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Half-term getaways! Where can you go without breaking the bank?

Half-term getaways! Where can you go without breaking the bank?

Feeling those summer blues? You’re not the only one! That’s why we’ve found the cheapest city breaks for you this half-term. All that’s left to do is pack…

Dublin - Amsterdam
Cost: £31 Ryanair
Wednesday 15th November – Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Amsterdam is famous for many things: historic attractions, the Heineken Experience, the Amsterdam Ice Bar. Whatever you are interested in, you can guarantee you won’t spend a second of your trip bored. We recommend taking a cruise down the Canal – you can even dine here if your budget stretches that far.

Tip: If you are a history fanatic like me, you will want to visit the Anne Frank Museum. But this isn’t one of those tourist attractions you can just turn up to, you need to book in advance!

Bristol – Barcelona
Cost: £47 Easyjet
Monday 6th November – Thursday 16th November 2017

Stuck between a city break and a beach holiday? Then combine the two and head straight for Barcelona! The city’s metro system is easy to use and can get you from the Sagrada Familia to Barceloneta beach in minutes. We recommend visiting Mount Tibidabo – don’t let your fear of heights stop you from seeing the breathtaking views this amusement park has to offer!

Tip: Buy a T10 metro ticket and you can ride the metro 10 times for just 9.95. If you’re on a budget, avoid eating lunch/dinner in Las Ramblas.

London Stansted – Basel
Cost: £40 EasyJet
Tuesday 31st October – Tuesday 7th November 2017

If you are an Art fanatic, Basel is for you. And for those of you who aren’t, well what could be better than a trip to Switzerland in October? Basel is a culture-centric city bordering both France and Germany, and with its Munster Cathedral and Zoological Gardens, you won’t fall short of tourist attractions to visit.

Tip: Book tours/museum tickets online for up to 50% discount. Spend £23 on a boat trip along the Rhine River, it’s worth it trust us!

Manchester – Berlin
Cost: £26 Ryanair
Tuesday 7th November – Tuesday 14th November 2017

If you haven’t already been to Berlin, then stop everything and book NOW! Berlin is one of the most stimulating, creative cities in Europe. It has something for everyone – history, nightlife and family friendly attractions. Do your research and plan out your activities, there are an abundance of sights to see and you may have to travel quite far for a few.  

Tip: Make your way to Brandenburg Gate and take the ‘free’ walking tour – this is a great way to get your bearings whilst ticking off your site seeing list. P.S. We use the term ‘free’ loosely, you are required to donate a sum of money at the end of the tour. 

Edinburgh – Prague
Cost: £49 Ryanair
Tuesday 31st October – Saturday 4th November 2017

Have you ever wondered what it would be like starring in a Disney movie? Book a flight to Prague and find out. Whether you love architecture or take pride in your Instagram aesthetic, you will appreciate Prague’s beautiful baroque buildings and Gothic churches.

Tip: See the sights in style – take the famous Prague Vintage Car Tour and ride to Prague Castle in an open top car. You can even squeeze time in to go paddle boating on the Vltava River.

Top 10 Last Minute City Break Ideas

1. Berlin

Perfect for history lovers with many museums or Art fanatics with an abundance of galleries. Berlin has something to offer everyone plus it is highly recommended for the lively nightlife.

2. Madrid

Soak up the Spanish culture in the heart of Spain. Enjoy flamenco dancing and traditional tapas in the many restaurants that line the streets.

3. Paris

The French capital is just a train ride away on the euro star. Feel like a Parisian whilst browsing the chic department stores or exploring the back street bars and clubs.

4. Budapest

This city is great for back packers as it is young, fun and cheap. The architecture is renowned for its beauty and if you want to unwind then relax in the famous Budapest spas.

5. Rome

Rome is renowned for its iconic Colosseum and Basilica which are a must see. The city is brimming with history and Italian culture.

6. Vienna

Almost all of Vienna’s main attractions sit within the Ringstrasse, a concise historic city centre that is largely pedestrianised.

