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November 15, 2018

Funtastic Ideas for Winter 2019/19

So much is happening at The Lowry Outlet this Winter, we thought you’d like to make a special trip to get it all in one visit! There’s more detail on our FUNTASTIC site:  http://www.funtastictrips.co.uk/coach-trips-lowry-outlet-salford-quays

Fancy a day at the races … or a night at the opera? Belle Vue takes you to places you really want to visit. How about booking #Aintree for you Christmas party? There’s more detail on our FUNTASTIC site: http://www.funtastictrips.co.uk/coach-trips-grand-national-aintree/

Freeport Fleetwood has been renamed Affinity Lancashire and that’s just the beginning! A shopping experience with exciting brands at up to 60% off. Book your day trip today! http://www.funtastictrips.co.uk/coach-trips-freeport-fleetwood/

See more on our sister website:

Coach Trips to Southport Pleasureland

Coach Trips to The Grand National at Aintree

Trafford Centre

Coach Trips to Liverpool One

Coach Trips to The Lowry Outlet in Salford Quays

Coach Trips to Freeport Fleetwood

Coach Trips to Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Coach Trips to The Meadowhall Centre in Sheffield

October 14, 2018

Health and Fitness Travel Launches New Website

Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness holiday specialists has released their all-new global website. Substantial revamps have led to improved aesthetic design, better accessibility and an intuitive layout, providing optimal navigation and even more resources for customers looking for a wellness holiday.

With the UK and Australian websites becoming international and advanced filtering of holidays, the consumer experience has improved exponentially.

Paul Joseph, co-founder of Health and Fitness Travel says “We continually strive to evolve and provide the best service possible and expand our offerings to the diversifying needs of our clients. Having a global-friendly website allows us to spread our passion for travel and well-being, placing us one step closer to achieving our mission of improving the lives of 100,000 wellness travellers by 2028.”

To achieve their mission, the global team, with headquarters in London, Melbourne, Manila and Toronto, are working hand in hand with partners, sharing accumulated knowledge and expertise, journeying far and beyond to seek new experiences they know their clients will love.

To experience the new Health and Fitness Travel website for yourself visit www.healthandfitnesstravel.com

Explore Health and Fitness Travel’s latest holidays, featured on the new website:

Pine Cliffs, Portugal

Set atop the scenic Algarve cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Pine Cliffs is a secluded haven that provides a well curated luxury holiday. The resort is beautifully designed, adorned with murals and hand painted tiles that exhibit the richness of Portuguese culture. Be as relaxed and pampered as you wish with lavish spa treatments or active and on the go as you enjoy a broad range of fitness facilities and outdoor activities. For those wanting to enjoy the sun, sand and sea, venture a little further via panoramic lift and boarded walkway to the pristine Falésia Beach.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 6 nights at Pine Cliffs from £1,985pp or £2,905 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a wellness programme and return private transfers.

The Retreat Costa Rica, Costa Rica

A private haven perched on the sloping hillside of a quartz mountain, The Retreat Costa Rica exudes intimacy and calm with just 11 rooms. This transformational retreat was founded by life coach, celebrity chef and best-selling author Diana Stobo to provide a place that epitomizes well-being and promote a natural approach to addressing health issues. Through its six core tenets of stress reduction, cultural involvement, gentle physical activity, spiritual connectedness, wellness recovery and organic eating, embark upon a journey that will lead you to a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 4 nights at The Retreat from £1,040pp or £1,295 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a wellness programme and return private transfers.

Svarga Loka, Bali

Set on the riverbanks of the spiritual Campuhan river in Ubud, Svarga Loka caters to the discerning needs of wellness travelers, providing a sacred place to reflect and rejuvenate. With various programs and visiting international experts, focus on any wellness goals, from mindfulness, weight management to detox and holistic healing. Experience luxury accommodation and a range of activities including yoga, meditation, workshops and spa therapies. Svarga Loka not only offers a tranquil sanctuary, but also provides guests with invaluable skills and knowledge to continue their transformation journey long after their stay.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 5 nights at Svarga Loka from £1,750pp or £2,190 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a wellness programme and return private transfers.

