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Brecon Mountain Railway One of the most popular railways in Wales. Travel in one of our all weather observation coaches behind a vintage steam locomotive, through beautiful scenery, into the Brecon Beacons National Park, along the length of the Taf Fechan reservoir to Dol-y-Gaer on one of the most popular railways in Wales. The whole trip takes sixty five minutes, including a twenty minute stop at Pontsticill, where you can picnic, walk or visit our lakeside snack cafe. You can stay longer at Pontsticill if you wish, returning to Pant by a later train, but please make sure that you do not miss the last train back! On your return to Pant, visit our workshops where old steam locomotives are restored and new ones built - follow the footpath to the picnic site which has an amazing view of the valley. Visit our licensed tea rooms and buy a souvenir of your visit in our shop. Our licensed tea rooms at Pant Station serve morning coffee, a full meal, a light snack or afternoon tea, and at Pontsticill station, our lakeside cafe serves ice cream, hot and cold drinks, homemade cakes and sandwiches. We have excellent facilities for disabled persons including ramps, toilet and a carriage especially designed to carry wheelchairs. Come along and board the steam train to visit

Father Christmas in his grotto - with presents for all the children. We also cater for birthday parties, so why not let us make your day a special one. We have reduced fares for parties and school visits. All parties and events must be booked in advance.

Our History The Brecon Mountain Railway was conceived over 30 years ago when a search started to find a site to operate a steam tourist railway using various locomotives and equipment collected from Europe and further afield. Merthyr Tydfil seemed ideal - located on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park with its beautiful mountain, lake and forest scenery. At one time it was the greatest iron making town in the world and most of the earlier railways used iron rolled by its mills. It also witnessed in 1804 the trial run of the Trevithick locomotive - the first steam railway engine.

railway tunnel in Great Britain. The 5.5 miles stretch between Pant and Torpantau seemed suitable but difficulties were soon found. The scrap merchants had not only removed the track but also all the bridge girders and even the manhole covers. The ballast had been taken for road material and no buildings remained except for the shell of the signal box at Pontsticill and the station house which was used as a sheep shelter. It was then discovered that the only part of the railway still in British Rail hands was one bridge abutment which they readily agreed to sell! The remaining land had been sold off and it took between 5 and 20 years to obtain the rest from 12 different landowners. At Pant the old station was not available so adjoining land was purchased for a deviation.

By 1978 the various planning and other consents had been obtained and construction started with the re-building of the Station House and conversion of the adjoining waiting room into a small workshop. Then came a tin shed for storage and work started on the repair and replacement of the 7 bridges between Pant and Pontsticill. Track laying was commenced in 1979 but delayed for two months whilst a huge landslide was filled with a row of demolished terrace houses from Merthyr Tydfil. Meanwhile the first carriage had been built at Pontsticill and “Sybil” - a small slate quarry engine from North Wales had been prepared to haul the train. Track laying was completed late one summer evening in June 1980 and the railway opened to traffic the next day. For further details visit our website at www.breconmountainrailway.co.uk or telephone 01685 722988

The site chosen was on the old abandoned Brecon and Merthyr Railway opened originally in 1859 and finally closed in 1964. This Railway fought its way through the Brecon Beacons using steep gradients and the Torpantau tunnel which at 1313-ft above sea level is the highest

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Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the National park from the ideal position - a narrow gauge steam train! Whatever the weather visit one of Walesʼ most popular railways. Trains run from Easter to end of October and at Christmas. Licensed tearooms, shop, walks, café, free car and coach parking, picnic areas, locomotive workshops and restoration, special events.

At Merthyr Tydfil Pant Station Merthyr Tydfil CF48 2UP Tel: 01685 722988 Fax: 01685 384854

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If you’re planning to go overseas that you may have to rely on a ferry company, but if the worst happens you can head for the nearest caravan site for the night. These factors all contribute to the return of the caravan holiday in UK. The Caravan Club has reported an increased level of interest this year, as website hits, site renewals and site bookings reach record levels. According to the Office for National Statistics, caravanning already accounts for 19% of all paid-for holidays, making it the largest sector. There is also no doubt that local holidays are on the increase. The recession created a new word and a new holiday habit in the form of the “staycation” as many Brits opted to spend their holidays visiting their own country. Figures show

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Caravan Holidays Are On The Increase A caravanning holiday offers many unique benefits. Unlike a traditional package tour or overseas holiday a DIY caravanning holiday offers more certainties as you don’t need to rely on another party for transport or offer accommodation.

that local holiday trips were up from 10.9 million in 2008 to 11.4 million in 2009. Caravanning is indeed a great way to spend a holiday. There are a large number of caravan and holiday parks across the UK that offer something to suit every need. Some are aimed at providing relaxing breaks, others cater to those looking for beach holidays, while all offer some form of entertainment or outdoor adventure. Many also offer chalets and lodges in addition to caravan and campsite hire.

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Family caravanning holidays are also popular as a low cost alternative to overseas travel. Caravan site hire can start at just a few pounds per night, and generally cater for a range of tastes. Some sites are aimed at adults only, while others are geared up for families with play areas and children’s entertainment.

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Caravans, too, come in many forms. Some holiday makers like the flexibility of a touring caravan, while others prefer the stability of a static caravan.

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Planning a trip but dont know where to start? Do you feel daunted by the prospect of planning your next holiday - overloaded with information, destinations and glossy images? We have compiled a few simple steps to guide you and help you find out what is the right trip for you. You are thinking of taking some time out to take a holiday or to travel, but where do you start? With so much exposure to adverts, recommendations from friends and brochures it can be a daunting prospect to choose a destination, let alone beginning to contemplate what to do while you are there. Maybe that is why so many of us settle for an all-inclusive package that takes away the hassle of planning and organizing our trip. But planning a holiday can, and should be a fun part of the holiday. With a few tips, everyone should be able to find their ideal trip - whether that is lazing on a beach, swimming with dolphins, or volunteering at an orphanage.

3. What were the highlights of previous holidays in the past?

What do you want from your holiday? (beyond having a great time!) Often choosing exactly what to do can be difficult. We can pretty much travel anywhere in the world, and do everything from chilling on a beach, to sky jumping over the North Pole. The first question everybody asks is where do you want to go? Well, we will get to that but it may be worth thinking about what it is you need and want from your holiday first;

Just follow these few simple steps to find out just what is the right holiday for you:

Relaxation - Think about how you relax; do you like doing nothing, yoga, read a book or do you like to get your teeth into something to take your mind off everything?

1. What do you want from your holiday? 2. Getting the best from traveling companions

Getting away from it all - Do you want to escape into the wilderness or delve into the hustle and bustle of a new culture?

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FREEPHONE 0800 0962294 HOLIDAYS 2011 17-20th June 4-8th July 5-8th August 22-26th August 5-9th September 7-10th October 28-31st October 11-14th November 18-21st November 25-28th November

Mystery Tour £195.00 Great Yarmouth, Norfolk £245.00 Mystery Tour £195.00 Llandudno, North Wales £245.00 Shanklin, Isle of Wight £285.00 Mystery Tour £195.00 Blackpool Illuminations £205.00 Torquay Turkey & Tinsel £180.00 Llandudno Turkey & Tinsel £190.00 Christkindelmarkt Leeds £215.00 *Single Supplement applies

LONDON WEEKENDS 2011 The following weekends are Bed and English Breakfast and coach fare only. £105.00 4-5th June, 13-14th August, 15-16th October & 10-11th December If you require any information regarding shows in London please ask.

SPECIAL DAY TRIPS 2011 Sat 9th July

Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ Swansea Grand Theatre £37.00 Ad £34.00 Ch&OAP

Sat 3rd Sept

The Sound of Music with Connie Fisher @ Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff £60.00 per person

SPECIAL DAY TRIPS 2012 Sat 10th March

Lord of the Dance @ Wales Millennium Centre £60.00 per person

Sat 1st December

Dirty Dancing @ Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff £60.00 per person

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Remember though, any problems or issues that you want to get away from for a while are likely to still be there when you return so if you want to travel with a free mind, it may be wise to deal with these before you go.

Getting the best from traveling companions It is important to think about who you are traveling with (if anyone), and about their needs and aspirations. Perhaps you’re going on a journey of self-discovery that you would rather undertake on your own, travel with a friend and meet lots of new people, or maybe you would like to bring your young grand-children along. There are many aspects to a great holiday and these requirements are very individual. Try to ensure that the experience is going to be enjoyable for all of you by thinking about what type of travel your family / friends enjoy, and discuss with them how to meet both your objectives.

