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September & October Holiday Discounts

Al Fresco Holidays September & October Holiday Discounts

September & October Holiday Discounts

Bella Italia, Lake Garda is available for a week for £197 in the October half-term. Click Here For More Details

As the summer holiday season draws to a close, if you resisted the temptation to holiday abroad, you’ve hopefully been rewarded with better than average weather in the UK. Reports are that holidaying in Western Europe has been much more expensive in July and August with the recent falls in the value of the pound. If you feel you’ve missed out by not going abroad, or if you have still holidayed abroad this summer and want to squeeze another one in without breaking the bank any further, there are some great bargains to be had in Al Fresco Holidays September & October Holiday Discounts.

Family holidays in the October half term start from just £197 for 7 nights and that’s for up to 6 people at Lake Garda in Italy (pictured above). It must be close to a steal with a 40& discount. If you’re not tied to the school holidays there are plenty of other offers too throughout September & October.

If you’ve got the time, you could even put together a multi-centre trip by staying at more than one location over a longer period of time.

There are vacancies in many locations in France, Italy, Spain (including Sanguli on the Costa Dorada near Tarragona, north of Barcelona, pictured below) and Croatia, though most of the French camping holiday parks are closed by mid September. To check the full list of latest availability please refer to http://www.alfresco-holidays.com/september-and-october-deals/

September & October Holiday Discounts

Sanguli on the Costa Dorada, Spain. There are savings of 40% on September & October bookings here. Click Here For More Details

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Camping In Weymouth

Touring & Camping In Weymouth – Some Of The Best Options

With a wide choice of sandy beaches and coastal walks and some excellent locations, Camping In Weymouth is understandably a very popular holiday choice. Haven Holidays is the largest camping holiday operator in Weymouth with three highly rated camping parks at Seaview, Weymouth Bay and Littlesea. There are also a host of other smaller locations, of which West Fleet Holiday Farm and East Fleet Farm Touring Park usually get great reviews.

1) Haven Weymouth Bay

Camping In Weymouth

Weymouth Bay’s Lazy River feature.

Weymouth Bay is the biggest of Haven’s camping parks in Weymouth. Located on a hillside overlooking Weymouth Bay, the beaches of Weymouth are a short walk away. That’s a considerable bonus as parking and driving in Weymouth is notoriously hectic in peak periods, with parking spots often hard to come by.

Facilities at Weymouth Bay include heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the outdoor pool having a lazy river, plenty of space for ball games and picnics, an outdoor play area, a cafe bar and restaurant with a terrace and plenty of evening entertainment.

For a full breakdown of what Haven have to offer at Weymouth Bay and direct booking options online, please refer to http://www.haven.com/parks/haven-weymouth-bay/

2) Haven Seaview

Camping In Weymouth

Safari tents are just one of the accommodation options at Haven Seaview.

Seaview is the neighbouring Haven location to Weymouth Bay. The two camping parks are linked by a scenic footpath and holidaymakers at each of the two sites are encouraged to make use of the facilities at both locations. Seaview is a quieter alternative to Weymouth Bay, but still has plenty of facilities in it’s own right. These include it’s own heated indoor and outdoor pools, a waterslide, a sports field and it’s own Cafe Bar and Show Bar.

Seaview also comes with a glamping option, with safari tents being one of the accommodation options on offer. If you prefer your own tent or caravan, there is space for tourers at Seaview too (unlike Weymouth Bay where all accommodation is static). To find out more about enjoying a holiday at Haven Seaview, please refer to http://www.haven.com/parks/haven-seaview/

3) Haven Littlesea

Camping In Weymouth

As well as great facilities, Littlesea has wonderful views of the coastline, including Chesil Beach

Unlike Weymouth Bay and Seaview, Littlesea is located to the west of Weymouth, making it an ideal area for reaching nearby Chesil Beach. As well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, Littlesea holidaymakers also have free use of two modern tennis courts. Other available sporting facilities include archery, fencing and pool tables.

Touring is encouraged at Littlesea, with a total of 155 pitches. Space is provided on each pitch for awning and car parking. It is just a five minute walk to get to the facilities in the main area.

