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  • News from the Shetland Isles with Jane Crowfoot

    seals I was once again invited to tutor a knitting workshop in Shetland with Arena Travel back in May. Ive been home a few weeks now, but keep thinking about what a fabulous time we had! I adore Shetland and couldn't wait to get there this year, especially after the disappointment last year when the trip was abandoned due to bad weather. I went with a group of 14 knitters and our tour guide Caroline and we had good weather pretty much the whole time this year and only had a few drops of rain towards the end of our stay, the rest of the time it was dry, warm and bright. Continue reading
  • THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM, STAFFORDSHIRE, UK

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    THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM, STAFFORDSHIRE, UK

    National-Memorial-Arboretum Group 1 - Wed 22 - Fri 24 April 2015 Group 2. - Fri 18 - Sun 20 September 2015 Pre Registration open now. Call 01473 660800 or email: enquiries@arenatravel.com. Based in Lichfield this UK journey gives you the opportunity to visit the National Memorial Arboretum in nearby Alweras. This 130-acre site is home the the magnificent And evocative Armed Forces Memorial and many, many more. We will take a land train tour of the site and hold a special Service of Remembrance in the Chapel, followed by a wreath laying. Continue reading
  • Liberation, Peace & the Cold War

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    Liberation, Peace & the Cold War

    Liberation,-Peace-&-the-Cold-War Berlin, Luneburg Bergen-Belsen, Hamburg and Potsdam Date: TBA Pre Registration open now. Call 01473 660800 or email: enquiries@arenatravel.com. Led by an Official RBL Guide, the journey starts in Berlin, where we will explore the Battle for Berlin and explore the major sites associated with Nazi rule. We will also visit the Berlin War Cemetery for an Act of Remembrance. On then to Luneburg Heath, the site of German surrender in 1945, and to visit Bergen-Belsen. We then continue to Hamburg War Cemetery to commemorate the fallen of both world wars, to visit the infamous Neuengamme concentration camp, the largest concentration camp in north-west Germany, which was established to the south-east of Hamburg in 1938. The camp existed until 1945. We will also visit the massive underground shelter at Hamburg Central Railway Station, a relic of the Cold War. Finally we visit Potsdam, to see the Schloss Cecilienhof, the venue for the famous Potsdam Conference, and the Berlin South-Western War Cemetery, to remember the fallen of World War I. To Register Your Interest Call: 01473 660800 or Email: enquiries@arenatravel.com.
  • The Arctic Convoys & the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Narvik

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    The Arctic Convoys & the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Narvik

    The-Artic-Convoys-and-75th-Anniversary 75th Anniversary July 2015 Pre Registration open now. Call 01473 660800 or email: enquiries@arenatravel.com. Travelling by air, coach and on board a Hurtigruten ship we venture north of the Arctic Circle to Kirkenes, Norway and Murmansk, Russia to remember the men of the Arctic Convoys. We will also spend time in Narvik to commemorate the 75th Anniverary of this historic battle. We will visit Trondenes in the Lofoten Islands and hold a service of Remembrance in the medieval church, before seeing the Adolf Gun and laying a wreath at the cemetery in Harstad. Our journey ends in the Hanseatic Port of Bergen from where we fly back to London. The Journey will be led by an official RBL Guide. To Register Your Interest Call: 01473 660800 or Email: enquiries@arenatravel.com.
  • Operation Dynamo - The Retreat from Dunkirk

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    Operation Dynamo - The Retreat from Dunkirk

    Retreat-From-Dunkirk-Holiday 75th Anniversary May 2015 Pre Registration open now. Call 01473 660800 or email: enquiries@arenatravel.com. This tour commemorates the evacuation of Dunkirk in May 1940. Led by an official RBL Guide we will follow the route taken by our troops as they retreated to Dunkirk and remember the start of Operation Dynamo on 27 May. On the first day of the evacuation, only 7,669 men were evacuated, but by the ninth day a total of 338,226 soldiers had been rescued by a hastily-assembled fleet of over 800 boats. Many of the troops were able to embark from the harbour's protective mole onto 39 British destroyers and other large ships, while others had to wade out from the beaches, waiting for hours in the shoulder-deep water. Some were ferried from the beaches to the larger ships by the famous little ships of Dunkirk, a flotilla of hundreds of merchant marine boats, fishing boats, pleasure craft, and lifeboats called into service for the emergency. The BEF lost 68,000 soldiers during the French campaign and had to abandon nearly all of their tanks, vehicles, and other equipment. This Journey remembers their sacrifice and the bravery of the men who rescued them. To Register Your Interest Call: 01473 660800 or Email: enquiries@arenatravel.com.

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