Travel and Holidays

Burns Night Celebrations

Burns Night Dine & Stay at Hever Castle

Celebrate Burns Night with a stay at Hever Castle & Gardens on Friday 25th January 2019.

This spectacular event will combine an overnight stay in five star luxury accommodation with a tribute to the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns.

Providing a picturesque location, Hever Castle is a fitting place to enjoy all the formal pomp and ceremony one would expect at a traditional Burns Night supper.

A warming welcome drink will be offered upon arrival; chose from a Hot Toddie or a glass of Prosecco.

A piper will entertain and lead guests to dinner in the Castle which will be a fabulous four course traditional Burns Night supper menu.

Dinner will be followed by an informal knees-up to a Ceilidh band going into the wee small hours of the morning.

In the morning a delicious breakfast will be served, followed by a private guided tour of Hever Castle.

To book or for any further information please email events@hevercastle.co.uk or call 01732 861750.

Please note, full payment is requested at the time of booking. Bookings are non-refundable due to the popularity of such events and the limited number of bedrooms available.

Should you wish to order any pre-ordered wines to be served with dinner, payment will also be requested in advance.

For more information about Hever Castle click on www.hevercastle.co.uk

Green Cruise Line

Hurtigruten to Power Ships with Dead Fish 

Hurtigruten cruise line is making a green upgrade and will power their ships with liquified biogas (LBG), fossil-free, renewable fuel produced from dead fish and other organic waste.

Cutaways from fisheries and other organic waste will soon be used to power Hurtigruten’s fleet of green cruise ships. With a growing fleet of 17 ships, Hurtigruten is the world’s largest expedition cruise line. The company has invested heavily in green technology and such as battery solutions, and is considered the world’s greenest cruise company.

Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam. Photo, Rune Kongsro/Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam says, “What other see as a problem, we see as a resource and a solution. By introducing biogas as fuel for cruise ships, Hurtigruten will be the first cruise company to power ships with fossile-free fuel, Renewable biogas is a clean source of energy, considered the most eco-friendly fuel currently available.

“Biogas is already used as fuel in small parts of the transport sector, especially in buses. Northern Europe and Norway, which has large fishery and forestry sectors that produces a steady volume of organic waste, has a unique opportunity to become world leader in biogas production.

“By 2021, Hurtigruten plans to operate at least 6 of its ships on a combination of biogas, LNG and large battery packs.

“While competitors are running on cheap, polluting heavy fuel oil, our ships will literally be powered by nature. Biogas is the greenest fuel in shipping, and will be a huge advantage for the environment. We would love other cruise companies to follow.”

After celebrating the 125-year anniversary by being the first cruise line to ban single-use plastic, 2019 will mark two green milestones for Hurtigruten:

Introduction of the world’s first battery-hybrid powered cruise ship, MS Roald Amundsen, custom built for sustainable operations in some of the world’s most pristine waters such as Antarctica.

The start of a large-scale green upgrade project, replacing traditional diesel propulsion with battery packs and gas engines on several Hurtigruten ships.

In addition to liquified natural gas (LNG), these ships will also be the first cruise ships in the world to run on liquified biogas (LBG).

Hurtigruten’s decision to use biogas/LBG from organic waste is the kind of operational solutions we aim for. The waste is refined into fossil free energy. This solution also eliminates the emissions of sulphur, NOx and particles.

Frederic Hauge, founder and general manager of the NGO Bellona Foundation says, “There are more than 300 cruise ships in the world, many of them running on cheap, polluting heavy fuel oil (HFO). The daily emissions from one single mega cruise ship can according to NGOs be equivalent to one million cars.

“Hurtigruten has become a symbol of how to put responsibility into action. They have taken several important steps to improve their climate and environmental performance. Now they introduce the use of renewables in the cruise industry and that gives us hope for a change of pace in finding sustainable solutions.”

For more information about Hurtigruten cruises visit www.hurtigruten.co.uk 

Brudenell Hotel Offer

Book a Winter Waves Dinner B&B Break and Win a Free Stay at the Brudenell Hotel

Book a Winter Waves dinner, B&B break and win your stay for free at the Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh from £160 per night until end March 2019  

Book a cosy Winter Waves seaside dinner, bed and breakfast stay between 16th January and 31st March at the Brudenell Hotel in Aldeburgh, Suffolk from £160 per room per night and you have a chance of winning your stay for free.

