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August 19, 2016

October half-term fun at Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks…

With the school summer holidays now all but over, Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks in Devon is highlighting its October half-term breaks where families can enjoy an action-packed break – whatever the weather – on the last school holiday before Christmas.

Complimentary sports and leisure facilities include heated indoor swimming pools – including the Castaway interactive indoor water play area (new for 2016) with its fountains, slides and jets – indoor soft play areas, family movies, steam rooms and saunas, children’s clubs and nightly entertainment.  There are also outdoor adventure play areas, fishing, adventure golf and tennis.

Guests can also enjoy, for a modest supplement, a surfing simulator (heated to a balmy 28 degrees), a high ropes course, a climbing wall, a bungee trampoline, 10-pin bowling, cinemas, plus professional golf.

And, of course, no holiday at October half-term would be complete without a bracing autumn walk on Woolacombe beach, voted Britain’s best in 2015 and 2016.

Prices, for families of four staying in a Beach Retreat caravan holiday home, start at £157 (saving £81) for a three-night weekend break from 21 October or from £234 (a reduction of £117) for four nights from 24 October.  Week-long holidays from 21 October are priced at £297, (saving £142).

Reservations:  0843 208 0368,

August 19, 2016

September savings in Galicia …

Vintage Travel, specialists in carefully-selected villas with private pools, is highlighting La Torre, a superb villa enjoying a prime location in Galicia, and featuring savings of up to £800.

The property, which sleeps 14 in eight bedrooms, sits in enclosed gardens just 150 metres from the sandy shore of Playa de Aguete on the picturesque Ria de Pontevedra with its deep forested sides and resembling a Scandinavian fjord.

Image courtesy of Vintage Travel

Image courtesy of Vintage Travel

Inside, much attention has been paid to detail and its spacious interior is both smart and welcoming, with all rooms having sloping ceilings and exposed beams.  In the mature gardens there are open and covered terraces, a built-in barbeque and a private swimming pool with Roman steps.

An easy stroll leads to a local restaurant – specialising in regional dishes and with spectacular views across the water – and the atmospheric village of Seixo.  A drive of around five minutes leads to Marin, a bustling port, with narrow streets and typical bars and restaurants.

As an example of revised prices, a seven-night holiday – arriving on 26 August – is now priced at £2995, a massive saving of £800.

A week from 2 September is reduced to £1895 (saving £300), or from 9 September £1295 (saving £200).   Throughout September generous discounts apply to smaller parties of up to eight.

Flights and car hire can be arranged by Vintage Travel on request.

01954 261431,

August 17, 2016

August bank holiday family camping in the Vendee from just £180…

Bargain-priced August Bank Holiday breaks – with a seven-night family camping holiday in The Vendee now costing just £180 – have been announced by camping and mobile home specialist, Venue Holidays.

The above price, saving £100, applies to week-long stays from 27 August in a fully-equipped Espace tent at Camping La Plage at St Hilaire-de-Riez.  The campsite, with its unmistakeable French atmosphere, is just 300 yards from a sandy beach and offers a selection of facilities including indoor and outdoor swimming pools with slides and chutes, football, table tennis and boules.

In Tuscany, a seven-night holiday from 28 August in a two-bedroom mobile home with air-con and decking at Camping Norcenni Girasole Club at Figline Valdarno now costs £278, a reduction of £110.  The campsite offers a huge choice of quality facilities including two swimming pool complexes with slides and chutes, a wellness centre, horse riding, cycle hire and a tree walking course.  Sightseeing opportunities include Florence (23 miles) and San Gimignano (48 miles).

At Noja on Spain’s Costa Verde, a nine-night break from 26 August in a two-bedroom mobile home with decking at Camping Playa Joyel is now priced at £408, saving £167. This spacious campsite, next to the wide sands of the Playa Joyel and backed by the green Cantabria hills, provides a range of excellent facilities including swimming pools, a beauty salon, tennis, mini golf and outdoor fitness area.

The above prices are for two adults and up to four children.

Ferry crossings can be arranged by Venue Holidays on request and cost from £82 for a return P&O Dover/Calais midweek saver crossing for car and passengers.  Weekend ferry crossings cost from £120.

01233 629950,

August 17, 2016

It’s a Bank Holiday Bonanza at Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks…

For those quick-off-the-mark, Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks in Devon is highlighting a selected number of bargain-priced Bank Holiday breaks, many at half-price and some with even greater discounts.

The message from Woolacombe is to book quickly – August Bank Holiday is one of the most popular weekends of the year and the perfect opportunity to enjoy a family getaway before the start of the new school term.

Deals include two-night weekend breaks from 27 August in Bronze villas (sleeping six) now priced at £249, saving a massive £490, while four-night midweek breaks from 29 August in Bronze apartments (sleeping four) now cost £299, a reduction of £530.

Week-long holidays from 26 August in Bronze apartments are now reduced to £549, saving £550.

Not only do these on-line prices include accommodation, but free use of 40 activities including indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, multi-lane slides, flumes and splash pads – with water jets and interactive fountains – family adventure golf and tennis. There are also children’s club and nightly entertainment, plus for a modest supplement a heated surfing simulator, a high ropes course, 10-pin bowling, cinemas and pottery painting.

Nearby is the magnificent beach at Woolacombe, voted Britain’s best for two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016.

Reservations:  0843 208 0368,


For further information please contact marketing manager, Linda Brothers, on 01271 872 008.  Release issued by Beacon PR 01572 748 800


August 17, 2016

Discover the ‘new’ Yorkshire Dales National Park

The extension this week of the Yorkshire Dales National Park – adding 161 square miles to its treasured landscape – is good news for tourism, says leading local holiday company Yorkshire Cottages.

“The landscape along the Yorkshire/Cumbria border is wildly beautiful yet under-appreciated,” says Yorkshire Cottages’ director Drew Dunn.

“The limestone plateau of Great Asby Scar, the lovely Howgill Fells and the valley of the River Lune are all well worth discovering, but have not drawn the holidaymakers they deserve because they have previously fallen between two famous National Parks,” explains Drew.

“We hope the new National Park status will encourage more holidaymakers to stay in these areas, not simply drive through them.  From fantastic fell walks to charming market towns, there is much to enjoy.”

Yorkshire Cottages properties that now fall within the ‘new’ National Park include the quirky and luxurious Waitby School.

Once a key building in a long-gone community, Waitby School now stands in glorious isolation on the fell between Kirkby Stephen and Smardale Gill. Original features include the school bell, double front doors, wood-panelled walls and even the (outside) boys’ lavatory with wooden seat!  (21st century sanitation provides a downstairs cloakroom, first-floor shower room and master en-suite.) The double-height living space – once the main schoolroom – has a wood-burning stove on the original hearth.

With two double bedrooms and three singles in a triple room, the cottage is family-friendly, with a cot and high chair available. Three-night breaks start at £501 for seven people.

28 per cent of the Yorkshire Dales National Park now falls within the county boundary of Cumbria and 1 per cent within the ‘rival’ red rose county of Lancashire.

Yorkshire Cottages (01228 406701,





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