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Volume 15 Issue 3 2022

Fabulous Theatres

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Comment Hoorah! Almost all the world has re-opened to intrepid travellers, unfortunately the travel industry has experienced some issues, with lengthy delays both at airports and at many ports disrupting both air and sea travel even worse some airlines and ferry operators cancelling at the last minute due to staffing issues.

Firstly, groups can take the opportunity to discover the great places we have here at home in the UK, with many venues ,attractions, hotels etc waiting with open arms to welcome back their group visitors, offering generous discounts and bespoke packages, secondly maybe it’s time to travel by coach , not only is it a very relaxing , convenient and green, with average carbon dioxide emissions per passenger per journey being around five times lower than air travel and six times lower than car travel, we will be supporting our Coach operators helping to secure the future of our coach tourism sector which has to be good news for us all.

Contents News

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Agto

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Arts & Crafts

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Johnsons Journal

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Heart of England

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Beautiful South East

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South West Supplement

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Lake District

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Shopping and Markets

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Captivating Cathedrals

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Fabulous Theatres

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Merseyside

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Trips & Tours

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Tour Operators

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Inspirational Orchestras

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Yorkshire’s Finest

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World of Shakespeare

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Whilst here at Group Travel Today we have been celebrating the opportunity for groups to get back on their travels, we have to spare a thought for travel providers, having been through the lowest of the low during the pandemic with virtually no passengers and therefore no business most of the staff on furlough, then seeking other employment outside of the industry and choosing not to return. We have all this pent-up demand something had to give, we’re sure this is a temporary problem which will resolve itself over the coming months, but there are a couple of options for those who still wish to wonder.

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Visitors invited to Escape the Everyday in NewcastleGateshead Visitors looking for a city break this summer are being encouraged to “Escape the Everyday” in NewcastleGateshead. VisitEngland’s Escape the Everyday campaign is being delivered by NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI). The campaign will showcase the diverse range of bookable experiences available in NewcastleGateshead and surrounding areas to inspire consumers to book spring and summer city breaks. The campaign, which is part of a wider national

campaign being funded by VisitEngland will also support the recovery of the tourism sector by generating income for tourism businesses directly and indirectly involved in the campaign. It will promote a series of products, packages and experiences to a UK-based audience aged 25-44 with no children, to choose NewcastleGateshead for their next mini-break this summer season. North East businesses and residents are encouraged to back the campaign by sharing the

#EscapeTheEveryday as well as sharing the campaign’s website where visitors can discover more and plan their

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Jersey Boys Coming To A Theatre Near You The new dates include returning venues such as Edinburgh Playhouse, Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton and Wales Millennium Centre plus a venue the show has never played: Swansea Arena. Casting for the second leg of the tour will be announced.

The producers and creative team are delighted to announce new dates for the highly successful UK and Ireland tour of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awardwinning musical JERSEY

The current cast includes previous tour alumni Michael Pickering and Lewis Griffiths returning as Frankie Valli and Nick Massi respectively, with Blair Gibson as Bob Gaudio and Dalton Wood as Tommy DeVito. Luke Suri will play Frankie Valli at certain performances. Also in the cast are Dougie Carter (Hank Majewski), Ryan

BOYS, which is currently on the road and running simultaneously with the smash-hit West End production, playing to packed houses at the newly refurbished Trafalgar Theatre.

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Carter-Wilson (Swing), Emma Crossley (Mary Delgado), Jordan James (Gyp DeCarlo), Norton James (Norm Waxman), Michael Levi (Bob Crewe), Tom O’Brien (Swing), Nathan Routledge (Swing), George Salmon (Joe Pesci), Ellie Seaton (Lorraine), Daisy Steere (Francine), Amy West (Swing), and Damien Winchester (Barry Belson). The tour opened at New Wimbledon Theatre on 24 November 2021 and is booking through to 19 May 2023. www.jerseyboysmusical. co.uk/tour/


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Take the coach and avoid the airport

The well-documented disruption at many UK airports is reinforcing the benefits of coach touring. Wendy Hartley-Scarff, chief executive of the Association of Group Travel Organisers offers a timely reminder of the environmental benefits of taking the coach.

It’s long been recognised that coach travel is one of the most environmentallyfriendly ways to travel. The Confederation of Passenger Transport, the trade organisation representing coach and bus operators, highlights the fact that coaches are

among the cleanest, greenest vehicles on our roads, with average carbon dioxide emissions per passenger per journey being around five times lower than air travel and six times lower than car travel. It will come as no surprise to those working in the coach tourism industry to learn that one coachload of people, which can keep up to 50 cars off the roads, amounts to notable savings in carbon dioxide emissions.

CPT makes the point that a change in travel behaviours will have a huge impact on reducing carbon emissions. The organisation says that a 15% increase in coach passenger journeys in the UK each year could lead to approximately 47 million fewer cars on the road, saving over a quarter of a million tonnes of carbon dioxide and significantly reducing congestion on our roads.

Group travel organisers and tourism suppliers have a significant role to play in achieving all of this. At a

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local level, destinations need to ensure there are well-signed drop-off and pick-up points. Free coach parking, whether it’s in a town, city, or visitor attraction should be a given. Those same destinations and visitor attractions, indeed, all tourism suppliers, should be making sure their websites give clear and easy-to-find information that will help coach operators when a GTO gets in touch to plan a day trip or holiday.

GTOs themselves are already part of the solution to the problem of climate change. By organising trips and holidays for their group they are already providing the means for people to leave their cars at home.

But there’s another aspect to all of this that has become increasingly apparent since travel opened up again following the COVID-19 pandemic. With confidence in air travel dented by the pandemic, and exacerbated by the

many well-documented problems being faced at many of the UK’s airports, holidaying by coach has not only become more popular, but for many people, it’s become the sensible thing to do.

Many coach tour operators are reporting seeing many first-time passengers. Many of these are from a younger age group, often attracted by theatre breaks and shopping trips. One coach operator told me that a group of teenagers, heading off to London, were surprised at how comfortable the coach was. We know this of course, and coach operators regularly promote their ‘comfortable coaches’, but perhaps we need more of the social media generation to be Instagramming from one of these ‘comfortable coaches’.

GTOs can rightfully claim that by continuing to use coaches to give their groups memorable and enjoyable day trips and holiday experiences, they’re already doing their bit for the environment. Coach operators themselves are ready and waiting to work with GTOs to plan a day trip or holiday. It might be overegging things to say that we’re seeing a renaissance in coach travel, but with taking the coach being a clearly identifiable route to sustainable tourism, I see no reason why such a renaissance shouldn’t be just around the corner.


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Arts & Crafts

For those of us handy with our hands or for those of us who are not but love to watch the skills on display at these great venues.

For full details please visit www.jinneyring.co.uk

as a large quirky gift shop and artist gallery, both selling unusual gifts and works of art. The Craft Centre is set in lovely gardens with duck ponds and wide views across to the Malvern Hills.

Jinney Ring The Jinney Ring Craft Centre is located in Hanbury, a picturesque village situated between Droitwich Spa and Bromsgrove. On site they have a wide range of crafts people working in their own individual businesses as well

Kilkenny Arts Festival For almost 50 years, Kilkenny Arts Festival has been one of the leading festivals in Ireland, celebrated for its effortless blend of tradition and innovation, and for its electrifying range of events. Since its foundation in 1974, Kilkenny Arts Festival has gathered many of the world’s finest musicians, performers, writers and artists in Ireland’s medieval city. For ten days each August, the city’s historic churches, castle, courtyards, townhouses and gardens

Jinney Ring welcome coach visitors or large groups to and also work with neighbouring attractions to make sure that you have an enjoyable day out, whether this is a relaxing day or one that is packed with education and activities. Why not organise a day out including a falconry display, a look around the craft units with some shopping and lunch?

Special Events throughout the year! See website for details

12 working craft units, craft ales, plants, gardens, restaurant & gifts Open Daily Free Admission & Parking

01527 821272 jinneyring.co.uk

Hanbury, Bromsgrove Worcestershire, B60 4BU

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offer a magical setting for unique collaborations and intimate encounters between audiences and artists. Filled with everything from magnificent medieval architecture to cutting-edge design, beautiful gardens, irresistible restaurants, bars and boutiques, compact enough to walk around and easy to reach, Kilkenny is a mouth-watering destination and the perfect host for one of Ireland's best-loved festivals. 04 - 14 August 2022 www.kilkennyarts.ie


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The continuing, amazing adventures of Pauline & Ken, on their travels

Ken & Pauline hand raising the pork pie pastry February saw Ken and I travelling to Melton Mowbray for an evening of Pork Pie making at Brockleby’s. It was a Christmas present from our son, which had to be taken on a Monday evening. We had decided to make a day of it and booked lunch at a nearby hotel before heading off into Melton Mowbray itself. The Olde Pork Pie Shoppe – Dickinson & Morris was on our list to visit as well. They, along with Brockleby’s, are one of the small number of producers able to call their pies, ‘Melton Mowbray Pork Pies’, as they are made within 21 miles of the town. Like Brockleby’s they also have pork pie making workshops. Great fun for individuals, as well as small

with one of where they worked in the many shirt factories. These murals are mostly done by local artists, and whilst permission to do them is required, the local Council encourages them.