Just a few steps from the wide shingle beach with spectacular sea views, the hotel will be offering one free night’s dinner, B&B stay each week to one guest.

Based on two sharing an Aldeburgh facing room, the one-night Winter Waves package includes dinner in the AA two rosette Seafood & Grill restaurant, where the menu focuses on locally sourced produce (£32.50 allowance per person) and a full Suffolk breakfast.

The winner of the stay will be picked each week on a Sunday evening and contacted on the Monday to organise their refund.

Now the summer crowds have departed you can enjoy a peaceful beach walk to nearby Thorpeness or follow the Sailors’ Path to Snape Maltings for some retail therapy. For nature lovers, entry into the visitor centre and shop at RSPB Minsmere is free to all, while RSPB members can also walk through the reserve for free; it’s around 20 minutes’ drive from the hotel.

To book call the Brudenell on 01728 452071 quoting Winter Waves or visit www.brudenellhotel.co.uk  

Sea-view rooms are available at a supplement, Saturday nights maybe subject to a two night minimum stay and dogs are welcome (extra). Offer excludes Valentine’s 14th -16th February.

New Hotel in County Durham

Come and ‘Sty’ in
the North’s Most ‘Pigturesque’ Hotel

Visitors heading snout and about in County Durham can now hog the bed in the most luxurious pigsty in the world.

The newly opened Impeccable Pig, at Sedgefield, has converted an old coach house within its grounds into 10 luxurious bedrooms across two floors – and the most spectacular of them all is The Pigsty.

Not only does it boast a seven-foot bed, with Egyptian bedlinen and an ornate panelled headboard, but it also features a large, round freestanding copper and tin bath and walk-in drench rainforest shower.

Its own, private garden, festooned with a canopy of lights, has a four-seater hot tub and an outside sauna and those who fancy a barbecue can even hire their very own chef to do the cooking for them.

Continuing the porcine theme, other rooms include the timber panelled The Whole Hog, Oinkers – with trumpet wall lights and map imagery from floor to ceiling – and Globe Trotter, whose bed is adorned with Moroccan brick walls and deep blue tiles.

French-themed Le Cochon D’or features hanging foliage with blossom and gold tiles, while Three Little Pigs gives a nod to the storybook characters through the use of bricks, sticks and straw.

And, like all the other rooms, Babe, Pigs Might Fly, and Piggly Wiggly feature free standing baths, made from copper, nickel or tin, with The Dirty Pig also boasting a fur lined wall and gold tiling.

Each room includes Egyptian cotton bedlinen, Duck Island toiletries, an Illy coffee maker, Taylors tea, a minibar and an emergency recovery pack for those who may have stayed late in the bar.    

The Impeccable Pig is the latest addition to the Ramside Estates portfolio and comes after the company purchased the Grade II listed building, formerly known as the Hope Inn.

With chef Chris Finnigan at the helm, it offers an extensive bistro-style menu and also has a mezzanine level private dining room, which can be hired exclusively for up to 18 guests.

Pierre Bertolotti, General Manager at The Impeccable Pig says, “Our aim in creating The Impeccable Pig was to make it fun, with such great food and drink, that no-one wanted to leave. And now our fantastic new rooms are finished, they don’t have to.

“In designing and furnishing them we have tried to anticipate every single thing the guest may want or need – from superb quality bedlinen and state-of-the-art facilities to inspired, elegant and creative décor.

“We are delighted with the results and can’t wait to welcome our first guests.”

For more information or to book, visit www.impeccablepig.co.uk

Sixtyplusurfers Competition

Silver Travel
January Prize Draw

At Silver Travel Advisor you can find a wealth of information, impartial reviews written by people like you, as well as suggestions, ideas and destination reports about travel for the over 50’s.

If you have any questions, a team of experienced Advisors who are retired travel professionals are ready to assist at no charge. And you can share your own experiences too by writing reviews. 

