Tynemouth tops the list for staycation ‘holidays’

Tynemouth Longsands. Picture by John Millard.

Tynemouth Longsands. Picture by John Millard.

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More people are choosing to stay at home for their holidays with Tynemouth a popular destination, new research has shown.

A study by the Go Ultra Low campaign for electric cars shows that 55 per cent of people in Newcastle prefer to holiday at home and visit their local tourist attractions.

And the figures also revealed that 93 per cent recently enjoyed local museums, beaches, theme parks and other places of interest.

A fifth of people questions said that going less than 100 miles away from where they live made them feel like they were on holiday.

Hetal Shah, head of Go Ultra Low, said: “British tourism has experienced a real surge in popularity during recent years – and we don’t expect this weekend’s bank holiday activity choices to be any different.

“Our research confirms the growing trend for staycations with many people now looking for fun and sun closer to home – and the range of electric cars now available make them the perfect vehicles to transport us to these destinations.

“And if you’re going further afield, some plug-in hybrid cars have efficient fuel engines which kick in for ranges of up to 700 miles.

“Added to that, there is now a whole host of electric vehicles available to suit any lifestyle and journey, from city run-arounds and family hatchbacks to 4x4s and sports cars.”

The top five destinations were found to be Tynemouth Longsands, Durham Cathedral, Alnwick Castle, Durham Heritage Coast and Jesmond Dene.