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Mexico, Pacific Coast, Puerto Vallarta, Royal Decameron, 2 weeks All inclusive £721.00pp for 2 adults, 2 children First Choice

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2 weeks all inclusive staying at the Royal Decameron Complex leaving Manchester on 4th February 2017 and returning on 18th February 2017. The hotel is 3* Plus and I have stayed here myself on a few oc…
0011728 Avatar5h, 45m agoFound 5 hours, 45 minutes ago6 Comments
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The hotel is actually situated in Bucerias, not downtown Puerto Vallarta. Very safe area amd no problems leaving the hotel at night. Going again soon and will be my 7th time without seeing any trouble whatsoever. I would have no problem recommending this hotel or area to anyone.

Edited By: 0011728 on Jan 20, 2017 16:40
A good price but having been to the area shortly after the local drug barons decided to petrol bomb garages and a bank below a hotel I'd try to check the safety situation before taking children there. It isnt easy to do that - people were claiming on tripadvisor, for example, that there had been little damage when there was a photo of the burnt out bank if you searched on google.
heat 8)
heat for the heat.
£721 if you add 2 children, deal amended

Edited By: 0011728 on Jan 20, 2017 13:20: update
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Russel Hobbs - 21480 (the best on the market) - Waitrose - £60.00

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A superior blending performance at an affordable price, this soup maker is an ideal appliance for any keen chef. There are eight different programmes to choose from including chunky soup, creamy soup,…
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Or use a pan.....
Gollywood
Nothing Russell Hobbs could make could ever be the best on the market!


​ I'm pretty sure they make the best Russell Hobbs 21480... :)
Nothing Russell Hobbs could make could ever be the best on the market!
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Haworth Yorkshire Moors 2 nights stay £89.00 @ Travelzoo

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I love the Yorkshire Moors and Brontë country and this deal looks brilliant via Travelzoo. From just £89 you can have 2 nights in Westfield Lodge (weekends are extra but even so very good value). This…
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Disco Dave
Stick to the road stay off the moors
American werewolf in London?
Disco Dave
Stick to the road stay off the moors
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/images/clip/p006vm6j_640_360.jpg
Stick to the road stay off the moors
If any deal hunters can find a nice stay in a lodge, hotel or cottage for a family of 2 adults + 3 children
Most if the deals posted are inly for a couples :(
psychobitchfromhell
shadey12
psychobitchfromhell
I don't think there are any travel tickets left for journeys but for all train buffs, flying scotsman is at the Keighley and worth valley railway1-9 april.
​off topic but I take it you'll be having April fools in Haworth.
For my sins


​you'll be able to pretend you were in the railway children or yanks.
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Save Extra £50 off Bookings on Holidays to the Canaries with Voucher @ First Choice

Instructions:Terms and Conditions: Save an extra £50 per booking including children aged 2 and over on package holidays. Discount is valid on our package holidays departing between 18th Jan ? 30th April 2017. The minimum spend is £800 per booking and before any extras such as insurance, room upgrades & selecting
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Your heading states "save 50%" ....not £50!!!' Nearly booked a holiday there:D
Thanks My Mistake Edited Now X
Your heading states "save 50%" ....not £50!!!' Nearly booked a holiday there:D
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Save £50 per Booking on Holidays to the Canarys with voucher @ Thomson

Instructions:Terms and Conditions: Save an extra £50 per booking including children aged 2 and over on package holidays. Discount is valid on our package holidays departing between 18th Jan - 30th April 2017. The minimum spend is £800 per booking and before any extras such as insurance, room upgrades & selecting
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Universal Orlando tickets £199.00 @ Thomson Holidays - Glasgow

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Glasgow Branch are selling Universal Orlando tickets for £199 for all 3 parks. they will post to anywhere in UK tel: 01417662200
davymurph Avatar3d, 4h agoFound 3 days, 4 hours ago16 Comments
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Does anyone know if these are these real tickets or e-Tickets?

edit: seems they are vouchers codes to be changed to tickets at the gate.


​not had tickets from Thomson since 2014 but back then they were vouchers that were exchanged for real tickets at the gate
Does anyone know if these are these real tickets or e-Tickets?

edit: seems they are vouchers codes to be changed to tickets at the gate.

Edited By: phassall on Jan 18, 2017 11:35: update reply.
@kazdean, thanks for that link thats great, some brilliant deals on there, certainly the cheapest, the Disney & Universal is great. http://excursion.thomson.co.uk/#/gbp/landing/MCO-orlando_area___florida___fl


Edited By: phassall on Jan 18, 2017 11:36: link update
http://excursion.thomson.co.uk/#/gbp/details/E-U10-PAPKESSGLD-essential_gold_orlando

This is also the cheapest price I can find for Disney Universal and Seaworld
Cheers Op!! Off there for 10 days in April, been waiting for a good price, think i will do a couple of days Disney and get these as we are on site at Universal.




Edited By: phassall on Jan 18, 2017 11:35: wrong info
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From Belfast: 10 nights in Tenerife Feb/March 2017 £229.22pp @ Ebookers £458.44

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Fancy some winter sun? Here is one for those of you in Belfast. Leaving at the end of February you'll spend 10 nights in the Apartmentos Be Smart Florida in the Puerto de la Cruz area. Flights onl…
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dont use hoppa I had horrid experience with them last summer. kept us in airport for three hrs then coach broke down miles from hotel had to walk...pay a few extra quid and use a different company. bar that its a smashing deal
gidsterc
What's the ebookers code then?
(Add it in the title please)...

AFFBOX0117
What's the ebookers code then?
(Add it in the title please)...
Nice find.
Brilliant
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£50 off Holidays Over £650 Plus Up to 40% off in the Winter Sale @ Expedia

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*UPDATE* EVEN CHEAPER NOW ! March 2017 Tatras Mountains holiday (Poprad, Slovakia) from London Luton inc. 8 nights, return flight, FREE Airport shuttle + day entry to AquaCity Poprad spa resort £286,66 per couple or £143.33 pp @ WizzAir & multi links

