Edinburgh unveils new soft-play area for young flyers

Little flyers and passengers travelling with young children through Edinburgh Airport can now benefit from a new soft-play area installed in the airport’s departure lounge, the airport has said.

Part of a plan to transform Edinburgh into Scotland’s most child-friendly airport, the new children’s play area is the third such area to be installed at the airport since January.

Sponsored by Thomson and located between Gates 10 and 11, the new play area offers young kids plenty of pre-flight fun, keeping them entertained and exercised during their stay at the airport. There are seating areas nearby for parents to enable them to fully supervise the children.

John Watson, Chief Commercial Officer at Edinburgh Airport, said: ‘We want passengers of all ages to have the best time at Edinburgh Airport. Our free soft-play area allows children to run around and unwind in a safe environment before boarding their flight while their parents can relax and supervise.

‘We’re delighted to be working in partnership with our colleagues at Thomson who are sponsoring the new soft-play zone and share our commitment to passenger experience. The investment in our play areas shows that we’re working hard to make sure our smallest passengers and their families have the best start to their trip.’

Jeremy Ellis, Marketing Manager for TUI UK and Ireland, said: ‘We’re delighted to partner with Edinburgh Airport and feel this is a great opportunity for Thomson to showcase our family offering, giving customers a more child-friendly travelling experience at the airport.’

Edinburgh’s Imogen Dyer, a four-year-old and her brother Lysander, nearly two, were the first children to use the new play zone, spotting it immediately as they entered the departure lounge.

Their father, Keith, said: ‘This is a fantastic idea and something which I think a lot of parents will be grateful for when they travel with young children. Both Imogen and Lysander were desperate to have a go in the soft-play area from the minute they saw it.’

The new children’s zone features slides, a mini-climbing wall, and a tunnel, and was created in collaboration with SPI Global Play – a European indoor play area manufacturer that also created the two play areas installed in January.

 

The Love2Walk festival of Wales is back!

Love2Walk is back and this time with even more new walks and trails. This year Love2Walk have also launched a Facebook campaign where you can win a 2 night break in Wales. Check it out.

If you like to try new things, want to achieve something a bit different and love to do things on foot, then the Love2Walk festival is back in Bridgend this October!

The festival, which is developed by a partnership of community organisations, private businesses and Bridgend County Borough Council, is set to be the biggest yet. Walkers will have the opportunity to take part in over 40 walks to explore all areas of Bridgend County Borough from the 1 – 9 October 2011 and there will be something available for all ages, abilities and interests.

New walks have been introduced on to the 2011 programme which includes zorbing on water, astronomy, archaeology and a dairy farm walk. plus a range of other favourites such as ‘Ghostly Encounters’, ‘Wild Food Foraging’ and ‘Go Batty at Bryngarw’

Love2Walk have also launched a Facebook promotion offering all its fans to win a 2 night self-catering break in a Romany caravan in Wales. It is a very engaging campaign, were participants have an opportunity to upload pictures and videos of their own quirky walks for others to vote for. You can visit the page and enter on http://www.facebook.com/Love2Walk

Most walks will be free of charge and led by expert local guides. For further information contact love2walk@bridgend.gov.uk or visit www.love2walk.co.uk

 

Half price UK breaks until the end of June with Haven Holidays

Haven Holidays have re-introduced their half price holiday offer up to the end of June – so families can enjoy four night UK breaks at Seton Sands on the Firth of Forth from as little as £99 in June for up to six people! School holiday breaks start at just £199 for three nights arriving on July 1st or £499 for 7 nights.

There are loads of activities to keep family members of all ages entertained at Seton Sands Holiday Park, plenty of which is included in the cost. Plus, picking one of Haven’s Scottish parks means you can be on holiday and enjoying yourself in less time than it takes to check in at the airport!

Little ones will enjoy pint-sized fun with Little Cubs Club for 0-4 year olds, splash-teeny fun in and around the heated indoor pool, water confidence sessions, indoor and outdoor play areas and free mini-archery and mini-fencing sessions.

Children’s favourite Polly celebrates her birthday between Mon 11th – Fri 15th July. Highlight of the week will be Polly’s Party, when everyone’s invited to join in with party games and dances, cupcake decorating and a special birthday show.

Other activities available at no extra cost include the Wildlife Detectives with mini-beast hunts and a nature trail around the Park, character Olympics with Haven’s own Rory the Tiger, Annabel’s Creative Kitchen – fun cooking sessions created in conjunction with TV presenter and children’s cooking guru Annabel Karmel and family entertainment in the evenings.

And it’s not just about little ones. When schools break up there’s loads for bigger kids and grown ups too with organised sports and activities, kids’ clubs, daytime and evening entertainment.

Check out parks with golf courses, climbing walls, Laser Combat Zones, Adventure Golf, indoor and outdoor sports zones and even Spas!

Facilities and family holiday deals vary from park so check the website or phone for details. Click onwww.haven.com or call 0871 230 1900.