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A word from the editor “I join in everything when I’m on a cruise – I’m

for the exploring, as are the glorious Channel

there for all the deck activities. The furthest

Isles, and as we reveal the best ways to reach

I’ve been is Pearl Harbour. We sailed back to

them it’s time to big up the island escapes

San Francisco and I just had to be awake to

that are just a few hours’ ferry ride away.

watch on deck as we sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge at six o’clock in the morning...” This is what DJ Mike Read told us when we

In other news, I’m also excited to announce that we’ve joined forces with Coach Buddy this month. A new and essential online resource, it

interviewed him (see p8). And I know exactly

lists everything from group-friendly attractions

how he feels, having enjoyed my maiden

to where to park at said attractions – and

voyage just last year and been thoroughly

where to stop for a coffee en route. And all

converted to the idea of holidaying at sea.

that information’s yours for free when

Mike’s sailed to the fjords, to Russia’s

you register at www.coachbuddy.org.uk.

St Petersburg, to the west coast of

(Find out more about the service and

America... I’ve made it as far as

what it can offer you in our new Q&A

France so far, but the bug’s there! And if you prefer a shorter hop,

section on page 102.) Until next month...

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VISIT ENGLAND

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Start saving now!

8 15 minutes with...

DJ and TV presenter Mike Read

10 News

The latest from the world of travel

60 Theatre news & reviews The latest from theatreland JOHN JONES

Get tickets for Newmarket’s Palace House from just £6.35 – see grouptravel offers.com

Portugal’s Douro River

42 Go full steam on the UK’s heritage railways

96 Industry insider

News from the Coach Tourism Association

98 UKinbound

Discover the hidden gems of North Devon

102 Expert Q&As

Your travel questions answered

110 Readers’ letters

You share your news and photos

112 Puzzle pages

Try our quizzes and puzzles every month

114 And finally...

We meet actress and West End star Carol Harrison

Features 92 Discover Leicester’s very regal history

14 Family planning

Why Nendaz is the perfect family ski destination

20 The best of British

We celebrate 100-plus years of the WI

22 A royal retreat

Explore Britain’s best royal palaces

26 Saintly thoughts

An ecclesiastical tour of abbeys and cathedrals

33 Flying the flag

The UK’s top WI group-friendly attractions

38 Come on up

Attractions with a rather splendid view

VISIT ENGLAND

42 Make tracks

38 Experience the best views

98 Enjoy the hidden gems of North Devon

Discover the nation’s heritage railways

48 The great escape

Explore Wales by steam with HF Holidays

52 Back to the future

How cruise ships are enjoying a digital makeover

56 Make waves

Ferry travel to the isles – and the Continent

68 Six of the best...

Days out for families. Bring out your inner child!

72 Go wild

Aquariums, zoos and safari parks

80 An odds-on favourite

Visit Newmarket, hit the rails in Norfolk and more

89 Sun, sea (and mummies!)

Take to the coast for a history lesson with a twist

8 Why DJ Mike Read is hooked on cruise holidays

92 Fit for a king

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PORTUGAL

Douro River

Right now, as we Brits start to indulge ourselves with thoughts of summer, hands up who’s tempted by this rather fetching scene here... Emerald Waterways’ Emerald Radiance glides through Portugal’s

As luck would have it, Emerald Waterways has just launched its 2019 European river cruises brochure to help you do just that, which includes two new Danube River trips that take in Vienna,

Douro River, which, roughly translated, means ‘river of gold’

Budapest and more. And, as an added bonus, prices of all the

as it cuts through the Douro Valley – a Unesco World Heritage

company’s European river cruises have been frozen, so you can

Site and one of the oldest wine making regions in the world.

holiday next year like it’s 2018 – and save £1,000 per couple.

The Douro crosses the north of the country, meandering 200 miles

To give you an idea of how deep to dig into the old piggy

from the Atlantic to the Spanish frontier, and whether you’re a lover of

bank, prices start from £1,245 per person for the eight-

the region’s famous wines and ports, or more of a G&T-er, exploring

day Secrets of Douro trip, departing in November 2019.

this wonderful part of the world by water makes it all the more special.

Find out more at www.emeraldwaterways.co.uk

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15 minutes with...

Mike Read The DJ, song writer, author, historian and TV presenter has been a household name for more than 35 years. But when the time comes to relax you’ll find him exploring the world on a cruise ship

I

ENJOY CRUISES: the standard of food is

were in Stockholm I went to look for the

fantastic, the entertainment is brilliant and

1912 Olympic stadium, and in Athens, while

you don’t have to keep unpacking and packing

everyone else was going to the Parthenon,

every few days. Each day is something new,

I told the taxi driver to take me to the 1896

whether you’re at sea or visiting a new place.

Olympic stadium – then wait while I did a lap!

I join in everything when I’m on a cruise. I’m

I have travelled all over the UK too. In

there for shuffleboard, deck activities... and

fact I love the UK, it has such a phenomenal

I like talking to people. People are fascinating.

history. Recently I did a 125-mile walk for

I’ve done Norway two or three times now.

the Parkinson’s Disease charity, from the

The fjords are amazing – I was staggered at

source of the Thames to Windsor, and there

the enormity of them and my mouth was just

was so much history to take in en route.

hanging open. I’ve stood at the northern-

At Cricklade there’s the story of George

most point of Europe, where there’s just one

Colton, who was born there in 1828.

hour of daylight, and it was lovely. I also went

He went to America and inspired one of

on a cruise to St Petersburg. The buildings

Elvis Presley’s songs, Love Me Tender.

are amazing, especially the Winter Palace.

