Why not try a stay-at-home staycation this summer?
13th April 2015
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It’s that time of year where many people are planning their summer holidays but for some, the option of going abroad could well be too much expense and hassle. If you can’t face the thought of all the palaver that comes with flying then you might be thinking of having a holiday at home this year. Even this, however, is expensive but there is one final option that can be incredibly cheap but that may people don’t consider: having a holiday where stay in the comfort of your own home.

One of the main benefits is that you don’t have to pay for your accommodation which can be a large portion of your holiday costs. The downside is that you have to be very strong and treat your home as a hotel and not do the housework that you become accustomed to. If you’ve got animals, you could always book them in to wherever it is they go if you go abroad so you really have no excuses not to go out and properly explore the place when you live.

A holiday wouldn’t be a holiday if someone still has to do the cooking so make sure that you go out for your meals, even treat yourself to afternoon tea, and try all the local restaurants that you never seem to get around to trying. If you rarely get to do anything cultural or if you’d just love to have a long walk around a park or do something fun with the kids then this is the time when you can really do what you like and explore all the areas that you don’t usually visit. If that wasn’t enough, then because you are right on the doorstep of these places, very little expense needs to be paid out to get to them.

So, if you are liking the idea of a staycation then here are just a selection of the places that are right on your doorstep that to visit – go one, give it a go!

Fun with kids

  • Gorse Hill City Farm – great for teaching children about animals and where their meat and animal products come from.
  • Brocks Hill Country Park and Visitor Centre – great, cheap day out with the kids. They have a play area and often do activities for children.
  • Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre – great for children aged 5-17. A range of outdoor activities including fencing, kayaking, zip wire and Jacob’s ladder.


  • Abbey Park
  • Aylestone Meadows
  • Bradgate Park
  • Castle Hill Country Park
  • Hamilton Park
  • Watermead Park

Fun for adults and children

  • Megazone
  • National Space Centre


  • Abbey Pumping Station
  • Belgrave Hall & Gardens
  • Church of St. Mary de Castro
  • Jewry Wall Museum
  • Leicester Abbey
  • Leicester Cathedral
  • Leicester Museum and Art Gallery
  • New Walk Museum
  • Newark House Museum and Gardens


  • Curve Theatre
  • De Montfort Hall
  • Peepul Centre
  • The Little Theatre
  • Upstairs at the Western
  • Y Theatre
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Shamir G

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