Thomas Cook Airlines add flights and destinations from Bristol airport

Thomas Cook Airlines will base an additional Airbus A320 aircraft at Bristol Airport from May 1, 2018 and increase its number of seats on sale from the airport to over 400,000 for the summer 18 season.

Taking the airline’s weekly flights from 28 to 39 for summer 18, the additional flights on sale include new destinations Egypt, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Costa Brava and Greece. They join favourite holiday spots like the Canaries and Balearics for both flight-only and package holidays from the airport.

From March 19, Tunisia will also join the Bristol programme. Three sold-out UK...

Flybe maintains position as most punctual UK-based airline

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 12/18/2017 - 3:41pm

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has again been recognised as the most punctual UK-based airline in the latest report on ‘Best and Worst Airlines’ issued by leading consumer watchdog Which? (Jan 2018). The carrier once again tops for on time performance all other UK-based airlines including British Airways, easyJet, Jet2 and Thomas Cook.

The study was based on an analysis of monthly punctuality statistics gathered by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on the percentage of flights that arrived in to the UK within 15 minutes of due time (Short Haul Airlines). Flybe operates...

South West is home to some of Brits' happiest places

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Posted: Fri, 08/25/2017 - 11:40pm

The South West of England is home to some of Brits' ultimate “happy places”, according to a new study.

New research from SACO, The Serviced Apartment Company polled UK holidaymakers to discover the places in the UK which evoke special memories and ultimately make us “happy”.

The poll of 1,500 British adults revealed that Cornwall is our top ‘go-to’ holiday destination for making happy memories, voted for by almost one in five Brits. The Lake District was in second place, with Devon also featuring in the top three.

When it comes to the most memorable holiday moments...

Holidays to remember with my foster children

As school children settle in to their long awaited summer holidays, and families across Devon count down the final days to their annual getaway, foster carer Katherine Page has planned a memorable summer for her three fostered children, Anna, Louise and Alice (not their real names).

But just as it’s a challenge for parents to balance holidays, time out from the school term, and a work life, that challenge can be complicated further for foster families by the temporary nature of some foster placements. Planning holidays for one thing, not knowing exactly whether changes to their...

Holiday park raises £5,000 for Marine Conservation Society

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Posted: Fri, 06/30/2017 - 9:40am

Haven are thrilled to announce that Devon Cliffs Holiday Park in Exmouth have donated £5,144 through the sales of 5p carrier bags in Kent.

Haven has been working in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society since 2016 to help protect the shores and marine wildlife in the UK. Devon Cliffs Holiday Parks’ donation contributes to an incredible £45,000 donation from the sales of 5p carrier bag across Haven’s 31 coastal holiday parks in England and Scotland.

When the 5p carrier bag charges were introduced across England and Wales it seemed the perfect fit to donate the...

Record award nominations for Seaton Jurassic

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Posted: Thu, 04/06/2017 - 10:00am

The iconic Seaton Jurassic heritage centre has been shortlisted for a record six prestigious building and planning awards for its astonishing and forward-thinking design.

The centre, which was designed by Plymouth-based firm Form Design, was opened last year and has since had 50,000 visitors to the site.

Seaton Jurassic is owned by East Devon District Council and operated by the charity Devon Wildlife Trust.

Four of the nominations come from The Planning Awards 2017, an esteemed awards scheme which looks to honour "excellence in planning and placemaking". The four...

River Cottage Festival

Event Date: 
26/08/2017 - 10:00am to 27/08/2017 - 6:30pm
River Cottage, Trinity Hill Road, Axminster,

The River Cottage Festival returns for 2017 over the August Bank Holiday.

There’ll be masterclasses, foraging, dancing, music and of course food! There'll be well-known chefs giving demonstrations, masterclasses to take part in, tasty street food stalls to sample not forgetting our very own River Cottage chefs preparing the best seasonal food for you to enjoy.

You can choose if you come for the day, the evening or the whole weekend - there are different ticket options to suit everyone and under 16s can come for free!

Full details can be found at: https://www....

Top tips to protect your holiday abroad

With the holiday season now in full swing and families no doubt brimming with excitement, acts of terror in France and Turkey recently, the demise of Low Cost Holidays and of course travel restrictions still in place to Tunisia following the tourist massacre in 2015, tourists will no doubt have some concerns about holidays.

Litigation Partner and travel lawyer, Ian Brown from Trowers and Hamlins, gives some useful tips to ensure your travel plans don't grind to a halt…

  1. Make sure you take insurance as soon as you book your holiday, if you don't have an annual policy.
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Accommodation providers expect tourism boost

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 08/04/2016 - 11:45am

Business confidence amongst accommodation providers is at a record high for the summer holidays in a VisitEngland survey published this week. The ‘business confidence’ survey findings also show that out of 500 accommodation providers, more than half are expecting an increase in visitors following the EU referendum outcome with a particular boost expected for the domestic market. English businesses are anticipating a strong summer holiday period with 65% of accommodation providers feeling “very confident” about the summer holidays and 47% reporting forward bookings as “very good” – both...

Retired holidaymakers asked to share stories

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 08/04/2016 - 10:41am

Retired holidaymakers are needed to take part in new research which aims to discover how giving up work has affected their tourism choices.

Academics from the University of Exeter Business School want to collect data on how people holidayed before and after retirement. They hope this will allow experts to better understand how tourism affects the wellbeing of older people, and how retirement leads to changes in the choice of location and holiday type.

The researchers are working with the charity Age UK Exeter to carry out the survey, which can also be completed online ....