With the light of the celebratory season quickly fading, we know that money is tight after the heavy-spending festivities. We also understand that January can be a hard and lacklustre month, with this in mind we want to help you banish the winter blues with an enjoyable yet affordable satiation.
‘Staycations’ or ‘holistays’ are affordable holidays that allow you to take a break from the 21st century struggle, without the huge expense and exhausting travel. Instead, why not explore and appreciate the country that you’re in by visiting the fabulous places surrounding our hotels. Campanile recommends staycationing in:
A hub of entertainment and culture, Manchester offers a plethora of activities that will suit anyone’s interests, from the magnificent museums to the adrenaline-fuelled escape rooms, here are our top picks:
This free to enter museum is the perfect destination for just about anyone, with attractions including a Virtual Reality Space decent activity, Human VS Machine show and the Experiment! Exhibition. This museum gives more than history and is perfect for a fun-filled family day out.
This is the newest craze hitting the UK, physical adventure and puzzle-solving team games, in which players work together to escape the room. With rooms inspired by detective stories, deadly virus outbreaks and the 90’s TV-cult-hit Crystal maze. This would be excellent for a competitive couple or adventure-seeking amigos.
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With a range of exhibitions, from historic to contemporary, this university art gallery is idyllically set in a country park, perfect for a family trip or romantic ramble while taking in some artistic culture.
- Head to the Theatre
Manchester holds a vast and varied Theatre scene from musicals to plays with a production to suit many tastes, why not check out the Lowry theatre which is located just 15 minutes away, by car, from your local Campanile hotel. Or if you are want to venture further into Manchester city centre, why look into the Royal Exchange Theatre, set in awe-inspiring Victorian architecture, this theatre offers more than a show, its stained glass windows feed the hall with a vivid iridescence.
You can find more places of interest in our Manchester city guide.
The welsh capital offers a mixture of historical and ultra-modern attractions that are just a stones-throw away from each other, so whether you enjoy probing into Cardiff’s rich past or searching for future tech, Cardiff has got you covered. Here are our top picks:
Founded in 1986, Techniquest builds its own breath-taking exhibits with the aim of educating and inspiring people with their love of all things scientific. They offer a large and dynamic open exhibition alongside a range of scientific talks and even silent discos! What more can one place offer?
- Take a tour
Why not explore the city with the guidance of a professional? The city sightseeing hop-on-hop-off bus tour ensures that you see the captivating welsh capital with the added bonus of being driven around. And if plain sightseeing isn’t enough to excite you, see locations featured in Britain’s favorite TV sci-fi drama, Doctor Who. So strap on your braces, grab your Sonic Screwdriver and set your TARDIS to cruise while you adventure through Cardiff. The Doctor Who Cardiff City Walking Tour, takes you to some of the most memorable locations features in the TV Series.
- Boat tour
Rather than exploring by land, treat yourself to a nautical adventure with Cardiff Boat. This boat trip is perfect to explore the historic Cardiff Bay and the city centre, with intriguing commentary and great views, make sure you don’t forget to pack your selfie stick!
This wonderful Welsh hidden-gem houses a paddling of ducks, gaggle of geese and plethora of plants. Roath Park is a lovely destination for families of any age, couples of any kind and relaxing destination to see solo.
To see some other attention-stealing activities, head over to our Cardiff city guide.
Leicester is a fun-filled city, brimming with activities and history, from art galleries to the tomb of King Richard III. This is a wonderful place for a get-away, bring the family, bring your partner but most importantly bring your good-time spirit. Here are our top picks of Leicester destinations:
In the heart of Leicester lies the beautiful, grade II listed, Leicester cathedral. The cathedral attracts large crowds with its beautiful, gothic style interior. And as an added bonus, the cathedral is home to the tomb King Richard III, with so much culture in one building it really is a must-see Leicester attraction.
- Visit the city centre
Leicester City Centre is a hub of eclecticism, with beautiful boutiques to brand label stores and independent coffee shops to high-end restaurants. This bustling city also holds the title for the largest outdoor covered market in Europe and with the bonus of the fascinating ornate architecture, there is so much to see and do in just a stones-throw away from your local Campanile hotel.
Set in the picturesque Leicester street, New Walk, this museum and art gallery has much to offer, with rooms dedicated to educating children on topics ranging from Ancient Egypt to Wild Space and the art gallery showcasing German expressionism to a Picasso ceramics, this is the place for all ages and interests.
This piece of romantically rich and rural parkland is mapped by wonderfully shaded pathways, crowned with an archway of trees. The park is also home to two war memorials to commemorate those lost in each world war, these are both equally stunning in their own way and definitely something to appreciate while staying in Leicester.
To see some more wonderful Leicester activities, take a look at our Campanile city guide.