Coach Touring Magazine 1 2024

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Issue 1 2024 £3 50 www. coachtouring - live. com the modern voice of coach tourism CoachTouring TM In this issue: Comment, News, Features and much much more... Previe w 2024 S t e v a n Z Z s h u t t e r s t o c k Dumfries & Gallowa y Perf ec t Palac es Spotlight on the N MA Coach Tourism Assoc iation Staycation 2024/5 E xperience Yorksh ire Wonderf ul Wales H eritage Ra ilwa ys’ E xperience Yorksh ire
2023&2024NOWONSALE GREAT FOR Why not join the hundreds of groups that travel with us every year and discover all the benefits of Daish’s Holidays for yourself. Groups Groups FREE places for groups over 20 people A choice of 12 fantastic hotels spread across 10 locations Great value half board breaks including nightly entertainment Fleet of 26 luxury coaches to provide comfortable travel Dedicated groups team to support you from booking to arrival Over 40 years of award winning customer service All our hotels are accredited as COVID safe under the Visit Britain good to go scheme @daishs4groups Call 01202 638 841 or visit Get in touch with us Today! Isle of Wight Bournemouth NewquayWeymouth Blackpool Llandudno Torquay Eastbourne Lake District Scarborough 2024&2025 NOWONSALE


Welcome to the very first issue of Coach Touring Magazine 2024! It's a buzzing start to the year for us in the coach touring world We kicked things off with a bang at the 50th anniversary of the Excursions™ show at Wembley Stadium on January 27th, where the latest tours, exhibitions, and awesome deals for groups were all on display It was a fantastic chance to chat with folks from all corners of the tourism industry, from cruise lines to tour operators

Hot on its heels, we had the CTA Conference & Workshop in Newcastle from January 28th to 30th It was a blast, with loads of great conversations and new ideas floating around

Next up, we're all geared up for the British Tourism & Travel Show at the NEC Birmingham on March 20th21st With over 250 places to check out, from cool attractions to groupfriendly hotels, you're bound to leave with heaps of ideas for your trips. Can't wait to see some of you there!

This edition of the magazine is jampacked with goodies We've got a special feature on the National Memorial Arboretum, a deep dive into the magic of London (think iconic sights and hidden nooks and crannies your group will love), and a trip to Dumfries and Galloway Trust me, the beauty of this part of Scotland, from its rugged coasts to lush forests, will take your breath away. And yes, there's a whisky distillery visit in there too!

But that's not all – we've also got a Staycation supplement for you, along with spotlights on Essex, some truly stunning palaces, the best of Yorkshire, the wonders of Wales, and the charming world of Heritage Railways

Happy travels. Nigel

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Daish’s Holidays sees coach holiday bookings rise in 2023

44 per cent of Dais h’s coach h olidaymakers from th e Mi dlands -

The appetite for staycations remained strong in 2023 for independent family-owned UK coach holiday group Daish’s Holidays, with the firm witnessing increased growth in both annual turnover and coach travel to its 12-strong portfolio of hotels Both turnover and coach travel have seen an

increase of almost 10 percent compared to the previous 12 months

Daish’s Holidays specialise in providing affordable UK coach and self-drive breaks to its collection of hotels across England and Wales and, of those guests choosing to travel by coach, the firm has carried an incredible 95,229 passengers across its dedicated fleet of 35 luxury coaches during the last

year, with a massive 44 percent of holidaymakers travelling to and from the west and east Midlands

Paul Harper, commercial director at Daish’s Holidays, says: “We have been delighted with the growth in business over the last year, and anticipate a strong year for coach tourism in 2024 following the high level of interest we have received for new year bookings and beyond. While the cost-of-living crisis continues to impact household budgets we recognise the importance of delivering affordable holidays and outstanding service to our loyal and growing customer base

“We have offered self-drive and coach trip breaks to


our hotels for almost 45 years and have attained excellent customer loyalty, with many visitors returning to our hotels year after year We offer a wide choice of accommodation at some of the UK’s best locations with great entertainment, all at affordable prices – the ideal combination in the current economic climate ”

Daish’s Holidays will be celebrating 45 years as a family-run business in 2024 and is working on exciting plans for the next 12 months, including further investment to upgrade its coach fleet and the introduction of a new website

For more information, vis it ww w daishs com


lights up HERE at Outernet in Soho from 3 March, featuring Trevor Ashley, Owain Williams, Dakota Starr, and Reece Kerridge in lead roles

This immersive theatrical experience, a celebration of 30 years of "Priscilla Queen of the Desert," transforms the stage into a dazzling

party that combines iconic tunes with a heartfelt story of friendship and acceptance.

Directed by Simon Phillips and boasting an ensemble cast, the show encapsulates the spirit of the original movie and musical with an innovative twist Audiences are invited to partake in a unique blend of live

performances, immersive dance floors, and extravagant costumes, making for an electrifying night in London's newest high-tech venue A testament to the enduring message of inclusivity, "PRISCILLA THE PARTY!" is an evolution of the legacy, promising an interactive, feel-good entertainment experience

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Re cord a ttenda nce a t UK’ s big ge st coach tourism busines s eve nt

The Coach Tourism Association (CTA) recorded its highest ever event attendance as over 200 members came to Newcastle for the organisation’s annual Conference & Workshop last weekend. This included 20 new members who attended the event for the first time.

The CTA Conference & Workshop 2024 took place from 28-30 January Based at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead hotel, the weekend also included fam trips around the North East

The event’s formal business networking session also reached new heights The Meet the Buyer Workshop saw 860 10-minute meetings take place between coach tour operators and wholesalers, and industry suppliers, including attractions and hotels This was an increase of 60 meetings on last year’s event, previously the highest total at 800 meetings.

The numerous informal opportunities for networking

across the weekend meant that a further range of new business agreements between industry buyers and suppliers were confirmed Several operators also made immediate bookings as a result of the fam trip programme “We believe the high visitor number was a result of the new fam trips on offer, combined with a format that enables operators and wholesalers to meet suppliers from across the whole supply chain, all at a single event,” says CTA Chair, Robert Shaw “The business development generated over the weekend also confirmed the value of participation from the hotels, attractions, and wider suppliers involved.”

Ahead of the Conference, CTA operators and wholesalers attended a preevent fam trip to The Auckland Project. A new tour option for many, the collection of attractions at Bishop Aukland welcoming coach groups was a particular success Following the weekend, CTA buyer members learnt more about the DFDS service on a twoday cruise to Amsterdam

The Conference weekend included fam trips to Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, as well as Raby Castle, County

Durham, both locations having invested in facilities to encourage coach groups. A tour of Newcastle also featured, and while a destination in its own right, Newcastle and Gateshead are seeking to attract coach groups as an accommodation hub to explore Northumberland and County Durham

During the Conference session, Ian Thomas, Director of Visitor Economy, NewcastleGateshead Initiative, explained how North East England has been chosen as the first Destination Development Partnership towards the goal of doubling the region’s visitor economy over the next 10 years. Ian explained that coach tourism would be a valuable aspect, with a new travel trade initiative coming soon.

Lyndsey Turner Swift, Deputy VisitEngland Director, explained how the Destination Development Partnership would fit into the national programme Lyndsey also reported on market prospects, saying that domestic visits were up in 2023, while giving a balanced forecast between domestic and overseas travel in 2024

Carol Southall, Head of Staffordshire Business School, Staffordshire University, outlined a

proposed research project, which will be carried out in conjunction with CTA and its members, to assess coach tourism volumes and value added as well as perceptions of the industry

The Conference presentations instigated lively debate, chaired by Louise Fitzpatrick, Albatross Travel and CTA Board Member This included the challenge of broadening the coach tour market’s age demographic while maintaining product for the current customer core “Momentum is gathering for the need to develop new product, focussing on the customer experience for a broader generational span. This will increasingly be a focus for the market, and a key issue for CTA’s future discussions,” says CTA’s Robert Shaw.

