4* Weekend Break in Staffordshire with the Stars of Strictly Come Dancing
When: Friday 4th – Sunday 6th March 2022
Where: 4* Alton Towers Hotel & Spa, Staffordshire
Board: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Availability: SOLD-OUT, apologies all places are sold for this break. If you would like to be placed on our waiting list just let us know here email@example.com
Suggested Alternative: Why not join us for our Summer 2022 ‘Dancing With The Stars Weekend’ at 5* Celtic Manor Resort Hotel – more info below;
When: Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th July 2022
Where: 5* Celtic Manor Resort Hotel, Newport
Board: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Availability: Less than 35 Bedrooms remaining- don’t miss out!
Spend the weekend with your favourite stars of Strictly Come Dancing at the stunning 5* Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales.
Join Aljaz Skorjanec & Janette Manrara, Katya & Neil Jones, Amy Dowden & Ben Jones, Strictly Head Judge Shirley Ballas, British National & World Ballroom Champions Warren & Kristi Boyce, plus Strictly’s Argentine Tango Choreographers Leandro Palou & Maria Tsiatsiani for an unforgettable weekend break.
Enjoy 3 days of spectacular dance showcases as the 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.
- Floor-side reserved table to enjoy three days of Breathtaking Dance Showcases from the stars of BBC Strictly Come Dancing & Champions of the Dancing World – all up close & personal.
- 5 hours of Ballroom & Latin Dance classes with the stars of BBC Strictly Come Dancing & Champions of the Dancing World – guaranteed for everyone and tailored specifically to your dancing ability.
- Fun Q&A sessions with the Strictly Stars for everyone – find out the all the Strictly gossip first hand from the stars, and ask your burning questions.
- 2 hours dance lessons with Donahey’s highly experienced dance teachers in our second ballroom – tailored to your dancing level.
- Two nights of dancing in the stunning, air-conditioned, Caernarfon Suite Ballroom – featuring a fabulous selection of music to enjoy and dance the night away.
- Amazing 5,000sq ft pro championship sprung wooden dance floor – one of the largest dance floors in the UK.
- Saturday night Black Tie Ball starring a fabulous 15-piece Ballroom & Latin Big Band – you really can’t beat dancing to the sounds of live music.
- Exclusive ‘Red Carpet Strictly Photo Calls’ to grab those all-important souvenir photographs of the Strictly Celebrities.
- Spectacular Sunday afternoon Grand-Finale dance showcase.
Book your place now to avoid disappointment as these are hugely popular sell-out events.
Current Early Bird Booking Price
Only £559 per person if booked before 30th Nov 2021
£569pp if booked before 31st Dec ’21, £569pp thereafter.
Double, Twin, Deluxe King, Signature Twin & Signature King bedrooms available.
Deluxe King £35pp upgrade supplement, Signature King £65pp upgrade supplement.
Book today with just £100 per person deposit – the remaining balance not due until 6th May 2022.
Sorry, no single places or rooms remaining.
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The Donahey's Dancing With The Stars Weekends are Fab-U-Lous.The organisation is second to none, every little detail has been thought of and the Donahey's staff do everything to make your weekend enjoyable.Seven hours of dance workshops with Top Class teachers (including the Strictly Stars). Plenty of time to practise and then Dancing through the night in the Stateroom Ballroom.The Show Dances from The Strictly Stars and the other Professionals are worth it on their own.We've already booked next year and looking forward to itTrevor & Brenda
12:58 12 Mar 20
The whole weekend was amazing from start to finish. The organisation is superb and the people are all so friendly. When you break down what you get it really is value for money. This is an event to look forward to year after year.
