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Christmas

Creative Craft Show/Simply Christmas/Arts Materials/Cake International Sunday 4 November 2018

NEC Birmingham is the destination for four exhibitions all relating to Christmas. Visit the Creative Craft Show for everything connected with craft work. Then there is the Simply Christmas Exhibition where you will be able to find lots of new ideas for Christmas. The Arts Show has all the latest paints, brushes, pencils, paper and what is trending today. Then the Cake International will be where you can update your baking equipment, meet the bakers who will be happy to share their ideas with you, make the perfect Christmas Cake.

All one price £19 Admission extra pay direct

Downtown Shopping Tuesday 6 November 2018

Get your Christmas shopping off to a start with a bargain at one of the areas best designer outlet. Gifts for all the family as well as designer fashions on offer at up to 70% off the original price. All electrical goods, household wares can also be purchased here. There is also a great garden centre. A small café is available where you can have a light lunch or snack.

All one price £9.00

Harrogate Christmas Market Thursday 15 November 2018

One of the best local Christmas Markets is in Harrogate. Stalls from all over the country will be here today tempting you to get into the Christmas spirit. From Christmas tree baubles to that very special Christmas present, you should be able to buy everything at the Harrogate Christmas Market.

All one price £16.00

Harrogate Christmas Market Sunday 18 November 2018

A second chance to visit this wonderful Christmas Market. Not only will the market be in full swing but the town itself will be decked out in all its Christmas finery. The shops will have all the latest ideas for Christmas presents and fashions for all the Christmas parties.

All one price £16.00

St Nicholas Fayre – York Thursday 22 November 2018

York will be in full Christmas spirit for the St Nicolas Fayre, stall holders from all over Europe will be selling their traditional Christmas fare from food to gifts to bubbles. There will be bands and carol singing in the market square. All the shops will be decorated for Christmas. All your Christmas shopping can be done in one day.

All one price £15.00

Liverpool Christmas Shopping or Sightseeing Thursday 29 November 2018

If you have not been to Liverpool for some time now is the perfect opportunity to see just how much Liverpool has changed. It is a wonderful city now with many exciting features from the docks, the Mersey to the Cavern. Take a boat ride on the Mersey or spend the afternoon in the Cavern and be transported back to the time of the Beetles. Great shopping too.

All one price £17.50

Melton Mowbray Victorian Christmas Market Sunday 2 December 2018

In Melton Mowbray it will be like stepping back in time as shop keepers and stall holders with be dressed in the Victorian manner for their annual Christmas Fayre. Melton will be bursting with Christmas spirit all the shops will be decorated, there will be bands playing and carol singers alongside street entertainers to entertain you. Stop for a Christmas lunch at one of the restaurants, or have afternoon tea in one of the many cafes.

All one price £13.50

Leeds Christmas Shopping Saturday 8 December 2018

Still got those last few Christmas presents to buy, then grab this chance to visit Leeds today. Walk down the wonderful arcades decked with fabulous Christmas Trees. Or just take the opportunity to stroll around the shops for the outfit you need for the special occasion over Christmas.

All one price £14.50

Shrek The Musical – leeds Grand Theatre Saturday 29 December 2018


Following a record-breaking UK and Ireland Tour, the smash hit blockbuster is back – and larger than life! Based on the story and characters from the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy. Join Shrek, our unlikely hero, and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Add the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance, guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages! Time for lunch in leeds before the matinee performance at 14.30.

All One Price £61 Includes coach and best stall seats

Llandudno Holly & Mistletoe 5 Days 20 – 24 October 2018

Linked by a long crescent shaped sandy bay nestling between dramatic limestone headlands, Llandudno has been a magnet in North Wales to generations of visitors who have revelled in its wealth of traditional attractions. Sightseeing, shopping, walking, eating or just resting.

YOUR HOTEL Family run Tynedale Hotel situated on the sea front, having used this hotel for many years it has become a firm favourite. The food is excellent in both choice and presentation. This hotel is very well recommended with excellent facilities including all bedrooms en-suite with hairdryer, trouser press, remote control colour television, many rooms with ironing facilities, direct dial telephone, hospitality trays in all rooms. Lift to all floors, some rooms have steps to them, level access to hotel, some ground floor rooms available. Please note some single rooms do not have lift access. Air-conditioned restaurant and cabaret lounge, top class entertainment every night, happy hour at the bar each evening.