Brendan Sheerin, star of Channel 4’s Coach Trip series, gave an entertaining after-dinner talk on the first night of the Conference Brendan also hosted the evening’s fundraising event, which raised £2,000 for St Oswald’s Hospice, serving the North East

The next CTA event is the Spring Networking on 19-20 May in Oxford Bookings for this event will be launched shortly

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A visit to the Trench of Death, along the river Yser in Dixmude, reveals the hard and cruel facts of military life during the First World War, on either side of the Yser front The visitor centre illustrates the story of both Belgians and Germans through interactive applications, photos, film footage and more than a hundred original objects.

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In 2024, the National Memorial Arboretum will commemorate the 80th anniversaries of D-Day, Monte Cassino, Operation Market Garden and the Battle of Kohima and Imphal with a special programme of events and exhibitions entitled ‘1944 –What’s your connection?’

From Saturday 4 May, Gallery 2 invites you on a nostalgic voyage back to 1944, immersing you in the atmosphere of that era

Explore significant milestones through a chronological timeline featuring key remembrance moments such as Monte Cassino on 18 May, D-Day on 6 June, Kohima and Imphal on 3 July and Market Garden on 25 September.

Delve into the cultural tapestry of the time with highlights on births, music releases, rationing, fashion and marketing campaigns This visual and educational

journey encapsulates the essence of a crucial historical moment in time, where the echoes of the past connect to the present

Explore the Arboretum with a 1944 guided walk, curated to lead you through the significant memorials nestled on their site Expert guides will share real life veteran stories and explain the historical significance behind each memorial, honouring the individuals whose courage and resilience will never be forgotten. £4.00 per person, for groups of 10 or more.

If you prefer to explore at your own pace, there will also be a free 1944 adult trail available, designed to take you and your group to the key memorials that represent the events of the year with onsite interpretation explaining their historical significance

On 6 June, the National Memorial Arboretum will commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day 80 with a large-scale Service of Remembrance from 1pm.

Groups are welcome to join

on a pay as you go basis, or mark the event with a special two-course lunch package, along with a live stream of the service in Aspects their dedicated events facility Priced at £26 95 per person for groups of 10 or more

Also opening on D-Day, The Drum will host a film produced by the Royal British Legion of a sand story by artist Kseniya Siminova. The story written by Julie Summers, starts in the present day with a young girl and her grandmother, and goes back to the grandmother’s father finishing school as war breaks out, joining up and landing on the Normandy beaches

Further information on the programme, talks and special events will be released in the new year

Visit w ww.t and join the mailing list, to keep up-to-date on key dates and commemorative anniversaries in 2024.

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A Day Out to Remember

Daily Act of Remembrance

Participate in an Ac t of Remembrance and obser ve a moving t wo-minute silence in our Millennium Chapel

Daily from 10.50am*. FRE E

Land Train Trips

Complete with pre-recorded commentary the A rboretum’s Land Train is the perfec t way to discover the s tories behind many of our fascinating memorials. Ideal for first time visitors, the land train takes 50 minutes and is accessible for manual wheelchair users.


*Open daily except Christmas Day. †Groups of 10 or more, pre-booking required

National Memorial Arboretum Par t of the Royal British Legion

Guided Walks

Join one of our exper t volunteer guides on a 45-minute walk to discover the incredible s tories of heroism, braver y and resilience behind some of our memorials.


The National Memorial Arboretum is the Nation’s year-round place to remember. Home to the iconic Armed Forces Memorial and over 400 memorials commemorating the service and sacrifice given to our country. Set within 150-acres of natural woodland, with colourful gardens and symbolic planting, there’s something for everyone to explore. T: 01283 245 143

Croxall Road, Alrewas, Sta ordshire DE13 7AR

Daily Talks

Book our free welcome talk Living Remembrance for your group on arrival or join one of our daily talk s at the A rmed Forces Memorial, Shot at Dawn Memorial or Far East Prisoner s of War Memorial Building FRE E

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London Focus

Discover London’s magic, from iconic landmarks to hidden gems, your group are sure to find must see visitor attractions and activities here.

The Jubilee Hall, which houses the Jubilee Market, was designed and built in 1904 and gained Grade 2 listed status after a renovation programme in the 1980’s Steeped in history, and named as a tribute to Queen Victoria, Jubilee Market is at the heart of Covent Garden and nowadays, the market has a wide variety of eclectic arts and crafts stalls, to antiques and general market items spread over three different markets during a seven-day period. Perfect for tourists to browse away a few hours

amongst the 120 stalls it is the only London market owned by its traders who have a 125-year lease on the market. Jubilee Market is instantly recognisable with its exciting atmosphere, flags, beautiful hanging baskets, and brass Jubilee Hall Market signage and from the moment you arrive, you are caught up in the hustle and bustle of diverse products, unique niche stalls and wonderful traders from all across the UK all in the heart of Covent Garden.


Jubilee Market has plenty to offer to pre booked groups for a fabulous shopping trip including discounted shopping, guided tours,

snack bar and restaurant Local coach drop off and public toilets are a short walking distance away


Book a Jubilee Market guided walking tour for your Group (minimum 10) and receive discounted shopping wristbands for use on the day of your visit (Tuesday to Sundays) The discount wristbands can be used on all Jubilee Market traders’ stalls You don’t have to book the walking tour to take advantage of the discount wristbands, simply let the Jubilee Market team know in advance what date you are visiting (Tuesday to Sundays), and they will despatch wristbands in advance.

www ju bileemarket co u k

Old Ro yal Naval College

The Royal Naval College in London, a bastion of Britain's maritime legacy, stands majestically along the River Thames in Greenwich This architectural marvel, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, captures the grandeur of England’s naval history

Its twin domes and Baroque style make it a visual spectacle, drawing visitors worldwide

The college's history is as rich as its architecture. Once a training center for naval officers, it has evolved into a cultural hub. The Painted Hall, often dubbed as the 'Sistine Chapel of the UK', boasts spectacular ceiling and wall decorations by Sir James Thornhill, narrating Britain's naval prowess and royal heritage

Today, the Royal Naval College serves as a versatile space, hosting events and exhibitions Its grounds are a tranquil retreat, offering a panoramic view of London's ever-changing skyline, juxtaposed against the timeless elegance of this historic edifice. A visit here is a journey through time, where history's echoes meet the vibrancy of modern London

For more in formation , visit the Old Ro yal Naval College's o fficial website at www ornc org

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Covent Garden’s historic indoor Jubilee Market has plenty to o er groups for a fabulous shopping trip You can also book our 45-minute guided walking tour of Covent Garden and include a refreshments package S H O P P I N G G U I D E D TO U R S G R O U P D I S CO U N TS E V E N TS S N AC K B A R R E STAU R A N T info@jubileemarket co uk www. jubileemarket .co. uk @ jubileemarket @ jubilee market @ jubileemarket 75 Experience the Household Cavalry Story in London’s Royal Heartland Open d aily from 10am The Household Cavalry Museum Horse Guards, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX Tel: 020 7930 3070 'The most magical place in Greenwich.’ T RIPADVISOR Explore 600 years of history at the heart of Maritime Greenwich. INSIDE ICONIC UNMISSABLE Bespoke private guided tours Great rates available for groups of 10+ Free coach parking with your booking Tempting catering options OUTSIDE INCLUDING O RNC.ORG + 44 (0)20 8269 4799 B OOK NOW From Tudor Palace remains to the stunning of the Painted Hall, there’s so much to discover on your next group visit.

Dumfries & Galloway

The first thing you’ll notice about Dumfries & Galloway is just how beautiful this part of lowland Scotland is, with an undulating coastline of rocky shoreline and sandy beaches, whilst inland, there are acres of forest and green spaces and a whisky distillery to boot.

Dumfries and Galloway is a hidden gem in Scotland's southwest Begin your journey at the majestic Caerlaverock Castle, marveling at its unique triangular architecture and moat.

Immerse yourself in the serene wilderness of Galloway Forest Park, the UK's first Dark Sky Park, perfect for stargazing and wildlife spotting.

