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Welcome to this edition of the Group Travel Today Magazine. As summer arrives it’s time start planning your next Autumn and winter adventures inside we have some features to give group travel organisers some inspiration, talking of inspiration, in here piece, Wendy Hartley-Scarff, chief executive Association of Group Travel Organisers (AGTO), extols the virtue of attending World Travel Market (WTM). This three-day exhibition takes place from 6 to 8 November at ExCeL, here you can find a plethora of inspiration whilst at the same time networking with other group travel organisers to discover the best available and perhaps some pitfalls not given consideration.
One of the highlights of this issue is our Sumptuous South Devon feature a perennial favourite with all, perfect for those who love to experience the delights of the British seaside, in addition we have a section devoted to Leicestershire a county
probably not high on the agenda for most, but believe me I think you missing a trick, museums, country parks, cathedrals & abbeys, connection to royalty in abundance and of course there’s the national space centre, there’s something for everyone
However, if you're looking for a more immersive experience, the special focus on Brittany is perfect. This region in northwestern France boasts stunning coastal views, charming villages, and delicious seafood From the fortified port city of Saint-Malo to the half-timbered houses of Dinan, Brittany is a picturesque destination that's sure to delight any traveller
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Christmas at Blenheim Palace
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This year, Blenheim Palace is inviting groups who wish to partake in the Christmas festivities to schedule their bookings directly through the Blenheim Palace group booking team The initiative to allow operators to book directly for the much-anticipated Christmas events aims to
enhance the service provided, leveraging the in-house team's expertise at Blenheim Palace
To arrange the specifics of their visit, including date, time, and activities such as the Palace tour, the Trail, and Afternoon Tea, groups are encouraged to
For Christmas 2023, attendees can anticipate an updated after-dark trail featuring stunning starfilled archways, glowing tunnels, and an impressive eight-meter sphere adorned with over 20,000 kinetic LEDs. Furthermore, visitors can also expect the return of the dancing reflections in the vivid Cascades and the enchanting Lakeside walk amongst the array of new displays
In addition, visitors can partake in a contemporary retelling of the story of Sleeping Beauty The
Palace rooms will undergo a transformation to depict this timeless fairytale, featuring a shimmering Christmas tree at the heart of the Great Hall Visitors will be transported from Aurora’s candlelit bedchamber to the menacing lair of the evil fairy, offering an unforgettable experience for all ages
Simultaneously, the Christmas Market will be open for groups seeking unique gifts Located within the Great Court, groups can peruse the wooden chalets that house a vast array of arts, crafts, and food items
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Are GTOs telling the best story?
Once upon a time…! Those four words conjure up a time long ago when all we seemed to need was a good story and all seemed well with the world But as Wendy Hartley-Scarff, chief executive of the Association of Group Travel Organisers (AGTO), explains, GTOs are in the business of telling stories – to attract people on to their trips
For readers of a certain age, you may very well remember those far off days, long before the internet, Google and Trip Advisor, when we found out about places to visit, either from personal recommendation, or perhaps from national newspapers, the BBC’s Holiday, or ‘ITV’s ‘Wish You Were Here?‘ Perhaps we glanced through holiday brochures If we were very fortunate, we would find ourselves sitting in the family car as our parents headed over the Channel to exotic Calais and beyond Today, everything and anything we need to
know about the world is available at the click of a mouse, or a tap on our phones or tablets. Except that it’s not Talking with AGTO members over these last few years I’ve found myself learning more and more about the group travel industry. The bigger picture I get, but the finer points of organising a trip, and some of the pitfalls faced by GTOs would normally pass me by. So I really enjoy hearing more about all of this from our members One topic that seems to crop up time and time again relates to the lack of first-hand information about the actual group experience Visitor attractions and destinations tell you what you need to know about making a visit Then there are many photos posted on Facebook, Instagram and elsewhere showing lots of smiling people enjoying themselves It’s all wonderful stuff. But where’s the bit that explains what happened during the trip, did the planned itinerary work, what should other groups look out for, that sort of thing?
It’s all about spreading the word for the benefit of the whole group travel sector. But reading some of these reports, which usually explain where the trip went and what was seen, I wonder if, collectively, we’re missing a trick. The experience that each GTO gains on any trip, whether it’s a day out or a touring holiday, is invaluable If the group leader, or another member of the group, is writing a report that is going to be seen by other GTOs, perhaps in a magazine, or on TripAdvisor, or Facebook, or even an online blog, I can see real benefits in including a few words about worked what and what other tour planners need to keep an eye on
three-day exhibition takes place from 6 to 8 November at ExCeL, the exhibition centre in London’s docklands Unsurprisingly, the number of exhibitors dropped in the aftermath of the Covid19 pandemic, but I understand figures are bouncing back Actually, if you’ve been to the show before you’ll know just how vast an area of the exhibition hall is taken up. But even so, it’s a great way to find ideas and inspiration about trips not only in Europe but also across the world
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For more information, go to www london wtm com
“Of course, there are indeed some reports of group travel experiences You can see them in magazines such as this. The AGTO Magazine, which we publish four times a year for our members, carries reports from our GTOs
On the topic of finding inspiration for trips, it’s worth mentioning World Travel Market (WTM). This
A visit to WTM this November really could give you something special to write about, but do wear comfy shoes!
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‘ Llandudno offers much choice, but GTOs can expl ain how it all works toge ther’
Come and visit the world-renowned Leaves of
A er being closed for over a year whilst undergoing signi cant conservation work, thanks to £2 2m funding from the National Lo ery Heritage Fund, we are delighted that the ‘Leaves of Southwell’ can once again be seen in all their exquisite glory.
Regarded as the best example of 13th century naturalistic carving in the United Kingdom, and indeed Europe, they are of signi cant global importance and have a stunning se ing inside the glorious Chapter House of Southwell Minster.
Whilst you’re here, why not visit e Archbishop’s Palace, once home to Cardinal Wolsey, which is situated next door and includes the serene Palace Gardens, with its abundance of owers, plants and wildlifethe perfect place to sit and relax!
Situated in the heart of rural No inghamshire, in the picturesque Georgian market town of Southwell, just 8 miles from the A1, there’s never been a be er time to visit Southwell Minster. Refectory and Gi Shop on-site. Open 365 days per year.
We look forward to welcoming you soon!
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The continuing, amazing adventures of Pauline & Ken, on their travels
Having had a less-thansatisfactory visit, in August 2021, to Five Lakes hotel resort in Essex, due to an appalling staff situation (as much due to poor management as staff shortages) we said ‘ never again’ Then, just three weeks afterwards, we heard that Potters of Hopton, Norfolk had purchased the resort. Good move as the hotel itself is a comfy 4 star set in 320 acres of Essex countryside and has an 18 hole 6767 yard golf course In the hotel there is a swimming pool, a spa and a gym It was already offering well-attended golf and spa weekends. We decided therefore that instead of our annual winter break to Warners, we would go back and see what Potter’s had managed to achieve Thankfully the staffing situation has been well
and truly solved Everyone was so helpful It was quick efficient service with a smile.
Potters have now built a large extension to the hotel housing a 650 seat theatre, craft /quiet room, bar and lounge and a sports area Outside there is also a rifle range and archery. The only downside for us, and many others going as individuals, is that the bowls lanes – and bowls is a niche market
that Potters have captured – were fully booked from 9am – 9pm for an indoors bowls pro coaching package. In fact every mid-week throughout January to May is the same or a Bowls Tournament. Sadly that meant the only time leisure bowlers, some of whom had brought their own bowls and shoes, were able to play was on arrival day before the evening meal or on the Thursday after the presentations from 5 30pm Not very satisfactory and many complaints were heard However it is early days and what Potters have achieved in such a short time is astonishing What I really hope is that Potters will appreciate that they need to build, as soon as possible, a separate area or building just for these indoor bowls courses and tournaments and leave the lanes in the sports area for bookings on the day for leisure users Hopton has
two links upstairs for leisure users but unfortunately they too can get booked out as so many bowling clubs book group breaks. Personally I think both sites need a few more lanes that can’t be used other than for casual turn up and book on the day or night before use. A few of us did manage an hour after the presentations and were kindly given a few tips from former International bowler Andy Thompson
A good thing about Five Lakes is that all the accommodation is in hotel rooms. At Hopton, the vast majority of accommodation is in chalets, some a little way from the facilities. Obviously the chalet accommodation is cheaper but we did find when we last went that in some chalets the walls are very thin and snores and conversation from the adjoining chalet can intrude upon your personal space At Five Lakes even the Village accommodation is in two storey brick-built blocks of several flats, some with balconies or patios At the hotel, coat racks and umbrella stands are located at the entrance to the three restaurants so those coming in from these outside accommodation
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The new theatre at Potte rs Five Lake s
Andy T hompson giving us some help & advice.
blocks have somewhere to hang their coats There are plenty of places just to sit and chill. Our favourite was the Lake View lounge on the first floor of the hotel All drinks are ordered and then bought to your table, including in the theatre, from a point just outside the theatre entrance.
