Luxury Coach Holidays for UK & Europe
Luxury Coach Holidays for UK & Europe
Luxury Coach Holidays for UK & Europe 2015 Door-to-Door Service available Free Pick-Ups Multi-Booking Discount A chance to win £200 worth of Holiday Vouchers Est.1928 www.bowensholidays.com Book before 31st January for £10 Discount New Areas Covered
Carlyon Bay p28 Book by calling 0121 559 1237 / 0845 345 3543 or online at www.bowensholidays.com 2 We are very grateful and appreciate your support during the 2014 season. We hope that the changes we make for 2015 will further demonstrate our ethos of providing good quality, hassle free, value for money package holidays.
Due to popular demand from other areas in the West Midlands, we will provide a door-to-door pick up service with our Mercedes 8-seat vehicles, from new pick up points across the region. The collection time for all of our tours will be kept to a minimum before departing. Our helpful staff will be on hand to assist you with your baggage at departure and on arrival at your destination.
You’ll find several exciting new tours that have been introduced, with an extensive range of excursions and itineraries. In addition, we’re offering you a great choice of hotels with brands you’ll recognise, including; Brend, The Marriott, The Best Inn, The Dutchy and the Oceana, to enhance your comfort and pleasure. A number of new destinations are available for our very popular short break holidays, along with singles holidays. The Day Trip and Short Breaks Brochure will be available soon, and will have a great selection of day trips to places like Blackpool, Llandudno and Snowdonia.
New for 2015! The Bowens Holidays Loyalty Card Scheme – the card is issued free of charge to each customer upon their first booking.
With this card you can obtain a £10 discount on each subsequent holiday booked with our Halesowen office. For short breaks the discount will be £5 off your next booking. All of our holidays can be reserved with a low deposit, followed by instalments at no extra cost. Our mission is simple – Customer Satisfaction. Kind regards The Bowens Team Barnstaple p7 Royal Hotel p8 Headland p35 Queens p27 Cumberland p10 Ocean View p20 A sample of Luxury Hotels for your enjoyment... BREND GROUP OF HOTELS DUCHY HOTELS OCEANA HOTELS Imperial p12 Burnside Hotel p11 Lansdowne p12 BEST INN HOTELS HOLDSWORTH HOTELS Marriott p40 Mercure p26 Copthorne p38 Bridgewood p21 FOUR STAR HOTELS
Book by calling 0121 559 1237 / 0845 345 3543 or online at www.bowensholidays.com 3 Loyalty Club Card 14 Peckingham Street, Halesowen, West Midlands B63 3AN Tel: 0121 559 1237 Web: www.bowensholidays.com Holidays We are delighted to introduce our NEW LOYALTY CLUB CARD SCHEME for all our regular and new customers. This card will be supplied to all travellers when a holiday is purchased. Subsequently this card can be used to receive a discount of £10 on all future holidays and £5 on a short break holiday. This is only available on holidays that are operated by Bowens and booked by our staff at our Halesowen office.
Loyalty Club Card 14 Peckingham Street, Halesowen, West Midlands B63 3AN Tel: 0121 559 1237 Web: www.bowensholidays.com Holidays Card No . . Name . . Address . . 1234 567 89 Paul Smith 10 Park Road Group Discount We offer generous discounts for group bookings, please enquire about this with our staff at Halesowen office. Your Holiday Discount Voucher Make use of Early Bookings and the Loyalty Card to receive a discount of up to £20 off your holidays. You can use the Loyalty Card and Early Booking for multi number of holidays.
A draw is made from all the Loyalty Card Numbers twice a year. 30th June and 28th November 2015 at our office in Halesowen (all invited). The person will receive a £200 Bowens Holidays Voucher which can be used on any future holidays operated by Bowens Holidays. Discount Voucher Holidays £200 Visit our website for the most up to date holidays and offers... www.bowensholidays.com Book by calling 0121 559 1237 / 0845 345 3543 or online at www.bowensholidays.com 3
Book by calling 0121 559 1237 / 0845 345 3543 or online at www.bowensholidays.com 4 Contents Introduction 2 – 3 Contents 4 Destinations Map 5 Local Joining Points 6 England & Wales Barnstaple 7 Bideford 8 Boats & Gardens of North Wales 9 Bournemouth 10 Cumbria & Lake District 11 Eastbourne 12 Falmouth 13 Gems of Durham & Northumberland 14 Harrogate & Bronte Country 15 Hereford 16 Ilfracombe 17 Isle of Man 18 Isles of Scilly 19 Isle of Wight 20 Kent Castles & Cathedrals 21 Liverpool 22 Llandudno 23 Lytham St Annes 24 Newquay 25 Norfolk ...