Art enthusiasts must visit Kirkcudbright, the charming 'Artists Town', brimming with galleries and creative spirit Step into the poetic world of Robert Burns at his former residence, now a captivating museum.

For a touch of romance, explore the ruins of Sweetheart Abbey, steeped in a love story Finally, ascend to the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse, Scotland’s southernmost point, for breathtaking coastal views.

Dumfries and Galloway, with its rich history and natural splendor, promises an unforgettable Scottish escapade

Spot light on ... Annandale Dist ill ery

If you are looking for a taste of Scotland's finest whisky, look no further than Annandale Distillery This historic distillery is the first one you will encounter as you enter Scotland from England, and it offers a range of award-winning single cask, single malts, such as 'Man O'Words and

Man O'Sword', as well as the premium blendSTORYMAN, created with Game of Thrones actor James Cosmo

You can experience the authentic process of whisky making by joining one of the hourly tours of the distillery, which run throughout the year. You will see how the barley, water and yeast are transformed into the spirit

of Scotland, and learn about the history and heritage of Annandale Distillery After the tour, you can enjoy a light lunch or afternoon tea at the Maltings Coffee Shop, which serves delicious food made from local ingredients and suppliers

The coffee shop is in the former malting room, which has been renovated into a cosy and welcoming space that can accommodate up to 65 guests The coffee shop is open every day from 10am to 5pm Don't miss this opportunity to visit Annandale Distillery, where you can discover the true spirit of Scotland.

To book or find out more email:

t ravelt rade@annandal e dis ti llery com, or call t hei r group booking s peci ali st on 01461 207817

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Experience the magic of Scotch whisky making at Annandale Distillery, a historic and award-winning destination.

Join one of our hourly tours and discover how we craft our whisky from grain to glass. You'll also get to taste up to ve different whiskies and learn about the rich avours and aromas of Scotland's national drink.

The Maltings Co ee Shop serves award-winning soups, sandwiches and light bites; seven days a week.

Open from 10am-5pm, you can enjoy home-made breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea or just stop by for coffee and cake. Sit-in or take away options available, with a range of dietary requirements catered for.

Distillery & The
Dumfries & Galloway, DG12 5LL
bookings and large groups welcome
Contact Jade at or call 01461 207817

Preview 2024

It’s time to plan, here are some great ways to make sure life is lived to the full and you know what they say, failure to plan is planning to fail.

Explore some of L eicest ers hire’s his toric att racti ons

There’s plenty of exciting activities to get involved with at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre in Sutton Cheney and the 1620s House and Garden in Donington-le-Heath

At Bosworth, visitors can discover how the Battle of Bosworth fitted into the Wars of the Roses in the colourful and interactive hands-on displays of the immersive, award-winning

exhibition which has eight interactive galleries.

Visitors can choose from a range of activities, including guided and selfled walks with views of the battlefield and a choice of engaging living history activities with costumed interpreters Living history camps and the popular Medieval Festival take place during the summer months which offer a visit to remember

In North West Leicestershire, the 1620s

House and Garden offers a quainter experience The rare and beautiful medieval manor house, carefully restored and furnished in early 17th century style, is set within lovely gardens full of well-researched and labelled period plants

. The house is small, but full of charm. Visitors can explore the home with one of their costumed guides and the gardens with one of their dedicated volunteer gardeners before sampling homemade cakes or taking a light lunch in the licensed tea room

www.bos worth bat tlefield.o


Babbacombe Theatre

Imagine if you will, you are looking for an evening’s entertainment that will conjure up a fanciful cornucopia of magical visions You want to enjoy side - splitting comedy, mind blowing illusions, powerful vocalist, singing dynamic songs and dreamlike dancers that promise to leave a lasting impression You need look no further

than the Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay, Devon’s Number 1 theatre as rated on TripAdvisor, as they invite you to join the 5-star cast of FANTAZY, where fantasy becomes a reality!

The show runs every Tuesday & Wednesday from 20th Feb-16th Oct inc. 8.15pm.

Refer to the venue’s website –www.babbacombe-theatre where you can find the dates for the headline comedians on tour, including Henning Wehn, Chris McCausland, Lee Hurst and Jim Davidson to name just a few Also enjoy an amazing line-up of the very best tribute shows including ABBA, Barbra Streisand, The Beatles,

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Step back in time to explore our early 17th centur y house and its gardens and see how people lived 400 years a go.

Pre-b o oke d g roup visits are welcome during and outside normal op ening hours.

Family and group tickets available.

• Fully furnished historic house and grounds

• Volunteer and self-led house and garden tours

• Events for families and adults throughout the year

• The Old Barn Tea Room with home-made food and refreshments Please

website for opening times 01455 290429 • dlhmanorhouse@leics gov uk Manor Road, Donington le Heath, Coalville, LE67 2FW /1620sHouse @1620shouse /BosworthBattle eld /BosworthBattle eld @bosworthbattle eld www.boswor thbattle Bosworth Battle eld Heritage Centre, Sutton Cheney, CV13 0AD Tel: 01455 290429 • Email: Visit Leicestershire’s award-winning Bosworth Bat t lefield Her it age Cent re a nd Cou nt ry Park • Interactive family-friendly exhibition • Exciting event s programme • Licensed restaurant • Tailored visits available A g reat day out !
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Steps, Take That, Queen, Dire Straits, Kate Bush, ELO and many more as well as original acts, Dean Friedman, Roy Hemmings a former member of the Drifters and Steve Harley of Cockney Rebel Fame

What could be very ordinary becomes extraordinary when everyone gets the chance to shine and whether you are enjoying Fantazy or one of the many touring shows, any of the show casts performing on the Babbacombe boards will all be looking to exceed audiences’ expectations throughout the year, always ENTERTAINING YOU!

To enquire directly to t he venue, eith er compl et e t he enquiry form on t heir websit e or Cont act the Box Office on 01803 328385.

Travel Experiences Beyond

Mere D es tinati ons

Ashley and Newey is a leading wholesale coach tour operator, specialising in the UK and Ireland.

Creating unforgettable travel experiences beyond mere destinations, they offer comprehensive coach tour packages covering England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland Tours can include accommodation, meals, and attractions - all

conveniently accessible online via

www ashley newey co uk with live 24/7 availability for hassle-free booking Reserve your dates with one click!

Curated itineraries cater to diverse interests, from cultural immersion or historical wonders to a weekend of music and entertainment – you’ll find them all on offer!

A commitment to end-toend tour management ensures a smooth journeyfrom booking and administration to post-trip feedback - allowing coach companies to focus on marketing and customer care

Flexibility is standard and accommodating custom requests for tailored itineraries is possible, alongside hotel-only arrangements and personalised experiences for private groups or mystery tours.

Drawing on 35 years of expertise, the company’s attention to detail and personalised service sets them apart in the industry, making them the ideal choice for coach groups

Meet t he t eam at t he BTTS 2024 s how at th e NEC from 20t h – 21st March Fi nd them at S tand D48 or email

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New D es tinati ons and Unforget table Group Experiences

The British Tourism & Travel Show returns to the NEC Birmingham on 20-21 March 2024 With fresh content and quality exhibitors, find out what’s

in store for this year’s event

With over 250 destinations, attractions and groupfriendly hotels for you to discover there is no shortage of inspiration, and exhibitors will be on hand to help you create the perfect itineraries for 2024 and beyond.

Desti nat ions t o Expl ore

Among the many destinations exhibiting at the show, you’ll be able to meet the team from Visit Essex Situated on the doorstep of London, thcounty is home to

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2023&2024NOWONSALE GREAT FOR Why not join the hundreds of groups that travel with us every year and discover all the benefits of Daish’s Holidays for yourself. Groups Groups FREE places for groups over 20 people A choice of 12 fantastic hotels spread across 10 locations Great value half board breaks including nightly entertainment Fleet of 26 luxury coaches to provide comfortable travel Dedicated groups team to support you from booking to arrival Over 40 years of award winning customer service All our hotels are accredited as COVID safe under the Visit Britain good to go scheme @daishs4groups Call 01202 638 841 or visit Get in touch with us Today! Isle of Wight Bournemouth NewquayWeymouth Blackpool Llandudno Torquay Eastbourne Lake District Scarborough 2024&2025 NOWONSALE

Britain’s first city, Colchester, together with the world’s longest pier, and more than 200 attractions and experiences.

