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British weather 'forces people abroad'

The UK may boast some of the world's finest golf courses, but as long as the rain falls, people might prefer to head abroad.

Such is the outlook of figures released by VisitBritain, which found that last year's summer - thought to be the wettest on record - has made a dent in the number of visitors heading to British towns.

A spokesman told TravelMole: "Last year was a mixed picture for England's towns and cities with many seeing declines after one of the warmest summers on record in 2006."

Courses the match of any in the UK and weather that far outshines that found there awaits those heading to La Manga Club.

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Holidays more important than ever, say cash-strapped Brits

An economic slowdown will not be enough to stop British people taking tennis and golf holidays in Spain, a survey has revealed.

A quarter of people in the UK would be willing to tighten the purse strings on a week-to-week basis in order to secure their break abroad, according to

Furthermore, 35 per cent of respondents see their holiday not only as a necessity but also as a motivation to help them get through the current financial difficulties, TravelMole reports.

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Woody Allen heading to Murcia

Holidaymakers heading to Murcia over the festive season might cross paths with a movie star.

According to the Costa Blanca Leader, the actor, writer and director Woody Allen will be arriving in the region to perform with his jazz band on December 31st.

Allen plays clarinet in the group, which performs weekly in Manhattan, New York.

The star will not be the first famous face to enjoy the charms of La Manga, however.

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Brits take their troubles on to holiday fairways

Renting an apartment in Spain is a great way to get away from it all, but many Brits could still find it difficult to leave their worries at home.

That is the finding of American Express Travellers Cheques, which recently polled the public and found that 36 per cent of younger travellers are afraid of returning to a burgled home.

Even the relaxing prospect of a few days' worth of golf was not enough to stop some people thinking about the mortgage and feeding the family, with 35 per cent of 25 to 34-year-olds admitting they worry about such matters on holiday.

"A holiday should be a time for rest and relaxation," said Sarah Harrison, director at American Express Travellers Cheques.

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Spanish dream for golf team

Golf holidays in Spain are a great way to unwind, but some prefer a more competitive edge to their escapades.

One such group is the golf team from Birstall, who are just one game away from sealing their place in the Mail on Sunday National Golf Club Classic in Spain.

The club has not managed to reach the final since 2004, when it finished in third place, and so is itching for the opportunity to return to Spanish fairways.

Having recently defeated Woodhall Hills in a home tie, Birstall's players now have that dream within touching distance.

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Thursdays for family golf at La Manga Club

This August, visitors to La Manga Club, a luxury holiday resort in Spain, can enjoy family orientated sports every Thursday afternoon.

From 17:45 local time each Thursday throughout the month of August, a parents and children golf tournament will be held at La Manga Club.

This brand new Stableford tournament will focus entirely on families and will include nine holes.

Parents and children can compete as a family for prizes which will include plaques for the winners.

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Golf and sun means Spain remains popular

The high quality golf courses and reliable sunshine means Spain remains popular with foreigners even as the credit crunch continues to bite, it has been claimed.

According to Paul Rossiter of the Carrington Estates company, people who can afford luxury accommodation and golf course memberships are still travelling to the south-east of Spain.

For many people, a luxury holiday in Spain is enough for them to enjoy on an annual basis but some are so keen on the country that they invest choose to invest in property there.

And while some aspects of the Spanish property markets are struggling, those at the higher end of the market, where access to golf courses can be crucial, business remains strong, Mr Rossiter told Property Wire.

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Kids get golf lessons during their holidays

A number of children from South Wales are being taught how to play golf this summer as part of their holiday activities.

A scheme designed to get youngsters in the Neath and Port Talbot areas playing sports and staying active is underway and is being organised by the George Best Foundation and supported by the Ryder Cup.

The 70 or so children involved, who are aged between seven and 15, have been instructed on some of the basic shots in golf and it is hoped that they will get a taste for the game and look to hone their skills.

A local representative of the foundation behind the scheme Pat Lyons told the Port Talbot Guardian: "Their first day saw them fire shots towards a hole 40 yards away with the nearest players getting towels and shirts as prizes.

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Spain gearing up for F1 Grand Prix

Spain is gearing up to host the European Formula 1 Grand Prix next month.

The event is to be staged on the streets of Valencia on the weekend of August 23rd and 24th and it is expected to draw tens of thousands of spectators to the city.

Formula 1 is popular with sports fans from around the world and the race in Valencia will be the fastest of the year in an urban environment, with drivers reaching speeds of more than 300 km per hour.

The Spanish tourism office has said this year's European Grand Prix will have a "unique setting with the sea and the famous Arts and Sciences Centre as backdrop".

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Shopping at La Manga Club

Whether you are holidaying to La Manga Club for a relaxing break by the pool or you intend on taking a serious golf holiday to La Manga Club, if you forget your suncream or seven-iron don't fret as there are plenty of onsite shops available to you.

For souvenirs, postcards and other necessities such as toiletries, daily newspapers and chocolates, the Lobby shop is open from 09:00 local time until 20:00 daily.

For those in the Hyatt Lomas Village, the Deli Café stocks various food items as well as offering a DVD rental service.

Other resort shopping outlets stock from gifts and clothing as well as sports goods including golf and tennis equipment.

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