What were the highlights of previous holidays in the past? Adventure and discovery - The relaxation can wait - you want to explore your world, try new things, and get a rush!!! Perhaps you’ve always dreamt about climbing Everest or wondered what it’s like to live with an African tribe? Why not use your well-earnt holiday to fulfill one of those dreams. Whether it’s thrill-seeking or selfdiscovery, few people have regretted making child-hood dreams come true! Learning something new or making a difference - It’s not everyone’s cup of tea to sit in a class-room learning Spanish or getting up at 5am to survey beaches during their holiday. However, learning something new or volunteering can be a most rewarding form of travel. You’ll gain so much when volunteering, whilst also giving something back to the local community or the environment. And you can now learn almost any new skill in the stimulating environment of a new country and different culture from languages to cooking, from game ranger. Finding out what you want to get out of your holiday is the first very important step in planning a holiday and as you can see there are many different things that people can look for in a holiday. Beware though, don’t try and tick too may boxes but concentrate on one thing at a time. The last thing you want is having to recover from your holiday after trying to cram too much in!

Think about the best holiday you have ever had - What was it that made it so special? Perhaps it was your travel companions, something you experienced or learnt, spontaneity, tranquillity or discovering different ways of life. Try to find out what the highlights were and what makes you happy when on holiday. Remember that you are not the same as you were, but what types of experience could you repeat and how? Of course there are always restrictions such as budget, traveling with children or flying times which may dictate which country or part of the world you travel to. However, having gone through these 3 steps, you should now be ready to search for ideas for your holiday with focus without being seduced or distracted.


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Packing Tips It’s all too tempting to treat a suitcase like a temporary cupboard, but don’t. Lugging heavy gear up and down airport escalators, into and out of cars, buses, or taxis and up stairs to a hotel room is no joke.

THE BASICS What to pack ● Make list of every item you need and tick them off as you pack ● Take clothes that won’t crease easily ● Colour coordinate clothes to save space ● Start packing well before departure ● Double-check your list before you zip/lock your luggage How to pack ● Roll clothes to reduce wrinkles ● Wrap clothes in plastic or tissue to help reduce wrinkling ● Don’t put easily crushed clothes at the bottom of a bag ● Put items you don’t mind creasing into shoes and other nooks and crannies ● Check how heavy your luggage is as you go along ● Leave room in your hand luggage for extras ● Wrap shoes in plastic bags to stop clothes getting dirty ● Seal the lids of toiletries and sun creams with tape

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Remember that many goods can often be bought more cheaply abroad Travel with more cash, rather than more luggage Note the generic names of prescription drugs if you need them, as brand names vary Pack an empty holdall in your luggage for clothes and gifts bought abroad

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Top 10 Best Holiday Destinations For 2011 10) United Kingdom - UK holidays are at their peak and this trend is set to continue for some time to come. Finances, Volcanic ash clouds, airport strikes and bad weather have been Keeping passengers feet firmly on the ground. 9) Spain (Ibiza) - Ibiza has always been a popular destination with tourists from the 18- 30s crowd, to couples with young families the island also caters to the elderly and disabled.

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8) Bulgaria - Bulgaria makes the top ten list for the 3rd year in a row simply because it still has its own currency rather than the Euro and prices remain cheaper than most other European destinations because of the great exchange rates. 7) Spain (Benidorm) - Benidorm has always been a popular tourist destination since the 60’s and its popularity has grown again over the past couple of years over 5 million people visited Benidorm in 2010. 6) France (Paris) - Paris France the most romantic city in the world a city steeped in history art and culture and always a popular destination for world travellers.

5) Egypt - Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt is proving even more popular this year climbing 3 places from number 8. Sharm El Sheik is a luxurious destination where the average star rating for accomodation is an imperessive 4 stars. 4) Orlando Florida - Visitors from all over Europe flock to the home of Mickey mouse and friends every year and in 2011 Orlando Florida will prove to be a popular choice once again. 3) Mexico - Mexico is glorious a country with a great sense of freedom, wonderful food and terrific beaches. If you’re into your water activities, there’s great diving, sailing and deep sea fishing to be had. 2)Turkey - Again Turkey is one of the hot places to visit in 2011 slipping down only one place from the top spot in 2010 Money is the main reason that people keep returning to this beautiful country. Number 1 destination for 2011 Crete Popular with tourists The Greek island has everything to offer, mountainous landscapes, a coast with many beautiful beaches and rocky coves, beautiful towns and charming villages and harbors.

ACTIVITY BREAKS Always check what gear you’ll need and what the sleeping arrangements will be. Useful items ● Thermal T-shirt/shorts ● Fleece ● First aid kit, with plasters and antiseptic cream, (pack in hold luggage if contains liquids/scissors.) ● Old trousers, tops or a tracksuit

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For the plane Contact lens equipment (excluding solution) and feminine hygiene supplies to last the journey, if necessary (must be in a clear plastic bag. Liquids can be no more than 100ml. Re-sealable plastic bag can hold no more than a litre.) ● A warm jumper, to double as a pillow or jacket, and socks ● A change of clothes, in case your hold luggage is delayed on arrival ●

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Rail/bus/airline/boat tickets Passport if travelling out of Britain Itinerary Wallet Travellers’ cheques/foreign currency/credit cards A separate record of the serial numbers on travellers’ cheques and credit card numbers/hotlines Driver’s licence, for ID and car hire Travel insurance documents

There’s no need to take separate luggage for your baby. Many infant products can be bought abroad, so stick to the “travel light” rule. For beach breaks, pack extra T-shirts and tops for older children and at least one spare bathing suit each. Always take ● Your child’s passport ● A front carrier/nappies/changing mat/cold water sterilising tablets/socks/hat for babies ● Baby formula milk for the trip if you don’t breastfeed ● Plastic rubbish bags ● A few toys and nibbles for the trip ● High-protection sun cream ● A personal stereo, reading/puzzle books, or quiet computer games for older children ● A small daypack ● A pair of your child’s sandals in your hand luggage, for arrival in hot countries

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Gwent Adventures Watersports, Multi-Activity, Teambuilding/Bonding, Environmental Studies Gwent Adventures, now entering its 31tst year of operation, is a fully recognised Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Teaching Establishment and is also licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA). Llandegfedd Reservoir, where our activity centre is based, is located in the heart of beautiful countryside spanning the border of Monmouthshire and Torfaen. It forms a 434 acre lake, which is 11⁄2 miles long and 1 mile wide at the widest point. The entire site has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to its richness in wildlife. The site is easily accessible from the M4 motorway and is just 30 minutes drive from Cardiff. The high quality services we offer provide schools and organised groups the opportunity to include multi-activity both land and water based, teambuilding / bonding, windsurfing, dinghy sailing, canoeing, raft building and environmental studies. All programmes are organised around the requirements of each group, which can include a combination of activities, or courses to achieve governing

body qualifications. Duration 1 to 5 days. Safety is of prime importance and all necessary precautions are taken to ensure the safety of all participants. All instructors are fully qualified and safety boats are always standing by during all on-water activities. Buoyancy aids, helmets and wet suits are compulsory for some activities; these are provided when necessary. During the months of June and July we may be able to arrange accommodation at a local college. Prices vary according to programme. Please contact us for further details.

R.Y.A. Windsurfing Courses Introductory Course: This is a very basic introduction to the sport of windsurfing and does not form part of the R.Y.A. National Windsurfing Scheme. At the end of the session pupils would have been introduced to the very basics of windsurfing and would have enjoyed the experience of standing on a board and moving across the water.

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This is a three hour session normally run on Saturday mornings although it can be arranged at other times to meet the needs of small groups of three or more participants. The cost of this course is £50 per person. There is no reduction for juniors. * Introductory Course Fee does not include R.Y.A. handbook or logbook. Start Windsurfing: This is the first course in the R.Y.A. National Windsurfing Scheme. There are no prerequisites other than a degree of water confidence. Instruction will include an introduction to the equipment, practice of the skills on a land simulator, practice afloat followed by an assessment for the lStart Windsurfing certificate. This is a two day course that is usually run on most weekends throughout the season, although it can be arranged at other times to meet the needs of small groups of three or more participants.

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R.Y.A. Sailing Courses Sailing is a fantastic and diverse sport, with activities to suit everyone. The RYA National Sailing Scheme has been designed to help you enjoy whichever aspect of the sport that appeals to you. All the courses in the Scheme can be taken in a dinghy, keelboat or multihull so you can have tuition in whatever type of boat you wish. Good Sailing!

