Thomsonfly.com, the low fares airline operating from Faro, makes it easy for you to fly back to the UK this festive season, to spend Christmas and New Year with your friends and family. With regular flights operating to Bournemouth, Coventry and Doncaster from as little as 34.99 euros one way including taxes and charges, there has never been a better time to brave the chill air and enjoy some quality time with those special loved ones.
Although the Algarve sunshine is hard to leave, the chance to see the grandchildren’s faces on Christmas morning, drink mulled wine in the local hostelry with your old friends and enjoy a traditional festive family get together can be difficult to resist.
As well as friends and family, there is also lots happening in the regions to ensure you get the most out of a trip back home. At Warwick Castle for instance, following the huge success of the 2004 Frost Fair, the Castle’s spectacular courtyard will, once again, be transformed into a winter wonderland with a magnificent outdoor ice rink. Set amidst the splendour of the towers and ramparts, guests can take to the ice on the rink set in the central courtyard by day, with themed entertainment and colourful characters, or enjoy some atmospheric evening skating. In addition to this, there is also the traditional ‘Carols at the Castle’ on December 17. For further information, see www.warwick-castle.com
If you are heading further north, you can hear the Christmas Choirs at Brodsworth Hall, near Doncaster, each weekend leading up to Christmas. Or perhaps enjoy a fascinating Yuletide look at the life and legends of St. Nicholas on the St. Nicholas Walk in York. And for the kids, why not take them on one of Yorkshire’s popular steam railway Santa rides? See www.yorkshirevisitor.com for further details.
In Bournemouth, you can see the Royal Marines Christmas Spectacular on December 1 at the Pavilion Theatre. This festive military spectacular will feature some of the finest seasonal music, military marches, big band hits and popular showstoppers from the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines. Also in the Town Square, from November 17 to December 23, you can visit the German Christmas market featuring a selection of traditional German Christmas wooden huts selling German food, gifts and confectionery, plus a traditional Gluhwein stall.
And, of course, wherever you go in the UK, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to the pantomime – oh yes it would…!
For further information about these and many other Christmas events in the UK, see www.visitbritain.com.
Flights can be booked at www.thomsonfly.com. To obtain the best fares make sure you use the new ‘Farefinder’ facility – a quick and easy way to find the cheap fares available, enabling the flexible traveller to fly for less. Those without internet access can book by calling 214 159 122.