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Pillow is an independent London based tour company, founded in 2007, which runs trips to festivals and events across the UK and Europe.

Pillow is different to its competitors in that it's a web-based company, which means it does not have expensive overheads so can offer great value tours. Also Pillow does not spend a massive amount of money on advertising, but instead depends upon word of mouth recommendations. To deserve such recommendations, Pillow therefore has to offer exceptional value and well organised tours.

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Venue Munich
Location Germany
Categories Antipodean Event
Price £239 3 different Weekend Tours from £239 each
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The Munich Beer Festival, also known as Oktoberfest, or Wies'n by the locals, is a public beer festival held once a year in Munich, Germany. The festival lasts for 16 days and runs from the middle of September to the first Sunday in October. Every year around 6 million people attend, consuming 4 million litres of beer, half a million roast chickens and 200,000 pairs of pork sausages, making the Oktoberfest one of the biggest parties in the world!

A large park in the centre of town is transformed into a massive party ground, with 14 beer halls each seating over 4000 people. In each beer hall the crowds drink one litre steins of local Bavarian beer, and often wear traditional Bavarian dress and stand on tables singing along to Oompah bands. Alongside the beer halls is a large funfair with all kinds of rides, and plenty of stalls selling local food and German Schnapps.

During our six day tour we visit the Oktoberfest over the opening weekend and watch the opening ceremony on 18 September. You also get the chance to travel independently to witness the 100 club. We also have an optional (included) day trip to visit Dachau concentration camp (the first concentration camp built by Hitler in 1933) and Andechs Monastery.

During our tour we will stay in tents at the legendary Thalkirchen Campsite, which is only one and a half miles away from the beer festival. We will supply regular shuttles to the beer festival from our campsite, and it’s only a few stops away using the local tube service.

What's included

  • All transport from London to Munich on executive charter coaches with toilets and DVD players.
  • 3 nights accommodation at Thalkirchen Campsite with pre-erected tents and breakfast each morning. Regular transfers between Thalkirchen camp site and Oktoberfest.
  • Pillow Oktoberfest T-shirt.
  • Day excursion to Dachau concentration camp and Andechs beer monastery.

What's NOT included

  • All food and drink not listed above.
  • Any souvenirs you wish to buy.

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Venue Split
Location Croatia
Categories Antipodean Event
Price Free
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What's it all about? Basically you and a group of up to 3 friends have a budget of no more than £150 to buy a car, the bigger banger the better. Once you have chosen your vehicle, you can decorate it however you like, even wear fancy dress to match, and then its time for the real fun! Drive your £150 rust bucket to the other side of Europe, participating in a number of challenges and having great fun along the way. Winners even get cash prizes!

So if you're up for the challenge, join other likeminded people for a ramshackle rally and make your way over some of the best driving rotes in Europe! Remember this is supposed to be a character building experience so breaking down in the foothills of the Tatry mountains, when you're 50 miles from anything, it's getting dark and nobody speaks English is quality entertainment!

Tour Options

Pamplona, Spain
1 to 14 July 2010
700 miles from Calais to San Sebastian in Spain, just in time for the legendary San Fermin festival and the Running of the Bulls.

Krakow, Poland
5 to 9 August 2010
1600 miles from Calais to Krakow, over high mountain passes, into secret Austrian beer gardens, through the enchanting Slovakian city of Bratislava and finishes in Krakow's spectacular old town.

Valencia, Spain
19 to 25 August 2010
1450 miles from Calais to Valencia, just in time for La Tomatina in Bunol and the biggest food fight in the world.

Split, Croatia
2 to 7 September 2010
1500 miles from Calais to Split, enjoy spectacular Alpine climbs and Adriatic costal views, finishing in the beautiful city of Split.

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Venue Bunol
Location Spain
Categories Antipodean Event
Price £149 3 Day 2 Night Hotel Tour
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Make your own way to Valencia and join Pillow for our tour of the crazy La Tomatina food fight and a Wine and Water festival in Spain. On the last Wednesday of August each year the small town of Bunol (near Valencia) welcomes 40,000 people and over 100 metric tons of tomatoes for the biggest food fight and party in the world. Festivities begin at 10am with people trying to detach a ham from the top of a 15 foot greased pole; however the main event starts at 12 noon when council trucks dump thousands of tomatoes into the crowd. Minutes later tomatoes are being hurled in every direction and everybody is covered with tomato skins and juice. The fun lasts until the local fire brigade spray water all over town to clean up the mess.