If you want a walk there is a nice one between separate sections of the golf course up to a church (closed), which takes about 30 minutes. For a longer walk you can continue past a farm and then to a ruined monastery. That would take probably two hours there and back
As part of the Potter’s Dunwood Travel itinerary we had a couple of optional excursions included Not everyone wanted to go because the package at Potters is allinclusive, but they do provide lunch packs
during the day which some didn’t want to miss Most of the group came on our full day out to Saffron Walden with a couple of hours free time and then to nearby Audley End House (English Heritage). Very enjoyable and we decided that when we go to Potters again we will start earlier in the morning and then have a three hour stop at Saffron Walden for lunch before going on to Potter’s There are many nice shops, a ruined castle and a museum. Many of the older buildings are pargetered, and the tourist office can help with proving a guided walking tour
Our second excursion was a half day, after lunch, to Braintree Freeport for a bit of retail therapy Colchester would have been another interesting place to go but we had been there previously On the way home on Friday we decided to drop in for thirty minutes at the
tours due to hygiene concerns but they do have a small museum and a very good shop – which was where we were headingand of course a café.
ourselves to another meal at The Ivy.
(ordered the day before from reception). Also there were lots of activities
Tiptree Jam factory Its only 15 minutes away from the hotel There are no factory
If you go to the Hopton, Norfolk site then there is Norwich to explore for a day trip out. Ken and I went there for a four day break in October last year Our son and his partner sing in a volunteer choir that deputises when the cathedral choirs are on holiday. In this instance Jayne was singing and Philip was playing the organ. Not the main one as that was being refurbished, but two smaller ones As Ken and I had just celebrated our birthdays (a month apart) and we had driven Philip to Norwich on the Friday, to allow Jayne to come in their own car after work, he treated us to a lunch at The Ivy before going to practice for the Saturday and Sunday services. We then spent a very pleasant afternoon and again in the morning on Saturday wandering around the City. In fact as the food had been so good we treated
After the Sunday morning service in the Cathedral Ken and I headed for the East Anglia Transport Museum near Lowestoft A wet and damp day so it was unfortunate that on the Sunday there was a marathon in Norwich which closed all the roads in and around the city, which meant we had a twentyminute walk in the rain back to our hotel to collect the car However Ken enjoyed himself once we got there, and despite the rain, we managed to keep mostly dry.
There is so much to do in Norwich and the surrounding area that I am determined at some point to have a group City break there at the time of year when we can have a boat trip in the Broads area, something we had enjoyed on an AGTO AGM weekend a few years ago
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An example of pargeting in Saff ron Walden
Audley End House and garden
Spotlight on .. City & Village Tours
will continue into 2024, include Bury St Edmunds and Fullers Mill Gardens
City & Village Tours marked its 35th Anniversary this month The London-based company has always offered coach-based day trips led by top notch Blue Badge Tours in London, South East, South West, East Anglia & the Midlands Company founder Gyll King said:
“Our first groups were made up of retired people who’d been born in the Edwardian era and danced in their youth to Big Band and Swing. Now our folk are of 1940s & 1950s vintage & they danced to rock and roll and Motown. But there’s always been
one constant – it’s still a lottery when it comes to hips and knees so we still design our day trips and holidays for people who like to see a lot without walking too far.”
Following two very historic years for the Monarchy, visits to the State Apartments at Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle are popular with groups this summer and Christmas when extra apartments are open at a festively decorated Windsor Castle and there are far fewer tourists. New destinations in 2023, which
In the past decade the company has added coach holidays in the UK to their portfolio as well as Matinee Lunch Shows with live entertainers, from the well-known and loved Cockney Matinee to an ABBA tribute, Dixieland Jazz and Murder Mystery set in Ancient Rome New for Autumn and Christmas 2023 groups and coach operators can book a Country Legends Show plus
refunded all customers within a month, something made possible by the operation of a separate account for customer monies Since the pandemic, to give group organisers and coach operators complete peace of mind over members and customers’ monies the company has formalised this arrangement and all payments are now made into the Protected Travel Trust and the company cannot touch that money until you’ve had your trip
a new Golden Oldies 50s, 60s & 70s Show The shows are held at The Tereza Joanne in the Royal Docks, five minutes from the Brick Lane Music Hall The Seaside Sundowner – a new Live Music show on the Thanet Coast is up and running and coming for 2024 there will also be Matinee Lunch Shows at new venues in the SouthEast and East Anglia.
When the lockdowns came the company had
and come home. What is unique about the new arrangement is that this isn’t just money for coach holidays, which is of course, a legal requirement under the Package Travel Regulations: The company extends this cast iron payment protection to their day trips and Matinee Shows too as they crack on with their next decade in group travel. www.cityandvillagetours.com
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Call us 0208 692 1133 Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm firstname.lastname@example.org www.cityandvillagetours.com City & Village Tours Ltd California Building Deals Gateway London SE13 7SB
Shows at The Tereza Joanne Cit y & Village Tours London’s Royal Docks (E16 2QY ) - 5 mins from Brick Lane Music Hall Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 11.30am to 3.30pm All Year Top Quality Live Entertainment with a Two Course Lunch & Coffee Minimum 25 people Free Coach Parking on Site ABBA Country Legends Cockney Matinee Dixieland Jazz The Best Music Ever (50s & 60s) Murder Mysteries Tea Dances Follow us on Facebook or call us today for the Autumn, Winter and Christmas Shows S chedule. We also o er a range of Day Trips in London, the S outh E ast, S outh West, E ast Anglia & Midlands for groups who like to see a lot without walking too far. 35th Anniversar y 1988 -2023
Shropshires’ Leading Attractions
Shropshire,beautiful medieval towns as Ludlow , Shrewsbury , Much Wenlock and Bridgnorth alongside the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, and now foodie paradise.
to discuss your visit in detail, please contact the group visits team at email@example.com or 01952 435 900 www ironbridge org uk
Upton C ressett Hall
Ironbridge Valley of Invention
Set within the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ironbridge Valley of Invention is situated five miles from Telford Town Centre in Shropshire
Stretching along the River Severn, their awardwinning museums are within six square miles of the Ironbridge Gorge, widely regarded as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
With plenty of places to explore you will keep all your group happy, including The Blist Hill Victorian Town, The Jackfield Tile Museum, The Coalport China Museum and of course The Iron Bridge and Toll House Discover the awardwinning attractions in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site - a really perfect place for groups!
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Free familiarisation visit for 2 adults when you book a group visit Catering options to suit every taste and budget Guided tours with their experts
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They look forward to welcoming your group to Ironbridge
You can complete an online booking form and they will be in touch within a few days to confirm your booking or to discuss your visit further
If you would like more information, they are always happy to answer any of your questions and
Whether you are looking for a romantic mini-break, a family holiday or group stay for a special occasion in a private estate, or just a day out in historic gardens with a guided tour and home-made teas, Upton Cressett Hall is a magical escape to a lauded moated brick manor brimming with history
They have three Grade 1 listed buildings on the estate, including a Norman church in the garden, making them one of the most significant heritage sites in the Midlands They have been the location for BBC dramas and period films
Awarded 'Best Hidden Gem' in the UK as a heritage destination at the Hudson's Heritage Awards, they are ideally located for exceptional walking holidays in the Shropshire Hills and exploring such beautiful medieval towns as Ludlow, Shrewsbury, Much Wenlock and Bridgnorth.
Just a short drive from the Severn Valley Steam Railway, the romantic ruins of Wenlock Priory and the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, birthplace of the Industrial revolution They are close to beautiful National Trust walking trails along Wenlock Edge and many excellent restaurants and pubs Both Shrewsbury and Ludlow have been acclaimed as national gastro-towns.
Upton Cressett welcomes group tours all year by appointment They have welcomed hundreds of group visits, including classic car clubs civic societies, history groups, garden tour groups, Rotary clubs, WI and local guild groups, students, art and painting groups, archaeological groups and walking parties
Group visits require a 50% advance deposit with the full balance to be paid two weeks before arrival with confirmation of final numbers
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A History of Leicestershire for Groups
Leicestershire has plenty to offer groups, museums, country parks, cathedrals & abbeys, connection to royalty in abundance and of course there’s the national space centre talk about a cornucopia!
