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Cornwall is FULL! Staycation hotspot’s campsites are booked up

Britons are scrambling for staycation spots with campsites, B&Bs and holiday cottages booking up fast as tens of thousands of foreign stays were put on hold amid fears over a second wave of coronavirus.

Not a single pitch, campervan space or lodge at any of the top 20 campsites in Cornwall or top 15 in Dorset are available for a week’s stay for two adults from tomorrow, as lockdown-weary holidaymakers flock to the areas to enjoy a summer break.

Parks and campsites across Britain have seen a boom in bookings recently, with Haven, Butlin’s, Center Parcs and Hoseasons being inundated – and cottage bookings swept up.

Those looking for sun-soaked day trips have started taking advantage of the country’s beauty spots already, with huge crowds flocking to seaside spots in Cornwall and Devon on Thursday – leaving car parks jam-packed. 

Some opted for a day out at Westgate Gardens in Canterbury while others enjoyed a trip to the seaside in Brighton. 

MailOnline surveyed the 20 best campsites in Cornwall according to campsites.co.uk and found the likes of Little Trevothan Camping & Caravan Park in Helston and Polruan Holidays in Fowey are full until the end of August.

Others such as Trethem Mill Touring Park in Truro are fully booked until the end of September – but are having to run at reduced capacity of about 50 per cent to ensure they follow social distancing requirements.

Further sites in the likes of Newquay, St Austell, Par, Looe, St Columb Major, Padstow, Whitecross, Mevagissey, Redruth, Bude, Perranporth, Camelford, Marazion and Bude are also fully booked for at least the next week.

In Dorset, there was limited availability for next week at two of the 15 sites, in Owermoigne and Wareham. But the rest are booked up until at least August 16, with three in the county not taking bookings until September.

Those hoping for a last-minute stay in a holiday hotspot this weekend will find campsites for £150 a night or £200 a night for three-star hotels as demand soars.

One four-star hotel on the beach in Newquay, Cornwall, comes in at nearly £350 a night, while a one-bedroom cottage in the Cotswolds will set you back £280 a night. 

Demand will also be boosted by rising temperatures, with Friday expected to be the hottest day of the year so far with 91F (33C) highs.

Tourists enjoy the beach at Polzeath in Cornwall today amid a surge in visitors to the South West of England

Tourists enjoy the beach at Polzeath in Cornwall today amid a surge in visitors to the South West of England

Tourists enjoy the beach at Polzeath in Cornwall today amid a surge in visitors to the South West of England

MailOnline surveyed the 20 best campsites in Cornwall according to campsites.co.uk and found the likes of Little Trevothan Camping & Caravan Park in Helston and Polruan Holidays in Fowey are full until the end of August

MailOnline surveyed the 20 best campsites in Cornwall according to campsites.co.uk and found the likes of Little Trevothan Camping & Caravan Park in Helston and Polruan Holidays in Fowey are full until the end of August

MailOnline surveyed the 20 best campsites in Cornwall according to campsites.co.uk and found the likes of Little Trevothan Camping & Caravan Park in Helston and Polruan Holidays in Fowey are full until the end of August

Holidaymakers have flocked to Newquay in Cornwall, which is pictured today, as the UK experiences a staycations boom

Holidaymakers have flocked to Newquay in Cornwall, which is pictured today, as the UK experiences a staycations boom

Holidaymakers have flocked to Newquay in Cornwall, which is pictured today, as the UK experiences a staycations boom

The Porth Beach Holiday Park in Newquay, Cornwall, is pictured today as holidaymakers descend on the South West

The Porth Beach Holiday Park in Newquay, Cornwall, is pictured today as holidaymakers descend on the South West

The Porth Beach Holiday Park in Newquay, Cornwall, is pictured today as holidaymakers descend on the South West

Surfers head into the sea at Polzeath in Cornwall today as Britons make the most of the warm weather and go on staycations

Surfers head into the sea at Polzeath in Cornwall today as Britons make the most of the warm weather and go on staycations

Surfers head into the sea at Polzeath in Cornwall today as Britons make the most of the warm weather and go on staycations

