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Our favourite destinations in Wales

April 16, 2020 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

Wales was the birthplace of British tourism after the first illustrated tour guide of the Wye Valley was published in 1782. Leisuretime was founded in Cardiff in 1995 and it’s been our home ever since. 

Wales really has it all! There are beautiful sandy beaches, stunning coastlines, picturesque coastlines and metropolitan cities. Outdoorsy types will love being able to hike, bike, canoe and kayak in our three National Parks; The Brecon Beacons National Park, the Snowdonia National Park and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. History buffs will love our castles and our wide variety of museums, like the Museum of Welsh Life, the Big Pit National Coal Museum and the National Roman Legion Museum.  There’s plenty of picture perfect villages to wander round and quaint little shops to buy unique gifts to treasure when you’re back at home. 


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Conwy is home to Conwy Castle, an imposing 13th century castle and World Heritage Site. The views from the battlements are breathtaking – you’ll see mountains, the sea and the shell of the Great Hall. If you loved Wolf Hall and the Tudors, you’ll love a visit to Plas Mawr which is the best preserved Elizabethan townhouse in the UK. Don’t forget the National Beekeeping Centre Wales – there’s a hive of activity to be found!! 

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Tenby is one of Wale’s best seaside towns. There are three beaches in Tenby and our favourites are Harbour beach which is safe and perfect for building sand castles on. There’s nothing better than strolling along a beach, taking in the sea air with an ice cream. Take a short boat ride over to Caldey Island to visit the Cistercian monks and relax in the peace and tranquility. 


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Criccieth’s two beaches are separated by a 13th century castle.  Cadwalader’s Ice Cream Parlour has been serving their famous vanilla ice cream for almost 100 years and it’s well worth a visit.  Criccieth is only a few miles from the Italian style Portmeirion Village where the TV show ‘The Prisoner’ was filmed. It’s not far from the Ffestiniog Welsh Highlands Railway where you can step back in time and take a steam engine through the scenic countryside.  


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New Quay 

You could spend hours just staring at the boats bobbing in the harbour or walking along the beaches. If you go at the right time of year, you can take a boat trip to see the bottlenose dolphins, porpoises and seals that call the bay home. If you take a walk along the Ceredigion Coastal Path, you’ll see the breathtaking views of Cardigan Bay.  


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Llandudno is known as the ‘Queen of Welsh Resorts’ for good reason! North Shore beach is about 2 miles long and was given a Seaside Award, so you know it’s very clean and well-managed. Llandudno Pier is the longest pier in Wales. The beautiful Indian Gothic style and classic attractions like fairground rides, arcades and Punch & Judy show make it a winning day out. You can take a cable car to ride to the top of the cliffs of the Great Orme.  


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The great poet, Dylan Thomas, called Laugharne home and wrote many of his most famous poems in the Boathouse that overlooks the Taf Estuary. The ruined Laugharne Castle is great to visit on a sunny afternoon and is full of history. Twitchers will love a visit to the estuary as its home to a wide variety of resident and migrating birds.





Cardiff is our nation’s capital. There’s so much to see and do in Cardiff. See the famous Cardiff Devils ice hockey team, see a concert at the Motorpoint arena or support our Rugby team at the Principality Stadium. Cardiff is known as the ‘City of Arcades’ and it’s a great place to shop til you drop! Cardiff is also where Leisuretime is based! Our shop is in Queen’s Arcade and you’re always welcome to visit us to see our best deals! 


Take a look at our holidays to Wales here.  

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Become a tourist in your own home!

April 07, 2020 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

We hope that you’re keeping indoors and keeping busy! It can be hard to keep yourself (and the kids!) busy while we’re all in lockdown so we’ve come up with a few ways to feel like you’re on holiday in your own home. 


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Virtual Tours 

Who even needs to go outside when you have virtual tours that can let you explore famous attractions and landmarks from the comfort of your own home? You can travel through time with the British Museums collection or see the animals at Edinburgh zoo! If you want to go a little further afield, why don’t you try these virtual tours from around the world? Take a ‘walk’ around the United States' National Parks, see the Mona Lisa’s smile at the Louvre or pretend you’re in ‘Night at the Museum’ at the American Museum of Natural History. 


Visit our blogs on the best virtual tours of UK Attractions and the world’s best museums 


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Make your walks exciting

Being able to leave the house for exercise once a day really makes you savour your time outdoors, doesn’t it? Instead of walking the same route, why not use Google Maps to find alternatives routes so you can see new things. Count the chimney pots, wave at your neighbours and try to find some of the beautiful spring flowers that are blooming. Don’t forget to stay 6 feet apart though! 


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Try new cuisines 

Don’t fall into the trap of eating your favourite comfort foods every night – use this time to really push yourself to become a better cook! Try making ‘fakeaways’ like Chicken Tikka Masala or Chow Mein or try something totally exotic 

Here’s a quick recipe for Tamagoyaki (Japanese omlette) - serve it with rice and grilled salmon for a taste of Japan 

Makes 4 portions 

You will need: 

4 eggs 
1 tbsp soy sauce 
1 tbsp mirin (Japanese rice wine) or use sherry if you don’t have any mirin 
1 tbsp sugar 
pinch of salt 
cooking oil as needed 


First, beat your eggs well in a bowl and add the soy sauce, mirin (or sherry) and sugar and salt. 

Put a small amount of cooking oil in your pan and bring it up to medium heat. 

Pour the egg mixture into the pan and let it cook until the top is almost set.  

Roll the omlette up and tip onto a chopping board.  

Cut into 8 pieces and serve! 


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Start a scrapbook 

Scrapbooks are a great way to preserve your memories of your holidays! Your photos will take pride of place in your book that will look incredible on your coffee table. Let your creative juices flow and decorate it any way you like. The best part is that as you’re scrapbooking, you’ll relive all your favourite memories. 


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Plan your next holiday!  

It won’t be all doom and gloom forever! Before you know it, we’ll all be back taking amazing holidays all throughout the UK and Europe. Why don’t you take plan for your next Leisuretime trip? Click here to take a look at our seaside breaks and our Turkey and Tinsel getaways. Don’t forget that our phone lines are still open and we are still taking bookings for later this year! 


We really that gets this little list gets you thinking about ways to stay occupied during lockdown. How are you coping? Share your ideas with us on Facebook 

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Become a tourist in your own home!

April 03, 2020 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

We hope that you’re keeping indoors and keeping busy!  

It can be hard to keep yourself (and the kids!) busy while we’re all in lockdown so we’ve come up with a few ways to feel like you’re on holiday in your own home. 


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Virtual Tours 

Who even needs to go outside when you have virtual tours that can let you explore famous attractions and landmarks from the comfort of your own home? You can travel through time with the British Museums collection or see the animals at Edinburgh zoo! If you want to go a little further afield, why don’t you try these virtual tours from around the world? Take a ‘walk’ around the United States' National Parks, see the Mona Lisa’s smile at the Louvre or pretend you’re in ‘Night at the Museum’ at the American Museum of Natural History. 


Visit our blogs on the best virtual tours of UK Attractions and the world’s best museums 

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Make your walks exciting 

Being able to leave the house for exercise once a day really makes you savour your time outdoors, doesn’t it? Instead of walking the same route, why not use Google Maps to find alternatives routes so you can see new things. Count the chimney pots, wave at your neighbours and try to find some of the beautiful spring flowers that are blooming. Don’t forget to stay 6 feet apart though! 


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Try new cuisines 

Don’t fall into the trap of eating your favourite comfort foods every night – use this time to really push yourself to become a better cook! Try making ‘fakeaways’ like Chicken Tikka Masala or Chow Mein or try something totally exotic 

Here’s a quick recipe for Tamagoyaki (Japanese omlette) - serve it with rice and grilled salmon for a taste of Japan 

Makes 4 portions 

You will need: 

4 eggs 
1 tbsp soy sauce 
1 tbsp mirin (Japanese rice wine) or use sherry if you don’t have any mirin 
1 tbsp sugar 
pinch of salt 
cooking oil as needed 


First, beat your eggs well in a bowl and add the soy sauce, mirin (or sherry) and sugar and salt. 

Put a small amount of cooking oil in your pan and bring it up to medium heat. 

Pour the egg mixture into the pan and let it cook until the top is almost set.  

Roll the omlette up and tip onto a chopping board.  

Cut into 8 pieces and serve! 


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Start a scrapbook 

Scrapbooks are a great way to preserve your memories of your holidays! Your photos will take pride of place in your book that will look incredible on your coffee table. Let your creative juices flow and decorate it any way you like. The best part is that as you’re scrapbooking, you’ll relive all your favourite memories. 


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Plan your next holiday!  

It won’t be all doom and gloom forever! Before you know it, we’ll all be back taking amazing holidays all throughout the UK and Europe. Why don’t you take plan for your next Leisuretime trip? Click here to take a look at our seaside breaks and our Turkey and Tinsel getaways. Don’t forget that our phone lines are still open and we are still taking bookings for later this year! 


We really that gets this little list gets you thinking about ways to stay occupied during lockdown. How are you coping? Share your ideas with us on Facebook 

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Virtually explore the world's best museums with us!

April 02, 2020 / 1 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

So, now you have virtually toured the UK’s top attractions, why not head overseas and explore the rest of the world? Several of the world’s biggest and best museums and galleries, many of which are a little out of the way for some of Leisuretime’s coach trips, offer virtual tours so you can explore amazing art, history and culture on a global scale.

We have put together some of our favourite virtual tours from around the world which you can enjoy from the comfort of your own sofa, and don’t have to worry about language barriers or queuing for hours!


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The Louvre

The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris. It apparently takes three full days to visit every room in this amazing museum, but you can tick a few off the list without even stepping inside! The museum offers online tours of some of its rooms and exhibits which you can browse through on a virtual tour! Pick to view the remains of the Louvre’s Moat, the Galerie d’Apollon which houses decorative arts or the Egyptian Antiquities. You can click on the paintings to see them close up, with information about the artist or origin of the work included too.


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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex. All of the museums and zoological park are worth seeing, but only the National Museum of Natural History offers a virtual tour for people who can’t get to Washington D.C. in person! You can navigate by the different floors, and different rooms, so you can see the fossils, skeletons and stuffed animals on display, spanning recent history to the dinosaurs and beyond and visiting every continent. There is a lot to explore, and you can even go into the Virtual Reality simulation for a more immersive experience!


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Van Gogh Museum

Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most famous artists in the world, and it is always exciting to see his artwork on display. And there is nowhere better than the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, which is home to the largest collection of his work, plus several pieces from his contemporaries. You can see these pieces of stunning art on a virtual tour of the museum, clicking through to whatever painting you want and zooming in to get as close as possible, you can actually see the brush strokes!


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Vatican Museum

The Vatican in Rome is home to the head of the Catholic Church and boasts stunning architecture and some famous art. You can take a trip to Italy from the comfort of your sofa, and take tours of the Sistine Chapel, the Chiaramonti Museum, Raphael’s Rooms and more, with complete 360-degree views of the rooms. You can admire the painted ceilings and walls and the intricate designs of the mosaic floors, and see countless marble statues of animals, figurines and religious people.


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Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is the largest art museum in the United States and the third most visited in the world every year! You can avoid long queues and admission charges with a virtual tour created by Google. Like the Van Gogh Museum, you can browse through the various pieces of art and sculpture and zoom in to get a closer view. A virtual tour of the museum is probably the only chance to see the collections without anyone else in the way!


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Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid is one of Spain’s biggest art museums, home to over 1,600 paintings. Even when it’s closed, visitors from all over the world can still see their exhibits both past and present, discovering hundreds of pieces of paintings, sculptures and photos. You can see their recent Rembrandt exhibit, or learn about Salvador Dalí and Surrealism. Simply navigate the rooms using your computers arrow keys, or even try out the Virtual Reality set up! The museum has virtual tours of popular exhibitions dating back to 2015, so art enthusiasts will have plenty to discover.


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United States National Parks

Not only are museums and galleries accessible from your own home, but some of the most stunning natural landscapes in the world can be seen through a screen. While it will never be the same as witnessing their beauty in person, Google Earth has launched a virtual tour of 31 of the National Parks in the United States. The high-quality satellite and street view imagery gives you a chance to explore the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Death Valley and the Everglades!


While you keep yourself busy touring the world’s favourite museums and art galleries and brushing up on your culture and history, we can’t wait to see you back with us on a coach holiday tour soon!  Our tours won’t take you to America, but there is plenty of fascinating history and heritage to discover right here in the UK!

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Join us and virtually tour the UK’s Top Attractions

March 27, 2020 / 1 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

At Leisuretime, we love to travel, having been to every corner of the UK and loving every second of it, so when we can’t travel we have to get creative and bring the world into our homes, exploring culture, art, history and heritage from our sofas!


Did you know you can take virtual tours of some of the top attractions in the UK? Lovers of art, culture and history can go online and take a tour through some of the top museums and galleries without leaving your home, even enjoying voiceover descriptions and zoomable functions on the tours so you can get much closer to the work! So, if you fancy explore the world from your sofa, why not take a look at our favourite virtual tours of the top attractions in the UK! No entrance fee and no queuing required!



British Museum

The British Museum in London is home to a remarkable collection which spans two million years of history and culture, with items such as Egyptian mummies and the Rosetta Stone! The museum partnered with Google to create a virtual tour, so people unable to visit in person can still explore the collection. Using a desktop or laptop, you can travel through time with some easy navigation, click on items, listen to audio guides and find out about the items in the vast collection. The tour is divided into categories and continents, making it easier to choose what you want to see first!




Stonehenge is one of the best-preserved prehistoric monuments in England. The mysterious stones attract millions and while you can’t visit in person you can take a 360-degree virtual tour of the ancient site. Zoom around the English Heritage site on a laptop, desktop or tablet device to see the stones in a completely different way. You can also click on some of the stones, and watch videos about the rock art, Stonehenge’s connection to the Summer Soltice and even how the stones where shaped and moved into place.



Houses of Parliament

The home of the UK Government is a place we are used to seeing on TV but a virtual tour of the Houses of Parliament is a chance to explore every inch of it, from the House of Commons to the House of Lords. This tour provides loads of information about the building, its architecture, the different rooms and what’s in them. You can navigate the various rooms and click the information buttons to learn about the history of the iconic Houses of Parliament.



National Gallery

Wherever you are in the world, you can still tour the National Gallery in London. You can enjoy the panoramic views of the famous gallery, immersing yourselves in European masterpieces, see the works of Monet, Seurat, Rubens and Van Gogh up close. There are different tours to pick from too; the Google Street View tour where you can zoom in close to the paintings, or you can take a virtual reality tour of the Sainsbury Wing (if you can get your hands on a VR headset, it’s even more impressive!).



Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

With a virtual tour of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, you can look inside without needing to step inside! There are four tours of the museum to choose from, allowing you to explore every level and room! You can begin in the Round Room and Edwardian Tearooms, or walk through 700 years of art in the art galleries. In the Staffordshire Hoard Gallery you can discover the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found, or learn about the history of Britain’s second city by virtually touring the History Galleries. You navigate around the museum based on the floor plan.



Edinburgh Zoo

It’s not just the art gallery and museum attractions in the UK which offer a virtual tour, as Edinburgh Zoo has set up various webcams so you can see the animals go about their business! There is a camera looking in on the pandas, penguins, tigers and koalas at Edinburgh Zoo. The animals may not always be very active – they like sleeping as much as us humans! – but it’s entertaining to have the webcam feed on. It’s always fun to see the penguins waddle about their enclosure!



Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is one of the UK’s most recognisable landmarks and an interesting place to tour if you ever have the opportunity when it opens to the public annually from July to October. However, for the those who can’t visit, you can take virtual tours of some of the famous rooms inside, such as the Throne Room, White Drawing Room and Grand Staircase. You can click on the information icons to learn about the history and design of the stunning rooms.



Canterbury Cathedral

Excursions to Canterbury are a favourite for many Leisuretime customers, and when the place is closed, you can still explore the medieval Canterbury Cathedral with a virtual tour! You can pick a 360-degree tour of the Nave, the Trinity Chapel and even enjoy the views of the city from the top of Bell Harry Tower! Simply move the mouse around to look up at the stained glass windows and elaborate carvings throughout, and it will be as if you are stood in the cathedral yourself!


These are just some of the virtual tours of the UK’s top attractions which are sure to keep you occupied in the next few weeks but you will be able to visit some of these places for real on our coach holiday tours soon. In the meantime, keep an eye out for our next blog which will take you overseas to explore some of the world’s top attractions, all from the comfort of your own home!


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Check out the Essential Blackpool Experiences

March 27, 2020 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

The coastal resort of Blackpool is one of the UK’s hottest holiday destinations, welcoming millions of visitors every year. It is known to be the quintessential British seaside resort, with its piers, sandy beach and promenade, and offers plenty to do for all ages. There are adrenaline-pumping rides to try at the famous Pleasure Beach, the breathtaking views from the top of the iconic Blackpool Tower, family attractions to explore and more to occupy your time on a short break.


While your next holiday might feel like a long way off, it’s OK to make a bucket list of places around the UK you want to visit! It is one of our favourite destinations, and the excursions we include on every trip give you a chance to explore more of the sights of the north-west too. Read on to see the attractions we think are essential for you to experience the best of Blackpool!



Blackpool Tower

One of the town’s most recognisable landmarks is Blackpool Tower. It was constructed in 1894 and is the tallest observation tower in the region and was inspired by the Eiffel Tower. At the top, you can admire panoramic views of the town and the Irish Sea and on clear days you’ll be able to see for miles, to the peaks of Snowdonia in North Wales and the Lake District.



Blackpool Piers

Blackpool has three world-famous piers; North, South and Central which offer endless entertainment on the shoreline. North Pier is the oldest of the three, opening in 1863 and has kept its Victorian charm and all three piers you will find amusement arcade, bars, shops and entertainment. They are also open 24 hours, so you can visit to enjoy the views from any pier at any time.



Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is considered one of the most popular theme parks in the country – even the world – and it is home to the fastest and tallest rollercoaster in the UK, The Big One. The park has many exciting rides and rollercoasters which have been built, such as Infusion, the only UK rollercoaster suspended over water and The Bigger Dipper, a classic wooden ride which opened in 1923.



Blackpool Illuminations

Blackpool Illuminations are world-famous for being the best free light show on earth! Miles of colourful lights are strung up along the town's promenade and lasts throughout autumn, extending the holiday season. Blackpool Tower is also part of the Illuminations, as projections onto the tower transform it into a multi-media show. One of the best ways to see the dazzling lights is on the local open-top trams or by foot.



Blackpool Beach

A day at the beach is a staple of a seaside holiday, and Blackpool Beach welcomes the whole family. There are deckchairs, ice creams and donkey rides; children can build sandcastles and take a dip in the sea, and there is plenty of room to stretch out and soak up the sun or play a game. The promenade and piers are home to several cafés and restaurants where you can grab some delicious food!



Blackpool Zoo

Head away from the seafront to pay a visit to Blackpool Zoo, located just a few miles away. There are over 1000 animals live at Blackpool Zoo, including many favourites such as lions, elephants, gorillas, orang-utans, penguins and sea lions, plus something new! The zoo also holds daily talks about some of the animals, so you can learn about their characteristics, habitat and conservation efforts in the wild!



Blackpool Model Village & Gardens

The award-winning Model Village & Gardens have entertained families for decades. Throughout the attraction, there are hundreds of creative village scenes to spark your imagination. Models and figures have been handcrafted and represent bygone eras. Look out for a castle, fishing villages and thatched cottages – every corner of the UK is on display in the Model Village!



Stanley Park

For some relief from the glitz and glam at the seafront, head to Stanley Park. It is Blackpool’s major park and is the perfect oasis where to spend a relaxing day. You can take a pedal or rowing boat out on the boating lake, wander the Italian formal gardens or enjoy music or performance that often take place on the bandstand. Children can be entertained by the crazy golf courses and trampolines or take a ride on the miniature train around the park.



