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UK Christmas Breaks & Experiences for a more cheerful end to 2020

Posted by Danielle Harvey on 7 December 2020

man giving woman a piggyback in the snow Looking ahead to Christmas and after months at home, the chance to spend the festive season somewhere different has never been more appealing. Why not skip the stress over cooking the perfect turkey and let the experts do the hard work for you with a festive UK break to remember? Whatever your circumstances, Christmas this year is likely to look a little different, so why not take the chance to relax, recharge and end the year on a happier note- if ever there was a year to ring the changes 2020 is surely it!
From take-home cooked turkeys with all the trimmings to magical pop-up winter lodges and even a polar express adventure, here are Grifco PR's top UK Christmas breaks and experiences to book...

table of Christmas food and decor with two people using a fondu The Montagu Winter Terrace at Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill - Launching 7th December
For those dreaming of the mountains this Christmas, this brand new pop-up terrace offers a corner of alpine escapism in the heart of Marylebone. Launching on 7th December, The Montagu Winter Terrace is a cosy hideaway, complete with candlelit tables, faux fur rugs and twinkling lights. The terrace will centre around the sharing concept diners will remember from ski holidays past: families, friends and couples can indulge in a traditional Swiss-style cheese fondue, Alpine Braised Beef Casserole and buns, or a Mont-Blanc XL cheese toastie, topped off with a refreshing glass of Chapel Down Brut or mulled wine, as they warm up and enjoy the Après Ski style surroundings. Just a stone's throw from Bond Street, Oxford Street and the boutique shops of Marylebone Village, The Montagu's Winter Terrace is well located for Christmas shoppers looking for some extra festive cheer.
For more information or to book, call 020 7299 2037 or email montagu.hrlondon@hyatt.com.

table with an afternoon tea set up on it with fire in the background Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill Offers A Stress-Free Christmas with Turkey Me Home Service
Calling local Londoners! Bring the indulgent five-star cuisine and hospitality of a hotel home this Christmas with Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill's Turkey Me Home service. Back by popular demand, The Montagu Kitchen's dedicated chefs are offering hotel quality Christmas dinner at home, including a traditional home-cooked whole turkey with all the trimmings, a full range of sides and the option to add on wine, meaning Christmas dinner is completely wrapped up. With two options, serving up to 6 or 11 people, Turkey Me Home is the ideal way to avoid the busy shops and experience a touch of luxury in the comfort of your own home. Turkey Me Home is available to order from now until the end of December for collection. Orders must be made 72 hours in advance. 4kg turkey for up to six people costs £200 and 6kg turkey for up to 11 people costs £270, including all condiments and trimmings. Carefully selected wines are available for £20 per bottle.
For more information or to book, call 020 7299 2037 or email montagu.hrlondon@hyatt.com.

inside restaurant at the grove The Grove Launches Seasonal Pop-Up Restaurant, Jimmy's Lodge at The Grove, for Winter 2020/21
The Grove, Hertfordshire, has unveiled Jimmy's Lodge at The Grove, a winter pop-up restaurant in collaboration with Chef,Jimmy Garcia. A complete takeover of The Stables restaurant, the mountain-inspired pop-up will serve up a variety of winter warmers for guests until mid-January 2021. Complete with rustic wood beams, cosy corners and alpine-chic decor, Jimmy's Lodge at The Grove is the ideal setting for couples to hunker down after a day out on the golf course, relaxing at the spa or partaking in the estate's many wintertime activities. The restaurant will offer a 'mountain-inspired' menu, with dishes including maple glazed pumpkin, seasonal game dishes, sharing steaks with skin on parmesan and truffle fries and a range of craft beers, spirits and wines. For an authentic alpine treat, guests will find themselves immediately transported slope-side with Jimmy's legendary cheese fondue, complete with sourdough and pickles for dipping. Post-dinner, guests can head to The Grove's sumptuous, newly-decorated Lounges for a nightcap, or indulge in a garden-to-glass cocktail – created using botanicals and ingredients from Jemima's Kitchen Garden – at The Glasshouse Bar. Nightly rates at The Grove start from £325 for a West Wing Superior Room, on a room-only basis.
For more information or to book please visit www.thegrove.co.uk or call 01923 296 010.

lounge area at the grove The Grove, Hertfordshire, Unveils Christmas Break Package for Winter 2020
Guests are invited to step into winter wonderland at The Grove with its new Christmas Break package, and enjoy a luxury three-night stay and Christmas lunch at the estate's The Stables restaurant. Set within 300 acres of rolling Hertfordshire countryside, families can wrap up and explore the beautiful surrounding landscapes, before settling down before a roaring fire to enjoy a Christmas tipple. Whilst adults unwind with a spa treatment at the Sequoia spa, kids can be forever entertained with an array of wholesome Christmas-themed activities. The package, available to book now, includes:Three-night stayChristmas Day breakfast and lunch Boxing Day lunchAccess to the Sequoia spaChildren's Christmas activities The three-night Christmas Break package at The Grove starts from £2,070 (based on 2 adults) and includes: three nights of house accommodation, Christmas Day breakfast, lunch and Boxing Day lunch at The Stables restaurant, access to the Sequoia spa, Children's activities and access to the Lounges.
For more information or to book please visit www.thegrove.co.uk or call 01923 296010.