a Royal Treat 26 Paignton 27 St Austell 28 Scarborough 29 Sidmouth 30 Skegness 31 Tenby 32 The Best of Cornwall in a Weekend 33 Torquay 34 Trains of North Wales 35 Weston-super-Mare 36 Weymouth 37 Windsor & The Chelsea Pensioners 38 York 39 Yorkshire Rail & Sail 40 Scotland Edinburgh Tattoo 41 Hebridean Highlights 42 Skye & Hebrides 42 Northumbria & Scottish Railway 43 Orkney & Shetland Minicruise 43 Railways & Scotland’s Natural Wonders 44 Romantic Highland Railways 44 Royal Scotland Safari 45 Scotland Top to Bottom 45 Scotland’s Hidden Railways 46 Skye, Mull & Arran 46 Stirling, Edinburgh & Inveraray 47 Waterways of Scotland 47 Wonders of Scotland 48 Ireland Donegal Delights 48 The Essence of Ireland 49 Hidden Ireland 49 Killarney & The Ring of Kerry 50 Irish Melody 50 Europe Lake Annecy & Geneva 51 Austrian Lakes & Vienna 51 The Black Forest Hideaway, Treiberg & Titisee 52 Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre & Portofino 52 Delightful Dutch Bulbfields & Ostend 53 Fuschl, Austrian Lakes & Salzburg 53 Lake Como, The Italian Lakes & Switzerland 54 Lake Garda, The Dolomites & Venice 54 Lakes & Mountains of Switzerland 55 Classical Italy, Lake Maggiore & Milan 55 Lourdes & Paris 56 Menton 56 Ostend, Ypres & WWI Battlefields 57 Sights & Sounds of Paris 57 Imperial Cities 58 Rhine & Moselle Valleys 58 San Remo, Monte Carlo & Monaco 59 Undiscovered Spain 59 Spain - Bay of Roses 60 St Anton & The Austrian Tyrol 60 Tuscany & The Italian Riviera 61 Austrian Winter Wonderland in the Tyrol 61 Short, Twin & Festive Breaks Singles 62 – 63 Day Trips 64 – 65 Short Breaks 66 – 67 Twin Breaks 68 – 69 Twin Festive Breaks 70 – 71 Festive Breaks 72 – 74 Terms & Conditions 75
Book by calling 0121 559 1237 / 0845 345 3543 or online at www.bowensholidays.com 5 2015 Destinations l l l l l Falmouth Looe l Sidmouth Torquay l Weston-super-Mare l Bath l Snowdonia Morecambe l l Windsor l Hereford l Barnstaple l Liverpool l Isle of Man l Lake District l Donegal l Killarney l Harrogate l Eastbourne l Isle of Wight l Oxford Scilly Isles l Scarborough l Edinburgh l Shetland Islands l Northumbria l Durham l Whitby l Hull l Chatham l Canterbury l Brighton l Stirling l Fort William l Orkneys l Isle of Skye l Skegness York l Inverarary l Arran l Isle of Mull l Llandudno l Dublin l Wicklow l Lythan St Annes l Bournemouth l Weymouth Norwich l Ilfracombe l Bideford l Tenby l Newquay l St Austell l Paignton FRANCE SPAIN SPAIN IRELAND UNITED KINGDOM BELGIUM GERMANY AUSTRIA ITALY SWITZERLAND FRANCE SPAIN IRELAND UNITED KINGDOM BELGIUM GERMANY AUSTRIA ITALY SWITZERLAND l Ripon
Book by calling 0121 559 1237 / 0845 345 3543 or online at www.bowensholidays.com 6 Bowens oﬀers Coach seating with Air- conditioning and wash room / W.C. on all tour coaches Reserved coach seats on main tour coach at time of booking Regular comfort stops en route Home pick up service available Excellent selection of great value quality checked hotels All Hotel stays are half board unless stated. Friendly drivers & porterage services to help with your luggage Pay in convenient instalments at no extra cost All holidays are protected under the fair trade condition for passengers financial protection.
Friendly & informed reservations staff to take care of all your booking arrangements Full group booking service with great offers for group organisers Travel with Bowens A6 Toll M6 M6 M5 1 5 3 16 14 21 25 29 26 10 13 4 34 7 6 33 27 8 36 30 12 11 32 2 35 22 M5 M42 M42 M42 BIRMINGHAM Wolverhampton Stourbridge Halesowen Solihull Shirley Acocks Green Maypole Rednal Walsall Dudley Sutton Coldfield Great Barr Erdington West Bromwich Bilston Sedgley Aldridge Smethwick Bearwood City Centre Yardley Castle Bromwich Chemsley Wood Blackheath Kingstanding Washwood Heath Moseley 17 Kings Heath 15 Sheldon 24 23 Selly Oak Northfield 18 Perry Barr 20 Tipton 31 Old Hill 19 Cradley 9 Stonecross 28 SAVE MONEY AND USE ONE OF OUR FREE LOCAL JOINING POINTS FOR NON-DOOR TO DOOR TOURS 1 ACOCKS GREEN: Near Jeffries Hardware Store, Shirley Road, Birmingham B27 7XU 2 ALDRIDGE: Bus stop near Post Office, Northgate WS9 8PL 3 BEARWOOD: Bus Stop Layby near Coffee, 14 Hagley Road West, Birmingham B67 5DP 4 BILSTON: Bus Stop Wellington Road near Prouds Lane, Wolverhampton WV14 6AA 5 BLACKHEATH: Bus Stop near Market Long Lane, Sandwell B65 0HT 6 CASTLE BROMWICH: Bus Stop near Morrisons, Chester Road, Birmingham B36 0JG 7 CHELMSLEY WOOD: Bus Stop, 46 Chelmsley Circle by Shopping Centre opp KFC, Birmingham B37 5UH 8 CITY CENTRE: Bus Stop near steps side of Town Hall, Paradise Circus, Birmingham B3 3DQ 9 CRADLEY: Bus Stop near Labour Club, Wilson Hall, Dudley B63 2BU 10 DUDLEY: Bus Stop near Zoo, Castle Hill, Dudley DY1 4FQ 11 ERDINGTON: Six Ways Bus Stop near Big Johns, Sutton New Road, Birmingham B23 6TJ 12 GREAT BARR: Bus Stop near Post Office, 30-32 Newton Road, Birmingham B43 6BW 13 HALESOWEN: Opposite Bus Station, Church Croft, Dudley B63 4AQ 14 KINGSTANDING: Bus Stop near Library, Kingstanding Road, Birmingham B44 9ST 15 KINGS HEATH: Peartree PH, Alcester Road South, Birmingham B14 7JQ 16 MAYPOLE: Bus Stop near Co-op Supermarket, Alcester Road South, Birmingham B14 5JA 17 MOSELEY: The Junction PH, 1-6 Salisbury House, Alcester Road Birmingham B13 8JE 18 NORTHFIELD: Near Boots Chemist, 750 Bristol Road South, Birmingham B31 2NN 19 OLD HILL: Bus stop near to KFC, Halesowen Road, Sandwell B64 5LS 20 PERRY BAR: Bus Stop near United Travel, Birchfield Road, Birmingham B20 3BJ 21 REDNAL: British Legion Club, Legion Road, Birmingham B45 9HU 22 SEDGLEY: Bus Stop Concord Market, Dudley Street, Dudley DY3 1SE 23 SELLY OAK: Bus Stop Near Dixons Estate Agents, Bristol Road, Birmingham B29 6HW 24 SHELDON: Bus Stop, opposite Barclays Bank, 11 Sheaf Lane, Birmingham B26 3EF 25 SHIRLEY: Majestic Wines, Haslucks Road, Shirley, West Midlands B90 2LL 26 SMETHWICK: