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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!

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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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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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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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Looking back at 2017 with Leisuretime

December 22, 2017 / 0 Comments / in Leisuretime News / by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

After a fantastic 2017, we wanted to share with you some of the highlights of the year, and look forward to an even better 2018!

We were finalists this year in the British Travel Awards for Best Coach Holiday Company. We were very proud to once again be finalists in this prestigious competition, and it is all thanks to you, our loyal customers.

We were proud to sponsor our good friend Toby Davis of the BTCC squad Team-HARD. They had a fantastic year once again, with the Leisuretime logo blazened on the car - which we think looks fab!

Our fantastic partnership with Ty Hafan allowed us to put on a great trip for the Mum's involved with the charity to visit Bath Christmas Market to get a well earned break away and buy some festive goodies.

We launched our fabulous 2018 brochure earlier than ever this year with a new and improved layout including both UK and European holidays. With our new holidays all going direct and 24 new destinations to visit, we think 2018 set to be our best year yet!

We look forward to you joining us again next year for a brilliant 2018!


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Vote for us in the British Travel Awards 2017

July 03, 2017 / 0 Comments / in Leisuretime News / by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

Once again Leisuretime has been shortlisted in several categories at the prestigious 2017 British Travel Awards. We are asking for your votes to help us achieve our aim of winning in our chosen categories. Voting will only take 2 minutes and you could win a great prize! - please follow the guidelines below...


Go to page: http://britishtravelawards.com/btaform.php?nomLink=50


Scroll down the page and enter your details:


First name*
Surname*
I am a UK resident*
Postcode*
Email address*
Confirm Email address*
Age*

When complete, click submit (log in is not required)
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You will then see the voting categories - Leisuretime is in 3 categories as follows:


A12: Best Coach Holiday Company

A34: Best Independent Travel Agency


Please select Leisuretime in both categories


Click submit once complete
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Complete the survey if you would like to enter the prize draw (this is not required).


Click submit votes 
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Thank you for your support! The British Travel Awards take place in Londonlater this year - we'll let you know how we get on!


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Leisuretime announce a new sponsorship deal with Motorsport’s Toby Davis of Team-HARD.

March 27, 2017 / 0 Comments / in Leisuretime News / by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

Following yesterday’s first F1 race of the season in Austrailia Leisuretime are delighted to announce that they have confirmed a deal to support Toby Davis and Team-HARD. racing during season 2017. Toby will race in the VW Cup, which is a one make national championship that races alongside the prestigious British GT championship.

Cardiff based Leisuretime operates coach holidays to destinations across the UK and Europe with coach joining points in South Wales, West Wales and the South of England. The company also has partnerships with a wide range of operators offering cruises, package holidays, hotels and flights. Customers can book a holiday in any one of their high street stores, over the phone, via the website or at one of Leisuretime’s travel agent partners.

George Johnson, Director said: "We are absolutely delighted to be supporting Toby and Team-HARD. during the forthcoming season. We are already proud supporters of a number of high profile sports teams across South Wales and this partnership further enhances our position as one of the region’s main supporters of local sport. This partnership also coincides with us increasing the number of Motorsport trips we will be able to offer our customers in 2017."

Toby Davis said: "I am a young racing driver who lives in Cardiff. Last year I won a fully-funded scholarship with Team-HARD. to race in the VW Cup, out of 130 entrants into a competition they put on to find the best young talent in the UK. For many years I've been struggling to find the budget to race with my father, and we've only been able to compete in karts until last year, so I'm enormously grateful to Tony Gilham at Team-HARD. I am also delighted to be working with Leisuretime and I am so grateful for their support which has helped turn the dream of being a car racing driver into reality.”

“There are many benefits to being affiliated with Team-HARD. but one of them is that they have cars in a variety of championships, including the British GT and BTCC, which is watched by over 500,000 unique viewers live on ITV4 every round. My goal for 2017 is to continue the learning curve from last season and compete for the championship, whilst providing a great platform for partners to get involved with myself and the team and, above all else, enjoy the HARD experience!"

