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Sixtyplusurfers Competition

Win Three Days of
The Condor on Dual
Format Blu-ray & DVD


Win Three Days of The Condor on Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD

Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Eureka Entertainment to offer three lucky readers the chance to win Three Days of The Condor on Dual Format Blu-ray and DVD.

Eureka Entertainment have released Three Days of the Condor, Sydney Pollack’s critically acclaimed suspense thriller on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK as part of a Dual Format edition. Starring Robert Redford, Three Days of the Condor is an intriguing and fast-moving tale of deceit and corruption, as well as one of Hollywood’s finest conspiracy thrillers of the 1970s.

The screenplay by Lorenzo Semple Jr. and David Rayfiel was adapted from the 1974 novel Six Days of the Condor by James Grady. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Film Editing. Semple and Rayfiel received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Motion Picture Screenplay.

Robert Redford stars as Joe Turner

In the film, Robert Redford stars as Joe Turner, a junior analyst in the C.I.A., scrutinising published texts from around the world for coded messages. But having discovered an unusual anomaly, he returns from lunch to find the aftermath of a fatal attack on his colleagues. Turner finds himself not knowing who he can trust and who is trying to kill him, with each error carrying fatal consequences.

Taught and engrossing, with considerable modern-day relevance, and fabulous supporting performances from Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, John Houseman and the great Max von Sydow, the Masters of Cinema Series presents its first ever home video release in the UK in a new special edition.

Special features include a new high-definition presentation, optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired, stereo and 5.1 soundtrack options, an exclusive new video interview with film historian Sheldon Hall plus “The Directors: Sydney Pollack” - A career-spanning appreciation of the director's works, the original theatrical trailer and a 32 page booklet featuring a new essay on the film by critic Michael Brooke, an extensive interview with Pollack, and archival images.

Review by Simon Fine

The film is full of tension and packed with unexpected twists and turns as Joe Turner attempts to uncover the truth while avoiding being the next victim.

Faye Dunaway

The acting by Robert Redford and his co-star Faye Dunaway is superb and realistic as their relationship develops in this exciting conspiracy story.

The quality of sound and picture are also excellent on this dual format release. I would highly recommend it if you enjoy action packed thrillers with plenty of drama and suspense.

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Three Days of The Condor
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 For Your Chance to Win

Tell us the name of Robert Redford's
Co-Star on Three
Days of The Condor
?

 a) Meryl Streep
 b) Cameron Diaz
 c) Faye Dunaway
 d) Gwyneth Paltrow

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  Pearl Mackie is the
    New Companion
     of Doctor Who


 Peter Capaldi with Pearl Mackie


BBC One have announced that Pearl Mackie will join the Doctor Who cast as The Doctor’s new companion.

On joining the cast in her first major television role, Pearl said, “I'm incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family. It's such an extraordinary British institution, I couldn't be prouder to call the TARDIS my home!

"Peter Capaldi is such a brilliant actor, and his Doctor is such a wacky and wonderful character, I can't wait to see what adventures are in store for him and Bill throughout time and space. Reading the script at the audition I thought Bill was wicked. Fantastically written, cool, strong, sharp, a little bit vulnerable with a bit of geekiness thrown in - I can't wait to bring her to life, and to see how she develops through the series.

"I always loved stage combat at drama school so I can't wait to get on set and kick some evil monsters into the next dimension!

"Shooting the trailer was absolutely mental, there were pyro technics and smoke and I met my first Dalek! I'm not sure it will ever become ‘the norm’ seeing crazy monsters on set, but I cannot wait to meet some more! The weirder the better, bring it on!”

Peter Capaldi said, “It is a genuine delight to welcome Pearl Mackie to Doctor Who. A fine, fine actress with a wonderful zest and charm, she’s a refreshing addition to the TARDIS and will bring a universe of exciting new possibilities to The Doctor’s adventures.”

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer adds, “A new face in the TARDIS, a new voyage about to begin: welcome aboard the amazing Pearl Mackie! This is where the story really starts.”

Charlotte Moore, Acting Director of Television said, “It's so exciting to be revealing the much anticipated new companion to the nation in such spectacular style. Pearl brings a wonderful energy and lights up the screen. She will captivate Doctor Who fans old and new across the globe.”

Brian Minchin, Executive Producer adds, "We're utterly thrilled to have the hugely talented Pearl join Doctor Who and I can't wait to begin her new adventures in time and space!"

