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Edinburgh motorhome and campervan hire Christmas 2016/2017

Why not hire a vw California or motorhome from Easirent Edinburgh this November or December and take a look at the magnificent capital with plenty to do for all the family. Take a look at some of the activities taking place for Christmas.

It’s that time of year again – Edinburgh’s Christmas returns for 2016/17 season from the 18th November 2016 until the 7th January 2017, bringing with it iconic markets, delicious street food, fun activities and unmissable events that make Edinburgh the only place to be this festive season.

18th November 2016 – 8 January 2017

All the familiar activity in Princes Street Gardens will return from the 18th November 2016, including the European Christmas Market, The Big Wheel, Star Flyer, Ice Skating Rink and family favourite Santa Land.

St Andrew Square Garden Ice Rink

18th November 2016 – 8 January 2017

Edinburgh’s Christmas is not complete without its elliptic ice rink in St Andrew Square Gardens, a much loved part of the city’s festivities. This year, Edinburgh’s Christmas has teamed up with Standard life who will sponsor one of the most iconic attractions in Edinburgh this festive season.

Street of Light

20th November – 25th December 2016

The sensational Street of Lights returns to Edinburgh this year, with a new location on West George Street. This 60,000 bulb strong display will dazzle the city on the 20th November as a part of the Night Light display, followed by nightly performances until Christmas Eve, accompanied with music from local choirs and bands including the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus, Blazin’ Fiddles, and Scotland’s very own bhangra group Tigerstyle.

The Scottish Market on George Street

26 November 2016 – 8th January 2017

This year the Scottish Market moves location to alongside the Street of Light in George Street, with everything from local produce stalls to Scottish artist and craftsman selling their wares. This part of Edinburgh’s Christmas always has a magical atmosphere and is the perfect place to pick up that perfect unique and locally sourced gift.

Festival Square Theatre

New for 2016, Festival Square will be home of the pop-up Festival Square Theatre from the 18th November outside the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa.

The Festival Square Theatre has lined up quite a treat for Edinburgh this Christmas as a brand new major production opens up the Christmas season. Five Guys Named Moe features the toe tapping and the irresistible hit of jazz legend Louis Jordan awarded the Oliver award for best entertainment this musical.

If you are looking to hire a motorhome or campervan then please do not hesitate to contact us on 01942 778899/ 01772 886 888 to arrange your hire from

Motorhome Destinations in the winter

Hiring a motorhome or campervan for a winter break has never been easier, Easirent wigan have some fabulous deals on campervans and motorhomes this winter.

Motor homing In Winter

Winter touring holidays or breaks appeal to so many motorhome owners for a number of reasons.

The roads are not so crowded, parking restrictions may not be so severe, wild camping is tolerated more as many campsites are closed and crisp, winter mornings offer some of the best scenery in Scotland.

So long as your motorhome offers you the warmth and comfort that you desire then what have you got to lose! Easirent Rental Motorhomes are insulated, if you want some inspiration of where to go over winter, than consider one – or all – of the following

Scotland:

The Hebrides – or the Western Isles as they are also known of the west coast of Scotland is a chain of beautifully unspoilt islands 30 miles off the North West coast of Scotland. They are a popular destination with serious motorhome hirers and motorhomes over the winter months, partly because the weather is generally mild due to a year-round current that originates in the Caribbean and also because they are easily accessible from mainland Scotland by ferry. Although the winters are mild, visitors occasionally experience some of the wildest and stormiest gales around – so take your raincoat in preparation!

England:

The Lake District provides the perfect backdrop for a winter motorhome and campervan trip there are many walks you can enjoy whatever the length of your stay, but always ensure you’re well prepared and have the right equipment to hand. Research the walks beforehand and only tackle those you are confident of completing.

Some regular Lake land walkers will tell you that the National Park offers a much more handsome landscape in the winter months than it does in the summer. Why not find out for yourselves?