An introduction to the sport, covering the minimum knowledge required to get afloat under supervision. Basic Skills Level 2 – the foundations of the sport Becoming a competent sailor in light winds Completion of this course is the basis from which to develop your sailing. Seamanship Skills – sail independently How to handle a boat in all circumstances and solve problems afloat. Day Sailing – go cruising (not currently offered by Gwent Adventures) Passage planning and decision making for small boat cruising Sailing with Spinnakers – kites course Everything you need to know to sail modern three-sail boats Start Racing – go club racing (not currently offered by Gwent Adventures) The start line for enjoying club racing. All you need to know to get round the course Performance Sailing – get coached and sail better (not currently offered by Gwent Adventures) Improve your boat handling and confidence in performance boats.

For more information, and prices please visit: www.gwentadventures.co.uk

Camping Turtles Two turtles go camping and pack a cooler with sandwiches and beer. After three days of walking, they arrive at a great spot but realize they’ve forgotten a bottle opener. The first turtle turns to the second and says, “You‚ve gotta go back and get the opener or else we have no beer."

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“No way," says the second. “By the time I get back, you will have eaten all the food." “I promise I won’t," says the turtle. “Just hurry!"

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Nine full days pass and there’s still no sign of the second turtle. Exasperated and starving, the first turtle digs into the sandwiches. Suddenly, the second turtle pops out from behind a rock and yells, “I knew it! I’m not going!"


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SC Sporthomes SC Sporthomes are a family run business based in Wales, with many years experience in constructing bespoke motorhome solutions for the sport and leisure industry. Using only the best materials and appliances available ensures our vehicles represent the best quality and value in the market place. Our team blend innovative ideas and design with traditional craftsmanship and attention to detail for which the name SC Sporthomes has become synonymous. SC Sporthomes has recently relocated to larger premises in Cwmbran, South Wales, and now also offer specialist servicing and repairs to all types of motorhomes and RV’s. At SC Sporthomes we offer a wide range of services: ■ Motorhomes designed and built to order ■ Pre-owned motorhomes for sale ■ Servicing and repairs to any type of motorhome ■ Motorhome awnings ■ Air bags on rear suspension ■ LPG tanks fitted in place of gas bottles ■ Water tanks made to order ■ A range of chrome body accessories ■ Plus lots more….. Range of vehicles we produce: ■ Mercedes truck based motorhomes from 7.5tonne upwards (with or without a rear garage/storage area) ■ Mercedes Sprinter and VW Crafter panel van motorhome conversions ■ VW transporter conversions and body accessories ■ Articulated trailer units ■ One off bespoke projects undertaken

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2007 Fiat Ducato Meteor Motorhome Left Hand Drive £45,000+vat 59 plate Mercedes Atego Luxury Hand Crafted Motorhome £165,000+vat 2010 Lehel MAN luxury motorhome £180,000+vat 2002 Mercedes Sprinter MX van converted to high spec 3 berth and 1 bike garage £18,000 (no vat) 2008 Mercedes Atego 10t Sporthome with rear garage top specification £125,000+vat 2011 VW T5 Short wheel base weekend van in yellow

NEW BUILD PRICES ■ NEW Mercedes Sprinter or VW Crafter Motorhomes fully converted prices start at £49,950+vat ■ 7.5t Mercedes Atego Sporthome prices starting at £99,950+vat ■ Conversions on 7.5t upwards starting at £66,500+vat (excludes chassis which can be new or pre owned) Visits to SC Sporthomes are by appointment only

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Camping Hints and Tips Top 10 free days out If you are after camping hints and tips the you have come to the right place. Do you want to go camping but are unsure of what camping equipment, tents etc to take or exactly where to start? Even when “the kids” were little we always spent a lot of time camping. From this experience we have listed a bit of information here about choosing the right tent and other camping equipment to help you get started. These are our top camping hints and tips.

1. The National Gallery, London Feel like seeing a masterpiece? The National Gallery has about 2,300 of them, from big names like Van Dyke, Monet, Cezanne, Holbein, Van Gogh and many more. If you‚re struggling to decide which to see first, how about taking one of the daily guided tours (they’re free too), where you’ll also learn the history and stories behind the paintings

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1: PREPARING FOR A CAMPING HOLIDAY Make a list covering everything that you will need, and may be unable to obtain locally on your holiday. This will vary depending on the type of holiday you plan. For instance it is advisable to carry an emergency kit (with high energy food, compass, matches and whistle) if intending to walk in remote areas. Whatever your destination, pack sufficient sleeping and cooking gear, basic foods, water containers, first aid kit, tool kit lighting and suitable clothing.

Take a tent with a sewn-in groundsheet if you are camping in cold areas, A tent with a separate groundsheet can be pitched over uneven terrain such as rocks or bushes. Tents may come with either an external or an internal frame. A tent with an external frame has more space inside and is easier to erect. Two innovative tent shapes are the igloo and the cylinder-shape. They are ideal for the snow or for rough weather conditions.

2. Borough Market, London Why not try something new today? Like ostrich burgers, hemp seed falafel or venison fillets all of which you’ll find at Borough Market along with delicious cheeses and rather tasty coffee. It’s free to browse (and often sample, too) so who knows what you could end up taking home for a dinner?

2: CHOOSING A SUITABLE TENT Your choice of tent will depend on how many people wish to sleep in the tent and the type of holiday it is required for. A small A-shape tent is ideal for the motorcyclist or backpacker and will sleep two in relative comfort. Larger, wall tents are designed to accommodate whole families and provide enough room for living as well as sleeping.

3: SELECTING BEDDING EQUIPMENT Decide where you plan to use your sleeping bag (in cold or warm conditions), as there are different construction techniques, fillings and shapes. Beds range from nothing, to a thin bit of foam to air mattresses (ideal for cold conditions and very comfortable) to collapsible camp beds with aluminium frames and everything inbetween.

3. Planting Trees, (various locations) Forget the gym. There’s nothing like a good day’s work in the great outdoors to put some colour in your cheeks. Spend a day with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers and you could be planting trees and hedges, repairing dry-stone walls or creating footpaths. The sense of satisfaction is worth the sweat and aching shoulders.

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6. The Winter Garden, Sheffield Located right in the heart of Sheffield, this is one of the world’s biggest greenhouses, where you’ll find around 2,500 plants growing in a specially-controlled microclimate. Amazingly, they’re all watered by hand (seriously); a group of greenfingered gardeners goes round with a hose or watering can to ensure the plants receive exactly the right amount of water. It’s thirsty work.

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4. Chinese New Year, Manchester The Chinese certainly don‚t hold back on their New Year Celebrations (which actually take place in February). The extravaganza features Kung-Fu demonstrations, acrobats, Shaolin monks, firecrackers and fortune telling, but the highlight is the colourful 175ft dragon parade, which weaves its way through the excited crowds every year. Don’t worry, it’s not the fire-breathing kind 5. Science Museum, London Ever wondered what your voice would sound like as a member of the opposite sex? Or how your face will change as you get older? Spend a few hours in the Science Museum and all will be revealed. Sure, it’s science but there’s not a white coat in sight.

7. Maiden Castle, Dorset This enormous Iron Age hill fort covers a site the size of 50 football pitches. There are ditches and ramparts galore (an attempt to keep the Romans out), if you take the steep(ish) climb to the top, you’ll be rewarded with views out over the rolling Dorset countryside. Don’t forget the camera. 8. Sherwood Forest Country Park, Nottingham Immerse yourself in the Robin Hood myth with a wander through his famous stomping ground. Don’t miss the Major Oak, the tree where RH is rumoured to have hidden while fleeing from the Sheriff of Nottingham or the nearby visitor centre, which separates the fact from the fiction. 9. Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds If you’ve ever wondered where all the knights in shining armour are these days, they’re here. In fact, The Royal Armouries Museum houses 70,000 pieces of armoury altogether and you can see a lot of it in action in the tiltyard, as two knights battle it out in a Henry VIII-style joust. 10. Bath Walking Tour, Somerset Want to know what the Romans smelled like? Or how tight a Regency corset was? Follow in Jane Austen’s footsteps with a free tour of her favourite city, where your guide will give you a potted history that’s not straight out of a textbook.


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Toad Hall Cottages Do you fancy curling up by an open fire in a beautiful holiday cottage or dining al fresco by the water’s edge after a long walk across ancient and fascinating landscape? Then head to the South West, the most popular holiday destination in the UK. The West Country, with its dramatic coastline, sweeping moorland and secret hideaways, offers you much more than the usual ‘fun in the sun’ family holiday. Toad Hall Cottages, with over 20 years experience, offers properties that are packed with modern conveniences but allow the freedom to set your own schedule and with over 500 holiday cottages in Devon, Cornwall and Exmoor to choose from there is an excellent choice for both couples and families alike.