The worst of my travel problems turned

Cruise back to the 80s This month, holidaymakers can meet Mike as he takes to the water on board Cruiseco’s Back to the 80’s Cruise from Southampton. He’s appearing as part of his Mike Read – In Conversation series. Find out more at backtothe80scruise.co.uk/2018

The furthest I’ve been is Pearl Harbour.

out not be a problem at all. I was on a skiing

We sailed back from there to San Francisco

trip and dropped my passport at a friend’s.

and I just had to be awake and go and watch

It wasn’t until I got to Dover that I realised

on deck as we sailed under the Golden

what had happened. The captain allowed

I went to Lech in Austria and back with a

Gate Bridge at six o’clock in the morning.

me onto the boat, phoned my friend who

sheaf of copies that I gave out every time

sent through a fax, and ran off 12 copies.

anyone asked for my passport.

I like going to unusual places. When we

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Budapest 4 days from £379 per person Budapest is a beautiful city steeped in history and culture, situated on the banks of the River Danube. The capital of Hungary, this wonderful city has so much to offer any visitor. Discover the secrets of the Jewish Quarter, explore the Ecseri Flea Market, cruise the River Danube, sample some wine on a wine tasting tour and take advantage of the usual hop on/hop off tourist bus to see the historic castle, opera house and you could walk across the famous chain bridge which connects the Buda to the Pest. It will not take you long to realise why this city is called the Paris of the East!

Budapest Chain Bridge

Gellert Baths

Fisherman’s Bastion

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News The Bevin Boys have been framed...

Explore 1,000 years of history at Combermere

The Mining Art Gallery at Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland will be home to a temporary exhibition – The Bevin Boys: War’s Forgotten Workforce – until September 30, 2018. Focusing on art by four former Bevin Boys, Ted Holloway, Tom McGuinness, David McClure and John Tipton, the exhibition commemorates 75 years since the Bevin Boys scheme began. It also marks the 10year anniversary of the Bevin Boys’ formal acknowledgment by the UK government. To find out more call 01388 743750.

HEAVENS ABOVE

Tour 1,000 years of history

Turn to page 26 for more abbeys to explore

Combermere Abbey, a medieval and Gothic

has been remodelled in a Gothic and

country home that’s steeped in a thousand

Jacobean style, making it a living timeline. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday

Your chance to win!

monastery in 1133, before Sir George

(£7 for adults and £4 for under 16s). They

We have two pairs of tickets to the

Cotton was gifted the estate following

must be pre-booked through the estate

Gaydon Military Show up for grabs.

Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries

office, call 01948 662880. Group tours for

Held on Sunday September 30 at the

in 1536 and a Tudor manor house

20-30 people are available on weekdays,

British Motor Museum in Warwickshire,

was added to the original building.

year-round, by prior arrangement, priced at

get set to enjoy displays of armoured

£12 each. See combermereabbey.co.uk

vehicles, Jeeps and more, as well as

years of history, has launched its 2018 tours. The abbey was built as a Cistercian

Throughout the centuries, the house

Individual tours run until July 5 on

exhibits from World War Two through to the Cold War. To find out more about

Gardens galore

the show call 01926 641188 – and to enter go to grouptravelworld.com

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has launched its Groups Visitors Guide for

PLUS! We’ve got five family passes to

2018-19, packed with ideas for visits to any

Twycross Zoo to give away – see p74.

one of the four RHS gardens around the country, from the iconic RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey to the idyllic RHS Garden Rosemoor events, from rose weekends to craft fairs, with

Art at the cathedral

special tailor-made packages available to suit

A major exhibition of sculptures by artist

each group’s interests and a host of special

Helaine Blumenfeld will take place at the

RHS guided tours (including horticultural

magnificent 900-year-old Ely Cathedral from

experience and behind the scenes tours).

July 13 to October 28. The 17 monumental

in Devon. All offer a year-round calendar of

Book two or more visits to an RHS garden

bronze and marble sculptures, which represent

within 2018, and your repeat visit between October 2018 and January 2019 is half price. Find out more at rhs.org.uk/groups

hope, healing and renewal, will dominate Wisteria at RHS Garden Wisley

the Cambridgeshire site. Find out more at www.elycathedral.org

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IKE MANY OTHERS her age, our fouryear-old daughter is infatuated with the

movie Frozen. Our one-year-old hasn’t yet fallen under the magic spell of princesses Elsa and Anna, but no doubt this will

YASMINE GAUDIN

Family planning

Sam Bradley reveals why Nendaz is the perfect spot for a family skiing holiday

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Switzerland happen all too soon. So, after enduring

apparently this is a crucial skill for surviving

happily learnt some of the skiing basics:

much begging and pleading, it came to be

winter in Arendelle. Our instructor, Marc,

there’s a difference between spaghetti skis

that we found ourselves planning – with no

took us up in the gondola to Tracouet, a

(needed to go fast) and pizza skis (needed

small dose of trepidation – a family holiday

beautiful ski area perched in the mountains,

to stop). The aim is to ski around the fluffy

to explore a snowy winter wonderland.

overlooking the valley below. The area,

animal cushions (not into them), and it’s

which is a lake in summer, is well set up for

generally easier to ski in a forward-facing

in Switzerland, or Arendelle, according to

an onslaught of enthusiastic young skiers as

direction (rather than backwards).

our daughter, and despite most people’s

it’s equipped with a magic carpet, a training

warnings against travelling with young

ski track with plenty of friendly animal

FEEL ON TOP OF THE WORLD

children, we boldly set forth to create

checkpoints and, most importantly, no

With the hard work out the way, the next day

our own Frozen-themed holiday.

shortage of patient and smiling instructors.

was dedicated to sightseeing. Standing on the

Our chosen destination was Nendaz

First on the agenda were ski lessons, as

For the rest of the morning our daughter

lookout point at the top of Mont Fort, with

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Switzerland

snow-capped mountains in all directions

were on holiday (in direct contrast to the

as far as the eye can see, was certainly a

predictions of our fear-mongering friends). The town is small and compactly built so

moment to remember.

