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June 17, 2019

Waterways Holidays agrees with C5’s Tony Robinson: the Thames IS Britain’s Greatest River!

Waterways Holidays welcomes Tony Robinson’s TV exploration of The Thames: Britain’s Greatest River (Channel 5, Tuesdays 8pm), saying “it’s good to see this magnificent waterway on-screen and be reminded that many stretches of the Thames are easy to discover on a boating break.”

The boating holidays specialist offers five start points along the Thames between Oxford and Windsor.

A self-steer boating break offers more than 800 years of history, a royal castle and the chance of celebrity sightings along a 25 mile stretch of England’s iconic river.

“There is a wide range of motor cruisers and narrowboats providing comfortable floating accommodation and a fresh angle on historic and beautiful locations along the Thames,” says Waterways Holidays boss Nigel Richards.

From Runnymede where Magna Carta was signed, to Old Windsor (home to Sir Elton John and David Furnish), Royal Windsor, Eton College (some parts of which are open to the public) and well-heeled Maidenhead, there are plenty of celebrity homes to spot.

At Taplow, the National Trust’s Cliveden estate has riverside moorings so take a walk in the beautiful gardens, or afternoon tea at Cliveden House itself, which is now a luxury hotel. Further on are Marlow and Henley, where a stop at the River and Rowing Museum is a must.

Tracing the river upstream, it winds through rural Berkshire to Sonning, where George and Amal Clooney have their UK base, and on towards Oxford’s dreaming spires.

A three-night weekend on the Thames starts at £819 for a 30-feet long modern cruiser equipped with shower/wc and galley kitchen, and sleeping two to four people.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,

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Waterways Holidays’ spokesman is managing director Nigel Richards: 01252 796400


June 17, 2019

Save 20% on Irish Ferries to Ireland AND Kids Go Free!

Families looking for a welcoming holiday that’s great value can save ££££s in Irish Ferries’ flash sale – but hurry, bookings must be made by midnight on Wednesday 19 June.

Ireland’s best ferry company is discounting ALL new trips for travel to Ireland by 20% AND families can take advantage of a new Kids Go Free offer.

Motorist fares for any sailing, on any ship, on any travel date this year – including peak summer holidays – are discounted by 20% if booked in the next few days.

PLUS up to seven children in the same vehicle travel completely free, saving £30 per child on a return trip (child age is up to and including 15 years).

With a fabulous coastline bristling with Blue Flags, award-winning attractions and family-friendly accommodation Ireland is a fantastic holiday destination. A self-drive holiday delivers maximum flexibility and – with this offer – maximum value.

Irish Ferries has four ships operating between the UK and Ireland, including the high-speed Dublin Swift fastcraft and the majestic 50,000 tonne Ulysses.

With the offer, a family of two adults and four kids under 16 can make a return trip to Ireland this year for as little as £187.40 in total, saving a massive £165.60.

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June 13, 2019

Savings of up to 30% on Tuscan sunshine getaways in late June or early July

Camping and mobile home specialist, Venue Holidays, is featuring savings of up to 30% on a choice of holidays in Tuscany during late June and early July.

This means, for example, a seven-night break from 30 June in a three-bedroom mobile home with air-con and decking at Camping Park Albatros near San Vincenzo is now priced at £578, a reduction of £238.  The campsite is set in a pine forest 900 yards from the sea and its many facilities include a large swimming pool area – with lagoon pools, an Olympic-size pool and covered pools – along with cycle hire, a multi-sports pitch and a tree-walking course.

At Camping Norcenni Girasole Club at Figline Valdarno, a week’s holiday from 3 July in a two-bedroom mobile home with air-con and decking now costs £650, saving £208.   The campsite has two swimming pool complexes with water slides, a lazy river, lagoon pools and fun islands, plus a wealth of leisure pursuits such as a wellness centre, tennis, cycle and moped hire, horse riding and mini golf.  Sightseeing opportunities nearby include Florence (23 miles) and San Gimignano (48 miles).

Or at Camping Village Baia del Marinaio south of the village of Vada, seven nights from 6 July in a fully-equipped Espace tent is now priced at £388, saving £151.  A stroll of around 300 yards leads to a gently shelving sandy beach and the campsite has a swimming pool, a slide pool and a children’s pool, along with a multi-sports pitch, tennis, cycle hire and pool.

Ferry crossings can be arranged by Venue Holidays on request and cost from £128 for a return weekend P&O Dover/Calais saver sailing for car and passengers.

01233 629950,

June 13, 2019

The many delights of Laugharne…

Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire reckons there are many reasons to visit Laugharne this summer.

Not only is this pretty village the former home and final resting place of Dylan Thomas, Wales’ greatest poet and writer, it is also the filming location of BBC Wales’ record-breaking drama Keeping Faith being shown on BBC1 later this summer.

Laugharne, which is set on the banks of the River Taff and overlooked by its dramatic medieval castle, is also rich in flora and fauna and just over four miles away is Pendine Sands, a seven-mile stretch of beach where Sir Malcom Campbell and his car Blue Bird set a land-speed record more than 90 years ago.

Properties in Laugharne featured by Coastal  Cottages of Pembrokeshire include  Chandler’s Cottage, a superb property – carefully restored and beautifully furnished – sleeping eight in four bedrooms.  In its terraced gardens there is a hot tub and a short stroll leads to shops, cafes and restaurants.  A week’s holiday in late June or early July is now priced at £1192 (saving £298), rising to £1999 in peak season.

Smaller parties could opt for 2 Strand Cottage, a pretty fisherman’s cottage set on the banks of the River Taff and overlooking Dylan Thomas’ Boathouse and the ruins of the castle.  The property, with stunning views of the estuary, sleeps four in two bedrooms.  Nearby are shops, pubs – including Brown’s Hotel, the writer’s favourite watering hole – and restaurants.  A week’s holiday in July and August costs £824.

Reservations:  01437 772760,

June 13, 2019

Peak season family short breaks on Jersey from £404…

Peak season family short breaks on Jersey – where two adults and two children (under 15 years) can enjoy three nights’ accommodation with breakfast from just £404 – is the offer at the three-star Mayfair Hotel in St Helier.

This price, which equates to less than £34 per person per night, applies to a choice of dates throughout July and August and includes accommodation in a family room with full English breakfast.

This family-friendly hotel offers a wealth of facilities – including an indoor swimming pool, a fully-equipped gym, a games room, a sun deck, plus bar, restaurant and coffee shop – and is just a short walk from the centre of town or the beach at Havre des Pas.

Travel-inclusive packages can be arranged by the hotel on request, either by Fast Ferry from Poole or from a wide choice of regional airports including Gatwick, Liverpool or Luton.

01534 735511,




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