Devon and Cornwall staycations: Celebrities spotted on holiday in the counties

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Devon and Cornwall has it all – gorgeous coastal walks, stunning views and incredible history.

So it is no wonder that star studded celebs choose to holiday in the South West this year, especially as travelling to foreign destinations remains restricted due to coronavirus measures.

From TV presenters to world-famous musicians, the region has had its fair share of superstars taking a break to enjoy what is on offer in the West Country.

As Covid-19 lockdown restrictions have eased further, there have been a few celebrities having staycations in this part of the country.

Here are some of the star who have been soaking up Devon and Cornwall so far this year.

Niall Horan

Irish singer-songwriter Niall Horan – a member of global chart-topping boyband One Direction – was recently enjoying a break in Devon.

Earlier last month the celebrity was spotted in the seaside town of Salcombe, sporting a white t shirt, blue shirt and dark green coat – and holding a green and white umbrella over his head.

And while stopping at the Kings Arms pub within the town, one lucky group of friends were lucky enough to meet the musician.

Speaking to DevonLive after the encounter, One Direction fan Tayler Doyle said: ””He was absolutely lovely. We felt awful disturbing him but it was amazing to see someone so huge just sat in the middle of the pub.

“I am not actually sure of the name [of the pub], he was so lovely though.”

Kate Garraway

Kate Garraway has enjoyed a break in Cornwall with her children last week for half-term, but had to leave her husband Derek Draper at home.

The ITV anchor and newsreader took her parents and children to our beautiful county, and said it was the first time she saw the rest of her family since December 2019.

Sadly, she had to leave husband Derek at home as he has been battling with Covid-19 for more than a year. The former political adviser was taken to hospital in March 2020 with symptoms, and had to be put into a coma.

He has been looked after at home for the past few months and requires constant care as he tries to recover from the effects.

Kate was absent from Good Morning Britain last week, which was explained by her trip away to Cornwall.

She said that Derek’s family, with the help of nurses, were taking care of him while she was away.

She shared a video on Instagram of a stunning Cornish sunset and her family playing football.

She wrote: “Thanks to the wonderful mum dad and sisters draper for coming down to be with Derek (with nurses too of course) so I could take my mum dad , Darcey & Billy to Cornwall. And thanks so so much to Peugeot for lending us a car to get us there!

“We got to see my brother, aunts, uncles, cousins and new baby cousins! None of us have been able to get to see each other since Xmas 2019 . So much love and very emotional – not that it made our annual football match any less competitive!!! Hope you have all had a great half term.”

Vernon Kay

TV presenter Vernon Kay of Family Fortunes fame has also enjoyed some time enjoying the Devon coastline during his summer staycation in the county.

Former I’m a Celeb star Vernon made his way down to Devon and shared a sunny holiday picture on his Instagram profile.

In the photo, you can see Vernon smiling in the sunshine along the coastline with the crystal blue waters and sandy beach below him

In the image, you can see the iconic Thurlstone Rock in the distance.

The photo, which was posted on Sunday (June 6), managed to get a huge 24,427 likes from his 714,000 followers

He captioned the image: “The UK is stunning! And when the sun shines it’s even better! Loved being in Devon this past few days, perfect spot with perfect food and weather!”

It is not clear if the entire family was was Vernon on the trip, but his wife Tess Daily commented “gorgeous” on the snap.

He was, however, spotted shopping on Totnes High Street with one of his daughters.

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Vernon is married to fellow TV presenter Tess and the couple have two children, Phoebe and Amber.

Becky Hill

Chart-topping singer-songwriter Becky Hill also recently shared the images of her recent staycation in North Devon.

Becky posted some snaps of her little break away from city life on her Instagram captioning one of the photos ‘recharged & refreshed’

Her 200k followers got to see Becky in a red swimsuit as she sat on a dock in Longlands Devon dipping her feet into the river.

Becky Hill shared a snap on Instagram of her overlooking Woolacombe beach in North Devon

Becky Hill shared a snap on Instagram of her overlooking Woolacombe beach in North Devon

The image had a country house in the background with the golden sun setting on the garden in front of her – a perfect evening for a summer dip.

Another photo shows the 27-year-old post was her sat on a balcony at Brundles in North Devon overlooking Woolacombe beach.

With a lengthy caption, she put: “The most wonderful thing that can come from such a rubbish situation is always gratitude. the pandemic stopped everyone in their tracks but now things are slowly getting back on their feet I feel the post-holiday happiness that I actually went to the seaside, aperol spritz in hand with some friends!

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“Instead of blues, I feel lucky to have had a change of scenery, which really is how i should always feel. back to work planning the next single coming out in 3.5 weeks & finishing off the Last Time campaign with an acoustic coming out tomorrow.”

