Christ­mas is com­ing! Oh yes it is. And peo­ple are al­ready book­ing up for a few fes­tive days away. Derek James opens the pages of the new Nor­folk-based Grand UK Hol­i­days brochure.

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It’s time to be pre­pared

H o, ho, ho. Al­low me to be the first to wish you a very merry Christ­mas. I can al­most hear you groan. The sun is still shin­ing, peo­ple are sit­ting on the beach and swim­ming in the sea. Sum­mer has been lovely. Some­times.

It’s about this time of the year that peo­ple tend to plan ahead to make sure they get the most out of the of the Christ­mas and New Year pe­riod.

Es­pe­cially those liv­ing on their own.

“We have seen a great growth in the num­bers book­ing fes­tive breaks in re­cent years,” says Harold Burke, sales di­rec­tor at the over-55s spe­cial­ist Grand UK in Nor­wich which has just un­veiled a new, more user-friendly web­site and a new brochure.

“Our range of Christ­mas mar­ket tours, Turkey & Tin­sel breaks and Christ­mas and New Year hol­i­days are more pop­u­lar than ever,” adds Harold.

“There is also an in­creas­ing num­ber of solo trav­ellers who may be wid­owed or have lost their trav­el­ling com­pan­ion, and they re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that we don’t charge sin­gle sup­ple­ments, and have lots of sin­gle rooms avail­able,” he says.

And he made this im­por­tant point: “Com­pan­ion­ship is an­other key fac­tor; solo trav­ellers tell us they en­joy the com­pany of our friendly tour man­agers and like­minded hol­i­day­mak­ers.”

High­lights of the new brochure in­clude fes­tive com­bos, which of­fer cus­tomers the chance to com­bine

a Christ­mas and New Year hol­i­day in the UK, and pay just £20pp, per night on a half-board ba­sis, for the nights in be­tween.

There are also dis­counts for those who drive to the ho­tel, and ever-pop­u­lar trips to the panto are in­cluded in many Christ­mas breaks.

Christ­mas hol­i­days start at £ 359pp for a five-day ho­tel break in the UK, which in­cludes coach travel, half-board ac­com­mo­da­tion, two sight­see­ing ex­cur­sions and fes­tive en­ter­tain­ment.

The brochure also in­cludes the lux­ury, Grand UK Gold, with coaches of­fer­ing ex­tra-leg room and leather seats.

There is a seven-day Scot­tish Gold Christ­mas (£ 699pp) which is based at the four-star Stir­ling High­land Ho­tel, near Stir­ling Cas­tle.

You can cruise the Rhine vis­it­ing the Nor­wich twin town of Koblenz or, closer to home, visit mar­kets in Birm­ing­ham and see the fa­mous Tat­too.

The new brochure features depar­tures from Septem­ber 2017 to May 2018 of­fer­ing nu­mer­ous hol­i­days in the UK, river cruises in Euro­pean es­corted tours, spe­cial breaks for sin­gles and en­ter­tain­ment events.

The com­pany was set by lo­cal man Paul Ben­nett in 1983 with his life sav­ings of £ 500. It now em­ploys more than 450 peo­ple and han­dles book­ings for around 100,000 hol­i­day­mak­ers a year.

For more de­tails about all the hol­i­days. You can click on grandukhol­i­ or email book­ings@grandukhol­i­

Call Nor­wich (01603) 619933, pick up a brochure at a travel agent or pop into their of­fices at the land­mark Old Bak­ery on Queen’s Road, Nor­wich, not far from the Bus Sta­tion.

As part of the Let’s Talk fam­ily we would love to hear your hol­i­day sto­ries. Drop me a line at derek. or write to be me at Prospect House, Rouen Road, Nor­wich NR1 1RE. Happy trav­els.

St Ni­cholas Christ­mas Fayre, York.

Koblenz Christ­mas Mar­ket which is part of the Cruis­ing the Rhine hol­i­day with Grand UK.

Grand fi­nale at the Birm­ing­ham Christ­mas Tat­too.

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