As the British heatwave continues to melt all UK residents into little more than a puddle of moaning sweat on their daily commutes, the good news is there’s a lot of decent places to visit in this nation of ours.
Sure, it’s not quite the Maldives or Costa Teguise but for a quick day out for a few beers in the sun and to go ankle deep in the tide, Southend-on-Sea really isn’t that bad.
Research has found that the number of Brits flocking to the seaside is set to more than double as the nation experiences one of the hottest summers on record.
Traditional seaside towns Southend-on-Sea, Margate, Scarborough and St Ives are all seeing a surge in popularity as the heatwave continues.
Southend-on-Sea has seen the biggest growth with train bookings to the town for July and August up an incredible 210 per cent compared to the same period in 2016 – that’s the so called Monster From Morocco for you.
Bookings to Margate have increased by 164 per cent, while St Ives and Scarborough have seen a rise of 79 per cent and 76 per cent respectively.
The spike was identified after analysts compared the Trainline app’s booking data for July and August 2018 to the same stretch in 2016.
Oliver Berry, co-author of the Lonely Planet’s Guide to Great Britain, said:
It’s great to see that Brits are getting out and exploring their own backyard.
And it’s especially encouraging that people are seeking out some of Britain’s lesser-known spots – and rediscovering a few old favourites that perhaps have something new to offer.
It’s not just the British seaside experiencing a tourism surge – even Birmingham (yes that’s right, Birmingham) has seen a 163 per cent boost in the number of people planning to travel there this summer compared to 2016.
Manchester has seen an 141 per cent increase, Wigan has had a 113 per cent rise and Scunthorpe is up 106 per cent.
The New Forest, in southern England, has seen a 91 per cent rise, while visits to Durham are up 80 per cent.
Amid this, the Trainline app also commissioned a poll of 2,000 UK adults which found around six in 10 are more likely to holiday in the UK this year.
Fergus Weldon, data science director at Trainline, said:
It’s great to see that Brits are falling back in love with the great British coast and are going back to places visited as a child for their UK trips and travel this year.
Alongside showing customers how to travel in the most cost-effective way with our Price Prediction tool, we’re also providing a guide to some of the weird and wonderful hidden gems of each destination, to make these trips extra special for travellers this summer.
To break it down for you into an easy to digest top ten, here’s the top 10 UK travel destinations to check out this summer according to Trainline and Oliver Berry.
1. Southend on Sea (+210%) – The Southend Pier Museum
2. Margate (+164%) – The Shell Grotto
3. Birmingham (+163%) – Saltwells Local Nature Reserve
4. Manchester (+141%) – Mackie Mayor Food Hall
5. Wigan (+113%) – Leeds Liverpool Canal
6. Scunthorpe (+106%) – Julian’s Bower
7. New Forest (+91%) – Puffin Cruises
8. Durham (+80%) – Hamsterley Forest
9. Cornwall (St Ives) (+79%) – Sloop Craft Centre
10. Scarborough (+76%) – Scarborough Surf School
Let’s make the most of it while we can!
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Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.