After airing exclusively on BBC One, the Doctor Who trailer can now be seen on BBC iPlayer, and on BBC One and Doctor Who social media platforms. Doctor Who is a BBC Cymru Wales produced drama and will return later this year with a Christmas Special. The new series will start on BBC One in 2017.

For more news follow the official BBC Doctor Who website at www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho
 

   Can't Touch This

Zoe Ball and Ashley Banjo present Can't Touch This


          Watch it on BBC ONE 

Can’t Touch This is a huge, primetime game show with a simple premise - if you touch the prize, you win the prize! Catapulted into a giant obstacle course, 16 contestants have to battle their way through fiendish challenges while trying to touch prizes that are tantalizingly just out of reach.

But only one of them will win the chance to take home their prize haul. They could also be driving their prizes home in the car of their dreams, but first they have to take a giant, heart-stopping leap in order to touch it. Full of epic fails and big, big wins, it’s fun for the whole family.

Presenters are Zoe Ball and Ashley Banjo. Comedian and broadcaster. Sue Perkins will be commentating on all the action.

Zoe and Ashley talk about the show and what viewers can expect.

How do you think you would both do on the show?

Zoe: "I think I’d be lucky to make it out of the first foam pit. I think I’d be alright until it got to the travelator. Then if you get dunked it’s so impossible to run and I’m not a graceful runner anyway! I’d be really good at the stack em’ high thing."

Ashley: "I think Zoe would do much better than she says she would, and I would do a lot worse than people think I would. I mean that summarises it, because I’d like to think I’d do great but...I’d probably be really bad at it."

Zoe: "I really want to see him do it! I mean you automatically think you’d be really really good, but then when you see people that aren’t necessarily doing as brilliantly as they think they would, and it’s so funny! You’d never live it down."

Ashley: "I’d never ever live it down. Part of the reason I don’t want to do it!"

What would you say your favourite part of the obstacle course is?

Zoe: "The catapult. I love the catapult! It looks like so much fun. I quite like the chairs that dunk you down the slides."

Ashley: "I like the ropes, as a viewer, as a spectator. I mean if I were taking part they would be at the bottom of my list, but as a viewer, I think the ropes might be my favourite. They’re just so exciting, it’s all about survival on that one."

Why should viewers choose Can’t Touch This over other game shows?

Ashley: "Because of me and Zoe...ha, I’m joking!"

Zoe: "I think there are several elements. I think one is that anyone can have a go at it and you find unlikely heroes in it; people who don’t necessarily have to be fit to do really well at it. There is luck and chance and logic and jeopardy. But, also, there are such brilliant prizes like trips to New York!"

Ashley: "And even if you only watch for Sue Perkins commentary, which is incredible! She is so so funny..."

Zoe: "She is so funny. And she makes me laugh out loud but that is why she is a genius. A god like genius."

If you had to sum up the show in three words what would they be?

Ashley: "Epic. Crazy. Fun."

Zoe: "Ridonkulous. If that’s even a word! I mean it’s not a real word, but it is because it incorporates the fact that you’re asking people to do such ridiculous things, which are great fun and they all just leave laughing don’t they?"

What was it like working together?

Zoe: "It really was brilliant!"

Ashley: "It was great, it was really great fun."

Zoe: "Sometimes when you work with people you do wonder whether it is going to work or not, but I sort of feel like I know Ashley anyway after watching Britain’s Got Talent and the dance shows and seeing them all grow up. My kids were obviously really impressed that I was working with their hero. We had such a laugh! You can’t not have a laugh watching people being fired from a catapult, and fighting each other to win a smoothie maker! It’s so thrilling..."

Ashley: "It was really great working with you, it was a great laugh. I mean we had met before and it was absolutely great..."

Where had you met before?

Ashley: "On It Takes Two"

Zoe: "Even though I don’t remember anything about it..."

What was it like on set when the contestants arrived for filming?

Zoe: "They were really excited! They would walk in confident and then they realise how hard it is."

Ashley: "Yes but then they sit in that catapult chair and the mood changes."

Zoe: "Because no one’s ever been catapulted before, so you can’t imagine what’s going to happen to your body and you can feel the tension where the studio is so quiet. I love the crew’s reaction to watching people do it and you know it’s going to be a good fun show because you are willing everyone to do really well and you’re laughing a lot, with them and not at them."
 

