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Ena Mill open again for groups and coaches

Ena Mill open again for groups and coaches

One of the north west’s most popular retail coach stops is re-opening its doors to groups and coaches. The team at Ena Mill Retail in the Lancashire town of Atherton, Greater Manchester, are looking forward to welcoming back these important customers to its historic...

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Painshill gets set to welcome back groups

Painshill gets set to welcome back groups

One of the country’s leading tourist attractions is to welcome groups back again – and Painshill Park in Cobham, Surrey is celebrating with a special re-launch event for coach and tour operators, group travel organisers and inbound operators on Monday 19th October. An...

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Christmas at Waddesdon is set to return

Christmas at Waddesdon is set to return

Christmas at Waddesdon is back for 2020 with magical lights as well as a 30-day Christmas fair. The house is not open due to social distancing protocols, but instead an outdoor Winter Light experience will be created. To make the most of the Winter Light programme,...

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Top English Heritage sites re-open for groups

Top English Heritage sites re-open for groups

English Heritage has re-opened six of its most popular attractions for pre-booked travel trade and group visits. They join Stonehenge, which has now been successfully welcoming pre-booked groups since early July. The charity has introduced a central booking system,...

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Explore east Cambridgeshire with ease

Explore east Cambridgeshire with ease

East Cambridgeshire District Council has launched a new website to help visitors plan their ‘staycation’ in the district this summer – www.exploreeastcambs.co.uk With staying in the UK considered the safest option this summer, the Explore East Cambs interactive...

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All aboard for the Polar Express at the South Devon Railway

All aboard for the Polar Express at the South Devon Railway

Brand new for the Christmas season in December this year, the award-winning South Devon Railway (SDR) will be welcoming Polar Express trains to the seven-mile heritage steam line. Held in partnership with UK-based PNP Events Ltd - who describe The Polar Express...

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Help support the rhinos at WMSP

Help support the rhinos at WMSP

Staff at West Midland Safari Park have been busy behind the scenes in a bid to make an impact on rhino conservation. The park is home to a ‘crash’ of southern white rhinos, which are part of an EEP (European Endangered Species Programme). This is a collaboration...

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Away Resorts reports a boom in bookings

British holiday firm Away Resorts is reporting record success as demand for homegrown getaways continues to boom. The company, which currently has five parks open across the UK, has seen bookings rocket and sales hit an all-time high. Bookings are up 44 per cent on...

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Explore Efteling this summer

Explore Efteling this summer

With the Netherlands now confirmed as a quarantine-free destination for UK travellers, there’s no better place to spend quality time with the family than at Efteling – the fairytale theme park in the south of Holland. Until 30 August, Efteling is celebrating the...

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Stratford Butterfly Farm to celebrate its 35th birthday

Stratford Butterfly Farm to celebrate its 35th birthday

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm will celebrate its 35th birthday this Friday (24 July) – and although the celebrations will be low key, the gates will be open to warmly welcome visitors back. The attraction reopened safely on 4 July in accordance with COVID-19...

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Hever Castle ‘Good to Go’

Hever Castle ‘Good to Go’

Hever Castle in Kent has been awarded the VisitEngland We’re Good to Go industry standard, confirming it is adhering to the Government’s COVID-19 re-opening guidance. We’re Good to Go status has been award to Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever Castle Venue &...

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Airedale celebrates 35 years with epic new tours

Airedale celebrates 35 years with epic new tours

Airedale Tours has launched its 2021 brochure and biggest ever programme, with over 40 new tour ideas for groups in the UK, Europe and beyond. Commercial Director Rob Carroll explains: “All the Airedale favourites are there, but we have expanded our selection to...

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British Motor Museum is ‘Good to Go’

British Motor Museum is ‘Good to Go’

Having received its 'Good to Go' industry standard mark from VisitEngland, the British Motor Museum will reopen on Saturday 4 July and is looking forward to welcoming visitors back through its doors. As part of a phased reopening plan the Museum will be open from...

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RAF Museums to re-open

The RAF Museums at Cosford and London are to re-open on Monday 6 July as both sites welcomes back visitors for a great and safe day out. With the health and safety of visitors and colleagues in mind, visitors will be asked to pre-book their arrival time at...

