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Volume 15 Issue 4 2022

We Welcome Groups Military Attractions Surprising Shropshire Planning Supplement

Christmas Supplement

Cathedrals Churches & Abbeys

Historic Houses


And... Opera & Orchestra feature, plus Johnsons Journal, news and much more...

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elcome to this issue of the Group Travel Today Magazine, our appetite

for travel and leisure has not gone

away, and continues on the path

to pre- covid recovery, it doesn’t seem to long ago since we were anticipating the days getting longer and now here we are, at

orchestra it can’t be beaten,

the beginning of Autumn whereby

which leads me to our

the nights have started drawing in,

Opera and Orchestra feature



Johnsons Journal


Opera & Orchestra




Military Attractions


Historic Houses


South West


We Welcome Groups


Christmas Supplement

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its time to get booking Christmas

which has a piece on the Arena

and next year’s trips, we know

Opera Festival, surely a bucket list

many venues and attractions

Cathedrals, Churches & Abbeys


Surprising Shropshire


Planning Supplement


have reviewed and refined their offering to the groups market with

As usual at this time of year

fresh innovative and bespoke

features our much-loved

packages for you and your group

Christmas supplement, with plenty

to enjoy.

of options featured for the festive period, so with that in mind it’s

Indeed, in this issue we have a

time to get the party started (well

feature entitled ‘We Welcome

at least start planning for it!)

Groups’ which offers fantastic value and benefits to groups including the London Symphony

Happy Travelling

Orchestra which has been on my


list to do, I love the sound of a live

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Daish’s Holidays commits to delivering outstanding service with new appointment of a new transport manager. With more than 25 years’ experience in the passenger transport industry, Richard Moon brings with him a wealth of expertise to the managerial role. After beginning his career driving UK and European tours before progressing to transport manager, Richard has firsthand knowledge of what it takes to provide an outstanding customer coach holiday experience.

Daish’s Holidays group is strengthening its commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service with the appointment

maintenance, route development and overseeing the delivery of day tours and the logistics of coach transfers across all 12 hotels in the Daish’s Holidays portfolio. Commenting on the appointment Paul Harper, commercial director at Daish’s Holidays, said: “I am delighted to welcome Richard to our team. With his exceptional knowledge and experience, Richard’s appointment will ensure our transport requirements are not only met but exceeded, allowing us to continue to deliver the highest standards of service for our customers.”

Along with the day-to-day management of the passenger transport division, Richard will oversee a staff of 40 drivers, four transport administrators and a fleet of 39 coaches. As transport manager, Richard is responsible for compliance, recruitment, fleet

Richard adds: “For many years I’ve been interested in joining Daish’s Holidays and I am very excited to have been given

the opportunity to further progress my career at a company of this calibre. I am looking forward to the challenge of being responsible for the transport division of an operator of its considerable size.” Daish’s Holidays offers value for money holidays for families, couples, and singles. Customers have the choice between coach or self-drive options across England and Wales. Each hotel offers day trips to local excursions and activities which can be booked at the hotel reception. Children enjoy free holidays or discounted prices depending on age. For more information, visit

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

course 8 choice ‘Fine Dining menu’ which included Venison with a chocolate and blackberry sauce. We were allowed, as were all the guests, to mix and match from any of the menus. What a treat.

Royal Duchy Hotel, Falmouth

March was the start of our day trips for the year. We went to Birmingham to Soho House, home of Matthew Boulton the industrialist, and then the Jewellery Museum. Both very interesting, with excellent guides. A week later there was a trip to Macclesfield to the Silk Museum and Paradise Mill. This was on its third reschedule and although Ken and I had been before, on an Educational trip, we were both looking forward to visiting again. However the COVID virus thought otherwise. I had apparently had close contact with several people and the day after our Birmingham trip both Ken and I tested positive and were out of action for ten days. Luckily there were other capable Club members on the trip to make sure everything went smoothly. They also enjoyed a ninety minute stop at Trentham Gardens on the way to Macclesfield.

Director and our cases were whisked up to our rooms so we could relax, or as some did, go for a swim in the spa.

from time to time. Our base for this tour was The Royal Duchy Hotel in Falmouth. Having been to Cornwall on a private holiday, staying in Polzeath, in early June last year we weren’t looking forward to the drive down. Amazingly, having left at 7.15am in the morning we were at the hotel by 3pm with no traffic hold ups and three stops en-route. Gloucester Services for breakfast; Taunton for a comfort stop and the Cornwall Services for a cup of tea and a saffron cake to get us in the mood. We were welcomed on arrival by the

For the evening meal we had to be divided into small timed groups – which none of us minded – so the kitchens could cope as we were ordering off their ordinary menu rather than have the usual group 3 course, 3 choice pre-order fare. And what a menu it was. There was a 3 course 2 choice ‘Change of the day’ menu. A 3 course 3 choice ‘’Simple menu’, which included sirloin steak, and a 3

The weather forecast had been dire for the week when we left home but we arrived in sunshine and luck held with us on the next day when we visited Trebah Gardens. We all made it down to the beach (including one lady who had hired the Battricar) which had been concreted during the war to allow access for tanks. On 1st June 1944, 7500 US soldiers, along with tanks, guns and transport left from here for the D-Day assault on Omaha beach. The Beach Hut was open and selling ice creams and coffee so we made a merry bunch sitting by the sea, chatting and enjoying the fresh air. The gardens were a blaze of colour from Azalea, Camellia and Magnolia trees. A good start to our holiday. Some were dropped off in Falmouth for a couple of hours after the gardens, whilst others returned to the

Pre dinner cocktails, Royal Duchy Hotel, Falmouth

Our first holiday of the year was to Cornwall, again rescheduled, but third time lucky. Brend Hotels are very popular with some of the group, who visit as individuals


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cut in a long strip soaked in cinnamon and sugar and then wound into what looks like a large muffin with a swirled top. The only place we saw them at was the bakery on the sea front in St Mawes. Delicious. I really wish I had bought a couple to bring home – if they had lasted that long.

Trebah Gardens looking down to the beach

Helford Rover boat trips were not running until after Easter but, in season, this would be a good alternative. Our coach had taken us into Falmouth to the ferry Pier, but for the return journey many of us used the 67 Town Circular Service minibus, which serves a stop just behind the Royal Duchy Hotel.

hotel to swim, read the papers or go for a stroll along the beach front to Pendenis castle or Queen Mary Gardens. The next morning was fine again thankfully as we were visiting a different type of garden, this time Trelissick, which is owned by the National Trust. Not as much colour or as steep as Trebah. A free guided tour was offered whilst we were there which several took advantage of. There is a Used Book Shop and quite a few people came back with arms full, causing a few wry comments from our driver

Sadly the holiday came to an end. The staff at the hotel were excellent and made our holiday so enjoyable.

about the weight limit going home. We spent the rest of the afternoon in Truro just a short drive away with many visiting the Cathedral and, again, having a guided tour. Friday was our free day. Half of the group chose to take the ferry across the River Fal to St. Mawes. The ferry runs every hour and takes 20 minutes. Two hours was just right to look around and enjoy a Cinnamon Bun. I had heard one lady talking about cinnamon buns, which she had seen Rick Stein make on a television programme. They are not exactly buns, but puff pastry

ready to be put into the hive. The continuing saga of flight cancellations continues. We have now had our 4th change on one flight and been moved from Luton to Manchester on both outward and return flights. I am not best pleased as we won’t reach our hotel in Italy until nearly midnight, so a whole day lost, but there is nothing we can do. Thankfully the holdup with passports is only affecting one member of the group and she has had to make an appointment at the Peterbough Passport Office as soon as she returns from her Orient Express holiday. To round off April we had an afternoon visit to Thenford Arboretum, near Banbury, home of Lord and Lady Heseltine. The walled garden with its aviary of colourful birds singing away, pleasant walks through the Spring

Buckfast Abbey

St Mawes Castle

Our homeward journey was via Buckfast Abbey where we stopped for ninety minutes. Just long enough for a coffee, walk around the gardens, visit to the Abbey and the compulsory visitors’ shop. I had hoped to bring back some honey, but they don’t sell their own now as they are more a research and training establishment for bee-keeping. In days gone by my Father used to buy his Queen bees from Buckfast. They would arrive by post, within 24 hours, in a small box, still drowsy and


Garden towards The Rill and Sculpture Garden was just what we needed. To finish off, tea and homemade cake in the Church Barn, all proceeds going towards repairing the Church roof, which has had its lead stolen. Lord Heseltine and his family were in attendance and more than happy to chat to people about their garden. The Arboretum only has a few Open Days every year but its well worth a visit.

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Opera & Orchestra Once considered elitist and not something particularly for the groups market, these days taking a group to the ballet, opera or an orchestral performance, now figures prominently on the radar of group travel organisers.

- Groups of 20+ will receive a 25% discount on each ticket’s price with every 11th ticket free - All group bookings of 10 or more will be subject to a reduced per-ticket commission of £1 To find out more about the discounts available visit Thinking about taking a group to the CBSO? Let the following concerts take your fancy… Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, Wednesday 2 November, 2.15pm, Symphony Hall

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra The CBSO invite you to lose yourself in music – to try something new, to hear something familiar, to be amazed, to be moved, to be challenged – to hear a huge orchestra performing great music with joy and passion in the heart of Birmingham. The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) is made up of 90 professional musicians, all based in the West Midlands. They perform regularly at Symphony Hall in Centenary Square with concerts ranging from emotional symphonies to rock concerts, and everything in between.

great day out in Birmingham.

committed number of community-run coach schemes visiting them regularly, bringing in concertgoers from Stafford, Newport and Shropshire. They also run a Connection Coach from Cheltenham throughout the Season. They’re keen to welcome new groups and new faces, where you can experience and share the music with others and enjoy a

The following discounts are available for groups and can be booked directly with the box office at B:Music via phone 0121 780 3333 (Open, Mon-Sat 10am-2pm) or email - Groups of 10+ will receive a 20% discount on each ticket price

There are some pieces of music that sound like they’ve been taken straight out of a film, and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto is one of them! It probably helps that it has actually been used in plenty of movies – but the graceful melodies and sweeping orchestral parts definitely conjure up scenes of romance. On the flip side, they have two high-octane, energy-filled “dances” by Rachmaninoff and Adams that offer lots of excitement. If you’re a sucker for an epic film score, then this is the concert for you! Viennese New Year, Sunday 8 January 2023, 3pm The perfect pick-me-up for a Sunday afternoon in early January, offering the glitz and glamour of Vienna right here in Birmingham! There’s something incredibly romantic about the elegant waltzes, the playful polkas, the light-hearted, familiar, and truly joyful music within this concert – so let the CBSO whirl you into a new year

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feeling romanced, revitalised and ready for 2023! The Planets, Thursday 2 February 2023, 2.15pm Mars, Venus, Jupiter… everyone has their favourite bit of The Planets. But there’s more to Holst’s masterpiece than just good melodies, and in the hands of conductor Kazuki Yamada this great British classic will become a journey to the outer limits of the imagination itself. There’s plenty more going on this Season – so join them and discover Birmingham’s Orchestra! Their full concert listings can be found on their website or email them at to request a brochure. CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham, B1 2LF 100th Arena di Verona Opera Festival – 2023 With more and more groups enjoying artistic pursuits such as ballet, opera or orchestral performances, it might be wise to set your coach’s ‘satnav’ for northern Italy next year. Why? Well, UK groups can enjoy the finest and most celebrated operas ever composed at the 100th Arena di Verona Opera Festival – which runs from June 16th until September 23rd . In fact, so keen is the festival to ensure that UK coach groups receive a warm welcome, they became members of the Coach Tourism Association earlier this year.

