This winter there is no need to have deep purses or to venture far from home to enjoy a festive break. bmibaby fly from Ireland West Knock Airport to Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow for special fare prices of just €17.99 one way including taxes and charges!
From ice skating to winter wonderlands, and from pot holing to snow slides, all these destinations offer a fantastic selection of things to do over Christmas, New Year and beyond.
Glasgow has a shopping experience unlike anywhere else in the UK. On your Glasgow Christmas shopping break, you will find an array of shops and stores that would give any fashion capital a serious run for its money. This funky, fabulous city is the perfect place to shop 'till you drop’ this Christmas. Buchanan Galleries is a must with big High Street names in Glasgow's premier indoor shopping centre. Home to 90 of the best retail names the Galleries are shopping heaven. Princes Square, situated on Buchanan Street in the heart of Glasgow's shopping district, is where the designer, boutique and high fashion stores will compete for your attention among the restaurants and bars. If your budget can stretch to it, the Italian Centre is the place to visit for the big designer names like Gucci and Versace. Braehead is a massive out-of-town shopping complex that boasts everything you'll ever need. In fact, Braehead is more than just a shopping centre. It's a complete world of family entertainment. So you could visit the curling and ice rink, or see a show at the Braehead Arena, there's always something to do.
Glasgow has it all and you can get there to see for yourself with a short hop from Ireland West Airport Knock to Glasgow International Airport with fares as low as €17.99 one way including taxes and charges with bmibaby.
With its position as the third best place to shop in the UK, Birmingham is the perfect destination for a spot of Christmas shopping, or for hitting the January sales. Home to the recently redeveloped Bull Ring Shopping Centre and the stunning Mailbox, Birmingham has a shop for every present. At night the city comes alive, with the chic Arcadian Centre or the buzzing Broad Street offering a host of bars and night clubs. Those looking for a bite to eat won’t be disappointed with the variety of cuisine on offer in the city, including Chinese, Indian, Japanese and French.
For family fun, why not see The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, until 17th January 2009. This classic winter wonderland story makes perfect festive viewing for all ages.
For a sparkly Christmas present for someone special visit the world famous Jewellery Quarter, which is jam packed with over 400 jewellery businesses. Forty percent of all jewellery made in the UK still comes from here and visitors can browse through over 100 specialist retailers for classic and beautiful handcrafted pieces or commission bespoke jewellery.
bmibaby fly from Ireland West Knock to Birmingham International Airport and prices start from just €17.99 one way including taxes and charges.
Manchester City Centre is currently buzzing with the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas. With a continental market in the city centre until 19 January, Manchester is the perfect place to pick up a unique Christmas present. For more conventional gifts why not visit the Trafford Centre, with over 200 shops and 60 bars and restaurants, its the perfect place to shop till you drop and then relax!
If Manchester doesn’t see a white Christmas this near, never fear, head down to Piccadilly Gardens where there will be a 50 metre long snow slide. The open air slide is the first of its kind in the North West and will be at Piccadilly Gardens until 4 January. Riders can whiz down the giant slide in a tyre on artificial snow. At the bottom of the slide, take a stroll through the grotto of Christmas lights, fir trees and alpine chalets.
If visitors need a break from all the festivities then why not see the sights of Manchester aboard Shanks’s pony, with a digital tour of the city on foot. Simply select a tour and download to a mobile phone, iPod or MP3 player and set off to see the sights of city.
bmibaby fly from Ireland West Knock to Manchester Airport and prices start from just €17.99 one way including taxes and charges.