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Amid confusing messaging from the government on whether or not to book summer holidays in the UK, Matt Hancock on Thursday asked people to be “patient”, warning that there was still “a lot of uncertainty”. On Tuesday, Hancock said he had booked a family holiday to Cornwall.
The Guardian spoke to four Britons about their plans to attempt at least a UK getaway this summer.
‘We have three trips booked and won’t cancel’
Gill Dimbleby, 75, from Northampton, has booked three holidays in the UK for this year, and is undeterred by Boris Johnson’s latest advice.
“My husband and I have a trip to Cornwall booked at the end of May. The government does change its mind quite often, but we won’t cancel and just hope we will be able to go.”
Gill Dimbleby, 75, from Northampton. Photograph: Gill Dimbleby/GuardianWitness
Dimbleby shopped around and feels lucky to have secured affordable accommodation in National Trust properties amid high demand for UK getaways and surging prices, much like last year. “Already in November there weren’t many options in Cornwall left, so I’m glad we booked.”
For the couple’s second holiday, which they take every year with their two older grandchildren in July or August, they have booked a venue in Suffolk. “We tried taking them to Dorset, where we used to live, but by January, Dorset was already fully booked for self-catering accommodations during the school holidays,” Dimbleby said.
“So we’ve now booked a Dorset holiday for the October half-term. We managed to get a house to share with our daughter’s family as a treat from us as they’ve done so well working from home and coping with two young sons.”