Car parks were jam-packed as revellers took advantage of the warm weather at the seaside resort of West Bay in Dorset

Car parks were jam-packed as revellers took advantage of the warm weather at the seaside resort of West Bay in Dorset

Car parks were jam-packed as revellers took advantage of the warm weather at the seaside resort of West Bay in Dorset

A caravan site at Papermill Lock in Boreham, Essex, was another popular site for holidaymakers with many opting to eat outdoors to soak up the rays

A caravan site at Papermill Lock in Boreham, Essex, was another popular site for holidaymakers with many opting to eat outdoors to soak up the rays

A caravan site at Papermill Lock in Boreham, Essex, was another popular site for holidaymakers with many opting to eat outdoors to soak up the rays

A caravan site at East Mersea in Essex was also a popular choice for holidaymakers who pitched tents and put up windbreaks to enjoy the sunshine

A caravan site at East Mersea in Essex was also a popular choice for holidaymakers who pitched tents and put up windbreaks to enjoy the sunshine

A caravan site at East Mersea in Essex was also a popular choice for holidaymakers who pitched tents and put up windbreaks to enjoy the sunshine

Sunseekers were seen enjoying the warm weather sitting outside at a caravan site at Papermill Lock in Boreham, Essex

Sunseekers were seen enjoying the warm weather sitting outside at a caravan site at Papermill Lock in Boreham, Essex

Sunseekers were seen enjoying the warm weather sitting outside at a caravan site at Papermill Lock in Boreham, Essex

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day of scorching hot sunshine and clear blue skies

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day of scorching hot sunshine and clear blue skies

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day of scorching hot sunshine and clear blue skies

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of West Bay in Dorset on a day of scorching hot sunshine and clear blue skies

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of West Bay in Dorset on a day of scorching hot sunshine and clear blue skies

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of West Bay in Dorset on a day of scorching hot sunshine and clear blue skies

Tourists enjoy bodyboarding and surfing at the beach in Polzeath. Tourists are slowly returning to Cornwall after lockdown measures introduced to curb the spread of the coronavirus were eased

Tourists enjoy bodyboarding and surfing at the beach in Polzeath. Tourists are slowly returning to Cornwall after lockdown measures introduced to curb the spread of the coronavirus were eased

Tourists enjoy bodyboarding and surfing at the beach in Polzeath. Tourists are slowly returning to Cornwall after lockdown measures introduced to curb the spread of the coronavirus were eased

People sunbathing in Wandworth Park, London today as Britain endures a mini-heatwave with temperatures hitting 84F

People sunbathing in Wandworth Park, London today as Britain endures a mini-heatwave with temperatures hitting 84F

People sunbathing in Wandworth Park, London today as Britain endures a mini-heatwave with temperatures hitting 84F

Sun-seekers flock to the seafront in Brighton as Britain endures another mini-heatwave as temperatures hit 84F today

Sun-seekers flock to the seafront in Brighton as Britain endures another mini-heatwave as temperatures hit 84F today

Sun-seekers flock to the seafront in Brighton as Britain endures another mini-heatwave as temperatures hit 84F today

Visitors to Westgate Gardens in Canterbury make the most of the warm late July weather by enjoying rides in punts on the River Great Stour

Visitors to Westgate Gardens in Canterbury make the most of the warm late July weather by enjoying rides in punts on the River Great Stour

Visitors to Westgate Gardens in Canterbury make the most of the warm late July weather by enjoying rides in punts on the River Great Stour

Visitors to Westgate Gardens in Canterbury make the most of the warm late July weather by enjoying rides in punts on the River Great Stour

Visitors to Westgate Gardens in Canterbury make the most of the warm late July weather by enjoying rides in punts on the River Great Stour

Visitors to Westgate Gardens in Canterbury make the most of the warm late July weather by enjoying rides in punts on the River Great Stour

Visitors to Westgate Gardens in Canterbury make the most of the warm late July weather by enjoying rides in punts on the River Great Stour

Visitors to Westgate Gardens in Canterbury make the most of the warm late July weather by enjoying rides in punts on the River Great Stour

