News & Updates

Coronavirus update

We are currently dealing with  holidays for those of you travelling in April, May and early June.

Please follw this link for a full update      Covid 19 update

Please be patient with us,  we are a small company of only two staff

We are working through all our holidays in date order and will be contacting each participant with options.

Please do not pay us any holiday balances that have become due until we have spoken with  you.

We will respond to all emails, however we kindly request that wherever possible you wait until we make contact with you. We will talk with both teachers and the venues about each individual holiday and then inform you of your options.

Kind regards

Jilly & Debbie

Booking Your Flight

Please always try to book your flight through a website such as www.travelrepublic.co.uk who are both ABTA and ATOL members and pay with a credit card.

Travel Insurance

Always make certain that you have insurance cover as soon as you book your holiday or flight. If you do not have an annual travel insurance policy you can take out cover just for the dates of your holiday at any point prior to the holiday taking place.

Taking out cover straight away ensures that should anything unexpected happen that is covered by the insurance policy  you can make a claim . Travel insurance policies vary enormously ALWAYS read the small print

Flybe Airline Failure - what to do if it affects you

1) Get current information on everything so you can make informed decisions:-
First check with Flybe's website for up to date accurate information.
If you booked via Travel Republic (who are ABTA and ATOL bonded) then also check on their website, both under your individual booking and in their help section
Read your Travel Insurance Policy to see what you are covered for in the event of an airline collapse. This will depend on your level of cover.

2) Getting your money back in the event of airline collapse
If you booked via Travel Republic they should refund you as they are both ABTA and ATOL bonded at the time of writing this information
If you booked direct with Flybe and paid more than £100 with a credit card then you should be able to claim a refund from your credit card provider under section 75 rules
If you booked direct with Flybe and paid with a debit card then you need to contact your bank and ask your bank to do a ‘chargeback’. This isn’t a legal protection – it is a Visa, Mastercard and Amex rule where your bank gets your money back from Flybe’s bank as you didn’t receive what you paid for. It should work for most people providing there is the money to pay you.

3) Rebook a new flight so that your holiday can go ahead.

Please Note: Any payment to Free Spirit Travel is governed by our terms and conditions, deposits are non-refundable, final payments are refundable as per the table on your booking form. Please talk to us if your flight is cancelled and you cannot travel. If Free Spirit Travel cancels the holiday for everybody then you will receive a full refund, if you personally cancel your holiday you will only receive a refund within the booking form terms and conditions, you may however be able to claim on your insurance policy and we can assist with this.

Brexit and how it affects your travel

There are no changes to the rules on travelling to the EU before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020.

2019 - for those of you already registered for summer 2020 please  be aware that the venue may increase their costs to us due to exchange rate changes and if this happens we will, sadly, have to pass the increase on to you. We would expect the increases to be minimal.

Your Europena Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is valid until 31 December 2020. If you are travelling in the European Economic Area or Switzerland up to this time, you can apply for and continue to use your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), as you did before. The EHIC gives you the right to access emergency state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in those countries.
Remember that the EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs, such being flown back to the UK, or lost or stolen property.

Updates - flight delays


My flight has been delayed. Can I get compensation?

Check the Citizens advice website for detailed information by following this link

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/holiday-cancellations-and-compensation/if-your-flights-delayed-or-cancelled/

Also read the following

Airlines don't have to pay out for delays caused by snow because weather is classified as an "extraordinary circumstance" – though some airlines may issue a refund at their discretion. For those of you flying to India you are almost certainly on a non EU airline so contact them direct to see exactly what you are entitled to.

According to Which magazine you can challenge your airline if you don't agree there were extraordinary circumstances – for example, if you are told you can't fly due to the snow, but other flights are departing. "Airlines may stretch the definition of extraordinary circumstances further than they should."

Which Magazine  states:-

If the delay is not caused by extraordinary circumstances you will be entitled to compensation under EU rules, but only if you are flying with an airline based in the EU or with a non-EU-based airline flying from an EU airport, and only if the delay is for two hours or more. If you are flying somewhere else or with a non-EU-based airline not flying from the EU you'll have to check that carrier's terms and conditions.

If you are delayed for two hours or more you are entitled to: two free phone calls, faxes or e-mails; free food and drinks; and free hotel accommodation if you need to stay overnight.

If your flight arrives at its destination three hours or more late you will receive compensation of between €250 and €600, depending on how far your flight takes you. So you'll get €250 if your three hour-delayed flight travels 1,500km or less (ie, London to Amsterdam), but €600 if your plane is delayed by four hours or more and travels at least 3,500km (ie, London to Sydney).

My flight has been cancelled. Will I get my money back?

If your flight is cancelled you should be offered either a refund or an alternative flight to your original destination.

For compensation you will have to look to the EU rules again, though if the delay is caused by snow – and thus an extraordinary circumstance – you might not get anything. If you are covered by EU regulations you will be entitled to travel assistance (such as help with rebooking for a later date) as well as meals and accommodation etc. Check the official EU website for more on your rights.

Call to book: 01273 564230

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Champneys Spa, Springs

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  • A Yoga-Spa Weekend

    from £390

    Surrounded by open park lands, Springs combines light, airy spaces with a warm and friendly atmosphere.

