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.
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.
Just take a look what’s included;
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.
Book your place now to avoid disappointment as these are hugely popular sell-out events.
Donahey’s have been organising Weekend Breaks with the Stars of Strictly Come Dancing for over 15 years.
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 their insolvency, protection is provided for Non-flight packages.
ABTOT cover provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled.
Current Early Bird Booking Price;
1 night Dinner Bed & Breakfast only £235pp if booked before 31st Oct ’19
£245pp before 31st Dec ’19, £255 thereafter
Double, Twin, Signature King & Signature Twin bedrooms available. Signature upgrade supplement £32.50pp.
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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.
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.
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!
‘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
‘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
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.
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.
Guest bedrooms are beautifully appointed and decorated with distinctive design and traditional luxury to create a calm and relaxing environment. All bedrooms feature;
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.
Download the official Celtic Manor Resort Brochure Here
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
‘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‘
‘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’
‘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
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.
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…..
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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/
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!
The professional dancers from Strictly Come Dancing will teach your workshop.
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.
We offer 4 choices;
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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;
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
There will be a fabulous showcase from the stars of Strictly Come Dancing and dancing for everyone.
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!
You will be reserved seating at a floor-side table in the Main Ballroom.
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.
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.
A full Welsh Breakfast is served 7am – 10.30am, checkout is 11am.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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.