Entertainment & Travel


Sixtyplusurfers Competition

Win a Year's Membership
to eHarmony

 
Win a year's membership to eHarmony

 

Trusted relationship site eHarmony.co.uk, known as the brains behind the butterflies, is offering TEN lucky readers the chance to win a 12 month membership! This means TEN of you will be one step closer to finding love.

With over 4 million members in the UK, there are plenty of chances to find companionship and love on
eHarmony.co.uk.

With over 35 years experience, eHarmony is different. It’s scientific Compatibility Matching System cleverly partners people based on their beliefs, values and personality traits using 29 specific measures of compatibility.

eHarmony cleverly partners people based on their beliefs, values and personality traits using 29 specific measures of compatibility

This means they focus on the things that really matter to you - like shared humour, intelligence, ideals and of course ambitions and dreams. This means better matches to choose from and ensures all your dates are the ‘can’t get you out of my mind’ kind.

As the relationship experts, eHarmony also make online dating easy, safe and secure too. Searching for love shouldn’t just be about the number of people you meet, like most things in life, it’s quality, not quantity that’s important.

eHarmony make online dating easy, safe and secure

That’s why their personalised service gets to know you first to find out what you’re looking for from a relationship. Then it’s simple, just sit back and relax, whilst they handpick your Daily Shortlist of matches, which is sent direct to your inbox, so no need to trawl through random profiles. Plus there’s no browsing allowed - which means only your matches get to view your profile, giving you complete privacy and a trusted safe experience.

It would be great if there was a definitive guide to dating, but until then eHarmony have the next best thing. Check out their
Dating Advice  site, which is packed full of useful tips and articles about every aspect of dating and relationships. Worried about what profile picture to us, or wondering when to contact your match? Ask eH’s friendly relationship experts  and get your dating dilemmas solved and get some dating inspiration whilst you’re there. Enjoy!



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 in the UK?


a) Over 2 million
b) Over 3 million
c) Over 4 million
d) Over 5 million

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Eurovision 2016
on the BBC

 
Joe and Jake will be singing ‘You’re Not Alone’ at the Eurovision song contest


Watch the final on BBC One
on 14th May 2016

 

The biggest music extravaganza on the planet returns this May as the Eurovision Song Contest, one of the longest-running and most-watched non-sporting events in the world, is broadcast live from Stockholm.

The Swedish capital will play host to the competition for the second time in history following Måns Zelmerlöw’s victory in Vienna last year when he won the 60th contest with his song Heroes.

This year marks the 61st edition of the competition, with a total of 42 countries competing in the contest, including two semi-finals that will be broadcast on BBC Four, and the grand final, which will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC Radio 2. A jury final will also take place on Friday 13th May, however this event is not televised.

As one of the 'Big Five' countries (United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, France, Italy), the United Kingdom does not have to qualify from the semi-final stage of the competition and will gain automatic access to the Saturday grand final. Sweden, as the incumbent champion, will also not need to qualify from the semi-final stage.

In order to find a song to represent the United Kingdom this year the BBC undertook its biggest song search ever, working with a number of partners and providing as many routes into the selection process as possible, whether amateur or professional.

Songs were sourced via a number of places - an open submission process, via the UK branch of the OGAE (Eurovision fan site) , the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and by working alongside music industry expert Hugh Goldsmith - former MD of RCA and founder of Innocent Records - who is acting as Music Consultant to the BBC. All of these routes resulted in a national televised final where six final shortlisted acts performed in front of a live audience in London.

Joe and Jake took to the stage alongside the five other hopefuls who were all battling it out for the honour of representing the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2016 in a live 90-minute musical extravaganza on BBC Four. Joe and Jake won the public vote and were therefore chosen to represent the United Kingdom as winners of Eurovision: You Decide.

The brand new music duo will head to Stockholm to perform their debut track ‘You’re Not Alone’, an anthemic pop song with a universal message on behalf of the United Kingdom this May. You're Not Alone was written by Schwartz, Justin J Benson and S Kanes.

Joe Woolford and Jake Shakeshaft met during the 2015 series of The Voice UK. Jake was part of team will.i.am but lost out at the Battle rounds, whereas Joe was a finalist for Rita Ora’s team. Jake, aged 20 from Stoke-on-Trent, can play guitar, while Joe, aged 21 from Ruthin, Wales, supported The Vamps on their 2015 tour.

Joe and Jake said, “I can’t even talk, it feels amazing. We just want to say this crowd is absolutely incredible. For everyone back home that has voted thank you so much. We are so proud we are going to represent the UK. Thank you. It’s going to be incredible. I hope we make you all proud. We’ve never been to Stockholm but there’s a first time for everything. We’re going to start working on the song so we can win.”