Carmen, The Barber of Seville, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Nabucco, Tosca, Madame Butterfly. An added bonus is that some of the finest tenors of our generation will be on stage, with household names like Placido Domingo and Jonas Kaufmann set to perform. The 100th season of opera in the Arena – only interrupted by the Covid pandemic and the two World Wars – will begin with an eagerly awaited and new production of Aida, the opera that has come to symbolise the amphitheatre. The organisers say that inauguration weekend will be ‘transformed into a genuine non-stop party, emphasising the spirit for public participation that has always been one of the strengths of the Festival’ Then over the following three months, seven other extemely popular operas will be historically staged, giving visiting groups from the UK the opportunity to hear all of their favourites arias, choruses and musical overtures.

centre and around Piazza Bra, groups can visit the aforementiond Arena, the neocclassical Palazzo Barbieri, the recently restored Palazzo della Gran Guardia and the wide Liston pavement, where Verona people traditionally go for their evening walk or ‘passeggiata’. If your group heads along Via Mazzini (great for shopping) and turns right into Via Cappello, at number 23, they can visit the courtyard of Juliet’s House with its celebrated balcony. Visit Verona can assist in helping put together an itinerary for your group alternatively, get in touch with your usual wholesaler / agent and they should be able to help.

Verona, itself, is a beautiful city and visiting groups will find lots to occupy their time when not taking in a performance at the Festival. It is not difficult to find hints and traces of Verona’s history and in the old part of its city’s

If arriving by coach please

Without overstating the case, 2023’s centenary festival will present the greatest operas in history and the schedule of performances reads like a who’s who of operatic masterpieces. There will be works by the great composers such as Verdi, Carmen, Puccini and Rossini including Aida,


visit to book your parking place. For futher information, advice and ticket details for the Opera Festival, please contact the following; Please e-mail the ticket office at or to buy tickets over the phone,call 0039 045 800515. For more information/assistance, e-mail

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Wales Cardiff and Swansea, and Wrexham and Llandudno. Snowdon mountains and the Brecon Beacons, three national parks, five areas of outstanding natural beauty, two languages over 400 castles and a mint with money, money, money.

The Royal Mint has been the home of UK Coin production for over 1100 years. With some of the most talented coin designers and craftsmanship in the world, they pride themselves on creating beautiful and unique coins. Your visit always starts with a behind the scenes tour of their circulating coin facility where you can witness coins being struck for up to 60 countries worldwide as well as the UK. Their state of the art facility is constantly evolving to make sure they continue to be a leading Mint, adding new

as group organiser’s create your itineraries as far as you can in advance. With the magical season just around the corner, The Royal Mint will again be transformed in to a winter wonderland. With this, we are bringing back out Festive Afternoon Tea and exhibition package. As Santa takes over the tour to help with demand, we tweak our group offering just for you to make sure you can still visit us and explore our 1100yrs history whist surrounded by blankets of snow, 25ft Christmas trees, larger than life decorations and festive music paired with a tasty festive afternoon tea.

and exciting projects all the time like their new 886 range Contemporary jewellery, by the home of precious metals for over 1,100 years. Created with traditional craftsmanship and cuttingedge sustainability Their visitor’s attraction is also constantly evolving, from brand new temporary exhibitions dedicated to the Queens Jubilee to our Markets at the Mint, New for 2022 with over 35 stalls all offering locally produced items from Wales, available the last Saturday of each month at no extra cost.

Group Rates start from just £10pp and you can book not for 2023. Book before 31st October for 2023 and secure it at 2022 prices. Paul and the team can’t wait to hear from you. Ask how they can enhance your visit with multiple attractions.

Llancaiach Fawr Manor Llancaiach Fawr Manor is a Living History Museum. Visitors step back in time, and enter the Manor restored and furnished as it was in 1645 when local allegiances changed from King to Parliament. The 17th century servants are always thrilled to show off their fine house and have a good gossip. History is brought to life, ordinary people who lived in extraordinary times explain and talk about the folklore and superstition, which ruled their lives. Daytime and evening tours can be arranged for groups (minimum of 20) and a wide range of catering options are also available including hot and cold buffets, afternoon tea, carvery, historic menu, or 2 – 5 course meals. For menu prices and options, please call their catering manager.

Planning is key to helping you

Booking early is advised to avoid disappointment. So from Markets to Magical Festive Celebrations, They have loads going on at The Royal Mint. They would love to welcome you and your guests. Their dedicated team are there to look after you and can be contacted on


They would be delighted to tailor your group visit (historical or paranormal) to your needs, based upon travel times and group size. The coach driver is entitled to free admission to the Manor and a meal. There is ample coach parking onsite and they are just minutes away from the main A470. To make a booking or for more information please call reception on 01443 412248

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Rhondda Cynon Taf If you’re looking for unique places to visit with groups, look no further than Rhondda Cynon Taf in South Wales. Nestled between the Brecon Beacons and Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taf is home to some of the most

everything can be found in the very Welsh gift shop. If your tour group is feeling adventurous, Zip World Tower is the perfect place to visit. Zip World’s only site in South Wales is home to Pheonix – the world’s fastest seated zip line. Nestled in the stunning Rhigos mountain range, Zip World Tower is also home to

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 fascinating day trip.

the Tower Coaster and Cegin Glo which serves amazing food – and views!

For information on this particular package, call 01443 682036 or email

mining life from an era when coal from the 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

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

entertaining venues in the UK. They have history, heritage, culture and more than a touch of adventure all within very scenic mountains and valleys.

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

Visit A Welsh Coal Mining Experience at Rhondda Heritage Park and listen as the ex-coal miner coal guides take you underground and tell tales of

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


For further information on all that Rhondda Cynon Taf has to offer, please visit

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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

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Military Attractions What more is there to say “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”, Winston Churchill witness a Spitfire flying over the Memorial, adding a perfect moment to a great group day out. For further information email enquiries@battleofbritainme or call 01303 249292.

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome The Battle of Britain Memorial The Battle of Britain Memorial, high on Kent’s famous White Cliffs at Capel-le-Ferne, Kent, combines fun and learning with a chance to reflect on the bravery and sacrifice of the Few, the men who prevented a Nazi invasion of this country in 1940. The combination of modern, hands-on visitor centre and a poignant memorial at the heart of a tranquil site makes the Memorial, just outside Folkestone, the ideal venue for a group visit. Add in a firstfloor café with unbeatable views of the French coast, a shop selling unique, signed memorabilia and fully accessible facilities and the attraction becomes clear. The National Memorial to the Few, the men immortalised by wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill when he declared: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”, is at the heart of this clifftop tribute. Alongside the Memorial, the site, which is free to visit, features the Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall, a replica Spitfire and Hurricane and a full-sized stainless-steel sculpture of a German Stuka dive-bomber, along with

busts of Sir Keith Park and Lord Dowding.

Explore the early days of British military aviation through their award-winning exhibitions and great events. Ranging from air displays to Great War Living History, modern technology to the proms, they hope to provide something to make your visit special for you.

The only paid-for attraction is the Scramble Experience, an audio-visual, hands-on introduction to the Battle which is suitable for all ages and ideal for groups. While youngsters enjoy the interactive features, adults and those with a deeper interest in the conflict can access a huge amount of information, as well as audio and video clips of the Few themselves, via a bank of modern touch screens.

There’s plenty to enjoy at this unique venue. You can explore their fascinating site, investigate their Museum exhibitions, full of great interactives and objects, take in the atmosphere in the hangars of late production and replica FWW planes then why not pop into their Airmen’s Mess for a cup of tea and snack? Don't forget to grab a memento from their wide ranges in their shop on the way out! Learn about the incredible work being done,

The numerous hands-on activities include a chance to ‘shoot down’ enemy aircraft from a mock-up Hurricane cockpit, while at the heart of the Scramble Experience is a specially commissioned film so moving that it reduced one of the Few to tears when he first saw it. Group rates are available for The Scramble Experience, together with concessions for drivers/group organisers, and pre-booked coach parking is free. The whole of the Memorial is wheelchair accessible, with a lift to the café. Staff and volunteers are friendly and welcoming. On some summer days, visitors are lucky enough to


painstakingly conserving the buildings on site Whether you are interested in history or aviation, education or the environment or looking for a fun day out for the family or special interest group,they would like to welcome you to Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome to be part of history in the making. At Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, they welcome group visits, coach trips, school trips, educational visits and special interest groups. Your visit will be tailored to suit your needs, with an average visit lasting up to half a day. Please contact them to enable them to build some amazing memories for you and your group - including their exhibitions, a chance to eat, visit the hangars and explore this impressive and atmospheric location. Open from 10am – 5pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is possible to arrange visits on other days by special appointment although they cannot guarantee this. Please contact them to arrange your visit.

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Historic Houses They say that an Englishmans home is his castle, that surely applies to every Welsh and Scotsman, take a look at these piles and as Kirsty and Phil would say ,it’s all about, location, location, location.

An enchanting 13th century castle surrounded by a spectacular 40 acre RHS Partner Garden, Picton Castle and Gardens is full of surprises for all the family.

can be tailored to create your perfect day. Scottish in style and setting, the enchanting Blair Castle Ballroom gives a sense of scale, history and occasion for any event. Covering 2500 acres, the beautifully landscaped gardens are great for team building, outdoor weddings or getting that perfect wedding photograph.