The King Richard III Visitor Centre continues to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the rediscovery of Richard III, we still can’t believe it has been over a decade since they found Richard III under a car park in Leicester?
find the buildings of the Greyfriars Precinct, the religious home of the Franciscan monks known as the Grey Friars (due to
King’s grave site has changed since he was buried in 1485
They also have The Rex Factor: Lost In Time game App which is exclusively available at the King
Richard III Visitor Centre where you get to help our explorers trapped by their faulty time machine in the medieval period to get back to the present day. You can make your visit part of history, to see
Well after they found the lost king, the archaeologists undertook another dig, this time to
the colour of their cloaks) The NEW Greyfriars Digital Display travels through time showing you how the
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10th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS www.kriii.com firstname.lastname@example.org 0116 229 4132 Over 20% Group Rate Discount Free Entry for Tour Leader and Coach Driver Free Familiarisation Visit and Meet & Greet on Arrival MAKE YOUR VISIT PART OF HISTORY
Richard III’s grave and the award-winning exhibition about his life, death and the story about his amazing re-discovery, one of the greatest archaeological detective stories ever told. They also have the award-winning White Boar Café on site that provides a range of hot and cold food and drinks that are topped with the King’s moniker in chocolate sprinkles.
To celebrate the 10th Anniversary, they have an Annual Pass offer, valid for a year from purchase, £10 for Adults, £5 for Children (5-15), £25 for Families (2 Adults, 2 Children under 16), £9 for Over 60’s and Students, with Children under 5 and official carers being free of charge
For groups they offer over 20% group rate discount, free entry for the tour leader and the coach driver, free familiarisation visits for confirmed bookings and a personalised meet & greet on arrival for every group
Belvoir Castle’s history dates back to the eleventh century. It is the ancestral home of the Duke of Rutland, where the family have lived in an unbroken line for almost a thousand years
Crowning a hill, the Castle’s turrets and towers rise over the Vale of Belvoir like an illustration in a romantic fairy-tale. The name Belvoir – meaning ‘beautiful view’ in French,
and pronounced today as ‘beaver’ – dates back to Norman times
Four castles have stood on this spot since 1067, and it’s a pretty perfect location for a fortified castle. Looking over the battlements from the North Terrace of the current Castle, you can see for miles over the counties of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire. And on a clear day, you can even see Lincoln Cathedral, some 30 miles to the North East
C astle & Garden Acc ess
Enjoy the beauty of Belvoir Castle, learn about the rare treasures and the impressive painting collection. Walk in the footsteps of past Dukes and Duchesses, and discover the most beautiful interiors Upgrades for a guided tour with their expert guides
Capab ility Brown Landscape
Discover the lost work of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown on a specialist guided bus tour Meander through their beautifully established formal gardens and parkland on a variety of walks and trails –including the Rose Garden, Spiral Walk, Japanese Woodland, Duchess Garden, Hermit’s Garden and Duke’s Walk.
At Belvoir Castle, they take pride in creating unique visitor experiences and itineraries tailored to your group size and interests To discuss your next group visit to Belvoir Castle please contact their Groups Coordinator on grou ps@b elvoirca stle.c om or call them on 014 76871001. Groups of 10 or more that pre-book will receive a reduced group rate.
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Whatever filters you may have set whilst searching for your groups accommodation, these hostelries will sure exceed expectations, you’re almost guaranteed to get a goodnights sleep.
T he Diplomat Hotel Restaurant & Spa
If your coach group is looking for a base to tour the area, The Diplomat Hotel in Llanelli will ensure they have a wonderful stay from which to do so.
The Brilliant Hotel In Bracknell is for Legolovers, race-goers and thrill-seekers - rest easy at Village!
Introducing the newest addition to the Village family - the new hotel in Bracknell! The hotel has undergone a complete transformation, to bring the full Village Hotel Club experience to Bracknell. Stylish bedrooms, a huge Health and Wellbeing Club with indoor pool, the Pub &
Grill serving your Village favourites and a Starbucks coffee shop
They’re in a cracking location too! A great alternative to the nearby Reading and there's so much to see and do!
They’re close to some of the best attractions in the UK, Ascot Racecourse, Royal Windsor, Lapland UK, Legoland Windsor and Coral Reef to name a few.
www. village-hotels .co.uk
With parking for five coaches, a personal greeting from a hotel manager or supervisor, groups will find a warm welcome at this iconic Llanelli landmark The 50 en-suite bedrooms in this country style mansion have a unique character with period features and idiosyncratic style
Are your group visiting the city or on holiday or looking for great group rooms to rent? Portsmouth University has various forms of accommodation in Portsmouth to suit your needs. All their accommodation is close to the seafront and to main visitor attractions.
From June to September each year, the University of Portsmouth has the widest choice of accommodation in Portsmouth available to individuals, and groups wwweventportsmout co uk
Groups not resident are welcome for lunch or afternoon tea but please make a reservation as the hotel is popular for such events
C all 01554 756156 or visit diplomat-hotel-wales.com
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e Diplomat Hotel Restaurant & Spa, Carmarthenshire, Llanelli - great for groups
e Diplomat is a family run hotel,operated with charm, warmth and generous hospitality, ensuring that any visiting group receives a warm welcome and wonderful stay. is iconic Llanelli hotel was built in 1810, and today its bedrooms feature stylish décor, with TV, hairdryer, tea/co ee facilities and private bathroom. e Diplomat Hotel also boasts a modern health club with full service spa and indoor heated swimming pool. Guests can relax in the luxurious New Eden Spa, with facilities including a sauna, steam room, hot tub, gym and indoor pool. A range of health and beauty treatments are also available. Trubshaws Restaurant o ers a modern menu for Lunch and Dinner. Traditional Welsh and lighter continental breakfasts are served each morning. e Diplomat hotel is in the perfect location to explore Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, the Gower Peninsula and all of south Wales.
For details of group rates call 01554 756156 or visit www.diplomat-hotel-wales.com
Our Brilliant Hotel In Bracknell for Lego-lovers, race-goers and thrillseekers - rest easy at Village!
Introducing the newest addition to the Village family - our incredible new hotel in Bracknell! The hotel has undergone a complete transformation, to bring the full Village Hotel Club experience to Bracknell. Stylish bedrooms, a huge Health and Wellbeing Club with indoor pool, the Pub & Grill serving your Village favourites, VWorks coworking space and a Starbucks coffee shop. We're in a cracking location too! We're a great alternative to the nearby Reading and there's so much to see and do! We’re close to some of the best attractions in the UK, Ascot Racecourse, Royal Windsor, Lapland UK, Legoland Windsor and Coral Reef to name a few w ww w.vil lage-hotel s.c o.uk
South East Showcase
The South East is renowned for its beautiful gardens and miles of stunning coastline. Rich in cultural attractions, and with some of Britain’s sunniest and driest weather.
sustainability and are constantly seeking ways to contribute to this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including caring for the natural habitats that exist for wildlife along the line.”
Canterb ury’s UNESCO Sites Tour
K&ESR marks Coronation with oak tree and ple dge for na tu re corridor along the line
To mark the coronation of His Majesty the King Charles III, on Tuesday 16th May 2023 the King’s official representative in East Sussex planted an oak tree at Bodiam station on the Kent & East Sussex Railway (K&ESR)
Deputy Lieutenant Major General John Moore-Bick CBE DL undertook the ceremonial tree planting in the presence of the Chairman of the K&ESR, Simon Marsh, General Manager Dr Robin Coombes and invited guests
The tree is a feathered oak, supplied by Coppice Wood and forestry team member Paul Davies.
This oak tree planting is by no means an isolated
ecological initiative for K&ESR In the last two years, the railway’s forestry and environment team, members of which were also present for the ceremony, have planted some 3,000 trees on railway land. There are plans in place for many more trees, as well as wildflower meadows to encourage pollinators, and for improvements to wetlands with the overall aim of creating a sustainable nature corridor
K&ESR Chairman Simon Marsh said: “We hope that this King’s oak will not only represent a long-lasting memory of this historic event of our times but will also be a symbol of the positive contribution we wish to make to the environment in which we operate.
