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Directory 2017/18

“The Modern Voice Of School Group Travel”

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the European Parliament The European Union: difficult to grasp? Place it within the reach of your students by taking them to the heart of the action. The European Parliament offers a range of free activities for schools that are fully accessible to all, many of which are available in all 24 languages of the European Union.

Parlamentarium in Brussels An interactive visitors’ centre to discover the Parliament of 500 million citizens → → → →

Flexible tours with multimedia guides through dynamic and interactive multimedia displays Role Play Game for students Special tours for children Café and gift shop

Hemicycle Visits in Brussels The home of the world’s largest transnational parliament

Customised tours for schools Conference-debate adapted to the students’ knowledge Visit of the stunning 1,500 sqm hemicycle

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House of European History in Brussels A great way to reflect on the history and future of Europe → → → → →

Multi-sensory museum with multimedia guides Exhibitions and permanent collection Three special tours for secondary schools A rounded learning experience with educational resources, workshops and seminars Café and gift shop

European Parliament in Strasbourg The heart of European democracy → → → →

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Visit of the hemicycle with possibility to follow the plenary session Role Play Game for groups Interactive exhibition at the Parlamentarium in Strasbourg Euroscola - a day in the shoes of a Member of the European Parliament

Comment A heartfelt welcome to the latest edition of the School Travel Today Directory, which is again showcasing the best learning resources and experiences available to support you in your teaching, whenever you choose to take your group out of the classroom and into the outside world.

Even after many years of teaching, I am as excited more now than ever by what is on offer to us, both in terms of range and quality. As teachers, none of us really know what life holds for our students once the school day ends, but we do understand that no pupil's life experience is the same as another's. Bringing a group together to share time together on a collective project is therefore uniquely and intrinsically valuable. Add in a high-octane quality destination and throw in an engaging programme, and you will understand why their days out from school are the ones that colour their memories of their schooling, and of you.

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education could once more be valued for the prize that it is. My grateful thanks go to all those experts who have generously contributed a fresh perspective to the Directory this year, especially Directors Geraint Denison-Kurg of Schools Into Europe, Matt Connelly of Adaptable Travel (Birmingham), Major Steve Ridd, MBE, of E3 Trails, and the students whose thoughtful comments show exactly why school travel is so worthwhile. John Adamson (Editor)

6- Parlamentarium Spotlight 8- Maths 10- English 11- Physical Education 12- ICT 14- Theatre 15- History 18- Art 20- East of England 22 - East Midlands

24 - Heart of England 30 - North East

32 - North West 34 - South East

38 - South West 42- Yorkshire

Most colleagues in the profession would agree that much of recent times in teaching has been spent, perhaps reluctantly, crunching numbers in pursuit of the quantification of what we do, in order to satisfy those who direct our work with the statistics which they can claim then prove progress. My own view is that much of the joy of seeing students outside the classroom lies in the fact that the sense of exploration and achievement in a student’s eyes gives testament to the value of the immeasurable. And my sources tell me that the wheel is finally beginning to turn elsewhere in the world, so there may be hope on the UK horizon that real, life-enhancing

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46 - Scotland 48 - Ireland

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“Science has to be one of my favourite parts of the day at school, and I think I would like to make a career in it one day, maybe in engineering. Our teacher took us to London and we visited the Science Museum. I have never been anywhere like it before, and I loved the whole place. Seeing how science has changed the world is cool, seeing how people’s lives are made better, and when I am older I definitely want to be part of that.” Year 9 student

The Expert Says “In years gone by science was in part considered a slightly geeky subject in school, however we love the fact that kids are now flocking to explore its realms. School trips to CERN in Switzerland are an incredible way to inspire students with some of the biggest ever breakthroughs in science coming right now at CERN. But London also has SO much to offer our budding young scientists, from world-class museums to some cool new additions such as Forensic Outreach (DNA, CSI style science learning) and the fantastic new event, New Scientist Live. Science is well and truly at the forefront of students’ minds, and school trips are a major factor in this trend.”

Matt Connelly. Director, Adaptable Travel. The Editor Comments If you were to ask a hundred scientists what their professional dream would be, most of them would surely opt for the chance to make a life-changing discovery. As young people are inspired by their elders, it would seem logical to

assume that young scientists also share a similar horizon, even if their focus is still to be sharpened as they look into the future. When we look for inspirational opportunities for our students beyond the walls of the classroom, it is the seed of those thoughts and dreams which we seek to sow. The stories behind the success of great scientists of the past can sometimes reveal an episode, or even a lifetime, of personal struggle or sacrifice which, although little to do with the discovery, has a resonance with circumstances known to a student in our group. Motivation comes from many sources. Many UK groups are already travelling to Geneva to visit CERN, whilst others take in UK attractions such as the Science Museum in South Kensington or excellent regional institutions. All can inspire our young people, most in ways which we as teachers cannot always plan - the result of which we may not ever be aware.



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Hands-on Europe at the European Parliament The European Union can be a tough nut to crack. The European Parliament offers a whole range of free activities for schools to explain its history and functioning in a fun and engaging way. All activities feature a unique experience and are mostly available in the 24 languages of the European Union. Read more about them and take your students at the heart of the action! The European Parliament’s official seat is in Strasbourg but much of its work takes place in Brussels. Both campuses have much to offer to school groups.

Brussels Visiting the Hemicycle is a great way to get to grips with the

workings of the European Parliament. School groups receive an interactive talk from a European Parliament speaker. Talks are age-appropriate and aim to engaging students to think about how the different institutions of the European Union work together, as well as dealing with topical issues. Students also take a seat in the Hemicycle gallery to learn more about debates and voting, they can even see European law being debated live if visiting during a plenary session. In the high-tech Parlamentarium, students can discover European democracy as never before. The interactive visitors’ centre is full of dynamic multimedia displays that explain the evolution of the European Union, how laws are created and what Members are doing to meet the challenges of today. Sitting in a stunning 360° cinema or travelling Europe on a giant interactive map, students will get a better understanding of how the European Union has an impact in the Member States. The Galaxy Talent Show activity trail is also available for students aged 10 to 14 to guide them through the Parlamentarium to help them make sense of Europe. The Parlamentarium also has something special for students aged 14 to 18+: the Role Play Game. Divided into imaginary political groups, they become Members of the European Parliament. They must work together, negotiate and make difficult decisions as they tackle burning issues. This hands-on experience allows students to discover how European Union legislation is created, from consulting interest groups and forming alliances to finding a compromise with other institutions and speaking to the media. Get a crash course on European history at the unique House of European History. From its entry into modernity, the descent into war and destruction, through to searching for a better life by working together, the House of European History shows visitors how Europe has evolved. The museum offers three special activities for schools. Activity worksheets


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Strasbourg As in Brussels, students can also visit the Hemicycle, receive a talk from a European Parliament speaker and follow the session during plenary weeks. As of summer 2017, visits will automatically include a tour of Strasbourg’s interactive Parlamentarium, featuring a 360° cinema. A Role Play Game with no age limit will also be available to book separately. Strasbourg also hosts the unique Euroscola programme. Euroscola brings together students aged 16-18 from all 28

European Union Member States. From the seats of the European Parliament’s Hemicycle, they debate, negotiate and vote as they find compromises and adopt resolutions on real Europe-wide issues. Euroscola is a unique opportunity for students to spend a day in the shoes of a Member of the European Parliament and to experience decision-making first-hand, in a dynamic and multilingual setting. To participate, students must win one of the national competitions that are organised by the European Parliament’s Information Offices.

More information All these activities are free of charge and most are available in the 24 official languages of the European Union. Advance booking of up to 5 months is necessary for some activities. You will find more detailed information on our website: Sciences in La Villette to the north of the French capital is an inspiring, hands-on, student-friendly venue.


