Planning Your Theatre Break
Theatre breaks sound like such a good idea but planning one can be quite hard work. Some people get as far as the Theatre Break Agency web sites and are just overwhelmed by the choices on offer to them. All it takes to avoid this and make sure you book the best possible theatre break is a few minutes of preparation.
These 5 questions that will help you have the best possible theatre breaks with the least work. So print out our handy, free, theatre breaks form, and jot down your answers to these questions:
1. Which matters most to you on your theatre break – the show or the dates?
If you are keen to see a particular show but can be flexible about your dates then Show and Stay’s web site is a good starting point.
If your dates are more fixed, perhaps for a special occasion, and your choice of show is less important to you then Superbreaks site lets you see what’s available on your chosen dates.
2. How will you travel to your theatre break
If you choose to come by train you will probably want to check the Show and Stay site, where there’s up to 40% off the normal rail fares when you book them as part of your theatre breaks.
If you decide to bring your car to London then you need to be prepared to pay congestion charges or opt for a hotel outside the C charge area. You also need to be prepared to pay an additional fee for hotel parking (£15 – £20)
3. Would you rather stay in the West End or further out?
This is influenced by a number of factors.
My first choice would always be to go for a central hotel for theatre breaks. Handy for the West End, restaurants, shops and other attractions, staying in a central hotel is a great way to make the most of your theatre breaks.
If you are bringing a car you might choose a hotel further out to avoid the C charge. However, you will then loose some advantages by having to use either cabs or the tube to get to your theatre.
4. How long should your theatre break be?
Many people find that they can add an extra night to their theatre breaks stay for a modest supplement. It ends up costing not that much more to stay 2 or even 3 nights. If you can take the time it is definitely worth extending your stay. You’ll never be short of things to do in London and an extra couple of nights can turn theatre breaks into real holidays.
5.What’s your budget for this theatre break?
The bottom line, it’s often useful to set a maximum amount you are willing to spend before you start the process. It helps you feel comfortable with booking and stops you agonising endlessly and, just maybe, missing out on great theatre breaks because you can’t decide.
Having decided on your answers to these questions you’ll be able to make more informed choices. With this little bit of work done you can now start to explore one of the reputable agencies like Show and Stay or Superbreaks. You’ll be in a great position to act quickly to take advantage of their best theatre breaks.