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  • GOLDEN SANDSH O L I D AY PA R K

    B O RT HJust 50 yards from the beach

    adjacent to golf course.A 5 minute stroll along the promenade takes youto the centre of the village. Quiet park ideal for

    families and retired.CARAVANS FOR SALE FROM 8,995TEL: 07817 300 513

    BRYNY GORSHO L I D AY PA R K

    To find out more call Martin on 07817300513

    Pontrhydfendiga id nr. TregaronHow would you like to get away from it all,

    and be able to relax in the peace and quite of thebeautiful mid Wales countryside.

    Less than two hours drive from Shrewsbury,puts you in a different world.

    We have a SPECIAL OFFER on at the moment,with a great selection of pre-owned, 12ft wide, twobedroom caravans for sale with prices from 3995

    sited and including 2015 site fees.

    WOODLANDSNEW QUAY, WALES

    Pet friendly CHALETSfrom 285 per week. Also LodgesDelightful wooded ppaarrkk MMiinnuutteessfrom harbour and saandy beachesGilfachreda, New Quaay, Ceredigion,

    Wales, SA455 9ST

    Tel: 01545 580 239www.woodlandsnewquay.co.uk

    PETSWELCOMEMrs Evans01341 247474

    BarmouthWales

    Farm house, cottageand chalet by the sea

    The Lady HamiltonBLACKPOOL

    Licensed5* Food Hygiene Rating

    Mon-Fri 87.50ppFri-Mon 75pp

    Delicious home cookingSmall pets welcome01253 344713

    Caravan For SaleAbsolute bargain, perfectcondition, double glazed& central heating, two

    bedrooms, fully sited on acountry park with fantasticviews, no fees to pay till

    March 2016

    Call 07590 124226

    Tel: 01545 580390

    HOLIDAY COTTAGEAVAILABLE

    BETWEEN ABERAERON & NEWQUAYSleeps 4-5, all amenitiesIdeal walks and fishing with

    trout lakes nearbyOPEN ALL YEAR

    TWO MILES OFF COASTLINEWEEK ORWEEKEND BREAKS AVAILABLE

    BOOKINGS NOW BEING TAKENALSO AVAILABLE B&B IN FARMHOUSE GREAT YARMOUTH

    BLUE RIBANDBUNGALOWS & CHALETSNear beach Hemsby and Caister on Sea

    Pets welcome

    Free Linen, Sat TV & Club House01493 730445

    www.hemsby-chalets.co.ukwww.blueribandholidays.co.uk

    Static CaravanVictory Vision 35x12

    Cambrian Coast Caravan ParkBorth

    Pool/Bar/Beach22,995

    07462 343 698

    ROWENHOLIDAYPARKTalybont, BarmouthGwynedd LL43 2AD

    Top quality lodges and caravansfor hire/sale on our small award

    winning family park.Also luxury Cottage

    Free Colour Brochure:Tel (01341) 242626

    www.rowenpark.com

    Arbour Hotel, BarmouthSUMMER BARGAIN BREAKS

    SUMMER SPECIALANY

    3 NIGHTS B&B109pp pb

    2 NIGHTS DINNERBED & BREAKFAST99pp per break*

    3 NIGHTS DINNER,BED & BREAKFAST135pp per break*

    CHILDREN HALF PRICE ON ALL OFFERSSEAFRONT HOTEL INDOOR POOL LIFT & CAR PARK

    CALL FOR BROCHURE & OTHER OFFERS Tel. 01341 280 459*Excludes Bank holidays

    OR OR

    Any Age or Condition*CASH WAITING*

    Immediate collectionCall 07787 833 833

    ALL CARAVANSWANTED

    LOVELY COUNTRY PARK SET IN MID WALESLOTS OF FACILITIES. FISHING AVAILABLE

    Please Call 01938 820 516

    Heated swimming pool, Tennis Court, Bowling green,CCTV, Private fishing, childrens play area,

    clubhouse, laundry [email protected]m

    Open 11 months Caravans from 5995available

    BUY YOUR CARAVANWITH 0% FINANCE!Up to THREE years interest free credit for the

    purchase of a new or used caravan holiday home,with minimum deposit from 3,500.

