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Volume 14 Issue 3 2021

London & South East

Tour Operators

Houses of Historical Interest

North West

Heritage Railways

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Daysational Out Plus the continuing adventures of Johnsons Journal and much, much more

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Comment In May Bakers Dolphin Holidays took the road for its first five-day holiday since lockdown began, although continuing Covid-19 restrictions mean the coaches are not able to fill every seat yet, there were plenty of people that were delighted to take what was for some their first holiday since lockdown began.

Bakers, as with all coach operators are taking all necessary precautions to make sure they are safe so groups can book with confidence and not be concerned about getting on board a coach with lots of other people.

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to check out any new systems in place which may impact on your group, it’s worth mentioning that many venues are running at less than 100% capacity by necessity and choice, booking online and further in advance is now the norm including timed ticketing.

The BBC report earlier this year that coach and other tour operators have seen a surge in bookings from “silver travellers” who are raring to get away as soon as they have had their vaccine continues, so it's going to be busy, it’s true that the uptake has been fantastic and what is so undeniable is a meme that was posted recently on Instagram asked how do you know if someone has been vaccinated? “Don’t worry they will tell you!”

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Houses of Historical Interest Heritage Railways

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CroisiEurope, plans restart of European river, canal and ocean cruises from June Europe’s largest river cruise operator, CroisiEurope, has announced details of its planned restart of European river, canal and ocean cruises with a gradual resumption from June in strict compliance with the Bureau Veritas certified sanitary protocols. River and ocean cruises will resume in June while cruises on the

French canals will resume in July as follows: Until 31st August, all cruises qualify for CroisiEurope’s relaxed booking conditions which include a full refund should the cruise be cancelled by CroisiEurope and moving a booking free of charge to any other departure in 2021 or 2022 more than 30 days prior to

departure. The safety and wellbeing of guests and crew remains CroisiEurope’s top priority and since last year the company has worked successfully with Bureau Veritas for the “SAFEGUARD” certification of its ships. The Safeguard Certification Label ensures the proper application of

preventive sanitary measures, which have been subject to a rigorous auditing process and confirm that crew members have been thoroughly trained to implement them. These measures will be further strengthened this year with the introduction of a new procedure, Test & Board, with guests needing to provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR or rapid antigen test prior on embarkation. Further information about these measures can be viewed here

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Leger Shearings: ‘We literally can’t answer the volume of calls’ Leger Shearings Group is reporting record year-on-year bookings. CEO Liam Race said bookings at the UK’s largest escorted coach tours company were up 220% “Sales have been incredible, we literally can’t

answer the volume of calls we are receiving and we have drafted staff in from other areas of the business to try and attempt to answer them as quickly as possible,” he said.

TUI and Jet2holidays have also reported a swift uptick in bookings

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Roadmaps and timed tickets The government’s much publicised roadmap that has been instrumental in helping us navigate a way out of lockdown has now been mostly (at the time of writing) discarded in favour of caution and commonsense. But as Wendy Hartley-Scarff, chief executive of the Association of Group Travel Organisers (AGTO), says, bouncing back better may take a little while yet. Whenever I heard the government talking about a roadmap I was reminded about those wonderful Ordnance Survey, Bartholomew or Michelin maps that I remember studying carefully before setting out on a car journey.

I also remember the challenge of folding them back up again! Although online mapping is easy to use, perhaps the printed map, either in a foldout style or in an atlas, is still your preferred choice. But of course, in using the description ‘roadmap’ (one word), the government isn’t extolling the virtues of contour lines, places of interest and trigonometry points (and hill walkers will nod approvingly at that last reference). In lockdown parlance, roadmap means any plan or guide to show how something is arranged or can be accomplished. I saw one commentator defining it as a strategic plan that defines a goal or desired outcome and includes the major steps or milestones needed to reach it. Indeed, you can’t beat a good milestone to measure your journey. Which neatly brings me to the journey that we’re all making. I’ve been really pleased to see a number of familiarisation trips taking place, giving GTOs the opportunity to get out and about again, visiting parts of the country they might not be familiar with, and finding

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inspiration and ideas to take back to offer their groups. One of the benefits of AGTO membership is being able to read about the experiences of fellow GTOs, either on social media or in the reports that appear in the quarterly AGTO Magazine. In the next issue, as an example, we’ll be featuring reports from a fam trip to Coventry UK City of Culture organised by Harry Shaw Group Travel, and a look at the Cotswolds on a trip organised by West Midlandsbased Dunwood Travel, both fams taking place in June. The journey then seems to be progressing well, and you’ll be marking off your own milestones as you move from lockdown to being a free spirit once again. But being a free spirit might not be as easy as it should be. Many visitor attractions require you to pick a time for your visit. These timed tickets help the attraction manage the flow of visitors, an important element of ensuring you have an enjoyable visitor experience. In pre-lockdown times you,

or more likely the coach operator, would have had a good idea how long a journey would take, with toilet stops and likely traffic conditions all generally known and factored in to the planning. But now, understanding what traffic might be like can be less predictable. Travel and commuter habits have changed. A quiet road could mean arriving at your destination too early. Unexpected heavy traffic could mean arriving late, and the frowns of overzealous gate staff. The good news is that many visitor attractions are on top of this. Gone are the 10, 15 or 20-minute timed slots, to be replaced by 30-minute or hourly slots. That takes the pressure off you as a GTO should you find yourself running late, or early, but it still helps the attraction to manage visitor flows. It’s a win-win for everyone. As we hopefully all get to enjoy a late summer break, perhaps it’s time for a new road map – one showing approximate journey times for coaches. But let’s not forget the milestones!


