Summer 2017 Newsletter

posted 7 Aug 2017, 14:42 by Scottish Country Dancing and Walking Holidays   [ updated 9 Aug 2017, 05:13 ]

Dancing and Walking Holidays Ltd   Summer Newsletter 2017

This year we have welcomed many previous guests along with several new guests.  It has been a difficult year due to the need to cancel our holiday in Bournemouth as the hotel decided it was no longer taking bookings for dancing holidays.  However we were able to provide a replacement holiday at Eastbourne.

Our remaining 2017 holidays at Matlock and Grange are fully booked with waiting lists for cancellations.

Our 2018 bookings open from 6th August which include return visits to previously popular locations.  Once again we are not charging a deposit on booking but do ask for a commitment when you book as this year we have had to cancel our holiday at Symonds Yat in October (for the first time ever!) due to the large number of cancellations.  You are advised to take out holiday insurance which includes cancellation as refunds cannot be given once you have paid for your holiday.  Transport to/from the walks is not included although service buses are often taken where a concessionary bus pass can be used and some walks start and/or finish at the hotel.  More information can be obtained from our website, where you can also book.   Listed below are some details of holidays in 2018.


March 19-23 Craiglands Hotel Ilkley West Yorkshire                                sharing twin/double £260 single £300

This will be our fourth visit to the Craiglands Hotel which dates back to Victorian times when Ilkley was a spa town and is situated a short distance from the town near the famous Ilkley Moor in the Wharfe valley.

It has a 60 foot wooden dance floor and is well situated for walks, some starting or finishing at the hotel.

Walking Include Ilkley Moor, Otley Chevin and Beamsley Beacon.  There is ample free parking in the hotel grounds.  Ilkley has a direct train service to Leeds where there are connections to the rest of the country.


April 16-20 Victoria Hotel Torquay Devon                                                    sharing twin/double £265 single £295

This will be our third visit to what is described as the premier dancing venue in the country.  The Victoria Hotel is part of a leisure complex comprising four hotels and four dance floors.  We will have exclusive use of the Richmond ballroom.  As a resident you can use the extensive leisure facilities which include a swimming pool, sauna, spa pool, bowls, 10 pin bowling alley, snooker and sports bar.  The hotel has its own car park.  Torquay train station is a ten minute walk away which has through trains from many places with other requiring a change at Newton Abbott.  Walks are mainly coastal with some inland.


September 24-28 Queens Hotel Llandudno         sharing twin/double or lodge single £240,  hotel single £260

This will be our fifth visit to this ever popular sea front hotel with its reputation for good food and views of the Great and Little Orme and pier.   Accommodation is partly in the main hotel and in a lodge annexe across the road from the hotel where most of the single rooms are located with no supplement.  Dancing is in the Grosvenor ballroom in the basement.  Walks will include the Ormes, along the coast towards Bangor and down the Conway valley.  Llandudno has a good rail service via Chester or Crewe.  The hotel only has a small car park which takes 15 cars, otherwise there is on street meter parking between 09.00 and 4.00.


 October 7-11 Sun-Thurs Abbey Hotel Great Malvern Worcs                sharing twin/double £340 single £385

This will be our fifth visit to this 4 star hotel adjacent to the priory at the foot of the Malvern Hills with views towards the Vale of Evesham.  Dancing is in the Elgar Suite.  Walks will be on or around the Malvern Hills and towards Colwall and Ledbury.  Great Malvern is not far from the M5 and has a large free car park. Great Malvern is on the Birmingham to Hereford line about an hour from Birmingham New Street station.

Please note in order to offer this holiday at a more reasonable price packed lunches are not included.  There are shops nearby where packed lunch items can be easily purchased.


 November 12-16 Cober Hill Holiday Centre Cloughton Scarborough                    All rooms £280 per person

Cober Hill Holiday Centre is at Cloughton , six miles north of Scarborough on the Whitby road.  Accommodation is in the Joseph Rowntree Centre, a modern annexe comprising a ballroom with sprung floor and a lounge surrounded by bedrooms situated a short walk from the main house where meals are taken.  Walks are mainly coastal towards Robin Hoods Bay, Scarborough and Filey and some inland walks. There is no bar but there is a table licence.  There is ample parking in the grounds. The nearest train station is at Scarborough where there is a regular bus service to Cober Hill.

Victoria Hotel, Torquay, May 2016

posted 22 Jun 2016, 12:16 by Scottish Country Dancing and Walking Holidays   [ updated 9 Aug 2017, 05:14 ]

scottish dancing and walking holidays in torquay

Our recent Torquay holiday was fun and successful. 

We welcomed several new guests along with many regular friends to the Victoria Hotel. 

evening entertainment on scottish country dancing and walking holidays

Once again Geoff taught a number of interested and unusual dances each morning and led some very successful evening sessions.

We also had use of other facilities, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, bowls and snooker, which many guests enjoyed.

Several of us went walking either for the day or in the afternoon along picturesque coastal paths and enjoyed a visit to Cockington Country Park with its beautiful gardens and craft workshops. We would hope to revisit this hotel with its great facilities in the next few years. 

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