Aljaz and Janette – 5* Sunday Night Break – Celtic Manor – Apr ’20

Strictly Professionals Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara Weekend Break

5* Sunday Evening Break Starring Aljaz and Janette
When: Sunday 26th – Monday 27th April 2020
Where: Celtic Manor Resort Hotel, Newport
Board Type: Half Board

Spend the evening with Strictly Come Dancing Stars Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara at the stunning 5* Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales.

Enjoy a fabulous evening as the Strictly stars perform up close & personal for a truly intimate experience unlike any other – learn to dance with them, plus hear all about their Strictly journeys.

Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara

Enjoy 5* luxury accommodation and seamless service at the Celtic Manor Resort hotel, recently named the UK’s Best Hotel 2019 at the prestigious Meetings & Incentive Travel Awards in London.

Host of the Ryder Cup, this award-winning resort is set in 2000 acres of parkland in Newport, South Wales. This world-class destination features the award-winning Forum Spa & Health Club, as well as 6 restaurants and 3 championship golf courses.

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What’s Included

Just take a look what’s included;

  • Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at the 5* Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales.
  • Floor-side reserved table to enjoy Aljaz & Janette’s Breathtaking Dance Showcase – up close & personal.
  • 1 hour Dance lesson with the stars of BBC Strictly Come Dancing – guaranteed for everyone and tailored specifically to your dancing ability.
  • Personalised Gift Certificate – received immediately on booking, featuring your favourite Strictly stars. Just perfect for presenting the weekend as a gift for any special occasion, plus a fab keepsake.

Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara Celtic Manor

  • Fun Q&A session with the stars for everyone – find out the all the juicy Strictly gossip first hand from the stars, and maybe ask your burning questions.
  • Sunday night Black Tie Ball in the stunning, air-conditioned, ICC Ballroom – featuring a fabulous selection of music to enjoy and dance the night away.
  • Exclusive ‘Red Carpet Strictly Photo Call’ to grab those all-important souvenir photographs of the Strictly Celebrities.
  • Amazing 5,000sq ft pro championship sprung wooden dance floor – one of the largest dance floors in the UK.

Current Early Bird Booking Price
1 night Dinner Bed & Breakfast only £235 per person if booked before 31st Oct ’19
£245per person before 31st Dec’19, £255 thereafter.

Celtic Manor Olive Tree Restauraunt

Book your place now to avoid disappointment as these are hugely popular sell-out events.

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Google Reviews & Recommendations

