Christmas & New Year Opening Hours

Christmas & New Year Opening Hours

Wednesday 23rd December          8am – 5pm
Thursday 24th, Christmas Eve       CLOSED
Friday 25th, Christmas Day           CLOSED
Saturday 26th, Boxing Day            CLOSED
Sunday 27th December                 CLOSED

Monday 28th December                 CLOSED
Tuesday 29th December                10am – 2pm
Wednesday 30th December           10am – 2pm
Thursday 31st, New Years Eve        10am – 2pm
Friday 1st January, New Years Day  CLOSED
Saturday 2nd January                   CLOSED
Sunday 3rd January                      CLOSED

Monday 4th January                      CLOSED
Tuesday 5th January                     8am – 5pm
Normal working hours resume

All e-mails will be answered on the next working day (as above)

What’s On October Half Term On The Norfolk Broads

Friday 23rd October

MEET THE SHARKS AT THE SEALIFE CENTRE, GREAT YARMOUTH
We’ll throw the spotlight on sharks for this event; with talks, feeding demonstrations, kid’s activities and lots more – because sharks need friends too, and they’re amazing, fascinating creatures. Normal admission prices apply.

MURDER MYSTERY EVENING AT GREAT YARMOUTH POTTERIES & SMOKEHOUSE
Join us for an evening of murder mystery at Great Yarmouth Potteries. Team work is key to solving the ‘who done it?’ £15.00 per head including fish and chips and a drink
Tickets available from the Potteries 01493 850585  . 7.00PM – 9.30PM

THE WHITE LADY P.H, WORSTEAD – FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA
This years event is bigger and better with fireworks for the whole family to enjoy with one of the best local bands ULTRA EGO!  Live music and viewing is all under our large marquee so the good old English weather wont spoil your night! Gates opening at 5.30pm with music kicking off the night with the display at 7.30 and then music to finish.  £5.00 ENTRANCE FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN

Saturday 24th October

HOP ONBOARD THE SPOOKY EXPRESS AT THE BURE VALLEY RAILWAY, AYLSHAM
Join our mascot bear for a week of spooky fun! A children’s competition to see how many spooky items can be spotted on the train journey, a colouring corner and a decorated Whistlestop Cafe add to this Halloween themed event. FREE travel for every child when accompanied by a fare-paying adult (maximum of 2 children per adult). No prior booking required. See timetable for train times.

THE WHITE HORSE P.H, UPTON – MUSIC FROM LOCAL BAND ‘HARD RAIN’
From Beatles classics to Amy MacDonald, the blues to rock’n'roll, The Mavericks to The Pretenders, and most recently, songs from Caro Emerald, Lorde and Jessie Jay. We are always updating our repertoire with new and old songs that capture our imagination.  9pm Start

GREYHOUND RACING AT GREAT YARMOUTH STADIUM
Greyhound Racing is an action packed, the evening will have between 11 to 14 races for you to enjoy. If you are new to Greyhound Racing, then no need to worry. Inside your race card are clear instructions on how to place a bet.  From a great value general admission to the fantastic luxury of our executive lounges, you are sure to have a great evening lined up.  For general admission, no booking is required.  7.30PM

Sunday 25th October

HIPPODROME CIRCUS HALLOWEEN SPOOTACKULAR, GREAT YARMOUTH
Breathtaking stunts in the specially created Halloween museum set which will bring the action closer than ever, so prepare to be on the edge of your seat, with dancers, aerialists, acrobats, special effects and much more this will be a fantastic way to celebrate the spooky week of Halloween, now one of the country’s biggest family holiday weeks.  Show at 2pm & 5pm

THE FERRY INN, SURLINGHAM – MUSIC FROM LOCAL BAND ‘AN EVENING WITH BOB’
An Evening With Bob’ is an entertaining band that performs a wide range of songs; from Bob Dylan to Dido and from Bob Marley to Tracey Chapman – classic songs from great artists.  Our repertoire encompasses songs from great artists such as Van Morrison, Michelle Shocked, KT Tunstall, REM, David Gray, Ed Sheeran, India Arie, The Waterboys, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Rod Stewart, Nina Simone and Justin Currie (Del Amitri).  From 4pm