SATURDAY Depart local pick up area or Kettlewell’s Yard and travel across the scenic Woodhead pass in Derbyshire and into Cheshire, stopping at Chester services for lunch on route. We arrive in Llandudno in good time to relax. Time for a stroll around make the most of happy hour in the bar before an excellent dinner.

SUNDAY – TUESDAY There will be free excursions and entertainment and lots of fun to be had.

This hotel has to be one of the all time greats in themed-break holidays. Mock Christmas revellers will love the glam and the glitz of the Festive Celebrations – decorations, present from Santa for everyone, Christmas carols, sherry receptions, afternoon teas and live entertainment every night. Six course Christmas Dinner, late night buffets, Fancy Dress Parade, New Year Party. This is not the cheapest mock Christmas that you will see but with nothing but the best, surely excellent value
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WEDNESDAY After a leisurely breakfast we depart Llandudno mid morning, calling for lunch before continuing our scenic drive home.

PRICE PER PERSON £345 PER PERSON

EXECUTIVE TWIN OR DOUBLE £60 PER PERSON SUPPLEMENT

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT NONE LIMITED NUMBER

PRICE INCLUDES:- Pick up from local area or car parking on our premises (please state when booking as this is less time on the coach). Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet. Half board accommodation. All excursions. All coach seats non-smoking.

Weston Super Mare Early Christmas Break 5 Days 5 – 9 November 2018

Nestling on the sheltered coast of the Bristol Channel at the foot of the Mendip Hills, Weston Super Mare is the gateway to the West Country. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to entertainment and attractions. Golden sands compete with two miles of level promenade, the brand new Grand Pier Pavilion and excellent shopping.

YOUR HOTEL Smiths Hotel, a family run hotel occupying a prime position on the seafront with panoramic views of the bay. All attractively furnished bedrooms are en suite with hospitality tray, hairdryer, satellite television, direct dial telephone and trouser press. Relax and enjoy a drink in the comfort of the Pier View Lounge or the quieter Waterfront bar lounge. Entertainment is provided. There is a lift to most floors. During your stay, there will be live music and entertainment acts for you to enjoy every night. The varied entertainment programme varies from 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, County and Western, traditional sing alongs and fun and games – including bingo and a free raffle.

MONDAY Depart local pick up points or Kettlewell’s garage and take a pleasant drive to the south west arriving after lunch, leaving ample time to relax and get acquainted with your resort before dinner. Tea & coffee served on arrival.

TUESDAY Day at leisure.

WEDNESDAY A leisurely drive across the Severn Bridge and a sightseeing tour of the Wye Valley, calling at Tintern Abbey and the border town of Monmouth. It’s Christmas day today so after a traditional Christmas dinner there will be a visit from Father Christmas as your Christmas Break at Smiths wouldn’t be complete without a visit and present.

THURSDAY A visit to the ancient town of Dunster before continuing to Minehead.

FRIDAY Regretfully after breakfast we must leave and make Our return journey, taking a scenic drive through the Cotswolds.

PRICE PER PERSON £320 PER PERSON

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT NONE 5 AVAILABLE

PRICE INCLUDES Pick up from local area or car parking on our premises. Executive air conditioned coach travel with toilet. Half Board Accommodation. All Excursions. All Coach seats non smoking Entertainment every night.

Antwerp Christmas Market Cruise 3 Days 12 – 14 December 2018

Celebrate the Festive Season on this party cruise to Antwerp. Sample the delights of life aboard Magellan enjoying the various facilities, delicious full board cuisine and stylish evening entertainment. In Antwerp, visit the magnificent Gothic cathedral and browse the delightful Christmas Market for some unique gifts – don’t forget the delicious Belgian chocolates!

YOUR SHIP
The Magellan offers a traditional maritime experience in spacious surroundings. Discover a wide range of comfortable lounges and stylish leisure facilities to enrich your time on board. Her wide range of public facilities include the impressive Waldorf and Kensington Restaurants offering two sitting dining or the more informal Raffles Bistro. There are comfortable lounge areas throughout including the two-tier theatre style Magellan Show Lounge, and a wide range of other amenities.

