Wednesday, 16 March 2011

John Brough's off to Cuba for a New Authentic Adventure !

John will be off to Cuba at the end of the month to check out this beautiful country with a view to it becoming our newest `Authentic` Adventure location.

Columbus described the island as being `the most beautiful land that human eyes have ever seen`

This unique island situation in the middle of the Caribbean with its constant tropical climate, is brimming  over with authenticity - its people, cities, landscape, history and culture could just be what you have been looking for.

So whether you are a Painter, Photography, Walker or Singer - register your interest now. Provisional dates and prices will be added to our website shortly and for a limited time you can reserve a place without a deposit being needed !

Just email us at or call on 01453 823328 for more details and watch our website and blog for more updates.

Did you visit us at this year's Focus on Imaging show at the NEC !

Did you visit us at this year's Focus on Imaging show at the NEC? If not here's a couple of images of our stand.  

Our Stand, H12

If you are a keen photographer or would like to be this really is the show for you. With exhibitors ranging from Camera suppliers, printing companies, colleges and even a holiday company called Authentic Adventures, make a note in your diary for next year's show which will be taking place between the 4th - 7th March 2012, at the NEC, Birmingham.

If you did stop by and see us and any of the holidays were of interest to you and you would like to know more about availability, dates or the holidays themselves please email us at or calling us on 01453 823328.

Why not also enter our competition to win a place on Chloe Hall's Photography Holiday to Taroudant, Morocco in October 2011.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Win a 7 night Photography Holiday to Taroudant, Morocco

Chloe Hall
Enter our fantastic competition to win a place on our 7 night Photography Holiday to Taroudant, Morocco with Chloe Hall.

Chloe is a freelance professional photographer. She now combines commercial photography in the UK with commissions for non-governmental organisations abroad.

The walled City of Taroudant

Included in the prize is:

7 nights en-suite accommodation on a B&B basis in a converted former governor's place built into the city walls.
5 lunches and 6 dinners
All transport in Morocco
Personal welcome at Marrakech airport
5 fulls days of photography tuition
Local guide and assistant
Guided visit around a mountain village
Guided tour of souks and tanneries

* Please note that flights & travel insurance is not included in the prize.

Enter here or for full details, terms and conditions, details of the price and any exclusions visit our website

Closing date for the competition is Saturday 30th April 2011 and the winner will be notifed within 7 days of this date.

For more inspiration, why not watch our fantastic Taroudant, video.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Pastels Introduction Day workshop with Christine Russell now available !

An example of Christine's work
Due to demand for an `Introduction to Pastels` day workshop with Christine Russell, we can confirm that a workshop has been arranged for Saturday 16th April.

The workshop will take place at Christine's Studio, in Stone near Thornbury which is located just off the A38 towards Gloucester (2 miles north of J14, M5) just north of Bristol. For more detailed directions look for `Russell Fine Art Services' on Google Maps.

The workshop costs just £85 per person and included in this fantastic price are all the materials that you will need. All you need to bring with you is your lunch (tea and coffee will also be provided) and your enthusiasm. 

Places are limited so please contact us to reserve a place if this workshop is of interest to you.

Christine is also leading holidays this year to the fantastic Mediterranean island of Sicily. Spaces are still available although limited for her three dates, so if you would like to join Christine in Sicily, please contact us now.

Please note that Christine will be using predominantly watercolour as a teaching medium in Sicily.

MD John Brough to lead Walking Holiday to Subbetica this May !

Authentic Adventures' Managing Director and owner, John Brough will be returning to where he first started the company (then Andalucian Adventures) over twelve years ago to lead a group of Walkers on their one week holiday to the stunning Subbetica Natural park.

The 7 night holiday that was originally planned to be lead by Clive Jarman, the other original founder of the business, will now be lead by John due to Clive being unwell. The trip will take place from Sunday 22nd May - Sunday 29th May.

At the same time as John leads this group of walkers, our senior Painting tutor, Roger Jones will also be leading a group of painters in Subbetica, which makes this an unexpected treat for clients who are looking to travel with some of our most experienced and knowledgeable staff.

Limited spaces are still available so if you would like to join this group, please let us know.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Mrs Bevis wins our `Song from the shows` E-newsletter competition

We are pleased to announce that the winner of our `Song from the shows` E-newsletter competition that was run in the January  e-newsletter is Mrs Bevis from Sleaford, Lincolnshire.

Mrs Bevis' entry was randomly picked from the suggestions received and will win a wonderful box of Thornton’s chocolates, so Congratulations!

Mrs Bevis' suggestion was none other than “Mamma Mia” from the show of the same name.

“It’s so uplifting” commented Mrs Bevis, which is exactly why so many people love not only this show but show tunes and indeed the shows that they come from.

Thank you everyone else who entered the competition for your suggestions!

Watch out for other competitions coming soon on our other e-newsletters – you never know what you could win !

Don't miss your opportunity to meet us on Friday at the Destination Show !

It's shortly going to be time for the second The Times, Destinations Show of the year - this time  at the NEC Birmingham.

Why not pop by the AITO stand and say Hello. We will be at the show on Friday 4th March

So, if you're an existing customer or someone who aspires to be a painter, photographer, singer or walker why not pop by and see us.

If you have any ideas on where we should be going next year please tell us and you never know we could all be jetting off to your suggested location in 2012.

I hope to see you there !