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Attraction set to flutter into view…

Attraction set to flutter into view…

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm has announced that it's to re-open on 4 July in accordance with COVID-19 Government guidelines and social distancing measures. Since the Butterfly Farm temporarily closed, the team have worked hard to ensure best procedure is in...

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WMSP set to fully re-open

WMSP set to fully re-open

Following the Government's announcement on 23 June, staff at West Midland Safari Park are thrilled to be able to open the attraction fully, including the Adventure Theme Park, from Saturday 4 July. Since 15 June the Park has only been partially open, allowing guests...

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Hatton Country World to re-open

Hatton Country World to re-open

Hatton Shopping Village and Hatton Adventure World in Warwickshire will re-open on Friday (19 June) after what has clearly been a deeply worrying time for the local independent shops that occupy the old Victorian farm buildings, and for those looking after the...

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Daish’s Holidays adds to its portfolio

Daish’s Holidays adds to its portfolio

One of the UK’s leading hotel and holiday companies - Daish’s Holidays - has purchased another hotel to add to its growing portfolio. The Esplanade Hotel in Scarborough on the Yorkshire coast has 72 bedrooms, many with incredible views from its hilltop location...

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Top Lancashire retail sites to re-open this month

Top Lancashire retail sites to re-open this month

Two leading retail sites in Lancashire - Ena Mill in Atherton https://www.enamill.co.uk/ and Courtyard at Tarleton https://courtyardtarleton.co.uk/ - are set to re-open their doors to shoppers from Monday June 15th.   Social distancing protocols will be in place in...

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Plan your 2021 Painshill escape

Plan your 2021 Painshill escape

The team at historic Painshill in Surrey are urging Group Travel World magazine readers to look at bringing a group to visit the attraction in the later part of 2020 or throughout 2021 to experience the unique delights of a park where the walk is a work of art. It's...

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Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show announced

Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show announced

Following news that this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show has had to be cancelled, the RHS has announced it will create an online Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show to celebrate the great horticultural industry and joys of gardening during what should have been show week. ...

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New October dates for British Tourism & Travel Show   

New October dates for British Tourism & Travel Show  

Following the recent news that the NEC, Birmingham is being repurposed into a temporary NHS 'Nightingale' Hospital for patients with Coronavirus we have made the tough decision to move the British Tourism & Travel Show to the 22-23 October 2020.  We have been...

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Imagine where you’ll be in 2021 with CMV…

Imagine where you’ll be in 2021 with CMV…

Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) is encouraging passengers to look forward to 2021 - and the arrival of their new flagship and latest addition to their fleet, Amy Johnson. Passengers who book now for next year can take advantage of a buy one, get one free offer...

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A message from the team at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

A message from the team at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

A SMALL PAUSE FOR OUR SMALL SHIPS You will no doubt be aware that we have taken the difficult decision to pause cruise operations for a period of time. The travel industry is facing challenging and unprecedented times as a result of the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19....

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Statement from the UK Coach Awards regarding Covid-19

John Gilbert, Chairman of the UK Coach Awards, has issued this statement: We have reluctantly taken the decision to cancel this year’s awards event. The calamitous effect of Covid-19 on our industry, initially made the possibility of our usual industry gathering...

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BeWILDerwood Cheshire delays opening date

BeWILDerwood Cheshire delays opening date

Following last week’s announcement of the planned opening date of BeWILDerwood Cheshire, (www.bewilderwood.co.uk), the team have confirmed the date has been postponed to 18th July 2020. Given the current global situation and uncertainty at this time, BeWILDerwood...

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway pleas for help

North Yorkshire Moors Railway pleas for help

Following the announcement that it has delayed its 2020 season opening, North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) has launched a crisis appeal to secure its livelihood and keep it on track to reopen later this year. The attraction was first formed in 1967, and as the UK’s...

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Twycross Zoo to remain open

Twycross Zoo to remain open

As of today, Tuesday 17th March 2020, Twycross Zoo has announced that its doors will remain open and its team of hard-working staff is on hand to welcome visitors from across the region to the 100-acre, open-air zoo. Those who are making a visit can rest assured the...

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Visit Britain Covid-19

Visit Britain Covid-19

Information for UK tourism businesses on the outbreak of COVID-19, including the current situation impact on travel to and from the UK and links to useful information and advice. The best source of information for any visitors with individual questions or health...