WEDNESDAY Depart Kettlewell’s early morning for our journey to Tilbury for the overnight sailing to Antwerp.

THURSDAY Antwerp makes for a wonderful Belgian themed Christmas getaway and represents the perfect excuse to discover somewhere a little different in the Flanders region. From the Groenplaats through the Handschoenmarkt and the Grote Markt to the Steenplein square. All are transformed into a wonderful Christmas market each season offering an array of crafts, decorations and gourmet treats including the obligatory mulled wine. It also boasts an impressive 1200m2 ice skating rink over looking the River Scheldt. One of Europe’s largest ports, Antwerp is renowned throughout the world as the centre of the diamond trade. With its charming medieval streets and remarkable renaissance buildings, Belgium’s second largest city is a delight. Historic guild houses and Antwerp’s imposing Town Hall with its rows of colourful European flags surround the cobbled stone main square of the old city called Grote Markt. The focal point of the city skyline is the towering Gothic spire of the Cathedral of Our Lady.

FRIDAY Depart our ship after a sumptuous breakfast for our return journey home.

INSIDE CABIN FROM £213
OCEAN VIEW CABIN FROM £273

PRICE INCLUDES: Departure from Kettlewell’s car parking available if required. Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet. Full board accommodation & evening entertainment.

A valid passport is required European Health Insurance card (free) & travel insurance are recommended.

Kettlewell (Retford) Ltd act as retail agents for South Quay Travel & Leisure Ltd who have organised this holiday and financial protection is given by South Quay’s ABTA V9945.

Llandudno Holly & Mistletoe 5 Days 20 – 24 October 2019

Linked by a long crescent shaped sandy bay nestling between dramatic limestone headlands, Llandudno has been a magnet in North Wales to generations of visitors who have revelled in its wealth of traditional attractions. Sightseeing, shopping, walking, eating or just resting.

YOUR HOTEL Family run Tynedale Hotel situated on the sea front, having used this hotel for many years it has become a firm favourite. The food is excellent in both choice and presentation. This hotel is very well recommended with excellent facilities including all bedrooms en-suite with hairdryer, trouser press, remote control colour television, many rooms with ironing facilities, direct dial telephone, hospitality trays in all rooms. Lift to all floors, some rooms have steps to them, level access to hotel, some ground floor rooms available. Please note some single rooms do not have lift access. Air-conditioned restaurant and cabaret lounge, top class entertainment every night, happy hour at the bar each evening.

SUNDAY Depart local pick up area or Kettlewell’s Yard and travel across the scenic Woodhead pass in Derbyshire and into Cheshire, stopping at Chester services for lunch on route. We arrive in Llandudno in good time to relax. Time for a stroll around make the most of happy hour in the bar before an excellent dinner.

MONDAY – WEDNESDAY There will be free excursions and entertainment and lots of fun to be had.

This hotel has to be one of the all time greats in themed-break holidays. Mock Christmas revellers will love the glam and the glitz of the Festive Celebrations – decorations, present from Santa for everyone, Christmas carols, sherry receptions, afternoon teas and live entertainment every night. Six course Christmas Dinner, late night buffets, Fancy Dress Parade, New Year Party. This is not the cheapest mock Christmas that you will see but with nothing but the best, surely excellent value

THURSDAY After a leisurely breakfast we depart Llandudno mid morning, calling for lunch before continuing our scenic drive home.

PRICE PER PERSON £370

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT NONE LIMITED NUMBER

PRICE INCLUDES:- Pick up from local area or car parking on our premises (please state when booking as this is less time on the coach). Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet. Half board accommodation. All excursions. All coach seats non-smoking.

Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2 Days 24 – 25 November 2019

Set in the magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels, with a cast of 130 professional singers, dancers and musicians – many of whom are West End performers. The three hour performance delivers an extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. It’s a fast moving celebration of the festive season featuring an eclectic mix of both seasonal and year-round favourites, with famous and much-loved chart toppers being sung alongside traditional carols.

• LARGEST CHRISTMAS PRODUCTION IN ENGLAND
• CHOIRS AND CAROLS
• THE MIGHTY WURLITZER ORGAN
• CATHEDRAL CITY OF NORWICH

YOUR HOTEL Our base for this fantastic weekend is the 3* Brook Hotel Norwich. The hotel is situated to the west of the city. All bedrooms are en suite, and have TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities.

