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June 22, 2017

Classic Thames Cruiser now available from Waterways Holidays

A classic cruiser on the Thames is now available to hire through Waterways Holidays, following a major renovation that adds modern comfort and safety to the 1950s pleasure craft.

“I am a huge fan of wooden boats and delighted to extend our range from the Norfolk Broads – where we already offer classic yachts and cruisers – to the River Thames,” says Waterways Holidays’ managing director Nigel Richards.

Hand-built in mahogany, ‘Bernadette’ was originally launched at Chertsey in 1952.  Now the 30-feet long heritage craft has a modern diesel engine, 240v power, jet-thruster technology and central heating (with radiators), a shower and wc, superbly equipped galley kitchen plus mod cons like TV with integral DVD, a DAB Radio/MP3 player, a USB socket – even a hairdryer and iron!

Now based at Marlow, this heritage cruiser is a perfect choice for a couple to explore the Thames in vintage style. The mahogany panelling and floorboards shine, twin berths in the forward cabin have new comfy mattresses, and there’s a cute dinette for mealtimes. Double doors open onto a rear cockpit with bench seating for outside space.

A week’s hire of Bernadette this season starts at £900.  Nigel suggests the cruiser is not for first-timers, but is ideal for those with a little experience of Britain’s waterways.

Marlow is a perfect base from which to cruise either upstream through Henley-on-Thames and Sonning towards Oxford, or downstream to Maidenhead and Windsor. This stretch of the Thames not only offers lyrical river scenery but a host of waterside dining options from traditional pubs to Michelin-starred restaurants.

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Waterways Holidays’ spokesman is managing director Nigel Richards: 01252 796400 offers live availability on more than 1800 narrowboats, cruisers and sailing yachts operated by the UK’s leading boat operators and with more than 80 different start locations.  The website offers advice on boating holidays as well as featuring listings of the latest special offers. Boating holidays in France and Portugal also available.

June 21, 2017

Kids Go Free on PGL Family Adventure Holidays

Families looking for adventure in the UK or France can save hundreds of pounds with PGL on a new ‘Kids Go Free’ deal. But hurry – bookings must be confirmed by 30 June.

Among a raft of late-booking deals, the stand-out offer is on seven-night holidays in Devon, Lincolnshire, Perthshire and France: for every full-paying adult, up to two children under 18 years are completely free!

For example, a seven-night family holiday at Barton Hall on Devon’s English Riviera starting 22 July, 5 or 12 August costs £469 per adult.  A child aged five to 18 years would normally pay £389, but is now free!

That means a family of two adults and up to four children sharing an ensuite family room will now pay £938 with a potential saving of £1556. Barton Hall in Devon has a superb array of family-friendly activities all included in the price, ranging from archery to zip wire thrills – with an outdoor pool to enjoy too.

The same Kids Go Free offer applies to week-long holidays at Caythorpe Court in Lincolnshire starting 29 July and 5 August, and to Dalguise in Perthshire starting 22 and 29 July.

Alternatively, in France, where PGL’s Chateau de Grande Romaine makes a superb base for activities and theme park fun, the seven night Disneyland Adventure starting 23 July, 13 or 27 August costs £549 per adult.  A child aged five to 18 years would normally pay £505, but is now free!

That means a family of two adults and up to four children sharing an ensuite family room will now pay £1098 with a potential saving of £2020. The superb adventure centre is just half an hour from Disneyland Paris and the package includes not only three days of fun activities on site, but tickets for two full days in the theme park!

Travel to France is not included, but as with all PGL Family Adventure holidays, the price covers simple ensuite accommodation, all meals, activities, instruction and use of equipment as well as family-friendly evening fun.

Book by 30 June quoting offer code KGFW1.  Children aged two to four years are also welcome, but are too young to take part in activities, so a parent must take responsibility for care at all times.

0333 321 2114, 


Editors Notes

  • PGL celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. It was founded in 1957 by Peter Gordon Lawrence and is Britain’s original and best provider of activity holidays.
  • Hundreds of organised school and youth groups attend curriculum-based courses at PGL centres every year.
  • During school holidays, centres welcome unaccompanied children and families on activity holidays.
  • PGL centres in Britain are registered with, and inspected by Ofsted.
  • PGL’s activity operations are subject to the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority regulations.
  • PGL works closely with the Royal Yachting Association, the British Canoe Union, the Grand National Archery Society, British Fencing Association, British Orienteering Federation, Small Bore Rifle Association and the British Horse Society.