HALLOWEEN DAY AT DINOSAUR ADVENTURE PARK, LENWADE
Halloween themed activities with:*Halloween Craft Sessions, Pumpkin Carving, Face Painting, and Creepy Creatures.  Visit the park in full Halloween themed fancy dress costume and get half price off entry into the park.  9.30AM – 4PM

Monday 26th October

GREYHOUND RACING AT GREAT YARMOUTH STADIUM
Greyhound Racing is an action packed, the evening will have between 11 to 14 races for you to enjoy. If you are new to Greyhound Racing, then no need to worry. Inside your race card are clear instructions on how to place a bet.  From a great value general admission to the fantastic luxury of our executive lounges, you are sure to have a great evening lined up.  For general admission, no booking is required.  6.30PM

SCIENCE DAY AT TIDE & TIME MUSEUM, GREAT YARMOUTH
Time to get over those boring double science lessons! Come and enjoy lots of interactive activities that explore science in a fun way. Discover the history of a chemist in our new 1913 Row store, meet a mad scientist who will show you things that go fizz, whiz and bang and create your own animation. Best part? No homework!  Adult £5.20, Conc. £4.70, Young person (4-18) £3.90. Family tickets £10.90 (1 Adult + all children), £14.50 (2 adults + all children) 11.00AM – 4PM

HOP ONBOARD THE SPOOKY EXPRESS AT THE BURE VALLEY RAILWAY, AYLSHAM
Join our mascot bear for a week of spooky fun! A children’s competition to see how many spooky items can be spotted on the train journey, a colouring corner and a decorated Whistlestop Cafe add to this Halloween themed event. FREE travel for every child when accompanied by a fare-paying adult (maximum of 2 children per adult). No prior booking required. See timetable for train times.

Tuesday 27th October

GREAT YARMOUTH &THE GOLDEN MILE GHOSE WALK AT ST GEORGE’S THEATRE
Members of St George’s Theatre Group are collaborating with Hopton Ghosthunters and are bringing you the Great Yarmouth Ghost Walks and the Golden Mile Ghost Walks.  Hear tales of haunted places around the town and stop for some ‘spirits’ in a haunted pub. Be prepared to be spooked with this new and exciting experience.  Tickets £6 Children £5 (Children Must be Ages 9+)  01493 3314854  7PM

HIPPODROME CIRCUS HALLOWEEN SPOOTACKULAR, GREAT YARMOUTH
Breathtaking stunts in the specially created Halloween museum set which will bring the action closer than ever, so prepare to be on the edge of your seat, with dancers, aerialists, acrobats, special effects and much more this will be a fantastic way to celebrate the spooky week of Halloween, now one of the country’s biggest family holiday weeks.  Show at 2pm & 5pm

HALLOWEEN AT THE RAF DEFENCE RADAR MUSEUM, NEATISHEAD – NR HORNING
Join for a Halloween scare hunt through the Museum, prize for the scariest picture, identify ghoulish remains and hunt Witches and other creatures of the night on the radar.  £8 Adults, £7 Concessions, £5 children (7-18yrs), £20 Family (2 Adults and up to 3 children). Under 7s Free  10AM – 5PM

Wednesday 28th October

GREYHOUND RACING AT GREAT YARMOUTH STADIUM
Greyhound Racing is an action packed, the evening will have between 11 to 14 races for you to enjoy. If you are new to Greyhound Racing, then no need to worry. Inside your race card are clear instructions on how to place a bet.  From a great value general admission to the fantastic luxury of our executive lounges, you are sure to have a great evening lined up.  For general admission, no booking is required.  6.30PM

FIREWORKS DISPLAY, SEALIFE CENTRE GARDENS, GREAT YARMOUTH
Enjoy a fun-filled night on Sea Life Centre Gardens. Enter your carved pumpkin into a competition to win a short break at Vauxhall Holiday Park, come along and check all the
pumpkins out, enjoy live music on the Heart sound stage from 6pm and watch an amazing fireworks display at 7.30pm!

