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Our Ten Favourite English Holiday Destinations

Our Ten Favourite English Holiday Destinations
March 20, 2018/0 Comments/in Holiday Tips/by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

Only ten? Now that feels like a virtually impossible task…but we’ve wrapped cold towels around our heads, drunk large amounts of perfectly brewed English tea and finally whittled everything that England has to offer down to a list that we are proud to call our ten favourite English holiday destinations!

As far as the English seaside is concerned there is just so much to choose from, but in our opinion Babbacombe, the Isle of Wight (and Shanklin in particular) along with Padstow are all hard to beat. They all offer visitors a fabulous range of attractions and things to do, set in gorgeous surroundings and offering the very best that the English seaside has to offer.

Further inland, the choices were equally difficult but in the end we had to pick, so we did! Durham and York were clear favourites in the north of the country, whilst Cambridge, Dorchester and those beautiful little Cotswold Villages also made it into our top ten along with the stunning Lake District.

Blenheim Palace was also marked out for special mention and so was the only stand-alone attraction to make our top ten, but for anyone that has visited this magnificent stately home and gardens, it is easy to understand why!

So that’s it…our top ten and, in all honesty, we could easily have compiled a top twenty, thirty or probably even fifty English favourites. This great country has such a variety of places to visit that you could spend many years taking all of your holidays in England and still never quite do it justice. So, no matter how many times you have taken a holiday or short break in England, now might be a great time to think about another one…and maybe even to one of our top ten?...


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2018 Edition 2 brochure out now!

2018 Edition 2 brochure out now!
March 02, 2018/0 Comments/in Unassigned/by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

Following the success of new tours on sale from Edition 1, we are proud to offer an even wider selection of exciting and great value tours! These include:


And for those hugely popular tours, such as the Terracotta Warriors, we’ve increased our number of departure dates! Having listened to your feedback, we have simplified our pick-up network to ensure that we get you on your way faster than ever! For those of you no longer covered by our pick-up network, we have negotiated exclusive taxi transfer rates with Premier Taxis to connect you to your nearest Leisuretime pick-up point. 

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Great ideas for trips this Easter

Great ideas for trips this Easter
January 18, 2018/0 Comments/in Holiday Tips/by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

As we all recover from the excesses of Christmas, what better way to kick off the new year than with a short coach holiday to banish those winter blues? And for those looking to get away over the next couple of months, there is a vast array of destinations to choose from that offer incredible value for money to those happy to travel in the period between now and Easter.

Travelling direct from South Wales, then some of the options open to you include:

And going direct to your holiday destination by coach is just so convenient, with no coach changes required and somebody else worrying about the parking, traffic, directions and even taking care of your luggage, leaving you free to just enjoy your holiday and make some great new friends along the way.

So, there really is no better way than a great value coach holiday to banish the winter blues and whether you are looking for a city break to see some sights and grab some bargains, a relaxing break in one of the UK’s coastal resorts or enjoy some top class entertainment in a variety of destinations then you’ll find some unbeatable holidays to choose from!


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Italy by Coach…the ONLY way to travel!

Italy by Coach…the ONLY way to travel!
January 10, 2018/0 Comments/in Holiday Tips/by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

Italy - land of sun, romance, history and culture and long a firm favourite with visitors from all over Wales, has never been so attractive by coach.

The joys of coach travel for those with a little more time on their hands is well documented and includes convenience, safety, value for money and – of course – an opportunity to make new friends and travel with like-minded people.

From the moment you step aboard your holiday coach, everything is taken care of. No need to worry about the best route, where to park, how to find your hotel or the attractions you are planning to visit! Just sit back, admire the view (from your seat high above anyone travelling by car) and let the coach and your friendly, knowledgeable drivers take care of the rest.

A coach trip to Italy can be the best kind of holiday, taking in dramatic scenery as you travel gently through France and Germany on the way but culminating in the splendour and majesty of the Swiss or Austrian Alps and the spectacular Dolomites as you plunge south into this sun-drenched country that promises so much for every visitor! And of course, you will enjoy one or maybe two comfortable overnight stops en-route that allow you to combine your Italian holiday with a tantalising glimpse of another culture, be that French, German, Austrian or Swiss!

For those keen to keep their journey times relatively short, then northern Italy offers a host of fabulous destinations to explore by coach.

