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First for Bridge Holidays

Overview

Arena Travel’s First for Bridge collection offers an extensive selection of quality holidays expertly created for Bridge players who love to travel. With over 20 years’ experience of organising bridge holidays and cruises in the UK and abroad, First for Bridge is proud to continue offering the professional service and high standard of holiday we’re renowned for.

All First for Bridge holidays combine a varied programme of seminars and bridge sessions with good quality hotels and fascinating destinations. Experienced directors and friendly hosts accompany every holiday. We are pleased to welcome solo travellers on all our holidays and will always find partners in the bridge room for those travelling alone. 


37 Holidays available from £90pp

Premier Bridge

From the idyllic Kernos Beach Hotel, overlooking the shining Sea of Crete, enjoy guided tours of Knossos Palace and Spinalonga.

  • 7 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 2 morning seminars
  • Welcome drink
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary
  • Coach travel for excursions
  • Excursions
    Included
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2024 4th May
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Premier Bridge

At the entrance of Boka Bay where the Adriatic Sea meets the mountains of Montenegro, the Carine Hotel Kumbor boasts a truly stunning location.

  • 11 nights all-inclusive accommodation
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 3 seminars
  • Welcome drink
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary
  • Coach travel for excursions
  • All
    Inclusive
  • Excursions
    Included
  • Spa
    Facilities
  • New
    Venue

Availability:

  • 2024 19th May
  • 2025 18th May
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Premier Bridge

Join us in the market town of Tiverton, mid-Devon, on this 5-day bridge holiday, staying at the Tiverton Hotel Lounge & Venue.

  • 4 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge programme with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 1 morning seminar
  • An afternoon with cream tea
  • Complimentary car parking
  • Welcome drink
  • Low Single
    Supplement
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2024 3rd June
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New Tour

The EBU Corwen Trophy is the competition for counties’ pairs champions, held at the Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre, Stone.

  • 1 or 2 nights half-board accommodation

Availability:

  • 2024 14th June 15th June
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Play Bridge & Explore

Within the heart of the Rhine Valley, relax, explore and play bridge in the delightful winemaking town of Boppard.

  • 7 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of our friendly hosts
  • Relaxed bridge sessions and interactive seminars
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Free use of local public transport
  • Entrance to Boppard Castle and Museum
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary
  • Excursions
    Included
  • New
    Venue
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2024 14th July
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Premier Bridge

Based at the Charlecote Pheasant, enjoy a fabulous visit to the beautiful Sudeley Castle and a relaxing railway journey on this bridge break.

  • 4 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 1 seminar
  • Welcome drink
  • Coach travel for excursions
  • Complimentary car parking
  • Excursions
    Included
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2024 12th August
  • 2025 11th August
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Play Bridge & Explore

Experience ultimate relaxation at the popular and charming Château des Comtes de Challes, set within truly beautiful surroundings.

  • 7 nights half-board accommodation
  • Fine wine with dinner
  • Services of our friendly hosts
  • Relaxed bridge sessions and interactive seminars
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary
  • Coach travel for excursions
  • All local taxes and porterage
  • Excursions
    Included
  • Drinks
    Package
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2024 1st September
  • 2025 8th June
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Play Bridge & Explore

Enjoy a warm welcome at the Tiverton Hotel Lounge & Venue, with visits to the RHS Garden Rosemoor and Powderham Castle included.

  • 4 nights half-board accommodation
  • An afternoon cream tea
  • Services of our friendly hosts
  • Relaxed bridge sessions and a seminar
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Welcome drink
  • Coaching for all included excursions
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary
  • Excursions
    Included
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2024 1st September
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Premier Bridge

An excellent 5-star hotel awaits you in Albena, with a wide, sandy beach, complimentary sunbeds and umbrellas, and spacious bridge room.

  • 7, 10 or 14 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge programme with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 2 weekly morning seminars
  • Welcome drink
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary
  • Coach travel for excursions
  • Excursions
    Included
  • Spa
    Facilities
  • New
    Venue
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2024 10th September 17th September
  • 2025 11th September
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Premier Bridge
New Tour

Take an indulgent bridge holiday at the luxurious, adults-only La Quinta Menorca by Portblue Boutique, with its first-class facilities and service.

  • 7 or 14 nights half-board accommodation
  • Return airport transfers from Mahon Airport
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge programme with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 2 weekly seminars
  • Welcome drink and canapés
  • Spa
    Facilities
  • New
    Venue
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2024 27th September 4th October
  • 2025 26th September 3rd October
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Premier Bridge

Staying at the lovely Acacia Marina resort, enjoy the beautiful gardens and a short level walk along the seafront promenade.