GET ME THERE: ■ Flying

with youngsters can be tricky,

everything is a short stroll away, and the locals

but thankfully Nendaz is only a two-hour

is angelically quiet, mesmerisingly beautiful

are friendly and helpful if you do manage to

flight to Geneva, followed by a two-

and bitterly cold. To those of us hailing from

get lost. Best of all, there’s a park in the town

hour drive by rental car to the town.

warmer climates this is an entirely new and

centre that has a playground and a gentle

■ Once

spectacular world, and we soaked up the

slope with a magic carpet conveyor belt,

you need to go is nice and easy as

stunning scenery with reckless abandon. It

with free access every day. This works well

the free shuttle buses run regularly

wasn’t long before our camera had run out

for parents who aren’t sure whether their

and cover most of the region.

of storage from all the photo-taking. “Daddy,

children will enjoy skiing, as it may save the

■ The

this is exactly where Elsa would build her

need to buy lift passes. Much to our delight

the ski lifts and gondolas, including

ice palace,” our daughter commented in an

this was an instant success, and our daughter

the route up to Mont Fort.

approving voice, before scurrying indoors to

spent many happy hours on skis and sleds,

■ Visit

consume copious amounts of hot chocolate.

slipping, sliding and tumbling down the slope

www.hotelmontfort.ch

At an altitude of 3300 metres everything

in the town, getting where

ski passes provide access to all

www.nendaz.ch and

and making friends with the other children.

Nendaz prides itself on being a family-

It wasn’t long before they were all happily

friendly destination, and even with small children in tow we were soon relaxing into

building Olaf the snowman – another one of

its charms and feeling as though we really

our daughter’s aims for the holiday successfully

British food, while the pub on the bottom floor

ticked off. There were even some comfortable

is always a lively place to catch up with friends

benches at the bottom of the slope so it

or watch some sport.

wasn’t long before we were stretched out,

We decided to spend our final morning

catching some winter sunshine and indulging

at the Hotel Nendaz Spa, the perfect way to

in a few beers with the other parents.

ease away any ski-weary muscle pain. The

DID SOMEONE SAY SPA?

ETIENNE BORNE

Why ski when you can slide?

FLORIAN BOUVET

Ski school, Nendaz-style

children’s area has a shallow, heated pool, as well as slides, toys and fountains for the

Accommodation options in Nendaz are

older children. It might not have fitted the

plentiful. We stayed in the Hotel Mont Fort,

Frozen theme exactly, but it was definitely

a comfortable three-star hotel situated close

a popular way to end a holiday, as we

to the town centre as well as the ski lifts.

discovered from the cries of protest as we

The restaurant serves delicious Swiss meals

reluctantly piled into the car and began our

(fondues and dried meats etc) as well as

journey home. Thank you Nendaz.

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MEAL, DRINK & ENTERTAINMENT INCLUDED

GREAT VALUE BREAK WITH ENTERTAINMENT

London Christmas Showboat

Llandudno Winter Warmer

2nd & 9th D E C E M B E R 2018 8th D E C E M B E R 2019

15th F E B R UARY, 8th M AR C H 2019

2 DAYS

F R O M £119

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What better way to enjoy night-time London? No crowds, great views, and a full three course dinner. Watch the sights of London glide past the panoramic windows. Good food, great entertainment and fabulous views. That’s the London Showboat River Thames Christmas. The best night out on the river. The evening on our chartered showboat includes reserved seating, a welcome cocktail on boarding, dinner with a half bottle of wine per person, followed by a DJ and dancing. There is a licenced bar available throughout the evening.

FROM £84

PER PERSON

This Bargain Winter Break offers a splendid seaside stay including a three course dinner each evening followed by nightly entertainment and bingo, Sunday lunch, and a £2 bar on Friday and Saturday evening. From your hotel there are possible excursions to Anglesey, Beaumaris, Llanfair PG Woollen Mill, and chance to spend free time in Llandudno. SUGGESTED ITINERARY BY COACH Day 1

Travel to Llandudno. On arrival we will enjoy a three course meal, followed by entertainment and bingo. A £2 bar will be running throughout the evening.

SUGGESTED ITINERARY BY COACH Day 1

London and Showboat Christmas Party Cruise. Arrive in London in the afternoon and check in to your hotel before joining other groups at Tower Pier for an evening on the river, enjoying a welcome drink as you start the four hour cruise down the Thames. There is a three course festive dinner with a half bottle of wine per person. After dinner the party continues with a DJ and dancing.

Day 2

Scenic drive of Anglesey and Beaumaris. Today we drive out over the Britannia Bridge to Anglesey for a scenic drive. We stop at Beaumaris, a captivating seaside town. On the way back to the hotel we also call in at Llanfair PG and the Edinburgh Woollen Mill. This evening we will enjoy dinner at the hotel, followed by entertainment and bingo. The £2 bar will be running throughout the evening.

Day 2

London and return home. After breakfast, you have some free time to explore the sites of the Capital. There may be time to visit the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park or alternatively the Christmas stalls which stretch along the South bank of the Thames.

Day 3

Llandudno, Sunday Lunch and return home. This morning there is free time to wander the promenade and pier of this charming Victorian town. Before we leave the hotel, we will tuck into a two course Sunday lunch.