Donaheys Google Reviews

We have just come back from Celtic Manor, another Donahey’s fabulous ‘Dancing With The Stars’ weekend. The personal enthusiasm and love of dance by these Stars is infectious and their willingness to share all they know to help each one of us improve our dance and love of dance so unselfishly is truly humbling and hugely appreciated.Paul, Shirley and Amy Donahey and their team have been organising these weekends for over 50 years and are going from strength to strength with immaculate organisation at every stage. A Dance on Friday night and a Ball on Saturday night with a Live band to practise your skills. Also, exceptional show dances by the Stars as part of the evenings. How often do we have these opportunities?Be truly inspired by Strictly and World professionals and have Work Shops with them. Wonderful weekends, this is our third and we have already booked another. Unsurpassed in terms of getting along side the professionals whether you are a beginner or already have dance experience.If you are looking to learn or improve your Dancing a Donahey’s weekend is definitely for you. Highly recommended.Bob & Sue.
Bob Evans
Bob Evans
08:20 17 Jul 19
My wife and I were a little apprehensive about our dance weekend (we were seriously in the beginner category!) but the whole experience was amazing from start to finish. The venue was magnificent, the DONAHEYS team were brilliant, with the whole thing organised to run like a Swiss watch. The teachers were great and all the lessons were delivered with enthusiasm and patience to a group of people who occasionally struggle to remember left and right, and as for the showcases, there is nothing to say except WOW! They had to be seen to be believed. Thank you so much Paul, Shirley and Amy, and the whole team. We are booked in for a local dance lesson tomorrow, so we've well and truly caught the bug to move from armchair dance fans to enthusiastic amateurs! We will definitely be returning to a DONAHEYS weekend again in the future.
giles larkins
giles larkins
10:16 13 Jul 19
First time we have attended this event run by the Donahey’s team, have to say it was not what we expected. The show dances alone was worth the cost, spectacular performances from every dancer.The accommodation and meals provided at Celtic Manor was also first class. Our room was good, plenty big enough and clean.Special mention goes to Paul, Shirley and all of the Donahey’s team, who assisted our “beginners”group throughout the workshops and in the evening when you ventured out onto the dance floor, providing advice and demonstrating the steps you had been taught earlier but had forgotten!Wonderful weekend, full on, we have booked again for next year.We have also been inspired to seek out a local dance club to continue dancing.
Ian Bodell
Ian Bodell
07:41 11 Jul 19
This is our third year with Paul and the team and the weekends just get better every time! Celtic Manor was the most wonderful venue to stage such a great experience. The team are always well organised and welcoming. We moved up to ‘blue bands’ this time so we’re a little bit nervous but we had absolutely no need to be. Each workshop was tailored perfectly. The Strictly stars were of course fantastic in their workshops and showcases but all the workshops are.We have already booked for next year and look forward to it immensely- we’ll done team and thank you all so much - again!
Kathy Hardy
Kathy Hardy
05:05 10 Jul 19
We have just returned from a lovely weekend at the Celtic Manor. We met up with several couples from our local dance school with differing levels of experience. The Friday evening started with a lovely meal followed by a waltz workshop with Anton and Erin, a very nice routine. Saturdays highlight was a workshop with Neil and Katya, a bonkers cha cha routine we loved. The evenings show dance finished with everyone on the dance floor with them both doing Gangnam Style, wow.Oti was tasked with a rumba workshop. This is one dance where technique is so important. This was very well demonstrated and one of my favourites to dance. Janette and Aljaz took a slightly different angle with their slow foxtrot workshop. Plenty of technique in a useful routine. This was great to see, slow foxtrot requires a smooth style and the couples all looking fabulous at the end of it. The following show dance was brilliant with a great mix of styles. A special mention to the pro dancers Argo Oblikas & Alessia D’Orazi helping in the workshops. They were brilliant, I even had a little cha cha with Alessia which was really helpful. I would highly recommend this weekend for beginners in particular as it gives a good introduction to ballroom dancing with workshops and shows, and the chance to see the Strictly stars too. It's a hard working team too that make it a very fun weekend.
Andy Walker
Andy Walker
16:44 09 Jul 19
I went to three weekends this summer. That shows just how enjoyable Dancing With The Stars is. Would go more often if there were more weekends available. Have already booked next year.
David Wares
David Wares
16:41 09 Jul 19
What another fantastic weekend at Celtic the Donaheys are really fabulous nothing is too much trouble it was our second visit there and we have already booked for next year at Windsor I would like to say a big thank you to Paul and the family and in particular Tracy from the team she was fantastic to me can't wait for March keep dancing x
Kim Crilly
Kim Crilly
19:04 08 Jul 19
We first did a Donaheys weekend five years ago, with just 4 of us. This year we were a group of 10 and we’ve already booked next year with 12!!!! It is without doubt, the best dance weekend ever and we can’t wait for 2020, to do it all again. The team are amazing and Paul, Amy & Shirley give 100% to ensure the event is unforgettable. Thank you all.
Roberta mott
Roberta mott
18:24 08 Jul 19
Everything about this weekend was first class, well planned and executed. So much fun and the opportunity to be taught by the Strictly professionals and other amazing dancers was wonderful. I’d thoroughly recommend it and can’t wait to go again
Gillian Logan
Gillian Logan
16:23 08 Jul 19
Wow! what a weekend. Fabulous stay at the Celtic Manor Hotel, absolutely huge. The workshops with the stars were so easy to learn a routine and take away with you. We looked forward to seeing the professionals in action, but were totally blown away. The choreography that went into Neil & Katya’s showcase was exceptional. The dance with Warren, Kristi, Glenn & Coraly brought tears to our eyes, so moving. But for me the dance workshop with Alijaz left me drooling 😘. Don’t remember much about the dance but his personality and gorgeous smile has definitely made him my favourite. Their show dances were fantastic as the finale to the weekend. The whole event is suitable for all levels of dancers, from the very beginner up to the more advanced. Everyone fitted in together and there was plenty of room over the two dance floors to practice their new moves.
Tracey Spafford
Tracey Spafford
10:02 08 Jul 19
The first one we attended was in April and it was a whole new magical experience. The July one this weekend was also wonderful. Value for money is an understatement. Paul and the Donaheys team are such lovely hosts. The Workshops are extremely good and the Showcases are simply out of this world. A very well organised event in a marvelous setting. Tears of joy and happiness awaits everyone. Tom and Tracey
Tom Shevy
Tom Shevy
07:56 08 Jul 19
What a fantastic weekend! Fun packed, entertaining with lovely like minded people, and a chance to meet and dance with the Strictly Stars! The weekend is well thought out and planned, and the Donaheys Team work tirelessly to ensure everyone has a great time - so good we have booked for next year!
Max Jones
Max Jones
08:54 24 Jun 19
We are still on cloud 9 a week after this amazing experience. From the very start Donaheys were so professional and organised with such precision to detail for every aspect of the weekend. The communication throughout was exceptional this weekend was amazing with the dancing lessons and the show cases in the evenings the strictly professionals close up in their showcases was breathtaking and to be able to dance to a live band was sensational . We can honestly say it is just brilliant and we have booked to return again next year and we cannot wait Gail and Karl Ballance
gail ballance
gail ballance
19:54 23 Jun 19
We have just returned from an amazing weekend Dancing with the Stars at De Vere Beaumont Estate in Windsor. The classes were brilliant and the showcases from all the professionals were out of this world, to see them dance up close in that way was fantastic. Paul and the team were great and looked after everyone really well, it was so well organised from beginning to end. We can't wait to do it all again next year at Celtic Manor. Thank you so much Donaheys!
Lou Etherington
Lou Etherington
20:23 18 Jun 19
An amazing dancing with the stars weekend. Superb organisation, brilliant workshops and breathtaking showcases. Everything was so enjoyable. For anyone who loves dance they need to experience a Donaheys weekend. Thank you to the whole team
Jenna Richards
Jenna Richards
19:28 17 Jun 19
1st time at Donaheys Dancing with the Stars.WOW what a fantastic weekend. With workshops for all levels of dance whether you are a non dancer just a beginner or advanced theirs something for everyone. Meet your strictly stars and watch the amazing shows they will blow your away. The whole weekend is very organised by the whole team and always around to help nothing is to much trouble.ABSOLUTELY FAB EXPERIENCE GO ON BOOK IT, YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED DO IT.R&A
roger griss
roger griss
18:15 17 Jun 19
We absolutely loved our weekend with Donaheys, the staff, the hotel, the celebrities and our table friends were all fabulous, and although I concede I am clearly not a natural ballroom dancer, we have had a real blast, Thank You to all x
Kate Greenwood
Kate Greenwood
17:57 17 Jun 19
Spent last weekend at Windsor Dancing With The Stars with Donaheys ,if you love dancing and making new friends there is no better place,friendly ,exciting,and lots or fun , lots of love John and Tracy Daly.
John Daly
John Daly
13:19 17 Jun 19
What a totally fabulous weekend. All the strictly stars, showcases, classes were wonderful. Ballroom looked lovely and to dance in there was wonderful. The event is run with precision by the Donahey's Team. They are all friendly, helpful and happy to answer any questions you have. A well deserved 5* and I have already booked to return next year. Thank you Team Donahey!
Anita Cadogan
Anita Cadogan
12:02 17 Jun 19
ingrid day
ingrid day
12:08 12 May 19
Amazing weekend! So good we have already booked for the same one next year! The Donahey’s team work amazingly hard to ensure everything goes smoothly, and it is so very well organised. The stars are brilliant, both in their showcase dances and especially their teaching, explaining everything so well you can’t fail to pick up the routines! Bring on next year when we hope to learn even more!!
David Hartley
David Hartley
07:29 12 May 19
Another fabulous weekend with Donaheys. Smooth organisation, beautiful venue and wonderful dancing, let alone the terrific teachers. Booked again for next year and we can't wait to go back. John & Miriam
Dr John Dennehy
Dr John Dennehy
09:24 10 May 19
Carol McAllister
Carol McAllister
10:47 03 May 19