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The continuing, amazing adventures of Pauline & Ken, on their travels Stratford-upon-Avon

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Whilst I haven’t managed to go out with my group during May, Ken and I with a couple of friends have been out looking

closed, have been a lifesaver to many. These are just two that we visited.

at possible places to visit in the future. Gardens during lock down, whilst houses and other indoor venues have been

Morton Hall Gardens near Redditch, which we visited during the early May bank holiday, links with The Royal Shakespeare Company and Bloms Bulbs for their annual Tulip Festival. The RSC costume department had several costumes on display the colours of which rivalled the tulips. It’s not a huge garden but it was lovely wandering around, getting ideas for planting and choosing which bulbs we wanted to order for our garden, and as a present for our son.

Morton Hall Gardens

The Garden welcomes groups by appointment and offers a guided tour with the owner or

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head gardener, followed by homemade refreshments. Bookings are available between April and the end of September on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays.

The second garden is to be found attached to Ashwood Nurseries near Kingswinford. The garden centre itself has a shop and excellent restaurant and the Nursery has been awarded 53 RHS Gold medals to date. The outdoor sales area is beautifully planted up BUT the reason we went was to visit John’s Secret Garden. It is open on selected days throughout the year. John Massey MBE, VMH (owner of Ashwood Gardens, nurseryman, plant breeder and collector) is a often seen wandering around the three acre private garden


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with his two dogs, engaging in conversation with visitors. Set along side the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal it is regarded as one of the finest private gardens in the UK. There are many rare plants to be

Now a cautionary tale.

In late 2020 I booked tickets for a London show. I had been sent from the outset an invoice showing all the seats that the theatre had allocated to the ticketing agents. Let me say now that I have used these agents, who are part of a big group, for some years now and never had any problems and I did look carefully at the tickets details when the invoice arrived. In January, having succeeded in selling only 28 tickets – a low number due to the uncertainty of COVID19 restrictions - I paid and was emailed a receipt. On the front page it detailed the tickets purchased. I didn’t print this out or re check; why would I? It was only a receipt.

In March when someone asked if I could get any more tickets I went onto the theatre website to see if there were any seats showing that were close to those we already had. Imagine my horror when I saw that many were labelled as ‘restricted view’ including half the ones we had. I immediately contacted the agency who said they had told me this. No they hadn’t, verbally or on the original invoice. However, when I looked again at the receipt, there on the back page were the words ‘restricted’. We all know that once purchased you can’t get a refund but how do you ask or choose 14 people (out of a total of 28) who have all paid the same amount if they will accept a restricted view seat. The agency asked the theatre to swap the 14 seats, which they did BUT they were mostly singles and on the other side of the theatre from the rest of the group. I had only couples or one group of 3 who had to sit together. In the end I decided I would purchase premium seats at an extra £25 per ticket. The agent and I chose the tickets to ask for as, happily, they were next to our other unrestricted seats. That should have been that. 14 of the group were very happy to pay something towards the new cost and our club agreed to subsidise, in this instance, the difference. Although the email was sent and received on that same day it wasn’t actioned by the theatre

the nursery to learn how they are grown.

There are full details on the websites for these two gardens about group visits.

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seen and John and his team trial new plants and bulbs. There is a wild meadow with a bird hide looking down onto the canal. Tickets for the Secret Garden need to be pre-booked and they do take groups by prior arrangement. The nursery breeds world-famous Hellebores which have won RHS Gold medals. From January to March groups can book a guided Hellebore Tour, where you go behind the scenes at

Staying with the Garden theme, at the end of June our group is looking forward to our visit to RHS Bridgewater. The recent BBC programme about its conception has really whetted everyone’s appetite. I have two coaches going with just 30 passengers on each as I wanted to be sure we could socially distance if the longedfor end of socially distancing didn’t happen on 21st June.

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immediately, and in between they put up the price by £15 to £95 per ticket! When the new invoice arrived showing this AND a 10% commission because they were premium seats, which I hadn’t been told about, I really did think someone was having a laugh.

