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Tuesday, 27 October 2009

McFly performing at Butlins in November

MCFLY are to appear live at Butlins in Minehead from November 13-16.

Prices cost £55pp for the full weekend break, including tickets for the live gig.

Butlins is planning a very special music break at their beachside Resort in Minehead when McFly appear live over the weekend of November 13-16. With just 5,000 seats you will not only really feel the adrenalin of a live intimate gig but also as though Harry, Tom, Dougie and Danny are singing just to you!!

The live entertainment continues long after the concert ends with further live entertainment shows, a giant water park with water rides, Go-Cart track and multi sports courts, shops, bars and restaurants or simply places to hang out and unwind.

With prices start from £55pp for the full weekend including accommodation, all live entertainment plus tickets to the gig, meaning the concerts are better value for fans than travelling the country for a one night event. For more information or to book the break call 0845 070 4730 or visit www.butlins.com/McFly (The maximum call charge is 2p per minute from a BT landline. Calls from other networks may vary)

* Based on four people sharing a Silver self-catering apartment.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Haven's brochures proving popular

‘People still love to browse through a brochure,’ say Haven Holidays. Despite the rise in on-line bookings it seems more people than ever are requesting holiday brochures.

‘This year we had 25% more brochure requests from new customers than we received the previous year,’ said a spokesperson for the brand. ‘Even people who have already booked a holiday via our website often ask for our literature to be sent to them as well. Whilst people like the ease and convenience of booking on-line and love the videos of our parks they also enjoy the more tactile experience of reading the brochure and sharing their holiday plans with all the family.’

The research into brochure request figures was released soon after the Haven Call Centre was declared industry favourite in Britain’s biggest call centre awards. The Call Centre, which is based in Haven’s Head Offices in Hemel Hempstead achieved ratings of more than 90% in extensive mystery shopper surveys, despite answering 6% more calls than the previous year.

Whilst it’s possible to book a holiday via the internet, over the counter in a Travel Agency or by post – it appears that people still love to flick through the brochure and then follow it up with a chat on the phone!

Haven’s new 2010 brochure will be mailed during the first week of November and the new website goes live on November 6th.

They both feature 35 family holiday parks around the UK all offering good value for money holidays and some excellent half price early booking deals. Family Spring breaks at a wide choice of parks start at as little as £99 for a family of four in Superior accommodation.

Next year even more family activities are included in the price and the entertainment package promises to be even more extensive with professional cabaret, comedy, tribute bands, stage-shows, variety nights, pantos and circus performances.

Call 0871 230 1900 or click on www.haven.com

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Halloween fun with Butlins

FAMILIES can enjoy all the spooky fun at Halloween and Fireworks, 30th October – 2nd November at all three Resorts.

Only for the very brave is Captain Jak’s Haunted Hotel where you may see a ghostly sighting on the 13th Floor, or frighten the adults at the Little Monsters Fancy Dress Ball. Spooky Science will make your hair stand on end whilst you never know what you may get Trick or Treating.

Really get into the Halloween mood at Halloween Make and Takes, arts and crafts around a ghostly theme. The whole family will enjoy the grand Firework Display, weather permitting, as well as live entertainment from *Britain’s Got Talent stars, Strike, and *X-Factors Eoghan Quigg.

Prices for 30th October – 2nd November, based on a family of four sharing a Silver self-catering apartment

Minehead – £65pp per break
Skegness – £85pp per break

Bognor Regis

Take advantage of a brilliant mid-week, 2nd – 6th November, family break at Butlins Bognor Regis with prices from £48pp per break based on four people sharing a Silver self-catering apartment

Enjoy a little extra luxury by staying in one of the two modern hotels on the Resort.

Shoreline Hotel, prices from £63pp per break based on a family of four (2 adults and 2 children aged 2 – 14 years) sharing a Columbus Quarters on room only basis.

Ocean Hotel, prices from £74pp per break based on a family of four sharing a Mariner Room on room only basis.

To book a Butlins family break call 0845 070 4730 or visit www.butlins.com

* Check who's appearing at your chosen break at time of booking to avoid disappointment.

Monday, 19 October 2009

New Haven brochure to be released

HAVEN Holidays’ new brochure will be released on November 1.
Tip of the week is to nab next year’s holiday whilst the current brochure is still valid and book a break at 2009 prices.
The savings are significant with three night weekend breaks next Spring at a number of their family holiday parks from as little as £95 for a family of four in a ‘Superior’ two bedroom holiday home.
Prices include a wide range of activities and access to excellent facilities including heated indoor and outdoor pools, sports activities and indoor ‘FunZones’. Kid’s clubs are included in the price and there is no extra charge for entertainment. Rumour has it that Haven are spending significantly on new developments over the winter so many of their 35 parks are likely to have even more to offer families next year.
Call 0871 230 1900 or click on www.haven.com to book.