Kerry Garner (Oldfleet)
18:06 11 Mar 20
Just back from a stunning weekend at Alton Towers Dancing with the Stars! The whole experience was fabulous from start to finish. The communication from Donaheys before, during and after the event was good. The organisation of the workshops was superb...we were in the improvers group ...each one pitched perfectly for the ability level and the teaching was great. Obviously the Strictly stars were lovely as expected, but also the world champions and the Donaheys staff were terrific. We have fallen in love again with Argentine Tango particularly. The showcase dances were spectacular every time, breathtaking performances in a cabaret setting. The Donaheys team were always on hand to offer support and guidance both on and off the dance floor and the hotel staff were friendly and accommodating. We loved dancing to the band on Saturday night!By the end of the weekend we were exhausted....in a good way! Thank heavens for the on line workshop reminders, as we did so much our recollection of all the steps is a bit hazy! We needed no nudging to book again for next year before we left. Many thanks and best wishes to all the team.
14:48 11 Mar 20
Just back from a FAB-U-LOUS weekend at Alton Towers Resort Hotel.Is the first time we have ever been to an event like this, infact, its the first time my other half and I have ever danced!Everything was organised to a tee, the workshops, the showcases and the evening events.The Donaheys staff were on hand throughout the weekend to assist in anyway and they were so helpful and not at all judgemental as we had never danced a steep before!The only fault in the whole weekend, and it is NOT related to Donaheys. We the lighting in the bedrooms and bathrooms. It was so incredibly dim that it was a struggle to put make up on! Not sure how anyone would manage if they had to take medication. But, this was NOT a fault on Donaheys and it didn't stop us from having an amazing weekend.
13:01 11 Mar 20
First time here, what an absolutely fantastic amazing weekend, Melanie & I loved it... and our first time having dance lessons!!! If you love dancing you will love these weekends!!!Everyone is so friendly & helpful. We have already booked for next year, fingers crossed as better dancers. Xx
14:23 10 Mar 20
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.
19:39 02 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.
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
15:34 30 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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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! 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! 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)
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. 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!
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
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...
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! 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.
08:54 11 Jun 17
Absolutely fantastic weekend on the Strictly weekend dance break in Manchester. So well organised.
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
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
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.
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.
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!!!
19:52 04 May 17
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See The Strictly Stars Up Close & Personal
Added extras included – at no extra cost
- Personalised Colour Gift Certificate – received immediately on booking, featuring your favourite Strictly stars. Just perfect for presenting the dance weekend as a gift for any special occasion, plus a fab keepsake.
- Complimentary 16-page glossy souvenir programme – a perfect keepsake and great for showing off to all your friends & family after the event.
- Dance Weekend Transfer Flexibility – if you wish to change your booking, we’ll happily switch you to any of our 2022 Dancing with The Stars Weekends – subject to availability, available upto 10-weeks prior to your original break.
- Welcome souvenir dance bag – sponsored by Supadance, containing helpful & fun goodies.
- Seating at a reserved table in The Caernarfon Ballroom for the whole weekend – no need to change to different tables each day, no need to worry about getting there first and most importantly no need to pay extra!
- 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?
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 Caernarfon Suite 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.
Plus, our second 4,500sq ft Ballroom will offer guests a beautiful second daytime Workshop venue, this impressive venue is just perfect to host our weekend breaks with the Stars of Strictly Come Dancing.
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!
What the Strictly stars have to say about Donahey’s Dance Weekends…..
‘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
Dancing With The Stars Weekends supported by Supadance Shoes.
Dancing With The Stars Weekend at 5* Celtic Manor Resort Photo’s
Celtic Manor Resort Hotel, Newport, South Wales
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;
- 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
- 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* Dancing With The Stars Weekend.
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.
Celtic Manor Resort scoops Best UK Hotel award again!
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.
5* Celtic Manor Resort Hotel Photos
Deluxe King Bedrooms
Celtic Manor Resort’s Deluxe King Bedrooms offer larger upgraded bedrooms with King Bed & Balcony.
Deluxe King Bedrooms are available with a £35pp upgrade supplement.
The Signature Collection
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 £65pp 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‘
‘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
Your Weekend Programme
What do our amazing weekends truly have in store for you?
Here you can download one of our previous Dancing With The Stars Weekend souvenir programmes – see for yourselves how fabulous our weekends are. This example is our May 2018 Celtic Manor weekend….enjoy!