Littlesea has all the catering, bar and entertainment features typical of Haven locations. You can of course, join in as little or as much of it as you choose. The beauty is that it’s always there as an option on your doorstep.

Haven have invested a lot in upgrading Littlesea, so if you haven’t visited for more than a few years, you’ll notice quite a difference if you choose to return. Find out more by referring to http://www.haven.com/parks/haven-littlesea/

4) West Fleet Holiday Farm Campsite

Camping In Weymouth

West Fleet Holiday Farm is perfectly located for visiting nearby Chesil Beach

Not everyone wants to stay at a Haven Camping Park. For those of you who would prefer a quieter, less commercial alternative, my first choice would be West Fleet Holiday Farm Campsite. I’ve stayed here several times. It has a heated outdoor swimming pool, an informal bar in a barn setting and a three acre playing field for children and adults to exercise in. The campsite also has it’s own wifi which can be accessed for a small fee.

There is space for tents, trailer tents, motor homes and caravans, though if you’re planning to visit in a larger vehicle, particularly a caravan, it’s always best to check in advance in case space is not available.

Find out more by going to http://www.westfleetholidays.co.uk/facilities.html

5) East Fleet Farm Touring Park

Camping In Weymouth

A view from East Fleet Farm Touring Park

Unlike the other four locations, I’ve yet to stay at East Fleet Farm Touring Park. I include it however as so often it achieves the highest score on TripAdvisor out of all the camping locations in the Weymouth area. It’s also been awarded 5 Gold Pennants in the AA’s award for touring parks and campsites scoring over 90% on inspection.

For full information please refer to their website at http://www.eastfleet.co.uk/

East Fleet Farm Touring Park clearly sets high standards. If you’ve been there please free to give us your own review or just a few comments that might be helpful to fellow readers here.

There are many other fine locations for camping in Weymouth including, in no particular order, Higher Moor Farm, Sea Barn Farm, Pebble Bank Caravan Park and Bagwell Farm Touring Park. These all seem to score very highly in reviews. The best place to check them out and find booking information would be https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Camping-In-Weymouth

This is not an attempt to provide a comprehensive list of all the options for Camping In Weymouth, just an introduction to some of the best of them. If you have your own favourite, or even one to avoid, why not give it a mention in the Comments section below. Who knows, it might help someone to have a great holiday camping in Weymouth.

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Isle of Wight Glamping

Isle of Wight Glamping

Isle of Wight Glamping: A safari tent at Nodes Point, one of Park Resorts Isle of Wight camping holiday parks. Park Resorts have several camping accommodation options at their Isle of Wight locations, including glamping tents, static caravans, fixed tents and pitches for tourers.

Discounts are available on remaining vacancies for July and August 2016 ▸ https://www.park-resorts.com/isle-of-wight/nodes-point

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Park Resorts Touring Holidays

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Haven Holidays Summer Touring Deals

Haven Holidays Summer Touring Deals

If you are planning an escape in your tent, tourer or motorhome, Haven have 23 fantastic touring and camping holiday parks around the UK coastline for your family seaside break in 2016.

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Haven Holidays July Sale

Haven Holidays July Sale

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Eurocamp Summer Holiday Deals

You Can Get Up To 35% Off With Eurocamp Summer Holiday Deals

Leave or Remain, or did you abstain? Whichever way you voted, we hopefully can still all agree that Europe is a great place to go on holiday to.

Fortunately, Eurocamp have some great offers to help out if volatile currency fluctuations are causing any difficulties. Up to 35% OFF holidays in the first part of July and 10% OFF selected holidays in the rest of July and during August.

The choice extends to locations in many parts of France, as well as Austria, Italy and Portugal. The full list can be accessed at http://www.eurocamp.co.uk/summer-holiday-deals

We’ll focus on one location for each of the offers.

35% OFF Stays At Les Ecureuils Campsite In The Vendee

Eurocamp Summer Holiday Deals

If you stay in a 2 bed esprit mobile at Les Ecureuils Campsite in the Vendee, the price for a 7 night stay from 16th July to 23rd July, has been reduced from £994 to £646.