I contacted the agency’s management and had an immediate reply the outcome of which was that they honoured the £80 price and said they wouldn’t charge the commission this time. A good outcome but only achieved by persistence. Lessons to be learned from this; check the theatre website first; don’t pay until you have been assured that none of the tickets are restricted view and ask that it is put in writing as well. Look as carefully at the receipt as you would the invoice. I have been told that my account handler – I didn’t have one before - will mark my account so I never get offered or receive restricted view again. In the agencies defence, it didn’t help that the agents and the box office staff at the theatre were all working from home and the agent who took over the complaint was only working part time. Coach seating

Those of you who have already been out and about and arrange your own coaches will no doubt also have had headaches over the coach seating plan whilst we have to have social distancing. Why is it that all the people who will not sit in the back half of the coach are those who want to get on at the first pick up point? I looked at a plan B, which was to have the coach pull up at the second pick up on the wrong side of the road, and people get on at the middle door. The steps there are too steep for some so onto Plan C. This is if you want the front then you have to come to a pick up point that is convenient for the rest of the group, even if its then inconvenient to you. Or you sit at the back.


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Houses of Historical Interest

Now, more than ever, it’s time to visit one of our unsurpassed inheritance of renowned places and exceptional buildings, our support will ensure their preservation for generations to come. The King of Castles

Port Eliot House and Gardens

Why Visit?

Port Eliot has the rare distinction of being a Grade 1 listed house with a Grade 1 listed park and garden. Like most houses, Port Eliot has a front door and about there the similarity ends. There are 11 staircases, 15 back doors and 82 chimneys. With over 100 rooms, including attics, basements, cellars, butlers pantries, game larders, tunnels, Regency kitchens, salons, dressing rooms, studies, a library, ball room, servants quarters, vast gardens and a boat house, Port Eliot is a curious, individual and virtually unique location. They host a variety of events throughout the year for full details please visit www.porteliot.co.uk

Grimsthorpe Castle, Park and Gardens Lincolnshire

Grimsthorpe has something for everyone to enjoy.

The Castle is the centrepiece of the Estate. It is a large quadrangular house with a central courtyard. Each section has a different appearance, reflecting the different

And it truly is! Perched atop a rocky outcrop at the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Bamburgh Castle reigns supreme over the surrounding landscape and seascape. With outstanding views landward to the Cheviot Hills and seaward to the Farne Islands and Lindisfarne it offers a feast for the eyes to behold. As for Englishness, there’s been something here from the time of the Anglo-Saxons, it was from here that Christianity spread throughout the North of England, it’s because of here that Lindisfarne is now known as the Holy Island. It was the first castle in England to be besieged by canon fire, it was home to the world’s first Coastguard station and the development of the first ever lifeboat. Finally bought in 1864 for £8000 it was restored as the quintessential English castle by one of England’s greatest inventors and philanthropists, 1st Lord Armstrong. Now groups can explore the State Rooms, discovering thousands of items in a collection containing furniture, porcelain, works of art, arms and armour. A separate museum tells the story of 1st Lord Armstrong and contains fascinating Aviation artefacts displays. The café provides a welcome rest stop for all and there’s ample parking for coaches.

architectural styles that have been employed here since building began in the 13th century. Once inside you can see the collection of paintings, furniture, tapestries, and collections which fill the state rooms. Thrones and furnishings from the House of Lords are some of the more unusual items on view.

Gardens surround the Castle on three sides. To the South lies a formal lawn with topiary squares beyond. These contain small ornamental pools. Further from the Castle the garden becomes a semi-wild woodland garden, filled with spring bulbs. If you venture beyond this, you will reach the walled garden where an exhibition of lettering art is on show. To the West of the Castle a long herbaceous border provides colour during the summer months. The neatly trimmed yew hedge is cut low enough to give spectacular views to the lake. On the East of the Castle a formal rose parterre is lined with small box hedges. Beyond it lies a walled kitchen garden.

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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. Those of you who are feeling energetic can climb their Tower which at 295ft is the third highest in England. 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 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. City of Culture will mean many exciting events and exhibitions taking place both within the Cathedral and around the wider city, please ask at the time of booking for more details. As holders of the Visit Britain ‘We’re Good To Go’ accreditation, your group can be assured of a safe visit. Coventry Cathedral sits alongside many of Coventry’s other visitor attractions so you can really make a day of it! They’d love to welcome you! www.coventrycathedral.org.uk


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Sanden is an Arts and Crafts family home with Morris & Co. interiors

Set in a beautiful hillside garden James and Margaret Beale chose an idyllic location with views across the Sussex countryside for their rural retreat. Designed by Philip Webb, the house is one of the finest examples of Arts and Crafts workmanship, with Morris & Co. interiors creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The house is dressed for a weekend stay in 1925, so you can imagine you are a guest of the family. A major restoration of the 5hectare (12-acre) hillside garden showcases year-round seasonal highlights and an award-winning plant collection. On the wider estate, footpaths lead out into the woodlands, Ashdown Forest and wider High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stande n-house-and-garden Tele: 01342323029

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along tree-lined avenues while surrounded by the lush countryside of the Sussex Weald. The adjoining woodland, with lake and bird hides, has plenty of

Nymans a garden lovers' home for all seasons.