Representatives from Derby, a friendly city in the heart of England, will also be exhibiting Derby is the home to a vibrant culture scene, diverse restaurants, sustainable living and a fascinating history

You can discover the Lake District, one of the most beautiful regions of the UK, world famous for its beautiful lakes and mountainous fells. There is also much to uncover in Swansea Bay, Wales. From outdoor adventures and trails to art galleries and museums, there’s plenty of choice for groups

For those interested in guided tours, Wales Official Tourist Guides cover tours around the whole country

The nation is rich in distinctive traditions, heritage and culture, myth and legend, with an awe-

inspiring landscape. First-time exhibitors King’s Lynn Town Guides will also be there. They can guide you around fine houses, medieval churches and guildhalls, secret courtyards and hidden alleys to provide memorable experiences for your groups

Fresh i tinerary ideas

More first-time exhibitors will provide new inspiration, including: Castle Howard House and Gardens, Cumbria Tourism, Destination Plymouth, Dolphin Spirit Inverness, Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Isle of Man Tourism, Neath Port Talbot, Powderham Castle, Scampston Hall & Walled Garden, Visit Colchester, Visit East of England, and more

Unmis sable s how features

to Scottish gin, the trail is an exciting way to meet the exhibitors and sample classic cuisines from around the country

The Keynote Theatre will once again host engaging and informative speakers to update you on the latest need-to-know industry developments, trends, and best practice.

Free regist rat ion

The British Tourism & Travel Show is the perfectly timed event that helps to inspire unforgettable trips around the UK and their continental neighbours For

more information and to register for a free trade ticket, visit www t ourism show co uk

Group Travel is fu ll st eam ahead at Three Counti es for 2024

Three Counties has announced that it can’t wait to welcome group bookings in 2024 for a full events programme, featuring jewels in the crown such as RHS Malvern Spring Festival, Royal Three Counties Show and Malvern Autumn Show Group organisers, tours and coach companies will have the option to pre-book

The show will also see the return of the Food & Drink Trail From Cornish fudge

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E X BU RY I S G R EAT F OR G ROU P S (FOR PARTIES OF 15 OR MORE) 200 acres of spectacular colour and peaceful woodland set against the backdrop of the Beaulieu River. Exbury Gardens, New Forest, Hampshire, SO45 1AZ | 023 8089 1203

groups for three large scale events next year, via the dedicated team at The Ticket Factory - the showground’s ticketing partner

The prestigious RHS Malvern Spring Festival, 912 May 2024, marks the start of the RHS Flower Show season and is an iconic event for greenfingered gardeners, with plants and bulbs, shopping, celebrity guests and a celebration of gardening at its core

With something different to see every year, visitors can enjoy new zones and theatres, stunning show gardens, the UK’s biggest Floral Marquee and a wealth of boutique shopping experiences.

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Each summer the Showground hosts a threeday celebration of food and farming with the Royal Three Counties Show, 1416 June 2024. Visitors can take a ring-side seat at the Main Arena bursting with thrilling entertainment, six equine rings, over 6000 animals to see, a Food and Drink Festival and a whole host of celebrity guests from the worlds of farming and food www.roy al

The UK’s largest Harvest Festival takes place annually at the Showground and is a celebration of all things Autumn Malvern Autumn Show, 27-29 September 2024, is the final Three Counties event of the show season and is a jam-packed day out. Don’t miss the CANNA UK Giant Vegetables Championship, the prestigious RHS Flower Show, BBC Gardeners World presenters making regular appearances across no less than four Talk Theatres, one of the country’s biggest Grow to Show competitions, outdoor and countryside shopping arcades and bags of family fun and entertainment

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Jodrel l Bank: Where Wi sdom Meets Wonder

No visit to the North West is complete without a trip to Jodrell Bank – a globally recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site, a place of hands-on, eye-opening learning for all ages, and the UK’s only fullyoperational radio astronomy telescope!

For all those who’ve looked up at the skies and wanted

to know more, Jodrell Bank is a must-see attraction. With interactive exhibitions, immersive planetarium shows in the Space Dome, and their expert team of Explainers on hand to answer all your questions Prepare to be taken on a whirlwind tour from the very dawn of the Universe right up to the very cutting-edge of modern astronomy and astrophysics.

Opened in 2022, the award-winning First Light Pavilion is a highlight of any visit for space enthusiasts and novices alike. Using archival documents, recordings and

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equipment, Jodrell Bank’s story is told in fascinating detail; from the first scientists who trekked out to a muddy field in Cheshire to the Lovell Telescope’s key roles in the Cold War and Space Race

Set your SatNav for Saturn today – with incredible group rates and annual tickets so you can visit again and again, Jodrell Bank is the only place to be for an incredible day out amongst the stars!

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70 acre stunning gardens holding National collections of Maple and Birch trees. Open weekends from 2nd March and and daily from 29th March - 31st October 2024. Gift Shop, Plant Sales, Tearoom. Dogs on leads welcome. Personalised tours – individual/groups booked in advance. Coaches by appt. Tel:01544230160

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Visit the BELvue Museum & The Coudenberg Palace in Brussels

Would you like to discover what is typically Belgian and what rich history lies behind it? In the heart of Brussels, you’ll find the BELvue Museum and the Coudenberg Palace, two places brimming with intense stories. Get to know the history of Belgium, discover underground palace ruins and learn a thing or two about democracy through a unique combined offer. Surely you’re stopping by when visiting Brussels? Place des Palais 7, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Essex Spotlight

Essex is famous for its innovators, indeed Chelmsford proclaims itself as the birthplace of radio, Harlow pioneered fibre optic cable and Brentwood has long been synonymous with the birth of home computing, and now a new city, it would appear the only way is Essex

The Cit y of Colchest er

Colchester was the first city and original capital of Roman Britain Today it’s one of East Anglia’s premier heritage destinations, with 2,000 years of history to explore. But it’s not all about the past, the modern city seamlessly combines the old and new, offering contemporary attractions, great shopping and a huge choice of places to eat and drink

Start your visit in the city centre at the Visitor Information Centre, close to the official coach drop off points, where the team can assist with maps and advice to help your group explore in their own time Alternatively, why not book a guided walking tour for

your group, a wonderful way to uncover hidden gems

For history lovers build in time to visit the Roman Walls, St Botolph’s Priory and Colchester Castle, constructed just after the Norman Conquest. Built on the foundations of the Roman Temple of Claudius, which was later destroyed by Queen Boudica, it's now a modern museum full of unique treasures

If contemporary art is your thing include a visit to Firstsite Even in this most modern of settings Colchester’s ancient history pops up in the form of a beautiful Roman mosaic, re-laid where it was found in what is now the centre of a 21st Century architectural marvel. Like

many city centre attractions Firstsite is free, helping make Colchester a great place to visit on a budget There’s more than enough to fill a day but a morning or afternoon in the city centre works perfectly with a trip to nearby popular destinations like Dedham and Constable Country, famous jam makers Wilkins and Sons at Tiptree, Beth Chatto Gardens or Layer Marney Tower

Register for their Incentive Package including FREE reserved coach parking, refreshment vouchers worth £10 plus free entry to historic Colchester Castle for drivers and couriers plus more.

Regist er at www v isi tcolchest er com/gr oups or contact 01206 282920

The Saffron Wal den Museum

Tucked away in the picturesque medieval market town of Saffron Walden in Essex, England, lies a true gem for history

Moreover, the museum's

commitment to community involvement and cultural events ensures there's always something new to discover. From temporary exhibitions to workshops and talks, the Saffron Walden Museum remains a dynamic hub of cultural activity.

