Blackpool has been named the holiday destination that had the biggest impact on Brits as children, with the holiday spot offering up heaps of nostalgia.
The seaside resort has topped a list of UK holidaymakers’ favourite childhood holiday destinations in a new survey from Sykes Holiday Cottages, thanks to fond memories of fish and chips on the beach, trips to the arcade, and shows at the Blackpool Tower.
It was closely followed by Scarborough and Newquay (you can see the full list of the top 10 spots below).
It turns out that where you holidayed as a child can have a huge impact on future staycation plans; nearly half of those surveyed said they planned to return to places they visited as a child.
It’s not just a desire to relive those happy memories that has Brits returning; one of the key factors was also wanting to recreate the experience for their own children.
One of our writers shared her fond memories of Blackpool for childhood holidays – and why she thinks it continues to be a firm favourite with families.
Of course there’s plenty to see and do if you are heading to Blackpool. For a start, there’s the bustling Central Pier with its attractions, shops and arcades, while Blackpool Tower remains a firm hit with visitors, mostly thanks to the incredible views of the city and sea you can enjoy from the top.
Thrill-seekers may also want to check out Blackpool Pleasure Beach which offers everything from terrifying rollercoasters to gentle rides for smaller children.
Then of course there’s the beach, the fish and chip shops, and the ice cream parlours and a plethora of restaurants and bars (there’s a reason why Blackpool has a reputation for being a great night out).
During the pandemic, a staycation can of course be a stress-free option for booking a getaway, especially with volatile travel restrictions around the world.
Still, it’s no secret that UK holidays are a hit with families. In fact, two-thirds of Brits polled agreed that some of their favourite holidays they had as children were with their family on a staycation.
Brits’ top 10 childhood holiday destinations
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