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Update 2: original post hotel sold out, EVEN CHEAPER OPTION found HERE(Apartman's CVC) £154: http://www.booking.com/hotel/sk/apartman-s-cvc.en-gb.html?aid=304142;label=gen173nr-1FCAEoggJCAlhYSDNiBW5v…
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Nightlife in High Tatras - there is a club name Humno in Tatranska Lomnica, it is very famous, but parties only Fridays and Saturdays. Its such a great place, very good looking, very international as well, good food, nice bartenders :) Plenty of nice bars and pubs in city centre in Poprad, opened till late, but no disco - only drinks and fun :) They use to have the parties in weekend time only everywhere around, people not used to go out during the work days, but if you dont really need to dance all night every night, you can really enjoy a very friendly and nice atmosphere anywhere in the city centre :) Knowing, there are some more clubs in Poprad stright away where are the parties, but never tried.
What's the nightlife like?
I definitely recommend AquaCity in Poprad. The price may seem higher at first - but count - the hotel with thermal aquapark and INCREDIBLE wellness, never seen something like that, with unlimmited access to these attractions all the time, easy access to the thermal pools, half board at cosy restaurant ( - amount and quality of the food, you need to accept it is local, to tourist - but definitely great choices and very international and modern ), location - in the city, everything close - they got their own skibus, no need to take care of the transfers, like - this is for the tourists that love the comfort, everything under one roof, english speaking - and this company is definitely really UK friendly - as I understood the owner is ENG so the service is really international and good quality. They seem to be a big fans of ManU, its everywhere, we´ve been told that the youth are coming yearly for the camps here. Everything in Poprad quite cheap for internationals. High Tatras this winter definitely a perfect choice for winter holiday, they are beating Austria so much for us.
BrianSewell
macobrum
BrianSewell
What's it like there
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGrHwBlf-7M:3
they look exactly like the kind of people I would avoid, cheers I wont be booking
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macobrum
BrianSewell
What's it like there
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGrHwBlf-7M:3
they look exactly like the kind of people I would avoid, cheers I wont be booking
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From Bristol: 2 Nights Dublin, 4 nights in 4/5* Vegas hotels & 2 nights Grand Canyon £710.66 Inc flights, hotels, car hire & resort fees @ Amoma/Booking.com £1,421.33

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If you like to plan well in advance for your holiday then check out this November trip to Last Vegas. To get great value flights, you will be flying from Dublin which means I've included in this pric…
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LOL!
Good effort on the deal. I've done a similar flight itinerary before from Bristol to Vegas last year but the stops are too much for me.

The price for Mandarin Oriental is really cheap, but I wonder whether it would be better to stay at TI since resort fees are optional (or at least they were last year) and you'll lose the enjoyment of Mandarin to sleep anyway. There are also some good cheap eats in and near TI.

The flight I had last year on the way back was Vegas - Gatwick - Dublin - Bristol. It was approx 4 hr wait each at Gatwick and Dublin (+ re-collect luggage) because if I recall the Ryanair flight you'll want to BRS is around 7-8pm. This is really draining so I can only recommend this to those who have done these kind of stops before.


Edited By: drasim on Jan 15, 2017 09:44: .
siadwel
mcguire85
I agree with ur comments but hardly the end of the world walking from mandarin to TI LOL
:D
If you agree with the comments then why the lol ?

I didn't say it was difficult, it's just time consuming. TIME you haven't really got with this schedule unless you believe that you can check out/have breakfast/get to treasure island (minimum 40 minute walk) /get your rental car and leave Vegas in under 2 hours. In which case I'll be doing the lol

I wouldn't walk either, I'd be getting a taxi ;)


Lol lol lol lol lol lol lol
mcguire85
I agree with ur comments but hardly the end of the world walking from mandarin to TI LOL
:D
If you agree with the comments then why the lol ?

I didn't say it was difficult, it's just time consuming. TIME you haven't really got with this schedule unless you believe that you can check out/have breakfast/get to treasure island (minimum 40 minute walk) /get your rental car and leave Vegas in under 2 hours. In which case I'll be doing the lol

I wouldn't walk either, I'd be getting a taxi ;)
you will be tired flying to vegas lwt alone fling to dubline then to vegas
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Return flights to Majorca from Newcastle ryanair during school Easter holidays £77.98

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Several cheap return flights to sunshine in Majorca, from Newcastle, I booked mon 10th April to Easter Monday 17th April for 2 adults 3 kids for 333 but since that it's gone up but still cheap for kid…
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Update, cancelled holiday with travel republic as they have not booked flights. They say within 12 hours bookings are made, it was 60hrs and 6 pbone calls of them lying. Still they did not book, would not use this bunch of lying morons again. Will book a holiday myself much easier, cant believe how bad they are.
Thanks a lot Mark, booked this morning 9th April for a week from the toon. Did it all through travel republic, would have saved £75 with no atol.
Booked the Hotel Hawaii at palma nova, just closer to the airport for us, it has 4.5 with trip advisor. Cost with transfers for family of 4 was just over £1500. Looked at the May holiday £3100, yes better weather but we may get lucky. Thanks again for your excellent post.
Great price - hot
steven3367
says dosnt fly to majorca


Mallorca
You could get lucky with the weather or not

When the kids were small we went to Majorca\Menorca every year at end of May half term, the weather was unsettled with rain etc and not that warm even at that time of year, I think it was hot one of the years that we went

Kids got in the pool with wetsuits on

Got to beat being here though, sure some years they get lovely weather
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From London: 7 Nights in Rhodes for 2 people March/April - Flights, hotel & car hire £114.42pp @ Alpharooms £228.84

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This is a great deal, a week in Rhodes in great rated accommodation with car hire for under £115 per person! Flights leave on 28th March and return on 4th April. The accommodation is the Coralli Ap…
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get down to lardos karting
ant2323
rachel hope you had a lovely trip
cdr nice pic icelandic churches lovely
but can we get back to the deal everyone
voted hot!
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rachel hope you had a lovely trip
cdr nice pic icelandic churches lovely
but can we get back to the deal everyone

voted hot!
hksujan
Thanks Rachel for coming back ... thought you left & without saying goodbye... welcome back. Appreciate your hard work. Last year booked 3 holidays recommended by you

No, I was a little absent the back end of last year that's all. I was in Japan for just over 2 weeks in October and then went away at the beginning of December to Vietnam and Cambodia and didn't get back til recently and I've been really busy at work.
Thanks Rachel for coming back ... thought you left & without saying goodbye... welcome back. Appreciate your hard work. Last year booked 3 holidays recommended by you
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All inclusive 5* Turkish Riviera break £189.00pp - incl. flights & 7nts spa hotel  at blueseaholidays

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came across this deal fantastic offer all inclusive offer to turkey including flights from gatwick and from other airports from little as £189.00 depending on which date you book booking has to be mad…
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Hi Guys i was looking to go on holiday to turkey? it is safe to go there right?
Assessments here:
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey/terrorism
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey/safety-and-security

On a more practical level, it is important to some that they have their daily social media fix, especially the kids etc - remember that quite a few social media platforms and news sites are currently blocked in Turkey so you can't see what Ethel down the road had for dinner last night etc.
I love turkey. Went twice last year. It's a massive country and to be honest every capital is being targeted at the moment.
Are there any hot deals for turkey in the 1st week of April?? Bodrum, oludeniz, Fethiye, dalaman??
Captain Banana
Can you still get travel insurance for Turkey ???
yes
Can you still get travel insurance for Turkey ???
Hi Guys i was looking to go on holiday to turkey? it is safe to go there right?
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From London: 8 night August School Holiday Family Holiday to Greece (Mykonos) £236.23pp @ Ebookers £944.95

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This is a great value break to Mykonos in August leaving on 1 August and returning on 9 August based on 2 adults and 2 children. It is based on staying in an lovely looking apartment in Agios Ioanis (…
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Laaibah
We hav 3 children in total not two so how would dat affect the flight & accomodation prices.first
child is 8yrs old.2nd child is 2.5 years old nd 3rd child is 1yrs old.