The Blackpool Tower Dungeons

Below Blackpool Tower, you’ll meet discover spooky tales and peculiar characters in The Blackpool Dungeon. A hugely entertaining attraction for all ages, the Dungeon combines comedy with history as it delves deeper into a thousand years of Lancashire’s dark past. You’ll come upon the resident torturer, learn about medieval medicine, the Pendle witches and find out how smugglers operated!

Are you excited to visit Blackpool at the soonest opportunity?


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25 Years of Amazing Destinations and Excursions

March 11, 2020 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

Leisuretime was founded for one reason – to give people a great experience! It’s still the most important thing for everyone at Leisuretime, as we always try to make your holiday as stress-free and fun-filled as possible - for the best possible price!

2020 is Leisuretime’s 25th anniversary year, and for the past 25 years, we have strived to offer the best value holidays to our customers and this year, we think our offering is even better than ever. We’ve fine-tuned our trips to give you the best experience and to make sure that there is something for everyone. As we celebrate our anniversary, we have created a great range of trips, tours and holidays by coach we hope you will love. We always want our tours to offer great customer experience and great value for money, and over the years, we are proud to have been able to open up a huge range of coach holiday destinations to customers throughout South Wales at amazing value for money prices.


25 Years of Good Value for Money

Good value for money can sometimes be misunderstood as lowering the quality, but that is not the case with Leisuretime. We pride ourselves on offering better value than any other operators, but our great pricing does not come at the expense of quality with more 4* and luxury hotels featured in our 2020 programme than ever before. Our customers will be saving money on their holiday with no reduction in the quality of the experience, which is what our coach holidays are about!

25 Years of Amazing Destinations and Excursions

Within the UK, there are plenty of places to visit by coach from South Wales; the sunny south coast of England, the bright city lights of London or Blackpool and the picturesque Cotswolds countryside. There is a coach trip for everyone at Leisuretime; whether you love music, history, culture, shopping, sports or the seaside, you’ll find the perfect holiday with us! We have even added new destinations in 2020 and expanded some of our popular destinations by refreshing our excursion combinations. You can visit new cities, take new day trips, and experience more things at your favourite Leisuretime destinations than ever before. We want every anniversary to be a bigger and better celebration than the last, and we think we have achieved that on our 25th!

It’s not just UK destinations, as you might want to head overseas to Europe. We not only have great new tours in 2020, but they are also crammed full of amazing inclusions. If you have never been to Europe or are a frequent traveller to the continent, our coach holidays will be the perfect way to experience the beautiful destinations like never before!


At Leisuretime, we have combined the fantastic destinations and luxury accommodation with an amazing range of added value inclusions. Rail journeys, opera tickets, entrance to amazing visitor attractions, guided tours, fabulous entertainment, special meals, drinks packages and so much more could be included in your coach holiday!

So, once the basics of the package holiday are taken care of, customers looking for a good value for money holiday are sure to check out what excursions are available. Whether you are choosing a short 3-day weekend break or week-long tour with Leisuretime, you are guaranteed to have something a little extra in your coach holiday package. Big or small, we want the experience to be memorable!


25 Years of Great Customer Experience

Having 25 years' experience in the travel industry and being a leading coach holiday operator in South Wales, we can give you peace of mind when it comes to customer experience. Leisuretime is a member of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and to be a member we have to pass rigorous checks and follow a strict Code of Conduct. This protects our customers from when they book to when they arrive home.
Our customer experience also extends to inclusivity, because we think everyone deserves a great holiday. We never have age limits on our tours and will let you know when booking whether the accommodation and exclusions offer easy access or if you need to be aware of things like uneven terrain at our holiday destinations. We also provide a generous 18kg of baggage allowance and aim to give as much assistance and aid as possible to those with disabilities. Let us know when booking if you have a mobility issue or have any dietary requirements.

We also like to reward our customers, some of whom have been with us for much of the last 25 years! We have held competitions over the years, sending customers to fantastic places such as New York and Italy. We also offer a Rewards Card where frequent travellers with Leisuretime can claim a £35 reward on their 3rd booking made in 2020!

Turning back 25 Years

As part of our 25th-anniversary celebration, we are feeling a bit nostalgic and are asking our customers to join in and share their memories of taking a coach holiday with us. We'd love to hear your stories and see pictures of your trips. What was your first Leisuretime holiday, what friends have you made over the years – any favourite destinations?! Leave us a comment or message over on Facebook or Twitter!

There is no better time to join the Leisuretime party! Remember, life won’t wait!


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Why Babbacombe is the perfect Spring Holiday Destination!

March 04, 2020 / 1 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

For generations, England’s south coast has welcomed visitors looking to enjoy the seaside, gardens and attractions, and nowhere more than the English Riviera in South Devon. The town of Babbacombe is a gem of the Riviera and the perfect destination for a holiday all year round, though it is definitely best seen during spring and summer. Which is why Leisuretime offers several seaside breaks to Babbacombe from spring to autumn, all including a variety of excursions!

If you’re thinking about booking one of our fantastic coach holidays to visit Babbacombe and South Devon, have a read why you should make it your next trip with Leisuretime!


Exciting Excursions

The English Riviera is ideally situated for exploring South Devon, and that is why we have included many exciting excursions to areas of interest within an hour's coach drive of Babbacombe on our holidays. Depending on the coach holiday to Babbacombe you choose, the excursions range from a trip to the bustling city of Exeter for a spot of shopping, a journey along the coast to Dartmouth where you can explore the picturesque harbour and historical sites or a visit to the impressive Powderham Castle which incorporates a tour of the grounds and deer park.

One of our holidays to Babbacombe also includes a cruise along the River Exe with a cream tea included! Tucking into a delicious Devonshire cream tea (remember, it’s cream first on the scone in Devon!) while cruising the calm waters of the Exe is a truly memorable experience! Bring along some binoculars too and spot all sorts of wildlife – especially seals!


Nightly Entertainment

When it comes to our coach holidays, we want to make sure you have something to do from waking up to going to bed, which is why Babbacombe is such a great choice. Our Babbacombe Entertainment Break for either four or five nights offers a free bar and all other holidays to the South Devon resort town have live entertainment every night of your stay, such as music or dancing!


Delicious Seafood

The English Riviera has been named England’s Seafood Coast and when you visit it is easy to understand why! A highlight of the seafood scene is the Brixham Fish Market, where some of the country’s top chefs
source their fish, and the day’s catch is sold in a live fish auction! Not all the fish and shellfish leave the area though, so you’ll still be able to tuck into fresh seafood at dinner every evening or wherever you choose to stop for lunch during your time in South Devon. There is a wide variety to suit all tastes too, from mussels and crab to hake and sole!



Babbacombe Downs

Babbacombe Downs is famous for being the highest cliff top promenade in England and on beautiful, clear days you can see across to Portland Bill in Dorset. A walk along the Downs is the ideal way to relax and stretch your legs once you’ve settled into your seafront hotel – which is on the Downs! – and admire the views of the English Riviera. If you’re enticed by the rippling waves on Oddicombe Beach below, but don’t want to walk down the steep road, you can take the Babbacombe Cliff Railway, a funicular railway, which runs regularly every day from the clifftop to the beach.


Oddicombe Beach

Oddicombe Beach is great for all ages. You can walk along the sand or take a paddle in the blue waters and rent out a beach hut for a spot of sunbathing when the sun is shining! It is sandy and the cliffs surrounding it shelters the beach from strong winds. Grab a bite to eat at the popular beach café and pick up a Babbacombe souvenir from the beach shop which is located right by the sand.


UNESCO Global Geopark

The English Riviera’s awe-inspiring landscape is a designated UNESCO Global Geopark, only one of seven in the UK! A Geopark is recognised for its unique geology, and the South Devon coastline is millions of years old with many stories to tell. The best places to see the interesting rock formations that are part of the Global Geopark is at Oddicombe Beach, as you travel up and down the Cliff Railway and from Hope’s Nose headland off the South West Coast Path.

Book a fantastic coach holiday to South Devon today online or by phone on 029 2090 1010 and one of our lovely team will help you get sorted! Find more information about our seaside breaks to Babbacombe and Torquay, including itineraries and excursions online!


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Our 5 Early Bird Favourite Trips for 2020

August 19, 2019 / 1 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

We recently released our range of tours for the first four months of 2020 and have been loving the response they have had! Seems like 2020 is off to a great start…

These early-season breaks and holidays are an ideal opportunity to pick some real bargains, particularly between the beginning of January and the end of March. During this period we have worked extra hard not only to bring you our usual fabulous low prices but also to include a huge number of added value extras in those prices!

From discounted bar deals through to fantastic entertainment, Sunday lunches and amazing included excursions this is a great time to travel.

But with so much great choice with new hotels, excursions and inclusions, some people might be finding it quite tough to pick out a favourite to start the year with. So we’ve picked out five of our favourite new tours for 2020 – so why not check them out below and grab yourself a bargain!



Eastbourne 60s & 70s Weekend with £2 Bar

3 Days at Hadleigh Hotel – 7th February - £125pp

Join us on this fun-packed themed mini-break to the south coast. You'll stay in the delightful family-run Hadleigh Hotel and enjoy a fabulous programme of 60s and 70s entertainment along with a £2 bar and delicious Sunday lunch. And if all that is not enough, we'll take you on a half-day trip to nearby Rye as well.



Liverpool Weekend - Cavern Bar & Guided Tour

3 Days at Ibis Styles Liverpool Dale St – 24th January - £149pp

Liverpool is a great city and famous for many things, but surely one of its most iconic exports has been 'The Fab 4', otherwise known as The Beatles! This great weekend break will take you to where it all started and includes a guided tour of this great city along with entrance to the famous Cavern Club itself. We've even booked you into a hotel just a short walk away from this iconic music venue and in the heart of the 'Cavern Quarter'.

But what about this city? Where do you start? There’s just so much to do in Liverpool and so the only problem might be deciding exactly what to do first. A cultural capital birthplace of The Beatles and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Liverpool has world-class attractions, no less than 2 cathedrals, a proud sporting history and beautiful outdoor spaces making it the perfect location for a UK city break.



London - Churchill, Camden Market & Royal Mail Rail

3 Days at the St Giles London – 10th January - £179pp

Join us on this great weekend break that is packed with fabulous inclusions, from the drama of Churchill's War Rooms in Whitehall through to a visit to eclectic Camden Market. And did you know about the Royal Mail's private railway line that runs underneath London? Well, this is your chance to find out all about it as we ride the Mail Rail under the bustling streets of this great city!

You'll stay in the heart of London's West End only a short walk from many of the city's greatest attractions including Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Soho and so much more...



Wake Up to Spring - Live Entertainment & Bar Break

5 Days at the Ocean View Hotel Shanklin – 2nd March - £179pp

Join us on this delightful spring break to the ever-popular Isle of Wight. Set in a premier beach-front location adjoined by Shanklin's long sandy beach & scenic cliff top walks, the Ocean View Hotel certainly lives up to its name and offers everything guests will need to have a fantastic stay - including an indoor pool! Explore the best of the Isle of Wight with our included excursion to Ryde as well the famous 'Round the Island' Tour along with cracking evening entertainment and bingo too.



Leap Year in Ireland - Ireland's South East

4 Days at Treacys Hotel Waterford – 28th February - £239pp

On this delightful tour, we stay in the cracking Irish town of Waterford on the south coast of Ireland. This holiday offers you the opportunity to enjoy free time in Waterford whilst also exploring the beautiful Wicklow Mountains and gorgeous city of Kilkenny including a guided tour. Our hotel for this tour is the excellent Treacys Hotel in Waterford which not only offers a traditional Irish welcome and entertainment but also offers guests a fabulous leisure centre in which to relax and unwind after a 'hard' day's sightseeing!


And if none of these take your fancy, we have plenty more trips for 2020 that you can check out here. If you’d like to have a look at all of our early 2020 trips and holidays then just follow this link or give us a call…

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Where to go this August Bank Holiday?

July 19, 2019 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

We know that lots of people like to book their holidays early and for those that have a UK seaside holiday coming up in the next few weeks, the arrival of the summer sun and balmy temperatures will not have come a moment too soon. But if you haven’t yet decided on your summer holiday plans and our improving weather is tempting you to stay in the UK this summer, what are your options, particularly if you fancy taking advantage of the August Bank Holiday?

Well, the short answer is that there is still some great availability out there this summer at some of the UK’s top resorts. It all depends on what you are after and how far you are prepared to travel.



Day Trips

For those a bit strapped for time and money, a day trip can be amazingly good value and they are often jam-packed with fun. Over this August Bank Holiday, you could choose from destinations as diverse as Aberystwyth, Weston-super-Mare or Tenby. If you are travelling with your children (or grandchildren!), then how about a visit to Peppa Pig World, West Midlands Safari Park or even Bristol Zoo? They are all on offer, easy to reach and incredibly good value with prices starting at just £18 per person…



Short Breaks

For those looking to get best use our of the long Bank Holiday Weekend, you’ve still got lots of choices, whether you fancy 2, 3 or even 4 days away. How about a quick sprint to London with the kids or grandkids to catch Lion King on stage at the West End? There is a 2-day tour available that stays right in the heart of the capital for only £149pp. For the more adventurous, there is a great little 3-day mini-break available to northern France for only £159pp or if you fancy staying closer to home then why not go to the seaside with 4-day breaks to Torquay, Bideford, Babbacombe, Llandudno and more all still available and starting at just £199pp with loads of inclusions thrown in!



Longer Stays

If you’re looking to get away for longer then how about fabulous Tuscany? Departing on the 24th of August for 8 glorious days, this is a delight of a tour. You’ll see all the main sights including Florence whilst also enjoying great food and drink and even a free bar! Now that’ll make the weekend go down a treat…

For those keen to stay closer to home, why not head north to the iconic seaside resort of Blackpool where you can enjoy 5 days of seaside fun for only £189pp – and you even get a £1 bar thrown in every evening too!? Other seaside options available to you include all of your favourites such as the Isle of Wight, Eastbourne, Torquay and St Ives. But if you don’t fancy the seaside, how does the Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall & Gretna Green grab you? This one is a magical trip including a hotel in Gretna Green itself, a cruise on Lake Ullswater, a visit to a beautiful castle and a guided tour of our very own ‘Great Wall’!

But if even after all that, you can’t quite decide where to go then why not jump onto a Mystery Trip. Offering incredible value for money, you’re guaranteed a fabulous holiday but you won’t know where you’re going until about 1 week before. For those happy to be flexible, these are a great choice.

If August just isn’t your month for getting away (we know the kids are off and grandparents will be grandparents!) then September is just around the corner. We will write again soon about what we find particularly delightful about taking a break when the hullabaloo of the main summer months is just behind us!

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Explore the Victoria Exhibition at Buckingham Palace

July 19, 2019 / 2 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

Located in the heart of London, Buckingham Palace is one of the most iconic buildings in the UK, if not the world. The principle home of the Queen and the immediate Royal Family, the building is a state institution, home to many iconic moments throughout history and immortalised in some of the most famous ‘balcony’ scenes on earth. It is also a place of state business, host to regular meetings between Prime Ministers and their monarch quite apart from other important figures and statesmen from around the world.

Today it has also become a tourist hotspot, with the palace being open during the late summer for the public to explore and take in many of its impressive state rooms and history with guides and experts on hand.



This Summer, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth, the centrepiece of the palace is an exhibition celebrating the reign of Queen Victoria, until recently the longest serving UK monarch. This fascinating look at her 63 years on the throne is a must see for all.

Queen Victoria’s Palace, tells the story of how the young queen transformed Buckingham Palace from a private house into a working royal residence. A family home for their nine children along with Prince albert, it quickly and permanently became a rallying point for the nation.




The ballroom is transformed to showcase the famous grand Victorian Ball of 1856, painted by Louis Haghe and brought to life using digital projections.



Also on display is the embroidered robe from here coronation in 1838, which she also wore for the Stuart Ball in 1851.



There are plenty of other items on display including a casket of her children’s teeth, marble sculptures of their hands and feet, portraits from across her reign, the Star and Collar of the Order of the Bath, Victoria’s throne and many more fascinating items from across her history.



There is also a fascinating display in the State Dining Room, that was finished under Victoria’s reign. The room is laid out with original Minton dessert service items and gives an idea of the elaborate dinners that Victoria hosted during her reign, allowing us to experience what it was like to eat some dessert fruit with Victoria – one of here favourite dishes.



The exhibition is a fascinating experience for anyone who loves royal history, and won’t be around for long. We have a great trip going on the London on the 17th August for 2 days which includes entrance to Buckingham Palace to see the exhibition and a visit to Windsor Castle – a real chance to explore Royal London at is best.



London is steeped in royal history and this great short break gives you the opportunity to discover two stunning royal residences. Immerse yourself in the story of our royal family and get a small glimpse of what life is like to live somewhere ‘fit for a Queen’!


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The Thrill of the British Theme Park

July 12, 2019 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

The concept of theme parks dates back to the 1893 World Exposition in Chicago and boy have they come a long way since then! With thrills and shows galore, these modern-day entertainment hubs go from strength to strength and are a great way to entertain kids of all ages during the holidays – particularly in the summer.

But where to go? There is just so much choice. So to help you choose, we’ve taken a long hard look around the country and come up with our top UK theme parks. See if you agree…

Legoland Windsor

This sprawling theme park is a unique experience and an absolute must for all Lego fans out there! Given the Lego theme, this park is particularly well suited to families with children aged 12 and under and there is also loads to keep even the smallest kids and toddlers happy too. So, if you're looking for stomach-in-the-mouth rollercoasters, Legoland is not for you, but it is a fabulous choice for everything else!

Set in lovely grounds (actually the site of the former Windsor Safari Park), it still has some of the charms of the original Danish parent park, with plenty of giraffes, crocodiles and pirates made out of Lego bricks scattered among the rides.

Prepare for a soaking on their wet and wild water rides, follow a pirate trail that’ll leave you wetter than walking the plank or join a Viking fleet where you’ll battle sea monsters and rough waters. Sign the whole family up for some high energy fun at the Fire Academy or take to the skies with the Chopper Squadron. Steer your own course on the Driving School or be captain of your vessel at the Boating School. You can be behind the wheel of a Lego car at Lego City Driving School or help the Lego City Coastguard HQ in your own Lego boat. Or you can ride a fearsome Dragon through a medieval castle or discover the lost metropolis of Atlantis in a Submarine.

If you’re looking to keep you younger children entertained (and exhausted!), then Legoland Windsor Resort is the place to go.


Alton Towers

Now if you are a true thrill-seeker, this one certainly IS for you.

Set in an amazing 800 acres of grounds, Alton Towers was once the Staffordshire seat of the Earl of Shrewsbury. Today, the ruined neo-Gothic mansion is at the centre of the Alton Towers Resort, with four hotels and a water park as well as the famous rollercoasters.

With adrenaline-pumping experiences on six of the UK's top roller coasters, Alton Towers is home to over 50 incredible rides and attractions along with fabulous live entertainment and lots of food and drink. Rides range from the incredible Galactica, the world’s first roller coaster fully dedicated to virtual reality for the older children amongst us and based on the Resort’s iconic flying roller coaster, through to Phoebe, Funella, Furgus, Elmo and Cookie Monster at The Furchester Hotel Live Show, or taking the controls in a Vroomster on the Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom ride.

In every sense, Alton Towers really is ‘all in’!



Paultons Family Theme Park

On the edge of New Forest National Park in Hampshire, Paultons Family Theme Park sits in 140 acres of attractive parkland and is best recognised as home to Peppa Pig World as well as 60 rides and attractions.