Board and Visit Derry. Whilst one couple chose to fly from Stansted to Derry the following day, the main party were transported by Dunwoods coach, from various parts of the Country to Liverpool, for the start of our tour. After an evening meal in Liverpool we caught the new Stena Line overnight ferry to Belfast. The cabins, although basic had a TV, good shower room and a comfortable bed which afforded a good nights sleep, until the wakey, wakey call at 5.30am for us to leave our cabins at 6.15am ready

The afternoon drive through ‘The Bogside’, scene of ‘The Troubles’, took us to The Museum of Free Derry (The Peace Museum). Our guide, who had lost a brother in ‘The Troubles’ gave us a very moving account of what had happened and why, and how the museum had come to be founded.

for docking at 6.30am. Breakfast was to be two hours later at The White Horse Hotel on the outskirts of Derry, our base for the next two nights.

Outside there were two memorials to firstly those who had died and then to Bishop Edward Daley who waved the ‘white handkerchief’ on Bloody Sunday.

Once in Derry we were met by Karen from Visit Derry at The Guildhall for a tour and then, for those of us that braved the wet under loaned umbrellas, a walk along part of the Walls which surround Derry. A 10-minute walk along the walls led to one of the many colourful murals depicting Derry life throughout the years, in this case ‘The Derry Girls’ of TV fame. We were to see the ‘real Derry Girls” on another mural later in the day along

That evening, before dinner, we had a marvellous display of Irish dancing by the Concannon & McLaughlan Dance School.

TV Derry Girls and some of the group

groups. I am reliably told that Dickinson & Morris will be using St Mary’s Church opposite their shop in the future for their Pork Pie making work shops and they will therefore be able to take larger groups more comfortably than was possible at the shop. Incidentally Ken was much better at moulding the pie pastry than me, and I am told it was all down to his pottery throwing skills.

At the beginning of March I joined a group of Group Travel Organiser clients of Dunwood Travel on an Educational visit to Derry in Northern Ireland, sponsored by the Northern Irish Tourist

Real Derry Girls Mural

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The next day, before we set off for the Giants Causeway visit, it had been arranged (as so many people were contemplating the short flight from Liverpool or Stansted to Derry) that we visit the airport ,which was only minutes away from our hotel. Small maybe but more than


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those who ‘need them’ (Blue Badge holders), which have to be booked. Most of us made it down unaided but getting back to the centre did prove a challenge for many, who don’t qualify for Blue Badges. This may yet prove to be a step too far in the race to become greener. Certainly for my group visiting in July this year, the Tour Operator and I are going to have serious conversations with the venue and our guide as half my group will struggle. Is it worth paying the entrance fee just to stand

went to The Walled City Brewery for our evening meal and a tasting. The meal was 3 courses and included either a tasting of three beers, brewed on the premises, or a local gin or wine. The owner worked for some years at Guinness, so his credentials for making a good brew were sound. The package we had for groups is currently £28 per person. Soon they will be expanding to include a tour of a new Brewery on site and will then be able to bottle and sell their beers to their customers, as at present

The Walled City Brewery Mural remembering the skirt factories the Derry Girls worked at adequate with a VIP lounge which groups could book and which apart from two

The trip to the Giants Causeway was an eye opener for various reasons.

and view it from a distance? For many, a trip to nearby Bushmill’s Distillery is a must. However it still isn’t open to visitors for tours and whilst a visit to the shop, and maybe a tasting would more than suffice, it doesn’t seem at the present that will happen in 2022 because of social distancing. We did however have a very good meal in The Bushmill Inn across the road, and I would highly recommend groups looking for somewhere to eat near the Giants Causeway making enquiries here. We were only able to drive part of The Coastal Route due to time restraints, but for groups thinking of staying in Derry it is the point where both the Coastal Route and The Atlantic Route meet so plenty of excursions to be had if you base yourself here.

Garden of Reflection amd memorial to Edward Daly drinks and a snack also offered priority boarding all for £12.50 per head. Unfortunately they don’t hold a licence so no duty free drink on sale.

It is owned by The National Trust who have stopped the local bus shuttle service from the visitor centre to the bottom of the path down to the stones. Instead, they are putting in small golf carts for

Group at the Giants Causeway

We were in for a treat on the last night. Dropping some of us off to walk across the Peace Bridge in Derry, we

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it is only on tap. A very ‘happy’ end to the few short days in this welcoming part of Ireland. Having experienced the overnight Liverpool-Belfast ferry at the start of our journey we returned on the afternoon Dublin to Holyhead ferry. For me, having had the experience of these few days just four months before my own tour (which is based in Belfast but incorporates several of the elements we experienced) has been extremely helpful and I am grateful to Dunwood’s for asking me to go with them. Derry was certainly worth visiting and with the possibility of such a short flight and maybe combining a day and overnight in Liverpool beforehand could, with entertainment at the hotel, be a pleasant 5-day break.


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Heart of England

At the heart of the country, an area that could’nt be more diverse, as well as vibrant cities a wealth of industrial revolution history, historic houses and fabulous coutryside.

Warwick Festival Organisers of Warwick Folk Festival are delighted to announce that the popular Festival will return for its eagerly awaited 42nd year from Thursday 21 – Sunday 24 July as well as moving to an exciting new location at ‘Castle Park’. The new location, which is next to Warwick Castle and even closer to town, means all the principal venues and camping are on one site. Having been postponed for the last two years, the organisers are thrilled to be staging the family friendly festival which brings the local community together for a celebration of folk history, dance, and general revelry. Visitors can be assured that the planners and Festival stewards are very COVID aware and will be keeping everything clean and everyone safe. As well as the Main Marquee which will have some sides open to allow the air to circulate, there will also be the Ceilidh Tent and a smaller outdoor stage. There will be hand sanitisers and plenty of space for social distancing. An extra field has been added to the site to allow campers to spread out. Tickets have been held at 2019 prices and there are no booking fees For more information and to book tickets please visit www.warwickfolkfestival.co.uk

Rotary clubs, WI and local guild groups, students, art and painting groups, archaeological groups and walking parties.

climbs in the Midlands. uptoncressetthall.co.uk Hill Close Gardens Warwick’s Secret

They can accommodate group visits of all sizes, starting at ten to a maximum of fifty.

If you are looking for history and have a love of gardens then their unique Victorian detached gardens are a place to visit and explore.

Please note Upton Cressett has a single lane access and is steep in parts. The road is a public road and maintained by Shropshire Council. They have an excellent relationship with a local coach company and can arrange transport for your group anywhere within a 100 mile radius at a highly competitive price. Due to the narrow lane, they cannot accommodate 50+ seater tourist coaches. However, they can arrange a shuttle service from the coach parking bay at the end of their lane for an additional charge. The ideal coach size is a mid-size coach (up to 39 seats).

Events are held all year round including workshops for all ages and many child orientated family events. They started the season with their yearly Snowdrop weekend where visitors can get up close and personal with their raised display and

Moving forward there are many events including Arts and Crafts days to evening musical performances. Toward the end of the summer season and into Autumn they hold their yearly Apple Day and Country Crafts event. This is a popular event celebrating all things Apple. Crafts stalls are spread all over the many individual gardens along with entertainment. www.hilclosegardens.com

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Classic Car Club Groups Classic car clubs – including Rolls Royce owners, the Bullnose Morris Club and local MG clubs – particularly enjoy their visits (often with lunch and a Hall tour) to Upton Cressett where they have become a popular club outing venue. Drivers especially enjoy the exhilarating and challenging three mile winding country lane, typical of the Shropshire Hills, that leads from the main A458 BridgnorthShrewsbury road to the remote and romantic hamlet of Upton Cressett.

Just off J15 M6 Our award-winning gardens are the perfect retreat for garden enthusiasts or those wishing to follow our unique fairy trail, wander through woodland or take a lakeside walk.

Upton Cresset 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,

explore over 130 varieties around the gardens.

Part of this steep lane, on Meadlowley Bank, used to be part of the famous Clee Hills Trial of the 1940s and 1950s when the road was still private and used to rival Shelsley Walsh in Worcestershire as one of the most famous rally hill

Garden Tours can be arranged.

• Free coach parking

There’s plenty for families too with an adventure playground, activities, trails and train rides.

• Free entry for group organiser

The cosy wooden lodges of the Shopping Village offer plenty of of ine shopping. From gift shops to outdoor leisure, a Garden Centre and quality places to eat and drink or enjoy an afternoon tea, there’s something for everyone.

• £5 meal voucher for coach drivers accompanying groups of 12 or more

Trentham, just 5 minutes from J-15, M6, Staffordshire Sat Nav Postcode ST4 8JG

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• Afternoon tea in a pod £25pp

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Beautiful South East

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The South East is renowned for its beautiful gardens and miles of stunning coastline. Rich in cultural attractions, the region is easily accessible from London, and is also home to gently rolling countryside, two National Parks and some of Britain's sunniest and driest weather. 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.

The Kent & East Sussex Railway

Kew

Advance booking is necessary for all groups and provides you with the peace of mind that they’ll be prepared for your visit. A deposit of 25% will secure your booking and the balance of payment with final confirmed numbers is due no less than 14 days prior to the date of travel.

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

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For more information, please visit www.kew.org/groups, email groups@kew.org or call Photograpg RBG Kew

The Kent & East Sussex Railway, was the first light railway opened in Britain under the Light Railways Act of 1896, built by Holman F. Stephens. Today it is one of Britain’s most loved and original heritage railways, running for over 10 miles from Tenterden, capital of the Kentish Weald, to Bodiam in Sussex in the shadow of the 600 year old National Trust castle.

refreshments free of charge

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 17-metre-high structure examines the importance and plight of the world’s bees.