Your Donahey’s Dance Holiday Team
Throughout your dance weekend 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 dance weekend runs smoothly and is full of the right kind of memories.
2022 Dance Weekend Transfer Flexibility
During 2022 we’re pleased to be offering 5 fab-u-lous Dancing With The Stars Weekends at stunning venues across the UK. Whichever dance weekend you initially book with us we are happy to offer you the flexibility to switch your booking between any of our 2022 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…..
4th – 6th March 2022 Alton Towers Resort Hotel, Staffordshire
25th – 27th March 2022 Beaumont Estate Hotel, Berkshire
22nd – 24th April 2022 Celtic Manor Resort Hotel, Newport
13th – 15th May 2022 Celtic Manor Resort Hotel, Newport
22nd – 24th July 2022 Celtic Manor Resort Hotel, Newport
There is absolutely no administration charge for transferring upto 31st Oct 2021, after which point there is a small administration charge of £25. Subject to availability and no later than 10 weeks prior to your original dance weekend 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.
Your Weekend Break
This isn’t a weekend break organised by a holiday company or a hotel with some dancing available – this is an exclusive weekend bursting at the seams with dancing, organised by dance experts. Our weekend will give you the chance to be close to the stars of TV – and will be one you’ll remember for years to come.
Our Dancing With The Stars Weekend is a wonderful, relaxed social weekend and would NOT be suitable for competitive dancers – simply come along and enjoy yourselves! Enjoy seeing BBC Strictly Come Dancing Stars performing live up close and personal
Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th July 2022
Celtic Manor Resort Hotel, Newport, NP18 1HQ
Take advantage of the great offers we have available if you book early.
Current Early Bird Booking Price
Only £559 per person if booked before 30th Nov 2021
£569pp if booked before 31st Dec ’21, £569pp thereafter.
Book today with just £100 per person deposit – the remaining balance not due until 13th May ‘22.
Celtic Manor Resort Hotel 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
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.
Donahey's 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, throughout the weekend you can enjoy over 7 hours of dedicated beginners dance classes 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…what better way to learn to dance?
We’ve listened to customer feedback and are pleased to offer a special beginners refresher hour early Saturday 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 the Friday evening.
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!
So as well as sitting back and enjoying the spectacular shows and the fabulous live music, 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 in the core Ballroom, Latin & Argentine Tango dances, 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 7 hours of dedicated Improver/Intermediate dance lessons, or 7 hours of Advanced dance lessons. You’ll enjoy 4 hours of dance lessons with the stars of the weekend, plus 3 hours of lessons with your Donahey’s team, all you need do is let us know which level of lessons you would like to take.
Plus you’ll be able to practice as you dance the night away Friday & Saturday evening.
You really will take away so much from the weekend, just take a look at what previous guests had to say…
The professional dancers from Strictly Come Dancing will teach 5 of your workshops. 2 hours of additional workshops will be offered by your highly experienced Donahey's team - and there is no need to pre-book these workshops.
Unlike other dance breaks where everyone is simply joined together into one big group, we offer you dance lessons that are suited to your dance experience - perfect to help give you right experience, steps & enjoyment.
Workshops will be offered throughout the daytimes from beginners through to experienced, dance styles will include; Ballroom, Latin & Argentine Tango.
Plus, you'll have the chance to practice all those steps learnt with our online refresher facility available during & after your weekend* available at a small seperate cost
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.
You'll be offered 7-hours of dance workshops, evenly spread across your whole dance weekend.
5 hours of Ballroom & Latin Dance classes with the stars of Strictly Come Dancing & Champions of the Dancing World – guaranteed for everyone and tailored specifically to your dancing ability. Plus an additional 3 hours of dance classes with Donahey’s highly experienced dance teachers in our second stunning ballroom – again tailored specifically to your dancing ability.
We'll also offer a fun warm-up workshop Saturday morning, such as Latin Line - just to get you started nice & fresh.