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New dates for British Tourism & Travel Show 2020

Following increasing concern about the developing coronavirus situation, British Tourism & Travel Show organisers Diversified Communications UK, has consulted with the industry and decided to postpone the event to 11-12 June (Thursday - Friday) 2020, at the NEC...

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Put a Spring in your step…

Put a Spring in your step…

Hatton Adventure World in Warwickshire will once again host its annual “Spring Spectacular” from 4 - 19 April when the family attraction welcomes an abundance of spring-born animals. Visitors can visit the Spring Arrivals Marquee and see baby chicks, ducklings,...

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On your bike!

On your bike!

A range of new cycling holidays, due to launch in June 2020, have already secured hundreds of advanced accommodation bookings from travel giant TUI Holidays. The holidays have been created by tourism experts Visit Lincoln after funding was secured through Visit...

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Highlights of 2020 British Travel & Tourism Show

Highlights of 2020 British Travel & Tourism Show

The British Travel & Tourism Show 2020 is fast approaching, and many of this year’s 250+ exhibitors are planning some exciting new launches. The event will showcase some of the best new up and coming trends, products and experiences in the tourism and travel...

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Southern Wales

Southern Wales

The UK travel trade saw and experienced all that was good about the Southern Wales tourism industry last week during a special fact-finding tour 1-3 March. Coach and tour operators, GTOS and inbound tour operators made a bee line for the region for a series of tours,...

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ETOA calls for action

The European Tourism Association (ETOA) is calling for urgent response from local and national governments in Italy to assist cultural tourism. Cultural tourism is at the heart of Europe’s visitor offer and its economy, and it is under unprecedented strain as a result...

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Stena Edda sails into Belfast Harbour

Stena Edda sails into Belfast Harbour

The next generation of ferry travel sailed into Belfast Harbour last month, with Stena Edda undertaking important final trials before it welcomes passengers on the Belfast to Liverpool route in the coming weeks. Welcomed by a flotilla of boats, Stena Edda arrived at...

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New series of historic tours launched in Bury St Edmunds

New series of historic tours launched in Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides have unveiled a series of special brand-new tours for 2020 to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the founding of the Abbey of St Edmund. In this special anniversary year, the Tour Guides are preparing for an increase in interest in the...

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New BeWILDerwood Cheshire set to open in May

New BeWILDerwood Cheshire set to open in May

Parents, grandparents and children of all ages can get their half term off to an exciting start at BeWILDerwood Cheshire, opening for the first time on Saturday 23rd May 2020. BeWILDerwood is a fabulous family day out full of fun, imagination and adventure and, unlike...

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Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon clinches Silver

Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon clinches Silver

Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon has won a Silver award in the prestigious West Midlands Tourism Awards. The boutique hotel picked up the award in the New Tourism Business Award category at a special ceremony held last month at the University of Birmingham’s Great...

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Time for some Mini Madness…

Time for some Mini Madness…

‘Mini Madness’ returns to the British Motor Museum this Easter, from 4-26 April with a host of Mini-themed family activities. Visitors can join the Mini Factory costumed characters on a family tour, design and make a Mini, or explore the museum with the Fix It Family...

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Celebrity line-up for Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival

Celebrity line-up for Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival

Celebrity chefs Sean Wilson and Paul Rankin will be demonstrating their culinary skills in the Stoves Cookery Theatre at Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival over the summer bank holiday weekend on Sunday 30 and Monday 31 August.  Top chefs from some of the...

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Louise Fitzpatrick joins Albatross Travel

Louise Fitzpatrick joins Albatross Travel

Albatross Travel has appointed Louise Fitzpatrick as Senior Account Manager with immediate effect. Louise joins from Marriott Hotels Ltd, where she has worked for 16 years, most recently as National Account Manager – Leisure, based in the North of England. In her new...

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River cruising specialist becomes Arena River Cruises

River cruising specialist becomes Arena River Cruises

The River Cruise Line has been re-named and re-branded as Arena River Cruises, bringing it into line with the rest of parent company Arena Travel's portfolio, ahead of the start of the 2020 cruising season. The move comes almost exactly three years after the river...

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