Quintessence Retreats, France

Journey to the enviable address of Courchevel, located at the heart of the French Alps in the world’s largest ski area, for a unique fitness journey with a touch of luxury. This retreat espouses an active lifestyle through a combination of sports, functional fitness, nutrition, and an atmosphere of an exceptionally beautiful environment. After every action-packed session, head to the social dining area to refuel with a healthy meal, prepared by in-house chefs. Bathe in the cool, crisp mountain air as you explore the serene surroundings and later end the day with a rebalancing yoga and meditation class.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Quintessence from £2,665pp or £2,580 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, a wellness programme and return private transfers.

Baobab Suites, Tenerife

A fusion of luxury and minimalism, Baobab Suites boasts elegant apartments with floor-to-ceiling windows and efficient facilities perfect for your all wellness pursuits. This retreat follows a well-balanced approach to wellness with active fitness sessions and soothing wellness and aesthetic treatments for recovery and relaxation. Practice various forms of yoga, tone up with Pilates or boost your endurance with swimming and running with expert coaching. Throughout the day and evening, enjoy nutritious meal options to reinvigorate your body. For those who want to explore, this island escape is just a walk away from beautiful beaches and close to buzzing shopping centres.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 5 nights at Baobab Suites from £720pp or £1,205 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, a wellness programme and return private transfers.

Macdonald Monchique Resort and Spa, Portugal

Nestled between lush pine forests and stunning mountains, Macdonald Monique exudes modern elegance harmonised with classic Portuguese flair. This health retreat puts your well-being at the front and centre with facilities and programs that help you find inner balance and self-awareness. For a unique pampering experience, unwind in the sensorial spa thermal circuit along with a range of treatments inspired by nature. Along with daily fitness activities, a range of healthy gastronomic experiences and luxurious accommodation appointed with unspoiled views of the sea and mountains, this hidden spa retreat checks all the boxes for a truly remarkable holiday.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Macdonald Monchique from £1,015pp or £1,245 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a wellness programme and return private transfers.

Wildfitness Menorca, Spain

Feel the freedom of nature as you escape to the Balearic island of Menorca for an exhilarating fitness and wellness retreat. Share a life changing fun-filled adventure with like-minded individuals amidst an untouched Mediterranean coastline and surrounded by beautiful fauna. This back to nature break will leave your body charged and mind de-stressed with a plethora of outdoor activities, from sunrise yoga and circuit training to restorative stretching and massages. Combining luxe-living, exercise, mindfulness and nutrition, Wildfitness Menorca promises an all-encompassing approach to health and fitness.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 6 nights at Wildfitness Menorca from £1,210pp or £1,725 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a wellness programme and return private transfers.

Borgo Egnazia, Italy

Set in a rural castle in beautiful Puglia, Italy, Borgo Egnazia finds itself quietly removed from the frantic buzz of city life. Experience wellness in the lap of luxury with private fitness sessions, lavish spa treatments and a healthy gastronomy for the senses. Following a holistic approach, indulge in an extensive list of natural body care therapies to soothe you into deep relaxation. The retreat boasts 184 rooms, which spread throughout their grounds, multiple restaurants to suit any taste buds and an array of health and wellness facilities to accommodate a wealth of complimentary activities.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 5 nights at Borgo Egnazia from £1,795pp or £2,335 for single occupancy. Pricing includes breakfast, a wellness programme and return private transfers.

Six Senses Kaplankaya, Turkey

Six Senses Kaplankaya is a secluded wellness sanctuary set by the picturesque southern Aegean coast. Embrace a ‘live younger, longer’ attitude as you give your health a boost with a selection of indulgent spa treatments and fitness activities. Disengage from the stresses of daily life as you find your calm with sunrise yoga or a morning coastal walk, then sweat it out on a personal training session that will put you through your paces. Whatever your goals are, this Turkish getaway is guaranteed to help you take a step back and focus on your well-being.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Six Senses Kaplankaya from £2,485pp of £3,530 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, a wellness programme and return private transfers.