“We are very conscious of our responsibilities as they relate to environmental
The K&ESR is currently responsible for an estimated 95-100 hectares of land, mostly linear beside its tracks As the saying goes: ‘from little acorns mighty oaks do grow’, and the K&ESR is hoping that its increased focus on wildlife habitats on either side of its tracks and around its stations will grow a new army of visitors and supporters, keen to appreciate the natural world as well as its heritage trains www.kesr.or. uk
Canterbury is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, comprised of three historic religious buildings: St Martin’s Church, St Augustine’s Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral, and now all three sites have come together to create a wonderful day out
The Foundations of Faith tour offers a fascinating and detailed insight into the introduction of Roman Christianity into Britain
Starting with the arrival of St Augustine in 597 and the creation of the Abbey that bears his name, it covers Canterbury Cathedral’s humble beginnings to present-day status as mother church of the Anglican faith and offers a chance to discover the
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Expect an array of tiny worlds, brought to life by the steam and diesel locomotives that wind their way along the tracks. We have a great selection of Model Railways featuring including N, O, double O gauge and gauge 1 layouts from across the country, displayed in the Locomotive Maintenance Shed at Shef eld Park Station and the Carriage and Wagon Workshop at Horsted Keynes Station, usually not open to the public.
Alongside the displays will be trade stands offering a variety of modelling products including engines, rolling stock, and local produce. You can also visit our railway shop at Shef eld Park where we have a great selection of models, accessories and other products available from beginners sets to full layouts.
We will also be running a steam hauled service from Shef eld Park to East Grinstead Stations all weekend.
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history of St Martin’s, England’s oldest parish church while exploring stunning architecture and across some striking locations
Lasting over 5 hours, the experience features a guided tour at each site and accompanied walks between each location
The day ends with a cream scone and refreshments in the wonderful location of Canterbury Cathedral
The tour runs across 8 bookable dates in 2023, or can be arranged at a time to suit you for larger groups.
More information a nd booking is availa ble at www canterbury unescotour.co. uk
Or contact: melodie robson@ca nterbur y-cathedral org
From ‘Gladiators’ at Colchester Castle to ‘The Colchester Siege Spectacular’, ‘Big Women’ at Firstsite and much more, there is something for everyone.
Start your visit in the city centre and discover period architecture and historic sites Pop into the Visitor Information Centre for maps and guidance and then explore under your own steam or book a guided walking tour, a terrific way to uncover hidden gems Don’t miss the Roman Walls, Roman Circus Centre, St Botolph’s Priory and Colchester Castle, now a museum packed with ancient treasures from Colchester’s past After exploring, enjoy a well-earned lunch or coffee break, indulge in some retail therapy, or just relax in beautiful Victorian
decide, a trip to Colchester in 2023 is cause for celebration
www visitcolc hester com/ groups or call the friendly tea m on 01206 282920
model railway exhibition before? Well expect an array of tiny worlds, all expertly modelled and brought to life by the steam and diesel locomotives that wind their way along the tracks.
The City of Colchester is one of East Anglia’s top destinations with a history dating back more than 2,000 years. Join them in 2023 as they celebrate their new city status with a fantastic programme of events across the year
Castle Park, a green oasis in the heart of the city
Combine your visit with nearby popular group attractions like Constable Country, famous jam makers Wilkins and Sons of Tiptree, Beth Chatto Gardens or Layer Marney Tower Whatever you
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Enjoy steam train rides, explore their stations and visit the exhibitions! Hop on and off trains all day with your event ticket With this ticket you can start your journey at any of their four stations, but don’t forget to refer to the timetable for the day of travel so you can plan where and when you will catch your trains
Come and see a variety of layouts across the railway and experience unique access to non-public areas such as the Locomotive Maintenance Shed at Sheffield Park Station and the Carriage and Wagon Workshop at Horsted Keynes Station
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It takes patience, time and skill They have a great selection of Model Railways featuring including N gauge, O gauge, double O gauge and gauge 1 layouts from across the country
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Book online and save Enjoy on train refreshments Look out for our Special Events throughout the year Enjoy ne dining on the Wealden Pullman On train activities for the kids Free entr y to the award-winning Colonel Stephens Museum Model Railway at Tenterden Station Treat yourself to an ice cream or light lunch in our Ar t Deco Tearoom Free customer parking A wonderful day out for ever yone! K E N T & E A S T S U S S E X R A I LWAY www.kesr.org.uk 01580 765155 Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6HE *Contact the friendly team at the Visitor Information Centre on 01206 282920 visitcolchester.com/groups VisitColchester 20 23 YEAROF CELEBRATION THECITYOF COLCHESTER 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
Great Days Out
Take a look at these venues and attractions, you’ll be sure to receive a great reception upon arrival, they like nothing better than to see a smiling , happy enthusiastic group at the door waiting to enjoy a great day out .
The National Memorial Arboretum
The National Memorial Arboretum is the Nation’s year-round place to remember a spiritually uplifting place, that celebrates lives lived and commemorates lives lost. Set within 150-acres of grounds and woodlands, the beautifully maintained gardens punctuated with thought-provoking memorials offer something for everyone
Onsite there are a range of
activities for groups to enjoy Daily at 11am, the Act of Remembrance takes place in the Millennium Chapel, followed by a free welcome talk explaining the Arboretum’s extraordinary development.
A popular choice for groups is the Land Train which enables visitors to see a large proportion of the Arboretum from the comfort of a covered train carriage Groups visitors can also book guided walks where specialist
guides reveal the fascinating stories behind many of the memorial In the Remembrance Centre, an interactive exhibition Landscapes of Life elaborates on the history of Remembrance and is accompanied by temporary exhibitions that feature remembrance and nature at their heart Here, visitors will also find a large onsite Restaurant serving a range of meals, snacks and delicious cakes
The Arboretum is free to enter and is open every day except Christmas Day. For more information or to book call 01283 245 100 or email email@example.com.
Visitors to the borough of Dudley will be delighted by the variety of things to see and do.
The Red House Glass Cone stands 100ft tall in the Stourbridge Glass Quarter, home to glassmaking for over 400 years. Bespoke artisan craft studios, exhibitions, coffee house and a retail shop with free admission and free car parking
Ruskin Glass Centre is home to past greats of the glass industry Learn about
the history of glass making in the area Artisans operate independent craft studios and there is an organic café
Stourbridge Glass Museum home to the globally significant Stourbridge Glass Collection is complemented by engaging interactive digital displays together with a busy events programme, talks and exhibitions
The Lace Guild situated in the heart of the Glass Quarter, houses a large collection of lace items and artefacts depicting the fascinating history of this heritage craft.
Himley Hall & Park offers an ‘Indulgent Afternoon Tea’. Host to events, activities and walks throughout the year.
Dudley Zoo and Castle is home to hundreds of exotic and endangered animals You will find the 11th century motte and bailey castle.
Experience sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the Black Country as you explore shops, houses and industrial workshops rebuilt in the canal side village at the Black Country Living Museum
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4 – 5 August
Join The Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, Soprano Louise Callinan and Baritone Rodney Earl Clarke, for a stunning evening of live music set within our beautiful grounds.
£25.00pp (Groups of 10+).
Dining packages available from £55.00pp.
Commemorate the service given to our Nation by the Armed Forces this Remembrance Sunday. Watch the Service of Remembrance in comfort , with a live broadcast into the Oak Suite.
£25.00pp (Groups of 10+) including an arrival drink and t wo-course lunch.
An Autumn Evening with the Rat Pack
Recently voted the number one Rat Pack Tribute Show, David Alacey, Des Coleman and Paul Drakeley take to the stage in A spect s as Frank, Dean and Sammy for an evening of toe-tapping music.
£39.00pp (Groups of 10+) including a t wo-course dinner.
Christmas Lunches with a Swing
9, 12, 14 December
The Antonio Socci Jive and Swing Band return to the Arboretum this Christmas for a fun-ﬁlled af ternoon of festive entertainment Enjoy a delicious, three course Christmas Lunch, mince pies, arrival drink and a 90-minute performance of Christmas classics. £35.00pp (Groups of 10+).
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Discover the art of legging inside the fantastic Dudley Canal & Limestone Mines
Experience an underground 45-minute skipper guided tour
Their 16 miles of navigable canals are ideal for walking, cycling and fishing Or perhaps you’ll take in a show at one of their borough halls
Visit www disc overdudley org uk to find ou t more.
ROYAL THREE COUNTIES SHOW
Fri 16 – Sun 18 Ju ne 2023
Everyone’s favourite celebration of the countryside and rural life, this hearty feast of farming, food and family entertainment brings together exciting main arena acts, over 6000 animals to see and lots to do for families.
