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Explore the Victoria Exhibition at Buckingham Palace

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 


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The Thrill of the British Theme Park

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

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

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





Legoland Windsor


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

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

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

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

 

Alton Towers

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

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

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

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

 

 

Paultons Family Theme Park

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

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

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

 

 

Longleat Safari Park

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

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

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

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

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

 


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Don’t Miss Out On Our Fabulous European Summer Tours

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Switzerland & The Swiss Chocolate Train

Up to £50 LESS PER PERSON than other operators!

FREE BAR included in Switzerland!

 

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

 

 

Croatia with Zagreb & the Istrian Riviera

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

Up to £300 LESS PER PERSON than other operators!

 

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

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

 

 

Florence & Tuscany with Free Bar

Tuscan Super Deal with Free Bar

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

LEISURETIME EXCLUSIVE

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

 

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

 

 

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


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