Get ready for ice cream on the beach, camping under the stars, and plenty of new and exciting places to explore! We know planning ahead can be difficult – especially if you’re juggling a whole family’s schedule – and now the gloomy weather has gone and ruined your staycation plans. But never fear, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy a spot of sunshine this summer holiday with these last minute break ideas. Whether you have a week or a day, take a look at some of these fantastic deals on our crossings this August.
With summer in full swing, now’s the perfect time to get clued up on some top tips for travelling to Europe during peak times. As the only complete month of the UK’s six-week school holiday, August brings a sharp increase of visits to places such as France and the Netherlands. Many a family set off on their annual escape during this period, so you can expect roads to be extremely busy – including those leading to our ports at Dover and Hull. Here’s all the information you need to prepare for a smooth, stress-free journey when travelling by ferry.
When it comes to romance, it’s hard to beat a quick European getaway. Throughout the continent, candlelit cuisine and bewitching scenery await any couple seeking an enchanting break for two. The twinkling lights of Paris or wistful waterways of Venice are standard settings for a starry-eyed rendezvous, but they aren’t the only locations for lovers. There are scores of secret spots across Europe for an unforgettable romantic escape.
While there’s no doubt that Amsterdam at Christmas is a yuletide wonderland, a visit to the Dutch capital doesn’t have to be all about markets, mulled wine and festive merrymaking. With fairytale architecture, cosy pubs and plenty of events to take part in, Amsterdam comes alive in the winter months, and is bursting with alternative activities to suit all.
You’ll find there’s plenty of things to do in Amsterdam for people of all interests. Here’s our guide to some of the best non-Christmas activities to enjoy in one of The Netherlands‘ most famous cities.
With popular draws like The Hague and Amsterdam, it’s no secret that The Netherlands is a dream destination. However, not all cities make the guide books, and sometimes half the fun can be discovering the lesser-known locations this beautiful land has to offer. When planning your getaway, you can be forgiven for missing out some hidden gems, so we’ve compiled a list of unsung sites for your next break.
The Hague is the former capital of the Netherlands, best known as the seat of the Dutch government and home to the royal family. However, despite having a serious side, the city’s beachside location, historic pier and multitude of attractions make it the perfect place to visit with children. From miniature model parks to cycling trails, take a look at some of the best activities you can enjoy when visiting The Hague with kids.