Bus Stop High Street, Bus stop near Blue Gates PH, Sandwell B66 1AA 27 SOLIHULL: Bus Station, O’Neil’s Popular Road 28 STONECROSS: Bus Stop, Ladbrokes, 283 Stonecross, Walsall Road, West Bromwich, Sandwell B71 3LN 29 STOURBRIDGE: Last Bus Coach Station before Ring Road, Birmingham Street, Dudley, 30 SUTTON COLDFIELD: Bus stop near Mcdonalds, Lower Parade, Birmingham BY8 1JE 31 TIPTON: Bus stop near 69 Owen Street, Dudley DY4 8ES 32 WALSALL: Bus Stop near Furniture and Electrical, Bradford Place WS1 1PB 33 WASHWOOD HEATH: Bus Stop near Aldi, Stetchford Lane, Birmingham B8 2AN 34 WEST BROMWICH: New Street, West Bromwich, Sandwell B70 7PG 35 WOLVERHAMPTON: Coach Station, Faulkland Street, WV1 1JX 36 YARDLEY: Bus stop near Tesco Extra, Church Road, Birmingham B25 8XE NEW Door to Door Service now available £30 single per person Covering: Tamworth, Nuneaton, Coventry , Balsall Common, Dorridge, Knowle, Redditch, Bromsgrove, Kidderminster, Stourport, Droitwich & Worcester.
Within the shaded area on the map £15 single per person For your convenience USE our DOOR TO DOOR SERVICE TO JOIN THE TOUR COACH Customers with electric scooters must notify in advance and if it can be fitted into the minibus. Minimum numbers per stop apply.
Book by calling 0121 559 1237 / 0845 345 3543 or online at www.bowensholidays.com 7 Barnstaple Hotel HHH Barnstaple Lynmouth Tewkesbury Abbey The Barnstaple Hotel is part of The Brend Group, renowned for their excellent service. This modern and comfortable luxury hotel has outstanding leisure facilities, including two swimming pools at the spectacular on-site Barnstaple leisure club. It is just a short stroll from the centre of Barnstaple. The team of chefs are highly creative and take pride in serving you mouth- watering cuisine No lift but rooms available on ground floor. Tour BARN5 - Half Board Departure Dates Prices 11th May 5 Days £399 Supplements: Single Person £100 Barnstaple is a former river port and is the premier town in North Devon where you’ll find great bars, great restaurants and big name high street shopping.
But that’s not all that makes Barnstaple special. There are the independent boutique shops within the town, the proud local food producers selling their delicious delicacies in the Pannier Market and, of course, the town’s colourful history. It’s this mix of new and old, of modern and traditional that’s behind Barnstaple’s charm.
Day1 - The tour starts with a visit to the medieval town of Tewkesbury. This historic Abbey is well worth a visit along with shops or a stroll along the River Seven. The next stop is at Taunton where there is time to enjoy the surrounding area for a spot of shopping and enjoy a lunch break. Day2 - Why not enjoy your free time with a visit to Pannier Market with its huge range of exciting fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts, a fantastic range of antiques and collectables for all those Bargain Hunters among you and much more. In the afternoon visit the famous Barnstaple Heritage Centre that exhibits the history from medieval time to present day (admission Included).
Day3 - Today travel through scenic Exmoor to the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth, known as the Little Switzerland of England. The Victorians made holiday centres of the town and opened a cliff railway in 1890 to connect Lynmouth to Lynton creating some stunning views. Also visit the flourishing holiday resort of Combe Martin. Combe Martin was once a very prosperous harbour, exporting locally grown strawberries and hemp. This coastal area was also important for precious metals including silver, ensuring that the mining industry flourished here in the 16th Century. Day4 - After a hearty breakfast, we visit Clovelly.
This unique, historic fishing village is famous the world over. There is no traffic on the cobbled street, which winds its way down a cleft in a 400ft cliff between carefully preserved, flower – festooned cottages to a tiny working 14th century port. In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to the RHS Garden Rosemoor. Spanning 65 acres, Rosemoor is set in the beautiful Torridge Valley. The stunning gardens include Lady Anne’s original garden, the arboretum and the cottage garden plus woodland walks offer interesting glimpse of local wildlife and wild flowers (admission Included) Day5 - Return via Weston-super-Mare with a break for lunch and then continue our journey home.
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8 Book by calling 0121 559 1237 / 0845 345 3543 or online at www.bowensholidays.com Bideford Gloucester Docks Royal Hotel HHH The Royal Hotel is part of the Brend Hotels collection, which has an unrivalled reputation for luxury hotels in Devon and Cornwall. At the Royal Hotel, you will enjoy the warm hospitality and excellent service that comes with generations of experience. Complementary use of the indoor and outdoor heated pool. The talented team of chefs create exquisite dishes for you to enjoy, complemented by a fine selection of wines. Tour BIDE5 - Half Board Departure Dates Prices 8th June 5 Days £379 Supplements: Single Person £40 Make Bideford your base and you’ll have the best in pubs, music and restaurants to satisfy every palate.
It is a perfect place for a spot of retail therapy and if you fancy a spot of brand name shopping head out of town to the Atlantic Village outlet for bargains galore. There are lanes lined with quirky little shops packed with all manner of interesting items, and when it’s time for a break you can stop at one of the many pavement cafes for a coffee and a pasty. Day1 - Start your experience with a visit to the famous city of Gloucester, visit the historic docks, followed by a visit to the Cathedral. Our journey continues with a stop at a small village of Tiverton for a short break and then continues to our hotel.