Many of the holiday cottages are pet-friendly and with miles of picturesque walks, wide open spaces, there is plenty of opportunity for your family pet to stretch their legs and most cottages having their own garden too. The West Country is blessed with a mild climate all year round, with warm summers and balmy spring months that sees the region blooming into a riot of colour, while autumn is mellow, mild and serenely tranquil making this part of the world ideal for out of season short breaks. To find your perfect holiday retreat visit www.toadhallcottages.co.uk or call 01548 853089 for more information.

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villages, to quaint thatched cottages set in forest, coastal and rural locations all are perfectly situated for all types of holidays from seaside to countryside retreats.

Once the medieval hunting ground for William the Conqueror, the New Forest offers one of most spectacular landscapes in Britain with beautiful scenery, tranquil walks, historic towns, the famous New Forest ponies that roam free and a diverse collection of wildlife. New Forest Cottages is the leading agency specialising in self catering cottages in this historical area and with over 100 properties to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect holiday cottage to suit all pockets and tastes, whether you are looking for a comfortable family home away from home, a dog friendly cottage, a group holiday or a romantic break for two. From comfortable houses in historic towns and

With hundreds of actives to choose from in the New Forest you will never be short of things to do, with the world renowned National Motor Museum at Beaulieu , Paultons Family Theme Park with its brand new Peppa Pig World, horse riding, fantastic walking and incredible sailing. With spectacular autumn colours perfect for long tranquil walks, beautiful spring flora or warm cosy fires, the New Forest is ideal for low season short breaks. To find your perfect holiday retreat visit www.newforestcottages.co.uk or call 01590 679655 for more information.

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Places to visit in Gwent & Torfaen Places to visit in Herefordshire Museum

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■ Abergavenny Castle and Museum Castle Street, Abergavenny, Gwent

■ Congress Theatre 50 Gwent Square, Cwmbran, Gwent. NP44 1PL

■ Abertillery and District Museum Abertillery Library, Abertillery, Gwent

■ Dolman Theatre Kingsway, Newport, Gwent. NP20 1HY

■ Conquest Theatre Tenbury Road, Bromyard, Herefordshire HR7 4LL

■ Hereford Cider Museum 21 Ryelands Street, Hereford, Herefordshire. HR4 0LW

■ Big Pit Mining Museum Blaenafon, Torfaen, Gwent. NP4 9XP

■ Riverfront Bristol Packe Wharf, Newport, Gwent. NP20 1HG

■ Courtyard Theatre and Studio Edgar Street, Hereford, Herefordshire HR4 9JR

Horse Racing

■ Blaenafon Community Heritage and Cordell Museum Lion Street, Blaenafon, Gwent. NP4 9RQ ■ Chepstow Museum Bridge Street, Chepstow, Gwent ■ Griffithstown Railway Museum Station Road, Griffithstown, Pontypool, Gwent. NP4 5JH

■ Theatr Gwent Theatre The Drama Centre, Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny, Gwent. NP7 5UD

Outdoor ■ Cuckoo Wood Pen Y Fan, Gwent. NP25

■ Monmouth Castle and Regimental Museum The Castle, Monmouth, Gwent. NP25 3BS

■ Caldicot Castle and Country Park Church Road, Caldicot, Gwent. NP26 4HU

■ Newport Museum and Art Gallery John Frost Square, Newport, Gwent. NP20 1PA

Historical

■ Pontypool Museum Park Buildings, Pontypool, Gwent. NP4 6JH

■ Tintern Abbey Tintern, Chepstow, Gwent. NP16 6SE

■ Roman Legionary Museum Caerleon High Street, Caerleon, Gwent. NP18 1AE

■ Tredegar House Newport, Gwent. NP10 8YW

Horse Racing

■ Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Railway - B4248 Blaenavon, Brynmawr Road, Office - 13a Broad Street, Blaenavon, Gwent. NP4 9ND

■ Chepstow Racecourse Chepstow, Gwent. NP16 6BE

■ Market Theatre Market Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 2AQ

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■ Hereford Racecourse The Racecourse, Roman Road, Hereford, Herefordshire. HR4 9QU

Football

■ Croft Castle (NT) Nr Leominster, Herefordshire. HR6 9PW

■ Hereford Town FC Edgar Street Ground, Edgar Street, Hereford, Herefordshire. HR4 9JU

■ Eastnor Castle Ledbury, Herefordshire. HR8 1RL

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■ Hampton Court Herefordshire Hereford/Leominster, Herefordshire ■ Hellens Much Marcle, Herefordshire. HR8 2LY ■ Hergest Croft Gardens Kington, Herefordshire. HR5 3EG ■ Kinnersley Castle Kinnersley, Herefordshire. HR3 6QF

■ Kingfisher River Cruises Symonds Yat East, Herefordshire HR9 6BL ■ Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre Kington, Herefordshire. HR5 3HF ■ Westons Cider Visitor Centre The Bounds, Much Marcle, Ledbury, Herefordshire. HR8 2NQ

Historical ■ Goodrich Castle (EH) Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. HR9 6HU ■ Mappa Mundi and Chained Library Exhibition 5 College Cloisters, Cathedral Close, Hereford, Herefordshire. HR1 2NG

Places to visit in Powys The Camp Shop (TCS) was established in June 1956 on the outskirts of what is now the 3rd largest Military Training Facility in the United Kingdom. The Camp Shop is situated at the cross roads inside Sennybridge Army Camp. Open to both Military and Civilian Personnel, supplying the essential equipment that the services require for work both on and off the ranges. As the area has grown over the years and the places that the troops are now being deployed has grown, The Camp Shop has altered to accommodate the requirements of the troops, wherever the need has arisen for First Class Equipment at the right price and run by the same family for over 50 years with the same friendly, helpful approach to customers. With a separate Internet and Wholesale department run from the Retail Shop, for a quick dispatch of items to anywhere the post will reach! (BFPO Tax Free).

Call us Now on 01874 638145 The Camp Shop, Sennybridge, Nr Brecon, Powys, LD3 8PL

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Museum ■ Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery Brecon, Powys ■ National Cycle Collection The Automobile Palace, Llandrindod Wells, Powys. LD1 5DL ■ Newtown Textile Museum 5 - 7 Commercial Street, Newtown, Powys. SY16 2BL

■ South Wales Borderers Museum The Barracks, Brecon, Powys. LD3 7EB ■ The Judges Lodging Broad Street, Presteigne, Powys. LD8 2AD

Outdoor / Garden ■ Ceri Forest Kerry, Powys. SY16 ■ Dyfnan Forest Llangadfan, Powys. SY21

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■ Cantref Adventure Farm Brecon, Powys. LD3 8LR

Theatre ■ Theatr Hafren Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys. SY16 4HU

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■ Wyeside Arts Centre Castle Street, Builth Wells, Powys. LD2 3BN


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Three Castles Country Caravan Park Small modern adults only country caravan park,edged by a stream for extra tranquility. Ideal for relaxing and exploring beautiful countryside. Solar heated water and recycling facilities. Easy access. Suitable for disabled. Twelve spacious pitches with electirc hook up, six being fully services. The amenities block, with three bespoke wet rooms, is centrally located provididng convenient access for every pitch and in addition incorporates laundry facilities, tourist information and enclosed dish washing area. We are also currently finalising our Coat & Boot room which is heated to dry all your outdoor gear. There is a bridge being erected across a stream to put a dog walking area in one of our other fields. We are well placed to visit many areas of outstanding natural beauty. THe Wye Valley & Vale of Usk has much to offer including The Old Station, a former Victorian Railway Station now opersting as a visitor centre, Tintern Abbey and Abbey Mills Craft Centre alongside the Offas Dyke Pathway and the Wye Valley Walk, Symonds Yat is famous for the Peregine Falcons that breed on the cliffs here and can be viewed from the Yat Rock viewpoint.

There are also wonderful views of the Rover Wye near the Forestry Commission car park and picnic site. At Symonds Yat West you have a famous Maze and other attractions and you can experience the pedestrian ferry taking you across the river to Symonds Yat East. The golden Vallet is host to Dore Abbey which was founded in1147 by French Cistercian Monks from Morimond at Abbey Dore and there many other interesting villages leading up to Hay on Wye, famous for its book shops and the annual Hay Festival. At Hay on Wye you will find an impressive craft centre, antique & gift shops and tea rooms and the Offas Dyke pathway takes you over magnificent Hay Bluff. The Brecon Beacon national Park offer you a feast of mountains including The Sugar Loaf, The Blorenge and the Black Mountains. Here you will also find the Monmoutshire and Brecon Canal flowing through this unique area of landscape and culture. At Goytre Wharf Visitor Centre you can learn about the canal heritage and information about hire and charter boat facilities.

exciting places to visit such as Puzzle Wood, The Dean Steam Railway and The Sculpture Trail at Beechenhurst Lodge.