Group Visits If your group numbers 15 or more, in addition to their legendary warm welcome, you’ll enjoy discounted rates for train travel between Tenterden and Bodiam stations and complimentary seat reservations on the train of your choice. There are refreshment options available to enhance your visit and your Coach Driver may travel free of charge – where refreshments are booked for the group, they’ll also provide them with similar

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ENJOY NATURE SPRING TO LIFE FROM YOUR FRONT ROW SEAT

Great Group rates, free coach parking and incentives for drivers.

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Visit the world-famous botanic garden

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020 8332 5648 to speak to a member of the Groups department.

Indulge in the Jubileeinspired menu that includes traditional savouries like smoked salmon blinis, classic cucumber & cream cheese finger sandwiches and a Coronation chicken brioche bun. Follow with the Queen’s favourite sweet treats like Victoria Sponge, Commonwealth chocolate cupcake, regal rhubarb & strawberry trifle and British cherry Bakewell with fresh cream & a raspberry. All served alongside the Bakery's classic scones with clotted cream and jam, plus the usual scrumptious selection of Brigit’s Teas.

Canterbury Guided Tours Canterbury Guided Tours provide entertaining 90minute walking tours for visitors to the historic city of Canterbury. Their tours all include access to the Cathedral Precincts, are led by fully qualified Green Badge Guides and are the official tours of the city. Their guided walking tours of Canterbury are an excellent way to see the sights and learn some history too! Group tours are available throughout the year if booked in advance. The route and theme of your tour can be arranged to suit your specific requirements and special interests. If your group has a particular interest, or would like to experience something a little different, take a look at their Themed Tours. www.canterburytouristguides .co.uk Please note tours normally include the Cathedral Precincts (around the outside of the Cathedral). If your group wishes to visit inside the Cathedral, this must be booked separately through Canterbury Cathedral www.canterburycathedral.org/visit.

Arundel the jewel in the Arun crown, a tourist hotspot listed in the top 100 best places to live. A Castle dating from 1067 sits on the hill beside a Cathedral from the 19th century. Above a vibrant town filled with history and independent shops, tea rooms and riverside cafes.

Will Give You 900 Years! Give Them a ring 07443 896480 Office location High Street, Arundel, BN18 9AB email arundelwalkingtours@yahoo.co.uk www.arundelwalkingtours.co.uk

TOURS OF ARUNDEL TOWN Book a Tour with them, any day after 2pm and any time on Sundays. Learn and be enlightened by all the stories, history, people and places that make Arundel the town loved today.

Enjoy a quintessentially British afternoon tea on board a classic Routemaster bus, whilst touring the iconic sights and Royal landmarks of London. To celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in style, during May, June and July, all our Classic Afternoon Tea Bus Tours will become Royal Tours embellished with flags, crowns, and platinum jubilee decorations!

Martin an Arundel postman and local from historic Arundel has developed a fascinating talk and tour.

People living locally as well as Tourists, Language Schools, coach parties and day trippers have been introduced to the intriguing insight into the history of Arundel.

Choose from traditional, vegan, vegetarian, halal, and gluten-free afternoon tea options. Private hire available too.

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Tour 1 The most popular and the one that gives you all the what, why, who and when's £7.50 per adult

Best,Official, Unique Guided Tours in Arundel

The tour takes a unique route past Royal landmarks including Hyde Park Corner, Royal Albert Hall, Albert Memorial, Kensington Palace, Marble Arch, St James Palace and Horse Guard’s Parade.

Tour 2 The downhill route through Old Arundel, shops and trades and to the Old Dockland £7.50 per adult Tour 3 Up or down, your call! The Riverside Walk, transport, schooling, and the youth. £7.50per person Give Them 90 Minutes & They

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To learn more and book visit: https://b-bakery.com/ Call reservations on: 020 3026 1188 or Email your enquiry to: info@bbakery.com 'Bluebell Railway - Steaming across Sussex, it's more than just a railway. Step back in time as you travel through the stunning scenery that the Sussex High



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Weald has to offer. As one of Britain's oldest and busiest heritage lines, they operate and own the largest collection of steam locomotives in preservation outside the National Rail Museum with the oldest being 150 years old this year, and covering pretty much all classes from the small but mighty Terriers such as Stepney (their longest resident loco) and Fenchurch, Terrier No.72, all the way through to their resident sleeping giant, 9F No.92240. With their own viaduct, the longest in preservation at 14 chains length, the longest tunnel on a standard gauge preserved railway at just under half a mile long and 4 preserved stations in various period décor they offer one of the most feature packed heritage lines in the UK. All of their stations have provisions for refreshments and snacks, with their 'home' station, Sheffield Park, offering a licensed bar and restaurant on the platform, The Bessemer Arms, serving meals throughout the day from breakfast until the railway closes. Step off at Horsted Keynes and visit their carriage and

wagon workshops where you can see what’s going on from their viewing area, and if you have brought youngsters with you, then SteamWorks!, their interactive learning zone will set them off on the right track.

and informative guides, your tour will not only be value for money but also provide a unique experience. Their comfortable boat, The Georgian, is equipped with modern toilets and central heating for those chilly days. However, more importantly, open spaces for those sunny ones too. If you are looking for refreshments, they can offer you a range of coffees and speciality teas.

They offer group discounts, along with numerous special events throughout the year, along with their fantastic Golden Arrow dining trains.' WWW.BLUEBELL-RAILWAY.COM

Alternatively, why not head to their licensed onboard bar serving chilled wine and refreshing beers. Their day excursions cover a whole range of trips with various menu offerings to suit your budget, tastes and interests.

Windsor and Maidenhead Boat Company Windsor and Maidenhead’s Boat company is fantastic for day excursions for you and your group.At the Windsor & Maidenhead Boat Company, they like to make sure your day out on the Thames is one to remember.

They also offer two departure points: Maidenhead Riverside Gardens and Windsor Leisure Center.

As a family-based business, they aim to share their passion for the Thames with their guests by giving them a delightful cruise.

Every trip includes a round of tea and coffee, usually served after the food. Minimum numbers do apply.

They are committed to providing a top-quality and memorable tour experience to all their customers. With delicious food from their custom menus to captivating

If you cannot make the numbers, it is still worth asking; they may be able to join you with another group or offer you a slightly different trip.

The GEORGIAN You can find further details on their website, where you can also download their group brochure or request one by post. So give them a call on 01628 621 286 or email Gareth at groups@wmbcboats.com. These trips operate Monday to Friday all year round, including a special Christmas Cruise. You can check availability and secure your date by paying a £100 deposit online at www. wmbcboats.com or by calling and emailing.

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Brigit's Afternoon Tea Sightseeing Bus Tours

Eight acres of inspirational gardens steeped in horticultural history.

Open all year (except*). Coaches welcome by appointment. Special group rates. Events throughout the year.

Waterperry Gardens, Plant Centre, Garden Shop, Gift Barn, Gallery, Museum and Licensed Teashop. Close to Oxford in the heart of the countryside. Visit www.waterperrygardens.co.uk or call us on 01844 339254 Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry, Near Wheatley, Oxford OX33 1JZ (for SatNav OX33 1LA). *Closed between Christmas and New Year, please see website for more details.

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Waddesdon Manor Once the country home of the Rothschild's, this French châteaux in the heart of the Chilterns houses one of the finest collections of decorative arts in the world. Explore landscaped Victorian gardens with beautiful displays, walks and statuary, and see rare birds at the Aviary. Discover what group experiences are available at Waddesdon today. waddesdon.org.uk . near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP1 80 JH


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Spotlight on these simply sumptuous garden centres in the South East - Millbrook destination for hot and cold drinks and treats as well as tasty breakfasts and lunches.

Millbrook Gravesend

Millbrook Staplehurst Millbrook at Staplehurst (formerly Highgrove Garden Centre) is conveniently located near Marden, on the A229 just outside Staplehurst. It has all you need to help you grow your garden plus a fantastic range of giftware,

The centre has all you need to help you grow your garden, plus a fantastic range of giftware, home furnishings as well as furniture, seasonal products, and accessories. It also boasts a brand-new Food Hall and Butchers. This new facility stocks a delicious selection of over three hundred food and drink products from 23 local producers all under one roof – reducing food miles and keeping the very best flavours in the local community.

home furnishings and clothing as well as furniture and BBQs and of course their friendly, knowledgeable staff are always on hand to give you help and advice. Parking is free at Millbrook and their award-winning green cafe is a popular

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give you help and advice. You will find ample free parking at Millbrook Gravesend and their awardwinning restaurant, The Mill, with free Wi-Fi access is a popular destination for hot and cold drinks and treats as well as tasty breakfasts and lunches.

Both centres offer a range of workshops and events for full details visit: www.millbrookgc.co.uk


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LUNDY ISLAND Enjoy a wonderful day trip Three miles long and half a mile wide, Lundy lies 10 miles o the coast of North Devon where the Atlan c Ocean meets the Bristol Channel. Sail on our classic passenger ship, MS Oldenburg, and have 4-6 hours to explore this beau ful island.