Day2 - Why not enjoy your free time with a visit to Pannier Market with its huge range of exciting fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts, a fantastic range of antiques and collectables for all those Bargain Hunters among you and much more. In the afternoon we travel to Great Torrington with a visit to Rosemoor Gardens (admission included). OR Optional extra excursion for a Lundy Island cruise. Day3 - We will have a scenic drive to Bude where there is a wide variety of attractions such as Hartland Abbey and Gardens and Tapeley Park, a magical balance of nature and nurture (admissions included).
Day4 - Start with a trip to Barnstaple and then continue to the Mort Bay to visit Croyde and Woolacombe. There is so much to do to keep you amused. There are excellent shops and award winning beaches with miles of golden sands to encourage a laid back atmosphere. Day5 - Return via Exeter and continue with a lunch break at Weston-super-Mare. Exeter Cathedral Bude BOOK BEFORE 31st JAN’15 To Receive a £10 Discount! NEW TOUR
9 Book by calling 0121 559 1237 / 0845 345 3543 or online at www.bowensholidays.com Thomas Telford Aqueduct Portmeirion North Wales has a number of gardens with spectacular views, which are well known.
In this tour we will bring the charm and beauty of nature in full colour bloom. Day1 - We take a leisurely drive to Trevor to board the horse drawn boat to see the Horseshoe Falls and travel across the Thomas Telford Aqueduct. This is a 2 hour ride which is peaceful, relaxing and scenic. There is some free time to enjoy in Llangollen before we make our journey to the hotel. (Admission included) Day2 - Free day to enjoy in Llandudno or visit Plas Newydd gardens where you will find the fine spring gardens and Australian arboretum. The estate also holds the largest collection of Rex Whistler works and Military Museum (admission included).
Day3 - Travel to Bodnant Gardens to lose yourself in the awesome beauty. Enjoy the sights, sounds and fragrances that you will remember, from the huge variety of plants, ponds, wildlife to the mighty mountains beyond. An endeavour has been made at Bodnant Garden to grow a wide range of interesting and beautiful plants from all over the world, particularly China, North America, Europe and Japan. The garden will interest amateur and professional gardeners, artist, photographers and families. Please note that although some areas are flat, there will be many hilly areas. In the afternoon we continue to Betws-y-Coed for some free time and enjoy the scenic village with wonderful array of shops (admission included).
Day4 - We travel to the seaside town of Porthmadog where we will enjoy some free time and then continue to Portmerion. This popular tourist resort was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in an Italian village style. This unique and dreamlike setting is built on its own peninsular on the southern setting shores of Snowdonia, the gardens are beautifully designed. The famous TV series ‘The Prisoner’ was filmed at this resort. In the afternoon we take a train ride on the Ffestiniog Railway before departing back to the hotel (admission included). Day 5 -Return journey via Tatton Park, which is one of the UK’s most complete historic estates.
It is home to a Tudor Old Hall, Neo-classical Mansions, and 50 acres of Landscape gardens, a rare-breed farm, and 1000 acres of deer park. The gardens are known for their remarkable glasshouse and the Japanese Garden which is considered the finest in Europe (admission included). Boats & Gardens of North Wales Four Oaks Hotel HHH The Four Oaks is one of the largest seafront hotels in Llandudno, located on the beautiful North West region of North Wales, that has been fully refurbished. The hotel is well known for their excellent service and warm hospitality. Wine and dine at the hotel’s restaurant with their fresh home cooked food.
Tour BGNW6 - Half Board Departure Dates Prices 29th Jun 5 Days £329 Supplements: Limited Singles Nil Sea View Supp. Tatton Park BOOK BEFORE 31st JAN’15 To Receive a £10 Discount! NEW TOUR
10 Book by calling 0121 559 1237 / 0845 345 3543 or online at www.bowensholidays.com Supplements: Limited Single person Nil Cumberland Hotel HHH Located on the seafront overlooking Bournemouth Bay, the Cumberland Hotel part of the Oceana Hotel is a modern resort style hotel that has achieved one of Bournemouth's highest hotel ratings for their service. The Cumberland Bournemouth offers comfortable, modern 3 star bedrooms equipped to ensure your stay is an enjoyable one. Tour BOUR3 - Half Board Departure Dates Prices 16th Jan 3 Days £149 2nd Oct 3 Days £159 Tour BOUR5 - Half Board Departure Dates Prices 22nd Feb 5 Days £275 16th Mar 5 Days £289 13th Apr 5 Days £299 25th May 5 Days £319 Limited Single Supplement: Nil.
*Turkey and Tinsel Departure Dates Prices 14th Jun 5 Days £339 13th Jul 5 Days £349 28th Sep 5 Days £339 9th Nov 5 Days £329 Bournemouth is referred to as the “The Garden City by the Sea” and is one of the Europe’s most prestige resorts attracting millions per year, to enhance this experience we have chosen the famous Cumberland Hotel to make you experience more enjoyable. Bournemouth is a large coastal resort on the south sea directly to the east of Jurassic Coast which is seven miles long of golden sands and sheltered water which makes it a firm favourite beach holiday. Bournemouth also has beautiful gardens and stunning landscapes with a variety of shops and restaurants.
3 Day Tour Day1 - On our journey we will stop at Winchester where you can explore more than 1000 years of medieval history and delve into the 12th century wall painting and carvings of the Cathedral to view the Illuminated Bible. We also visit the statue of King Alfred the Great in Broadway. Day2 - Today there is free time so why not visit the beach for a stroll and then continue to the 6D cinema with the enhanced simulator experience – the only one of its kind in the UK. There are plenty of other things to see: visit the modern boutiques, which include various places to eat. Take a stroll along the promenade or visit the Pavilion Theatre where they have live shows suitable for all tastes.
Day3 - Our morning starts with a visit to Salisbury Cathedral. Discover over 750 years of history including Britain’s tallest spire, the world’s best preserved original Magna Carta and Europe’s oldest working clock on a private tour with one of the cathedral’s volunteer guides. Built between 1220 and 1258, in one architectural style, Salisbury is Britain’s finest 13th century Gothic Cathedral.