The night before La Tomatina we will visit the Wine and Water festival in Requena. This festival celebrates the start of the wine harvest with an all night party, including a live rock concert until the early hours. This is an authentic Spanish celebration and the vast majority of people who visit the Wine and Water festival say it’s the highlight of their visit to Spain.

During this tour we will stay in the Ibis Valencia Palacio de Congresos Hotel located in central Valencia, 500 metres away from the Valencia Convention Centre. We will visit the Wine and Water festival on Tuesday evening, and participate in La Tomatina on Wednesday afternoon, and on Wednesday evening we will have a farewell Tapas party in a local Valencia bar (food and drink not included).

If you would like additional accommodation on either the Monday or Thursday night, please let us know and we can book you in for a longer stay. There’s sure to be lots of demand for this tour and places are limited so book soon and make sure you get a good deal on your flight to sunny Spain!

What's included

  • Two nights B&B accommodation at Ibis Hotel in Central Valencia (based on 2 people sharing).
  • Transfer to Requena for the Wine and Water party on Tuesday evening.
  • Transfer to Bunol for La Tomatina on Wednesday morning.
  • Services of an experienced Pillow Tour Guide.

What's NOT included

  • Flights to and from Valencia.
  • All food and drink which is not listed above.
  • Any souvenirs you wish you buy.

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Venue Krakow
Location Poland
Categories Antipodean Event
Price Free
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What's it all about? Basically you and a group of up to 3 friends have a budget of no more than £150 to buy a car, the bigger banger the better. Once you have chosen your vehicle, you can decorate it however you like, even wear fancy dress to match, and then its time for the real fun! Drive your £150 rust bucket to the other side of Europe, participating in a number of challenges and having great fun along the way. Winners even get cash prizes!

So if you're up for the challenge, join other likeminded people for a ramshackle rally and make your way over some of the best driving rotes in Europe! Remember this is supposed to be a character building experience so breaking down in the foothills of the Tatry mountains, when you're 50 miles from anything, it's getting dark and nobody speaks English is quality entertainment!

Tour Options

Pamplona, Spain
1 to 14 July 2010
700 miles from Calais to San Sebastian in Spain, just in time for the legendary San Fermin festival and the Running of the Bulls.

Krakow, Poland
5 to 9 August 2010
1600 miles from Calais to Krakow, over high mountain passes, into secret Austrian beer gardens, through the enchanting Slovakian city of Bratislava and finishes in Krakow's spectacular old town.

Valencia, Spain
19 to 25 August 2010
1450 miles from Calais to Valencia, just in time for La Tomatina in Bunol and the biggest food fight in the world.

Split, Croatia
2 to 7 September 2010
1500 miles from Calais to Split, enjoy spectacular Alpine climbs and Adriatic costal views, finishing in the beautiful city of Split.

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Venue Silverstone
Location England
Categories Antipodean Event
Price £319 3 Day Coach & Camping Tour with General Admission Ticket
£199 3 Day Coach & Camping Tour - no Admission Ticket
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In 2009 over 230,000 people attended the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, and 2010 promises to be bigger and better as 2009 F1 champion Jenson Button and 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton participate in their home GP. Having recently won the right to stage the British GP for the next 17 years, Silverstone is improving the facilities at the track to make sure the oldest Formula One race is also the best.

For the 2010 British GP Pillow is running a fantastic tour to all three days of the GP. We will pick you up from central London on Friday 9 July and drive you to Silverstone in time to watch the second practice session that afternoon. You will then be able to watch the qualifying on Saturday and finally the race itself on Sunday, before we bring you back to central London on Sunday (11 July) night.