MALVERN AUTUMN SHOW
Fri 22 – Sun 24 Sept 2023
And to round off the year, everyone’s favourite harvest festival returns for three days in September
Expect home-grown family fun, with award-winning nurseries, special guest line
up from the worlds of growing and food, and the incredible CANNA UK National Giant Vegetables Championship
Great discounts are available for advance group bookings, with savings of up to £3 per person
For G roup Bookings C all: 0800 358 0058 or Email: Groups@theticketfactory com
www threecounties co uk/ visitor-gu ide/groups/
Set in 326 acres of beautiful grounds containing the largest living plant collection in the world, Kew Gardens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site less than 30 minutes from central London The Gardens’ famous glasshouses provide hours of fascinating discovery whether it’s a tropical rainforest in the iconic Palm House; a journey through ten climatic zones in the Princess of Wales Conservatory or giant lily pads in the Waterlily House
The jewel in Kew’s crown, the Temperate House, is the world’s largest surviving
Victorian glasshouse which recently reopened after a huge five-year restoration project. Over 10,000 plants from the world’s temperate regions are housed in this veritable cathedral of glass.
A soaring Treetop Walkway offers the chance of a bird’s eye view of the Gardens, whilst those without a head for heights can discover beautiful botanical art in our galleries, or step back in time at Kew Palace, the former summer residence of George III and Britain's most intimate royal palace. In contrast, The Hive is a contemporary architectural installation which came to Kew in 2016 This extraordinarily beautiful and immersive 17metre-high structure examines the importance and plight of the world’s bees.
For more information, please visit www kew org/groups, email groups@kew org or call 020 8332 564 8 to speak to a member of the Groups department
On the lookout for the perfect group day out? Your search is over, with Three Counties
Showground, Malvern, all set to host several prestigious shows in 2023
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Houses of Historical Interest
Whether your groups interested in royal history or just exploring the opulence and extravagance of the past there’s no doubt, we’re spoilt for choice here in the UK.
Discover centuries of history in the childhood home of Anne Boleyn in Kent – Hever Castle & Gardens The splendid rooms of the double moated castle contain fine furniture, tapestries, antiques, an important collection of Tudor paintings and two prayer books inscribed and signed by Anne Boleyn herself.
The stunning award-winning gardens include the Italian Garden with its 38 acre lake and the spectacular Loggia with is very own Trevi Fountain
Visitors can find out more about former owner William Waldorf Astor’s vision for his home as part of a new permanent exhibition on the ground floor of the Castle
A new painting of Hever’s Italian Garden by Winston Churchill is on display in the Inner Hall and visitors can
also find out about visits from The Times staff and the Second World War effort in the nearby Moat Room.
Visitors can also find out more about Anne Boleyn and Catherine of Aragon as part of Catherine and Anne: Queens, Rivals, Mothers’ (on in the Castle until November 2023)
Exhibits on display as part of the exhibition include a previously unexhibited panel portrait of Catherine of Aragon and replicas of the coronation robes and crown of Elizabeth I and Mary I which may also have been used by Anne and Catherine at their coronations.
Fo r a full list o f even ts go to hevercastle.co.uk
Cared for by the National Trust, Lyveden is a Grade 1 listed Park and Garden near Oundle Set in the
heart of rural Northamptonshire, Lyveden is a remarkable survivor of the Elizabethan age Begun by Sir Thomas Tresham to symbolise his Catholic faith, Lyveden remains incomplete and virtually unaltered since work stopped on his death in 1605
with the local community
The full extent of Sir Thomas's symbolic design remains unexplained to this day The site also includes a café, archaeological garden, and second-hand bookshop They offer guided tours for groups at a cost of £2 00 a head,
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There are tranquil moats, viewing terraces and an Elizabethan orchard to explore, as well as an enigmatic garden lodge covered in religious symbols Visit the Manor and learn more about the history of Lyveden, and their temporary exhibition space houses changing exhibitions co-curated
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Cared for by the National Trust, Lyveden is a Grade 1 listed Park and Garden near Oundle. Set in the heart of rural Northamptonshire, Lyveden is a remarkable survivor of the Elizabethan age. Begun by Sir Thomas Tresham to symbolise his Catholic faith, Lyveden remains incomplete and virtually unaltered since work stopped on his death in 1605. There are tranquil moats, viewing terraces and an Elizabethan orchard to explore, as well as an enigmatic garden lodge covered in religious symbols. Visit the Manor and learn more about the history of Lyveden, and our temporary exhibition space houses changing exhibitions co-curated with the local community. The full extent of Sir Thomas's symbolic design remains unexplained to this day. The site also includes a café, archaeological garden, and second-hand bookshop.
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Immerse yourself in Scotland’s history as you experience the Crowning Place of Scottish Kings Stand on the Moot Hill, where the Kings of Scots were crowned on the famous Stone of Scone
Explore our magniﬁcent and extensive grounds which feature the Victorian pinetum, plant hunters pavilion, kitchen garden, Murray star maze and walled garden development
Browse around Food and Gift Shops where you will ﬁnd a wealth of ﬁne Scottish products together with home - made produce Enjoy delicious refreshments in our Co ee Shop
Exciting events programme throughout the season including the International Ceramic Art Festival, Potfest, Halloween with the Spirits of Scone and various Music Festivals
Explore our grounds and gardens with our Head Gardener, Brian Cunningham who regularly features on BBC Beechgrove Garden
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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 group visits,
C elebrate the North Yorkshire Moors Railwa y's 50th Anniversary with a sc enic journey through the North York Moors National Park
It's time to start exploring the beautiful North York Moors National Park on board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, one of the UK's most popular heritage railways. This year, the NYMR celebrates its 50th Anniversary, so don't miss out on this special occasion!
The NYMR offers a highquality, safe and authentic railway experience, with discounts on standard fares for groups of 20 or more, including reserved seating The 24-mile route offers stunning scenery and iconic locations, such as heather moorlands, ancient market towns and steam-era stations, such as Goathland Station which
was used in the film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Trains run daily up to 5 November 2023 Visit nymr co uk/groups for more information and group bookings can be made by calling 01751 477700 or by emailing grouptravel@nymr co uk for preferential rates Don't miss out on this unforgettable journey and the opportunity to celebrate the NYMR's 50th Anniversary.
Yorksh ire’s Bizzie Lizzie’s Fish & Chip Restaurant Serves up Afternoon Teas
Yorkshire is well known for its fabulous selection of fish & chip restaurants But Bizzie Lizzie’s set in the heart of Skipton serves up much more than just its award winning fish and chips Already a favourite with
coach visitors to the bustling market town of Skipton, Bizzie Lizzie’s is now serving scrumptious afternoon teas from 2 30pm – 5pm at their High Street Car Park Restaurant.
Choose from melt-in-the mouth sponges, heavenly chocolate fudge cake and a selection of locally baked pastries, or enjoy an indulgent afternoon cream tea with freshly baked scones Of course afternoon tea wouldn’t be complete without a proper brew of Yorkshire tea, but if coffee’s more to your taste there’s a full range of barista beverages from expresso to latte and cappuccino
Visitors from far and wide already love Bizzie Lizzie’s signature dish of fish and & chips - succulent cod or haddock covered in crispy batter and tasty golden chips fried in beef dripping for extra flavour are firm favourites. The restaurant’s Katie Davison is certain that their afternoon teas will be just as popular “A lot of love goes into preparing and serving our food We use only the finest local ingredients in all our dishes and our afternoon
teas are no exception Our fish and chips were voted winners of the National Fish and Chip awards and we are confident that our afternoon teas are worthy of a similar accolade ”
Bizzie Lizzie’s has two restaurants in Skipton; the traditional Swadford Street (now serving Gluten Free fish and chips) and the more contemporary High Street Car Park. Both offer fish & chips plus alternative meals whilst High Street Car Park also serves afternoon teas Coach party bookings are welcome.
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2023 DailyServices27Mar -5Nov! B o o k N ow T: 01751 47770 0 E : grou p t rave l @ nymr.co.uk nymr.co.u k/groups EXPERIENC E 24 M ILE S O F YOR K S HIRE’ S A MAZIN G S CENERY The Nort h Yorkshire Moors R ailway is one of t he world’s greatest heritage experiences wit h thrills and f amily fun at it s heart . Let your group climb on board a steam or heritage diesel train on one of t he most historic lines in t he U K. EXPERIENCE MILES OF REDUCED RATE FARES FOR GROUPS OF 20+ 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 bizzielizzies.co.uk 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 ccredited by ‘Click and Collect’ now available at Swadford Street 8pm Relax in ﬁve tranquil acres Enjoy stunning and colourful ﬂoral displays Discover our heritage apple collections Eat at The Vine House Café Plant Centre and Gift Shop follow us on: D E Q www helmsleywalledgarden org uk
Shopping and Markets
Shopaholics it’s time to get out and about, here are some great places to pick up some bargains, and make a whole day of it, afternoon tea anyone ?