7. Amsterdam

Enjoy a calming boat ride along one of the many canals, be a true Dutch and get around on bike then take a trip to the Anne Frank house. That’s what people go to Amsterdam for isn’t it?!

8. Lisbon

Lisbon is a great city for enjoying museums and culture as well as sunbathing on the beautiful beaches.

9. Dublin

Dublin is still out of England but not too far for a quick break, it’s great value for money and has extremely friendly locals.

10. Edinburgh

The Scottish capital is again not to far for a weekend away but offers a historic, cosmopolitan and cultured city. Plus it’s only a train ride away.


Travelling - T-shirt £25.00

Sight Seeing - Polo Shirt £35.00

Evening - Short Sleeve Shirt £35.00

It's always a challenge deciding what clothes to pack when going on holiday. That's why we have decided for you... For travelling, whether by train or airplane, wear a comfortable t-shirt. Whilst sightseeing during the day a smart polo shirt will keep you cool and look great in all of the holiday photos. A short sleeved shirt will also be ideal for the evening as it will again keep you cool and give a smart evening look. Wear the tops with neutral coloured shorts or chinos and pack a comfortable pair of shoes. Don't forget your sunglasses!

Bon Voyage! 

What do Fathers REALLY want for Father's day?

Every year we go for the same gifts that we know our Dad’s will like but this isn’t necessarily what they would LOVE. This article is going to tell you what they are secretly hoping for.

Slippers - Clarks £18.00

Remote Control Helicopter - Argos £29.99

Every dad loves a cosy pair of slippers they can slip on after a long day at work. However, will the feeling of comfort be as satisfying as racing a remote control vehicle around the room? Just picture the joy on his face!

Socks - Sock Shop £10.99

Chocolates - Hotel Chocolat £10.00

Socks can be a play safe when you really don’t know what to get but surly there are already plenty in the sock drawer! Why not combine his love of chocolate and beer with The Beer Collection at Hotel Chocolat for only £10.

Mug - Super Mug £8.49

Tie - Tie Room £23.00

Mugs are a great gift as they are practical and useful. However a gift like a fancy tie from the Tie Room is what he secretly has his eye on. This will make him stand out in front of his work mates and be deemed as ‘the stylish’ one in the office.

Blazer - £100.00

Shirt - £40.00

Of course the ultimate gift you can buy to show your old man how much you love him is an item from Bewley and Ritch. We suggest this Bently Blazer or Haland Shirt. With our special father's day promotion of a £10 Voucher when you spend £60, you will be getting a good deal and putting a big smile on his face at the same time. 

See the terms and conditions of our Father's day offer here.





Top 10 Street Art Paintings in Manchester

In recent years Manchester has transformed into a flourishing and vibrant city due to the creation of blossoming street art. Whether they have been commissioned or popped up secretly over night, the Manchester public loves the designs and are now considered a part of Manchester's landscape.

Social Issues

The recent project Cities of Hope has seen world famous street artists create pieces around Manchester in an attempt to raise awareness of social issues. 

Artist: Nevercrew

Social Issue: Immigration and supporting refugees

Artist : Martin Whatson

Social Issue: The environment

Artist: Hyuros

Social Issue: War children

Artist: Dale Grimshaw

Social Issue: Globalization and conflict

Artist: C215

Social Issue: Homelessness


Artist: Tankpetrol 

Portrait of: Manchester own Mr Abthongy Burgess who wrote 'A Clockwork Orange'

Quote reads - "We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot un-write it".


Artist: Akse (specialised in photorealistic portraiture)

Portrait of: Prince 


Portrait of: David Bowie 



Artist: Faunagraphic

About the bird: Mural of Manchester commissioned in 2011 by Converse as part of their Wall-to-Wall project.

Artist: Mateus Bailon

About the bird: Exotic birds to remind people in the concrete jungle of nature.

We would tell you where they are but that's too easy so good luck finding them...

Be sure to get in touch with us to share your street art photos:

Twitter: @OfficialBewley

Instagram: @bewleyandritch

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