Get the most out of your 2015 and plan a weekend mini-break! We have a range of different trips from going to the beach with one of our many seaside favourites or visiting the city to watch live theatre. Here is a list of ideas to make this year one to remember!
Chelsea Flower Show: Kew Gardens and Cambridge
For another year, weâ€™ll be visiting one of the most famous flower shows in the worldâ€”the Chelsea Flower show. Youâ€™ll be setting off on the Friday the 22nd (May bank holiday weekend) and be staying at a Home Counties Hotel. On the Saturday, youâ€™ll be visiting the flower show at the Royal hospital Chelsea. Youâ€™ll also get the chance to see the Royal Botanic Gardenâ€”now a world heritage siteâ€”which boasts over 40,000 species of plants and inspirational gardens and landscapes. There is also an excursion to Cambridge; a university city thatâ€™s rich in history and architecture.
A three day break starting from ÂŁ199.95! Click here for more info.
Southport, Liverpool, Beatles Weekend and Southern Lakes
Take a trip to the North West and visit the Victorian seaside Southport, Liverpool andÂ their annual Beatles weekend! Youâ€™ll be departing on the 28th of August and staying at either Scarisbrick Hotel or Prince of Wales Hotel. Youâ€™ll get to enjoy the charming southern Lakeland tour, which calls at Grasmere, Bowness on Windermere. On the Saturday, youâ€™ll have a full day in Liverpool, where you can visit the Albert Dock and be able to experience Liverpool on its annual Beatles weekend, which isnâ€™t one to miss!
Four days from ÂŁ139.95! Click here for more info.
London Theatre Break Weekend
Nothing can beat live theatre! Thatâ€™s why we have a large selection of theatre breaks that you can enjoy, which includes return travel, overnight dinner, bed and breakfast, a matinee ticket for the show and free time in Covent Garden! Choose from shows like Mama Mia, Wicked, Les Miserables, Bend it like Beckham, Made in Dagenham, The Lion King and so much more!
Theatre breaks starting from ÂŁ99.95! Click here for more info.
Llandudno and Chester: Candlelit Cabaret Weekends
For three days, visit Risboro Hotel in Llandudno, where you can have free time in the day around the seaside town, and by night you can enjoy candlelit cabaret in the ballroom! Youâ€™ll also be able to go for a day out to the historic city of Chester!
Three days start from ÂŁ99.95!
Coronation Street Tour!
A must for any Corrie fans out there, as you get the opportunity to visit the famous cobbles of Coronation Streetâ€™s studio. Â You can now view the sets where some of the most famous scenes have been filmed and youâ€™ll be able to get your photo taken outside the Rovers Return! The next day, weâ€™ll also be taking you to Liverpool, where you can see the sights of the city, such as Albert Dock, the Maritime Museum, the Tate and the Beatles Story!
Two days start from ÂŁ89.95! Click here for more info.
Crich Tramway Village: 1940â€™s Weekend and Lincoln
Step back in time to the 1940â€™s and take a break to the Crich Tramway village, set in scenic Derbyshire! TheÂ themed weekend has unlimited tram rides, historic wartime vehicles and entertaining wartime concerts, period costumes and members of the Home Guard patrolling the streetsâ€”all this is included in the admission price! Plus, weâ€™ll give you the opportunity to spend time in the attractive city of Lincoln where you can visit its impressive cathedral!
Two days start from ÂŁ79.95.
Eastbourne and Brighton
For the ultimate south-coast holiday, take a weekend break to Eastbourne and Brighton! Youâ€™ll get free time to spend in both of the seaside holiday resorts, so you can stroll on the beach with your ice-cream or see Eastbourneâ€™s renowned carpet gardens, while the next day you can visit Brightonâ€”â€śThe city by the Sea!â€ť
Two days from ÂŁ59.95.
BBC TVâ€™s Victorian Farm
With this tour, you get to visit the farm from BBCâ€™s â€śVictorian Farmâ€ť, where you can watch live demonstrations, go on a guided tour and enjoy cream tea! Plus, you can experience the magnificent steam train over the Severn Valley railway. While on this your, youâ€™ll be staying at North Stafford Hotel, which is located in the heart of the Potteries, and youâ€™ll be able to go on excursions to Ludlow market, Stoke Bruerne and Ironbridge Gorge!
Three days from ÂŁ129.95!
Weâ€™re offering a one-time special event to the Llandudno extravaganza from ÂŁ69.95! The extravaganza is a Victoria Fair with vintage steam engines, exhibits, a fairground and entertainment. Weâ€™re also including an excursion to Chester with the opportunity to watch a Tom Jones tribute act! This event is subjected to the Yorkshire/Lincolnshire/North Derbyshire/Notts/East and West Midlands regions.
