Travel Trends 2013: What to do in good old England this year

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Babymoons, literatours and set-jetting will be the key staycation trends...

England travel going out

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2012 was a pretty jam packed year for the UK. First we had the Queen's Diamond Jubilee followed by the Olympic Games and then the Kate and Wills pregnancy announcement. Fun times.

Enjoying a staycation in good old England will still be high up on the to-do list for lots of British adventurers in 2013, so we've teamed up with Visit England to uncover three of the biggest travel trends for the New Year.

Take a peek at the things to do and see below and start planning your passport-free holiday NOW...

1. Babymoons

News that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child swept the country in December 2012, but the nation is still in a state of excitement about the bundle of joy. The experts at Visit England have started to see a rise in Babymoons, where parents-to-be relax, recharge and enjoy their time together before two becomes three.

Chewton Glen in Hampshire is spot on for a truly memorable last trip for DINKY (double income, no kids yet) couples. Putting expectant mums first, the luxury country house hotel offers a Pregnancy Glow package in its luxury spa.

Cambridge is the obvious location for a romantic Babymoon fit for royal. Stay at The Varsity Hotel & Spa, the most romantic spot in the city, with picture perfect views, or visit the Forge Yoga Centre, which holds evening classes specifically designed for pregnant women.

Prince William and Kate Middleton

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2. Literatours

There was a boom in literature associated getaways in 2012, and the theme looks set to continue in 2013. This year is the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice so now is the time to book your literatour to leafy Hampshire where Jane was born.

Your next stop should be Bath where Jane lived and drew inspiration for Persuasion and Northanger Abbey, and to Derbyshire, home to Chatsworth House a.k.a. Darcy's Pemberley.

In Hampshire, there's now a dedicated trail which maps out key stages of Jane Austen's life in the county. Literature fiends should also head to Norwich, the first English city to be awarded the UNESCO City of Literature title and one of only six cities in the world with the permanent accolade.



3. Set-jetting

Boosted by the 2012 opening of Warner Bros. The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour and the planned expansion of Pinewood Studios – where most of the James Bond films were shot – set-jetting is more popular than ever.

Les Miserable fans can visit Boughton House - the Versailles of England - where many of the movie scenes were filmed, while TV fans can go on the Downton Abbey Tour and Experience, which offers visitors the chance to spend a weekend in the real Downton - Highclere Castle.

Finally, a dynamic exhibition will open in February at Blenheim Palace called Lights, Camera, Action, which examines the importance of location in TV and film – a must-see for movie buffs.

Highclere castle


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