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July 5, 2018

Eight Top Family Holiday Destinations from Waterways Holidays

A week on the canals is the perfect all-in-one holiday for families says the UK’s top boating holiday company Waterways Holidays.  “A narrowboat is not only a floating holiday home, it is your mode of transport and sightseeing all wrapped into one great-value package,” says managing director Nigel Richards.

The company offers narrowboat hire across Britain’s 2,000+ miles of canals and recommends these destinations for family holidays afloat this summer.

  1. LLANGOLLEN CANAL Waterways Holidays offers seven start points between Llangollen and the junction with the Shropshire Union Canal. This is a wonderfully scenic canal, with the thrill of crossing the 126-feet high Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (UNESCO World Heritage site).
  1. THE HEART OF ENGLAND The Grand Union Canal is the ‘spine’ of the network, connecting London with Birmingham. Linking rivers like the Avon and Severn wander through Warwick and Stratford while canals enter the heart of Birmingham and Leicester. Choose from 12 start points on the Grand Union Canal itself, with many more across the Midlands.
  1. BATH This elegant city is a living history book for family sightseeing. Bath is packed with fascinating museums from the Roman Baths and No 1 Royal Crescent to the Jane Austen Centre. Moor in the city centre or 10 minutes’ walk away at Sydney Gardens. There are seven start points within easy reach of Bath.


  1. SCOTLAND Waterways Holidays suggests hiring from the base at the foot of the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first rotating boat lift, which is the height of about eight double decker buses. Marvel at this feat of modern engineering, then cruise the Forth and Clyde Canal to see the Kelpies, or head towards Linlithgow.
  1. THE FENS Perhaps Britain’s least-known waterways. The Nene and Great Ouse rivers combine with navigable fens to bring boats into the heart of cathedral cities like Ely and Peterborough, sleepy Cambridgeshire villages and fascinating nature reserves. Start from Ely or March.
  1. RIVER WEY The river was made navigable as early as the 1630s, and today is managed by the National Trust, providing a green corridor through Surrey to connect with the Thames. Excellent choice of waterside pubs and restaurants. Start from Guildford, Send or Farncombe.
  1. THE PENNINES Three key waterways cross the northern hills. The Leeds and Liverpool, Rochdale and Huddersfield canals. Enjoy far-reaching moorland views then discover England’s industrial heritage in former mill towns. Four start points including Barnoldswick and Sowerby Bridge.
  1. THE BRECON BEACONS The Monmouth and Brecon canal is ideal for nature-lovers: spot red kites, kingfishers and herons. Its 36 miles are cut off from the rest of the canal network, with tranquil towpaths, few locks and lovely views, it is the ideal ‘first time’ canal, with three start points.

Family-friendly narrowboats come in all sizes, from compact four-berths to 60+ feet long boats sleeping up to 12.

Many are pet friendly at no extra charge, and all are equipped with everything needed for a self-catering holiday afloat. Initial tuition is always provided, along with the loan of buoyancy aids.

A peak summer week for a family of up to six people, in a Princess 4 class narrowboat available from a variety of locations, starts at £1360. Price and availability correct at date of issue: terms and conditions apply.

Further information and advice from Waterways Holidays on 01252 339023,

July 3, 2018

Single and stuck for a summer break? Try Turkey from £605

Single people tied to school holiday dates – perhaps because of a teaching career – should check out Friendship Travel, which is highlighting weekly departures to its friendly hotel on the hillside above Oludeniz on Turkey’s turquoise coast.

The Forever Hotel operates as a Houseparty, where Friendship Travel’s own Hosts create a sociable ‘villa party’ atmosphere. There are just 19 rooms, a pool surrounded by sunbeds, hammocks in well-tended gardens, and of course a bar and restaurant.

All guests enjoy sole occupancy of one of the hotel’s double room with no single supplement to pay.

Four communal dinners are included in each week at the Forever Hotel, with guests sitting together around one large table. On other evenings, the group heads out to try local restaurants at their own expense, typically in smaller groups.

Breakfast every morning is part of the package, but not lunch, which allows guests to do their own thing by day, whether that is reading by the pool, hopping on the local bus down to the beach or going sightseeing with others interested in Lycian rock tombs, parascending, a day on a gulet or loggerhead turtles to name but four options. Guests may join in as much or as little as they wish.

Friendship Travel holidays start every Monday with flights from up to 21 UK and Irish airports booked as part of an ATOL-bonded package. Prices start at £605 for seven nights as described, based on flights from Luton (with airport transfers) on 16 July. August dates from Gatwick start at £820. These prices all include a generous hold baggage allowance.

2018 is Friendship Travel’s 20th season of offering holidays for single travellers.

Friendship Travel, 0289 446 2211,

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.