Award-winning historical markets welcome shoppers to Oswestry
Oswestry is an ancient, market town in northwest Shropshire, close to the Welsh border, and is the birthplace of the muchlauded World War One poet, Wilfred Owen
Awards 2023, the judges were impressed with the eclectic range of wares from fishmongers, delicatessens to fashion and haberdashery.
The Jubilee Hall, which houses the Jubilee Market, was designed and built in 1904 by Bedells and Lander in the heart of Covent Garden and gained Grade 2 listed status after a renovation programme in the 1980’s 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 sevenday trading period. Jubilee
Market is instantly recognisable with its exciting atmosphere, flags and brass Jubilee Hall Market signage From the moment you arrive, you are caught up in the hustle and bustle of traders offering diverse products from all across the UK. Jubilee Market has plenty to offer to pre booked groups for a fabulous shopping trip including discounted shopping for groups, guided walking tours of Covent Garden, a snack bar and restaurant for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea for your groups Local coach drop off and public toilets are a short walking distance away
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During the summer, many visitors come to the spectacular annual August Oswestry hot air balloon carnival or takeover Food
The Artisan Market is on the social calendar for all local foodies: held on the last Friday of the month Local traders include fresh pies and pastries, alongside a wide selection of fresh cured meat, cakes and crafts.
and Drink festival in July, spilling over into street market stalls, showcasing the best artisan food and drink from all over Shropshire and North Wales. For locals and visitors alike though Oswestry is synonymous with awardwinning markets, with the original markets dating back 800 years. The Oswestry Indoor Market was honoured with a recent prestigious award from The British Mark
The Indoor Market on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays is perfect on rainy, colder days, where you can browse to your heart’s content. With over 40 independent businesses, there is something for everyone. Once you have browsed why not enjoy their cafes or choose from a range of mouth-watering street food treats www.oswestryma rket. co.uk
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Jub ilee Market, C ovent Ga rden
Local produce, treats and a gift shop
On-site cafe with indoor & outdoor dining - dog friendly too!
The Clive Arms
Accommodation & on-site restaurant
Ludlow Pantr y
Food and drinks for those on the goperfect for a picnic lunch
Ice cream cabin
Picnic & play area
Plant Centre & Artists’ Gallery
Foodie events & in-store tastings
Shropshire countryside walks nearby
Large free car park.
Coach parking available.
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Two miles from Ludlow on the A49 Brom eld, Shropshire, SY8 2JR 01584 856000 www ludlowfarmshop co uk
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
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Dumfries & Galloway
Dumfries & Galloway a beautiful part of lowland Scotland, with an undulating coastline sandy beaches, acres of forest and green spaces and a whisky distillery to boot .
Does your group want the rush of flying through woodland trails on a mountain bike? Or they could make a splash as they try windsurfing or yachting? With lots of activities on offer, Dumfries & Galloway is pretty much one big adventure playground, but there are plenty of options for gentle walks or cycles too
And when it comes to culture this region knows how to pack a punch Each year kicks off with the vibrant Big Burns Supper in January and the months after are peppered with dedicated celebrations for arts & crafts, performing arts, features, and sports, not to mention some of Scotland's coolest music festivals
Visit the iconic Annandale Distillery for a real ta ste of the spirit of Scotland.
Discover how the first distillery in Scotland was saved and restored by Professor David Thomson and Teresa Church, and see how the multi awardwinning single-cask single-malt Scotch Whisky is made, on a tour of this 5star attraction
You can even fill your own bottle or cask for a
Enjoy a guided tour at the beautiful, working distillery, taking in the fascinating past with a glimpse into the future. They offer a range of different tours. Their tours include elements that involve all your senses. There is barley to feel, peat to smell, machinery to listen to and whisky to taste. You can even hammer cask bungs in the warehouse, and you have access all areas, as your tour guide shows you around their award-winning site
Every tour guest receives an Annandale snifter, branded lanyard and concertina leaflet for your tasting notes You will also enjoy tastings including
an Annandale peated blend, both our awardwinning 2015 Vintage Man
O’ Words & Man O’ Sword Single Cask-Single Malts and both Peated & Unpeated Rascally Liquor.
Soak up the atmosphere of this unique place with a stop in the Distillery’s Maltings Coffee Shop
Their Michelin experienced, Group Executive Chef, sources local Scottish produce for his team to
deliver freshly prepared hot and cold menu option including divine twocourse Afternoon Teas. They also serve wine, craft beers and ciders and, as you’d expect, an extensive whisky selection.
Their Classic Tour runs every hour, on-the-hour. They can accept groups of up to 120 guests
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The Globe Inn, Dumfries, is full of character and has a tale or two to tell Named ‘The Most Historic Pub in Scotland’ by Scottish Field magazine, The Globe Inn was the favourite ‘how ’ of Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet Experience the Classic Burns Tour and explore where the bard wrote, read and recited what would go on to be some of the most famous verses ever written Discover the windows where Burns scribed with his diamond stylus and share a dram in the world famous snug Chosse to dine in our 1610 restaurant or one of our private dining rooms, including The Burns Room - where the poet himself dined
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Now Visit Annandale Distillery and discover the science behind the avours Discover how we use just three ingredients to create the true spirit of Scotland Explore the history connecting Robert Burns, Robert the Bruce and Single Cask, Single Malt Scotch Whisky Taste our award-winning Single Cask Single Malts and explore our historic past on our hourly tours Annandale Distillery, North eld, Annan, Dumfries & Galloway, DG12 5LL AnnandaleDistillery com - 01461 207 817 Book Now The Globe Inn - Dumfries, 56 High Street, Dumfries, DG1 2JA GlobeInnDumfries co uk - 01387 323010 Di s c o v er T h e T r ue Ta l e s Of S c ot l a n d T w o Gr e at Si t e s - On e Gr e at D ay O u t J U S T 3 0 M I N U T E S A P A R T O N T H E A 7 5
Wales for Groups - Cymru ar gyfer grwpiau, Cardiff, Swansea, Merthyr Tydfil, Carmarthenshire and Snowdon Mountain, what a collection
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in the City of London to Llantrisant, and has operated on a single site in Llantrisant South Wales since 1980.
and discover the story behind The Royal Mints Role in the Coronation
Take your picture on the ‘Too Scale’ Coronation
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 Museum and listen as the ex-coal miner tour guides take you underground and tell tales of mining life from an era when coal from the Rhondda powered the world In addition to the tour, there are fascinating interactive exhibitions and the café is a perfect place to stop for refreshments.
A Welsh Coal Mining Experience is also part of the unique Coin, Coal and Cheers package for group travel operators. Three of South Wales’ leading attractions have joined forces to create Coin, Coal and Cheers which includes tours at A Welsh Coal Mining Experience, the Royal Mint Experience and Hensol Castle Distillery
For information on this particular package, please call 01443 682036
For further information on A Welsh Coal Mining Experience at Rhondda Heritage Park Museum, please visit www.rhondda heritagepark. com
The Royal Mint
In 1968 The Royal Mint began to move its operations from Tower Hill
With some of the most talented coin designers and craftsmanship in the world, they pride themselves on creating beautiful and unique coins but did you know they also produced around 4,700 gold, silver and bronze medals for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Your visit will start where they take you behind the scenes on their award winning guided tour Visit the circulating coin factory where you may be lucky and experience coins for the UK or one of our partner countries being minted right in front of your eyes Hear all about the fascinating process that goes in to making every coin created here at The Royal Mint
Refre shed Tour
Their tour has been refreshed, with new interactive displays, King Charles III artwork and an exciting strike your own coin program
Crowned – The Making of a Monarch
Visit the new exhibition
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Yours’ is their new package offering From Pre booked lunch, Dinner in the evening with late tours, Afternoon Tea themed to your choice, Talks & Presentations from one of their amazing teams at The Royal Mint plus they are working close with many other award winning attractions in the area to offer you discounted rates when you book 2 or more attractions
They can really make your visit stand out as unique to you
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The Black Gold Experience Underground Guided Tour Take the tour and listen to fascinating tales of mining life. DRAM! Enjoy the thrill of riding a runaway coal dram with our virtual experience. DRAM! Mwynhewch y cyffro o reidio mewn dram glo sydd wedi rhedeg gyda'n profiad rhithwir. Caffe Bracchi Our on site café offers meals, cakes, coffees and is perfect for a pit stop! Caffe Bracchi Mae ein caffi ar y safle yn cynnig prydau, teisennod a diodydd ac mae'n lle perffaith i ymlacio Lleoliad gwobrwyol sy'n addas i deuluoedd sy'n gartref i: Taith Dan Ddaear yr Aur Du Ewch ar y daith a gwrando ar atgofion diddorol glöwr. EWCH I VISIT The award winning family venue which is home to: AM DDIM /FREE TREHAFOD www.parctreftadaethcwmrhondda.com www.rhonddaheritagepark.com 01443 682036 Holwch ni am y daith gyffrous 'Arian, Glo ac Iechyd Da' (Coin, Coal and Cheers) sydd gyda ni gyda Phrofiad y Bathdy Brenhinol a Distyllfa Castell Hensol. Ask us about the exciting Coin, Coal and Cheers package that we have with the Royal Mint Experience and Hensol Castle Distillery.