The BARAI Spa, Thailand

The award-winning BARAI Spa is the ideal destination for an all-encompassing healthy break to unwind and de-stress. Situated over acres of spectacular white sand beach, the BARAI is naturally centered on the element of water, bringing rejuvenation and healing by combining traditional Thai health rituals with contemporary western approaches. In this pocket of paradise, stay in a stunning BARAI spa suite with the luxury of your own private concierge. Whether you wish to practice yoga, kick-start your fitness or simply relax with holistic spa treatments, The BARAI has you covered.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at The BARAI Spa from £2,335pp or £3,420 for single occupancy. Price is full board, with a bespoke programme and return private transfers.

REVĪVŌ Wellness Resort, Bali

REVĪVŌ is located atop the quiet hills of Nusa Dua in the south of Bali, made up of beautifully designed suites, villas and scenic grounds. It’s a holistic healing holiday with an emphasis on authentic ancient Balinese traditions. The spa boasts serene treatment rooms, contrast spa therapy plunge pools, steam rooms and a salt water floating pool. You can also focus your fitness with multi-functional facilities that include a yoga barn, a meditation room, a Pilates studio, a fitness room, and a fifty-meter lap pool. REVĪVŌ aims to soothe the spirit, rejuvenate the body and enrich the mind.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at REVIVO from £3,355pp of £5,235 for single occupancy. Price is full board, with a wellness programme and return private transfers.

Pravassa, Worldwide

Offering wellness experiences in different parts of the world, embark on a wellness adventure designed to address your self-care needs. With their five-tenet wellness travel philosophy: breathe, move, mindfulness, nourish and experience, engage in immersive real-life opportunities with your idea of well-being in mind. You can travel on a custom itinerary or as part of their premium group retreats, and their wellness experts will be there to guide you throughout your journey. Have a taste of culture, wellness, luxury and a well-deserved down time so you can return home renewed and fully rejuvenated.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers a 3 – 11 night Pravassa tour for £3,500pp.

Ayii Anargyri, Cyrpus

A natural healing retreat located in the west of Cyprus, Ayii Anargyri boasts an inherent atmosphere for health and restoration. Choose from a variety of programs that offer different solutions to your wellness needs, including detox, weight management, fitness, and holistic healing focusing on specific health conditions like psoriasis and arthritis. You can also easily indulge in a range of different spa treatments to leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. With excellent spa and fitness facilities, Ayii Anargyri provides the right space to take some well-deserved time out for yourself to completely relax and unwind.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Ayii Anargyri from £1,040pp or £1,475 for single occupancy. Price is full board, with a wellness programme and return private transfers.

Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus

Wind your way up the scenic hills of Phapos and discover this idyllic 5-star golf, tennis and spa resort. With lush accommodation and an award-winning spa, Aphrodite Hills allows for an experience that truly embodies its philosophy of luxury, serenity and vitality. In between activities, replenish your energy with pampering spa treatments from hot stone massages to flower detox wraps. Explore the surrounding coastal region of Cyprus on a cycle tour during the day before you set the tone for a casual evening of alfresco dining at one of the 5 dining options to best suite your taste.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Aphrodite Hills from £1,105pp or £1,510 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, a wellness programme and return private transfers.

For advice, guidance and booking visit www.healthandfitnesstravel.com or call 0203 397 8891

Accessible Travel

From a coach with a lift to advanced local knowledge!

Belle Vue Coaches has a large and varied fleet of vehicles. In short, however many people needing transport – plus all their needs, can be met by Belle Vue Coaches!

No matter what the size and class of your party, group, family or club and wherever you may be travelling to, we have a wheelchair-friendly coach that will meet your requirements.

Belle Vue Coaches spans Manchester, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire and beyond. No destination is a  problem. With us, you are in the right place for wheelchair accessible coaches in the North West of England to anywhere in Europe!

So, whenever you need to transport a group of people with accessible requirements, Belle Vue’s wheelchair-friendly coach service has all the accessible features to transport wheelchair users more comfortably.

We really do have the best facilities onboard to make your journey a successful, safe and comfy one. Belle Vue’s highly trained driver crew is exceptional in looking after you from journey start to drop off home!