With an extensive yet intimate garden set around a romantic house and ruins.

opportunities to spot wildlife. nymans@nationaltrust.org.uk www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nymans

A garden for all seasons, with rare and unusual plant collections, set around a romantic house and partial ruins. The comfortable, yet elegant, house reflects the personalities and stories of the talented Messel family. In spring see blossom, bulbs and a stunning collection of subtly

fragranced magnolias. The Rose Garden, inspired by Maud Messel’s 1920s design, is scented by hints of oldfashioned roses. Dramatic shows of vibrant native tree colour in autumn precede winter’s structural form, with pockets of perfumed daphne throughout the garden. Discover hidden corners through stone archways, walk

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at Nymans & Standen

Closely situated to each other, these two places o er the perfect blend of a house and garden visit. Nymans is a horticultural gem set in the Sussex Weald with a romantic house and partial ruins. While at Standen you’ll discover an Arts & Crafts style rural retreat with Morris & Co interiors.

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Peter Deer, Managing Director at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “We are so excited to be unveiling these new summer cruises today. So often overlooked, our British Isles are home to some of the most wonderful wildlife, and so much spectacular scenery that is best enjoyed from the water. “With this selection of shorter sailings, guests can dip their toes back into cruising and enjoy all that they love about being on board with us, before we all begin to venture further afield again. “This is an incredibly important milestone for our business, and we can’t wait to welcome our guests on board our new-look fleet this summer.” Daish’s UK Coach Holidays

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It’s the capitol city, if you can’t find it here does it exist, but make no mistake a little bit further on and you’ll discover a world of exciting venues and attractions. World Athletics Championships, the 2019 Major League Baseball London Series, Premier League football, international and Premiership rugby and performers like the Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses and Beyoncé. To find out what’s on, please visit: www.london-stadium.com

Secret World of Plants, 1 May – 19 September 2021

Visit Kew Gardens this summer and step into the Secret World of Plants a series of immersive art installations revealing the untold stories of their UK plants and landscapes, which will make you look again at the precious nature of the world around us.

Explore stunning ‘plantscapes’ by artist Vaughn Bell, six immersive structures that reveal the overlooked plant habitats of the UK. You can pop up through holes within the installations for a unique view of these incredible environments, including meadows, hedgerows, sand dunes and coastal habitats. Elsewhere in the Gardens, you’ll be amazed at the incredible sounds of nature, heard at Kew like never before. Sound artist Alex Metcalfe invites you to uncover the unheard inner workings of trees. Stand beneath one of the suspended sound domes in Kew’s incredible Arboretum and listen to the sound of water moving

up through the trees. A newly commissioned composition in response to the sounds accompanies the work. Sound artist, beatboxer and composer Jason Singh takes over the Temperate House with a fascinating look at ‘Plants as Composer’. His musical score uses technology to record the ‘voice’ of the plants, creating a beautifully melancholic soundtrack.

in advance by contacting groups@kew.org

London Stadium Tours

About London Stadium London Stadium has been transformed into a multi-use world class venue capable of staging the world’s biggest sporting and music events. It’s already hosted the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the London 2017

After exploring, rest your feet and take in the beauty of the Gardens from a different perspective on a monumental and playful seating installation by architectural designer Paul Cocksedge. A rippling wave of wood rises to form arches to walk through, and curves under to create spaces for you to sit, lie back and relax. So, come and reconnect with nature this summer, and find out more about the Secret World of Plants. Secret World of Plants is included in admission. Special rates for groups of 15 or more people are available.

All groups must reserve their visit

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The Stadium sits within Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which boasts several iconic venues open to the public as part of the London 2012 legacy. The ArcelorMittal Orbit, London Aquatics Centre, Lee Valley VeloPark, Copper Box Arena and Lee Valley Hockey and tennis Centre are all within walking distance of the Stadium. You can read more about what’s on and how to visit here:

www.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk /the-park/venues


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FOR A SPECIAL JOURNEY BACK IN TIME • On board catering for a delicious lunch or cream tea • Group discounts • Free coach parking • Combine your visit with other nearby attractions • Great in all weather • ‘We’re Good To Go’ COVID-19 Safety Industry Standard

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Heritage Railways

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Here’s a platform for your group to get chuffed and carriaged away, whether you are a knowledgable railwat enthusiast or looking for somewhere to visit you’ll be right on track. Andrew P M Wright

South Devon Railway

The multi-award winning South Devon Railway is one of Devon’s and the West Country’s best loved tourist attractions and is the longest established steam railway in the south west, celebrating over 50 years in preservation.

Swanage Railway

Located in the Isle of Purbeck, the rebuilt Swanage Railway is the perfect place to enjoy a great family day out on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. The heritage railway attraction operates full-size steam and diesel passenger trains along the five and a half miles of line from Norden to Corfe Castle and down to the Victoria seaside town of Swanage.

The line has stations at Corfe Castle and Harman’s Cross as well as a halt at Herston, on the outskirts of Swanage.

There are refreshment buffets at Norden and Swanage stations with picnic tables at most of the stations so you can soak up the atmosphere while enjoying a picnic.