Bookings: 01271 863636

For more informa on and metables visit www.lundyisland.co.uk info@lundyisland.co.uk


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Welcome to the Spectacular South West

Whether you’re looking for adventure, experiences, culture or some R&R, the South West is the place for you and your goup.This

then cream you can have it both ways in this area, the South West has been beloved of writers and filmmakers across time, from Enid Blyton to Daphne du Maurier and has played host to many film and TV productions who could forget the beautiful scenery that appeared in Poldark! With two national parks, Exmoor and Dartmoor, the beautiful regency city of Bath and the bustling historic cities of Plymouth and Exeter, UNESCO World Heritage sights at Stonehenge and the Jurassic Coast, pies, pasties and Padstow who wouldn’t

diverse area has everything you could think of and a little more besides. Cream and jam or jam and

PLYMOUTH FOR GROUPS

WWW.VISITPLYMOUTH.CO.UK/TRAVELTRADE Plymouth is a vibrant waterfront city packed full of group friendly attractions, accommodation, activities, shopping, entertainment and sightseeing.

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want to visit? Whatever your interests and whatever your budget, you’ll find a whole host of things to see and do while in the South West

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dishes, and special diets can be catered for with advance notice. Groups can have their own function room for their activities such as quizzes, games, jigsaws or a good old fashioned beetle drive! There is a large car park which is free for coaches. The hotel can also provide a courier guide for Exmoor tours. For smaller groups transport is available to assist with walks or outings to local attractions and itineraries can be arranged to help you enjoy the best of what the area can offer. Local Attractions There are many local attractions for you to visit, the nearest is Dunster Castle and Gardens at the end of the street from the hotel and the

It’s Family Time at Monkey World Monkey World, the largest primate rescue operation in the world was delighted to announce the birth of two very rare and beautiful woolly monkeys at the centre. Best known for rescuing monkeys and apes from smuggling, abuse, or neglect around the world, the woolly monkeys at Monkey World are the last of their kind kept in captivity where family groups are thriving and reproducing. After Storm Eunice hit the UK, the primate care staff arrived at Monkey World ready to face the damage caused by the winds- and instead were greeted by woolly monkey Xingu and her new baby boy, Levi! Woolly monkeys are extremely rare & notoriously difficult to breed in captivity, so the team are pleased both Xingu and Olivia’s youngsters are thriving. These two infants are the 31st and 32nd woolly monkeys born at Monkey World over the years, and the centre is the last surviving place with a healthy, breeding woolly

lawns of Britain’s largest Cathedral Close, marvel at the height of the iconic Spire, the tallest in Britain at over 123m tall and visible from miles around. For the brave adventurers, exclusive tours of the tower wind up 332 steps to the base of the spire. Expert guides will lead small groups through the hidden roof spaces ending with a spectacular view across Salisbury from 223ft high! Uncover the secrets of the best-preserved Magna Carta document, dating back to 1215. One of only four left in existence, Magna Carta unites communities globally as a symbol of human rights Specifically, our Magna Carta was the inspiration for the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the US Bill of Rights.

monkey population outside of South America. Woolly monkey numbers are drastically declining in the wild due to deforestation, hunting, and capture of individuals for the illegal pet trade. Monkey World supports in-situ rescue centres by feeding back information and knowledge on good and successful care and husbandry of these endangered monkeys.

If you would like to come and “meet” the family book online at www.monkeyworld.org/book -tickets/

West Somerset Steam Railway runs nearby. Please contact the hotel for more information including their Familiarisation Break offer. You can telephone 01643 821425 or email hotel@yarnmarkethotel.co.uk

Dunster and Exmoor for Groups The Yarn Market Hotel is situated in the picturesque medieval village of Dunster in Exmoor National Park, with cobbled streets and the historic Yarn Market, Dunster Castle, 14th century buildings, a working Water Mill and Parish Church.

Salisbury Cathedral Explore over 800 years of history in a breath-taking architectural masterpiece. Salisbury Cathedral is one of Southern England’s gems, conveniently situated within a traditional, but original city.

The hotel has 28 en-suite bedrooms, and 2 restaurants. The menu carries a range of

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The incredible scenery is accompanied by a regular schedule of free or paid demonstrations and tours for people of every background and interest, from stonemasonry to stained glass. The on-site Refectory Restaurant offers awardwinning food and drink options, with bespoke refreshment packages available. Trade rates for groups bookings and FIT/small groups. To book Call 01772 512156/ groups@salcath.org www.salisburycathedral.org.


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Yarn Market Hotel Dunster Friendly familyrun hotel in centre of historic medieval village in Exmoor National Park * Groups Welcome large or small  All rooms ensuite  Large Restaurant  Close to Dunster Castle and the West Somerset Steam Railway 10% discount off any stays booked direct with the hotel. Tel: 01643 821425 Website: www.yarnmarkethotel.co.uk Email: hotel@yarnmarkethotel.co.uk


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browse the Gift Shop at leisure in the knowledge that every purchase goes towards helping donkeys in need. Packed with unique donkeydesign items and souvenirs, you will find something for everyone.

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 peace and tranquillity.

The Abbey also has three shops which offer an extensive range of items produced by monasteries all over the world, from gifts, cards and books, to food and drink. 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 120 delegates.

For more information or to book a group visit, please visit www.thedonkeysanctuary.g. uk/sidmouth or call 01395 578222.

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.

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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.

For longer stays, visitors can explore the surrounding countryside from the comfort of the attractive and comfortable 33-bedroom onsite 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.

Seaton Tramway is a great day out for all age groups, and even more fun when you're travelling with a likeminded group! They have open toppers and enclosed saloons, giving a comfortable ride. Whatever the weather groups will enjoy a leisurely trip on the Tramway. The Garden Room at Colyton Station is a great place to enjoy the Tramstop Cafe delights, this separate dining and/or meeting area for groups can seat up to 80 people. It takes half an hour to travel from end to end. They recommend a break at Colyton or Seaton to explore these interesting towns. Colyton station includes the well-stocked shop, which has a wide range of tram-related souvenirs and unique gifts. Exmouth. Just contact them today to book your next trip. Tram.co.uk/groups or 01297 20375

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From humble beginnings as a UK rescue mission over 50 years ago, The Donkey Sanctuary has grown into one of the world’s largest equine welfare charities. The sanctuary is open from 9am, 364 days a year, with free admission and parking including dedicated coach lane for easy drop-off. Coach drivers eat free and a guided tour or talk is included with all group bookings.

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A world of memories from days gone by!

www.buckfast.org.uk The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary is an award-winning visitor attraction home to hundreds of friendly donkeys just waiting to meet you. Besides the furry residents, explore everything the sanctuary has to offer, from daily talks and scenic walks to award-winning gardens and engaging exhibits. Take sanctuary in The Kitchen restaurant and enjoy fresh, local, seasonal produce alongside unparalleled coast and country views. Great value menus are available for pre-booked groups, with every penny of profit helping donkeys and mules around the world.

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A FIRST-CLASS DAY OUT! IN THE PRETTY VILLAGE OF BEER, ON THE JURASSIC COAST

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Lake District

The Lake District, one of the most beautiful regions of the UK,world famous for its beautiful lakes and mountainous fells, there’s plenty to do for groups.

line along the Tyne Valley in North East Cumbria and, recently, all the way to Slaggyford in Northumberland Along the route there are fine views across the South Tyne valley, in the heart of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Lakes Aquarium At Lakeside, on the southern end of England’s largest lake, Windermere, you can discover in over thirty displays the fascinating and often secret world of wildlife and freshwater creatures dwelling in and alongside these magnificent waters. The aquarium is at the Lakeside Pier, where you can arrive by boat from Waterhead or Bowness, or you could go on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. There is a gift shop within the aquarium, and a restaurant on the Pier with panoramic views of Windermere They welcome groups of all sizes and types! They offer: Special admission rates for groups of ten or more Free admission for the group leader Free guided tours (subject to availability) Free coach parking Guided Tours The advised maximum group size for a guided tour is twenty-five people – larger

Email : enquiries@southtynedale-railway.org.uk General Enquiries – 01434 381696

groups will be divided into more manageable numbers for guided tours. They recommend that you allow at least one to one and a half hours for the guided tour. Allow your group further time to experience the Virtual Dive Bell, enjoy refreshments at Oscar’s Restaurant or the 1872 Café and to browse in the gift shops.

Windermere Lake Cruises Windermere is England’s largest lake, in the heart of

For further information or to book call 015395 30153 ext. 203, or email info@lakesaquarium.co.uk akesaquarium.co.uk

South Tyndale Railway England’s highest narrow gauge railway, the South Tynedale Railway, passes through the scenic North Pennines AONB, running for 3.5 miles from Alston in Cumbria to Lintley in Northumberland. There are four stations on the route, Alston, Kirkhaugh, Lintley and Slaggyford and each way takes 35 minutes. South Tynedale Railway Preserved steam and diesel locomotives from Britain and overseas run between Alston Station (875 feet above sea level) and Kirkhaugh, following part of the old Haltwhistle to Alston branch

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the Lake District.They offer stunning boat services every day on historic 'steamers' and modern launches. Making Your Group Day Out More Affordable They offer a wide range of days out for adults and children. Combine your cruise with a visit to one or two nearby attractions -they have an itinerary to suit any interest, timescale or budget. Great days out for groups on Lake Windermere. Packages available for 20 passengers or more. www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk


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We’re all guilty, but now’s the time to get off line and get in line for all things retail therapy, support our brilliant markets and independant shops.

Bury Market – A Great Day Out Bury Market is a shopper’s paradise that has been an iconic part of Bury for centuries, with the current site being occupied since the 1970s. On the Full Market Days of Wednesday, Friday and Saturday the Market is home to over 350 stalls selling all manner of goods and produce and when combined with the neighbouring Mill Gate and nearby Rock Shopping Centres, Bury offers a fantastic array of shops and leisure activities. On top of Full Market Days, selected Fish & Meat Hall and Market Hall stalls are open every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Truly, the only day the Market is fully closed is Sunday.

