Holidays – Where? When?

In these uncertain times it is difficult to know when holiday travel from the UK will start again.

What we do know is that:

  • Holidays within the UK and France are likely to be possible earlier than those further afield. – Flights to the Channel Islands from East Midlands are due to start from September. Museums across Europe are now opening up e.g. The Rijkemuseum in Amsterdam opened on 1st June.
  • Some countries such as Greece, little affected by the virus, want to accept foreign tourists as soon as it is possible and secluded villas with private pools are likely to be in great demand.
  • Winter sun holidays to countries such as Gambia, again not affected very much by the virus are due to start in November
  • Hotels, airlines, airports, resorts and all holiday companies are working hard to provide a better and safer holiday experience.
  • All these extra precautions are likely to make holidays more expensive next year.
  • Tour Operators are offering great prices and value for bookings made now.

Drop us an e-mail if you are interested in chatting to us about any of the above or wish to sign up for our regular e shots. This website also has some great holiday inspiration.

Don’t forget booking with Hyde Barker travel ensures that all your monies are 100% protected by ABTA and ATOL government bonding.


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Canada & Alaska with First Class Holidays

Holidays to Canada Holidays to Canada

Choose from escorted touring, iconic rail journeys such as the Rocky Mountaineer, relaxing Alaskan cruises and self-drive holidays.

On offer are Unique wildlife experiences such as polar bear viewing or beluga whale watching in Manitoba, skiing, sunbathing and white water rafting, Canada has something for everyone and experience is at the heart of every holiday.

Discover everything that Canada has to offer at The Old Theatre Deli on Wednesday 25th March at 7.30pm, when Emma Clark from First Class Holidays will be visiting.

Reserve your place now!

Contact us to order your free tickets for this event.

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Exciting Travel events for 2020

This year gets off to a flying start at Hyde Barker Travel with The Southwell Travel Show, on Saturday 18th January. A total of 30 stands includes:

Escorted tour operators: Titan, Saga, Riviera, Wendy Wu, Travelsphere and Newmarket

Specialist operators: African Pride, Inside Asia, First Class, Typically Italian, Serenity, Silver Fern, Veloso, Exodus, Ramblers and Cox and Kings

City break experts: Kirker and Cities Direct

Cruise operators: Celebrity, Riviera, Emerald, Scenic, Ama, Crystal and Star Clippers
Luxury holidays companies: Simply Luxury, Premier, Kuoni, Cyplon and Classic

An amazing number of special exclusive show offers such as complimentary room and flight upgrades, crates of wine and wine vouchers, on board cruise discounts and added value holiday excursions will be available until the end of January. In addition, anyone booking a Hyde Barker holiday featured at the show will receive a £50 holiday discount voucher, valid until the end of February.

Get your £50 Holiday Voucher

Download and print out the voucher and you will receive £50 off all holidays featured at the show.

Holiday events and presentations run throughout the year and tickets are available now

  • Explore bustling bazaars and immerse yourself in ancient cultures and traditions of the Silk Road on Wednesday 26th February with Cox and Kings
  • Discover Canada and Alaska with First Class Holidays on Wednesday 25th March
  • Experience A “Sail away evening” with Star Clippers on Wednesday 29th April
  • Find out about The world of Saga on Wednesday 24th June


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Southwell Travel Show 2020

Southwell Travel Show 2020In these rapidly changing times holidays have become even more important to general wellbeing and the perfect way to choose the right holiday is at The Hyde Barker Travel Show on Saturday 18th January between 10am and 3pm at the Saracens Head Hotel.

All the operators attending are ATOL bonded and the booking through Hyde Barker Travel, as an ABTA agent, ensures 100% protection.

Expert operators at the show provide much more than a standard flight and accommodation. Take a trip to Uganda to see the apes with Titan, cycle in the prosecco hills with Exodus, stay at a Ryakan with Inside Japan, cook proper Italian food with Typically. Visit the famous Durell Zoo, Jersey with Premier, eat food cooked in the Maori style with Silver Fern. Stay in an ice hotel with First Class Holidays, travel along the Douro river with Riviera, or Emerald. Stay on the Galapagos islands with Travelsphere, walk the great wall of China with Wendy Wu, see the big African 5 with African Pride. Stroll through the Italian countryside with Adagio Holidays, sail the Mediterranean with Star Clippers, relax in luxury on a pristine beach with Classic-Collection, Serenity, Cyclon or Beachcomber. Visit the most romantic cities in the world with Cities Direct or in luxurious style with Kirker, cruise the world with Azamara or Celebrity.

Hyde Barker staff will be at the show with support and advice. Tour Operator presentations will run throughout the day. There will also be great exclusive show offers and a free prize draw.

Get your £50 Holiday Voucher

Download and print out the voucher and you will receive £50 off all holidays featured at the show.

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India and Beyond with TransIndus

Whether you are tempted by a trip through the romantic desert palaces of Rajasthan, a relaxing stay on Kerala’s lush backwaters, the temple towns of South India, a cruise up the Brahmaputra River in Assam or a glimpse of the elusive tiger, we along with TransIndus can create your perfect bespoke itinerary or find the right small group tour for you to join.

