The bank holiday getaway begins

Expect jams on the M5 southbound for most of Friday and Saturday. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive

The West Country is expecting the busiest August Bank Holiday for several years.

Hotels, B&Bs and camp sites say their bookings are better than for many years.

The first sunny summer since 2006 is one of the main reasons, but the new wave of top hotels and restaurants also gets credit for bringing in more wealthy visitors.

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Bank Holiday 'sunshine'

The West Country is expecting the busiest August Bank Holiday for several years, with the prospect of sunny weather.