FROZEN SING-A-LONG, ST GEORGES THEATRE, GREAT YARMOUTH
This new version of the film will include the lyrics of each musical number on the screen, with a bouncing snowflake to help audiences follow along as they sing out loud together.  With the Frozen soundtrack topping the charts, we’re willing to bet that a lot of you already know all the words–this is your chance to show your stuff and harmonize with dozens of family and friends at once.  Tickets £6.50  Show starts 2.30pm   01493 331484

Thursday 29th October

HALLOWEEN AT THE RAF DEFENCE RADAR MUSEUM, NEATISHEAD – NR HORNING
Join for a Halloween scare hunt through the Museum, prize for the scariest picture, identify ghoulish remains and hunt Witches and other creatures of the night on the radar.  £8 Adults, £7 Concessions, £5 children (7-18yrs), £20 Family (2 Adults and up to 3 children). Under 7s Free  10AM – 5PM

HOP ONBOARD THE SPOOKY EXPRESS AT THE BURE VALLEY RAILWAY, AYLSHAM
Join our mascot bear for a week of spooky fun! A children’s competition to see how many spooky items can be spotted on the train journey, a colouring corner and a decorated Whistlestop Cafe add to this Halloween themed event. FREE travel for every child when accompanied by a fare-paying adult (maximum of 2 children per adult). No prior booking required. See timetable for train times.

HALLOWEEN DAYS AT DINOSAUR ADVENTURE PARK, LENWADE
Halloween themed activities with:*Halloween Craft Sessions, Pumpkin Carving, Face Painting, and Creepy Creatures.  Visit the park in full Halloween themed fancy dress costume and get half price off entry into the park.  9.30AM – 4PM

Friday 30th October

THE KINGS HEAD P.H, ACLE – MUSIC FROM LOCAL BAND ‘AN EVENING WITH BOB’
An Evening With Bob’ is an entertaining band that performs a wide range of songs; from Bob Dylan to Dido and from Bob Marley to Tracey Chapman – classic songs from great artists.  Our repertoire encompasses songs from great artists such as Van Morrison, Michelle Shocked, KT Tunstall, REM, David Gray, Ed Sheeran, India Arie, The Waterboys, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Rod Stewart, Nina Simone and Justin Currie (Del Amitri).  From 8.30pm

DACULA HALLOWEEN PANTOMINE, ST GEORGE’S THEATRE, GREAT YARMOUTH
Dracula Halloween Phantomime brings life to Sapphi Val Helsing (the daughter of the famous vampire hunter) and her quest to track down Dracula whilst he terrorises the city of London with his bat… cricket bat, that is!  With the help of Dame Coco and best friend Lucy Lastic; be prepared for a night of laughter and screams and of course a little bit of audience participation.  Starts at 7.30pm  Tickets Tickets £8 Concessions £7       01493 331484

NORTH NORFOLK RAILWAY, SHERINGHAM – SPOOKY DEPARTURES
Take a journey in darkness, surrounded by ghostly goings-on as you journey up and down the line. Bring along your cameras and see if you’re able to capture evidence of anything particularily phantom!  Our first spooky departure will leave Sheringham at 5pm, this is a journey designed to spook children under the age of eleven! Come and take part in our Best Costume Competition whilst enjoying a Hot Chocolate and a spooky treat! Take time to stop off and explore our Grisly Grotto at Wicked Weybourne before going full steam ahead to Haunted Horrible Holt! Tickets £5 per person, adults and children – Departure 5pm.

Saturday 31st October

THE LION INN, THURNE – MUSIC FROM LOCAL BAND ‘HARD RAIN’
From Beatles classics to Amy MacDonald, the blues to rock’n'roll, The Mavericks to The Pretenders, and most recently, songs from Caro Emerald, Lorde and Jessie Jay. We are always updating our repertoire with new and old songs that capture our imagination.  8.30pm Start.  It’s Halloween so there may be spooky ‘goings on’!