It looks like they don't have any availability now at all, they had a few rooms left when I posted this but it must have been a popular deal!
We hav 3 children in total not two so how would dat affect the flight & accomodation prices.first
child is 8yrs old.2nd child is 2.5 years old nd 3rd child is 1yrs old.
Cheers
Many thanks!!!
Wow half the price of our holiday in Aug with Thomas cook!!! Heat
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From London: 2 Week May/June Canadian Rockies Trip £925.61pp £1,851.21 @ Expedia

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It seems that everywhere I look Canada is being shouted about as a must visit destination for 2017 and it spectacular so I’m not surprised! I’ve previously posted Canada deals and here is one based o…
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a2tmfk
great if you like he company of a billion mosquitos!
Have you heard of Mosquito spray? Works very well and doesn't mean you have to holiday at the mercy of tiny little bugs.

I've also head Avon Skin so Soft works well, I just ordered some for my next trip after getting lots of bites in Vietnam.
a2tmfk
great if you like he company of a billion mosquitos!


Have you heard of Mosquito spray? Works very well and doesn't mean you have to holiday at the mercy of tiny little bugs.
great if you like he company of a billion mosquitos!
Fantastic deal! If I can get this deal for over the 23rd June I'll be booking. Any guidance appreciated! It's for the wife's 30th birthday.
Don't forget there's free entry to Canadian national parks in 2017 to celebrate 150th anniversary

http://www.hotukdeals.com/freebies/free-entry-pass-canadian-national-parks-2017-usually-41-for-an-adult-82-for-a-family-2593172
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Jet2 Holiday 18th April, 7N SC, 2 Ad+2Ch Fuerteventura, From Edinburgh £597.00

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Return flights Edinburgh 7 nights from 18th Apr 2017 2 Adults, 2 Children Coach Transfers Oasis Duna Aparthotel Self Catering 1 x One Bedroom apartment 1 x Free Child Place 4 x 10kg Hand Bagga…
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if only it was a week before
I think it's intentional, funny that the Edinburgh school holidays for Easter end.... on the 17th. 7 days previous - more than twice as much.
yeah, I'm trying to get a holiday 1st week in July before the English schools break up, prices are still sky high. October is the same. Looks like its Bogna again! :)

It's the cost of the flights from Scotland as soon as the Scottish schools have broken up that really bumps up prices. This holiday taken as soon as the Scottish schools break up (from Edinburgh) is £1,996. When the English schools break up it's £1,972.

You can still get good deals if you are prepared to drive down to English airports other than Newcastle.
Link now shows price at £732
jellybabywhite
We were in Fueteventura last year this time, Costa Caleta, it was busy but quiet. Would go back n a heartbeat. Now 51 and 60+.


How was the weather? Thinking of booking Costa Caleta next month for a getaway.
We were in Fueteventura last year this time, Costa Caleta, it was busy but quiet. Would go back n a heartbeat. Now 51 and 60+.
I'm not sure, the name Fuerteventura puts me off. And that is before i see all the topless english folk with their gut hanging out and shouting as loud as possible at the pool.
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Non-stop Dubai: Direct flights just £199.00 return via Holiday Pirates

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Offer Details Direct flights from Manchester, London & Birmingham to Dubai Flights to Dubai World Central airport not DXB Hand luggage included Hold luggage optional (£50 per bag) Inflight meal…
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Shame it's not DBX. DBX is where all the good stuff are.
Any deals to Dubai from Scottish airports?
good price so heat from me.
put it this way...you'll need the money saved on the flight just to spend there
It's not £199 in March
Any good hotel deals?
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From Birmingham: Valentines Verona & Venice Trip £122.28pp @ Hotels.com £244.57

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Two romantic cities in one trip, and Valentines day too. This is a great value trip, and I've put this together for those that don't want to spend too much but want a really nice stay and the accommo…
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Is there a single person supplement?
I love Verona too. I spent 3 nights there and got thre Verona card. Such a pretty city and you could always visit the Lake Garda area too. I've used the Italian trains and they are very good. I don't rate the overnight trains with Trein Italia though, from Paris to Venice was not good. By contrast from Venice to Vienna on the overnight train was amazing.
My two favourite cities! Love Verona great shops,restaurants and the amphitheater. Venice is just beautiful anytime of year but much quieter this time if year. The trains are great allocated seats so no standing like rubbish British trains! Want to go now!
:D
Good deal. Not a huge amount to do in Verona but it's very pretty. Venice is unbearably busy in summer so although it will be cooler, out of season is much better to actually get around the city and see stuff. So many Venice breaks are in hotels that are too far out in my opinion - this is a central hotel so you won't waste time travelling. Venice can be very expensive to eat out in, but look online for recommended cafes etc. and don't sit down in St Marks square without knowing the price first.
I haven't done this particular train trip, but the Italian railways are generally good and easy to use.
Awesome Thanks OP
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Summer Early Bird Savings - 4* Ibiza £109pp, 3nt Algarve £79.00pp, 5* All Inclusive Crete £199pp @ Go Groupie

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Just got an email with a few Early bird summer deals, Some of them look great particularly the 5* All Inclusive Crete for £199 Not just summer dates though most have dates between now and summer, e…
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what a rip off!!!
teerex

This is a generalisation.

Correct, it is a generalisation that taking children out has a significant effect on their results. I have seen no scientific evidence.

So when a child is sick should the parents should be fined as the child is missing education and will fall behind?
Being off sick and going on holiday has the same end result, missed school.

Before my children took their 11+ exams, they both took a week off school. Not to go on holiday, but to prepare (they were "sick").

A child in primary school can learn more at home in a week compared to one month at school.
A 10 year old child sitting at 11+ aiming for a high score can work out 17% of 50 in less than 5 seconds in their head and these highly qualified primary school teachers often struggle, such is their ability in basic maths. This is a generalisation from experience.
Common Sense
M_z
mikno2
still punishing the parents. always cheap in term time
Just supply and demand. Can't wait until mine are done with school though. :)
Take them out early. The school cannot fine you as the parent won in the High Court.
I took mine out. My son scored 99% in Maths Sats and got 13.5 GCSEs all A/A*. Taking them out does not make any difference.
When teachers go on strike they suffer. Then the school takes children on a residential trip in term time and that's fine.
It is all nonsense. What do they learn in primary school?
If the school fined you refuse to pay any voluntary contributions for trips. The Head of my son's grammar school stated he would never fine parents, although he did not approve of term time holidays. But what do they do just before Christmas?

This is a generalisation.
M_z
mikno2
still punishing the parents. always cheap in term time
Just supply and demand. Can't wait until mine are done with school though. :)

Take them out early. The school cannot fine you as the parent won in the High Court.
I took mine out. My son scored 99% in Maths Sats and got 13.5 GCSEs all A/A*. Taking them out does not make any difference.

