Thinking of organising a getaway with colleagues? Or are you looking for a short break with extended family? We understand that it can be a hassle to organise a big group of people and execute travel arrangements. Thatâ€™s why we have a dedicated team who will take over the ropes and help you arrange a fantastic getaway with your group!
With 2016 peaking its head around the corner, we have plenty of group holiday ideas for you to try! However, one of our popular breaks for large groups is one of our many tribute weekends. Itâ€™s a great opportunity to let your hair down, have a few drinks and dance to one of our excellent tribute artists.
Group Holiday Ideas for 2016….
Llandudno Extravaganza, Chester & Michael BublĂ© Weekend
A favourite amongst the ladies is our Michael BublĂ©Â weekends! Heâ€™ll sing all your favourite BublĂ© hits and there will also be a disco afterwards. We can also organise fun activities for you to do in the day! Here, we have a day out to Llandudnoâ€™s Victorian Extravaganza, which is host to plenty of stalls, fairground rides and live entertainment! We also offer a day out into Chester, where you can explore its history by visiting the city walls and Chester Cathedral, enjoy some retail therapy and of course visit its famous zoo.
Blackpool Tribute Weekends!
Blackpool offers fantastic group holiday ideas! By day you can enjoy everything the seaside resort has to offer and at night you can see one of the many fabulous tribute acts at the Georgian Hollies Hotel! The Georgian Hollies has recently been refurbished and offers a lively cabaret lounge, where you can see cover acts such as Neil Diamond, Meatloaf, Freddie Mercury and much more!
There are plenty of activities you can do in Blackpool, such as visit the iconic Blackpool Tower, spend a day at the Pleasure Beach, have a frighteningly good time at Blackpool Dungeons and enjoy the sights at Madame Tussauds, plus much more. We also have excursions to the Southern Lakes, where you can spend time in Grassmere and Bowness on Windermere!
Double Bill Tribute Weekends!
When one night of dancing isnâ€™t enough, we will treat you to two tribute acts! One on the Friday and then enjoy another evening of entertainment on the Saturday. You can enjoy these special weekends at the Grand Hotel in Llandudno, so you can relax around the seaside resort in the day. Tribute acts range from Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross and many more!
Another one of our group holiday ideas is Scarborough, which also offers double bill tributes at the Grand. Along with your chosen tribute artists, this will also feature a compare and a disco to keep the part going! Scarborough offers plenty of traditional seaside activities for you and your group to enjoy in the day and you can also organise excursions to Whitby or other nearby places.
All of these group holiday ideas can be amended to suit you and your groupâ€™s tastes! So, if there is a nearby place you are interested in, let our team know and we will try out best to accommodate you. All you need to do is contact Vicky on 0044 288 1106 or use the call back facility in the Groups Section of our website.
Christmas in Lloret de Mar…
Christmas can be a great time to visit Lloret de Mar, as you dodge the tourists, which means having a more chilled out holiday!Â Of course, Christmas in Lloret de Mar won’t promise to be boiling hot, but there may be a spot of sun! The Lloret beaches will be open, so you will have plenty of opportunity to spend time walking along the sand or exploring the caves.
If youâ€™re looking for history, you could visit the Castell de Sant Joan, which is a small, but sweet castle with a tower that you can climb and be treated to breathtaking views. There is plenty of history to find within the tower and gardens.
The Sante Clotilde Gardens should be on your to-do list while at the resort. The gardens are popular amongst tourists because of its peaceful, serene atmosphere and stunning range of plants and flowers.
The Maritime Museum is also great to see when you’re spending Christmas in Lloret de Mar. The house itself has an intriguing history as it is a surviving example of the Indianosâ€”the people who left Spain to find their fortune in America who later came back with their money. The maritime museum offers history into the Lloret shipyards and the women who worked on the beaches repairing the fish nets. Obviously, this museum wonâ€™t be open on Christmas day or New Years day and opening times may be changed around this periodâ€”so remember to check the website to find out in advance.
Of course, there is also great nightlife in Lloret de Mar, so you can squeeze in a Christmas drink or two!