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Picton Castle

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.

Explore the Castle's rich history, discover their rare trees and plant collections from around the world and enjoy the magnificent rhododendrons, shady woodlands, an exotic jungle garden and colourful walled garden packed with medicinal herbs and Mediterranean flowers, alongside living willow dens, family trails with fairy doors and an engaging adventure playground. The wildlife is abundant and there's plenty of space to run or simply relax on a garden seat and enjoy the tranquility.

Castle feature a nine-acre walled garden, a wooded grove, gothic folly, a kirk ruin, and deer park. Hercules Garden was named after the life-sized statue of Hercules which overlooks the garden. The glory of this garden in summer is the herbaceous borders that run along the 275m south-facing wall. Diana’s Grove is a tranquil wooded area, home to some of Britain's most historic and tallest trees. A garden ticket also gives access to the Tullibardine Restaurant and castle gift shop.

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Blair Castle and Gardens

At Blair Castle Caravan Park you can choose from a range of pitches to suit all needs, or opt for something different with their camping pods, woodland lodges and luxury caravan holiday homes. Nestled in the gardens of Blair Castle, it’s a delightful spot for an evening wander. There is also a selection of exceptional historic lodges situated in more remote parts of the estate. Sleeping 2-20 guests, their self-catering accommodation has some of the best views in Highland Perthshire.

Magnificent state rooms

Weddings and Private Events

The Welsh Owl Garden & Zoo

Atholl Estates is home to a unique range of historic interiors, contemporary spaces and spectacular gardens to choose from, your wedding day or private event

Spectacular woodland gardens

Blair Castle has been the home of the Atholl family for over seven centuries. The castle has had a diverse history, witnessing both turbulent and peaceful times, enlarged and adapted over 750 years. Home to politicians, soldiers, agriculturalists and entrepreneurs, the family history is brought to life against a backdrop of fine 18th century interiors and Scots Baronial architecture, in 30 rooms. Open seasonally from March – October, day tickets and annual passes can be bought online through their website. Diana’s Grove and Hercules Garden Laid out within the 18th Century, the Gardens at Blair Buckfast Abbey Free to enter, the historic monastery of Buckfast Abbey, founded in 1018 and rebuilt

Even larger groups can enjoy finding individual contemplation and quiet when strolling through the Abbey’s grounds. Buckfast Abbey can arrange bespoke tailormade tours, booking is essential.

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A place of beauty and tranquillity The monks welcome you to their home and hope you find, peace and tranquillity here. Enjoy the Abbey's beautiful architecture and gardens, restaurant and shops, visit the Monastic Way. Why not stay overnight in Northgate House Hotel an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding countryside. Groups welcome, to book Groups: 01364 645532 or Accommodation: 01364 645630 and quote GPTRLTODAY23

Please go to our website to check opening times before you start your journey Abbey Church • Working Monastery • Gardens • Shops • Restaurant • Hotel & Conference Centre • Well behaved dogs on short leads welcome

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Blair Castle & Atholl Estates Located in Highland Perthshire, 90 minutes from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness, Atholl Estates provides the perfect stop when exploring Scotland. Enjoy a self-guided tour around Blair Castle’s 30 rooms, and watch as history unfolds right before your eyes. Our knowledgable guides are on hand to enhance your experience. No visit is complete without a browse in the gift shop and a feast from Tullibardine Restaurant. Wander around our enchanting gardens, there’s over nineacres to explore right on our doorstep. Looking for the perfect venue for your next event or dreaming of a castle wedding? Our ballroom is grand and spacious.

There’s more to the estate than the castle and gardens, bring the whole family along for a break at Blair Castle Caravan Park, there’s pitches to suit all needs. Live like a Duke or Duchess in our luxurious Highland Lodges. With a range of self-catering accommodation and some of the best views in Highland Perthshire, reconnect with loved ones with a stay on Atholl Estates.

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South West Sand,sea,surfing,St Ives,sophisticated art galleries,buckets and spades,Bodmin,pasties,pies and Padstow, if ever there was a great group destination surely this must be it.

silver, clocks and watches, local history and archaeology. Exotic animals, birds and butterflies and the World Cultures galleries display stunning items from across the planet.

Stuart Line Cruises is an award-winning, family-run passenger boat company based in the iconic seaside town of Exmouth, East Devon and have been proudly welcoming groups and firmly supporting the Group Travel Industry for more than 50 years. They operate cruises throughout the year in the calm and sheltered waters of the River Exe and during the summer months, they cruise East Devon’s magnificent Jurassic Coast, South Devon’s glorious English Riviera and Europe’s oldest working ship canal, into the heart of the Cathedral City of Exeter. Their fleet of modern vessels are immaculately clean and exceptionally wellmaintained, boasting open-top decks and covered and heated lower decks with fully licensed bars, offering year-round comfort, whatever the weather! Choose from a diverse range of cruises, from 1-hour circular cruises to full day trips and book with confidence, knowing that your passengers will experience consistently outstanding customer service from their friendly Crew. As long-standing members of the Coach Tourism Association, the company

Situated between Rougemont and Northernhay Gardens, and the city’s busy high street, the splendid Victorian building has full wheelchair access and there’s a light and airy café providing light meals, snacks and drinks and a superb shop. With so much to do and see groups can easily spend 2-3 hours in the museum, and entrance is free.

remain engaged in and truly understand industry demands, ensuring that they can provide the best experience for organisers and their customers. Group bookings with Stuart Line Cruises are bespoke, so please get in touch with their friendly team / 01395 222144 for more information.

Find out more at or call 01392 265 858 Visit Exeter

Royal Albert Museum

With a touch of buzzy, big city atmosphere and a thriving arts scene, Exeter is one of the most vibrant cities in the south west. Its compact size means it is easy to explore on foot, with narrow historic streets, wonderful architecture and fascinating heritage attractions to discover along the way.

Exeter’s world-class museum has stunning displays and galleries, fabulous exhibitions and modern amenities. The displays reveal Devon and Exeter’s rich history and global connections. Exotic animals, birds and insects delight children and the World Cultures galleries display stunning items from all over the world.

Dating back 900 years, Exeter Cathedral is one of

Fifteen galleries of displays take visitors on a voyage of discovery from pre-history to the present day, from Exeter all around the world. With two special exhibition spaces, its changing programme means there is something different to see every visit, from national touring and contemporary shows to fine art from the city’s collection. Permanent displays draw from the city’s collection including glassware, West Country


England's finest examples of decorated Gothic architecture in this country. The Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours of the city operate daily, the perfect way to discover Exeter. Discover how clean water was transported through the city during Medieval times at Exeter’s Underground Passages. With 16 galleries of captivating displays, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) should not be missed. The quayside is a ten-minute stroll away, an ideal place to try an irresistible Devon cream tea on the waterside. You won’t be disappointed with the many opportunities to indulge in fresh Devon produce at Exeter’s great choice of restaurants and cafés. Spend time exploring independent shopping quarters and browse popular high street brands. Admire the natural beauty that surrounds Exeter. On one side, the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, on the other, the mystical moors of Dartmoor National Park. Let Exeter inspire you at

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More than just a boat trip...

Visit the historic city of Exeter in the heart of Devon, to experience its 2,000 year history, beautiful quayside and top quality food & drink.

Operating throughout the year, come rain or shine! Discover Devon’s dramatic coastlines and the Exe Estuary from the comfort of our modern vessels Discounted group rates and bespoke packages to suit your group’s requirements. Call 01395 222144 or email



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We Welcome Groups Take a look at these venues and attractions you’ll be sure to find a great reception for you and your group.

Riviera Travel has introduced a ‘Signature’ escorted tour collection for 2023 incorporating 40 of their European and worldwide itineraries. The tours each carry a maximum of just 25 guests and include up to three new and enhanced experiences, in addition to the established Classic tour itinerary. The programme covers countries across the world, including Italy, Spain, Croatia, Austria, Canada and Morocco. The Signature tours are an exceptional, exclusive option and offer the very best in immersive, engaging travel. Guests can go from discovering the secret of how traditional Argan oil is made in Morocco, to gliding over Vancouver in a seaplane, to visiting a tranquil lemon grove on the Amalfi coast to learn about the local gastronomic secrets and traditions.

booking early but are also protected by Riviera’s ‘price promise’, meaning if fares are reduced, current bookings will be refunded the difference.

The inspirational collection of European Classic and Signature escorted tours for 2023 is now on sale so if your group is dreaming of gazing across sun-baked Tuscan countryside or the lavender 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.

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Riviera Travel introduces new premium tour programme for smaller groups

Contact the dedicated groups department now on, or 01283 742 322.

London Symphony Orchestra - Great For Groups Based within the Barbican Centre, the London Symphony Orchestra performs concerts throughout the year and among the favourites this autumn are Star Wars; Return of the Jedi concert and Sir Simon Rattle conducting Landscapes in Sound.

Ask about the superb fivestar river cruise offers for 2023 with prices from just £1199 per person based on an 8day cruise! For river cruises departing in 2023 and booked before 30 September 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.

Those groups wishing to make a full day of their visit will find that The Barbican is Europe’s largest multi-arts centre offering a gift shop, cinemas, art galleries, a theatre and a library. The venue is also close to St Paul’s Cathedral, the Museum of London, the Bank

Groups booking for 2023 will get the lowest price by

of England, Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe, giving you plenty of choice if you’d like to make a day your visit. The Barbican is the perfect place to relax or have a bite to eat before a concert. You can fine-dine in Osteria, grab a burger in Bonfire, or have a quick meal in the cafeteriastyle Foodhall. There are also foyer bars and cafés that serve drinks, light snacks and ice creams in the concert intervals. To make a reservation, or find out more about the booking process, please email the Group Booking team.

Hestercombe Hestercombe's famously restored gardens span three centuries of garden history and design. The Formal Garden is hailed as one of the finest examples of the world-renowned partnership between garden designer Gertrude Jekyll and architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Sir Edwin Lutyen’s hallmarks are everywhere: iris-choked rills, pergolas, seats, relieved staircases and pools where reflections twinkle on recessed apses. Gertrude Jekyll’s planting is bold and


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Group discounts at Goodwood Racecourse There’s nothing quite like Goodwood Racecourse for a group get-together; with 19 fabulous fixtures, discounted tickets and a great choice of delicious food concessions and bars, we’ve got everything you need to enjoy a brilliant day at the races. 20% group discount across Qatar Goodwood Festival, with further discounts on a selection of race days Complimentary coach parking outside of Qatar Goodwood Festival Complimentary entry to the Lennox Enclosure for the driver What’s more, our sale and return policy allows you to reserve both Gordon and Lennox Enclosure tickets with no cancellation fee until tickets have been purchased. To find out more about group and coach bookings, please get in touch by emailing or calling 01243 755055

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simple, which adds vigour. The combination of Lutyen's design and Jekyll’s plants is extremely photogenic: Hestercombe is a highly rewarding garden to learn about symmetry, balance and proportion.

