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Festive and New Year Breaks

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Spread the festive cheer and enjoy an experience like no other this Christmas or New Year, with our magical array of Christmas or New Year breaks. From German Christmas markets, to New Year's cruises with fabulous firework displays – there’s a treat for all at Arena Travel! 

5 Holidays available from £420pp

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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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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