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September 25, 2017

October Half Term PGL Family Adventures: Kids now from £99

October half term is the last chance this year for adventurous families to have fun at PGL, with a choice of two- and four-night breaks at four of the UK centres – with discounts for adults and kids alike.

Two-night weekend breaks are organised in Dorset, Wiltshire, Shropshire and Lincolnshire, with start dates of 20 and 27 October to suit all school holiday dates.

As an example of price, adults now pay just £109 (saving £56), and children five to 18 years pay £99 (saving £46) for a two-night break at Caythorpe Court in Lincolnshire starting 20 October, when sharing an en-suite family room. The new deal means that a family of two adults and two children save a massive £204 on their break!

The same prices and savings apply at Liddington in Wiltshire on 20 or 27 October, at Osmington Bay in Dorset on 20 October, and at Boreatton Park in Shropshire on 20 or 27 October.

Four-night mid-week breaks at the same centres now cost from £209 per adult (saving £96) and from £179 per child (saving £76), again based on sharing a family room, and representing a huge saving of £344 on a family of four!  Start dates are 23 and 30 October.

In all cases, the break includes simple accommodation, either in a family room with en-suite shower/wc, or (at a higher price) separate rooms for parents and children; plus all meals and action-packed days tackling – as a family – activities ranging from the skills of archery and fencing to the thrills of the high-flying trapeze and zip wire. All specialist equipment and instruction is also provided.

Evenings are full of family-friendly fun, and as well as extensive grounds all centres have plenty of indoor space with lounges and a bar so that parents can enjoy a well-earned glass of wine!

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Availability correct at date of issue.

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. Peter died in 2004.
  • 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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September 25, 2017

Family Ferry Holidays at October Half Term from £454

Families looking for a great value half term holiday will find a self-drive escape with Irish Ferries Holidays hard to beat. A five-night break between 21 and 29 October, including cottage rental and return ferry crossings for the car and all the family, costs from just £454.

That’s in the wooded heart of County Wicklow, where Aughrim Holiday Village is set between the mountains and the sea. Each of the cottages has three en-suite bedrooms, (double, twin and single) so can accommodate a family of five. There’s a comfortable living room and open-plan kitchen-diner and the pretty village centre – with a couple of pubs – is no more than five minutes’ walk away.

Riverside Aughrim is well placed for days out: the beautiful lake at Glendalough is half an hour away, the seaside at Brittas Bay the same. Nearby are horse-riding stables, walking trails and a Paul McGinley designed golf course, while fishing and Gaelic games are popular in Aughrim itself.

Aughrim is about 90 minutes drive from each of Irish Ferries’ ports: Dublin (for ferries from Holyhead) and Rosslare (for ferries from Pembroke).

This is just one of over 30 different locations around Ireland where Irish Ferries offers self-drive cottage holidays, including the West Coast and County Cork.

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About Irish Ferries

  • Routes: Holyhead to Dublin and Pembroke to Rosslare.
  • Drive times: Holyhead from Liverpool or Manchester 2 hours; from Birmingham 3 hours. Pembroke from Cardiff 2 hours; from Bristol 2 hours 30 minutes.
  • Crossing times: the Dublin Swift is the only ‘fastcraft’ on the Irish Sea and offers the shortest crossing in as little as 1 hour 49 minutes. Ferry Holyhead to Dublin is 3 hours 15 minutes. Ferry Pembroke to Rosslare is 4 hours.
  • Club Class (priority boarding, reserved seating, free refreshments etc) available.
  • Ship-wide free WiFi.


Press and pictures contact Jane Williams at Beacon PR:  01572 748 800

September 25, 2017

October Half Term on England’s Canals

Waterways Holidays, the UK’s leading boating holidays agency, is highlighting the Heart of England for October half term holidays afloat, with breaks from £696 for a family of four.