Their station shop at Swanage is well stocked with souvenirs, railway books and DVDs, a large selection of items for model railways as well as clothing, railway prints and gifts for all ages. No group visit to Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole or Dorset will be complete without a journey on the Swanage Railway. They offer organised groups single or return journeys, so you can combine the visit to their railway

The SDR is a seven mile former Great Western Railway branch line, built in 1872, which runs along the stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. They run steam trains with heritage rolling stock and offer a wonderful all day, all weather attraction for families and people of all ages.

with a time at Corfe Castle, Swanage and its beautiful beaches or a boat trip from Swanage pier.

Looking for something special for your group, why not arrange a meal on their premium dining train, The Wessex Belle, or perhaps afternoon tea in their historic observation car. For a lighter meal option, they offer a range of picnic boxes and drinks that your guests can eat at their table during the journey. Whatever the composition of your group, the Swanage Railway will provide interest and enjoyment for all.

Once they are back to normal and fully open again, you’ll be able to ride the South Devon Railway and, while you are with them, visit the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm and Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies: 3 Great Attractions, 1 Amazing Day. Find them just off the A38 at Buckfastleigh, very close to the famous Buckfast Abbey, or by train to Totnes on the Great Western main line.

Full details of their services, timetables, group fares and latest information can be found on their website at www.swanagerailway.co.uk.

Buckfastleigh is around 22 miles from Exeter, 21 miles from Plymouth, 19 miles from Dartmouth and 13 miles from Paignton.

Your booking (for 20 or more passengers) includes reserved seats on specific train(s) and two free tickets for your driver and guide.

www.southdevonrailway.co.uk West Somerset Railway

There is convenient coach drop off adjacent to Norden and Swanage stations and coach parking at Purbeck Park, next to Norden station, and a five minutes walk from Swanage station in the main beach car park. Corfe Castle Station is a few minutes walk from Corfe Castle.

West Somerset Railway Group Bookings give passengers discounted train fares, seat reservations, reservation notices and the option to have catering from their special menu. Pre-booked Groups of 16 passengers and above enjoy

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discounted travel on the West Somerset Railway. Please call 01643 700398 (Monday - Friday 9am 4.00pm) or email groups@wsrail.net

They will check availability, and answer any questions you have asked them about dates, timings, prices and catering and get you booked in. They do not accept Group Bookings during special events, such as Steam and Diesel Galas. On Special Event Days and Galas ticket prices are slightly more. If you do wish to travel on these days they can sell you tickets at the special event advance rate, but cannot offer seat reservations or Group Catering other than buying food from the on train Buffet Car. They will require full payment for these tickets at the time of booking.

GENERAL INFORMATION They have a maximum capacity of 120 pre-booked Group Travel seats on each train. However they are flexible in their arrangements wherever possible and will gladly add (subject to availability) additional coaches to meet your needs. It does make good sense to call early as they receive many bookings and the earlier you can confirm your date of choice they can book you in. Please allow 30 minutes prior your departure time so that you can complete any paperwork at the Booking Office and get aboard in a relaxed manner, ahead of a quiet enjoyable journey through 20 miles of beautiful Somerset countryside.

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A first class destination and a warm welcome for coaches and groups.

West Somerset Railway are able to offer a variety of Covid safe group excursions from 22nd May 2021 onwards.

Easy access from the A38 and free coach parking at Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0DZ

Enjoy your journey and meander through the countryside behind a heritage steam or diesel locomotive. The majority of excursions will depart Bishops Lydeard. Excursions to and from Minehead will be available after 1st July 2021. Please check our

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Steam and Lights

Make wonderful and magical memories in the run-up to Christmas – an evocative, dramatic and colourful Steam and Lights train journey through the Isle of Purbeck countryside. swanagerailway.co.uk


North West

No surprise that the 3rd most densley populated area in the United Kingdom,a vibrant and exciting area has a plethera of fantastic things to do, see and visit.

Strawberry Field

Strawberry Field is an inspirational heritage attraction, immortalised by John Lennon in The Beatles hit Strawberry Fields Forever, which opened in September 2019. The attraction, which has achieved the Good to Go’ accreditation, and its famous garden and new exhibition welcomes prebooked groups. One of The Guardian’s ‘Fab Finds of the Year’, Strawberry Field won ‘Tourist Attraction of The Year’ at the inaugural Staycation Awards.

Previously the site of a former Salvation Army children’s home, Strawberry Field offers an exciting and emotional visitor exhibition and garden tour with media guides. The interactive exhibition is the place where ‘nothing is real’! Stories are told of the site’s history, John Lennon’s childhood and the writing and recording of the famous song as told by his close friends and family.

www.strawberryfieldliverpool.com/ visiting-us-during-coronavirus Southport – a breath of fresh air

With its wide shopping boulevards, award-winning beach and coastline, spectacular gardens and magnificent pier, Southport has long been recognised as one of the UK’s leading group-friendly destinations.

Enjoy a walk along the pier or by Marine Lake, or a stroll on the beach, then relax in beautiful King’s Gardens. Discover Lord Street, the unique Victorian-canopied, tree-lined shopping boulevard, and enjoy Southport’s famous outdoor café culture.

