DORSET is set to be one of the most in-demand UK destinations to visit next year with a 42% increase in searches, according to new research.

Data compiled by holiday providers Parkdean found the county ranks sixth on a list of top staycation spots in the county based on how many searches there are for each place.

Cornwall took top spot with a 66% increase in searches followed by Lancashire and the Lake District, which both saw a rise of 60%.

A spokesperson for Parkdean said: “As there continues to be uncertainty around international travel with new rules and regulations still being introduced, staycations are set to increase in popularity in 2022 as it remains a more reliable holiday option for Brits wanting to get away.

“Last year, Parkdean conducted the same research in the 2020 Staycation Report and found that Cornwall and Devon were the top staycation spots for summer 2020. However, this year’s research found that although Cornwall stayed in the top spot, Devon has lost its title to other destinations such as Yorkshire and Dorset.”

Parkdean operates three sites across the county - at Sandford, Warmwell and West Bay.