The Saffron Walden Museum is not just a repository of artifacts; it's a vibrant institution that brings history to life Whether you're a history buff, a family seeking an educational outing, or simply curious about local culture, this museum offers an enriching experience that is both informative and enjoyable.

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*Contact the friendly team at the Visitor Information Centre on 01206 282920 Vi s i t C o l c h e ste r I N C E N T I V E S C H E M E including free coach parking extended until December 2024* *Terms and conditions apply School groups are not eligible for the incentive scheme

Perfect Palaces

Whether your interested in royal history, or in exploring the opulence and extravagance of the past, this feature showcases the historical significence of ‘ The Pefect Palace. ’

Scone Palace

Follow in the footsteps of 42 Kings, explore stunning state rooms and see where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert dined during their visit in 1842. Find your way through the maze, visit their Walled Garden, wander in the Victorian Pinetum or simply lose yourself in over 100 acres of woodland gardens that are perfect for relaxing walks

Scone Palace is a place that breathes history like nowhere else in Scotland Today, in the 21st century, it is the home of the Earls of Mansfield, most famous as The Crowning Place of Scottish Kings and a major attraction to visitors from all over the world.

The Palace offers both selfguided or pre booked private tours, and for those wishing to enjoy refreshments, the Old Servants Hall Coffee Shop and Old Kitchen have a large variety of tasty treats available Whether you would like a warm scone, savoury snack or booking a group for deluxe high tea, there is something for everyone. Those who enjoy retail therapy during their travels can experience the Food Shop and palace Gift

Shop Guests will find an abundance of locally sourced and hand-crafted items, creating the perfect opportunity to find those ideal gifts or mementos. Scone Palace offers a fantastic day out for those wishing to immerse themselves in Scottish history, explore the stunning Palace and grounds while enjoying both food and retail offerings in one attraction

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Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, stands as a monumental testament to English Baroque architecture. Built between 1705 and 1722, the palace was a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his victory over French and Bavarian troops at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704

As visitors approach the

palace, they are greeted by its imposing facade, a masterful blend of romantic, picturesque, and classical motifs. The palace's interior is equally impressive, featuring elaborate staterooms filled with exquisite tapestries, antique furniture, and a significant collection of portraits. The Long Library, with its collection of over 10,000 books, is a highlight for many

The palace is not just a feast for the eyes; its history is palpably rich Sir Winston Churchill, Britain's famous wartime Prime Minister, was born here in 1874 The palace today, still home to the Dukes of Marlborough, also serves as a monument to his legacy.

The gardens, designed by the renowned landscape architect Capability Brown, are a sprawling 2,000 acres of natural beauty, including formal gardens, a butterfly house, and a picturesque lake

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For more information visit 300 years of history Year-round tours, events and exhibitions Birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill | World Heritage Site Registered charity number 1166164 Discover the history and treasures of Britain’s Greatest Palace

Experience Yorkshire

Affectionately known as “God’s Country” by locals, with stunning scenery, cities steeped in industrial history and charming market towns to explore, a must for coach and group visits.

Bi zzie Lizzi e’s F ish & Ch ip restaurant – s ervi ng Aft ernoon Tea wit h a t wis t!

Residing in the bustling market town of Skipton, award-winning fish and chip restaurant Bizzie Lizzie’s now offers shoppers, locals and visitors alike scrumptious

Afternoon Teas with a twist! *

Already a favourite with coach visitors, the family business has a choice of two fabulous restaurants and takeaways. The original, traditional restaurant on Swadford Street, and a second modern restaurant and takeaway on Skipton’s Main High Street Car Park, which also serves delicious Afternoon Teas:

Choose from melt-in-the mouth sponges, heavenly chocolate fudge cake and a selection of locally baked pastries; or enjoy a mouthwatering afternoon cream tea with a freshly baked scone. Not forgetting, a proper cup of Yorkshire tea; but don’t worry, there’s a full range of barista coffees on offer too!

Well known for its outstanding, award-winning fish and chips, Bizzie Lizzie’s offers a warm Yorkshire welcome and an extensive menu that caters for all dietary requirements, ensuring everyone can enjoy the Bizzie Lizzie’s experience

Bizzie Lizzie’s pride themselves on great food, great value, and an unbeatable dining experience time after time. And since the launch of their Afternoon Teas, they are sure to become another firm favourite on the already exceptional menu Coach party bookings are welcome

* Serving Afternoon Teas at the following restaurant only:

Bizzie Lizzie’s, High Street Car Park, Skipton

Daily from 2 30 – 5 00pm

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Bolt on Cast le

Bolton Castle is one of the best preserved medieval castles in the country. Owned by the same family for over 600 years, the castle offers five floors, including a dungeon, and extensive gardens

and maze, estate-bred wild boars and a falconry experience The castle provides an insight into the turbulent history of the last six centuries within its own walls, but also with the extensive programme of events that showcase living at the castle over the centuries in both war and peaceful times

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Coach Touring Swadford Street, Skipton 01756 701131 Mon-Sun Restaurant 12pm - 8pm Takeaway 12pm - 9pm High Street Car Park, Skipton 01756 794531 Mon-Sun Restaurant and Takeaway 12pm - 8pm Love Fish and Chips… Love Bizzie Lizzie’s Coach Parties Welcome Free meals for Coach Drivers Senior Citizen Discount Group Booking Discount (12 or more) Booking essential Available at Swadford Street & High Street Car Park Restaurants Now Available at Swadford Street Restaurant and Takeaway Gluten Free Fish and Chips cooked in Sunflower Oil Accredited by Coeliac UK accredited by ‘Click and Collect’ now available at Swadford Street 8pm 26

Wonderful Wales

Wales for Groups - Cymru ar gyfer grwpiau, Cardiff, Swansea, Merthyr Tydfil, Carmarthenshire and Snow Mountain, what a collection now it’s time to visit.

Award-Winning Days Out

at The Roy al Mint Experience

The Royal Mint has been the home of UK Coin production for over 1,100 years and to this day, continues to embody British Craftsmanship at its finest.

Did you know they also produce medals for incredible achievements, bullion for investments and jewellery made from industry-leading sustainable precious metals?

The Royal Mint Experience offers the unique opportunity to see this craftsmanship in action Your experience commences with a behind the scenes tour of their circulating coin facility where you can witness coins being struck for up to 60 countries worldwide as well as the UK.

After your guided tour, you have over 1,100 years of history to explore at your

leisure in their award-winning exhibition

The Royal Mint Experience is a must-do for all ages and perfect for coin collectors, history buffs or anyone looking for something out of the ordinary.

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‘B es poke and Hi stori call y Yours’

Tailor your visit to meet the interests of your group with a talk from a working expert from The Royal Mint Make your visit extra special with a delicious selection of meals and themed afternoon teas.

In addition, they are working close with other award-winning attractions

in the area to offer you discounted rates when you book two or more

Please contact the team for more information at: Groups@royalmi

Coins are a fascinating way to document history. Visit The Royal Mint Experience to discover, explore and to become part of their story.

Rhondda Cy non Taf

If you’re looking for unique places to visit with groups, look no further than Rhondda Cynon Taf in South Wales

Nestled between the Brecon Beacons and Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taf is home to some of the most entertaining venues in the UK They have history, heritage, culture and more than a touch of adventure all within their very scenic mountains and valleys

Visit A Welsh Coal Mining Experience at Rhondda Heritage Park and listen as the ex-coal miner coal guides take you underground and tell tales of mining life from an era when coal from the Rhondda powered the

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Discover over 1,100 years of British History

Experience our award-winning tours and exhibitions and make memories to last a lifetime.

With plenty to see and do, The Royal Mint Experience is the perfect day out for curious minds of all ages.

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world In addition to the tour there are fascinating exhibitions and the café is a perfect place to stop for refreshments

Another great place for history lovers is Nantgarw China Works – the oldest surviving china works in the UK. This hidden gem offers a fascinating tour and welcomes groups from all over the UK.