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Add to this arcadia, the centrepiece of Hestercombe House and you will see a reunited estate. Open to the public for the first time in more than 200 years, Hestercombe House offers a fascinating contemporary art gallery, a second-hand bookshop and well-stocked gift shop. In the Visitor Centre, you'll find a small yet bountiful plant centre, and a recently refurbished restaurant and café serving tasty homemade brunch, lunch and afternoon tea.

If you’re looking for a coastal destination that offers plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy the fresh air, then look no further than Southport.

Hestercombe welcomes groups and tours of any size, and can tailor your experience in a number of different ways to suit your requirements. Voted in the Top 50 Coach-Friendly UK Attractions, Hestercombe has fantastic facilities for a group.

The secret landscape garden, which Coplestone Warre Bampfylde laid out in the late 18th century, is a fair match for the Edwardian area: 40 acres of lakes, temples, combes and woodlands that lay undiscovered for more than

With its wide shopping boulevards, award-winning beach and coastline, spectacular gardens and magnificent pier, combined with all the fresh air that goes with being a coastal resort, Southport has long been recognised as one of the UK’s leading group-friendly destinations. The town has always been well known for its festivals, offering truly memorable experiences for groups, whatever their age. For 2023, Southport Food and Drink Festival, looks set to whet your tastebuds in June whilst The Southport Flower Show, surely the doyen of all festivals, returns in August. The Southport Air Show takes to

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


GROUPS Book now for Sep 2022 to Jan 2023 Over 30 unforgettable concerts to enjoy


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Remembrance Sunday Let us look after your group this Remembrance Sunday Stay in the warm and dry and watch the Service of Remembrance, live via large screens, from the comfort of your group’s table in Aspects. With breath-taking views across the Arboretum grounds, enjoy refreshments, a homemade two-course lunch and private bar. 13 November 2022




ILLUMINATED ARBORETUM Discover the Arboretum at night this December

The perfect festive outing for your group Enjoy a welcome glass of fizz, delicious three course meal and homemade mince pies. Party away the afternoon on the dancefloor with live music from the fabulous Antonio Socci Jive & Swing Band and make long-lasting memories with friends this Christmas. 10 December


An immersive and interactive trail around the Arboretum grounds under the cover of darkness. Light installations, illuminated memorials and festive refreshments create the perfect winter evening out with family and friends.

6-17 December 2022 £19.00pp*

13 December | 15 December 2022 £31.50pp*

National Memorial Arboretum Part of the Royal British Legion Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR *Groups of 10 or more. T: 01283 245 100 E: Charity No. 1043992

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industrial heritage site while educating and inspiring future generations.

the skies in September and the unique British Musical Fireworks Championship takes place in the town’s Victoria Park in September. Even more events can be found in the ‘What’s On’ section at The festivals are great to build a short break around. But visit Southport at any time and enjoy a walk along the pier or by Marine Lake. Relax in beautiful King’s Gardens or take a stroll on the awardwinning beach. Discover Lord Street, the unique Victoriancanopied, tree-lined shopping boulevard, and enjoy Southport’s famous outdoor café culture. Visit the new Southport Market, a purpose-built food hall that champions local artisan suppliers. Just to the north of Southport is historic Churchtown with its thatched roof cottages and the Botanic Gardens. Nearby, Martin Mere Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) offers 800 acres of wide-open space to see rare birds and pink flamingos. Along the coast, Crosby Beach is home to art installation 'Another Place' by Antony Gormley, 100 iron life-size statues staring out to sea. Formby Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the coastline with its natural dunes and extensive views.

Though the Mill’s primary function has always been textile spinning, on a visit you will get to learn about a full range of heritage skills including traditional combing and weaving and it’s not just the textile production that the site highlights. It also has a full operational complex of Steam boilers and power systems for visitors to explore, and even see in action on their popular ‘Steam Days’. Coldharbour Mill sits on the River Culm and the Gardens and Mill Pond Wildlife and Wetland area provide a beautiful setting in which visitors can walk, relax or grab a bite to eat from their riverside café.

Esplanade, with a whole day’s parking for just £5. For more information, go to, or email Steve Christian, destination development manager, at Coldharbour Mill Uffculme, Devon

All of these features provide a wonderful day out in the Devon countryside and it’s well worth a visit when you get a chance.

Coldharbour Mill in the heart of Uffculme, Devon is an industrial gem of the South West and is one of the oldest woollen textile mills in the UK, having been in continuous production since 1797. But there has been reference of a Mill on the site as far back as Saxon times. Nestled in the quiet village of Uffculme, Coldharbour Mill’s Chimney looms large and is an impressive sight on this Devon skyline. Teign Heritage Centre Teign Heritage Centre, Teignmouth & Shaldon museum is a small local history Museum run entirely by volunteers. First opened in 1978 and extended in 2011 the two main galleries display the social history of the Teign Estuary. In the large foyer, alongside the small shop and coffee area, you can explore the restored bathing machine and play on the old pier machines.

Coldharbour Mill is celebrating over 40 years as an independent museum with a nationally-significant collection. It is Coldharbour Mill’s aim to conserve this rich

The ground floor Sea gallery tells the story of the fishing industry and boatbuilding along the Teign. There are cannons and other artefacts from the Church Rocks wreck, and cannon balls from the French invasion of the town in 1690. Read the story of the Bombardment of Algiers in 1816 when the English fleet, led by Admiral Pellew of Bitton House, freed 2000 European slaves. The first-floor gallery tells how Teignmouth and Shaldon became a popular tourist resort, the importance of the arrival of Brunel’s railway in 1846 and the Aerodrome on Haldon. Visit the roof terrace for views of the hills above the town. Teign Heritage Centre has a lift to all floors and accessible facilities. Full details and admission charges are on the website For more information, group bookings and guided tours Coventry Cathedral There is no better time to visit Coventry Cathedral, where splendid medieval history meets modern architecture to stunning and poignant effect. Visitors can explore their Ruined Cathedral, destroyed by enemy raids during WW2, which now stands as a moving reminder of the horrors of war. Standing proudly alongside the Ruins is their magnificent ‘New’ Cathedral, featuring works by some of the greatest artists of the 1950s and 60s. Designed as a ‘casket of jewels’ by Sir Basil Spence, as you move through the building you will experience a journey like no other. Your group will learn about the history and significance of the Cathedral from one of their expert guides, and your tour can be tailored to include any specific areas of interest you may have. Perfectly placed in the city

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see and 150 acres to explore, the Arboretum has something to offer groups of all interests and backgrounds. Military and civilian memorials, peaceful woodlands, colourful gardens, riverside walks and fascinating wildlife are all waiting to be discovered.

range of other daily activities, events and exclusive packages that they can offer your group, please call their team on 01283 245 100, email or visit the website

To find out more about all upcoming events and their

centre, the Cathedral campus spans over 1000 years of history, from the early medieval craftsmanship still visible on the ruined Old Cathedral to the innovative 60’s design of Spence’s casket of jewels. There is a dedicated coach drop off point just outside the main Cathedral entrance, and coach parking is available in

the nearby White Street Coach Park. For more information email, call 02476 521234 or visit our website – National Memorial Arboretum With over 400 memorials to


Ancestral seat to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, Lords of Glamis since 1372. Immortalised in Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth”. Childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. • SELF GUIDED CASTLE TOURS • NATURE TRAIL & GARDEN WALKS • ITALIAN GARDEN • PICNIC & PLAY AREA • EXHIBITION ROOMS • RESTAURANT OPEN DAILY • GIFT SHOP/FOOD SHOP • SEASONAL EVENTS Situated just off the A94, the castle has witnessed more than 650 years of history; we take great pleasure in sharing it with all who visit and look forward to welcoming you. All tickets must be pre-booked online


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Glow Wild at Wakehurst, Kew’s wild botanic garden in Sussex When darkness falls, let the magic begin... Forming a glittering haven in the heart of Sussex, Wakehurst’s enchanting winter lantern trail Glow Wild returns for 2022. As darkness falls, Kew’s wild botanic garden is transformed with beautifully hand-crafted lanterns and captivating light installations from a host of leading artists. Returning for its ninth year, Glow Wild is an unmissable evening of winter wonder, packed full of surprises and home to UK’s tallest living Christmas tree decorated with 1,800 lights. This year’s theme celebrates the incredible colour spectrum of the natural world, inviting winter wanderers to explore how we see colour and the role it plays in our daily lives. From infrared to bioluminescence, visitors will experience colour like never before. As the trail draws to an end, gather with friends and family around crackling firepits to enjoy warming food and drink. Further new offers for Glow Wild 2022 include adults-only sessions, perfect for a heartwarming date night, or a fun evening out with friends. Every Friday night at 8pm, tickets will be reserved solely for visitors over 18yrs, offering a quieter experience for those looking for an enchanting outdoor experience. Glow Wild runs on selected evenings from 24 November to 1 January. Choose from 12 time slots at 20-minute intervals between 4.30pm and 8.15pm. On select evenings quiet sessions are available from 4.15pm for visitors with hidden disabilities, such as autism. Plan ahead to secure the date and time of your choice. Tickets on sale now: Coach parking/ drop off available.

For group bookings and coach visits, call 01444 894066. 10 minutes from Haywards Heath. Prebookable shuttle bus available from HH station. Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe. Taking place this year from 18th November – 22nd December, the festive market is renowned for its bustling atmosphere, stunning location, and handpicked high-quality exhibitors.

For more information about Winchester’s Christmas Market please visit

The wooden chalets situated within the Cathedral’s historic Inner Close are inspired by those seen at traditional German Christmas markets. Each year the selection of stalls showcase the original works of talented craftspeople and artists offering unique, custom pieces, such as knitted wool throws to organic essential oil reed diffusers.

