Brighton Beach by OliverN5.

Beach picture by Flickr User OliverN5

The number of trips to English seaside resorts rose by 24% during June, July and August this year, new figures reveal. Statistics released by VisitEngland from the UK Tourism Survey claim to show that the “staycation” phenomenon was a reality this summer.

The number of holiday trips taken by Britons within England in the three peak summer months was up by 22%. The amount spent increased by 20%, compared with the same period in 2008. A rise in family holidays was also recorded, with a 33% increase in trips made by households with children.

VisitEngland chief executive James Berresford said: “There has been much speculation in the media that the staycation is a manufactured story by British travel companies, however VisitEngland have the facts and figures to verify its existence this summer.

“Holidaying Brits favoured England this year, learning that it’s possible to save money whilst still enjoying a great summer holiday – England has all the right ingredients.”

Self-catering holidays showed a marked gain in popularity with a 25% increase on previous year.

More people also took day trips with visitor attractions seeing on average a five per cent increase in visitor numbers over the July to September period.