The Peppa Pig phenomena has grown hugely over the last few years and this theme park, largely dedicated to the animated adventures of Peppa and her friends has become increasingly popular for families with younger children. Meet Peppa and all her friends as the cartoons most popular characters appear every day that the Park is open for photo opportunities with their loving fans on the veranda in front of the schoolhouse.

Two brand new Peppa Pig World rides are now open: The Queen’s Flying Coach Ride will take families on a tour around the newly extended part of Peppa Pig World in individual coaches on a monorail that starts from the top of the Queen’s castle, a signature point of the attraction. Children and parents will also be able to hop aboard boats at Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club where they can cruise along the new water route around Peppa Pig World and discover Pirate Island.



Longleat Safari Park

In many ways, Longleat shouldn’t really qualify as it is not a theme park in the traditional sense. But there is just so much to do, particularly for the children, that we thought we had to bend the rules just a little bit…

Nestled within 900 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped grounds and set in the shadow of some of the best surviving examples of Elizabethan architecture, Longleat is the UK’s original Safari Park. It offers an abundance of exciting attractions including the Jungle Kingdom and Animal Adventure, both of which allow you to really get up-close and personal with some truly amazing animals. Alternatively, why not jump on board the Longleat Railway for an exciting ride around the park or take a trip on the Jungle Cruise boat, where you’ll experience the thrill of their sea lions as they swim alongside you plus an unmissable opportunity to see the magnificent gorillas?

Let the kids run riot in the incredible Adventure Castle, complete with rope bridges, zip wires, slides and a Medieval keep or the famous Longleat Hedge Maze and join in the mayhem on their Rockin’ Rhino ride. For those looking for something more sedate, the impressive Longleat House and Grounds has it all as one of the finest Elizabethan stately homes in the country.

Of course, there are many other theme parks around the country and one of the most spectacular rollercoasters in the country is at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which although not a theme park in the traditional sense, offers a whole load of exciting rides and attractions in a unique seaside setting!

As you’d expect, there are lots of options for visiting all of these great theme parks but if you’re travelling by coach from South or West Wales, you won’t do much better for choice and value than Leisuretime. Check out our more Theme Park here on our website.


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Don’t Miss Out On Our Fabulous European Summer Tours

July 05, 2019 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

Fancy escaping to Europe for a last minute summer holiday, but not sure where to get the very best value for money? Then look no further than Leisuretime!

We all love going on holiday to relax, explore and get to know new people and places – but don’t you love it even more when you know you’ve got a great deal too? At Leisuretime we have worked hard over the last 24 years to make sure we offer great holiday experiences at unbeatable value for money prices.

But our pricing does not come at the expense of quality as you will see from this small selection of our European Summer holidays! They are packed with quality hotels and lots of inclusions ranging from brilliant sightseeing and excursions through to entrances to leading attractions and even a choice of inclusive bar packages!

By including so much, you really don’t need that much spending money which makes it easier to budget and enjoy whilst you’re away.

So kick back, get out your passport and have a look at just 4 of our great summer tours to Europe. We hope that you’ll find one to suit you – and your wallet!



Switzerland & The Swiss Chocolate Train

Up to £50 LESS PER PERSON than other operators!

FREE BAR included in Switzerland!


Wow! This is a great holiday option for those that thought a trip to Switzerland might be out of their budget. Packed full of amazing excursion inclusions and set in the dramatic alpine beauty of Leysin, not only do we KNOW that we offer the best value for money but we have also managed to include a FREE BAR in Switzerland in your price. Now that will certainly help your holiday pound go a whole lot further...



Croatia with Zagreb & the Istrian Riviera

Stay in a delightful 4* Hotel with dramatic views over the sea

Up to £300 LESS PER PERSON than other operators!


This is a delightful tour that takes in some of the best that Croatia has to offer... Travel down to Croatia through some of the most stunning scenery in Europe, enjoying convenient overnight stops en-route. Your destination is the Istrian Peninsula, an increasingly popular region often compared with Tuscany – and let us show you why!

Your base in Croatia is the beautiful 4* Remisens Hotel Giorgio II, which enjoys a dramatic setting with sweeping sea views. It is an ideal base for this holiday which is packed with fabulous excursions from Roman history through to jaw-dropping scenery and natural wonders. Don’t miss it!



Florence & Tuscany with Free Bar

Tuscan Super Deal with Free Bar

Up to £130 LESS PER PERSON than equivalent tours by other operators


Tuscany has long held a special place in the hearts of British visitors, who find its gentle landscapes of tree-clad hills and red-roofed, sun-baked buildings both uplifting and relaxing. This delightful tour aims to show you some of the best that this beautiful region has to offer on a relaxed and indulgent itinerary.

There is little doubt that the jewel in Tuscany’s crown is the peerless city of Florence, closely followed by ancient Pisa, with its incomparable clutch of spectacular buildings. You'll see both on this tour along with a visit to the nearby harbour town of La Spezia plus a trip to historic Lucca.

Our hotel in the beautiful seaside resort of Marina di Pietrasanta is a delight and the free bar in the evenings isn’t a bad deal either!



Secrets of France - Lille, Cassel & Boulogne-Sur-Mer


Enjoy this new tour which explores some of Northern France's less well-known towns. A real treat!


Our base for this holiday is one of the loveliest places to go in France, Lille. This pretty city combines culture, gastronomy, great shopping and a unique atmosphere stemming from the city’s history as part of French Flanders. Our excursions to Cassel and Boulogne will give you a great flavour of thie authentic piece of northern France.



Psst…Just in case you didn’t know, we’re also offering an EXTRA 5% off all of our summer holidays if you book by the 14th of July! Now that’s a bargain…

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Our 5 favourite Christmas markets to get in the Festive Spirit.

June 17, 2019 / 1 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

We’re all suckers for a bit of festive cheer around the Christmas period and Christmas Markets have now become one of the most popular ways for people to get in the festive mood. Started in Germany and Austria, this tradition has now spread far and wide into the UK. You can still pop across to Europe for the ‘Real McCoy’ if you fancy it, but if you choose to stay within the UK there is now an amazing choice of markets to choose from right on your doorstep.

The traditional wooden chalets, the sparkling decorations, festive food and drink, shopping and – of course – that cheesy Christmas music, are all part of today’s Christmas Market offering. But with so much choice, where should you go? To try and help you decide, we’ve picked 5 of our favourite Christmas Markets below…but if you have others you love, then let us know!



Manchester Christmas Market

A long-standing favourite with Leisuretime customers, Manchester Christmas Market is a riot of festive colour and fun set in the heart of this buzzing metropolis. 2019 will see a departure from tradition, though, with the Market moving to a new and as yet undisclosed location elsewhere in the city. Soak up the atmosphere and follow the market trail as it winds through the city centre, tempting you with gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes and toys. European and local producers offer everything from fine amber jewellery, handcrafted leather bags and top-quality bonsai trees, to handmade Belgian kitchenware, framed photo prints and French soaps.



Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market is the largest German-style Christmas Market outside Austria or Germany and is packed full of continental festive fayre and traditional goods that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. From the traditional German sausage and gluehwein stands through to the intricate lacework and porcelain, this is a great choice.



Bath Christmas Market

The award-winning Bath Christmas Market is a firm favourite with Leisuretime customers, with over 180 twinkling chalets spread out across Bath’s picturesque Georgian streets, it’s the perfect place to do a spot of Christmas shopping. From unique homeware to personalised presents, Christmas decorations, handcrafted jewellery and more, you’re guaranteed to find something special for your loved ones. With so many local makers and designers showcasing their artisan gifts, you can tick off everything on your Christmas list all in one place!



Bonn Christmas Market

To really experience the festive spirit, there is nowhere better to go than Germany – the spiritual home of the modern Christmas Market. At Bonn Christmas Market there are concerts and a daily programme of events to enjoy along with great festive shopping options! Shop for festive bargains at Münsterplatz, Bottlerplatz Windeckstrasse, Friedensplatz and Vivatsgasse where you'll find everything from ingredients for special recipes to various art and craft items. You'll also find mulled wine, hot mead and chestnuts or you can purchase beeswax candles directly from the bee-keeper. While you shop in this illuminated environment, classical symphonies play in the background. What's more, there is a 280-square-meter ice rink at Friedensplatz—a huge hit amongst one and all.




Whilst German Christmas Markets reign supreme, the small but extremely pretty Christmas Market in Valkenburg is unique in Holland and a lovely place to be in the run up to Christmas.
There is a local rumour that Santa actually comes from Valkenburg! You see, as days get shorter, Valkenburg transforms istelf into a cosy and delightful Christmas town, immersed in a magical atmosphere, with a paradise of twinkling lights and beautifully decorated Christmas trees. There is no doubt that you will see, smell, hear and taste Christmas in everything you do and see here!

But what makes Valkenburg's Christmas Markets truly unique is that it is not just held above ground! The network of caves upon which the town is built means that you can visit the unique Christmas markets in the Gemeentegrot (Municipal Cave) and Fluweelengrot (Velvet Cave). Be amazed at Mergelrijk, where dozens of informative stories about marlstone and caves are told, set against a Christmas backdrop, with beautiful marlstone sculptures, works of art, films and interactive tablets.

In the Winter Wonderland, at the Wilhelminagrot (Wilhelmina Cave), you can be amazed by beautifull sand sculptures by artist form all over the world. Be sure to be back above ground in time to watch the fascinating Christmas Parade with its illuminated floats and beautifully costumed dancers and enjoy a stroll through Santa’s Village. Feeling hungry? The culinary walking tour ‘Route d’Amuse’ takes you to the best restaurants of Valkenburg quite apart from the many stalls and other options for sampling some fabulous festive fayre..No wonder that Valkenburg is the number one Christmas town in Holland!

And if none of these brilliant trips takes your fancy, we have plenty of other options available on our Christmas Markets page, right here on our website.

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Find out what why Hampton Court Flower Show is such an amazing experience!

June 10, 2019 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

Find out what why Hampton Court Flower Show is such an amazing experience!
The Hampton Court Flower show is a truly special annual event, guaranteed to inspire and entertain green-fingered enthusiasts of all abilities. It is also a marvellous excuse for a fabulous weekend away!




2019’s event promises to be just as brilliant as ever with workshops, music, food and competitions – and there’s a whole lot more to the show than flowers. This year the event has been given a new name and will now be known as the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.

It’s not all change, though, with plenty of old favourites making a welcome return including the famous Floral Marquee, fabulous Show Gardens and the usual range of opportunities to pick up bargains galore to take back home with you.

Of course, a garden festival wouldn’t be complete without a whole host of gardens and with four garden categories in 2019, there is plenty of choices. Each category offers ideas and inspiration aplenty, whether you’re looking to fill the tiniest pot, a new window box or border, or even an entire garden fit for relaxing, entertaining and just a little bit of showing off…


The Global Impact Gardens category is new for this year and explores topical themes using innovative planting and design ideas to convey their hard-hitting messages. Whether it’s a social, economic or environmental issue, the Global Impact Gardens will be a great platform for conversation and fascinating new addition.

There is also an extra splash of royalty this year courtesy of the Duchess of Cambridge, no less! She will be co-designing a garden for the festival with award-winning landscape architects, Andrée Davies and Adam White. This year, the festival will also be paying homage to legendary plantswoman, Beth Chatto who passed away last year. This year’s display will see Beth’s long and successful career celebrated with a gravel garden that takes inspiration from her own gardens.



With so much to see, you’ll need an occasional break and where better than to enjoy a picnic in front of the floating stage? This feature is brand new for 2019 and will feature a lively schedule of music and entertainment all day long. So kick back and relax in the sunshine to performances from the likes of Soul Brothers, Brass Funkies and the West End Musical Choir.
And if that all makes you a bit peckish, you won’t have far to go to find some delicious food. One of the most amazing options will be the all-new dining experience at the incredible Merlin’s Wild Garden Banquet.

This exclusive banquet consists of a bespoke five-course menu and an immersive foraging workshop where you'll be guided through a wild garden of sorrel, rowan berries, hen of the wood mushrooms, elderberries, flowers and wild garlic with a forager host. Here you’ll discover how Michelin-starred chef, Merlin Labron-Johnson, has incorporated these seasonal gems into his cooking – and how they can be used at home to make old favourites like jams, soups, cordials, liqueurs and dressings.

But don’t worry, if you’re not after a 5-course banquet there is a huge range of choice for lighter bites and snacks that means you won’t go hungry – nor will you have to break the bank!
Finally, if you want to improve your gardening skills and expertise then the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is certainly the place to come!



There’ll be experts galore at the show, all on-hand to teach you new skills and crafts that you can use throughout your home, garden and beyond. Whether you’re keen to create a terrarium, want to don a flower crown or need a few ideas to spruce up your garden, head to one of the great talks and workshops to find out how.

So, what’s holding you back? Join us on our fantastic 2 day trip to this amazing event. We depart on the 4th July and in addition to entrance to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival we include a fantastic excursion to Windsor, return coach travel and overnight accommodation with breakfast for just £139pp!!! Great value – and we guarantee you’ll have a 'blooming' good time!

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Our tips for a great Father's Day gift

June 09, 2019 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

Still not sorted out dad’s Father’s Day treat? Then why not spoil him and grab a fantastic Leisuretime break for him to enjoy? Whether he enjoys a relaxing jaunt to the seaside, exploring our great cities or the adrenalin rush of Formula 1 or a theme park for big kids, there’s bound to be something he’s going to love!


Our great value prices start at under £20 for our day trips and only £79 for our overnight tours, rising up to a few hundred pounds for our longer and more inclusive trips. So, whether you are looking for a present on your own or clubbing together with the whole family, there’s bound to be something for you. And if he’s a fussy dad who likes to choose for himself, there are always Leisuretime Gift Vouchers!

To find your perfect Father’s Day trip visit our website, but in the meantime here are just 3 picks from our holiday range that we think might be perfect.



Silverstone Formula 1 Grand Prix 2019

For petrol-head dad’s everywhere, how about a visit to the British Formula 1 Grand Prix? Nothing beats the glitz, glamour and adrenalin-fuelled drama of the British Grand Prix. Silverstone is renowned for its high-speed circuits and its action-packed racing schedule. With this is also some brilliant exhibitions, music, and attractions to amplify the thrilling experience. The Formula 1 circuit at Silverstone is a super sleek modern wonder.

The design of the circuit has been modified on several occasions over the last 12 years to improve the safety of drivers. At the end of the race, officials remove the barriers to allow fans to step onto the track and get a closer look at the pit lane. F1 drivers call the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at the iconic Silverstone Circuit ‘insanely fast’. We simply call it one of the world’s greatest sporting events. Throw in a great weekend-long party and the race is on.

This inclusive package sees us at the circuit on Friday, Saturday & Sunday to ensure that we get to see the very best of the action AND we have even a 2-4-1 bar INCLUDED every evening for you to enjoy back the hotel. This is a 3-day trip and departs on the 12th of July for just £379pp!



Cider, Cream Tea & Ludlow Food Festival

For the foodie loving dad’s out there, what's not to love on this jam-packed foodies delight weekend! Enjoy cider tasting at Henry Weston's Cider Mill, sample great local produce at Ludlow's Food Festival & delve right into an Afternoon Cream Tea on Sunday.

Ludlow’s annual Food Festival is already a firm favourite and is real foodie heaven. There are 3 main stages which will host a range of presentations, demonstrations and talks from a range of guests including celebrity chefs. There is also a choice of smaller stages and locations hosting more intimate events but whatever you choose to enjoy here, you’re going to have a great time.

We also take a trip to Weston’s Cider Mill, a 400-year-old farmhouse nestled amongst acres of apple and perry pear orchards. Offering a truly unique day out, we include a guided tour and tasting which allows you to experience the unique history of the Westons family.

Throw in a trip to the Old Dairy Tearoom in Longhope you can tuck into a traditional cream tea and maybe you’ll also be tempted to take some of the other delicious treats on offer? Delicious!

This fabulous trip will be departing on the 13th September for 3 days and includes all this for just £149pp!!!



Central London Weekender

Does your dad just like a good weekend away in the city? Then why not join us on this lovely short break to London with lots of time to explore and get the most out of this amazing city. Staying in the heart of London's West End, you are only a short walk from many of the city's greatest attractions including Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Soho and so much more!

London is a fabulous city to visit. No matter what your interest, this buzzing metropolis will have something to fascinate and enchant you. From street markets to historic monuments, incredible museums & galleries through to dance, cinema and theatre London never disappoints. For those that love their food and drink, London offers unparalleled options with virtually every cuisine on earth available somewhere in this great city for budgets to suit every size of wallet.

With this trip on the 7th September for 2 days, at just £99pp it really is unbeatable value for money!

Still not sure? No problem, we have hundreds of departures available on our website that might be just the ticket along with our full range of day trips and vouchers! So why not come and see us in our Cardiff shop, call us or visit our website and let us help you create a Father’s Day to remember!

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Our 5 favourite heritage breaks in the UK

June 05, 2019 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

In the UK we are so fortunate to have such beautiful countryside and a rich and diverse national heritage. So, what better way to discover some of our most interesting and attractive destinations than by coach? Sat up high, you get a far better view through the wrap around windows of your comfortable, modern coach than you ever will from a car. Without the need to worry about parking, driving or getting lost, you really can just sit back, relax and watch our beautiful countryside roll past as you share stories with fellow travellers and look forward to the adventures ahead!

In this blog we will take you on a tour of some our favourite countryside and heritage destinations. We love them, see what you think…



Our first stop is in the Heart of England and the Cotswolds. An idyllic region where no two parts seem the same although they all share those defining Cotswold features: golden stone, lively market towns and rolling hills, otherwise known as ‘wolds’. Explore these English villages of honey-coloured stone and take in splendid, lively market towns like Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow on the Wold and the iconic Broadway. The Cotswolds also benefit from being surrounded by fascinating larger towns and cities such as Stratford-upon-Avon, made famous by our most popular bard William Shakespeare, and historic Warwick with its imposing castle and pretty old town centre.



We offer a wide range of tours to the Cotswolds ranging from day trips and short overnight hops to our newest addition for 2019, a 5 day Cotswolds Explorer that takes you through the very best that this gorgeous part of England has to offer. We include visits to Stratford-upon-Avon, Broadway, Warwick and Royal Leamington Spa. You’ll stay at a lovely hotel with leisure facilities and we’ve even thrown a 2-4-1 bar into the package to help you relax in the evenings!



For the history buffs and steam enthusiasts amongst you, then the North West of England and North Wales has lots to offer. Chester, Liverpool and Manchester form a fascinating triangle of cities rich in history, architecture and culture that are perfect to explore by coach. They are each distinct in so many ways that it certainly pays to see more than one at a time.



One of our most popular trips is a tour that stays in the heart of Chester at the luxury Hallmark Queens Hotel and includes a fabulous excursion to Liverpool along with a ride on the delightful Llangollen Steam Railway. Chester’s Roman heritage rivals that of Bath and the centre of the city has been beautifully preserved whilst the vibrancy and cultural pull of Liverpool just cannot be beaten. Again, a 5 day visit to this region is a real delight and great to share with friends.



If you fancy continuing further north up to the English border with Scotland then the scenery changes dramatically as you travel through the glorious Lake District right up to the Scottish Borders and Hadrian’s Wall. The Lake District itself is just packed full of delights for the eye including lakes, castles and gardens as far as you can see. The Scottish border itself is marked by the incredible Hadrian’s Wall, built in the 120’s to mark the end of the ‘civilised world’ and now surely one of our most fascinating historic monuments.



This year we have launched a new tour that, as in previous years takes in the Lake District including a lovely cruise on Lake Ullswater and some great sightseeing, but is now based on the Scottish border at Gretna. Gretna was made famous by young, eloping, mainly English couples sneaking away to get married away from the watchful eye of their parents. It is still the ‘marriage capital’ of the UK with hundreds of people tying the knot here every year! Our tour actually stays in the old Marriage House and is a great choice for romantics old and young. By basing ourselves in Gretna, we can combine this Lake District tour with a fascinating guided tour of Hadrian’s Wall AND an excursion over the border into Dumfries. Now that’s different!