Oswestry Award Winning Markets - Open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

Matthews. Founded in 1935 by Albert Matthews himself, Albert’s have been selling only the finest local produce to the people of the North West and beyond for over 80 years. The business has been kept within the Matthews family throughout the years, and in 2005, Albert’s grandchildren Chris and Sarah brought their range of tasty meats to Bury Market. Since opening up on the Market, Albert Matthews has only gone from strength to strength, and they have received over twenty regional and Great Taste Awards.

Oswestry is a border market town steeped in history. Markets in Oswestry date back some 800 years and remain one of the town’s biggest attractions, drawing visitors from far and wide. Today, their thriving market town enjoys a growing reputation for award-winning independent shops along with a bustling festival and arts culture. On a traditional market day, the street scene hasn't much changed in years. Certainly Wilfred Owen, the Oswestry-born famous WW1 soldier and

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poet, would recognise it still. The Indoor Market is open each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and Outdoor Markets are held every Wednesday and Saturday. Explore the stalls of the indoor market where over 40 traders sell bespoke gifts mixed with retro goods, antiques and plenty of street food or simply enjoy a coffee on the market square amongst the outdoor market. Go to www.oswestrytc.gov.uk for further details on Oswestry’s markets and Oswestry.

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The Market website www.burymarket.com is a good source of information for anybody planning a visit, thinking about trading on the Market or just interested in

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Oswestry the birthplace of famous war poet Wilfred Owen

Meet the Traders Consistently one of the busiest and most popular places to be on Bury Market is the Fish & Meat Hall, always packed full of shoppers looking to get high quality meat and fish for bargain prices. One of the butchers in the Fish & Meat Hall is Albert

learning more about Bury Market. Alternatively, the Market Office is open 9am to 4pm every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and can be contacted on 0161 253 6520 or through email at burymarkets@bury.gov.uk.

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Captivating Cathedrals

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Not just for the faithful these places of worship are captivating, you can’t help yourself you’ll ask how on earth did they build these magnificent edifices so brilliantly all those years ago. exploring centuries of windows, including some of the oldest stained glass windows in the world, while their ever-popular ‘Inside Story’ guided tour tells the fascinating history of the Cathedral.

St Augustine’s St Augustine’s in Ramsgate has a stunning cliff-top location with sea views across to France. It is perfect for coach trips; has a bus stop right outside, free coach parking nearby, a Visitor Centre, toilets and disabled access. The Church was built by Augustus Pugin, designer of Big Ben and is full of beautiful stained glass, sculpture, paintings and iron work. Visitors are often surprised at how magnificent it is. Pugin was the leading light of the Gothic Revival. This church served as inspiration for Victorian buildings and church restorations all over the world. Pugin produced many objects for the Great Exhibition of 1851, at the Crystal Palace and some of those objects can be found here. The church is dedicated to St Augustine of Canterbury, who came ashore nearby and started the conversion of the English to Christianity in 597. His mission laid the foundation for many things we take for granted such as English as a

For groups wanting to enjoy the great outdoors, a new tour focuses on Canterbury Cathedral’s historic Precincts and gardens with its Monks and Gardens Tour uncovering over a thousand years of gardens and gardening. In the middle ages the gardens were tended by monks who grew their own food and even had a brewery on site! Discover medieval attitudes to medicine, gardening and cooking on this fascinating outside tour.

written language, English law, Cathedrals and monasteries. The welcome at St Augustine’s is always warm. They ask for a donation of £3 per person for coach trips. To book your visit, email them at augustineshrine@rcaos.org.uk.

Included in the entry price to Canterbury Cathedral is admittance to a major new exhibition in the Crypt which allows visitors to explore up close, for the first time, a unique collection of artefacts – including the battle shield, gauntlets and jupon of medieval warrior Edward The Black Prince, and fragments of Thomas Becket’s shrine – that tell the complex, and often violent, story of ChurchState relations.

What’s New at Canterbury Cathedral? With new exhibitions opening, extended opening hours and new group tours on offer, this summer is a great time to put Canterbury Cathedral on your itinerary.

For more information contact Melodie.Robson@canterburycathedral.org www.canterburycathedral.org

Now opening from 9am Monday to Saturday and from 11.30am on Sundays, Canterbury Cathedral’s extended opening hours will enable everyone to enjoy more time on site. While your group is visiting the Cathedral, why not include a guided tour to add insight? This year Canterbury Cathedral have included some new tour options, from a tour to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, to a Stained Glass tour

A story worth discovering at Lichfield Cathedral There has been a Cathedral in Lichfield for over 1350 years and with it comes a captivating story bursting with history, art, culture and

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life. Lichfield Cathedral’s famous silhouette standing above the city marks it as the only three-spired medieval Cathedral in the UK. Rich Heritage If you’re looking for rich heritage, ancient artefacts and stunning architecture then Lichfield Cathedral has it all. From an uncovered medieval wall painting, the famous Lichfield Angel (what is believed to be a section of St Chad’s reliquary casket dating back over 1000 years) to the recently beautifully restored Herkenrode stained glass windows, a visit to Lichfield Cathedral is sure to feed your curiosity. You can take a journey of discover through the Cathedral with an expert guide. There are regular free Highlights Tours at 11:00 and 14:00 every day of the week (except Sundays) that don’t need to be booked in advance. Other tours that can be booked in advance include an in-depth Discover the Cathedral Tour and special tours of the historic Library, housing a magnificent collection of early printed books and manuscripts. Stunning Events Lichfield Cathedral’s story doesn’t end with its past, it is very much alive with a vibrant programme of events and art projects to capture the imagination of all ages. Join tens of thousands of visitors for spectacular light and sound shows inside and outside the Cathedral and enjoy a wide range of inspirational concerts and events that are available to book in advance.


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VISITS & EVENTS AT LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL For visits, tours, events, services and more visit www.lichfield-cathedral.org


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There is no entry charge for a visit to Lichfield Cathedral, but donations are encouraged to help secure the future of this historic building for generations to come. For more information on what’s happening at Lichfield Cathedral visit: www.lichfield-cathedral.org or contact them at enquiries@lichfieldcathedral.org or 01543 306100 Visit Southwell Minster and the world-renowned Leaves of Southwell After undergoing significant conservation work, The Leaves of Southwell can once again be seen in all their exquisite glory, thanks to a £2.2m National Lottery Heritage Funded project. The fluid carvings of plants, animals and ‘green men’ found within the Chapter House – known collectively

whilst their Cathedral Shop (closed Mondays) boasts a huge array of gifts and souvenirs. Southwell Minster is open 365 days per year.

as The Leaves of Southwell – are of quite exceptional quality. Regarded as the best example of 13th century naturalistic carving in the United Kingdom, and indeed Europe, they are of significant global importance and are perfectly set inside the glorious Chapter House of Southwell Minster, the Cathedral church of Nottinghamshire.

Situated in the heart of rural Nottinghamshire, in the picturesque Georgian market town of Southwell, just 8 miles from the A1, there’s never been a better time to visit.

New interpretive materials and signage across the site have been produced to raise awareness and increase understanding of the Leaves of Southwell, other foliage carvings in the Cathedral and the masons who carved them.

Coach drop-off directly outside the Cathedral, with free long-term coach parking available nearby. the Palace, the grand State Chamber is adorned by paintings of numerous historical figures, all of whom had associations with Southwell, including King James VI, and Charles I who surrendered here to Scottish forces, hastening the end of the first Civil War.

The Archbishop’s Palace, once home to Cardinal Wolsey, is situated next door and includes the serene Palace Gardens, home to an abundance of flowers, plants and wildlife and is the perfect place to sit and relax after a busy day. Upstairs in

They have a Refectory on site offering a delicious range of meals, snacks and drinks,

For group booking enquiries, please contact office@southwellminster.org.uk Please keep an eye out at www.southwellminster.org.uk for opening times and closure notices. They look forward to welcoming you soon!

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After being closed for over a year whilst undergoing signi cant conservation work, thanks to £2.2m funding from the National Lottery 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 setting inside the glorious Chapter House of Southwell Minster. Whilst you’re here, why not visit The 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 wildlife the perfect place to sit and relax! Situated in the heart of rural Nottinghamshire, in the picturesque Georgian market town of Southwell, just 8 miles from the A1, there’s never been a better time to visit Southwell Minster. Refectory and Gift Shop on-site. Open 365 days per year. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

“I’d heard about Southwell’s famed Chapter House but never expected it to be so beautiful.”

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Fabulous Theatres

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There’s nothing like a shared experience with a live audience, now that theatre and live entertainment are back why not take advantage of special group rates, behind the scenes tours and even free tickets for the groups leader. comedy, and children’s shows. They welcome groups of all sizes to their theatre. Their weekly plays and musicals offer great groups discounts. From a bakers’ dozen group offer available for Footloose in August to their annual Panto in December and even looking ahead to The Cher Show and The Mousetrap in 2023, They’re sure to have something for every group.

ANDY COLLINS and LA VOIX in ALADDIN Your wish is Aylesbury Waterside Theatre’s command this Christmas as magical family pantomime Aladdin (Fri 2 Dec 2022 – Mon 2 Jan 2023) welcomes the return of much-loved duo, Andy Collins (BBC 3 Counties Breakfast Show) and La Voix (Britain’s Got Talent, Queen of the Universe), back due to popular demand! Last year they proved it would take more than a pandemic to get in the way of belly laughs, slapstick and their trademark interaction, tickling the ribs of pantogoers aged 1 to 101. Andy’s loveable silliness and relentless energy onstage has fast become a staple part of Christmas for many families across Bucks and beyond. Often found warming up the masses on hit TV shows including Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Britain’s Got Talent and Celebrity Juice, he can also be heard daily on BBC 3 Counties’ Breakfast show, a role that saw him sweep up

the Frank Gillard Award for Best BBC Breakfast Show in 2020.

cost up to 7p per min plus your phone company’s access charge).

