What is a cookie?
A “cookie” is a small text file that is placed on a user’s device hard drive by a website or mobile application. There are several types of cookie and the most common are often referred to as ‘session’ cookies. These are used to keep track of information needed by a user as they travel within a website or mobile application. These cookies have a short lifetime and expire within a few minutes of the user leaving the website.
Other types of cookies can be used to track internet activity after the user has left a website. These are usually sponsored by organisations external to the website being visited and are generally known as ‘third-party’ cookies. These usually have a long lifetime with several months being quite common. They are ‘harvested’ and ‘refreshed’ whenever the user visits a page where the same or a similar cookie is being used.
Cookies which are strictly necessary
We use the following cookies on the Website.
“Session ID” – This is a session cookie and allows for the maintenance of the online basket. They are created each time you visit us and are automatically deleted when you close your browser. They remember the fact you’re logged in and remember the selections that you make as you use the Website.
“User ID” – session cookies used for the secure maintenance of a signed-in customer.
Web analytics / Marketing effectiveness cookies collect anonymous data to help us understand customer behaviour so we can make our Booking Service better. They tell us which bits of the Website customers use the most and flag up any problems so we can fix them quickly. They also tell us how customers find the Website (for example via online adverts and search engines), so we know how effectively we are marketing.
Third party cookies
Third party service providers may install their own cookies.