It’s always a good time for groups to visit the Lake District and enjoy the many fabulous trips, tours and fabulous scenery whether on land or water.
vouchers for the café and gift shop, along with new menus, table service and toilet facilities. For drivers and group guides, the attraction offers free parking, group rates, a voucher for refreshments and the opportunity to purchase local gifts at a reduced rate to re-sell to passengers
L akela nd Motor Museum
Head down memory lane to the Lakeland Motor Museum and feast your eyes on a unique collection of 30,000 exhibits That includes 140 classic cars and motorbikes, all carefully assembled over 50 years Nestled in the scenic Leven Valley and open seven days a week, the Museum
isn’t just about cars The entire collection is presented in a social context, with a host of rarities to awaken some special motoring memories
Explore a fascinating collection of over 30,000 exhibits that trace the development of road transport throughout the twentieth century - cycles, motorbikes, motor cars and automobilia. Housed in a converted mill in the heart of the Lake District, they’re minutes from Lake Windermere Much more than just a motor museum, the local history and period shopping displays, authentic recreations and picturesque riverside cafe makes it a great day out
A visit will take approximately 2 hours to complete and is open all year round.
www. lakelandmotor museu m co u k
Windermere Lake Cru ises
Windermere Lake Cruises is a three-time finalist at the British Coach Tourism Awards and has won top honours twice in recent years
Attractive incentives for all pre-booked groups and their coach drivers are inplace at the Boatman’s Café in Bowness where a variety of Windermere cruises depart. For passengers, these include 10% discount
In efforts to make visits by large groups as easy as possible for organisers, Windermere Lake Cruises has its ‘Transport Trio’ offer which includes a fascinating visit to its sister-attraction Lakeland Motor Museum and incorporates a steam train journey with Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway
There are over 30 handpicked itineraries for groups involving partnerships with local attractions
www windermerelakecruis es co uk
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Brittany, where Mussels grow on “trees”
As a seasoned traveler, I have always found road trips to be the most exhilarating way to explore new places. And when it comes to France, the possibilities are endless. So when the opportunity arose to embark on a six-day road trip through the northern region of Brittany , I jumped at the chance. From Mont-Saint-Michel to Saint-Brieuc bay , this stretch of coastline is nothing short of spectacular .
Words by Nigel Whittaker
Our journey began at the world-renowned Mont-Saint-Michel, an island commune located in Normandy, France. The stunning Gothic architecture of the abbey loomed before us as we made our way across the causeway to the island Mont-Saint-Michel is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has been attracting visitors for centuries The island has a fascinating history, and the abbey at the top of the hill is a masterpiece of medieval engineering. The views from the top are simply breathtaking, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape
The abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel is a true architectural marvel It was built over a period of several centuries, and the result is a stunning example of Gothic architecture. The abbey's design was influenced by the Romanesque style, which is characterized by rounded arches and thick walls The main attraction of the abbey is the church at the top, which is dedicated to the archangel Saint Michael. The church is a masterpiece of medieval architecture, and the intricate carvings and stained glass windows are truly breathtaking. It is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in history or architecture
After our visit to Mont-Saint-Michel, we headed west along the coast to the picturesque town of Cancale This charming town is known for its oyster beds, which produce some of the finest oysters in France We stopped at a little seafood restaurant called Le Surcouf, which is located on the waterfront. The restaurant has a cozy atmosphere and a friendly staff. We feasted on freshly shucked oysters and langoustines while taking in the stunning views of the bay The seafood was incredibly fresh, and the restaurant had a relaxed atmosphere If you're ever in Cancale, be sure to stop by Le Surcouf - you won't regret it!
Our next stop was the elegant seaside town of Dinard, with its Belle Epoque architecture and stunning beaches We stayed at the Grand Hotel Barriere, a luxury hotel right on the beachfront The hotel's elegant rooms and excellent restaurant made for a delightful stay. The hotel is an excellent base for exploring the town, which has a lot to offer visitors The town is known for its historic villas, which are a testament to its past as a fashionable seaside resort In the evening, we strolled along the Promenade du Clair de Lune, taking in the views of the bay and the beautiful villas that line the seafront The promenade is a great spot for a leisurely walk, and the views are truly breathtaking
The following day, we headed further west to the walled city of Saint-Malo. Known as the "City of Corsairs," Saint-Malo has a rich maritime history and is famous for its ramparts, which offer stunning views of the sea and the surrounding countryside We stayed at the Hotel Oceania, a comfortable and stylish hotel just outside the walls of the old town. The hotel had a relaxed atmosphere, and the staff were very friendly After exploring the city's cobbled streets and bustling markets, we stopped for lunch at La Belle Epoque, a delightful restaurant with a charming outdoor terrace. The food was outstanding, and the service was impeccable. Saint-Malo has a lot to offer visitors The city has a long and fascinating history, and there are many historic sites to explore The city's ramparts are a must-see attraction, offering panoramic views of the sea and the surrounding landscape. The ramparts were built in the 17th century to protect the city from attack, and they are now a popular tourist attraction The city also has a lively market, where you can findall sorts of local produce, including seafood, cheeses, and fresh fruits and vegetables The city is also famous for its beaches, which are perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports.
The next leg of our journey took us to the little fishing village of Saint-Cast-le-Guildo This hidden gem on the Cotes d'Armor is a real find, with its quaint harbor and beautiful beaches. We stayed at the Hotel de l'Espérance, a cozy and welcoming hotel just steps from the beach The hotel had a charming atmosphere, and the staff were very helpful In the evening, we headed to Le Vieux Castel, a charming restaurant specializing in seafood. The bouillabaisse was particularly noteworthy, as was the stunning sunset over the harbor
Saint-Cast-le-Guildo is a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery The village is small and peaceful, with a few shops and restaurants. The beach is a great spot for sunbathing and swimming, and there are also plenty of opportunities for water sports. The harbor is a great place to watch the boats come and go, and you can also take a boat trip along the coast
On the fifth day of our trip, we headed inland to the medieval city of Dinan This fortified city on the River Rance is a treasure trove of historic architecture and winding streets. We stayed at the Hotel Arvor, a lovely hotel right in the heart of the old town The hotel had a traditional Breton
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Hotel Arvor, a lovely hotel right in the heart of the old town The hotel had a traditional Breton charm, and our room was very comfortable In the evening, we dined at La Marmite, a delightful restaurant serving traditional Breton cuisine The crepes were a particular highlight, and the restaurant had a cozy atmosphere
Dinan is a beautiful city with a rich history The city's medieval architecture is particularly impressive, and there are many historic sites to explore The city is also known for its art galleries and museums, which offer a glimpse into the city's past The River Rance runs through the
city, and there are many opportunities for boat trips and water sports The city also has a lively market, where you can find all sorts of local produce, including cheeses, fruits, and vegetables.
Our final destination was the stunning Saint-Brieuc bay, with its dramatic cliffs and beautiful beaches We stayed at the Hotel Edgar, a chic and stylish hotel right on the seafront The views from our room were simply breathtaking, and the hotel had a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. For our final meal of the trip, we headed to La P'tite Folie, a charming restaurant serving excellent seafood
and local specialties. Saint-Brieuc bay is a great place to explore the outdoors The cliffs and beaches offer plenty of opportunities for hiking, swimming, and water sports. The bay is also home to many seabirds and other wildlife, making it a great place for bird watching and nature lovers The town of SaintBrieuc itself is also worth exploring, with its historic buildings and lively market our road trip through Brittany was an unforgettable experience We saw some of the most beautiful sights in France, and we sampled some of the best food and wine the country has to offer The people were friendly
and welcoming, and we felt like we had discovered a part of France that is often overlooked by tourists. If you're planning a trip to France, we highly recommend exploring Brittany - you won't be disappointed!