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while visiting the permanent collection encourage students to examine, question and analyse both independently and in small groups. As of October 2017, the Out of the Display Case hands-on workshops will allow students to explore history through touch, sound and smell, interacting with pieces of the collection outside of the display cases. And the Faces from the past tour will introduce students to faces from the 19th and 20th centuries - a truly fun and stimulating way to experience history.

practical, environment. “ Geraint Denison-Kurg, Director, Schools Into Europe

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Experiential learning is too lengthy a process in its fundamental state to have any practical application for students who are either in or out of the classroom. However, the creation of a good backstory in the context of a competitive event can hijack the imagination of students and concentrate the experience with time limits on each set of activities.

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"There are loads of creative activities which made me love maths, being able to do interactive activities makes maths interesting." Year 9 student

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The old story goes that there are only three types of people in the world, ones who can do maths and ones who can’t. As a fully paid-up member of the latter group, I have been delighted to see the many options on the market which provide ready solutions for busy teachers, and others which provide the backdrop for a creative teacher to tailor original ideas into a new format, adapted to the needs of their own particular group. Maths outside the classroom not only motivates, but also appeals to different learner types. Tried and tested venues? Think of the Greenwich Observatory (maybe reached by a relaxing Thames river cruise), the London Eye, Trafalgar Square, and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – or even look further afield to Paris and beyond. The Cité des Sciences in La Villette to the north of the French capital is an inspiring, hands-on, student-friendly venue.

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“With established subjects such a mathematics, learning outside the classroom can be a useful way to engage pupils with different learning styles, who perhaps do not learn as quickly using traditional classroom-based methods. It can also be an interesting way to challenge MAT pupils, by making them apply their theoretical skills in a new, more

Making use of mathematical stimuli for clues in such a setting has the effect of allowing students to focus on the competition, meaning the work they are doing has a greater purpose than the intrinsic value of the task. After all, the new generation of young people is motivated by gamification, and understands the competitive process which underpins so much of their leisure time.




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English The Student View “Since I got a new teacher for Year 6 who makes me feel a lot more confident, English has become one of the best lessons I have in school. She helps me with mistakes and isn’t cross. I just wish we could have a trip somewhere, like we do for history. I think there’s something to do with Harry Potter that you can visit.” Year 6 pupil

The Expert Says “In recent times I was invited to get involved with a trip to the WW1 battlefields of the Somme. On it we highlighted the poets of that era and we decided to have a talk and a reading scheduled to be done actually on a battlefield. I have never known a group to be so moved by poetry.” Party leader Hilary Skinner

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We may well ask if this was a weak head, or an inspired educator who could rise above rules and regulations, but what happened afterwards is the stuff of legends. You can almost feel the presence of Thomas at the Boat House in Laugharne. And whilst it is easier to relate to the relatively recent past, the same process can be begun elsewhere with many of our heritage authors, from Shakespeare to the Bronte sisters.

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Teachers of English Literature report that students can often take an interest in the human stories behind the great works which they are getting to know. In the classroom, this can sometimes be a little less than helpful as their focus needs to be on the discovery of what makes a great piece of literature, but as an add-on to their main work, a knowledge of the author’s life and times can facilitate understanding whilst also enabling a student to find empathy

in shared emotion from a life lived in times gone by. The brilliant yet tragic life of the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas is a case in point. It can affect those in authority too. The story goes of the young Dylan at school in Swansea, being spotted and apprehended by his headmaster as the former attempted to leave school earlier in the day than entitled. “Where are you going, boy” enquired the head. “I’m going home, sir, to write poetry.” responded Dylan. The head’s reply? “Well, just make sure you don’t get caught.”


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PE The Student View “I’ve decided to opt for GCSE PE next year. I play in the netball team as well as the hockey team, and people tell me I am quite good at ball games and have good coordination. What I really love is the competition when we play other schools, and being part of a team is really cool. We play for each other now, not as individuals. Miss has got a hockey tour booked for next Easter, to Holland, and none of us can wait to get there. It will feel like the girls we saw playing in the Olympics.” Year 9 student

The Expert Says “Long an established component of school sports programmes, sports trips not only help to introduce a healthy element of competition and to bolster school pride, they also provide scope to undertake activities which cannot be offered in school. By appealing to the broadest possible range, they help pupils who perhaps are less interested in more conventional sports played in school to find activities which they enjoy, and which they can pursue in later life.” Geraint Denison-Kurg, Director, Schools Into Europe

The Editor Comments The academic content of PE courses to GCSE level can be overlooked by some who only imagine PE lessons happening outside on nice days. However, increasing career opportunities in sports and leisure are open to young people with the right qualifications and background, for whom a good PE grade is more than an advantage. We would be wrong, however, to nod approvingly and move on. The power of sport to inspire and enthuse can be seen at any school in the land, but beyond, international barriers can be broken down through competition and a right spirit, in a way that even rational argument sometimes fails to deliver. From stadia visits to UK and overseas sports tours, the sources of inspiration are all out there, as are the specialists who can take care of your group.


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ICT The Student View "We learnt about newly developed softwares and it was cool to learn about how HTML and coding works. I'd really like to be able to see the first ever computer!” Year 10 student

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The Editor Comments The World Wide Web might be a more than adequate description of the global range of resources at the disposal of ICT teachers as they seek to add a new dimension to the subject. And as the internet has shrunk the world we live in, the opportunities to see other cultures from an ICT perspective have mushroomed, new and further horizons calling the globalisation generation and those who teach them. Computerised machinery is still a source of riveting

The Expert says “The government have recognised the need for a digital based economy, and this is trickling through to the types of school trips we are offering. We are seeing a huge uptake in popularity of our Computer Science trips. The mecca of which is Silicon Valley, to which we’ve now had over 1000 UK students visits, but there are lots of opportunities closer to home, with the Bletchley Park and National Museum of Computing refurbishment being Google funded and some fantastic visits in Berlin too”.

entertainment today, and the opportunity to watch it in action in its proper setting can be better than the TV schedule for that evening. How many of us would own up to enjoying a seat in the front carriage of the Docklands Light Railway in the place where the driver would sit, if there was one, and marvelling at the fact that the tran seems to stop at precisely the same position at every station and on every visit? To understand that computers now have a substantial history is sobering to those of a certain age, but once they get over that, the development process is quite fascinating. In the leisure world, Cadbury World remains a top attraction for schools, but there a new and less obvious opportunities on a local or regional basis, as well as national. Theme parks too offer student-friendly programmes with fun time included.


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Theatre The Student View "I think It was beneficial for our physical theatre studies and helped me to understand the plays studied a lot more." Year 11 Student

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The Editor Comments The ability to communicate multi-faceted concepts is a gift, but one which can be enhanced by experience. Seeing a top-class drama production in one of our cities is an inspirational moment, but so is a moment in a professionalled drama workshop when a student responds to a task in a new way, a way the teacher has nor previously seen,

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“What I love about some of our longer adventure and mystery products is that there is a sense of drama as the plot unfolds. When we run hosted events, we often require the host to do some acting in the role, although we have stopped short of costume work. My work has given me a greater awareness of the potential of dramatic technique in daily life, how it can bring a new understanding or communicate emotions and facts that words do not adequately express, empower a story teller, and more. None of these do I think can be achieved in the same way inside a classroom.� Major Steve Ridd, MBE, E3 Trails founder

perhaps because the opportunity to show off talents and skills to an actor or director has a sense of audition to it. Dance work-shops also offer that bridge of accessibility from the workshop to the stage, and there are plenty of excellent opportunities around our major theatres. Students’ success in the performing arts is as fulfilling as any sporting achievement or the attaining of a deep understanding of literature, mathematics or science, and for some it defines their character and personality. Theatre reflects the world, and there is a world of theatre out there to be discovered. Stratford on Avon and RADA experiences are memorable, as are those around the West End, and the opportunity to declaim a Shakespeare line from the stage of the Globe on the South Bank is priceless.


help to create a relatable and engaging narrative, often with better contextualisation than can be achieved in the classroom. Actually visiting the places where history happened helps children and adults alike to connect with those events, and reminds us of the human quality of history which can otherwise sometimes be lost.� Geraint Denison-Kurg, Director, Schools Into Europe.

