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August 15, 2018

Massive savings on late August camping and mobile home holidays…

Camping and mobile home specialist, Venue Holidays, is highlighting huge savings on late-August getaways with deals including savings of £427 in the South of France.

This special offer applies to eight-night holidays, starting on 26 August, at Camping Village le Brasilia at Canet Plage.  These now cost £693 with accommodation in two-bedroom air-conditioned mobile homes. The campsite, set in a pine forest next to a sandy beach, has many facilities including a magnificent heated water park which has swimming pools, themed pools for all ages and the excellent Papillon Spa and Wellness Centre.

On the South West Atlantic coast, nine-night holidays – beginning on 24 August – at Camping le Vieux Port at Messanges are now priced at £502, a reduction of £275.  Accommodation is in Safari tents, set on decking for an ‘off the ground’ camping experience.  The campsite has direct access to a sandy beach and facilities include a swimming pool complex – one of the largest campsite water parks in France – with seven pools with two large water chutes.

Or, at Camping Playa Joyel at Noja on Spain’s Costa Verde, seven-night holidays in two-bedroom mobile homes with decking from 28 August now cost just £297, saving £160.  The campsite is set next to the Playa Joyel beach, perfect for sandcastle building, swimming and surfing, and its many facilities include a swimming pool, a multi-sports pitch, mini-golf and an outdoor fitness area.

All quoted prices are for up to six people, but exclude ferry travel.  Venue Holidays can arrange crossings from just £123 for a return weekend saver with P&O between Dover and Calais.

01233 629950,

August 15, 2018

New Christmas Escapes for Single Travellers

Sociable singles holiday company Friendship Travel has added two new breaks for Christmas 2018 building on the trend for solo travellers to avoid family festivities and instead ‘do their own thing’.

Agadir in Morocco features in the new Winter brochure for the first time, with the Iberostar Founty Beach Hotel signed up following a complete renovation. A huge freeform pool, atrium-style lobby and stylish bars feature, along with Moroccan dishes and show-cooking station in the restaurant, which adds variety to the all-inclusive board basis.

All Friendship Travel guests enjoy sole occupancy – with no single supplement to pay – of one of the large rooms with sitting area. The hotel is right on the long sandy beach.

Departing Gatwick on 22 December, seven nights costs from £1525 to include flights, transfers, all meals, drinks, entertainment and the support throughout of a Friendship Travel Host.

In the UK, a three-night Christmas break at the Crowne Plaza in West Drayton is newly-featured at £595 for a package that includes a double room and all meals from dinner on Christmas Eve to breakfast on 27 December. Other UK options include country-house hotels in Warwickshire, a break in Northern Ireland and a city-centre Chester hotel.

Other holidays with Christmas 2018 departures are to Barcelona, Marrakech, Cyprus, Malta, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Cape Verde Islands, Cuba, St Lucia and Kenya, plus four ski/snowboard options.

Friendship Travel, 0289 446 2211,


August 15, 2018

Save up to 60% off the Last of the Summer Camps with PGL

The week starting Saturday 25 August (or Monday 27 August for short breaks) marks the last week of 2018 summer camps for unaccompanied children. PGL has slashed remaining places by up to 60% off brochure prices, for both multi-activity breaks and week-long themed holidays, at centres across the UK.

For example, at Boreatton Park, PGL’s long-established adventure centre that covers 240 acres on the Welsh borders, a seven-night multi-activity holiday that originally cost £609 is now £243.60, saving 60%. The deal is across all PGL age groups, that is seven to ten year olds, 10-13s and 13-16s.

At Winmarleigh Hall in Lancashire, there are discounted places for seven to ten year olds and the teenage group on the seven-night holiday the same week, with the original brochure price of £589 reduced by 60% to just £235.60.

Shorter breaks of four nights are also offered at some centres, with a short break at LIddington in Wiltshire starting Bank Holiday Monday 27 August now only £210, reduced by 60% from £525.

Selected themed holidays are also discounted, such as a seven-night Motorsports holiday at Osmington Bay in Dorset for 13-16 year olds, which was £699 but is now reduced by 40% to £419.40.  Another example is PGL’s Cook’s Academy, which offers 10-13 year olds an introduction to cooking. This is now reduced to £489.30, saving 30%.  All themed holidays spend half the week focussing on the ‘specialism’ and the other half on adventures taken from the centre’s multi-activity timetable.

All summer camps include accommodation, meals, activities, instruction, equipment, evening entertainment and caring supervision. PGL’s special activity holiday insurance must be booked to take advantage of this offer (£37 per child on a seven-night holiday). Quote LAST48X when booking a multi-activity holiday, or LAST58X for a themed holiday.

0333 321 2114,

August 14, 2018

October half-term skiing with Zenith Holidays

Skiing specialist, Zenith Holidays, is highlighting family October half-term holidays in Stubai in Austria which offers a snow guarantee from October to June thanks to its glacier location.

With 1,450 hectares of Terrain, Stubai claims to be ‘the biggest glacier resort in Austria’ and is home to 35 downhill slopes from easy to demanding, 26 cable cars and lifts, plus the ‘3S Eisgratbahn’ which has a length of 4.7 kilometres and  is the longest lift of its kind in the Alps.

Accommodation on offer includes Hotel Kindl in the quiet village of Milders – and close to the glacier – which offers a wealth of facilities including a wellness centre with a pool, sauna, jacuzzi, a relaxation area and massage rooms.

Prices for a seven-night holiday, starting on 20 October, cost from £820 per adult and £545 per child under 14 years of age and from £385 for youngsters aged under 10 years.  This price is based on two adults and two children sharing a family room and includes airport transfers, half-board accommodation and complimentary bus travel to the glacier.

Flights are not included but Zenith is happy to advise on options.

0203 137 7678,

August 9, 2018

Bank Holiday Weekends afloat with Waterways Holidays

The long hot summer means bumper bookings for Waterways Holidays, the UK’s one-stop shop for boating holidays on Britain’s canals, rivers and the Norfolk Broads, but the company still has some great-value breaks for August Bank Holiday weekend.

On the canals, a narrowboat sleeping a family of four costs as little as £609 for a three-night hire period from Friday 24 August. That’s for the 50-feet long Sir Cador, a four-star boat based at Brewood on the Shropshire Union Canal.

The boat has a double and a twin cabin, everything needed for self-catering and it is pet-friendly at no extra charge. The handover session includes tuition, and buoyancy aids are included, as is damage waiver and fuel.

On the Norfolk Broads, Sonata 4 is a 25-feet modern motor cruiser which sleeps two in comfort, with a sundeck and cleverly-designed interior to provide kitchen and shower/wc facilities.

Three nights’ hire of Sonata 4 starting Friday 24 August is £480 to include bedding and linen, gas, a welcome pack, initial tuition and the loan of buoyancy aids (excludes damage waiver and fuel).

Alternatively, for a weekend on the Broads under sail, try Javelin 3, a modern Bermudan-rigged yacht based at Martham on the Broads. She can sleep up to four and comes complete with galley kitchen, wc, sleeping bags and fuel (excludes damage waiver). Bank holiday weekend hire is £397.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,  

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