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Trams back on track at Crich Tramway Village

Trams back on track at Crich Tramway Village

Crich Tramway Village, home of the National Tramway Museum, has announced that following essential safety work its vintage trams are running again, and the museum is excited to welcome visitors back for the summer season from Saturday 2nd July. The Classic Motorcycle...

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Hit the streets of Corsham!

Hit the streets of Corsham!

Corsham's Street Fair returns this autumn, hitting the town's High Street on Saturday September 10th, with music, entertainment, stalls, food and drink and all the fun of the fair. Run by Corsham Town Council, the event runs from 12-4pm, with live music from the...

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Steam into summer in the New Forest

Steam into summer in the New Forest

Hugely popular with groups, Exbury Gardens Steam Railway runs through the leafy Summer Lane Garden at the 200-acre New Forest visitor attraction – and this year it celebrates its 21st birthday.  Here are five reasons to visit this summer: • The 1 ½-mile railway, named...

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Grayson Perry exhibition at Salisbury Cathedral

Grayson Perry exhibition at Salisbury Cathedral

A fabulous exhibition by the artist and TV star Grayson Perry opens at Salisbury Cathedral on Wednesday 29 June. Called The Vanity of Small Differences, the series of six huge (2m x 4m) tapestries charts the upwardly mobile life of a character called Tim Rakewell and...

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Art meets VR at Burghley House this summer

Art meets VR at Burghley House this summer

History meets cutting-edge VR technology at England’s greatest Elizabethan house this summer, bringing to life the story of one of Europe’s most celebrated female painters of the 17th century.  Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1653) is regarded as...

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Go wild this summer!

Go wild this summer!

Two of the Midlands’ top family attractions have teamed up to offer a new Combi Ticket, enabling visitors to enjoy both attractions at a discounted price. West Midland Safari Park and Drayton Manor Resort, both owned by the Looping Group, have launched a two-day...

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Discover what lies beneath…

Discover what lies beneath…

Hotel Indigo Bath has now opened its 18th century underground Vault Rooms – completing the final stage of its multi-million-pound restoration project. The 12 spacious, luxury rooms feature exposed brickwork with timber finishing and vaulted Bath stone ceilings, with...

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Hull welcomes groups in new initiative

Hull welcomes groups in new initiative

Visit Hull has launched a new website aimed at group travel organisers, tour operators and coach companies visiting the city.Under the banner of “It Must Be Hull’, the new site reveals some of the highlights of a city visit, as well as details of coach parking,...

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Knights to Remember at Bolingbroke Castle

Knights to Remember at Bolingbroke Castle

Join Heritage Lincolnshire and the Friends of Bolingbroke Castle as they team up with the Plantagenet Society to bring you a weekend to remember… Held from 20-21st August 2022 at Bolingbroke Castle near Spilsby in Lincolnshire, see the arming of the King's knights,...

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Tour Oxford in style

Tour Oxford in style

Oxford Official Walking Tours, operated by Experience Oxfordshire, is delighted to announce the re-launch of its tours programme… • The C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien Tour provides an opportunity to explore the central Oxford locations where they lived and taught....

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Summer Challenge launches at Monkey World

Summer Challenge launches at Monkey World

Go nuts this Jubilee weekend at Monkey World! Every child who brings an unopened bag of nuts for the primates from June 2-5 will get a free Monkey World badge over the bank holiday weekend. PLUS! Animal-loving children can sign up for a wild challenge this summer at...

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Historic Triumph TR2 to visit the British Motor Museum

Historic Triumph TR2 to visit the British Motor Museum

A historically significant Triumph TR2 will be visiting the British Motor Museum on 7 June as part of its Round Britain Relay tour visiting 53 venues, shows, town centres and schools. The special sports car will be on display alongside two TRs from the Museum’s...

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Crich Tramway Village: Limited Opening

Crich Tramway Village, home to the National Tramway Museum, has announced that some areas are now open to the public – although trams are still not running. Following an inspection team from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), two distinct areas of concern were...

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Enjoy a flying visit to the Hawk Conservancy Trust

Enjoy a flying visit to the Hawk Conservancy Trust

Hampshire’s leading bird of prey visitor attraction and conservation charity says group visits are well and truly on the rise post-pandemic. While successive lockdowns caused visitor numbers to fall for the whole of the leisure industry, the team at the Hawk...

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Keen to explore Winchester?

Keen to explore Winchester?