The Editor Comments It is certainly true that there is a richness of resources on the market for history colleagues to choose, and many of them are free, as they seek to enable their group to make that significant connection with the past, and begin the process that leads to empathy and deeper understanding as well as greater awareness of the human condition.

The Student View "It helps you to understand what people went through at the time, it's different to just learning in a classroom so it can improve your understanding." Year 10 student

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Colleagues with a special interest in a regional, or even local, place of interest, can often find their own way of communicating that enthusiasm to their charges. Creating a backstory, even if it is fictional, is one tried and tested technique, but at many venues, there is also some very good material already waiting to be used.

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“Demonstrating the reality of historical events is much more easily done in the places in which they took place, and can

Military history is a popular theme with school groups, with much on offer just across the Channel. Whilst the focus quite rightly at present is on centenary events from WW1, especially in France and Belgium, WW2 experiences remain equally poignant, especially where students’ family links can be involved in the programme. Schools which are reasonably long in the tooth can also find the stories of past pupils who fought in the conflict to be very moving for their present day counterparts. From personal experience, the student workshops at the Imperial War Museum offered a very engaging and professionally presented experience, and are highly recommended.




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Tamworth Castle offers schools a wide range of workshop sessions suitable for Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and 2 students. Our sessions explore Saxon, Medieval, Tudor, Stuart and Victorian histories; each looking at the different lives of people who lived and worked in this fortress. Please contact our dedicated Education Team on 01827 709 632 weekdays or email castleeducation@

Key Stage 1 – WORKSHOPS – Storytelling Workshop: Bryce the Mouse – Storytelling: Ruby the Dragon – Meet the Castle Household and Squire – The Great Fire of London – Old Toys – Meet the Victorians

Key Stage 2 – WORKSHOPS – The Saxons at the Castle – Medieval Household and Soldier – Day in the life of a Medieval Household – Day in the life of a Tudor Household – Day in life of a Victorian Household – Guided Tours – Medieval Life Handling Session

If you have any specific requirements please talk to us and we may be able to adapt or tailor our current provision to meet your needs.

We are delighted to welcome you to our workshops for Key Stages 3 and 4 students. KEY STAGE 3 & 4 WORKSHOPS – Medieval Life at Tamworth Castle – Guided Tours

– The Medieval Soldier – Medieval Crime & Punishment: Guilty or not! – Civil War Workshop: By the Sword Divided – han es to il in s an an s a es ver i e

We can accommodate a maximum of 2 schools per day, with a total of 90 pupils on site  Workshop packages can be adapted to meet the teaching requirements of individual groups  Schools are on site from 10.30 a.m. until 2.00p.m. with workshops lasting a minimum of 45 minutes up to a maximum of 1 hour 30 minutes each.

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Art The Student View "It was so lovely going and experiencing the culture in places like the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell and discovering the unique styles of famous artists. It allowed me to further understand the artists' inspirations and intentions. There’s something about actually being there and experiencing it that makes it feel different." Year 12 student

The Expert Says “Seeing original artworks, and the places which inspired them, really furthers pupils’ understanding of the art they study in school. It can be a transformative experience to see the actual brush strokes of great artists, and there can be no substitute for actually seeing paintings, drawings, buildings and sculptures in their original media.” Geraint Denison-Kurg, Director, Schools Into Europe

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The principles behind the recent widely watched TV programme featuring the creative process of painting could be a model for a great trip. Whilst the round by round elimination model may be less appropriate, the use of a sensitively applied competitiveness as a group dynamic can bring out the best in some, if not most, students. The engagement we all seek for any school group event is at the heart of the programme.

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Barcelona has to be one of the most inspiring cities on the planet for an art student. Art meets real life in all its glory, giving a new meaning to Street Art. And in global terms there are so many places still to be discovered by UK groups where inspiration and motivational energy can be found. Most of the UK’s main agencies offer tailored tour options, with a level of expertise which is totally professional. It is essential to use a School Travel Forum agency, of course, to protect the organiser on liability issues, but there is so much more that they can advise on.

Of course, there are many British cities which offer a backdrop for creative teaching as well as museum and gallery resources of note. This country has a wealth of natural resources too, some of which are absolutely outstanding in beauty as well as options.


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BEDFORDSHIRE Bedford Swan Hotel The Embankment, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 1RW Tel: 01234 346565 Web: Bedford Tourism Bedford Borough Council, Town Hall, St Paul's Square, Bedford, MK40 1SJ Tel: 01234221712 Web: Leighton Buzzard Railway Pages Park Station, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 4TN Tel: 01525 373888 Web: Shuttleworth Collection Old Warden Aerodrome, Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP Tel:01767 627949 Web: Whipsnade Wild Animal Park Dunstable, Beda, LU6 2LF, Tel: 0844 225 1826 Web: Woburn Abbey Woburn, Bedfordshire, MK17 9WA Tel: 01525 290333 CAMBRIDGESHIRE Cambridge & East Anglia Guided Tours Tourist Information Centre, Wheeler Street, Cambridgeshire, CB2 3QB Tel: 01223 457574

Maritime Leisure Cruises Public & private charter cruises from Boston, Lincolnshire and Ely, Cambridgeshire Tel: 01205 460595 Web: Nene Valley Railway Wansford Station, Stibbington, Peterborough. PE8 6LR Tel:01780 784444 Web: Visit Cambridge Tourist Information Centre, Peas Hill, Cambridge CB2 3QB Tel: 0871 226 8006 ESSEX Blake House Craft Centre Rayne, Blake End, Braintree CM77 6SH Tel: 01376 344 123 Colchester Zoo Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0Sl Tel: 01206 331292 Web: Hedingham Castle Castle Hedingham, Nr Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DJ Tel: 01787 460261 Web: HERTFORDSHIRE Butlins 1 Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP2 4YL

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 1 Brookside, Cambridge Cambridgeshire, CB2 1JF Tel: 01223 336265 Web:

Frogmore Paper Mill Fourdrinier Way, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead HP3 9RY Tel:01442 234600 Web:

Ely Cathedral The Chapter House, The College, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4DL Tel: 01353/667735

Hatfield House, Park & Gardens Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5NQ Tel: 01707 287010 Web:

Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey Denny Abbey Farm Cottage, Ely Rd, Waterbeach, Cambridge CB25 9PQ Tel: 01223 860988

Paradise Wildlife Park White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, EN10 7QA Tel: 01992 470490 Web:


School Travel Today Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden WD25 7LR Tel: 0345 084 0900 Web: NORFOLK Banham Zoo Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk, NR16 2HE Tel: 01953 887771 Web: Bure Valley Railway Aylsham Station, Norwich Road, Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11 6BW Tel: 01263 733858 Email: Web: Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 3AH Tel: 01493 330631 Web: EcoTech Centre Turbine Way,Swaffham Norfolk, PE37 7HT Holkham Hall Wells-next-on-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB Tel: 01328 710227 Web:

SUFFOLK East of England Tourism Dettingen House Dettingen Way Bury St. Edmunds Suffolk IP33 3TU Tel: 01284 727470 Web: Ipswich Tourism Information Centre St. Stephens Church, St. Stephens Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk IP11 DP Tel: 01473 432018 Web: Lowestoft & East Suffolk Maritime Museum Sparrow Nest Gardens, Whapload Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 1XG Museum of East Anglian Life Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1DE Tel: 01449 612229 Newmarket Suffolk, CB8 0XE Tel: 01638 663464 or 01638 666789 Web: The Suffolk Punch Trust, Woodbridge Walk, Hollesley, Suffolk IP12 3JR


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St Albans Tourism St Albans City and District Council, Civic Centre, St Peters Street, St Albans Hertfordshire AL1 3JE Web:

School Travel Today Lincolnshire, DN21 2NB Tel: 01427 612669

CONKERS Rawdon Road, nr Swadlincote S.Derbyshire, DE12 6GA, United Kingdom TelephoneEducation: 01283 213731

