Perfect Christmas Ideas

What do you get the person that has everything for Christmas? How about some memories? Look no further for an exciting Christmas gift idea, our latest blog looks at the wide range of events that Edwards Holidays has to offer, to give you some ideas for that perfect escape.

 

Manchester United Football Stadium Tour
Wednesday 21 February, 2018. 1 night from £129pp.

Manchester United FC supporters can enjoy an exciting trip around Old Trafford. Go behind the scenes at the Theatre of Dreams and see the stadium through the eyes of Manchester United greats themselves.

Cirque du Soleil at the Royal Albert Hall
Saturday 20 January, 2018. 1 night from £209pp.

Due to overwhelming demand Cirque du Soleil returns to the Royal Albert Hall with OVO.

OVO, meaning ‘Egg’ in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colourful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specialising in many acrobatic acts. One highlight of OVO is the stunning Flying Act, in which a group of scarabs soar high above the stage, from both edges to the middle landing on a platform.

Jane McDonald in Birmingham
8 June, 2018. 1 night from only £149pp.

Jane McDonald, one of the nation’s most loved entertainers, came to our screens 20 years ago in the program The Cruise.
Since then Jane has appeared as Grizabella in Cats and stared in many TV shows such as Loose Women, Star for a Night & Cruising with Jane McDonald. As a singer Jane has released platinum selling albums and toured with her own show, each year better than the last and this year is no exception. A phenomenal singer with her stunning band and knock out production will bring audiences to their feet on this evening of music & laughter. Not to be missed!

Leicester National Space Centre
Friday 23 February, 2018. 1 night from £119pp.

Get ready for lift off as you pull on your helmet to board the iconic 42m high rocket tower, before touring the six interactive galleries that take you on a journey through the spacesuits of the past as you piece together man’s amazing voyage into the unknown.

Zundert – Dahlias on Parade
Friday 31 August, 2018. 3 nights from £299pp.

The breath-taking Zundert Flower Parade near the Dutch town of Breda has been attracting tens of thousands of visitors every year since 1936. Using only dahlias, the colourful creations are designed and built by twenty hamlets even down to cultivating and picking the flowers themselves. Along with the parade there are all kinds of music, theatre performances and the local bars and restaurants join in with special offers and activities.

Crufts at Birmingham NEC
Friday 9 March, 2018. 2 nights from £209pp.

Crufts returns to the NEC Birmingham in March 2018. Crufts celebrates dogs all over the world and people travel far and wide to both partake in the show and to watch all the fantastic dogs in action. Thousands of dogs and their owners will head to the NEC to compete for the prestigious title of Crufts Best in Show. Be exhilarated with world-class Agility, Flyball, Heelwork to Music and more and admire the discipline and precise work of those competing in Obedience. There really is something for everyone at Crufts and it offers the perfect family day out for all dog lovers!

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
Friday 5 October, 2018. 3 nights from £349pp. (Tickets not included)

Over the years, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe has earned a reputation as the world’s greatest horse race. Traditionally run at Longchamp, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe brings together the world’s most talented thoroughbreds aged 3 and over. Whether they are breeders, trainers, jockeys or owners, all horse-racing professionals dream of seeing their horse first past the post to clinch the world’s most coveted flat racing title. And with good reason: every four-hoofed victor and their entourage earn a place in racing history.

Can’t choose? Why not treat loved ones to gift vouchers from Edwards Holidays?
Edwards Holidays gift vouchers are an extremely flexible way of treating someone to a well-deserved break! From mystery breaks, mini cruises, day trips to summer holidays, there is something for everyone!

Get in touch with us, or visit www.edwardscoaches.co.uk to see our full range of shows and events. We look forward to hearing from you!

Jason Edwards announced for High Sheriff

Congratulations to our Managing Director! Jason Edwards has officially been announced as the High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan for 2020.

The Ceremony of the Nomination of High Sheriffs took place on Monday 13 November, 2017 in the Lord Chief Justice’s Court at the Royal Courts of Justice, London.
Church Village born and educated locally in Gwauncelyn and Bryn Celynnog schools, Jason Edwards is Managing Director of the fifth generation, UK award winning, family coach business. Edwards Coaches operate from depots all over South Wales from Pembroke Dock to Newport and we’ve recently expanded with a new depot in Bristol. Edwards Coaches operate 310 coaches daily and employs 700 staff across its network of 9 depots and 7 travel shops.