Heading east from the Lake District, Yorkshire and Northumbria have always offered beautiful countryside and an incredibly rich heritage. From the vibrant city of Newcastle through to the historic cities of York and Durham and the rolling dales of the Yorkshire Moors, there is just so much to explore.



For those looking to really get under the skin of the local heritage, then there are lots of opportunities to get ‘behind the scenes’. This can be through one of a wide range of visitor attractions or a visit to one of the many businesses producing traditional goods and local fayre that have opened their facilities up to visitors.



Our Yorkshire Crafts tour explores some of the best that Yorkshire has to offer and goes behind the scenes of two great local institutions. We learn about how ceramic pottery is created and we'll go on a journey through the Wensleydale Creamery, set right in the heart of the glorious Yorkshire Dales.  Our base is a lovely family-run hotel and we also visit York with its exquisite architecture, quaint cobbled streets & iconic York Minster.



Alternatively, stretching from the unspoilt wilds of the Northumberland National Park, to the outstanding natural beauty of the Heritage Coast, Northumbria has some of Britain's most imposing natural scenery.  Lush rolling countryside, spectacular forests, glorious sandy beaches, quaint villages and historic market towns mingle with mighty castles and ancient monuments that bear testament to the bloody battles and warring clans of a bygone era.



Sparkling cities like Newcastle, Gateshead and Durham are thriving, with lots of shopping and plenty of nightlife. Bustling market towns and pretty villages are scattered around the region which can lay claim to being ‘The Cradle of English Christianity’, particularly mystic Lindisfarne. Durham is reputed to have ‘the finest Norman Cathedral in the world’. The area has been home to pioneers across the centuries; the world’s first public railway steamed into life here, and the award-winning Gateshead Millennium Bridge, which links Newcastle & Gateshead is one of the world’s most celebrated pieces of architecture.  



Our tour to this area stays in the heart of Newcastle at a lovely 4* hotel that is within easy walking distance of most of the city’s best attractions. We’ve included excursions to the cathedral city of Durham and mystical Lindisfarne too making this a really popular and varied tour.



And there is so much more to discover on our great British Isles! To get a full flavour of all the coach holiday options you have to explore them from South Wales, just check out the Country and Heritage page here on our website. Happy holidays!

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Our five favourite family holidays - that are just a bit different

May 31, 2019 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

It can be hard to think of what to do with the kids sometimes, especially if you are looking for something a bit different. So we thought we'd recommend five of our favourite UK attractions that are just a little bit different but perfect for a family getaway with Leisuretime.



Science Museum, London – New Medicine Galleries

Complimenting the incredible choice of existing displays at this iconic museum are the amazing new Medicine Galleries. Marvel, or shudder at more than 2,500 artefacts spanning 400 years in the Science Museum’s new medicine galleries – home to one of the largest medical collections in the world. Tracing the transformation of life through medical research and practice, this new permanent display is due to open in autumn 2019. Exhibits range from prehistoric surgical tools to modern medical equipment and include fascinating items such as the first 3D-printed models – designed to help with a kidney transplant from a father to his two-year-old daughter – and the embryo incubator used to create the world’s first test-tube babies. Great stuff, particularly for curious teens…



Bristol Zoo

A visit to Bristol Zoo Gardens is an adventure into an exciting animal kingdom, all set within 12 acres of beautiful gardens. Get up close to more than 400 species of exotic, endangered and adorable animals from the four corners of the globe, whilst enjoying 12 acres of award-winning gardens.

With nine undercover animal houses, Bristol Zoo is a wonderful, all-weather family attraction. You can see the amazing gorilla family in the unique 180-degree view gorilla house, venture into Twilight World to discover animal secrets after sunset and come face-to-face with their incredible reptiles in the Reptile House. Some other Zoo favourites include Seal & Penguin Coast, Monkey Jungle, Asiatic lions, Bug World, Meerkat Lookout and the Aquarium.

And don’t forget to visit Splash, a water-play area with streams, dams and the chance to get your toes wet. The more adventurous can have a go on the aerial ropes course, ZooRopia, and swing alongside some of the Zoo’s most popular animals – gibbons and gorillas – before flying down the zip wire.



Cotswold Water Park

The Cotswold Water Park is a great place to explore and again something particularly well suited to slightly older children!

 With more than 150 lakes spread over forty square miles, there is something for everyone – from angling to archery, watersports to walking, birdwatching to biking, to name just a few things you can do. The range of activities on offer in this one area is quite amazing, with something for everyone – the young, the not so young, and everyone in between. How about heading off on your bike to explore the secluded lakeside paths? Or try your hand at a new sport such as waterskiing, kayaking, sailing or paddle boarding?



Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre

Enjoy a fun-filled, fascinating time out for all the family at Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre in Wareham. The 65-acre park is home to the stars of TV’s ‘Monkey Life’ and ‘Monkey Business’, and provides sanctuary for rescued and endangered primates from around the world.

Daily keepers’ talks provide a captivating insight into life at the park and its inhabitants - staff are so enthusiastic about what they do, giving a real feel-good factor.

While away the hours watching the monkeys and apes interact, then let the kids use up all their energy in the huge Great Ape Adventure Play Area.



Ghostly Gaslight & Cadbury World Spooktacular

Fantastic Fireworks & Have a Scream at Halloween! Ideal for kids of all ages.

As dusk falls and the street lamps cast eerie shadows at every corner, strange apparitions replace the usually friendly Victorians seen in the town’s shops, cottages and work places! Vampires, blood thirsty butchers, the Grim Reaper and werewolves take over the Town and phantoms fill the streets. A highlight of the evening will be a firework and lights show. Blists Hill is one of the 10 museums attractions at Ironbridge and recreates life in the Victorian era.

Cadbury World is spooktacular this year and a right good place for fun, frights and chocolate delights! Join Dermort O’Scary and his cast of gruesome ghouls as The Scream Factor returns to Cadbury World for more frights than ever before! Frankie Frankenstein, Witchy Woo Woo and Wolfy the Wolfman have been rehearsing to win this year’s mystery prize, but who will win? With plenty of fun and frights and lots of opportunities to dance and scream along, you’d be ‘ghoulish’ to miss out!!


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Our favourite Northern Seaside Resorts

May 18, 2019 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

We Brits really do love our seaside holidays and this time we’re focusing on the delights of some of our more popular seaside resorts “up north”! They’re all famous for a warm welcome and some amazing entertainment and attractions from enormous rollercoasters, to high towers and scenic railways but whatever you are looking for in your perfect seaside holiday, we’re sure one of them will fit the bill…




Blackpool claims to be Britain’s most loved holiday destination, which should come as no surprise when you think about the huge range of attractions available all year round, as well as the new seafront, world-class events and spectacular lighting shows. If you are feeling adventurous take a trip up the famous Blackpool Tower, which soars 158 metres above the town or get your adrenaline pumping at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, where you can ride the UK’s tallest rollercoaster, the Big One. Quieter adventurers can appreciate Blackpool’s calmer side by strolling down the newly renovated South Promenade or for the dancers amongst you there is always the world-famous Tower Ballroom! Oh yes, and it is also easy to get around because there are very few hills to climb and a plethora of transport options…




Llandudno is one of the most popular and pretty coastal towns in North Wales. It’s known for North Shore Beach and 19th-century Llandudno Pier, with its shops and games arcade. Northwest of town, the cliffs of Great Orme headland jut into the sea. Llandudno is, without doubt, the ‘Queen of Welsh Resorts’. The long, crescent-shaped promenade and sweeping sands make it a perfect holiday destination all year round and a real favourite for Leisuretimers.




The pretty seaside resort of Morecambe is often referred to as the gateway to the Lake District. The resort boasts an expansive five-mile promenade which looks out across the majestic sweep of Morecambe Bay, perfect for an evening stroll to take in stunning sunsets and star reflecting waters. During the day, enjoy the extensive use of public art along the seafront; view the bronzed statue of Eric Morecambe, the town’s best-loved export and the many bird sculptures created by the Tern Project. In town, enjoy excellent shopping and the traditional Lancashire welcome and hospitality extended to all visitors. But make sure you don’t forget to sample the local cuisine, including the area’s famous thirst quencher, Nettle Beer, as well as mouth-watering potted shrimps and some of the best fish and chips in the country!




Despite being one of the most attractive resorts in England and the ‘The Floral Capital of England’s North-West’, Southport is all too often a much overlooked seaside destination. For those that take the time, the rewards are many because Southport just has so much to offer. Set amongst 22 miles of coastline and boasting plenty of beaches, Southport is designed for beach life and is a perfect place to relax and unwind. This classic seaside resort has scenic parks and gardens, fabulous shopping, exciting nightlife and a mouth-watering array of bars and restaurants. Of course, traditional seaside amusements also await; stroll down the UK’s oldest iron pier and try the old penny slot machines in the Pavilion at the far end, or ride traditional carousels at Funland. Family attractions include Southport Pleasureland, Splash World waterpark, Martin Mere and Farmer Ted’s. Whatever your seaside pleasure, Southport will deliver!



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Our favourite Seaside Resorts along the South Coast of England

May 17, 2019 / 1 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

Over the last week or two, we have been reminded how glorious the weather here can be, something that has only helped reconfirm that the traditional British beach holiday is still alive and well! On the back of Brexit uncertainty and tightening household budgets, more and more people are opting to holiday in the UK and where better than at one of our great seaside resorts? Building sandcastles, having an ice-cream, fish and chips, a stroll along the pier or a good old stick of rock…all of these home comforts and more are waiting for you on a Leisuretime Seaside Holiday!

But where to go? Here are some of our favourite seaside resorts along the south coast of England for you to consider…



For those looking for lots of things to do, Bournemouth is a top choice. The largest resort in Dorset, it boasts an amazing seven miles of sandy beaches, beautiful parks and gardens and a great choice of shops, pubs, restaurants and traditional seaside attractions. You can even rent the world’s oldest beach hut (Bournemouth invented beach huts in 1908) or hop onto one of the land trains that run along the promenade eastwards towards Boscombe and westwards towards Poole. For those looking for easy access to Bournemouth’s beaches, then just jump on one of the famous cliff lifts. You’ll be down in the sand in a flash and you won’t be out of breath!



The Isle of Wight

This diamond shaped island is a UK gem and one of Queen Victoria’s favourite spots. It is also one of the sunniest and warmest places in the country, located just a few miles from the South Coast of England. No passport is needed for the short ferry crossing, and once you're on the Island everything is within easy reach. The Isle of Wight has over 60 miles of stunning coastal scenery, lively resorts and quaint villages combine with a friendliness and old-fashioned charm to make for a really memorable seaside holiday.




Weymouth is one of the easiest resorts to get around with its candy-striped kiosks and deck chair lined golden, 3-mile beach which is ideal for leisurely stroll! Chuck in cockles and chippies and prepare to promenade down seaside memory lane. But Weymouth is about more than just that sandy shore. The town boasts a bustling harbour and some superb seafood along with some great pubs. You will never be short of things to do, with an abundance of natural and themed attractions for everyone to enjoy!




Torquay is a great option as this thriving seaside town enjoys unusually pleasant weather all year round and never seems to slow down! There is a wonderful array of continental style cafes, restaurants and cocktail bars to enjoy in addition to all of the more traditional fish and chip bars, pubs and seaside attractions. Torquay has also become a real Devon foodie town and part of England’s Seafood Coast with a delicious selection of the freshest fish and seafood on offer from the nearby fish market along with a great array of cosy pubs and bars to enjoy and relax in!




The sea breeze swishing through your hair, the sensation of the beach between your toes and the smell of vinegary chips lingering in your nostrils: everyone has vivid memories of their childhood seaside holidays and the traditional Victorian holiday resort of Eastbourne is one of our best-loved choices. It is also a wonderfully flat resort, which makes getting around so much easier! Eastbourne has a charm unrivalled on the south coast, with dazzling floral displays, magnificent Carpet Gardens, a delightful Victorian pier and a famous bandstand. The resort boasts a fantastic beach, with eight miles of coastline sheltered by the South Downs, itself designated ‘An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’.



St Ives

Winner of a showcase of national awards including best family holiday destination by Coast magazine and one of the 10 best European beach destinations compiled by TripAdvisor, St Ives is a seemingly subtropical oasis where the beaches are golden, the vegetation is lush and the light piercingly bright. It’s no wonder then that the town has been attracting artists for decades who have come to capture the area’s undeniable natural beauty and incredible light. Full of style and character, St Ives is a truly unique seaside destination.

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Explore Europe this Summer with Leisuretime

April 25, 2019 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

The sun has finally come out and Brexit has disappeared off the front pages of the newspapers, for now at least, so why not take advantage of a fabulous holiday to Europe this summer? At Leisuretime we’ve got some lovely trips planned at prices you’ll find hard to resist, so why not join us – and maybe even bring a friend or two?


Coach holidays are a wonderful way to enjoy some of the most beautiful parts of Europe without having to worry about airports (and all that security!), driving on the wrong side of the road, getting lost or missing out on any of the best sights. It is also a great way to have fun and make new friends with fellow travellers.


On a Leisuretime holiday to Europe you get so much included and with no coach interchanges to worry about, we’ll get you on holiday quicker than you think! Of course some of the journeys take a little time but if you’re not in a great hurry it is a lovely way to both get to your destination and see some of the beautiful scenery that you would otherwise fly over on the way. And remember, your coach seat is set high above most other road users allowing you to take in the views through the lovely big windows without hedges, cars or other obstructions getting in your way!


Tempted? Then the only question you have to consider is where to go and when…


For those after some near-guaranteed sunshine, we’ve got three lovely options in our tours to Spain, Italy and Croatia. Our holidays to Spain and Croatia are new for 2019 but with only one departure being offered on each, space is already selling out fast - and no wonder!



Our 9 day holiday to the Costa Brava and Barcelona is a real delight with some fascinating excursions included and an amazing price of only £599, given that we will be visiting in the peak season month of July. Whilst our new holiday to Croatia doesn’t depart until the end of September, this is still a great time to visit this fascinating country. The temperatures will still be nice and warm but there’ll be fewer tourists so you’ll get more time to relax and enjoy your excursions without any queues! We have included an excursion to the awesome Piltvice Lakes National Park on this holiday along with visits to Zagreb, Pula and lots more. At a price of only £799 for 10 days, this really isn’t a tour to be missed.



For the more traditional amongst you, we also have our ever popular holidays to Tuscany available for either 8 or 9 days departing through the summer. With 8 days starting at only £599 including a free bar every evening whilst you’re in Tuscany, this tour really does help your £ go further! You’ll see the very best that Tuscany has to offer on this Leisuretime favourite including Florence, Pisa, Lucca and La Spezia.



If lakes and mountains are more your scene then why not join us on our September tour to the Austrian Tyrol, which departs on the 1st of September and is also priced at only £599 for a magical 8 days? During this holiday we’ll enjoy a number of excursions including travel on steam railways through some of the most gorgeous mountain scenery that Austria has to offer including a visit to the highest lake in Austria along with its smallest town! For those with a little more money to spend, we also have our ever-popular holiday to Switzerland, taking in such iconic Swiss sights as Lake Geneva, Montreux, Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn, all available to you on our 8 day holiday for just £749.


We also have some great shorter trips to Germany, Austria, Belgium and Holland which you can check out on our website, including a couple of lovely trips visiting some great continental Christmas Markets towards the end of the year.



Whichever holiday you choose, we know you’ll come back with great memories and a whole host of new friends. Happy summer holidays!


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Great British Summer Holidays with Leisuretime

April 12, 2019 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

Holidaying abroad is wonderful, but we often overlook the fantastic destinations on offer in our own country. People travel from all over the world to visit Great Britain and for many of us there are some amazing places to visit just a few hours away from home. So here are five of our favourite Great British Summer Holidays from Leisuretime.



Llandudno & Snowdonia

North Wales has so much to offer, from the majestic beauty of the Snowdonia National Park and the ancient castles of yore to the dramatic coastline overlooking the Irish Sea. Just a few hours away from South Wales yet there is a world of difference and plenty of Welsh treasures to be discovered and enjoyed 'up north'. Our trip to Llandudno enjoys the very best of this lovely seaside town with its Great Orme and Little Orme, the bay is picturesque and the beach is perfect for unfolding the deckchair and relaxing in the warm sea breeze. There's a pier too for that classic British seaside feel where you can enjoy the penny arcade or get a tasty ice cream to cool off after a walk along the promenade. This trip also visits beautiful Beaumaris and historic Caernarfon as well as taking a ride on the Snowdonia steam train which transports you to the top of the mountain in style. A superb Welsh getaway!



St. Leonards on Sea

Botanical St. Leonards is to the west of Hastings and has been the go-to destination to relax and enjoy the gardens for many travel enthusiasts and holiday-makers fro decades. This idyllic patch of England is perfect for discovering Hastings and all it has to offer. There's the cliff railway, the pier and a plethora of museums and galleries to visit. The town itself has great shopping and restaurants, perfect for a bit of seafood or good old fashioned British fish n' chips. Our trip also includes a visit to Royal Tunbridge Wells and a trip to Batemans House, the former home of famed writer Rudyard Kipling. This is a visit to the south coast that you will always remember!



Scotland - Oban and the Five Lochs

If you've ever wanted to visit Scotland but never had the chance, our tour staying in Dunoon is a must. Likewise, if you already have visited 'the Big Country' before, this wonderful holiday will take you to some of the most beautiful places north of the border and give you the opportunity to revisit this special part of the British Isles. Our tour will take in the very best of the Trossachs National Park visiting Loch Lomond, the biggest and some say the most beautiful of all the Scottish Lochs, as well as Loch Long and the picturesque village of Luss. The breathtaking landscape is guaranteed to impress and the warm Scottish welcome is waiting in Inveraray and Oban which are also excursions on the itinerary, on which you can also enjoy some fabulous Scottish entertainment. 



St. Ives with the Isles of Scilly

Cornwall is one of Great Britain's true jewels and this tour provides a rare opportunity to combine it with the gorgeous Isles of Scilly. The entire area is always popular with holiday makers and some would say akin to being abroad in many ways. The climate is warmer, the beaches are plentiful and stunning and each little village and hamlet has its own stories to share and delights to enjoy. We will be visiting St. Ives , Penzance and Porthleven as well as taking a ferry to the Isles of Scilly for a guided tour of St. Mary's. A superb stay in the scintillating south-west!



Eastbourne Value Breaks

If you're looking for a real bargain package and love the seaside then these holidays to Eastbourne are perfect for you! This Victorian seaside town boasts all the classic features such as a beautiful beach, a pier and a lengthy promenade. There are brilliant excursions to Brighton, Lewes as well as Hastings and Rye included with enough fun to keep the whole family entertained for the duration. Besides the breathtaking scenery, Eastbourne has lots to do and see and will delight holiday makers of all ages! Staying at the Glastonbury Hotel, this holiday is a real favourite with Leisuretime customers!

We have a huge range of other holidays available along with lots of day trips travelling throughout the summer. Food festivals, airshows and sporting events all feature. On top of this we also have lots of fabulous trips abroad so if staying in the U.K. is not your thing then see our website for a whole host of summer holidays to Europe!


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Our Top 5 Brand New Trips for Summer 2019

April 05, 2019 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

Leisuretime has been running great coach holidays for over 20 years, so you might think that there wouldn’t be too much new stuff for you to explore…but that is where you would be wrong!

For 2019, Leisuretime is offering dozens of new tours along with even more traditional favourites with refreshed and amended itineraries and inclusions that will entice even the most seasoned traveller.

For this article, we asked our customers which of our new tours really captured their imagination – and this is their Top 5 for Summer 2019!

