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September 3, 2020

AM+A Autumn Media Trip Opportunities

After a year like no other, we’re all in need of a good holiday. Whether it’s discovering secret beaches and coves along the 870-mile Wales Coast Path, surfing and golfing in the vastly under-appreciated Bridgend County, enjoying the autumnal shades of Poland’s perfect cities or sipping on the world’s best orange wine in Slovenia - here are some of AM+A’s top media trips and story ideas for autumn across the UK and Europe:

UK


Wales Coast Path - Secret beaches, smugglers coves, cliffs waterfalls & baby seals 

Why now?

Boost your mental and physical health with the winning combination of fresh sea air and coastal walking along the Wales Coast Path’s 870 miles of breathtaking natural beauty. Boasting blue-flag beaches, prehistoric geology sites and hidden coves, the new ‘WOW Walk’ itineraries have been specifically designed by local experts to unveil the most stunning stretches of the coastline.   

Key story ideas & trip experience 

  • Wildlife tour - hike to some of Wales most remote beaches to see local seals
  • Spot bottlenose dolphins at Cardigan Bay, Europe’s highest dolphin populated area
  • Learn about the legends and tales of the shoreline
  • Spot cliffside waterfalls that cascade into the sea 
  • Specially designed ‘Wow Walk’ itineraries to unveil the best spots


Glyndwr’s Way National Trail - Total tranquility: the ultimate social distancing adventure

Why now?

Bored of being stuck inside? Grab your hiking boots and get some fresh air with Glyndwr’s Way National Trail. Explore the diverse landscapes of Mid Wales by foot on a remote outdoor expedition. 


Key story ideas & trip experience 

  • Guided leaf-peeping tours through wondrous woodlands
  • Spot autumnal birds of prey on open moorlands
  • Discover the cafes, museums and markets of rural towns
  • Visit the historic battle sites of the great Prince Owain Glyndŵr
  • Discover an area with one of the UK’s highest populations of red squirrels
  • Sail, fish or run around the stretching waters of 217ft Llyn Clywedog reservoir
  • Chase waterfalls off the beaten track near Lake Vyrnwy


Bridgend County - Adventure across South Wales: surfing, sand dunes and mountain biking in the valleys

Why now?

Who says you’ve got to leave the UK to enjoy an exhilarating adventure break? The waves of South Wales are warmest in September / October and this Welsh wonder remains undiscovered by the majority of travellers.

Story ideas & trip experience

Explore Bridgend County in South Wales, one of the UK’s top destinations for outdoor adventure, with towering sand dunes and some of the UK’s best surfing conditions. 

  • Ride some of the UK’s most consistent surf waves at Rest Bay with Porthcawl Surf School
  • Explore some of the biggest sand dunes in northern Europe on a fat bike 
  • Race through the South Wales Valleys via the Darren Fawr mountain biking trails 
  • Bed down in the NEW Woods and Dunes glampsite 



Bridgend County - Wales’ finest golfing destination 

Why now?

2020 has been a crazy year so who could blame you for wanting to indulge in a relaxing round of golf? Escape to the isolation of the rugged Welsh valleys and breathe in the sea air as you play some of the UK’s top links courses. 


Story ideas & trip experience

Discover a surprisingly diverse golf adventure in South Wales, including some of the best links courses the UK has to offer, complete with luxury accommodation. 

  • Begin inland with understated parkland courses Maesteg and Coed y Mwstwr
  • Head to the coast to experience top links courses The Grove and Pyle and Kenfig
  • Finish at Royal Porthcawl, two-time host of the Senior Open Championship
  • Enjoy post-round luxury at the Coed y Mwstwr Hotel 


Europe

Poland - Sensational autumn city combinations, squeezing the most out of your holiday

Why now?

Double-up your next city break. Poland is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway, with well connected cities, exciting history, stunning architecture and award-winning restaurants. With tourism numbers in major cities down and autumn colours emerging across parks nationwide, there has never been a better time to try a Polish city break.


Story ideas & trip experience

Kraków: Discover the 1000-year history of Poland’s cultural capital, bathed in the auburn shades of autumn and minus the usual crowds.

  • Kraków Old Town without the crowds: Experience the UNESCO-protected heart of the city in a much more peaceful, intimate fashion than ever before. 
  • Michelin star dining: An emerging European foodie hub, the European Capital of Gastronomic Culture 2019 has just received its first Michelin star: Bottiglieria 1881
  • Birdseye view of the city in autumn: Kraków’s mysterious mounds stretch back to the 7th century and make for stunning viewing in the autumn months


Katowice: Just an hour’s drive from Kraków, visit the former-industrial powerhouse of Katowice and its mammoth green (or golden brown in autumn) spaces, enticing museums and architectural Modernism.

  • Silesia Park, double the size of Central Park: This 620 hectare regenerated land provides tranquil walks amongst autumn colours in addition to relics of Poland’s Communist past
  • Industrial heritage at Nikiszowiec quarter: For an insight into the city’s industrial and mining heritage, take a tour of the 250 Nikiszowiec neighbourhoods
  • UNESCO-acknowledged Creative City of Music: Enjoy a concert by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, a Polish cultural ambassador


Slovenia - Discover the world’s best orange wine and more in Slovenia

Why now?

The orange wine produced in Slovenia’s north east region has just been voted by Decanter as the best in the world. There’s never been a better time to enjoy a Slovenian wine break, including the Vipava Valley and spiritual home of Slovenian wine, Maribor.

Story ideas and trip experience

Slovenia is a world-class wine destination. Travel across the country in search of the world’s best orange wine, beautiful vineyards and the oldest vine in the world still producing grapes. 

  • Leisurely cycle between vineyards in the Vipava Valley, at the border with Italy 
  • Discover the world’s best orange wine, as voted by Decanter, in eastern Slovenia 
  • Relax in Maribor, home to the oldest vine in the world still producing grapes 



Slovenia - European Region of Gastronomy 2021

Why now?

Not only has Slovenia been named the official European Region of Gastronomy for 2021, June saw the unveiling of the country’s first ever Michelin guide - get in before the crowds and discover what makes Slovenian cuisine so uniquely delicious.


Story ideas and trip experience
With four very distinct regions offering a variety of ingredients and flavours of their own, take a culinary journey alongside the country’s Michelin-starred chefs. 

  • Tour Michelin starred restaurants from the Mediterranean coast to the snow-capped Alps
  • Meet the local producers growing amazing produce from Slovenia’s fertile soil
  • Sit down with double Michelin-starred Ana Ros and dine at her restaurant Hisa Franko 
  • Spend a night at the NEW floating glamping village near Nova Gorica

Are interested in attending one of these trips? Get in touch with us for more information at alex@alexandramarr.com

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