    We use our own finance facilities, terms andconditions apply, written quotations upon request.Extended finance also available over 4, 5 and 6

    years from rates as low as 1% APR.Caravan Parks in Worcestershire, Shropshire,

    Mid Wales and Welsh Coast.Visit out website:

    www.hillandale.co.ukor request our stock list and brochure onFREEPHONE (24 hours) 0800 389 3565

    Peace and seclusion in beautifulcountryside, ideal for couples who

    value a restful environment.New holiday homes with

    double glazing & central heatingfrom 26,929

    Quality pre-owned holiday homesfrom 10,470

    Prices include fees & insurance to1st April 2016

    0% Finance available,written quotations on request.

    TheGlenCaravanParkCleobury MortimerShropshire DY14 8EL

    01299 270473

    www.hillandale.co.uk

    BARMOUTH Wales, Holiday flat.

    Sleeps 2, close to shops, beach,

    railway station.Pets Considered

    Ring 07854 526 196

    Beautiful Caravan for sale Beachfront Park,

    Spectacular sea views to the front and mountain

    views to the rear,

    Call 01654 710461

    B & B in [email protected] Ashby House

    3 nights from 90 ppEn-suite rooms some sea views.Close to beach and car park

    Please ring for enquiries and bookings

    01834 842867www.ashbyhousetenby.co.uk

    Two x 4 star CottagesSleeping 2 or 4 plus two static CaravansNaturally beautiful setting, all amenities.Trout or Coarse fishing on our 6 lakes.

    New Quay, Wales Coast

    01545 580482www.nineoaks-fisheries.co.uk

    YORKSHIRE DALESMeadow Holidays

    Country Cottages / Apartments in Wensleydale

    Weeks from 197 per couple Weekends just 93 per couple

    Families WelcomeWalk in scenic countryside by waterfalls orvisit historic market towns with friendly Inns

    Brochure (24hrs) 01969 663976email: [email protected]

    www.meadowholidays.com

    BROOKLANDS HOTELNorth Shore

    Your choice in Blackpool Guest Accommodation for the over 50s recycled teenagers only!

    OVER 50S ONLY01253 351 479 www.brooklands-hotel.com

    www.polruancottages.co.uk | 01726 870582| 01726 870582Call for brochure:

    Spring breaks available inPolruan-By-Fowey, CORNWALL

    Call for brochure:

    y yRiver, Sea & Harbour Views, Walking, Bird Watching,

    Sailing, Fishing in an area of outstanding beauty.Dogs welcome

    CARAVANS R USCASH PAID

    Any caravan, any age, any conditionFinance settled

    Used caravans in stock daily at trade pricesTelford. 07787 573 342

    BORTH BRYNOWEN 3 Bed Caravan

    All amenities, Free Gas/ Electric. No Pets.

    Call 01922 445 581

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    tar Friday, July 3, 2015

    Think of Holland for a break and the first place that comes to mind is bustling Amsterdam renowned for discovering all about Rembrandt or for its nightlife and cafe culture!

    It may be you think of Delft and its beautiful pottery. But what about Utrecht? Yes Utrecht, not necessarily known as a tourist magnet for UK visitors, but one which will steal your heart away if you ever visit.

    Museums, wonderful architecture, spectac-ular churches, music and this year also the start of the Tour de France 2015. And dont forget the friendly folk who live and work there.

    Utrechts inner city is small enough to ex-plore on foot quite comfortably, with beautiful canals lined with wharf cellars once used as warehouses for goods carried by water and now offices, shops and cafes and bars. There is also superb shopping in its medieval streets which escaped the bombing damage of so many places across Europe during the Second World War. There are many museums and my favourite has to be Museum Speelklok Its collection contains carillon clocks, musical boxes, Fltenuhren, pianolas, an amazing

    singing nightingale, and street, fairground and dance organs which thunder out when demonstrated. Guided tours set out through Museum Speelklok (www.museumspeelklok.nl) every hour.

