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."

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