Instead of staying in a hotel 20 miles away from Silverstone, and spending hours each day travelling to and from the track and sitting in traffic jams, we camp in a picturesque setting in Silverstone Village, only 3/4 of a mile or 20 minute walk from the track. Don’t worry about entertainment at night, the campsite runs a nightly bar and BBQ, and Silverstone village hall which is next to the campsite has discos and live music to make sure everybody has a good time. The evenings at the campsite are great fun and everybody is enjoying the race atmosphere. We provide pre-erected tents, with air beds and we provide a continental breakfast each morning. All you have to do is bring your own pillow and sleeping bag; we take care of everything else. The campsite we use is permanent, so has good toilet and shower facilities, supplemented by extra temporary toilets and showers brought in for the GP.

For the race itself, we provide general admission “Fan” tickets, which give you access to the circuit and allow you to choose your own vantage point in one of the designated General Admission areas (under the guidance of the spectator marshals of course!). General Admission areas include, Hangar Straight, Becketts, Vale, Stowe and many more. If you would rather book your own ticket in a specific place of the track, that’s fine you can still come on the tour and enjoy all the other benefits for only £199 per person.

If you want to buy your own entrance or grandstand ticket, we suggest getting your own tickets direct from Silverstone and booking our tour ASAP as both are sure to sell out well before race day.

What's included

  • Transport from central London to Silverstone on Friday 9 July, and return from Silverstone to London on Sunday 11 July in a 49 seat executive charter coach with toilet & DVD player.
  • Two nights camping (Based on 2 people sharing) at permanent campsite in Silverstone village centre. The use of pre erected 3 man tents for 2 people (so there is room for baggage etc). Tents include 2 single blown up airbeds.
  • One General Admission ticket per person, which allows entry to the track on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Unless you book the "I want to buy my own ticket" option).
  • Continental breakfast each morning, including tea or coffee, fruit juice, toast, croissants, choice of cereals, fruit salad etc.
  • A Pillow Adventure Travel British GP souvenir T-Shirt.
  • The services of an experienced Pillow Tour Leader and Pillow ground crew.

What's NOT included

  • All food and drink not listed above (i.e. lunch and dinner).
  • Any souvenirs you wish to buy.

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Venue Pamplona
Location Spain
Categories Antipodean Event
Price £225 (Various options £225–£259)
Event Details

The fiesta of San Fermin in Pamplona is famous for the Running of the Bulls, however this 9 day festival is regarded by many as the biggest and best party in Europe, and one of the most exhilarating experiences on earth. It all starts on the 6 July at the opening ceremony, where at midday thousands of people gather in the town centre for the official opening. Expect lots of singing, and for champagne and sangria to be thrown in the air at noon when a rocket is set off from the town hall to officially start the festival.

Between the 7 July and the 14 July Pamplona is a continuous party! Every morning at 8am is the famous Running of the Bulls. Will you decide to take on the challenge? On the 7th July you can watch the procession of San Fermin and the giant paper mache figures dancing along the streets. Every afternoon there are bullfights and every night there are parties with live music and bands all around town, and large firework displays. The atmosphere needs to be experienced to be believed; virtually everybody seems to be dressed in white with red scarves and participating in the good natured parties.

During the festival of San Fermin, we will be staying at the closest campsite to Pamplona called Camping Ezcaba. This is renowned as the party campsite, and has its own swimming pool and shop etc. We also offer day trips to the charming city of San Sebastian, so you can recharge with a day at the beach!

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Venue Royal Ascot Race Course
Location Ascot
Categories Antipodean Event
Price £65 1 Day Coach Tour - Saturday 19 June
£95 1 Day Coach Tour - Saturday 19 June (Grandstand Tickets)
£85 1 Day Coach Tour - Thursday 17 June
£125 1 Day Coach Tour - Thursday 17 June (Grandstand Tickets)
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Royal Ascot is considered the highlight of the British racing calendar, and one of the main society events of the English summer alongside Wimbledon and the Henley Regatta. Founded by Queen Ann in 1711 the 4 day Royal Ascot Race meeting attracts over 200,000 people each year.

Ladies Day is always held on the Thursday and allows ladies to don their best dresses and wear their biggest hats. Don’t think men are excluded from the dressing up as top hat and tails are commonplace. The whole experience is enhanced by the Royal Parade and of course some of the best horse racing available in Europe.