  • 7 nights half-board accommodation in your chosen hotel of either Acacia Marina or Acacia Palace
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary
  • Coach travel for excursions
  • Excursions
    Included
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2024 2nd October
  • 2025 1st October
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Premier Bridge

Join us in the heart of Torquay and enjoy a fantastic location just five minutes away from the stunning seafront.

  • 4 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 1 seminar
  • Complimentary car parking
  • Devonshire cream tea
  • Welcome drink
  • No Single
    Supplement
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2024 7th October
  • 2025 24th March 5th May 20th October
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New Tour

We stay at the luxurious 5-star Rodostamo Hotel and Spa on this fantastic Refresher Bridge holiday, including an excursion to Corfu Town.

  • 7 nights half-board accommodation
  • Return airport transfers from Corfu Airport
  • Services of our friendly hosts
  • Refreshers bridge sessions
  • Interactive seminars
  • Welcome drink
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary
  • Coach travel for excursions
  • Excursions
    Included
  • Spa
    Facilities
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2024 11th October
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EBU Overseas Congress
New Tour

The Green and Blue pointed EBU Overseas Congress in October 2024 will take place on the beautiful island of Crete, at the Kernos Beach Hotel.

  • 7, 8 or 9 nights half-board accommodation
  • Return airport transfers
  • Bridge fee for the EBU Congress
  • Green and Blue Masterpoints awarded
  • Sponsored drinks reception and prize giving
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary
  • Local tourist tax
  • Excursions
    Included
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2024 13th October 14th October 15th October
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Premier Bridge

This autumn bridge holiday will be held at the fabulous Merrion Hotel in Llandudno, renowned for its excellent location and superb dining.

  • 4 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 1 morning seminar
  • Welcome drink
  • Complimentary car parking
  • Low Single
    Supplement
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2024 21st October
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New Tour

Enjoy a weekend of beginners bridge, taking the time to meet new people and relax in the pleasant surroundings of the Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton.

  • 2 nights half-board accommodation
  • Introduction and learn to play bridge with Dom Rayner
  • Welcome drink
  • Low Single
    Supplement
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2024 1st November
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Premier Bridge

With excellent dining in the beachfront restaurant and an ultra all-inclusive package, the 5-star Raga Side Hotel is a Mediterranean dream.

  • 7, 10 or 14 nights ultra all-inclusive accommodation
  • Return airport transfers from Antalya Airport
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge programme with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Seminars twice weekly
  • Complimentary weekly laundry service
  • All
    Inclusive
  • Low Single
    Supplement
  • Spa
    Facilities

Availability:

  • 2024 3rd November 10th November
  • 2025 2nd November
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Premier Bridge

Nestled in 225 acres of glorious South Devon countryside, join us at the Dartmouth Hotel, Golf & Spa for an idyllic bridge retreat.

  • 4 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Relaxed bridge sessions and interactive seminars
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Spa
    Facilities
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2024 4th November
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New Tour

Learn to play bridge in the friendly ambience of the Charlecote Pheasant Hotel, enjoying a beautiful location in the heart of Shakespeare Country.

  • 2 nights half-board accommodation
  • Introduction and learn to play bridge with Dom Rayner
  • Welcome drink
  • Low Single
    Supplement
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2024 8th November
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Festive Bridge

Join us at the popular Athena Beach Hotel for a Christmas and New Year overseas bridge and bowls break.

  • 7 or 14 nights half-board accommodation
  • Return airport transfers from Paphos Airport
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge programme with masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 2 weekly seminars
  • 3 weekly bowls sessions
  • 2 weekly dance lessons
  • Christmas Eve Gala Dinner
  • New Year's Eve Gala Dinner
  • Fruit and wine in room on arrival
  • Spa
    Facilities
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2024 21st December 28th December
  • 2025 21st December 28th December
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Festive Bridge

Take on an unforgettable, festive bridge holiday to the very special Makeney Hall, with its Victorian feel and warm & welcoming staff.

  • 4 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Traditional Christmas lunch
  • Fizz and canapés on Boxing Day
  • Welcome drink
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2024 23rd December
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Festive Bridge

Enjoy a Twixmas bridge break to Oxford, staying at the fantastic and perfectly located Doubletree by Hilton Oxford Belfry Hotel.

  • 3 nights half-board accommodation
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Varied bridge programme with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and bridge hosts
  • One seminar
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2024 27th December
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Festive Bridge
New Tour

After the rush of Christmas, why not join us in Yorkshire for a wonderful Twixmas stay at the Rendezvous Hotel?

  • 4 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of our friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Welcome drink
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary
  • Coach travel for excursions
  • Excursions
    Included
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2024 27th December
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Festive Bridge
New Tour

Ring in the New Year in the beautiful city of Bristol! Enjoy a glass of fizz, canapés, and bridge games with your newfound friends.

