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Tram Day at Crich Tramway Village

Tram Day at Crich Tramway Village

This weekend's Tram Day at Crich Tramway Village – on Saturday 18th September – is a great chance to ride on a range of vintage vehicles. Home to the National Tramway Museum, Crich Tramway Village usually runs 2-3 trams per day during its opening season, with more...

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Don’t miss this month’s BTTS!

Don’t miss this month’s BTTS!

Organisers of the British Tourism & Travel Show (BTTS) are reminding tour planners that with no show planned for March 2022, visiting the event later this month will prove invaluable for tour planning for 2022 and 2023. The two-day group travel trade show, which...

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Which? Magazine gives Riviera Travel the thumbs up

Which? Magazine gives Riviera Travel the thumbs up

The September edition of Which? Magazine includes an article on the best new holidays at home and away – and Group Travel World favourites Riviera Travel are not only included in the list, but described as 'top notch'. In Which? Magazine's 'Why Riviera?' section it...

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Rob Carroll joins Leger Shearings Group

Rob Carroll joins Leger Shearings Group

Leger Shearings Group has announced the appointment of Rob Carroll as senior product manager. Reporting to operations director Chris Plummer, Rob will lead and direct the product management team across both the Leger Holidays and Shearings brands. Rob joins Leger...

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Discover what’s new in group travel

Discover what’s new in group travel

From 22-23 September at the NEC Birmingham, top-tier industry speakers will be taking to the stage at the British Tourism & Travel Show to bring you up to speed on the latest developments. Get up to date on new trends and innovations in group travel, business...

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Family fun at the Festival of the Horse

Family fun at the Festival of the Horse

The fields surrounding Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire will be filled with the sights and sounds of more than 40 horses and their riders for the first ever Festival of the Horse taking place across the weekend of 11-12 September 2021. The soldiers and horses of Her...

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‘Jaguars at Gaydon’ celebrates two key milestones

‘Jaguars at Gaydon’ celebrates two key milestones

The British Motor Museum will host ‘Jaguars at Gaydon’ on 4 September to celebrate two milestone events – Sir William Lyon’s 120th birthday and the 25th anniversary of the XK8.  A joint show between the Museum and the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, Jaguars at Gaydon...

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New film to inspire group tours

New film to inspire group tours

Group attractions around Southern Wales feature in a new short film. Aimed at coach and tour operators and GTOs across the UK, the movie offers a virtual fact-finding fam to tour planners seeking to arrange tours to the area, and serves as a reminder of what the...

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‘Dr Tasos’ recognised by the University of Bolton

‘Dr Tasos’ recognised by the University of Bolton

One of the most charismatic individuals in UK tourism has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bolton. Tasos Pattichis – now Dr Tasos Pattichis – is a well-known figure in coach and group travel, working to attract coaches to Bolton, and...

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Watford Showcase sees operators ‘on the town’

Watford Showcase sees operators ‘on the town’

Group travel organisers and tour operators explored one of the south of England’s undiscovered gems for coaches and groups on the Watford Group Experience earlier this week.     Showcasing a variety of group-friendly sites, restaurants and top-class shopping, the...

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Celebrate Christmas at Waddesdon

Celebrate Christmas at Waddesdon

The award-winning Christmas extravaganza at Waddesdon returns this winter, with a brand new route that will light up the formal Parterre for the very first time. Christmas preparations usually begin 12-18 months in advance at the Rothschild house and gardens in...

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Horrible Histories unravel at Warwick Castle

Horrible Histories unravel at Warwick Castle

Lose yourself in the new Horrible Histories maze at Warwick Castle this summer, as the past's most gruesome elements combine to invade the grounds of the fortress, bringing the hit TV show to life. The new attraction adds to the theatre of this epic attraction -...

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Bring on the Cossack warriors…

Bring on the Cossack warriors…

Jousting knights, fierce Cossack warriors and spectacular cavalry parades lead the action-packed programme at Belvoir Castle’s first-ever Festival of the Horse from Saturday 11 to Sunday 12 September 2021. Excitement is on the cards as crowd favourites, The Knights of...

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Escape to Shakespeare country in a luxury lodge

Escape to Shakespeare country in a luxury lodge

Darwin Escapes has developed its offering of premium UK breaks with the opening of its new Stratford-Upon-Avon Lodge Retreat, deep in the heart of Warwickshire. The 44 luxury lodges sit in an area of outstanding natural beauty, close to historic Stratford-upon-Avon,...

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Dinosaurs invade Hatton Adventure World

Dinosaurs invade Hatton Adventure World

Hatton Adventure World in Warwickshire will welcome an invasion of dinosaurs for the first time this summer, as they entertain families throughout the summer holidays from 24 July to 5 September. Children can get up close to the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops and ...

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Enjoy a warm welcome from Discover Newmarket

Enjoy a warm welcome from Discover Newmarket

The team at Discover Newmarket are keen to welcome back groups with a special message to Group Travel World's readers… We have so missed our group visits here in Newmarket and so to show our appreciation we are welcoming you back with two packs of our famous sausages!...