P R I C E I N C LU D E S:

P R I C E I N C LU D E S:

• 1 night bed and breakfast at the Guoman Tower Hotel (other hotels available on request)

• 2 nights’ bed and breakfast including a 3 course dinner every night and 2 course Sunday lunch at The Four Oaks Hotel, Llandudno

• 4 hour river cruise with three course dinner, drinks, DJ and dancing

• £2 bar on Friday and Saturday night (house products) • Trips to Angelsey, Beaumaris and Llanfair PG Woollen Mill

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Celebrating 100-plus years! As the Women’s Institute shrugs off its jam and Jerusalem image, we celebrate everything that’s great about this British institution

Our 50-page section includes: 20 A brief history of the WI – plus what’s new for members in 2018 22 The royal palaces worthy of a group visit 26 Britain’s much-loved cathedrals and abbeys 33 Group-friendly attractions 38 Where to catch some of the best views in the UK 42 Let the train take the strain on a heritage railway 48 See the steam railways of North Wales with HF Holidays 52 Enjoy a high-tech cruise 56 Explore the British Isles and further afield by ferry 60 Theatre news, reviews and what’s on listings

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THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF WOMEN’S INSTITUTES

The first WI meeting in 1915

The best of British

To celebrate 100-plus years of the WI we explore its history – and what it means to be a member today

DID YOU KNOW? ■ The

Queen has been a member

of the WI since 1943 ■ There

are around 6,300 WI groups

throughout the UK, and each is an independent charity with its own president, secretary and treasurer

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■ Groups

ROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS, uniting local

across the country organising local events to

women and encouraging them to get behind

meet 11 times a year, and

group sizes range from eight to 300-plus.

look into how the issue affects people in their

Any female over the age of 18 can join

the war effort at a tiny get-together in Wales

communities and nationally. This followed the

■ The

back in 1915, the Women’s Institute is now

NFWI’s support of a private members bill,

Institutes (NFWI) acts as an overall

the largest voluntary women’s organisation

which called for the provision of free meals

clearing house for information, and

in the UK, with almost 220,000 members.

and activities for children in the school holidays

organises national campaigns. It has

making it one of the largest social, educational

to tackle the problem of holiday hunger.

its own residential centre, Denman in

and campaigning networks in the country.

National Federation of Women’s

“People across the UK are going hungry and

Oxfordshire, which offers courses on

struggling to buy the good nutritious food they

everything from astronomy to music

to revitalise rural communities and encourage

need,” said Lynne Stubbings, Chair of the NFWI,

appreciation. The NFWI holds an

women to become more involved in producing

before the launch event. “I know that the WI

annual meeting, which brings together

food during the First World War. Since then the

has the power to make positive change. From

representatives from WIs all over the

organisation’s aims have broadened, but its long

standing up for dairy farmers to ensure they

country to review the work of the

history of campaigning on food issues continues.

receive a fair price for their milk, to pushing the

organisation and vote on the resolutions

Earlier this year the NFWI (National Federation

Government to launch a national pollinator

that form the backbone of its campaigns

of Women’s Institutes) launched a national

strategy to protect the health of our bees,

debate on food poverty, with WI members

WI members know how to get things done.”

More than a century ago its remit was simple:

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The WI ARTS AND CRAFTS

From guided tours of the RHS gardens to craft workshops, the WI unites women

Campaigning aside, the WI is synonymous with a number of arts and crafts activities, with members able to develop everything from their cooking and crafting skills to gardening and flower arranging. Typical of many such WI-ers is Iris Boughton, who joined her local group in Cambridgeshire more than 20 years ago. “I’d retired from a busy career teaching in the local primary school, my husband had just passed away, and I wanted to get to know more people in the village,” says Iris. “That was in the mid-1990s and over the years I’ve made some good friends. I’m a former president and served on the committee for many years, helping to plan a series of events and talks for other members. “In our group ages range from women

Become a member

in their mid-20s to their mid-80s (like me!)

Joining your local WI is easy, just visit

NFWI. As each group is different, the

and it’s great to see younger members

www.thewi.org.uk and use the postcode

team at the WI recommend sitting in on

joining. We try to organise a mix of practical,

search tool to find the contact details

a meeting or two before you join to see

historical and crafting talks and projects,

of a group near you.

if it’s really for you. There’s no obligation

as well as trips out – we’ve been

As a member you’re entitled to sign up

to Fakenham Market in Norfolk and

for the WI membership magazine, WI Life

Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire.

(which comes out eight times a year), as

“We always welcome new members,

to join when you visit, but you may be asked to pay a small visitor’s fee. The 2018 membership subscription is

well as regular newsletters and mailings

£30.75 if you join before June 30

and they can come and sit in on a couple

to keep you up-to-date with all the news

(as you pay pro rata for the year – a full

of meetings before they become a

and events from your federation and the

year’s membership is currently £41).

GTW

fully paid up member if they like.”

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ROYAL RETREAT

In a year full of royal celebrations, Jemma Keegan reveals how everyone from WI groups to families can be king or queen for a day at one of the UK’s palaces

all his six wives here. Surrounded by gorgeous gardens and its famous maze, Hampton Court Palace is as fascinating outside as in. IN

2018 ENJOY...

VISIT ENGLAND/HRP

This sits alongside the Tower of London as

some of the greatest palaces ever built’. Described as a 500-year-old royal pleasure

face to face with mysterious mythical beasts, storm the

battlements, besiege the towers and explore the secret grotto. And don’t miss the Great Vine, the largest grapevine in the world, and 250 years old!

PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE London isn’t the only capital city to boast stunning royal buildings, and for those visiting Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a great destination, being both the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and the historic home of Scottish royalty, including Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. IN

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The Magic Garden – come

ENJOY...