Adding to the town’s vibrant food scene, 2021 sees the opening of the new Southport Market, a purpose-built food hall that will champion local artisan suppliers.

Combine time in the town with visits to Crosby Beach and Anthony Gormley’s worldfamous art installation ‘Another Place’, 100 iron lifesize statues staring out to sea. Martin Mere Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) offers 800 acres of wide open space to see rare birds and pink flamingos. Visit historic Churchtown with its thatched roof cottages, and the nearby Botanic Gardens.

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Coaches can drop off right in the heart of the town, and there’s a purpose-built, secure coach park with a whole day’s parking for just £5.

With historic Lord Street, great events, shops, restaurants, theatres, museum & art gallery and wide open spaces

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

Southport is the ideal place to base your group or visit for a day trip If you’d like more details on itineraries... Email: Steve.Christian@sefton.gov.uk Visit: www.visitsouthport.com

Now, as GTOs look to reassure their groups and restore confidence in travel, Southport’s mix of wide shopping boulevards and wide open spaces, combined with all the fresh air that goes with being a coastal resort, is proving attractive for an enjoyable and safe day out.

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Inspirational Days Out


The Winter’s Tale and The Comedy of Errors are supported by RSC Season Supporters Charles Holloway


Prepare to be inspired It ’s time for you and your gr oup to get out and about, now more than ever you and your group can do your bit to support and revitalise our hard hit travel and leisure industr y, with more and more venues opening up and desperate to see a return of their gr oup visitors, offering generous discounts and bespoke packages.

you’ve yet to visit –let’s ‘seas the day’ and set sail for the islands of Scotland with Caledonian MacBrayne.

and summer. A real natural wonder. On Arran – famously known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’ thanks to its mix of landscapes – lies the famous King’s Cave. History fans may know this as a location where King Robert the Bruce may have had his infamous encounter with a spider. The walk forms part of the Imachar to Blackwaterfoot section of the spectacular Arran Coastal Way – a rewarding walking route around the island.

2021 also happens to be Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters – a timely opportunity to explore and celebrate the spectacular landscapes of the west. These are just some of the examples from the network we serve - from beaches that stretch for miles to caves with stories to tell. Visit calmac.co.uk for more.

Why not visit somewhere you may not have considered before who knows you may get hooked, there is plenty to choose fr om whichever part of the countr y you are in or travelling to.

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It’s said that the sea air is good for the soul. Certainly, this year, more than most we could all do with a good measure of it. Whether you’ve been before or

Scotland’s islands offer the opportunity to ‘seas the day’ and make up for lost time. Visit calmac.co.uk for more.

The islands of Scotland are home to some of the best sea views in Europe, thanks to their pristine, white sands framed by the azure blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Earlier this year, West Beach, Berneray on the Outer Hebrides was voted one of the top three beaches in Europe by Lonely Planet seeing off competition from Portugal and Sicily.

The tiny island of Staffa, which lies to the west of Mull is home to Fingal’s Cave – a natural cathedral which inspired Mendelssohn to compose his Hebrides Overture. This spectacular island, formed of hexagonal basalt columns, is also a very busy breeding ground for seabirds each spring

Seas the day with Caledonian MacBrayne

You’ll find beach perfection several times over on Scotland’s islands from the peaceful coves of Coll, Colonsay’s Kilornan Bay to Islay’s Machir Bay which like the aforementioned stretches for over a mile.

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Ludlow Farm Shop

The Ludlow Farmshop – a oneof-a-kind shopping environment where farming, passion for great food and retail come together to create an awardwinning experience. They are part of the Earl of Plymouth’s Oakly Park Estate which extends to 8,000 acres of Shropshire countryside of which they farm 6,500 acres. All of their beef, lamb and Gloucester Old Spot pork comes from their own farm along with the milk used to make their cheese and dairy products. They have a herd of wild fallow deer and a bountiful supply of wild game at certain times of year. You can buy from them, eat with them and stay with them– iit’s really up to you! www.ludlowfarmshop.co.uk

Take your group to Stratfordupon-Avon for outstanding

The de Havilland Aircraft Museum welcomes group visits.

theatre, fascinating exhibitions, guided theatre tours PERFORMANCES

NEW -Exclusive Comet Jet airliner Group Toursnow available

Performing the works of Shakespeare, his contemporaries and new writing all year round at their home in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The tours are an opportunity to discover why the Comet was such an innovative aircraft, the challenges of early jet air travel and how the Comet was developed to become a very successful airliner.

Group prices

10+ pay £39.50 per ticket (Royal Shakespeare Theatre) or £29.50 per ticket (Swan Theatre) 50+ pay £37.50 per ticket (Royal Shakespeare Theatre) or £27.50 per ticket (Swan Theatre) 100+ pay £34.50 per ticket (Royal Shakespeare Theatre) or £24.50 per ticket (Swan Theatre) 200+ please contact them to discuss your booking

The expert Museum staff will be hosting exclusive group tours of the interior of the Comet 1a and Comet 4 simulator for up to 5* visitors every Saturday.

