The UK is drenched by record rainfall. But visitors in and around Stratford-upon-Avon are making the best of it

At the end of a summer’s afternoon in Stratford-upon-Avon, Jennifer Nash shivers, adjusts the scarf around her neck and pulls the hood of her anorak over her head. “If it was nice we’d be walking around doing things – we’d go out on the boats,” she says, surveying the cold grey water of the Avon and the equally grey skies in the distance. “But instead we’re just going to go back to the hotel and get warm.”

Nash and her husband, David, are taking what record numbers of Britons were predicted to take this year: a staycation, eschewing fancy foreign climes with their troublesome temperatures and expensive currencies in favour of the dependable charms of home. They are also following another trend: taking a short break, in their case a three-day trip from their Middlesex home.

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