Canaletto and the Art of Venice. The Royal Collection owns the world’s finest group of

works by Venice’s most famous view-painter,

jewels in the crown of the Historic Royal Palaces

palace, Hampton Court certainly delivers. What

Canaletto. This exhibition (open between

charity, which maintains six of our most notable

was once a country house was transformed into

May 11 to October 21) presents a spectacular

UK palaces. Visitors to their attractions are

a magnificent palace in the early 16th century,

selection of 18th century Venetian art.

promised they will learn ‘The story of how

when it attracted the attention of the notorious

monarchs and people have shaped society, in

monarch Henry VIII, who eventually brought

And don’t miss The Queen’s Chambers, which as well as looking like a set from

Hampton Court – aka the ‘500-year-old royal pleasure palace’

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Days out Harry Potter, with its stunning hanging wall tapestries, contains the embroidery

The Royal Mint Experience

Mary, Queen of Scots created during her

Enjoy a guided factory tour of the

struck to become coins. From a viewing

captivity under her cousin, Elizabeth I.

fascinating Royal Mint and unlock 1,100

area, you’ll look into the striking hall where

years of history. The 90-minute tours cost

thousands of coins are produced, 24 hours

£13 per person, with discounts for families

a day. You will then be given the option

When you’re next in London, drop in on

and special rates, priority, timed entry and

to strike your own coin to take home as a

Kensington Palace, a real life royal residence.

free coach parking for groups of 15 or more.

memento or have a picture surrounded by

It has been in the British royal family since the

Call 0333 241 2223 to find out more or

chests of coins (additional charges apply).

17th century, at which point it was redesigned

email groups@royalmint.com

KENSINGTON PALACE

by Sir Christopher Wren into the stylish home

The Royal Mint Experience is just

Led by your host you’ll enter one of the

four miles from Junction 34 of the

that’s still in use today. Kensington Palace

manufacturing areas to discover how blank

M4, north-west of Cardiff. Find out

will probably forever be connected with

pieces of metal are made before being

more at www.royalmint.com

Diana, Princess of Wales, but this was also the birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria. Visitors will get a real

HILLSBOROUGH CASTLE

Down, and is not officially a castle, having

sense of all its past inhabitants as they

From one Celtic palace to another, and the

started life as a 18th century Georgian

stroll through the State Rooms within this

recently acquired Hillsborough Castle in

mansion. It boasts 96 acres of beautiful

stylish royal residence.

Northern Ireland joins the more established

gardens developed from the 1760s

tourist destinations in Historic Royal Palaces’

onwards, consisting of ornamental grounds,

Victoria Revealed, an

portfolio. It is undergoing major refurbishment

woodland, waterways, and lawns.

intimate account of Victoria’s

and transformation with a view to being open

fascinating life, inspired by

to the public from July 2018.

IN

2018 ENJOY...

her own written diaries. And with regards

Like Holyroodhouse, Hillsborough is a

IN

2018 ENJOY...

The first ever public tours of the castle, promising elegant

to what not to miss, it’s a toss-up between

working royal palace and the official residence

State Rooms, a majestic Throne

William III’s striking bright red silk underclothes,

of the royal family when they are in Northern

Room, and the Downshire Gallery’s portrait

exhibited in the Royal Ceremonial Dress

Ireland. However, it also serves as a political

photography, chronicling the faces of ‘queens

Collection archives, and the panoply of

homestead as it’s the residence of the

to choir boys, politicians to pot washers’.

exquisite garments exhibited within ‘Diana:

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

her fashion story’, chronicling Diana’s style.

Hillsborough is located in north-west County

And don’t miss the bench outside the Doric temple overlooking Lady Alice’s

Celebrating 100-plus years of the

WI

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VISIT BRITAIN

Kensington Palace has been in the British royal family since the 1600s

Pond, one of Mo Mowlam’s favourite places

and transforming it into a royal palace, fit for

for contemplation as she worked on the

himself and his queen of the moment, Anne

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landmark Good Friday Agreement in 1998.

Boleyn. After it was destroyed in a fire, the

Group Travel World magazine readers

present building was designed by Inigo Jones

can enjoy exclusive discounts when

and completed in 1622.

visiting the UK’s top historic properties.

BANQUETING HOUSE Back to the capital for our final visit: to the Banqueting House on Whitehall. Described as ‘The grandest... of the architectural genre of banqueting house,’ the building is the last surviving section of the former Palace of

See grouptraveloffers.com for details IN

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The house re-opened following extensive conservation work

or call Harley in the GTW office on 01733 293249.

last month, and visitors will want to experience the plethora

Whitehall. The original palace building was

of entertaining spaces, including James I’s

in-situ ceiling painting by this notable Flemish

home to the Archbishops of York, but in a

undercroft drinking den and the banqueting

artist. The huge oil painting is believed to have

manner becoming predictable (see Hampton

hall, the venue for the royals’ improvised

been commissioned by Charles I in 1629-30,

Court Palace on p22), this venue also caught

court performances (or masques).

and is purported to have been one of his

the eye of the inimitable Henry VIII, who set about seizing and enlarging the bishops’ pad

Seaside hideaway Osborne, the seaside hideaway of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on the Isle of Wight, is a must for any royal themed tour. Its homely feel gives visitors an insight into one of British monarchy’s most

And don’t miss the chance to marvel at Rubens’ ceiling masterpiece, the last remaining

last sights before he lost his head at the venue.

