Festivals don’t come cheap

Thinking of heading to Glastonbury for the festival in June? The mud and the portable toilets have never appealed to us, although we appreciate the musical appeal. Now it turns out that British festival fans looking to make their money go farther would be better off heading elsewhere. Glastonbury is one of the world’s most […]

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Cruise views: A new look for shore excursions

We once had a supremely silly complaint from someone who had been on a trip with Celebrity Cruises: there had not been enough celebrities on board! But, celebrities or not, passengers will surely be celebrating as the shipping line unveils an imaginative new programme of shore excursions. It is about time that someone took a […]

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Hotel news: The Grove takes top title

 The Pride of Britain title of “Hotel of the Year 2015” has been awarded to The Grove, Narberth – a painstakingly restored property in Pembrokeshire. Pride of Britain – a consortium of49 privately-owned independent British hotels – say the award was made because of The Grove’s “outstanding hospitality”. We’d love to tell you more, but […]

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Hotels link up for luxury getaway

More hotels should do this. Two lovely properties in northern England, the Feversham Arms Hotel in Helmsley and Seaham Hall near Durham, have joined forces to offer guests a luxury driving experience getaway. The four-day driving tour package provides the perfect opportunity to experience the very best of what the North has to offer. Charles […]

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Exchange rate boosts Europe holidays

Where are you going for your holidays this year? The answer is Europe, if you want to make your money go as far as possible. Sterling is currently at a nine-year high against the Euro, meaning that Europe will be offering some of the best priced holidays in years. Global flight providers www.CheapOair.co.uk are already reporting […]

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Never mind Las Vegas, Venice is the place to wed

More and more couples are choosing to marry in some romantic, and often exotic, faraway destination. We imagined that a palm-fringed beach in the Caribbean would be a top choice – although some people seem to prefer their nuptials to be conducted by an Elvis impersonator in a glitzy Las Vegas wedding chapel. But destination […]

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Cruise views: A fortnight in Provence

Although we have cruised many of the world’s great rivers, we have yet to be convinced that river cruising matches the splendours of deep-sea cruising. But we applaud the initiative of Saga in introducing a new, no-fly, river cruise in Provence this year. With visits to Avignon, Arles, the wine country of Macon and the […]

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Revealed: Britain’s best-value hotel

The increasingly influential TripAdvisor (www.tripadvisor.co.uk) has named the Lawton Court Hotel, in Llandudno, as the best-value holiday hotel in Britain. Lawton Court, just a stone’s throw from the beach, was singled out for its service, which goes “above and beyond expectations.” Other aspects of the hotel loved by reviewers included the sea views, excellent breakfasts, […]

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Cruise review: Switching to Oriana

Why do long-standing passengers switch to another cruise line? And how do they like the change? A regular reader and cruising fan sent us this report: After cruising with Fred Olsen for some 12 years, my wife Kath and I decided to try a new cruise company, writes John Fisher. The recent changes on Black […]

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Cruise views: Coming from America

It is not just Cunard who like to think of their trio of ships – Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria – as the pride of Britain: we all do! To sail on them is to experience all the facilities and hospitality of a world-class hotel – but at sea So are we […]

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