Posted by Bob Bulmer on Mon 28th February 2011 at 09:53 AM, Filed in Adventure HolidaysCampingFestivalsExtreme HolidaysHotelsTravel Tips

Ever dreamed of just giving it all up and going on the road with your… err… band…? Well maybe you can. You can now hire a 40-foot American-style RV – just like you see the racing drivers and rock stars using (I believe they refer to them as their ‘trailers’) – treating yourself to what has to be the most luxurious camping experience money can buy!

UK company Hire Winnebago, based just off the A14 near Kettering in Northants, rents out American RVs to the good and the great – from wanton travelers to A-list festival goers, British Grand Prix teams and even film and TV crews. At the top of their range is a Fleetwood Revolution LE – a three double-bed monster with leather furniture, tiled floors, state-of-the-art audio visual system and full-size shower room.

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Posted by Bob Bulmer on Thu 16th December 2010 at 09:24 AM, Filed in EventsFestivalsLast Minute Holiday OffersTravel GadgetsTravel Tips

If you are looking to book a holiday in an unspoilt location somewhere in Europe then you may like to visit the VintageHolidays blog first. We recently discovered this little gem, which shares unbiased information about major and minor European festivals, interesting and culturally rich things to see around some of ancient Europe as well as provides an interesting source of information about some rather impressive private villas you can hire.

We believe it’s one of the best European travel blogs around and has been posting for well over 2 years. A fantastic resource!

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Posted by Ruth Miller on Thu 18th September 2008 at 06:00 AM, Filed in Festivals

Eurochocolate (18-26 October) promises a week of chocolate, choons and chomping in the beautiful medieval city of Perugia.

As well as tonnes of crafted chocolate, ranging from sculptures to pet products, the festival also offers music and competitions.

Stay nearby at the 18th century-style Villa di Monte Solare. A new member of the Small Luxury Hotels group, this hilltop haven has leafy gardens, two pools, a spa centre and a fine restaurant serving home-grown fare.

A week’s B&B costs £504 pp during October. Flights and car hire extra.

Via Real Holidays

Posted by Patrick Woolmer on Thu 14th August 2008 at 09:12 AM, Filed in CampingAlternative DestinationsFestivals

Confusing directions and a lack of signs meant we arrived at The Big Chill feeling, well, The Big Stress. However, proximity of parking to the festival and helpful stewards meant that we began to relax as soon as we got there, and our 3 and 5 year olds didn’t complain about the walk.

The glorious Malvern Hills provides a perfect festival backdrop. The lakes in the centre of the site add to the atmosphere of tranquillity.

The family camping was the best I’ve seen at a festival, with plenty of space, toilets and access to drinking water. The number of families there meant kids had a great time running in and out of each other’s tents- oh, and there was a festival to go to as well.

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Unfortunately, the children’s entertainment didn’t start until 12pm, that’s a long wait when the kids wake up at 6am. Thank goodness for the bubble shop, no wonder they had a sign up declaring “Babysitting- £50 per hour”.

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Posted by Ruth Miller on Fri 8th August 2008 at 06:00 AM, Filed in FestivalsTravel News

The Troy, Chopper and Munich star Eric Bana has taken on the role of ambassador for this month’s Melbourne International Film Festival. The Melburnian actor leads a list of celebrities being signed to glam up the festival, which has Oscar-, Golden Globe-, BAFTA- and Emmy-winning actor Geoffrey Rush as its patron.
Eric Bana has been reported to be thrilled about the honour as “it’s my home town’s film festival and it’s much closer than Cannes, Toronto or Sundance!”
The organisers describe the selection of the films featured in this year’s 400-movie marathon as “bold” and “audacious”. The festival, which takes place from 25 July – 10 August, will include 10 world premieres.
Last year, Melbourne International Film Festival drew more than 180,000 people.

Melbourne has to be one of my favourite cities in Australia and linking up with the film festival, grand prix and Gordon Ramsay’s new restaurant might well be worthwhile…...

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