FAIRHAVEN GARDENS, SOUTH WALSHAM – FAIRHAVEN SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN PARTY
Head to Fairhaven for a spooktacular Halloween party. Enter the creepy woodland trail where lost souls roam, delve down into the haunted hollow where the trees are alive with things unseen. Electrifying live music; children’s entertainers; a devilishly good hot dog stall and lots more. Dress code is diabolical.  6pm to 8pm. Don’t miss fireworks finale at 7.45pm.  £8 adult, £4 child. Ticket only event. Please note this event is not suitable for children under 3, pushchairs and dogs. 

GREYHOUND RACING AT GREAT YARMOUTH STADIUM
Greyhound Racing is an action packed, the evening will have between 11 to 14 races for you to enjoy. If you are new to Greyhound Racing, then no need to worry. Inside your race card are clear instructions on how to place a bet.  From a great value general admission to the fantastic luxury of our executive lounges, you are sure to have a great evening lined up.  For general admission, no booking is required.  7.30PM

Sunday 1st November

BEWILDERWOOD, HORNING – THE GLOWING LANTERN PARADE,
Our most famously fabulous event of the year is an illuminated treat for everyone. What you need to really join in is to make your own lantern. One that really, truly glows in the spooky dark.  Show starts at dusk, normal entry fees apply

HIPPODROME HALLOWEEN SPOOTACKULAR, GREAT YARMOUTH
Breathtaking stunts in the specially created Halloween museum set which will bring the action closer than ever, so prepare to be on the edge of your seat, with dancers, aerialists, acrobats, special effects and much more this will be a fantastic way to celebrate the spooky week of Halloween, now one of the country’s biggest family holiday weeks.  Show at 2pm & 5pm

HOP ONBOARD THE SPOOKY EXPRESS AT THE BURE VALLEY RAILWAY, AYLSHAM
Join our mascot bear for a week of spooky fun! A children’s competition to see how many spooky items can be spotted on the train journey, a colouring corner and a decorated Whistlestop Cafe add to this Halloween themed event. FREE travel for every child when accompanied by a fare-paying adult (maximum of 2 children per adult). No prior booking required. See timetable for train times.

Last Minute Availability For October Half Term

If you have not yet made plans for the October half term, we still have limited availability and a 20% discount on Cruiser Hire.

This is our final week of the 2015 season, and there is lots going on in the Norfolk Broads area, so don’t miss out on the season of misty mornings and beautiful sunsets!

Current Availability For Friday 23rd October
Ultima - 3 Nights, sleeps 8+4  NOW  £756.00
Emperor, 3 Nights, sleeps 8+4  NOW  £839.20
Symphony, 3 Nights, sleeps 10  NOW  £636.00
Melody, 3 Nights, sleeps 6+2  NOW  £852.00
Merrymore, 3 Nights or 7 nights, sleeps 6+2  NOW £527.20 (3N) or  £748.00 (7N)
Braemore, 3 Nights or 7 nights, sleeps 4+2  NOW  £580.00 (3N) or  £823.80 (7N)

Availability For Saturday 24th October
Supermore, 3 Nights or 7 nights, sleeps 8  NOW  £856.00 (3N) or  £1216.00 (7N)
Quartet 2, 3 Nights or 7 nights, sleeps 4+2  NOW  £668.00 (3N)  or  £935.20  (7N)
Royale 3 / 4, 3 Nights or 7 nights, sleeps 2+2  NOW  £444 (3N)  or  £623.20  (7N)
Sonata, 3 Nights or 7 nights, sleeps 2  NOW  £327.20  (3N)  or  £468.00  (7N)
Moorhen, 3 Nights or 7 nights, sleeps 2  NOW  £327.20  (3N) or  £468.00 (7N)

CALL THE BOOKING OFFICE ON 01603 782625

The Captains Blog – video review of Brinks Belmore TC

Hear from Robin, one of our customers what he really thought of Brinks Belmore TC during his recent 10 day stay on the Norfolk Broads.

belmoreClick on the You Tube link to full his full video account.

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Brinks Belmore TC is a 4* star boat.  It has a very spacious aft cockpit area which is ideal for relaxing in the sun or gives plenty of room if you are planning a fishing trip.

