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'Staycations' On The Rise, Says Research

Friday October 3 2014


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HOLIDAYMAKERS are giving expensive trips the elbow and preferring to stay at home, according to research carried out by Barnsley Metrodome.

Staff at the leisure attraction surveyed visitors during the first two weeks of the school summer holidays and discovered almost half were enjoying a 'staycation'.

Instead of holidaying in the UK or abroad, families surveyed said they were choosing to stay at home and enjoy days out to local and regional leisure facilities like the Metrodome.

Almost half of all visitors surveyed had travelled more than 20 miles to visit the attraction.

Aaron Kirkwood, marketing manager for Barnsley Premier Leisure, said: "We’ve seen more than 28,000 visitors since the start of the summer.

"We knew visitors were travelling from as far as Leeds and Nottingham and so we wanted to find out more. We questioned visitors and discovered some really interesting opinions."

What do you think? Have you opted to have a 'staycation' this summer? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by AHR on Friday October 3 2014 at 13:33
It's the cost of living that's keeping them at home, low wages zero hours plus if you want to take your child out of School when it's cheaper , you are hit with a hefty fine. Councils and Government get it sorted !

Reply Posted by Thomsons on Saturday October 4 2014 at 16:31
Barnsley or Costa, no contest, isn't it?.

Reply Posted by Donna on Sunday October 5 2014 at 16:07
we couldn't even afford local days out this year. We literally have stayed home all summer.
The kids have certainly had to make use of their toys.

Even to take em to Metrodome to swim would cost us the same in fuel cost to go to coast for the day, as with the play centers.
This year that cost is almost a weeks food shopping.
My husbands wages just don't cover the cost of living and the ability to live anymore Particularly since loosing the top up benefits.
Think if things don't change, he will have to give up work, as we'd be £££ better off out of work on full benefits. Not that we want to but pride doesn't feed my children.

Reply Posted by kate on Monday October 6 2014 at 09:30
@donna u jus want to be on benifits to get ya hpuse n that paid for get off ur ass n get a job bt no u say ur partner wil have t leave work n claim benifits hahahaa

Reply Posted by Kate on Monday October 6 2014 at 09:31
@donna go t chestnut tree its a quid in for children t play cheap skate bet ya got money for u n ur parnter t drink