Available accessible transport service across Manchester and the North West

  • There is a wide selection of journeys to choose from. We have a brochure with over 70 day trip packages in it, loads more ideas and suggestion on Coach Hire Manchester and Funtastic Trips!
  • We have done all the research in going to the places we list
  • Elite driving squad trained to troubleshoot and resolve issues and problems that occur with panache and decorum
  • We piece great attractions, restaurants and shopping outlets together to make the perfect great day-trip
  • People can mix and match ideas and can create bespoke trips to suit their requirements. It is so simple
  • CAN’T is not a word in the Belle Vue customer experience requirement
  • They cover afternoon tea parties, markets and shopping outlets, tourism and culture
  • Belle Vue Coaches makes life easy for group organisers. If you book with us e.g. at Christmas, the chances are people will still be congratulating you on a fantastic event the next summer. Read our article about the Christmas Party Legend! It could be you!
  • We have a lift on the coach that means wheelchair users and people with stiff knees, limited mobility, etc. can avoid the steps!
  • Our drivers are specially trained to make every passenger INCLUDED rather than EXCLUDED. It’s not just about the coach having a lift, it is also about the service you experience, too!
  • We make FUN DAYS OUT for every kind of group – to every kind of place, it’s a ball on wheels!
October 11, 2018

Autumn Event Ideas

Autumn at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Thrill seekers, family fun, shows, events, hot ice and a new roller coaster: ICON! There’s so much choice at Blackpool Pleasure Beach! The Autumn schedule is mixed and packed right up into the Christmas season!

Belle Vue is your perfect transport partner. Forget finding an all-day parking spot half-way across town and trudging about. We are here to make the experience nothing short of amazing!

Maximise your time with an experienced on-call driver who knows the best spots and puts your pleasure first!

BOOK YOUR EXPERIENCE TODAY. CALL 0161 947 9477.  QUOTE “PLEASURE BEACH PACKAGE” FOR THE LATEST DEALS!

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See Blackpool Illuminations 2018!

Blackpool illuminations, running from 31st August – 4th November 2018, has got to be one of the 10 great Wonders of the World: 10 kilometres long and using over one million bulbs!

2012 marked the centenary for the Blackpool illuminations. Princess Louise in May 1912 opened a new section of promenade. To mark that occasion, 10,000 lights were festooned along the promenade! The start of things to come!

You can hire a 20- 33- 49- or 83-seater coach or mini-bus from Belle Vue Coaches to visit Blackpool!

Kays Fish and chips, Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Rock, The Pleasure Beach, Blackpool Circus, the piers, promenades, the sea, stag and hen dos, Freeport Shopping Centre … EVERYONE LOVES BLACKPOOL!

Now is the time to book with us! Ask us if we can book tickets cheaper for you and save money!

Enjoy quality time with colleagues, family and friends! See our Blackpool page for more here.

Funtastic Events at Alton Towers Resort

Alton Towers Resort is now home to thrill rides such as Wicker Man, Galactica, Nemesis, Oblivion, Rita, Th23teen, Smiler, Blade and Enterprise. Over on our sister site, Funtastic Trips, we’ve posted all the latest ride details for you to check out!

Scare Fest 2018

Scarefest promises to be the scariest and the most terrifying event to date! There is something for all thrill seekers and families, with tons of terrific rides, blockbusting attractions, amazing live shows, and weird and wonderful costume characters. J

Join us for our terrifying Scarefest event 6th – 7th, 13th – 14th, 19th October – 2nd November 2018. It’s a Halloween Spooktacular when the Theme Park becomes home to Halloween! You get to enjoy rides in the dark plus there’s loads of extra entertainment.

Scarefest also brings the opportunity to ride the world’s first 14 loop rollercoaster in total darkness, casting advocates into the unknown alongside the return of the terrifying scare-mazes.

Spine-Tingling Terror!

The multi award winning scare mazes have been re-scarified for this year and we are adding another NEW maze to the line up! And as if that’s not scary enough, dare you take on our world-class thrill rides in the dark?

Fireworks *

Date: 3rd & 4th November. Join Belle Vue and friends for a spectacular Fireworks event, that will dazzle and delight!

* Pre-book to guarantee entry 0161 947 9477

You’re safer visiting Manchester and London than walking your dog or making a brew!