5 Day Tour Day1 - 2 As 3 Day Tour. Day3 - Visit to Poole Harbour to board the Dorset Cruise to Swanage and sail past the Brownesea Island and Old Harry Rocks to take in the views of the Jurassic Coast – a UNESCO heritage site. Then we board the steam railway to visit Corfe Castle where you can visit the model village, museum or walk around the castle (admissions included). Day4 - The trip starts with Christchurch to visit the harbour and quay. Then a scenic drive though the New Forest to Lyndhurst. Continue to Lymington, the capital of the New Forest where you can explore a wide range of shops, cosy tea rooms, old world pubs and cafes and mostly to enjoy the views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight.
Day5 - Our morning starts with a visit to Salisbury Cathedral. Discover over 750 years of history including Britain’s tallest spire, the world’s best preserved original Magna Carta and Europe’s oldest working clock on a private tour with one of the cathedral’s volunteer guides. Built between 1220 and 1258, in one architectural style, Salisbury is Britain’s finest 13th century Gothic Cathedral. After lunch in Salisbury, our afternoon takes us to a World Heritage Site, the great stone circle of Stonehenge, an exceptional survivor from lost prehistoric cultures. This powerful monument to the Stone and Bronze Age is a must see attractions for all visitors (admission included).
Bournemouth Winchester Salisbury Cathedral BOOK BEFORE 31st JAN’15 To Receive a £10 Discount! NEW HOTEL
11 Book by calling 0121 559 1237 / 0845 345 3543 or online at www.bowensholidays.com The Best Western Burnside Hotel HHH Ullswater Grasmere This hotel is one of the finest Lake District Hotels located in the heart of England’s beautiful Lake District National Park, set in mature gardens with views overlooking Lake Windermere and the surrounding Lakeland fells. The luxurious hotel is ideally situated just 300 metres from the steamer piers and bustling village centre of Bowness-on-Windermere, perfect for exploring the many historic, cultural and contemporary attractions within the Lake District.
Wine, dine and unwind at one of the restaurants offering delicious food served by friendly and welcoming staff. Tour CUMB5 - Half Board Departure Dates Prices 24th Aug 5 Days £419 Supplements: Single Room £100 Enjoy the Lake District - England’s only true mountain region boasting a national park covering 885 square miles, so there is no better place to escape to. The Lakes are a popular holiday destination for a quiet retreat with picturesque views and a tranquil setting. Lakeland is famous not only for its lakes, forests and mountains (or fells), but also for its associations with the early 19th century poetry and writings of William Wordsworth.
Historically shared by the counties of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, the Lake District now lies entirely within the modern county of Cumbria. Why not visit Cumbria for the famous Laurel and Hardy Museum, which is actually the birthplace of Stan Laurel. Also visit the beautiful Muncaster Castle and Lowther Castle.
Day1 - A visit to Southport, which is bursting with things to do to keep you entertained with miles of golden sand and beautiful parks to enjoy your lunch break. Day2 - Enjoy a morning visit to the charming village of Grasmere, home to the romantic poet Wordsworth. Afterwards spend some free time in the picturesque village of Hawkeshead, famous for its local resident Beatrix Potter. Take a scenic drive along the beautiful lake of Coniston Water, the inspiration for the Arthur Ransome novel Swallows and Amazons. Arrive at Haverwaite Railway Station and board the steam train for a short journey though the Leven Valley to Lake Windermere, followed by a 10 mile cruise up the lake to Bowness, a popular lakeside holiday town.
Spend free time exploiting or take an optional visit to the world of Beatrix Potter Attraction. (train ride and boat included).
Day3 - Start the day with a relaxing morning ‘steamer’ cruise spectacular Ullswater. Renamed the Dark Lake an Arthurian legend, Ullswater still holds many a secret today, with Helvellyn dominating the landscape. Afterwards head for Keswick (boat admission included). Day4 - The highlight of today will be a visit to the world famous Laurel & Hardy Museum in Ulverston. Learn about the life and times of Stan and Ollie the world famous comedy stars of 1930s. Laugh and cry at their comedy antics, which will bring pleasure to all both young and old.
Day5 - Today we explore the historic City of Lancaster with its castle and museums.
Later travel to nearby Morecambe and enjoy the truly remarkable coastline with over 120 square miles of sand. Take a relaxing walk along the Stone Jetty, which has been transformed into a place of fun and artistic beauty. Of course a visit to The Eric Morecambe Statue is a must for any visitor to the town, set in gardens surrounded by words and phrases relating to the much loved and missed comedy due, Morecambe and Wise. Cumbria & Lake District BOOK BEFORE 31st JAN’15 To Receive a £10 Discount! NEW TOUR
12 Book by calling 0121 559 1237 / 0845 345 3543 or online at www.bowensholidays.com Eastbourne Eastbourne is bursting with so many things to do and see: there are plenty of attractions and fun things to do for all ages such as The Victorian pier, which was built in the 1870s, explore the area’s history by visiting the 1066 castle, and the museum and art galleries. You can relax and unwind by visiting its magnificent award winning beaches and enjoy the fantastic views. 5 Day Tour Day1 - Leisurely drive via Windsor reaching the hotel in the afternoon to relax before dinner. Day2 - Visit to Rye, one of the best preserved medieval towns in England.
Spend free time discovering its architectural treasures and narrow passageways. On to Battle to visit the 1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey & Battlefield (admission included).
Day3 - Relax and enjoy the town of Eastbourne; well known for many public events, parks, traditional seaside attractions and cultural sightseeing, are among the few things on offer. Day4 - A visit to the city of Brighton where you can visit the Brighton Royal Pavilion and Museum (admission included), relax and stroll along the Brighton Pier. After lunch continue our journey along the coast and the South Downs and the return journey is via Lewes. Day5 - Return journey home via Oxford where we take a lunch break.