Remember you can take part in as many or as few of theses workshops as you like - it's all upto you.
There's absolutely no need to worry about pre-booking any of your workshops, we'll reserve you places in all the workshops for your dance level - so all you need to do is come along and enjoy.
Each of our workshops are tailored to the dancing ability of your group.
A group of experienced dancers in whatever form, we find pick-up new steps & rhythm much easier than a group of absolute beginners. So the overall progress in improver or experienced groups can be more rapid and therefore we can add more content & choreography for you in those workshops.
Don't worry, we don't anticipate everyone in every group will be Improver or Intermediate in that particular dance - just that they are dancers and able to follow and learn within a dance class easier than say absolute beginners.
Based on this, we would reccomend choosing a workshop level you feel most comfortable with as regrettably it is not possible to switch between levels for different dances.
The daytime is casual; the evenings will be smart look your best for some fab pictures! For your enjoyment Saturday 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;
Our Dancing With The Stars Weekend is designed for enjoyment by adults only and regularly attracts a mix of all ages so you can be sure of a fun time.
Minimum age is 18.
2 nights en-suite accommodation; Friday & Saturday 3-course evening meal; Saturday & Sunday morning Full English Breakfasts; Dancing Friday & Saturday evening from 8pm till midnight; Workshops Friday evening, Saturday daytime & Sunday until around 1pm; Dance showcases Friday & Saturday evening plus our grand finale showcase Sunday lunchtime, Black Tie Ball Saturday evening.
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/
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 Donahey's booking confirmation letters
There will be fabulous showcases from the stars of Strictly Come Dancing, dancing for everyone plus on Saturday there will be live music with our 15-piece Big Band.
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 for the whole weekend.
You will receive your complimentary 16-page souvenir programme upon registration with all the details of what we have to offer you over the weekend.
Download one of our previous Dancing With The Stars Weekend souvenir programmes here and see what our weekends typically have in store for you.
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 3pm onwards, 4pm at Celtic Manor. 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 Friday you will also be offered a one-hour workshop with the Strictly stars between 5pm - 8pm, timings are usually; Beginners 5pm, Social Dancers 6pm, Experienced Dancers 7pm.
Our last workshop on Sunday should finish around 1pm, our grand finale showcase should finish around 2.30pm.
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.
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.
To make a cheque payment, simply post your cheque, payable to ‘DONAHEY’S EVENTS LTD’, and tear off payment slip from your booking confirmation letter to; Donaheys Events Ltd, PO Box 126, Kingsbridge, TQ7 9BB.
To make a Direct Bank Transfer, our bank details are; Lloyds, Sort Code; 30-98-12, Account No; 14712860, Account Name; DONAHEY’S EVENTS LTD. Please ensure you quote the lead passenger surname & your booking code.
Once you have made a bank transfer, please simply return the tear off payment slip from your booking confirmation letter stating that you have made the BACS payment and stating the date the payment was made, many thanks.
Please allow us upto 10 days from posting payments/slips to receiving your confirmation receipt email, many thanks.
Sure, to help spread the cost of your dancing weekend we are pleased to offer you the option of paying in 3 instalments. If at any time between now and the balance due date you would like to pay off some of the balance, you are welcome to do so by simply indicating on your payment slip from your booking confirmation letter the amount you would like to pay off, and following the notes above.
Absolutely - we won't be able to offer you a dance partner, but you can still enjoy all the fun lessons with the Stars.
Sure, It’s absolutely fine for you to split for the dance lessons/workshops, we do have some guests who do that – just let us know when you book. 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 seperate 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 dance weekends; 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 upto 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.
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 dance weekend 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 and 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 dance weekends along these lines, and receive really positive feedback about this approach - people often book again requesting that they sit with their 'new weekend friends.'
No, the Alton Towers Theme Park will not open until the following weekend.
All the shows & workshops are organised by Donahey's - the dance experts.
Neither Merlin Group, De Vere or Celtic Manor have any 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.