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September 12, 2018

From £99 for two people for four nights…almost cheaper than staying at home…

Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire is delighted to be featuring its special autumn short breaks where two people can enjoy a four-night stay from as little as £99.

This special deal applies between 3 November and 15 December at selected cottages and is based on two people sharing one bedroom in the chosen property.

Featured £99 cottages include Ty Melyn, a cosy little house just a short walk from the bustling centre of Fishguard with its picturesque harbour and pubs, restaurants and galleries.  It’s the ideal spot for walking the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and exploring Pembrokeshire’s stunning coastline.

Or for just a little more at £125 for four nights is Farmhouse Cottage, a converted dairy in the quite hamlet of Trevinert, less than a mile from the tiny city of St Davids with its Cathedral.  Many sandy beaches and quiet coves are within a short drive and the property is close to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.

For couples who require a separate bedroom, an extra charge of £15 applies, and additional guests at the chosen cottage are charged at £49 each for four nights.  Some cottages may be subject to a modest fuel charge and this special offer is valid for telephone bookings only.

Dogs are welcome at selected properties at a charge of £10 per pet.

Reservations: 01437 772760,

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September 12, 2018

Educational Breaks on Boats from Waterways Holidays

Waterways Holidays says a family weekend on a narrowboat is a living history experience for children, with waterside museums and educational attractions to visit.

“Learning how to operate locks and swing or lift bridges is part of the experience of a canal break,” says managing director Nigel Richards, “and some of the best museums in Britain are accessible from the towpath.”

The Canal and River Trust’s museum on the Grand Union Canal in the pretty village of Stoke Bruerne is an obvious choice. There’s a re-creation of a boat-builder’s workshop, working models of narrowboats, films bringing early C20th canals to life and craft displays. Open daily until November and weekends until Christmas. Family ticket £12. A weekend’s hire of ‘Gull’ from Gayton costs from £680 plus fuel.

In the north-west, the Anderton Boat Lift is a fantastic example of engineering, lifting boats from the Trent and Mersey Canal to the River Weaver 50 feet above (visitor centre free). Families can also discover the history of salt-making with a visit to the Lion Salt Works near Northwich, which has direct access from the towpath. Closed Mondays. Family ticket from £14.60.  A weekend’s hire of ‘Princess 4’ from Acton Bridge costs from £560 plus fuel this autumn.

Birmingham’s Gas Street canal basin is a great base for visiting family-friendly educational attractions including the National Sea Life Centre beside the canal (tickets from £13) and, only 10 minutes’ walk away, the city’s Museum and Art Gallery (free) where the Staffordshire Hoard is on display: the largest Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found. A weekend’s hire of ‘Thrush’ from Alvechurch costs from £552 plus fuel.

Other educational canal-side visits include the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland, Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre in West Yorkshire and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Visitor Centre.

Quoted prices are based on a three-night weekend hire of a modern narrowboat sleeping four to six people.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,


September 12, 2018

Kilkenny Food Festival: bring gourmet gifts home with Irish Ferries

Savour Kilkenny food festival ( will be holding its 11th event over the long weekend between Thursday 25 and Monday 29 October 2018.

Kilkenny is a great destination at any time of year (good food, good beer, historic sights, independent shops, lively bars thanks to its student population) but this weekend is unmissable.

It’s an opportunity to up on the best Irish food and drink, from artisan cheeses to smoked meat and boutique whiskey brands. Take your own car to Ireland with Irish Ferries and there’s room for it all, with no baggage charges to worry about.

There are talks and demos from Irish chefs and foodies including Rory O’Connell, joint founder with his sister Darina Allen of Ballymaloo Cookery School; Patrick Hanlon and Russell Alford aka The Gastro Gays food and travel bloggers; athlete turned healthy living guru Dervla O’Rourke.

The Market on Saturday and Sunday features 100 stalls, including dozens of small food producers and their wares. There’s a marquee full of craft brewing and distilling operations. There are even walking and cycling trails.

Workshops covering everything from foraging to bee-keeping are also timetabled, and there are child-friendly events too.

Kilkenny is the home of Smithwick’s Brewery, which is a great visit in itself, and the city boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant, Campagne, plus other highly-recommended eateries.

Kilkenny town is about 90 minutes’ drive from either of Irish Ferries’ ports: Dublin (depart from Holyhead) and Rosslare (sail from Pembroke).

A four-night Irish Ferries self-drive break (so you can fill the boot with Irish food and drink to bring home) costs £398 per person based on two people travelling in the same car and sharing a double room at the Pembroke Hotel, a boutique four-star on Patrick Street. This is arriving Thursday 25 October for four nights and includes breakfast each morning.  08717 300 400

September 12, 2018

Save 50% on Half Term Family Adventures at PGL Centres

Activity holiday company PGL is offering 50% off Family Adventure breaks at three of its UK centres this October half term.

Four-night Monday to Friday breaks start on 22 and 29 October, with prices now from £588 for a family of two adults and two children five to 18 years, saving £588 – half price! That’s when sharing a simple but ensuite family room.

When parents opt for a twin with children in an adjacent room, a four-night stay is also now half price, down to £628.

As always with PGL, breaks include accommodation, all meals, activities, equipment and family-orientated evening fun, making them great value. Locations with half price breaks are Liddington in Wiltshire, Boreatton Park on the Welsh borders and Osmington Bay on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

Activities vary from centre to centre but may include archery, aeroball, ropes course challenges, climbing and fencing.

While most children aged five and upwards can take part in all activities, tinies aged two, three and four years old are also welcome and are completely free, but PGL does not have creche facilities so a parent must take responsibility for the non-participating child at all times.

Quote FAOCT50 when booking.

Call 0333 321 2114, or go to

September 12, 2018

Four-nights-for-the-price-of-three in Jersey this autumn…

Enjoy an autumn escape on Jersey and bag a bargain to boot…that’s the message from the Mayfair Hotel in St Helier.

Between 22 September and 26 October the hotel is offering four-nights-for-the price-of-three which means, for example, a four-night stay now costs from as little as £289 per person.

This twin share price includes return Gatwick or Liverpool flights, one item of checked in luggage, transfers and accommodation with full English breakfast.  Flights are available from other UK airports, supplements may apply.

In addition to enjoying the hotel’s facilities – including a health club and an indoor swimming pool – guests can also enjoy some of the island’s finest foods at bargain prices at the renowned Jersey Tennerfest.  It takes place between 1 October and 10 November, with a wide choice of restaurants offering an extensive and exciting choice of ‘fixed price’ menus from as little as £10 per person.

01534 735511,




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