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Jersey and Guernsey By Air For Groups!
Jersey and Guernsey By Air For Groups!

Did you know that our Groups Department here at Travelstyle can take the hassle out of organising a trip to the beautiful Channel Islands by Air?

With our friends at Destination Specialists, we can offer a wide range of accommodation across both Jersey and Guernsey for groups of any size! Whether you are looking for simple no thrills or luxury properties with all singing, all dancing facilities — we can help!

Jersey and Guernsey by Air with Your Group…

Jersey and Guernsey by air is a great way to spend a holiday in the sun without having to stray too far.  Jersey is great for its history; from the imposing Elizabeth Castle to when it was occupied by Germany in WWII, the islands has an interesting story to tell.
On Guernsey, you must visit the famous Little Chapel, which is a stunning structure that many tourists flock to, so they can see the broken pieces of china that makes the building. The underground military museum is also one to visit while on the island, plus we recommend you visit Castle Cornet.

There’s no excuse not to see Jersey and Guernsey by air, as flights are available from many local airports throughout the year with a variety of operators. What’s great is that some of these carriers will offer a ‘hold’ seat service without a financial penalty to give you time to get your group together!

jersey and guernsey by air

Credit: ST BRELADE BAY BY SIMON OBRIEN

We have worked with the guys at Destination Specialists for many year and since they’re based in Jersey, their knowledge of the Channel Islands is second to none! All holidays are fully bonded via ATOL 9503, so you can book your group with the knowledge that you are 100% protected.

We can also add a variety of excursions whilst on the islands to suit your groups interest and a local representative will be available to assist with any requirements.

We will sort out transfers from the airport to the hotel for you as well plus if you need transport to get to your chosen UK departure airport we can help there, too!

So, what’s stopping you? Use our online tools to request a quote or give Vicky a call on 0844 682 0014 and let us show you just how easy it is to organise a group trip to Jersey or Guernsey!

Editor’s Note: This post was originally updated 09/02/2015 and was updated on 10/03/2016.

Travelstyle’s Coach Trips to the Seaside
Travelstyle’s Coach Trips to the Seaside

Coach trips to the seaside are perennial favourites for Brits, and we have a long history of holidaying by the sea. Travelstyle have collected deals on a wide range of some of the most popular locations – which means that no matter what kind of beach holiday you’re looking for, our coach trips have you covered!

UK Coach Trip to the Seaside…

llandudno pier

If you’re after the entertainment and attractions of a traditional seaside resort, then we’ve got short breaks to all five Pontins parks, as well as hotels in Llandudno and Blackpool – outstanding value at prices from £25 per night. Alternatively, perhaps you want to explore the old-world charm of the English Riviera, in which case perhaps a trip down to Torquay or Babbacombe might be more for you. Another favourite is the Isle of Wight, which sees around 100,000 visitors on short breaks every year. Whatever your holidaying requirements are our range of coach trips to the seaside and short breaks are sure to include something that tickles your fancy.

coach trips to the seaside

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Editor’s Note: This blog was originally published on 15/08/2012 and was updated on 09/02/2016.

Taking it East: A Different London Experience
Taking it East: A Different London Experience
For a while, East London—especially around the Hackney/Holloway area– has been a hotbed for producing up-and-coming places to visit, which is great if you’re looking to veer from your typical tourist activities. If you’re wanting different to the down-right quirky, places like Brick Lane, Spitalfield Markets and Bethnal Green are perfect for shopping and food, plus you’re bound to see some colourful sights with the fantastic street art.

On the Saturday we arrived, we moseyed down Shoreditch High Street on our way to Spitalfield market. It was bustling with people, especially with crowds from record shops (it was national record day).

Happy record store day - Rough Trade

Spitalfield is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon, providing a mixture of quirky shops to high-end retailers. It’s also a short walk from Brick Lane, where we walked down later on and found the famous cereal cafe, which was still open at eight in the evening (cereal isn’t just for breakfast!), plus there was also a chocolate shop called Dark Sugar, which had a phenomenal display of truffles and a sweet, chocolate-y aroma that hits you as you walk on by. Yet, one of the highlights of the area is the range and diversity of the bars; it has a fantastic collection of rustic pubs with an array of stouts and pale ales, beautiful wine bars for the sophisticated of us and endless cocktail bars that serves the classics to their own twisted creations.

We stopped at the Hawksmoor cocktail bar (we heard good things), which is a converted cellar that’s known for its delicious cocktails. I went for a drink entitled “Mikey’s Tea”, a mix of chamomile gin, maraschino and lime, topped off with grapefruit juice (very refreshing!). Other cocktails pictured are the “Nuclear Banana Daiquiri” (Rum, Chartreuse, Banana & Lime) and right in the left corner is the “Green and Red Margarita” (Tequila, Lime, Lemon & Agave Syrup. Frozen).