A huge Thank You to Paul and the whole Donaheys team. Just back from an amazing experience at Celtic Manor. The organisation, the workshops and the showcase evenings where truly spectacular. We enjoyed every minute. The hotel and staff are first class. All the strictly stars, professionals and experienced teachers made the workshops interesting, challenging and fun. we came away with new steps from each of them. Already booked for next year. The weekend is good value for money, and worth every penny. We enjoyed it so much we extended our stay. You have a fantastic team working with you. Well done to all of them and again THANK YOU.
Deborah Lisle
Deborah Lisle
19:39 02 May 19
We have just arrived home after a weekend with the stars at Celtic Manor Resort. Was our first time and as absolute beginners. Such an amazing few days. Everybody was so friendly and helpful.. The lessons with the professionals were good fun, and the interaction was fab. The showcases were stunning, one particular dance had me in tears. was fantastic to see the dancing so close up. We enjoyed putting our new found routines to practise on the dance floor both Friday and Saturday evening, especially Saturday at The Ball. Dancing to a live band was amazing. We did not want to come home on the Sunday. We have rebooked for next year at Windsor as closer to home. Great job Donaheys. No doubt our friends will be sick of us raving about this weekend but I cannot recommend it enough. FAB-U-LOUS DARLING. X
Angela Bedborough
Angela Bedborough
17:45 01 May 19
We loved every moment of our first Dancing with the Stars Weekend at the superb Celtic Manor Hotel, Newport.Being taught by the Strictly Stars and World Champion dancers was a fabulous experience, and watching them showcase their own dances was breathtaking, as they glided around the amazing ballroom.The whole weekend was beautifully organised by Paul, Amy, Shirley and the team and Vicky was such a help to us too.A truly memorable weekend !
Elaine Keith-Hill
Elaine Keith-Hill
13:33 01 May 19
Just returned from our second Donaheys weekend dancing with the professional from strictly . Can not fault anything.....from the hotel (Celic Manor), the food, the service, the Donaheys team and of course the pros from strictly. AMAZING .......The workshops were great fun, we managed well even though we're more ballroom ( sequence ) than Latin but the pros had the routines well planned. Re-booked immediately for next year at Beuamont Grange 💃🎶💃🎶💃🎶Keeeeeeep Dancing
Jo Burns
Jo Burns
10:25 01 May 19
Brilliant weekend yet again. So good I had already booked to go back twice this year. Atmosphere, lessons and the show dances by Strictly stars are outstanding. Already booked again for next year.
David Wares
David Wares
07:34 01 May 19
Another fabulous Donahey's Dancing with the Stars weekend. The Workshops led by the Strictly Stars and Championship dancers were entertaining and informative and the showcases were amazing. We attended Alton Towers last year, which we enjoyed tremendously, but this was our first time at the Celtic Manor and have to say that this venue, food and staff were all first rate. The hotel was easy to navigate and nothing was too much trouble. The Donahey's team are so friendly and helpful. Our weekend was superb and was well worth the outlay and journey. We would like to say a very big "thank you" to Paul and his team for all the hard work before and during the weekend to create a smooth running and enjoyable event. Just need to keep practicing all the new steps we have been taught. Congratulations on another excellent weekend. See you all next year!! Colin & Maureen Barker
Maureen Barker
Maureen Barker
15:34 30 Apr 19
Another fabulous Donahey's Dancing with the Stars weekend. The Workshops led by the Strictly Stars and Championship dancers were entertaining and informative and the showcases were amazing. We attended Alton Towers last year, which we enjoyed tremendously, but this was our first time at the Celtic Manor and have to say that this venue, food and staff were all first rate. The hotel was easy to navigate and nothing was too much trouble. The Donahey's team are so friendly and helpful. Our weekend was superb and was well worth the outlay and journey. We would like to say a very big "thank you" to Paul and his team for all the hard work before and during the weekend to create a smooth running and enjoyable event. Just need to keep practicing all the new steps we have been taught. Congratulations on another excellent weekend. See you all next year!!
Maureen Barker
Maureen Barker
15:01 30 Apr 19
Our first Dancing with the Stars weekend, it was fab-u-lous. As absolute beginners we are leaving with the basic steps for Foxtrot, Waltz, Cha Cha, Argentine tango, Rumba, Quickstep and Jive. Now we just have to Keep Dancing!
yvonne loose
yvonne loose
10:18 28 Apr 19
It was a really good weekend that we thoroughly enjoyed. It was well organised and kept you going with just about enough breaks. The show cases were excellent and some of the stars were well prepared to talk to the audience during the change over times. A highly recommended weekend for dance lovers.
alan mcclellan
alan mcclellan
14:41 09 Apr 19
This was a truly spectacular weekend.Donaheys and Alton Towers were extremely organised and everything ran smoothly.The dance classes were excellent (though we struggled with the Argentine Tango).Dancing with the Strictly Stars was amazing. All of the stars were so friendly and excellent teachers.However, a special shout out is required for Tony Bennett who took the Samba and Tango classes. What a fabulous teacher. I would pay for a weekend of lessons just with him.The three shows were breathtaking. The price paid for the weekend would be worth it for the shows alone.The weekend was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend to dancers of any level.Thanks to Donaheys!
Sarah Brian
Sarah Brian
18:27 18 Mar 19
This was our 4th Donaheys weekend and the 3rd atthe Alton Towers resort. Over the years we have been fortunate to have been to some excellent workshops, but this has to be the best year yet. Equally, we’ve previously been able to provide some constructive feedback for the resort, but NOT THIS YEAR. Truly excellent all round. Alton Towers staff very professional on check in and in the restaurant. Check out was seamless, just dropping off the room keys. Car park better marked out. Food in the restaurant even better than previous years. ALWAYS had gluten free options available. 7 dance classes over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, in 2 ballrooms with the large ballroom having a truly excellent floor. 3 shows (2 evening and 1 on Sunday lunch). Friday night’ show was superb, as was Sunday’s, but Saturday night’s was worth the money alone. Truly outstanding. So hats off to all involved. Already booked for next year.
Tony Dyson
Tony Dyson
18:12 16 Mar 19
Another brilliant weekend. Well done all. Can't wait for next year, already looking at new dresses. What can I say - brilliant lessons, meeting the stars from Strictly, dancing the night away on the best dance floor ever - add to that a big band, friendly helpful staff and a nice venue - what else could you want from a weekend. Oh, to remember what you have learnt - that's covered too with videos. We appreciate all your hard work that goes into making these weekends so special. Thank you.
Susan Peacock
Susan Peacock
21:17 15 Mar 19
Our 11th time being part of Donaheys amazing dance weekends. We introduced 4 new people who all had a fab time & have already booked again for next year! We can’t recommend these weekends enough for anyone who loves dance, be it doing the workshops or simply watching the incredible shows. We shall be back in April at Celtic manor & are already counting the days. Thank you Paul, Amy, Shirley & all the team. Kay & Sean Escott
kay escott
kay escott
13:29 15 Mar 19
Fantastic weekend and so much value for your money. Very high standard of workshops and feel so privileged to be taught by three wonderful Strictly couples and see their fabulous demonstration dances.
Colette Foan
Colette Foan
13:09 15 Mar 19
As relative newcomers to ballroom dancing we weren't sure what to expect, but we shouldn't have worried. Donaheys gave us a fabulous weekend. The professionalism of the event was outstanding, from pre-information, joining instructions and weekend programme, super all round. All the lessons, and there's lots of them, were fun and within our ability and the showcase dances by the professionals made the evenings a "real night out". The hotel was everything that you would expect and were well looked after in terms of food and service. In fact it was all so good that we rebooked, before we left, to go to Celtic Manor next year. John and Caroline
John Spain
John Spain
12:55 15 Mar 19
Fab-u-lous!We have just returned from the Dancing with the Stars weekend at Alton Towers Hotel. What an amazing weekend it was, and the organisation was just incredible! Everything runs like a well oiled machine, but at no time do you feel pressured to go to a dance workshop, you can take things at your own pace and attend as many or as few as you like! As avid Strictly fans, my husand and myself had never danced before, so we were in the beginners class. Excellent way to start a dance journey, and to also be taught by the Strictly Stars, Karen and Gorka on Friday, the Cha Cha Cha, Aljaz and Janette on Saturday, the Waltz, and Giovanni and Luba on Sunday, the Jive was truly great fun and they are excellent teachers. We were also taught the Quick Step on Saturday by Warren and Kristi Boyce, the most amazing dancers and teachers! The showcase dances performed by all of the Professionals left us in tears of joy, made us laugh, and we were in awe of their energy - if only! We also had the privelige of seeing some up and coming dancers of the future, Amy and Sasha, Mark and Ilenka, who were an absolute credit to the profession. What an amazing weekend it was, Donaheys you deserve 10 stars for one of the best events we've ever attended in the many years we have been going to entertainment events! Thank you and Keep Dancing!
Sharon Majek
Sharon Majek
09:25 11 Mar 19
The weekend at Celtic Manor went way beyond my expectations. My wife and I are both beginners and never felt isolated or embraced one bit. The organisation of the weekend was first class, the participation of the stars was full on, not just a half hour hear and there, no a real interaction, very entertaining and extremely professional. The evening shows were absolutely stunning, again not just a quick 5 minutes, no a real performance with full audience interaction with question and answer sessions. We have been so impressed we have already booked for 2019 and have persuaded some friends to join us, this will be their first time. A truly fantastic weekend, very much value for money and one I cannot recommend enough. The Donahey family fully deliver what they promise, are interested in all skill levels and people, give time and energy to the weekend which enables you to really learn dances. Good fun and very memorable Thank you to all. Lloyd and Sue Snowden
Lloyd Snowden
Lloyd Snowden
18:27 24 Jul 18
John Penn
John Penn
16:48 17 Jul 18
This our first weekend with Donaheys Dancing with the Stars. I love Strictly and I love dancing. I have danced for over 20 years but never been taught proper ballroom dancing. My husband also loves Strictly but has never, ever danced. We thought it would be a great idea to try this and it was our Christmas present to ourselves.We loved learning the different dance styles, although my husband found some harder than others, and it was absolutely brilliant to meet and learn from some of the Strictly professionals. They were amazing! We also got to learn moves with the fabulous ballroom dancers who were also amazing. The showcases were incredible and it was wonderful to see all these amazing dancers in action.I loved the social dancing too.We made some new friends who we are going to keep in touch with. We are all coming next year to Celtic Manor!My husband and I have decided to take ballroom lessons at home and are eager to make progress. We feel inspired!Thank you to the whole Donaheys team for a great weekend.