Hosted by Mel Giedroyc, Eurovision: You Decide was broadcast live on BBC Four from The O2 Forum Kentish Town on Friday 26th February, featuring performances by the six competing acts before the voting lines opened and the public chose the song and act that will represent the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2016 in Sweden.

Current Eurovision champion and Eurovision 2016 co-host Måns Zelmerlöw opened the 90-minute musical extravaganza, singing his winning song from last year’s contest, Heroes. Former United Kingdom Eurovision Song Contest entry Katrina also performed on the night with the winning song from the 1997 competition Love Shine A Light.

As well as the acts battling it out for the public’s votes, the jam-packed 90-minute live show featured a special look back at some of Sir Terry Wogan’s unforgettable Eurovision moments over the years.

Guy Freeman, Editor of Special Events and Head of Delegation for the UK said, “On behalf of the BBC, we’d like to thank all of the acts and song-writers who participated in the show tonight.

"These six artists are all winners for making it to our national final - but now we have one UK champion in Joe and Jake, and we are really looking forward to working with them as we look towards the contest in May.”

Joe and Jake talk about Eurovision

Joe and Jake talk are extremely proud and excited to be representing the United Kingdom in Stockholm this year. They talk about how they met and their feelings about Eurovision.

How did you get together as a duo?

Joe: "We first met when we both took part in series four of The Voice UK. We met backstage and got on really well, so kept in touch after that and decided that we wanted to form a duo, so it all started from there."

Jake: "We had a few options of what to do, and our management suggested trying out for Eurovision and we just went for it. We didn’t have to think twice."

What is your song, You're Not Alone, about?

Jake: "The song is an up-tempo anthem that is all about togetherness and love, and it really fits in well with this year’s Eurovision theme, which is Come Together."

Joe: "It’s energetic, it’s fun and it’s about friendship."

Are you a fan of the Eurovision Song Contest?

Joe: "It’s a great night for music and I loved last year’s show. After Måns won last year I went out and bought his album, so I am definitely a fan."

Jake: "We are both fans of the show and always have been. If we weren’t taking part we’d be at home back in the UK watching with our families. I’m a big fan of Loreen and, even though she won back in 2012, you still hear the song everywhere today and it still sounds fresh."

Since winning Eurovision: You Decide back in February you’ve been very busy promoting the song not just in the UK but abroad too. What has been the highlight of your Eurovision journey so far?

Joe: "It’s all been brilliant but my highlight so far was when we went on The Graham Norton Show. Being on a show with a line-up including Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant was just something else!"

Jake: "We’re both fans of that chat show and have watched it for years. To sit on the couch after performing and just have a laugh with people of that calibre was awesome. We announced on the show that we wanted people to send in their selfies to be part of our staging on the night of the final so we kicked things off by getting a selfie with Hugh Grant, Meryl Streep, Keeley Hawes and Graham Norton. Crazy!"

When you have been on your travels, have you met any of the other Eurovision contestants from other countries?

Joe: "We’ve met a lot of the contestants now and as well as seeing them off stage, it is great to see everyone perform. The thing about Eurovision is that you can easily forget it’s a competition, as everyone is so friendly."

Jake: "It’s true, everyone has been really cool and we’ve loved having the chance to meet everyone along the way.

"The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the biggest televised events on the planet. What has been the biggest surprise so far?"

Joe: "To see how committed and passionate the fans are is just incredible. They are so engaged with the competition and the show is their life."

Jake: "I think it’s fair to say that you don’t get fans like it anywhere else. They are brilliant, and definitely help make the show the success that it is."

How does competing in Eurovision differ from competing on The Voice?

Joe: "On The Voice you are representing yourself, but on this you are representing your entire country so there is so much more weight on your shoulders."

Jake: "On The Voice, you go through the motions of a TV talent show and record what you are told when you are told to do it. With this, you tour different places, visit fans, see different countries and get to see the world too. You get to experience different types of people and cultures and it really is amazing."

Joe: "The other great thing is that with this we have each other, so we are sharing the experience. We get on so well and have a great laugh and it’s great to have each other."

You’ve met many people along the way so far. What do you think is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Joe: "The best advice we have been given is to cherish every moment and enjoy the Eurovision experience. It’s amazing to think that it will go down in history that we have been part of the biggest music show on the planet."