Join Pillow Tours as we travel to Ascot by executive coach, have cold Pimms on arrival at Ascot racecourse coach park. We then enjoy a buffet lunch (at least 8 different sandwich types, 3 different cold salads and a wide selection of other picnic food) with your choice of good quality unlimited red or white wine, and strawberries & cream for desert. After our lunch we enter the Silver Ring enclosure which has a great position to watch the Royal Procession and the six horse races. The Silver Ring also has 2000 seats, big screen TVs, live music entertainment each day and a lawned area with a variety of places to eat, drink and place a bet. Although there is no formal dress code in this enclosure, you are encouraged to wear smart clothing and this is a great opportunity to wear your very best outfits. You can also choose to upgrade to Grandstand seats if you prefer?

Once the races finish at 5.30pm, we will get back on our coaches and head back to London where the party will continue at the Walkabout on Embankment.

What's included

  • Transport in chartered Executive Coach from London to Ascot.
  • Cold Pimms on arrival at Ascot racecourse coach park.
  • Pre Race lunch / picnic with wide selection of food and your choice of unlimited red or white wine.
  • Entry ticket to the Silver Ring Enclosure at Royal Ascot (Upgrade to Grandstand tickets if you prefer?)
  • Services of an experienced Pillow tour leader for the whole day.

What's NOT included

  • All food, drink and bets not listed above.
  • Any souvenirs you wish to buy.

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Venue Dorset
Location England
Categories Antipodean Event
Price £85 2 Day Camping Tour
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This annual event set in the beautiful west Dorset countryside, involves hundreds of spectators watching competitors from around the world eat their way through as many stinging nettles as possible in one hour.

The venue for this madness is a traditional English country pub, www.thebottleinn.co.uk, and during the day we will enjoy a real Dorset party as there is also a beer festival, live bands, BBQ, and by the end of the night, a new World Nettle Eating Champion will be crowned. (Will it be you?)

After the party we will camp overnight in the pubs campsite, and the following morning have bacon baps for breakfast before we drive to Dorset's world heritage coastline. After spending some time on the beech, we will tour some of Dorset's beauty spots, stop for lunch in a picturesque town, then head back to London for approx 6pm, where the party will continue at Walkabout on Embankment.

What's included

  • All transport to and from Dorset
  • Accommodation in tents on Saturday night
  • Bacon baps on Sunday morning
  • Entry into the World Nettle Eating championships
  • Tour of Dorset countryside and picturesque villages on the Sunday.

What's NOT included

  • All food and drinks which are not listed above
  • Any souvenirs you wish to buy
  • Please note if you wish to be a competitor in the Nettle Eating Championship, you will be expected to make a small charitable donation.

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Venue Cotswalds
Location England
Categories Antipodean Event
Price £85 2 Day Minibus & Hotel Tour
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In this modern world of Health and Safety legislation and "political correctness" it is amazing that this 400 year old event is still allowed to take place. The first Cotswold Olimpicks took place in 1612, and every year the people of the beautiful village of Chipping Campden recreate these historic games.

Thousands of people come to watch this festival, and you can participate in events such as tug of war, climbing the "unclimbable" ladder and if you are really brave Shin-kicking! In this event, contestants don traditional white smocks, then hold each other by the shoulders and try to kick each other to the ground. The only protection they are allowed is to pack their trousers with straw! All sounds very gruesome but the festival really starts to get going once a new Shin Kicking Champion has been found (will it be you?) There is a massive bonfire and fireworks display followed by, what most people think is the highlight of the trip, a torchlight procession into the historic town centre. The evening concludes with a rock concert in the town square until midnight!

We leave London at 1pm on Friday afternoon so you will need to take a half-day off work for the drive to the Cotswolds. Once we arrive we will check into our basic travel lodge or B&B in the Cotswolds and then do a brief tour of some stunning Cotswold villages, before arriving at Chipping Campden in the evening for the main events! Shin kicking, fireworks, torch light procession and rock concert are all included! At midnight we will transfer back to our hotel. The following day we will have breakfast in the hotel, and then leave the Cotswolds by 10am to try and get back home by 1pm so you can enjoy the rest of your weekend in sunny London.

