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Festive Bridge at the Merrion Hotel Llandudno

This year's pre-Christmas festive bridge get-together will be held at the fabulous Merrion Hotel in Llandudno. This hotel is popular among bridge players and is highly recommended by fellow bridge guests and staff, owing to its excellent location and superb dining. This beachfront family-run hotel is set in a Victorian townhouse across the road from North Shore Beach. It is an 8-minute walk from the Great Orme Tramway and Llandudno Pier, and a 4-minute walk from the town centre's shops and restaurants. Which Magazine recently named Llandudno the second most popular seaside resort in the United Kingdom. From your hotel, take in the stunning views of the Great Orme and walk along this iconic limestone headland. Visit the impressively preserved 13th century Conway Castle or take a stroll through Budnant Gardens, a historic, Grade I listed world-class horticultural garden in Wales.

Your Tour Includes

  • 1 seminar
  • 4 nights accommodation on a half board basis
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Services of our EBU qualified director
Experts
Christine MacFarlane

Christine MacFarlane

Christine has been on the EBU panel since 2010 and has assisted with running many congresses over the years; more recently concentrating on the Really Easy and Progressive events to encourage newer players to play competitively. She runs her own Bridge club in Bath and has been teaching Bridge there since 2007. She has introduced many players to this wonderful game. She has experience of running Bridge holidays and working on cruise ships as the Bridge Instructor/Director. She believes Bridge should be both sociable and challenging.

Christine is originally from New Zealand but now lives in Somerset with her husband Stewart. When not directing or teaching Bridge, their new hobby (since lockdown) is exploring the old railway lines of Somerset.

Ro Kaye

Ro Kaye

I cannot wait to get back to bridge holidays, particularly in the sunshine!

I enjoy bridge, but also meeting new people and encouraging them to appreciate the highs and lows of this intriguing game. I have been busy in lockdown when, as chairman of Cheltenham Bridge Club, we set up on-line sessions to keep the membership in touch with each other. I was one of the founder members of the Wessex Youth Bridge Weekend held for youngsters of any ability to come and learn how to play. I have also really loved hosting First for Bridge Holidays in recent years.  

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Itinerary

Overview

Our Bridge programmes will vary according to the length of your break, and, in addition to playing Bridge, and we include an interesting seminar by your bridge director on a 4-night break Your duplicate Bridge will be available every evening between 7.45pm and 11.15pm and we endeavour to vary these evening sessions, balancing between teams and pairs, with at least one Swiss style event during a two-week Bridge break. Bridge will also be offered some afternoons between 2.30pm and 4.45pm. These sessions are normally given over to open pairs/teams. During your Bridge holiday nothing is obligatory, and you can play in as many, or as few, Bridge sessions as you wish. We don’t forget you are on holiday and our Bridge programmes also allow time to relax and the opportunity for you to explore the surrounding area.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Club Standard Bridge

Club Standard Bridge

This holiday is a club standard bridge holiday licensed by the EBU (English Bridge Union) with Masterpoints awarded and duplimated boards used. We have recently introduced electronic scoring to our holidays and hand records are also provided. Our qualified & experienced directors construct a programme of interesting seminars and varied bridge sessions to offer variety during each holiday.

Accommodation

Travel Options

When it comes to getting you to your destination. Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from

Meet us at the ship

Meet us at the ship

For complete flexibility, make your own transport arrangements to and from the ship. We will provide you with times and locations as well as some useful information for you to make your own arrangements to join your cruise.

If you require any further information to assist with your travel plans, please contact our Holiday Advisors who will be happy to help.

Meet your Coach at Dover

Meet your Coach at Dover

Travel down to Dover and jump onboard your coach for your ferry crossing.

Alternatively, travel the day before your departure and enjoy an overnight stay, with complimentary parking for the duration of your cruise, before being collected after breakfast the following morning.

Travel by Eurostar

Travel by Eurostar

Step aboard Eurostar at London St Pancras for a fast and comfortable journey to mainland Europe. You can even upgrade your reserved seat to Standard Premier – speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information. On arrival in Paris, Lille or Brussels, you will then join connecting services for your onward journey.

Travel by Air

Travel by Air

Return flights from London Heathrow with transfers to and from the ship are included in our package on our specific arrival and departure dates. We also include one item of checked in luggage per person.

If our included flights are not suitable, alternative flights may also be available from other airports on our arrival and departure dates. These may have an additional supplement and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

More flexible travel options

Travelling by Eurostar?

Travelling by Eurostar?

Why not stay overnight in London?

For those travelling from further afield, you can also book overnight accommodation in London, before and after your holiday. Speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information.

Travelling by Eurostar?

Stay overnight near the port

For an even more relaxed start to your European holiday, why not stay overnight in Dover or nearby Ashford the night before your cruise from only £65pp? All our quoted prices include car parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise and cooked breakfast the following morning. Our coach will collect you and return you to the hotel on its way to/from the port of Dover. And if you don’t want that holiday feeling to end, why not do the same on your return journey?