Edwards Coaches cover all aspects of the coach industry – school transport, holidays and local bus service. We provide coach hire to their National Express partnership operating 80 coaches 24/7 from South Wales and the West Country to various destinations including London and Gatwick airports and London Victoria station.

Jason started work at Edwards as a ten year old cleaning the school buses at weekends for pocket money. At seventeen he became a mechanical aircraft engineering apprentice with British Airways Engine Overhaul site at Caerphilly, this was later taken over by General Electric. After working for GE for over 13 years Jason then changed direction and became involved with the family business. In 2012 Jason was awarded the Institute of Directors ‘Family Director of the year Wales’ and was runner up in the UK.

Outside of work Jason lives with his two wonderful boys, Thomas (13) and Morgan (11), his long term partner Miss Lynne Jones and not forgetting Will the dog and Smoky the rabbit! His passion is watching his sons play sport, football and rugby, of which he coaches Llantwit Fardre under 12’s rugby team.

Jason remarked on the nomination ‘I am extremely humbled and honoured to be thought of in such high circles. Over the years I have had to work extremely hard to get where I am today, but I’ve always been very grateful for the support around me. I really am a local rugby club lad whose feet are firmly on the floor. The nomination is a truly exciting opportunity that I’m respectfully looking forward too and hopefully I can engage with the local communities and make that little bit of difference during my time as High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan.’

For further information on the role of a High Sheriff please go to www.highsheriffs.com.

Exciting Events!

Looking for an exciting Christmas gift idea, or treating yourself to a short break? Our latest blog looks at the wide range of events that Edwards Holidays has to offer, to give you some ideas for that perfect escape!

Crufts at Birmingham NEC
Friday 9 March, 2018. 2 nights from £209pp.
Crufts returns to the NEC Birmingham in March 2018. Crufts celebrates dogs all over the world and people travel far and wide to both partake in the show and to watch all the fantastic dogs in action. Thousands of dogs and their owners will head to the NEC to compete for the prestigious title of Crufts Best in Show. Be exhilarated with world-class Agility, Flyball, Heelwork to Music and more and admire the discipline and precise work of those competing in Obedience. There really is something for everyone at Crufts and it offers the perfect family day out for all dog lovers!

Leicester National Space Centre
Friday 23 February, 2018. 1 night from £119pp.
Get ready for lift off as you pull on your helmet to board the iconic 42m high rocket tower, before touring the six interactive galleries that take you on a journey through the spacesuits of the past as you piece together man’s amazing voyage into the unknown.

Zundert – Dahlias on Parade
Friday 31 August, 2018. 3 nights from £299pp.
The breath-taking Zundert Flower Parade near the Dutch town of Breda has been attracting tens of thousands of visitors every year since 1936. Using only dahlias, the colourful creations are designed and built by twenty hamlets even down to cultivating and picking the flowers themselves. Along with the parade there are all kinds of music, theatre performances and the local bars and restaurants join in with special offers and activities.

Manchester United Football Stadium Tour
Wednesday 21 February, 2018. 1 night from £129pp.
Manchester FC supporters can enjoy an exciting trip around Old Trafford. Go behind the scenes at the Theatre of Dreams and see the stadium through the eyes of Manchester United greats themselves.

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
Friday 5 October, 2018. 3 nights from £349pp. (Tickets not included)
Over the years, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe has earned a reputation as the world’s greatest horse race. Traditionally run at Longchamp, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe brings together the world’s most talented thoroughbreds aged 3 and over. Whether they are breeders, trainers, jockeys or owners, all horse-racing professionals dream of seeing their horse first past the post to clinch the world’s most coveted flat racing title. And with good reason: every four-hoofed victor and their entourage earn a place in racing history.

Can’t choose? Why not treat loved ones to gift vouchers from Edwards Holidays?
Edwards Holidays gift vouchers are an extremely flexible way of treating someone to a well-deserved break! From mystery breaks, mini cruises, day trips to summer holidays, there is something for everyone!

 

Get in touch with us, or visit www.edwardscoaches.co.uk to see our full range of shows and events. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Super Shows!

Strictly Come Dancing Live in Birmingham
Departures: Saturday 20 January and Sunday 21 January, 2018. Day trip from £109pp.
Departures: Saturday 20 January and Sunday 21 January. 1 night from £179pp.
The Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour is back to keep you dancing in 2018! Pure dancing pleasure awaits as this supersized Strictly Live extravaganza comes to Birmingham in January. Celebrating all that we love about the smash hit BBC1 TV series, the Strictly Live Tour delivers escapist entertainment on a breathtaking scale.