The Italian Riviera offers a fascinating contrast to its French counterpart (and some pretty hefty cost savings too) and runs from the French border right around and through to Genoa and Portofino. Combining a brief visit to Monaco with some of the most beautiful spots on the Italian Riviera including romantic Portofino truly does give you the best of both worlds at a very competitive price. The beach resorts of Diano Marina and Alassio, with their classic beach bars serving fresh fish and glorious salads all washed down with a local glass or two, simply have to be the best resorts on this the coast in which to stay

For those visiting Italy by coach for the first time, then there is nothing like Lake Garda to give you your first taste of Italy – in every sense. At over 140 square miles, ringed on its northern coast by the Dolomite Mountains and boasting dramatic lakeside drives that have attracted tourists and celebrities alike for centuries, including one of the most famous James Bond chases in history, all ensures that Lake Garda truly does offer something for everyone. And that is even before you have tried the local wines (none of which is produced in enough quantity to be exported as the locals drink it all up!), enjoyed pasta made fresh in front of you or visited the iconic nearby cities of Venice and Verona. There is nothing quite like sitting on the terrace of your hotel or a lakeside trattoria with a chilled glass of the local rose wine, Chiaretto, watching the world go by and soaking up the atmosphere – all after you’ve had a dip in the lake of course!

But by far the most iconic of destination in northern Italy remains Tuscany, with its stunning array of historic cities, rolling hills and majestic coastline. From its most famous city, Florence, through to the historic towns of Lucca and Pisa, made most famous by its quirky leaning tower, and the coastal town of La Spezia, jumping off point to the stunning Cinque Terre, Tuscany never disappoints…

And if you do the whole thing by coach, you never have to worry about packing your toiletries into a clear plastic bag, how much local wine and souvenirs you can bring home and, maybe best of all, competing on the “wrong side of the road” with those lovely but entirely mad Italian car drivers – that is someone else’s problem…you are on holiday!

Check out some of lovely Italian destinations here!


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Looking back at 2017 with Leisuretime

Looking back at 2017 with Leisuretime
December 22, 2017/0 Comments/in Leisuretime News/by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

After a fantastic 2017, we wanted to share with you some of the highlights of the year, and look forward to an even better 2018!

We were finalists this year in the British Travel Awards for Best Coach Holiday Company. We were very proud to once again be finalists in this prestigious competition, and it is all thanks to you, our loyal customers.

We were proud to sponsor our good friend Toby Davis of the BTCC squad Team-HARD. They had a fantastic year once again, with the Leisuretime logo blazened on the car - which we think looks fab!

Our fantastic partnership with Ty Hafan allowed us to put on a great trip for the Mum's involved with the charity to visit Bath Christmas Market to get a well earned break away and buy some festive goodies.

We launched our fabulous 2018 brochure earlier than ever this year with a new and improved layout including both UK and European holidays. With our new holidays all going direct and 24 new destinations to visit, we think 2018 set to be our best year yet!

We look forward to you joining us again next year for a brilliant 2018!


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Our 5 Favourite Christmas Markets

Our 5 Favourite Christmas Markets
October 02, 2017/0 Comments/in Vacations/by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

Christmas is a special time of year and what better way to get in the spirit and prepare yourself for the big day than to go to a Christmas market. Here you can get fantastic boutique gifts and the best food and drink around, whilst having a great day out for yourself.

We offer a range of great value trips to Christmas Markets and here are a few of our favourites:

Manchester’s world famous Christmas Market is the perfect choice and is getting bigger and bigger every year. It includes gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes, toys and an array of food and drink. Treat yourself to anything from Dutch mini pancakes, to Hungarian goulash to Spanish paella to French profiteroles. Relax with a hot chocolate, German or Spanish beer, or French wine. Soak up the atmosphere of a truly international event with a uniquely Mancunian flavour. You can also visit the Manchester Trafford Centre for some extra shopping!

Winchester is a must-visit destination for all those wishing to experience a traditional Christmas. The city justly claims to be England’s Christmas Capital and its Cathedral is at the heart of the festivities with a stunning Christmas Market and real Ice Rink dominating its beautiful and historic Close. From its relatively modest beginnings, the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market now attracts over 350,000 visitors each year and has achieved a reputation as being amongst the very best in Europe. Within the stunning surroundings of the Cathedral’s historic Inner and Outer Close you’ll find over 100 attractive wooden chalets brimming with goodies.