For the whisky lovers, a tour at Penderyn Distillery is a must where the tour takes you through the distillery area and into the tasting bar where the award winning whisky can be sampled Penderyn also has some great gins on offer and everything can be found in the very Welsh gift shop

If your tour group is feeling adventurous, Zip World Tower is the perfect place to visit Zip World’s only site in South Wales is home to Pheonix – the world’s fastest seated zip line Nestled in the stunning Rhigos mountain range, Zip World Tower is also home to the Tower Coaster and Cegin Glo which serves amazing food – and views!

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Llancaiach Fawr Manor

Llancaiach Fawr Manor is a Living History Museum

Visitors step back in time, and enter the Manor restored and furnished as it was in 1645 when local allegiances changed from King to Parliament. The 17th century servants are always thrilled to show off their fine house and have a good gossip. History is brought to life, ordinary people who lived in extraordinary times explain and talk about the folklore and superstition, which ruled their lives

Daytime and evening tours can be arranged for groups (minimum of 20) and a

wide range of catering options are also available including hot and cold buffets, afternoon tea, carvery, historic menu, or 2 – 5 course meals For menu prices and options, please call their catering manager.

They would be delighted to tailor your group visit (historical or paranormal) to your needs, based upon travel times and group size. The coach driver is entitled to free admission to the Manor and a meal To make a booking or for more information please call reception on 01443 412248

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Mae ein caffi ar y safle yn cynnig prydau, teisennod a diodydd ac mae'n lle perffaith i ymlacio.

The award winning family venue which is home to:

The Black Gold Experience Underground Guided Tour

Take the tour and listen to fascinating tales of mining life.


Enjoy the thrill of riding a runaway coal dram with our virtual experience.

Caffe Bracchi

Our on site café offers meals, cakes, coffees and is perfect for a pit stop!

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Golden Age of the Glorious Train

Go on , admit it ,there can’t be many of us who do not long for a slower more gentle pace of life.Well step back into yesteryear and visit one of our wonderful heritage railways

Is le of Man Railways

Celebrate the age of the train in the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man is the perfect place to travel back in time – and style – to the glory days of vintage railways.

A unique blend of heritage transport makes the island perfect destination for rail fans

Visitors can explore this beautiful island at a leisurely pace with transport that exemplifies Victorian ingenuity and engineering

The Manx Electric Railway runs through exhilarating coastal scenery, from Ramsey in the north to the capital Douglas. Passengers can also switch travel mode at Laxey and board the Snaefell Mountain Railway,

which pulls passengers to the summit of the island’s only mountain

The Steam Railway starts from Douglas and heads south. Along the way, you can alight at the historic harbour town of Castletown, dominated by the fascinating Castle Rushen

Stunning beach village Port Erin is the final destination. The station houses a rail museum, while the location is a base for kayaking and other sea-based adventures

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Take a trip back in time on the South Devon Railway, a

delightful steam train journey along the banks of the river Dart on a typical West Country branch line

It’s a top all-weather destination for groups because it offers a hugely memorable experience with outstanding appeal across all age ranges and interests – and at very attractive rates for groups too

At its heart is a scenic 14mile return steam train journey in vintage carriages, taking you from Buckfastleigh, just off the A38, midway between Exeter and Plymouth, to Totnes and back again The peaceful countryside through which the line travels is rich in wildlife andthe river is never far away

At Buckfastleigh, there is a riverside walk and picnic area, gardens, museum and a well-stocked shop and café. There is plenty of coach parking with easy, flat access to the platform.

The railway also has two neighbouring attractions, Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies, next to the station at Buckfastleigh, and Totnes Rare Breeds Farm at Totnes, and group tickets can be purchased for these as well

More details are at www.sou thdevonrail, em ai l t rains @sout hdev onrail way. or cal l 01364 644370.

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Exploring the Hidden Jewels of Britain

In this edition, we explore the enchanting wonders of UK staycations, presenting a curated selection of destinations across the country. Discover the vibrant cities, stunning coastlines, and historic towns that make Britain a treasure trove for travellers.

Our spotlight feature takes us to the North East, focusing on Bishop Auckland in County Durham is historic market town, revitalised by e Auckland Project, offers a rich collection of heritage sites, gardens, andgalleries, anchored by the majestic Auckland Castle.

In the South West, we visit Buckfast Abbey, a historic monastery known for its serene beauty and the unique Buckfast Tonic Wine, a blend of spirituality and crasmanship.

London, the heartbeat of the nation, invites visitors to explore its iconic landmarks like the Tower of London, enjoy rides on the London Eye, and experience the vibrant Camden Jubilee Markets

For gardening aficionados, Gardeners' World Live at the NEC offers a lush experience with inspiring garden displays, practicalgardening advice, and renowned horticulturists presenting on diverse aspects of gardening andplant care.

Our journey through South East England begins in Buckinghamshire, a landscape ofgreen hills and historic sites like Bletchley Park. Marlow, with

its Michelin-starred restaurants, offers culinary delights.

In Kent, the "Garden of England," we explore Canterbury Cathedral and award-winning vineyards. Leeds Castle adds a touch of mediaeval charm to this picturesque county.

e Isle of Wight, an islandparadise, reveals fossil-rich cliffs andpristine beaches Osborne House and Carisbrooke Castle represent its rich maritime heritage, complemented by fresh seafood and the vibrant Isle of Wight Festival

We conclude in Hampshire, where history and nature blend seamlessly. Winchester's ancient streets and the naval heritage of Portsmouth, along with the New Forest’s wild beauty, offer an unforgettable experience.

rough this collection of staycation gems, we invite you to rediscover the magic of Britain, one region at a time.

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We can tailor make a coach holiday to any of our hotels and subject to minimum numbers, you can be picked up from any location in the UK and be transported in comfort and style in one of our luxury Mercedes Coaches.

Our award-winning and friendly team will be on hand to guide you through the whole process. We have over 500 groups travelling with us each and every year ranging from 20 to 120 people. Daish’s has won numerous group travel awards and with over 40 years of history, we’re sure to have a holiday destination that rights for you.

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Bishop Au cklan d is a historic market town at the heart of Count y Durham and one of the county ’ s best-kept secrets

anks to reg eneration charit y e Auckland Project, Bishop Auckland is quickly becoming a must-see visitor destination for groups, with a unique collection of heritag e attractions, g ardens, g alleries and parkland centred around the magnificent Auckland Castle.

With a rich histor y spanning over 2,000 years and eig ht amazing attractions, Bishop Auckland is the perfect destination for groups.

Whether you are looking for a full day-out or an exciting new addition to your existing group itinerar y, you’ll find plent y of inspiration in this historic town

A visit to Bishop Auckland includes Auckland Tower, Auckland Castle, Auckland

Gardens, the Deer Park, the Spanish Galler y, the Mining Art Galler y and the new Faith Museum, which opened in October 2023. Be yond the Market Place, groups can also enjoy a ride on the historic Weardale R ailway which connects Bishop Auckland with the beautiful Durham Dales

e attractions are conveniently located within walking distance of each other, making it easy for your group to explore ever ything Bishop Auckland has to offer. Tog ether e Auckland Project’s attractions offer groups the ideal blend of art, histor y and nature, and explore the incredible stor y of Bishop Auckland, from the town ’ s position as a seat of faith and power in the North of Eng land to its surprising connection with the Golden Ag e of Spanish Art Once home to the powerful Prince Bishops of Durham, Auckland Castle is one of the best-preser ved bishop’s

palaces in Europe and is home to one of the world’s finest collections of painting s by Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbarán.

Inspired by the Zurbarán painting s in Auckland Castle, the Spanish Galler y opened in 2021 and is the UK’s first g aller y dedicated to the art and culture of the Spanish Golden Ag e. e Mining Art Galler y offers an insig ht into the lives of coal miners and the coal mining communities of North East Eng land, whilst the Faith Museum is the first museum in Eng land to explore the histor y of faith in Britain With so much to see and do, groups will be spoilt for choice !

