A staycation or holistay is a vacation spent in your home country. Staycation opportunities abound in Britain with gorgeous rural retreats and hundreds of miles of coastline.
Things to do on a Staycation at Barnutopia
For a full list of things to do and local attractions visit our directory of local businesses and tourist attractions. Or check out 15 of the best here:
1. Stay Onsite (0 miles)
Barnutopia is in a stunning location and has everything you need for the perfect British staycation. All glamping yurts and cabins are fully furnished and the onsite facilities include 2 fully equipped kitchens, a bathroom block with unlimited hot water and an indoor/outdoor Dutch barn that’s great for campfires if the weather is poor. Add gorgeous views, green areas, horses, donkeys, pigs, dogs and cats and it is an idyllic retreat for adults and children
2. Scavenger Hunt (0 miles)
The Barnutopia scavenger hunt takes guests on a lovely 2-mile walk around the Shropshire and Powys countryside. There are clues to solve and challenges to complete. Take your phone to get fantastic videos and pics along the way.
3. Fish Ladder & Waterfall (0.25 miles)
Wander to the waterfall on the Cynllaith stream before returning to sit around the campfire. The fish ladder was funded by the European Fisheries Fund to allow salmon and other fish to swim around the weir.
4. Gyrn Moelfre Mountain (3 miles)
Barnutopia has a direct view of the Gyrn Moelfre mountain, a location for a film starring Hugh grant. The views of and from the Gyrn Moelfre are stunning and it is well worth the hike to get to the top.
5. Oswestry Walking Tours (5 miles)
Enjoy a guided stroll around Oswestry, one of the oldest market towns in Britain. Wander through the parks and alleyways of a 3,000 year old settlement that has mixed Welsh and English heritage.
6. Cambrian Heritage Railways (7 miles)
Based in Llynclys and Oswestry, the heritage railways company, trust and society restores and reinstates the infrastructure required to operate trains from Gobowen to Llynclys junction. It also operates the Cambrian Railways Museum in the Oswestry railway station’s former goods depot.
7. Pont-y-Meibion Quad Bike Trekking (7 miles)
The Pont-y-Meibion Trekking Centre offers an exciting way to explore the beautiful Ceiriog Valley. Enjoy the spectacular scenery with your family for as little as an hour or a longer treks for seasoned riders.
8. British Ironwork Centre (8 miles)
Sculpture park, cafe, ice-cream parlour, shopping, events, children’s adventure play on 60 acres. The British Ironwork Centre is an award-winning, 5-star day out for the whole family.
9. Horse Drawn Boat Trip (8 miles)
Peaceful horse drawn narrowboat trips on the Montgomery Canal. Cruise through unspoilt Shropshire countryside and step back in time for a few hours. A totally relaxing experience.
10. Park Hall Farm (8 miles)
A favourite for guests on a staycation at Barnutopia, Park Hall Farm has farm animals, a cafe, indoor and outdoor play areas, tractor rides, go karts, World War trenches, museums and a schedule of activities.
11. Chirk Castle (10 miles)
Completed in 1310, visitors to Chirk Castle enjoy over 700 years of history. The state rooms, library, restored East Range and 5.5 acres of award-winning gardens are spectacular.
12. Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall (12 miles)
Just 12 miles from Barnutopia, Pistyll Rhaeadr is the tallest single-drop waterfall in Britain. It is a nestled in the Berwyn mountains and it is possible to walk to the top of the waterfall and take in the stunning views.
13. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (15 miles)
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct was built between 1795 and 1808 by Thomas Telford and William Jessop. Known as “the stream in the sky”, the aqueduct crosses the Dee Valley and the River Dee at a height of 126 feet (38.4 metres).
14. Lake Vyrnwy (18 miles)
Lake Vyrnwy is on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park south of Lake Bala. The RSPB has over 24,000 acres of trails and walks with viewpoints and hides around the lake. Lots of activities including boating, cycle hire, walking and horse trails.
15. Rodney’s Pillar (18 miles)
Sitting at the top of the Breidden Hills, Rodney’s Pillar commemorates Admiral Rodney’s victory over the French in 1872. The views over the Shropshire countryside are breathtaking.
Please check dates above or contact MrsB@Barnutopia.com to book your next great British staycation.