Les Ecureuils has a review rating of 8.2 from 272 reviews on Reevoo. Les Ecureuils is home to a great pool complex, including an indoor, outdoor and children’s pool, waterslides, a lazy river, a fountain and a Jacuzzi. The campsite is located close to miles of sandy Vendee beaches. There is a tennis court, 3 table tennis tables, a small gym and 2 boules pitches. There is also a restaurant and a bar – which stages family discos in high season.

Les Ecureuils is considered a small campsite, with 215 pitches. The nearest town is St.Hilaire-de-Riez, just a few miles away on the coast and the nearest beach is only a short walk from the campsite. For more information about staying at Les Ecureuils with Eurocamp, please see http://www.eurocamp.co.uk/les-ecureuils-campsite

10% OFF Stays At Ca’Savio Campsite, Italy

Eurocamp Summer Holiday Deals

Ca’Savio campsite is located on the Adriatic coast of Italy and is just a ferry trip from Venice. It has a rating of 8.3 from 272 reviews. It is a large site with 1,500 pitches. 7 days in a 2 bedroom Classic from 25th July can be had for £812 instead of £1,016. There are 2 pool complexes here, one next to the bar and restaurant and one in a glorious wooded setting at the rear of the parc.

For more information about staying at Ca’Savio campsite with Eurocamp, please see http://www.eurocamp.co.uk/ca-savio-campsite

For a regularly updated list of all the available destinations for both the 35% OFF and 10% OFF discounts, please refer to http://www.eurocamp.co.uk/summer-holiday-deals



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My Long Weekend In Brittany With Al Fresco Holidays

My Long Weekend In Brittany At Domaine Des Ormes

Long Weekend In Brittany

The temptation with Domaine des Ormes is to treat it as a convenient stopover point on the journey to warmer climes further south or the same heading back to one of the Channel ports. It is less than 20 miles from St Malo, no more than about 100 miles from Ouistreham (the port for Caen) and just a little further to Cherbourg. If you’ve had a long journey getting to France or a long one travelling further south, it can be worth doing that as I’ve done myself in the past.

This time I decided to have a longer stay and have a long weekend in Brittany at Domaine des Ormes with Al Fresco Holidays. There’s certainly plenty of activities on offer there.

The first thing I noticed about Domaine des Ormes is that it is more a country estate than a camping park. The camping park forms just one part of the estate, along with an hotel (3 stars), an 18 hole golf course, a fishing lake, a chateau and an equestrian centre.

Long Weekend In Brittany

The golf course is set in the chateau park and is one of the most renowned courses in Brittany. Certainly there seemed a sizeable contingent of enthusiastic golfers staying at Domaine des Ormes during my visit. A round can be booked on a one off basis per round.

The Equestrian Centre is open all year to both experienced and novice riders. Lessons with a certified riding instructor are also available.

Both these facilities are extras and need to be booked at least a day in advance but of course campers are very much welcomed and encouraged to use them.

Other sports available on the site include two tennis courts, 3 table tennis tables, a volleyball net, a basketball court, an all-weather soccer pitch, boules, fishing and many others. You quickly see why Domaine des Ormes is one of the most active and lively camping parks in Brittany.

As with all top camping parks Domaine des Ormes has “top of the range” water amenities, both covered and outdoor to cater for all weather conditions. There are 5 pools in all and no less than 6 waterslides. As there was a bit of a nip in the air during my stay (it was in early June in overcast conditions) I opted not to sample them, though I’m sure any children you are holidaying with will be made of sterner stuff!

The camping area was well laid out and no part seemed unduly far from the amenities. For my stay I was offered a 2 bedroom Rossini Riviera mobile which more than comfortably met my needs. There are plenty of other options for accommodation though, including smaller and larger mobile homes, erected tents and safari tents and even treehouses.

Long Weekend In Brittany

The main restaurant faces the lake and normally needs to be booked a day in advance as it is often very busy and was during my stay. There is also a restaurant at the hotel and another in one of the 2 bars. There’s also a takeaway pizza service and a small supermarket.

Places nearby worth visiting include nearby Combourg, which has a lively market on Monday mornings and also a chateau in which the 19th Century French statesman and writer Chateaubriand spent some of his childhood. Nearby Tinteniac has a distinguished old church for a small community, which sadly was closed when I visited.

