Get Away From It All With Warner Leisure Hotels


Enjoy a fun-filled, 4-night Christmas break with your favourite magazine at Warner Leisure Hotels Cricket St Thomas Hotel, Somerset!

Following the amazing success of our 150th Birthday Bash at Alvaston Hall Hotel in Cheshire, we are inviting our readers to join us once again for an unforgettable week away, from November 25-29, 2019.

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Angela Gilchrist, Editor, “The People’s Friend”

Dear Friends,

I’m thrilled to invite you all to take a festive short break with the “Friend” at beautiful Cricket St Thomas in Somerset. Having enjoyed a stay with Warner before, I know you’ll be guaranteed a warm welcome.

Why not join me and other members of the “Friend” team for an unforgettable, tailor-made holiday just for you? Over the five days there will be a host of “Friend”-themed activities for you to take part in, including tea and a chat with me.

This fabulous break is an unmissable opportunity to get together with like-minded people, making new friendships and sharing all that we love about our favourite magazine.

I can’t wait to meet you all there!

Your room awaits

Relax in style in one of Cricket St Thomas’s comfortable, well-equipped bedrooms, with en-suite bathrooms and lots of thoughtful touches. Two types of room are available:


Standard Room: Fantastic-value standard rooms are a real home-from-home, with TV, tea and coffee making facilities, biscuits replenished daily, comfy chairs and reading lights, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, telephone and safe.


Signature Room: For added luxury, treat yourself to a Signature Room, which has all the amenities of a Standard room and includes a pillow menu, toiletries selection and a complimentary bottle of wine.

Half-board menu included in the price

Breakfasts: With a choice of full English and continental buffets or dishes cooked to order, breakfast will set you up for a fun-filled day ahead.

Evening Meals: Choose from the carvery, extensive buffet or the hotel’s menu of delicious dishes served straight to your table. Make sure you leave room for dessert!

And take it from all of us at the “Friend”: the food is amazing!

“Friend” guest with benefits

Guests of “The People’s Friend” will enjoy:

  • Private welcome drinks
  • A “Friend” goody bag filled with lots of treats and surprises
  • Meet and greet with the “Friend” team
  • Specially chosen craft sessions with the “Friend” team, with all materials included
  • A special talk from “Friend” contributor Maddie Grigg about writing for the magazine
  • A cuppa and a chat with the “Friend” Editor
  • A talk from the “Friend” team on the 150-year history of the magazine
  • Goodbye coffee and cake on Friday morning before you begin your journey home

Activities and facilities

In addition, there are loads of fantastic activities and facilities to enjoy, including:

  • Air-rifle shooting
  • Archery
  • Nordic walking
  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • Steam room and sauna
  • Grounds designed by Capability Brown
  • Croquet lawn
  • Putting green
  • Boules
  • Free Wi-Fi

How to book

Prices are per person, based on two guests sharing standard accommodation.

There is a £30 supplement for single occupancy (per night), but if you book early you could secure your room with no supplement to pay.

  • Standard Room from £299 per person
  • Signature Room from £359 per person

To book, call 0330 102 9952, or email

Please quote: “People’s Friend”.

Lines open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-5.30 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Offer is subject to availability, new bookings only, applies to groups of under 19 and can be withdrawn without prior notice. Prices correct at time of printing and are per person based on two guests sharing standard accommodation. Additional £30 supplement per night for single occupancy rooms, note first 7 rooms to be booked will not incur this charge. Some activities incur an additional charge and all activities are subject to availability and change. Holidays booked less than 10 weeks ahead of holiday start date must be paid in full at booking. Calls cost no more than calls to geographic numbers (01 or 02). Bookings must be made by 25/10/2019. Warner hotels are for guests over 21 years old. Full terms and conditions for Warner Leisure Hotel breaks can be found at (Bourne Leisure Holidays trading as Warner Leisure Hotels is a company registered in England and Wales, company number 01854900, registered office 1 Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL.

Iain McDonald

Iain is Digital Content Editor at the "Friend", making him responsible for managing flow of interesting and entertaining content on the magazine's website and social media channels.