torrential downpour, it’s clear that nobody is under any illusions about the reality of holidaying in the UK.

Other suggestions that were included in the list of ultimate British happy places, included picking up fossils on the Jurassic Coast; swimming in Cornwall’s Bude Sea Pool; and boating on the Norfolk Broads.

Perhaps your family is more a fan of rollercoasters and you would like to treat them to some candy floss at Blackpool Pleasure Beach?

Alternatively, you may have strong memories of searching for Nessie up in Scotland, or crabbing in Looe. Either way, a staycation in the UK, coupled with a stay at a serviced apartment, is a great way to recreate your own childhood for your kids.

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