‘Deck the Halls’ with the festive tour that’s top of everyone’s Christmas list Celebrate Christmas in style this year, as Carnforth’s historic Leighton Hall invites you to a truly magical dual destination tour, guaranteed

Though, the market isn’t only for buying gifts. Celebrate the season by meeting friends and family for a glass of mulled wine or mug of hot chocolate, and a spiced mince pie. Whilst enjoying your culinary delights listen to the cheerful sound of local choirs singing Christmas carols as well as other live performances on the community stage. There are popular times for coming to the market, visitors should consider arriving earlier or later in the day for a less crowded experience. There is no timed entry or tickets to the Christmas Market so queuing may be necessary. You can exit the market and re-enter the market at any time. Plan ahead and pre-book your tickets to one of the many special services, Christmas concerts, or events via the Winchester Cathedral website.


to spread festive cheer among your group. ‘Deck the Halls’ tours begin with the warmest of welcomes: coffee and mince pies before Leighton’s roaring fire. This is followed by an entertaining guided tour of the festively decorated Hall, amongst the fascinating treasures of Leighton’s celebrated Gillow furniture making family. Then it’s a short drive to

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The magical winter lantern trail 24 November 2022 – 1 January 2023

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Magnificent state rooms The Welsh Owl Garden & Zoo Spectacular woodland gardens Restaurant and Gift Shop Picton Castle, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. SA62 4AS Telephone: 01437 751326 Registered Charity No. 519693

10 minutes from Haywards Heath


Christmas is always a special time of year at Waddesdon and the perfect place to bring your group. Join us this

year for a magical light display in the House and gardens, as we brighten the end of your year with an enchanting

extravaganza. Spend a festive day out soaking up the sights and sounds at the Christmas Fair, wander through

our Winter Light trail, and enjoy the House decorated for the rst time since 2019!

To enquire about a booking or have any queries please contact or visit

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the extremely tempting international street food. Whether you’re looking for a Christmas decoration, a piece of unique jewellery, an unusual item for the home or some edible festive treats, you won’t be disappointed with the varied choice on offer. As well as a wonderful array of stalls, visitors will be treated to a fantastic programme of entertainment, including Victorian characters, lofty entertainers on stilts, brilliant musicians and buskers on street corners.

nearby Bay View Garden Centre. With spectacular, unspoilt views of Morecambe Bay, visitors can enjoy lunch in the restaurant or garden café, followed by time to browse in the well-stocked garden centre and shop. Here you’ll find plenty of decorations and ideas for Christmas presents. Including an £8 lunch voucher for every tour member, give in to locallysourced temptation in Bay View’s bustling café or restaurant, and relax while the elves take care of the washing up. Garlanded with awards, including the UK National Coach Awards, Leighton’s tried and tested no-rush, Covid-safe itinerary delivers excellent value for money, ample free coach parking, easy drop off area (right at the house entrance) and driver’s refreshments at the Hall, so book early to secure your dates.

No visit to the Fayre would be complete without a ride on the traditional vintage carousel in the Cornmarket and a journey along New Street and Friar Street, Worcester’s independent quarter, home to wonderful shops and fantastic restaurants.

•Competitive pricing and excellent value for money See or call 01524 734474 for a pleasurably simple, friendly, one-stop booking process: that’s Christmas covered – all for just £22 per person.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre As the year comes to an end, your wish is the theatre’s command this Christmas as much-loved family panto is back,with Aladdin! Favourites Andy Collins and La Voix make their comeback as Wishee Washee and Widow Twankey and get ready to boo! Eastenders and Holby City star Davood Ghadami as he takes on the role of panto villain Abanazar.

If that isn’t enough to get you into the Christmas mood then the Norman Bragg Studio has plenty to offer with classics like A Christmas Carol (Tue 15 – Sat 19 Nov) or a more modern festive frolic with Morgan & West’s Great Big Christmas Magic Show (Sat 10 Dec) and Santa’s Magical Gift (Wed 14 – Sat 24 Dec).

Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre The Victorian Fayre has been a firm favourite on the festive calendar since it began in 1992. The Fayre now welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year but stays true to its roots with Victorian themed characters, festive treats, delicious street food and a wonderful atmosphere. With almost 200 stalls filling Worcester’s historic streets selling all sorts of delightful Christmas goodies, handmade items, local produce and not forgetting

Princess Theatre Torquay 1st Decemger - 4th December

•Simple, one-stop booking process, free familiarisation visit (if required) •Tried and tested no-rush itinerary with minimal travel between destinations •Safe, relaxed and comfortable with no crowding or queuing •Pre-booked groups of 20 or more welcome all year round


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, 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 group as little as 6 for Saturday Night Fever in November to their annual Panto in December and even

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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 01296 745100

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looking ahead to The Cher Show, Fisherman’s Friends The Musical and The Mousetrap in 2023, They’re sure to have something for every group. 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. Your wish is their command this December as their family pantomime returns. Hop aboard their magic carpet and join them in a magical world of mystery and enchantment. Aladdin is the family pantomime where genies live in lamps, magic comes in threes and love conquers all. Not to be missed at the Princess Theatre, Torquay this December. Presented by New Pantomime Productions Ltd, with lavish sets and glittering costumers that will set your festive spirit soaring.

Casting to be revealed soon. Visit www.atgtickets/torquay to see details of their shows and you can call their dedicated groups line on 020 7206 1179 or email torquaymarketing@ Waddesdon Christmas at Waddesdon is back with magical lights, the gardens aglow and dazzling displays inside the house creating a Waddesdoninspired wonderland for the first time since 2019. Follow a new route through the East Wing with festive displays, sparkling trees and sumptuous decorations inspired by the Manor’s many treasures, from famous portraits to exquisite porcelain.

food and drink to takeaway and enjoy while exploring the grounds.

Soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas with handselected stalls all housed in charming wooden chalets, surrounded by twinkling trees. Then head to the Food Village to pick up delicious festive

As twilight falls see the gardens sparkle brightly with spectacular light displays bringing their extraordinary landscape to life, in partnership with Luminism. Enjoy dramatic colour and

playful installations as you stroll beneath magically illuminated tree canopies. Look out for interactives at Tay Bridge, Daffodil Valley transformed with 5,000 orbs creating a glittering blanket and walk through a tunnel of twinkling stars.

CHRISTMAS MARKET 2022 HAND CRAFTED GIFTS | ARTISAN FOOD & DRINK Experience Christmas at Denby Pottery Village Christmas Market. Alongside the full Pottery Village will be a Free-to-enter magical market with over 30 hand-picked stall holders offering handcrafted gifts and artisan food & drinks. SAVE THE DATE

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into a coupette or large flute · Top off with Champagne or dry sparkling wine, stir gently and garnish.

that works perfectly in cocktails. Ron Abuelo’ s Global Brand Ambassador, Cristobal Srokowski has curated the most refreshing cocktail 'The Glorious'. The key ingredients include - lime juice, sugar syrup, angostura bitters, mint leaves and champagne or sparkling wine.

GARNISH · Orange peel and/or fresh mint spring Denby Pottery Village

Christmas Cocktails

With the UK rum market now the third largest in the world and premium rum trending at home and in bars, this cocktail is not one to miss this summer.

Ron Abuelo honours José Varela Blanco, a pioneer who came to Panama from Spain and created the country's first sugar cane mill, providing inspiration and the means for his family to create the prestigious Ron Abuelo rum. Over a century old, the rum brand has a rich, distinctive history that is family owned to this day.

INGREDIENTS · 45 ml – Ron Abuelo 12 Años · 20 ml – Fresh lime juice · 20 ml – Sugar syrup (2:1) · 4 Dashes – Angostura bitters · 8-10 Fresh mint leaves Top off with Champagne or dry sparkling wine

Ron Abuelo has a range of rums, but the star is its 12 anos

TECHNIQUE · Shake and double strain

Please see below for the recipe:

piece of Denby. Enjoy hearty Derbyshire food in one of the two eateries and browse all the shops, including the largest selection of Denby in the world . To book tickets to all the Denby Experiences, visit: denbypottery.digitickets.

Spend quality time at the home of Denby, with its great selection of shops, places to eat and wealth of family friendly activities. Whether you have a few hours or want to enjoy a full day out, make the most of your visit by choosing from their new Denby Experience Packages, including a NEW immersive Pottery Tour. Learn a little more about the Denby you love in The Denby Discovery, get immersed in their fascinating history in the Denby Museum and even get creative yourself in The Denby Craft Studio, where you can paint your own

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PLENTY OF FOOD, FUN & ATTRACTIONS FOR BIG KIDS & CHILDREN To book your coach, email:, call 01905 722501 or go to Designated city centre drop off and pick up areas within easy walking distance to the Christmas Fayre Stewarding service to welcome passengers to the event Guaranteed coach parking on hard standing Well signposted access routes

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Cathedrals, Churches & Abbeys Majestic, mystical and marvelous and not just for the faithful, a great place for groups to visit, full of social, political and cultural history.

day out-1400 years in the making.

Canterbury Cathedral Offers Group Catering Options for Any Budget

Centre which offers amazing views of the Cathedral and Precinct Gardens.

Less than an hour from London by train, UNESCO World Heritage Site Canterbury Cathedral is the jewel in Kent’s crown. Always popular with groups, Canterbury Cathedral has a range of refreshments available to enhance any visit.

Those wishing to cater for a larger group or provide a more bespoke offering can enjoy everything from threecourse lunches, full afternoon teas and a range of bespoke options including drinks receptions, served at Canterbury Cathedral’s on site hotel and conference centre, Cathedral Lodge.

A story worth discovering at Lichfield Cathedral

With new exhibitions, a range of themed guided tours for groups and group refreshment options, there has never been a better time for groups to enjoy a great

There has been a Cathedral in Lichfield for over 1350 years and with it comes a captivating story bursting with history, art, culture and life. Lichfield Cathedral’s

Options ranging from buffet sandwich lunches, cream teas or tea and cake are on offer for group sizes between 15-40 and will be served to your group in a private room in the Cathedral’s new Visitor

For more information or to discuss group catering please contact Melodie Robson, Group Sales Manager

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.

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Lichfield Cathedral visit: or contact them at or 01543 306100

Kylemore Abbey

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.

This is a story about Kylemore Abbey and its Victorian Walled Garden. Located just over one hour from Galway City, Kylemore Abbey is one of Ireland’s top tourist attractions. Kylemore Castle was built in the late 1800s by Mitchell Henry MP, a wealthy businessman, and liberal politician. Inspired by his love for his wife Margaret, and his hopes for his beloved Ireland, Henry created an estate boasting ‘all the innovations of the modern age’. An enlightened landlord and vocal advocate of the Irish people, Henry poured his life’s energy into creating an estate that would showcase what could be achieved in the remote wilds of Connemara. Today Kylemore Abbey is owned and run by the Benedictine community who have been in residence here since 1920.

visit to Lichfield Cathedral, but donations are encouraged to help secure the future of this historic building for generations to come.