Jake: "Emma Bunton told us to enjoy it and feed off the energy of the crowd. After the You Decide show, Katrina who won for the UK in 1997 told us that we are going to absolutely love it and that is what we intend to do."

Do you have any rituals before going on stage?

Joe: "We always pace together and try to channel any nervousness into adrenaline. I am also quite superstitious, but I am not revealing what my superstition is as that will jinx it!"

Jake: "We always try to make each other laugh before a performance as that helps to calm our nerves!"

Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important to you?

Joe: "We can’t overestimate what an honour it is to be representing the UK in the biggest musical contest ever. It’s like a dream come true. The impact of Eurovision is huge, far ranging and it touches so many fans around the world - to perform on that stage will be the highlight of our career."

Jake: "It blows our minds to know that millions of people will be tuning in. We can’t wait to get to Stockholm and experience the atmosphere for ourselves."

 Now listen to Joe and Jake
      sing You're Not Alone




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For more information visit the Eurovision 2016 website at  www.bbc.co.uk/eurovision   to listen to all 42 artists taking part.

You can also download a Eurovision sweepstake kit and live show scorecards too.
 

   Sixtyplusurfers Competition 

   Win The Ultimate
        Departure


Win the ultimate departure courtesy of No1 Lounges

    Courtesy of No1 Lounges


Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with No1 Lounges to offer one lucky reader and a guest the chance to win The Ultimate Departure worth £150 to help you take off in style.

This fabulous prize
includes security fast track at the airport*, No1 lounge entry plus a bottle of Champagne for the lucky winner and a travel companion. Once you’ve checked in you’ll be able to speed through security and settle in the lounge where you’ll receive a complimentary bottle of fizz.

Escape the airport’s hustle and bustle with the ultimate pre-flight package for two, courtesy of award-winning lounge provider No1 Lounges


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No1 Lounges provides a range of premium services which improve your pre-flight experience. These services can be used by anyone, regardless of airline or class of ticket, making pre-luxury with a hefty price tag a thing of the past.

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No1’s elegant lounges, located at Heathrow Terminal 3, Gatwick, Birmingham and Edinburgh, boast a range of seating areas, an elegant fully tended island bar serving soft and alcoholic drinks, a bistro serving locally-sourced seasonal dishes, family rooms and private meeting spaces, as well as unlimited Wi-Fi and a generous selection of quality newspapers and magazines that you can take on-board your flight.

No1’s elegant lounges, located at Heathrow Terminal 3, Gatwick, Birmingham and Edinburgh, boast a range of seating areas, an elegant fully tended island bar serving soft and alcoholic drinks, a bistro serving locally-sourced seasonal dishes, family rooms and private meeting spaces, as well as unlimited Wi-Fi and a generous selection of quality newspapers and magazines that you can take on-board your flight

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  Hotel Los Castaños
     Points Travellers
Inland to Secret Spain


Hotel Los Castaños


With a bumper year forecast for Spanish tourism, there has been no better time to escape the crowded beaches and head inland to an enchanting, undiscovered place in Spain. Hotel Los Castaños is a beautiful rural mountain retreat.

Venture beyond the Costa del Sol and discover Hotel Los Castaños, a boutique hotel in Cartajima, a pueblo blanco (a white mountain village) just 20 minutes from Ronda (Andalucía) but world's away in terms of experience.

Escaping British travellers will enjoy meeting locals and immersing themselves in Spanish culture. While the more adventurous can take a walk on the wild side over the rugged limestone of Cartajima.

Hotel Los Castaños

On the side of the hill admire the contrasting landscape with an abundance of sweet chestnut groves. Greeted by convivial hosts, Di and John on arrival, guests will automatically feel at home.

The communal areas are adorned with the homeliest of comforts: cushions, throws, books and big beds, making Hotel Los Castaños the perfect boutique hideaway to recharge away from it all.

All six guest bedrooms have small balconies, boasting panoramic views of the Spanish mountainside. In the cooler months, warm up by the fireplace with a book or take to the hotel's roof top to enjoy a spot of birdwatching or cup of tea in the winter sun. If that's not enough, treat yourself to a massage at the nearby Hamman 'Aquas de Ronda'.

Hotel Los Castaños

In the evening, indulge in a gourmet three course meal or dine tapas style with sharing plates. Everything is prepared by your hosts Di and John who take their inspiration from Western Mediterranean cuisine influenced by Spanish and Moroccan flavours. Local sustainable produce is used throughout.

