Autumn/Winter Staycations & Days Out

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Autumn/Winter is such a fantastic time to head out and explore. Often less crowded than summer, with more availability, the ever-changing colours and weather can make every day a different adventure. If you’ve still got a holiday to use, or are you planning an Autumn/Winter staycation, find out why we think South East England is the place for you.  

Why book your next Staycation in South East England? 
 
Rich in history and heritage, a wealth of all-weather and all-year-round attractions, and beautiful ancient woodlands, parks, gardens, and nature reserves, the South East has variety and accessibility at its core.  

Whether you are looking to indulge yourself with a little bit of luxury, seeking an off-the-beaten track intimate bed and breakfast or cosy traditional inn, or searching for that perfect family-friendly self-catering cottage, you will find plenty of options to escape within the region. 

Why not combine your stay with the one many events and activities on offer and you can make the most of your break.

Oh, and don't forget as its one of the warmest parts of the UK too, with the most sunlight hours, so it is unlikely that your get snowed in or stuck here on your travels.   

South East Staycation- Autumn/Winter around South East of England 

Touring the Region - Bunk Campers
One of the largest campervan hire companies in the UK, escape for a minimum of 3 nights (low season) and 7 nights (high season), and create your own stories and adventures.

Hampshire – Oakley Hall Hotel
Nestled in the middle of a 315 acre private estate, with plenty of safe space for you enjoy, this luxury hotel is ideal for a romantic getaway, relaxing with family or friends, or just an escape from everyday life. 

Surrey – Denbies Vineyard Hotel
Imagine waking up to views over acres of vines! This could be your reality at the Denbies Vineyard Hotel near Dorking. Situated in the heart of the estate offering bed and breakfast plus a host of wine & vineyard experiences to compliment your stay. 

New Forest – Sandy Balls 
Get closer to nature and explore the beautiful New Forest with a stay in one of the cottage-style lodges or caravans. There are plenty of  with some of the onsite activities to get involved with, or escape from it all at the Retreat Spa. 

Isle of Wight - Whitecliff Bay 
Head across to South East England’s very own island paradise and stay at this beautiful beachfront woodland park. Choose from lodges with hot tubs, well-stocked caravans, or even get back to nature with a spot of glamping.   

Buckinghamshire - Crowne Plaza Marlow 
Discover this beautiful newly refurbished lakeside hotel set in 5 acres of countryside, just 8 minutes from Marlow train station.  Ideally located for trips to London, Windsor and Henley  

East Sussex – 1066 Country  
1066 Country is home to some of Sussex’s finest coast and countryside including the famous historic site on which the Battle of Hastings was fought. Choose from boutique hotels to shepherd’s huts, oast houses to smugglers inn for your unique Autumn/Winter getaway. 

East Sussex – Brighton
The city is well-known for being alternative, and its accommodation offer is no different! With boutique hotels with themed rooms ranging from mod-inspired to vintage boudoirs or rooms with baths in the window or a hot tub in your private courtyard.  

Hampshire – Gosport
With its 24 miles of waterfront, safe panoramic beaches, impressive naval heritage, and plenty of water sports, Gosport, Lee-on-the-Solent & Stokes Bay offer an ideal destination for an active escape away this Autumn/Winter.  

West Sussex - Sussex by the Sea
Whether you choose the historic market town of Arundel or the seaside towns of Bognor Regis or Littlehampton, the glorious South Downs, and its surrounding villages, are the perfect place to get active, relax, eat in or eat out, shop... or not and explore this beautiful part of South East England. 

Berkshire - Royal Borough of Windsor
Crowned by stunning Windsor Castle and linked by the beautiful River Thames, the Royal Borough has a rich mix of history, culture, heritage and fun which makes it one of South East England’s loveliest short break destinations and a 'must see' for everyone's list.

Oxfordshire, Berkshire - Visit Thames
Winding its way along the borders of nine English counties from its source in the Cotswolds to London, passing on its way stunning landscapes, historic towns and cities and green spaces, why not plan your next staycation along the River Thames.

Can’t find what you are looking for?  Take a look here to find more accommodation throughout the South East of England - use the drop down menu or search bar, or visit our special offers page  for more inspiration.

South East Adventures Await

Combining a great place to stay with good food and fun activities make for a memorable break away. Take a look at 10 indoor and outdoor places you can visit this Autumn/Winter. Remember to share the photos from your adventures with us using the hashtag #southeastadventuresawait

For those not so good weather days

Kent, Canterbury - Visit England’s First Cathedral 
This stunning UNESCO World Heritage site tells over 1400 years of history all under one amazing roof.  Take time to marvel at the dramatic stained-glass windows, explore the secrets of the Crypt and discover stories of Kings, Queens and Princes long since passed.

Gosport – Last Surviving British World War II Submarine
Head to the former site of HMS Dolphin, home to the submarine service for 100 years.  Climb onboard HMS Alliance with a submariner and discover what life was like, before heading into the rest of the museum to discover thousands of photographs, artefacts and some of the first submarines every made and used. 

Brighton – British Airways i360 
An ideal start or finish to your visit to Brighton.  Glide gently to 450 feet and enjoy breath-taking views of the city and the South Coast.  Why not add a glass of local sparkling wine to your visit, and celebrate your new South East experiences? 

Visit 1066 Country – Hastings Contemporary
Located between the beach and Hastings Old Town, the gallery hosts a range of contemporary exhibitions.  Currently showing (On display until at least 31 October) Sir Quentin Blake exhibition and Victor Pasmore - Line & Space.

Sussex by the Sea – Arundel
Autumn/Wintertime is an ideal chance to explore this historic market town with its plethora of antique shops, art galleries, independent shops and cafes.  Remember to allow time to explore the historic castle (open until 1st November), stroll along the river and take photos of the beautiful gothic cathedral at the town’s heart.

Isle of Wight – Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Settle back onboard the vintage steam train and journey through the beautiful Isle of Wight countryside, before taking time to visit the interactive Train Story Discover Centre.  Service days change throughout the year check before visiting.

For those crisp Autumn/Winter Days

West Sussex - Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens
Explore this magnificent Grade I listed woodland gardens as they come alive with brilliant shades of red, orange and burgundy in autumn, whilst looking out for the colony of winter hardy wallabies and visiting wildlife. 

East Sussex – Eastbourne, Coastal Paths, Kayaking & Forest Bathing
Discover the beauty of the South Downs this autumn, and head out on one of the many self-guided walks within the area or indulge your sense of adventure with a kayaking trip along the meandering Cuckmere River.  Find out about the Japanese art of forest bathing and give it ago along the way.

Windsor - Savill Garden Art in the Park Exhibition
Running from the 23rd September to the 3rd November, this exhibition offers the chance to combine wonderful art and horticulture on the same visit.  Explore the colourful gardens and encounter 66 sculptures, inspired by the natural world, on your wanders. 

Visit Thames – Thames Path National Trail
Whether you choose to walk the whole 184 miles of the trail or break it up into smaller walks the choice is yours. Why not try the ‘Gleaming Spires’ from Oxford to Abingdon or the shorter ‘Through the Gap’ from Goring to Pangbourne to get you started

Discover more activities or places to visit here , or take a look at our special offers page to help your budget go a little further.

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