  • 4 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 1 seminar
  • Fizz and canapés on New Year's Eve
  • Welcome drink
  • New
    Venue
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2024 29th December
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New Tour

Play bridge under the winter sun in beautiful Gran Canaria, with its sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, traditional towns, and lush greenery.

  • 7 or 14 nights half-board accommodation in a full sea view room
  • Return airport transfers from Las Palmas Airport to the hotel
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge programme with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 2 weekly bridge seminars

Availability:

  • 2025 7th January 14th January
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New Tour

Experience two Canary Islands in one fantastic, winter sun holiday, enjoying a varied programme of bridge and free time to explore.

  • Return flights from London Gatwick with 1 piece of checked-in luggage
  • 15, 22, or 29 nights all-inclusive and half-board accommodation
  • Return airport transfers in Gran Canaria and Tenerife
  • Interisland flight from Gran Canaria to Tenerife
  • Full sea view room in Gran Canaria
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge programme with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 2 weekly bridge seminars

Availability:

  • 2025 7th January 14th January
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Premier Bridge
New Tour

Discover our winter sun bridge venue on the sunny south side of Tenerife, staying at the 4-star Paradise Park Hotel in Los Cristianos.

  • 7 or 14 nights all-inclusive accommodation
  • Return airport transfers from Tenerife South Airport to the hotel
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge programme with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 2 weekly bridge seminars

Availability:

  • 2025 22nd January 29th January
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New Tour

Staying at the 4-star Db San Antonio Hotel & Spa, enjoy a varied bridge programme and a full-day excursion to the island of Gozo.

  • 7 nights all-inclusive accommodation
  • Return airport transfers
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge programme with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Welcome drink
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary
  • Local tourist tax

Availability:

  • 2025 6th February
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Soak up the sun and play bridge and bowls in gorgeous Paphos, staying at the luxurious 4-star Athena Royal Beach Hotel.

  • 10 nights half-board accommodation
  • Return airport transfers from Paphos Airport
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 3 morning seminars
  • Wine and fruit on arrival
  • 5 bowls sessions
  • Complimentary dance lessons twice weekly

Availability:

  • 2025 26th February
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Premier Bridge

The Hotel Bella Playa & Spa is a renowned resort, with excellent dining, friendly service and relaxing facilities.

  • 10 nights half-board accommodation
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 2 morning seminars
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and bridge hosts
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary
  • Coach travel for excursions
  • Excursions
    Included
  • Low Single
    Supplement
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2025 21st March
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New Tour

Join our bridge teacher Dom Rayner for a fantastic weekend of learning bridge bidding, staying at the 4-star Makeney Hall Hotel in Derbyshire.

  • 2 nights half-board accommodation
  • Introduction and learn to bid with Dom Rayner
  • Welcome drink

Availability:

  • 2025 28th March
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Premier Bridge

From the 4-star Marriott Cheltenham Chase, enjoy rolling countryside, incredible views of the Cotswold Hills, and modern luxury.

  • 4 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge programme with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 1 seminar
  • Complimentary parking
  • Welcome drink
  • Spa
    Facilities
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2025 30th March
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Play Bridge & Explore
New Tour

Join us on a very special bridge tour to the Azores, considered one of the most beautiful places in the world with breathtaking natural beauty.

  • 7 nights half-board accommodation
  • 2 lunches
  • Drinks package with dinner
  • Services of our friendly hosts
  • Relaxed bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 1 weekly bridge seminar
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary

Availability:

  • 2025 8th April
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Premier Bridge
New Tour

Enjoy a stay at the Rendezvous Hotel this spring, with two nostalgic railway journeys and visits to RHS Garden Harlow Carr and Haworth.

  • 4 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of our friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Welcome drink
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary
  • Coach travel for excursions
  • Excursions
    Included
  • New
    Venue
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2025 5th May
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New Tour

Enjoy a relaxing bridge holiday and top-notch facilities in lovely Mogan, set in peaceful and beautiful surroundings that boast an amazing climate.

  • 7 nights half-board accommodation
  • Return airport transfers from Las Palmas Airport to your hotel
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge programme with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 2 weekly bridge seminars

Availability:

  • 2025 24th June
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Premier Bridge
New Tour

From the Sprowston Manor, Golf & Country Club, play bridge and visit Sandringham, ride the Bure Valley Railway and cruise the Norfolk Broads.

  • 5 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 1 morning seminar
  • Welcome drink
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary
  • Coach travel for excursions
  • Complimentary car parking
  • Excursions
    Included
  • New
    Venue
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2025 6th July
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Play Bridge & Explore

Visit Westport House, Achill Island and Connemara’s Kylemore Abbey, and take a cruise on Killary Fjord, as you discover Ireland’s west coast.