Access to the main saloon is via sliding doors where you have a comfortable seating area and the helm position.  The galley is down two steps and comprises of a full gas cooker with grill and oven, microwave oven, sink and drainer and plenty of storage.  The toilet/shower compartment is opposite the galley and is a good size.  In the bow you have a ‘V’ berth with infill for double bed with plenty of storage.

‘Broadscapes’ Photography Holidays

New for the 2015 season, we are introducing ‘Broadscapes’, a Norfolk Broads landscape photography holiday offering the perfect blend of expert photographic tuition and doing your own thing.  You can take part if you are holidaying in one of our self catering properties or onboard a cruiser, everyone is welcome.

Broadscapes Photography Holidays

Broadscapes Photography Holidays

Based around pre-arranged meeting points at different locations, local professional commercial photographer Paul Studd will share with you his expert advice and tuition.  It will be relaxed, informal and fun. Above all, it’s a chance to point your camera at some of the iconic windmills & wetlands of the Norfolk Broads.

Our first photography holiday is arranged for Monday 20th April for 4 nights – a full itinerary is available on request.  If this date is not convenient, please see our website for other options.

The price is just £95 per person + the normal cost of your holiday accommodation or cruiser hire. 

For more information please email kerry@barnesbrinkcraft.com or call 07801 589627

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Tour De Broads – Sunday 23rd August

The Tour de Broads Festival is a cycle challenge which takes place around The Broads National Park area on Sunday 23rd August 2015.  Last year the event completely sold out and this year organisers are expecting over 2000 riders – the  event is open to everyone, whatever your cycling abilities.

Held at Strumpshaw Hall near Norwich, three routes are available for riders of different abilities to challenge themselves, 3 miles, 40 miles and 70 miles. The Epic Ride takes in 70 miles of the Broadland and North Norfolk area, giving you the chance to ride the tranquil and beautiful settings of the Norfolk Broads.

Tickets cost from only £10. As a social enterprise, all profits from the rides are used to engage, inspire and enable local people into cycling and enjoy the immediate benefits of an active lifestyle. Fund raising is used to provide coaching sessions and grow the loan bike fleet.  Click here for more information on the Tour De Broads 2015

Tour de Broads 2015 in The Broads National Park

Tour de Broads 2015 in The Broads National Park

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads to be renamed ‘national park’

The lakes and waterways of Norfolk and Suffolk are to be renamed the Broads National Park.  Although it will be known as a national park, it will not face the legal restrictions associated with the protected status.

Read the full story on the BBC News Website

Broads Authority members voted by an overwhelming majority to brand the area as a National Park after 79% of consultees approved the proposal.

Chief Executive of the Broads Authority John Packman led the three-month consultation and said he was “absolutely delighted” that the area would benefit from being clearly identified as a National Park.

Press Release from the Broads Authority

Norfolk Broads Autumn Newsletter

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AUTUMN NEWSLETTER
Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter, we’ve got lots to tell you after an extremely busy summer, so grab a cuppa and get comfy for a Norfolk Broads catch up.Have you seen our new look website?
Over the last few months we have been working hard to improve our website, making it
fully responsive to tablet devices and smart phones.  We have also changed the
navigation making it much easier to find exactly what you are looking for and we have
added several more pages with lots more information to help making booking and
planning your holiday even easier.

Interactive Map / Holiday Planner
One of the new features on the website we are especially proud is our new Interactive
Map/Holiday Planner
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  The map shows lots of local information to help you when planning your route around the Broads.  Choose from wifi hotspots, moorings, information on towns & villages, public toilets/shower facilities, places to eat, where the bridges are located and their heights – we have even put a suggested 7 day itinerary .  You will also see helpful notes and in some cases photographs* of places which we think you will find useful.

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* Some photographs are from our online Customer Photo Album - if you have any you
would like to share please email them to kerry@barnesbrinkcraft.com.

Brinks Rhapsody – New Hybrid Cruiser
In August we launched our new hybrid cruiser Brinks Rhapsody which is now part of our
Elite Fleet.

A fully electric hybrid, there is no engine on the boat, just a bank of batteries which drives
the motor, and should the batteries require more power, a generator kicks in and powers
the drive giving almost silent cruising.