When teachers go on strike they suffer. Then the school takes children on a residential trip in term time and that's fine.
It is all nonsense. What do they learn in primary school?

If the school fined you refuse to pay any voluntary contributions for trips. The Head of my son's grammar school stated he would never fine parents, although he did not approve of term time holidays. But what do they do just before Christmas?


Edited By: Common Sense on Jan 09, 2017 19:29: .
mikno2
still punishing the parents. always cheap in term time
Just supply and demand. Can't wait until mine are done with school though. :)
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Amex - Holiday Extras - 15% off every time

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Showing on my BA PP this morning (not my Gold or Platinum though). Multiple use which is excellent. Holiday Extras Get 15% off, Every time Save to Card to get a 15% statement credit on eligible…
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****Update****
I booked 3 weeks meet and greet parking through a 10% off email I received from Holiday Extras and paid with my registered Amex card - the credit hit my account today.
Sunqueen
libretto
Sunqueen
http://www.holidayextras.co.uk/?agent=WJ038
I used the link to get an instant 10% discount plus a further 15% Amex cashback makes it a great price.
Thanks for posting.
But will this work? From the T&C "Offer only available on selected products and services at http://www.holidayextras.com/amex." If you don't go to that landing page but use a link they send you by e-mail or go through cashback sites, you may not get the Amex credit.

Seemed to work for me, email I received from Amex a few minutes after my booking -

You redeemed your Holiday Extras offer
E-mail from American Express: You redeemed your Holiday Extras offer

American Express
To [email protected]




American Express®



Account ending in
*******


Congratulations.


Thank you for taking advantage of our Holiday Extras offer with your Card (last five digits shown above). Credit should appear on your statement within 5 days from qualifying spend but may take up to 90 days from offer end date.


Good to know - thanks.
libretto
Sunqueen
http://www.holidayextras.co.uk/?agent=WJ038
I used the link to get an instant 10% discount plus a further 15% Amex cashback makes it a great price.
Thanks for posting.
But will this work? From the T&C "Offer only available on selected products and services at http://www.holidayextras.com/amex." If you don't go to that landing page but use a link they send you by e-mail or go through cashback sites, you may not get the Amex credit.

Seemed to work for me, email I received from Amex a few minutes after my booking -

You redeemed your Holiday Extras offer
E-mail from American Express: You redeemed your Holiday Extras offer

American Express
To [email protected]




American Express®



Account ending in
*******


Congratulations.


Thank you for taking advantage of our Holiday Extras offer with your Card (last five digits shown above). Credit should appear on your statement within 5 days from qualifying spend but may take up to 90 days from offer end date.
libretto
Sunqueen
http://www.holidayextras.co.uk/?agent=WJ038
I used the link to get an instant 10% discount plus a further 15% Amex cashback makes it a great price.
Thanks for posting.
But will this work? From the T&C "Offer only available on selected products and services at http://www.holidayextras.com/amex." If you don't go to that landing page but use a link they send you by e-mail or go through cashback sites, you may not get the Amex credit.

The link on the Amex site only takes you to a 'normal' Holiday Extras page and not an affiliate page, so I personally think the cashback site (or other) links will be ok.
Interesting, but the WJ038 link also gives 12% off a travelex card (£8.80 for £10 loaded or eqivalent in euros). I'm not sure what would happen here? How would they know if it was part of say an airport hotel stay (add on)?
Sunqueen
http://www.holidayextras.co.uk/?agent=WJ038
I used the link to get an instant 10% discount plus a further 15% Amex cashback makes it a great price.
Thanks for posting.
But will this work? From the T&C "Offer only available on selected products and services at http://www.holidayextras.com/amex." If you don't go to that landing page but use a link they send you by e-mail or go through cashback sites, you may not get the Amex credit.
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Ugg Boots on offer £89.00 at Shoeaholics

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Shoeaholics have reduced their classics ugg boots to £89, with minis at £95 and tall styles all available, all in popular colours. Also if you sign up to email newsletter they send you a 15% discount
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the 15% is not allowed on uggs, cold!
Worked for me- mine have arrived :/
the 15% is not allowed on uggs, cold!
The Apple of the shoe world, always cold regardless of price.
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From Newcastle: Long weekend in Marbella 21-23 January £48.76pp £97.26 total with ebookers

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This weather is so cold!! How do you fancy a little getaway to Marbella current temperatures 18-20 degrees with lovely sunny weather. Leaving on Saturday 21st January and returning on the Monday 23…
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leeboy75
my mother Inlaw lives In marbella /puerto banus, don't bother going as it's really really not all that,


Straight from the horses mouth.
my mother Inlaw lives In marbella /puerto banus, don't bother going as it's really really not all that,
seagoon
like I said there are no trains to Marbella

in spite of the once popular song, there are also no trains to Marrakesh
poor flight times for such a short break. you wouldn't get to your hotel until late Sat afternoon and would need to leave very very early on the Monday.
like I said there are no trains to Marbella
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From London Gatwick: 3 Week Vietnam and Cambodia Trip June 2017 £699.87 @ Ebookers

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I've just come back from spending Christmas and New Year in Vietnam and Cambodia. I've put together this trip based on a similar itinerary. Flights are with Emirates and go from LGW. The outgoing f…
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This is great, just what I was after thankyou
having said my comments above, its a good deal the Vietnamese are great people.
Hue riders are good, same as the easy riders, but i still stand by my post Don't go by bike.if any body doubts me, go on tripadviser and ask whether anybody would do it on a bike.
barmpot
14 - 17 June traveling to Hoi An, on the Hai Van Pass, A motor bike would be my last choice, you can go by train - coach - taxi - or motorbike, i am surprised a motorbike has been suggested, they are a bad idea in Vietnam as a whole and notorious death traps on that road. and breaking down is a regular accorence,Go by taxi you will see all that you can on a bike and taxi's are cheap. I am talking from a lot of experience in Vietnam.

We went with a company called Hue Riders which were amazing.
WOOTWOOT1
BrianSewell
Getting up at 5am, staying in bamboo huts, no hot water, constant traveling, mixing with backpackers... Your idea of a holiday is my idea of hell
Looks like the kind of guy who likes to go to Spain and spend the day in a British Pub eating crap British food like pies and sausages all day long and moaning about life. The most adventurous thing he's ever done is try and dislike 'garlic bread' .....

Don't know why, but it's exactly the response I would expect from someone with the name 'Brian'!
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Benidorm from London Gatwick, 7 nights 17th January - £149.00 pp Full Board inc luggage and transfers @ Thompson Holidays. Manchester also available.

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Thought this was a bargain price for a weeks getaway including all food! Hotel Rio Park Flights Coach transfers 7 Nights Twin Room with Balcony Full Board 4 star Trip Advisor rate…
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explosiveblarg
What's a good travel insurance?
​e111 it's free
At the moment!
peteasewell
why bother posting a link that just takes u to home page grrrr! useless!