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Explore the fascinating history of one of the country’s most notorious prisons at the Tower of London. Find out more at hrp.org.uk

famous royal love affairs, in the place they loved best. The grand state apartments, private rooms and atmospheric servants’ quarters are still filled with original furnishings, priceless artworks and the personal mementos of the royal couple and their nine children. Groups receive a discount at all English Heritage properties. For a free groups visits guide call 0117 975 1349, and find out more at www. english-heritage.org.uk/osborne

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Experience

UNLOCK

1,100 years of history An incredible journey through , years of coronations, battles, political upheavals and technological advances – all commemorated in painstaking detail by skilful artists and craftspeople. Go behind the scenes at one of the UK’s oldest manufacturers and feast your eyes on thousands of coins as they are being made and unlock the history of The Royal Mint. • Guided Factory Experience • Interactive Exhibition • Preferential group rates • Free entry for tour leader and coach driver • Free familiarisation visit

• Open  days a week • Free Parking • Café • Gift Shop

royalmint.com/experience To find out more and make a booking telephone 0333 241 2223 The Royal Mint Experience is approximately  miles from Junction  of the M and just  miles from Cardiff. www.Facebook.com/TheRoyalMintExperience 4.9 4.9 www.tripadvisor.co.uk 4.5 4.5 www.Twitter.com/RoyalMintExp

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Days out Start saving! Visit Rievaulx Abbey for just £5. See grouptraveloffers. com or call Harley for tickets on 01733 293249

North Yorkshire’s Rievaulx Abbey

Saintly thoughts Helen Milbank explores the UK’s abbeys and cathedrals on an ecclesiastical tour

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AND ANOTHER THING...

The 900-year-old Rievaulx Abbey is one of the largest and most complete monastic

remains anywhere in Britain – part of the abbey church still stands to roof height and the buildings where the Cistercian monks lived and worked can still be seen.

HEAVENS ABOVE! REVIOUSLY UNSEEN ARCHITECTURAL

Whitby Abbey. Sitting high on the clifftop

A whopping £10 million’s been invested in

stone features, excavated by First

above the town, the abbey – founded by King

Durham Cathedral’s Open Treasure project,

World War veterans at Rievaulx Abbey

Oswy of Northumbria in 657 – is now best

which has transformed the way we can explore

in North Yorkshire in the 1920s, are

known for the fact that Bram Stoker chose its

its previously hidden spaces within the Cloister.

now on display in the abbey’s recently

dramatic backdrop and Gothic splendour as

What’s been revealed are some of the most

revamped on-site museum.

the fictional landing place for Count Dracula.

intact surviving medieval monastic buildings

A 14th century statue, thought to

In the award-winning visitor centre a gallery

in England, from the 14th century Monks’

represent St James the Great (patron saint

digs into the site’s 13 centuries of history, with

Dormitory to the Great Kitchen (one of only

of pilgrims, no less), and a monk’s scourge

archaeological artefacts, interactive displays

two surviving monastic kitchens in the UK and

(tipped with wire balls and used for self-

of personalities from its past and digital

now the permanent home of the Treasures of

penance, in case you were wondering)

reconstructions of the abbey through time.

St Cuthbert, some of the most precious Anglo-

are among the quirky objects on display,

Find out more about both monastic

Saxon artefacts in the world).

and you can also enjoy the new and

attractions at www.english-heritage.org.uk

Impressive as it is, Open Treasure isn’t all

updated reception area, shop and café.

(including details of the many discounts and

this World Heritage Site has to offer. A special

The abbey’s owned by English Heritage,

special deals on offer if you’re heading to

Tudor exhibition runs until early June, special

which also cares for North Yorkshire’s famous

any English Heritage property as a group).

services run throughout the year... in fact it’s

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CLIMB THE TOWER 181 STEPS TO THE BEST VIEWS OVER COVENTRY

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK* Most people are familiar with the events of November 14th 1940, but there is way more to us than just the Ruins. Take the chance to find out more. Email: visits@coventrycathedral.org.uk Tel: +44 (0)24 7652 1234 Priory Street, Coventry, CV1 5FB *

May depend on weather or bell-ringing sessions. Please check prior to making a special trip. The Cathedral Tower Climb costs an additional £4. Not suitable for children under the age of 8.

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Days out fair to say we just can’t do it service in print.

TO BE A PILGRIM

Read more at www.durhamcathedral.co.uk,

Canterbury Cathedral’s well and truly

Buckfast Abbey

get a date in the diary and go check out this

earned its World Heritage Site status,

Nestled in a tranquil haven on the edge

fascinating attraction for yourself. Pre-booked

having been immortalised by Geoffrey

of Dartmoor, Buckfast Abbey is the only

groups of 12 or more can explore from just

Chaucer in his famous Canterbury Tales

English medieval monastery to have

£5 each, with special packages on offer that

about a group of pilgrims on their way

been restored and used again for its

give access to Open Treasure and more.

to the Shrine of St Thomas Becket.

original purpose. Celebrating its 1,000-

The cathedral is one of the most-visited

AND ANOTHER THING...

year anniversary, the original Abbey

You may not know that

sites in Britain, and group tours (free-flow,

was founded in 1018. After it fell into

Durham Cathedral was

guided, behind the scenes, you name it...)

disrepair following the dissolution of

originally built, almost 1000

can be arranged. Find out more at

the monasteries in 1539, it was rebuilt

www.canterbury-cathedral.org

centuries later on the original foundations

years ago, to house the shrine of St Cuthbert.

by just a handful of monks.

Award-winning service

AND ANOTHER THING...

Ever wondered why

Located in south Devon, just off the

Canterbury became

A38 between Exeter and Plymouth, the

one of the world’s most

Abbey Church and grounds are free to

Somerset offers tours for pre-booked

important pilgrimage centres in Europe?

enter, with free parking. Enjoy lunch or

groups of 10 or more, where you’ll be

It’s all due to the murder of its most famous

afternoon tea at The Grange Restaurant,

led by an experienced guide through

Archbishop, Thomas Becket, in 1170.

and stay at the group-friendly Northgate

hundreds of years of history.