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The Market towns of Monmouth and Abergavenny have plenty to offer. Monmouth is well known for ots annual free Music Festival in July and the Monmouthshire Show held on the last Thursday of August. Abergavenny is home to the famous Abergavenny Food Festival in September which attracts many famous

Award winning places to eat include The Bell at Skenfrith, 1861 at Cross Ash, The Walnut Tree Abergavenny and the Crown Inn at Whitebrook as well as many local pubs offering good food and music. We have plenty of heritage,activity, natural beauty and many local events and festivals to tempt the traveller. We look forawrd to welcoming you to our part of the world.

The Royal Firest of Dean is a wealth of beauty, activity and history. The Dean Heritage Centre at Soudley tells the story of the forest and there are many other

Technology ■ Centre for Alternative Technology Machynlleth, Powys. SY20 9AZ ■ The Spaceguard Centre Llanshay Lane, Knighton, Powys. LD7 1LW

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Small exclusive, family run caravan site accommodating up to 12 caravans Easy access Utility block Laundry facilities Boot & coat drying room Communal room Washing up room Electric hook ups Recycling facilities Chemical disposal No children Dogs welcome

■ Corris Craft Centre Corris, Machynlleth, Powys. SY20 9RF ■ King Arthurs Labyrinth Corris, Machynlleth, Powys. SY20 9RF

King Arthurs Labyrinth

■ National Showcaves Centre for Wales Abercrave, Swansea, Powys. SA9 1GJ ■ Welsh Royal Crystal 5 Brynberth Ind. Est., Rhayader, Powys LD6 5EN ■ Welshpool and Llanfair Railway Llanfair Caereinion, Welshpool, Powys SY21 0SF

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Travelling abroad a few things to remember Check if any inoculations are required for the country in question. Do this as early as possible as some need to be carried out in stages with several weeks between each “jab”. Check passports are in order and whether Visas are required - again this should be done as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Book travel insurance as soon as details of the proposed holiday are known - It pays to shop around as cover and prices vary greatly. Sometimes this is covered under household policies but cover is usually fairly limited. For complete peace of mind the following should be covered:Cancellation and illness - insurance should cover against cancellation through illness, death and some other unforeseen circumstances. Cover is not usually given for cancellation due to “change of mind", nor natural disasters such as earthquakes. Check it covers against medical treatment abroad in the case of accident or illness as this can be a

very costly procedure. Accidents - You will probably have to pay for any medical treatment abroad and then claim for reimbursement upon your return. Check the insurance covers repatriation after an accident in a given time. Theft or loss of possessions - work out how much it would cost to replace your travel wardrobe, including suitcases, cameras, jewellery etc. and ensure this amount will be covered by the insurance. Holiday delays - some insurance companies cover delays at airport etc. and also the cost of accommodation during the delay but you must check. Activities - some insurance companies do not cover hazardous activities whilst on holiday which can include such things as jetskiing, deep sea fishing etc. If there is any possibility of a member of your party getting involved in such pursuits check your cover and, if necessary, pay extra for this benefit.

Claims - you will normally have to pay an excess on any claim i.e. the first £20 or £30. If you are anticipating making a claim on your return ensure all receipts and supporting documentation are kept. If you have been the victim of theft it is usually a requirement of the insurance companies that this must have been notified to the local police. Get proof this has been done. General Tips To keep clothes smelling fresh when you travel, place a fabric softener sheet in the bottom of the garment bag. Prepare early for the trip. Check the luggage to make sure that it doesn’t have a musty smell. If this happens, crumple

Created out of an extensive area of mining activity in the 1980's, Parc Bryn Bach is set in 340 acres of grass and woodland, crowned by a 36 acre lake. This beautiful landscape lends itself to many outdoor adventure activities, recreational, adventurous and relaxing. An ideal location for jogging or speed walking, the footpath is also dotted with various exercise stations for those feeling more energetic. If this is not enough to wear out the little ones, then the outdoor playground might be the next port of call.

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a few sheets of newspaper and place them inside, close the luggage, and leave overnight. This will help curb the smell. If you must take prescription drugs, do not pack them in the luggage, keep them in the carry-on bag. Make sure you keep your medication in the original container. To protect the pharmacy label place a strip of clear adhesive tape over it. To avoid disappointment and/or embarrassment at the airport carry out the following checks before leaving the house:Tickets - whoever is holding the tickets produces them. Money - Both show that they have their travellers’ cheques, cash and credit cards. Passports - both show each other their passport. If a couple are going on holiday, don’t pack separate suitcases. Put equal quantities of each clothes in each suitcase. If one suitcase gets lost you can then survive. When packing cases roll clothes instead of folding, this reduces creases. Pack bottles, sock, films and such like into shoes. Prevents damage and saves space. Pack shoes into plastic bags to prevent soiling other clothes. Take extra plastic bags in your case, these can prove useful to transport any damp clothes or opened bottles. A folding shopping bag can also be useful to bring back all those gifts (or bottles).


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Top 10 summer vacation movies

3. Woodstock. The ultimate document of the ultimate summer vacation. Michael Wadleigh’s film captures three days of peace, love and music (not necessarily in that order) from the famous summer 1969 concert in upstate New York. I caught Woodstock on TV a few weeks ago, and it’s still a remarkable concert film and powerful recollection of an era. 4. Summer Rental. The late/great John Candy stars as an air traffic controller who just wants to take the fam to the beach for a few days of rest. Notable both for being filmed in Clearwater and for the scene in which a recent breast implantee shows Candy the goods and makes him touch ‘em. Classic. 5. One Crazy Summer. The oddest film on this list, One Crazy Summer stars John Cusack and Demi Moore as young adults summering on Nantucket who run afowl of a local developer and his lunk-headed son. Directed by Savage Steve Holland (Better Off Dead), the film gleefully mixes in animation, sight gags and a choice sequence in which Bobcat Goldthwaite dons a Godzilla costume and tramples a large-scale model of the island. 6. Indian Summer. A Big Chill lite, Indian Summer follows a group of 30-somethings who reunite at a fondly remembered summer camp to reminisce, share deep secrets and then move on with their adult lives. The movie is well cast (Diane Lane, Alan Arkin and Kevin Pollock) and works as gentle, nonthreatening summer entertainment.

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Penlan Holiday Village For the perfect family getaway Nestled within beautiful wood and parkland in the heart of Wales’s Teifi Valley, but just a short drive from the sandy beaches of the spectacular West Wales coastline, Penlan offers the ideal destination for your family holiday. The park’s accommodation comprises two-three bedroom Swiss-style lodges, fully-equipped and superbly maintained for a comfortable stay. On-site facilities include a heated outdoor pool, children’s playground, family bar, video-cinema, coffee lounge, shop and laundrette. The holiday village is situated just one mile outside of Cenarth, ideal for grocery shopping.

1. National Lampoon’s Vacation. Chevy Chase stars as suburban everyman Clark W. Griswold, who drags his family across the country in search of themepark Nirvana. The trip is beset by all manner of disaster (detours, accidents, dead relatives strapped to the roof, etc.), each one funnier than the last. Vacation was directed by Harold Ramis from a script by John Hughes and might be the best work either man ever did. 2. Stand By Me. Four boys take a mid-summer hike in search of a dead body in this film from director Rob Reiner. Stand By Me has an incredible cast (River Phoenix, Keifer Sutherland, Richard Dreyfuss) and is notable as the single best movie adaptation of a Stephen King story ever produced. I love it because it allows the kids to be kids, foul mouths and all.

How to find us Cenarth is on the A484 Carmarthen to Cardigan road. At Cenarth (just before the bridge) turn left on to the B4332 Boncath road. Penlan is just over half a mile along this road on the right hand side.

Penlan Holiday Village is ideally located for a range of activities, such as golf, fishing, scenic walks along the spectacular coastal pathways and cycling, as well as adventure wildlife boat trips.

7. I Know What You Did Last Summer. Starring TV Buffy Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jennifer Love Boob-it in a low-cut shirt, IKWYDLS was a post-Scream thriller written by the same writer (Kevin Williamson) and featured the Gorton’s Fisherman as a hook-wielding villain. And I thought we could trust the Fisherman. 8. To Kill A Mockingbird. PoHo Wayne Garcia submitted this one, pointing out that the story takes place during the summer of 1932. I protested that when I think of TKAM, I think of lawyers and racism and stuff, not summer vacation. His response, via Twitter: “Yes, it is not a sun-and-boobs-athon; just trying to raise the bar." Consider it raised.