* Very late deals!
Still not booked for half term? Haven Holidays can still squeeze you in at a choice of parks from October 26th for four nights. Prices start at just £199 for a family of four people in ‘Superior’ two bedroom accommodation at Golden Sands (near Mablethorpe on the East Coast); Haggerston Castle (near Berwick in Northumberland); Seashore (near Great Yarmouth) and Riviere Sands (near St Ives in Cornwall).
The price includes Haven’s extensive facilities, a full programme of daytime and evening family entertainment and lots of sports and activities. Call 0871 230 1900 or click on www.haven.com for immediate bookings and other special offers.

New routes to Canary Isles open this week

AIRLINE Monarch (www.monarch.co.uk) is strengthening its network from Birmingham airport with new routes to the Canary Islands of Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria taking to the skies this week.

From today, weekly flights will operate to Gran Canaria and from 21 October weekly flights to Fuerteventura will also launch, bringing the total number of destinations served by the airline from its Midlands base to 13.

Commenting on the launch of these new services, managing director of Monarch flights and holidays, Liz Savage said, "We are delighted to be expanding our network to the Canary Islands with the launch of scheduled flights to Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura. These will operate in addition to our existing routes to Tenerife and Lanzarote, and we have been overwhelmed with how well these new services have been received with 9,000 advanced bookings already taken.

"We are seeing huge demand for our mid-haul destinations - in September we carried 61% more customers to Lanzarote and 12% more customers to Tenerife compared to September 2008 and the addition of Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura means even more people can take advantage of our low fares and award-winning onboard service to these popular sunshine islands this winter.

"The onboard service offered on Monarch's scheduled flights, which includes extra legroom seating, a great range of tasty hot and cold food and selected inflight entertainment is over and above the levels provided by most low fare airlines and is perfectly suited for longer flight sectors such as the Canary Islands."

Monarch operates scheduled flights from Birmingham to a range of destinations throughout Mainland Spain, the Balearic and Canary Islands, Portugal and Cyprus. In addition to year-round low fares, Monarch also offers a unique range of tasty hot and cold meals onboard with prices from £3.00. To enable customers to select where in the cabin they sit and ensure that families and groups sit together, seats can be pre-booked from £7.50 per one-way flight, or from only £15, extra-legroom seats are available, which offer up to six inches of extra space.

Passengers travelling on scheduled flights can also avoid the queues at the airport and take advantage of online check-in which is available between seven days and 4.5 hours prior to departure.

In addition to flights, Monarch also now offers a huge range of great value holidays, accommodation options, car hire and travel insurance.

For further information or to book Monarch flights, Monarch Holidays or Monarch Hotels, please visit www.monarch.co.uk.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

New way to donate to Pudsey

LOW cost airline bmibaby has launched a new way for people to donate money to BBC Children in Need, the airline’s national charity.

Passengers will now have the opportunity to donate £1 to the charity simply by ticking a ‘Donate to Pudsey’ box when making a booking online at bmibaby.com. This is the sixth consecutive year bmibaby has supported BBC Children in Need and last year raised over £40,000 for the charity.

As well as collecting via the bmibaby website, the airline is collecting on board every flight until the end of November and holding fundraising events at East Midlands Airport. bmibaby launched its fundraising appeal for the charity by unveiling ‘Pudsey, baby’, an aircraft covered in spots just like the famous bear’s spotty bandana.

Crawford Rix, managing director, bmibaby, said:

“We are proud to be supporting BBC Children in Need for the sixth consecutive year and we hope to raise even more money for the charity this year.

“By adding another way for people to donate, this time via our website, we are making it quick and easy for people to show their support for the BBC Children in Need Appeal. The new method of donating online has only been running for a couple of weeks and we have already raised over £1,600, which is a great start. We are also collecting onboard every flight until the end of November, selling Pudsey keyrings onboard and holding fundraising events at our head office and four UK bases.”

For more information visit www.bmibaby.com

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Last chance for cottage holidays for half term

JUST a few Cornish Farm Holidays properties are still available for October half term (week commencing 23rd/24th October).

All are working farms offering high-quality B&B and self-catering holiday accommodation. There’s a huge range on offer on the farms – some have private fishing, and children can watch cows being milked, meet pet donkeys and go on tractor rides.

Many are close to the coastal path for walking and cycling, and nearly all properties are close to Cornwall’s beaches. All properties are graded four or five stars by Visit Britain or the AA.

Bookings are made direct with the individual farms; availability and special offers can be checked through www.cornishfarmholidays.co.uk

The best deal is £275 for a week’s self-catering at ‘Anneth Lowen’ on Pulla Farm, near Truro from 23rd October (less than £10 per person per night for four people).

1 Cartole Cottages, near Looe
‘Linney Cottage’ is one of six holiday cottages set in six acres of grounds. Situated between Looe and Polperro with easy access to the coast, facilities include wifi, hot tub, children’s play area and field walks.
23rd or 24th October, £320 per week. Sleeps 4.