While spending Christmas in Lloret de Mar, you can go on an excursion to Barcelona! Here, you can enjoy the cityâ€™s incredible Gaudi architecture–the Gothic buildings are a true spectacle. You can also enjoy the iconic Sagrada Familia; the notably unfinished cathedral that is now a World Heritage Site.
Barcelona also offers great shopping as there are plenty of unique shops where you can grab a bargain or a special gift, such as unique vintage shop Le Swing or Pappabubble, a sweet â€śboutiqueâ€ť filled with bright coloured confectionery! Plus, the city is home to many high-end clothing stores.
Of course, Barcelona will also be dressed up for Christmas and will offer an amazing festive atmosphere with its Christmas markets.
You can enjoy this festive holiday from ÂŁ549.95 which includes dinner and breakfast at the Palm Beach Hotel for 13 days (and there will also be an outward and return journey stay in France). Plus, there will be gala dinners on the 24th, 25th, 31st of December and 1st of January and two special lunches on Christmas day and New Years day.
You can also upgrade for just ÂŁ150 per person! This will include an upgrade at the H.Top Royal Star hotel in Lloret with all of the above, plus all inclusive in resort ithat includes full board, snacks and drinks â€“ locally produced alcohol, soft drink and tea and coffee. In addition to the Barcelona excursion, you will also receive two extra excursions with the Catalan Heritage tour and a day trip to Girona and Tossa de Mar! Click here to spend Christmas in Lloret de Mar.Â
This Christmas, why not step on a European Christmas market tour where you can visit the real German markets, taste Belgian chocolate in Bruges or you can visit European towns and cities that are adorned in sparkling lights!
Check out our array of European Christmas Market Tours…
CHRISTMAS MARKETS OF THE RHINE
A perfect Christmas break where weâ€™ll be stopping off in Rudesheim; a romantic German town, which hosts an annual Christmas market. This market is filled with 120 stalls that sell local and global food and present different Christmas traditions from around the world. You can also try some of their delicious Rudesheim coffee, which is exclusively made from locally distilled Asbach Uralt Brandy.
Also on this European Christmas Market tour, we will be visiting the picturesque town of Koblenz. This town hosts one of the largest Christmas markets in the Rhineland-Palatinate wine region. It offers lots of traditional German festive flavours with its bakeries selling tasty stollen and German Christmas cakes and biscuits. The town also offers an array of concerts and nostalgic carriage rides though the Old Quarter.
AMSTERDAM & DUTCH DELIGHTS
Remember to wrap up in Amsterdam! This European Christmas market tour has a fantastic variety of Yuletide activities while you can also enjoy some of Amsterdamâ€™s culture! You will be able to experience the mesmerising lights the city has to offer and the Amsterdam Christmas Market that will definitely put you in the Christmas mood!
For romantic scenery, Ostend and Bruges are both places that will be unforgettable! Bruges is known as the â€śVenice of the Northâ€ť and its Gothic architecture is a stunning backdrop to the Christmas Markets, where you can enjoy shopping and the ice rink! Plus, you will also have the chance to visit Ostendâ€™s annual Christmas market, where the â€śWapenpleinâ€ť square is made into a magical winter wonderland.
VALKENBURG AND COLOGNE
If Christmas is your favourite time of year, you ought to spend some time in Valkenburg, as this is known as the â€śChristmas town of the Netherlands.â€ť The town hosts a variety of activities, such as the weekly Christmas parade, one of the oldest underground Christmas markets in Europe and Santaâ€™s village in the middle of the town!
You will also be able to experience the superb Amsterdam Christmas markets andÂ there will also be an excursion into Volendam.
European Christmas market tours start from ÂŁ229.95! Some tours also include a FREE bar and as always, return coach travel, Channel crossings by ferry/Eurotunnel, 3 night accommodation on board basis stated plus many exciting excursions! So, why not make this Christmas one to remember? Click HERE for our dates!Â Â
Our Autumn Getaways and Events…
Matlock Bath Illuminations & Fireworks
Venture into Derbyshire for the perfect autumn getaway and enjoy the â€śabsolutely breathtakingâ€ť Matlock Bath Illuminations and Fireworks! A crowd-pleasing event, the Matlock Bath Illuminations have an array of Venetian illuminated boats parading down the River Derwent. There will also be a free firework display at 9pm!
