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The best UK music holidays for the over 50s

16 January 2016

From songs on the kitchen radio to classic film scores, music plays a central role in our lives. Our most cherished memories are often bound up with stunning songs and moving melodies.

Wales Millennium Centre
Wales Millennium Centre, home of the Welsh National Opera. Photograph: Deymos.HR /

Have you ever thought about going on a music themed holiday? Our selection of music holidays are among the most popular breaks that we offer, and most of them take place right here in the UK. We’ve listed some popular favourites below.

The Welsh National Opera

The Welsh are a nation of beautiful singers, and it is a joy to listen to the Welsh National Opera in full swing. Renowned for their artistic excellence and breath-taking musicality, they will be part of a trip you will never forget.

Visiting the stunning Gower Peninsula and the beautiful town of Llanelli, you will have tickets for two WNO operas in Cardiff. The mixture of countryside air and city glamour on this wonderful holiday makes a well-rounded break. Learn all about our Welsh National Opera break here.

Jazz in Dorset

Do you love the smooth grooves and sparkling exuberance of a great jazz night? Does skilfully improvised music set your hands and feet tapping with a life of their own? If so, you’ll love four sessions of magnificent jazz from four different jazz bands on our much-loved trip to the south coast of England.

You’ll spend four nights immersed in the world of jazz music, with expert talks provided by our jazz host, John Shillito. Additionally, you have the days to explore beautiful Bournemouth, where coastal scenery and local history combine to give visitors some real treats. For a trip with a difference, embrace jazz in Dorset.

The World’s Greatest Love Songs

“If music be the food of love, play on…” As Shakespeare knew very well, music can do something wonderful to the heart. We all secretly enjoy a schmaltzy love song now and then, don’t we? This holiday in Bournemouth is all about revelling in the nostalgia of the great love ballads.

Relive special memories with such songs as Moon River, You Don’t have to Say You Love Me and Strangers in The Night. Over four evening, host Robert Habermann will lead you through a stunning compilation that will be sure to leave you with stars in your eyes. Find out more about our world’s greatest love songs holiday.

Gilbert and Sullivan – Weekend Break

The Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate is an elegant town full of attractive architecture, parks, gardens and shops. It is the perfect place for a relaxing UK break. Visit Harrogate with Saga and you not only get the best of this famous spa town, you’ll also get the best of Gilbert and Sullivan at the town’s impressive Royal Hall.

Take your seats for two evenings of the duo’s finest operas, Yeoman of the Guard and The Mikado. Once again, you will have expert music hosts and representatives to guide you through your trip.

The Great American Songbook Composers

The story of the great American songbook is a fascinating journey full of big personalities and classic hits. In one of our newest holiday packages, you will be able to take an inside look at the lives of three of America’s greatest composers: George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.

You’ll enjoy three concerts and a piano morning, hosted by award-winning singer Robert Habermann, as well as a trip to picturesque Powderham Castle. Set in sunny Torquay, this is a fascinating trip for those with an interest in the songs and stories that make up the canonical Great American Songbook.

Someone with a keen interest in The States is the author of our latest travel expert post, Mike Gerrard. His latest piece, ‘Born in the USA’, is a reflection on his travels through the American South.


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