I did actually copy the link from the hotels page on the site, but it obviously doesn't like it. As if I'd just copy the websites homepage, Useless!
why bother posting a link that just takes u to home page grrrr! useless!
explosiveblarg
What's a good travel insurance?
check if your bank account comes with free travel insurance
benidorm66
What's the price from glasgow.


Just checked and there's nothing from Glasgow I'm afraid.
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From Newcastle: Group Holiday for 4 people - 6 Nights in New York, central hotel, breakfast & free yoga classes £502.61pp @ Ebookers

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This is an ideal girly (or guy getaway) for 4 people in what looks like a great place to stay, the Sanctuary NYC Retreat which has fantastic TripAdvisor reviews. Breakfast is also included in the rate…
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Good to see some Newcastle deals. Great price
I'd LOVE this. Unfortunately caught a bit short after Christmas.
From Newcastle too.....wow. Perfect. Not so sure about the Yoga lessons though ! X)
Another vote for the metro ticket and also the new york pass works out cheaper than the sights if you're planning on seeing a few of them
rachelandgromit
ath007
get the metro 7 day pass for $31 (£26?). Given each journey is $3(and has to be taken within 2 hours of ticket purchase) it is great value. You can recoup the fee in one day! Purchase at any metro ticket machine.
Agree totally, I did this when I went and if you plan on doing a lot of sightseeing it is really worth it. Really easy to use the metro too.
Also possible to get from JFK on metro (and sky train) so much cheaper and quicker than cab (in rush hour)
ath007
get the metro 7 day pass for $31 (£26?). Given each journey is $3(and has to be taken within 2 hours of ticket purchase) it is great value. You can recoup the fee in one day! Purchase at any metro ticket machine.

Agree totally, I did this when I went and if you plan on doing a lot of sightseeing it is really worth it. Really easy to use the metro too.
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From London: Campervan around Iceland June 2017, inc flights, campervan + insurance, all campsites & Reykjavik hotel £464.10pp - £928.20 @ Trivago

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If you are going to go to Iceland, then hiring a campervan or motorhome is the BEST way to do it. I eloped last year to Iceland and spent just over 2 weeks around Iceland in a motorhome, including dr…
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BrianSewell
Can you drink and drive in Iceland? How strict are they
Would you seriously drink and drive anywhere? Biting my tongue.
lol i just looked it up: zero tolerance basically!
So this deal involves driving around in the freezing cold, slaving in a makeshift kitchen everyday, eating food from Netto- and you have to do it all stone cold sober!! Hold me back!!!
That's how I spent my wedding and honeymoon! Driving a motorhome in a wedding dress with a Lonely Planet, stopping off briefly at a café eating a panini in the back of motorhome surrounded by Icelandic horses. Actually it was epic! Just a minor correction though, in June it isn't freezing, it was really pleasant.
when you put it like that it sounds pretty awesome actually
If you zoom in to the picture in post #2 you can see us next to the waterfall on our wedding day (this was around 830pm in the evening).
We got married on 1st June, so to give you an idea of scenery at this time of year here are a few snaps. It was actually suprisingly warm and most of these pictures were taken in the evening but it was 23 hours of daylight.https://4-t.imgbox.com/O7GCHlM3.jpghttps://3-t.imgbox.com/feRKr3sZ.jpghttps://1-t.imgbox.com/7cS22XMc.jpghttps://3-t.imgbox.com/TkZWJhhL.jpghttps://8-t.imgbox.com/muQFYtmE.jpg[IMG]https://3-t.imgbox.com/8rwbBh8L.jpg[/IMG]

Looks amazing although not sure about your make up (_;)

I'd love to go back but for something big enough for the 4 of us in the School Holidays it is coming out at 4 - 5 times as much :-(
jumpinoffthbed
Sounds like a great place to go, is it feasible to position yourself in the centre and do day trips?
You don't want to position yourself in the centre, nothing but wilderness and glaciers. We've stayed in Reykjavik twice and visited plenty of amazing places driving from there but our next trip will be a circuit of the island to get to those places that were too far away.
BrianSewell
rachelandgromit
BrianSewell
NikLP
BrianSewell
Can you drink and drive in Iceland? How strict are they
Would you seriously drink and drive anywhere? Biting my tongue.
lol i just looked it up: zero tolerance basically!
So this deal involves driving around in the freezing cold, slaving in a makeshift kitchen everyday, eating food from Netto- and you have to do it all stone cold sober!! Hold me back!!!
That's how I spent my wedding and honeymoon! Driving a motorhome in a wedding dress with a Lonely Planet, stopping off briefly at a café eating a panini in the back of motorhome surrounded by Icelandic horses. Actually it was epic! Just a minor correction though, in June it isn't freezing, it was really pleasant.
when you put it like that it sounds pretty awesome actually

If you zoom in to the picture in post #2 you can see us next to the waterfall on our wedding day (this was around 830pm in the evening).

We got married on 1st June, so to give you an idea of scenery at this time of year here are a few snaps. It was actually suprisingly warm and most of these pictures were taken in the evening but it was 23 hours of daylight.

https://4-t.imgbox.com/O7GCHlM3.jpghttps://3-t.imgbox.com/feRKr3sZ.jpghttps://1-t.imgbox.com/7cS22XMc.jpghttps://3-t.imgbox.com/TkZWJhhL.jpghttps://8-t.imgbox.com/muQFYtmE.jpg[IMG]https://3-t.imgbox.com/8rwbBh8L.jpg[/IMG]

Edited By: rachelandgromit on Jan 09, 2017 21:14: Edit
rachelandgromit
BrianSewell
NikLP
BrianSewell
Can you drink and drive in Iceland? How strict are they
Would you seriously drink and drive anywhere? Biting my tongue.
lol i just looked it up: zero tolerance basically!
So this deal involves driving around in the freezing cold, slaving in a makeshift kitchen everyday, eating food from Netto- and you have to do it all stone cold sober!! Hold me back!!!
That's how I spent my wedding and honeymoon! Driving a motorhome in a wedding dress with a Lonely Planet, stopping off briefly at a café eating a panini in the back of motorhome surrounded by Icelandic horses. Actually it was epic! Just a minor correction though, in June it isn't freezing, it was really pleasant.
when you put it like that it sounds pretty awesome actually
BrianSewell
NikLP
BrianSewell
Can you drink and drive in Iceland? How strict are they
Would you seriously drink and drive anywhere? Biting my tongue.
lol i just looked it up: zero tolerance basically!
So this deal involves driving around in the freezing cold, slaving in a makeshift kitchen everyday, eating food from Netto- and you have to do it all stone cold sober!! Hold me back!!!

That's how I spent my wedding and honeymoon! Driving a motorhome in a wedding dress with a Lonely Planet, stopping off briefly at a café eating a panini in the back of motorhome surrounded by Icelandic horses. Actually it was epic! Just a minor correction though, in June it isn't freezing, it was really pleasant.
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LEGO 31052 3 in 1 Creator Vacation Getaways Construction £37.92 @ Amazon

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From Amazon. We've been keeping an eye on this for our son who's been wanting it since Christmas, this is by far the cheapest we've seen it, so we now have one very excited little bit.
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I didn't get anywhere with them. The annoying thing is I would have happily paid the amazon price. That's twice flubit have done that to me.