Visitors to Westgate Gardens in Canterbury make the most of the warm late July weather by enjoying rides in punts on the River Great Stour

Visitors to Westgate Gardens in Canterbury make the most of the warm late July weather by enjoying rides in punts on the River Great Stour

Visitors to Westgate Gardens in Canterbury make the most of the warm late July weather by enjoying rides in punts on the River Great Stour

Visitors to Westgate Gardens in Canterbury make the most of the warm late July weather by enjoying rides in punts on the River Great Stour

The car parks are packed with vehicles as holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of West Bay in Dorset on a day of scorching hot sunshine and clear blue skies

The car parks are packed with vehicles as holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of West Bay in Dorset on a day of scorching hot sunshine and clear blue skies

The car parks are packed with vehicles as holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of West Bay in Dorset on a day of scorching hot sunshine and clear blue skies

People take the day off to enjoy a swim in the sea and to sunbathe on the sand as the weather hots up in Camber, East Sussex

People take the day off to enjoy a swim in the sea and to sunbathe on the sand as the weather hots up in Camber, East Sussex

People take the day off to enjoy a swim in the sea and to sunbathe on the sand as the weather hots up in Camber, East Sussex

Sunbathers soak up the stunning weather in Brighton this morning as the sit in deck chairs on the beach and take pictures together

Sunbathers soak up the stunning weather in Brighton this morning as the sit in deck chairs on the beach and take pictures together

Sunbathers soak up the stunning weather in Brighton this morning as the sit in deck chairs on the beach and take pictures together

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day of scorching hot sunshine and clear blue skies

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day of scorching hot sunshine and clear blue skies

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day of scorching hot sunshine and clear blue skies

People sunbathing in Wandworth Park, London today as Britain endures a mini-heatwave with temperatures hitting 84F

People sunbathing in Wandworth Park, London today as Britain endures a mini-heatwave with temperatures hitting 84F

People sunbathing in Wandworth Park, London today as Britain endures a mini-heatwave with temperatures hitting 84F

With Britain already basking in 84F (29C) today, sunseekers descended on coastal resorts such as Lyme Regis in Dorset and Camber in East Sussex to soak up the rays – mirroring pictures seen in May and early June before the rain swept in.

The mercury will soar for two days – with temperatures higher than Spain – before more showers come in as we move into August.

Foreign summer holidays are now looking increasingly risky after the Government’s last-minute announcement on Sunday that those travelling from Spain now need to self-isolate for 14 days following a spike in cases.

And sunseekers are set to make the most of the warm temperatures in the UK, with Britain set to bask in a mini-heatwave amid 84F (29C) highs today before a 95F (35C) scorcher tomorrow on the hottest day of the year so far. 

Meanwhile an exclusive poll for MailOnline revealed today that a quarter of Britons are planning to alter their holiday plans in the wake of the decision to re-impose quarantine restrictions on Spain.

Some 25 per cent said they were considering changes and more than a third said they were now less likely to book a foreign holiday at all amid fears that other popular destinations could follow in having restrictions put in place. 

But the poll, conducted by Redfield and Wilton Strategies, also found more than two in five people backed how the Government handled last Saturday’s announcement which came with just five hours’ notice.

Mobile homes at Newquay in Cornwall are pictured today as Britons flock to the South West of England for a holiday

Mobile homes at Newquay in Cornwall are pictured today as Britons flock to the South West of England for a holiday

Mobile homes at Newquay in Cornwall are pictured today as Britons flock to the South West of England for a holiday

An ice cream van is pictured on the beach at Polzeath in Cornwall today as the South West is swamped by visitors

An ice cream van is pictured on the beach at Polzeath in Cornwall today as the South West is swamped by visitors

An ice cream van is pictured on the beach at Polzeath in Cornwall today as the South West is swamped by visitors

Two in five (42 per cent) people polled for MailOnline by Redfield and Wilton Strategies said they believed the Government handled the reintroduction of self-isolation requirements for travellers returning from Spain well or very well

