Arena Travel Blog

  • New England with Mandy - 2 days in Lowell

    DAYS 3 & 4 - LOWELL

    We say goodbye to Boston, which we all loved, and head to Lowell to visit the New England Quilt Museum. Fancy a coffee stop and a quilt shop on route? Yes please we all shout, and so Quilters Common at Wakefield it was to be. Continue reading
  • New England with Mandy - First few days in Boston

    DAYS 1 & 2 - BOSTON

    Untitled-11 O ur journey over the pond to Boston was efficient and pleasant- a good film, a bit of stitching and in no time we were settled in at our hotel. Boston did not fail to delight everyone, the historic district, downtown and Boston common were all within walking distance ready for discovering. Our bus tour and guide (who had a lovely Irish lilt) were brilliant. We stopped by the statue of Wendell Phillips, champion of the slave, and then to the Harriet Tubman square. I found revisiting this statue very emotional, I have been telling Harriet's story in the form of a quilt for over ten years so it's very dear to my heart. We happened upon the caretaker of this square and he filled us in on the statue and area which was an added bonus! Continue reading
  • IMPORTANT NOTICE- Ryan Air Flights & Bridge Holidays

    We would like to reassure our customers who are due to travel with Ryan Air between now and the end of March 2018, that our bridge holidays have not been affected by their recent flight cancellations. We have received a list of all the flight routings that have been cancelled for the whole duration, and the only one that could impact on any of our bridge holidays is the cancellation of their flight from Newcastle to Faro.

  • Bucket List – Top Destinations For Traditional Textiles



    hilst on holiday we're always up for some textile shopping. But we're not talking tacky t-shirts and souvenirs. Although it may be tricky to see past the tourist merchandise whilst on holiday, there are some hidden gems if you know where to look. A holiday abroad can actually be an ideal opportunity to pick up some authentic, traditional textiles if you know where to look! We've rounded up the Top 10 destinations to get your hands on some traditional textiles & explore how they're made.

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  • News from Bridge in Slovenia with Tom Townsend


    The impressive Grand Hotel, Portoroz (Port of Roses) boasts a fabulous position overlooking the Bay of Trieste. As a Lifeclass hotel it offers a variety of spa and wellness facilities with a choice of thermal and sea water pools. These were popular with many of the guests as the weather was too unkind to allow many opportunities for sea swimming. The hotel restaurant served a wide range of excellent food and the integral coffee lounge situated on the promenade was a bonus for drinks and snacks at lunchtime.

    Portoroz is a bustling coastal resort ideally situated for exploring the area. An easy coastal walk or short bus ride into the old town of Piran with its Venetian style buildings, cathedral and quaint passageways, was a popular destination. Many guests were treated to the spectacle of the Slovenian Royal Navy’s inauguration of new recruits. Pirate costumes, acrobats and flag changing were amongst the entertainment.

    A trip to the Lipica Stud Farm to see the world famous Lipizzaner horses performing was a real highlight and even the driving rain didn’t spoil the enjoyment.

    A second tour took in the splendour of Postojna caves with a train ride deep into the heart of the cave system to see stalagmites and stalactites that had been millions of years in the making.

    A proposed walk to Isola had to be postponed due to the inclement weather.

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