Making Your Staycation Perfect This Summer

Red, Amber or Green, this used to just apply to traffic lights, but now its all about where we can go on our Summer holidays. And to say it is confusing is an understatement, which is leading many people to holiday in the UK this year, or even to plan a staycation, staying at home but exploring their local area.

If you are planning a staycation this year, there is no reason why this can’t be fun or full of treats. Good food and a chance to explore can be perfect for those who are staying put in the UK.

Restaurant Quality Food With The Cookaway

Restaurants are now re-opening, but you may not yet feel ready to venture out. Alternately, the lockdown may have re-ignited your love of cooking, or you may have found a passion for creating your own dishes. If any of the above are true, you could create your own, restaurant quality food with The Cookaway.

The Cookaway create recipes that are then delivered through their popular recipe box delivery service and are supported by a virtual cooking experience service. They offer a range of world cuisines including Indian, Italian, Japanese, Pakistani and Spanish, with an option to add additional side dishes, desserts, Champagne, wine, or chocolates. This is all with free National Delivery to mainland UK.

I love the simplicity and convenience of The Cookaway boxes as everything that you need is included in the box, this includes small herbs and spices. Everything is already measured out for you, and meat, fish and poultry are delivered in ice packaging ready to go straight into your fridge. The cookery cards are in simple steps, so even the most novice cook can create something special. If you are struggling, or require a little bit of moral support when cooking, you can join The Cookaway Live community in a virtual cook-along with the chefs who crafted their recipes. (To find out more information on upcoming cook-along events visit: )

Whether you are cooking for a special occasion, or want a special meal during your staycation, The Cookaway can work for you, as it could be delivered to your holiday home as well as your real home.

Cookware From Kapka at Sous Chef

As well as stunning food from The Cookaway, you could also look carefully at what you are serving your meals in, and focus on pieces that are suitable for use both indoors, and outdoors for picnics and trips to the beach.

Kapka products are handmade in Turkey and are enamel, meaning they are hard wearing and won’t be smashed when stored in a picnic basket. The range, currently available at Sous Chef,  includes plates, bowls and dishes that are not only beautiful to look at, but are also practical for taking on picnics and won’t smash. You can explore the Kapka collection in full here.

The range is stunning, really beautiful with bright colours and patterns that make them perfect for Summer, and you know that the use of enamel will mean they will last for a long, long time.

Treasure Trails

Whether your Summer vacation means literally staying at home, or whether you are venturing a little further, you need to find some activities that can get you out and about. Treasure Trails do just that, getting you to explore the local area in detail through self guided trails.

Treasure Trails have been created for numerous locations all around the UK.  They take the trailers on a self guided circular walk that can last up to two hours, but the walk can also include a detective mystery to crack, or a treasure trail to solve or even a spy mission to complete, making this real fun for both children and adults.

The themed self-guided trail booklets (starting at  £9.99 each for the online, printable version ) incorporate clues on local landmarks, signs, statues, monuments, images, engravings, and other eye-catching features, so you can really learn about your own, or a new area, as you complete the trail.

Town and City Gift Cards

If you are planning a shopping trip, or weekend away in the UK, maybe a city break for you and a loved one, then Town and City Gift Cards are a great way to spend and explore, and could be a lovely gift for someone planning a trip. Town and City Gift Cards can be purchased for over 50 towns and cities in the UK and Ireland. Cards can be used with hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, beauty salons, hairdressers, theatres and so much more!

I think a Town and City Gift Card would be a great way to give children their own form of spending money for a vacation/staycation. These can be used in so many places and so many cities and can avoid having to carry cash, which can be slightly problematic at the moment.



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