Two in five (42 per cent) people polled for MailOnline by Redfield and Wilton Strategies said they believed the Government handled the reintroduction of self-isolation requirements for travellers returning from Spain well or very well

Two in five (42 per cent) people polled for MailOnline by Redfield and Wilton Strategies said they believed the Government handled the reintroduction of self-isolation requirements for travellers returning from Spain well or very well

Tourists enjoy bodyboarding and surfing at the beach in Polzeath. Tourists are slowly returning to Cornwall after lockdown measures introduced to curb the spread of the coronavirus were eased

Tourists enjoy bodyboarding and surfing at the beach in Polzeath. Tourists are slowly returning to Cornwall after lockdown measures introduced to curb the spread of the coronavirus were eased

Tourists enjoy bodyboarding and surfing at the beach in Polzeath. Tourists are slowly returning to Cornwall after lockdown measures introduced to curb the spread of the coronavirus were eased

Tourists enjoy bodyboarding and surfing at the beach in Polzeath. Tourists are slowly returning to Cornwall after lockdown measures introduced to curb the spread of the coronavirus were eased

Tourists enjoy bodyboarding and surfing at the beach in Polzeath. Tourists are slowly returning to Cornwall after lockdown measures introduced to curb the spread of the coronavirus were eased

Tourists enjoy bodyboarding and surfing at the beach in Polzeath. Tourists are slowly returning to Cornwall after lockdown measures introduced to curb the spread of the coronavirus were eased

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day of scorching hot sunshine and clear blue skies

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day of scorching hot sunshine and clear blue skies

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day of scorching hot sunshine and clear blue skies

Meanwhile officials in St Ives, famed for its narrow streets, have introduced a ‘keep to the left’ policy in an attempt to ensure everyone can keep to the one-metre plus distance currently advised amid soaring visitor numbers.

Car parks in the area are reaching capacity, and people are packing on to the town’s popular beach and into cafes surrounding it. Guests have been advised to wear a facemask and to avoid cramming into smaller shops.

How Cornwall’s top 20 campsites are booked up 

Here is the latest availability at the top 20 campsites in Cornwall according to the Campsites.co.uk website, based on two adults booking for seven nights:

  1. Hendra Holiday Park in Newquay – SEPTEMBER 12
  2. Chy Carne Camping and Touring Park in Helston – AUGUST 29
  3. Court Farm Campsite in St Austell – AUGUST 29
  4. East Crinnis Holiday Park in Par – SEPTEMBER 5
  5. Looe Country Park in Looe – AUGUST 5
  6. Tencreek Holiday Park in Looe – AUGUST 10
  7. Trewan Hall in St Columb Major – AUGUST 28
  8. Padstow Touring Park in Padstow – SEPTEMBER 14
  9. The Laurels Holiday Park in Whitecross – AUGUST 31
  10. Tregarton Park in Mevagissey – AUGUST 29
  11. Globe Vale Holiday Park in Redruth – AUGUST 22
  12. Pencuke Farm in Bude – SEPTEMBER 3
  13. Polruan Holidays in Fowey – AUGUST 23
  14. Tollgate Farm Caravan and Camping Park in Perranporth – AUGUST 31
  15. Little Trevothan Camping & Caravan Park in Helston – AUGUST 30
  16. St Tinney Farm in Camelford – AUGUST 29
  17. Tower Park in St Buryan – TBC
  18. Trethem Mill Touring Park in Truro – SEPTEMBER 30
  19. Wheal Rodney Holiday Park in Marazion – AUGUST 1
  20. Willow Valley Holiday Park in Bude – AUGUST 29
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Malcolm Bell, chief executive of Visit Cornwall, admitted earlier this week that some locals were still ‘nervous’ about the sudden rush of tourists, but said on the whole ‘everyone is sticking to social distancing rules’.

He told the Daily Mail: ‘Generally everybody is quite happy. For local people it obviously feels a lot busier but by and large everyone is sticking to the distancing rules.

‘Some of the historic towns like St Ives and Padstow have been close to capacity with people walking the streets. So again we’re reminding people to consider going to other places and to be mindful that they do get busy.