Editor’s Notes

  • Friendship Travel was founded in 1999 by Colum McLornan and is based in Antrim, Northern Ireland. (Colum is available for expert comment on the singles holidays market.)
  • Offers holidays for single people aged 25+
  • All holidays are Hosted by Friendship Travel representatives
  • Programme ranges from weekend breaks in the UK to house-parties around the Med, hotel holidays in the sun, winter ski weeks and escorted tours worldwide
  • There is no single supplement to pay on Friendship Travel holidays
  • All flight-inclusive holidays are ATOL-protected


Written and distributed by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800 or





July 3, 2018

Picardy peak season camping reduced in price…

Reduced peak season camping and mobile home holidays at Berny Riviere in Picardy – an easy 147-mile drive from the ferry port at Calais – are being featured by specialist operator, Venue Holidays.

Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont is a lakeside campsite offering a wealth of facilities including an indoor and outdoor swimming pool with fountains and waterfalls, a wellness centre with a beauty salon, gym sauna and steam room , plus 10-pin bowling, tennis and fishing.

The campsite also runs weekly excursions to Paris and Disneyland Paris.

As an example of reduced prices, a seven-night holiday for a family of up to six – arriving on 28 July – now costs £927 (a reduction of £284) with accommodation in a three-bedroom mobile home with decking.

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

July 2, 2018

Peak season savings from Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire

There’s still time to bag a bargain peak season deal…that’s the message from Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire.

Cottages with reduced prices include Wilwin, a contemporary single-storey property with a hot tub and games room set on the edge of the village of Maenclochog in the heart of the glorious Pembrokeshire countryside.

It sleeps six in three bedrooms (one en suite) and enjoys panoramic rural views.  The area has many footpaths, ancient tracks and, for a day at the seaside, the sandy beach at Newport is within a 20-minute drive.  A peak season week now costs £1170, saving £130.

In the pretty seaside village of Solva and just 100 yards from its tiny harbour is Pilgrims, a renovated cottage (sleeping five in two bedrooms) nestling on a hillside in the heart of the village.  Everything is within easy reach – pubs, galleries, shops and restaurants – and a drive of just three miles leads to the tiny city of St Davids.  A seven-night peak season holiday is now priced at £789, a reduction of £88.

Or, located in the heart of Broad Haven is Inglenook Cottage, just a couple of minutes’ walk from a sandy beach, shop and pub.  This cosy cottage, sleeping four in two bedrooms, has been carefully renovated and retains exposed stone walls, wooden floors and beams.  In addition to a terraced rear garden, there is also a decked rooftop garden, perfect for sunbathing!  A week’s break in peak season is priced at £750, saving £163.

Reservations:  01437 772760,


For more press information please contact Matthew Evans on 01437 772760.  Released by Pat Jacobs at Beacon PR (01572) 748800

June 28, 2018

From £999 for a family of six: Crete in August with Freelance Holidays

Freelance Holidays now features seven family-run apartment ‘complexes’ on Crete that deliver all the enjoyment of a villa holiday at half the price this summer, with a week in August starting at just £999 for a three-bedroom apartment sleeping six (excluding flights and car hire).

“Share the pool at one of our small and friendly apartments and the cost plummets,” says Freelance Holidays’ managing director Paul Fogg. “A three-bedroom villa with a private pool is typically twice the price.

“And apartments can deliver other benefits: children for yours to play with; often a location that’s closer to the sea, and nearer facilities such as tavernas and markets. You may also be able to get away without a car, which keeps costs down even more.”

For example the Rouladina Apartments in Stalos have been a Freelance Holidays exclusive for several years. They’re owned by Manolis and Dimitra, Greek-Canadians who built half a dozen apartments around a 10m x 5m pool set just 500 metres from the sandy beach. The couple live on site and manage the apartments with a combination of Canadian efficiency and Greek hospitality: guests are often welcomed with one of Dimitra’s traditional bakes.

A week in August in Apartment Four, one of the four three-bedroom apartments (there is also a two-bedroom and one-bedroom unit) costs from just £999. It sleeps six, with the option to add a seventh on the sofa-bed in the living area. Like all their apartments in this low-rise (two storey) there’s a sea view to the front, and sun-baked vineyards behind. The nearest taverna and tiny shop is 100m away, with a wider choice 500m along the coast road. The bus stop is nearby, and as Chania airport is only 27kms away, and the town itself within 10kms, car hire is not essential – another saving!

Freelance Holidays’ line-up of apartments on Crete include the seafront Pavlakis Beach apartments, also in Stalos, Iliopetra Studios in Douliana and Paleohora Harbour Apartments on the south-west coast.

Freelance Holidays: 01789 297705,


Availability and prices correct at date of issue.




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