Tour EASTLAN5 - Half Board Departure Dates Prices 27th Apr 5 Days £299 14th Sep 5 days £299 Imperial Hotel HHH The Imperial is an impressive Victorian Hotel, full of character, situated at the end of Devonshire Place, across the road from the promenade and bandstand, perfect for an early evening stroll.
The hotel offers a good standard of comfortable accommodation, relaxing lounge area and a large restaurant offering hearty, home cooked food. Tour EASTIMP5 - Half Board Departure Dates Prices 16th Mar 5 Days £199 18th May 5 Days £239 16th Nov 5 days £229 Tour EASTIMP/8 - Half Board Supplement: Single Nil; Sea View Single (per night) £7; Sea View Double (per night) £0 Supplement: Single Nil; Sea View Single (per night) £7; Sea View Double (per night) £15 Supplement: Limited Single NIL Supplement: Limited Single Nil The Landsdowne hotel is part of the Best Western Hotel Chains which is renowned for their excellent service, the hotel is situated on the seafront and offers live entertainment most evenings which also has 5 lounges and 3 restaurants.
Landsdowne Hotel HHH 8 Day Tour Day1 - As 5 Day Tour – Day 1. Day2 - Free day to enjoy the area. Day3 - As 5 Day Tour – Day 2. Day4 & 5 - Relax and enjoy the town of Eastbourne; well known for many public events, parks, traditional seaside attractions and cultural sightseeing, are among the few things on offer. Day6 - Visit Tunbridge Wells to see the stately homes, castles, churches and gardens. The Chalybeate Spring that marks the beginning of Royal Tunbridge Wells is sure to quench your thirst after a stroll along the Pantiles the pretty colonnaded walkway. Day7 - Full day discovering the coastal resort of Brighton and all its fabulous attraction.
Brighton is a rich mix of Regency heritage, specialist shopping and lively arts. In the afternoon visit the Royal Pavilion, one of the most exotic, extravagant royal places in Europe (admission included). Stroll along the Victorian Pier and beachfront where you can enjoy local stylish bars and Cafe’s. Day8 - Journey home via Oxford the City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over with its exquisite architecture and ancient university.
Tunbridge Wells Brighton Albany Lions HHH BOOK BEFORE 31st JAN’15 To Receive a £10 Discount! Departure Dates Prices 13th Jun 8 Days £399 1st Aug 8 Days £399 30th Dec 4 Days £339
13 Book by calling 0121 559 1237 / 0845 345 3543 or online at www.bowensholidays.com Membly Hall Hotel HHH Eden Project St Ives Situated in one of the most picturesque regions of Cornwall, the Membly Hall Hotel occupies a sea front position affording splendid views of Falmouth Bay and the majestic Cornish coastline, from the Lizard to St. Anthony Lighthouse, divided only by the historic Pendennis Castle which dominates the entrance to Falmouth Harbour.
Tour FALM3 - Half Board Departure Dates Prices 3rd Jul 3 Days £199 Tour FALM5 - Half Board Departure Dates Prices 27th Mar 5 Days £319 23rd Nov 5 Days £339 Supplements: Limited Single Supplement Nil Falmouth has the worlds third largest deep-water harbour and is the countrys first and last port. The view is outstanding along the Helford and Fal Rivers and Roseland Peninsula. Located on the outstanding South West Coast Path. The history of Falmouth is immense with tales of heroic maritime exploits and endeavours, from the days of the Pocket Ships and Trafalgar Way. There are terrific family friendly beaches in Falmouth with many of Cornwalls top attractions, walks and villages on the doorstep.
There are castles, museums, galleries parks and plenty of boat trips to enjoy. 3 Day Tour Day1 - We take a leisurely drive to Falmouth with a lunch stop at Weston-super- Mare.
Day2 - Spend some time in Falmouth. known for its maritime heritage, Falmouth is famous for its outstanding Natural Beauty alongside the Helford and Fal Rivers and Roseland Peninsula. Visit Trebah Gardens, a Cornish valley garden, rich and exotic blooms and vibrant tunnels of colour and even has its own private beach (admission included). Day3 - Take a ride on the Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway. This railway is Cornwall’s only standard gauge railway still operated by steam locomotives and the train runs through some delightful Cornish scenery. (admission included) Lunch break in Exeter before return journey home.
5 Day Tour Day1 - 2 As 3 Day Tour. Day3 - Today, visit Cornwall’s most famous garden – the Eden Project. Experience the sights, smell and scale of rainforest in the Humid Tropics Biome – the world’s largest greenhouse – and discover the tropical plants that are used to produce everyday products. In the Warm Temperate Biome, travel to South Africa and California, as you amble amongst the orange and lemon trees, olive groves and gnarled vines. In the 30 acre Roofless Biome see hemp, sunflower and other plants (admission included) In the afternoon, why not visit the bustling city of Truro, which is recognised as Cornwall’s shopping capital, the city’s main capital attraction is the magnificent neo-gothic Truro Cathedral with its soaring spires and eye catching elegant beauty.
Day4 - Today, we visit St Michael’s Mount, one of England’s most famous and dramatic coastal attractions. This rocky island is crowned by a medieval church and castle and lovely subtropical hanging gardens. (admission included) in the afternoon take a short train journey to St Ives and lose yourself in the maze of narrow cobbled streets and alleyway of St Ives, bursting with galleries, craft shops and studios. Also visit the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Gardens where sculptures by one of the country’s leading 20th century artists are exhibited in tranquil gardens.
Day5 - Take a ride on the Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway.
This railway is Cornwall’s only standard gauge railway still operated by steam locomotives and the train runs through some delightful Cornish scenery. (admission included) Lunch break in Exeter before return journey home . Falmouth BOOK BEFORE 31st JAN’15 To Receive a £10 Discount!