Group Ben efits

e Auckland Project offers a number of benefits for groups, including : -Exclusive group saving s on tickets for groups of 10 people or more (tickets rang e from

£5 to £25 per person)

-A complimentar y familiarisation trip for your group org aniser, in advance of your group visit

-Added convenience with a complimentar y driver ticket per coach or minibus

-Dedicated support from the Group V isits team, including seamless planning and a warm Meet and Greet ser vice upon arrival

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Group Packa ges

Specially tailored g roup packag es will make your visit to e Auckland Project truly memorable.

e Auckland Project offers Bronze, Silver, Gold and Diamond Group Packag es, which rang e from entr y to one attraction to overnig ht stays.

Make the most of your visit and extend your trip over two consecutive days at no additional admission cost.

- Optional extras, including refreshments and g uided tours, can be added to your itinerar y to make your visit even more special

Stay a little long er Park Head Hotel and

Restaurant, also part of e Auckland Project, offers 38 comfortable en-suite rooms, including sing les, twins and doubles Groups can enjoy an award-winning breakfast at Park Head, with B&B and half-board options available

Located on the outskirts of Bishop Auckland, Park Head is the perfect base for groups who are looking to spend one, two or three nig hts in Count y Durham, and discounts are available on group booking s.

More to exp lore

e Auckland Project’s collection of attractions extends far be yond Bishop Auckland.

From 2025 you can also add Binchester Roman Fort to your group itinerar y, once one of the larg est fortifications in

Roman Britain. Kynren, the spectacular outdoor live action show, is also located less than 2 miles from Auckland Castle, with evening performances ever y summer

Plan your visit

e Auckland Project’s attractions are open from 10.30am – 4pm Wednesday to Sunday

e Auckland Project is located in Bishop Auckland,

Count y Durham, in the North East of Eng land, just 11 miles from the cit y of Durham. Easily accessible by road or rail, with free coach parking available at North Bondg ate Car Park and Park Head Hotel.

When you are ready to book your g roup visit , p lease ema il g roups@aucklan dproject .org or v isit

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Explore some of Leiceershire’s hioric arais

There’s plenty of exciting activities to get involved with at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre in Sutton Cheney and the 1620s House and Garden in Donington-leHeath.

At Bosworth, visitors can discover how the Battle of Bosworth fitted into the Wars of the Roses in the colourful and interactive hands-on displays of the immersive, award-winning exhibition which has eig ht interactive g alleries.

V isitors can choose from a rang e of activities, including g uided and self-led walks with views of the battlefield and a choice of eng ag ing living histor y activities with costumed interpreters. L iving histor y camps and the popular Medieval Festival take place during the summer months

which offer a visit to remember

In North West Leicestershire, the 1620s House and Garden offers a quainter experience

e rare and beautiful medieval manor house,

carefully restored and furnished in early 17th centur y st yle, is set within lovely g ardens full of wellresearched and labelled period plants

e house is small, but full of charm. V isitors can explore

the home with one of our costumed g uides and the g ardens with one of our dedicated volunteer g ardeners before sampling homemade cakes or taking a lig ht lunch in the licensed tea room www.b .u k www 1620shouse org u k

C r e d i t H o u s e o f H u e s

Step back in time to explore our early 17th centur y house and its gardens and see how people lived 400 years a go.

Pre-b o oke d g roup visits are welcome during and outside normal op ening hours.

Family and g roup tickets available.

• Fully furnished historic house and grounds

• Volunteer and self-led house and garden tours

• Events for families and adults throughout the year

• The Old Barn Tea Room with home-made food and refreshments Please

check our website for opening times 01455 290429 • dlhmanorhouse@leics gov uk Manor Road, Donington le Heath, Coalville, LE67 2FW /1620sHouse @1620shouse /BosworthBattle eld /BosworthBattle eld @bosworthbattle eld www.boswor thbattle Bosworth Battle eld Heritage Centre, Sutton Cheney, CV13 0AD Tel: 01455 290429 • Email: Visit Leicestershire’s award-winning Bosworth Bat t lefield Her it age Cent re a nd Cou nt ry Park • Interactive family-friendly exhibition • Exciting event s programme • Licensed restaurant • Tailored visits available A g reat day out ! Castle Exterior

Just an hours drive from Leicester is Birmingham's Symphony Hall with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) it is an experience that intertwines musical excellence with the cultural vibrancy of Birmingham e CBSO Centre and Symphony Hall, located at the heart of the city, are celebrated for their commitment to musical excellence, offering a "completely excellence experience" that makes each concert unforgettable.

Symphony Hall is particularly renowned for its outstanding acoustics, hosting a wide spectrum of performances that rang e from classical masterpieces to modern compositions. is diversit y caters to all musical preferences, ensuring that ever y visitor finds something that resonates with their taste Group visitors are welcomed with various ticket options and offers, adding flexibilit y and value to their experience

e CBSO Centre

complements this musical journe y by acting as a dynamic center for music education and rehearsals. It occasionally opens its doors for special performances, offering visitors a rare g limpse into the orchestra's behind-the-scenes world is not only enriches the overall experience but also provides an intimate understanding of the orchestra's preparation and dedication

Accessibilit y is a cornerstone of the CBSO's philosophy e org anization ensures that all facilities, including the Town Hall, are accessible and welcoming to ever yone Comprehensive information on access, FAQs, and program details are readily available, streamlining the planning process for group visits

Moreover, the CBSO's collaboration with local transportation ser vices hig hlig hts its commitment to communit y integration and ease of access is partnership is a testament to the CBSO's effort in ensuring

a seamless and enjoyable visit for all.

For group visits, the CBSO offers attractive discounts and booking facilities. Groups of 10 or more enjoy a 20% discount on tickets, and this increases to a 25% discount for groups of 20 or more, with ever y 11th ticket free. Group booking s also benefit from a reduced commission fee.

e booking process for groups is straig htfor ward, with reser vations made throug h the Symphony Hall Box Office via email or phone

It's important to note that discounts apply to all CBSO performances at Symphony Hall and CBSO Centre, except for certain concerts like Family, Schools, and Notelets Group org anizers must confirm their final numbers at least a month in advance, with full payment required thereaer. A nominal commission fee and an optional postag e fee per booking are also applicable.

A visit to the CBSO's venues is more than just a musical event ; it's a deep dive into Birming ham's artistic essence, offering memorable experiences for groups of all sizes

GROUP OFFERS Share your passion for great per formances with others, and benefit from our group booking discounts! Group discounts star t from 20% for groups of 10 or more. To book tickets as a group, call the box o ce on 0121 780 3333 C B S O . C O . U K C B S O : B i r m i n g h a m’ s O r c h e s t r a E p i c , u n m i s s a b l e l i v e m u s i c # C B S O M a k e S o m e N o i s e TURN UP FOR UNMISSABLE LIVE MUSIC

Staying in the Birming ham area groups can start planning the ultimate group day out at BB C Gardeners’ World L ive at the NEC, Birming ham 1316 June 2024. As a finalist in the Best Event for Groups categ or y at the Group Leisure & Travel Awards, you know you and your group are in for a fantastic time.

Friday and Sunday Group

Prices (extra £1 on Saturday)

Groups of 10-23, Adult £22.00

Groups of 24+ Adult, £20 50, www.b bcgardenersworldlive. com/groups

Journe ying south down the M5, groups should consider visiting the free-to -enter, historic monaster y of

Look for ward to plant shopping , live entertainment, g arden inspiration and expert advice from your favourite Gardeners’ World presenters, Tickets also include entr y to the BB C Good Food Show Summer - so that’s two great BB C Shows with just one ticket.