SUNDAY Depart from your home area for Norfolk to enjoy the Christmas Spectacular at Thursford. This Norfolk Show is the largest Christmas production in England and is a celebration of Christmas with choirs, carols, and the best organs including the mighty Wurlitzer playing. Lunch or dinner will be provided depending on performance time.

MONDAY After breakfast we have an excursion into Norwich where we have time to explore the city as it prepares for the festive season. Pay a visit to the Cathedral, cobbled Elm Hill, or just enjoy some retail therapy as you search for that elusive Christmas present.

PRICE PERSON £185

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT NONE 8 AVAILABLE

PRICE INCLUDES: Pick up from local area or car parking our premises (please state when booking as this is less time on the coach). Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet. Half board accommodation. Entrance to Thursford Christmas Spectacular.

French Festive Getaway Cruise from Tilbury 5 Days 8 – 12 December 2019

Cruise the River Seine to Rouen, ‘city of a hundred spires’, and walk in the footsteps of Joan of Arc. Discover the charming town of Honfleur with its cobbled streets and picturesque old harbour surrounded by lofty houses. From Zeebrugge, opt to visit Bruges and explore the delightful Christmas Markets. Wander through the stalls of seasonal gifts, hand-crafted decorations and tasty treats, soaking-up the wonderful festive atmosphere.

YOUR SHIP The Magellan offers a traditional maritime experience in spacious surroundings. Discover a wide range of comfortable lounges and stylish leisure facilities to enrich your time on board. Her wide range of public facilities include the impressive Waldorf and Kensington Restaurants offering two sitting dining or the more informal Raffles Bistro. There are comfortable lounge areas throughout including the two-tier theatre style Magellan Show Lounge, and a wide range of other amenities.

SUNDAY Depart Kettlewell’s early morning for our journey to Tilbury for the overnight sailing to Rouen.

MONDAY Start the day enjoying a scenic cruise along the beautiful and majestic Seine into the heart of one of France’s most historic and picturesque regions, Normandy. Arriving in Rouen early afternoon. Rouen is the historic capital of Normandy. Victor Hugo called Rouen ‘the city of a hundred spires’. Its Old Town is a delightful maze of narrow, cobblestone streets lined with fine half-timbered houses and wonderful gothic churches including the magnificent Cathedrale Notre Dame and the Eglise St. Maclou. Rouen’s Place du Vieux-Marche is famous as the site where Joan of arc was burned at the stake in 1431. Further upriver is the village of Giverny and the home of Claude Monet, who captured the beauty of Rouen in many of his paintings.

TUESDAY An overnight sailing and we arrive in Honfleur early morning. Over the years many renowned painters and writers have been attracted to pretty Honfleur, which with its narrow, half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets and charming old harbour set in a sheltered cove off the Seine’s tidal estuary, is simply enchanting. Unlike many of its Normandy neighbours, Honfleur was spared during the bombing of World War Two and nestled in its tidy, picturesque streets historic buildings house art galleries, artists’ studios, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and fine souvenir shops.

WEDNESDAY Sailing overnight we arrive early morning in Zeebrugge an important port in Flanders and a coastal gateway to Belgium and your gateway to Bruges. Picturesque Bruges is a delightful little city of canals and stone bridges, winding cobbled streets and medieval Flemish architecture. Cosmopolitan Brussels is an historic and royal city divided into the Lower and Upper Town. The Lower Town has gothic, baroque and renaissance-era buildings dating from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. Whilst the picturesque Quartier Royal, surrounded by 18th and 19th century palaces, is the most distinctive plaza of the Upper Town. We depart early evening for our overnight sailing back to Tilbury.

THURSDAY Depart our ship after a sumptuous breakfast for our return journey home.

INSIDE CABIN FROM £431
OCEAN VIEW CABIN FROM £554

PRICE INCLUDES: Departure from Kettlewell’s car parking available if required. Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet. Full board accommodation & big show entertainment. Afternoon teas and late night snacks. Daytime activities and leisure facilities.

A valid passport is required European Health Insurance card (free) & travel insurance are recommended.

Kettlewell (Retford) Ltd act as retail agents for South Quay Travel & Leisure Ltd who have organised this holiday and financial protection is given by South Quay’s ABTA V9945.

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