Brittany is also famous for its delicious cuisine. The region is known for its seafood, crepes, and cider, and there are plenty of opportunities to sample these local specialties on a road trip through Brittany. One of the most popular dishes in Brittany is the galette, a type of savory crepe made with buckwheat flour Galettes are often filled with cheese, ham, and eggs,
and are usually served with a glass of cider. Another popular dish is the kouignamann, a buttery pastry that is similar to a croissant. The kouign-amann is a specialty of the town of Douarnenez, and is often enjoyed with a cup of coffee or tea
Brittany is also famous for its seafood, and there are many excellent seafood restaurants to be found throughout the region. In addition to oysters, langoustines, and bouillabaisse, other popular seafood dishes include mussels, scallops, and lobster. Some of the best seafood restaurants in Brittany include La Belle Epoque in Saint-Malo, Le Surcouf in Cancale, and Le
Vieux Castel in Saint-Castle-Guildo.
Another specialty of Brittany is cider, which is made from locally grown apples The region is home to many small-scale cider producers, and there are plenty of opportunities to sample the local cider on a road trip through Brittany. Some of the best places to try cider include the town of Fouesnant, which is known for its artisanal cider producers, and the town of Guingamp, which hosts an annual cider festival in September
Brittany is also home to many excellent vineyards, and the region is known for its crisp and refreshing white wines Some of the best vineyards in Brittany
include the Domaine de la Roche Bleue in Anjou, which produces excellent chenin blanc, and the Domaine de l'Ecu in Muscadet, which is known for its biodynamic wines In addition to its food and wine, Brittany is also known for its music and dance The region has a rich cultural heritage, and there are many traditional music and dance festivals held throughout the year. One of the most popular festivals is the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, which takes place in August and celebrates the Celtic culture of Brittany and other regions of Europe
Overall, a road trip through
Brittany is an excellent way to explore one of the most beautiful and fascinating regions of France From the stunning Gothic architecture of Mont-SaintMichel to the charming fishing villages of SaintCast-le-Guildo, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Brittany. Whether you're a foodie, a history buff, or a nature lover, you're sure to fall in love with this beautiful region.
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Sumptuous South Devon
South Devon is famed for its beautiful landscape, a World Heritage Site, 3 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty , and plenty of brilliant attractions whatever your interested in.
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 southdevonrailway co uk, email trains@s ou thdevonrailway. co uk or call 01364 644370
JUST THE TIC KET F OR AN AMAZING DAY OUT IN BEAUTIF UL SOUTH DEVON
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 rural branch line
It’s a top all-weather destination for groups and parties 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 delightful 14-mile return steam train journey The peaceful countryside through which the line travels is rich in wildlife and the river is never far away. Keep a look
out for buzzards and other birds of prey and, if you are really lucky, you may even see a kingfisher as it flashes along the river.
Sit back and relax as your train takes you on a leisurely ride in vintage carriages from Buckfastleigh, just off the A38, midway between Exeter and Plymouth, through sleepy Staverton, a station that has changed little in 150 years, to Totnes and back again
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, the fascinating Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast
Free to enter, the historic monastery of Buckfast Abbey, founded in 1018 and rebuilt stone-by-stone on its medieval foundations between 1906 and 1937, is home to a working community of Roman Catholic Benedictine Monks. Located on the picturesque banks of the River Dart on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, the Abbey is a haven of
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Renowned for its stunning Abbey Church with its dramatic Lantern Ceiling, and its extensive grounds and gardens, visitors can also enjoy recitals of choral and organ music by internationally renowned choirs and organists; as well as the delicious lunches and cream teas offered in The Grange Restaurant and pizzas from San Benedetto’s
Even larger groups can enjoy finding individual contemplation and quiet when strolling through the Abbey’s grounds Buckfast Abbey can arrange bespoke tailormade tours, booking is essential
When arriving at the Abbey the Visitor Welcome Centre has all the information you need for your visit, including
what to see and do, what’s on and where to eat There is also a select range of items produced by Buckfast Abbey and other monasteries, from gifts, cards and books, to food and drink so visitors can take a piece of Buckfast away with them.
For events and meetings, 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 delegates
For longer stays, visitors can explore the surrounding countryside from the comfort of the attractive and comfortable 33-bedroom on-site Hotel – Northgate House Accommodation in Grangehurst House, a fiftybed group accommodation block, is
also available, offering an ideal base for groups taking part in activity holidays, such as canoeing, rambling and fishing
Easily accessible from Exeter, Plymouth, and many other surrounding areas, Buckfast Abbey is conveniently located just off the A38 Devon Expressway Open between 10am – 4:30pm and there is ample free parking for coaches and cars
imaginations run wild aboard the Pirate Ship or inside the Play Fort, and let competitive kids take on their Assault Course or Bike Pump Track
They are all about adventure! Try their Dare Devil activities (Additional cost applies) – all supervised by qualified outdoor Instructors High adrenaline activities include a new and extended High Ropes Course, Mega Zip Wire, Kayaking and much more!
River Dart Country Park
Packed with outdoor fun for all ages, River Dart Country Park is located in over 90 stunning acres.
There’s excitement around every corner in their extensive adventure playgrounds Explore the activities and test your balance on the Agility Trail, take in the stunning views inside the Treetop Tower, and get to the top of the Climbing Pods! Let
Dartmoor Bike Park is also located within the Park With an impressive Freeride Area consisting of four runs graded from blue to orange The range of short runs contain sizeable jumps and a mulch trick jump (Additional cost applies) Seasonal opening and weather permitting.
For those looking for a quieter moment, there are scenic walks along the beautiful River Dart and rugged woodlands.
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J u s t t h e T i c k e t f o r a g r e at d ay o u t f o r C o a c h T o u r s South Devon Railway A first class destination and a warm welcome for coach tours. Easy access from the A38 and plenty of coach parking at Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0DZ. We’d love to see you! email@example.com 01364 644370 B uckfastleigh • St averton • Totne s River side
Their licensed cafe bar, the Old Sawmill, offers high-quality takeaway
Enjoy locally sourced food and drink, freshly prepared on-site
If staying for the day is not enough, why not stay at their award-winning campsite which includes free entry to their extensive playgrounds?
(Dare Devil activities and Dartmoor Bike Park not included)
There’s something for everyone at Devon’s multiaward-winning attraction Set within the incredible Dartmoor landscape and just a mile off the A38 in Ashburton, River Dart Country Park offers an unforgettable outdoor experience
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wining attraction has something special to offer, whether you’re looking for quality time with the kids, or somewhere calming to kick back with coffee and cake.
Explore everything the sanctuary has to offer, from scenic walks and award-winning gardens, to a new play area, hedge maze and engaging exhibits With activities, trails and talks there’s so much to explore with your own herd, whatever the weather Friendly dogs on leads are welcome too! Take sanctuary in the Taste of the West award-winning restaurant and enjoy fresh, local, seasonal produce while soaking in the unparalleled coast and country views. Or adopt your own donkey in the
Sanctuary has grown into the world’s largest equine welfare charities
They’re open 7 days a week, from 9am to 5pm Admission and parking is free, though donations are welcome to help many more donkeys with troubled pasts live a life of total sanctuary.
kiosks and, of course, rides on Britain’s finest 7 25 inch railway, where a fleet of steam locomotives pull passenger-carrying trains on a mile long route through the grounds, over bridges, through steepsided cuttings and a long, dark tunnel! There are also large outside play areas, a lovely wildway walk with stunning views, a wild pond, bug hotel and zip wire
No trip to Devon is c omplete without vis iting
The Donkey Sanc tuary
There’s a tranquil corner of the Jurassic Coast near Sidmouth that hundreds of friendly donkeys call home, and they’re all waiting to meet you
This free-to-visit, award–
Gift Shop, where you’ll also find quality donkey design products on every shelf What’s more, every penny of profit goes towards helping millions of donkeys and mules around the world.
From humble beginnings as a UK rescue mission over 50 years ago, The Donkey
Pecorama is one of Devon’s leading tourist attractions – set high on the hillside above the picturesque fishing village of Beer Visitors can expect a great day out for all the family, enjoying awardwinning gardens, stunning sea views, home-made food and a selection of refreshments from our
Pecorama is an ideal visit for coach parties and tours, as it has plenty of parking, great offers for travel companies and is a wonderful attraction for visitors to East Devon, with views over the UNESCO World Heritage coastline.
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