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e-Newsletter December 2015

Winter is a great time to explore the dark art of night walking and the daytime walks that come to life under a covering of snow and ice. Or if you prefer to spend your evenings indoors, delve into our latest climbing wall directory to find some new venues to visit.

Heading to Europe for some alpine action this winter? With our special offer, eight days insurance cover is just £59. We’ve also made a sled-load of other cash-saving improvements to BMC Travel Insurance.

The BMC office will be closed over Christmas and New Year; you can still buy travel insurance online for any last-minute getaways, and if you’re looking for Christmas present ideas, pop into the BMC online shop to see what's on offer.

Season’s Greetings,
Dave Turnbull, BMC CEO


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Our Christmas closing times
Phew! That's 2021 nearly done with. As usual, we'll be closing over Christmas and New Year. The BMC HQ will be closed from 12.30pm on Friday 24 December, and we'll open again at 9.00am on Tuesday 4 January 2022. If you're planning a winter adventure and need BMC Travel Insurance over the holiday period then read on.
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