Gonna leave Howleys crappy reviews on Facebook and google


hennaoj
Yup, Howleys toys. I also wrote them a nasty email, I did not like their tone of having to wait several days for a refund (payment should be taken on dispatch really). I'm particularly disappointed as it was going to be a nice present for my 5 year old's birthday (he has Autism).
Yup, Howleys toys. I also wrote them a nasty email, I did not like their tone of having to wait several days for a refund (payment should be taken on dispatch really). I'm particularly disappointed as it was going to be a nice present for my 5 year old's birthday (he has Autism).
This is one of the best Lego sets of recent times. Highly recommended.
hennaoj
Thanks sodding Flubit for being out of stock.

Yeah I just got that rotten email as well.
Howleys Toys?
I wrote them back a stinker. I would have bought from amazon otherwise as it was a great price.
That's twice flubit has done that to me.

Is there anywhere I can leave a review of Howleys on amazon?
Thanks sodding Flubit for being out of stock.
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Morroco Agadir Flights 7 nights Bed & Breakfast £114.00 @ Teletext Holidays

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came across this holiday deal in teletext holiday bloody cheap!!! 4* hotel flights and BnB included seems a good deal
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Bear with us for few more days, Trump will make America great again, we all can go there for great holidays. Teresa will make sure we are at the front of the queue.


​And what a queue it will be! What with all those immigration checks.

Of course, once there you'll find Sterling worth about 80 cents to the Pound. Bargain!
We went through Agadir on way from Essouira to Taroudant (coach then taxi from Agadir). Didn't get a nice impression of it, taxi drivers were fighting over us like sharks over a bit of best rare steak - still Essouira (and Taroudant) are lovely and only a short ride from Agadir, so you could use this to get to either.

I think often the more touristy the place, the less pleasant the people there, seems true in Turkey too, seem often to be better a little off the beaten path.

Edited By: jazzuk777 on Jan 08, 2017 15:02
I think the USA and UK should go to Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria for a holiday. Oh wait, they ruined those countries to create western owned central banks.
I can remember browsing holidays on teletext tv thinking it was the future :D
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BE AWARE, THIS THREAD IS FULL OF MEDIA SHEEP.

THANKS.
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August summer holiday 14nts SC Lanzarote 2 Adults and 2 Children - £1,452.00 @ Jet2Holidays

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Jable Bermudas Apartments 1 x One Bedroom Apartment Self Catering 1 x Free Child Place Return flights Leeds Bradford 14 nights from 22nd Aug 2017 2 Adults, 2 Children Coach Transf…
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Not such a great deal for self-catering. Others around similar price.
morpheus
This is the first year I'll be restricted to school holidays for my summer holiday. The prices make me weep...
I know how you feel. We've had to pay these prices for the last two years.

Edited By: sarahriley33 on Jan 07, 2017 17:00
This is the first year I'll be restricted to school holidays for my summer holiday. The prices make me weep...
cisabre
tried looking for this deal but cannot find it, can you put a link on please.
Should work now.
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August school holidays 14nts all Inclusive Bulgaria 3* plus 2 Adults and 2 Children with discount code (SALE100) TCB 4% (Not included in price)- £2,374.84 @ Thomson Holidays

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SERENITY BAY Tsarevo, Bourgas Region 14 Nights 2 Adults, 2 Children (8 yrs, 6 yrs) £593.46 per person OUT: Manchester - Direct Thu 17 Aug 2017. Dep 20:05 Arr 01:40. Thomson Airways. RTN:…
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Cheaper to pay the school fine.
That depends how many children you have at school.
Cheaper to pay the school fine.
Scotland go back middle August.
asur
Not quite school holidays, our schools go back on 15th August!
Where in the world are you?? Can't believe any UK schools would be going back before September
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asur
Not quite school holidays, our schools go back on 15th August!
What in Manchester ????
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Return flights gulf air to India Chennai Hyderabad during Easter holidays £320.00 traveltrolley

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Travel dates 7/4 return 23/4 to Chennai 320£ Hyderabad 347£ With checkin luggage 40kg, meals included flying out from london heathrow
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also LHR to Beijing return from £389
savvyB
"40kg meals included" that's a lot to eat on board !!
That would feed enough trolls
"40kg meals included" that's a lot to eat on board !!
kashifchopra
Plz avoid travel trolley , they won't let u change ticket or charge u big amount for changing


​Which is it? They sent let you change or that they charge you a large amount (as do most airlines when you buy the budget tickets)?
I used travel trolls for hong kong flight 3 ppl few months ago had no problems
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Get drunk in Grantham, All inc hotel stay £50 per person per night (based on two sharing) £99.00 @ Urban Hotel

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No one wants to be dry in January, especially when you're in Grantham. Not a bad deal though, room for two, dinner, bed, and breakfast, and drinks from 2pm to midnight. Have a pint an hour and yo…
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Grantham is the most depressing place in the world!
I just thought it was an interesting deal... For accomodation, a three course dinner, breakfast, and unlimited drinks. Premier Inn might be cheaper, but are they after you've factored in a 10hr bender?

I just thought I'd post it and let it find its own heat. I hoped it might be for the benefit of the HUKD community, but few seem to share my notion that it's an ok deal. It makes no odds to me whether it's considered a good deal or not, but being asked if I've a vested interest in this business is as rude as it is ridiculous. Of course I haven't.

FWIW I know all about Travelodge's cheap rooms. I had a godawful 'holiday' once at Lakeside Services just off the M25 for no reason other than the rooms were £5 per night. :)
Were you drunk when you posted this or do you have a sneaky interest in said hotel?
Have you never heard of travelodge or premier inn?
They do rooms from £19 dontchaknow
Some dreadful reviews. Check TripAdvisor before you bite!

Edited By: anthony69 on Jan 05, 2017 18:39
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sparklehedgehog
Would want them to pay me to stay in that place! Avoid!

To be fair if a good chunk of guests are on the 'all you can drink' deal, being a housekeeper there must be hell on earth...


Chunk being the operative word
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CHEAP Legoland offers - From £34pp including hotel and 2 days worth of tickets & Breakfast (Based on a Family of 4) *Now with an extra 10% off from as little as £30.50pp* @ Legoland Holidays (Offer ends 31st Jan)

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Update, there is now an extra 10% off hotel breaks outside Legoland (see link) and apply to prices on page (you'll see 10% off) Eg Hello there, spotted quite a few bargain offers on Legoland
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I have never been, how much non-ride associated Lego type of Lego stuff is actually there?
nice post heat added
Many are not aware that the queueing is a very deliberate and unfortunate business practice which many places are designed to include. If each visitor spends, for example, 3 hours queueing and 3 hours being entertained then the "entertainment" required to be provided by the company is effectively halved.
ozgur
We live very close to Legoland and for that reason alone we had annual passes for few years. In our last year (2 years ago), it got so bad that we stopped going there at all due to terrible queues for stupid 2 minute rides. So, we didn't use the pass we had, even though we are 15 minutes away literally. Average wait is well over 30 minutes for small rides and 45-60 minutes for more attractive rides now. And, after a few times, everything else around stop being interesting. Even the music they use is the same for the last 5 years. My favourite now is Adventure Island in Southend. It worths driving 1.5 hours there. No queues, no hassle, just nice rides and very fair prices. And, if you need a break from the rides, you are in a nice place by the sea to shop or eat.

