Dordogne: New London City to Bergerac route to launch
Dordogne: New London City to Bergerac route to launch

Halloweden, a Suffolk Hobbit house, and fly Birmingham to Corfu: Travel agenda

Where to go and what to know

Friday 16 October 2015 10:30

Dordogne link

London City to Bergerac in south-west France – that is the latest flight plan for BA CityFlyer. Beginning on 1 May, the Docklands airport will be linked with the Dordogne three times a week though the summer, with a fourth weekly flight added from 23 June.

Low rent

Heathrow has launched a new car rental comparison service in partnership with Through a dedicated section of Heathrow's website, potential customers can browse and compare car hire companies operating at the airport, some of which even offer supercars.

Fly and coach

Stansted Citylink, a new coach service between Stansted airport and St Pancras station in London launched this week. It is scheduled to run every half-hour during the day and hourly through the night, with journeys taking 90 minutes or less.

Hobbit house

One Off Places has added new Middle Earth-themed accommodation to its collection: a converted wooden horsebox. The Hobbit Box, located on a Suffolk site, sleeps four in double bunk beds, and has a kitchen and a living room with a wood-burning stove. The round windows, stable door and vintage furniture play to the Hobbit theme. From £357 for three nights.

Brum to Corfu

Ryanair starts flying from Birmingham to Corfu next April, when it opens a new base on the Greek island. It will also increase the number of flights from East Midlands and Stansted to Corfu, adding one extra service per week from each airport.

Soul & Surf Sri Lanka

Body and soul

Soul & Surf Sri Lanka opens on 31 October. Located between Weligama Bay and Galle on the south-west coast, it will offer week-long retreats with surf lessons, yoga sessions, massages, and "ocean float therapy". The resort has nine rooms spread across two riverside villas. Seven-night retreats from £775pp, excluding flights.

Word up

A new exhibition focusing on West African literature and music takes place at the British Library until 16 February 2016. West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song looks at the history of words and storytelling, and the work of some of the region's current writers. Tickets £10.


The Eden Project is offering "Halloweden" activities during October half-term. Visitors will be able to create a potion in the Rainforest Biome, meet owls from the Screech Owl Sanctuary, carve pumpkins and more, all included in the Eden admission price (adults £25, children £14, under-fives free). The Little Monsters' Ball, on 31 October, costs £7.

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