Hawksmoor Cocktails

Other interesting cocktails that I would have liked to have tried included “Full Fat Old Fashioned”, which contains butter, sugar and bourbon, and “Honey I Shrunk the Figs” (ten points for the name), which is vodka, fig, blood orange, chocolate bitters, lime and soda.

The Hawksmoor also had an upstairs where you could have the fine-dining experience, however we stuck it out in the cellar and treated ourselves to one of their fantastic burgers. Here is the “Nacho Cheese chicken sandwich”; a Doritos-encrusted chicken burger (better than it sounds) that was topped with avocado and habenero salsa—not one to pick if you’re afraid of the spice! However, there are other sandwiches/burgers you can enjoy from a pulled pork sandwich to chilli cheese dogs. Another highlight of the place was its attentive and friendly staff, who made sure you were comfortable and, despite being busy, were quick on the customer service.

Hawksmoor Food

On the Sunday, we got up early to check out Columbia Road Flower Market, which apart from the obvious, sold many outdoor accessories and furniture, plus there are lots of independent shops selling things you won’t see anywhere else.

As you can see, a beautiful selection of flowers… 

Columbia Flower Market

There were also kooky gift shops down the road, which broadened out the shopping experience. Afterall, it isn’t a trip to London without seeing the Queen…

Harry brand items at Brick lane market

 We then wandered up Brick Lane to see what it had to offer in the day. It wasn’t planned, but we encountered the Sunday market, which offers an array of colourful and delicious world foods for you to try (there are lots of samples!):

Arancino anyone?

Ham & Mozzarella Arancino - Brick Lane Market

Keep refreshed with their fruit juices…

Various fruit juices at Brick lane market

Or maybe you fancy cake? Great Sunday treat while in London’s East End!

Selection of cakes at Brcik lane market

Or maybe a bratwurst?

German bratwursts on show at Brick lane market

Hungry yet? There really is plenty of food you can try at the Sunday market–and all the different aromas with definitely have your mouth watering. I definitely recommend adding this to your East End experience, especially if you’re a foodie, because you’re bound to find something new (and pretty tasty!).

And…more cake! ‘Cause you can never have too much cake. Fact.

A lovely cake on display at Brick Lane

Late morning, we stopped off at the Whitechapel Gallery, which regularly changes its exhibitions, so it’s always good to check out what’s on via their website. The gallery also has free entry, so it’s worthwhile to stop off for an hour or so to see the gallery’s collection. When we were there, there was artwork from Andy Warhol to David Hockney, plus there was plenty of visual and audio displays.

We then moseyed down St Paul’s Road in Islington, which is abundant with interesting shops, from homeware stores with the biggest teapot collections to stunning bakeries that treat their buns like miniature artworks, such as Belle Époque Patisserie—where I bought these cakes: 

Belle Epoque Patisserie

Okay — so we did go out of East London, and venture into central London, where we visited the V&A. We went specifically to see the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition, where we had pre-booked tickets (if you get the chance to see it—do! It’s on until 2nd of August). They are also plenty of free exhibitions for you to see, plus if it’s a sunny day you can lounge on the V&A’s courtyard and admire the building’s outstanding architecture. 

Alexander McQueen

So, if you are looking for something different, East London has plenty to offer from their arts, culture and cuisine. I definitely recommend the food markets, afterall, if you can’t stuff your face on holiday, when can you? 

Click here to check out our London Freedom Weekends, where you can go off and do your own thing.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 28/04/2015 and was updated on 09/03/2016.

2016 Easter Breaks!
2016 Easter Breaks!

With Easter coming up soon, why not treat yourself and the family to a holiday! Whether you fancy a city break or a traditional seaside holiday, we have a number of breaks for you over Easter.

2016 Easter Breaks

We’ve also some great deals if you’re looking for a seaside break. Over the Easter holidays, we’ll be setting off to the Isle of Wight, where you’ll be staying at a hotel that’s located near the beach. Here, you can enjoy a tour around the island and visit the popular sights!

2016 Easter Breaks

Scarborough castle

We’re also offering a tour to Scarborough; one of the oldest seaside resorts in Britain. There are plenty of things to do to make the most of your Easter break, such as visit Peasholm Park or learn the town’s history with Scarborough castle, or you can get a fright with Scarborough’s Terror Tower.

Spend your 2016 Easter Break in Llandudno, where you can enjoy views of the Great Orme, walks on the beach, spend time in the pier’s amusement arcade, exploring the copper mine or tobogganing at the Ski centre! This is a great family-friendly destination.