If youâ€™re taking children between 3 â€“ 12 years old, Legoland Windsor is a fantastic treat with fifty-five interactive rides, live shows, building workshops and driving schools. Due to popular demand, weâ€™ve decided to give you more time at the park, so you can get the most out of the experience!
Tours starting from ÂŁ99.95, click here for more info.
Harry Potter Studio Tour
From the young to the old, relive the magic with Harry Potter Studio Tour as you get to walk on the sets they used in the films and to see the props, animatronics and the special effects they used to create the fantastical world of Harry Potter. You will get to experience butter beer, Bertie Bottâ€™s Every Flavour beans and get your picture taken on playing quidditch!
Starting from ÂŁ99.95, click here for more infoÂ
Longleat Safari: African Village, Jungle Cruise & Bath
Take the family around Longleat Safari Park where you can stop off at the African village and feed giraffes and walk through lemurs. There will be time for a bite to eat and you also get the opportunity to take a jungle cruise, where you can see the gorillas and the hippos. We also offer the opportunity for you to take some free time in Bath and Bournemouth!
With tours starting from ÂŁ79.95, click here for more info.Â
Cadbury World and West Midland Safari Parks Weekend
For those with a sweet tooth, take your family to visit Cadbury World! See the way they make their famous chocolate, explore the worldâ€™s biggest Cadbury shop and learn about the companyâ€™s history. Plus, there is an African American adventure park for the little ones and they can play in chocolate rain!
Weâ€™ll also be going to the brilliant West Midland Safari Park where you venture on a four mile safari to track down the rare white lion, elephants, rhinos and camels plus more! Youâ€™ll also have the opportunity to visit the Seaquarium, reptile house, Hippo Lake and seal aquarium!
Starting from ÂŁ79.95, click here for more info!
If you really want to treat your kids (or yourself and a partnerâ€”never too old!), take them to Disneyland Paris and experience the magical atmosphere and exciting rides and attractions! With all your favourite Disney films brought to life, itâ€™s an unforgettable holiday! Plus, if you want to learn more about what happens behind the scenes, you can experience the studio park where you learn about the special effects used in their films and the secrets behind the Disney films and TV. There are two hotels to pick from, such as the newly refurbished Hotel Sante Fe or the Cowboy-themed Hotel Cheyenne.
Tours start from ÂŁ299.95, click here for more info.
For a great experience, take the family to the capital! We have plenty of London tours on offer, such as the London Freedom Weekend where you can choose what you’d like to do. Youâ€™ll never run out of things to see, whether you want to experience the London Dungeons, Big Ben, Tower Bridge or Madame Tussauds!
Alternatively, if youâ€™re looking for a more structured break, we offer guided London trips such as our London Zoo and Thames Sights, where we offer free excursions to London Zoo and for you to enjoy a Thames Cruise and free time.
We also offer a Tower of London and West End break, where you can explore the historic fortress and also do some shopping and sightseeing in the West End.
Plus, we have a tour where we visit Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament!Â
Beamish Open Air Museum
Visit Beamishâ€”the world famous open air museum, which recreates Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian life! Attractions include a pre First World War market town, a railway station from Edwardian times, Colliery, Pit Village, Waggonway, farm plus so much more.
With tours starting from ÂŁ79.95, click here for more info.Â
As much as we all love to travel, it can sometimes be costly. But as they say, the best things in life are free (or at least, inexpensive)â€”and since weâ€™ve recently announced our Ireland 2015 tours, we’ve found a host of activities for you to enjoy in one of Ireland’s most vibrant cities, Dublin.
St. Stephenâ€™s Green
Visit one of Irelandâ€™s best known parks, opened by Lord Ardilaun in 1880 for the citizens of Dublin. Itâ€™s a twenty-two acre park that still maintains its Victorian features. It’s beautiful to see in bloom in the Spring/Summer, but is also a sight when Autumn takes effect. There is over 3.4 km worth of path, which is accessible to all users, and you must take a look at the parkâ€™s ornamental lake, which is home to plenty of waterfowl, and also see the waterfall and Pulham rock on the western side of the Green. In the parkâ€™s summer months, bring a picnic as they offer plenty of lunchtime concerts.
Dublin Botanical Gardens
Visit Dublinâ€™s Botanical Gardens, located 3km from the city centre, as it is the host an oasis of beautyâ€”plus, itâ€™s absolutely free! The Gardens includes several (and historical!) iron glasshouses and is home to the National Herbarium. The botanical garden also hosts various events throughout the year, so keep an eye out!
National Gallery of Ireland
To add some culture to your stay, check out the National Gallery of Ireland! The gallery was opened in 1864 by the Earl of Carlisle and has showcased works from Caravaggio, Munch, and Monet!
Leinster House is the national parliament of Ireland. They offer tours around the house for free, which will educate you on the beautiful architecture of the building and the rich history behind the house. They do advise you to ring up before you visit, as through May and June they can get busy with their tours, but Leinster house is highly recommended for anyone on a budget who wants to see some real Irish history!
