August 2022: News from the Metro Mayor

July 25 2022

This summer, let’s explore local

THERE’S no place like home when it comes to our summer holidays, for the staycation is back.

With the ever-growing cost of living, not to mention the chaos at the Passport Office wrecking even the best-laid holiday plans, many are choosing to play it safe this year and sit out their summer getaway here in the UK.

After two years of ‘stay at home’ orders and jumping around the living room with fitness guru Joe Wicks, who fully knew that the solitude of the West of England could help recharge all our batteries?

Who realised that we could all feel reinvigorated by strolling through the gorgeous hills of the South West countryside – a walker’s paradise – from which you can see for miles?

And who appreciated that from adventure parks to nature parks, from festivals to sporting activities, all the family can have a healthy dose of wholesome fun right here in our amazing region?

The secret is now well and truly out. From play and learning at family-friendly favourites like Wild Place Project to the hidden gem that is Radstock Museum, our area is jam-packed with top places to explore.

That’s why, this year, I’ve encouraged all of you to make the most of our fantastic local attractions and get behind them as our pandemic-hit tourism sector gets back on its feet.

My Explore Local campaign has already helped bring thousands of tourists back to our great region, but there is a way to go yet.

And so, if this to be the summer of the great British ‘staycation’ - this a phrase that’s bandied about every year, but it’s fair to say that it’s never been more fitting – let’s take full advantage by visiting the truly amazing attractions we have locally. The UK may well be the staycation nation, but there is no better staycation destination than the West of England!

This summer I’ve been busy visiting many of our great attractions. There are too many highlights to mention but some deserve a special shout out.

In Bath I immersed myself in the spooky history of how Mary Shelley penned her bestselling Frankenstein novel in the city. I should warn you, this one ain’t for the faint-hearted so children will love it!

I got a sneak peek of a brand-new (and free!) outdoor photography gallery from Bristol’s Royal Photographic Society, too. And I’ve enjoyed tea rooms and character in abundance in our beautiful historic market towns. We’re lucky to live in such a brilliant part of the world. While an exotic escape may be off the cards this year, have no fear.

Let’s all get out there, soak in the atmosphere (and sun) and enjoy a staycation like no other.

We should all fall back in love with holidaying at home here in the very special West of England. And a big bonus of keeping it local and travelling less far is that we can help save the planet too.

I hope you have a great holiday.