Go to Kylemore and enjoy the new visitor experience in the Abbey, From Generation to Generation…..the story of Kylemore Abbey. Experience

For more information on what’s happening at

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. There is no entry charge for a


woodland and lakeshore walks, magnificent buildings and Ireland’s largest Walled Garden. Enjoy wholesome food and delicious homebaking in their Café or Garden Tea House. History talks take place three times a day in the Abbey and tours of the Walled Garden take place throughout the summer. Browse their Craft and Design Shop for unique gifts including Kylemore Abbey Pottery and awardwinning chocolates handmade by the Benedictine nuns. Discover the beauty, history, and romance of Ireland’s most intriguing estate in the heart of the Connemara countryside. Explore Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden Visit the Abbey with its beautifully restored period rooms and fascinating Visitor Experience and learn about its history of tragedy, romance, education, and spirituality. Explore the 6-acre Victorian Walled Garden with its delightfully restored garden buildings, formal flower, vegetable and herb gardens. Discover woodland and lakeshore walks that will take you on a beautiful journey through our 1,000acre estate. The beautiful neo-Gothic Church is a short

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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 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. They have a Refectory on site offering a delicious range of meals, snacks and drinks, whilst their Cathedral Shop (closed Mondays) boasts a huge array of gifts and souvenirs. Southwell Minster is open 365 days per year. 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.

walk from the Abbey, nestled nearby is the Mausoleum where Mitchell and Margaret Henry are buried side by side. Children will enjoy making a wish at the Giants Ironing stone, playing in their wild play area and meeting their pigs and Connemara ponies. With great options for dining and shopping, they have all you need for the perfect Connemara day out. 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 as The Leaves of Southwell – are

Coach drop-off directly outside the Cathedral, with free long-term coach parking available nearby.

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. As a direct result of the funding ,they have been able to implement and deliver works to protect, interpret, and better present these beautiful and historic medieval carvings for future generations. A cantilever lift has also been installed to allow improved accessibility whilst new lighting has been put in place, both inside and outside.

For group booking enquiries, please contact Please keep an eye out at for opening times and closure notices.

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.


They look forward to welcoming you soon! 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 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

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Leaves of Southwell After being closed for over a year whilst undergoing significant 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 significant 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 flowers, 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.”

“Breathtaking craftsmanship”

“So lifelike you can almost hear them rustle” @SouthwellMinster



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Surprising Shropshire Not only home to the industrial revolution, this area is well known as a fabulous place to shop for quality produce, which is probably why it’s now considered as a heaven for foodies! shutterstock Nicola Pulham Shropshire

Ironbridge Valley of Invention Set within the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ironbridge Valley of Invention is situated five miles from Telford Town Centre in Shropshire. Stretching along the River Severn, their award-winning museums are within six square miles of the Ironbridge Gorge, widely regarded as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. With plenty of places to explore you will keep all your group happy, including The Blist Hill Victorian Town, The Jackfield Tile Museum, The Coalport China Museum and of course The Iron Bridge and Toll House. Discover the award-winning attractions in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site - a really perfect place for groups! Visit as a group and save! Discounted admission rates for groups of 15+ Free entry for the group organiser and coach driver Free coach parking and complimentary refreshment

voucher for each driver Free familiarisation visit for 2 adults when you book a group visit

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. We boast a spectacular, mysterious Hillfort which is over 3000 year old and one of Britain’s oldest settlements. Sitting proudly on the North West corner of Shropshire right on the Welsh border Oswestry often has the feel of a Welsh town in England. 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

You will find it behind the Guildhall next to the Library at Castle View. If you want to arrange a coach visit contact David Clough on 01691 680222 to arrange a central drop off and meet and greet.

famous WW1 soldier and poet, would recognise it still.

With plenty of events throughout the year, including a visit from Santa in December, they welcome group visits please e-mail to request full details.

Ludlow Castle Ludlow Castle is one of the finest medieval ruins in England. Set in the glorious Shropshire countryside at the heart of the superb, bustling black & white market town of Ludlow. Walk through the Castle grounds and see the ancient houses of kings, queens, princes, judges and the nobility – a glimpse into the lifestyle of medieval society.

Catering options to suit every taste and budget Guided tours with their experts HOW TO BOOK YOUR GROUP VISIT They look forward to welcoming your group to Ironbridge. You can complete an online booking form and they will be in touch within a few days to confirm your booking or to discuss your visit further. If you would like more information, they are always happy to answer any of your questions and to discuss your visit in detail, please contact the group visits team at or 01952 435 900.

Discover the industrial heritage with a visit to the Cambrian Heritage Railway or own Museums.

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

To really get to know Oswestry, make the Towns Tourist Information Centre the first stop on your day out.

Oswestry is a border market


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At Ludlow Famshop, our food is made by artisans with produce reared or grown on our own farm. Handmade in small batches, we are able to see, smell and taste it. Don’t just take our word for it... visit us and you will nd a range of products to taste from our production counters.

Market Days OPEN

•Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays •Ample Free Coach Parking •New central coach drop off point, booking essen)al on 01691 680222. Toilets •Loads of Independent Shops •Award Winning Park

Relax in our picnic area with takeaway food & drinks, or enjoy a hearty breakfast, lunch or a light bite from the delicious seasonal menu at our onsite cafe. Our ice cream cabin is open during Spring & Summer with ice cream made in our onsite dairy!

Oswestry the birthplace of famous war poet Wilfred Owen


Two miles from Ludlow. Free parking. Open daily.

Brom eld, Shropshire, SY8 2JR 01584 856000


GROUP VISITS AT IRONBRIDGE Enjoy exclusive group bene ts including: •

discounted admission for groups of 15+ •

The Iron Bridge

free familiarisation visit for organiser

bespoke group menus •

free coach parking

free admission for group leader

complimentary visit planning service Jack eld Tile Museum

For more information and to book:

01952 435 900 or

Blists Hill Victorian Town

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Welcome to the Group Travel Today Planning Supplement. If recent events have taught us anything it must be that we mustn’t take for granted how valuable the ability to travel is, so with this in mind we hope, as usual, you find it a useful tool to help you plan. Here at Group Travel Today we’ve always known that Group Travel Organisers have been trail blazers, so when it comes to climate change

and the practices we all put in place to help reduce our carbon footprint there can’t be many other forms of transport greener than coach travel and coach tourism, if you consider that at approximately 4 times the size of a family car but with the capacity to transport as many passengers as 20 cars, the greenhouse gas emission per person is far less, if you do the maths by over 6 times, combined with the soaring price of fuel it’s a no brainer. Happy Travelling Nigel

SHOPPING GUIDED TOURS GROUP DISCOUNTS EVENTS SNACK BAR RESTAURANT Covent Garden’s historic indoor Jubilee Market has plenty to offer groups for a fabulous shopping trip. You can also book our 45-minute guided walking tour of Covent Garden and include a refreshments package. @jubileemarket @jubileemarket75


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Britain’s Biggest Beer Shop Craft Beer, Spirits, Wines, Ciders (incl. gluten free)

As seen on Bargain Hunt & Antiques Road Trip

Pop in for a Cuppa, something to eat, or maybe try one of our extensive range of Draught or Bottled Beverages Relax in our Beer Garden

Plus Out Door Play Area for Children

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Tel:01553 812000 Garage Lane, SETCHEY, King’s Lynn PE33 0BE

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Spotlight on... Eating and Drinking The RSC have a range of places to eat and drink, whether you’re looking for a morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea or a sit-down dinner. They cook all food fresh in their 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 pretheatre dining, the Rooftop Restaurant serves a modern British menu in a unique space. FIND OUT MORE 01789 331111 groups

Royal Shakespeare Company Take your group to Stratfordupon-Avon for outstanding theatre, guided building tours and the best food in town – all under one roof. Making a group booking with them 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 magic of the Royal Shakespeare Company. You can explore the building on one of their one-hour tours,

including British Sign Language interpreted tours, and find out all about the workings of the theatre, and engaging stories of its unique history. Join the RSC’s experienced team of tour guides on a journey through the building’s public and behind-the-scenes areas, sharing the magic of the Royal Shakespeare Company.


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East Midlands

East Midlands A traditional heartland of both farming and industry, often mistakenly overlooked by many seeking a great day out short break or holiday there’s plenty to pique your interest here. From the flat, unseeing Fens in Lincolnshire to the rolling valleys and fells of the inspiring Peak District, and much more in between, the East Midlands has its fair share of historic houses and gardens, home to Chatsworth House, Lincoln Cathedral and Newstead Abbey and why not book into England’s oldest hotel in Buxton also famous for its spring water although this isn’t the only libation on offer at the hotel or indeed the area.

DERBYSHIRE Chesterfield Borough Council Town Hall, Rose Hill, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S40 1LP Tel: 01246 345 345 Chesterfield Market Market Place, Chesterfield S40 1PB Tel: 01246 345777/8 Crich Tramway Village Cromford Road, Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire. DE4 5DP Tel: 01773 854321 Denby Pottery Village Derby Rd, Ripley DE5 8NX Tel:01773 740799

Melton Mowbray Victorian Fayre Tel:01664 822114

The Heights of Abraham Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, DE4 3NT Tel: 01629 582365

National Space Centre Exploration Drive, Leicestershire LE4 5NS Tel: 0116 261 0261

The Old hall Hotel The Square, Buxton, Derbyshire. SK17 6BD Tel: 01298 22841

LINCOLNSHIRE Doddington Hall Doddington, Lincolnshire LN6 4RU Tel: 01522 694308

Renishaw Hall and Gardens Renishaw, Nr. Sheffield S21 3WB Tel: 01246 432310

Lincoln Castle 4 Castle Hill, Lincoln LN1 3AA Tel: 01522 511068

The Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill Silk Mill Lane, Derby DE1 3AF Tel: 01332 641901

Lincoln Cathedral Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PX Tel:01522 561600


Great British Car Journey Unit 4 Derwent Works, Ambergate DE56 2HE Tel:01773 317243

Belvoir Castle Belvoir, Leicestershire NG32 1PE Tel: 01476 871002

Haddon Hall Bakewell, Derbyshire,DE45 1LA Tel: (01629) 812 855 / (01629) 812 855810 912

Melbourne Hall Church Sq, Melbourne, Derby DE73 8EN Tel: 01332 862 502

Skegness Aquirium Tower Esplanade Skegness Lincolnshire PE25 3HH Visit Lincs Coast Skegness Town Hall, North Parade, Skegness, Lincs PE25 1DA.