When, after a long-lasting dispute,

House Hotel, set in the abbey’s

Book in advance and prices start

King Henry II exclaimed “Who will rid me

grounds. Visit www.buckfast.org.uk

from just £6.60 each for a general

of this turbulent priest?” four knights set

guided tour, plus you get 10% off in

off for Canterbury and murdered Thomas

the café and shops. For details of all

in his own cathedral. When, shortly after

LONDON’S HIGH POINT

the group benefits on offer head online

the murder, miracles were said to take

The iconic dome of St Paul’s Cathedral is one

at www.wellscathedral.org.uk

place, Canterbury became Europe’s

of London’s most famous landmarks. Standing

pilgrimage centre extraordinaire.

at the highest point in the City of London,

The award-winning Wells Cathedral in

Durham Cathedral is a World Heritage Site

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Wells Cathedral Wells, Somerset

England’s first entirely Gothic Cathedral and Vicars’ Close in the heart of medieval Wells, near to Cheddar Gorge and the cities of Bath and Bristol

Pre-booked groups benefit from:

discounted group rates • dedicated tour guide • tailored tour themes • 10% discount card for Cathedral shops and café • free place for group organiser • “meet and greet” system for coaches in Wells

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Days out

it’s been used for many state occasions, including the Queen’s 2012 Diamond

Woburn Abbey & Gardens

Jubilee. But you may not fully appreciate just

Step inside Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire

views on public display, together with

how tour-able this fascinating building is.

and immerse yourself in centuries of

a treasury of silver, porcelain and

British history, explore 28 wonderful

fine English and French furniture.

From guided tours of the cathedral floor and crypt to the Triforium Tour, which takes

acres of award-winning gardens and enjoy

in gravity-defying views from above the

a drive through the extensive deer park.

Great West Doors, tours for groups of all

Home of the Duke and Duchess of

The 28 acres of Woburn Abbey Gardens are also exceptional. Enjoy elegant horticultural designs, woodland

sizes are not only fascinating but great value

Bedford, Woburn Abbey (pictured above)

glades, ponds and architectural features:

too (group guided tours cost from just

was gifted to the family by Henry VIII in

much of which were the inspiration

£5 on top of the usual admission price of

his will of 1547.

of Humphrey Repton (more on this

£18 – or £16 if you buy online). See the website for details at www.stpauls.co.uk

Today, visitors can explore nearly 500 years of one family’s history, including

in our special feature next issue). To create the ideal visit for your group,

political reform and royal visits. Plus, you

contact Woburn’s award-winning

As we’ve already

can discover an art collection, including

groups co-ordinator, Lisa Weaver, on

mentioned, royal jubilees

an unrivalled group of 16th and 17th

01525 292101 or email lisa.weaver@

are celebrated at St Paul’s,

century portraits, works by Reynolds

woburn.co.uk. Find out more about

but this tradition goes back a long way.

and Van Dyck and the largest private

the attraction and its upcoming events

Back to 1897, to be precise, with the

collection of Canaletto’s Venetian

at www.woburnabbey.co.uk GTW

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VISIT ENGLAND/VISIT KENT

diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria.

The glorious Canterbury Cathedral

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Fonmon Castle & Gardens - South Wales 800 years of history and stunning Georgian interiors - just 25 minutes from Cardiff and M4 Open year round for pre-booked tour groups: ● Exclusive group castle tours with experienced tour guide ● Delicious home cooked teas served in the beautiful Rococo library ● Visitors free to wander and explore the delightful gardens ● Ample free on-site parking, drivers receive complimentary refreshments ● 2018 Offers: Organiser goes free

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Days out Durham County Federation of WIs celebrated its centenary at Beamish in 2017

Flying the flag 5

of the best attractions WI groups and families alike will love

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One of the oldest surviving amusement parks in the UK, Dreamland Margate has launched a series of Dreamland Variety shows on July 27, August 10 and August 24. Find out more at dreamland.co.uk

BEAMISH MUSEUM

County Federation of Women’s Institutes.

groups can enjoy a fantastic festive feast

It’s a GTW Award-winner this month

The weekend was packed with activities and

(both are available Monday to Friday in

(see page 99), and Beamish Museum in

demonstrations and culminated in a grand

term time). Parties of 15 or more get a

County Durham has long been a favourite

parade of WI members and their banners.

discount, and there’s free admission for coach

day out with groups of all ages and interests. In summer 2017, hundreds of WI members

To add a little something special to a visit, Beamish offers two packages exclusively

drivers and group travel organisers. There’s ample free on-site coach parking too. Find out more at www.beamish.org.uk/

from around the region

for groups. From April to October, Dainty

came together at the

Bites is a lunchtime or afternoon buffet,

plan-your-visit/group-visits, email

museum to celebrate the

served in a private room overlooking the

ashleighstewart@beamish.org.uk or call

centenary of the Durham

1900s Town. In November and December,

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PICTON CASTLE Set within the Pembrokeshire Coast

with fairy doors and an adventure playground. Picton is also home to The Secret Owl

National Park, this 13th century castle

Garden and Visitor Centre, which houses

is surrounded by a spectacular 40-acre

Wales’ largest collection of owls (you can

RHS Partner Garden.

see them throughout the day as they fly

A tour of the castle, with its elegantly

free among the trees). It also boasts two art

decorated rooms and fine works of art,

galleries, a vintage lawnmower museum, a

reveals its rich history, and the stunning

gift shop, plants for sale and Maria’s@Picton

gardens contain rare trees and plant

– a hugely popular courtyard restaurant

collections from around the world.