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

Crich Tramway Village Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5DP Tel: 01773 854321 Website: Cromford Mill Mill Lane, Cromford, Derbyshire, DE4 3RQ Tel: 01629 823256 Web: Haddon Hall Bakewell,Derbyshire , DE45 1LA Tel:01629 810912 Poole's Cavern Green Ln, Buxton SK17 9DH Tel: 01298 26978 Web: Renishaw Hall and Gardens Renishaw, Nr. Sheffield, S21 3WB Tel: 01246 432310 Email: Web: LEICESTERSHIRE Belvoir Castle Belvoir, Leicestershire, NG32 1PE Tel: 01476 871002 Web:

Lincolnshire Wildlife Park Dickon Hill Rd, Friskney, Boston PE22 8PP Tel: 0871 384 1130 NORTHAMPTONSHIRE Holdenby House, Estate Office, Northampton, NN6 8DJ Office: 01604 770074 Schools: 01604 770786 Northampton Museum and Art Gallery Guildhall Road Northampton NN1 1DP Tel: 01604 838 544 Wicksteed Park Barton Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 6NJ Tel: 01536 512 475 Web: NOTTINGHAM Creswell Crags Museum & Education Centre Crags Road, Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire S80 3LH Tel: 01909 720378

King Richard III Visitor Centre 4A St Martins, Leicester LE1 5DB Tel:0300 300 0900

DH Lawrence Heritage Durban House Heritage Centre, Mansfield Road, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, NG16 3DZ Tel: 01773 717353 Web:

Leicester Promotions 7-9 Every Street, Town Hall Square,Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 6AG Tel: 0116 299 6666 Web:

Newark Castle Tourist Information Centre Gilstrap Centre Castlegate, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire NG24 1BG Tel:01636 655765

National Space Centre Exploration Drive, Leicestershire LE4 5NS Tel: 0116 258 2111 Web: LINCOLNSHIRE Doddington Hall Doddington, 000 Lincolnshire, LN6 4RU Tel: 01522 694308 Gainsborough Old Hall Parnell Street, Gainsborough,


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Delight your group with a tram ride through time Crich Tramway Village is an ideal destination for all ages. Visitors can ride our world renowned vintage trams through our unique period street and out into the open countryside for spectacular views, explore fascinating exhibitions and watch as trams are restored from our workshop viewing gallery. This captivating journey into history is made complete with a stroll on our woodland walk and sculpture trail and a trip to our unique Red Lion pub, tearooms and shops. We will help you plan a great day out!

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Crich Tramway Village, Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5DP Tel: 01773 854 321 Email:

School Travel Today BBC Tours Broadcasting House Level 10, The MailboxBirmingham B1 1RF Tel:Â 0370 901 1227 Web: tours/birmingham.shtml Birmingham City Museum & Art Gallery Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, West Midlands Tel: 0121 303 2834 Web: Birmingham Sea Life The Waters Edge, Brindley Place, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2HL Tel: 0121 643 6777 Web: Black Coutry Living Museum Black Country Living Museum Tipton Road Dudley West Midlands DY1 4SQ Tel: 0121 520 8054 Email Cadbury World Linden Road, Bourneville, Birmingham, West Midlands, B301JR Tel:0844 880 7667 Web: Dudley Zoological Gardens 2 The Broadway, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4QB Tel: 0844 474 2272 Web: The Falconry Centre Hurrans Garden Centre, Kidderminster Road, South, Hagley, Nr Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY9 0JB Tel: 01562 700014 Museum of the Jewellery Quarter 75-79 Vyse Street, Hockley, Birmingham, West Midlands, B18 6HA Tel: 0121 554 3598 Web: Marketing Birmingham Level 4,Millennium Point,Curzon Street, Birmingham B4 7XG Tel: +44 (0) 121 202 5115 Red House Glass Cone High Street, Wordsley, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 4AZ Tel: 01384 812750 Web: Thinktank, Millennium Point Curzon Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B4 7XG Tel: 0121 202 2222 Web: HEREFORDSHIRE Cider Museum & King Offa Distillery 21 Ryelands Street, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR4 0LW Tel: 01432 354207 E-mail: Web: Herefordshire City Council Parish Offices, Town Hall, St Owen Street, Hereford, HR1 2PJ Visit Herefordshire PO Box 4, Plough Lane, Hereford, HR4 0XH Tel: 01432 260621 Fax: 01432 363031 Westons Cider Visitor Centre

The Bounds, Much Marcle, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR2 2NQ Tel: 01531 660114 STAFFORDSHIRE Cannock Chase Council Economic Development Service Civic Centre, PO Box 28, Beecroft Rd, WS11 1BG Tel: 01543 464219 Web: Churnet Valley Railway Cheddleton Station, Station Rd, Cheddleton, ST13 7EE Tel: 01538 360522 Drayton Manor Park Tamworth, Staffordshire B78 3TW Tel: 0844 472 1950 E-mail: Web: Foxfield Railway PO BOX 1967, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 8YT Tel: 01782 259667/396210 Web: Lichfield City Council Council Offices, 53 Wade Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6HL Tel:01543 309853 /07970 861570 web: Tamworth Castle Holloway Lodge, Tamworth, Staffordshire B79 7NA Tel: 01827 709629 E-mail: Web: The Trentham Estate Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 8AX Tel: 01782 646646 Web: The Wedgewood Visitor Centre Barlaston, Stoke on Trent, Staffs, ST12 9ER Tel: 0870 606 1759 Web: www.thewedgewood Visit Lichfield Donegal House Bore Street Lichfield WS13 6NE Tel:01543 308210 SHROPSHIRE Acton Scott Historic Working Farm Wenlock Lodge, Acton Scott, Nr Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6QQ Tel: 01694 781306/ 7 Ironbridge Gorge Museums Coach Road, Coalbrookdale, Telford, TF8 7DQ Tel: 01952 435 900 Group email: Web: Ludlow Castle Castle Square, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1AY Tel: 01584 873355 Web: Royal Air Force Museum Cosford Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8UP Tel: 01902 376 200 Web: Secret Hills, The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre School Road, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 9RS Tel: 01588 676000 Web:


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School Travel Today Royal Shakespeare Company Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Web: Warwickshire CV37 6BBF E-mail: 0844 800 1110


Shakespeare's Birthplace Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6QW Tel: 01789 204016 Web:

Anne Hathaways’ Cottage Cottage Lane, Shottery, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 9HH Tel: 01789 201806 Avon Boating Swans Nest Boathouse, Swans Nest, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LS Phone:01789 267073 Butterfly farm Stratford-Upon-Avon Swan's Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 7LS 01789 299 288 Coventry Cathedral Priory Place,Coventry, CV1 5FB Tel: +44 (0)24 7652 1210

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm Swans Nest Lane, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire CV37 7LS Tel: 01789 299288 Web: Twycross Zoo Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 3PX Tel: 0844 474 1777 Web: Warwick Castle Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 4QU Tel: 0871 265 2000 Web: WORCESTERSHIRE

Heritage Motor Centre Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ Tel: 01926 641188

British Asparagus Festival in the Vale of Evesham Tel: 01386 565373 Email: Web:

Mary Arden’s House & The Shakespeare Countryside Museum Station Road, Wilmcote, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 9UN Tel: 01789 201806

Destination Worcestershire Severn House, Prescott DriveWarndon Business Park Worcester, WR4 9NE Tel. 0845 641 1540

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

Redditch Palace Theatre 1 Alcester ,Worcestershire, B98 8AE Tel: 01527 65203

The ORIGINAL sightseeing boat trip on the river Avon Avon Boating is one of England’s oldest and largest traditional boating companies, offering boats for hire and public cruises on one of the finest rivers in the country, the Avon at Stratford. Our heated function boat Titania and our fleet of classic Edwardian passenger vessels are available for private, or group bookings. Please get in contact for group rates and for any further information visit our website:

EXCLUSIVE AUDIO TOUR available on our River Crusies | 01789 267 073 Avon Boating Ltd, Swan’s Nest Boathouse, Swan’s Nest Lane Stratford Upon Avon Warwickshire, CV37 7LS


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Weston Park Weston under Lizard, Nr Shifnal, Shropshire, TF1 8LE Tel: 01952 852100 Web:

History & STEM themed visits, workshops and resource-packs available

Suitable for Key Stage 1-4

• visit our 1930s street • watch daily metal working demonstrations • visit the fairground • take an underground coal mine tour • experience the 1930s limelight in our cinema • get ‘hands on’ with activities throughout the year • learn a thing or two in the schoolroom and so much more. West Midlands, DY1 4SQ call: 0121 520 8054 email:

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Bring your students along to the Black Country Living Museum for an exciting and engaging learning experience where you’ll hear, see and smell 300 years of history like no other. Black Country Living Museum caters for all ages and levels, from Early Years through to Higher Education and covers a broad subject area, including History, English, the STEM subjects and Art & Design. The emerged as a distinct area Black Country in the 1830s, creating the first large scale industrial landscape anywhere in the world which was once famously described as “black by day and red by night”. The Museum tells the story of the lifestyles, cultures, traditions and industries of the people living here from 1850-1950. It is the story of things being made as well as lives being led, and so offers learning opportunities for a broad range of curriculum subjects. Use Black Country Living Museum’s 26 acre site to undertake a choice of historical enquiry investigations focusing on “real lives, real stories”. In addition to local history studies for all key stages, BCLM offers a range of curriculum linked themed visits. These include Toys Past and Present, Houses and Homes, and Transport through the



Ages for Key Stage 1 students studying Changes within Living Memory. Key Stage 2 students can become History Detectives, comparing and contrasting the lives of real children who lived and worked in the region from 1850-1940. An Accident Investigator programme enables Key Stage 2-4 students to explore the impact of industry and social, cultural and technological changes during the 19th and early 20th centuries. A range of museum-led learning experiences can be booked to enhance the visit, including a 1912 Classroom Experience, an Underground Mine Tour, hands-on toys and laundry sessions, canal art workshops and an Investigating Primary Sources session. Celebrating the rich scientific and manufacturing heritage of the Black Country, the Museum also offers a range of full day Design & Technology workshops and STEM focus visits, in addition to our annual Chemistry at Work and Manufacturing at Work events. There’s discounted admission for groups of 15+ and the Museum admits one teacher free for every 10 students, plus a preliminary visit for up to two teachers. The site features several indoor and outdoor picnic areas, as well as plenty of period food outlets – including the Museum’s famous 1930s style fish and chips! For more information or to book visit or call 0121 520 8054.

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CO DURHAM Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum Beamish, Co Durham DH9 0RG Tel: 0191 370 4000 Web: Bowes Museum Barnard Castle, Co Durham DL12 8NP Tel: 01833 690606 Web: Diggerland Riverside Industrial Estate, Langley Park, Durham, Co Durham DH7 9TT Tel: 08700 344437 Web: Oriental Museum, Durham University Elvet Hill (Off South Road), Durham, Co Durham, DH1 3TH Tel: 0191 334 5694 Web: Raby Castle Staindrop, Darlington, County Durham DL2 3AH Tel: 01833 660202 E-mail: Web: Thorpe Farm Thorpe farm centre, Greta Bridge, Barnard Castle, Co Durham DL12 9TY Tel: 01833 627242 NORTHUMBERLAND Alnwick Castle Alnwick Castle Adventures, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1NQ Tel: 01665 511100 Web: The Alnwick Garden Denwick Lane, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1YU Tel: 01665 511350 Web: Ford & Etal Ford & Etal Estates, Ford, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 2QA Web:

Hadrian’s Wall Tourism Partnership 14B Gilesgate, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3NJ Tel: 01434 602505 Web: Northumberland Tourism Micklewood House, Longhirst Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 3LL Tel: 01670 794 520 Web: Roman Vindolanda Fort & Museum Chesterholm Museum Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland NE47 7JN TEESIDE & TEES VALLEY Captain Cook Birthplace museum Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough, Teeside & Tees Valley TS7 8AT Tel: 01642 311211 Web: Hartlepool Historic Quay Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool, Teeside & Tees Valley, TS24 0XZ Tel: 01429 860077 Web: Nature's World at the Botanic Centre Ladgate Lane, Acklam, Middlesbrough, Teeside & Tees Valley TS5 7YN Tel: 01642 594895 TYNE & WEAR Blue Reef Aquarium Grand Parade, Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear NE30 4JF Tel: 0191 258 1031 Web: DFDS - NORTH SEA International Passenger Terminal, Royal Quays, North Shields, Tyne & Wear NE29 6EE Web: National Glass Centre Liberty Way, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR6 0GL Tel: 0191 515 5555 Web:


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CHESHIRE Cheshire Military Museum The Castle, Chester CH1 2DN Tel: 01244 327617 Web: Ness Botanical Gardens Neston Road, Ness, Neston, Cheshire CH64 4AY Tel:  0151 353 0123 Web: CUMBRIA Muncaster Castle, Gardens & Owl Centre Ravenglass, Muncaster, Cumbria CA18 1RQ Tel: 01229 717614 Web: LANCASHIRE Blackpool Pleasure Beach Limited Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, FY4 1EZ Tel: 0870 444 5577 Web: The East Lancashire Railway Bolton Street Station, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0EY. General enquiries: 0161 764 7790 Email:

Visit Blackpool Tourism Department, 1 Clifton Street, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 1LY Tel: 01253 478222 Web: MERSEYSIDE Ness Botanic Gardens Ness, Neston, South Wirral CH64 4AY Tel: 0845 0304063 Email: Web: Liverpool FC Stadium Tours Liverpool Football Club, Anfield Road, Liverpool, L4 0TH Telephone: +44 151 260 6677 Web: Port Sunlight Village 23 King Heorge’s Drive, Port Sunlight, Wirral, Merseyside CH62 5DX Tel: 0151 644 6466 Web:

Manchester United Museum Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester M16 0RA Tel: 44 (0) 161 868 8300

The World of Glass (St. Helens) Ltd Chalon Way East, St Helens, Merseyside WA10 1BX Tel: 01744 22766 Web:


Hatworks Museum Wellington Mill, Wellington Road South, Stockport, Greater Manchester SK3 0EU Tel:0161 355 7770


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Open daily 10am - 5pm last entry 4pm (closed Wednesday November- Easter) The Castle|Chester|Cheshire|CH1 2DN

School Travel Today Beale Park Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire RG8 9NH Tel: 0118 984 5172 Web: Blake's Lock Museum Gasworks Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 3DH Tel: 0118 939 9800 Legoland Windsor Winkfield Road, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 4AY Tel: 0871 2222 001 Web: Stratfield Saye House The Administrators Office, Stratfield Saye, Reading, Berkshire RG7 2BZ Tel: 01256 882882 Web: Theatre Royal Windsor Thames Street, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1PS Box Office: 01753 853 888 Web: Wellington Country Park Riseley, Berkshire RG7 1SP Tel: 0118 932 6444 Web: Windsor Castle Windsor, Berkshire Tel: 020 7766 7304 Web: BUCKINGHAMSHIRE Bletchley Park Bletchley Park Trust, Bletchley Park Sherwood Drive, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB Tel: 01908 640404 Web: The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 0AL Tel: 01494 892192 Email: Web:

Portchester Castle (English Heritage) Castle Street, Portchester, Hampshire PO16 9QW Tel: 023 92347 8291 Web: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Porters Lodge, College Road, HM Naval base, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 3LJ Tel: 023 9283 9766 Web: The Royal Navy Submarine Museum Haslar Jetty Road, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 2AS Tel: 023 9251 0354 Web: The Needles Park Alum Bay, Isle of Wight PO39 0JD Tel: 08717200022 E-mail: Web: Winchester Science Centre Telegraph Way, Morn Hill, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1HZ Tel: 01962 863791 KENT Canterbury Roman Museum Butchery Lane, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2JR. Tel: 01227 785575 Web: DFDS ENGLISH CHANNEL Whitfield Court, White Cliffs Business Park, Whitfield, Kent CT16 3PX Eurotunnel UK Terminal, Ashford Road, Folkestone CT18 8XX Tel: 08443353535 Finchcocks Goudhurst, Kent TNI7 1HH Tel: 01580 211702 Groombridge Place Gardens & Enchanted Forest Groombridge Hill, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 9QG Tel: 01892 861444 Web:

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

Leeds Castle Maidstone, Kent ME17 1PL Tel: 01622 767865 E-mail: Web:



Beaulieu Hampshire SO42 7ZN Tel: 01590 614645 E-mail: Web:

Blenheim Palace Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PX Tel: 08700 602080 E-mail: Web:

Exbury Gardens Exbury, Southampton SO45 1AZ Tel: 023 8089 1203 Web: Paultons Park Owe, Nr Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6AL Tel: 023 8081 2921 Web:

Cotswold wildlife park Bradwell Grove, Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4JP Tel: 01993 823006 E-mail: Web:


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Museum of the History of Science Broad Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ Tel: 01865 277280 Web: The Rivera and Rowing museum Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 1BF Tel: 01491 415600 E-mail: Web: SURREY Bird world Holt Pound, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4LD Tel: 01420 22140 Web: Denbies Wine Estate London Road, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6AA Tel: 01306 876616 Web:

Kew Gardens Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB Tel: 020 8332 5655 Web: PAINSHILL PARK Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1JE Tel: 01932 868113 Web: SUSSEX Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre Houghton Bridge, Station Rd, Arundel BN18 9LT Tel:01798 831370 Cats Protection National Cat Centre, Chelwood Gate, Sussex RH17 7TT Tel: 01825 741 370 Web: Newhaven Fort Fort Road, Newhaven East Sussex BN9 9DS Tel: 01273 517622


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Didcot Railway Centre Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 7NJ Tel: 01235 817200 Web:

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A 36 acre Museum in the South Downs National Park, dedicated to local industrial and transport heritage. Ride narrow gauge train and historical bus to explore the Museum. Amberley Museum offers students a rich and varied environment to explore, with over 40 buildings situated in a chalk quarry ecosystem. - Excellent for cross-curricular study. - Emphasis on history (e.g. WWII, Victorians), science, technology and engineering. - Introductory talk on arrival. - Wide range of workshops suitable from early years to adult. - Loan boxes available. - Lunch spaces available. - Coach parking.


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We open from March to October. With designated coach parking and located right next to Amberley railway station. Plenty to see in any weather.

School Travel Today Camel Creek Adventure Park Tredinnick, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 7RA Tel:01841 540276 Eden Project Bodelva, St Austell, Cornwall PL24 2SG Tel: 01726 811903 Web: National Maritime Museum Cornwall Discovery Quay, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3QY Tel: 01326 313388 Web: Tremough Campus Tremough, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9EZ Tel: 01326 253671 Truro Cathedral 14 St Mary's Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2AF Tel: 01872276782 Web: DEVON Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Park Sidmouth Road, Exeter Devon EX5 1DR Tel:01395 233200

Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company Queens Park Station,Torbay Road, Paignton, Devon TQ4 6AF Tel: 01803 555872 Web: Plymouth City Museums & Art Gallery Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AJ Tel: 01752 304774 The South Devon Railway The Station, Dart Bridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Devon TQ11 0DZ Tel:  0843 357 1420 Web: DORSET Lulworth Castle & Park East Lulworth, Dorset BH20 5QS Tel: 01929 400352 Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre Longthorns, Wareham, Dorset BH20 6HH Tel: 01929 462537 Email: Web: Poole Pottery The Quay, Poole, Dorset England Tel: 01202 668681 Sherborne Castle New Road, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 5NR Tel  01935 812072 Web:

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School Travel Today Clearwell Caves Near Coleford, Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, GL16 8JR Tel: 01594 832535 Email: Web: Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway The Railway Station, Toddington, Gloucestershire GL54 5DT Tel: 01242 621405 or 07800 651306 E-mail: Web: Mill Dene Garden School Lane, Blockley, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 9HU Tel: 44(0)1386 700457 SOMERSET At-Bristol Anchor Road, Bristol BS1 5DB Tel: 0845 345 3344 Web:

Cheddar Caves & Gorge Cheddar, Somerset BS27 3QF Tel: 01934 742343 Web: Haynes International Motor Museum Sparkford, Nr Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7LH Tel: 01963 440804 Email: Website: Roman Baths & Pump Room Stall Street, Bath, Somerset BA1 1LZ Tel: 01225 477 785 Web: Glastonbury Abbey Magdalene St, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9EL Phone:01458 832267 West Somerset Railway The Railway Station, Minehead, Somerset TA24 5BG Tel: 01643 704996 E-mail: Web: WILTSHIRE

Bristol Zoo and Gardens Clifton, Bristol BS8 3HA Tel: 0117 974 7399 Web:

Butterfly World Studley Grange Garden & Leisure Park, Hay Lane, Wroughton, Swindon SN4 9QU Tel: 01793 852 400

Brunel's ss Great Britain Great Western Dockyard, Bristol BS1 6TY Tel: 0117 9260680 E-mail: Web:

Longleat Enterprises Ltd. The Estate Office, Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 7NW Tel: Group Sales 01985 844328 Email: Web:


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Discover Glastonbury Abbey’s links to Saxon times and the legendary King Arthur. Classes are now able to ‘meet a Saxon’ in order to learn about how someone in that time would have lived. They are able to look at household and personal items, how they dressed and how they lived, and what they ate throughout the day. The King Arthur Day allows classes to meet ‘King Arthur’ and learn about what life was like in his time and his connection to the abbey. We also talk about why King Arthur is often portrayed in books and media as a knight in shining armour and why he is still popular today Book today on 01458 832267. Visit Find us on Facebook /GlastonburyAbbeySomerset or on Twitter @glastonburyabbe

Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre, Longthorns, Wareham, Dorset BH20 6HH T: 01929 462537

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Burton Agnes Estate Office Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire YO25 4NB Tel: 01262 490 324 Web: The Deep Address: Tower Street, Hull HU1 4DP Tel: 01482 381000 Email: Web: Eureka! The Museum for Children Discovery Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire HX1 2NE Tel: 01422 330069 E-mail: Web: Harewood House Harewood House, Harewood Leeds, West Yorkshire LS17 9LG Tel: 0113 218 1010 E-mail: Web:

Lightwater valley North Stainley, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 3HT Tel: 0871 720 0011 E-mail: Web: The Merchant Adventurers' Hall Fossgate, York YO1 9XD Tel:01904 654818 National Media Museum Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 1NQ Tel: 08448563799 E-mail: Web: National Railway Museum Leeman Road, York, North Yorkshire YO26 4XJ Tel: 08448 153139 Web:

Jorvik Coppergate , York, North Yorkshire Y01 9WT Tel:01904 615505 Web:

Newby Hall & Gardens The Estate office, Newby Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 5AE Tel: 0845 4504068 Web:

Kirkleatham Museum Redcar & Cleveland House, Kirkleatham Street, Redcar, Yorkshire TS10 1RT

North Yorkshire Moors Railway Pickering Station, Pickering, North Yorkshire YO18 7AJ Tel: 01751 472508 Web:



School Travel Today Llechwedd Slate Caverns Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, North Wales LL41 3NB Tel: 01766 830 306 Web:

CADW Plas Carew, Unit 5/7 Cefn Coed, Parc Nantgarw, Cardiff, CF15 7QQ Tel:01443 336000 Email: Web:

National Botanic Garden National Botanic Garden of Wales Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire SA32 8HG Tel: (01558) 667149 Web:

Coracle centre Carmarthenshire SA38 9JL Tel: +44(0)1239 710980 Web: Dylan Thomas Boathouse Dylanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Walk, Langharne, Carmarthenshire, South Wales SA33 4SD Tel: 01994 427420 Web: Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways Harbour Station, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, North Wales Porthmadog Station: LL49 9NF, Caernarfon Station: LL55 2YD Tel: 01766 516024 E-mail: Web: Gower Heritage Centre Parkmill, Gower, Swansea, South West Wales SA3 2EH Tel: 01792 371206 Web: The Great Orme Tramway Victoria Station, Church Walks, Llandudno, North Wales LL30 2NB Tel: 01492 879306 Web: Llancaiach Fawr Manor Gelligaer Rd, Nelson, Treharris CF46 6ER Phone: 01443 412248

