Thursday, 6 December 2012

Santa's Grotto at the Greenwood Forest park nr Bangor & Caernarfon

This month, Santa has put some of his valuable time aside to go and visit the Greenwood forest park, giving kids the chance to go along and receive a gift, as well as the opportunity to tell him what they would like this Christmas!

Father Christmas will be visiting every weekend from the 8th December, until the 23rd, before he has to fly home to get all the presents ready for Christmas Eve. Kids get the opportunity to meet Santa, as well as play in the new indoor play area – The Enchanted WoodBarn, whilst parents can relax in the GreenOak Café!

Santa is going to be situated in the Greenwood Centre, just a short drive from both Bangor and Caernarfon. If you are staying in Bangor or Caernarfon hotels, like the Tyn Rhos Country House Accommodation, this activity can be the perfect way to get a taste of the rural side of the area, with beautiful woodlands and outdoor activity opportunities. This Centre is perfect for those energetic kids that love exploring and being adventurous. Due to its wealth in gorgeous country scenery within its location, the Centre has proved popular amongst older visitors within the area.

Tyn Rhos country House Hotel is the perfect ‘base’ to exploring the surrounding areas of bangor and Caernarfon, where you will find a whole host of things to do. Aside from this activity, the location of the country house means that visitors have easy access to the coast, local amenities, nearby towns and a whole host of popular attractions. For more information see the information pages of the Tyn Rhos website.

To go and see Santa Claus, book a visiting time for the 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd or 23rd December 2012. He will be available between 11am-4pm and incurs a £6.50 cost per child. 

Santa Trains at Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways

December brings a visit from Santa and his elves, as they plan to ride the train between Porthmadog and Tan-y-Bwlch on the Ffestiniog Railway, giving presents to those good boys and girls that are on-board  The train trips are perfect for a family day out, as feedback from both adults and children has been of a positive nature throughout past events.

Trains will be departing from Caernarfon at 10:30, 12:30 and 14:30 on 8th/9th, 15th/16th and 22nd/23rd December 2012. Santa and his elves pass through all train journeys giving out presents to the children, along with plenty of jovial fun, laughter and jokes along the way.

When trains reach Tan-y-Bwlch or Waunfawr, there is a chance to take photographs with Santa and his helpers. Not only this, but you are able to stretch your legs and get a breath of fresh air in these wonderful scenic areas. Adults can enjoy a glass of sherry and a mince pie on the ride back.

Visitors will also get the chance to get their hands on some fantastic last minute Christmas gifts from souvenir shops in Porthmadog or Caernarfon. Should you choose the Ffestiniog option, you will get the chance to enjoy a gorgeous lunch at Spooner’s – the award winning café/bar which serves snacks and meals suitable for all of the family.

Those staying at the Oakeley Arms Self Catering Blaenau Ffestiniog will be situated ideally for easy access to the Ffestiniog Railway Station, where the journey can be started. Just a 10 minute drive away, you should most definitely incorporate a day out like this to your trip.


Ffestiniog Railway:
Adults & Children: £10.75 third class / £15.00 first class.
Children under 2: £3.00

Welsh Highland Railway:
Adults & Children: £11.00 third class / £16.00 first class
Children under 2: £3.00

Please Note - Advance booking strongly recommended for these trains, which are often sold-out well before departure! Please phone our Booking Office on 01766 516070 to check availability or to reserve your tickets.

Copies of leaflets can be downloaded from the Ffestiniog Railway website, offering more information. You can also see the website for contact/booking details for those who would like to visit. 

Monday, 3 December 2012

Budget Accommodation in Nottingham

Nottingham is a beautiful city in the south-west part of England, most famous for its relations to the Robin Hood legend. It offers a wide variety of activities to its visitors from theatres and museums, and clubs and gourmet restaurants to sports stadiums and beautiful parks. That is why anyone visiting England (if they have the time) should visit this amazing city and explore its rich history and numerous entertainment options.

But where to stay if we’re on a budget?

The Grantham Hotel

The Grantham Hotel is located on 24-26 Radcliffe Road within walking distance of the Trent Bridge Cricket Grounds, the Nottingham Forest Football Club, the Holme Pierrepont National Water Sports Centre and the City Centre. All rooms are equipped with en-suites, tea and coffee making facilities and colour TVs. The restaurant offers a great atmosphere of contemporary lines and rustic charm combined. There are rooms for parties of up to 4 people, as well as of course, single and double rooms.

The Acorn

The Acorn is located on 4 Radcliffe Road in close proximity to Trent Bridge & The River Trent, as well as many restaurants and ATMs. The Acorn is a family run hotel situated in an internally modernised Victorian building with a history of over 100 years. All rooms are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, remote controlled colour TVs and free Wi-Fi. You can also use ironing facilities and laundry facilities upon request. There are single, double, triple and quadruple rooms available.

Gallery Hotel B/B

Gallery Hotel B/B is located on 8-10 Radcliffe Road very close to the Trent Bridge Cricket Grounds, the Nottingham Forest Football Grounds, the Holme Pierrepont National Water Sports Centre and the Nottingham Race Course. The hotel is family run and has been awarded 2 stars. There are single, twin, double and triple rooms, as well as 6-person rooms available, all equipped with TV, Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview and free toiletries.

Igloo Backpackers Hostel

Igloo Backpackers Hostel is located on 110 Mansfield Rd in very close proximity to the town square as well as many shops, restaurants, pubs, clubs, shopping centres and supermarkets. The hostel is very environmentally friendly, recycling all their waste, conserving water and energy and using organic cleaning products. You can enjoy many available facilities in all rooms like TV and movies, comfortable beds with the bed linen provided and free Wi-Fi, as well as a fully-equipped kitchen, a social lounge, laundry facilities and a social room with table tennis, a pool table, music, games and cosy sofas. The Igloo Backpackers Hostel is most famous for being a favourite among backpackers, weekenders, overseas job-seekers and tourists with both private and shared rooms that can house up to 12 people.

Midtown Hostel

Midtown Hostel is located on 5A Thurland Street and as the name suggests, it is really close to absolutely everything. There are plenty of available rooms that can house up to 7 people and offer free tea and coffee, as well as sugar and milk. You can use the communal kitchen for cooking, or the lounge for watching TV, relaxing, playing on the PS2 console, playing Monopoly or chess, or just using the free Wi-Fi.

Victoria Centre Apartments

Victoria Centre Apartments is located Milton Street within walking distance of the Victoria Shopping Centre, as well as many theatres, shops, restaurants, casinos, cinemas, bus stops, The Lace Market and much more. It offers a selection of self-catering short stay apartments equipped with TVs, free Wi-Fi a fully-equipped kitchen, bath and shower, a 24-hour gym and parking.

All these venues are exceptionally affordable and offer a very home-like atmosphere. So if you are really interested in seeing Nottingham but are afraid that your budget cannot handle it, one of these is sure to accommodate you without breaking the bank.

Rita Rova is a budget travel writer for; the voucher code and discount site that lists top travel offers from UK travel companies.