Melanie Riseam
Melanie Riseam
14:31 27 Jun 18
We had a fantastic, memorable Dancing With the Stars weekend at the Celtic Manor Resort hotel. Everything was so well organised from start to finish. The Donahey team could not do enough to make our experience enjoyable. This was our first experience with Donahey's and it won't be our last. We had such a wonderful time that we booked again for next year.
John McManus
John McManus
22:04 20 May 18
Such a wonderful experience!! Well organised, educational and most of all, fun!! We can’t wait to return for our 4th year!! See you in the blue group!!
Amanda Nash
Amanda Nash
14:52 15 May 18
An outstanding weekend in every respect. Brilliantly organised, great Stars from Strictly, lavish Showdances and lessons from the Stars. Learnt a lot, enjoyed myself immensely and though it great value for money. have booked for next year
David Wares
David Wares
09:44 15 May 18
A truly incredible weekend, fantastic workshops led by Strictly Pros and world champions! Prepare to dance your socks off and be awed by showcase routines :))
Naomi Ibbs
Naomi Ibbs
16:48 14 May 18
The De Vere Beaumont in Windsor has recently been refurbished, and is now fine - good modern clean rooms, good food, and friendly, helpful staff. It's big, so there can be a bit of a walk from your bedroom to the centre of activities, such as the restaurants and ballroom. We were there in April 2018 for a Donahey's Dancing with the Stars weekend, which was well organised, and superb. Direct tuition from professional stars and world champions was excellent, and the show dancing blew us away. Altogether a great and memorable weekend. Jim and Hilary
Jim Steele
Jim Steele
09:10 19 Apr 18
If you love Strictly and would like to learn to dance with the professionals, you need to book a weekend with Donaheys. From the time you arrive until you sadly have to say goodbye it is just the best weekend ever. ALL the Donaheys staff are so kind and so helpful. The dance workshops are such good fun. All i can say is, highly recommended! 😊
J N
J N
17:41 18 Apr 18
If you’re wondering if you should attend Donaheys dancing with the stars weekend, the answer is yes, yes, yes! We have just returned from our first year there and it was so amazing we’ve booked again for next year. It is so professional, so organised and so well thought through. The Donaheys team are amazing and make it all work like a well oiled machine. You don’t need to worry about a thing, they take care of it all for you. Your days are jam packed full if you want them to be. Loads of workshops to attend where you learn from absolute professionals. The evening showcases are just magical and you also get a chance to practice the steps you learned that day.We were beginners and were treated with such dignity and respect. It was so much fun.Absolutely everyone we spoke to couldn’t speak more highly of the weekend if they tried. We loved it and can’t wait for next year.
Pamela Thomas
Pamela Thomas
19:52 17 Apr 18
My wife Lorraine and I just attended the Donaheys Dancing With The Stars weekend at Beaumont House Windsor. As beginners we were a bit nervous of making fools of ourselves. But the whole weekend was a fabulous experience. The 7 beginners workshops were well run and great fun, including 4 taken by Strictly and Professional dancers. The evening shows were tremendous and included chances to practice the dances we had learnt during the day. The Beaumont House Hotel is a lovely place to stay, we had a very comfortable room and the staff were all very friendly. A great experience all round, which we may well do again one day.
Mike Smart
Mike Smart
19:23 17 Apr 18
We had the most enjoyable weekend. It was well organised and we were able to attend all seven of our scheduled workshops.The workshops were excellent. The professionals commented that it was good to work with people that had a real interest in dance and this certainly came across well. They were fun and seemed to be pitched at an appropriate level for all the participants.The demonstration dances were again excellent and again were much appreciated by all the people there.We would highly recommend these weekends and were pleased to book a repeat for ourselves next year.Thank you to everyone who worked to make the weekend the great success that we all enjoyed.Dave and Jan
David Farmborough
David Farmborough
12:45 17 Apr 18
Wow! wow!! WOW!!! First time attending Donahey’s Dance weekend and I was totally blown away! Far exceeded my expectations. Well organised, friendly staff, STUNNING dance displays, EXCELLENT teaching and GREAT location.
michael gaffney
michael gaffney
11:53 16 Apr 18
Just had our first weekend at Alton Towers, we had a brilliant time, really well organised. The social dancing was great fun, and being up close with the dancers was amazing. There are two things I would change/review , 1) the food at dinner wasn’t great, and there is no excuse for a hotel to serve food on cold plates. This is not Donaheys fault, but worth mentioning. 2) The red carpet photo call is just a photo opportunity, due to time constraints etc, there isn’t the ability to have any individual photos. But make sure you get to the red carpet on the Saturday black tie ball as they look amazing.We’ve booked again for next year and can’t wait ! This weekend has encouraged us to join a Dance School, hopefully next year we may be wearing blue wristbands!
Mrs Mace
Mrs Mace
13:03 16 Mar 18
Whether you are into Latin or Ballroom dancing, attending a Donaheys Dancing With The Stars Weekend is an absolute must! During the course of each weekend, which runs from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, you will get to see showcases performed by Stars from Strictly Come Dancing, attend classes delivered by the Stars themselves, and have great fun social dancing on an amazing dancefloor (which, on the Saturday night, will be to the live sounds of a big band).For the weekend's classes, each dancer is placed into one of three groups, depending on their dance experience. This allows instruction to be delivered at levels suited from beginner through to advanced. So, no-one will feel out-of-depth, but at the same time, all will be challenged.Throughout the weekend, the large contingent of friendly Donaheys staff are constantly on-hand to help, and always with a smile.Once the weekend comes to an end, and you start to depart the luxurious hotel that hosts the event, you will feel like you are leaving your (new) family. The Donaheys Dancing With The Start Weekends are a definite highlight to my year! I truly can not recommend them, nor the Donaheys staff and the regional regular dance lessons they run, highly enough.(In June of 2017 I attended the Chesford Grange weekend. In March of this year, 2018, I attended the Alton Towers weekend. I very much look forward to attending at least one of their weekends in each coming year)
Nigel Gotts
Nigel Gotts
17:41 12 Mar 18
The Dancing with the Stars Weekend at Windsor organised by Shirley, Paul and Amy truly exceeded my expectations! It was a fantastic experience dancing with the Strictly Professionals and of course the talented Donahays team too! Wall to wall quality, very well organised, great fun and highly recommended. So much so that I have already booked for Celtic Manor in May 2018.
Suzy1952Q
Suzy1952Q
05:53 25 Jul 17
5* would recommend to anyone simply FABULOUS
rhonda Brandon
rhonda Brandon
16:21 18 Jul 17
We had the best weekend! We were complete beginners who were made to feel so welcome by all the team - fantastic sessions from all the pros and team of experts. The shows were amazing - everyone so personable. Thank you so much - cannot recommend highly enough!
Kathy Hardy
Kathy Hardy
19:29 13 Jul 17
Its difficult to find enough superlatives to describe these amazing weekends. We have just attended our 8th, and it was as fabulous as ever. The Donaheys team are so welcoming & helpful, the workshops great fun & informative and the evening shows are breathtaking. We are once again already booked on 2 for next year & already looking forward to them both. We Cant recommend them highly enough. Thanks to all involved
Sean Escott
Sean Escott
13:21 22 Jun 17
Another fantastic weekend with Donaheys at Chesford Grange.To see the showcase dances from the edge of the dance floor is amazing.The dance lessons from the Strictly Stars and Donaheys staff are really enjoyable.Well worth a visit for those who want to dance, and those who just want to watch...
Richard Mills
Richard Mills
13:12 20 Jun 17
Best. Weekend. Ever. The organisation and staff are just superb. The work shops are so enjoyable and then the show cases in the evening round of a fantastic day. Highly recommended if you love dancing/Strictly!
J N
J N
12:59 15 Jun 17
Many thanks for the last 6 years of fun filled Donaheys dancing with the stars weekends. Great work shops. Fabulous show cases. Well organised professional events. Already booked and looking forward to year 7 next year.thank you shirley paul amy and team. Enid and Brenda.
enid williams
enid williams
08:54 11 Jun 17
Absolutely fantastic weekend on the Strictly weekend dance break in Manchester. So well organised.
Natalie Walker
Natalie Walker
18:07 16 May 17
Probably the Rolls Royce of weekend dance breaks. Intensive learning combined with a great ballroom experience alongside fellow minded intermediates and improvers. Whoever your particular Strictly Stars are, be in no doubt that Warren and Kristi are the real gems here. Scintillating !Can't thank Paul and the team enough. Top Marks
derek andrew
derek andrew
15:10 13 May 17
Thank you Donahey's for another fabulous, well-organised and fun weekend. First class, friendly tuition from the Strictly stars and Donahey's team encourages everyone, including beginners, to get up on the dance floor and give it a go. The professionals' show dances were truly amazing and seeing their skills at such close quarters was a real treat.Richard & Rosemary
Rosemary Pollard
Rosemary Pollard
20:28 10 May 17
We have been on at least 5 Dance Weekends and enjoyed them all. The workshops from the Strictly Pros and the Donahey's teachers are excellent and great fun. The showcases from the Pros in the evenings are spectacular. To be able to see them dance close up is a real treat. If you love your dancing then this is a weekend well worth the money.
Paul Penny
Paul Penny
09:32 10 May 17
Dancing with the stars. Wow! What a Wonderful Weekend!This was our second time and seems even better. The organisation is brilliant. The professional dancers are amazing and make the workshops a joy.This is an experience not to be missed.
Clive Rowlands
Clive Rowlands
09:45 07 May 17
Was bought this experience for Christmas and I can honestly say this has got too of been the best present EVER!!I was absolutely blown away by the whole weekend, the lessons, the staff and the professional dancers.The strictly dancers are just wonderful and put on an absolutely fantastic show.As a non dancer I was given time and help with the lessons and each teacher was lovely, I can't fault anything.The location was lovely and the Hotel was an extremely nice place to stay, the room was lovely and modern.I had a wonderful time and will be returning in 2018.Well done and thank you for an experience I will never forget and may quite possibly become a repeat returner!!!
Johanna Evans
Johanna Evans
19:52 04 May 17