‘We have put into place a one way system and it’s sort of adhered to but I’m afraid people can be a bit forgetful on holiday. I think for some of the locals even two metres, it’s only six foot, so even if you’re compliant with that distancing it can feel quite busy.

‘So what we would say to people of a more nervous disposition is think about that and be prepared to go somewhere a little bit quieter – there will be times when it does feel a little busy.

‘There is still nervousness from locals. There’s still that shock. Places like St Ives in the winter they’re a ghost town. I think by and large locals do feel that people are doing their best to stick by the rules and they know that we need it for the thousands of jobs.

‘So for the vast majority it’s probably best summed up that we need the tourism so we’re going to have to accept it. In an ideal world they would prefer to have Cornwall to themselves. There are still some who are very nervous.’ 

The collapse in foreign holidays has presented an massive opportunity for UK tourism by boosting the demand for staycations, after hotels, campsites and restaurants were allowed to reopen from lockdown on July 4. 

Business is now booming, and the Government’s announcement on Sunday that those travelling from Spain now need to self-isolate for 14 days following a spike in cases has further boosted prospects.

With the threat of other countries joining the list as cases rise across Europe, many are considering staycations in Britain rather than risk having to self-isolate for two weeks, particularly those who cannot work from home.  

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a hot day today

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a hot day today

Sunbathers and holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a hot day today

Lyme Regis in Dorset is busy today with sunseekers, many of whom have gone on summer staycations to the area

Lyme Regis in Dorset is busy today with sunseekers, many of whom have gone on summer staycations to the area

Lyme Regis in Dorset is busy today with sunseekers, many of whom have gone on summer staycations to the area

Jane Pendlebury, executive director of hotel industry association the Hospitality Professionals Association, told AFP: ‘A UK staycation…carries much less disruptive risk,’

Top 15 campsites in Dorset are looking busy

Here is the latest availability at the top 15 campsites in Dorset according to the Campsites.co.uk website, based on two adults booking for seven nights: 

  1. Back of Beyond Touring Park in St Leonards – AUGUST 16
  2. Galton Campsite in Dorchester – AUGUST 19
  3. Graston Copse Holiday Park in Bridport – AUGUST 31
  4. Sandyholme Holiday Park in Owermoigne – AUGUST 2
  5. Hook Farm in Lyme Regis – AUGUST 29
  6. Longthorns Farm in Wareham – AUGUST 7
  7. Monkton Wyld Caravan Park – TBC
  8. Primrose Fields Campsite – 2021 (CLOSED FOR CAMPING FOR 2020)
  9. South Lytchett Manor Caravan and Camping Park in Lytchett Minster – AUGUST 29
  10. Woolsbridge Manor Farm Caravan Park in Wimborne – TBC
  11. Birchwood Tourist Park in Wareham – SEPTEMBER 1
  12. Charmouth Camping and Caravanning Club Site in Charmouth – SEPTEMBER 12
  13. Corfe Castle Camping and Caravanning Club Site in Wareham – SEPTEMBER 17
  14. Old Bidlake Farm in Bridport – 2021 (CLOSED FOR 2020)
  15. Pineapple Farm – PRIVATE BOOKINGS ONLY
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 ‘Of course, the threat of regional outbreaks is real, but the restrictions imposed won’t be as impactful – with returning home from within the UK far easier than doing so from abroad.

‘Whilst we can’t necessarily offer the same weather as the Balearics or the Canaries, what we can do is offer exceptional hospitality – albeit with necessary precautions in place,’ she added.

Tour operator TUI has taken the blanket decision to cancel all its planned holidays to mainland Spain until August 9. Meanwhile, British campsites and holiday home operators have enjoyed a surge in bookings.

Graham Donoghue, chief executive of Sykes Cottages, told the BBC: ‘News of Spain’s travel restrictions at the weekend resulted in a 53 percent year-on-year rise in bookings. We’re also seeing a steady stream of bookings for holidays in 2021 too.’

The Whitbread group, which owns the Premier Inn hotel chain, said it had seen strong demand in summer bookings for hotel rooms in tourist hotspots since the beginning of July.