It has been a testing few weeks with the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London. Some Group Organisers are nervous about venturing into the cities. We are writing to inform you our team are prepared and vigilant and have been trained in prevention and protection.

In October last year, long before any attacks in Manchester, our team attended the Greater Manchester Police Headquarters for a training session in counter terrorism. In the spring we have rolled our Counter Terrorism training programme out across the team weeks before any events in Manchester had happened.

Our team are trained in how to stop an attack from happening and if that’s not possible then how to mitigate the impact. We are trained to seek out suspicious behaviour and packages. We know how to take actions to strengthen passenger security and keep our passengers safer. Although the UK is on a severe security grading the chances of an incident happening on your trip are extremely low indeed.

Over the last 10 years there’s been 1.4 deaths per year in the UK due to terrorism – which, according to research from BuzzFeed, means you’re more likely to be killed by dogs (18 deaths per year), hot water (100 deaths per year) or using your phone while driving (2,920 deaths per year).

On the night of the Manchester Arena attack we had numerous coaches out on conference work which ended up in the city on lockdown all night. Our team handled the events of that evening superbly. We also provided complimentary transport for the councillors attending the vigil in Manchester and provided transport for the victims families at the One Love Concert.

Manchester is a City United. We don’t live in fear and we go about our daily business as normal. You should too. You can be assured that the safety of our passengers is paramount and we take whatever steps necessary to make our services safer for our passengers.

Thank you for your continued support. Assuring you of our close and personal attention at all times.

Yours sincerely,

Philip Hitchen
Director

October 4, 2016

Seven Ways to Turn a Back Street Business into an Award Winning Player

1

Build a team – and appreciate it

Football: Ever noticed Pep Guardiola when Man City are playing? He stands on the touch line or sits in the dugout. You never see him in goal, shot stopping. Or playing centre half, stopping attacks. Or running up field trying to score a goal. He manages the team.

Ever find yourself shot stopping in your organization? Or running up field trying to score a goal? Why do we do that when we have a team? The problem with a lot of entrepreneurs and managers is they try to do everything themselves. It’s time to delegate and save your time. List all the functions that happen in your organization. Then delegate each function to one of your team. Have one key person managing each department and have them report to you every week. This way you can manage the department with your departmental manager offering support and advice when needed, with them having full control and support off you to make decisions and get things done.

A human being will do ten things in a day. 9 really well and 1 not so well. The problem with most organizations is the person will never hear anything good about the 9 things they did well, but they will never hear the last of the 1 thing they didn’t do so well. This drives morale into the floor and makes people perform poorly and eventually leave. Offer praise on an individual’s achievements and focus on the positive feedback. Watch them grow.

2

Work on the business - not in it

Once you have built a team, with departmental managers, have a general manager sit over the departmental managers. This is the one person who is calling the shots over the others in times of need. You only need deal with this one person daily with a team meeting once a week.

Get an office in your home. Work from there. You will gain a perspective of the business and be able to change it to what your vision is. Sometimes being in the woods means you can’t see the trees clearly. You get a better perspective of something if you are stood outside of it. The same happens when you work out of the business. With a mobile phone and a laptop, you can work from anywhere in the world and truly create a better work life balance. Imagine working from your Spanish holiday home, the beach or a coffee shop?

Once the operational side of the business is delegated out you can concentrate on training and motivating your team, improving your marketing and building a brand.

3

Invest time and money

Invest money on key assets. In the transport sector these assets are your vehicles. Then sweat those assets. Work them. Have them busy on contracts and income producing activity. Have financial targets for these assets and make sure you achieve them.

Train your team. Whatever department they work in, make sure they know what they are doing to the best of their ability. Most employers on the smaller side see training as a waste of time and money. They may have invested in their staff only to see them leave or not realize their full potential. Train your team so they are brilliant at what they do. Train them so they are good enough to be head hunted off another company, but treat them good enough so they wouldn’t want to leave

4

Listen to your customers

If you are offering a product or a service get your customers feedback on how you did. Then make improvements based off their suggestions. Have a ‘customer feedback form’ for the customer to complete after every experience. Make a holiday prize available to one lucky customer so people feel it worthwhile to complete your aftersales form. Regular customers who value your service will help you improve it because it will be to their benefit.