PLUS- They regularly host groups from U3A, Rotary Clubs, Cubs, Brownies and Scouts, Classic Car Clubs, Motorbike Clubs, visitors from overseas as well as Birthday parties for all ages, Reunions and Club and Company visits.

Group ticket discounts are available on Premium price, A price and B price seats for Monday to Friday performances.

Museum by the Curator, who provides a personal insight into the work of the Museum and its Collection. The tour includes hot or cold drinks and light refreshments. Group Day Visits during the Open Season – £18.00 per person Group Evening visits during open season – £25.00 per person

Group visits during closed season or on a day when the museum is closed during the open season – £30.00 per person

For Group visits contact the General Manager – e-mail Aeroshop@dehavillandmuseu m.co.uk

www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk /visit-us/group-visits/

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A foodie heaven awaits you at Ludlow Farmshop Open 7 days a week Just one mile from Ludlow Town

Ludlow Farmshop Mon - Sat - 9am-5pm Sun - 10am-5pm

Events running throughout the year

Free parking

Picnic & Play area

Ice cream & Milkshake cabin

Lots of country walks & attractions nearby

Ludlow Kitchen Cafe

Safe environment - AA covid confidence accreditation

Plant Centre ~ Artists’ Gallery Outdoor dining Indoor dining from 17th May Takeaway food to go ~ Drinks Dog Friendly

Lots of space - indoor & outdoor seating

The Clive Arms

Accommodation ~ Food ~ Drink Dog Friendly

Dog friendly rooms & dining areas at The Clive @ludlowfarmshop www.ludlowfarmshop.co.uk 01584 856 000

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Canterbury CathedralWelcoming Groups Back with New Experiences

Canterbury Cathedral is the jewel in Kent’s crown- UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mother Church of the Anglican Communion, and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. With a tradition of visitor welcome stretching back to medieval pilgrims, the Cathedral is again opening its doors after lockdown to greet today’s travellers. Inside this architectural marvel a wealth of treasures from stunning stained glass to beautiful stonework is waiting to be

discovered, while outside, tranquil Precinct gardens or atmospheric Cloisters offer peaceful places to pause and reflect during any visit.

added-extra for your group.

A guided Precincts Tour is also new for groups this year, featuring a tour of the outdoor spaces and quiet corners of the cloisters, allowing for a relaxed experience. Whatever you choose to see or do, Canterbury Cathedral is sure to be a highlight of your itinerary whenever you visit.

The Cathedral’s stories have helped shape England, from Thomas Becket’s martyrdom through to surviving the Blitz during WW2. With King Henry IV and the Black Prince also entombed here, there is so much to discover, whether you are visiting for the first time or rediscovering this stunning landmark, and your group can share this 1,400-year history. Private guided tours and ‘behind the scenes’ experiences are available to enhance group visits, while new facilities from an exciting Visitor Centre to an enlarged shop ensure there is always more to explore. The Cathedral are also offering groups a unique, bookable Group Welcome on entry, featuring a short introductory talk about the Cathedral’s history and highlighting points of interest to look out for, providing a lowcost way of offering an

To find out more contact the Cathedral’s Visits team. visitsenquiries@ canterbury-cathedral.org Milestones

From cobbled streets, teddy bears to vintage vehicles, there is so much for everyone to see, do and enjoy at Milestones, Hampshire’s museum of living history! Life in Hampshire past Milestones tells the story of how people used to live, the things they used and the work they did. The maze of Victorian and 1930s streets is packed with shops, factories and houses,

most based on original buildings from in and around Basingstoke.

If your group enjoys shopping, you’ll discover what the high street was like before the arrival of chain stores: the milliner, saddler and ironmonger all offer a glimpse into shopping habits of the past. While you are at the museum, you’ll bump into one of their costumed interpreters. Dressed in authentic period costume, you may find them telling a story about the past, playing a record in the gramophone shop or even serving a pint in the Baverstock Arms!

Discounted prices are available for groups of 15 or more visiting at the same time. www.milestonesmuseum.org.uk

An award winning independent museum with remarkable collections of natural history, human history and geology.

The Museum offers a lively programme of events and

Rediscover England’s First Cathedral

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exhibitions and has a wonderful tradition of learning for all ages and abilities. Set in beautiful historic grounds in the heart of Haslemere, the rich and diverse collections have been inspiring visitors for more than one hundred years. Haslemere Educational Museum was founded in 1888 by the eminent surgeon Sir Jonathan Hutchinson to display his growing collection of natural history specimens. After two moves it found in 1926 a permanent home in Haslemere High Street, in the town of Haslemere, Surrey General enquiries Tel: +44 (0)1428 642112 Email: enquiries@haslemeremuseum.co.uk

since 1797. English Heritage described the mill as "probably one of the best-preserved textile mill complexes in the country. It retains the full range of buildings and power system features which characterised the development of the 19th century textile mill with much of the machinery that was used at the site in the 20th century." As well as their exhibitions and nationally significant collections they boast guided and selfguided tours and are situated only 5 minutes from M5, Junction 27 – making Coldharbour Mill a great day out or perfect for a quick stopoff.

bank of the River Culm, this industrial heritage site brings to life the stories of the Industrial Revolution and Textile production through the ages.