 Wales:

Snowdonia, known in Welsh as Eryri, offers something for everyone wanting to breathe in some fresh mountain air including forest walks, bird watching, castles, museums, the list is endless. There’s also a steam railway so you can take a seat and admire the crisp winter scenes from the comfort of your carriage.

If you are looking for a motorhome or campervan this winter the why not give one of a friendly team at wigan a call on 01942 77 88 99 and we will be able to book your motorhome or camper for you.

Christmas markets in a motorhome or campervan.

At Easirent wigan we have brand new 6 berth and 4 berth ford zefiro motorhomes and also the t5and t6 vw California campervan available for hire. Maybe your visiting family  and flying in to Manchester airport over the Christmas period,  We do offer a collection service from Manchester airport we will collect you from arrivals then take you to our local depot to collect your motorhome or campervan.

Here I have put together a couple of the local Christmas markets   you may like to visit this November/ December.

Manchester Christmas market

Manchester has an award winning Christmas market and is one of the largest in the UK. For five magical weeks, it winds its way through some of Manchester’s most eye-catching streets and squares. Albert Square open until 21 Dec

Thursday 10 November – Tuesday 20 December 2016

European Christmas Market, Albert Square –  Open until 6 pm 21 Dec 2016
Don your Santa hat, dust off the mulled wine glass, and get into the festive spirit – it’s time to head down to Manchester’s world famous Christmas Market.

Then if you travel just 1 hr through the beautiful countryside to Chester to visit the lovely Chester Christmas market  open from Friday 18 th November to Sunday 18th December 2016.

Shoppers are in for a magical time at Chester Christmas Market, with over 70 traditional wooden chalets situated in the heart of Chester, all wrapped around a sparkling Christmas tree.

There will be an abundance of festive treats and gifts on offer, including quality local and regional products, crafts, clothing, accessories, jewellery, and unique gifts and stocking fillers which are sure to make the perfect present!

Don’t forget to sample the delicious hot food and drink, including tasty mulled wine and hot chocolate; the perfect way to keep warm whilst enjoying the market.

If you are looking to hire a motorhome or a campervan then please do not hesitate to get in touch with Easirent wigan on 01942 77 88 99 and we will be more than happy to make your booking, if you wish to view the campers and motorhomes we do have them available on site over at wigan, Preston and Blackburn depots.

Saving money on your motor home holiday

More and more families in the UK are now choosing to go on motorhome holidays in order to save money. Now just because going on a motorhome holiday is generally cheaper than flying to another country and staying in a hotel, if you’re not careful you could end up spending more than you budgeted. So Easirent wigan has put together a plan which should hopefully save you some money.

Plan your location carefully

One of the great things about motorhomes is that they enable you to travel wherever you want, and for most people they take full advantage of this by traveling across Europe multiple times a year. However, the cost of your holiday can sometimes increase dramatically depending on where you travel to as some places will cost more to stay in than others.

Save on petrol

The biggest cost of a motorhome holiday is usually petrol, especially if you are planning a long distance journey. Fortunately, petrol prices have been decreasing in the UK recently, which means that you will pay less than in recent years. However, not all petrol stations offer the same amount of savings as others, which is why you need to make sure you don’t just stop off at the first one you see.

Create an itinerary

Most families love going on motorhome holidays as it gives them a time to bond as a family and for those that go on their own it gives them a sense of freedom and the ability to be spontaneous. So then we are going to suggest to you that you create an itinerary it may seem like a strange idea. However, if you are really trying to save some money it’s wise to have an idea of what you want to do when you get to your holiday destination. So if you can plan roughly what you are thinking of doing each day of your holiday this will help you to set your budget accordingly.

Have a back-up plan

When setting off on your holiday you will be full of excitement which means that you can sometimes forget the important things. For example, when was the last time you topped up your motorhomes oil and water levels or checked the tyre pressures? Easirent wigan will ensure all this is done for you before you set off. you are covered with breakdown  assistance and will receive a copy of the number when  you collect your motorhome.

