I read yesterday that the likes of Butlins and Maplins are taking bookings on a scale that hasn't be seen since the 1960's as we British desert the 'Costas' in huge numbers and choose to spend what little money we have at home this year. I haven't had a booking from Skegness or Minehead this year, so I assume funds at Butlins remain tight but who knows, that may change.
When I was at Skegness last, I found it to be a curious place. There's a private airfield just behind the caravan park that I use for work and a tunnel under the main road which leads to the holiday complex, where I was accomodated in a nice apartment which appeared to be a straight copy of one I stayed at in the Orlando Disney resort but wasn't; having a unique British quality to the artificial surroundings and a huge pub within easy tottering distance. The beaches along the North-east coast are fantastic but then we have beaches that are just as good, if not better here and so it would be wonderful if the summer of 2009 sees Thanet benefiting from the impact of the recession, as more families choose to explore Britain rather than say, Bulgaria.
The recent BBC series by Andrew Marr, which gave people a view of Britain from above gave a taste of how dramatic our coastal scenery can be. I count myself very lucky because I see a great deal of it, often at low-level and on a line stretching between Swansea and Skegness and for those readers who have traditionally taken their holidays abroad, I would recommend visiting the Northern tip of Norfolk, Sandown and Bembridge on the Isle of Wight and parts of Devon and Cornwall, such as Perranporth and the areas West of Swansea.
If any of you saw the seaplane buzzing around last weekend, the owner is contemplating basing it at Manston during the summer months to give rides out to spots such as the abandoned anti-aircraft towers in the estuary. I think it's a nice idea but of course, I'm biased having already had a chance to admire the aircraft.