With dedicated coach parking , an accessible venue, plent y of restaurants to choose from, and g arden and food inspiration g alore, this is not to be missed ! Enjoy great saving s for groups, ursday,

Buckfast Abbe y.founded in 1018 and rebuilt stone-bystone on its medieval foundations between 1906 and 1937, is home to a working communit y of Roman Catholic Benedictine Monks. Located on the picturesque banks of the River Dart on the edg e of Dartmoor National Park, the Abbe y is a haven of peace and tranquillit y.

Renowned for its stunning Abbe y Church with its dramatic Lantern Ceiling , and its extensive grounds and

g ardens, visitors can also enjoy recitals of choral and org an music by internationally renowned choirs and org anists ; as well as the delicious lunches and cream teas offered in e Grang e Restaurant and pizzas from San Benedetto’s

Even larg er groups can enjoy finding individual contemplation and quiet when strolling throug h the Abbe y ’ s grounds. Buckfast Abbe y can arrang e bespoke tailormade tours, booking is essential.

When arriving at the Abbe y the V isitor Welcome Centre has all the information you need for your visit, including what to see and do, what’s on and where to eat. ere is also a select rang e of items produced by Buckfast Abbe y and other monasteries, from

g is, cards and books, to food and drink so visitors can take a piece of Buckfast away with them.

For events and meeting s, the newly refurbished Schiller Hall ( part of St Cuthbert’s Conference Centre) is an inspirational space for hosting and is capable of catering for up to 200 deleg ates.

For long er stays, visitors can explore the surrounding countr yside from the comfort of the attractive and comfortable 33-bedroom onsite Hotel – Northg ate House Accommodation in Grang ehurst House, a fi ybed group accommodation block, is also available, offering an ideal base for groups taking part in activit y holidays, such as canoeing , rambling and fishing Easily accessible from Exeter, Plymouth, and many other surrounding areas, Buckfast Abbe y is conveniently located just off the A38 Devon Expressway. Open between 10am – 4:30pm and there is ample free parking for coaches and cars. .uk

Buckfast Abbe y
*Group organisers get a free ticket with every 10 booked £3 95 transaction fee per e-ticket order, £4 95 per postal order No payment obligation until 30 April 2024 Details correct at time of print The Gardeners’ World logo is a trademark of the BBC © BBC The Good Food trade mark is used under licence from Immediate Media Company London Limited Organised by Immediate Live (trading name of River Street Events Ltd) Greatgroup rates 13-16 J une 2024 | Birmingham NEC Expert advice Inspiration Shopping Entertainment Free group organiser tickets* Includes entry to the B o ok a g rou p day out now | g rou p s @ s e e t i cke t s .com | bb cga rde ne r s world l ive .com /eve nt s Plus , g roup tickets to the BBC Gardeners ’ World Spring Fair, 3- 5 May 20 24 in B e aulie u H ampshire are now on s ale ! Explore Devon’s Hidden Gem B u c k f a s t A b b e y i s a r e g i s t e r e d C h a r i t y N o 2 3 2 4 9 7 Abbey Church • Working Monaster y • Exhibition • Gardens • Shops • Restaurants • Hotel & Conference Centre • Well behaved dogs on shor t leads welcome Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon TQ110EE • www buckfast org uk The monks welcome you to their home and hope you nd peace and rest here Enjoy the Abbey’s beautiful architecture and gardens, Monastic Way exhibition, restaurants and shops, perhaps extend your visit with an overnight stay in Nor thgate House Hotel Groups welcome Call to discuss how to make your group visit special, book ing essential Groups: 01364 645532 or Accommodation: 01364 645630 and quote GPTLTY1123 Concer ts and events all year round, check website for latest special o ers and events What’s on Castle Exterior

Bluebe Railway

e Bluebell Ra ilway 2024

"2024 offers to be another exciting year ahead at e Bluebell R ailway. e y welcome back a number of locomotives from restoration including ‘Beachy Head’, a brand new steam locomotive which their dedicated team at Atlantic House have been painstaking ly working on over a number of decades to running order

e Branch L ine Gala , Road Meets R ail, Model R ailway Weekend, Bluebell R ailway Beer Festival & Giants of Steam will all be making a welcome return for 2024 as will a few surprise events along the way. e family fun events will also be returning next year to the railway.

As ever, the y also welcome back the fantastic selection of dining and supper trains such as the ‘Golden Arrow ’ , ‘ Wealden R ambler ’ and others to the railway throug hout 2024

Group visits will as always be available, and the y have a member of their team who will liaise with tour operators

to ensure the visit is tailormade to suit the clients.

To find out more visit our website, at www.bluebellrailway com, contact us via email : info@bluebellrailway com, or spea k to on e of the customer ser vices team on 01825 720800.


Just an hour's journe y from Kew Gardens, you'll find the lively Jubilee Market in Covent Garden. Nestled within the Jubilee Hall, this market is a piece of architectural histor y. Desig ned and constructed in 1904 by Bedells and Lander, it's situated in the heart of Covent Garden Aer a renovation prog ram by CG HP Architects in the 1980s, it g ained Grade 2 listed status, preser ving its historical charm. Jubilee Market offers a diverse array of arts and cras stalls, antiques, and g eneral market items spread across three markets during the week . It's

Jubilee Market

instantly recog nizable with its lively atmosphere, adorned with flag s, hang ing baskets, and brass Jubilee Hall Market sig nag e.

From the moment you arrive, you ' re immersed in the vibrant energ y of diverse products from across the UK Jubilee Market g oes the extra mile for pre-booked g roups, offering enticing perks for a fabulous shopping experience. ese include discounted shopping opportunities, g roup g uided tours, a snack bar, and a variet y of restaurants

Conveniently, local coach drop -off points and public toilets are just a short walk

away e market is fully ser viced with banks and bureau de chang e, making it a central hub for exploring other London attractions such as the Covent Garden Royal Opera House, the iconic London Eye, and Nelson's Column in Trafalg ar Square For more details, visit

www.jubileemarket.c .

Dai sh's

Charming Getaways with Daish's

Daish’s Holidays specialise in providing affordable UK coach and selfdrive breaks to its collection of hotels across Eng land and Wales and, of those g uests choosing to travel by coach, the firm has carried an incredible 95,229 passeng ers across its dedicated fleet of 35 luxur y coaches during the last year.

About Daish’s Holidays

Daish’s Holidays, with its head office in Bournemouth, is a family-owned and operated business that has 12

Yorkshire to Cornwall. Customers have the choice between coach or self-drive options across Eng land and Wales Each hotel offers local day trips and activities which can be booked at the hotel reception. Children enjoy free holidays or discounted prices depending on ag e

Daish’s p ortfolio of hotels in cludes :

•County Hotel, Lake District

•North Shore Hotel, Blackp ool

•S omerset Hotel, L landud no ( Wa les)

•Barrow field Hotel, Newquay

•D evonshire Hotel, Torquay

•Hotel Prince Reg ent and

hotels, located in 10 popular tourist destinations across Eng land and Wales including Newquay and We ymouth e company also has its own fleet of luxur y coaches to transport g uests in comfort from a number of pick-up points across the UK , stretching from west

Russell Hotel, Weymouth

•B ournemouth Sands Hotel, Bourn emouth

•Da ish’s Hotel, Isle of W ig ht

•Esp lanad e Hotel, S carb orough

•Imp eria l Hotel, Ea stbourn e

•Abbey Lawn Hotel, Torquay

Six of Daish’s hotels have

earned TripAdvisor's 2023 Travellers Choice Awards :

•Bournemouth Sands Hotelfor the 9th year running

•Daish’s Hotel - for the 9th year running

family-run business in 2024 and is working on exciting plans for the next 12 months, including further investment to upgrade its coach fleet and the introduction of a new website

Daish's is committed to making your stay exceptional Embrace the beaut y, histor y, and charm of the reg ion with accommodations that promise

•Devonshire Hotel - for the 8th year running

•Count y Hotel - for the 4th year running

•Imperial Hotel – 2nd year running

•Abbe y Lawn Hotel - for the first time

Daish’s Holidays will be celebrating 45 years as a

more than just a bed the y promise an experience

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