Gloucester Quays Victorian Christmas Market features 150 stalls selling handmade gifts and the best food and drink the region has to offer. Wooden toys, artisan jewellery, homeware, fine clothes & accessories are all here in abundance. Enjoy live music including brass bands, choirs, buskers, and an old time barrel organ, alongside a huge traditional carousel, children’s art and craft activities, Victorian games, real ale tavern, micro brewery and the Waterways Museum.

With more than 40 stalls from across 4 continents, Liverpool’s Christmas Market is a always a firm favourite and is guaranteed to put you in the festive mood. From mulled wine through to handcrafted gifts and seasonal food, a visit to Liverpool Christmas Market will be a memorable experience.

Looking for a truly fantastic festive shopping experience? Look no further than the award winning and beautiful Bath Christmas Market. Each year the centre of Bath is transformed into a magical Christmas shopper’s paradise, as over 170 chalets packed full of gorgeous Christmas gifts line the streets surrounding the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey. Soak up the sights, smells and sounds as you wander around the market; we guarantee the aroma of warming mulled wine and freshly baked mince pies, enjoyed with a generous sprinkling of cheering carols that will get even the biggest of humbugs into the Christmas spirit!


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Vote for us in the British Travel Awards 2017

Vote for us in the British Travel Awards 2017
July 03, 2017/0 Comments/in Leisuretime News/by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

Once again Leisuretime has been shortlisted in several categories at the prestigious 2017 British Travel Awards. We are asking for your votes to help us achieve our aim of winning in our chosen categories. Voting will only take 2 minutes and you could win a great prize! - please follow the guidelines below...


Go to page: http://britishtravelawards.com/btaform.php?nomLink=50


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You will then see the voting categories - Leisuretime is in 3 categories as follows:


A12: Best Coach Holiday Company

A34: Best Independent Travel Agency


Please select Leisuretime in both categories


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Thank you for your support! The British Travel Awards take place in Londonlater this year - we'll let you know how we get on!


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Leisuretime announce a new sponsorship deal with Motorsport’s Toby Davis of Team-HARD.

Leisuretime announce a new sponsorship deal with Motorsport’s Toby Davis of Team-HARD.
March 27, 2017/0 Comments/in Leisuretime News/by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

Following yesterday’s first F1 race of the season in Austrailia Leisuretime are delighted to announce that they have confirmed a deal to support Toby Davis and Team-HARD. racing during season 2017. Toby will race in the VW Cup, which is a one make national championship that races alongside the prestigious British GT championship.

Cardiff based Leisuretime operates coach holidays to destinations across the UK and Europe with coach joining points in South Wales, West Wales and the South of England. The company also has partnerships with a wide range of operators offering cruises, package holidays, hotels and flights. Customers can book a holiday in any one of their high street stores, over the phone, via the website or at one of Leisuretime’s travel agent partners.

George Johnson, Director said: "We are absolutely delighted to be supporting Toby and Team-HARD. during the forthcoming season. We are already proud supporters of a number of high profile sports teams across South Wales and this partnership further enhances our position as one of the region’s main supporters of local sport. This partnership also coincides with us increasing the number of Motorsport trips we will be able to offer our customers in 2017."

Toby Davis said: "I am a young racing driver who lives in Cardiff. Last year I won a fully-funded scholarship with Team-HARD. to race in the VW Cup, out of 130 entrants into a competition they put on to find the best young talent in the UK. For many years I've been struggling to find the budget to race with my father, and we've only been able to compete in karts until last year, so I'm enormously grateful to Tony Gilham at Team-HARD. I am also delighted to be working with Leisuretime and I am so grateful for their support which has helped turn the dream of being a car racing driver into reality.”

“There are many benefits to being affiliated with Team-HARD. but one of them is that they have cars in a variety of championships, including the British GT and BTCC, which is watched by over 500,000 unique viewers live on ITV4 every round. My goal for 2017 is to continue the learning curve from last season and compete for the championship, whilst providing a great platform for partners to get involved with myself and the team and, above all else, enjoy the HARD experience!"

Team-HARD. was formed by an elite group, fronted by BTCC driver Tony Gilham who wanted to revitalise and bring something unique to Race/Track car preparation industry.


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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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