Active England expands range with wild swimming trips

Active England has expanded its range to include new wild swimming tours across the UK. The domestic operator, which

already offers cycling, walking and adventure tours, wants to tap into the “growing market” for outdoor swimming trips with itineraries from May 2021. Founder Will Cairns said he

had noticed more people trying wild swimming for the first time during lockdown, and drew up a list of 30 wild swim locations, with a focus on the southwest. Tours include accommodation

and travel to wild swimming destinations, and typically include two swims a day plus walks and picnics. Guides trained in first aid and lifesaving accompany the tours. There are six-day options

in Broadsands Beach, Devon; Sharrah Pool, Dartmoor; and Carbis Bay, St Ives, and Lantic Bay near Fowey, both Cornwall. Cairns said: “These tours have

been developed to enable like- minded people to swim safely and create lasting memories.” Agents can ‘tweak’ itineraries

or create their own packages.

New wild swimming tours will ‘create lasting memories’


Former Cook staff set to launch operator Sunny Heart Travel

Juliet Dennis

A team of former Thomas Cook staff is poised to launch an online operator called Sunny Heart Travel. A ‘sunny heart’ logo was synonymous with Thomas

Cook from 2013 until its collapse last September. Sunny Heart Travel, which has a logo showing

heart-shaped sunglasses, has been in development for the past year by former IT staff from Thomas Cook. It hopes to launch later this month. Separately, the Thomas Cook brand, now owned by

Chinese conglomerate Fosun, is set to be relaunched as an online travel agency. Sunny Heart Travel is privately-owned and based in

Peterborough, where Thomas Cook had its head office. It has pledged to take on “as many ex-Thomas Cook

colleagues as possible” as it grows in size, particularly former product and marketing employees.

Carrier offers winter-sun breaks as part of Blue Skies Ahead campaign

Carrier has created a selection of luxury winter-sun escapes as part of its Blue Skies Ahead campaign. They include a pre-Christmas break in Barbados; a villa holiday in Mustique and a stay in Saint Lucia. Seven nights at a one-bedroom luxury cottage at the Coral Reef Club in Barbados, including flights from Heathrow, costs from £9,295, based on a December 10 departure.

The company has obtained an initial Atol licence for 1,000 passengers and registered its name and logo under the Sunny Heart Travel brand. Its tagline will be ‘Great Holidays start with a Sunny Heart’. The operator has plans to work with the trade as part

of the second phase of its development and will talk to agents in the near future. It currently has five UK-based staff, with more

IT staff based abroad. Former Thomas Cook IT programme manager Steve Bentzen is chief executive and former Thomas Cook IT project manager Jemma Sharman is chief information officer. Bentzen, who was responsible for installing UK-

wide Wi-Fi in Thomas Cook’s shop network and also worked at Tui, said: “We are ready to launch as soon as the nation’s confidence in travel returns. We have put together a broad product range, including flights, hotels and cruise as well as tours, sightseeing and ancillaries.”

BodyHoliday to reopen in October

with yoga and health programmes Wellness resort BodyHoliday Saint Lucia is reopening on October 1. It will run both its Octoba Yoga and September Solos themed programmes during the first month. There will be a variety of yoga classes including hatha and shanti yoga and meditation classes, while health and wellbeing activities for solo travellers include sunset cruises and hikes.

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Thomas Cook’s logo was a heart

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