Saving money on your motorhome holiday can be easy as long as you spend some time planning your holiday and by doing some research. Furthermore if you can plan as much as you can before you leave you will be able to enjoy yourself a lot more when you get there.

If you would like to book a motorhome then look no further than Easirent wigan we have  brand new 6 berth ford zefiro  motorhomes  available to hire, so give the team a call on 01942 77 88 99 we will be more than happy to help you make your booking.

October half term!

Halloween

if you are thinking of hiring a motorhome or campervan from Easirent wigan for the October half term break, then  we’ve put together our top events around the UK to take your family to this October.

Wolverley Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Date:Friday28thOctober
Cost:FamilyFree
Opening Hours: 6.30-10pm

Providing spooky fun with a range of games which include fancy dress and fun in the on-site rec room that will be a night to remember. With this being a campsite it gives you the perfect opportunity to park up for the weekend and enjoy some Halloween activities.

Muncaster Castle

Date:26-31October
Cost:Adult-£11.50Child-£5.75
Opening Hours: 10.30am-8.30-pm

Take your family to visit one of Britain’s most haunted castles this Halloween with guaranteed fun for all ages. For children there’s craft for them in the ghostly grotto, fearsome fire juggling, Muncaster monster cabaret, a twilight owl display, cannon blowout, and of course the scary maze! You can also pre book to take part in the evening castle tours.

Spooktacular at Cadbury World

Costs:Adults:-£16.75Child-£12.30
Opening Hours: Check Cadbury website for latest information.

This allows you to take a more than usual tour around Cadbury World. You can experience eerie entertainment and there are competitions for the best spooky fancy dress. Most importantly for the sweet tooth’s in your family you will find the Cadbury shop rather delightful at the end of your tour.

Alnwick Castle

17Sept-30Oct
Cost-Adult-£13.45Child-5-16-£6.97Under4-Free
Opening Hours 10am-5.30pm

Now this is a real family favourite among young witches and wizards across the world never mind just the UK. This is basically a chance for the family to enjoy broomstick training in Harry Potters courtyard. Alnwick Castle was the home of Hogwarts during the filming for the movies. The broomstick training is completely free and once you’ve completed your training you can explore the castle itself. Although this particular event doesn’t offer spooky activities it does give you another option of what you can do for Halloween if some of your family arent into the scary idea behind Halloween.

Extra fun? Pumpkin time!

To add some extra fun when you’re at home in your motorhome why don’t you have a go at carving your very own motorhome pumpkin. Now nobody’s expecting you to design your motorhome in the shape of a pumpkin perfectly however if you get enough pumpkins you can give everyone in the family one each and see who designs the best.

If you are looking to hire a motorhome or campervan then why not take a look at our brand new t6 Volkswagen California campervan or our brand new 6 berth ford zefiro motorhome for hire, fully kitted out with everything you need to start you camping journey.  if you wish to book with us at wigan Please do not hesitate to contact us on 01942 77 88 99.  We hope you will have found something to take your fancy for Halloween and we like to think that there’s something above for everyone so that you can enjoy your motorhome travels wherever you go this autumn half term.

Motorhome hire Manchester

Hiring a brand new motorhome or campervan from Manchester airport

Are you considering a break away with the family this October?  Why not hire one of our brand new t6 Volkswagen California campervans or ford zefiro motorhomes from our Manchester airport depot.  We can collect you from arrivals at the airport and transfer you over to the Marriott hotel to collect your brand new campervan or motorhome and enjoy your break.

Here I have put together some events that are taking place around the North West this half term:

This is ideal for families

The Digital Kids Show is bringing a stellar line-up of the biggest brands in kid’s technology, guest stars, celebrities and top manufacturers to EventCity on 29th and 30th of October 2016. With the best digital products, toys, advice and apps, the show is hands down the best hands-on day out for the whole family.