For those looking to explore the islands of our wonderful United Kingdom, then we have two new holidays which seem to have really landed well…



Firstly, there is a fascinating tour to Jersey with a twist which tells some of the hidden stories of the occupation of this pretty island by the Nazis in World War 2. You’ll enjoy a tour of the Jersey War Tunnels with an expert guide, full wartime themed tour of the island and even a nighttime tour of some of Jersey’s wartime bunkers NOT normally open to the public!

In addition, you’ll go foraging for seaweed, shellfish and edible plants along St Ouen’s beach whilst all the time staying at the lovely Merton Hotel, one of Jersey’s best hotels which also boasts the most incredible leisure facilities on the island including a subtropical paradise of pools, waterfalls, fountains and slides!

Given the unique nature of this tour, there is only 1 departure scheduled for 2019 so you’ll have to be quick not to miss out!



Staying on the theme of British islands, Leisuretime is offering an extension to their popular holiday to St Ives on the 1st of July with a full day visit to the beautiful Isles of Scilly. One of the highlights will be the unique view of some of Cornwall’s most impressive coastline that you get from your ship as you cruise out towards the Isles of Scilly. A truly unique perspective that could be even further enhanced by the wildlife you might see en route…including dolphins, if you are very lucky!

The cruise takes you to the largest of the inhabited islands, St Mary’s, and includes a tour around the island with an expert local guide. There’ll be time for you to enjoy the fabulous views and local shops, bars and restaurants but make sure you don’t miss out on the local ice cream…it is deeeeeeelicious!



For those looking to travel north but sticking with an island theme, the new tour to Oban, the Isle of Bute and Mount Stuart in Scotland is proving to be a real winner.

Staying in Dunoon you have the best of both worlds as you enjoy the resort-feel of Dunoon combined with easy access to the west coast and its extraordinary sights. The Isle of Bute is one of Scotland’s most scenic islands whilst also being the ancestral home of the Bute family, a family with special links to Wales through the 3rd Marquess of Bute who also built Cardiff Castle. See if you can spot the similarities with Mount Stewart, the beautiful 19th-century manor house and gardens that he also built back in his native Scotland! This spectacular Gothic house is almost breath-taking in its beauty and surrounded by 300 acres of beautiful tended grounds and gardens.

This great new tour departs Wales on the 30th of September and includes accommodation and meals at the lovely Selborne Hotel, overlooking the beautiful waters of the Firth of Clyde.



If you’re looking to travel a somewhat shorter distance, then Leisuretime’s new long-weekend tour to the Peak District has departures on the 14th of June and 13th of September.

Taking in the rugged beauty of the Peak District National Park, one of the highlights has to be the pretty village of Bakewell, made famous by its delicious tart. Set on the banks of the river Wye, Bakewell never fails to enchant with its delightful buildings, the maze of historic lanes and alleys and welcoming locals. For those looking for a little entertainment to accompany their sightseeing, then there is even a leisurely cruise down the river Trent that includes a lively bingo session and tea. This tour really is a full house!



Finally, we were so pleased to see our new holiday in Spain on this list!

Staying in the lovely seaside resort of Roses on the Costa Brava and departing Wales on the 1st of July, you can enjoy some fabulous excursions whilst also relaxing in our comfortable hotel, only a short walk from the wide sandy beach and offering a sizeable outside pool, dance floor and many other amenities including regular entertainment for you to enjoy.

During your time in Spain, you will not only get the opportunity to visit Barcelona, one of the world’s most fascinating cities, but you will also get to see the birthplace of one of the world’s most famous artists, Salvador Dali. You’ll also visit Cadaques, a sleepy coastal fishing village that has attracted some of the greatest names of our time as residents or visitors including Marc Chagall, Henry Matisse and even Mick Jagger!

Priced at only £599 for 9 days including return coach travel, short sea crossings, overnight accommodation both ways and 7 days accommodation on half board in Spain PLUS all of those included excursions, it isn’t hard to see why this new holiday has made it into the Top 5. Ole!

Want to check out more of our new tours? Then have a look here on our website, check out our new supplement brochure or give our friendly staff a call on 029 2090 1010.

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Amazing Attractions to Discover in London by Tube

March 24, 2019 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

London, the capital city of The United Kingdom, exerts a considerable impact upon the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, media, research and development, tourism and transportation! This 2000 year old city is one of the world's most historic and fascinating places on earth and there are literally thousands of things to do and see!

If you’re staying in the heart of the city then there is much that is easily accessible in under 20 minutes on foot or a few minutes by bus, but if you fancy trying out one of the oldest transportation systems in the world then why not hop onto the London Underground (a.k.a the Tube) ? Whisking Londoners and tourists all over the city with remarkable speed and even operating throughout the night on five lines on a Friday and Saturday night, the tube makes even the furthest reaches of this great city easily accessible.

Here is our guide to just a few of the great London attractions that are best accessed by tube...



The incredible Imperial War Museum is only a three minute walk from Lambeth North station and houses some of the best preserved artefacts and machinery from battles and wars fought by British Forces. A really great experience for those with a keen interest in the military and all things historic!



If you travel to London Bridge station, you will be just a couple of minutes away from HMS Belfast - a Second World War Light Battle Cruiser which is now permanently docked in the Thames and has been turned into a floating museum. A fascinating experience for any age, this unique attraction is a sure fire hit with kids and parents alike with great views along the Thames including Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and even St Paul’s



Just a short distance away, only minutes from Waterloo station is the mighty London Eye - Europe's tallest cantilevered observation wheel! At the top you can see most of London, a sight not to be missed and once seen it will never be forgotten!



St. Paul's Cathedral is built on the site of the original church of 604 AD and now has its own underground station. It used to be the tallest building in the whole of London and the view from the top is still awe-inspiring. The modern cathedral that we all know was consecrated in 1697 and designed by Christopher Wren. The recognisable dome contains the famous whispering gallery - a marvel of modern architecture!



Heading towards the city of Westminster, Charing Cross station gives you lots of choices. Head south and you are on the Embankment and a stone’s throw away from Parliament Square and Westminster Bridge. Exit north and you are on Trafalgar Square, overlooked by the fabulous National Gallery (free entrance!), home to works by such legendary artists as Leonardo da Vinci, J.M Turner and Vincent Van Gogh. From here it is only a short walk to Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus, Soho and Leicester Square



If you travel to South Kensington Tube station you will be within a short walking distance of three world class museums and the legendary Royal Albert Hall...



The Natural History Museum contains a vast array of specimens and artefacts stretching back to the dawn on time. It is an amazing day out for all the family and the kids will learn all sorts whilst having a lot of fun at the same time



Likewise, the Science Museum is equally as much fun and just as educational. Just next door to the Natural History Museum it has a huge range of scientific exhibits on display from full-size space rockets to moon rocks!



Just across the road from the Science Museum is the famous Victoria and Albert Museum which is the world's largest museum of applied and decorative arts and design, as well as sculpture, housing a permanent collection of over 2.27 million objects.



And remember, they are all FREE to visit, although special exhibitions may attract modest entrance fees!

Our last stop on this whirlwind underground tour of London is Baker Street Tube station which brings you out between two extremely famous places. Madame Tussauds is famous for its many life-like waxwork figures of famous individuals, a great opportunity to have your picture taken with your favourite pop star or Hollywood icon!



You are also not far from the residence of the world's most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. 221b Baker Street is also a museum dedicated to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary creation and a fascinating place to visit



But there is so much more and this really is just the tip of the iceberg. London has no end of attractions and sights to see and it is incredibly easy to get around using the Underground. Just try and avoid travelling during rush hour and as long as you have a credit or debit card there isn't even any need to buy a ticket as all London transport options work seamlessly with contactless cards – they even also automatically find you the cheapest fares, so you won’t have to worry about which ticket to buy!

So why not book a Leisuretime City Break to London and try it out for yourself!


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5 Scottish Beauties!

March 13, 2019 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

There is no easier way to reach Scotland and discover some of its gems than by coach. Just sit back and enjoy the scenery from your comfortable seat and let the coach take the strain…

But where to go? There is just so much choice and so much to see. So to help you choose, here are our Top 5 Scottish touring destinations.



1. Loch Ness & Skye

If there was ever an enduring image associated with Scottish folklore then it is Loch Ness and its famous monster. A source of intense curiosity and mystic belief for generations, Nessy never fails to pull in visitors hopeful of being the first to truly spot this iconic beast. But Loch Ness and the surrounding region has so much more real beauty to offer - and you won’t have to convince anyone who has ever been to Scotland that what you have seen is absolutely real!
A trip to Loch Ness can easily be combined with a visit to the amazing Isle of Skye, a truly magical place that consistently enchants visitors with its history, dramatic coastline and welcoming locals…always ready to share a dram with visitors!

The drama of this entire region is reinforced by mighty Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Scotland and towering over Fort William, the principle town in the region. Nestled on the gentle shore of Loch Linnie and in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Fort William is a typical highland town packed full of traditional pubs, entertainment shops and locals eager to tell stories and show off their proud heritage.



2. Royal Highland Adventures

The Royal Family have always loved Scotland but no monarch can have been quite as in love with this beautiful, captivating region as Queen Victoria. Her passion for the Highlands was most recently illustrated in the popular ITV series ‘Victoria’. Blair Castle, her preferred base when visiting with her husband, Prince Albert, is open to the public and a fascinating place to visit. The entire region is really easy to access by coach. You too can stand where Victoria stood at the head of Loch Tummel and imagine the emotions that the Empress of India might have felt standing in the heart of her beloved Scotland.

However, today’s modern-day road network means that you can stay in this stunning Highland region whilst on the one hand easily visiting the Scottish capital of Edinburgh to enjoy its shops, restaurants and ancient history. Equally accessible is the stunning countryside around Aviemore, made famous as Monarch of the Glen country in another tribute to the royal love affair with this romantic country.


3. Dunoon & Oban

People often lose count of the number of lochs in Scotland but if you base yourself in the quaint town of Dunoon, then you are guaranteed to enjoy 5 of the most spectacular ones if you head on over to the beautiful town of Oban.

Dunoon itself is a quintessential Scottish seaside resort which boasts an impressive pier and even its own castle along with impressive views out over the Firth of Clyde and the Cowal Peninsula. There is also a lovely seafront promenade to enjoy, perfect for an after-dinner stroll…

The compact seaside town of Oban is also a real treat and known as the Gateway to the Isles, so you’re always sure to enjoy its bustling yet uniquely Scottish atmosphere.



4. Bute & Mount Stewart

The ancestral home of the Bute family, the Isle of Bute is reputed to be one of Scotland’s most scenic islands – and we would certainly agree. It is stunning and enjoys a strong and unique link with Wales in the shape of Mount Stuart.

This beautiful 19th century manor house built in spectacular Gothic style and boasting extensive landscaped gardens was built by the 3rd Marquis of Bute, who also built Cardiff Castle. The architectural similarities are striking and the almost 300 acres of gloriously maintained gardens are a wonder to behold in their own right!



5. Edinburgh – A Capital City!

The seat of government and royalty, Edinburgh is a striking city to visit at any time of the year. From its dark medieval tenements, narrow winding Old Town streets up through to the sweeping elegance of its Georgian New Town, you will find Edinburgh packed with contrasts and atmosphere.

Dominated from on high by its imposing castle which looks down over the iconic Royal Mile and on to the 17th century Palace of Holyrood House, this is a city packed with history and heritage. The most overt sign of its rich and proud history is the annual Military Tattoo, held in the grounds of Edinburgh Castle every year and showcasing some of the most impressive military displays, from Scotland and around the world, that you will find anywhere on earth.

And there is so much more….from the beautiful Royal Yacht Britannia through to the traditional pubs and whisky distilleries, Edinburgh truly is a capital city to savour…

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Workers at Leisuretime will now get St David's Day off as a bank holiday

March 08, 2019 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

Leisuretime staff came into work on Friday to an email from the company director saying "after passing thousands of very happy daffodils this morning, I decided it time to make St David’s Day an official Leisuretime company holiday!!!"

The staff are able to take any day off they like in March in lieu of St David's Day. This will happen every year.

In the email director Ceri Johnson said they should "use your day to get out into the Welsh coast or countryside and celebrate the awakening of spring in our wonderful Wales".

This wonderful news was shared online by WalesOnline - check that out here!

We just love Wales!

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Disneyland Paris - probably our best family break ever!

February 25, 2019 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

Katie Lewis-Davies works as Group Travel Manager at South Wales based tour operator, Leisuretime, and writes about her family’s recent winter magical break!

As a firm Disney fan and a mum to two young boys, Disneyland Paris by coach was the perfect mini-break for our family. Joining the coach in Cardiff, we were greeted by a friendly driver and a coach buzzing with anticipation for the journey ahead. Making friends onboard was easy as children and parents mixed in together and we all settled into the journey filled with excited energy. I’d been by coach before but have had to change coaches which is time-consuming, boring and, with the kids in tow, quite draining. Knowing that ‘once you’re on, you’re on’ with an operator like Leisuretime made everything really easy and with no coach changes to worry about, we arrived at Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe relaxed and raring to go!

Staying in an ‘on-site’ hotel, meant that we were only a short 10-minute walk from the Disney Village (and the gates to both theme parks) and so after we’d dropped the bags in our room, it was here that we headed to get something to eat and start living the dream!

The Disney Village offers a really great choice of fast food outlets as well as more substantial restaurants which suit most budgets. The kids got the say this time and Café Mickey ended up with the pleasure of our company. We were not disappointed! Whilst it is not the cheapest choice compared to some of the other eateries, we found that Café Mickey gave us grown-ups and our little ones, 1-to-1 time with a selection of Disney Characters throughout the meal. We an amazing time with Mickey, Minnie, Eeyore, and the highly excitable duo of Tigger and Pluto!

Leisuretime included breakfasts with our trip, which not all operators do. This was well received by my little family, especially as we aimed for early starts each day so that we could take full advantage of the Extra Magic Hours that are only available to guests staying in the ‘on-site’ Disney Hotels.

Even though I’ve done it many times, nothing quite matches the feeling I get when I enter the Disneyland Paris park! Walking under the Main Street Train Station, the feeling of excitement builds, music surrounds, smiles and laughter everywhere – and I am carried off into a world of fantasy. As we walked down Main Street, the Castle came into view and that was it… full Disney mode hits, and without speaking we find ourselves involuntarily skipping along the street with my youngest desperately breaking out of his buggy in sheer excitement.

Then there’s the choice of which park first. This can be overwhelming, but on this occasion, we opted for Adventureland, followed on by everything else we had time to get around. No matter which direction you decide on though, believe me, you NEVER have enough time to cover all the magic! My 7-year old was able to enjoy the larger rides with Dad, and I was able to go on any I wanted to, shortly after using the ‘Parent Switch’ option available on most rides. Here an insider tip... if you, like us, have a younger child that cannot go on all the rides, you don’t have to miss out! Parent 1 (let’s be honest, normally Dad) goes on the ride and when they come out, they ask for a Parent Switch ticket which allows Parent 2 to skip the queue and get right on the ride almost immediately. This Parent Switch even allows for 2 people which meant that my eldest went on the rides twice on most occasions – but only had to queue once. How great is that?! We tried everything from Space Mountain through to the Magical Castle, the Peter Pan ride and even Pirates of Caribbean. Really… there just aren’t enough hours in the day!

When we had finally had our fill, we were pleasantly exhausted and took advantage of the free shuttle back to the hotel for a wash and brush up. Later, we headed back to the Village for dinner at Planet Hollywood and afterwards enjoyed some Disney shopping. We sauntered back to the hotel and our ‘Cars’ themed bedroom for the best night’s sleep I’ve had for a long while.

The next day, we unanimously agreed that it was time for a visit to Walt Disney Studios, the smaller of the two parks. The amazing Crush’s Coaster was our first priority, and we loved our adventure under the Australian coastline so much, we did it twice! Despite being the smaller park, there was so much to do and taking advantage once again of the Parent Switch made it another great day out. Slinky Dog turned out to be the favourite ride for our youngest whilst our eldest loved parachuting with the army men. We rode the tram, saw magnificent stunts and daring car chases before checking into the Twilight Zone of Terror! This isn’t for the faint-hearted and was the only ride my eldest did not approve of at the still tender age of 7. He did, however, absolutely love the Aerosmith Rollercoaster - which both my husband and I were also secretly thrilled with and felt was the best ride of both parks! We grabbed a bite to eat in the sheltered walk-thru and of course, indulged in some retail activities! These shops mainly catered for the Marvel lovers so was a firm hit in our family.

We enjoyed our last night experiencing full-on Disney magic in the main park with a spectacular light show against the castle (don’t forget that tickets with Leisuretime are Hopper Passes which means you can flit between both parks as much as you like). The show is jam-packed with magic experiences, finishing with a truly outstanding firework display. The perfect end to a wonderful day.

Any visit to Disneyland Paris is an action-packed adventure so it was great to just be able to hop onto our coach and travel directly back to South Wales with no need to worry about coach interchanges (and a much quieter coach on the way back than the way out!). This was certainly one of the best family breaks we have ever had. Booking with Leisuretime was a life saver as it meant that all the travel was taken care of. No missing luggage at the airport, no delayed transfer (both of which we’ve experienced before). ‘Once you’re on, you’re on’ (sorry, I just like saying that!). Are we absolutely knackered, yes? Are we doing it all again in 2019…? Absolutely!


Immerse yourself in childhood memories of swashbuckling pirates, beautiful princesses and daring space missions! Whether you are a family with young children, a thrill-seeking group of friends or just young at heart, Disneyland Resort Paris is a truly magical destination. Leisuretime offers Disneyland Paris breaks departing from South Wales - check out our choice online today!

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10 Trips To Cheer You Up in January

January 06, 2019 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

Traditionally a tough month for all of us, January spells back to work, diets, bad weather and a good dose of the January blues. But if we look at the bright side of things, we will find it's not so bad, especially if you have something to look forward to! So here are 10 trips to cheers you up this January...

1.) Cotswolds Leisure Break with 2-4-1 Bar

The beautiful Cotswolds is a gorgeous place to visit at any time of year, with its rolling hills and stunning scenery and it's awe-inspiring architecture. Nearby are the historic towns of Royal Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon, both of which we will be visiting on our 3-day tour of the area. Travelling on the 11th of January and staying at the beautiful Britannia Royal Court which has a 2 for the price of 1 bar offer. All for just £99 per person! An absolute bargain! This one is leaving soon, so be quick and reserve your seat.

2.) A Cosy Winter Break in Bideford

Bideford is one of Devon's best-kept secrets. Located on the banks of the River Torridge this quaint and picturesque town is the perfect place to relax and discover the surrounding scenery. Described by Charles Kingsley as “The Little White Town, which slopes upward from its broad river tide”, it remains unspoiled and has not changed much in the 150 years since. The Durrant House Hotel boasts of being the largest and most well-equipped luxury hotel in Bideford and certainly offers a warm welcome, along with high standards of comfort and cuisine. Hotel facilities include the Olive Tree Restaurant, Appledore Bar, lounges, Wi-Fi, R&R Spa, sauna, solarium and seasonal outdoor swimming pool. Guests also benefit from superb views across North Devon’s Taw Estuary. We will be travelling on the 14th of January for 5 days of stress-free relaxation. There are also excursions to Bude, Boscastle and Barnstaple! All for only £159pp!

3.) Torquay - Midweek With 99p Bar

Torquay has been a firm favourite with the British public for many years and it's easy to see why. The friendly locals, the fantastic seafront views, the entertainment are just a few reasons why this destination remains a staple with frequent travellers. Why not enjoy a Mid-Week visit to the Riviera hotel which is nestled in the heart of the town. Guests can enjoy free entertainment to suit all ages on most evenings of the year, including bingo, quizzes, highly professional cabarets and dancing. We will also be visiting Totnes, a gem of a town next to the River Dart, Buckfast Abbey which offers visitors a tranquil refuge from the hectic pace of everyday life, Newton Abbot Market which is home to a wide range of interesting and unique stalls and Teignmouth; the quintessential Devon resort town. Travelling for 5 days on the 21st of January for only £149pp!