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Even the added extras are all included – with no extra cost

  • Complimentary glossy souvenir programme – a perfect keepsake and great for showing off to all your friends & family after the event.
  • Weekend Transfer Flexibility – if you wish to change your booking, we’ll happily switch you to any of our 2020 Dancing with The Stars Weekends – subject to availability, available upto 10-weeks prior to your original break.
  • All tables front row, floor-side guaranteed – offering great up close & personal, uninterrupted views of all the showcases with no need to pay extra to upgrade.
  • ‘Stars Of The Future‘ showcase – a superb way to start your weekend of shows. Enjoy a fab performance from some of the UK’s most talented dancers, who knows where you’ll see them next?
  • ‘World Of Supadance‘ Dance Shoe Marketplace.

Donahey’s Adult only weekend breaks are truly inspirational and a great chance to learn to dance, improve your dancing, try new styles, learn new steps, develop your technique along with a fabulous opportunity to be taught by the actual stars of Strictly Come Dancing. Alternatively why not just sit back and soak up the fabulous atmosphere of this great weekend in this stunning resort. If you’re not sure what to expect, take a look at some of the fabulous testimonials we have received from the actual stars of Strictly & this years guests.

Celtic Manor Ballroom Strictly Holiday

If you’ve never danced before this is a Strictly experience you’ll never forget; Amazing shows to see, live music to enjoy, beginner dance lessons with the stars to try, questions & answers sessions – and so much more all under one roof, who knows who you’ll bump into around the hotel! Plus of course you have all the facilities and activities that Celtic Manor 5* Resort has to offer you.

Celtic Manor’s stunning Air Conditioned ICC Ballroom, at nearly 9,000sq ft, will offer us an amazing 5,000sq ft pro championship sprung wooden dance floor – one of the largest dance floors in the country.

Celtic Manor Ballroom Strictly Dancing Holiday

Dance workshops will be offered for all levels in; Ballroom, Latin American & Argentine Tango. Unlike other similar holidays & breaks where you are restricted to just two 45min workshops with people of all levels in the same group. We guarantee you a minimum of 7-hours workshops with the actual stars and your Donahey’s team at your dance level. Remember though, you don’t have to take part in any of them if you don’t want!

Celtic Manor Resort Superior Twin

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What the Strictly stars say about Donahey’s Weekend Breaks…..