Napton-on-the-Hill in Warwickshire is a pretty village with a church, two pubs, a village store and cafe. It is also a major waterways junction where the North and South Oxford Canals meet with the Grand Union Canal.

“Napton is a fantastic start point with a big choice of routes, and a range of narrowboats to suit both small and extended family groups,” says Waterways Holidays’ managing director Nigel Richards.

Even a short break of three or four nights offers a choice. Head west along the Grand Union Canal to elegant Leamington Spa and historic Warwick; take a cruise through rural scenery on the North Oxford Canal to visit the market town of Banbury, or head east to Braunston then decide whether to follow the Leicester arm of the Grand Union Canal north, or head south into rural Northamptonshire, stopping at canal-side pubs along the way.

AS AN EXAMPLE OF PRICE, a three-night break at half term on a Princess Class 4 narrowboat costs from £696 for a family of four (with convertible seating sleeping +2 if wanted). The boat is well-equipped with central heating and WiFi and prepared with everything needed for self-catering, including bedding/linen and towels. Hire includes initial tuition, car parking at Napton, loan of buoyancy aids and damage waiver; just pay for fuel as used during the cruise.

In a full week’s ‘self-drive’ narrowboat holiday, families can travel out and back towards historic Stratford to the west, or south through Oxfordshire, or head to Northampton and the nationally-important Waterways Museum at Stoke Bruerne.

The circular ‘Warwickshire Ring’ is also possible, linking Grand Union with the North Stratford Canal, the Birmingham and Fazeley, the Coventry and the North Oxford canals to make an energetic route with a host of great sights along the way.

A WEEK’S HIRE of a Princess Class 4 narrowboat (sleeping four) from Napton on Saturday 21 October, costs from £1040, including all the benefits listed above.

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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.

September 21, 2017

Affordable October half-term family getaways in Picardy…

For families seeking a fun, affordable and active October half-term getaway, Venue Holidays reckons that its mobile home holidays at Berny Riviere in Picardy ticks all the boxes.

The revised price of £261 (saving £145) applies to seven-night holidays – for two adults and up to four children – starting on 21 October with accommodation in a three-bedroom mobile home with decking.

Camping la Croix Vieux Pont is located in beautiful parkland setting with three lakes and offers lots of facilities, many all weather.  These include indoor swimming pools with slides and chutes, indoor and outdoor multi-sports pitches, 10-pin bowling, and cycle hire, plus canoe and pedalo hire.

The campsite runs weekly excursions to Disneyland Paris (69 miles) and also to Paris.

Ferry crossings can be arranged by Venue Holidays on request and cost from £84 for a return Dover/Calais P&O saver crossing for car and passengers.

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For further information please contact Andrew Burden at Venue Holidays on 01233 629950.  Release issued by Beacon PR (01572) 748800

September 21, 2017

Learn to bake in Pembrokeshire, in the Great British Bake Off-style…

For those inspired by the current series of the Great British Bake Off – and keen to try their hand at making artisan breads, fancy biscuits, patisserie and ‘show stopper’ creations –  Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire reckons its Cookery Experiences should fit the bill.

The Cookery Experiences, bookable through the company’s in-house Concierge Service, take place in the comfort of the holidaymaker’s cottage under the guidance of a professional chef.

The classes – which can be tailor-made to exact requirements – range from five to six hours in duration with topics including patisserie and bread making.  Prices start from £95 per person, depending on the chosen subject.

Properties on offer from Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire include Bentonville, a stunning detached newly-built property in Freshwater East with a state-of-the-art kitchen, the perfect place to create a ‘culinary masterpiece.’

Other highlights of this contemporary property – which sleeps 10 in five bedrooms (two en suite) – include a hot tub and swim spa, natural slate floors, stainless steel and glass fittings, a three-sided woodburner, a games room and two sets of bi-fold doors opening onto a decked balcony.

A seven-night autumn or winter holiday in Bentonville starts at a £1,000.

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For more press information please contact Matthew Evans on 01437 772760.
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