4.) Continental Shopping Dash with 2-4-1 Bar

How about a little retail therapy with a French twist!? On the 22nd of January, we will be travelling to fabulous Folkestone where we can easily hop across the channel to France and do a spot of shopping at the incredible Cite Europe! Alternatively, for those just looking to stock up on bargain wine, beer, spirits or tobacco then stay on our coach as we head into Belgium for a stop in Adinkerke and its famous beer, wine and tobacco warehouses. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face! We will be staying at the Britannia Grand Burstin hotel where you can enjoy live cabaret and a 2-4-1 bar nightly! Priced at an incredible £99pp!

5.) Weymouth Half Price Bar & Winter Warmer

Boasting a bustling harbour, beautiful sandy beach, superb seafood & friendly seaside atmosphere, Weymouth is the perfect place to warm your winter cockles. Enjoy 3 nights half price bar and great nightly entertainment on this tour! Discover the Nothe Fort or take a trip to the Sea Life Centre, there's plenty to keep you amused in this lively destination. We'll be travelling on the 28th of January for 5 days and staying at the Russel Hotel. Included excursions to Blandford Forum & Poole as well as Dorchester & West Bay! Just £149pp!

6.) Isle of Wight including Around the Island Tour

A firm favourite with our regular Leisuretimers, the magnificent Isle of Wight is a British classic with many hidden gems to discover and enjoy! Attractions are in plentiful supply on the island, with something to suit everyone. Get a taste of the Isle of Wight’s history and culture by visiting one of the Museums or historic sites. We will be doing an 'Around the Island Tour' during our stay, so there will be plenty of opportunity for sight-seeing, photographs, fine dining and a few glasses of wine or beer as we go! Staying at the Wight Bay Hotel where they pride themselves on providing guests with everything they need to enjoy a fantastic stay. Priced at just £149pp!

7.) Paris - France vs Wales - Rugby 2019

If you are a rugby fanatic and have a ticket to the France vs. Wales match on 1st February, this trip to Paris is ideal for you. We'll be travelling the day before on 31st January to Ibis Paris la Villette Cite des Sci Hotel where we'll be staying. There is also free transport to and from the stadium for match goers, and don't worry if you don't have a ticket because you can watch the match in the comfort of the hotel bar in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. This trip is also ideal for those wanting to spend some free time in Paris - the world's most romantic city which is brimming with museums, art galleries, famous landmarks and world-class restaurants! Only £149pp!

8.) London & Theatre, Windsor & Henley Weekend

Theatre lovers will adore this trip to London which includes a ticket to a mystery West End show and excursions to Windsor and Henley-on-Thames! No matter what your interest, this buzzing metropolis will have something to fascinate and enchant you. From street markets to historic monuments, incredible museums & galleries through to dance, cinema and theatre London never disappoints. We are travelling on the 1st of February for 3 days, staying at the Thistle Heathrow. Priced at £169pp!

9.) Bristol Zoo, Aquarium & The Harbourside

Ideal for family travellers and animal lovers alike, our Bristol Zoo and Aquarium trip is packed full of fun and entertainment in the South West's number 1 city. This is a super little overnight break that will definitely make you smile at just £99 per person! Entry to the zoo and aquarium are included in the price as is your stay at a Leisuretime Selected Hotel. Travelling on the 2nd of February, there's also an opportunity to discover the delights of Bristol's harbourside!

10.) Mystery Superdeals

For the more adventurous amongst you who don't mind where you travel to and love a bargain, we have a number of Mystery Tours travelling throughout January and February. Whilst you won’t know exactly where you are going until a few days before you travel, you will know that you are getting incredible value for money, will be staying in a good standard hotel with daily breakfast and dinner included and who knows what else!? If you’re travelling with us on one of our 4 or 5 day Mystery Breaks, you’ll also be guaranteed at least one great excursion thrown in too!

So there's ten reasons to smile and a fantastic range of great deals and offers from your favourite coach travel company. We hope to see you on board soon and look forward to bringing a huge smile to your face!


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New Peaky Blinders Tours for 2019

November 01, 2018 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

Hey Leisuretimers! We've got an exciting new tour for 2019! Follow us into the underworld of the British urban youth gangs of the 1920s on our brand new Peaky Blinders Themed Tours.



We will visit the Black Country Museum - a fascinating day out that is a unique and memorable experience. Reflecting the lives of the people in the show and all who lived in those times, the twenty-six-acre area has a village and charismatic residents to chat with, trams to ride, games to play, things being made and stories to hear. A truly immersive experience.




The TV series is set in Birmingham but our tour also travels to the North West where some of the scenes were filmed. We visit the picturesque and unique village of Port Sunlight on the Wirral which was built by William Hesketh Lever as an idyllic model village for his “Sunlight Soap” workers. This is perhaps the best-kept secret in the region and with its distinctive styles created by 26 different architects to design the houses, it is truly a hidden gem! There is even a Beatles link here as it was the very first place that Ringo Star played with the Beatles in 1962. It is also the town where Hitler wanted his base in the U.K. if the Nazis had invaded and conquered Great Britain. The whole place is steeped in history and interesting stories. Your fun tour guide will bring the whole village to life and you will have free time to visit the Lady Lever Art Gallery and buy some refreshments and souvenirs.



There's also Arley Hall & Gardens, one of the most interesting and attractive stately homes in Great Britain. The elaborate ceilings & oak panelling, impressive fireplaces, intricate stained glass and beautiful contents are features which make Arley Hall so special, and a fantastic filming location that has been used in hundreds of productions including Coronation Street, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Forsythe Saga and most recently Peaky Blinders of course.



This three-day tour is travelling on 12th April, 24th May, 26th July and 20th September. We will be staying at the lovely Mercure Haydock Hotel situated between Liverpool and Manchester. Prices start at £189pp. Book your seat today and travel with Leisuretime on this amazing Peaky Blinders themed adventure!

Here's an interesting short video about the real-life Peaky Blinders!


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Win a Mystery Break for Two

October 22, 2018 / 2 Comments / in / by Leisuretime
Would you love to go on a Mystery Weekend Break for two with a person of your choice!? Well here's your chance, Leisuretimers!
We are running a little competition to win a Leisuretime trip and all you have to do is go to our Facebook page 'here' (link) and LIKE and SHARE our Mystery Weekend Break For Two video and TAG a friend you would take with you in the comments! If that friend likes our page they will ALSO be entered into the draw.  
The winner will be announced at 5pm on Friday 9th November!
Terms and conditions can be found here:
To give you some idea of where our Mystery Weekend Break might travel to, we've got a short run down here...
Cotswolds Leisure at the Royal Court
Discover the appeal and timeless beauty of Stratford upon Avon and the idyllic Cotswolds on one of our beautiful Cotswold breaks! This Famous region is famous for its traditional beauty and historic architecture. A sheer delight!
Marvellous Morecambe
This wonderful trip explores some of the most iconic areas of the Lake District. There are loads of things to do for all the family in Morecambe and the Headway Hotel also offers a 'Round for a Pound'!
Cosy Break In Bideford
An attractive town on the River Torridge, Bideford is our base for this Winter Cosy Break which includes excursions to the lovely local area and a whole load of fun and entertainment in the hotel.
Torquay Midweek With 99p Bar & Cream Tea
Torquay has something for everyone, all year round! Pamper yourself at the hotel's leisure facilities, enjoy the food, be entertained and head out and about on our excursions to Brixham, Buckfast Abbey, Teignmouth and Newton Abbot Market.
Luxury Bath & Bristol
Fall in love with Bath - a unique, feel-good city combining a vibrant contemporary culture with a rich history and heritage. Bath's stunning honey-coloured Georgian architecture is straight from a Jane Austen novel. Also visit Bristol - the city of bridges, balloons, boats, bikes, Brunel and Banksy!
Isle Of Wight, The Needles & Ventnor Botanical Gardens
Enjoy the Diamond Isle with a trip to the iconic Needles & a visit to Britain's Hottest Garden! This classic British holiday destination is great for all ages, has tons of sights to see and will definitely leave you feeling refreshed and ready to go back again and again!

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Disneyland is waiting....

October 12, 2018 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

Do you remember the first time you saw a Disney movie? Maybe it was Snow White or Bambi? Perhaps it was Toy Story or even Mary Poppins! The films that entertained us and the memorable cast of colourful characters are part of our lives. They represent the joy we feel when we laughed together as children and sad tears we all cried when Bambi's mam got shot! Whatever age you are, Disney has some special place in your life, whether you remember the early animated films of the 1930s or you're are a fan of all things a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away - Disneyland is waiting for you to explore and enjoy!



Disneyland Paris is the European home of this fabulous franchise of characters and stories! There are two parks to discover and fun for all ages with thrills, adventure and childhood dreams fulfilled! Stay at the exciting Disney Santa Fe Hotel which is approximately a 20-minute walk from the Disney Parks or a few minutes by free shuttle.



The Disneyland Park is incredible and everything you imagine when you close your eyes and think of Mickey Mouse and friends! There are 5 themed lands within the park, each with its own rides and attractions to discover. Join the fun parades in New Orleans Square or take a walk down Main Street to see the Castle or visit Tomorrowland where you can help Buzz Lightyear to save the toys from the evil Zurg! There's so much to see and do and the memories you make will be treasured for a long time to come!



There's also Walt Disney Studios Park. Here you can see the Cars stunt show and watch CinéMagique where your favourite Disney friends come to life before your very eyes. There's also Playhouse Disney Live on Stage for the little ones to enjoy and the bigger kids might take a white-knuckle ride on The Rock n' Roller Coaster!



Both parks have plenty of rides and attractions whether it's for the whole family, younger children or adults! Some of us have been watching Disney films all of our lives and are we're just big kids at heart, who still dream of dancing with Goofy in Toontown or taking a ride with Indiana Jones on the Temple of Peril ride!



We are currently running a very special sale across three Disneyland Paris holidays! You can save £100 per room when you book one of these fantastic trips!



6th November - Disneyland Paris - Magical Fireworks - was £899 now only £799*

Everyone in the family will want to watch this amazing extravaganza. Watch in wonder as the night sky above Lake Disney lights up in an eye-popping explosion of fireworks, special effects and music.



4th December - Disneyland Paris - Enchanted Christmas - was £1119 now only £1019*

Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere and enjoy a range of special events that are sure to get you into the Christmas spirit. Join the Christmas Parade and celebrate the season with your favourite characters.



27th December - Disneyland Paris - Enchanted Christmas - was £1536 now only £1436*

Disney's Christmas Parade is an unforgettable experience for the whole family to enjoy, featuring all your favourite Disney characters dressed in their festive best, making their way down the streets of Disneyland Park on Christmas-themed floats. What could be a better present for your family this Christmas!?

All prices based on 2 Adults and 2 Children. Includes 2-day hopper park tickets and travel to and from Disneyland Paris.

You can book you and your family on one of these amazing Disneyland Paris holidays by calling 029 2090 1010 to speak to one of our team!



Make your winter one to remember, treat the kids and take them on a holiday that you will always cherish! Treat yourself and relive your childhood dreams by visiting this special and incredible destination!

* Based on a 2 adult, 2 children booking

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Four New Fantastic Tours

October 05, 2018 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

Hey Leisuretimers! As we head into the last months of 2018 we are putting together our new range of holidays for next year!

As well as all the classic Leisuretime destinations we're constantly looking for fresh and exciting tours to offer you. Here's a look at four completely new Leisuretime destinations that are available to book now for 2019!


Scotland with Ceilidh Band

Travel with us to beautiful Scotland and get into the party spirit with a live Ceilidh band! Gaelic dancing and a few wee drams will see you enjoying yourself 'north of the border style'.
This tour is staying at the Selborne Hotel in Dunoon which enjoys views across the West Bay of the Clyde. There's a free drink every night and a warm Celtic welcome on this exciting new tour! This trip will be travelling on 25th March, 8th & 22nd April. A perfect spring break!



London & Theatre, Windsor & Henley Weekend

Fancy a trip to a West End theatre in glamorous London? How about a visit to Henley-on-Thames and Windsor? This fantastic trip is great value at ONLY £159pp! Take in the sights and attractions of 'The Big Smoke' and visit its famous neighbouring towns to enjoy the regal grandeur and history. This tour is staying at the Thistle Heathrow and is adults over 16 only. We'll be travelling throughout January and February, click here for details.



Luxury Bath & Bristol

This brilliant tour is staying at Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel & Spa, which is located just 10 minutes from Bristol city centre and has an indoor swimming pool, fitness suite and spa! You'll be in the lap of luxury in the beautiful town of Bath with its Georgian architecture and rich cultural heritage. Likewise, neighbouring Bristol is a city of history and superb sightseeing opportunities! Book yourself in for 26th January, 9th March or 27th April. From just £99pp - amazing value!!



The Tamar, Tavistock & Tudor Life at Cotehele

If you're in the mood for a Devon cream tea, this tour to the 'West Country' is for you! Staying at the Marquis Hotel in Torquay, you'll be able to explore an alternative Devon. Including Cotehele, a wonderfully preserved Tudor house filled with stories and legends and there's a chance to grab that cream tea at Buckfastleigh Abbey! There's also an excursion to Tavistock with a range of beautiful local independent shops which are a far cry from today's typical high street. This tour is for 5 days at £179pp



With more tours being added to our books we can't wait to travel with you to these new and exciting places! Book online or call 029 2090 1010 to reserve your place on one of these new tours for 2019.


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10 reasons to go away for Christmas

September 25, 2018 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

Hey Leisuretimers, Christmas is creeping up quickly and it will soon be the season of goodwill and festive cheer!


Here are our 10 reasons to go away for Christmas...


1.) Spending Time With Loved Ones

With all the busy schedules and time taken up with work, Christmas is the perfect time to get away from it all and get the whole clan together for a special festive celebration. Taking time out to get away creates a great opportunity for spending quality time together.



2.) Alternative Traditions.

It's sometimes nice to see how other areas do things for Christmas. Travelling to a different region can give you a unique perspective on the different traditions practised by the locals.


3.) Escape the Hype

Christmas brings a lot of hype with it. For some people, it can be too much and the chance to get away from it all and enjoy a quiet family-orientated yuletide holiday can be just the ticket!


4.) Relax and Unwind

The Christmas period can be a lot of hard work. Taking a holiday can give you a chance to unwind and relax and let someone else do all the cooking and wash up the dishes!


5.) Keep the Children Occupied

School holidays can get boring very quickly for the little ones. Taking the family on a trip can provide lots of fun attractions and things to do to keep the kids occupied while you sit back and enjoy the watching them have the time of their lives!


6.) Use Your Holiday Days

If you've saved up lots of holiday time at your job, what better time to use some up and take a festive vacation. No one likes working at Christmas!


7.) Romantic Christmas

Christmas can be a very romantic time of year. Whether you're young or old, it can be the perfect opportunity to get away with the one you love and create some special festive memories together.


8.) Group Holidays Are Awesome

Why not travel in a group and have an unforgettable group trip to somewhere none of you have been before. Spending time with close friends and loved ones is what Christmas is all about. Enjoy each other's company in a fun destination and let the good times roll!


9.) New Family Traditions

Bored of the same old thing every year? Why not inject a little excitement into your family Christmas and travel together to somewhere away from home. You can have a fantastic trip together that will re-ignite your passion for Christmas and create a whole new family tradition for Christmas holidays to come.


10.) Don't Spend Christmas Alone

There's nothing worse than being alone at Christmas. Our fun-packed Festive Breaks are ideal for getting away and meeting new friends and companions. Don't spend your Christmas on your own, come away with Leisuretime and you're guaranteed to have a great time spent with lots of other friendly faces!


Check out some of our great value festive tours on our website here.


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Our 7 Favourite Christmas Markets

September 18, 2018 / 0 Comments / in / by Leisuretime

Hey there, Leisuretimers! As the nights start to draw in and the Autumn begins, so does the countdown to Christmas!

So we thought we'd give you our own countdown (in no particular order) to our 7 Favourite Christmas Markets...
1.) Manchester Christmas Market
With over 300 stalls to discover, the choice in Manchester is getting bigger and bigger each year and includes gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes, toys and an array of food and drink. This giant festive bonanza is extremely popular with visitors from all over and caters for absolutely everyone. Unique, artisan and an unforgettable Christmas shopping experience!
2.) Bruges Christmas Market
The cosy yuletide atmosphere at the Christmas market in Bruges helps make Bruges Christmas Market one of the most vibrant markets in all of Belgium. It's picturesque town square location also features an ice rink for the bravest of Christmas shoppers to try. Do not attempt this after one too many mulled wines!
3.) Bristol Christmas Market
Bristol's Christmas Market is located in the area of Broadmead in Bristol Shopping Quarter and is perfect for taking care of all the families Christmas gift ideas. Shopping, festive markets, and enchanting attractions combine to make Christmas in Bristol special.
4.) Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre
The unique setting of Ludlow Castle is perfect for a medieval Christmas fayre. Festooned with seasonal greenery and bustling with jesters, you are guaranteed to have fun and enjoy the traditional atmosphere of this medieval setting. From brand new music, theatre and comedy to carol singing, hands-on workshops for all ages and more.
5.) Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market
This is the largest authentic German Christmas Market outside of Germany or Austria, Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market offers a large range of traditional goods and gifts as well as a selection of tempting food and drink! Enjoy live music on Victoria Square, whilst shopping for anything from unique handcrafted decorations to glass baubles, leather-work, toys, jewellery and much more!
6.) Bath Christmas Market
Bath Christmas market is Regularly voted amongst the most popular events in the UK. The 18-day Christmas shopping extravaganza is the biggest Christmas Shopping event in the South West. It consists of more than 170 beautifully decorated wooden chalets in the heart of Bath’s World Heritage Site.
7.) Gloucester Christmas Market
Gloucester Quays Victorian Christmas Market attracts over 250,000 shoppers. There is an also an open-air ice rink which is enjoyed by over 30,000 skaters. It is an unmissable event brimming with even more traditional festive cheer. It features more than 250 stalls and producers selling a wide range of fantastic food and drink.
That's our list and we're running trips to all of these destinations and more! Be sure to see our website for a full range of Christmas Market destinations and dates and make your festive season one to remember with Leisuretime!


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Shirley Goes to Switzerland

September 09, 2018 / 0 Comments / in / by Shirley King
Last month we took a fantastic trip to Switzerland! With its high snow-capped peaks and stunning lake views this holiday was one to remember! 


We visited the Swiss Chocolate Train, Nestlé’s World of Chocolate and Gruyère cheese factory where everyone had a chance to sample the wide variety of delicious chocolates and see how these famous foods were made!
Everywhere we went there were lots of really friendly people welcoming us and giving us a taste of traditional Swiss customs and costumes.
Lake Geneva was a beautiful place to see. There are many statues of world famous icons such as Freddie Mercury and Aretha Franklin...
The lake itself was very picturesque and had boat rides for people to take a mini cruise out over the water.
Our Hotel was very comfortable and welcoming, the food was very tasty and the staff were very friendly and helpful.
There was so much to see and do on this fabulous trip! The sights were stunning, the people were friendly and our own Leisuretimers were fantastic company to share this memorable holiday with. Now I want to go back and do it all again! 
If you're interested in travelling abroad with us, check out our list of continental holidays on our website here.

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Our Ten Favourite English Holiday Destinations

March 20, 2018 / 0 Comments / in / by

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!

March 02, 2018 / 2 Comments / in / by

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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March 02, 2018 / 0 Comments / in / by

Looking for inspiration? We have a range of our brochures online, including our back catalogue. We also have a range of special leaflets and booklets we put together for special occasions and specific tour types. Check out our bookshelf below and select the brochure you would like to open in our online reader. From there you can also download these brochures as a PDF.