You can read about the latest special offers and holiday discounts too. 

January Prize Draw

Win Accommodation for up
to Four People at Eurocamp

This month’s smashing holiday prize is accommodation for up to four people with Eurocamp at one of their excellent holiday parcs throughout Europe!  You could be staying on the coast in Spain or at a country site in France, perfect for hiking, cycling, golf or tennis and exploring.

With parcs close to Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Barcelona and Lisbon, you’ll be able to discover the wonders of these cities too. There are opportunities to join in food and drink festivals as well – try the Cavatast, the Cava and gastronomy fair in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia or Les Epicuriales in France. 

With many theme parks close to the sites, your grandchildren could be delighting in Duinrell in Holland, which offers delights for all the family or Europa Park in Germany, for example.

In Eurocamp’s parcs in France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Germany, Portugal and Croatia, you’ll have plenty to do – with restaurants, bars and entertainment by night, and swimming pools and sports by day.  You might even like to pamper yourselves in a spa, the Le Château des Marais site has its own hammam!  And you can even take the family dog along at lots of parcs.

Your accommodation will be in Tents, Classic, Esprit or Vista holiday homes, all well-equipped, giving you the freedom to while away your time just as you please.    

The lucky winner of this prize and their companions will be spoilt for choice with Eurocamp 

Take a look at what our winners won throughout 2018. You could join the list!

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See www.silvertraveladvisor.com for more details as well as terms & conditions and the growing list of holiday prize winners. 

Princess Cruise News

Princess Medallion All Set for the Next Ship

Princess Cruises has announced it is preparing the 3,560 guest Regal Princess as the second ship fully-activated with the Princess Medallion. All Regal Princess’ guests will have full access from February 17, 2019, during the ship’s current Caribbean season.

The Medallion is the same size as a 10p piece, is fully-automated and has no visible technology such as an on-off switch or charging function. Its features include:

* A streamlined ship embarkation and disembarkation process, giving quicker and easier entry and exit

* Keyless stateroom access

* Enhanced interaction with crew members and other guests, e.g. staff can see guest’s individual food and beverage preferences and accordingly offer a more personalised service

* OceanCompass, which provides interactive directions throughout the ship and allows guests to easily locate friends, family and children

* Access for guests to a real-time look at their itinerary via portals throughout the ship, along with events and activities taking place during their cruise

* Interactive games that can be played on portals across the vessel including trivia challenges and a ship-wide digital scavenger hunt

* A selection of casino games including poker, bingo and roulette available via guests’ smart devices and select portals

The 3,140-guest Caribbean Princess was the first ship to have full Medallion access. It is based in the Caribbean all year round.

Tony Roberts, vice president Princess Cruises UK and Europe says, “We’ve received excellent feedback from guests and crew members who have experienced the Medallion on Caribbean Princess as we continue on our path to fleet-wide activation.

“The more personalised service we are now able to provide is benefiting guests from the moment they step foot onboard. The Medallion enhances so much of what we offer, from speedy embarkation, to staying in touch with friends and family, to finding your way across the ship, to ordering drinks.”

The Medallion was first unveiled by Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald in 2017. It will continue to roll out as part of a phased fleet-wide activation plan with further announcements to be made in due course.

An eleven-day Scandinavia & Russia roundtrip cruise on Regal Princess sets sail from Copenhagen on May 10, 2019. Currently includes free flights and transfers. Ports of call comprise St Petersburg, Berlin (Warnemunde), Stockholm (Nynashamn), Oslo, Helsinki and Tallinn. Prices from £1,499 per person.

To book visit www.princess.com

Call 0344 338 8663 or contact your local travel agent.  

Year-long Sunshine in Cyprus

Why Cyprus is the Perfect Destination
for Mature Travellers

There are no age limits when it comes to travel and many will have more budget to travel now than they did thirty years ago, and with the luxury of free time, a well-deserved break could be the perfect escape.

Cyprus, with its favourable year-long sunshine, proximity to the UK, abundance of outdoor pursuits, and array of accessible beaches, is a must visit for the mature middle-aged traveller. Here the Cyprus Tourism Organisation shares its top reasons why.