You can see a full range of heritage machinery in action, see them fire up their steam boilers and engines on their event days or enjoy their wetland, wellbeing and wildlife space as a chance to relax and stroll in the beautiful Devon landscape. There has been a mill at Coldharbour, Uffculme, since the time of the Domesday Book, with the current woollen mill in continuous production

Coach parking is available as well as a coach driver care package. Group rates are available and groups can be accommodated all year round. It has a great waterside café for a light bite or cream tea as well as opportunities to browse their heritage produce in their on-site shop.

Coldharbour Mill: Bringing the past to life!

Coldharbour Mill is one of the UK’s oldest working woollen mills. Set in the heart of the Devon countryside and on the

Book now by visiting www.coldharbourmill.org.uk Picton Castle

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.

Take a tour of the castle, discover its rich history and admire the elegant rooms with their magnificent fireplaces and fine works of art, including the controversial ‘Picton Renoir which was recently featured on the BBC’s series of Fake or Fortune. The stunning gardens contain rare trees and plant collections from around the world and and include one of the largest and most magnificent rhododendrons in the world. Shady woodlands, an exotic jungle garden and colourful walled garden packed with medicinal herbs and Mediterranean flowers, thrive

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New dual destination day out. See www.leightonhall.co.uk for details.

ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGES START AT JUST £8.50 Ample free parking ~ Pre booked groups of 20 or more welcome all year round M6 Exit 35, Carnforth, Lancashire LA5 9ST • T: 01524 734474 www.leightonhall.co.uk

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alongside living willow dens, family trails 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. Picton is also home to The Welsh Owl Garden & Zoo, The Mansion of Mystery Escape Rooms and also boasts a delightful art gallery, a Lawnmower Museum, an exceptional gift shop, plants for sale and Maria’s@Picton – a hugely popular Courtyard Restaurant and Deli. Open all year round, an impressive schedule of events complements this awardwinning castle and garden for all seasons. Dogs on leads are always welcome. 2 miles south of the A40 Open All Year The Rhos, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 4AS

014437 751326 E: info@pictoncastle.co.uk www.pictoncastle.co.uk

Steer your group to Leighton’s two thrilling new ‘perfect days out’

in advance to secure a bright summer season and beyond.

Winners at the UK National Coach Awards, Leighton and partners’ tried and tested norush, Covid-safe itineraries guarantee minimal travel, excellent value for money, free coach parking, driver rest area and refreshments.

Proudly partnering with the Lakeland Motor Museum and Windermere Lake Cruises, Leighton Hall’s two new ‘perfect days out’ invite you to celebrate getting back on the road in 2021. Enjoy a relaxing cruise on Lake Windermere, or a morning of exhilarating motoring history, before a ’famously friendly’ exclusive tour of the Historic Hall’s Gillow craftsmanship.

See www.leightonhall.co.uk or call 01524 734474 for a pleasurably simple, friendly, one-stop booking process.

Spectacular gardens & castle

Both include time to enjoy Leighton’s glorious gardens, charming traditional tearoom, and birds of prey flying display (summer season, weather permitting.

Hampton Court Castle is open to the public from Spring to Autumn and hosts numerous events throughout the year.

The gardens and grounds are now open, with the exception of the Maze and the Gothic Tower. Coronavirus precautions are in place so that social distancing can be maintained. The Orangery Cafe will be offering a limited menu with both inside and outside seating. The Ice Cream Parlour and the

Now offering seven half and full day exclusive group tours all year round, there’s something to suit every interest. From a Brief Encounter at Carnforth Heritage Centre, to a lavish afternoon tea or candlelit Christmas festivities, groups enjoy exclusive access, so book

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Gift Shop will remain closed.

The Castle is open for selfguided tours only. These are available between 11am and 4pm and entrance to the castle tour is in the Orangery Cafe. For more information and FAQs about this please visit their coronavirus FAQs page. In addition to their continuous Spring to Autumn season, public events normally run throughout the year. Please check their What’s On page for their 2021 events calendar and follow themon Facebook and Instagram for any updates. Opening times and prices may vary on special event days. Discounts for group bookings are available Food and drink are available from the Orangery Cafe, and they also have a Gift Shop on site.

www.hamptoncourtcastle.co.uk


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Hampton Court Castle in rural Herefordshire o ers a varied & beautiful day out for groups.

Open every day Spring (April 1st) to Autumn, 10.30-5pm visitors can enjoy: • 15th Century Medieval Castle* • Expansive Lawns • Formal Gardens • Herbaceous Borders • Ornamental Kitchen Gardens • Stunning Water Features • Orangery Cafe* • River Walk • Maze & Gothic Tower*

Groups of 20 or more receive a discounted rate & can also book for the Orangery Cafe in advance.

“Possibly the most ambitious private garden of our time…” Country Living Gardens Editor

*Visit our website for the latest info on covid restrictions T: 01568 797 777 E: ticketo ce@hamptoncourtcastle.co.uk

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