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Great ideas for trips this Easter

January 18, 2018 / 0 Comments / in / by

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!

January 10, 2018 / 1 Comments / in / by

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!

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Looking back at 2017 with Leisuretime

December 22, 2017 / 0 Comments / in / by

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

October 02, 2017 / 1 Comments / in / by

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

July 03, 2017 / 1 Comments / in / by

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...

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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.

March 27, 2017 / 0 Comments / in / by

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

February 15, 2017 / 0 Comments / in / by

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

January 10, 2017 / 1 Comments / in / by

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.

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5 top European destinations for solo travellers

December 19, 2016 / 0 Comments / in / by

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

December 07, 2016 / 0 Comments / in / by

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.

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European travel experts to send competition winners to Italy

December 06, 2016 / 0 Comments / in / by

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

November 29, 2016 / 0 Comments / in / by

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!

November 23, 2016 / 0 Comments / in / by

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

November 10, 2016 / 0 Comments / in / by

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

November 10, 2016 / 0 Comments / in / by

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

November 02, 2016 / 0 Comments / in / by

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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Coach travel veterans expand UK and Europe offering

October 27, 2016 / 0 Comments / in / by

Summer holidays may only seem like two minutes ago to jetsetters, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start planning the next getaway.

Leisuretime, one of the UK’s finest providers of European coach holidays and cruises, is pleased to announce it has added a number of new destinations and activities to keep holidaymakers busy to its already comprehensive portfolio of amazing destinations.

George Johnson, Director, said, “We have a long history of providing exceptional coach getaways to our customers, and since our inception over 20 years ago, we have kept adding to our offering bit by bit. However due to increased demand, as well as us looking to offer our customers something new, we have added over 10 new destinations, ideal for holidaymakers looking for a new adventure.”

The new destinations are designed to cater for all ages and interests. Romania is somewhat off the beaten track but provides a real-talking point holiday for those looking to explore the famous Transylvania region, while Poland has grown in popularity over the last couple of years, thanks to its stunning architecture, glorious beaches and buzzing cities, such as the capital, Warsaw and the historic city of Kraków. Other new and exciting destinations include awe-inspiring Austria, breath-taking Belgium and colourful Croatia.

George, adds, “Coach holidays have risen in popularity over the last couple of years with people of all ages booking onto excursions. And we think whether you’re young or old, looking for adventure or ready to sit back and relax, you’ll love our new destinations and be able to create some incredible memories that will last forever.”

Leisuretime is one of the most successful coach specialists in the UK. The Welsh company has grown at an unprecedented rate over the last five years and now boasts 7 shops on the highstreets in south Wales, as well as a popular website detailing all the company’s offering and allowing individuals and groups to book their next getaway.

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Leisuretime Extend Sponsorship Deal with Newport County AFC

October 03, 2016 / 0 Comments / in / by

Local holiday company Leisuretime sign-up to support the Club for another season.

Newport-based travel company, Leisuretime have agreed a sponsorship deal to continue to support the Exiles for the 2016/17 season.

The company offers customers a great range of holidays to suit all tastes and budgets and are dedicated to providing a fabulous choice of destinations.

Leisuretime  will maintain their advertising presence around Rodney Parade with numerous pitchside adverts, big-screen adverts and an advert in the Club's match day programme.

The company will also continue to sponsor the match day tickets.

Leisuretime director, George Johnson, said, "It is good to be in partnership with a local team."

"Our advertising with the Club has helped generated a lot of business and has increased exposure for the company.

"We are proud sponsors of the Club and are pleased to play a part in the exciting future of the team."

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Vote for us in the British Travel Awards 2016

September 26, 2016 / 1 Comments / in / by

Leisuretime has been shortlisted in several categories at the prestigious 2016 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...

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Who are there best holiday companies for specific types of holiday? > Best Coach Holiday Company
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Thank you for your support! The British Travel Awards take place in London on Wed 23rd November 2016 - we’ll let you know how we get on!


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Welsh travel experts extend sponsorship of rugby giants

August 19, 2016 / 27 Comments / in / by

After Wales’ success in the European Football Tournament, the country is set to be gripped by their first sport as the Welsh Rugby season kicks off in September. And one company who can’t wait for the new season is holiday experts, Leisuretime.

The leading provider of premier coach trips to the UK, Europe beyond, has extended its sponsorship of Merthyr RFC, one of the biggest clubs in Wales, and will be the title sponsor for the upcoming season, after previously partnering with the club over the last two years. Further cementing their long-standing relationship with the sporting team, the company is set to adorn the team’s shirts and work with them throughout the coming year.

George Johnson, Director, said, “We are ecstatic to be extending our partnership with the team for the second year running. Rugby really is part of daily life for many here in Wales, and as one of the most successful businesses in south Wales, we are committed to giving back and supporting the community in South Wales and beyond.”

Owned by Welsh businessman and property developer, Sir Stanley Thomas, Merthyr RFC had an incredible season last year. Finishing top of the WRU Championship, the team is now set to play in the Principality Premiership for the coming season. In order to get ready for their premier challenge, the team has lead the way and had a 4g pitch installed at their home, The Wern Sports Park. One of the first Welsh Rugby clubs to take the leap towards an artificial field, the players are ready and raring to go and tackle some of the finest teams in the world, including Newport, Cardiff and Ebbw Vale, and set to be thrust onto one of the biggest stages in rugby.

Chanelle Murphy, Holiday Sales Consultant said “Our Coach Holiday Shop is located close to the Merthyr RFC ground in Merthyr town centre, so we can’t wait for the new season to kick off and hear the thousands of fans cheering on their local heroes.”

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Looking back at Wales’ Euro 2016 success

August 16, 2016 / 1 Comments / in / by

The European Football Championships may be a distant memory for some, however for Welsh football fans the memories of our home country’s successes are still ringing clearly.

In their first appearance in a major tournament since 1958, and marking their first ever appearance in the European Championships, the Welsh Dragons roared into the tournament destined for greatness. And they didn’t disappoint. Qualifying top of their Groupahead of rivals, England, the Welsh fans got behind their team the whole way as they out mastered and outclassed some of the best teams in the world.

And as always, the Leisuretime staff were behind the team every step of the way. As one of the region’s most active sports club sponsors, we went international by going above and beyond for the nationalteam.

We transported Welsh fans across the Channel for the Group stage matches, allowing some fans a once in a lifetime trip to see their side play on the world’s stage. We also gave fans an extra incentive, offering them the chance to receive a £50 voucher for every goal Wales scored throughout the competition. This resulted in us giving away an incredible £500 in Leisuretime holiday vouchers.

However one of the biggest projects we undertook caught the attention of national press. We wrapped a Bentley car in a Welsh flag and drove it all the way down to France (after doing a few laps of honour in Cardiff of course), and even managed to get a spot on Sky Sports due to the innovative idea. This proved to be hugely popular with football fans and locals alike, with people scrambling to get ‘selfies’ with the car and spread the word.

Towards the end of the tournament, football fever had well and truly took over Cardiff and the surrounding areas, and we decided to spread it even further by taking the action directly to Swansea City Centre. We sponsored the fan zone for Wales' Euro 2016 semi-final against Portugal. Attracting thousands of football fans, the area became a sea of green and red as they dreamed of seeing their idols head into the Final. Unfortunately it didn’t quite happen for the Dragons, but the fans showed true pride and admiration for their home side clapping and cheering them right to the end.

We would like to offer up our thanks to all the people who made it possible for us to really get behind the team and fly the Welsh flag high. We’d also like to congratulate the team once again for their incredible achievement. Here’s to the World Cup 2018!

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Seven Best places in Italy

July 15, 2016 / 0 Comments / in / by
  • A true treasure trove of historic sites and artwork, as well as lively shops, bars and eateries, Naples is one of the busiest cities in the country. The capital of the Campania region in Southern Italy, the city offers visitors a stunning backdrop to a getaway. Boasting spectacular views and a traditional harbour town feel, nearby sites such as the Bay of Naples and Pompeii are within easy reach, making Naples a fantastic base for those wanting to explore the history of Italy first-hand.
  • Widely regarded as one of the fashion capitals of the world, Milan is awash with designer shops and boutiques. However having been almost destroyed from heavy WWII bombing, Milan tells the tale of a city rising up to become one of the most sought-after destinations in the whole of Europe. Attractinghordes of visitors to its world famous treasures like Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, the Castello Sforzesco, the La Scala Opera House and Duomo di Milano – one of the world’s largest Gothic cathedrals, Milan is much more than Europe’s fashion capital.
  • Known for its truly striking beauty, the Amalfi Coast is situated in Italy’s southwestern region of Campania. Stretching 30 miles along the southern side of the Sorrento Peninsula, the Amalfi Coast is widely admired for its picturesque coastline. With magnificent shimmering bays, agraceful array of beaches, multi-coloured villas and scenic mountains, there’s no wonder the Amalfi Coast is famous the world over.
  • Builton a lagoon surrounded by the Adriatic Sea, Venice is a truly unique and exquisite city. Located in north-eastern Italy, Venice is made up of a group of islands all connected by hundreds of fascinating bridges and picturesque canals. Attracting millions of visitors every year, world famous landmarks such as Saint Mark’s Square and the Grand Canal never fail to disappoint. And of course, a ride on a gondola is a must for visitors.
  • As Italy’s most famous region, Tuscany is one of the greenest parts of the country. Long rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves and cypress trees have put the region firmly on the map. Exploring Florence’s renaissance art, sipping wine in Chianti and visiting one of the most famous landmarks in the world in Pisa, are must dos for those looking to immerse themselves in Italian heritage.
  • Once the capital of the Roman Empire, Rome is now the capital city of Italy. Located in the country’s central region of Lazio, Rome is best known for housing ancient Roman structures and the Vatican City.Full of ancient exquisite cathedrals, Renaissance architecture and romantic plazas, Rome is a true jewel in Italy’s crown.
  • Located in the toe of Italy’s boot, Calabriais a true paradise.Boasting a warm climate, beautiful azure sea and mix of rocky coasts and sandy beaches, the area is true Italian luxury.Ideal for those who love nature, the region’svast green areas, blue lakes and tropical waterfalls are just waiting to be explored.

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The EU Referendum – Lead or Flee?

June 16, 2016 / 0 Comments / in / by Sean Taggart

As the owner of a number of small tourism businesses employing around 150 people and a non-executive director of a number of other organisations including a large charity, I am directly or indirectly responsible for the jobs and livelihood of well over 500 people.

In all of these roles I have to constantly exercise judgement to avoid unnecessary or unquantifiable risks or challenges and this has led me to seriously consider where the Referendum on June the 23rd sits on that scale of risks and challenges and the probable impact of a vote to leave.

Beyond the certainty of recognising that this vote will shape the future of my businesses, quite apart from the United Kingdom for decades to come, the truth is that nobody knows what the actual consequences of a vote to leave the EU will be. This is because no country has ever done it before (except for Greenland in 1982 but they are part of Denmark, only have 50,000 inhabitants with the main issue at stake being fishing).

Having researched extensively, my personal judgement is that Brexit will be neither easy nor quick and from a business and economic perspective, I am now convinced that probability is stacked against a good outcome for Britain if we leave.

There is no reason for Brussels to give the UK an easy ride. If they cut us a deal that is in any way more favourable than the terms available to countries like Switzerland, Norway and more recently Canada, then that could trigger a flood of requests from other countries to fundamentally re-negotiate their position within the EU and Brussels cannot let that happen, no matter how much we might dislike it.

And the deals offered to Switzerland, Norway and Canada essentially oblige those countries, in exchange for access to the European Single Market, to accept the vast majority of the EU’s rules and regulations, pay a sizeable contribution to the EU budget and accept the EU’s policy on free movement of people, goods and services. In essence, they have EU membership but without a seat at the table or direct influence over how the EU operates…and the Canadian deal has taken 7 years to negotiate! I simply cannot see how this would be a better position for UK PLC. We might not always persuade others to our way of thinking but at least we always get the opportunity to do so. If we left, we would have to pay but have no say.

In addition, should we vote to leave, then the only legal mechanism available for us do so is to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which is set up to actively discourage departures and leaves any departing nation in a very weak negotiating position. Whilst we can argue that big countries which trade heavily with us such as Germany or France will be keen to secure a reasonable deal, smaller nations such as Romania or Slovenia, who would also have to agree to any deal but do little trade with us, might not be so keen - and it would be a huge leap of faith for us to assume otherwise.

Fans of Brexit argue that other means of departure could be found but that would also require agreement from all 27 member states. Currently Article 50 is the only show in town and I cannot find any credible evidence that a legal alternative could easily be found and backed by every other EU member state. Why would they?

So it looks like any vote to leave will have to be followed through from a weak negotiating position and could take many years to agree. That kind of uncertainty will not be good for any of the organisations that I am involved in and simply cannot be in the best interests of the UK.

But the most immediate and direct impact is likely to be in a rapid and steep devaluation in Sterling against other major currencies, which will leave my businesses with little choice but to put our holiday prices up….and who knows what effect that will have on our customers, my businesses and the fantastic people who work in them.

It is always easy to paint the grass to be greener on the other side and there is no argument that the EU needs major reform, but I now believe that the most patriotic choice is to remain at the table and use our significant influence and unique position to lead and drive the reform that the EU so badly needs. With the UK outside the EU, both will probably be poorer and so will their citizens.

The EU isn’t perfect, no relationship is. But we are a great and proud nation and we should lead from the heart of Europe, not flee to the fringes.

By Sean Taggart
Chairman of The Albatross Group

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Hidden Wonders of the UK

June 07, 2016 / 0 Comments / in / by

Although travelling abroad is at the top of most people’s summer wish lists, the UK is home to some truly spectacular sites.

Loch Awe

Loch Ness might be the most famous Loch in Scotland, however Loch Awe is a spectacular and somewhat hidden gem. Measuring almost 15½ sq miles, it is Scotland’s third-largest freshwater loch, and provides visitors with a stunning vision of rural escapism.

Gaping Gill

Not one for those afraid of enclosed spaces or the dark, the 300,000 million year old rock hides a large space that is home to a 350 ft-high waterfall and a 42 mile cave. Located in the Yorkshire Dales, the cave is the result of years of water running through from the close-by Fell Beck.

Giant’s Causeway

Situated in County Antrim in the northernmost part of Ireland, lies Giant’s Causeway. Made up of around 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, it gets its name from legends stating that the columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant. However the World Heritage Site is actually the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.

Cape Cornwall

The only cape in England, Cape Cornwall boasts some of the most breath-taking views in the whole country. The headland where the English Channel and St Georges Channel meet, the surrounding Cornish countryside and the unpredictable waves hitting the rocks below are a symbol of Cornwall.

The Dark Hedges

Featured in the second season on Game of Thrones, this natural wonder in Northern Ireland was planted in the 18th century by the Strait family. Thetwisted branches on either side of the road have become loosely intertwined in the middle, creating a picturesque tunnel that lets light flow through, creating a truly romantic atmosphere.

Horsey Beach

Almost deserted thanks to poor access routes for cars, Horsey Beach featuresunspoilt rolling dunes of beautiful sand. Located in Norfolk, this exposed beach is one of the best beaches in the UK.

Calf of Man

Awash with rich wildlife that extends into the sea, the 618-acre open space is off the south-west tip of the Isle of Man. Attracting around 33 species of birds every year, as well as seals, basking sharks and dolphins, Calf of Man is a stunning, calming paradise.

Pistyll Rhaeadr

No secret to book lovers, PistyllRhaeadr’s remarkable waterfall was featured in Author George Borrow’sbook, Wild Wales. And at 73 metres tall, the waterfall is one of the seven wonders of Wales. Situated near Llanrhaeadr, in the heart of the Berwyn Mountains, the waterfall is an impressive natural marvel that never fails to leave visitors in wonder.



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London VS Paris – Which is the best Holiday?

May 06, 2016 / 0 Comments / in / by

City breaks are a great way to spend a long weekend or more, but where should you choose to go?

Both London and Paris are popular destinations, with each capital city holding the key to a vast amount of French and English cultural heritage and entertainment on their doorsteps. Here we round up what each city has to offer, so you can choose the perfect place to get away to.

Historic Attractions

Both cities are not short of beautiful, historic attractions to see. London has Big Ben, St Pauls Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey to name but a few. As distinguishable as Big Ben is to London, Paris has the Eiffel Tower as well as the Notre Dame and the Sacre Coeur. All make for plenty of things to see and do from a cultural and historic perspective.

Museums and Galleries

It would be impossible to talk about Paris and not mention The Louvre. This famous, pyramid shaped glass building houses some of the most exotic treasures from around the world including Egyptian mummies, classical sculpture and baroque paintings of the early 19th century. London however has many options including The V&A, The Natural History Museum, The Tate and The Science Museum, all with free entry. If you love getting lost in a museum, you really are spoilt for choice.

Fun Days

Children (and adults) can experience some magic on a trip to DisneyLand Paris, with a wonderland on offer that is unique to the French Capital. London also has some smaller scale experiences with the London Zoo, the London Eye and Madame Tussauds offering up a whole host of fun to be had.


Perhaps where the two cities differ the most is in the dining on offer. London is home to a wide variety of experiences, ranging from down to earth traditional Fish and Chip shops to luxurious meals with breath-taking views at modern buildings such as The Aqua Shard. Alternatively, Paris offers a bohemian experience with a thriving, quirky cafe culture.

With both cities providing great getaways, the choice between London and Paris is difficult. We hope we have helped with this rundown of the highlights from each, to help you chose which one is best for you. Let us know in the comments below where you will be going next, and why you will be going to Paris or London!

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9 Reasons to Love Cruise Holidays

April 14, 2016 / 0 Comments / in / by

When choosing an exotic escape for the year, it is important to choose the right one for you and your hard earned savings. Those who haven’t yet considered booking a cruise for such a getaway often note worries of feeling claustrophobic or seasick as reasons for not doing so. Consider the value for money, streamlined process, unlimited access to incredible destinations and the huge variety of activities on offer however, and it is easy to see how those worries can quickly be banished with the lure of a holiday of a lifetime.

There are many reasons why cruises are a great option for many different holiday preferences and requirements, and we have listed just 9 below:

  1. Great Value for Money – When buying a cruise, the fare you pay covers almost every spend that needs to be considered when booking a holiday. From the transport and accommodation to food, drink and entertainment – this will all be included in your cruise package, so there will be no surprise costs to pay whilst enjoying your break. Savings tools such as the Leisuretime Travel Fund can also help you manage the budget, bringing a once in a lifetime trip that bit closer.
  2. Easy to Plan – Holidays can be overwhelming with the amount of planning and preparation that is needed. When booking a cruise you choose your ship, itinerary and cabin in advance, so once you are on board you can sit back, relax and enjoy yourself stress free.
  3. Many Countries, Little Stress – Once you are on board the ship, you only need to go through all travel logistics such as packing andschedule watching once. After that, you can enjoy the luxury of waking up each day in a new country with new sights to see and no hassle at all!
  4. Exotic Destinations with Ease–It can be daunting to travel to unexplored places with language and cultural barriers. Cruise ships have on-board, knowledgeable guides who can help you dare to discover your new favourite destinations. All of the paperwork is taken care of and the most beautiful points of each new country served up by experts so you don’t even need to narrow down which highlights to hit on your trip.
  5. Quick-fire Culture –Children with short attention spans can often seem disinterested in learning what there is to know about local history or landmarks. Cruises allow you to see the highlights of each place in easy to swallow chunks, capturing the imagination of even the most distracted explorer!
  6. Never be Bored – On a cruise, the travel is as much the occasion as is each destination. The ships used are built to the highest degree with huge varieties of leisure, chill out, nightlife, eating and drinking facilities on board. You can either visit your favourite haunts time and time again or discover new places each day, as you sail from island to island on an incredible floating city. Expect everything from comedy shows and Broadway style theatre to rock climbing and ice skating.
  7. Please the Whole Party - Sometimes, when planning a family holiday, it can be hard to choose a place or resort that everyone from children to grandparents are happy with. With so much to do on board a cruise ship there is plenty on offer to please each member of the party, so each leave with a unique experience, yet having had a great holiday together.
  8. Travel with New Friends – If you love to meet new people, cruising allows you to sail the seas with shipmates from far and wide, across the globe. There are plenty of opportunities to meet others by the bar, by the pool or enjoying any number of the fun activities on board.
  9. …Or Spend Quality Time with Those you Care about Most – With the glamorous restaurants, fine wines, moonlit skies and a sea of new discoveries, it is easy to see why cruises are considered a perfect choice for a romantic getaway with a partner.