Almost fully booked since it’s launch date we have had lots of really positive comments
and several people who hired this year and booked for next year already.  We do plan to
add another to our fleet next year – launch date to be confirmed.

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To see the Brinks Rhapsody in action, see the You Tube review video which our customer
Robin S has uploaded – it is really fantastic and once again we’d like to thank him for doing this.  To book call 01603 782625 or EmailChristmas Shopping Breaks
Is the thought of Christmas shopping sending you into a panic?  The stress of finding that
perfect present along with all the pushing, shoving and horn blowing that goes with city
centre shopping, it’s not a great start to the Festive season is it?

This year why not combine your Christmas shopping with a short break to the Norfolk Broads.  We are in the heart of Wroxham, close to ‘Roys’ the largest village store in the world, where you are sure to be able to find a gift for everyone on your list.  Our waterside self catering properties are perfect for couples, families or for friends to share, and from just £232* for short break it makes an affordable treat just before Christmas.

‘Broadscapes’ Photographic Holidays 
We mentioned this earlier in the year, and it’s taken us a little longer to put together than
we thought but we are now ready to start taking bookings for our photographic holidays.

Based around pre arranged rendezvous at different locations, meeting for daily tuition
with local photographer Paul Studd, a chat but above all for a chance to point your
camera at some of the iconic windmills & wetlands of the Norfolk Broads.

The holidays are open to everyone staying with us either onboard a cruiser or in one of
our self catering properties and are suitable for beginners and more advanced
photographers. The price is just £95 per person plus of course the cost of your
accommodation or cruiser hire.

The first mid week holiday takes place on Monday 20th April, or we have a weekend
break on Friday 15th May.  Places are limited to 8 participants per holiday , so early
booking is advised.  For more information please visit ‘Broadscapes‘ on our website
or call the office on 01603 782625

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Spend Christmas on the Norfolk Broads
We still have limited availability for Christmas in some of our self catering properties.
If you fancy doing something different this year why not get the family or your friends
together and spend Christmas on the Norfolk Broads.  The price of your holiday
includes a bottle of bubbly, a hamper of local seasonal foods and a Day Boat for the
duration of your stay.  We will even put up and decorate a Christmas Tree for you!

Customer Loyalty Scheme
Our Customer Loyalty Scheme has proved really popular and will continue next year.
If you have previously holidayed with us in the past 4 years, and rebook with us direct,
you will receive a delicious local food Hamper supplied by Farm to Fork.  This will be
delivered direct to the boatyard prior to your arrival for the start of your holiday.

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Hen & Stag Parties Welcome!

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Here at Barnes Brinkcraft we welcome Hen & Stag parties.*  If you are getting married
next year or if you are the person organising the Hen or Stag party, take a look at our
ideas of how to get the most out of your Norfolk Broads celebration.

Whether you choose a Cruiser break or one of our Self Catering properties, you can be
sure that you will have a celebration to remember for all the right reasons.

* A security deposit is payable

Barnes Brinkcraft on tour!

Brighton-Pride 2
Thank you to everyone who visited us on our stand at Brighton Pride again this year.  It was our 2nd year at Pride and we thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was lovely to see Robert Williams and his partner again who were the winners of our competition last
year.  It’s not set in stone yet, but next year we may be heading to north to Manchester
Pride - watch this space!

Early Bird – book now for 2015 and save 5%
Save 5% on our brochure price for 2015 bookings made before 28th February ’15.

New brochure out now!
Our 2015 is now available, to make sure you get your copy please email bookings@barnesbrinkcraft.co.uk
This year we have used new technology ‘Clickable Paper’ which we hope you will enjoy.

Share Your Holiday Photos
Our online album for our customers photographs is proving a real hit and we have loved
seeing what you all get up to on your holiday.  Thank you so much for sending them in and
please continue to do so.

If you would like to share your pictures with us, email them to kerry@barnesbrinkcraft.com or add them to our FacebookTwitter & Ingragram pages - you could win a £50 Amazon voucher!

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Thank you to Lindsay P who sent this photograph in – we love this one. Next time you
take a holiday with us, there will be a bottle of bubbly waiting for you to enjoy.

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