Birmingham International Tattoo
This Autumn, witness the spectacle that is the Birmingham International Tattoo! The show includes thousands of performers and military musicians from all over the worldÂ to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Weâ€™ll also be visiting the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market; an enjoyable festive experience where you can buy a one-of-a-kind gift for that special person!
Great Peak District Fair
Set in and around Buxtonâ€™s Victorian Pavilion, the Great Peak District fair is the perfect autumn getaway with a friend or partner, as the fair offers the best of the beautiful Peak District! With craft stalls, cooking demonstrations, speciality food and drink and local produce from the surrounding area, the fair has plenty to offer! We are also adding a steam train ride over the entire length of the Peak railwayâ€”an experience not to be missed where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Peak District!
One for the kids, Shrekâ€™s Adventure is Londonâ€™s newest attractions! A fun autumn getaway that the kids will love, Shrek Adventure invites you to a kingdom Far Far Away to experience an adventure filled with DreamWorks animation, enthralling story-telling and everyoneâ€™s favourite donkey! There will also be an added excursion to London’s Covent Garden — perfect for shopping and culture.
Llandudno Pier Fireworks
Why not go and see the phenomenal Llandudno Pier fireworksÂ this autumn? The display takes place on the promenade and is set against the dramatic backdrop of the Great Orme. The event is free and while youâ€™re staying in Llandudno, you can enjoy all the resort has to offer with a stroll on the beach, shopping, the MOSTYN gallery, great Orme copper mines and of course the infamous toboggan run! Itâ€™s a brilliant treat for the family or a great excuse for a romantic getaway!
Whitby and Historic Durham
Take an autumn getaway to Durham and Whitby! Visit Durham and their 11th Century cathedral! The cathedral is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture and because of this and its history, the cathedral was inscribed as one of Britainâ€™s first world heritage sites. The Durham University botanic garden is also well worth a visit, as you can wander around the alpine and winter gardens and their bamboo grove.
Weâ€™ll also be stopping off in Whitby! This pretty Yorkshire seaside resort has all of your typical seaside activities; fish and chips, a fishing harbour, walks on the beach and itâ€™s also home to the famous abbey and the Count Dracula museum!
Windermere, Furness and BrontĂ« County
Discover the Gothic inspiration behind the BrontĂ« novels with this autumn getaway, as we take you into the heart of BrontĂ« country with the cobbled streets of Haworth and Keighley. A visit to the BrontĂ« parsonage is a must, as you donâ€™t have to be a fan of the literature (although itâ€™s always a plus!), but itâ€™s a fascinating museum that unveils the dark local history. Plus, there are many cosy cafes and shops in these villages for you to enjoy!
You will also be treated to a breathtaking drive through Furness Fells and lastly stop off at Bowness on Windermere. Here, you can enjoy the scenic Lake Windermere and enjoy the delightful atmosphere of the town.
We also have plenty of traditional seaside breaks at great prices! Why not try Blackpool for an autumn getaway and see the dazzling illuminations? Or weâ€™ve got some great deals to the scenic Sandown in Isle of Wight, Tintagel in Cornwall or the city by the seaâ€”Brighton! We have plenty of seaside breaks, just have a look in our holiday finder!
There is always something about theatres that gives me the chills. Especially the old-time theatres with the red fabric, the painted cherubs, dimmed lights…and you know, general oldness. There are a lot of theatres, especially in the UK, that have been around for hundreds of years, so itâ€™s not surprising that some theatre superstitions have been created. Here are the top theatre superstitionsâ€”some you will definitely have heard of, but a few may be entirely new!
Top 8 Theatre Superstitions
Whistling has been considered a no-no when it comes to theatres, as people believe that someone will get fired.
Before walkie-talkies, the technicians and stage manager use to communicate through whistling. So, if a certain actor was absentmindedly whistling backstage, they could accidentally tell a technician to do something, like drop a sandbag, before its cue. Obviously, this could lead to a certain someone getting fired, whether it was the actor, the stage manager or the technician.