It looks as though the star got lucky with the weather as she wore a tank top with blue skies behind her.

Brundles thanked the singer for popping in for a visit commenting they hope she enjoyed her cocktails.

Giovana and Tom Fletcher

Reigning ‘Queen of the Jungle’ and best-selling author Giovanna Fletcher also recently shared some family photos from her holiday in Cornwall.

Giovanna, known as Gi to family and friends, went on a trip to Newquay with her McFly band member husband Tom along with their three boys – Buddy, Buzz and Max.

They stayed at the Watergate Bay Hotel which gave them incredible views looking over the nearby beach as they got to wake up to the sun rising over the ocean.

During their stay, Gi and her family toasted marshmallows on the beach, read stories to their sons during sunset and had plenty of fun playing in the sea.

A photo showed all three of their children looking out of the window to the sea with her saying they were “soaking it up” as nothing but blue skies and a sandy beach could be seen outside.

The family also took a trip to the beach to roast marshmallows with Gi saying that during this moment she switched off to enjoy time snapping away family memories.

She said: “Toasted marshmallows on the beach. (Big love to the women who helped me open my toasting tin the other night. Remembered the matches, forgot that bit) Posting these retrospectively, because it was lovely to switch off and just take snaps.”

In an image on Tom’s account, he mentioned how he’s missed Cornwall along with saying that the beach loft they stayed in at Watergate Bay may be the best accommodation he’s been in.

Adam Woodyatt

Eastenders star Adam Woodyatt, best known in his role as the iconic Ian Beale in the soap opera, has been travelling around the country this year.

And the star has recently travelled down to Devon, where he explored much of the county’s coastline and beauty spots before venturing off to Dorset and beyond.

The vehicle in which the actor is living in typically retails for around £93,000 brand new according to a spokesperson from motorhome company Bürstner.

The 52-year-old has been sharing snapshots of his travels to his Instagram page, showing him relaxing in the countryside or by the sea.

As the longest-serving cast member on the soap – he’s been a regular in Walford since 1985 when the show began – he’s definitely earned himself a break.

He told Zoe Ball’s Radio 2 show that he was “loving [his] break” and said he had “got a motorhome ready for the tour so [I] won’t have to worry about staying in hotels”.

Katherine Ryan

Television presenter and comedian Katherine Ryan stopped off in Exeter and Paignton this year – and although she was technically working, she still managed to enjoy everything our region has to offer.

Katherine is set to host the new ITV dating show which is being filmed in Torquay, explaining her exploring the county on her social media.

Praising Mariners Fish and Chips in Paignton on her Instagram, she also shared what she ate on her visit to Exeter.

The comedian took videos of their delicious food, tagging the newly opened venue Brewdog in the city.

Panning over her grub, you can hear Katherine saying ‘Oh my gosh this is the best content of my LIFE.

“Wait until you see this, oh my gosh” She then showed Bobby before ending the clip with saying: “Tada”

On the table, the pair shared some wings, a burger and loaded chips.

In the next clip, you can see them driving past the river impressed that Bobby didn’t spill any wig sauce on his all-white outfit.

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On her husband’s Instagram, he snapped the star in her looking happy with her food sporting a baseball cap and Tupac t-shirt.

Katherine has been sharing snippets of her stay in Devon on her Instagram ahead of the series.

One included her showing off the caravan she’s staying in claiming that it was her dream life.

The upcoming series will follow a group of singletons looking for love with the chance to try and win love and some big cash.

There will be 12 men in the house trying to compete for the attention of one single girl.

However, there’s a twist as not all of the men on the show are single with some secret partners trying to help their boyfriend scoop up the cash prize.

It’s being filmed in a swanky clifftop mansion in Torquay but isn’t set to air until autumn.

Speaking about the show, Katherine said: ” I am so excited to be a part of this new dating game show. How could I say no?

“It’s like nothing we’ve seen before but still with all the drama and dating dilemmas we love to see, and I’ll be there front row as it all unfolds!”

Romeo Beckham

Son of football star David Beckham has been enjoying the Cornish sunshine this week with his model girlfriend, Mia Regan.

Photos Romeo Beckham shared on social media show the loved up pair spent the week travelling around Cornwall in a VW motorhome with their dog.

Snaps from their romantic getaway showed Romeo cooked pasta and sausages on a camp stove, and the pair visited the beach.

Mia posted some videos of their travels on her Instagram, with the caption: “I love Cornwall”.

The couple rented the VW motorhome from Mel Everett, who runs a hire firm in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, before they set off for Cornwall, The Mirror reports.

Mel said: “I have worked in radio for the last 30 years and have been lucky enough to meet some amazing people and had to tell Romeo that I was the DJ for his mum on the SpiceWorld tour in the 90s.”

Romeo posted during the break: “Grateful for everyone around me.”

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