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February 19, 2017

Save up to 50% on Kids’ Easter Activity Breaks

12 of PGL’s amazing adventure centres around the UK open their doors to children and teenagers for Easter breaks with three, four and seven-night activity holidays to choose from, with selected dates at centres discounted by 20%, 40% or even 50% if booked by 24 February.

For example, a four-night break at Dalguise in Perthshire (where schools break up on 31 March) starting 3 April was £425 but is now half price at just £212.50.

Activities are organised in separate age groups: seven to ten, 10-13 and 13-16 year olds. Everything is included: accommodation, meals, activities, instruction, equipment and caring supervision. The centre, where Beatrix Potter spent childhood holidays, is in the heart of ‘big tree country’ with a 75-feet tree climb among the exciting activities!

In Lancashire, where Winmarleigh Hall is just an hour from both Manchester and Liverpool, a seven-night stay starting 8 April was £499 but is now reduced to £299.40, saving 40%. Open to all three age groups (from seven to 16 years), Winmarleigh Hall’s 50 acres include a lake for canoeing, woodlands for orienteering and plenty of space for climbing, trapeze and zip wire structures.

And in Dorset, a four-night break starting 10 April was £435, but is now only £261, saving 40% on a multi-activity break at the Osmington Bay centre on the Jurassic Coast, within sight of the sea. Mountain biking, a tunnel trail, motorsports, a giant swing, fencing and aeroballing are among the exciting activities here for children aged seven to 16.

Other PGL adventure centres open at Easter are in Lincolnshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Powys, Wiltshire, Devon, Surrey, Sussex and the Isle of Wight.

Quote FM77 when booking by 24 February. Terms and Conditions apply: see website for full details.

0333 321 2114,


February 19, 2017

Embrace ‘Hygge’ with Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire…

With everyone seeking a spot of ‘Hygge’ in their lives – the Danish expression for enjoying simple pleasures such as log fires and all things warm and cosy – Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire reckons it has the answer with its Cwtch collection.

Cwtch, in fact, is the Welsh equivalent of Hygge and roughly translated means a cuddle or a warm, welcoming and safe place.

Hygge-style properties on offer from the company include the aptly named The Cwtch, a romantic retreat for two in the heart of peaceful countryside near the market town of Narberth.

This light and airy first floor studio apartment – set in the eaves of a stone barn – has an open-plan living area furnished with contemporary pieces and a flagged stone terrace with glorious rural views.  A week in this hidden gem for two costs from £300 in March, rising to £525 in peak season.

Or, Tucking Cottage is a carefully converted stone property (sleeping two) set by the river in 18-acres of woodlands and fields near the market town of Haverfordwest.  It’s full of character with beams and a woodburning stove and furnished with a careful blend of antiques, modern pieces and stunning tapestries.

Adjacent to the cottage – which costs from £377 for a week in March, rising to £684 in peak season – is a stone terrace overlooking the river, the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Reservations: 01437 772760,

February 19, 2017

More for your money at the Mayfair Hotel in Jersey

Four-night ‘super saver’ spring breaks in Jersey – where guests can enjoy lots of added extras such as a half carafe of wine per person with dinner each evening and a daily £10 drinks voucher for the bar  – is the offer at the three-star Mayfair Hotel in St Helier.

This special package, for arrivals on 27 March, costs from £279 per person (twin share) for travel on the Fast Ferry from Poole – or from £359 per person travelling by air from Gatwick or Liverpool – and also includes transfers, accommodation with breakfast and four-course evening meals

Other extras include daily lunch vouchers to the value of £5 for the coffee shop and an afternoon Jersey cream tea.

Guests at the relaxed and friendly Mayfair Hotel also enjoy evening entertainment plus the use of the hotel’s heated indoor pool, steam room sauna, and fully-equipped gym.

01534 735511,

February 19, 2017

Savings of up to 35% on Spring Bank Holiday camping and mobile home breaks

Leading camping and mobile home operator, Venue Holidays, has announced savings of up to 35% on Spring Bank Holiday getaways in France, for bookings made before 28 February.

This special deal means, for example, a family can enjoy a week in a three-bedroom mobile home with decking at Camping Les Fontaines at Lake Annecy for just £203, saving £112.  Facilities at the campsite, which is situated in the beautiful scenery of the Haute-Savoie, include a swimming pool with a sliding roof, a separate pool with a four-lane slide and water chutes, a multi-sports pitch, trampoline and boules.

At Camping Village le Fayolan  in the Jura – an area of wooded hills, lakes and pretty villages – a week in a fully-equipped Espace tent is reduced to just £98, saving £42.  The campsite has its own sandy lake beach and a range of facilities including a swimming pool complex – with indoor and outdoor pools – a wellness centre, canoeing, kayaking and cycle hire.

Or at Camping Les 2 Fontaines at Raguenes in Brittany, seven nights in a two-bedroom mobile home is now priced at £194, saving £107. The campsite, which is set in a former orchard and near a secluded beach, offers a range of facilities including an impressive swimming pool complex with indoor and outdoor pools, a multi-sports pitch, tennis, a skate park and a gym.

The above prices are for two adults and up to four children and apply to week-long holidays starting on 27 May.

Ferry crossings can be arranged by Venue Holidays on request and cost from £123 for a return P&O Dover/Calais saver weekend crossing for car and passengers.

01233 629950,

February 14, 2017

Essaouira in Morocco introduced by Singles Holiday specialist

Single travellers looking for a sociable break now have two Moroccan holidays to choose from with Friendship Travel, which has introduced Essaouira to its 2017 programme.

Four-night and seven-night packages are available, using Easyjet’s direct flight from Luton.

All breaks are based at the Riad Mimouna which has a superb location right on the sea wall which means it enjoys fantastic views from the rooftop dining room and sun terrace.

The four-star hotel’s 33 rooms are traditional in style, with warm earth tones, carved wood and local textiles, plus beautiful contemporary bathrooms.  Rooms are set over four floors around a central courtyard with fountain – typically Moroccan!

As always with Friendship Travel, guests enjoy sole occupancy of a standard double room with no supplement to pay, as well as the support of a Friendship Travel Host throughout.

The breaks offer outstanding value, with four nights from just £450 and a full week from £625. Departure dates are 28 March, 6 June and 5 September.

Both packages include flights, transfers, accommodation, breakfast every morning and two dinners at the hotel as well as the services of the friendly Host, who will suggest local restaurants for other meals, which are at guests’ own expense.

“Essaouira offers fantastic value for single travellers looking to discover this exotic North African destination with the extra re-assurance of our Host and in good company,” says Friendship Travel’s managing director Colum McLornan.

Friendship Travel’s other Moroccan holiday for single travellers is a five-night break that combines Marrakech with gentle walking in the High Atlas.

Friendship Travel, 0844 800 2770,




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