I've had annual pass for Legoland in past when lived in Kent. I've thought about getting Merlin passes as we in North East now but last year we had Lightwater Valley passes and it was great in there and we went about 6 times at least on a weekend.

No matter what your requirements, you'll find a holiday to suit your needs perfectly when you  shop around. Whether you are in search of a romantic getaway, short break, spa and wellness package or activity holiday, there's something for you. If you were thinking more of a family self-catering holiday in the UK or overseas, a camping or caravan trip, package holiday with all-inclusive deals, a cruise, or just a holiday with your pets, all of the above are easy to book online or with travel agents on the high street. Making the time to unwind and relax on a regular basis gives you the quality time needed with loved ones and friends, and makes up for long hours worked on a regular basis.



thomas cook 175 yearsThe Brits and Holidays



The first holiday tour operator was Thomas Cook, based in Leicester, UK. He set up his holiday company in 1841 and was running exploration holidays to Europe and Egypt. Thomas Cook has been credited with taking the idea of holidaying and package holidays to the masses, with their new access to higher earnings alongside a craving for exciting and educational experiences through travel. In 1937, Butlins opened its first holiday camp in Skegness. The novelty of holiday camps was met with enthusiasm by the British public and by 1939 there were several holiday camps in existence, often with accommodation for up to 500,000 people. The first package holiday provider was Horizon, who provided charter flights to Corsica and accompanying accommodation. Package holiday deals were an affordable way to take a holiday abroad for many Brits throughout the 1950s and 1960s, with new-found easy access to popular holiday destinations such as the Costa Brava, Crete, the Algarve and Sardinia. This type of holiday was launched by Club Med in the 1950s and most destinations tend to be warmer climates, such as the Caribbean. All-inclusive holiday resorts generally provide holidaymakers with a minimum of three meals daily (plus snacks) and a selection of alcoholic beverages and soft drinks.

Best Recovery for Everyone: Different Types of Holiday



Package Holidays

Package holidays normally include flights, transfers, accommodation and travel insurance. Major tour operators in the UK are Thomson, Thomas Cook AG and First Choice. Specialist holiday companies often belong to these major tour operators, for instance Club 18-30 is now owned by Thomas Cook. Some budget airlines operate their own package holiday companies, such as Jet2 Holidays while others now offer hotel deals with flights, like Easyjet. Online package holidays are available from companies such as lastminute.com and travelrepublic.co.uk. You'll find a variety of different types of package holiday offered by the same tour operator, for example budget package holidays, city breaks, all-inclusive trips, activity holidays, winter sun breaks and even cruises.



An important point to remember in regards to hotel breaks, is whether your eating requirements are met in full. Some hotels may not provide any meals within the price of the package deal, leading to increased expenditure on holiday at every mealtime. Other hotels only provide breakfast, a commonplace feature of some city break hotels and boutique hotels, yet other holiday hotel destinations will provide full board or half board. Full board accommodation gives you three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) whereas half board, where you can expect breakfast and an evening meal to be included within the package deal, tends to be popular with most hotel guests as it gives flexibility around lunch time. Again, this depends very much on the chosen deal and your own circumstances. Older travellers and families with young children and babies may well find the full board benefits of a package holiday deal at hotels more worthwhile. 

As people are holidaying on a more frequent basis and opting for a variety of different types of holiday, the sophistication of available package deals has increased to meet the demand. It's become increasingly common to tailor package holiday deals to meet travellers' needs more comprehensively. Car hire or sporting and leisure activities used to be additional extras that could be purchased at the resort, but increased demand from today's population has led to car hire, golfing and leisure activity options being included within holidays from most tour operators. This means you can browse available hotels, choose the accommodation best suited to your requirements, and then add car hire, meal options and sports activities into your custom holiday package deal. 



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Is an All-Inclusive Holiday Good for Families?



In many ways, the all-inclusive holiday is the ultimate holiday deal. It usually includes the arrival journey, the accommodation, beverages, the complete dining experience with a minimum of three meals a day, plus the all important entertainment. These deals can be a good choice for holidaymakers who do not want to invest much time in planning and are looking for a great value break with just about everything accommodated for within the upfront payment. As a general rule of thumb, the more your spend the better the quality of the deal - all-inclusive holidays at some of the upmarket five star hotels may well feature better amenities and even leisure activities, like golf.



In the truest sense of the phrase, it really does pay to check out available deals and prices with independent travel agents, who offer the full range of tour operator brochures and available holidays, as well as online sources like thomson.co.uk or lastminute.com. Online travel agencies can also be ideal, because you're in control and can thus immediately reserve the holiday you want, at the price you're prepared to pay.

One major drawback of all-inclusive holidays, highlighted by frequent travellers, is that the choice of available beverages and snacks can be limited to locally available options or the most inexpensive products at that destination. Furthermore, taking all-inclusive holidays may discourage holidaymakers from exploring the locality, dining in local restaurants or bars and making the most of the time within any holiday resort.


Last Minute Holiday Deals



Lastminute.com, launched in 1998, was the pioneer of the online travel retail market with a focus on cheap, 'last minute' holiday deals for online consumers. The business expanded into lifestyle and leisure offerings, however, it's main popularity has always come from the affordable, last minute holiday deals. You'll also come across some fantastic last minute deals directly through tour operators and on sites such as holidayhypermarket.co.uk and travelsupermarket.com.



Discounted holidays have always been fairly easy to source, because cancellations or vacancies within any tour operator's schedule need to be sold. High street retailers often advertise their budget-priced holiday deals with displays in their shop windows. Various tour operators, often coach tour companies, use a variety of methods to attract last minute travellers, including 'Mystery Tour' deals or unspecified hotel holidays, with customers being unaware of the destination until departure and allocated a hotel room upon arrival in the holiday resort. 



Holidays in the UK



The rich variety of landscapes and history in the UK make it a perfect choice for a well-earned break and can be a cost effective option for larger families and groups. There are a number of appealing choices including holiday camps such as Butlins or Pontins, self-catering breaks in countryside accommodation, caravan parks located close to beaches, or even well-known resorts such as Blackpool or Torquay. Indeed, the wide range of available holidays is encouraging, particularly given the varied interests of modern consumers.