This weekend begins at 2 pm on Friday and completes at 4 pm on Sunday, everybody is given a single room unless they request otherwise.

Champneys Springs is only one hour from Leicester and Sheffield and one and a half hours from Liverpool, London and Manchester, Champneys Springs offers modern luxury.

Everything has been designed with relaxation in mind, from the beautiful water walkway to the spacious lounge areas. Surrounded by open park lands, Springs combines light, airy spaces with a warm and friendly atmosphere.

 

You can relax in the steam room and whirlpool, take a dip in the huge swimming pool, visit the fully equipped gym or participate in some of the many classes that take place each day. Classes range through hula hooping, spinning, aqua classes and Pilates

Each of our guests has one Thalassotherapy session included in the cost of the weekend. A mineral rich warm pool with hydrotherapy jets to stimulate and tone tired aching muscles. Excellent for treating cellulite, arthritis and general muscular and joint aches and pains. N.B This is a group treatment.

 

Yoga - Please see timetable below.  Class timings may vary slightly from below according to teacher. There are often after dinner activities which usually need to be pre-booked - ask for details at reception

 FRIDAY:
14.00 onwards: - Check in, relax and enjoy the facilities
17.00 - 18.30: - Yoga: welcome workshop
19.30 onwards: - Dinner

SATURDAY:
8.00 - 9.30: - Yoga workshop
9.30: - Breakfast
12.00 - 14.00: - Lunch
17.00 - 18.30: Yoga workshop
19.30 onwards: - Dinner

SUNDAY:
8.00 - 9.30: - Yoga workshop
9.30: - Breakfast
12.00 - 14.00: - Lunch
16.00: - Depart

nid%3D1015%7Ctitle%3D%7Cdesc%3D%7Clink%3DnoneAccommodation - Rooms are designed with your comfort in mind. All rooms are en-suite (with a complimentary collection of mini toiletries), have a flat screen television and DVD, kettle, hairdryer and telephone. A robe and slippers are provided for you to wear during your stay.

 

Food -The food is plentiful, delicious and served buffet style in the restaurant. You may have breakfast and lunch in your robe, please wear regular/more formal clothes for dinner (i.e. not your robe or yoga clothes).

 

Please let the restaurant know at what time you will require dinner when you go for your lunch, if you opt for an individual table then please choose whatever time suits you. We have also arranged for a communal table with your teacher, so that nobody needs to eat on their own unless they prefer. Please check with your teacher as to what time dinner will be if you wish to join this table.

By Car - either visit the Champneys website for travel directions or we can send you details by post on request.

By Train - the nearest train station is Tamworth a 20 minute drive away. Journey times from nearby cities: Liverpool & London - 1 hour 30 minutes: Manchester - 1 hour 45 minutes: Birmingham - 20 minutes: Leicester & Sheffield - 1 hour: Cambridge - 3 hours.

You will need to pre-book a taxi to the resort from Tamworth. Please call FiftyNineCabs on 01530 595959.

 

Includes - Accommodation, full board beginning with dinner on Friday evening and ending with lunch on Sunday, yoga classes as scheduled, one Thalassotherapy treatment, use of facilities and open classes.

Not Included - Travel, transfers, insurance, drinks and snacks (other than those included with dinner, lunch or breakfast), therapies, massages and treatments other than Thalassotherapy treatment as listed above.

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Fabulous weekend with lovely people and the best yoga teacher ever! Thank you Joanna Najduch

Judit - Joanna Najduch September 2016

 

An amazing weekend, thank you so much Joanna Najduch . Great Yoga, great company - feeling grateful ☺ & soooo  relaxed & rejuvenated!

Jane - Joanna Najduch September 2016

 

Thank you Joanna Najduch for a fab weekend. My inner calm has been restored , see you next year!!

Miranda - Joanna Najduch September 2016

 

Thankyou for a lovely weekend and all the work you put into making our practice so enjoyable and restorative  you are just the best.

Liz - Joanna Najduch September 2016

 

Joanna, thanks for a wonderful yoga weekend.  Hope to see you again soon. 

Jane - Joanna Najduch September 2016

 

Debbie, My wife had a lovely time at Champneys with Joanna & yoga..  Thanks to all..  Will be back.  She loved it ALL.  Rory MacLeod

 

I'd just like to underline how enjoyable the yoga retreat at Champney's was. The staff were very
friendly, the accommodation and food excellent, and the yoga challenging but relaxing. This was also the first holiday I have booked through Free Spirit and I was impressed by the courtesy and efficiency of you and your colleagues.
So a great success! My only complaint is that the weekend was too short
- another day would have been wonderful!
Best wishes Jo Lateu

 

Hi there, Please could you book me a place on the above weekend and send me the booking paperwork. I went on this same retreat last May, and it (and the amazing Brigitte ) was so fabulous that I just have to go again!

Lorie

 

Dear Ken and Emily, Thank you both so much for facilitating such a great start to 2014! I can't remember that last time my shoulders felt so free........How I wish I had a recording of the sessions to use at home. It was a great group and venue. All the Yoga sessions were fabulous, and I particularly enjoyed the floor work. A wonderful moving meditation with such calm and clear instruction that its possible to work with your eyes closed and really feel whats going on inside