Free interactive workshops and theatre shows will give the whole family the tools to have the best – and safest – time online. Compete with your friends and family in gaming tournaments for grownups and children, encourage your little ones to try their hand at the coding challenge and see if you’re hiding the next tech mastermind in your house! Or let your child be the first among your friends to get behind the wheel with exclusive driving lessons for 11 year olds upwards.
From TV favourites to online heroes, there’s something for everyone at the Digital Kids Show and even the very littlest won’t miss out on the fun with soft play and fairground rides.

Farmageddon

Farmaggedon is a “Scream Park” – an interactive horror experience. The whole park is themed with roaming zombies and creatures of the night.

There are 3 interactive scare houses including: Contagion 3D, Meat Locker and Terror of the Farm plus a paintball experience, Zombie Outlaw.

Running from the 6-31st October £16 per person per day.

Thornton hall

Halloween is creeping upon us and Thornton Hall Farm have some exciting spooky activities for all your little monsters.
– Freaky Face painting
– Pumpkin Carving
– Fancy dress
– Apple Bobbing
– Halloween treasure hunt

So if you’re looking for a break away this October with the family and wish to hire one of our motorhomes or campervans then please do not hesitate to call the team on 01942 77 88 99.

the warmest places to visit in Europe.

Over at Easirent wigan we have camper vans and motor homes to hire and take abroad. Our campervans and motorhomes are set up ready to enjoy the winter sun in Europe.

Portugal-The warmest place during winter. Because of this it is popular, and some areas can be crowded with many camper vans and motorhomes. Some people like this, as you can easy meet people, make new friends and gain traveling companions. It is easy to find areas to yourself if this is your sort of thing. Most days are sunny during the winter in The Algarve. Late December and January are the coldest periods. Most people can enjoy not having to wear a jumper during this time. Some days are cooler, especially if there is a breeze. During the night however, the temperatures can be much cooler. You should bring plenty of warm bedding if staying during this cool period. Few people use heating in their vehicles, even at night. By February good warm weather is a daily occurrence. The Algarve has a good number of storms during the winter months. Portugal is the cheapest country in which to spend the winter months.
christmas in the Algarve-fancy a Christmas break in a campervan or motorhome then why not head to the Algarve and celebrate a relaxing Christmas, there are pubs that serve the traditional Christmas dinner in the resort areas of Faro, Albufera, Lagos and Luz, and somewhere to meet people and have a drink. New Year’s Eve is a similar affair, with the same resorts providing good entertainment. Albufera, in particular, offers a big night of entertainment on New Year’s Eve, with a free outdoor concert, featuring pop artists.

Spain - the southern coast of Spain remains almost as warm as the Algarve. Lapped by the Mediterranean Sea, it avoids most of the Atlantic storms. This area is less crowded in winter than The Algarve. Few people use heating in their vehicles.

south of France-  Although not as warm as other places mentioned here, it is popular with some travellers. It escapes most of the winter storms. There are some fantastic spots to visit in southern France like the vineyards, city of Nimes, the abbaye de senque, the perched village of gordes just to name a few places you may like to visit on your holiday

Southern italy-  The extensive coastline of southern Italy remains fairly warm during the winter. The island of Sicily is the warmest. There isn’t really a season in which you shouldn’t visit Sicily. There are a range of things to do in Sicily  all year round with festivals being celebrated, different foods to enjoy and the mild Mediterranean climate providing the ideal backdrop – making Sicily a great place to enjoy all year round.

If you wish to hire one of our fantastic new campervans or motorhomes then please do not hesitate to contact us over a Easirent wigan to make your booking on 01942 77 88 99.

Winter travel.