What's included

  • Transport to and from London to the Cotswolds, and a brief tour of Cotswold villages on Friday afternoon / evening.
  • One night accommodation (based on two people sharing) in a basic travel lodge or B&B.
  • Entrance to the Cotswold Olimpicks, fireworks, torchlight procession and rock concert

What's NOT included

  • All food and drink apart from what's listed above.
  • Any souvenirs you wish to buy.

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Venue Gloucester
Location England
Categories Antipodean Event
Price £45 1 Day Coach Tour
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If you agree that bank holidays should be about madness and mayhem than join Pillow for our tour to the Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling. This annual event has been held for hundreds of years, and consists of participants chasing a 7 pound Gloucester cheese down a very steep hill. Of course, carnage follows with participants rolling and tumbling down the hill side, much to the delight of the thousands of spectators. What's the point you may ask? Not only is it fantastic fun, but the first to the bottom of the hill gets to keep the cheese, and more importantly, gets some great stories to tell.

On Bank Holiday Monday (31 May 2010) we meet early at Embankment tube station and travel to Gloucestershire in executive coaches with toilet and DVD player. We make sure we arrive early enough to get good viewing positions on the hill, and so anybody who wants to run will get a chance. Remember if you do participate, injuries like broken arms and legs are common so it's at your own risk! Once the races are over, we meet back at the coach for the journey back to sunny London where we have drinks at Walkabout on Embankment.

A great way to spend a bank holiday!

What's included

  • Transport to and from Gloucestershire and the services of an experienced Pillow tour rep.
  • A Pillow Cheese Rolling tour T-Shirt

What's NOT included

  • All meals and drinks
  • any souvenirs you wish to buy.

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Venue Western Front
Location France
Belgium
Categories Antipodean Event
Price £239 3 Day Coach & Hotel Tour
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Whilst Gallipoli marked the first major involvement of Anzac troops in World War One, it was on the Western Front in France and Belgium that saw Anzac soldiers serve and give their lives in highest numbers during horrendous warfare. Join us for a 3 day 2 night emotional tour to some of the major Anzac battlefields and memorials of Northern France and Belgium, and attend the Anzac Day dawn service at Villers-Bretonneaux on 25 April 2009 to commemorate Anzac involvement on the Western Front.

More than 310,000 Australian troops (after their 8 month ordeal in Gallipoli) fought on the Western Front in France, with around 53,000 losing their lives. Over 10% of the population of New Zealand enlisted to fight for their country, with 18,500 being killed in the war. Of the total number of Kiwis who died, 2,700 were killed at Gallipoli yet 12,500 died on the Western Front. Despite all the bloodshed, Anzac troops in particular are still remembered amongst their allies and by the local French people for their bravery and significant contributions during these terrible battles.

One example of Anzac participation was the battle at Villers- Bretonneux where 5 divisions of Australian troops liberated the town in 1918, and not only halted a German advance but forced their retreat. By a pure coincidence, it was on the 25th of April (Anzac Day) that Villers-Bretonneux was liberated by the Anzac soldiers. Each year at the Australian memorial at Villers-Bretonneux a dawn service is held on 25 April and is attended by over 5000 people.

During our Anzac Day on the Western Front Tour, we will attend the dawn service at Villers-Bretonneux to remember those Anzac troops who lost their lives and also visit their memorial. The size and solitude of the memorial is awe-inspiring, a 32 meter high tower carries the name of over 11,000 soldiers who have no known grave in France. The local French people are so appreciative of the Anzac troops that liberated their town, the local primary school (The Victoria School) in Villers- Bretonneux still carries a large sign painted in English "Do Not Forget Australia". We also visit Bullencourt and see the famous Digger memorial.

We visit the Caterpillar Valley Cemetery where there is a monument with the names of hundreds of New Zealanders that have no known grave. The centre of the monument says "Here are recorded the names of officers and men of New Zealand who fell in the battles of the Somme September and October 1916 whose graves are known only to God". This is also the cemetery from which New Zealand's unknown warrior was exhumed (from Plot 14, Row A, Grave 27) on 6th November 2004, before being transported home and buried with full military honours at Wellington National War Memorial on 11th November 2004.