Rooms start from £100 per room per night, based on two people sharing, with breakfast included. The nearest airports are Málaga and Gibraltar.

For details click on www.loscastanos.com

 

  Enjoy the Eurovision
    City of Stockholm
   with Taber Holidays


Enjoy the Eurovision city of Stockholm with Taber Holidays


With Sweden's capital, Stockholm, firmly under the Eurovision spotlight in May, what better time than now to plan a summer getaway to this beautiful city? Scandinavia specialists, Taber Holidays offer a four-night break to Stockholm and the archipelago from just £870 per person.

Playing host to this year's contest on May 14th, Stockholm's appeal will be immediately obvious as it is beamed to TV audiences across Europe. This spellbinding city is beautifully situated over 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges. Sweden's capital is full of charm and atmosphere with a lovely mix of old and new.

Recommended is a stroll around the cobbled streets of the old town, Gamla Stan, steeped in historical heritage with relics dating back to as early as the 13th century. With its elegant palaces, churches and antique shops, this area is in stark contrast to new Stockholm, which offers larger department stores, shopping malls and boutiques as well as a bustling nightlife.

Eurovision fans can play homage to ABBA, arguably the greatest ever contest winners, with a visit to the ABBA museum situated in the middle of Stockholm. Perform on stage with holograms of the band, record yourself singing along in the little mini-studio, have your photo taken with them sitting on a bench or simply marvel at their most famous costumes. The museum guides you through a history of the band's career and you'll be dancing all the way!

After two free days exploring the city, Taber has included a full day trip to the island of Sandhamn in the archipelago, one of an incredible 24,000! The island has a pretty village centre with narrow alleyways and winding streets. It was also featured in the Stieg Larsson Millennium Series as the island refuge of his character, Mikael Blomkvist.

Prices lead in at £870 per person and include flights from London Heathrow, accommodation with breakfast, the full day excursion to Sandhamn and a 72-hour Stockholm Pass giving users discounted and free entry to many of the city's best loved attractions. Based on two sharing.

For more information call Taber Holidays click on www.taberhols.co.uk

 

   Fishmore Hall in
  Rural Shropshire


Fishmore Hall in Shropshire
 

Fishmore Hall is a former Georgian mansion, transformed into a contemporary boutique hotel and situated in one of the most quintessentially British market towns, Ludlow in Shropshire. Fishmore Hall serves as the perfect base for an active walking holiday as it boasts uninterrupted views towards the rural Shropshire landscape and the Clee Hill in the distance, with access to walking routes from their doorstep.

According to ABTA's 2016 Travel Trends report, there has been an increase in UK holiday-makers from all generations seeking active holidays. The rolling Shropshire Hills are the perfect location for walkers wishing to explore the hills, valleys and forests of The Marches. A designated area of outstanding natural beauty, there are a variety of trails for all levels of walker to discover.

A bedroom in Fishmore Hall

For those wishing to give their four legged friends a breath of fresh air this summer, Fishmore Hall is proud to be dog friendly and, for just £30, dogs are welcome to retire back to the hotel alongside ramblers for a well deserved rest.

There are plenty of things to do in Ludlow whilst visiting Fishmore Hall for your active break. Just a short 10 minute stroll from the hotel is the vibrant market town of Ludlow, which is home to a host of independent delis, arts and crafts stores, and an award-winning market. Walk by the picturesque River Teme, or visit the impressive ruins of Ludlow Castle.

Andrew Birch, Welsh Chef of the Year 2004

Named as The Telegraph's 'top foodie hotspot in Britain', and frequently cited as the 'gastronomic capital of the Midlands', Ludlow plays host to a selection of fine restaurants, including Forelles, Fishmore Hall's 3AA Rosette restaurant. Each September, this foodie destination hosts the highly acclaimed Ludlow Food Festival, where Forelles' head chef Andrew Birch will be demonstrating his culinary excellence.

Andrew joined the team at Fishmore Hall in late 2014 and has since crafted delicious tasting menus, cementing Forelles as a stand out spot on Ludlow's foodie map

Welsh Chef of the Year 2004, Andrew Birch is fast making a name for himself in the world of gastronomy.

Andrew joined the team at Fishmore Hall in late 2014 and has since crafted delicious tasting menus, cementing Forelles as a stand out spot on Ludlow's foodie map.

To book a room, visit the Fishmore Hall website at www.fishmorehall.com

Or call 01584 875148.