Museums, Monuments and Galleries

A small island with a long history, Cyprus has a rich culture that spans 10,000 years, making it one of the oldest civilisations in the Mediterranean – as evidenced by the many captivating cultural sights, museums, monuments and galleries.

For those looking to delve into the destinations’ past, Cyprus offers several themed exploration routes on the island. From discovering its ancient past on an antiquity tour, or taking the Byzantine route to gaze at epic churches.

Outdoor pursuits

With serene coasts, rolling mountain and rugged headlands, Cyprus is blessed with the beauty of nature’s best palette. From the warm shores of the mainland to the unspoiled and cool oasis of the Troodos mountain range, nature lovers, artists, photographers and explorers will all delight in discovering waterfalls, coves, woodland and winding trails for all abilities.

Beaches of the highest quality

The beaches in Cyprus are widely reachable to tourists with special access needs, with 27 fully accessible and 21 partially accessible. The island also boasts the cleanest bathing waters in Europe and now has 64 Blue Flag beaches (widely considered the top accolade when it comes to beach quality). In fact, TripAdvisor name Cyprus’ Fig Tree Bay beach as number 13 its round up of the best beaches in the world for 2018.

Golf all-year round

The allure of teeing off amidst stunning natural surroundings, along with the opportunity to enjoy golf all-year-round in a favourable Mediterranean climate are just two of the factors that are travellers head to Cyprus for the sport.  

Located in some of the island’s most picturesque parts, the courses are integrated into the magnificent natural landscape of dramatic ravines, cliffs and sea vistas. For golfing in Paphos visit Secret Valley, Aphrodite hills Golf – PGA National or Eléa Estate, and for those deep in the mountains, try Minthis Golf Club.

Hearty food

As you’ve come to enjoy the finer things in life, like ending the day with a sit-down meal, a bottle of local wine and good company, then Cypriot life (and cuisine!) is for you. Cypriot Mezes are the best way to sample the very best of local produce, with varied and authentic style dishes of Halloumi, Ofto Kleftiko (oven-baked lamb and potatoes), Pastourma (spicy sausages), and much more.

The ‘Mediterranean diet’ is also considered to be exceptionally healthy thanks to its abundance of heart-healthy olive oil, pulses, lean meat, local herbs and freshly grown fruits and vegetables.

Wellness escapes

Sometimes all you need is some R&R and Cyprus definitely caters to this with its wealth of luxury spa resorts and rural retreats.

Many Cypriot spas intertwine health with comfort, offering pampering, holistic therapies, beauty treatments and a general sense of wellbeing to visitors. Many work on the ethos of escaping the day to day and focusing solely on yourself without any distractions. 

For more information, go to www.visitcyprus.com

What's on in Denmark

Hot Happenings in Denmark in 2019

 2019 will see a host of hot new attractions set to open across Denmark with high flying Copenhill and Camp Adventure taking guests to new heights. It’s the last chance to see Rubjerg Knude lighthouse before it’s relocated and in Copenhagen there’s a choice of exciting new dining options plus the opening of the new Cityringen Metro in Copenhagen.

National pride in Danish heritage is also likely to peak in 2019 as the country celebrates 800 years of its national flag, the Dannebrog. So take advantage of Ryanair’s new regional flights from Liverpool, Edinburgh and Southend to Copenhagen and new thrice weekly flights from Manchester to Aarhus with SAS to get active in Denmark in 2019. Here’s the highlights:

Culture and attractions

As the oldest known national flag in the world, the Dannebrog (meaning the Danish banner) is a source of great national pride, which legend has it, fell from the sky on 15th June 1219 in a battle with the Estonians. Danish history will also be more accessible to visitors when the new Museum of Copenhagen opens its doors in spring 2019.

Moving to its new location on Stormgade 18, the museum will be a source of information on the city’s past, present and future and a reference point of its archaeology enabling city planners to make best use of the space within the city. A series of modern art installations can be experienced at Copenhagen Contemporary Exhibition Centre, the city’s new art centre in the old industrial harbour of Refshaleøen. Showing creations by world renowned contemporary artists, the exhibition space is at the epicentre of Copenhagen’s new creative hub.