During our visit to France and Belgium, we will also visit other key Anzac memorials and battlefields, including Le Hamel, Pozieres, Adelaide Cemetery and NZ Memorial Park at Messines . We visit Ypres to attend the last post ceremony at Menin Gate, the only place in the world the last post is played every day at 8pm. We also visit the fascinating Wellington tunnels built by the Kiwis under the city of Arras, which house 25,000 Allied troops before the terrible 9 April 1917 offensive.

During our tour we stay in the Ibis Hotel in the centre of the beautiful French city of Lille, one of the most fought over cities in the world.

If you are already in France, or want to make your own way to Lille by Eurostar, you can start and finish the tour at our hotel in Lille. Tour starts around lunchtime on 23 April, and finishes around lunchtime on 25 April at our hotel. Make your own way and meet us and leave us at our hotel in Lille - only £219: click here to book

What's included

  • Return Luxury Coach Travel from London Embankment to France & Belgium, (Coach with toilet and DVD player) and crossing to France via Le Shuttle on Eurotunnel (takes only 35 minutes to cross English Channel).
  • Tours and transportation over 3 days to major Anzac memorials and battlefields, including Pozieres, Le Hamel, Bullecourt, Menin Gate, Messines and Fromelles . (2 Days with dedicated local WW1 expert tour guide.)
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in a central Lille hotel, breakfast included but we leave before breakfast on Sunday morning.
  • Anzac Day Dawn service at Villers-Bretonneaux, Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate.
  • Entrance to ANZAC museum at Villers-Bretonneaux and The Wellington Quarry museum in Arras.
  • Services of an experienced Pillow Tour leader for duration of tour.

What's NOT included

  • All food and drink which is not listed above
  • Any souvenirs you wish to buy

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Venue Dublin
Location Ireland
Categories Antipodean Event
Price £235 4 Day 3 Night Hotel Tour
£175 4 Day 3 Night Hostel Tour
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Make your own way to Dublin and join Pillow for our tour to St Patrick's Day 2010! The Irish national day is celebrated around the world each year on 17th March, but there is only one real place to experience the party, and that's in the capital of Ireland, Dublin! The centre of Dublin turns into a sea of green as everybody hits the streets at 12 noon to watch the traditional St Patrick's Day parade, including marching bands and floats. During the evening everybody heads to the centre to celebrate, and local Irish pubs are overflowing with people listening and singing along to Irish bands and having a good “CRAIC”, while of course enjoying a Guinness or two!

During our time in Dublin we will have drinks every night in different Irish pubs, bars or clubs, and visit the Guinness Storehouse. The Guinness Storehouse is Dublin's number one tourist attraction, and you can learn about the history of this famous drink and see how it's brewed, and then have a free pint of the black stuff at their Gravity Bar which has 360 degree views over Dublin. On the first night of the tour we have our free “Guinness & Pizza Party” at Jacobs Hostel to break the ice and help everybody get to know each other!

During our tour we stay in the modern and very popular Jacobs Inn hostel where all our dorm rooms are on suite and have flat screen TVs. The hostel is located in the centre of Dublin and also has loads of common rooms and a kitchen so you can make your own lunch and dinners to keep costs lower if you prefer!

If you want to upgrade to a hotel you can stay at Dublin's premier 3 star Hotel Isaacs

What's included

  • 3 night's accommodation in dorm rooms in Jacobs Hostel in central Dublin, and breakfast each morning of the tour.
  • Free “Guinness & Pizza Welcoming Party” on first night at Jacobs Hostel.
  • Entrance to Guinness Storehouse.
  • Pillow St Patricks Day T-Shirt

What's NOT included

  • All food and drink which is not listed above
  • Any souvenirs you wish to buy

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Venue Lille/Brussels/Bruges
Location France/Belgium
Categories Antipodean Event
Price £189
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Get into the Christmas spirit this year by visiting Europe during the traditional Christmas market season. It's always nice to visit European cities during the winter when the nights are cold and dark, but why not visit while their historic old buildings are decked out in Christmas lights, and their traditional old squares are busy with temporary markets selling everything from arts and crafts, Christmas decorations and mulled wine.