This beautiful corner of Wales is also home to a number of fantastic family days out, including dolphin spotting adventure boat rides with A Bay to Remember, Oakwood Theme Park, Carew Castle, The National Botanic Garden of Wales, Pemberton’s Chocolate Farm, Teifi Valley Railway and Folly Farm. You are within easy reach of Cardigan market town, Tenby, St. David’s and the beautiful harbour town of New Quay. Prices start from just £190 per week in September. For more information, please contact 01239 710174, or visit www.penlan.co.uk

Nestled within beautiful wood and parkland in the heart of Wales’s Teifi Valley, but just a short drive from the sandy beaches of the spectacular West Wales coastline, Penlan offers the ideal destination for your family holiday.

9. Wet Hot American Summer. Made by the same folks who did MTV’s sketch-comedy show The State, WHAS is a funny last-day-of-camp movie set in 1981. Dorector David Wain went on to write last year’s hilarious Role Models, and you have to love any film that includes a plummeting-to-Earth Skylab as a major plot device. 10. Summer School. Mark Harmon and Kirstie Alley star as teachers forced to spend the summer teaching every misfit in school. Many will find this movie insufferable, but it has developed a small cult following over the years. I watched Summer School a lot as a kid, and if memory serves, the jokes are stupid, there’s a recreation of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and there’s a hot chick in here somewhere. Perfect summer viewing.

The park’s accommodation comprises two-three bedroom Swiss-style lodges, fully-equipped and superbly maintained for a comfortable stay.

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The walled seaside town of Tenby Tenby is a delightful little harbour town and seaside resort, and it would be difficult to find a setting more picturesque. Its hilltop position led to its early settlement as a Welsh stronghold, which was replaced in medieval times by a Norman Castle and walled town. Part of the town walls survive to this day and are an attractive feature at the entrance to the old town. Until quite recently Tenby was known as “Little England beyond Wales” and the town remains a rather anglicised part of Wales. From the early 19th century, Tenby became a fashionable holiday destination for both the Welsh and the English, and its attractions to the holidaymaker are just as obvious today, with the fantastic beaches stretching to the north, the west, and the south of the town. Walk along Tenby’s South Beach toward Giltar Point and the start of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path for fantastic views of Caldey Island. Stroll the narrow cobbled streets of Tenby itself or sit in one of the many cafes and people-watch other visitors to the gift shops, restaurants and public houses, or wander along the harbour, where you can board one of the cruises to nearby Caldey Island, or take a trip in search of the plentiful wildlife of this South West coast of Wales. Tenby can be a serene, attractive destination sure to charm you, and those in search of spending time by the beach are spoilt for choice here, but Tenby can also offer plenty to do for the more active holidaymakers. Walk down towards the harbour to find the

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Tenby Events Calendar 2011

You might decide to take a trip over to the Monastery on Caldey Island, join a fishing boat to catch dinner or join one of the many bird and seal watching trips that depart regularly from either the Harbour or Castle Beach, depending on the state of the tide.

THE ORIGINAL PIG STREET CRAFT COLLECTIVE Date: 07/05/11 Queens Hall Narberth Location: Description: Traditional local craft fair with a good range of affordable quality craftwork

SEAFOOD FORAGING Date: 18/05/11 Location: Cafe 35 Solva Description: Join marine expert Andy Davies for a day at Solva, sharing his lifelong love for all edible life on the shore

Tenby Sea Cruises www.tenbyseacruises.com offer a wide range of boat trips in Tenby, Wales and vessels and skippers are fully licensed by the Maritime Coastguard Agency.

CREATIVE FUSION ART CRAFT EXHIBITION Date: 11/05/11 Location: Cloister Gallery at St Davids Cathedral Description: A showcase of quality art craft from Pembrokeshire, including jewellery, handmade soaps, patchwork

FLOWER FESTIVAL Date: 27/05/11 Location: Roch Description: St Marys Roch and St Madocs Nolton and the Roch and Nolton Communities will celebrate an EXTRAVAGANZA

Enjoy leisurely cruises along some of Pembrokeshire’s most scenic coastline and its diverse wildlife with a guided safari, getting up close to the grey seal population aboard the Seal Safari. In recent years Tenby has been awarded many Blue Flag awards in recognition of its clean beaches and water. In 2010, the North Beach, the Castle Beach and the South Beach all received a Blue Flag Award and Pembrokeshire’s beaches received a total of 10 Blue Flag awards, supporting the view that the area is one of the cleanest holiday destinations not just in Wales, but the entire UK. As Pembrokeshire’s main holiday resort, Tenby is proud of its a high standard of beaches, offering plenty of facilities and boasting various environmental awards.

HAVERFORDWEST FARMERS MARKET - PLANTING FOR SPRING Date: 13/05/11 Location: Riverside Quay, Haverfordwest. Description: Haverfordwest Farmers’ Market is a vibrant, wellrenowned market which prides itself on selling a wide INSECTS GALORE Date: 14/05/11 Location: Welsh Wildlife Centre Description: Free taster session with tutor Phil Ward

HAVERFORDWEST FARMERS MARKET Date: 27/05/11 Location: Riverside Quay, Haverfordwest. Description: Haverfordwest Farmers’ Market is a vibrant, well-renowned market which prides itself on selling a wide PEMBROKESHIRE ENTERPRISE FAIR Date: 16/06/11 Location: Riverside Haverfordwest Description: The fourth annual Pembrokeshire Enterprise Fair will be taking place at the Riverside Shopping area in Haverfordwest once again this June


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1. Paris, the Capital of France Paris, as we know is one of the most beautiful cities on this planet and is considered to be the most romantic cities of the world. So, this is the best spot for celebrating your honeymoon or wedding anniversary. When we talk about Paris, we cannot forget discussing the world famous Eiffel Tower from where you can get the best view of the entire city of Paris. Apart from the Eiffel tower, places such as the Opera Garnier, Jardin des Tuileries, Louvre museum and Champs-Elysees are really worth visiting. Shopping in Paris can be a great pleasure, as it is known as the most fashionable cities in the world.

Enjoy your meal in the dining room with its choice of excellent freshly cooked dishes, then to finish why not try one of our sinful deserts. Or have a comfortable seat watching the sun set over the sea in our Victoria bar with its extensive collections of ales, wines and spirits.

2. Tarifa beach in Spain Tarifa beach in Spain is the place where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. This is a popular and one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. You can enjoy activities such as dolphin or whale watching, birdwatching, surfing and windsurfing here and make the most of your vacation. 3. Rome in Italy Rome, the capital of Italy is well known for its rich culture and tradition. Vatican city, Palatine Hill, Pantheon , Roman Coliseum and Sistine Chapel are the places in Rome which you should never give a miss. You can also have the best shopping experience here with many retail outlets dedicated to visitors from all round the world. So, when it comes to having a romantic time with loads of shopping to do, Rome is one of the best choice amongst the top 10 places to visit in Europe. 4. Helsinki in Finland Helsinki, which is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe was founded by King Gustav Vasa. Helsinki Card and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma are the places which you must visit. Helsinki is known to have the best restaurants in the world and hence, if you are a complete foodie, then this is surely the place for you. 5. Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia, Greece Myrtos beach, which is located near Argostoli, the capital of island of Kefalonia, is one of the finest of all the European beaches. Exceptional beauty, golden sand and greenish blue water are the highlights of the Myrtos beach. So, go there with your entire family and just chill out!

6. Venice Venice in Italy is one of the most beautiful locations in the world. This city is known for its unique architecture and glorious history. It is definitely a place where art in all forms is worshiped. So, if you are an art lover, Venice would definitely be the ideal place for you.

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Come and enjoy the hotels superb seafront position overlooking Tenby's beautiful south beach and Monastic Island of Caldey . Stay with us and relax in a warm, friendly and comfortable atmosphere.

If you would like a midweek or weekend break and Great Value For Money then you have found the perfect Hotel.

7. Barcelona in Spain Barcelona is one of the most beautiful cities of Spain and has world famous and stunning places like Barri Gotic, La Barceloneta, Port Olympic and La Rambla to its credit. You will indeed be impressed with the culture, traditions and museums in Barcelona. 8. Berlin Berlin, the capital of Germany is well known for its luxurious shopping malls and fine restaurants. Reichstag, the Berlin Wall, Pergamon Museum and Tiergarten are the best places to visit in Berlin. 9. Athens Athens, which is one of the most ancient cities in Europe has great places such as Temple of Olympian Zeus, Prynx,Tower of the Winds and Arch of Hadrian for you to visit. It has always been one of the prettiest places in Europe. Athens has always been the most preferred vacation spot for people across the world..

