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November 13, 2017

New for 2018: PGL Family Adventures on the Suffolk Heritage Coast

PGL will open a new adventure centre on the Suffolk Heritage Coast in 2018 and will offer both Family Adventure breaks and Summer Camps for unaccompanied children at Bawdsey Manor.

The new centre is near Woodbridge, less than two hours from the M25 and a similar drive time from Cambridge. The impressive 144-acre estate at the mouth of the River Deben includes a private beach.  See Bawdsey Manor drone footage filmed prior to PGL purchasing the estate.

The beautiful house was built between 1886 and 1895. Its ornamental gables, octagonal towers and terraces have earned it Grade II* Listed status and the extensive grounds include other Listed buildings and gardens. Owned by the RAF during the Second World War and throughout the Cold War period, Bawdsey Manor was an important radar research centre.

After PGL’s transformation programme this winter, Bawdsey Manor will offer a superb range of activities for 2018 including archery, abseiling, canoeing, climbing, fencing, rifle-shooting, a giant swing and zip wire, Jacob’s ladder, a high-flying trapeze plus orienteering and beach safaris.

As well as acres of playing fields, Bawdsey Manor has an indoor sports hall and a games room, dining room and lounges.

For families with children as young as five, PGL will offer seven, four and two-night multi-activity holidays and breaks. A seven-night holiday starts from £489 per adult/£409 per child; a two-night weekend break starts from £179 per adult/£159 per child.  In both cases this is based on sharing an ensuite family room and includes all meals, activities, equipment, instruction and family-friendly evening fun.

Unaccompanied children aged seven to 16 – accommodated separately from families – will be able to choose between multi-activity breaks and a ‘love to learn’ Cook’s Academy themed week.

Multi-activity weeks start at £599 per child; a Cook’s Academy holiday is £699.  Includes accommodation, all meals, activities, equipment, instruction, supervision and evening fun.

0333 321 2114, www.pgl.co.uk


Editors Notes

  • PGL 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

November 13, 2017

New for 2018: Sociable Singles’ Holiday in Portugal

Leading singles holidays company Friendship Travel has a new Portugal holiday for 2018. It is based in the coastal town of Olhao within Portugal’s Ria Formosa Natural Park.

This is ‘the other side of the Algarve’: instead of driving west from Faro airport, as most holidaymakers do, Friendship Travel’s guests will be transferred a few miles east to an authentic fishing port on the spectacular tidal estuary.

The package is Hosted by a Friendship Travel team member, and during each seven-night holiday guests enjoy four included excursions: to Faro’s historic centre; to the town of Vila Real de Santo Antonia on the Spanish border; a local cookery school demo; a boat trip around Olhao’s tidal estuary and islands.

Olhau is a wonderfully unspoiled destination. The old town is a warren of cobbled streets lined by 18th century townhouses. There’s a quayside fish market (designed by Gustave Eiffel) and a commercial harbour protected from the Atlantic by a chain of low-lying islands offering beautiful sandy beaches and a haven for wildlife.  A couple of islands are inhabited, with beach bars and watersports for day visitors, with scheduled ferries providing easy access.

Friendship Travel’s groups will be based at the contemporary Real Marina Hotel in ‘new’ Olhau, yet still only 500m along the seafront from the market complex, which means the town’s bars and ice-cream parlours are an easy stroll away.

The sea-facing hotel has a first-floor heated outdoor pool and sun terraces with superb sea views, there’s a spa and indoor pool, a couple of bars and restaurants and 144 rooms.  Friendship Travel guests enjoy sole occupancy of a double room, with free WiFi, air-con and everything you’d expect of a modern four-star.

 

PRICE

Dates in May, June, September and early October are offered, with prices from £1135. This includes flights from Gatwick (up to 27 other UK/Ireland regional departures available possibly at a supplement), transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation in a smart double room for sole occupancy, with breakfast each day, two lunches and four dinners with wine, four planned excursions and the support of a Friendship Travel Host throughout.

Friendship Travel, 0289 446 2211, www.friendshiptravel.com

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
  • 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

 

Written and distributed by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800 or jane@beaconpr.co.uk

For expert comment on the singles holidays market, contact Colum McLornan, Friendship Travel managing director via Beacon PR.

November 8, 2017

New: more mobile home holidays in the Vendee for 2018…

Camping and mobile home specialist, Venue Holidays, has expanded its choice of campsites in The Vendee, with Camping le Clarys Plage making its debut in 2018.

The campsite – situated four miles south of St Jean de Monts – is the perfect location for a family-friendly holiday with its many impressive facilities including a spectacular swimming pool complex with a lazy river, water slides and numerous fountains, plus a 10-metre high ‘Space Boa’ water slide.

Other facilities include a multi-sports complex with a football pitch, an outdoor fitness area, a zip wire, several play areas, a large climbing pyramid and climbing frame.  A stroll of around 400 yards leads to the nearest sandy beach.