Warner Brothers studio tour

Are you looking for family-fun this Easter? Let us do the driving, as we have plenty of tours that will make everyone happy! We still have places to the exciting and incredibly popular Harry Potter Studios Tour, where you can learn about the baffling workmanship and the magic that created Hogwarts and the world around it!

Legoland Windsor is also great for little kids, as there are over 55 interactive rides, live shows, building workshops, driving schools and plenty more attractions that will make Legoland a holiday to remember!

Calling all chocoholics, we have some fantastic tours to Cadbury World, where you can experience the fun and joy that goes into Cadbury chocolate with an insight into how the confectionery is made and the history behind the Cadbury family. We’re also offering a one-day excursion to West Midlands Safari Park, where you can go on a four mile safari and see over 600 animals!

2016 Easter Breaks

Beamish Open Air Museum continues to be a hit for all ages.  It’s a unique experience, as the museum maintains urban and rural life of Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian life in North East England. The museum is set over 300 acres of stunning countryside in Durham and has won many awards since its opening in the 1970′s, such as Best Family Experience and Visitor Attraction of the Year.

If you’re looking for something different, check out Torquay and the Eden Project where you can enjoy all the best bits of the seaside, but also have a day out to the Eden Project—a charity where you can experience the sights and the smells of  the rainforest, learn about the environment, plus they have events on throughout the year–so keep a look out about what’s on when you’re going!

We’ve also got coach holidays to Longleat Safari Park with a jungle cruise and an excursion into Bath! The safari park is a family favourite with a fantastic selection of wildlife that you can see from the comfort of the coach!

To see our full selection, search our holiday finder on the left hand side of the website for our extensive list of Easter Breaks. 

Editor’s Note: The post was originally published on 26/02/15 and was updated on 09/03/2016.

 

The Best British Tea Rooms!
The Best British Tea Rooms!

Let’s face it, we’re British and we like tea. It’s a cliché, but it’s a true one at that. At Travelstyle, we’ve taken the time to search around our destinations to find the best British tea rooms for our customers—because after travelling, nothing beats a good cuppa!

Our Best British Tea Rooms!

Zuger’s, Chester

The Best British Tea Rooms

Image via Zugertearooms.co.uk

First on our best british tea rooms list is Zuger’s, which is a restaurant located in Chester. It’s tea room that prides itself on being a family-run business and delivering seasonal foods and homemade cakes! It’s a place that’s known for making a mixture of English and Swiss staples, such as its Rosti, which is a Zuger classic! Zuger’s prove a different selection of deserts and cakes everyday, so it’s always worthwhile to pop in, and they offer a wide selection of herbal teas and coffee specials!

Urban Tea Rooms, London

The Best British Tea Rooms

Image via UrbanTeaRooms.com

Enjoy the Urban Tea rooms, located in Soho, for its array of different tea flavours from Orange and Passion fruit to Cornish Peppermint. They have a large selection of homemade cakes, from white chocolate and raspberry muffin to the classic millionaire shortbread—it’s making me hungry just writing it down! The Urban Tea Rooms is also worthwhile to visit at night time, as they serve an evening menu and an array of great cocktails!

Bettys, York

The Best British Tea Rooms

Image via Bettys.co.uk

Bettys is a popular chain with six tea rooms, which you can find in York and Harrogate. Our favourite, the one situated in York, is found on Helens Square–an iconic part of the city. Known for giving a quintessentially English afternoon tea, where you can chose one of their eighteen speciality teas and enjoy three tiers of goodness, all the while being served by waitress’ in period costumes! It’s definitely an experience to be had.

Cuthbert’s Bakehouse, Liverpool

The Best British Tea Rooms

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Cuthbert’s Bakehouse is a unique tea house, situated in Mount Pleasant, Liverpool. They’re constantly creating and baking new recipes, such as their best bakes red velvet cake, triple layer fudge cake, and all-butter scones served with clotted cream and homemade jam— yummy! They also have a quaint garden area for you to enjoy and in the summer they team up with a local ice-cream brand and serve many delicious flavour ice-cream and sorbets such as lemon cheesecake and apple crumble!

 

The Bath Bun, Bath

The Best British Tea Rooms

Image via artsandillustrators.co.uk

The Bath bun is an elegant and traditional tea “shoppe”, which is located on Abbey Green in Bath and is the home of “The Bath Bun.”  The tea room took its name from a Dr. William Oliver, who was a founder and physician at the Bath general hospital (now known as the Royal Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases). He used to make the Bath Bun for his patients, and they loved the rich sweet flavour of the cake—which became problematic as his patients started to gain weight, so Dr. Oliver created a less fattening version, which can still be bought at the Bath Bun tea shoppe today. Click the following link for more info

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 06/11/14 and was updated on 09/03/16.

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