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Home from home B&B Sea - Views / Ensuite

Wogan House

Wogan Terrace, Saundersfoot SA69 9HA A 300 year old guest house in Central

When the day is done and your bed is calling, head up to either a single, double, twin or family room. All with en suite facilities, TV and complementary tea and coffee. In the morning you will be greeted with the smell of breakfast freshly made

Location, with ensuite rooms full of charm and character, all enjoying sea views

FREE PARKING

B&B from only £80 for 2 sharing Tel: 01834 812473 www.woganhouse.co.uk

10. Vienna Vienna is one of the best cities to visit in Austria, Europe, as it has locations such as Danube Island, Belvedere Palace, Danube Tower which are loved by visitors since ages. So, do give this place a visit and have a rocking time.

Pembrokeshire Four Poster Suite Available Claremont House Well appointed ensuite rooms some with breathtaking sea views ● 250yd beach; harbour and village ● Close to lovely coastal walks ● Ample parking for guests ● Hearty Breakfasts! ●

Tel: 01824 813231

WEEKENDS IN TENBY BELGRAVE HOTEL BY THE SEA SUNDAY/FRIDAY MIDWEEK B & B £37.50 PP PER NIGHT ENJOY 2 NIGHTS DINNER B & B £95.00 PP

3 NIGHTS £135 PP B&B £37.50 PP PER NIGHT

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Top 10 Tips for Buying a Used Caravan If you are like the idea of camping this summer but are looking for a few more home comforts than camping under canvas, why not invest in a caravan? It needn’t be expensive - there’s a wide choice of second hand caravans available starting at less than £500.

To help you on your way, we’ve put together our top 10 tips for buying a second hand caravan. 1. Caravan or camper van? - Your first decision is choosing between a caravan or camper van. In general it comes down to the type of holiday you are looking for. If you are looking to spend your holidays travelling between several different camp sites, perhaps doing a tour of a wide area, then a camper van is probably the better choice. There’s little to do when arriving at each destination - you can have your feet up and be enjoying a cup of tea within minutes of arriving at your pitch. However, caravans do offer a lower cost option and, if you expect to spend one or two weeks relaxing in the same spot, can be the better choice. The advantage here is that if you do want to take trips around the local area during your holiday, it’s easy to take the car and explore places that might be too small and narrow for a large camper van. 2. Size matters - Obviously, larger the caravans are able to offer a level of luxury not available in smaller vans, giving you larger berths, spacious washing facilities and generously equipped kitchens. You will also have the space to host friends and family in comfort. The downside is that you will need a much bigger and more powerful tow car to pull these larger vans and manoeuvring both on the road and on the camp site will be more difficult. In general, the rule of thumb is that your caravan should be no more than 85% of the kerb weight of your vehicle although if you are new to towing you should aim for a lower ratio than this. You should also check any maximum towing weight specified by the vehicle manufacturer. Remember as well that if a caravan is more than 2.3 metres wide, you’ll probably need a commercial vehicle to tow it. An easy way to increase the living accomodation in your caravan without putting on too much weight is to add an awning. 3. Do your research - Find out as much as you can about the caravan. What will it cost to insure? Are there common problems that need to be checked? What different layouts are available? Of course, in the age of the Internet, these facts are easier to find than they used to be. Preloved offers a readers reviews section featuring caravan reviews written by the people that know them the best - the owners themselves. 4. Check the seller - Once you’ve found a potential caravan, there are a few

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simple things you can do to help check that you are dealing with a legitimate seller. Remember, whilst caravans purchased from a dealer will be a little more expensive, you do benefit from a certain amount of extra legal protection should there be a problem with your purchase. When calling a private seller, ask about "the caravan". If they ask "which caravan" you may be dealing with a dealer that is trying to pretend otherwise, thus avoiding their legal obligations. Make sure you are able to visit the caravan at the sellers home (or business premises if they are a dealer). This should match the address shown on the caravan’s registration document. 5. Check it over - Always inspect the van thoroughly in daylight. If you are not mechanically minded, bring along someone that is. The main things to check are: Check for damp - One of the most important checks for a second hand caravan is for damp. Repairing damp in a van is usually expensive, and in some cases could cost more than the cost of the van. If you can smell damp inside the van, be particularly cautious. It is worth spending £15 on a damp meter from your local DIY store. Check corners, bed boxes and inside cupboards and lockers. Check the condition of the external sealing around the body and window frames by pressing close to the joint - poor sealing will soon lead to internal damp problems. Look for any external damage that might cause water ingress. Check that the floor of the van does not feel spongy underfoot. Check the doors and windows - Check the main door to ensure the lock and hinges are secure and everything moves freely. Check the main door has a watertight fit all the way around. Also check the fit of any windows and roof vents and look out for cracking or crazing in plastic windows, and internal condensation in double glazed units. Replacement of these parts are likely to be expensive on any van, and for older vans may be difficult to find. Check the chassis and running gear - It is important to check the condition of the chassis, the hitch and the suspension as repairs or replacement can be expensive. Check for corrosion on the chassis and look out for signs of new paint or underseal that might be hiding something underneath. Check the hitch mechanism moves freely and the rubber gaiter is not split. Check the jockey wheel winds up and down easily and rotates freely. Check all the steadies wind up and down freely. Check the handbrake is effective and ensure the mechanism moves freely. Look to see if grease nipples appear to have been neglected.

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Check the gas and electrics - Check the condition of the gas and electrical system. If in any doubt, have them checked out by a professional as faulty systems can be lethal. Look out for any signs of DIY work on these systems. 6. All the little things - Once you’ve bought your caravan, kitting it out with all the ‘essential’ accessories can do quite a bit of damage to your wallet. However, if a van already has these items included in the sale, it is well worth paying a little extra to save future expense. Look out for leisure batteries, battery chargers, gas bottles, electric hook-ups, hitch locks, TV equipment etc. Also, having an awning included that is the right size for your caravan is particularly valuable. 7. Check the history - Find out as much as you can about the history of the van. Ideally, there should be a formal service history in the form of receipts and invoices for work. An owner with the original handbook has probably looked after the van in other ways. Ask how much the caravan has been used recently, over what kind of distances, and watch for vans that have been standing for long periods. 8) Check the age - It can sometimes be difficult to get an accurate estimate of the age of your caravan. If it is a newer van you

should be able to get the age from an HPi check. However, if it’s an old van, all is not lost! Preloved is host to the UKs caravan oracle, Mark Lewis of Callender Caravans, who can usually be persuaded to tell you the age of your caravan. 9. Get an HPI check - Any caravan manufactured after 1992 will have its VIN registered on the Caravan Registration Identification Scheme (CRiS). This 17 digit VIN number (usually starting with an SG) is stamped on to the chassis and on later models etched into the windows. Preloved strongly recommends that you carry out an HPI check before parting with your money. This check will confirm the true identity of the van as well as report if it has outstanding finance, reported stolen, or has previously been recorded as an insurance write off. 10.Be a good buyer - Be a good buyer by turning up on time for your viewing, making a prompt decision (having done all the appropriate checks), and offering to take the caravan away promptly. If you need a loan, get it in place beforehand so you are ready to go. Offer the seller a guaranteed method of payment that both you and the seller are happy with. Being a good buyer that is able to move quickly is the best way of negotiating a good discount on the price of a caravan that is in otherwise perfect condition.


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New Beginnings at The Hollybush Inn The winter has passed and Spring is here with its gifts of early snowdrops and crocus. The woodland is starting to bloom, the river is calm and picturesque and the trees are in blossom. The Hollybush Inn is a quirky pub in a gorgeous setting. It is in easy reach of the Black Mountains, the Brecon Beacons and Hay-on-Wye, the famous 'Town of Books' We offer home-cooked, locally sourced food, real ales, local ciders as well as country wines. We have a large range of local soft drinks to tempt the taste buds and refresh the senses after a long day walking in the hills. We pride ourselves on a relaxed and friendly atmosphere Our semi-wooded campsite hosts caravan plots, tipis and excellent access to the River Wye. Hire a canoe or kayak for the day, then dine with us in the evening with some live music on the weekends. If you don‚t fancy the wild outdoors, book one of our newly renovated B&B rooms for that extra comfort and enjoy a breakfast of your choice and a read of the morning papers. B&B The Hollybush Inn offers comfortable rooms at affordable prices. We have 2 double

rooms and 2 family rooms with a double and a single bed, all with en-suite bathrooms, and 1 double room with a shared bathroom. All rooms have tea and coffee facilities, sky television and includes a tasty breakfast of your choice from 8.00am. Children under 5 are free. There is no smoking in the rooms. Dogs are allowed for at an extra £5, providing they have their own bedding. Outdoor Activities Whether you are looking for a quiet break away with the kids or a fun filled package for a group, we’ve got it all. We have organised activity days for stag and hen groups. business teams, birthday gatherings and those just looking for some quality time to spend with their family.