The improvement list will come in and you can start improving the business. Imagine contacting a company and telling them all the things you would like improving. Then they write back to you thanking you and informing you that they have made the changes and they can’t wait for you to experience the upgraded service. Customers love being listened to and being taken care of. Offer the best service with a smile.

5

Get audited

Get consultants to audit your business and improve your game. Meet these new guidelines. Consultants are like fitness trainers to businesses. Ever had a fitness trainer train you down the gym? They ask you to do a hundred sit ups and when you knock them out, when you get to ninety-five they say, “Give me another twenty!” Before you have even realized you have knocked another twenty out! You would not have done that without the motivation of a fitness coach. The same can be said in business with consultants. They push you to new parameters.

Set BIG goals and go and meet them. Having regular audits means you constantly thrive to be on the top of your game and this will be reflected in the service you offer and the financial rewards will follow.

6

Compete in industry awards

Who are the market leaders in your industry? What do they do that you don’t? Find out! The best way to become a market leader is work like one. An easy way to do this is compete in industry awards. You may think that you are not worthy to compete at an industry level but everyone has to start somewhere.

Completing applications for industry awards will make you think about your business right across the board and it will highlight weaknesses or areas that could be improved. This is the real joy about awards. It is not winning the award which is great in its self. It is the improvement to the business and the status it brings to your team. Ever wondered why the SAS was considered the elite soldier? Because they were called ‘Special’ – The Special Air Service. People grow another inch when they think they are special and they produce results to match.

Start competing at industry awards and follow people who are having the success you crave. Our life is what our thoughts make it. Start thinking successfully and your actions will produce the results you imagined.

7

Make it fun – create play at work

Who wants to work in an organization that is boring? I don’t! You don’t! Imagine working at Virgin or Apple? You bet it wouldn’t be boring would it?! So make your place an exciting place to work. What could you do to spice things up? Have breakfast with your team first thing on a Monday morning? Have a few cocktails after work on a Friday night? Take an activity day out team building? It’s all the rave in the corporate world of 2016. Take a day out to the races? Have a company barbeque? Organize a company holiday? Have a Christmas party? Whatever you do, plan it with enthusiasm. Keep it real not fake and have fun. See the joy it brings to the team. It is priceless.

(It was once said that Brian Clough the Nottingham Forest manager, took his players out to the pub on the eve of a European Cup Final for three beers. He thought it would create a party atmosphere, settle the nerves, and made sure the players slept before the biggest game of the club’s history. It worked!)

What can you do to create some fun?

7 SMALL THINGS TO CREATE SOMETHING BIGGER. HAVE FUN AND LIVE YOUR DREAM IN 2016.

Best Regards,

September 14, 2016

How to Avoid Litigation and Ensure All Your School Trips Are Care-Free and Fun-Packed

Who would take a school trip in today’s ‘compensation culture’ society? Embarking further than the school gates with groups of young people is an increasingly terrifying prospect, given the alarm caused by highly publicised disasters and the explosion of paperwork that accompanies such events.

Despite this, every year, around one million, four hundred thousand passengers take excursions with Belle Vue and return fit and well, with a new enthusiasm for one another.

“There is no doubt,” said one teacher, “that trips are entirely worthwhile - they can have the effect of transforming one’s relationship with children. You have a chance to experience each other with the defences down and make contact on a human level that school often precludes.”

By starting early and keeping the tips below in mind, a school trip can be a rewarding and relatively painless experience. Funtastic school trips start here….

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June 20, 2013

Passenger Safety – how NOT to do it!

Looking at the article by Mel Holley in Routeone’s magazine on page 12, dated 6 June 2013. It tells of a story of a coach operator taking a trip to Alton Towers from Scotland in March 2010.

Unfortunately the coach was travelling in snowy, icy weather and the vehicle collided with a bridge on the A73 near Biggar, Lanarkshire, and fell into the river, resulting in the loss of life of a student, Natasha Paton.

However, while Sheriff Nikola Stewart said the standard of driving was the cause of the accident, she concluded that the fatality would probably have been avoided if Miss Paton had worn her seat belt.

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