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Get back to nature at the British Motor Museum

Get back to nature at the British Motor Museum

The British Motor Museum is inviting families to explore nature in its car collection this summer from 22 July to 2 September. Many car designers and engineers have taken inspiration from nature, and families can explore these fun facts with a 'nature trail' to seek...

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Discover Arundel’s top five walks

Discover Arundel’s top five walks

Experience a fusion of history and scenic countryside views in Arundel in South Downs National Park. Here, Richard Campbell (10Adventures.com) shares his five top walks from the epic Arundel Castle… Charming shops may line the streets, but the imposing Arundel Castle...

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New venue and format for Excursions 2022

New venue and format for Excursions 2022

Travel and tourism companies looking to profit from the eager-to-return group travel market can now secure their spot at Excursions™ 2022 - the popular group travel show, which has inspired and connected the group travel market for more than 45 years. Excursions...

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Plan the ultimate staycation

Plan the ultimate staycation

This summer sees the launch of a new company dedicated to all things UK. Holiday Club Staycation will offer wholesale rates on UK hotels, holiday parks, attractions, events and theatre tickets. The brainchild of Ian Marsh, who has held previous roles as Head of Sales...

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CTA launches ‘WeLoveCoaches’ campaign

CTA launches ‘WeLoveCoaches’ campaign

A new consumer campaign to promote coach tours and excursions has been launched by the Coach Tourism Association (CTA). ‘WeLoveCoaches’ highlights the core messages: coach travel is back; coaches are safe, fun and social; and coaches are ready and waiting to take you...

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UK Bus and Coach Awards to combine for a one-off celebration

UK Bus and Coach Awards to combine for a one-off celebration

This year will see the UK Bus Awards and the UK Coach Awards combine via a virtual event in the autumn. Both award schemes recognise and appreciate the recent and continuing difficulties encountered by the bus and coach Industries during the pandemic. The awards'...

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Shakespeare Distillery launches new Spiced British Rum

Shakespeare Distillery launches new Spiced British Rum

Shakespeare Distillery has launched a second unique rum to accompany its newly launched white rum. Jester Spiced Rum is the result of a team effort from the independent artisan spirit producer in Stratford-upon-Avon. The team have distilled their 100% British-made...

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Warwick Folk Festival postponed until 2022

Warwick Folk Festival postponed until 2022

Warwick Folk Festival has announced it will not be taking place this year. Festival organisers took the decision to postpone the popular weekend gathering until 2022 in the light of the latest Government announcements and concerns over safety. The festival’s managers...

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Sign up for a fact finding mission

Sign up for a fact finding mission

The historic town of Watford is set to welcome back coaches and groups with a special group experience day this summer. The Watford Day Trip Group Showcase takes place on Tuesday 27th July, and group travel organisers and coach and tour operators are invited to sign...

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Take a virtual fam tour of Southern Wales

Take a virtual fam tour of Southern Wales

Tour planners across the UK are being invited to sign up for The Southern Wales Group and Travel Trade Buyer Event. Each year, Southern Wales Tourism runs the event, where businesses across the region can meet with buyers and set up new tours and visits. The 2020...

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Port Sunlight Village hits the big screen

Port Sunlight Village hits the big screen

One of the UK’s most beautiful tourism destinations is to attract new groups of visitors through a unique ‘road trip’ film. Port Sunlight Village on Merseyside in the Wirral was founded by industrialist William Lever in 1888. The village was built to house Lever’s...

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Shakespeare Distillery to re-start group tours

Shakespeare Distillery to re-start group tours

The award-winning Shakespeare Distillery has re-started its popular group distillery tours. The independent artisan spirit producer, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, has been distilling gin for the past five years on its own premises, with products inspired by the Tudor...

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Castlebridge Hospitality to operate new Hotel Indigo Exeter

Castlebridge Hospitality to operate new Hotel Indigo Exeter

Castlebridge Hospitality has signed a management agreement with Hotel Exe Limited to open and operate the new Hotel Indigo Exeter. Castlebridge Hospitality was selected as operating partner following its recent success in opening and operating its own three leading UK...

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South Wales goes virtual in a bid to attract groups

South Wales goes virtual in a bid to attract groups

As southern Wales continues its drive to attract groups, it's switching to socially distanced methods of targeting coach and tour operators. For the past seven years Southern Wales Tourism has co-ordinated regular sales missions, fact finding visits and ‘meet the...

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New heritage tours launch

New heritage tours launch

Discover England-funded ‘Connections’ has developed 40 new and updated ancestral, WWII and migration bookable tours to encourage both domestic and international visitors to experience more of real England. The purpose of the project - running in partnership with Visit...

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Shakespeare Distillery embraces the spirit of the Tudor era

Shakespeare Distillery embraces the spirit of the Tudor era

Shakespeare Distillery has launched a new and unique white rum - ‘Jester’ - to accompany its portfolio of handcrafted premium products. The independent artisan spirit producer, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, has been distilling gin for the past five years on its...

