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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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5 Scottish Beauties!

March 13, 2019 / 0 Comments / in Holiday Tips / 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 Leisuretime News / 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 Holiday Tips / 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 Holiday Tips / 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 Leisuretime News / 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 / 0 Comments / in Leisuretime News / 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: https://www.leisuretime.co.uk/comp-terms-and-conditions/.
 
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 Unassigned / 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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