SEASIDE car parks are charging up to £35 A DAY over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, shocking statistics reveal.
Car parks across the country – from Cornwall to Blackpool – are charging the odds as Britons hit the beach to take advantage of the warm weather.
Fares are skyrocketing as ‘staycations’ become increasingly popular after Covid, the cost of living crisis and now that airport disasters are plaguing overseas flights.
According to research from convenience store Start Rescue, some UK seaside towns are taking advantage of Britons choosing to visit our shores this summer.
Newquay, described as Cornwall’s ‘favorite holiday destination’, saw nearly six million visitors last year but was ranked the most expensive, with a pitch charging £35 for an eight-hour stay.
Top 10 of the most expensive car park prices by the sea
Rates for parking your vehicle for eight hours:
Newquay, among many other seaside towns, scrapped its free car parks in June 2020 and introduced expensive rates.
Other expensive car parks include parts of Brighton, where Britons have to pay up to £31.50 a day to get to the beach.
And in Blackpool where charges can exceed £18.
Other pricey beach destinations include the popular hotspots of Bournemouth and Weymouth in Dorset and the Polzeath surf spot in Cornwall.
The research has emerged as Britons bask in 22C temperatures today.
Lee Puffett, Managing Director of Start Rescue, said: “Parking our vehicle is something many of us take for granted and it’s the last thing we should worry about when taking a break by the sea. .
“We often find a parking space by the sea, see the high cost of parking, but we are wary of moving in case we cannot find a cheaper place elsewhere.”
Puffett recommended researching thoroughly before travelling, and advised parking in places farther from the waterfront if possible as they are often much cheaper.
She said, “Choose wisely and you’ll have more money to spend on the things that matter most.”