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May 25, 2017

Discover Jersey on foot…

Discover a different side of Jersey and enjoy a wide range of walks and tours, covering topics from local history and heritage, occupation, agriculture and food.

Walking tours on offer include ‘Wild Veg of the Ocean ‘ – seaweed foraging on a gentle coastal walk checking out 200 species that live in the waters around the island – or the Oyster Trail, walking among raised oyster and mussel beds followed by the opportunity of tasting fresh Jersey oysters.

Visitors can also enjoy ‘Bunkers at Night’ – a walking tour of WW2 bunkers and research sites – an ‘Old Quarter Walking tour’ of St Helier discovering secrets from its hidden nooks and crannies or ‘Behind Enemy Lines’, which turns the clock back 70 years to the time of the German invasion.  Further information can be found at

For those who fancy ‘putting their best foot forward’, the three-star Mayfair Hotel in St Helier is currently highlighting seven-nights-for-the-price-of-six (worth up to £56) for arrivals between 27 May and 4 August.

This means, for example, a week’s air-inclusive holiday now costs from £545 per person (twin share) inclusive of return Gatwick flights, one item of checked-in baggage, transfers and accommodation with breakfast.

Hotel facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool, a sun-deck and a fully-equipped gym, along with a bar, restaurant and coffee shop.

01534 735511,


For further information please contact the Mayfair Hotel on 01534 735511
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May 25, 2017

New: Cottage ‘Cookery Experiences’ from Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire

Always wanted to learn how to make fresh pasta, gnocchi, patisserie, hand-made chocolates, bread or a tapas feast?  If the answer to this question is yes, then check out the latest offering from Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire.

The independent company, featuring more than 550 cottages throughout Pembrokeshire, is delighted to announce that its in-house Concierge Service is now offering Cookery Experiences which take place in the comfort of the chosen holiday home.  These are under the guidance of a professional chef who has created dishes for all types of events and clients including the likes of Eton College and the Royal family.

All the Cookery Experiences can be tailor-made to exact requirements – from learning the basics or concentrating on more complex techniques – and range from five to six hours in duration and cost from £85 per person depending on the chosen dish.

Properties on offer from Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire include – new on the books – Cois Na Mara, a spacious detached house set in a stunning location just above the beach at Freshwater East.  This newly-renovated property, with a beautiful kitchen with a picture window overlooking the sea, sleeps nine in four bedrooms (one en suite) and a footpath from its garden leads through sand dunes to the beach below.  A seven-night holiday ranges between £770 and £2199.

Reservations: 01437 772760,


For more press information please contact Matthew Evans on 01437 772760.
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May 25, 2017

Stay at Ireland’s Best B&B with Irish Ferries

Springview Farmhouse has been named ‘B&B of the Year’ by B&B Ireland, the representative body for the Irish bed and breakfast sector. The Kilkenny farmhouse features in Irish Ferries’ B&B programme, and can be packaged with ferry crossings for a great-value short break or as part of a touring holiday.

“It may only have three guest bedrooms, but Eileen Joyce has given hundreds of our travellers a warm welcome over the years and we congratulate her on the award,” says Ann Pye, holidays manager at Irish Ferries.

Springview Farmhouse is at the heart of the family’s mixed farm in beautiful, rural County Kilkenny. Bedrooms are furnished in traditional style, as befits the house’s early 19th century origins.  Eileen welcomes guests with fresh-baked scones on arrival and serves a ‘full Irish’ breakfast each morning.

The B&B is no more than half an hour’s drive from fabulous Kilkenny city to the east – with its castle and cobbled streets as well as a host of good cafes and restaurants – and the same distance from medieval Fethard and the impressive Rock of Cashel.

A three-night break at Springview Farmhouse, including return ferry crossings for a car and two people, starts at £432 per couple (total) sharing a double or twin room.

Irish Ferries also offers pre-paid ‘go as you please’ B&B vouchers that can be used at hundreds of B&Bs across Ireland, packaged with ferry crossings from either Holyhead or Pembroke.

08717 300 400,


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

May 24, 2017

Music, Film, Dance – save £100 on creative holidays at PGL

PGL’s summer camps for unaccompanied children and teens are not all about raft-building and abseiling. Themed holiday weeks offer creative kids the chance to explore film-making, dance and music – and now selected holidays are discounted by £100 if booked by 16 June.

For example, during a week’s stay at Boreatton Park in Shropshire, 10-13s and 13-16s can follow a film-making course, collaborating under the guidance of PGL staff to create a finished short film, with a DVD copy to take home.  From scriptwriting to sound-effects, acting and editing – every child is fully-involved.  Film-making occupies half the week, but PGL makes sure youngsters also get fresh air and outdoor fun for at least a couple of hours each day. Offered on 22 July, 5, 12 and 19 August, the brochure price of £695 is reduced by £100 if booked by 16 June.

Two centres are equipped with music studios and over the course of a week youngsters can record voices and instruments, learning to sample, sequence beats and edit: everything from headphones to editing software is provided, and kids can pursue their own musical style, from Garage to Rock. Offered both in Shropshire and at Marchants Hill in Surrey on 22 and 29 July, half the week is spent in the studio and half on fun activities from the centre’s wide range. Originally £695 per child aged 10-16, this is now reduced to £595.

And 13-16 year olds interested in health and wellbeing can enjoy a mix of natural beauty lessons, yoga, nail and hair care along with healthy exercise and opportunities to simply chill out and chat. The sessions are mixed with fun activities in Boreatton Park’s 240 acres. Wellbeing weeks start 12 and 19 August and were originally £629, but are now reduced to £529. Boys and girls are equally welcome!

Other themed holidays with reductions include Dance weeks and Video Games courses. In all cases, the price includes single-sex accommodation, all meals, equipment, instruction, age-appropriate evening fun and supervision.

To take advantage of the offer, PGL’s special activity holiday insurance must be taken (£37). Quote MBR12 when booking by 16 June.

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

Images and further press info from Jane Williams at Beacon PR (01572) 748 800

May 18, 2017

July camping and mobile home offers from Venue Holidays…

With the school summer holidays starting earlier for many families this year, leading camping and mobile home operator, Venue Holidays, has some tempting July offers including 10 nights on Italy’s Adriatic coastline from £793.

This special price, saving £187, applies to arrivals on site on 21 July at Camping Ca’Savio at Ca Savio with accommodation in a fully-equipped Espace tent.  The campsite, with direct access to a large, sandy beach, has lots of family-friendly facilities including a swimming pool complex with four separate pools.  Venice is also within easy reach; a 40-minute ferry ride from nearby Punta Sabbioni takes visitors into the heart of the city.

In Picardy, an 11-night stay in a three-bedroom mobile home with decking from 18 July at Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont at Berny Riviere is now priced at £1476, saving £346.  The campsite is ideally placed for visiting Disneyland Paris (weekly excursions are organised) and facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, 10-pin bowling, cycle hire, canoeing, a sports centre – with archery, a climbing wall and a zip wire – plus a wellness centre and an indoor soft play area.

Or at Raguenes in Brittany, 10 nights from 21 July in a three-bedroom mobile home with decking at Camping Les 2 Fontaines now cost £1245, a reduction of £383. This friendly campsite has an impressive array of facilities including a swimming pool complex with indoor and outdoor pools, slides and chutes, plus cycle hire, six-hole golf and a skate park

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 P&O Dover/Calais saver weekend crossing for car and passengers.

01233 629950,

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




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