2 Higher Grenna Farm, near Falmouth
‘The Granary’ is one of only 600 properties in the UK to be given the five star Gold award for self catering accommodation. The recently-converted barn is hidden away down a private drive with stunning rural views.
24th October, £450 per week. Sleeps 2 plus baby.

3 Cadson Manor, Callington
Unlimited coarse fishing is included with a stay at this elegant manor house which dates from the 16th Century. The four star accommodation overlooks the croquet lawns, meadow and lake.
24th October, £625 per week. Sleeps 6.

4 Trevorrick Farm Cottages, near Padstow
Character 4 star accommodation, swimming pool, great children’s facilities. Stunning location near Padstow. Friendly farm animals
23rd October, £450 per week. Sleeps 4.

5 Chegwidden Farm, near Penzance
‘The Granary’ is a 17th century barn that has been converted to high standard accommodation sleeping four people. There is a large private walled courtyard with barbeque and an eight-seater hot tub.
24th October, £750 per week. Sleeps 4.

6 Higher Carthew Farm, near Helston
Each cottage has a wood burner, four poster bed and a pumpkin to add to your half term Halloween treat. A home made cream tea welcomes you to a wonderful part of Cornwall.
‘Corn Loft’: 23rd October, £307 per week. Sleeps 2.
‘Orchard View’: 24th October, £307 per week. Sleeps 2 plus baby.

7 West Woolley Farm, near Bude
Three converted barns are still available at this small farm on the Cornwall/Devon border. Close to the beaches, West Woolley is a great base for walking and wildlife, with animal feeding and collecting eggs on the farm.
‘Stables’: 24th October, £715 per week. Sleeps 6.
‘Parlour’: 24th October, £530 per week. Sleeps 5.
‘Grain Store’: 23rd/24th October, £530 per week. Sleeps 4.

8 Lower Dutson Farm, near Launceston
Coarse and river fishing on the farm are included, with carp weights into the low 20lbs. If you don’t catch anything there are some great pubs and restaurants in nearby Launceston.
‘Swallows’: 24th October, £300 per week. Sleeps 6.
‘Meadow Cottage’: 24th October, £300 per week. Sleeps 8.

9 Pulla Farm, near Truro
‘Anneth Lowen’ is a spacious ground floor apartment situated between Truro, Falmouth and Redruth. Less than 10 miles from the north and 6 miles from the south coast and beaches. All linen and towels, electricity and heating included.
23rd October, £275 per week. Sleeps 4.

10 Trengove Farm, near Portreath
With its listed farmhouse and buildings, Trengove Farm is surrounded by open fields close to the harbour-side village of Portreath. The farm buildings that surround the farmhouse have been sympathetically renovated with extensive use of natural materials.
23rd/24th October, cottages from £295 (sleeps 2) to £420 (sleeps 4) per week.

Monday, 12 October 2009

New log cabin site opens on banks of Loch Long

Forest Holidays has opened a new £2.1M Argyll Cabin site on the banks of Loch Long, Dunbartonshire. The development is part of a £8.5m programme that includes the opening of further sites and investment in its existing locations during the year ahead.

Phase one of the new Forest Holidays Argyll site comprises 14 luxury timber Cabins and a further 14 units will become available on completion in 2010. The Cabins are located to benefit from views of the surrounding landscape and blend in with the natural environment.

The two and three bedroom Cabins feature a range of deluxe furnishings and fittings including flat screen TV, well equipped kitchen, BBQ and even an outdoor hot tub. Prices for a four night mid week break during October for 4 people staying in a two bedroom unit start from £319 per Cabin.

Forest Holidays Cabins are designed with the environment in mind and most incorporate integral high efficiency log burners and associated internal wall/under floor heating, rain water harvesting, low energy appliances and excellent insulation levels.

Facilities on the Argyll site include a 'Forest Retreat' which incorporates the reception and offers local food products, wine, bakery, coffees and souvenirs. There is also a 'Forest Experience Room' for information on the local wildlife and talks by the on site Forest Ranger who can organise various themed walks for guests. A children's play area and Loch side jetty complete the facilities available.

Gary Fletcher, Chief Executive Officer, Forest Holidays said: "The 'Staycation' scenario in 2009 has certainly helped our Cabin sites and bookings are considerably ahead of last year. I am pleased to report that occupancy at our new Argyll site is at over 90% between now and Christmas. However, we are never content to rest on our current successes and will always seek new ways to better meet the public's changing tastes and expectations while remaining true to our sustainable tourism values."

Forest Holidays is a partnership between the Forestry Commission and The Camping and Caravanning Club. It owns and operates six Cabin sites and 21 Caravan and Camping sites in England, Scotland and Wales. The company operates entirely within the Forestry Commission estate and has a 125 year lease on the land on which the sites are based. The sites provide Cabin, Caravan and Camping holidays in stunning locations and stays are focused around using the forest itself for entertainment, rather than more commercialised activities.