More well known places to visit include Dol de Bretagne, Dinan, Dinard, St Malo itself and of course legendary Mont St-Michel.

All in all, if you opt to have a stay at Domaine des Ormes, you would have a holiday with something for the whole family to enjoy. Certainly much more than a quick stopover!

Here is a list of the main companies offering holidays at Camping Sequoia Parc, with links:

Al Fresco Holidays
Canvas Holidays
Eurocamp
Hoseasons
KelAir
Les Castels
Les Ormes Domaine & Resort

It is impossible to say which of the operators will have the most competitive offer at a particular time. That will depend on a number of factors including loyalty bonuses you may have accrued from previous bookings and time related special offers available at a particular time. Please note that KelAir are based in Ireland and Les Castels in France and that with Hoseasons you will be booking privately owned accommodation where you will need to liaise with the accommodation’s owner during your stay.

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An Extra 20 Per Cent Off Remaining Vacancies In France

Al Fresco Holidays Extra 20 Per Cent Off Remaining Vacancies In France

Al Fresco Holidays Extra 20 Per Cent Off Remaining Vacancies In France

This week Al Fresco have an offer to highlight the great summer of sport in France including Euro 2016 and the Tour de France. The eyes of the world are on France and naturally there has been an increase in interest in holidays to France.

For 2 weeks only Al Fresco are offering an amazing extra 20% off all bookings at their camping holiday parks in France. The discount code to use if you want to take advantage of this offer is ‘SPORT20’. If you use it, it will give you an extra 20% off the current selling price of all remaining vacancies with Al Fresco in France for 2016. This is only valid for bookings that have been confirmed by 27th June 2016.

Al Fresco’s holiday mobile homes in France are on some of the best French camping parks in Brittany, Normandy, Vendee, Champagne (near Paris), Dordogne, Loire valley, Charente Maritime, Aquitaine, Languedoc/Roussillon and the Cote d’Azur

Full details can be obtained via the following link: http://www.alfresco-holidays.com/france-sport

Extra 20 Per Cent Off Remaining Vacancies In France

Le Val D’Ussel in the Dordogne is one of the destinations qualifying for Al Fresco’s Extra 20 Per Cent Off Holidays in France Promotion. Click Here For More Details

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A Week At Camping Sequoia Parc

My Complimentary Week At Camping Sequoia Parc

One of the most onerous tasks in my business is sifting through offers to stay at some of the camping parks I write about and review. Indeed, why shouldn’t I experience the same hardships as those choosing to spend their hard earned cash or savings on a holiday at one of these locations?

Joking aside, I couldn’t have been more delighted with my choice of Camping Sequoia Parc, near Marennes on the west coast of France, just a short drive from the lovely island of Oleron. My stay was organised by Al Fresco Holidays and although I arrived over an hour before the established check-in time of 4pm, their onsite reps Vic & Bren were quickly on hand to process my check-in.

One thing worth remembering with Al Fresco is that on arrival you must hand over £50 or 60 Euros as a returnable deposit in return for cleaning up after yourselves and leaving your accommodation in a clean and tidy condition on departure. Nothing too onerous is required, it’s mainly making sure all the crockery and cutlery is cleaned, that litter has been disposed of, the kitchen, bathroom and toilets are clean and the floors brushed and mopped, all of which can easily be done within about half an hour if the place has been kept clean throughout your stay.

To make things easier when it comes to cashflow it’s worth thinking about having a cheque for the deposit made out to Al Fresco on arrival as a cheque is acceptable as well as cash. It will be handed back to you on departure unless something has gone badly wrong.

Considering the bad weather in other parts of France, which had caused flooding in parts of Normandy and Paris and generally disappointing weather for much of the 2016 spring in North West Europe, the weather throughout my stay was very agreeable, the only day of persistent heavy rain being the Sunday of my departure from Camping Sequoia Parc. The previous Friday had about half a day of drizzle but all the other days were generally warm and sunny, certainly more than warm enough to end 5 of the 7 afternoons of my stay with an hour unwinding at Camping Sequoia Parc’s excellent water park complex.