This amazing tour offers the chance to visit 3 Christmas markets, including the Lille market in France, which is renowned for its excellent arts and crafts and also has an extensive city centre shopping arcade for more modern shopping. We will also be staying in the heart of Lille in a city centre hotel, so you will be close to the action and can visit the market at any time. You will also be surrounded by many bars and resturants so you can party all night long! Each evening you can meet your tour leaders for drinks in Cafe Oz, so the group can get to know each other (drinks not included in the tour price).

On day two visit the famous Brussels winter wonderland on the Place Sainte Catherine. This market is world renowned and attracts large numbers of international visitors who also enjoy the ice skating rink and wide variety of market stalls. You will also have time to visit the Grand' Place which will be decorated in festive lights for the occasion.

On the final day, visit UNESCO world heritage town of Bruges. This beautiful medieval town is famous for its chocolate and lace shops which you can discover while meandering around its streets. There are two small Christmas markets selling a range of products but we can recommend buying a waffle or two (Belgian waffle dipped in warm chocolate - delicious!). After our visit we board the coach and head straight back to Calais for the crossing to Dover and back to London.

This tour is fantastic value for money considering the city centre accomodation, and offers a fantastic opportunity to do some Christmas shopping. With plenty of free time to party and meet new friends, its sure to be popular so book soon and start getting into the Christmas spirit!

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Venue Bunol
Location Spain
Categories Antipodean Event
Price £149 3 Day 2 Night Coach and Hotel Tour
Event Details

Join Pillow for our tour of the crazy La Tomatina food fight and a Wine and Water festival in Spain. On the last Wednesday of August each year the small town of Bunol (near Valencia) welcomes 40,000 people and over 100 metric tons of tomatoes for the biggest food fight and party in the world. Festivities begin at 10am with people trying to detach a ham from the top of a 15 foot greased pole; however the main event starts at 12 noon when council trucks dump thousands of tomatoes into the crowd. Minutes later tomatoes are being hurled in every direction and everybody is covered with tomato skins and juice. The fun lasts until the local fire brigade spray water all over town to clean up the mess.

The night before La Tomatina we will visit the Wine and Water festival in Requena. This festival celebrates the start of the wine harvest with an all night party, including a live rock concert until the early hours. This is an authentic Spanish celebration and the vast majority of people who visit the Wine and Water festival say it’s the highlight of their visit to Spain.

During this tour we will stay in the Ibis Valencia Palacio de Congresos Hotel located in central Valencia, 500 metres away from the Valencia Convention Centre. We will visit the Wine and Water festival on Tuesday evening, and participate in La Tomatina on Wednesday afternoon, and on Wednesday evening we will have a farewell Tapas party in a local Valencia bar (food and drink not included).

If you would like additional accommodation on either the Monday or Thursday night, please let us know and we can book you in for a longer stay. There’s sure to be lots of demand for this tour and places are limited so book soon and make sure you get a good deal on your flight to sunny Spain!

Whats included

  • Two nights B&B accommodation at Ibis Hotel in Central Valencia (based on 2 people sharing).
  • Transfer to Requena for the Wine and Water party on Tuesday evening.
  • Transfer to Bunol for La Tomatina on Wednesday morning.
  • Services of an experienced Pillow Tour Guide.

Whats NOT included

  • All food and drink which is not listed above.
  • Any souvenirs you wish you buy.

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Venue Pamplona
Location Spain
Categories Antipodean Event
Price £215 (Various tour options)
Event Details

The fiesta of San Fermin in Pamplona is famous for the Running of the Bulls, however this 9 day festival is regarded by many as the biggest and best party in Europe, and one of the most exhilarating experiences on earth. It all starts on the 6 July at the opening ceremony, where at midday thousands of people gather in the town centre for the official opening. Expect lots of singing, and for champagne and sangria to be thrown in the air at noon when a rocket is set off from the town hall to officially start the festival.