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NORTHAMPTONSHIRE Castle Ashby Gardens Castle Ashby,Northampton, Deene Park Deene, Corby NN17 3EW Tel: 01780 450278 Evenley Wood Garden Evenley Northamptonshire NN13 5SH Tel: 07788207428 Wicksteed Park Barton Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN15 6NJ Tel: 01536 512 475

NOTTINGHAM DH Lawrence Heritage Durban House Heritage Centre, Mansfield Road, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire NG16 3DZ Tel: 01773 717353 Newstead Abbey Newstead Village NG15 8NA Southwell Minster Church St, Southwell NG25 0HD Tel:01636 812649

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Heart of England The Heart of England has always been a booming economic centre, starting with the wool trade in the Middle Ages which enriched Coventry, before becoming the pivot of the Industrial Revolution fuelled from the Black Country, it still maintains a largely unspoilt region found to the north and west of Birmingham, which means that there’s plenty of things to do both outdoors and indoors, walking, cycling, or maybe a boat trip on the canals (there are more in this area than there are in Venice, although we haven’t spotted any gondola’s yet), visiting stately homes and gardens, why not visit Croome Court once a secret wartime airbase and now a visitor centre. Outside is the grandest of English landscapes, ‘Capability’ Brown’s masterful first commission, with commanding views over the Malvern’s. This is arguably the most medieval of the UK’s regions, with great castles such as that at Warwick and literary trails around Stratford-UponAvon, home of the greatest writer in the English language, William Shakespeare.

BIRMINGHAM Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses Westbourne Rd, Birmingham, B15 3TR www.birminghambotanical Birmingham City Museum & Art Gallery Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, West Midlands Tel: 0121 303 2834 Black Coutry Living Museum Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley DY1 4SQ Tel: 0121 520 8054 Cadbury World Linden Road, Bournville, B301JR Tel: 0844 880 7667 Discover Dudley Dudley Canal and Caverns 501 Birmingham New Rd, Tipton, Dudley DY1 4SB Tel:0121 557 6265 National Motorcycle Museum Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull B92 0EJ Tel: 0121 704 2784 www.nationalmotorcycle

Hampton Court Castle Gardens and Parkland Hampton Court Castle, Hope under Dinmore HR6 0PN Tel: 01568 797777

New Alexandra Theatre Station St, Birmingham, West Midlands B5 4DS Tel: 0844 871 3011 Museum of Jewellery Quarter 75-79 Vyse Street, Hockley, Birmingham B18 6HA Tel: 0121 554 3598

Herefordshire Council Brockington, 35 Hafod Road, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR1 1SHTel: (01432) 260000

Thinktank, Millennium Point Curzon Street, Birmingham B4 7XG Tel: 0121 202 2222

Norman Allen Group Travel Ltd Portfield House, Daws Road, Hereford HR1 2JJ, G.B. Tel: 01432 277666

Vintage Trains Limited 670 Warwick Road, Tyseley, Birmingham B11 2HL

Visit Herefordshire 1 King Street, Hereford HR4 9BW, Herefordshire, UK Tel: 01432 268430

HEREFORDSHIRE Broadfield Court Gardens & Vineyard Bowley Lane, Bodenham, Herefordshire, HR1 3LG Tel: 01568 797483 Cider Museum & King Offa Distillery 21 Ryelands Street, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR4 0LW Tel: 01432 354207


Foxfield Railway Foxfield Railway, Caverswall Road,Blythe Bridge, Staffordshire, ST11 9BG 01782 396210 Lichfield Cathedral The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD Tel:01543 306100 Lichfield Markets and Market Square Lichfield City Council Donegal House, Bore Street, Lichfield, Staffs, WS13 6LU Tel:01543 309853

Westonbury Mill Water Garden and Follies Pembridge Herefordshire HR6 9HZ www.westonburymillwaterg Tel;01544 388650

Spode Works Visitor Centre Church Street, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire ST4 1BX Tel: 01782 744011

Westons Cider Mill The Bounds, Much Marcle,Nr Ledbury, Herefordshire. HR8 2NQ Tel: 01531 660 108

Stoke-on-Trent Tourist Information Centre The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery Bethesda Street City Centre Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3DW


Tamworth Castle Holloway Lodge, Tamworth, Staffordshire B79 7NA Tel: 01827 709629

Churnet Valley Railway Cheddleton Station, Station Rd, Cheddleton ST13 7EE Tel: 01538 360522

Eastnor Castle Nr Ledbury Herefordshire HR8 1RL,Tel: 01531 633160

Drayton Manor Park Drayton Manor Drive Tamworth, Staffordshire B78 3TW Tel: 0844 472 1950

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Stoke-on-Trent Tourist Information Centre The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery Bethesda Street City Centre Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3DW Tamworth Castle Holloway Lodge, Tamworth, Staffordshire B79 7NA Tel: 01827 709629 The Wedgwood Visitor Centre Barlaston, Stoke on Trent, Staffs ST12 9ER Tel: 0870 606 1759 Visit Lichfield District Council Offices, Frog Lane, Lichfield WS13 6YY Tel: 01543 308210 Tel: 01543 308210 groups

SHROPSHIRE Acton Scott Historic Working Farm Wenlock Lodge, Acton Scott, Nr Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6QN Tel: 01694 781306/ 7 Ironbridge Gorge Museums Coach Road, Coalbrookdale, Telford TF8 7DQ Tel: 01952 435 900 Ludlow Castle Castle Square, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1AY Tel: 01584 873355 Ludlow Farm Shop Bromfield Shropshire SY8 2JR Tel: :01584856000 @ludlowfarmshop Oswestry Market Bailey Head Oswestry

Hales Street, Coventry CV1 1JD Tel: 024 7623 4270

SY11 1PZ Royal Air Force Museum Cosford Shifnal, Shropshire TF11 8UP Tel: 01902 376 200

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Secret Hills, The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre School Road, Craven Arms,Shropshire SY79RS Tel: 01588 676000 www.shropshirehills Weston Park Weston under Lizard, Shropshire TF1 8LE Tel: 01952 852100

Warwick Castle Warwick, Warwickshire CV34 4QU Tel: 0871 265 2000

Hill Close Gardens Bread and Meat Close, Warwick CV34 6HF Tel: 01926 493339


Ragley Hall Ragley Hall, Alcester B49 5NJ Tel: 01789 762090

Avon Boating Ltd Swan’ sNest Boathouse, Swan’s Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon. Warwickshire. CV37 7LS Tel: 01789 267073

Royal Shakespeare Company Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6BB Tel: 0844 800 1110

British Motor Museum 11 Banbury Rd Warwick CV350BJ Tel:01926 641188 Canal & River Tours Canal Basin, Bancroft Gardens, Waterside, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6AT. Tel: 01789 295173

Stoneleigh Abbey Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV82LF Tel: 01926 858535 Shakespeare's Birthplace Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6QW Tel: 01789 204016

Compton Verney House Trust Compton Verney, Warwickshire CV35 9HZ Tel: 01926 645500

Shakespeare's Schoolroom and Guildhall Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6HB Open daily 11.00am to 5.00pm (last admission 4.30pm) Tel: 01789 203170

Coventry Cathedral Priory Street, Coventry, CV1 5FB Tel: 02476 521234 Coventry Transport Museum Millennium Place,


Stratford Racecourse Co. Ltd Luddington Rd, Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire CV379SE

Heritage Motor Centre Banbury Road,Gaydon, Warwick,Warwickshire CV35 0BJ Tel:

Mary Arden’s House Station Road, Wilmcote, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire CV37 9UN


British Asparagus Festival in the Vale of Evesham Tel: 01386 565373 www.britishasparagusfestival. org Destination Worcestershire Severn House, Prescott Drive, Warndon Business Park, Worcester WR4 9NE Tel. 0845 641 1540 Jinney Ring Craft Centre Hanbury Road, Hanbury, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B60 4BU Tel: 01527 821272 Royal Worcester Museum Severn St Worcester WR1 2ND Severn Valley Railway, Number One Comberton Place, Kidderminster DY10 1QR Tel: 01562 757900 Spetchley Park Gardens Spetchley Park, Worcestershire WR5 1RS Tel: 01453 810303 The Museum of Carpet Stour Vale Mill, Green St, Kidderminster DY10 1AZ Tel: 01562 69028

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

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North East

The North East A region that combines sandy beaches, castles and portcullises, miles and miles of natural terrain that's divided and dominated by Hadrian’s Wall, but also includes 3 vibrant and cosmopolitan cities and of course the birthplace of Ant and Dec who it would appear we can't get enough of. The magnificent Durham Cathedral, on a huge promontory overlooking the River Wear, is held by many to be the finest example of Norman architecture in the land, and of course a more modern masterpiece The Angel of the North whose home is in Gateshead.