Neil Jones & Katya Jones Teaching

‘Paul, you’re such a Superstar for organising such a fabulous event’ Anton Du Beke

‘Is it me or do Donahey’s run the best dance weekends in the country….Kevin Clifton

‘What an amazing weekend! Thank you so much for inviting us, we are so happy to be part of your beautiful event. A clear 10 from me!’ Aljaz Skorjanec

‘I know we say this every year, but this really is the best dance weekend in the UK. So well organised and so much dancing. We love working with Donahey’s, you always know you’ll get such a professionally run event. Thank you to Donahey’s for organising such wonderful events’Ian Waite

‘Our 3rd year at a Donaheys dance weekend. Thank you for letting Kevin and I be part of this fabulous event. Lots of love x’ Karen Hauer

‘Donaheys organise the number 1 dance event in the country. We really look forward to Donahey’s dance weekends; they’re so well organised, great venues and a fabulous audience. Thank you so much Paul.’Natalie Lowe

‘What a FAB-U-LOUS event to attend. A real feel good weekend, cannot wait to be back’ Janette Manrara

Strictly Come Dancing Stars Katya Jones & Neil Jones at Celtic Manor

‘What an incredible event, we loved every second of it. So much on offer from all the Strictly couples & classes, we love being part of it. Kevin Clifton
‘Thank you to Donahey’s, in our opinion Donahey’s are one of the best-organised events we attend, they always look after you the guest and us the artist – thank you’ Vincent Simone

‘Congratulations to the Donahey’s for finding the most amazing venue. How brilliant is Alton Towers – a diamond in the country. We love working with the Donahey’s – you always know you’ll get such a professionally run event’ Ian Waite

“What can I say? What a great weekend. We do shows all over the country but never have we had so much fun and met so many great people. I have to say Donaheys have done an amazing job organising the whole weekend, hope to be back soon!” James & Ola Jordan

‘Alton Towers is a great venue, we love it here’ ‘We’ve had great feedback from a lot of people about your event at Alton towers it was a fantastic weekend’ Darren Bennett & Lilia Kopylova

‘Absolutely amazing, well organised and an extremely fun-filled weekend. So much to take part in and everyone having such a great time’ Karen Hardy

‘Dance weekends with Donahey’s are a fun and exciting break for anyone who loves to dance or wants to learn. They are very professionally organised and they really look after you. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and the team are great. A must for your diary’Flavia Cacace

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Dancing With The Stars Weekend at 5* Celtic Manor Resort – 2019 Photo’s

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Celtic Manor Resort Hotel, Newport, South Wales

Strictly Dancing Holiday Celtic Manor

Enjoy 5* luxury accommodation and seamless service at the Celtic Manor Resort hotel in Newport, South Wales.

Beautifully appointed bedrooms and luxury suites enjoy spectacular views over pristine golf courses and the surrounding Usk Valley. Award-winning dining and an array of world-class golf and spa facilities provide the finishing touch for a stay in complete luxury at one of Europe’s finest resorts.

The soaring atrium, distinctive design and traditional luxury of the Resort Hotel combine to create a feeling of understated glamour that is both impressively opulent, yet comfortably relaxed.

Ultimate relaxation and indulgence for body and soul are yours at The Forum Health Club & Spa – Winner of 6 Spa Traveller Awards 2015, including Best UK Hotel Spa. Indulge yourself with personalised face & body treatments or visit Rhys Giles Hair Salon or the Nailbar.

Strictly Dancing Holiday Celtic Manor

The Resort Hotel is home to flagship 3 AA rosette fine dining restaurant Epicure Experience by Richard Davies, award-winning Steak on Six, The Olive Tree, Forum Café and Merlin’s Bar.

Merlin’s Bar is a great place to meet friends and enjoy morning coffee, an afternoon snack or evening drinks in glorious surroundings with its comfortable sofas, conservatory and inviting sun terrace overlooking the Rooftop Garden.

Merlin’s is a fantastic bar at the heart of the Resort, featuring all day dining, live music & late night snack menu, Merlin’s was recently awarded The Welsh Hospitality Awards for 2016 for Best Bar.

Voted Europe’s Best Golf Hotel 2015 in the World Golf Awards, Celtic Manor is one of Europe’s finest golfing destinations offering three world-class championship courses, including The Twenty Ten Course – built specifically to stage The 2010 Ryder Cup, a golf academy featuring a floodlit driving range; plus two luxurious golf clubhouses.

Strictly Dancing Holiday Celtic Manor

Guest bedrooms are beautifully appointed and decorated with distinctive design and traditional luxury to create a calm and relaxing environment. All bedrooms feature;

    Celtic Manor Superior Double

  • Luxury toiletries, hairdryer, iron and board
  • Laundry, pressing and dry cleaning service
  • Complimentary telephone calls to national landlines
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access
  • Speakerphone with voicemail service
  • Large writing desk with reading light
  • Secure, electronic locking in-room safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Minibar
  • 24-hour room service and an ice-maker on each floor
  • Air-conditioning with personal room controls
  • Heated towel rail
  • Safety deposit box service
  • Complimentary tea/coffee facilities
  • 110 volt shaver sockets

Located just 15mins from The Severn Bridge in Bristol, The Celtic Manor Resort is easy to reach and has fabulous event facilities, just perfect to host our 5* Weekend Breaks.

With award-winning Spa’s and championship Golf Courses, you may want to extend your break to include Sunday evening – just so you can take in the amazing facilities and stunning surroundings of this venue.

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Celtic Manor Resort Hotel Brochure

Please be advised, car parking charges apply for all residents across The Celtic Manor Resort. At the time of writing parking charges are; Outdoor Car Park, a few minutes walk, £5 per 24 hours; Underground Car Park, located underneath the resort hotel, £15 per 24 hours – payment is required upon exit.

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Celtic Manor Resort scoops Best UK Hotel award again!

Celtic Manor 2019 Hotel of the year

The Celtic Manor Resort has been named the UK’s Best Hotel 2019 at the prestigious Meetings & Incentive Travel Awards in London.

The five-star venue in South Wales has been voted the UK’s Best Hotel eight times.

As well as winning the hotel award, Celtic Manor was also a finalist in the Best UK Conference Venue category.

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Deluxe King Bedrooms

Celtic Manor Resort Deluxe King Balcony Bedroom

Celtic Manor Resort’s Deluxe King Bedrooms offer larger upgraded bedrooms with King Bed & Balcony.
Deluxe King Bedrooms are available with a £30pp upgrade supplement.

The Signature Collection

celtic manor signature bedroom

Situated on the sixth floor, Celtic Manor’s stylish new Signature Lounge, rooms and suites come with a host of ‘Little Luxuries’ and added services to ensure you relax and unwind from the moment you arrive.

The spacious Signature Collection rooms are designed to the highest standard with a calming, light and modern feel. Designed for adults only, each room features a 6ft king-size double bed, sitting area, marble bathroom with a large vanity unit, bath and a separate shower with a host of Elemis amenities and balcony with stunning views out over the golf course.

Signature guests have unlimited access to the exclusive adults-only* Signature Lounge, situated on the sixth floor, where throughout the day you can enjoy complimentary tea and coffee, newspapers and magazines.

Signature Collection guests also enjoy further premium services:

  • Exclusive Signature check-in service situated on the sixth floor
  • Guaranteed check-in from 3pm
  • Evening turn-down service
  • Complimentary bottle of Prosecco and Welsh Cakes on arrival
  • Exclusive Breakfast in Celtic Manor’s new 6th floor restaurant

Following a restful night’s sleep, Signature Collection guests will be served breakfast in the exclusive surroundings of Celtic Manor’s new sixth floor restaurant, overlooking beautiful Welsh woodlands.

Breakfast is served in the Signature restaurant from 7.00am to 10.30am daily, for adults only. We recommend that you book in advance with our Reservations Team to ensure a relaxing breakfast experience.

Signature bedrooms are available with a £60pp upgrade supplement.