The exclusive department store Fortnum and Mason is even offering a dedicated ‘perfect staycation’ package – including a picnic basket, champagne and tea, of course. 

But even if more Britons decide to stay put this year, it is unlikely to make up the shortfall for the tourism sector, which is pleading with the government for help to weather the crisis.

VisitBritain, British tourism’s lobbying body, estimates that the number of foreign tourists could fall by as much as 60 per cent this year due to the pandemic.

Labour has already warned of an unemployment crisis, with rates rising faster than the national average in the English regions most dependent on tourism such as Cornwall, Yorkshire and the Lake District.

Destinations popular with foreign tourists, such as Bath, are also struggling to draw in the crowds.

The sight of a few tourists milling around the city’s famous Roman Baths is in stark contrast to the usual throng that packs out the city, which normally welcomes around six million visitors a year.

Surfers and holiday makers pack into the waters on the beach at Polzeath in Cornwall yesterday as temperatures start to rise

Surfers and holiday makers pack into the waters on the beach at Polzeath in Cornwall yesterday as temperatures start to rise

Surfers and holiday makers pack into the waters on the beach at Polzeath in Cornwall yesterday as temperatures start to rise

The Waterside Holiday Park in Paignton, Devon, pictured yesterday, is among the sites which are experiencing high demand

The Waterside Holiday Park in Paignton, Devon, pictured yesterday, is among the sites which are experiencing high demand

The Waterside Holiday Park in Paignton, Devon, pictured yesterday, is among the sites which are experiencing high demand

Motorhomes on a busy stretch of coastline at Leysdown on the Isle Of Sheppey in Kent yesterday afternoon

Motorhomes on a busy stretch of coastline at Leysdown on the Isle Of Sheppey in Kent yesterday afternoon

Motorhomes on a busy stretch of coastline at Leysdown on the Isle Of Sheppey in Kent yesterday afternoon

Children, their parents and grandparents play in the sunshine at Elmhurst Caravan Park on the Isle of Sheppey yesterday

Children, their parents and grandparents play in the sunshine at Elmhurst Caravan Park on the Isle of Sheppey yesterday

Children, their parents and grandparents play in the sunshine at Elmhurst Caravan Park on the Isle of Sheppey yesterday

Tourists are pictured on Tuesday camping at the picturesque Calda House near Inchnadamph in the Scottish Highlands

Tourists are pictured on Tuesday camping at the picturesque Calda House near Inchnadamph in the Scottish Highlands

Tourists are pictured on Tuesday camping at the picturesque Calda House near Inchnadamph in the Scottish Highlands

‘It’s not even a quarter of the business that we usually get. I’d say it’s like 2 to 3 per cent,’ Marcus Barnes told AFP as he cleaned the front of his souvenir shop.

Staycation beauty spots are being ‘blighted by vandals and litter’ 

By Alan Shields, Sarah Ward and Ellie Forbes for the Scottish Daily Mail

Beauty spots are being blighted by litter louts and vandals, politicians have warned.

Tory MSP Murdo Fraser is calling for a police crackdown on the problems as people flock to the countryside. The most recent incidents have seen yobs damage trees, vandalise ancient ruins and leave tons of rubbish behind. One of the most iconic sites affected in recent weeks was the recently restored sign at John o’ Groats, which was snapped off by visitors swinging on it.  

Mr Fraser wrote in The Scotsman: ‘With the closure of many official campsites due to the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions on overseas travel, it is perhaps no surprise we have seen a surge in this activity in recent weeks. But that is no excuse for some of the behaviour we are witnessing. There is no one simple solution to this problem. It will require agencies to work together to identify offenders and hold them accountable.’

Among incidents at heritage sites during lockdown, six people have been caught carrying out illegal metal detecting, and a report was made of somebody digging at the Callanish Standing Stones on Lewis.

Historic Environment Scotland said no serious damage was done but archaeology could have been disturbed. It also said it was ‘horrified’ the Castlelaw Hill Iron Age fort near Penicuik, Midlothian, had been used as a toilet. 