The beauty of opting for holiday camps like Butlins is the all-inclusive nature of all on site entertainments. Guests can choose to rent self-catering accommodation at Butlins or Pontins, or alternatively opt for half board or full board. There is a fun selection of leisure entertainment on offer in these camps, often funfair rides, circus acts, cabaret and entertainments, skating and pool complexes. It is mostly free of charge but of course, some activities will be charged at additional rates, for example slot machines and horse riding. 



Caravan holiday sites, such as Haven, Parkdean and Hoseasons provide similar inclusive deals to their guests staying in mobile home and caravan accommodation. There are a number of independent holiday caravan sites to be found at some of the most beautiful UK seaside resorts, many of which offer great deals in daily newspapers, online and to regular guests. Center Parcs is a more upmarket choice of UK holiday destination, providing guests with cabin homes in the woods and forests alongside the comfort of the heated dome for swimming and leisure activities, all year round.

A holiday at home cuts out travelling by plane or ferry and means there will never be language or currency difficulties. That said, flights and transfers to hotels in holiday destinations like France or Spain can actually take less time than driving to some of the far-flung corners of the UK, particularly in peak holiday season when motorways and major roads face traffic jams, delays or issues with roadworks. 



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Holidays with Children

Theme park holidays are very popular with families. Some of the most well-known parks are of course the Chessington World of Adventures Resort in Surrey, the Universal Orlando Resort and the Walt Disney World in Florida, the Disneyland Resort in Paris and Sea World, also in Orlando.

Hotels are available within the park grounds, such as Alton Towers or the Walt Disney World in Florida, as well as independent hotels just outside the theme parks that provide easy access to the parks and all other local attractions.

Holidaying with children or babies can be challenging for parents at times. If you're flying abroad, the amount of required baby equipment can seem overwhelming, while holidays in the UK may end up mostly indoors if the weather is unsuitable. If you have children in school, you're limited to booking holidays during the term breaks and with that comes higher prices, regardless of whether you plan to travel overseas or stay within the UK.

Of course, there are several advantages to package holidays and all-inclusive holidays when you take young children along. These include the safety of the resort, free entertainment for children, and safe swimming pool and paddling pool environments with lifeguards on duty. Childcare or babysitting facilities can also be arranged, allowing parents greater freedom.

Holidays with Pets



Travelling with pets used to be confined to UK hotels and holiday resorts that would accept animals, generally dogs. The growth in number of pet passports indicates that more Brits are travelling with their animals. It's possible to travel with up to five pets within the European Union, and some feel that the mainland European hotel industry seems to be more positive about guests taking dogs into accommodation than the UK's.



The ease of ferry travel and driving to Europe means travelling with pets within the EU can be a fairly simple matter, should you choose those means of transport. When it comes to flying with pets, you'll find each airline has designated destinations pets can be taken to, and an accompanying list of regulations. Quarantine issues may well affect travel with pets to certain destinations, so ensure your animal has had the required jabs and treatments noted on veterinary documents and the pet passport.



Winter Sports Holidays



France is still the top destination for ski and snowboard holidays, with Val d'Isere classed as the most popular destination for British ski enthusiasts. The major tour operators offer winter ski holidays as package deals and specialist ski holiday providers include crystalski.co.uk and igluski.com. Holidaymakers can opt for hotels or self-catering accommodation, with the usual range of dining options. If you're searching for a true ski resort bargain, you may want to look at the Bulgarian resorts where five star hotels, spa amenities and great menus are available for the same price as three star breaks at more traditionally popular ski resorts. However, before heading abroad for a winter ski holiday, it's worth checking out Aviemore, the Cairngorm Resort or Glenshee or the Glencoe Resort in Scotland. Scottish winter sports and ski holidays have become increasingly popular with the rise in budget flights, making it quicker and easier to reach the slopes. Increased investment into the five ski resorts has given them added facilities. 


Spa and Wellness Holidays



Many hotels and apartment complexes provide spa and wellness breaks, catering to those members of the public who are looking for healing, relaxation and a mind, body and spirit experience. These trips can incorporate a variety of activities. One getaway could be exercise or yoga outside at a beautiful location, or perhaps a beauty based experience, with detox and massage therapies aimed at those dealing with a lot of stress. It is equally common for some of the most popular spa resorts to provide wedding and honeymoon packages, ideal for romantics wanting to exchange vows at island retreats or other stunning locations. Luxury rooms and villas, with private pools and spa facilities, are the types of amenities appreciated by couples when they plan their romantic getaways. 


Activity Holidays



An activity holiday can incorporate a camping break in France and Europe with operators such as Eurosites or Eurocamp, with a luxury tent decked out with kitchen and access to a variety of on site activities. Alternatively, your activity break may involve hobbies, interests or sporting activities with tuition.



If you are planning an adventure or activity holiday, you can be inspired when leafing through brochures from the popular tour operators, who may offer safaris, scuba diving or sailing. Turn to specialist tour operators for holidays offering canoeing, rock climbing, kayaking or photography, or if you simply want a more off-the-beaten-track location. You'll find a variety of activity based and specialist holidays within the UK or in global locations, depending on your preference.



Activeibiza.com, neilsonholidays.co.uk and markwarner.co.uk all provide activity holidays geared to the aforementioned interests.

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Benefits of Holiday Brochures and the Best Ways to Book Holidays



Very often, the best way to source your dream holiday is to check through holiday brochures from the major tour operators. Nothing can really beat these glossy magazines, with their fantastic photos and images of destination resorts and hotels. There are often a variety of deals, all within the same brochure. Holidays to Disneyland Paris will be highlighted within Thomas Cook's European brochures and high street agents, but publicised separately in print or online ads. Competing tour operators often use the same hotels to provide accommodation, so holidaymakers booking with a variety of companies at vastly different pricing levels can  find themselves all staying under the same roof, with similar dining options. 


In general, brochures from different tour operators highlight different regions and countries, giving consumers the opportunity to check all the available accommodation in similar locations. This often includes hotels offering full or half board, aparthotels, self-catering accommodation with kitchens or kitchenette facilities, and all-inclusive hotels. Winter sun and city break holiday brochures tend to be covered separately by all tour operators, as there is so much demand for these breaks.



When you've browsed through a variety of holiday brochures, you're armed with all the information needed to source the holiday of your choice. You may identify the perfect holiday hotel in a brochure, but be savvy and find your package deal elsewhere since it's likely to be  much cheaper. Don't rush into booking any holiday until you've spent time shopping around.



Best Time of Year to Buy Holidays



You can buy holidays any time of year. In general, January is a great month to start browsing and identifying the best hotels and destinations for summer holidays and it also tends to be the peak month for tour operator advertisements for summer breaks. If you hope to take a last minute break during the long summer holiday from school, you will find available choices extremely limited. If, however, this is the best method for you, simply wait until the holiday arrives and book online with lastminute.com or Teletext. You can also hunt down bargain breaks and longer holidays in newspaper classified ads or online at sites such as eBay or Gumtree.



Finding the best deals and last minute holiday bargains is easy when using HotUKDeals to check all the latest discounts from top tour operators and independent providers, as well as bargains on self-catering villas and apartments and activity holidays of every type.