Arena Travel Blog

  • 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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  • 10 Travel Tips for Crafters - How to take your project with you!


    It might not come as a surprise but we think holidaying & crafting go hand in hand. While just the thought of transporting your craft supplies anywhere may trigger sweaty palms and a sense of uncontrollable panic, where there's a will there's a way! Regardless of your passion - knitting, crochet, stitching or quilting, we've got the essential tips for packing those projects!

    1. PLAN. PLAN. PLAN.

    This may sound obvious but make sure you plan what to take. Although not nearly as important as your crafting supplies, you may get a few strange looks if you run out of space for clothes in your luggage and so planning is key! Only take the essentials & leave anything that hasn't been used for 15 years or is still in packaging - you probably won't be using it! Continue reading
  • Top 10 Pom Pom Projects

    title The Pom Pom is a simple craft, often under-rated - maybe due to it's silliness. However, we're all for silliness and it looks like we're not the only ones! We're embracing pom poms with a collection of crafts to showcase these little fluffy fella's in all their glory. Continue reading

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