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English Heritage set to welcome groups back

English Heritage set to welcome groups back

Group visits to more than 80 of English Heritage’s historic attractions countrywide will once again be possible from 17 May, provided the country successfully passes each milestone on the government’s roadmap.  They include Tintagel Castle (pictured here), Stonehenge...

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Discover Coventry: 2021’s City of Culture

Discover Coventry: 2021’s City of Culture

Group travel organisers are invited to discover Coventry this summer on a special fam trip organised by Harry Shaw Group Travel. The three-day, two-night trip, run in partnership with Visit Coventry, takes place from Monday 21st June and costs £129 per person. The...

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Survey suggests group travel boom for Southern Wales

Survey suggests group travel boom for Southern Wales

One of the UK’s top tourist destinations has surveyed the travel trade to ask them about bringing groups and coaches to their area. The survey took place over two weeks in February 2021 and the initial findings show that this year could, after all, be a bumper year...

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Visit Wales joins CTA as a Partner Member

Visit Wales joins CTA as a Partner Member

Visit Wales has strengthened its relationship with the Coach Tourism Association (CTA) by becoming a new Partner Member. The importance of working together on tourism issues and opportunities for Wales in the coach operating sector has been highlighted during the...

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New date announced for Group Buyer Forum

New date announced for Group Buyer Forum

The Group Buyer Forum event at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey has been rescheduled to a new date of Monday 24th May. The original date had been Monday 8th March, but the national lockdown and COVID restrictions have encouraged the organisers to plan further...

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Waddesdon Manor celebrates a ‘virtual’ boom

Waddesdon Manor celebrates a ‘virtual’ boom

Despite 2020 being the year museums and heritage sites closed their doors, Waddesdon, the Rothschild House and Gardens in Buckinghamshire, received unprecedented levels of support from virtual visitors. A huge 20,000 people took a virtual tour of the French-inspired...

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Tour planners invited to register for Cumbria showcase

Tour planners invited to register for Cumbria showcase

Cumbria and its appeal to groups will be under the microscope during February when tourism businesses come face to face with tour planners from around the UK – and they’re all socially distanced. These businesses include iconic attractions such as Muncaster Castle,...

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Daish’s Holidays scoops top awards

Daish’s Holidays scoops top awards

Daish’s Holidays is celebrating three national awards and the successful acquisition of Robinsons Holidays in what has been a challenging and turbulent year for the travel and tourism industry. Back in summer, the travel operator received national recognition in the...

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Visitors to Hever Castle raise thousands for charity

Visitors to Hever Castle raise thousands for charity

Visitors to Hever Castle in Kent have raised more than £13,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) over the Christmas period. Visitors were able to donate to GOSH Charity when pre-booking tickets online as well as buy a special Peter Pan...

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New leadership and board members for CTA

New leadership and board members for CTA

The Coach Tourism Association (CTA) has appointed a new Chair, Robert Shaw, who has taken over from outgoing Chair John Wales. Following a board meeting earlier this month, the CTA has also announced the appointment of two new board members, Emma Russell from Alfa...

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Festive boost for Hatton Shopping Village

Festive boost for Hatton Shopping Village

Hatton Shopping Village, the quintessentially English destination in Warwickshire, is welcoming several new businesses to complement its mix of 20 unique and independent retailers as Christmas approaches: Boo & Bear, Elrosé Clothing, Hatton Ceramics, Big Paws for...

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Tour the West End this winter

Tour the West End this winter

Qualified City of Westminster guide Rosemary Barnes launches her new guided Christmas lights tours in the West End this week (December 4th). The two-hour tour by coach visits The Strand, Regent Street, Oxford Street, Sloane Square and King's Road. At the end there is...

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Enjoy a little winter cheer

Enjoy a little winter cheer

Let your 2021 begin with a little sparkle with news that Waddesdon’s hugely popular Winter Light programme has now been extended throughout January. The November lockdown has meant the first two weeks of Winter Light, part of this year’s Christmas at Waddesdon, have...

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British Motor Museum shortlisted in historic awards

British Motor Museum shortlisted in historic awards

The British Motor Museum has been selected as one of three finalists in the 'Collection' category in this year’s Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards. The annual awards recognise outstanding achievements within the British historic motoring and motorsport world. The...

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ETOA to hold Brexit webinar

The European Tourism Association (ETOA) is holding a Brexit webinar on Thursday 19 November between 2-3.30pm. Speakers from the Portuguese, German, Irish and Paris tourism boards will be included, as well as the President of the European Travel Commission, and Martin...

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Join the Stratford Literary Festival Winter Weekend online

Join the Stratford Literary Festival Winter Weekend online

It's been announced that the Stratford Literary Festival Winter Weekend will now take place online. Between November 20-25, audiences will be able to access an extensive programme of events on the festival’s website, www.stratlitfest.co.uk Highlights include...

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All lit up at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens

All lit up at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens

Visitors to Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens this Christmas can experience an ‘illuminated spectacular’ – an after-dark winter light trail over three consecutive weekends in December. The gardens will be lit up with light displays and projections onto the historic...

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