CO DURHAM Auckland Castle Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, DL14 7NR Tel: 01388 743750 Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum Beamish, Co Durham DH9 0RG Tel: 0191 370 4000 Durham Cathedral The Chapter House, The College,Durham, Co Durham DH1 3EH Tel: 0191 386 4266 Durham Tourist Information Millennium Place, Durham City, Co Durham, DH1 1WA Tel: 0191 384 3720 Raby Castle Staindrop Darlington, County Durham DL2 3AH Tel: 01833 660202

The Alnwick Garden Denwick Lane, Alnwick Northumberland NE66 1YU Tel: 01665 511350

Teeside & Tees Valley TS24 0XZ Tel: 01429 860077 Kirkleatham Museum Kirkleatham, Redcar, TS10 5NW, Tel: (01642) 479500

Bamburgh Castle Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh, Northumberland, NE69 7DF Tel: 01668 214 208 administrator@bamburghcastl

Middlesbrough Tourist Information Centre and Box Office The Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough, PO Box 69 TS1 2QQ Tel 01642 729900

Chillingham Castle Chillingham, Alnwick Northumberland, NE66 5NJ Tel: +44 (0)1668 215359

Ormesby Hall: National Trust Church Lane, Ormesby, Middlesbrough, Teeside & Tees Valley Tel:01642 324188

Ford and Etal Estates Ford, Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 2QA Tel: 01890 820338 Hadrian’s Wall Tourism Partnership 14B Gilesgate, Hexham, Northumberland NE46 3NJ Tel: 01434 602505

River Escapes Unit B2, Whitehouse Farm Centre Stannington, Morpeth NE61 6AW Tel: 01670 785666 Shipley Art Gallery Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE8 4JB Tel: 0191 477 1495 WWT Washington Wetland Centre Pattinson, Washington, Tyne and Wear, NE38 8LE Tel: 0191 416 5454

Redcar & Cleveland Tourism Neighbourhood Services Department, PO Box 86, Kirkleatham Street, Redcar, Tees Valley TS10 1XX

Hexham Racecourse Co Limited The Riding, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 4PF Tel: 01434 606881

TYNE & WEAR Laing Art Gallery New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 8AG Tel: 0191 232 7734

TEESIDE & TEES NORTHUMBERLAD Alnwick Castle Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1NG Tel: 01665 511100

Northern Secrets Limited 11 Garden Crescent, Consett, County Durham DH8 0PT Tel. 01207 560 455

Captain Cook Birthplace museum Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough, Teeside & Tees Valley TS7 8AT Tel: 01642 311211

MetroCentre MetroCentre, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE11 9YG Tel: 0191 493 0200

Hartlepool Historic Quay Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool



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Alnwick Castle The second largest inhabited castle in the UK

Home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family, the Percys, for over 700 years

01665 511 100 Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1NQ

Film location for Downton Abbey and Harry Potter’s Hogwarts

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The South East

The South East 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! Which has made this a firm favourite for those seeking a great dayout, short break or holiday.




Ascot Racecourse Berkshire, SL5 7JX Tel: 0844 346 3000

Colchester Zoo Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex CO3 0SI Tel: 01206 331292

Beale Park Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire RG8 9NH Tel: 0118 984 5172

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The Mill At Sonning Sonning Eye, Reading RG4 6TY Tel: 0118 969 8000 Waltham Place Church Hill, White Waltham, Berkshire, SL6 3JH Tel: 01628 825517 Visit Newbury or follow @VisitNewbury on Facebook, Instagram and Twitte

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Exchange Street, Aylesbury, HP20 1UG aylesburyboxoffice@ Bletchley Park Bletchley Park Trust, Bletchley Park Sherwood Drive, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB


Waddesdon Manor Waddesdon, Nr. Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP18 0JH Tel: 01296 653226

Tel: 023 8089 1203 Mary Rose Museum Main Rd, Portsmouth PO1 3PY Tel:+44 (0) 23 9281 2931 Mid Hants Railway Ltd 'Watercress Line' The Railway Station, New Alresford, HampshireSO24 9JG Tel: 01962 733810

Colne Valley Railway Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essesx CO9 3DZ, Tel: 01787 461174 Hedingham Castle Batley Street, Castle Hedingham, CO9 3DJ Tel:01787 460 261

Milestones Museum Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Basingstoke, RG22 6PG Tel: 01256 639550

Markshall Eatate Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1TG, Tel:01376 563796

The Royal Navy Submarine Museum Haslar Jetty Road,Gosport, Hampshire PO12 2AS Tel: 023 9251 0354

HAMPSHIRE Beaulieu Hampshire SO42 7ZN Tel: 01590 614645

Visit Portsmouth Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices, Portsmouth PO1 2BG Tel: 02392 834116

Bombay Sapphire Distillery Laverstoke Mill London Rd Whitchurch Hampshire RG28 7NR

KENT Battle of Britain Memorial New Dover Rd, Capel-le-Ferne, Folkestone, CT18 7JJ, Tel:T +44 (0)1303 249292

Buckler's Hard Beaulieu, Hampshire SO42 7XB Tel: 01590 616203

Bewl Water Tel: 01892 890000

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway Exbury, New Forest nr Southampton, Hampshire SO45 1AZ

Catterbury Cathedral Cathedral House,


11 The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH Canterbury Guided Tours Christ Church Gate, The Precincts, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2EE Tel:01227 459779

OXFORDSHIRE Ardington House Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 8QA Tel: 01235 821566 Blenheim Palace Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PX Tel: 08700 602080 Buscot Park Buscot Park, Faringdon, Oxfordshire,SN7 8BU Tel: 01367 240786 www.buscot Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway Station Road, Chinnor, OX39 4ER, Tel: 01844 353535 Stonor Park Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 6HF Tel: 01491 638587 Waterperry Gardens Nr Wheatley, Oxford OX33 1LA www: Tel: 01844 339254

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DISCOVER THE FEW who turned the tide of war A GROUP VISIT TO REMEMBER In the summer and early autumn of 1940, fewer than 3,000 men of the Royal Air Force stopped the Luftwaffe in its tracks, prevented an invasion of this country and ensured that the south coast could be used as the springboard for the Allied landings on D-Day in 1944. Their bravery and sacrifice led wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill to declare: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” Today their story is told at the Battle of Britain Memorial, high on Kent’s famous White Cliffs at Capel-le-Ferne between Dover and Folkestone. Our modern visitor centre welcomes group visits. Guided tours can be booked (fee applies) and there is a group rate for The Scramble Experience. Replica aircraft

Exclusive signed gifts in our shop

The National Memorial to the Few

Free entry (charge for Scramble Experience only)

Superb interactive Scramble Experience Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall

Coach parking (free if booked in advance)

First floor café with views of France

Open daily, CT18 7JJ - Tel: 01303 249292

Registered Charity: 1169005

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Scotland Surely the most geographically diverse region in the whole of the British Isles, Scotland is a mist-shrouded land of mountains and fells, lochs and lakes, the Highlands and the Islands and with golf-courses, castles and beaches galore. Sporting tours — think golf, fishing, falconry and so much more — are an emerging theme, as is cuisine — Scotland’s food and drink offering is now truly world-class with provenance and sustainability envied the world over. Add in the ever-popular city of Edinburgh, with its Royal Mile, New Town and ghostly tours in the labyrinths beneath its streets, plus the possibility of island-hopping in the Western Isles (formerly known as the Hebrides) and the only drawback will be what to leave out…

Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum of the Isles, Annandale Distillery Northfield, Annan, Dumfries & Galloway, DG12 5LL Tel:044 01461 207817 Balmoral The Estate Office, Balmoral, Ballater, Aberdeenshire AB35 5TB Tel: 013397 42534 Blair Castle Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH18 5TL Tel: 01796 481207 The British Golf Museum Bruce Embankment, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AB Tel: 01334460046 Cairngorn Mountain Ltd Cairngorn Ski Area, Aviemore PH22 1RB Tel: 01479 861336 Castle Hill Heritage Centre Harbour Road Castletown Caithness KW14 8TG

Dunvegan Castle and Gardens Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, IV55 8WF Tel:01470 521206 Edinburgh Military Tattoo The Tattoo Office, 32 Market Street,Edinburgh, Lothian,EH1 1QB Scotland, Tel: 08707 555 1188 Floors Castle Roxburgh Street, Kelso TD5 7RW Tel:01573 223333 Glamis Castle Glamis Angus DD8 1RJ Tel: 01307 840393

Dolphin Spirit Inverness Inverness Marina, Stadium Road, Inverness,IV1 1FF

Hopetoun House South Queensferry, Edinburgh, EH30 9SL Tel: 0131 331 2451

Inveraray Castle Inveraray PA32 8XT Tel: 01499302203

Robert Burns Centre Mill Road, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, DG2 7BE

Keith & Dufftown Railway Dufftown Station, Station Road, Dufftown, Moray, AB55 4BA. Tel: 01340 821181 (weekends) 01343 870429

Scone Palace Perth PH2 6BD Tel:01738 552300

Mellerstain House and Gardens Mellerstain House Gordon,Scottish Borders, TD3 6LG Tel: 01573 410225 Mull of Galloway Drummore Stranraer DG9 9HP

Gretna Gateway Outlet Village Glasgow Road, Gretna, Scotland, DG16 5GG Tel: 01461 339028 Hard rock cafe Edinburgh 18 George Street Edinburgh, EH2 2PF Tel: 0131 260 3000

Pentland Ferries Pier Rd.St Margaret's Hope Orkney KW17 2SW

Kinlochlaich House Appin PA38 4BD

Glen Moray Glen Moray Distillery, Elgin, Morayshire, IV30 1YE Tel: 01343 542577

Castle of Mey Thurso, Caithness KW14 8XH Tel: 01847 851473

Isle Of Arran Distillery Lochranza, Isle of Arran KA27 8HJ Tel: 0044 (0)1770 830264.

The National Trust for Scotland 28 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4ET Tel: 0844 493 2100 New Lanark World Heritage Site New Lanark Mills, Lanark, ML11 9BY Tel: 01555 661345


Scottish Football Museum Hampden Park, Glasgow G42 9BA Tel: 0141 616 6139 www.scottishfoot Secret Bunker Crown Buildings, St Andrews, Fife KY16 8QH Tel:01333312040 www.secretbunker, Strathmore Hotels 116 Strathmore House, East Kilbride,G74 1LF Tel: 01355 266886 The Dalgarven Mill Dalgarven Kilwinning KA13 6PL The Devil’s Porridge Museum Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF Tel: 01461 700021 VisitScotland

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The Globe Inn has been named the most historic pub in Scotland by Scottish Field. One of the oldest inns in Scotland, established in 1610 - it was the favourite haunt of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns. Take our historic tour and discover the rooms where Burns lived, loved, and entertained. Find out all about the traditional Scottish delights that Burns would have eaten at The Globe, including sheep’s heid, haggis, and clootie dumpling. Discover the windows with verses of poetry inscribed by the bard himself using his diamond tipped stylus. You can even sit in his chair and recite the words of Burns himself.


For a real taste of the spirit of Scotland, a visit to the iconic Annandale Distillery in Annan is a must. Enjoy a guided tour at our 5* working distillery, taking in the fascinating past with a glimpse into our future. Enjoy world-class whiskies at the first distillery in Scotland, Annandale Distillery was reborn in 2014 after sleeping for almost 100 years. With tours on the hour, every hour - learn about the science behind our unique flavours, and distillation process. Taste the difference and discover why we have won multiple awards. Start the tasting journey with our peated and unpeated Rascally Liquor New Make Spirit, before moving onto our Single Cask Single Malt whiskies, Man O’Words and Man O’Sword along with our blended whiskies.

The Globe Inn, High Street, Dumfries, DG1 2JA - Annandale Distillery, Northfield, Annan, DG12 5LL To enquire about group bookings call 01461 207817 or Email

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