  • 5 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of our friendly hosts
  • Relaxed bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Welcome drink
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary
  • Coach travel for excursions
  • Excursions
    Included
  • Spa
    Facilities
  • Half
    Board

Availability:

  • 2025 7th September
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Meet the
Team

We’ve assembled a fantastic team of directors, hosts and teachers, all dedicated to providing an engaging and supportive bridge-playing environment.

Meet the Team
Ro Kaye

Ro Kaye

Ro enjoys playing bridge at her local club, Cheltenham. She has been chairman there and run the Congress Committee for several years too. She is actively involved in EBEDD as child protection officer and loves participating in the local youth teaching scheme as well as being one of the organisers of the Junior Spring Camp.
Chris and Linda Benneworth

Chris and Linda Benneworth

Following successful careers in education, Chris and Linda retired in the late nineties and started directing together, working at first in local and more recently in overseas congresses. They ran the North Eastern Bridge Association Congress for a number of years in Otterburn, Consett and Gateshead, an event with a deserved reputation for friendliness.
James and Jane Tullett

James and Jane Tullett

Jane brings her organisational and interpersonal skills to the forefront to make an excellent hosting team with her husband James. James has been playing bridge for over 30 years and is regularly picked for his county. Jane and James have travelled extensively in recent years to explore exotic parts of the world, such as Peru, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Mark Hooper

Mark Hooper

Mark is a bridge Premier Life Master, having played competitively for over 30 years. After retiring from a career in IT, Mark has been able to indulge his passion for bridge. He is an EBU-qualified tournament director, and an EBU-accredited bridge teacher, teaching beginners at his local bridge club.
Eddie and Kathy Williams

Eddie and Kathy Williams

Eddie and Kathy have been playing bridge for over 30 years. For the last 20 years, they have been lucky enough to have bridge as their occupation, running bridge holidays, teaching bridge, organising county events, directing tournaments locally, county wide and nationally. Both are on the national panel of the EBU tournament directors.
Gary and Lesley Conrad

Gary and Lesley Conrad

Gary and Lesley have been hosting bridge holiday events for many years They enjoy these events, socialising, and caring for the guests, and always strive to ensure that our guests have a wonderful holiday experience. Gary is a senior EBU panel director and chief tournament director for Hertfordshire, and Lesley is the social expert.
John and Sarah Barker

John and Sarah Barker

Passionate about bridge, John is a fully qualified professional bridge teacher and runs his own bridge club where he also teaches. He plays regularly for Norfolk and is either playing or teaching bridge nearly every day of the week. Sarah brings her people skills and organisation to help make sure everyone has a fabulous holiday.
Anne Wright

Anne Wright

Anne is a host who works alongside our directors with the aim of ensuring that everyone enjoys their bridge holiday. She is friendly and approachable and enjoys her bridge, playing in several competitions near her home in Leicestershire. Anne is a qualified bridge director, and she looks forward to welcoming players of all standards.
Colin Simcox

Colin Simcox

Colin Simcox is an EBU Panel Director who can be seen at many events, especially across the West Country and Wales. He was fortunate to learn bridge whilst at school, now some 40 years ago. Colin has been playing regularly ever since and has represented Somerset in the Tollemache Cup on many occasions, as well as the Corwen Trophy and Pachabo.
Jacky Baker

Jacky Baker

Jacky has wonderful memories of working on bridge holidays over the years. She has been playing bridge for as long as she can remember and has many triumphs at congresses around the country. She also plays for her county of Somerset. Jacky is looking forward to meeting new and old friends on her next holiday.
Maggie Pyner

Maggie Pyner

Maggie has played bridge for over forty years, being a life master and playing at county level representing Norfolk, with her late husband John where they moved to for their retirement. She is a panel director for the EBU and has run bridge congresses all over the country, alongside holidays abroad and cruises.
Sarah Amos

Sarah Amos

Sarah is the third generation of her family to be hooked on bridge, following after her mother and grandparents. She started playing over 35 years ago and began teaching and directing not long after. She is probably best known as a top-level Tournament Director in both Wales and England.
Hilary and David Powell

Hilary and David Powell

First for Bridge hosts Hilary and David Powell are looking forward to making your bridge holiday restful and enjoyable. They play bridge regularly at several local bridge clubs and in county competitions. David has represented Kent on several occasions in the annual Metropolitan Cup, and they are on the committee of Bromley North Bridge Club.
Dom Rayner

Dom Rayner

Dom is a professional bridge player and coach, who has taken great joy in teaching everyone from brand new players all the way up to experts. He still loves it to this day! Whether you are a complete beginner, or more advanced, Dom is sure you will love learning bridge with him. Give it a try!
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