Grey brick wall and part of castle frontage Festive Feasts at Ballygally Castle, Northern Ireland
Ballygally Castle, Hastings Hotels is beautifully located on the scenic Antrim coast facing the soft, sandy beaches of Ballygally Bay and only 26 miles from Belfast. The hotel offers 18 '5 star coastal view' bedrooms including six family rooms making it one of the largest hotels on the Causeway Coastal Route with 54 bedrooms.
Santa Sunday Brunch: Enjoy a family lunch with a difference on the Antrim Coast this festive season. During December, the glorious Ballygally Sunday Buffet Lunches have extra special Christmas magic. The Kintyre Ballroom becomes a supreme festive venue, with sparkling decorations, twinkling Christmas lights, a spectacular five course buffet and best of all perhaps, a visit from Santa Claus himself. The Santa Sunday Buffet Lunch is served from 12:30 - 2:30pm on Sunday 6th, 13th and 20th December. Available for £37 per adult, £20 for children under 12.
Festive Afternoon Tea at Ballygally Castle: Relax and enjoy a fabulous Festive Afternoon Tea at Ballygally Castle this December. Packed with the finest selection of freshly prepared finger sandwiches, home-baked scones, pastries and cakes, the Festive Afternoon Tea is an experience to truly savour. The Festive Afternoon Tea is served daily throughout December: Monday - Saturday: 2pm - 5pm & Sunday: 3pm - 5pm and available from £28 per person for more information please visit hastingshotels.com
Overnight stay and breakfast from £60 per room, for more information hastingshotels.com

UK woman dressed as elf with child with hotel in the background Santa's Polar Express with Hastings Hotels
Hastings Hotels invites families and those with Christmas spirit to enjoy Santa's Polar Express at Slieve Donard Resort & Spa this festive season. Polar Express is a fun festive occasion with a host of attractions for all the family, including a winter wonderland, story-telling with Mrs Claus and the Polar Express train adventure which will take guests on a magical journey to visit Santa and his elves in their busy workshop as they prepare for their busiest time of the year. Hastings Hotels has introduced a number of new health and safety measures including reduced numbers of guests per time slot in line with social distancing and allocated seating on the train. Nestling at the foot of the Mountains of Mourne, the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa stands in six acres of immaculate private grounds. A golden strand of beach borders one side while the mighty Royal County Down Golf Links frames the other. This lovingly maintained Victorian hotel is now home to one of Europe's finest resort Spas and is equally suited to a short break, residential conference or even grander events. Taking place from Saturday 12th – Tuesday 22nd December tickets are priced £22 per adult (including a £5 voucher per adult to spend on food and beverages on the day), £26 per child (under 14) and £10 for children under one.
To book tickets for this magical family experience at the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa visit santapolarexpress.com | hastingshotels.com offers rooms from £70 per person on a B&B basis.

red brick house on the edge of a large green lawn Christmas Treats for Guests Staying at Oliver's Travels' Old Queens Manor, Cotswolds
Guests looking to book a last minute Christmas break need look no further, Oliver's Travels is offering 10% off a 7-night stay at Old Queens Manor over the Festive period*. The home will be dressed for the period complete with a Christmas tree, whilst guests will also be able to enjoy a Gourmet Christmas Hamper from Waitrose (RRP £100) waiting for them on arrival! The handsome manse screams 'The Holiday' as it is set in peaceful countryside with glorious views to the Cotswolds and over the River Severn to Wales. Guests will feel festive in the characterful home, comfortably accommodating up to ten guests across five beautifully kept bedrooms. Families can make the most of spending quality time together in the elegant entertaining spaces, comprising of an inviting living room with cosy open fireplace, a spacious dining room and a fully-equipped kitchen which comes complete with all the tools necessary for creating the perfect Christmas dinner. Guests can also make use of the property's table tennis and table football, as well as the selection of books, games and DVD's. Alternatively, families can take the traditional Christmas Day wak to new heights with a 30 minute stroll through the fields from The Old Queens Manor to reach the 500 year old Thornbury Castle, where Henry VIII stayed with Anne Boleyn.
*Please note that this special offer is in line with the UK Governments latest Coronavirus guidance.
Oliver's Travels Old Queens Manor is available to book over the festive period at a price of £6,659 for a 7-night stay. To book visit www.oliverstravels.com.

pool spa with greek columns Christmas at The Gainsborough Bath Spa - a rejuvenating winter wellness break & brunch
YTL Hotels' The Gainsborough Bath Spa is delighted to welcome guests to celebrate Christmas in true style this year. With a new Christmas Brunch menu, Bath's unrivalled festive atmosphere and exclusive access to the city's natural thermal waters, there's no better place to relax, recharge and end 2020 on a joyful note. Guests can look forward to magical evenings of mulled wine and mince pies accompanied by seasonal stories and carols and will of course also have access to the hotel's award-winning Spa Village. With rejuvenating treatments as well as access to Bath's natural thermal waters, revered for their healing qualities. On Christmas Day itself, the hotel team will welcome guests for a gourmet Christmas Brunch, served from noon to 6pm. Ideally located in the centre of Bath, guests will be perfectly placed to soak up the beautiful city's renowned festive feeling. Guests can explore the city's charming and beautifully decorated cobbled streets, browse independent boutiques and take in twinkling Christmas lights. Many of Bath's most iconic buildings will be brought to life with special festive illuminations for 2020. With a host of festive activities, exquisite food and exceptional wellness opportunities, guests can relax in the knowledge that every last detail is taken care of this Christmas. The Gainsborough Bath Spa promises the perfect tonic to a turbulent year and the happiest of Christmas holidays to end 2020.
Nightly rates at The Gainsborough Bath Spa start from £290 on a room only basis. The Gainsborough Bath Spa Christmas Brunch is £75 per person.
To book, contact reservations@ytlhotels.co.uk or visit www.thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk

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