Category Archives: Olympics

Celebrate a Wonderful Sporting Summer with Team GB at London Victory Parade

What a wonderful sporting summer it has been in the UK, we have been truly spoilt with sporting excitement, drama and moments to fill you with pride.

The London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics have been simply AWESOME.  Not only for the outstanding performances, but for the Gamesmakers, the organisers, the crowds and the general buzz across the UK. We are hugely proud to be British and, as Lord Sebastian Coe said, London 2012 was ‘Made in Britain’.

Last night’s closing ceremony of the Paralympics was, as we have come to expect now, a polished entertaining spectacle that perfectly captured the mood and a firework ending that was jaw-dropping.

Sadly though the Closing Ceremony not only saw the end of the Paralympic Games but also the end of this wonderful summer of sport and I for one feel just a little deflated and sad this morning.  Britain being the centre of the World’s attention is something we have got to quite like!

However there is one last chance to look back and celebrate this wonderful summer of sports with all our sporting heroes in Team GB at today’s London Team GB Victory Parade.  Its starts at the Mansion House in central London from 1.30pm.

The parade of 21 floats will pass St Paul’s Cathedral and Trafalgar Square, where there’ll be a big screen at the base of Nelson’s Column along with live commentary. Each float will carry around 40 athletes arranged by sport. The parade is expected to take up to 13 minutes to pass any given point.

If you are going we would love to see some pictures.

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Are you suffering from Post Olympic Blues? A cottage break could be the cure

We have to say that today we feel a little down, bereft of our beloved Olympic sports that provided all the drama and excitement we needed on a daily basis. Today we had no Olympic medal table to check, no sport schedules to check before selecting the best time of day for a quick dash to the shops and no 24 plus channels to watch every sport we could think of an many we couldn’t.

In fact we have been so absorbed by the sporting extravaganza that we haven’t even been updating our blog. But now it’s all over and we are left with a feeling of life will never be quite the same again 😦

However, above all else these superb Olympics did show what a wonderful country we live in, with superb landmarks, diverse culture, and with people a warm and friendly spirit (not forgetting the glorious weather!).

And so with so much going for it, we highly recommend taking a break in Great Britain and there is no finer way than in a self catering cottage or apartment. Whether you have been inspired by the Olympic water sports off Weymouth and the south coast, the equestrian events in the London Royal Parks, the cycling across the home counties or the rowing at Eton, you will find some great self catering holiday cottages close by to explore these wonderful areas of Britain.

Although we are now well in to the summer holidays you can still find some great deals for short breaks or holidays to take advantage of the good weather at locations across Britain and Ireland – perfect for couples, families or groups of friends.

Olympics are ready to go for Gold

Well the wait is so nearly over and the London 2012 Olympics are almost upon us. It seems a little unreal after waiting so many years but we are now into the final countdown with just 2 days to go to the Opening Ceremony.

From the day London was chosen there were doubts about whether the UK could deliver it on time and we have to say that what a tremendous job they have done, with venues ready and test events complete.

I for one expected the British Press to hammer on about every issue to try and undermine what should be a proud moment but there has been so little for them to comment on.

One can only be impressed at the organisation and focus it has taken for us to be ready and looking forward to it. Congratulations for a job well done so far.

So let the Games begin!

Sussex Welcomes the Olympic Torch Relay

For us based in Sussex it seems like a very long time since the Olympic Torch Relay started its journey and we have been waiting patiently for our turn to welcome it to the sunny South Coast. But today’s the day!

Sadly on its first day in Sussex it has been met with a fair amount of grey skies and drizzle (OK, rain in a few places), not the sunshine for which we are known, but that certainly isn’t going to dampen the party.

The Torch arrived in West Sussex and has been slowly working its way across the county passing through Chichester, Arundel, Worthing and Lancing before heading to East Sussex and it’s overnight stop in Brighton and Hove.  The Torch continues its journey tomorrow from Brighton as it heads towards London and the beginning of the Games.

We are excited to go and see it and are hoping that we can get some good pictures (and maybe Photoshop some blue skies)!  If you are going then send some pictures for our Facebook page

 

Olympic Holiday Self Catering Accommodation – looking beyond London

The London 2012 Olympics are just a couple of weeks away and if you are lucky enough to have a ticket to one of the London events finding accommodation of any type is hard to come by, certainly at a realistic price. However, don’t despair, you have more options than the pricey London hotels who are making the most of the extra tourists.

The South East region of England has excellent public transport links via rail, coach, underground and tram which mean that it’s as easy to stay outside of London and travel in as it is to get to the venues from a London hotel.

With the main Olympic park to the east of London, East Anglian counties such as Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Peterborough are within an hour’s train ride of Stratford International.  In the south-east counties such as Essex, Kent, East Sussex, Surrey and West Sussex are also an hour outside of London by train.  To the west of London Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire also offer a quick route in to London.

What this means to you is that rather than concentrating your accommodation search on London you can find some excellent self catering accommodation ranging from cottages and apartments to lodges and caravans that are superb value for money during this Olympic period.  of course when you are not travelling to and from the Olympics they are also perfect for a short break or summer holiday where you can enjoy the countryside or British coastline.

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Wimbledon Championship Tennis Breaks

With the grass court tennis now in full swing at Queens Club, we are on the final countdown to Wimbledon. With the roof over Centre Court at the ready, not even the British weather can intervene but here’s hoping for some sunny weather so we can enjoy those strawberries.

This year’s Wimbledon Championship is being held from the 25th June to the 8th July with British hopes largely resting on Andy Murray and some of our younger players in the junior events. Whatever the British success, or otherwise, Wimbledon is a fantastic experience and a wonderful way to spend a short break.  Unlike most UK major sporting events it is even possible to get tickets on the day – a limited number at the turnstiles each morning and late entry tickets after 5pm – but you will need to queue.

What’s more there is a second chance this year to see the best tennis players in the World, as the Olympic Tennis will also be held at Wimbledon from the 28th July to the 5th August.

If you can’t make either tournament then why not visit Wimbledon at a different time and go to the Museum and the Tour.  The museum has unrivalled memorabilia stretching back to 1555 and of course the sparkling trophies.  And, what could be better than seeing first hand around the Grounds that you have only ever been able to see on TV. A fantastic day out you are sure not to forget.

Find out more Wimbledon Tennis Breaks including apartments, B&B,s and Hotels in London or within easy reach by train.