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Our Top 10 new UK Destinations for 2017

Our Top 10 new UK Destinations for 2017
February 15, 2017/0 Comments/in Vacations/by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

To celebrate the launch of our new UK Coach holiday product for 2017 we have compiled a list of ten brand new holidays for this year. Why not check them out, let us know your thoughts and maybe even join us as we explore new regions of the UK!

Cheshire, Llangollen and Port Sunlight

Its' bewitching beauty and unique atmosphere make Chester one of Britain’s most popular places for an unforgettable short break. The city is famous for many things and attracts visitors from all around the world for that very reason. Chester has the most complete city walls, the oldest racecourse, and largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, plus a 1000 year old cathedral and 700 year old unique shopping rows. It is also home to the UK's number one zoo, book your tickets here to see the most visited visitor attraction outside of London.

Black Country Explorer

Come and be surprised by the beauty, heritage and talent hidden within the Black Country. Heroic, surprising, ingenious - just a few minutes west of Birmingham is the beautiful Black Country, cradle of the Industrial Revolution and home to many talented artists and craftsmen. Including towns such as Wolverhampton, Dudley, Smethwick and Walsall as well as the surrounding countryside and villages, The Black Country might have earned its name from its history as the original home of British heavy industry and manufacturing, but it is a surprisingly beautiful breath of fresh air to visit.

King Richard III's Story & Warwick Castle

Burton upon Trent, the largest town in the National Forest, is internationally known as the capital of British brewing. The River Trent and the Trent and Mersey canal wind their way majestically through the town. Michael Bass, who became Lord Burton in the 19th century, gifted the town with many of its fine buildings, the most prominent is the Town Hall, together with St. Margaret's Church and the beautiful St. Paul's. The parish church of St. Modwen's, is generally acknowledged to be one of the finest examples of Palladian type Gothic architecture in the country. Standing near the Trent, it was built in the early 18th century, on a site used for Christian worship for over one thousand years; and is dedicated to the founder of the first Christian settlement at Burton in the 7th century. Good views of the river can be enjoyed from the three bridges, the main Burton Bridge, the old wood and iron ferry bridge and the footbridge which connects the town centre to Andresey Island, one of the town's parks. Burton is also renowned for formal and informal landscapes set alongside the River Trent . Enjoy the floral displays in beautiful Stapenhill Gardens, before strolling through the wonderful Trent Washlands, or take a trip on the River Trent in the delightful "Dingle Belle".

North Yorkshire Moors Railway & Eden Camp

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the world’s greatest heritage railway experiences with thrills and family fun at its heart. Climb on-board a steam or heritage diesel train and experience 24 miles of Yorkshire’s amazing scenery at this must-see visitor attraction.

Llandudno & Snowdon Mountain Railway

An area of outstanding natural beauty, Snowdonia offers diverse landscapes, from the highest mountain ranges, tranquil lakes, fast-flowing rivers and a wealth of forest trails, to miles of golden sandy beaches on the Llyn Peninsula. Snowdonia is one of the eleven National Parks of England and Wales, and is the second largest. Our holidays include the opportunity to reach Snowdon’s summit on its unique railway, and on our 4 day holidays, pay a visit to the picturesque, Italianate village of Portmeirion. We stay in the seaside resort of Llandudno.

Welsh Borders, Castles, Gardens, Steam & Cruise

The Welsh Borders, where Shropshire meets Wales, is a wonderful area to visit and explore, with many historic towns, picturesque villages and attractions on both sides of the border. The borders run from the Dee estuary in the north to the Severn Estuary in the south, and on this new tour based in a 4 star hotel, you'll enjoy a nostalgic steam train ride through the Dee Valley, a relaxing canal cruise and a visit to the magnificent Powis Castle and Gardens.

Welsh Highland Steam & Puffin Island

Based in the Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno, this little gem of a tour explores some of the ‘hidden’ treasures of this beautiful part of the British Isles. The Isle of Anglesey has a history spanning thousands of years, and from beautiful Beaumaris we’ve included a sea cruise to magical Puffin Island. Another highlight is a visit to Portmeirion - built as a tourist holiday destination in the 1920’s in Italianate style, and nowadays one of Wales’ premier tourist attractions.

Royal Scotland & the Highlands

The Scottish Highlands are famous the world over and this fabulous tour offers you the opportunity to take in some of the region’s most iconic locations. The sheer majesty of this region is reflected in the love affair that so many visitors including the Royal Family have conducted with the Highlands for centuries and this tour ensure that you will get to experience first-hand everything that has made it so special!