When it comes to motorhome or campervan holidays in the autumn, winter and the more northern regions of the UK, the weather can become very cold and in turn, you may be swayed away from travelling in this time of year or heading north to the northern regions of Scotland. Plus, with the colder months only around the corner, knows a few ways to be able to avoid the concerns and enjoy your motorhome holiday in the colder climate. People love this time of year as it isn’t as busy in the summer and there’s not as much traffic on the road.  We have availability for both the campervan and motorhome over at Easirent wigan

Traffic

Regardless of the location you are considering a holiday too, when the colder weather begins to take hold of the area it tends to begin to thin out the crowds and prevent people wanting to head to those said locations. However, what they don’t realise is that in the colder months there are significantly less crowds so a whole load of activities become a lot more pleasant. For example if you’re heading to a theme park you can expect to wait for less time.

Seasonal Aesthetics

Every location in the UK and the majority of Europe changes significantly in the seasonal move from summer to winter. Things such as the fall of snow in North Scotland, The frozen lakes in Cumbria and the mist that settles on the Yorkshire Dales  all seem to tie together to bring you a whole new aesthetic that millions of people miss during the summer months. Then there is the added bonus of there being less people in the colder regions and months. In turn, there are less people spoiling any views you may have of the landscape if you are heading to a rural location or any debris they may leave behind from their motorhome holidays or camping trips.

Different Activities

The winter brings an array of different activities through the country; indoor activities seem to flourish whilst the majority of outdoor activities and sport seem to die off with only a few exceptions.

An example of this flourish in winter sports is skiing, which becomes available in Northern Scotland during the colder months and brings in people from all over the region. However, with many people, opting to travel out of the UK for a ski break simply as they do not realise Scotland has ski resorts, it can be fairly empty during the winter months and in turn, you can usually very easily get a few runs in during the day without long waits.

Prepare Different

Preparation is key for a motorhome get away and preparing for a winter get away is always harder than a summer. You will need to consider things such as extra blankets, thicker coats, lots of changes of clothes for getting wet, emergency kits for if you were to break down, warm food and a wide selection of other things. Packing the same items you would in the summer will result in you being cold when you are doing day-to-day activities out of the motorhome. All of Easirent motorhomes and campervans  have winter installation, so you should be fine as far as keeping warm in the motorhome or campervan, however it is better to be comfortable and cosy in the night after a long day exploring so extra blankets and other items are still very necessary.

If you are considering a winter break then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us over at Easirent wigan to make your booking or if you require any further information.

 

Travelling to the Alps.

When it comes to travelling to the Alps, there is little better than getting there on the open road. The snow-capped peaks rushing past you as you take in the breath taking views of north France from the Alpine peaks making everything so much more aesthetically pleasing.

So why not hire one of Easirents new motorhomes or campervans and take the open road to the Alps this winter.

The Price Difference

Going skiing in the Alps can be a very expensive ordeal when you include the price of the flights, hotel and added extras such as airport taxes and luggage.  The flights will come in at around £100 minimum at that time of year and the hotels will average out at around £40-80 a night per person. This in turn means that after a seven-day stay, your holiday can easily come in at around the £500 mark per head. Then take into account your group size and you have a massive bill.

Now consider a motorhome journey, getting a better experience with more freedom and control over your journey for a lower price

The Journey Becomes the Destination

The journey to the Alps passes through beautiful landscapes and rigid terrain that offers breath-taking views of England, France and parts of Switzerland. The rolling country side of Staffordshire and the south of England, then followed by the rolling hills and more rigid country side of France and the quaint little villages that France offers. Finally accompanied by snow-capped peaks that boast epic views over France, Switzerland and Italy.

The journey is also more forgiving to pit stops and overnight stays in villages or cities along the way. The motorhome allows you to do this at no extra cost, so you can get out and explore what France and the Alps have on offer for the intrepid explorer or modern family alike. There is also Paris or the tourist locations along the way that could be of interest; this in turn allows you to make every location along the way the destination to be able to help you make the most of your family get away.