14 Book by calling 0121 559 1237 / 0845 345 3543 or online at www.bowensholidays.com Alnwick Castle Lindisfarne Island Caledonian Hotel, Newcastle HHH Gems of Durham & Northumbria The hotel is located in the heart of Jesmond, a chic and leafy area, only one mile from Newcastle city centre with a vibrant Newcastle and bar culture. The hotel combines Georgian architecture which hs undergone extensive refubishment and houses the Billabone Bistro. Tour GODN5 - Half Board Departure Dates Prices 6th Jul 5 Days £339 Northumberland is home to more castles than any other region in England. The gardens are both diverse and plentiful with stunning displays throughout the seasons.
Durham City is another jewel in the crown of the area. Day1 - We have a leisurely drive with a lunch break in Leeds.
Day2 - A trip to Lindisfarne Priory, a castle perched on top of the rocky Holy Island, accessible only by a tidal causeway. This is a unique castle with a Gertrude Jekyll garden and a colony of grey seals. The journey continues with a scenic drive along the Northumberland coast with a stop in Bamburgh, a lovely village by the sea. Bamburgh is home to the impressive castle which has a rich orange red structure which can be seen from miles away. The view of the Farne Islands are very stunning (admission included).
Day3 - A visit to Alnwick where you will be inspired by the most exciting gardens developed in the last century.
The inspiration of the Duchess of Northumberland, this fascinating garden features the Grand Cascade as its centre piece to create spellbinding water displays. The pergola-covered paths of the rose garden nestle alongside the ornamental garden, the Serpent Garden, Poison Garden and Bamboo Labyrinth as well as one the world’s largest tree houses (admission included). Day4 - In the morning we visit the iconic Durham Cathedral followed by a visit to Durham Castle which is one of England’s largest surviving Norman castles date from 1072 (admission included). In the afternoon we visit the Beamish Open Air Museum, a living, working experience of life as it was in the north in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times (admission included).
Day5 - Return home with a lunch break in Harrogate. Beamish Museum Supplements: Single £60 BOOK BEFORE 31st JAN’15 To Receive a £10 Discount! NEW TOUR
15 Book by calling 0121 559 1237 / 0845 345 3543 or online at www.bowensholidays.com Harrogate & Bronte Country Harlow Carr The Yorkshire Hotel HHH A warm welcome awaits you at the Yorkshire Hotel centrally located in the historic town of Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Make yourself at home when staying at The Yorkshire Hotel, in the heart of Harrogate - the perfect base to explore Yorkshire and the stunning Yorkshire Dales.
Our friendly team are on hand to help you discover what a holiday in Yorkshire is all about whether it be visiting glorious gardens, historic attractions. Tour HARR5 - Half Board Departure Dates Prices 6th Jul 5 Days £349 Supplements: Limited Singles Nil Harrogate is a Cathedral City, a Spa town, historic marketing towns, a World Heritage Site and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty all within a few short miles of each other, the Harrogate district provides the perfect base for a varied holiday. Whether you love the great outdoors, prefer shopping, good food, history, art and culture, your passion is for gardens, you want white knuckle rides or a leisurely round of golf, we have it all and more besides.
With so much to enjoy, it is easy to see why the area was voted the Happiest Place in Britain two years running. Day1 - Travel to Yorkshire and check into the hotel in the centre of Victorian spa town of Harrogate.
Day2 - The morning is free to explore the delights of Harrogate. We recommend a visit to the famous Betty’s Tea Rooms. With its ornate fascia and delicious cakes, Betty’s is the perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee. Afterwards, visit the RHS garden at Harlow Carr. Celebrating over 60 years of history, the garden reflects the Yorkshire landscape and is dominated by stone, water and woodland. Together with the recent addition of an alpine house and learning centre, there are colourful borders, landscapes lawns and beautiful meadows (admission included).
Day3 - Visit the Howard Castle (admission included) one of the grandest private residences in Britain.
This magnificent 18th century house is situated in breathtaking parkland, dotted with temples, lakes, statues and fountains as well as formal gardens. In the afternoon visit York City and the world famous Shambles and Minister. Day4 - Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire village this morning and explore this model industrial village built by Sir Titus Salt in the 19th century to house his employees at Salts Textile Mill. Local costumed characters lead a guided walk bringing the history of this remarkable village to life. This afternoon continue to Howarth for Bronte themed guided tour begin your tour in the church with a talk on the Bronte life story followed by a visit to the charming canal side village of Kildwick.
Day5 - Journey back to the Midlands with a stop at Wetherby. Castle Howard Betty’s Cate Tea Rooms BOOK BEFORE 31st JAN’15 To Receive a £10 Discount! NEW TOUR
16 Book by calling 0121 559 1237 / 0845 345 3543 or online at www.bowensholidays.com Green Dragon Hotel Minnow Bridge Worcester This comfortable and traditional hotel is situated in the centre of Hereford across from the famous cathedral. The hotel bedrooms have private facilities, telephone, television, hairdryer, trouser press and complimentary tea and coffee. There is a lift which serves all floor and the John Spice’s restaurant and bar offers buffet style meals with a choice of both English and international cuisine.
Porterage is also included.
Tour HERE5 - Half Board Departure Dates Prices 11th May 5 Days £279 7th Sep 5 Days £279 23rd Dec 5 Days £449* Supplements: Limited Single Nil. *Itinerary could change. Hereford is a cathedral city, civil parish and county town of Hertfordshire; it lies on the river Wye. Hereford is famous for its Cathedral, Museums and Gardens. It is also renowned for shopping such as boutiques, family-owned stores and specialist food stores. The thriving City of Hereford is situated on the banks of the beautiful River Wye, surrounded by unspoilt countryside and is a great place to explore and enjoy whatever the time of year.
Attractive alleyways and ancient courtyards surround the famous cathedral which stands on the banks of the River Wye. Close by in the cathedral library, you’ll find two of Britain’s most important treasures, the Medieval Mappa Mundi and the Chained Library. Day1 - The journey begins by travelling via the scenic route of Wyre Forest and then the Clee Hills to Ludlow. The town is situated on the River Teme and is full of medieval character with ruined castle and has one of the largest parish church in England.
