Jools Holland will sail on a trio of cruises aboard new ship Spirit of Discovery next year, playing a mix of Boogie-Woogie, R&B, Jazz and Soul during two performances, accompanied by his band of musicians.
As part of a five-year partnership with Saga Cruises, Jools has also endorsed one of Spirit of Discovery’s three specialty restaurants, The Club by Jools, inspired by 1950s cabaret lounges.
The venue, with resident and guest musicians, offers steaks, live music and cocktails.
2020 cruises featuring Jools Holland's appearances are:
A Baltic Fable : Jools Holland and his band will perform on this cruise to six Baltic cities celebrating history and culture of the region from tales of the Russian Tsars to Hans Christian Andersen fairytales. There’s also more music including fun sounds from an Oompah Band to the iconic pop of ABBA. 16 nights from £3,647 per person, departing Dover on August 7, 2020.
Sounds of Spain: Music on this cruise continues with the enchanting sounds of the Spanish guitar and flamenco performances. Tours ashore feature a trail of Valencia’s street art and visiting UNESCO-listed old town of Ibiza. On the Spanish mainland, guests visit the ports Almeria and Cadiz, with their beautiful buildings and sun-dappled squares. 14 nights from £2,975 per person, departing Southampton on March 15, 2020.
Western France and the Costa Verde
Music and gastronomy are the two main themes on this cruise which features two new ports for Saga Cruises, San Sebastian and Marin. Spirit of Discovery will sail along the Garonne to Bordeaux for guests to join an exclusive dinner at a local château, while along the coast of northern Spain there are more treats including pintxos and Galician wine. 15 nights from £3,721 per person, departing Dover on July 23, 2020.
For details call free on 0800 656 9919 or visit saga.co.uk/ocean-cruises
Prices for the above cruises featuring Jools Holland on board include all meals and entertainment, choice of table wines at lunch and dinner, afternoon tea, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party, free wifi, all on-board gratuities, porterage, free shuttle bus to nearest town centre (whenever possible and when the ship is berthed more than 500 yards away), optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if passenger has own insurance.
Classic Cottages are collaborating with the Newlyn School of Art and Cass Art to be part of an Outdoor Painting World Record Attempt which aims to bring together the most people painting a landscape outdoors at the same time in the same place. This will take place between Lands End and Sennen in West Cornwall on September 1 and is open to all ages and levels of experience. No excuse not to join in!
Not only will this be a fun event for the whole family, the aim is to raise funds for essential conservation work to create new stone footings along the coastal path of England’s most westerly point. This means that the footpath will be accessible for future generations to enjoy and help in the protection of existing rare flora and fauna.
There is a chance to win a 7-night stay in a luxury cottage between 31 August – 7 September to coincide with the event. The cottage sleeps four, has stunning sea views and will be located near the World Record Attempt. To be in with a chance to win, register to find out more about the event and be automatically entered into the prize draw. The winner will also receive a three course meal for up to four people at one of Rick Stein's restaurants in either Porthleven or Falmouth.
More information and entry details at Newlyn Art School.
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