TransIndus is an award winning specialist tour operator, offering tailor-made itineraries and small group tours to the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, the Far East and Central Asia. With over 28 years of experience in India, TransIndus is a well-established tour operator in the UK, synonymous with excellence in service and attention to details.

Great pride is taken in their destination knowledge and expertise, so each itinerary is carefully planned to thread together the highlights and off-track gems, as well as the most inspirational places to stay.

Explore India- The land of dreams and romance, with an expert from Transindus on 29th November, 7.30 at the Old Theatre Deli

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Southwell Travel Show- now the biggest in the East Midlands!

Amazing! The next Southwell Travel Show  on Saturday 19th January, 2019 will be the 8th Show. As usual it will take place at the Sacacens Head Hotel, Southwell and run from 10am to 3pm. As the biggest travel show in the East Midlands it is gaining quite a reputation in the travel industry and with the general public as a “Very Worthwhile Event”.  Tour Operators applications for stands have grown year upon year.

This year there is a little more emphasis upon cruising with Seabourn, Azamara, Uniworld and Riviera all attending.

Favourite brands such as Titan, Classic-Collection, Saga, Wendy Wu and Hurtigruten will all be there. Specialist operators Inside Japan and Burma, Adagio, Ramblers Exodus, Typically Italian and Beachcomber will all have stands.   New for this year is Do Something Different, If Only and North American Travel Service.

Presentations will take place throughout the day.

Within a few hours it is possible to visit the whole world and discuss a variety of holiday types, from walking holidays to cruising, escorted tours to tailor-made options.

Hyde Barker staff will guide you to the right holiday stand to meet the expert best able to help you plan your next holiday.  Appointments will be available from 3pm to 4pm to discuss specific enquiries in depth and presentations will take place at the agency throughout the day.

Click here to download a £50 holiday voucher that can be used against the cost of any holiday featured at the show.

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Why Do People Want to Travel to New Zealand?

New Zealand is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It’s packed with everything that you could wish for from a dream holiday; the landscape is varied and beautiful, the wildlife is delightfully weird and wonderful, the weather is favourable and the people are some of the friendliest you’ll ever meet. There’s a huge amount of culture to appreciate, but you won’t need to overcome a language barrier to do so.

For nearly thirty years Silver Fern Holidays has been operating as a Specialist Tour Operator to New Zealand and is now becoming known as one of the prominent experts for travel to New Zealand in the UK.  From independent travel to travelling with a handful of like-minded traveller on unique small group tours, Silver Fern have something to suit every timeframe, budget, and travel style.

(Silver Fern is the sister company of Hyde Barker Travel and is based in Southwell)

Don’t miss the next New Zealand presentation at the Old Theatre Deli on 1st November, 7.30- “The Best Time to Travel to New Zealand” (You may be surprised)

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Costa Rica

The Central America country of Costa Rica, located between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, has much to recommend it to the discerning traveller, especially those with a true love of nature.

This small country, considered to be the happiest place to live in the world, has the most forward thinking approach to conservation in Latin America and encapsulates dense jungles, rugged beaches, coral reefs, mangrove swamps, active volcanoes and eerie cloud forests. It is home to 5% of the world’s total biodiversity and more than 800 species of bird.

Amidst the rich, lush landscape visitors will find boutique retreats, eco lodges, family-run properties and luxurious hotels – there is something for everyone. The nature also provides the setting for a host of activities including zip-lining, white water rafting, bird watching, hiking, whale watching and more.

Choose Costa Rica for your holiday in 2017. Prices from £2524.00 per person for a 12 night, multi-centre adventure including flights, accommodation, group excursions and all transfers.

Sue John from Sunvil will be at the Old Theatre Deli on 27th September at 7.30 to help you to explore Cost Rica

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Wendy Wu – Asia Sale Now On!

As well as offering you the biggest choice of touring in China, Southeast Asia, Japan and India, you can now enjoy discounts of up to £1,000 per couple for travel this year.

Make 2017 your year for adventure.

But be quick, these discounts are only available until 09 June!

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Make your Travel Dreams come true at the Southwell Travel Show

The fifth Southwell Travel Show takes place on Saturday 23rd January 2016 from 10am to 3pm at the Saracens Head Southwell.  With over twenty stands representing the very best Tour Operators in the travel business today, it’s a great opportunity to escape the dreary January weather and start planning your next holiday.

From Norweigen Coastal Voyages to  Great Rail Journeys across America, Small Group Journeys in New Zealand to Tailor made adventures in Africa, we promise that wherever your interests lie, you’ll find inspiration, ideas and plenty of information at our travel show, so make a note of it in your diary!

There will also be some fantastic travel show offers, only available on the day, and below you can download a £50 holiday voucher that can be used against the cost of any of any holiday featured at the travel show.


For more information, or to have a chat to one of the Hyde Barker team, pop in to see us at the agency, or give us a ring on 01636 816262.

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