    A very different museum is that of Dick Bruna House (www.centraalmuseum.nl), completely dedicated to author and illustrator, Dick Bruna and his creation Miffy. The stories about the little rabbit have been translated into 40 languages and over 85 million copies of the books have been sold worldwide. Perfect for, but not exclusively for, children!

    At the citys heart is the Dom Tower, which you can see from any point in Utrecht and is an easy way of checking just where you are and not getting lost. It is the highest and oldest church tower in Holland. You can combine a

    visit to the Dom Tower with the Gothic-style ca-thedral with 15th century wall paintings. Dom is 367 feet high and open to the public offering excellent views of Utrecht and the surrounding area. But before you can enjoy the view you have to climb 465 stairs! If going all that way without oxygen seems too much try to get up to the bell tower. The centuries-old bells are so big they can only be rung once a year to prevent the tower from being damaged. But a modern magic set of bells, played a little like a piano, ring out the chimes instead. Apparently a woman who plays them rang out a medley of the hits by the Rolling Stones when they toured Holland.

    Whatever you do dont miss going under-ground a museum under the square outside the tower, the Dom Under (domunder.nl) which reveals the Roman foundation of the city, dating back to 47AD. This was another place I could have stayed in for at least a couple of hours. It is a superb exhibition where you use smart torches to shine lights on sensors to start up a commentary in headphones to guide you round what appears to be an archaeolog-ical dig, complete with images of what the city

    used to look like, pottery pieces and skeletons.There are plenty of cafes and restaurants

    but a must visit is Graaf Floris (www.graafflo-ris.nl) in Vismarkt if only to sample the home made apple dumplings with a mug of hot chocolate. Others worth a visit include Den Draeck (www.den-draeck.nl) for traditional food on an historical wharf, Stan and Co for more American-style eating and for the healthy eating option Sector3 (www.sector-3.nl).

    A short taxi ride outside is Castle de Haar (kasteeldehaar.nl) think of Downton but at its heyday in the 1960s and 70s. One thing to watch out for though, are the cyclists. Forget the cyclists in Amsterdam who will generally try and avoid you in Utrecht they never stop. The Dutch love of cycling is appropriate for Utrecht as this year the Tour de France starts tomorrow in the city.

    So how do you get there? Start your trip with a mini overnight cruise from Harwich to the Hook of Holland and then take the train on to Utrecht if you dont fancy taking the car. The Stena Line superferries on the route are the best. Stena Hollandica and its sister Stena Britannica, are the biggest ferries currently

    operating anywhere in the world. There are 1,376 beds in 538 luxury state-of-the-art cab-ins, more like a cruise ship than a basic ferry. You have to have a cabin for the overnight crossings but they are extremely good value for money, spacious and very well equipped. Start your cruise with a meal, as I did in the Hollandicas Metropolitan Restaurant, and dine very well indeed for 30 for three courses.

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    Sharon Walters heads underground in cultural Utrecht

    Saddle up for best kept secretUtrecht boasts beautiful canals with wharf cellars housing cafes by the water Explore in a different way via the 465 steps of the Dom tower (theres no lift) Stena Line superferries are the best way to sail

    l Stena Line www.stenaline.co.uk. Rail and Sail prices start from 45pp one way. Sailings with a car start from 59pp one way for an adult and car. Cabins (required on overnight sailings) start from 15pp each way, based on two sharing. l For more information on Utrecht and Hol-land visit www.holland.com l The Court Hotel, located in the former Utrecht Courthouse, central, close to the Dom Tower and in the museum quarter of the city. Doubles from 90 per night room only. Address: Korte Nieuwstraat 14, Utrecht visit the website at www.courthotel.nl

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