La Voix is a much-loved comedian, singer and larger than life personality, best known for performing her one-woman show in theatres across the globe. She first wowed TV audiences when she reached the semi-finals of ITV1’s flagship entertainment show Britain’s Got Talent, receiving 4 yes's, a judges standing ovation and 500,000 YouTube hits in the first 24 hours. After her subsequent appearance in “Ab Fab The Movie”, La Voix has received international acclaim.

Princess Theatre Torquay South Devon’s largest regional theatre, the Princess Theatre in Torquay showcases the best West End and touring productions from across the UK. Offering a wide and varied programme including first class dance, music, famous names, drama, musicals, opera,

Panto genie-us is on its way. Expect family fun by the lamp-load, stunning costumes, sensational song and dance numbers, and an adventure full of memories to treasure. With more star casting to be announced, jump onboard for a magic carpet ride to remember! Book your tickets now: visit www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury or call 0844 871 7615* (*calls

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If you are simply visiting for the Bay for a day, why not take in the stunning views from their Bistro top deck, with coffee and a cake or add pre-theatre dining on to your theatre visit. Visit www.atgtickets/torquay to see details of their shows and you can call the dedicated groups line on 020 7206 1179 or email torquaymarketing@ theambassadors.com


Sensational shows with group packages and itineraries Great group discounts available / Backstage Tours / Workshops Perfect itineraries available – nearby attractions include National Trust Waddesdon Manor, Silverstone Interactive Museum, the Roald Dahl Museum, Blenheim Palace, Midsomer Murders county, Woburn Safari Park and Bicester Village!

For more information please contact Sarah Fleming sarahfleming@theambassadors.com 01296 745100


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Merseyside

Merseyside famous for its contribution to national popular culture, not only for entertainers and singers (including the Beatles) but also football, the Grand National steeplechase, run at Aintree racecourse and fantastic architecture, lets go! Anfield pitch and city landscape from the top level of the Main Stand. Visit the state-of-the-art Home Team dressing room. Practice their interview technique in the Press Room. Pass under the This Is Anfield sign.

Take a ferry ‘cross the Mersey Mersey Ferries offers something for groups to discover throughout the year. They have an iconic cruise experience, which can be packaged as part of a more extensive Liverpool sightseeing itinerary. River Explorer Cruise Duration - 50 minutes. Take a ferry ‘cross the Mersey and see one of the greatest waterfronts in the world! This is a ‘must do’ experience as part of any group visit to Liverpool. Visitors can sit back, relax and soak in the rich and fascinating history of the city aboard the world famous Mersey Ferry. Guided by expert commentary throughout the 50-minute trip, a River Explorer Cruise offers stunning views of Liverpool's world-famous waterfront. The on-board café serves refreshments and snacks, and the indoor and outdoor seating means you can travel in comfort whatever the weather! Cruises depart daily throughout the year.

GROUP BENEFITS Great savings with our special group rates for parties of 20 or more FREE admission for the group

Take a spine-tingled walk down the Players' Tunnel. Get the chance for a photo in Klopp's seat in the Dugout. Enjoy more photo opportunities of the pitch and Main Stand from The Kop.

organiser or leader FREE coach parking at Seacombe and Woodside (Wirral) ferry terminals (Seacombe is closed for refurbishment until early 2022) Dedicated staff to assist with your booking

Tickets include entry to the Club's interactive museum The Liverpool FC Story, with nearly 130 years of Club history plus all the silverware including all six European trophies.

To book or make a reservation, please call the group booking team on 0151 330 1420 (Monday to Friday 9am - 4.30pm) or alternatively email groups@merseyferries.co.uk www.merseyferries.co.uk

You’ll also see the Club’s latest exhibition, The Boom Room: The Epic Story of Jürgen Klopp's Dream Team. This unique display pays homage to the players and all who contributed to the success of the 2019/20 season. It showcases memorabilia and the personalities of world class footballing talent, it gives a unique exploration into the DNA of this historic team. A must see for all Liverpool FC fans.

Liverpool Football Club No visit to the city of Liverpool is complete without a visit to Anfield Stadium, home of Liverpool Football Club. If you’re visiting as part of a group, they offer discounted group rates plus one group leader and coach driver space free of charge. You’ll get the services of a dedicated Groups Manager who’ll help plan your visit and provide a bespoke package to suit your groups individual needs. There’s also free coach parking nearby.

stadiumtours.liverpoolfc.com /tours Discover Southport’s hidden secret Southport has a secret! Of course, if you live or work in the town then it’s not really a secret at all, and to be fair, it’s a secret that’s being discovered by a growing number of people from Liverpool, Manchester and across north west England.

During The LFC Stadium Tour, visitors will: Enjoy epic views of the

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So what is it that’s turning the famous coastal resort into a must-visit destination? First things first. As a group travel organiser you already know that if you’re looking for a coastal destination that offers plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy the fresh air then you need look no further than Southport. With its wide shopping boulevards, award-winning beach and coastline, spectacular gardens and magnificent pier, Southport has long been recognised as one of the UK’s leading group-friendly destinations. It’s also always been well known for its festivals, offering truly memorable experiences for groups, whatever their age. But what’s often been missed is the fact that Southport’s location between the sea and farmland provides a wonderful natural larder of fine, fresh food for you and your groups to enjoy. Local delicacies include Southport’s famous potted shrimps, Formby asparagus and Southport tomatoes. The Southport Restaurateurs Association, founded in 2006, ensures that its members guarantee providing the freshest ingredients, and the personal touch that only an owner could offer. It’s this combination of quality and fresh, locally sourced produce that’s proving quite an attraction. It seems that Southport’s best kept secret isn’t so secret any more. Southport also offers an eclectic mix of independent shops and designer boutiques, plus a mix of quaint and traditional cafes, al-fresco dining, bars serving pub grub, light lunches, or even a spot of sushi. Take a moment to discover Southport Market, re-opened


in 2021 as a major food and drink market, with stalls offering Mexican street food, Canadian specialities, Portuguese tarts and baked goods, crepes waffles and desserts, and home-made pies and mash. As for drink, there’s a wide range of cask and craft ales from quality breweries, home-made beer and local ale, plus hundreds of bourbon, rum, gin and whiskey varieties. Download the Southport Eating Out Guide from the information page on visitsouthport.com. Talking of food and drink, the popular, and free, Southport Food and Drink Festival, this year extended to run over four days as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, looks set to whet your tastebuds from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June.

July. The Southport Flower Show, surely the doyen of all festivals, returns from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 August. The unique British Musical Fireworks Championship takes place from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 September. Coaches can drop off right in the heart of the town, and there’s a purpose-built, secure coach park at Esplanade, with a whole day’s parking for just £5.

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For more information, go to www.visitsouthport.com, or email Steve Christian, destination development manager, at steve.christian@sefton.gov.uk

Discover Strawberry Field, the award-winning heritage site, previously a Salvation Army children’s home and immortalised by John Lennon. Groups can enjoy an interactive visitor exhibition complete with media guide, featuring interwoven stories of the home, John’s childhood and history of The Salvation Army. Learn about what inspired John and the famous song and see his ‘Imagine’ piano on display. Guests can relax in the peaceful gardens where John found solace as a child and take time in the cafe and shop. Probably the most accessible UK attraction with responsible tourism and well-being at its heart, Strawberry Field ticks all the boxes for today’s traveller.

Southport is, of course, famous for its other festivals. The Southport Air Show takes place over the two days of Saturday 9 and Sunday 10

For travel trade information, please contact: Ginette Goulston-Lincoln +44 (0)7958 448 002 or ginette@goulston-lincoln.com

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Trips & Tours

These venues are perfect for a great day out, you and your group are sure to have a fabulous time, whilst delivering some everlasting memories and inspiration.

Their Aquatica mini golf course is an underwater adventure, Slide into an aquatic world never seen before – full of all your favourite marine creatures, you’ll truly feel as if you’re swimming in the ocean. It even has a lobster pot ball pit, with their very own glowin-the-dark balls. Their Jurassic course has had a facelift! Featuring 12 mixed ability holes for all ages. All your favourite dinosaurs from their original minigolf course, with lots of new ones, and a few surprises!

Welcome back to new group-exclusive delights at Leighton Hall!

tearoom. Weather permitting guests are treated to a birds of prey flying display (Summer season only).

Leighton Hall’s half, full day and evening tours showcase the best of Leighton and their specially-selected partner venues. Dual destination excursions include rip-roaring automobiles at the Lakeland Motor Museum, serene cruising with Windermere Lake Cruises, and classic movie and steam nostalgia at Carnforth Station Heritage Centre. Pre-booked group tours are exclusively welcome all year round. There’s seven seasonal packages to choose from and whichever package you pick, central to your day is a warm welcome at this much-loved family home.

A group day out to Leighton Hall gives you excellent value for money, ample free coach parking and driver refreshments. Tours are safely managed so there’s no crowding, rushing or queuing ensuring they are relaxed and comfortable.