2. The Colour of the Costumes
Apparently, you have to be very fashion conscious when on stage, as different colours can represent different things. If you wear the colour blue and yellow it is thought that it will make the actor forget their lines. However, blue is also bad luck because in the early days of theatre costumes, blue dye was expensive, so theatres that werenâ€™t doing well used to buy blue costumes to trick their audience into thinking it was a successful show (although this also caused bankruptcy). However, if you pair blue with silver, itâ€™s good luck, asÂ it represented how well a theatre was doingÂ because not only would they have had blue costumes, but they could also afford silver jewellery!
It is also thought that wearing green is unlucky. This theatre superstition was connected with the playwright Moliere who apparently died on stage wearing green.
Black, as always, seems the safe option!
3.Â The Rule of Three
It said that anything that omits to the â€śrule of threeâ€ť is bad luck in a theatre and this is especially true with candles on the stage. Iâ€™m sure this is probably a health and safety violation above anything else, but the reason behind this theatre superstition is that the person nearest the shortest candle is said to be either the first to get married or the first to die (a bit one extreme to other, eh?). The superstition also comes from before electricity when candles were used as the main source of light, soÂ candles combined with busy people and flammable paint often meant there was a very real threat that the theatre could burn down!
4. Donâ€™t ever say â€śMacBethâ€ť
They are serious about this one. Even if you quote the play in a theatre, you will receive some pretty stern looks. Instead, you must call it the â€śScottish playâ€ť. Thereâ€™s been lots of stories surrounding this theatre superstition. On the opening night of the play, the boy actor who played Lady Macbeth died backstage. Orson Welles, Charlton Heston, Constantine Stanislavski all suffered a catastrophe after a performance of the show. In the middle of one performance, a riot broke out and left 120 injured and 30 dead. It is also said that Abraham Lincoln read Macbeth the night before he was assassinated.
There is a counter curse in case you do accidentally say the Scottish playâ€™s name in a theatre and that is to step outside, turn around three times, spit, swear and wait for permission to be let inside.
5.Â Keeping the Ghosts at Bay
It is said that there should always be a light burning in a theatre to ward off the ghosts. The light is supposed to be placed downstage centre, which is meant to deter ghosts (because everyone knows ghosts only come out when itâ€™s dark–duur!). There is also a practicality to this theatre superstition as it lights the stage, so if someone has left something then they would be able to see their way around the theatre, as most of the time (especially backstage) the theatre would have props and costumes hanging around.
6. Wishing someone â€śGood Luckâ€ť before a show
Typically, youâ€™re supposed to tell someone to â€śbreak a legâ€ť before they start a show. The reason why youâ€™re not supposed to say good luck before aÂ performance is based onÂ a tradition used inÂ Elizabethan times. Back then, theÂ word â€śbreakâ€ť meant bend. So after a good performance, when the actor would bow they would be considered to be â€śbreaking legsâ€ť. Itâ€™s also connected to when audiences, way back in Ancient Greek, used to stomp their legs on the ground instead of applauding, thus they could stomp their leg so hard they could break a leg! (Ouch!)
7. Â Ghosts yearn for the limelight, too!
It is said that the theatre must close for one night a week so the ghosts can act, as this will keep theÂ paranormal activityÂ subdued! As silly as this theatre superstition sounds, I do quite like the thought of giving the theatreâ€™s resident ghosts a night where they can release their inner Laurence Olivier!
8. Â No Peacock Feathers!
The â€śevil eyeâ€ť in a peacock feather is one of the reasons why this is strictly forbidden from a theatre! Itâ€™s known for cursing a number of productions, as the featherâ€™s â€śevil eyeâ€ť is thought to be an ancient curse, which has beenÂ referenced by Plato, Plutarch and even in the bible.
interested in a londonÂ theatre break? we’ll take you to the West End to see some of the hottest shows old and new such as The Lion King, Matilda, Jersey Boys, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bend It Like Beckham, Mamma Mia and much, much more! Click here for more info!Â