George Street Arcade
The George Street Arcade, located in central Dublin, is perfect for the people who enjoy alternative shopping and flea markets. They have a lot of retro shops, which is great if youâ€™re into your 50â€™s/60â€™s clothing, plus they offer lots of food stands, so you can stay for lunch. Itâ€™s a great place if youâ€™re looking for shopping with a difference, plus itâ€™s a great place if you’re on a budget.
Shrine of St. Valentine, Whitefriar Street Church
If youâ€™re looking for a more…well, GothicÂ turn on your Irish holiday, you can always go to the Whitefriar Street Church and visit the remains of Saint Valentine, who was given by the Pope Gregory (1831-1846) to Dublin. Today, many couples visit the shrine to ask Saint Valentine to watch over them as they spend their lives together.
Bram Stokerâ€™s Dracula Experience
Understandably, Ireland is very proud of Bram Stoker, the King of Gothic literature, so thereâ€™s no surprise that you can visit the Bram Stoker Dracula experience, which is educational and also fun, plus tickets are 8 Euros for adults (approx. ÂŁ5), five euro for seniors and students (approx. ÂŁ4) and four Euros for children (approx. ÂŁ3). Fantastic value from a great attraction!
Visit Temple Bar
Temple Bar is a charming neighbourhood in Dublin, with its cobblestone streets, a variety of cafes and bars, and magnificent architecture. For the film buffs out there, itâ€™s also home to Dublinâ€™s only Art-House cinema, plus there is the Gallery of Photography that you can visit.
St Michanâ€™s Parish Church is located in the heart of Dublinâ€™s city centre and while it might look like a humble Church on the outside, inside it harbours the crypts of some interesting folk! Itâ€™s a little on the creepy side, as you are taken down to the vaults, and you can see the mummy remains, but you can hear about their fascinating back storiesâ€”itâ€™s definitely an experience!
â€śJersey Boysâ€ť is a thrilling and energetic jukebox musical that will have you foot-tapping the night away! Itâ€™s a true rags-to-riches story, based on Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. It will have you gripped from the very start with their classic catchy numbers that will stick in your head and leave you wanting more!
The story leads you from the start of their career, and the difficulties the group faced growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, but as we all know, the Frankie and the Four Seasons eventually sold over 175 million records worldwide! The Â background story of Frankie and the Four Seasons is what makes the show so interesting, as in their early years most of the group were involved in petty crime, plus, some of the members spent time in jail. So, itâ€™s interesting to watch these four young menâ€™s career grow into fame and fortune after struggling for years.
The show is jam packed with well-known hits, such as Walk like a Man, Big Girls Donâ€™t Cry, Sherry, Canâ€™t Take My Eyes Off of You, Who Loves You?, and Bye Bye Baby and more! Â So, â€śJersey Boysâ€ť is definitely one for Frankie Valli fans, but the show also welcomes new audiences who will no doubt be familiar with their classics!
Plus, thereâ€™s fantastic vocals from Michael Watson, who plays Frankie Valli, and the way he and the Four Seasons (Ed Post, Job Boydon, and Matt Nalton) harmonise will blow you away! Oh–and Watson has the Frankie falsetto down to a tee.
With a fantastic script from Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, â€śJersey Boysâ€ť is the new â€śMama Miaâ€ť, with its fast pace narrative, delivering hit after hitâ€”itâ€™s a stylish musical that you won’t forget!
Travelstyle offers you the chance to see Jersey Boys in our theatre weekend to London. Click here for more info!Â
Letâ€™s face it, weâ€™re British, and we like tea. Itâ€™s a clichĂ©, but itâ€™s a true one at that. At Travelstyle, weâ€™ve taken the time to search around our destinations to find the best tea rooms for our customersâ€”because after travelling, nothing beats a good cuppa!
Zugerâ€™s is a restaurant and tea room that prides itself on being a family-rin business and delivering seasonal foods and homemade cakes! Itâ€™s a place thatâ€™s known for making a mixture of English and Swiss staples, such as its Rosti, which is a Zuger classic! Zugerâ€™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
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 shortbreadâ€”itâ€™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 is a popular chain with six tea rooms, however the York brand is the most noted tea room, situated in St Helens Square that is 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 waitressâ€™ in period costumes! Itâ€™s definitely an experience to be had.
Cuthbertâ€™s Bakehouse, Liverpool
Cuthbertâ€™s Bakehouse is a unique tea house, situated in Mount Pleasant, Liverpool. Theyâ€™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 jamâ€” 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 Bath bun is an elegant and traditional tea â€śshoppeâ€ť, which is located on Abbey Green in Bath and is the home of “The Bath Bun”.Â 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 cakeâ€”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.