Guest Reviews & Recommendations

‘What a fantastic weekend we had at Alton Towers. Can’t wait for next year. Thank you very much’
David and Barbara

‘Thanks to all at Donahey’s for putting together another amazing weekend. This was our third one, and we are hooked! All the workshops and professional shows were brilliant, as was the Tony Greenwood 15 piece band. Looking forward to the next one’
Ruth & John

‘Dear Paul & Team, I just wanted to send you all a big thank you for last weekend, you have an amazing team and provide a fantastic few days, I just wish it was longer!! This was my first year but I have watched all of Strictly and been to the tour shows, but to see the pros perform up close, is just something else!! You really create a warm and fun atmosphere, along with a seamless programme. See you next March‘
Sian

‘Dear Paul, Thank you for an excellent weekend and yes we have already booked for next year. The weekend exceeded our expectations and it was a real pleasure to meet and talk to your mother and some of your team. You make an excellent team and I know that things only run smoothly with a team who work hard and plan well. Thank you again.’
Andy & Alicja

‘A brilliant weekend thank you Donaheys’
Jo

‘Paul, we’ve had a few great weekends with you both at Alton Towers and in the past in Blackpool; but this one was FAB U LOUS!!! That show on Saturday night moved us to tears and was breathtaking!!! Needless to say we’ve booked for next year! Thanks for listening to clients and continuing to strive to improve. All your hard work was appreciated.’
Christine & Steven

‘The whole weekend was stunning; Thank you for an unforgettable weekend’
Pippa & Kevin

‘We’re looking forward to next year already. Thanks to everyone involved for making a super enjoyable and special weekend’
Simon & Alice

‘Hi Paul, Danny and I just wanted to drop you a note to say how much we enjoyed the weekend. You and your staff never cease to amaze us with how organised you all are and how seamlessly things run. Every year we have enjoyed our weekenders but this year you all surpassed yourselves and it went to a new level. Having a showcase on the Sunday was just the icing on the cake and a fantastic way to end the weekend on a total high. We look forward to joining you on another weekender soon.‘
Brenda & Danny

Dance Weekend Customer Reviews

Your Donahey’s Weekend Break Team

Donahey's 2017 Strictly Weekends Team

Throughout your weekend break you will have the services of Donahey’s dedicated on-site team of Dance Teachers; Dancers; Helpers & Assistants including Paul, Shirley & Amy Donahey who are all there to ensure your weekend break runs smoothly and is full of the right kind of memories.

2020 Weekend Break Transfer Flexibility

2020 Strictly Weekends

During 2020 we’re pleased to be offering 3 fab-u-lous Dancing With The Stars Weekends at stunning venues across the UK. Whichever weekend you initially book with us we are happy to offer you the flexibility to switch your booking between any of our 2020 Dancing With The Stars Weekends.

This added benefit provides you with peace of mind should a personal engagement crop up, or indeed your favourite must-see Strictly star appear at one of our weekends…..

6th – 8th March 2020 Alton Towers Resort Hotel, Staffordshire

27th – 29th March 2020 Beaumont Estate Hotel, Berkshire

24th – 26th April 2020 Celtic Manor Resort Hotel, Newport

There is absolutely no administration charge for transferring upto 31st Oct 2019, after which point there is a small administration charge of £25. Subject to availability and no later than 10 weeks prior to your original weekend break booking. The prevailing selling rate at the time of transfer will apply to your new weekend, therefore a rate difference, either up or down, may apply.

I’ve never danced before, is it for me..….

During the weekend you can enjoy a beginners dance lesson especially designed for guests who have never danced before or maybe have taken a few classes and want to build their confidence on the dance-floor.

The great news is you will be taught your first dance steps by the stars of Strictly…wow, what better way to learn to dance?

We’ve listened to customer feedback and are pleased to offer a special beginners refresher hour early Sunday evening – before the main Black Tie Ball begins. Here we’ll go over some of the dances you’ve learnt over the weekend – a perfect re-cap for you. Plus, we always teach a fun & easy dance during our Black Tie Ball.

So as well as sitting back and enjoying the spectacular showcases, you’ll be able to learn to dance with the stars of TV, and of course enjoy the stunning setting of our fabulous venue and all the facilities it has to offer.

It truly will be a weekend made of great memories.

I’ve danced before…

This will be an amazing opportunity for you to enhance your dancing and be taught by some of the world’s finest dancers.

You’ll learn tailored new choreography, developing your technique & style, most of all though you’ll actually be taught by the stars of Strictly Come Dancing – what better way to learn?

We offer you either a dedicated Improver, Intermediate or Advanced dance lesson, all you need do is let us know which level of lesson you would like to take.

Celtic Manor Resort Hotel Spa

Celtic Manor forum spa

As well as the non-stop dancing there’s plenty on offer to keep you entertained at this fabulous resort; You could pamper yourselves at the Hotels Luxury award-winning Forum Spa, book a hair salon or nail bar appointment, or choose your very own custom spa treatment?

Questions & Answers

Firstly, tell me about Donahey’s?

The Donahey’s family have been organising spectacular dance events and teaching children & adults to dance across Manchester & South Devon for over 50 years. We pride ourselves on the quality of all our classes and events. Our hugely successful ‘Dancing with The Stars Weekend’s’ are now in their 15th year – we thoroughly enjoy them and go out of our way to ensure our customers do too.

Donahey’s is recommended by, and affiliated to the world’s largest dance teacher’s organisation, the International Dance Teachers Association – rest assured Donahey’s have worked hard to establish a name you can trust along with an exceptional reputation in the Dancing world.

Are our Weekend Breaks endorsed by or associated with the BBC in any way?

No.

Are my payments protected?

Absolutely – Donahey’s is committed to providing all our guests with Full Financial Protection, giving you 100% peace of mind.

For your peace of mind and to comply with The Package Travel Regulations 2018, Donahey’s provides full financial protection for all your deposits and payments through the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT)

ABTOT provides financial protection under The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 for Donahey’s Events LTD (membership Number 5421) and in the event of insolvency, protection is provided for Non-flight packages.

ABTOT cover provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. https://www.abtot.com/

I’ve never danced before is this weekend suitable?

Absolutely, this is a Strictly experience you’ll never forget; Amazing shows to see, live music to enjoy, beginner dance lessons with the stars to try, questions & answers sessions – and so much more all under one roof. Plus of course you have all the facilities that the fabulous hotel has to offer you.

Our weekend is designed for enjoyment for all, whether you’ve never stepped foot on a dance floor before and want to sit back and enjoy the shows, or if your an experienced dancer and want to take part in the workshops & evening dancing. The level of your participation is entirely your decision, you can join in some of the workshops & dancing, or none at all – the choice is completely yours!

Who teaches the workshops?

The professional dancers from Strictly Come Dancing will teach your workshop.

Gorka Marquez & Karen Hauer BBC Strictly Come Dancing Professionals Dancing Cha Cha

What level of ability will the workshops be?

Unlike other dance breaks where everyone is simply joined together into one big group, we offer dance lessons that are suited to your dance experience – perfect to help give you right experience, steps & enjoyment.

Workshops will be offered from beginners through to experienced.

What level of workshop shall I choose?

We offer 4 choices;

  • Absolute Beginners 0-3 months
    These workshops are especially for those who have never danced before, or maybe taken just a few weeks of classes
  • Improver 4-9 months
    Especially for those who have danced just a little before, perhaps you have a few basic steps in a selection of dances.
  • Regular Social Dancers 9 months – 2 years
    Ideal if you have taken dance lessons for a while and enjoy attending some social dances.
  • Experienced Dancers 2yrs+
    If you enjoy dancing regularly and have taken classes for a while this group is perfect for you.