Then head to the hugely group friendly Holiday Inn Winchester, on the fringes of the South Downs and just a five minute drive from the historic city centre. Fresh from a recent £2.5 million refurbishment, there’s much to like about this plush modern hotel that...

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Isle of Wight Osborne House

Isle of Wight Osborne House

Fit for a Queen it most definitely is, and the Isle of Wight’s splendid Osborne House – the former royal residence of Queen Victoria – welcomes groups keen to share the palatial holiday home she so loved. Visit Victoria and Albert’s private apartments, their bathing...

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London The Charterhouse

London The Charterhouse

The private gardens of London’s historic Charterhouse can be explored this summer thanks to a series of Open Gardens evenings on June 23 and July 14, where you’ll be able to gain access to the seven-acre site, which has been specially created for the Brothers –...

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Shakespeare Distillery launches new Jubilee Gin

Shakespeare Distillery launches new Jubilee Gin

Shakespeare Distillery in Stratford-upon-Avon has launched a new Jubilee Gin to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, which is royal blue in colour with a regal colour-changing surprise. Taking inspiration from a summer garden, the team have combined Butterfly Pea...

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Daish’s and friends…

Daish’s and friends…

A top UK holiday and hotel company met GTOs and tour operators this week at Samlesbury Hall in Lancashire. Daish’s Holidays – a nationwide group travel business with 12 hotels in 10 resorts – met tour buyers, joined by a variety of top group-friendly North West...

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Warwick Folk Festival returns for its 42nd year

Warwick Folk Festival returns for its 42nd year

Warwick Folk Festival will return for its 42nd year from Thursday July 21 to Sunday July 24, at its new location – Castle Park, next to Warwick Castle. Headline acts will include internationally renowned multi-instrumentalist Will Pound as well as Show of Hands, The...

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Coldharbour Mill invites GTOs to a special Open Day

Coldharbour Mill invites GTOs to a special Open Day

Coldharbour Mill in Devon has announced a range of new group products for 2022 – and it's hosting a special Open Day to showcase its new tours to groups and the local tourism industry. The Open Day will take place on April 26th and will be open to all local tourism...

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Grab a pizza on the go

Grab a pizza on the go

PizzaLuxe, the leading pizza and cocktail brand with venues in Manchester, Leeds and Peterborough, is extending its offering with a new site now open in Cambridge. Following the launch of its new Peterborough Services (J17 A1(M)) restaurant in November, the brand has...

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The Witch Report!

The Witch Report!

Organisers of the much-anticipated Daish’s and Friends group travel event at Samlesbury Hall in Lancashire on Wednesday 27th April have been brewing up a special concoction to keep GTOs and coach operators spellbound. Attendees at the FREE event will be under the...

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Mini Madness at the British Motor Museum

Mini Madness at the British Motor Museum

It’s all about ‘Mini Madness’ at the British Motor Museum this Easter from 9-24 April, with a host of Mini themed family activities. Families can explore the museum on a Family Trail, join the Mini mad characters on a family tour or design and make a Mini in the air...

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Fit for a Queen…

Fit for a Queen…

VISITING BUCKINGHAM PALACE, Her Majesty The Queen’s official London residence, is an essential part of any London itinerary. This year however, as the UK marks The Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee, visitors to the palace are in for a unique treat. A special display,...

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Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Just how amazing are these guys? And you can meet them and their friends at this internationally-acclaimed rescue centre, set in 65 acres of beautiful Dorset woodland. The centre, near Wareham, is home to more than 260 primates, including over 50 chimpanzees and...

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Join the Daish’s and Friends Holiday Roadshow

Join the Daish’s and Friends Holiday Roadshow

Group travel organisers are invited to attend the Daish’s and Friends Holiday Roadshow at Samlesbury Hall in Lancashire on Wednesday 27 April. This free event is a chance to explore this attraction on a special tour and also meet the Daish’s Holidays team, as well...

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All aboard!

Ambassador Cruise Line - the first British cruise line to launch in the UK in over a decade - has opened registrations for its exclusive trade partner ship visit programme. Sailing from London Tilbury, the no-fly itineraries are predominantly aimed at the 50-plus...

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Get set for Christmas 2022!

Get set for Christmas 2022!

Now’s the time to ensure your part in the 2022 Durham Christmas Festival – from December 2-4 – which gives groups the chance to combine a visit to the World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Castle with one of the north’s finest shopping festivals. Arriving by...