Fort William, Skye & Loch Ness

Fort William and Lochaber is a huge rural area in the west Highlands of Scotland with the principal town Fort William lying on the shore of Loch Linnhe below Ben Nevis. The area features the most westerly point in Britain - Ardnamurchan Point; the second deepest loch - Loch Morar; the highest mountain and the most infamous Highland glen - historic Glencoe with its amazing scenery. Perhaps the most famous glen in Scotland - Glenfinnan - where the Clan Cameron gathered there to meet Bonnie Prince Charlie from France, to lead the historic Jacobite Army.

Magical Manx

It was once believed that the Isle of Man’s location in the centre of the Irish Sea was because an English giant stole a woman away from an Irish giant, Finn McCool, who was so furious that he threw rocks at his rival. He clearly did not use sufficient force, however, and the rocks landed in the sea, midway between Ireland and England. And hence the magical story of the Isle of Man begins. Come with us on an inspirational tour of this remarkable, self-governing island with its Viking and Druid ancestry and a unique culture and history of its own.

 


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Leisuretime opens up the magic of Hogwarts for families at Ty Hafan

Leisuretime opens up the magic of Hogwarts for families at Ty Hafan
January 10, 2017/1 Comments/in Leisuretime News/by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

One of Wales’ most successful holiday providers has just opened up the magic of Hogwarts for a number of families at Ty Hafan. On Sunday 08 January Leisuretime took the families to the Warner Bros Studio Tour in London where they were able to step on to the authentic sets and relive the magic through the eyes of the filmmakers who brought the Harry Potter film series to life.

Leisuretime were able to offer Ty Hafan up to 20 complimentary entrance tickets to the Studio and free return coach travel which was provided by Thomas of Rhondda Coach Company. Setting off from Ty Hafan at 07.30am the families enjoyed an afternoon at the magical Studio before returning home by 7.00pm.

George Johnson, Director at Leisuretime, said; “We did some really wonderful things with Ty Hafan last year and we're extending our partnership into 2017. To be able to offer the families a fabulous day out on us is a real privilege and it’s been the perfect way to start what we hope will be another successful year for Leisuretime and Ty Hafan.”

Natalie Whyatt of Ty Hafan said: “At Tŷ Hafan, we focus on relieving the burden of 24/7 care so that families can spend quality time together, creating precious memories. Leisuretime has helped us to achieve this by giving these families a magical experience that they will treasure forever. We are so grateful for their support. Thanks also to Thomas of Rhondda Coach Company for providing free transport.”

Glyn Thomas of Thomas of Rhondda said; “We were delighted to supply a coach and driver for this fantastic day out and will always do our best to support Leisuretime and Ty Hafan when they do these wonderful activities.

Leisuretime is a leading travel company, specialising in operating UK and European holidays by coach, as well as cruises and package holidays. The well established company offers customers access to its exciting deals through its website and has a number of stores throughout South Wales for holidaymakers to speak with friendly team members and book their dream break.

To find out more about Leisuretime and browse its range of UK and European holidays, visit the website: leisuretime.co.uk/


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5 top European destinations for solo travellers

5 top European destinations for solo travellers
December 19, 2016/0 Comments/in Holiday Tips/by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

Travelling solo has many benefits and after trying it once, many avid explorers are eager to visit further new destinations alone. Heading off to a new city or rural location means you get to enjoy all the things you’re looking forward to at your own pace without having to worry about somebody else. If you’re looking to expand your circle and meet new people, travelling solo is ideal too and you’ll find others in the same position, friendly locals and groups of travellers to chat to as you head out on tours, grab a bite to eat or simply relax.

Whether you’re new to solo travelling or a seasoned veteran, picking out your next holiday destination can still be a challenge. But there are beautiful historic sites, stunning scenery and unique cultures to experience across Europe that are perfect for the solo traveller.