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London vs. Paris – Which is the best Holiday?

April 14, 2016 / 0 Comments / in / by

City breaks are a great way to spend a long weekend or more, but where should you choose to go?
Both London and Paris are popular destinations, with each capital city holding the key to a vast amount of French and English cultural heritage and entertainment on their doorsteps. Here we round up what each city has to offer, so you can choose the perfect place to get away to.

Historic Attractions
Both cities are not short of beautiful, historic attractions to see. London has Big Ben, St Pauls Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey to name but a few. As distinguishable as Big Ben is to London, Paris has the Eiffel Tower as well as the Notre Dame and the Sacre Coeur. All make for plenty of things to see and do from a cultural and historic perspective.

Museums and Galleries
It would be impossible to talk about Paris and not mention The Louvre. This famous, pyramid shaped glass building houses some of the most exotic treasures from around the world including Egyptian mummies, classical sculpture and baroque paintings of the early 19th century. London however has many options including The V&A, The Natural History Museum, The Tate and The Science Museum, all with free entry. If you love getting lost in a museum, you really are spoilt for choice.

Fun Days
Children (and adults) can experience some magic on a trip to DisneyLand Paris, with a wonderland on offer that is unique to the French Capital. London also has some smaller scale experiences with the London Zoo, the London Eye and Madame Tussauds offering up a whole host of fun to be had.

Perhaps where the two cities differ the most is in the dining on offer. London is home to a wide variety of experiences, ranging from down to earth traditional Fish and Chip shops to luxurious meals with breath-taking views at modern buildings such as The Aqua Shard. Alternatively, Paris offers a bohemian experience with a thriving, quirky cafe culture.

With both cities providing great getaways, the choice between London and Paris is difficult. We hope we have helped with this rundown of the highlights from each, to help you chose which one is best for you. Let us know in the comments

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Leisuretime puts pedal to the metal

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We’ve had a fantastic 12 months here at Leisuretime, continuing to build on successes and go from strength to strength. We place high value on supporting charities and those most in need, and as a successful business, believe that we have a responsibility to give back to the community. As a result we have partnered with local children’s hospice Ty Hafan to help raise money through a range of activities.

As our 2016 nominated charity of choice, we endeavour to support the charity throughout the year, helping to raise funds in order to help the hospice continue its vitalwork for life-limited children and their families. We have set a target of raising £10,000 this year, but of course hope to raise even more.

One of the ways we plan on raising money is by putting our legs where our mouths are. Our staff are cycling the 445 milesbetween Cardiff and Paris on exercise bikes at each of our locations in Wales. With help from our friends at Pure Gym we’re undertaking the challenge outside our shopsin a bid to raise as much money as possible, as well as highlight the important work done by the Ty Hafan staff.

One of the UK’s leading paediatric palliative care charities, Ty Hafan offers essential care to children throughout Wales, while also supporting their families. Solely reliant on donations, the hospice needs to raise £3.7 million per year in order to provide its free services, so we hope that our target will go towards helping even more families.

As well as sweating it out, we’ve also donated trips to Disneyland Paris, Christmas Markets and theme parks to Ty Hafan, allowing them to take the children on fantastic trips throughout the UK and Europe. It’s not the first time we’ve done our bit for charity, we’ve also supported a number of other organisations over the years, providing prizes for charity auctions and fund raising on behalf of Journey's, Poppy Appeal, Children in Need and Cancer Research UK.

So if you’re passing and you see us huffing and puffing, please stop and show your support. And if you can spare a bit of change to chuck our way, that would be even better!

If you’d like to donate to this fantastic cause, visit our JustGiving page: Or to find out more about Ty Hafan and the incredible work they do, visit their website:

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We've been nominated!!!!!

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We are excited to announce that we have been nominated for the Best Brochure and Best Travel Innovation at the National Coach Tourism Awards 2016 by the Coach Tourism Council.

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We've been nominated!!!!!

February 17, 2016 / 0 Comments / in / by

We are excited to announce that we have been nominated for the Best Brochure and Best Travel Innovation at the National Coach Tourism Awards 2016 by the Coach Tourism Council.

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Best Destinations to Visit in 2016

February 16, 2016 / 2 Comments / in / by

We all love to travel the world and explore new destinations, but sometimes we need a little inspiration of where we want to go next. So why not broaden your horizons and visit some specials gems of the world. We’ve put together our top 10 destinations to visit in 2016.


Where else but the most popular destination for Brits for over 20 years. With its hot climate and diverse landscapes, it is obvious why Spain is loved by so many. Explore the party spirit (or fiesta feelings) and its fine food and drink, sitting on one of the many sunny beaches is a delight for all.


Perhaps you fancy somewhere less obvious. Then maybe a trip to Holland can stir the artist inside you. Home to some of the world’s greatest masterpieces, groundbreaking designs and architecture and some of the finest nightlife in all of Europe, Holland provides something a little different for seasoned travellers.


If you are a lover of ‘man-food’ and ales then the best place to be is Germany. With plenty of fine gastro delights for you to taste you may come back a few pounds heavier. Deutschland is also home to some of the most fascinating history and architecture, that has shaped the world we know today.


The home of Vienna, but that means nothing to me! Austria is the home of beautiful landscapes and stunning architecture, a complete contrast from location to location. If you love variety and culture, then why not visit somewhere totally different and explore the characterful regions of Austria.


Smack bang in the middle of Western Europe is a country with a fascinating and complicated history which has left plenty to discover in this fascinating region. From castles and medieval architecture to revolutionary art and hip cafes there is a bit of everything, including the wide range of food and three official languages!



If you fancy a short trip across the channel to discover passion and romance, then France is just the ticket. With Paris being the capital of love, it is a city packed with art and culture. Of course, the Riviera is a top destination to see the stars and there is nothing quite like visiting the rural regions and tasting the best wine in the world!


If you are a lover of chocolate then Switzerland is THE place to go! Switzerland is a fascinating country, in the heart of Europe but not in the union. It ranks as one of the greatest countries to live on Earth, particularly in 'Quality of Life'. Why not take a visit and find out why!



If you love the Mediterranean, then why not try Croatia. With its beautiful coastlines on the Adriatic coast, the country has unique weather conditions that allow a diverse biology. Discover over 50,000 species of creatures in wetlands, grasslands, bogs, coasts, forests, caves and pits.



If you fancy somewhere a little closer to home, perhaps a trip to Jersey is in order. With its beautiful beaches this little island situated between the UK and France is full of beauty and nature, which is the perfect break for all the family.


My favourite country in the world, and for many others too! Full of art, culture, beauty, fine wine, and gorgeous food, there is perhaps nowhere finer on this great earth. The birthplace of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance, Italy has more Unesco World Heritage cultural sites than any other country on Earth. Well worth a visit, at least once in your lifetime!

We hope that provided some inspiration for your next trip. Let us know your favourite destinations to visit in the comments or on social media!

Words by David Roberts

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Birmingham Xmas Market

December 14, 2015 / 1 Comments / in / by holly

As you may have seen, last week we were featured in a segment on the Lorraine show discussing Christmas markets and coach day trips and what fun they can be!

We were joined by the crew a few weeks back on our ever popular Birmingham Xmas market day trip where the crew joined our packed coach and a few members of our staff for a trip into festivity in the middle of Brum.

It was a fun and interesting experience to be filmed but all the passengers were in good spirits and enjoyed the trip. And as always, the market itself was full of festive cheer!

You can check out a clip from the show below:


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12th Day of Christmas - Free Bottle of Sherry!!!

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For the 12th day of Christmas we have a great deal to finish things up -  Book any holiday of 3 days or more and get a FREE bottle of Sherry to celebrate this Christmas with!!!

Just make sure to put a note on your booking quoting 12th day of Christmas and we shall sort out the rest!!!!

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11th Day of Christmas - £2 Bar Valentines Weekend!!!

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For the 11th day of Christmas we have a great deal on a £2 Bar Valentines Weekend in the Costwolds staying at the Brittania Coventry Hotel!!!

Spend 3 days from the 12th February in a loved up retreat for only £79!!!!



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10th Day of Christmas - Butlins Disco Weekend!!!

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9th Day of Christmas - £2 Bar Party weekend

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For the 9th day of Christmas we have a £2 Bar Party weekend in Llladudno for the Ladies!!!

Staying at the Risboro Hotel for 4 days on the 22nd January for only £119!!!!!

Check out this trip here and book online now!!!

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8th Day of Christmas - Bournemouth Bar Break!!!

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For the 8th day of Christmas we have a 99p bar break to Bournemouth staying at Carrington House for 4 days on the 15th January for only £109!!!

Check out this trip here and book online now!!!

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7th Day of Christmas - Free Gondola Ride!!!

November 30, 2015 / 0 Comments / in / by

Book and 2016 Holiday to Lake Garda and recieve a free gondola ride on the excursion to Venice!!!!!

Just make sure to mention the 7th day of Christmas in the notes when booking!!

Check out our Lake Garda trips now - with only £35pp deposit !!!!

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6th Day of Christmas - Jersey Boys!!!

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We have a great deal for you as we reach the half way point of our 12 Days of Christmas offers - for the 6th day we are offering a theatre break to see Jersey Boys in the West End on 10th January for only £129!!!!

A perfect gift for someone this christmas!!!

Click here for more details and to book online now!!!

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5th Day of Christmas - Free Day Trip*!!!!

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If you book any European Holiday of 5 days or more, recieve a free day trip*!!!!

*Valid until 12/12/2015.


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4th Day of Christmas - New Year in Brighton

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We have an amazing deal for the 4th day of Christmas - spend New Year in Brighton at the Grand Hotel for 4 days from the 30th December for only £259!!!!

Check out this great deal here and book online now!!!

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3rd Day of Christmas - Twixmas Entertainment Break

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We have an amazing deal for the 3rd day of Christmas - spend New Year at Mill Rythe on an amazing 4 day entertainment break for only £169 on 27th December!!!!

Check out the deal here and book online now!!

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2nd Day of Christmas - Christmas in Liverpool

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We have an amazing deal for the 2nd day of Christmas - spend Christmas at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool for 5 days on the 23rd December for only £349!!!

Check out the deal here and book online now!!

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12 Days of Christmas is coming!!!

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The 12 Days of Christmas is coming - we will be announcing a new deal everyday for the 12 days of Christmas with some fantastic festive treats and special offers for our customers! Be sure to check back everyday to see what deals we have in store.

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1st Day of Christmas - £10 Xmas Markets

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Today we launch our 12 Days of Christmas - a new deal everyday for 12 days!

Today we announce that all Christmas Market Day Trips until 20th December to Bath, Birmingham, London Winter Wonderland, Salisbury and Winchester are just £10pp!!!!!

Check out the listings here to book online now and get in your last minute shopping!

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1st Day of Christmas - £10 Xmas Markets

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Today we launch our 12 Days of Christmas - a new deal everyday for 12 days!

Today we announce that all Christmas Market Day Trips until 20th December to Bath, Birmingham, London Winter Wonderland, Salisbury and Winchester are just £10pp!!!!!

Check out the listings here to book online now and get in your last minute shopping!

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Christmas Market Day Trips for just £10!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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We have some amazing deals on Christmas Market day trips from 1st-20th December.

Day trips to Bath, Birmingham, London Winter Wonderland, Salisbury and Winchester are now all just £10!!!

Check out the listings here to book online now - get in your last minute shopping!!!!!

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Merthyr goes Frozen

November 19, 2015 / 0 Comments / in / by

Our staff at Coach Holiday Shop in Merthyr Tydfil - Levi and Chanelle - decided to dress up as Anna and Elsa from Frozen for the day.

Great fun was had by the girls and our customers as they took pictures with the children as they gave out sweets and exclusive deals!

We hope to run more events like this going forward so stay tuned to our social media pages for updates!

This was all despite the poor weather - but the girls said 'The cold never bothered me anyway!'


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Llandudno and the Risboro Hotel

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Llandudno as an area is very beautiful in both weathers. The hotel was situated in the centre of town and was literally a 2 minute walk to shops and the sea front.

There were plenty of gift shops and restaurants and also amenities such as outdoor tobogganing and a mountain railway / cable cars.

Although the shops and restaurants did close earlier on a weekend, however the hotel had everything there.

We were greeted by the friendly staff upon arrival and shown to our rooms, then we were shown around the hotel. The hotel boasts a beautiful dining room overlooking the heated indoor swimming pool and easy access to the first of the hotels two bars.

The hotel had plenty of relaxation areas at the front. It also has a fully working lift for disabled guests (and the lazy ones like us).

Downstairs was the ballroom with full dance floor and stage, and also the second bar which was the largest of the two. The bar stocked a very good range of alcohol and with a bar deal was cheap, however the bar price without a bar deal is quite expensive, but good quality alcohol.

The entertainment is by far the biggest draw to the hotel, there were live singers and tribute acts, discos and even a fully themed cabaret sit down dinner night involving the hotel owner as a drag artist. The best way to market this hotel is by its entertainment, nowhere else puts on a show filled with comedy, good music, singing, dancing and crowd interactivity.

The hotel has plenty of rooms including rooms for disability, I was very impressed with the baggage service provided for customers, if struggling to take cases from their rooms downstairs, a service was offered whereby customers leave their cases outside their door and the staff would take them downstairs for them.

Around the area there is a wide array of potential attractions for younger people as well as older, as seen in the leaflets at the front desk.

  • Llandudno Cable Car, the longest cable car in Britain.
  • Go Below, the underground cave adventures in Snowdonia and underground trampolines
  • Zip Wire, Europe’s largest zip wire over the Snowdonia Mountains
  • Longest Toboggans in Wales
  • Go Ape, tree trekking 100ft high

In short the trip was lovely, the only points to work on would be not having too many excursions.

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My Leisuretime trip to Disneyland Paris

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In March, I got the opportunity to go to Disneyland Paris with my girlfriend as a birthday treat to spend some quality time together in the French capital. I had always wanted to go to Disneyland, and so did my girlfriend, and so this was a fantastic opportunity for this once in a lifetime experience.

The Coach journey to Paris was comfortable with plenty of legroom, which I think is probably the most important thing whilst travelling. Travelling to Paris was quiet and peaceful with no problems. When we arrived, the hotel was very comfortable with great themes and decoration for the younger visitors. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful, going above and beyond what is expected.

The accommodation was literally 5 minutes walk from the theme park, so there were no concerns about getting lost, and when we were carrying heavy bags from shopping, or just tired, there was a shuttle bus to get around on.

Disneyland Paris truly is a magical place, with plenty of activities for child and adult alike (and those adults who are just big kids!). There was in fact so much to do, that four days probably wasn’t enough to cover everything. The park includes all of the characters and rides you would expect and is abundantly fun.

In the evenings, we decided to travel to Paris, which is one short train journey away to the centre of the city. From here, we were able to explore the sights and sounds of the romantic city and a very good price. Everything from the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triumph and exploring the many restaurants and shops.

On the weekend we visited, it was St David’s Welsh Weekend in Paris, so we got enjoy a little bit of Wales abroad whilst we were there too, exploring the markets and watching the celebrations.

I would definitely go back to Disneyland Paris in a heartbeat!

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Things to Do in St. Ives

November 10, 2015 / 0 Comments / in / by

Maybe you’ve been lucky enough to have visited St.Ives, maybe you haven’t just yet. The small and pretty seaside town is known as the “jewel of Cornwall’s crown, its jam packed with things to do, beautiful beaches, fine dining and has some excellent day trips nearby. But what do you do first? Here’s a list of our favourite things to do whilst there, so you can make the most of your visit.

1. Porthminster Beach

Boasting almost half a mile of golden sands, Porthminster beach is simply beautiful. Enjoy a light lunch or candle light dinner at the Portminster restaurant. We recommend taking a table on the sun terrace where you can dine whilst enjoying the sea views. For your day at the beach, you can hire beach huts, deck chairs and wind breaks and if you fancy a break from soaking up the sun there’s a putting green (just behind the beach bar) with 19 holes, where you can finish your game with a drink at the Garden Bar. A day at Portminster beach can be as relaxing as you like.

2. St Ives Arts Club

For a long time in history, and even now St. Ives is known the art centre of West Cornwall. If you love arts & crafts then St. Ives is a must as there’s more than a few outlets, galleries and studios to visit. You’ll find St. Ives arts club in the centre of the town. (near Blas Burger). Although it’s primarily members only, they hold regular events which are open to the general public. It’s worth checking online what’s on as they have regular exhibitions, art classes, theatre performances and live music.

3. Rum and Crab Shack

If you’re a fan of rum cocktails, then the harbour facing, nautically decorated rum and crab shack restaurant is a must do when visiting St. Ives. The menu is classic Americana, offering crab cakes, claws, clam chowder and gumbo. The restaurant has a great atmosphere, so it’s no surprise it gets so busy during the Summer months!

4. St. Michaels Mount

Discover a very different day out. St. Michael’s mount is the most famous of Cornwall’s landmarks, and has a truly fascinating history. It’s a rocky island showcasing a medieval church, castle and beautiful sub tropical gardens. The island is still home to the St Aubyn family and a small community. If it’s lows tide, you can access the island by foot, walking along the causeway. Or, hop aboard a small boat and you’ll be there in minutes.

5. Boat trip to Seal Island

You’ll be pleasantly surprised how up close and personal you can get to the local seals. The Dolly P is a pretty fast boat, so be prepared. We recommend booking your boat trip, it’s pretty popular as it so highly recommended. You’ll be on board for about an hour, and the trip costs just £10 per adult and £8 per child. There’s staff on board the boat that will provide you with all the information you need.

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Our new Coach Holiday Shop in Merthyr Tydfil

November 09, 2015 / 1 Comments / in / by

Our brand new shop in Merthyr Tydfil has just opened at 1 Graham Way, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8EW. The new store under the Coach Holiday Shop brand hopes to bring you the very best Coach Holiday deals from Leisuretime, Newmarket Holidays, Leger and many more.

Our friendly and helpful staff are on hand to give you the best advice and prices in the UK and are all local to the Merthyr area. 

Regional Sales Manager Kelly Evans said of the opening " We would like to thank everyone at Merthyr St Tydfil Shopping Centre for such a warm welcome, we already feel part of the community! Leisuretime/Coach Holiday Shop has come to the valleys!"




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I went to Majorca over the half term holiday with my family in May. The staff in the Leisuretime store made the booking process so easy and looked after everything from, pre-booking my seats and parking at Cardiff Airport. Flying from Cardiff was really easy and helped especially with younger children.

We stayed in the Resort of Sa Coma in the Coma Gran. This is a Thomson Family hotel, so it had a Full entertainment programme, daytime and evening.

It had a variety of children's clubs and there was a water park & splash park on site for the children. There was a good sized swimming pool as well which made those afternoon's very relaxing.

Sa Coma is the perfect resort for families. It has enough bars and restaurants and a variety of entertainment that you can eat your way around the world. We did travel to the resorts of Cala Millor & Cala Bona which were only a few Euros on the Bus. If you are looking for a nice restaurant then Visit the Marina Area in Cala Bona.

I would definitely go back to Majorca as it perfect with the short flight from Cardiff with young children.

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