Brendan Cole: All Night Long, Wales Millennium Centre
Sunday 4 March, 2018. Evening performance – travel and ticket from just £69pp.
One of Strictly Come Dancing’s most popular stars, Brendan Cole, makes a very welcome return to the Wales Millennium Centre with his new show All Night Long.
The show features every style of ballroom and Latin dance from Brendan and his hand-picked championship dancers, performing to the music and songs of some of the greatest legends and contemporary artistes.
With his customary approach to performance, each show is full on high energy dance dynamite, up close and personal; with scintillating guest dances and a scorching 14-piece band and singers. Complete with superb choreography, stunning lighting and amazing special effects, this is a show not to be missed.

Cirque du Soleil at the Royal Albert Hall
Saturday 20 January, 2018. Evening performance – 1 night from £209pp.
Don’t miss Cirque Du Soleil’s latest show, OVO. OVO meaning ‘Egg’ in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colourful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives.
The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specialising in many acrobatic acts. One highlight of OVO is the stunning Flying Act, in which a group of scarabs soar high above the stage, from both edges to the middle landing on a platform.

Shrek The Musical, Wales Millennium Centre
Saturday 14 April, 2018. Day trip including matinee performance – ticket from only £85pp.
Based on the story and characters from the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy.
Join Shrek, our unlikely hero, and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Add the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance, guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages!

Michael McIntyre’s Big World Tour
Saturday 14 April, 2018. Evening performance in Cardiff, with travel. Day Trip from only £79pp.
Britain’s biggest comedian Michael McIntyre is set to return to the stage with his eagerly awaited new tour.

London Theatre Break
Various dates, please contact us.
Witness some of London’s biggest theatrical performances with our unrivalled London theatre break packages. Whether it’s a Saturday night performance you’re looking for or a 2-4-1 midweek theatre break, Edwards has the perfect package for you to surprise a loved one! An abundance of dates, shows and packages are available, please get in touch to discuss options.

André Rieu LIVE
Thursday 26 April, 2018. Cologne. 3 nights from only £479pp.
Friday 20 July, 2018. Maastricht. 3 nights from only £499pp.
André Rieu is quite simply a musical phenomenon like no other, having sold a massive 40 million CDs and DVDs, notched 30 Number 1 chart positions worldwide, received over 500 Platinum Awards, and won three Classical Brit Awards. Along with his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, André stages spectacular extravaganzas which are second to none. This would indeed be a gift to remember!

Senior Theatre Day Tour
Thursday 18 January and Wednesday 14 February, 2018. From only £99pp.
Witness some of London’s biggest theatrical performances with our unrivalled London theatre break packages. A great Christmas present, book now for your loved ones to see a show in London. Our London Senior Theatre day tour includes a matinee show and a 2-course lunch!

Film Music Gala at the Royal Albert Hall
Sunday 22 April, 2018. Evening performance – 1 night from only £169pp.
The annual sell-out success that is the Film Music Gala is back. Performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, a spectacular evening for movie fans of all ages, the 2018 theme is the music of James Horner, winner of 2 Oscars and 2 Golden Globes and composer of some of the biggest most famous film scores of all time, for movies such as Titanic, Braveheart and Avatar.

Jane McDonald live in Birmingham
Friday 8 June, 2018. 1 night from only £149pp.
Jane McDonald, one of the nation’s most loved entertainers came to our screens 20 years ago in the program The Cruise. As a singer Jane has released platinum selling albums and toured with her own show, each year better than the last and this year is no exception. A phenomenal singer with her stunning band and knock out production this is a show not to be missed.

War Horse, Wales Millennium Centre
Saturday 14 July and Saturday 21 July 2018. Evening performance ticket and Coach Travel from only £89pp.
War Horse is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in World War I. Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in no man’s land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home.
A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, War Horse features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage. War Horse is based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo.

Wicked, Wales Millennium Centre
Wednesday 31 October. 2018. Evening performance and coach travel from only £85pp.
Saturday 17 November, 2018. Matinee performance and coach travel from only £95pp.
Winner of over 100 major awards, Wicked flies back to the Centre for a return engagement complete with all the spectacle and magic that make this spellbinding show an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages.
An ingenious and witty re-imaging of the stories and characters in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound relationship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West.