Camping and Tipi Hire Whether camping in the woods or along the field margin, there is plenty of space here and a site to suit everyone. We even have tipis for hire, which come come with coconut flooring and chimineas to keep you cosy on a chilly evening. We have hard standing and electric hookups for caravans as well as toilet and shower blocks. For more information, please visit out website: www.hollybushcamping.co.uk

We offer the following activities but we are always open to help facilitate and support your own ideas; ■ Bushcraft activities including wild camping skills ■ Gorge walking ■ Raft Building ■ Wildlife detective - exploring the river bed and surroundings ■ Kayak/canoe skills and safety ■ Quad biking ■ Horse Riding ■ Wild swimming - 3 miles guided swim

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Let’s Get Away

Welcome to Hay-on-Wye Hay-on-Wye lies on the Welsh side of the Welsh/English Border in the County of POWYS, Wales. Although as far as the Royal Mail is concerned, it is better, apparently, to use the County of Herefordshire, not to be confused with the county of Hertfordshire; a very popular mistake ! You will notice, after browsing our Hay site, that the majority of the postal addresses are either 'via Hereford' or 'Herefordshire'. It is purely for postal reasons! A brief history of Hay-on-Wye The small Marches town of Hay-on-Wye is the northernmost point of the Brecon Beacons National Park and stands on the southern side of the River Wye. Across the river to the north are the green hills of Radnorshire, to the south and west lies the glorious range of the Black Mountains, to the east is the Golden Valley, part of the cultivated farmlands Herefordshire. Hay is situated in some of the most varied and beautiful countryside the British Isles have to offer. In local terms, the town was known as 'The Hay', the name deriving from Norman origin, Hay or Haie, meaning a fenced or hedged enclosure. 'Y-Gelli', the Welsh form, means 'Grove'. In Norman times, for administration purposes, it was divided into English Hay and Welsh Hay. The town was English Hay and the south and west area of countryside, the Welsh Hay. In modern times Hay is known throughout the world as 'The Town of Books'. Anyone strolling around the town cannot fail to notice the gateway of the Norman castle which towers over the narrow streets lying beneath its walls. This castle replaces the earlier and much smaller castle built on an artificial mound close to Hay's parish church in St Mary's Road. This ancient mound can still be seen. The history of the town and the castle are inextricably bound together since William de Breos II, one of the most infamously treacherous of the Norman Marcher Lords, built the present castle c.1200. According to legend, the castle was rebuilt in one night by the wife of William de Breos, Maud de St Valery (also known as Moll Wallbee), carrying the stones in her apron. William and his wife had the misfortune to fall foul of King John who took vengeance by imprisoning Maud and her eldest son. It is reported that, in 1211, they were starved to death by being walled up alive, probably at Windsor, but possibly at Corfe. William fled to France where he died in poverty in Normandy in 1213. His body was taken to Paris and buried in the Abbey at St. Victor. The castle and town, during nearly eight hundred years, have suffered equally at the hands of Welsh patriots, English lords and reigning monarchs. In 1231 the castle was burnt down by Prince Llewelyn ap Ioweth and then rebuilt by Henry III c. 1233 before being restored to the de Breos family. Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester, reduced the castle in 1265 during the Barons uprising against the king. In 1322 the castle was captured by Edward II's forces and confiscated from the de Bohum family, then lords of the manor. In 1353 the town and castle were, once again, destroyed by fire during the rebellion of Owain Glyndwr and the castle was declared to be 'in a ruinous state'. Sometime between 1600 and 1650 the Jacobean mansion, set within the Norman walls, was built under the ownership of the Gwynn family of Trecastle but this too fell into disrepair. The 18th and 19th centuries saw a variety of tenants leasing the castle. During Victorian times it became the residence for the vicars of Hay and Francis Kilvert, curate of Clyro and Victorian diarist, was a frequent visitor there.

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In 1971 the castle became the property of Mr Richard Booth, bookseller, during which time the castle, once again, suffered from fire in 1977 (it had also happened in 1939). From Castle Square, in the centre of town, a clear view can be seen of the 13th/14th century doorway and the flight of steps where the jurors for the manorial courts were sworn in. The medieval town walls were erected in 1236 when a grant was received to fortify the town. There is little trace left of the walls, the three gates or the postern gate for foot passengers. Remains of the ancient wall can be seen when approaching the town on the B4350, Clifford road, occupying the ridge of high ground to the left of Newport Street. Newport, a corruption of Nyporth, meaning 'Water Gate', so called because of the position of the east gate leading down to the river. The walls appear to have continued westward along the high bank of the River Wye and then eastwards towards Castle Street and the Western Gate. It is probable that the third gate occupied a site near the Old Black Lion in Lion Street. Many of the buildings have been 'rendered', thus hiding their once exposed timber and plaster exteriors. There are known to have been at least thirty-four public houses in the town at one time. The Three Tuns, in Broad Street, is the oldest and since a recent fire and subsequent complete refurbishment continues. This 16th Century building still has its horse mounting block outside. The colonnaded Buttermarket was erected in 1833 on the site of the Old Market House. There was also a Cheese Market and a China Market, although the latter was just an open space, as well as the usual livestock markets. The Town Clock was erected in 1881 on the 'tump' at a cost of £600. The Tramway was the forerunner of the railway which ran from Brecon to Hay and on to Clifford and Kington. This Tramway was built in the 18th Century as a means of transporting coal more cheaply from the Abergavenny and Brecon Canal. The tram was limited to six carriages and entirely horse-drawn. Passengers were permitted, paying 6d (2.5p) for six miles. Two contractors supplied the horses, William Bridgewater, stationed at Glasbury and Benjamin Trusted at Eardisley. The horses were probably changed at Glasbury where the stables at Llywnaubach Lodge have now been incorporated into the hotel complex. An example of the iron wheel and part of the track can be seen in Hay Library.


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Countryside Walks and Wonders Three Castles Walk: This circular walk of about 18 miles, this walk takes in panoramic views not easily seen by road. The waymarked path links the three castles of Grosmont, Skenfrith and White Castle and passes through a varied landscape of hill, valley, wood and meadow. As well as three Norman castles, the walk offers peaceful countryside, quiet villages, wonderful views and ancient churches.

Grosmont Castle

Skenfirth Castle

White Castle

Monnow Valley Walk: in north-east Monmouthshire, South Wales is a 40-mile (65 km) route from Monmouth to Hay-on-Wye, which follows the River Monnow and the foot of the Black Mountains. The trail is linear running through the valley of the River Monnow, from Monmouth, near its confluence with the River Wye, to the headwaters below Hay Bluff. At this point, the walk links up with the Offa's Dyke Path National Trail, sharing the same route to the finishing point at Hay-on-Wye. Notable settlements on route include Monmouth, Skenfrith, Grosmont, Clodock and Hay-on-Wye.

Wernddu Campsite Abergavenny, South Wales Wernddu Campsite is situated 1 mile from Abergavenny Town Centre and has over 60 pitches, the majority of which are hard standing and have all their own individual electric hookup points, water supply and grey water waste. Tourers staying on our site can receive reduced rates on the golf course too! Wernddu Campsite is situated 1 mile from Abergavenny Town Centre and has over 60 pitches, the majority of which are hard standing and have all their own individual electric hookup points, water supply and grey water waste.

New for 2011 our facilities block which is free to use. This includes :■ Privacy cubicles which have inside toilet, shower and wash basin. ■ Male and Female vanity areas with mirrors, hair dryers and shaving points. ■ Undercover washing up areas. ■ Laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryers. ■ Male and Female disabled privacy cubicles.

Tourers staying on our site can receive reduced rates on the golf course too! New for 2009 our facilities block which is free to use. This includes :●

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Privacy cubicles which have inside toilet, shower and wash basin. Male and Female vanity areas with mirrors, hair dryers and shaving points. Undercover washing up areas. Laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryers. ( COIN METERED ) Male and Female disabled privacy cubicles.

Old Ross Rd, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. NP7 8NG. Tel: 01873 856223 Fax: 01873 852177 Email: info@wernddu-golf-club.co.uk Web: www.wernddu-golf-club.co.uk ●

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