  1. Paris – While Paris, France, might have a romantic reputation you shouldn’t discount it if you’re a single traveller. Paris is magical and beautiful, especially for those wandering the streets and simply soaking up the atmosphere in the City of Light. You can take advantage of the world-famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, fine dining and rich art history during a stay here, all at your own pace.
  2. Vienna – The Austrian city of Vienna is full of grandeur and elegance and a tour of the centre certainly won’t disappoint. It’s ranked as one of the safest destinations in Europe and solo travellers will have a wonderful time getting lost in the city, whether they’re searching for a traditional café, visiting the famous opera or taking in the spectacular scenery that can be found just outside Vienna.
  3. Berlin – Berlin, Germany, seamlessly blends the modern and cutting edge with historic beauty. As a solo traveller, you’ll be able to fully explore all the city offers, whether you want to walk along the remnants of the Berlin Wall or take in a Prussian palace you’ll be well catered for. As you walk around the bustling city don’t forget to sample the local delicacies.
  4. Bruges – Called the Venice of the North, the charming city of Bruges, Belgium, combines a medieval town with the hustle and bustle of a popular beach resort. Bruges can transport travellers into a fairy tale thanks to its picturesque surroundings and historic sites. You’ll feel right home wandering around the beautiful area sampling famous cafes, visiting attractions and generally taking in the sights as you stroll through the cobbled streets.
  5. Venice – Italy is full of hidden delights both in its cities and in rural areas and Venice is no different. The canals and history are all around you as you explore this truly beautiful and one-of-a-kind city. There are plenty of opportunities to create memories, sightsee and explore the many attractions waiting around every corner and across every bridge.

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Leisuretime adds to community support with local referee society

Leisuretime adds to community support with local referee society
December 07, 2016/0 Comments/in Leisuretime News/by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

Leisuretime, one of the Wales’ most successful holiday providers, is continuing its commitment to the area by supporting an integral part of Cardiff’s community. The coach holiday giants has announced their support of the Cardiff Referees’ Society, one of the most prominent groups in Cardiff football, in order to help train individuals and raise the profile of the sport.

The south Wales based company will support the society by contributing to grassroots football, training individuals and will assist in supplying kits, which will enable them to grow and better support the football industry in and around Cardiff.

George Johnson, Director at Leisuretime, said, “Following on from Wales’ resounding success at the Euro 2016 competition, the whole country has really taken football into their hearts. Interest in the sport has never been higher in Wales, and as a result, it is important to support the sport from the ground up, which is why we have partnered with the Cardiff Referees’ Society.”

The Cardiff Referees' Society was founded in 1898 to share the latest industry news, best practice and ideas. It is a member of the Referees' Association and affiliated to the South Wales Football Association and boasts around 70 members who hail from Cardiff and the surrounding area.

George, added, “Working with sports teams across Wales is a key part of our commitment to support community activities and we are honoured to be working with Cardiff Referees’ Society.”

Leisuretime has a long history of working with and supporting local organisations and charities in equal measure. The caring company has most recently been supporting local children’s hospice, Tŷ Hafan, where it has helped to raise £10,000 for the donation-reliant charity.

Leisuretime provides a wide range of coach holidays, to both the UK and Europe, for people of all ages. The company has grown significantly over the last couple of years and now boasts a number of shops in and around Cardiff, as well as a comprehensive website where holidaymakers can book their dream trip with ease.

To find out more about Leisuretime and browse its range of UK and European coach holidays, visit the website:www.leisuretime.co.uk .


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European travel experts to send competition winners to Italy

European travel experts to send competition winners to Italy
December 06, 2016/0 Comments/in Leisuretime News/by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

Leisuretime, one of the UK’s finest providers of European coach holidays and cruises, is pleased to announce the winners of their latest competition. Set to travel to one of Europe’s most-loved destinations, the lucky winners got to choose from any one of Leisuretime’s European destinations, and chose the stunning Lake Como, Italy.

The inclusive trip will see the adventurers travel in style, in one of Leisuretime’s luxury coaches, stay in incredible accommodation and indulge in some of the finest cuisine Italy has to offer.

George Johnson, Director, said, “We set up Leisuretime in order to make it easier and more affordable for people to explore all four corners of Europe. As an island, we often forget that we are part of this incredible continent as it is harder to travel to different parts of it. Yet Europe has so many wonderful destinations, all offering something a little bit different.

We love giving back to our customers and competitions are a big part of that. By offering them the chance to choose their own destination, it enables them to visit somewhere completely new, or re-visit an old favourite.”

The competition was offered as a joint venture between Leisuretime and Coach Holiday Shop. Boasting an incredible array of destinations, the coach experts ferry thousands of holidaymakers to some of the most stunning, cultural and relaxing destinations Europe has to offer.

Leisuretime is known for their competitions and incredible prizes offered to their customers, as well as their continued support of local charities. The company is sending a lucky couple to New York later this year, after they won a competition to celebrate the start of Leisuretime’s travel by air. They also continue to support local children’s hospice, Ty Hafan, with fundraisers and incrediblegetaways for the children to Disneyland Paris and fun day trips to theme parks.


