WASHOUT WEATHER LEADS TO RUSH FOR WINTER BREAKS
By hrbrsd | Monday, September 17, 2012, 11:20
With just 100 days left until Christmas West coach operator Bakers Dolphin is reporting a surge of interest from Clevedon in breaks in December and through to the New Year from fed up holidaymakers following the worst summer weather in 100 years.
Strong interest in festive breaks is being reported from Bristol down to Cornwall by the Weston-super-Mare based operators with breaks at both home and abroad being taken up earlier than ever.
Bakers Dolphin Sales and Marketing Director Amanda Harrington said the surge in interest reflected widespread disappointment with the washout weather.
She said: "It seems people are now looking ahead to try and make up for the miserable summer which let so many families down this year.
"The Christmas market breaks are always popular in the run-up to Christmas as people combine a fun few days away with some last minute Christmas gift hunting. But we are also seeing a rise in interest in people wanting to stay away over Christmas and for New Year breaks.
"These festive trips aren't as dependent on the weather - and won't break the bank. We have brought out a special brochure so people can pick the break that suits them with hundreds of different breaks for all ages and interests ranging from week-long tours to weekends away."
Given the chronic shortage of sunshine in the UK this year a new tour to Calella in Spain has been introduced for families trying to track down some late season sun. With Barcelona and Montserrat included in the itinerary there are other sunshine options."
In response to the increasing popularity of Christmas markets Bakers Dolphin has added a clutch of city trips to this year's brochure including Ostend and Lille, Paris and Metz. There is also a Gold Coach tour to Rudesheim and Frankfurt guaranteeing holiday-makers travel in comfort and style.
And while established destinations in Germany and Belgium offer fantastic markets with all the Christmas trimmings, Bakers Dolphin have extended their list of destinations closer to home including Edinburgh and Glasgow, Castle Howard and Liverpool.
For people demanding a broader range of shopping outlets the firm is offering Christmas Shopper specials to London and Bluewater, with a new excursion to Nottingham and Oxford.
Themed breaks to Jersey and Dublin have also been introduced for the first time this year. Bakers Dolphin has also broadened the range of New Year destinations, with Holland and Bruges offered alongside carefully selected new UK breaks including Carmarthen, St Ives and the Malvern Hills.
Amanda concluded: "We have thoroughly revised our brochure to offer something for every age and every pocket this year. Although we can't do much about the jetstream which brought so much rain and misery across England this summer, we can help restore people's mood with a great value fun to some intriguing locations. "
All festive breaks including Christmas Markets, Turkey & Tinsel trips and New Year breaks can be found in the Bakers Dolphin Festive Breaks brochure. To request a copy or book a holiday call 01934 415000 or visit www.bakersdolphin.com