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

June 10, 2019 / 0 Comments / in Holiday Tips / 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 Holiday Tips / 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 Holiday Tips / 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 Holiday Tips / 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 Holiday Tips / 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

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

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.

 

 

Morecambe

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!

 

 

Southport

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 / 0 Comments / in Holiday Tips / 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…

 


Bournemouth

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

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

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!

 

 

Eastbourne

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 Holiday Tips / 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 Holiday Tips / 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 Holiday Tips / 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 Holiday Tips / 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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