For further comment contact Steve Hougham at PGL on 0333 321 2114

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June 19, 2017

Peak season France…camping and mobile home savings with Venue Holidays

With temperatures sizzling in northern Europe – and with predictions that this is set to continue throughout the summer – why travel south to the Mediterranean says camping and mobile home operator, Venue Holidays?

The family-owned company is highlighting a selection of peak season breaks – with reduced prices – in Picardy, Brittany and the Vendee, perfect family holiday destinations with short driving times from the Channel ports.

For example,  a 10-night holiday from 2 August at Camping La Croix du Vieux Point in Picardy in  a two bedroom mobile home with decking  is now priced at £1087, a reduction of £423.  Facilities at this lakeside campsite are impressive and include indoor and outdoor pools with chutes and slides, canoeing, cycle hire, archery, a soft play area, 10-pin bowling, a wellness centre, plus climbing wall and zip wire.  Disneyland Paris is within 69 miles and the campsite runs weekly excursions here and also to Paris.

In Brittany, 10 nights from 26 July in a three-bedroom mobile home with decking at Camping L’Atlantique at Fouesnant is now priced at £1161, saving £559. This family-friendly campsite is just 450 yards from a sandy beach and offers a wealth of facilities including a water park with indoor and outdoor pools, a wellness centre, tennis, cycle hire and archery.

Or in The Vendee, 13 nights from 22 July in a two-bedroom mobile home at Camping La Plage at Saint Hilaire-de-Riez now costs £1185, a reduction of £674.  This friendly campsite, with its distinctively French atmosphere, has indoor and outdoor pool complexes with slides and chutes, a multi-sports pitch, table tennis and boules.  A stroll of 300 yards leads to a large sandy beach.

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 £123 for a return weekend P&O Dover/Calais saver crossing for car and passengers.

01233 629950,


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June 19, 2017

Cruise the world’s greatest shortcut – the Panama Canal

The opportunity to sail the world’s greatest ‘shortcut’ – the Panama Canal which links the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean – is the offer from Bon Voyage on a 26-night holiday which combines city breaks in New Orleans and Seattle with a luxurious cruise on board NCL’s Norwegian Pearl.

The holiday, with just one departure date, begins with three nights in New Orleans – renowned for its jazz and unique cuisine – before setting sail on the magnificent Norwegian Pearl for 21 nights on a Premium All Inclusive basis which means all meals, alcoholic beverages, service charges and tips are included.

Highlights of the unique adventure, which begins on 5 April 2018, include Mexico, Honduras, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica and Nicaragua plus, of course, the 48-mile Panama Canal, one of the engineering marvels of the world.  This ‘one-off’ cruise ends with a two-night stay in the cosmopolitan city of Seattle.

Twin-share prices start at £4,559 per person inclusive of return flights from Heathrow, the 21-night cruise in a balcony cabin on an all-inclusive basis (as above) and five nights’ four-star room-only hotel accommodation – three nights in New Orleans and two nights in Settle.

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June 19, 2017

Affordable Jersey for families this peak season…

With the school summer holidays fast approaching, the Mayfair Hotel in Jersey is featuring seven-night family holidays from as little as £455 per adult and from just £135 per child aged between two and 15 years.

The above special prices, on offer on selected dates in July and August, include return Fast Ferry from Poole, transfers and accommodation with full English breakfast in a family room.

This family-friendly hotel is situated in St Helier and offers a range of facilities including an indoor pool, a fully-equipped gym and a games room, along with a coffee shop, bar and restaurant.

The beach at Havre des Pas is close by and attractions in Jersey includes the Durrell Wildlife Park, The aMaizin Adventure Park, the Creepy Valley Adventure Centre,  Jersey’s Living Legend Village and Jersey Bowl.

Flight inclusive packages are also available from a choice of regional airports, supplements will apply.

01534 735511,


For further information please contact Modern Hotels on 01534 735511
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