Team-HARD. was formed by an elite group, fronted by BTCC driver Tony Gilham who wanted to revitalise and bring something unique to Race/Track car preparation industry.


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Leisuretime opens up the magic of Hogwarts for families at Ty Hafan

January 10, 2017 / 1 Comments / in Leisuretime News / by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

One of Wales’ most successful holiday providers has just opened up the magic of Hogwarts for a number of families at Ty Hafan. On Sunday 08 January Leisuretime took the families to the Warner Bros Studio Tour in London where they were able to step on to the authentic sets and relive the magic through the eyes of the filmmakers who brought the Harry Potter film series to life.

Leisuretime were able to offer Ty Hafan up to 20 complimentary entrance tickets to the Studio and free return coach travel which was provided by Thomas of Rhondda Coach Company. Setting off from Ty Hafan at 07.30am the families enjoyed an afternoon at the magical Studio before returning home by 7.00pm.

George Johnson, Director at Leisuretime, said; “We did some really wonderful things with Ty Hafan last year and we're extending our partnership into 2017. To be able to offer the families a fabulous day out on us is a real privilege and it’s been the perfect way to start what we hope will be another successful year for Leisuretime and Ty Hafan.”

Natalie Whyatt of Ty Hafan said: “At Tŷ Hafan, we focus on relieving the burden of 24/7 care so that families can spend quality time together, creating precious memories. Leisuretime has helped us to achieve this by giving these families a magical experience that they will treasure forever. We are so grateful for their support. Thanks also to Thomas of Rhondda Coach Company for providing free transport.”

Glyn Thomas of Thomas of Rhondda said; “We were delighted to supply a coach and driver for this fantastic day out and will always do our best to support Leisuretime and Ty Hafan when they do these wonderful activities.

Leisuretime is a leading travel company, specialising in operating UK and European holidays by coach, as well as cruises and package holidays. The well established company offers customers access to its exciting deals through its website and has a number of stores throughout South Wales for holidaymakers to speak with friendly team members and book their dream break.

To find out more about Leisuretime and browse its range of UK and European holidays, visit the website: leisuretime.co.uk/


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Leisuretime adds to community support with local referee society

December 07, 2016 / 0 Comments / in Leisuretime News / by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

Leisuretime, one of the Wales’ most successful holiday providers, is continuing its commitment to the area by supporting an integral part of Cardiff’s community. The coach holiday giants has announced their support of the Cardiff Referees’ Society, one of the most prominent groups in Cardiff football, in order to help train individuals and raise the profile of the sport.

The south Wales based company will support the society by contributing to grassroots football, training individuals and will assist in supplying kits, which will enable them to grow and better support the football industry in and around Cardiff.

George Johnson, Director at Leisuretime, said, “Following on from Wales’ resounding success at the Euro 2016 competition, the whole country has really taken football into their hearts. Interest in the sport has never been higher in Wales, and as a result, it is important to support the sport from the ground up, which is why we have partnered with the Cardiff Referees’ Society.”

The Cardiff Referees' Society was founded in 1898 to share the latest industry news, best practice and ideas. It is a member of the Referees' Association and affiliated to the South Wales Football Association and boasts around 70 members who hail from Cardiff and the surrounding area.

George, added, “Working with sports teams across Wales is a key part of our commitment to support community activities and we are honoured to be working with Cardiff Referees’ Society.”

Leisuretime has a long history of working with and supporting local organisations and charities in equal measure. The caring company has most recently been supporting local children’s hospice, Tŷ Hafan, where it has helped to raise £10,000 for the donation-reliant charity.

Leisuretime provides a wide range of coach holidays, to both the UK and Europe, for people of all ages. The company has grown significantly over the last couple of years and now boasts a number of shops in and around Cardiff, as well as a comprehensive website where holidaymakers can book their dream trip with ease.

To find out more about Leisuretime and browse its range of UK and European coach holidays, visit the website:www.leisuretime.co.uk .


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