Travel

5 of the best staycations near Bristol

From 12 April onwards, lockdown restrictions will ease to allow for the reopening of zoos, theme parks and holiday lets for individual households. We have taken a look at some of the best self-contained accommodations and nearby activities for our community in Bristol so you can finally put the word “holiday” in that empty diary of yours. It’s roadmap time!

1. Get your surf on at The Wave

Reopening on the 29th of March, this artificial wave pool located in Easter Compton, near Cribbs Causeway, is run by passionate surfers who have succeeded in bringing surf culture inland. With surfing sessions on sale from the 1st of April and a newly revised Covid-19 health and safety briefing procedure, it's the perfect destination for anyone looking to escape the city for a day. If you do want to make it a longer stay, there is a camping ground (opening 30th April) located on site with 25 spacious tents that sleep up to 8 people so you can grab a quick power nap before heading back out to make some waves.

Why we love it

The prices start at just £25 and are inclusive of entry and equipment so there won’t be any extra costs if you don’t have your own wetsuit. Plus, The Wave runs on 100% renewable and sustainable energy thanks to their partnership with Ecotricity – a massive tick from us!

Your perfect ride to get to The Wave

In keeping with The Wave’s sustainability ethos, we would recommend renting one of the electric or hybrid vehicles on our site, located across the city with ample storage for all your surfer gear.

2. Stretch those legs at Cheddar Gorge

The beautiful limestone gorge and accompanying caves 40 minutes outside Bristol are an iconic destination for visitors all year round. In Covid times, when some of the surrounding facilities are still shut, the gorge still makes for the perfect outdoor activity with a 3 mile walking trail along the cliffs that is open every day from dawn to dusk. Get ready for some truly spectacular sights and keep an eye out for the famous feral goats that roam the area.

Why we love it

Aside from its historic relevance (it is, after all, where Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton was found!), the beautiful trail is perfect for dogs so you can give your furry friend a chance to get some fresh air too!

Your perfect ride to get to Cheddar Gorge

We have a range of filters available to discover your perfect car so you can search for dog friendly vehicles to bring your canine pals along.

3. Climb a treehouse in Somerset

With so many self-catered accommodation options popping up all over the place, it can be overwhelming picking the perfect one. If you’re leaning towards the adventurous side, we would recommend a treehouse experience to really feel at one with nature. Harptree Tree House and Uplands Treehouse are both Covid-safe and located just outside Bristol so you can still get that vacation feeling without veering too far from home.

Why we love it

The idea of waking up amongst the trees is simply magical and Canopy and Stars’ website includes a low price promise so you can be confident knowing you won’t find your treehouse cheaper elsewhere.

Your perfect ride to get to your treehouse

Parking near your treehouse can require a bit of off-road navigating so your best bet is one of our SUVs that will get you safely from A to tree.

4. Get your adrenaline pumping at Crealy Theme Park

The recent news that theme parks are allowed to re-open from 12 April means that this popular family attraction in Devon, just outside Exeter, will be welcoming guests to their rides and lodge breaks very soon. Their handy overview provides guidance on which rides will require face masks so everyone can have a safe and enjoyable stay. If you’re planning a longer visit, the hot tub lodges located just a short walk from the Resort will also get you exclusive discounted entry to the Theme Park.

Why we love it

Committing to a holiday can be slightly daunting at the moment but Crealy Theme Park’s ‘Book with Confidence’ guarantee means you can either move your booking to a later date or be reimbursed in full should circumstances change.

Your perfect ride to get to Crealy Theme Park

This destination is perfect for the whole family so make sure to book one of our comfortable 5 or 7 seater family cars, starting at just £30 a day.

5. Go glamping in a Cornish yurt

East Thorne Yurt Holidays in Cornwall is a gorgeous family-run business and encompasses a rural camping site of yurts, cottages and roundhouses, all located just a 10 minute drive from Sandymouth Bay Beach. Some of the self-contained mini-homes come with wood fired clay ovens and campfire dutch ovens for some alfresco dining and plenty of green space to run around.

Why we love it

This place balances luxury glamping with a home-made, family-run touch: the perfect combination that perfectly conveys the Cornish way of life.

Your perfect ride to get to your Cornish yurt

For a bit of a road trip out of Bristol, you’ll need a reliable vehicle to get you around so search our site for cars that feature satellite navigation and get there the right way.

Ready to go? Use code STAYCATION15 at checkout for 15% off your rental car this April.