When considering the above, please bear in mind that we simply wish to split guests into groups of about the same experience so you can all enjoy your lessons with the Strictly Stars – thats it! There is no-one judging or marking you, we simply wish to group people into those that have never danced before, those that have done a little before and those that have done a bit more before.

Please don’t worry about holding any class up, the lessons will always progress with the Strictly Stars as planned. You may take away all the steps & technique taught in each workshop or just some of it – the main thing is you enjoy your time with these wonderful stars.

Strictly Come Dancing Professionals Anton Du Beke & Erin Boag Teaching

What shall I wear?

The workshop is casual; Sunday evening will be a Black Tie Ball.

For dancing; on your feet something comfortable, dance shoes or flattish shoes – preferably not trainers. Suitable footwear with a non-slip sole MUST be worn at all times whilst on the dance floor. Regular sports trainers are not advised for dancing as they tend to stick to the floor. Strictly no steel, overly high or thin stiletto heels, steel toecaps, flip-flops, wedges or sandals to be worn on the dance floor and no bare-feet, socks or tights.

View our ladies recommended footwear photo guide here;

What kinds of age group attend?

Our Weekend Breaks are designed for enjoyment by adults only and regularly attract a mix of all ages so you can be sure of a fun time – some families bring along 3 generations!

Please note our minimum age is 18.

What is included in the price?

1 night en-suite accommodation; Sunday 3-course evening meal; Workshop Sunday afternoon; Black Tie Ball Sunday evening from 8pm till midnight with dancing for everyone; Dance showcase Sunday evening; Monday morning Full Welsh Breakfast.

What happens at lunchtime?

Your hotel will have food, drinks & snack offerings available to purchase at various bars and restaurants across the hotel each day – so you can choose exactly what you would like such as a light healthy snack or something more filling.

Drinks & Lunch are not included in your package price.

What standard of accommodation are the hotels?

All the hotel’s Donahey’s chooses for our events are a minimum of 4 star standard. For more information on each of our hotels, visit the dedicated webpage;

Strictly Dancing Holiday Celtic Manor

Celtic Manor Resort Hotel, Newport, South Wales

 

 

 

 

 

Can we make special room requests at our hotel?

Of course, if you have any specific hotel requests whatsoever such as; extending your stay either side at preferential rates, rooms close to your friends, low floors, near a lift or wish to upgrade your facilities simply contact the hotel direct. Contact No’s will be highlighted in your confirmation letters

What happens in the evenings?

There will be a fabulous showcase from the stars of Strictly Come Dancing and dancing for everyone.

Can we sit with our friends?

Certainly, when you fill out your booking form, just tell us who they are and we will reserve you seating at the same table in the ballroom!

Your Ballroom Table

You will be reserved seating at a floor-side table in the Main Ballroom.

The Weekender Programme

You will receive your complimentary souvenir programme upon registration with all the details of what we have to offer you over the weekend. I’m afraid due to production & printing deadlines we are unable to offer programmes in advance of the weekend.

What time does the weekend begin on the Sundday?

You are welcome to check-in to your hotel from 4pm onwards, Signature rooms 3pm . Dinner will be offered in the hotels main restaurant from 4.45pm – 7.30pm, our welcome dance commences in the main Ballroom from 8pm, the shows commence from 9.30pm.

On the Sunday you will also be offered a one-hour workshop with the Strictly stars between 4.15pm – 8pm, timings are usually; Beginners 4.15pm & 5.15pm, Social Dancers 6.15pm, Experienced Dancers 7.15pm.

What time does the weekend finish on the Monday?

A full Welsh Breakfast is served 7am – 10.30am, checkout is 11am.

Photographs

Make sure you bring your camera for our exclusive ‘Photo Calls’ with the stars of the show, your chance to take some fabulous souvenir photographs of the stars.

My partner/friends don’t dance can I take part in the classes?

Absolutely.

My partner/friends dance at a different level to myself, can we each take the workshops appropriate for our own dancing ability?

Sure, It’s absolutely fine for you to split for the dance lessons/workshops, no problem at all – just let us know on your booking form – we do get some do that. Naturally, you’ll be sat together in the ballroom for the evening’s dancing and shows, and of course in the restaurant for your meals – we just find it best to offer guests the options of splitting for workshops if you so wish?

If you choose to split for workshops please be aware we are unable to offer you partners in the workshops. If you choose to take part in all the workshops you are offered, due to the packed workshop schedule spread across 2 ballrooms, you should expect to spend most of the daytimes separate from each other.

So we don’t overcrowd workshops though, we wouldn’t be able to accommodate both of you taking each others lessons as well – that wouldn’t be fair on everyone else.

Can we book as two ladies?

Absolutely, many do. We often-welcome groups of friends, or family members to our weekend break ; Mother & Daughter, Sisters, Best Friends etc – we have a large allocation of Twin bedrooms available on all our weekends.

In terms of the dance lessons; You can book to take part in the same level classes or different level classes it’s completely up to you. If you split we can’t guarantee you a partner, if you stay together though in the same level often ladies will learn/dance together so they can practice & enjoy some of the dances learnt during the fabulous evenings.

I am a lady without a partner – can I come along?

Of course, we openly welcome ladies without a dance partner, however we are unable to provide dance partners over the weekend. Donahey’s does not have a policy of offering male dance partners to ladies who attend our Dancing With The Stars Weekend without a dance partner and we do not rotate partners during any workshops. We ask you please, not to book our weekend break under the impression that we supply dance partners for ladies, or that you will be dancing with the stars themselves, thank you.

Unfortunately, we have no single rooms or places available. Large comfortable Twin rooms are available for two-person occupancy, but not for single occupancy – sorry absolutely no single places or rooms now available.

Can i just purchase tickets for the dancing/workshops/show?

In terms of non-residential, or day passes, unfortunately it’s not an option we offer I’m afraid. We don’t sell day passes so you won’t have different people dropping in and out of your weekend.

It creates a much nicer atmosphere when everyone is residential for the entire weekend. Mainly because you don’t have different people dropping in and out across the weekend for certain classes or just evening shows.

Once guests arrive Friday afternoon, guests are shown to their table in the Ballroom, this is your table then for the entire weekend. We try to ensure all the guests on each table are in the same group for their dance classes, and that they have the same evening dining times – it really helps bond everyone, helping create a friendly atmosphere and an enjoyable experience for all our guests.

We’ve always run our weekend breaks along these lines, and receive really positive feedback about this approach – people often book again requesting that they sit with their ‘new weekend friends.’

Is the Celtic Manor Resort Hotel connected in any way with the dance workshops & shows offered?

All the shows & workshops are organised by Donahey’s – the dance experts. Celtic Manor has no contractual responsibility towards guests in relation to the delivery of any workshops & shows.

Donahey’s is the trading style of Donahey’s Events LTD
– Company No 4673588, registered in England & Wales.

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Donahey’s hugely successful Weekend Breaks are operated by Donahey’s Events LTD. Registered Office; Sigma House, Oak View Close, Edginswell Park, Torquay, Devon TQ2 7FF. Company No 4673588, registered in England & Wales. VAT registration No 180 1553 29