Week At Camping Sequoia Parc

The pool complex at Camping Sequoia Parc, far more than a mere swimming pool, it’s good enough to rival a water park.

There are no less than 4 outdoor pools at Camping Sequoia Parc, of differing sizes and depths, all clustered in one compact area. Flumes and water slides add to the enjoyment of the water complex.

For food and drink there is a large bar, a restaurant and a takeaway pizza service. I used the restaurant on 2 occasions during my stay and enjoyed an excellent meal on both occasions. There is live entertainment for much of the season, though as I arrived during a quieter part of the season there was none during my stay. There were television screens to follow the French Open Tennis and European Football Championships.

Week At Camping Sequoia Parc

I enjoyed 2 excellent dinners in the restaurant at Camping Sequoia Parc during my stay.

There is also an onsite supermarket, open from 8AM, which had fresh bread and croissants available every day. Intermarche and Leclerc supermarkets are just a few minutes drive away in nearby Marennes.

Although Camping Sequoia Parc is a large site with over 600 pitches, I never got the impression that any of them were unduly far from the entertainment and other facilities areas.

Cycle hire is available onsite. There are also 2 tennis courts, 4 table tennis tables, as well as areas for playing football, basketball, volleyball and boules.

Camping Sequoia Parc was an excellent location for visiting the beautiful nearby island of Oleron. In my opinion Oleron loses nothing in comparison with it’s more glamourous and better known neighbouring island of Ile de Re. As the bridge to drive into and out of Oleron is entirely free, unlike the penal charges levied for driving onto Ile de Re, I visited Oleron on four occasions at differing times of the day. It has interesting historic settlements such as Le Citadel, some lovely sandy beaches, yachting marinas and charming restaurants.

Camping Sequoia Parc sunset.

The sun just beginning to set on another, deserted Oleron beach.

Marennes itself and the coast a few miles south of the town are worth a visit, as most certainly are Brouage with it’s extensive walled ramparts and the beautiful villages of Mornac-sur-Seudre and Talmont. If cities are your thing, Saintes is a very attractive city and La Rochelle is not much more than half an hour’s drive away. Fouras is another attractive setting, with a sandy beach, a promenade, some nice catering outlets and an historic fort, Fort Vauban.

From Fouras, you can travel by ferry to Ile d’Aix, where Napoleon surrendered to the Royal Navy after fleeing there after his defeat at Waterloo. As well as historic sights, there are also some very pleasant walks to enjoy. There are also plenty of other attractive villages within easy driving distance of Camping Sequoia Parc, too numerous to mention, though nearby St Just-Luzac should get one, as it is the closest one to Camping Sequoia Parc.

There were certainly plenty of options to keep me occupied for a week. Families with children might also enjoy La Palmyre Zoo, a highly rated attraction, though I didn’t visit it myself. The campsite itself also has it’s own animal farm where children can feed the animals under supervision from campsite staff.

Here is a list of the main companies offering holidays at Camping Sequoia Parc, with links:

Al Fresco Holidays
Canvas Holidays
Eurocamp
Hoseasons
KelAir
Les Castels
Sequoia Parc

It is impossible to say which of the operators will have the most competitive offer at a particular time. That will depend on a number of factors including loyalty bonuses you may have accrued from previous bookings and time related special offers available at a particular time. Please note that KelAir are based in Ireland and Les Castels in France and that with Hoseasons you will be booking privately owned accommodation where you will need to liaise with the accommodation’s owner during your stay.

It is also possible to turn up with your own caravan, motorhome, trailer tent or tent to use a pitch but do note Sequoia Parc is a very popular destination so advance booking is recommended in peak periods.

If you are travelling from the Channel Ports, there is a drive of several hours so an overnight stay about halfway, perhaps in the Loire Valley might be a good idea, depending on your arrival time. The nearest ports are St Malo & Caen/Ouistreham, both of which are over four hours drive away if you have a clear run.

I often combine a camping holiday with a Brittany Ferries holiday. Provided you book a Brittany Ferries holiday location for a minimum of 3 nights you become eligible for a substantial reduction in your ferry price. It’s also a great way to get extra enjoyment from your holiday if you have the time. To find out more, please refer to “Holidays in France and Spain via ferry

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