Meanwhile on the harbour of Copenhagen at Knippelsbro the Kulturtårnet (The Culture Tower) is an old copper bridge tower which has been restored to offer a quirky new cultural venue for art, music, podcasts, talks and gastronomy with unique views across the city.

For another tower experience, see the iconic Rubjerg Knude lighthouse, on the North Jutland coast, before time finally runs out and the historic lighthouse is moved to a new location. The lighthouse was first built in 1900, at which point it was more than 200m inland and there were no large dunes around it.

However, over time the sea has moved closer and the wind has blown large amounts of sand up from the cliff. By 1968 the sand was so high it was sometimes impossible to see the lighthouse from the sea, and the light was switched off. Since then, the lighthouse has been under attack from coastal erosion, and in danger of falling into the sea.

Getting around Copenhagen will be a whole lot quicker and easier in 2019 when the new cityringen Metro opens in July. Constructed in conjunction with the existing Copenhagen metro network the 15.5km underground loop under downtown Copenhagen’s ‘bridge quarters’ and Frederiksberg will have 17 underground stations. Linking the Nørrebro and Vesterbro areas with the city centre, it will make all the great restaurants, bars and shops more easily available for visitors and the airport accessible from the centre in as little as 20 minutes.

A new attraction for visitors to Copenhagen in 2019 is set to be the opening of CopenHill, the new artificial ski slope and recreational running and hiking trail built on top of Copenhagen’s new Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant. Designed by Danish architect, Bjarke Ingels the building stands some 85-metres high, and on the roof top café at the top of the ski slope there will be a platform with incredible views of the Danish capital. Ski equipment will be available to hire, and there will also be green walking and running trails where visitors can wander and explore.

For those with a real head for heights on one side of the building there will be an 85-metre high climbing wall, the tallest in the world. At 10 m wide it will have grips and different obstacles on the way up and will be designed to look like a mountain wall with different outhangs and routes to be found on the way. Aimed at experienced climbers with the right certification the routes up the wall will be rated by difficulty, where climbing becomes harder the higher you go.

For an alternative climb visitors to Camp Adventure resort in Haslev, about one hour south of Copenhagen, can scale the centrepiece of the project, a 45-metre-tall hourglass-shaped tower, for a birds-eye view of the forest of Gisselfeld Monastery. Guests will be able to ascend from the forest floor up the 600-metre-long internal spiral ramp, to take in spectacular views from the observation tower in the treetops and find an amazing 360-degree view over the surrounding countryside.

Furthermore, the walkway will include diverse design features – including looping pathways, an aviary, seating and bridges, resulting in a striking experience.

Food news

Combining a museum with a micro-brewery Ny Malt in Ebeltoft, on the East Jutland coast is transforming the old red chalked malt factory into a centre for culture, the arts, gastronomy and creative industries. The new meeting place will open in 2019 and throughout the year it will house the Museum Østjylland (Museum East Jutland) and the Ebeltoft Yard brewery, which will produce malt and brew beer.

The big news on the restaurant scene in Copenhagen will be the opening of several new and exciting restaurants in the Refshaleøen area of the city.

Firstly, in January 2019, Matt Orlando, the former head chef at Noma and the creator of Amass will open Broaden & Build. The organic brewery and casual eatery will explore a creative collaboration between a chef and a brewer, where flavour and sustainability are the driving force. It will be located in the house of the former Royal Theatre’s scenery storage unit and will share the space with the new breweries – Emipirical Spirits distillery.

Next to Broaden & Build and also eagerly anticipated is the re-opening in Refshaleøen of Rasmus Munk’s extraordinary Alchemist restaurant a year after closing the original restaurant. In this new and larger space Munk will be able to realise much of the vision he originally dreamed of in stimulating all the senses to create a complete sensory dining experience.

Taking gastronomy into a whole new sphere he’s created a new style of cuisine which he’s called ‘Holistic Cuisine’. Inspiration for the concept came following a trip to Japan, where he realised what skilful sourcing of quality ingredients truly means and the other stimulus has been his introduction to the art world.