Between the 7 July and the 14 July Pamplona is a continuous party! Every morning at 8am is the famous Running of the Bulls. Will you decide to take on the challenge? On the 7th July you can watch the procession of San Fermin and the giant paper mache figures dancing along the streets. Every evening there are bullfights and every night there are parties with live music and bands all around town. The atmosphere needs to be experienced to be believed; virtually everybody seems to be dressed in white with red scarves and participating in the good natured parties.

At midnight on the 14th July the festival finally closes with a ceremony called Pobre de mi where everybody again gathers at the town hall to sing in candlelight and say good bye to the festival for another year.

During the festival of San Fermin, we will be staying at the closest campsite to Pamplona called Camping Ezcaba. This is renowned as the party campsite, and has its own swimming pool and shop etc. We also offer day trips to the charming city of San Sebastian, so you can recharge with a day at the beach!

Pillow offers various options for your trip to Pamplona, and we also offer the chance to visit the famous French Bastille day celebrations at Carcassonne in south west France, a nice way to break up the journey back to London. Carcassonne is famous for its medieval castle, and on the night of Bastille Day (14 July) there is a magnificent fireworks display above the castle, it's truly breathtaking.

Accommodation only tours are also available if you would prefer to fly? Please send us a mail at [email protected] with your dates and we will come back with a quote

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Venue Royal Ascot Race Course
Location Ascot
Categories Antipodean Event
Price £85
Event Details

Royal Ascot is considered the highlight of the British racing calendar, and one of the main society events of the English summer alongside Wimbledon and the Henley Regatta. Founded by Queen Ann in 1711 the 4 day Royal Ascot Race meeting attracts over 200,000 people each year.

Ladies Day is always held on the Thursday and allows ladies to don their best dresses and wear their biggest hats. Don’t think men are excluded from the dressing up as top hat and tails are commonplace. The whole experience is enhanced by the Royal Parade and of course some of the best horse racing available in Europe.

Join Pillow Tours as we travel to Ascot by executive coach, and once arrived have a pre-race picnic with your choice of red or white wine. After our picnic we will enter the Silver Ring enclosure which has a great position to watch the Royal Procession and the six horse races. The Silver Ring also has 2000 seats, big screen TVs, live music entertainment each day and a lawned area with a variety of places to eat, drink and place a bet. Although there is no formal dress code in this enclosure, you are encouraged to wear smart clothing and this is a great opportunity to wear your very best outfits.

Once the races finish at 5.30pm, we will get back on our coaches and head back to London where the party will continue at the Walkabout on Embankment.

Whats included

  • Transport in chartered Executive Coach from London to Ascot.
  • Pre Race Picnic with your choice of red or white wine.
  • Entry ticket to the Silver Ring Enclosure at Royal Ascot.
  • Services of an experienced Pillow tour leader.

Whats NOT included

  • All food, drink and bets not listed above. Any souvenirs you wish to buy.

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Venue Coopers Hill
Location Gloucestershire
Categories Antipodean Event
Price £45 1 Day Tour
Event Details

The May Bank holiday tends to bring out the crazy side of the residents in Gloucestershire, & we will take you to two of the most quirky but adrenaline pumped events in the UK.

We will start with the famous Coopers Hill Cheese Rolling, which involves competitors standing at the top of Coopers Hill, (which is at points a 1–1 gradient) and racing after a 7-8lb Double Gloucester cheese which is released from the top of the hill and rolls to the bottom. The winner is the first to catch the cheese, or the first to the bottom of the hill (Will it be you?)

After that, we will drive to the beautiful market town of Tetbury, and hopefully be in time to watch the finals of the annual Tetbury Sack Races. This event which originated in the 17th Century, involves competitors running the 240 yard uphill course carrying a 60lb woolsack.

An official race day has been going for over 30 years now with world records entered in the Guinness book of Records, and attracts runners from around the world to see if they can become 'World Champions'. However we will be there as spectators only to watch the finals and enjoy the accompanying street fair and roving entertainers.

Whats included

  • Transport to and from Gloucestershire and the services of a Pillow tour rep.
  • There is no entry fee for the cheese rolling or sack races.

Whats NOT included

  • All meals and drinks.
  • Any souvenirs you wish you buy.

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