Planning the Perfect Staycation here in the Vale

As Wales begins to re-open but with international travel off the cards for now, a lot of us are starting to wonder what this means for our summer holidays. And after the past year, we think we could all really do with a holiday! We asked around The Business Centre (Cardiff) and it seems like most people are planning to have a staycation this year, and when we have so much to do, see and experience, right here on our doorsteps, we don’t blame them!

Our team have put their thinking caps on and come up with some fantastic tips for planning the perfect staycation, right here in the Vale of Glamorgan!  

Decide how long will your Staycation be for

First things first, how long will your staycation be? Will you be taking the odd day each weekend to get out and explore or will you be taking two weeks off work and treating it like a traditional holiday? 

Out of Office: on

When prepping for your staycation, because you’re not radically changing your surroundings, it’s so easy to slide back into normal you, instead of holiday you. Would you hoover on holiday? Or check your work emails? Or tackle that pile of washing? Make sure that you put on your out of office and properly take the time to recharge and embrace your holiday! 

What to do in the Vale of Glamorgan? 

There is so much to do here in the Vale, from coastal adventures to soaking up culture! Although restrictions are easing, certain places may have new opening hours or restrictions in place, always double check before you set off.   

Family Fun: Things to Do & See

  • About Gavin & Stacey Official Tour

Discover the famous locations of the Gavin and Stacey TV show! Visit the home of Stacey, the arcade where Nessa works and the church where Nessa almost marries Dave. There’s plenty of opportunities to stop, take photos and the tour ends at Barry Island seafront. Find out more here

amelian trust farm
  • Amelia Trust Farm 

Set across 160 acres, Amelia Trust Farm is a working farm which also provides education and learning opportunities for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. There’s so much on offer at Amelia Trust Farm including: an outdoor area, the small animals centre, woodland paths, bird watching, piglet trail, amphitheatre. Plus, for the thrill-seekers, there’s the Tree Tops Challenge! Find out more about Amelia Trust Farm here

  • Barry Tourist Railway

For the train enthusiasts, there are some amazing vintage trains on offer at the Barry Tourist Railway, available for passengers to ride! These only happen on certain dates though, so keep an eye on their Facebook page here

  • Cosmeston Lakes and Country Park

One of our favourite places in the Vale, Cosmeston is absolutely stunning and is open all year round! A haven for wildlife, it’s a must see! Find out more about Cosmeston Lakes and Park here

  • Cosmeston Medieval Village

Why not make a day of it and if you’re heading to Cosmeston Lakes and Country Park, make sure you also check out one of Wales’ leading open-air museums and visit Cosmeston Medieval Village? Discover how people lived and worked back in 1350 with guided tours taking you around the village. Find out more about Cosmeston Medieval Village here.

  • A Spot of Golf? 

If you’re in the mood for a bit of golf, here in the Vale we have some amazing golf courses, such as Brynhill Golf Club, Dinas Powys Golf Club and Glamorganshire Golf Club! 

Walking Routes

The Vale of Glamorgan Council have put together a selection of walks (ranging from short walks to hikes for experienced walkers) on their website. With so many to choose from, you’re sure to find a stunning walk to suit you! Take a look at the Vale of Glamorgan Council website here

Cycling in the Vale 

If you prefer to get out and cycle instead, take a look at our sister company, Masons Self Storage’s blog on Cycling Routes in the Vale! We have so many stunning cycling routes with plenty to see and do along the way. 

Beaches 

Are you a big fan of a beach holiday? (We are!) But whether you like to laze on the golden sands, build sandcastles or have a little splash about, with 14 varied beaches along the 14 miles of Glamorgan Heritage Coast there’s sure to be the perfect beach for what you have in mind! 

  • Traditional Seaside 

For your fun day out at the beach, with everything you could need like beach huts, amusements and tons of cafes, head to Whitmore Bay, Barry Island! Head east around the headland and you’ll discover the quieter Jackson’s Bay. Plus, for Gavin & Stacey fans, you’ll get to take in some of the shows famous sights! 

  • Castles (sand and real life)

Whether you’re looking to build sandcastles or explore them, head to Ogmore by Sea and you’ll have options for both! Plus, with rockpools and stretches of pebbles, you might even find a fossil or two. 

  • Rugged scenery

If you’re looking for dramatic and rugged scenery, head to the beach at Cwm Nash, also known as Monknash, can be reached by walking along the tree-lined track alongside Nash Brook. It takes a bit of effort but it’s worth it for the stunning rock formations, endless rockpools and golden sands. 

  • A Lighthouse

The shore at Nash Point has rugged cliffs, all topped off with a majestic lighthouse. Whether you’re on the hunt for more rockpools or fancy investigating the Wales Coast Path, stunning Nash Point is well worth a visit! 

Our list of things to see and do here in the Vale could go on and on, but there’s definitely more than enough listed above to whet your appetite! Plus, keep an eye on the Vale of Glamorgan website for any events such as farmers markets etc. 

Now, it’s up to you to get planning the perfect staycation! 

Once you’re back from your staycation and feeling refreshed, why not pop into The Business Centre (Cardiff) and take a tour of our serviced offices? Whether you’re a start-up business, a freelancer or a small business looking to make the perfect impression, The Business Centre (Cardiff) Ltd, could be the perfect home for your business! Why not drop our friendly team an email at: enquiries@thebusinesscentreonline.co.uk and pop in to find out?

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