Meanwhile, a petition is calling for a ‘congestion charge’ for camper vans on the 516-mile North Coast 500 route. In a matter of days, more than 3,700 people joined a Facebook group documenting problems.

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The local authorities have introduced new measures, such as limiting the size of groups visiting the city, in an attempt to woo potential holidaymakers.

‘We think that if we can…have fewer people coming but staying longer, putting more into the local economy, actually getting more out of their visit, then that will be a more sustainable model for the future,’ said Stephen Bird from the city council.

The few intrepid tourists spotted on the streets seemed reassured. ‘You’re starting to see the sanitisation at hotels, the social distancing, so all in all I feel comfortable,’ said Cieran Fowley, who lives in London.

The website Pitchup.com, which sends 800,000 people a year to 2,000 UK campsites, says bookings are double last year’s level. 

Some sites and parks are already taking strong bookings up to summer next year, throwing a lifeline to the industry. 

However, certain businesses are hiking prices by as much as 50 per cent for 2021 to try to make up for the money lost during the lockdown. 

The appeal of a British holiday has been boosted by a Government decision to slash VAT from 20 per cent to 5 per cent for the hospitality industry. 

As a result, Haven, Butlin’s and Center Parcs have cut prices on new bookings by more than 10 per cent for the summer.

The rush has put a huge strain on holiday companies. There is evidence of double bookings, resulting in trips being cancelled at the last minute. 

Haven said bookings at its 36 parks had soared by 96 per cent year-on-year. Its sister brand Butlin’s also claims to be doing a roaring trade. 

Hoseasons has had to recruit extra phone staff to cope with the huge demand. 

Pitchup.com took its highest ever bookings on a single day on Sunday – 6,100, representing around 18,000 people. It was double the number for any single day last year.

Founder of the booking platform Dan Yates said there had been a clear switch to staycations. 

He said the new controls on travel to Spain, which include quarantine on return, were probably the ‘final nail in the coffin’ for foreign holidays. 

He added: ‘British holidaymakers are unlikely to take the risk of not being able to work when they return which has likely been the catalyst for the surge in UK bookings.’

Quarantine measures ‘could be extended to other countries’, warns Grant Shapps as he returns to Britain after cutting short a family holiday to Spain

Grant Shapps arrives at his Hertfordshire home yesterday

Grant Shapps arrives at his Hertfordshire home yesterday

Grant Shapps arrives at his Hertfordshire home yesterday

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said he ‘cannot rule out’ that other countries could be included under the UK’s quarantine measures.

Mr Shapps made the comment to reporters as he returned to the UK having cut short a family holiday to Spain.

It follows the UK Government’s decision to require travellers from the country to isolate for 14 days on their return to the UK following a rise in Covid-19 cases.

He said: ‘We absolutely have to act the moment we get the information and that’s exactly what happened with Spain as we saw and as we’ve seen over the weekend where there was over 6,100 cases – the highest since the peak in March over there.

‘It was the right thing to do and it’s why the whole of the UK did (it) at the same time. I can’t therefore rule out other countries having to go into the quarantine as well.’

Mr Shapps said he could understand the frustrations of those impacted by the measures, although he insisted that it was ‘essential’ that the Government acted when it did.

He said: ‘I very much understand (the frustrations), it obviously had an impact on me and my family and I’m very, very sorry and upset for the thousands of Brits who are either away or perhaps even haven’t managed to go away this summer as well to Spain.

‘But it’s absolutely essential we acted when we did, it’s why all four nations of the United Kingdom acted together and the figures since have turned out to justify that action. We have to, I think, have a clear message and make sure that we act by adding entire countries to that list for the time being.’

The Transport Secretary also explained that the exclusion of certain Spanish islands from the measures taken by the UK Government had been considered.

He said: ‘We did have a look at whether certain islands could be included (on the list) and not others. Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, was very clear with us that he was concerned about the data, we’d seen how the data had come very fast forward in Spain in 20, 48 hours, it had gone up by 75 per cent.

‘It had doubled in just a few days. He was concerned to see what was happening in the islands and that’s why we make it a whole-country approach in these things.’

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