We’ve pulled together a list for the best gifts you can give to the biggest movie fan on your list this Christmas! Give them something slightly different this year and let them experience their favourite TV Shows and films in a new way!
Do you have a ‘Game of Thrones’ fan on your Christmas list? Here are just a few gift ideas to surprise them with the perfect present this festive season…
Best of all, Hastings Hotels Gift Cards do not expire!
Due to the incredible demand for the Line of Duty Experience, you can now choose between the Grand Central, or Europa Hotel!
Our original Experience commences at the Grand Central Hotel, one of the Hastings Hotels (like it’s namesake Ted), where you’ll enjoy a light two course lunch with tea or coffee in the Grand Café at 12.30pm.
Before you can say Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the wee donkey, you’ll board our luxury coach with the immersive tour commencing at 1.45pm taking you around the surrounding Belfast area to some of the most popular filming locations from Line of Duty. You’ll recognise filming locations across the city which were used in scenes like the first episode of series 6 for the Hickies Bookies robbery, the building used as the Head Quarters of AC-12, Brentiss Prison, the site of the famous crash when Steve Arnott was transporting Jimmy Lakewell and offering him witness protection, and much more.
Once the tour has finished you will return to The Observatory at Grand Central, Ireland’s tallest bar for an exclusive AC12 Cocktail or Wee Donkey Mocktail at 3.30pm – now we’re sucking diesel! While you may not float up the Lagan in a bubble you will be able to see the river with the sky-high views on offer across Belfast.
Our new addition to the AC-12 team is the World-Famous Europa Hotel, where guests can enjoy Tea or Coffee and a delicious muffin from 11.00am, before heading out on the hunt for bent coppers on our original immersive Line of Duty Tour at 11.30am.
Upon our return to The Europa, you’ll enjoy 2 course Line of Duty themed lunch in the Causerie at 1.00pm, accompanied by a glass of wine, beer, or soft drink.
To cap off both experiences you’ll also receive your very own Line of Duty duck – Mother of God!
“There’s only one thing I’m interested in and that’s… catching bent coppers” and this experience! Ted Hastings
The Line of Duty Tour from either The Grand Central Hotel or Europa Hotel is £49pp. OR The Line of Duty Overnight Experience & Tour at The Grand Central Hotel is available to book from £110pps – book it online here
To book go to www.mccombscoaches.com or call 028 9086 6162
Treat the ‘Game of Thrones’ fan on your list to a Gift Voucher for our delicious themed Afternoon Tea!
Ballygally Castle is the proud home of Game of Thrones Door of Thrones No 9 and our Game of Thrones themed afternoon tea is a real delight for fans. Enjoy a Game of Thrones inspired afternoon tea for two at the enchanting Ballygally Castle with themed sandwiches, savouries, pastries, cakes & scones, complemented by the finest teas & coffees.
The Ballygally Castle is the perfect base from which to explore the locations where many pivotal scenes were shot for Game of Thrones. The producers used locations across Northern Ireland, but the spectacular Causeway Coast makes more than its fair share of appearances in the series. Only a few miles from Ballygally Castle are Cairncastle, Cushendun Caves, Slemish Mountain and the village of Glenarm all of which have close connections to the iconic show.
Do you have a ‘Derry Girls’ fan on your Christmas list? Here are just a few gift ideas to surprise them with the perfect present this festive season…
Best of all, Hastings Hotels Gift Cards do not expire!
Treat the ‘Derry Girls’ fan on your list to a Gift Voucher for our delicious themed Afternoon Tea!
We have recently launched our Derry Girls Afternoon Tea at The Everglades Hotel – the menu itself is inspired by the hit Channel 4 show and features the Cream horn shared by Granda Joe & his floozy, a cone of chips in homage to the Chippy fiasco, the famous Derry sausage roll baps (so unnecessary… but so good!!), a classic Tayto Cheese & onion crisp sarnie, as well as a host of local tray bake favourites that would make Ma Mary proud. Those who book our Derry Girls Afternoon Tea will also receive an exclusive Derry Girls Duck!
Fancy being a Derry Girl for the day?
The tour runs from Belfast to Derry, giving viewers a chance to visit some of the filming locations featured in the hit show and to follow in the footsteps of the much-loved four friends and the ‘wee English fella’.
Hastings Hotels and McComb’s Coach Travel have teamed up to launch the day trip that will take in familiar landmarks from the series such as Guildhall Square, where President Bill Clinton delivered his message of hope and which featured in the season two finale, the famous walls and the hilly street the Derry Girls take on their way to school.
The Derry Girls Experience will depart from the Europa Hotel on board a McComb’s coach and will take in some of the filming locations with Charlene McCrossan, of McCrossan City Tours. Guests will learn about the series while hearing about life in the Bogside during the Troubles from an expert local guide. There will also be the chance to take a selfie at the famous Derry Girls mural.
Then day trippers will head to the Everglades for the hotel’s famous Derry Girls-inspired afternoon tea with a twist before heading back to Belfast.
The Derry Girls Experience is £65pp. To book, go to www.mccombscoaches.com or call 028 9086 6162.
“The walls are nothing short of spectacular” says Erin in Season 1 – well go and see for yourself with our special Derry Girls Package. Explore Derry and walk in the footsteps of a true Derry Girl around the city’s walls and the Bogside.
Get your photo taken at Free Derry Corner and Dennis’ wee shop and visit the Guildhall, where President Clinton was welcomed in the early 90s as portrayed in season 2 and walls.
A selfie at the Derry Girls Mural is a must, before you return back to the Everglades for a special cocktail and our uniquely themed Derry Girls Afternoon Tea.
The history of this fantastic series will definitely leave you with a full understanding of how “being a Derry girl is a state of mind”.
It’s no wonder so many famous films and TV programmes are written about Northern Ireland. Whether they capture its rich history, magical landscape or undeniable sense of community, there’s plenty to talk about. Throughout lockdown we’ve had plenty of time to kick back and enjoy more screen time – so why not let it help you inspire your next domestic trip or staycation once restrictions are lifted?
The world famous Europa Hotel is the perfect base for exploring the many filming locations of your favourite Tv Shows and films in Belfast!
Whether its’ spotting the iconic filming locations of ‘The Fall’ or ‘Line of Duty’, or following the ‘Throne of Glass’ trail around Belfast City Centre, there are lots of enticing hidden gems around Belfast to explore for film fans!