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It’s National Pizza Day on February 9th…

It’s National Pizza Day on February 9th…

…and to celebrate, for one day only, PizzaLuxe at Peterborough Motorway Service Area is offering group diners any pizza from their menu for just £2.22.  It's National Pizza Day on February 9th and the restaurant, located in Peterborough Motorway Service Area – just...

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Viking hoard on show at Jorvik

Viking hoard on show at Jorvik

An incredible collection of silver jewellery and coins, found in a lead container buried in Lancashire, is set to form the centrepiece of a new year-long display at York’s Jorvik Viking Centre. The Silverdale Hoard, dating back to around AD 900, will arrive for a...

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Gilbert White’s House & Gardens is the star of a new film

Gilbert White’s House & Gardens is the star of a new film

One of Hampshire’s top attractions for groups is the star of a brand new film produced by UK travel trade specialists Steve Reed Tourism Ltd. Gilbert White’s House & Gardens in Selborne, Hampshire has always been popular with tour planners, including coach and...

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WEST MIDLAND SAFARI PARK Child’s play…

WEST MIDLAND SAFARI PARK Child’s play…

The team at West Midland Safari Park are used to dealing with herds, which is just one of the reasons why they’re masters at planning a wild day out for groups... With hefty discounts of more than 40 per cent for 10 or more visitors who arrive together by coach or...

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Free marble heart for every Butterfly Farm visitor

Free marble heart for every Butterfly Farm visitor

Head to Warwickshire's Butterfly Farm over half-term week (from February 19-27) and fly away with a free marble heart… Visitors are encouraged to pledge their love to the environment by making a green action promise in return for their gift, and while they're there...

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Hever Castle raises more than £14,000 for Make a Wish UK

Hever Castle raises more than £14,000 for Make a Wish UK

Visitors to Hever Castle & Gardens over Christmas helped raise more than £14,000 for Make a Wish UK, the charity that grants life-changing wishes for critically ill children. Stephanie Witt, Director of Income & Engagement for Make-A-Wish UK says: “After a 40%...

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Explore the UK on a free virtual fam trip

Explore the UK on a free virtual fam trip

Heading to Devon this summer? Or planning an itinerary based around the delights of the Great West Way? Sign up now for Excursions’ Virtual Fam Trip Week and explore these and other group-friendly destinations from the comfort of your own home or office. The online...

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Excursions 2022 postponed until March

Excursions 2022 postponed until March

There's a new date for Excursions 2022, as event organisers have just announced the group travel show has been postponed until March 19. Due to be held at its new home, Twickenham Stadium, online registration is open now, and offers visitors fast-tracked, free entry...

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English Riviera welcomes groups

English Riviera welcomes groups

The English Riviera in Devon is the focus of a brand new short film for UK tour planners, which can be viewed here https://www.englishriviera.co.uk/accommodation/special-breaks/coach-holidays Filming took place in October at tourist sites across Babbacombe, Torquay,...

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Take the high road

Take the high road

Darren Calpin explores the Scottish Highlands – taking a sneaky peek at the Isle of Skye – as he samples the iconic North Coast 500 route LAUNCHED IN 2015 as a way takes drivers on a grand tour of encouraging tourists to visit the north Highlands of Scotland....

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Soak in the luxury of Bath’s Hotel Indigo

Soak in the luxury of Bath’s Hotel Indigo

Set in a beautiful honey coloured Georgian Terrace, Hotel Indigo Bath opened its doors in autumn 2020 after a multi-million-pound restoration project that saw its 166 rooms given an elegant makeover. GTW's Editor Helen Milbank spent the night there and found it a...

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Essex estate gets into the Christmas spirit

Essex estate gets into the Christmas spirit

The festive season has launched at Markshall Estate in Essex, as 'Storytelling with Father Christmas' runs every weekend from now until December 19, and then from December 21-24. Visitors can join Father Christmas in his woodland hideaway as he reads a yuletide tale...

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Shakespeare Distillery has Christmas all wrapped up

Shakespeare Distillery has Christmas all wrapped up

Shakespeare Distillery in Stratford-upon-Avon has a range of exciting new products for the festive season, including a personalisation service on four of its gin products. The independent artisan spirit producer is offering personalised labels on its Stratford Dry,...

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See the Northern Lights with Fred. Olsen

See the Northern Lights with Fred. Olsen

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is making a return to its homeland as new ship Borealis sets sail in search of the Northern Lights, the natural phenomenon after which she’s named. This is Fred. Olsen’s first cruise to Norway since the line resumed sailing in the summer, and...

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