National Museum Cardiff Cathays Park Cardiff CF10 3NP Web: Tel: (029) 2039 7951 National Waterfront Museum Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea, South Wales SA1 3RD Tel: 01792 638950 Web: National Wool Museum Dre-fach Felindre, Nr Newcastle Emlyn, Llandysul, Carmarthenshire SA44 5UP Tel: 01559 370929 Web: Pembroke Castle Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, South West Wales SA71 4LA Tel: 01646 684585 Web: Stena Line Limited Stena House, Station Approach, Holyhead, Anglesey LL65 1DQ Tel: 08445 764 764 Email: Web: Winding House Cross Street, New Tredegar, Caerphilly County Borough, South Wales, NP24 6EG Tel: 01443 822 666 Email: Web:



Brecon Mountain Railway Co Pant Station, Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan CF48 2UP Tel:01685 722988

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BBC TOURS: RIVER CITY Tel: 0370 901 1227 E-mail: Web: Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park Exit 10 off M9, 4 miles along A84 towards Doune, FK9 4UR Tel: 01786 841456 The British Golf Museum Bruce Embankment, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AB Tel: 01334 - 460046 Camera Obscura & World of Illusions Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2ND Tel: 0131 226 3709 Cairngorm Railway Cairngorm Mountain, Cairngorm Ski Area, Aviemore PH22 1RB Tel: 01479 861307 Web: Deep Sea World North Queensferry, Fife, KY11 1JR Tel: 01383 411880 Drumlanrig Castle Thornhill, Dumfrieshire DG3 4AQ Tel: 01848 600 283 Web: Glasgow Science Centre 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G51 1EA Highland Folk Museum Kingussie Road, Newtonmore, Inverness-shire, PH20 1AY Tel: 01540 673551 Kelburn Castle and Country Centre Fairlie, North Ayrshire, KA29 0BE

Tel: +44 (0)1397 705 825 Scottish Crannog Centre Kenmore, Loch Tay, Perthshire, PH15 2HY Scottish National Gallery The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL Tel: 0131 624 6200 Web: Scottish Seabird Centre The Harbour, North Berwick, EH39 4SS Tel: 01620 890 202


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Ski Scotland CairnGorm Mountain: Tel: 01479861261 Glencoe Mountain: Tel: 01855851226 Glenshee Ski Centre: Tel: 01339741320 Lecht Ski Centre: Tel: 01975651440 Nevis Range: Tel: 01397705825 SNO!zone Braehead: Tel: 08712225672 The Devils Porridge Annan Rd, Eastriggs DG12 6TF Tel:01461 700021 Web: The Edinburgh Dungeon 31 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QB Tel:0871 663 1672 Web: The Loch Katrine Experience Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine, By Callander, Stirling FK17 8HZ. Scotland, United Kingdom Tel: 00 44 (0) 1877 376315/6 Email: The National Trust for Scotland 28 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4ET Tel: 0844 493 2100 Web: The Real Mary Kings Close 2 Warriston’s Close, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PG Web:

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Museum Shop Café The award winning British Golf Museum uses a mixture of highly visual displays and exciting interactives to explore over 500 years of golfing history. For more information call 01334 460046 or visit

-Open all year round -Coach parties welcome by appointment -Great café and group catering available -New for 2017 -- WW2 Interactive Experience -Concession rates for large groups Now a 5 star Visit Scotland attraction!

THE BRITISH GOLF MUSEUM, BRUCE EMBANKMENT, ST ANDREWS, FIFE, KY16 9AB. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews Trust. A Scottish Charity SC007857


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Armagh County Museum The Mall East, Armagh, Northern Ireland BT61 9BE Tel:+44 (0) 28 3752 3070 Web: Belfast Zoological Gardens Antrim Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT36 7PN Tel: 028 9077 6277 Web: Down County Museum The Mall, English Street, Downpatrick, Co Down, Northern Ireland BT30 6AH Tel: 028 4461 5218 Web: Enniskillen Castle & Museums Castle Barracks, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland BT74 7HL Tel: 028 66 325000 Web: Guinness Storehouse St Jame’s Gate, Dublin 8, Ireland Tel: +353 1 408 4800 Web: Heritage Island 27 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 Ireland Tel: +353 1 775 3870 Web: Irish National Stud, Japanese Gardens, St Fiachra’s Garden & Horse Museum Irish National Stud, Tully, Kildare, Co Kildare, Ireland Tel: +353 45 522963 Web: Knock Shrine Shrine office, Co Mayo, Ireland Tel: +353 94 9388100 Web: Lismore Heritage Centre Lismore, Co Waterford, Ireland Tel: +353 58 54975 Web: Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms

The National Park, Killarney, Co Kerry, Ireland Tel: +353 64 70144 Web: National Botanic Gardens of Ireland Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland Tel: +353 1 804 0300 Web: National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7, Ireland Tel: +353 1 677444 Web: The Titanic Trail Carrignafoy, Cobh, Co Cork, Ireland Tel: +353 21 4815211 Web: Trim Castle Trim, Co Meath, Ireland Tel: +353 46 9438619 Web: Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co Offaly, Ireland Tel: +353 57 9325015 Web: The Forest Service of Northern Ireland Dundonald House, Upper Newtownards Road, Ballymiscaw, Belfast BT4 3SB Tel: 028 905 24480 Web: The National Museum & Galleries of Northern Ireland (MAGNI) 153 Bangor Road, Holywood, County Down BT18 0EU Tel: 028 9042 8428 Web: Ulster Folk & Transport Museum 153 Bangor Road Holywood, North Down BT18 0EU Tel: 028 9042 8428 Web: Ulster American Folk Park 2 Melton Road, Castletown, Omagh, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland BT78 5QY



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London Zoo London NW1 4RY Web: Lyceum Theatre 21 Wellington St, London WC2E 7RQ Web: Museum of London 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN Tel: 020 7001 9844 Web: Museum of Rugby & Twickenham Stadium Tours Twickenham Stadium, Rugby Road, Twickenham TW1 1DZ Tel: 0870 405 2001 Web: The National Gallery Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN Tel: 0207 747 2885 Web: Planet Hollywood 57-60 Haymarket, St. James's, London SW1Y 4QX Web: Rainforest Cafe 20 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 7EU Tel:020 7434 3111 Ripley's Believe It or Not! The London Pavillion, 1 Piccadilly Circus, London W1J 0DA Tel:020 3238 0022 Royal Air Force Museum London Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL Tel: 020 8205 2266 Email: Web: Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP Tel:020 7959 0558 Email: Web: St Paul’s Cathedral The Chapter House,St Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD Tel: 020 7246 8348 Web: The Royal Collection Ticket Sales & Information Office, Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA Tel: 0207 766 7300 Web: Thames River Services Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JH Twickenham World Rugby Museum World Rugby Museum, Twickenham Stadium, Whitton Road, Twickenham, TW2 7BA. Tel: 020 8892 8877 Web:

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London The Student View "Our trip to London was so busy because there was so much to do. I don’t think we stopped. The London Eye was amazing but the show was the best, and the Globe theatre trip helped me see that Shakespeare was actually for everyone, not just for clever people." Year 9 Student

“London is just amazing in what it offers for schools and youth groups. Almost all of our new products have been set there as a result of demand from UK and inbound groups. My company specialises in creating genuine student engagement with their environment, whether it be for curricular purposes or for leisure reasons, and we design itineraries for groups where the other features of a school tour offer a similar dimension, and in London we are spoiled for choice. I have had the privilege of meeting several of our groups myself, and of experiencing the city from the student angle. The young people go home with a remarkable sense of knowing the city, rather than with a feeling of having seen it, and that is simply because of the richness of experiences out there, just waiting to be done. I think of it all as the third dimension of school travel.” Major Steve Ridd, MBE, E3 Trails founder

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It is certainly true to say that the UK capital has been the source of inspiration and fascination in equal measure to students throughout the ages in popular and highbrow culture, and a simple internet surf shows that London has retained and even enhanced those two qualities today. And yet, there is so much more! School and youth groups head to the city, each one for their own reasons. For some it is literature or music, for others, drama and theatre, and for many, a cross-curricular programme designed to bring classroom-based learning to real life. London has an answer to every academic need, but responds fully to groups for whom the trip is a great adventure, a reward for achievement or a celebration of the end of a landmark in the process of education.