Explore generations of history, objets d’art and stunning Gillow furniture on a famously friendly guided tour, stroll accessible paths through beautiful gardens and woodland walks, and relax in the traditional

Take in the sights, sounds and smells of the Carnival games, playing against your friends, you will compete on 10 different challenges, featuring all the classics. Find out what the future holds in their Tarot tent, see how low you can go on their limbo, impress your friends with the test your strength game and sit in a real boat to pluck a duck! Find out how good your aim is with the horseshoe toss and dunk tank.Finally, find out which of your team mates are afraid of clowns on their ghost train, ominously named “The last ride”

Leighton Hall, Carnforth, Lancashire. LA5 9ST Tel: 01524 734474 info@leightonhall.co.uk www.leightonhall.co.uk

With specially designed artwork adorning the walls and ceiling, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into another world. their UV lights illuminate the whole room, making everything come to

Globalls Globalls is an award winning fully immersive experience with 4 individual rooms to choose from, comprising of 2 mini golf courses and a games experience. GLOBALLS is a venue unlike any other, truly unique and proud to be different, they offer an experience which has to be seen to be believed!

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life right before your own eyes, and their smell machines make it truly immersive for all the senses. They are the only one of its kind! All games and courses are fully accessible, with a disabled toilet and adapted equipment available. They have lockers, a buggy park and baby changing facilities. If you’re feeling thirsty, you can now take selected alcoholic beverages from their new The Great GLOBALLS bar with you on the course. From spirits to beers, they have all the tipples to take your fancy and a unique and exclusively designed cocktail menu made by their expert Mixologists. www.globalls.co.uk


N O O LL RN FU T TE A OU AF OR AY D

Festival horse of the

10th & 11th September 2022 Festival of the Horse is back bigger and better for another weekend of thrilling equestrian entertainment suitable for the whole family!

ENTERTAINING HOUSE TOURS ~ SPECTACULAR SPECIAL EVENTS ~ BEAUTIFUL GARDENS MAGNIFICENT BIRDS OF PREY ~ CHARMING TEA ROOMS

unique equestrian acts Over forty retail stalls Food & Drink village children's activities

Ample free parking ~ Pre booked groups of 20 or more welcome all year round

www.belvoircastle.com @belvoircastle

M6 Exit 35, Carnforth, Lancashire LA5 9ST • T: 01524 734474 www.leightonhall.co.uk

Beautiful gardens, contemporary art gallery, cáfe & restaurant, shop & plant centre

Award-winning historic gardens

Take a tour with our Head Gardener

Group discounts on gardens admission

Tasty lunches and luxury afternoon tea Easy access from M5, Bath & Bristol

hestercombe.com/groups

01823 413923 | info@hestercombe.com | Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG

7 GROUP PACKAGES TO CHOOSE FROM Original and unusual dual destination day out. See www.leightonhall.co.uk for details.


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Tour Operators

Time to talk travel, these tour operators offer some of the best holidays around, so wherever you choose to go these tour operators have got it covered.

Fred Olsen Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has today unveiled the first reunion of its new-look fleet, with all four of its smaller ships to come together in Funchal, Madeira, in November 2023. It will be the third fleet reunion to be held by the cruise line, and will see the four ships, Bolette, Borealis, Balmoral and Braemar, set sail on four separate cruises, hand-crafted specially to allow them to come together at the garden island of Madeira for the Fleet in Funchal celebration. The occasion will be marked with a quayside fiesta, and the cruise line plans to offer guests the chance to explore the rest of the fleet while they are in port. Guests looking to join the celebration can enjoy £200 per person to spend on board, or £400 when booking a suite. Peter Deer, Managing Director at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “This is set to be an incredible day in our history, as it will be the first time that our newlook fleet will be in port together since we set sail again last summer – and what better way to mark it than with a celebration with our guests? “Our teams here are already busy curating a programme of events, and will be working very closely with the team in the Port of Funchal to ensure it is a truly memorable day for all. “Of course, while our Fleet in Funchal event will undoubtedly be a highlight,

each ship will be embarking on its own adventure, offering guests the chance to enjoy warmer climates during the British winter.

luxury cruising on Europe’s most breathtaking waterways to sailing the world’s oceans or exploring the treasures of our very own British Isles, travelling as a group with family or friends, is hard to beat. When you travel with Riviera, you’ll be discovering the world’s most fascinating destinations – its historic cities and towns, natural wonders and spectacular wildlife, with likeminded companions and their dedicated groups department will ensure every detail of your holiday, for every member, is taken care of from start to finish. The team can assist all members of your group directly too – for example when taking care of payments, as well as seating your group together where possible on flights or rail services. They can help select suitable dates and provisionally hold your booking, allowing your members time to discuss.

“Whether you would like to island hop to discover many of the Canary Islands, experience the diverse nature of the Azores, immerse yourself in the Moroccan culture or explore many historical sites of Spain and Portugal, there will be plenty to delight your inner explorer in the days leading up to our special celebration.” For group bookings and enquiries, please contact Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ dedicated Group Sales Department on 01473 746169 (Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm), or e-mail ellie.fulcher@fredolsen.co.uk. For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, visit the website at www.fredolsencruises.com

Their inspirational collection of European escorted tours for 2023 will be launching soon so if you’re dreaming of gazing on sun-baked Tuscan countryside or the lavender

Riviera Travel From short city breaks to transatlantic adventures,

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fields of Provence, experiencing the stunning vistas of the Dalmatian coastline from the water on a luxury yacht or taking a spectacular mountain rail journey through the world’s greatest Alpine scenery, now’s the time for your group to start planning that special trip. Ask about their superb fivestar river cruise offers for 2022 with prices from just £1,569 per person based on an 8day cruise! For river cruises departing in 2023 and booked before 31 May 2022, they are offering 1 in 8 places free or groups of 10+ can receive 12.5% back after travel should your group prefer. On all their escorted tours for 2022 and 2023, when you book 10+ and you’ll receive 10% back for your group. Contact their dedicated groups department now on groups@rivieratravel.co.uk, www.RivieraGroups.co.uk or 01283 742 322.


Book a group holiday for 2023 and 1 in 8 goes free*

2023 European holidays now on sale Register your interest

The world is opening up again, and it’s waiting for you. We’ll look after you every step of the way – so all you have to worry about is your packing. With limited 2022 availability, make sure you book your group travel plans early and get either cash back or free places†.

To book or request a brochure

Call 01283 742 322 Visit rivieragroups.co.uk For individual holidays, visit rivieratravel.co.uk or call 01283 742 300 *Applies only to river cruises of 7 nights or more, departing in 2023 and booked before 31 May 2022. Free place offer can be exchanged for cash back after travel of 12.5% if 10 or more travelling. Some elements are not commissionable. Visit rivieragroups.co.uk for more information. Riviera Travel reserve the right to cease this offer at any time. Prices are per person and are subject to change and availability – terms and conditions apply. †Cash back after travel applies to groups of 10 or more people. Free places, dependent upon passenger numbers, tour type and date – ask for full details.

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Inspirational Orchestras

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The UK is lucky enough to have some of the best orchestra’s in the world, the musicians individual and combined talent is outstanding, so as the bard himself said If music be the food of love, play on. service Obligation-free reservations, with no payment due until four weeks before your chosen concert Priority booking period when a new season is announced Convenient coach drop-off and pick-up points

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groups of 10+ can save up to 30%* per ticket. Choose from over 50 concerts a year, from orchestral and choral to jazz and gospel, with visits from some of the world’s greatest soloists and conductors. Whether you are a regular concert-goer or are trying something new, an unforgettable outing awaits with the LSO.

Benefits for Larger Groups Free hot drinks vouchers Private interval receptions with light refreshments and the chance to meet LSO musicians Two complimentary tickets for Group Organiser Three-course meal for Group Organiser Dependent on number and

Benefits for Groups of 10+ London Symphony Orchestra Groups are sure to receive a warm welcome at London Symphony Orchestra concerts. With exclusive discounts and benefits,

20% discount on tickets for one concert, or 30% discount when booking two or more concerts within the season No additional booking fees Dedicated group booking

price of tickets purchase Experience Something Different Groups don't just receive discounts to their evening concerts. Explore daytime and early-evening options and make the most of their group benefits with BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime and EarlyEvening Concerts at LSO St Luke's, and Half Six Fix Concerts at the Barbican. How to Book For full details of concerts and group discounts please visit lso.co.uk email:groups@barbican.org.uk to make your booking.

World-class soloists Epic symphonies Jazz & gospel Evening & daytime options

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Book now for Sep 2022 to Jan 2023 Choose from over 30 unforgettable concerts

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Groups of 10+ save up to 30% Dedicated booking service Reserve now, pay later

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CONCERT SEASON 2022

Groups of 8+ receive a 20% discount on ticket prices Book via box o ce – boxo ce@bmusic.co.uk / 0121 289 6333 Principal Funders Registered Charity no. 506276.


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Yorkshire’s Finest

An area that has charming historical cities, gorgeous villages, the stunning natural beauty of the North Yorkshire moors not to mention a foodie’s paradise what with a certain Betty’s and Bizzies to enjoy. New Year’s Day, and Boxing Day and attracts many coach groups, families and a large following of James Herriot fans. It is enjoying much new attention due to Channel 5 TV’s ‘The Yorkshire Vet’ and ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ series.

