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New Peaky Blinders Tours for 2019

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

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....

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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Four New Fantastic Tours

Four New Fantastic Tours
October 05, 2018/0 Comments/in Leisuretime News/by Leisuretime

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

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

 

Scotland with Ceilidh Band

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

 

 

London & Theatre, Windsor & Henley Weekend

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

 

 

Luxury Bath & Bristol

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

 

 

The Tamar, Tavistock & Tudor Life at Cotehele

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

 

 

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

 


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10 reasons to go away for Christmas

10 reasons to go away for Christmas
September 25, 2018/0 Comments/in Holiday Tips/by Leisuretime

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

 

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

 

1.) Spending Time With Loved Ones

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

 

 

2.) Alternative Traditions.

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

 

3.) Escape the Hype

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

 

4.) Relax and Unwind

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

 

5.) Keep the Children Occupied

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

 

6.) Use Your Holiday Days

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

 

7.) Romantic Christmas

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

 

8.) Group Holidays Are Awesome

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

 

9.) New Family Traditions

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

 

10.) Don't Spend Christmas Alone

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

 

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

 


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Our 7 Favourite Christmas Markets

Our 7 Favourite Christmas Markets
September 18, 2018/0 Comments/in Holiday Tips/by Leisuretime

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

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

 


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Shirley Goes to Switzerland

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

 

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

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Our Ten Favourite English Holiday Destinations

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

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

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

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

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

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


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2018 Edition 2 brochure out now!

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

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


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

View our latest brochure online now:

 

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Great ideas for trips this Easter

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

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

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

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

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


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