The excellent Warner Bros Studio Tour experience is a case in point. Here are programmes covering English, Art and Design, Film and Media, Business, Marketing and Careers against a backdrop of the Harry Potter film series, where workshops on offer include the use of world famous costumes, carefully crafted props and intriguingly designed white card models which create the perfect conditions in which students can learn the secrets of film making. Famed for being open on Christmas Day, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not offers generous admission prices and conditions. Check out the website for more details of artworks, unusual sculptures, mediaeval mysteries and unique cultures as well as a huge number of other interactive exhibits and artefacts. Part of the popularity of this venue with schools derives from the fact that excellent free curriculum resources for a variety of key stages and purposes are available, and these can even be posted to you before your trip.


The West End has been a magnet for drama and theatre studies groups for decades now, and has earned a reputation for inspiring young people in a range of diverse ways. Whilst some groups simply go to enjoy the show, there are performance-related resources available for those who are looking to delve a little deeper, or fly a little higher. It is easy to dismiss Disney’s contribution to education as superficial, but the contrary is in fact the case. Performing Arts remains the jewel in their crown, but that is not the full picture. In a current production which is suitable for curriculum-based groups from KS2 upwards, Disney’s Aladdin – The Musical – combines storytelling, music and dance in amazing costumes, the whole show being a stunning stimulus for creative inspiration. Browse the show’s education website to see the quality. Unforgettable. One of Disney’s greatest ever product, The Lion King, continues to play to packed houses in all seasons, and the current theatrical production certainly retains that all important ‘wow’ factor. Have a look at the education website for the show, and there you will find a strong series of resources for Art and Design, Drama, Music, English, PSHE and Citizenship for both primary and secondary schools. Material for use in harnessing pupils’ natural excitement and anticipation before you set off on your trip is provided, as are creative response materials for follow up work in the classroom.


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Yes, back in the nineteenth century, Dick Whittington was probably right when, in the style of a Lord Mayor who preceded him by some five hundred years, he asserted his belief that the streets of London were paved with gold before heading that way with his feline companion. The biblical overtones of this glorious urban vision (from Revelation 12) lend a superlative nuance which expresses the speaker’s enthusiasm for his destination, but the fact remains that, in educational terms, there are golden opportunities in terms of venues and resources to enhance any school trip.

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Mufasa and Simba, from the imagined to the real, London Zoo offers a memorable visitor experience in a great setting. And yet the fun of that experience can be enhanced by some cutting-edge expert-led sessions for school and youth groups at any stage of education. All too real is a ‘Wildlife Under Threat’, a hard-hitting workshop investigating the murky world of animal exploitation which features Customs seizures to explain the awful effects of illegal and immoral hunting on the animals themselves, and the actions taken by the zoo to counter this abomination. The Zoo has programmes which cover current issues and topics suitable for foundation stage as well as every key stage up to post sixteen, and are highly commended by teachers who use them. The Zoo can be found on the edge of Regent’s Park, which in turn offers a great space in fine weather, and there are great city views from the nearby Primrose Hill. If you are looking for something new, the Park is also the base for one of E3 Trails’ adventure products, the Sherlock School of Detective Training as well as a couple of great 30 to 45minute treasure hunt activities on the theme of the fictional detective whose flat (and now museum) is situated near the Baker Street (Clarence Gate) entrance. For those colleagues who like to look a little deeper during their London itinerary planning for one special, unique, experience during their time in the capital, there are also rich pickings. A visit to Down Street in Mayfair, Churchill’s secret station and Cabinet War Bunker may be difficult to book unless you are planning well ahead and only have a group of over sixteens, but with a little imagination, the capital’s world can be opened up by one of the many walking tours to be taken.

Tours entitled Shakespeare's London, In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes and The London of Oscar Wilde are selfexplanatory in title, but for something a bit different, older groups might enjoy The Literary London Walking Tour which include- an interesting, informative and funny walk through London and its literary hotspots of the past and present, with the added bonus of a live performance from a working London poet. One of London’s more recent attractions on an environmental theme is Siemens’ The Crystal, conveniently situated at the far end of the Emirates Air Line from Greenwich, where the terminal sits alongside the O2 Arena (aka the Millennium Dome). The Crystal offers free admission but can provide great educational sessions at accessible prices, and if you can bring your group via the cable cars over the Thames, they will enjoy unparalleled views of planes landing and leaving London City Airport as well as modern icons such Canary Wharf, the Gherkin, the Thames Barrier and The Shard. Equally visible are the much older Greenwich Observatory (founded in 1676) and the Old Royal Naval College beside the Thames, an institution which began life some twenty years later. Greenwich, the home of global time, is well worth a day in its own right. Start your day there with a visit to the market, itself set within a World Heritage Site and see the Cutty Sark before heading to the National Maritime Museum. The lush green space that is Greenwich Park has all the space a group needs, with the Observatory a splendid attraction atop the hill, offering unrivalled views towards and across the river. Greenwich has its own pier, served by inexpensive and frequent river cruise boats which can take your group back in style to Westminster in the heart of the city. 56



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Inevitably, budget will be a constraint. However, many wellknown London museums are free of charge, although there can be a queueing issue emanating from this fact. The Roman London gallery at the Museum of London near St Paul’s is very popular, and can of course be linked by a costfree walk across the Millennium Bridge which many students connect with Harry Potter. The riverside walk can then continue past the Globe theatre towards Tower Bridge. Capital cities can, of course, be among the most expensive places to stay, and London is no exception. Avoiding major event dates is a critical part of planning, but there are a number of specialist companies which can help. One such is UiC Explore, who focus solely on the student market which they fully understand and serve. They are able to suggest ways of doing things that even the most experienced group leader may have missed, and for many organisers, the shared sense of purpose which comes from working with this specialist company is akin to having an extra member of staff in the team. In terms of logistics, there are dozens of travel companies out there who are keen to help you, including Stourbridge based The School Travel Company (formerly Encounters Europe) and Adaptable Travel (Birmingham). Travelbound are part of the TUI group and offer a wide range of programmes in London, and Schools Into Europe, whose offices are in Cardiff, are also well worth contacting. Whichever operator you choose, be sure they are signed up members of the School Travel Form (STF), an organisation which act as providers of quality assurance standards in the business. If you are determined to make all your own bookings yourself, don’t forget to fully check out liability issues with your school authorities (make sure you are not personally liable for unforeseen eventualities), and remember that using a fully bonded STF member company can offer your group savings over transport, hotel and even attraction and event admission rates which you can achieve on your own. Interestingly, Youth Hostel rates do not always compare favourably with hotels up to two stars, although it is possible to achieve a better location for your base. Companies such as UiC Explore have negotiated very good deals with hotel chains which sometimes represent a more attractive option,

as students are becoming less tolerant of multi-bedded rooms and shared bathrooms. Chain hotels in areas such as the Docklands or Wembley are well worth requesting as part of a quote comparison, and both venues offer quick transport links into Central London. Remember too that travelcards are a very economical way of getting around after 9.30 am, and that by the time an 8.30 breakfast has been eaten and a short walk to the local station is undertaken, your first off peak train option will not be too far away. Dick Whittington’s experience of the streets of London which he had believed to be paved with gold was, as you will recall, falsely optimistic. However, the qualities which Dick needed to find success are perhaps still relevant to us school and youth group organisers today as we too pack our bags and head for the capital city. Dick Whittington required persistence, faith, and a good measure of luck. Whilst we can and should celebrate the breadth and diversity of the opportunities which await us in London, the best programmes and itineraries will only be drawn up if tackled with these same qualities. Go for it, spend time on detailed planning, use the wisdom of the experts. and you and your group will have an unforgettable, engaging, educational, informative, exciting, entertaining fun experience. You won’t even need to take your cat.




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