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Customers Love Leisuretime As Welsh Holiday Company Wins Two Prestigious British Travel Awards

Customers Love Leisuretime As Welsh Holiday Company Wins Two Prestigious British Travel Awards
November 29, 2016/0 Comments/in Leisuretime News/by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

Leisuretime has won two awards in both the Best Coach Holiday Company and Best Local Travel Agency categories at the prestigious 2016 British Travel Awards following a massive public poll.  The announcement was made on 23 November at a glamorous Gala Awards ceremony, held in London and attended by close to a thousand travel industry professionals, all anxious to find out how the 775,000 public votes had been cast.

George Johnson, Director of Leisuretime said: “As a business that has expanded significantly over the last few years, we are still very much in touch with our customers and are so grateful to them for voting for us. It is a huge honour to win these prestigious awards and a credit to the dedication and enthusiasm of the entire Leisuretime team.”

British Travel Awards Chief Executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: “Leisuretime is to be congratulated on winning Best Coach Holiday Company and Best Local Travel Agency.  Competition was fierce this year with more companies entering the competition than ever before - but ultimately it is the travelling public who decide the winners by voting for the travel companies they consider the best in the business. The British Travel Awards is the largest awards programme in the UK and to win is truly an accolade and testament to the great products and services travel companies offer to their customers.”

Leisuretime was established 21 years ago by Founder Ceri Johnson and now combines a well established coach tour operation with its own branded network of retail travel agencies. This unique combination has allowed Leisuretime to offer its clients all kinds of holidays, including cruise, rail and air, along with the best prices and top-notch customer service. All holidays are ABTA protected and Leisuretime’s own tours all benefit from a no currency surcharge guarantee with its’ 2017 European range currently being offered for a deposit of only a penny!

The British Travel Awards is a proudly independent organisation, verified by leading global business practitioners, Deloitte.


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Coach Holiday Shop celebrate their 1st birthday in Merthyr!

Coach Holiday Shop celebrate their 1st birthday in Merthyr!
November 23, 2016/0 Comments/in Leisuretime News/by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

To celebrate the birthday of their Merthyr Coach Holiday Shop, Leisuretime gave customers the chance to get involved with the two-day festivities and win some amazing prizes instore over the weekend.

Over the 18th and 19th of November, the leading coach travel providers invited customers to wish them many happy returns, have a slice of cake and get in the running for some incredible Leisurecart prizes. Merthyr RFC captain James Howe was even on hand to spin the prize wheel!

Leisuretime also gave all customers a special birthday gift, with a limited time only 10% discount on a selection of six tours booked in store on the 18th and 19th as part of their celebrations.

Ceri Johnson, Director of Leisuretime said, “We are thrilled to reach another milestone with the birthday of our Merthyr store, and we wanted to thank all of our customers who have made our continued growth and success possible over the years. We couldn’t think of a better way of showing our gratitude by opening up the party invite to everyone and celebrating with some incredible giveaways and discounts.”

Customers who filled out a Merthyr store’s birthday card will have their details entered into a prize draw to win a mystery tour for two people to one of Leisuretime’s wide variety of locations, which span the UK and Europe.

Whilst the birthday giveaways and discounts might be over for another year, get involved on social media for more exciting competitions and events coming up in the near future.


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The 5 best hotels for entertainment across the UK

The 5 best hotels for entertainment across the UK
November 10, 2016/0 Comments/in Holiday Tips/by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

If you’re planning a break in the UK you’ll want plenty of entertainment to keep you amused. Whether you’re after lively, fun nightly entertainment or prefer a more relaxed, cultural experience there’s something sure to suit your style in the British Isles. The right holiday entertainment can make your trip more memorable and ensure your days and evenings are never dull so try these top 5 hotels for entertainment in the UK…

