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Last-Minute Spring Breaks

Monday, March 4, 2019

Last-Minute Spring Breaks

Easter falls 20 days later this year than it did in 2018. That means that even more of us are itching for a quick getaway to banish the winter blues. Thanks to the longer days and a return of the sunshine we can all look closer to home for the perfect holiday escape. 

At BLOC Hotels, we pride ourself that your journey starts here. And, thanks to our Easter holiday guide, finding your perfect destination is as simple as ABC.

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Amazing Amsterdam

Everyone loves tulips from Amsterdam and the Dutch celebrate this with the Tulip Festival running throughout April. 

The flower fields are less than half an hour from Amsterdam and public spaces across the city centre are packed with blooms.

 A major highlight is the 32 tulip-packed hectares of Keukenhof Park. If you don’t fancy hiking its 10 miles of trails, you could always hire a bike for €15 at the park entrance

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Brilliant Birmingham 

Do you lie awake at night thinking of video games? Insomnia is for you. The UK’s biggest gaming festival returns to Birmingham this Easter. 

The NEC will showcase the latest games, cutting edge VR technology and live, professional Esports, for four days over the Easter Bank Holiday.

And the perfect place to rest between marathon gaming sessions (while exploring the rest that Birmingham has to offer) is at BLOC Hotel in the heart of the city’s trendy Jewellery Quarter.


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Classy Copenhagen

Every spring, Copenhagen’s museums update their exhibitions to showcase inspiring new collections. It is the perfect city break destination for culture lovers. 

Parkmuseerne district boasts six museums dotted in and around the city’s three historic parks: The King’s Garden, The Botanical Garden and the Østre Anlæg park. 

And the Tivoli Gardens amusement park comes to life with flowers and night-time illuminations. It’s fairytale fun in the heart of Copenhagen.


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Dive Into Dublin 

Dublin’s Easter celebrations are already under starter’s orders. The highlight for any visit is a day-trip to the Irish Grand National

The three-day festival at Fairyhouse racecourse (a short hop from the capital) has an incredible party atmosphere: with live music, children’s entertainment and world-class racing. 

Follow your day at the races with a Guinness or two while enjoying Dublin’s unrivalled art, cuisine, literature, music and all-round ability to have a party. Come for the craic and get lost in the culture.


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Easy Edinburgh 

This Easter visitors to Edinburgh can boldly go exploring new frontiers at the brilliant International Science Festival

With more than 270 workshops activities and events across the city, there’s plenty of jaw-dropping science fun for all the family. 

This year you can experience everything from psychoanalysing Donald Trump’s Twitter feed to building your own incredible tech in the Gadget Factory.


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Flaming Fuerteventura 

If sunshine is absolutely your thing, then head to the subtropical paradise of Spain’s second largest Canary Island. 

In spring, its fertile volcanic soil is bursting into life and the weather is perfect for hiking through the desert dunes of Corralejo Natural Park and along Fuerteventura’s dramatic coastlines. 

Easter’s Semana Santa is a huge celebration across Spain and you can expect to see even more colour with celebrations taking place all over the island – from Caleta to Puerto del Rosario.

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Get Set Go, From Gatwick 

If your looking for an affordable, easy getaway abroad this Easter, then Gatwick Airport should top your list when shopping around for flights. 

It serves more than 230 destinations in 74 countries and is the first choice for 46 million passengers each year. You will be spoiled for choice. 

Smart travellers can make sure they are rested and ready to fly by checking into BLOC Hotel in Gatwick Airport…we look forward to seeing you there.

Book now at using promo code EASTER19 to receive 15% off the Best Available Rate for all stays between 15th - 29th April 2019.

*Book before midnight on March 10th 2019, using our EASTER19 discount code to secure 15% discount on the Best Available Rate for all stays between April 15th - 29th 2019 at either property in the BLOC Hotel Group. 

Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Subject to availability. 

EASTER19 Special Discount. Full payment is required at time of booking. Photo ID when checking in will be required. 

Bookings made under this rate are amendable and refundable up until the day prior to arrival. Cancellations or amendments outside of this time are subject to cancellation or amendment fees. If booked with other extras, these may attract separate cancellation policies, please check your confirmation for additional information regarding these.



BLOC Magazine

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As summer draws to a close, the autumn issue of our magazine looks forward to some exciting events that are taking place in our nation's capital, London and second-city, Birmingham.

London is easily accessible from our Gatwick hotel and Birmingham is soon to be home of a second BLOC. Behind the scenes, we're working hard to add other locations where you can sample our affordable luxury.

At BLOC, we have distilled the finest ingredients into a package that provides perfect, yet affordable conditions for any overnight stay in prime locations. It's about no-nonsense style and function.

BLOC magazine embraces this theme. We've curated some of the favourite things we have discovered on our travels including the wonders of the Emerald Isle, Bentley's new concept, travel tech and apps as well as food and drink destinations.

You will also find details of BLOC's new VIP Guest List - don't forget to sign up to be eligible for free room upgrades, free coffee and be the first to hear about our blockbuster VIP competitions.

We hope that this magazine provides you with insight and entertainment on your journey.

You can view all of the articles on this site or view an online FREE version of the magazine, here.

We’ll also be adding to and updating this site with more cool stuff that we find on our travels. Jump on board!

Your journey begins here.