Next to the campsite – with pedestrian access – is a small shopping centre with a supermarket and restaurant.  Popular places to visit nearby include St Hilaire-de-Riez and St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie.

As an example of price, a seven-night holiday in a two-bedroom mobile home with decking at the beginning of May is priced at just £200, increasing to £1020 in peak season.

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.

01233 629950, www.venueholidays.co.uk

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

November 8, 2017

Kilkenny’s Yulefest or Waterford’s Winterval with Irish Ferries

Hop on a ferry to Ireland for a Celtic Christmas market, and come home with a car full of unique Irish gifts – and no baggage charges! Irish Ferries’ top tips for pre-Christmas shopping are Kilkenny’s Yulefest and Waterford’s Winterval.

Yulefest Kilkenny has something to see every day in December in this lively medieval city that’s approximately 90 minutes’ drive from either Rosslare or Dublin ferry ports.

As well as an indoor ice-rink at Cillin Hill and an illuminated Christmas Garden at Butler House, there’s a pop-up Made in Kilkenny shop at 76 John Street that’s open every day during the run-up to Christmas. The range of locally-crafted gifts includes ceramics, leather, wool and glass, plus beautiful jewellery and scented candles.

Add weekend street entertainment, food stalls and seasonal concerts and it’s easy to see why Kilkenny draws visitors from all over Ireland. See yulefestkilkenny.ie for the full programme.

Waterford City’s Winterval festival gets bigger each year, kicking off on 17 November 2017 with its Christmas light switch-on, offering a host of events up to Christmas.

New attractions for 2017 include the Waterford Eye and a giant Snow Globe photo booth, while established favourites are a vintage carousel and Ferris wheel plus the popular toy train rides.  Every weekend the streets around the Cathedral are filled with food, craft and gift stalls.  Waterford City is about 90 minutes’ drive from the port of Rosslare.  Further information at winterval.ie

Travel to Ireland with Irish Ferries, sailing from Holyhead into Dublin, or from Pembroke in south Wales into Rosslare.

Return ferry fares for a car and two adults currently start at £282.  Alternatively, a short-break package including two nights at the Tower Hotel in Waterford for two people sharing a room on a B&B basis AND return ferries costs from £356.

Fares and availability correct at date of issue.


08717 300 400,
www.irishferries.com


About Irish Ferries

  • 4 ships currently sailing between Ireland and the UK
  • The catamaran Dublin Swift is the only high-speed ferry on the Irish Sea with a crossing time as short as 1hr 49mins from Holyhead to Dublin.
  • The largest ship on the Irish Sea is cruise-ferry Ulysses at almost 50,000 tonnes and 12 decks high with superb on-bard facilities: crossing time 3hrs 15mins from Holyhead to Dublin.
  • Holyhead/Dublin route served by Dublin Swift, Ulysses and ferry Epsilon. Drive times to Holyhead from Liverpool or Manchester 2hrs; from Birmingham 3hrs.
  • Pembroke/Rosslare route (crossing time 4hrs) usually served by cruise-ferry Isle of Inishmore. Drive time to Pembroke from Cardiff 2hrs; from Bristol 2hrs 30mins.
  • Club Class (priority boarding, reserved seating, free refreshments etc) available on most ships.
  • Ship-wide free WiFi.

 

Press and pictures contact Jane Williams at Beacon PR: jane@beaconpr.co.uk  01572 748 800

November 6, 2017

Winter Sun for Sociable Single Travellers from £599

Leading singles holidays company Friendship Travel reports winter sun bookings up 12% compared to 1 November 2016, with demand for its three featured hotels in the Canary Islands up 30%.

The company is now highlighting Cyprus as delivering outstanding value at temperatures typically ten degrees higher than London, so that in December the island averages 18C by day, with six hours of sunshine a day.*

Friendship Travel has six Hosted weeks for single travellers in Cyprus this winter between November and March next year, with a seven night stay at the Smartline Paphos Hotel from only £599. That is based on flights from Gatwick on 24 February 2018 and the package includes transfers, sole occupancy of a double/twin room, breakfast every day and four dinners each week, with wine.

Each holiday is Hosted by a Friendship Travel team member from the UK, and guests are welcome to do their own thing, or join fellow guests for optional activities and sightseeing. The friendly three-star has indoor and outdoor pools, and beautifully-landscaped gardens offering sheltered spots for reading in the sun. Paphos’ bars, shops and sights are within walking distance.

Friendship Travel, 0289 446 2211, www.friendshiptravel.com

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.

* Source Met Office

Editor’s Notes

  • Friendship Travel was founded in 1999 by Colum McLornan and is based in Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • 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

Written and distributed by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800 or jane@beaconpr.co.uk

For expert comment on the singles holidays market, contact Colum McLornan, Friendship Travel managing director via Beacon PR.

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