  1. The Grand Burstin Hotel, Folkestone
    If you want a holiday in the UK but still plenty of entertainment every night, the Burlington Hotel in Folkestone is ideal. The hotel’s Ocean Bar plays host to a live programme, packed with everything from cabaret performances to bingo. There’s a disco every evening too so you can dance through the night to your favourite music.
  2. Palace Hotel, Buxton
    The Palace Hotel in Buxton is perfectly situated on the edge of the Peak District and if you’re interested in culture it offers plenty of entertainment, as well as excellent health and leisure facilities. It’s the perfect place to visit and explore Chatsworth House, including the painted hall and sculpture gallery. It’s particularly impressive at Christmas time when it’s been decorated for the festive season.
  3. Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hampshire
    When it comes to entertainment, Mill Rythe has a dizzying array no matter what you’re after or who you’re travelling with. Every night you can enjoy an onsite cabaret team performing as you sit back and relax while in the daytime you can choose to chill out in the spa or get active and turn you hand to archery, crazy golf, dance classes or one of the other many entertainment options on offer.
  4. The Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton
    If you prefer to mix relaxation, culture and entertainment, The Royal Albion Hotel could be perfect for you. The Regency style property is right at the heart of vibrant Brighton and you’ll have a whole host of entertainment options on your doorstep, from a family-friendly trip to the Sea Life Centre to the bright lights of Brighton Pier, filled with rides and attractions.
  5. The Burlington Hotel, Folkestone
    A lovely hotel with nightly entertainment, the Burlington won’t disappoint those looking for fun during the evening. It’s perfectly located for the sandy beaches and bustling town centre too so if you’re looking for something different it won’t be too far away from your hotel room

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Top coach trip company expands reach to South West England

Top coach trip company expands reach to South West England
November 10, 2016/0 Comments/in Leisuretime News/by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

Leisuretime, one of the UK’s most successful European coach providers, has continued its impressive growth with a plethora of new routes and pick-up points in the south west of England. The growing company now boasts pick up points in Torquay, Weston Super-mare, Taunton and Bristol City Centre, but to name a few, which will enable them to provide a more personalised service to travellers in the areas.

George Johnson, Director at Leisuretime, said, “We have expanded greatly over the last couple of years. Our service, once solely in Wales, now reaches further than ever before as we continue our aim to meet the needs of holidaymakers all over the UK. We pride ourselves on our customer care ethos and aim to enable everyone who wants to explore all that the world has to offer with the chance to do so.

“These new routes and pick-up points both signify our continued growth and highlight our expansion. By providing a wider selection of pick-up points, we are able to meet the needs of a wider audience, and open up more stunning getaways for holidaymakers and adventurers alike.”

The new locations are just the latest in a long line of developments and expansions for the Wales-based company. The firm now boasts 7 shops in south Wales and boasts a workforce of 45. The travel expert has also recently added a number of new European and UK destinations to their portfolio, including Croatia, Romania and Poland in order to provide customers with even more choice.

Leisuretime has rapidly become a household name for holidaymakers all over the UK. Their comprehensive coach offering is one of the largest available. The company matches people of all ages and with all interests to their ideal destinations, including fun-filled Disneyland Paris, historic Italy, off-the-beaten-track Croatia and British favourite, Spain.

The new routes and pick-up points are now live, so customers in Wales and the south of England can rest assured that their holiday will get off to a flying start, right from the beginning.


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Leisuretime send couple on dream trip to the Big Apple

Leisuretime send couple on dream trip to the Big Apple
November 02, 2016/0 Comments/in Leisuretime News/by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

New York is on thousands of people’s bucket lists. However the destination stays out of reach for many. But one of the premier providers of coach trips to Europe, has made the dream come true for two of their regular travellers.

Leisuretime, one of Wales’ most prosperous businesses, is pleased to announce two of their regular travellers will be jetting off to the Big Apple, after winning one of the company’s competitions.

George Johnson, Director, said, “As a family-run business that has grown significantly over the last few years, we are still very much in touch with our customers and feel it’s important to thank them for choosing us. Giving away holidays to dream destinations is one of the best ways we can highlight just how much we value their continued custom and give a little back.”

Mr and Mrs Jordan, from Barry, are set to take off on their first visit to America in November after winning the trip back in March. The competition was launched to coincide with Leisuretime’s launch of its global holiday offering by air, and will surround the lucky winners in sheer luxury. The couple will be chauffeur-driven to Heathrow Airport, before boarding the plane where they will be flying Business Class with British Airways. Once they touch down they will be staying in a stunning hotel just minutes form the world-famous Times Square, so will be excellently located to explore all the famous city has to offer.

Ceri Johnson, Director, added, “New York is an incredible destination for people of all ages, and we couldn’t think of a better place to send our winners as we celebrate our continued growth and offerings overseas. We wish Mr and Mrs Jordan an incredible holiday and can’t wait to hear all about their adventures when they return.”

The caring company is also one of the leading supporters of local charities. Every year they choose a different charity to support and raise money to help them continue their good work. This year, the company is supporting local children’s hospice, Ty Hafan, and as well as undertaking a plethora of fundraising activities, they have also provided incredible trips for the children to Disneyland Paris, Christmas Markets and various theme parks located around the UK.


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