The Quality Time Together

When you are getting a plane, you do not have the chance to be able to talk and converse with your family or friends in the same way you do in a motorhome. In a motorhome you are with your family or friends on the entire journey, this gives you time alone without external noise from the other passengers and you are in your own little zone. In this environment, you can really come out of your shell and hold in-depth meaningful conversation, have a laugh amongst friends or talk about memories and reminisce in the past. Either way a motorhome opens possibilities to you that are simply not available in flight.

More Luggage

When you are going skiing, you are going to need to be able to bring more luggage than you would on a normal summer sun holiday, this in turn makes a motorhome perfect. There is more than enough room in the cabin to be able to store everything you need for the journey and for when you hit the slopes. Things like warm clothing, skis, food supplies, drinks, gadgets and much more can all be stowed away in the cabin or in the storage units in the under base of the motorhome and in turn avoids the large baggage charges that would occur at the airport or the train station if you were to catch the euro star.

All taken into account, the motorhome trip works out a lot more beneficial for your budget, luxury and quality time with your family.

Please do not hesitate to contact us on 01942 77 88 99 if you require any information about taking your motorhome of campervan abroad or wish to make a booking we will be more than happy to help you make your booking, for that winter trip.

Top beaches in the UK to visit in a motorhome or campervan.

With 11,073 miles of coastline, the UK has quite a few beaches for visitors on a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday to discover. Over at Easirent Wigan we have motorhomes  and campervans to suit all whether you’re planning a last minute break away or a family holiday for availability please give Easirent Wigan a call on 01942 77 88 99.

Here I have listed a few beaches so you can have a look and see which ones you may want to visit on your break.

Best swimming beach – West Wittering, Sussex.  An award winning Blue Flag beach, West Wittering and its neighbour East Head are hard to beat.  These beautiful sandy beaches are totally unspoiled, and even during the summer holidays its peaceful and relaxing.  The gently shelving beach makes for safe and warm water, great for swimming.

Best walking beach – Holywell Bay, Cornwall.  A short distance from the popular resort of Newquay, Holywell Bay is best visited at low tide where visitors can enjoy a long walk past the 70 year old shipwreck which can be seen just offshore.

Best beach for building sandcastles – Barafundle, Pembrokeshire.  Voted Britain’s best beach by the ‘Good Holiday Guide’, Barafundle is the best beach for kids because the sand is perfect and just the right consistency for making sandcastles.

Best beach for spotting celebrities – Rock, Cornwall.  Just across the estuary from the picturesque fishing village of Padstow, Rock is the place to see, and be seen.  This part of Cornwall is home to the most millionaires, and if you’re lucky you might even bump into Prince’s William and Harry.

Best traditional family beach – Scarborough, North Yorkshire.  Scarborough has been popular holiday resort since the 17th century.  The beaches here are sandy and safe, and there’s lots of room to run about.  What also makes the beaches here popular are the fish and chip shops along the seafront, why not hire a deckchair, tie a handkerchief around you head like they did in the ‘old days’.

Best surfing beach – Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall.  Fistral Beach is the epicentre of UK surfing, and home to the British Surfing Association which hosts the largest surfing event in the country every August.  It’s not just for pro’s, if you want to have a go there are lots of surf shops who run short courses.

The most northerly beach in the UK – Skaw, Shetland Islands.  If you’re into bird watching this is the place to come, the area is home to an amazing amount of gannets, fulmars, petrels, and kittiwakes.  If you’re very lucky you can also see whales, dolphins, and seals too.

Overall most beautiful beach – Calgary Bay, Isle of Mull.  The water may be cold here, but the scenery is outstanding, and when the sun shines it is one of the most beautiful beaches in the UK.  The clear turquoise waters and white sand are perfect for families, it’s never too busy, and it’s just beautiful.

All these beach areas are geared up to visitors with campervan hire or motorhome rental vehicles and the island resorts are easily accessible by regular ferry crossings. For any further enquiries please do not hesitate to give the Easirent team a call on 01942 77 88 99 and we will be happy to help you book your motorhome or campervan.