World of James Herriot celebrates 10 years as private sector tourism business Award-winning attraction, World of James Herriot in Thirsk celebrates its 10th Anniversary as a private sector business this year. Ian Ashton, managing director of the attraction said: “It’s been a fantastic ten years developing the World of James Herriot into a world-class visitor attraction that welcomes people from all over the world. And it is all thanks to the small team of dedicated people working together here to provide the best experience for visitors to this much-loved former home and surgery of Alf Wight OBE (James Herriot)” The attraction’s management and staff, the vet and author’s daughter and son, Rosie Page and Jim Wight have been recounting the many highlights of the ten years which, were it not for the interruption by Covid19, has seen a continuing growth of visitors from around 15, 000 in 2012 to 38,000 in 2019. The attraction is open every day except Christmas Day,

Ian Ashton added: “The Channel 5 announcement of two more series is cream on top of our cake and everyone involved at the World of James Herriot and Herriot Country Tourism group is so pleased to hear this news. The benefits to Thirsk and North Yorkshire will be immense”.

· crispy gluten free battered fish for anyone with a gluten intolerance · other vegetarian, vegan, dairy free and calorie counted dishes also available

Voted one of the top 10 fish and chip restaurants in the UK, now everyone can enjoy Bizzie Lizzie’s award-winning fish and chips at Swadford Street, Skipton. bizzielizzies.co.uk

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Love Fish and Chips…

Good news for vegans, vegetarians and everyone aiming for a healthier 2022. Skipton’s best loved fish and chip restaurant has now added a ‘cooked in sunflower oil’ option for their gluten free 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

Get Healthy A new stand-alone fryer, uses high quality sunflower oil, one of the healthiest frying oils available:

‘Click and Collect’ now available at Swadford Street

· 100% high oleic sunflower oil

Now Available at Swadford Street Restaurant and Takeaway Gluten Free Fish and Chips cooked in Sunflower Oil Accredited by Coeliac UK

· guaranteed to be GM free

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World of Shakespeare

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Visit Stratford - Upon - Avon, see where it all began, and after all that culture and history take in a brilliant performance at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and after why not try a tipple or two. magic of the Royal Shakespeare Company Explore the building on this one-hour tour where you can hear all about the workings of the theatre with engaging stories of their unique history. Their experienced team of tour guides will lead you on a journey through the building’s public and behindthe-scenes areas, sharing the magic of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall is the most iconic & fascinating building in Stratford-upon-Avon. At over 600 years old, it has weathered plagues, both ancient and modern, seen the Catholic Guild lose its power during the Reformation and watched young William Shakespeare inspired through his education and his first acting opportunities to become the greatest playwright the world has ever known. Finally opened to the public in 2016, this ancient building offers state-of-art, interactive technology to engage and fascinate visitors. They look forward to welcoming your groups in 2022 and beyond. Contact: jm@ShakespearesSchoolroom.org 07775 587663

Shakespeare Distillery Shakespeare Distillery is a unique craft Gin & Rum producer. Alongside their award winning Gins & Rums, they offer seasonal specials at the Distillery and in their shop in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon. They opened their doors as a visitor centre in 2019 and

coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, hot or cold buffet or a sitdown dinner. They cook all food fresh in our kitchens, from the finest locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Their critically acclaimed Rooftop Restaurant is situated on the top floor of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre offering stunning views of the River Avon and surrounding countryside. Open for pre-theatre dining, they serve a simply cooked modern British menu in a unique space.

along with their onsite shop, they offer a suite of popular experiences including Tours, Gin Schools, Gin Cruises and Cocktail Masterclasses. Their visitor centre was awarded Gold in the New Tourism Business category at the 2020 West Midlands Tourism Awards and has received a 2021 Traveller's Choice Award by Tripadvisor. Contact: Travel Trade Manager jane@shakespearedistillery.com 07775 587663

To discuss your menu, call 01789 331111 www.rsc.org.uk/yourvisit/groups

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Eating and Drinking

Take your group to Stratfordupon-Avon for outstanding theatre, fascinating exhibitions, guided theatre tours and the best food in town – all under one roof

They have a range of places to eat and drink, whether you’re looking for morning

Making a group booking with us could not be easier. Their dedicated Groups Team is on hand Monday-Friday (midday-6pm) to help tailor your booking to be a one-ofa-kind visit every time. In addition to their year-round calendar of performances, your group can also enjoy a delicious seasonal meal in the Rooftop Restaurant whilst taking in the stunning views of Shakespeare’s hometown. Theatre Tours Discover the stories and

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‘A fantastic experience, a wonderful piece of history with well informed guides. NOT TO BE MISSED’

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“The tour was informative, interesting and the staff made it enjoyable and funny. The tasting session was situated in another room which resembled a nice cocktail bar. Plenty of taste tests and

the spiced rum was delicious. The shop then offered 10% discount which of course had to be taken advantage of. Really lovely treat.”

Jane 07775 587663 jm@shakespearesschoolroom.org www.shakespearesschoolroom.org GROUP BOOKINGS:

FOR GROUP BOOKINGS CALL OR EMAIL US ON:

∙ 07775 587663 | JANE@SHAKESPEAREDISTILLERY.COM ∙ SHAKESPEAREDISTILLERY.COM

ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE

FIND OUT MORE rsc.org.uk 01789 331111

ENJOY DELICIOUS FOOD AND DRINK From our Rooftop Restaurant and Riverside Cafe

DISCOVER THE MAGIC BEHIND THE RSC With a tour including the public and behind the scenes areas of the building

PHOTO: Sam Allard

Unique gifts from our shop for the Shakespeare lover in your life

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RETAIL THERAPY

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There’s something for everyone at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Stop by to enjoy delicious food and drink with the best view in Stratford-upon-Avon, an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the history of the RSC, and even a bit of retail therapy.


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Wondeful Wales

Wales for Groups - Cymru ar gyfer grwpiau, Gardiff, Swansea, Merthry Tydfil, Carmarthenshire and Snowdon Mountain , what a collection, now it’s time to book.

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. We have history, heritage, culture and more than a touch of adventure all within our very scenic mountains and valleys. Visit A Welsh Coal Mining Experience at Rhondda Heritage Park and listen as the ex-coal miner guides take you underground and tell tales of mining life from an era when coal from the

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.

Rhondda powered the world. In addition to the tour there are fascinating exhibitions and the café is a perfect place to stop for refreshments. Just a short drive away, The Royal Mint Experience offers tour groups the chance to take a look at how coins are made. Visitors can take a look behind the scenes, spend time in the interactive exhibition areas and also strike their own coin as a souvenir.

Looking for a new tour package? Look no further! Coin, Coal and Cheers is a brand new tour for group travel n South Wales. Three of South Wales’ leading attractions have joined forces to create a new tour package for group travel. Coin, Coal and Cheers will allow clients to visit A Welsh Coal Mining Experience, the Royal Mint Experience and Hensol Castle Distillery for a

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

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T HE ORI GI NAL M AK E R

Group visits at The Royal Mint Experience Discover some of the most amazing stories in coinage history through a wide range of awe-inspiring exhibits at The Royal Mint Experience. – See the official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic medals – – Discover The Queen’s reign through coins in our Platinum Jubilee inspired exhibition – – Create your very own commemorative coin as a memento of your visit – Children go for £5 with a Group Discover more at royalmint.com/the-royal-mint-experience/group-visits/ groups@royalmint.com

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fascinating day trip. For information on this particular package, call 01443 682036 or email groups@royalmint.com For further information on all that Rhondda Cynon Taf has to offer, please visit www.visitrct.wales


Taith Pyllau Glo Cymru A Welsh Coal Mining Experience

Mae Rhondda Cynon Taf, sy'n cynnwys rhai o'r golygfeydd mwyaf mawreddog yn y DU, yn daith o ddim ond 30 munud mewn car o Gaerdydd, prifddinas Cymru. Mae'n hawdd cyrraedd Rhondda Cynon Taf o'r M4, ac mae nifer o atyniadau unigryw gall grwpiau eu mwynhau. Ewch dan ddaear a darganfod ein treftadaeth ddiwydiannol unigryw yn Nhaith Pyllau Glo Cymru ym Mharc Treftadaeth Cwm Rhondda. Beth am ymweld â Phrofiad y Bathdy Brenhinol? Dyma gyfle i chi wylio darnau arian Y Deyrnas Unedig yn cael eu creu. Ewch ar daith yn Nistyllfa Wisgi Penderyn a blaswch gynnyrch sydd wedi ennill gwobrau yn y Bar Blasu. Ewch ar daith o amgylch Crochendy Nantgarw cyn mwynhau te, brechdanau a chacennau yng Nghrochendy hynaf Y Deyrnas Unedig.

Featuring some of the most majestic scenery in the UK, Rhondda Cynon Taf is a mere 30 minute drive from Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. Easily accessible from the M4, we have lots of unique attractions for groups to enjoy. Go underground and enjoy a tour of Welsh Mining History at A Welsh Coal Mining Experience. Zip World Tower

Visit the Royal Mint Experience and watch as UK coins are made. Tour Penderyn Whisky Distillery and enjoy award winning products at the Tasting Bar. Take afternoon tea and a tour at Nantgarw China Works, the oldest surviving china works in the UK. Fly the Phoenix – the world’s fastest seated zip line at Zip World Tower. Profiad y Bathdy Brenhinol The Royal Mint Experience

Gwibiwch drwy'r awyr ar gefn y 'Phoenix' - gwifren wib gyflymaf y byd â seddau yn Zip World Tower. Distyllfa Penderyn Penderyn Distillery

Amgueddfa Crochendy Nantgarw Nantgarw China Works Museum

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Cyfarthfa Park

Just off the A470 at Mer thyr

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