This will manifest in a number of ways from two ‘sensory experience rooms’, featuring artists, actors, and other creatives with installations changing two-three times a year, to an art installation inspired by Danish-Icelandic Artist Olafur Eliasson’s art piece Multiple Shadow House. In this piece diners will see the glass wall between the service kitchen and the dining room covered by a film that creates a living shadow art piece when the chefs move around in the kitchen. To ensure coherent creative storytelling from the beginning to the end, Rasmus Munk has invited the playwriter, Louise Rahr to overlook the experience.

Meanwhile, the trend for street food courts continues to gather pace with the expansion of Copenhagen Street Food from its original location on the Paper Island (Papirøen) to a new site also in Refshaleøen called Copenhagen Street Food Reffen. Whilst Boltens Food Court will be the opening in 2019 in a renovated building near Kongens Nytorv in the centre of Copenhagen. With 19 international restaurants, including two Vegan offerings and five bars, including a Carlsberg Brooklyn Bar, it will cover three floors of the old timbered building.

For those eagerly awaiting the new Nordic Michelin Guide it has now been revealed that the launch will be taking place on Monday 18 February in Aarhus.

Getting there

Three new Ryanair flights add to the choice of airlines serving Denmark in 2019. Twice weekly flights from Edinburgh to Billund, Liverpool to Copenhagen and Southend to Copenhagen are starting in April 2019. Price from £25.99 per person one way.

SAS has also announced the launch of its thrice weekly flight from Manchester and Aarhus. Starting in April the flights will operate Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Price from £60 per person one way.

EasyJet has commenced twice weekly flights from Gatwick to Aarhus. Price from is £35.20 per person one way.

For further information see www.visitdenmark.co.uk

New Forest Break

Bed and Forget Brexit Plus Duty Free Drinks During Your Stay!

There’s no gloom at this Inn as The Bell Inn starts the New Year with a fantastic Bed and Forget Brexit Offer, just £89 per room PLUS Duty Free Drinks between arrival and departure.

Check-In to this beautiful 18th Century Coaching Inn nestled in the heart of the New Forest and you will receive a Duty Free Drinks Card which can be used for the duration of your stay!  In the New Year we often need a pick me up so why not book a refreshing midweek break. 

As the crisp winter sun hits the forest this is often the best time to enjoy the breath-taking scenery of this magical part of the country.  Enjoy a woodland walk, a blustery coastal jaunt, explore quaint local shops and markets before retiring to the Inn to relax by a roaring log fire. 

Renowned for its award-winning cuisine the team of talented Chefs puts together a regularly changing mouth-watering menu full of forest flavour, the bar is vibrant and you know its good when the locals flock in! (we do recommend booking to dine) All made even more homelier by man’s best friend trying to secure a place by the fire!

And if that not enough, indulge in one of life’s simple pleasures and play a round of golf on either of the two 18-hole golf courses. This break really does strike the perfect R & R balance, and with your Duty Free Dinks Card it’s too good to miss!

The package Includes one night’s accommodation, duty free drinks card on check-in, present when purchasing drinks during your stay, complimentary Wi-Fi, and full New Forest Breakfast 

To book The Bell Inn’s Bed and Forget Brexit Break, call 02380 812214

Email bell@bramhsaw.co.uk or visit www.bellinn-newforest.co.uk

Prices are £89.00 per room per night, based on two people sharing a Snug Room. Subject to availability, Monday – Thursday from 2nd – 29th January 2019, Duty Free Drinks Card to be used only during your stay. Terms and conditions apply.

About The Bell Inn

The Bell Inn is an 18th century coaching Inn nestled in the heart of the New Forest oozing rustic charm and characterful interiors. Its oak and flag stoned floors show off its traditional history and cosy country style, while the heart of the Inn is its double-sided fireplace where locals meet to sample the best of the New Forest.

Guests are encouraged to soak up the surroundings and sink into sofas whilst sampling one of our fine local ales with man’s best friend curled up at your feet. The bar and restaurant serve locally sourced food from nature’s larger, right on our door step. The 28 elegant and individually themed rooms, blend original features with contemporary touches. 

Visit www.bellinn-newforest.co.uk  

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