Day2 - Free day to enjoy the historical sites of the city such as Hereford Cider Museum, the magnificent Cathedral, the old house or the wonderful Art Galley Museum. Day3 - Full day excursion with brief stop at Ledbury, which has a large number of timber framed buildings particularly the Market House built in 1617. Eastnor Castle has a prominent position 2 miles outside the town where we will take a short stop (admission included). In the afternoon we travel to Lydney Harbour and enjoy a scenic steam train ride on the Dean Forest Railway. We return via Monmouth where there is a unique 13th century Minnow Bridge crossing the River Minnow.
Day4 - Full day excursion to Hay-on-Wye which is world re-owned for books and bookshops. The journey continues to Brecon famed for its ancient Cathedral and Museums. Our return journey to the hotel is through the beautiful Brecon Beacon National Park with a brief stop at Abergavenny.
Day5 - Return home via the historical medieval town of Tewkesbury and Upton-upon-Seven. Lydney Harbour Hereford BOOK BEFORE 31st JAN’15 To Receive a £10 Discount! NEW TOUR
17 Book by calling 0121 559 1237 / 0845 345 3543 or online at www.bowensholidays.com Ilfracombe The coastal town of Ilfracombe is a perfect location for North Devon holidays, with its whitewashed houses and grand Victorian villas, which also offers a gateway to an exciting blend of stunning coastal scenery, seaside fun, rural tranquillity and centuries of heritage and style. Its charming natural harbour and elegant Victorian architecture continue to make it as popular today as it has ever been.
Ilfracombe is the “jewel” of the North Devon coast and a remarkable location for romantic getaways, family holidays and activity breaks.
Lynton Supplements: Limited Singles Nil Osborne Hotel The Osborne Hotel is ideally situated to explore all of which Ilfracombe has to offer, just a short walk from the town, shops, theatre, harbour and the famous Tunnels Beaches. Guests can take advantage of the hotels extensive facilities which include a ballroom, bar lounge, sauna, small games room, and a lift serving all floors. The hotel offers a traditional English breakfast and waiter served evening meals with choice of dinner menu. Entertainment and Porterage are also included.
Tour ILFR5 - Half Board Departure Dates Prices 4th May 5 Days £259 27th Jul 5 Days £275 31st Aug 5 Days £275 Day1 - Start the visit with a brief stop at Tewkesbury and a lunch break at the Weston-super-Mare resort, and enjoy the golden beaches, continue the drive through Tiverton.
Day2 - Why not enjoy your free time with a visit to the Ilfracombe Museum, or just relax on the golden sandy beaches. Day3 - Today travel through scenic Exmoor to the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth, known as the Little Switzerland of England. The Victorians made holidays centres of the town and opened a cliff railway in 1890 to connect Lynmouth to Lynton creating some stunning views. Also visit the flourishing holiday resort of Combe Martin. Combe Martin was once a very prosperous harbour, exporting locally grown strawberries and hemp. This coastal area was also important for precious metal including silver, ensuring that the mining industry flourished here in the 16th Century.
Day4 - Our journey starts by visiting Bideford, where you can visit the Burton Art Gallery for a splash of culture and retail therapy, or head to Northam Burrows and discover why it’s designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. In the afternoon we will visit Tapeley Park and Gardens, The Gardens at Tapeley Park are a magical balance of nature and nurture. From the formal terraces to the natural grace of the Lake, it feeds the spirit and cleanses the heart of all who see it and experience its beauty. With thoughtful woodland walks, abundant organic vegetable gardens and surprising animal encounters, a day at Tapeley Park is truly a day to remember.
(Admission Included) then making our way to Barnstaple. Day5 - Visit Tiverton Castle and drive along the Exe Valley and then continue a lunch break at Burnham On Sea (admission included).
Malmsmead, Exmoor BOOK BEFORE 31st JAN’15 To Receive a £10 Discount! NEW TOUR
18 Book by calling 0121 559 1237 / 0845 345 3543 or online at www.bowensholidays.com Tour operated by Robinsons Holidays Hydro Hotel Isle of Man Castletown Harbour Snaefell Mountain Railway The well-established Hydro Hotel is situated on the beautiful Queen’s Promenade overlooking Douglas Bay, just a short walk to all the shops, pubs, attractions and the casino. Facilities at the hotel include a bar, WiFi and lift serving all floors. All rooms have private facilities, television, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee making tray.
The restaurant offers a buffet style breakfast and waiter served evening meals with choice of dinner menu. Porterage and some entertainment in the summer months are also included.
Tour IOMA7 - Half Board Departure Dates Prices 5th Apr 7 Days £459 14th Jun 7 Days £519 16th Aug 7 Days £519 27th Sep 7 Days £499 Supplements: Single Room £90 The Isle of Man is without doubt the most unusual destination in the British Isles, with a wonderfully preserved and totally unique heritage and culture. So different is the island that even some of its wildlife is indigenous, such as the Manx cat. The island is famous for its wonderful glens and mountains, dramatic coastlines and long sandy beaches. Amongst its many attractions, you’ll find enchanting medieval castles, ancient village churches, stately homes and beautiful parks and gardens.
Day1 - Depart for Heysham and the ferry crossing to the Isle of Man. Arrival in Douglas for 6 nights at the Hydro Hotel. Day2 - Day of leisure. Day3 - A full day excursion firstly visiting Laxey, home to the famous Laxey Wheel. We then continue our journey around the North of the Island passing Maughold and onto Ramsey with time available before concluding the day with a visit to Point of Ayre. Day4 - A full day tour via the Calf of Man before visiting Castletown and Cregneash. After leaving Cregneash, the journey continues to Port Erin for lunch (not included). Continue to Peel with time available for sightseeing before returning to Douglas late afternoon.
Day5 - Morning free in Douglas and in the afternoon, we take a ride on the Snaefell Mountain Railway, built in 1895 the railway runs from Laxey village to the summit of Snaefell, the Islands only mountain (fare included). Day6 - Day of leisure. Day7 - Ferry crossing back to Heysham and homeward journey. Great Laxey Wheel