and deli, which provided a three course lunch

Shady woodlands, an exotic jungle garden and colourful walled garden packed with medicinal herbs and Mediterranean flowers, thrive alongside living willow dens, family trails

for Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of

Darlington’s Head of Steam Museum is located on the 1825 route of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, which was the world’s first steam-powered passenger railway. Find out more at www.darlington.gov. uk/leisure-and-culture/ head-of-steam/

Edinburgh when they visited Picton in 2014. Open all year round, find out more at www.pictoncastle.co.uk

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THE HISTORIC DOCKYARD CHATHAM

To celebrate its 400th birthday The Historic Dockyard Chatham has launched its new Call The Midwife location tours. In association with the creators of the show, Neal Street Productions, the official tours feature new material from the latest series (which was filmed at the Kent attraction), as well as props, costumes and sets from the show. Other special events this year include the Salute to the ’40s from September 16-17, and Christmas Magic at the Dockyard over the festive season. Group discounts apply for parties of 15-plus. To find out more about this unique attraction, which is the most complete dockyard of its age, visit www.thedockyard.co.uk, email groupsales@

Glorious Picton Castle

chdt.org.uk or call 01634 823815.

Hop on board Edinburgh’s Royal Yacht

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THE ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA

Western Isles. And this month the ship

on their choice of wedding cake), and

This year marks the 20th anniversary

is celebrating the royal wedding with its

a Negroni cocktail. The Negroni is the

of The Royal Yacht Britannia opening its

Harry and Meghan-inspired high tea.

bride-to-be’s favourite cocktail, made

doors to the public – and it’s now one

During the weekend of the royal wedding,

with gin, Vermouth Rosso and Campari,

of Edinburgh’s leading attractions.

Britannia’s Royal Deck Tea Room will

garnished with a swirl of orange peel.

Growing up, Prince Harry and the Royal

be serving a special menu featuring the

For more on this, and all the attraction

Family spent their summer holidays on

royal couple’s favourite dishes, including

has to offer over the summer months, visit

board Britannia, sailing around Scotland’s

a lemon and elderflower cake (based

www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk

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Step into the Drama!

No matter how the Yorkshire weather is behaving, your group will learn about the characters they love, and the stories that have gripped a nation at The Emmerdale Studio Experience. Located at the former ITV studio on Burley Road, Leeds. This fun and informative indoor attraction showcases the entire ‘lights, camera, action’ process of producing an explosive episode Emmerdale. Shining a light on the nation’s favourite soap, your group will get an exclusive glimpse into how the gripping story lines and spectacular stunts are created. Plus the friendly tour guide will spill some behind the scenes secrets. Your group will interact with iconic replica sets and have the opportunity to take plenty of photos along the way! Then following their 90 minute tour, your group members can take their memories home with a souvenir photograph and purchase exclusive merchandise in the lovely gift shop. Of course stepping into the drama can be thirsty work, so before and after the tour, your group can enjoy a brew and tasty Yorkshire fare in the warm and friendly café. For groups looking for unique venue hire, with its themed event space and meeting room, The Emmerdale Studio Experience can also host exclusive group activities and seminars. With tailored workshops available on request.

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Discounted admission prices * The coach drop-off point is directly in front of The Emmerdale Studio Experience Free admission and refreshment voucher for your coach drivers Provisional bookings can be held until 2 weeks prior to your visit

* Group discounts may be restricted over certain periods

Also available for group bookings, Emmerdale The Village Tour If your group loves Emmerdale and the rolling Yorkshire countryside, on selected weekend dates they can follow in the footsteps of the show’s best loved stars. Emmerdale the Village Tour is a 90 minute fully guided walking tour, which will allow your group to see the show’s exterior sets including The Woolpack, the church and the village hall. Plus there will be plenty of time to take pictures, enjoy refreshments and purchase souvenirs. Please note, the Emmerdale village set is located within a restricted area of the beautiful Harewood Estate. Therefore guests are advised to wear appropriate footwear and clothing, as some aspects of the 90 minute walking tour include uneven surfaces and hilly areas.

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Days out Become a director for the day

THE SAVILL GARDEN Recognised as one of the finest woodland gardens in the country, The Savill Garden is a hidden gem in the heart of Windsor Great Park. New for 2018 is the Windsor Great Park Royal Heritage Tour and The Savill Garden. This limited availability tour can be taken either before or after your visit to The Savill Garden, being escorted by one of The Crown Estate’s dedicated team on board your own coach through the historic royal estate. Available until the end of September, the hour-long tour explains how Windsor Great Park

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THE EMMERDALE STUDIO EXPERIENCE

Based at the former ITV studios in

secrets behind some of the stunts and special effects used on the show. Visitors can get hands-on too, learning

works in the modern day, as well as

Burley Road, Leeds where interior scenes

how to light a set, film a scene and

its long history. See the 2018 Group

for the soap were filmed until 2011, here’s

edit the footage. An outside walking

Visitors Guide to find out more at www.

your chance to see Emmerdale like never

tour of the working village set is also

windsorgreatpark.co.uk/groups

before on a fully guided tour. Explore the

available. Find out more at www.

sets, props and costumes, and learn the

emmerdalestudioexperience.co.uk

Win a family pass to Colchester Zoo! Colchester Zoo in Essex is home to over 260 species from around the world, set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes. During your visit you can enjoy many different habitats – from the humid home of the Komodo Dragons to the zoo’s very own African plain, Kingdom of the Wild, which is home to white rhino, giraffes and zebras. We have one family pass to give away (for two adults and two children). To enter, visit grouptravelworld.com/competition, before the closing date July 1, 2018. ■ Turn

to page 72 for more animal

attractions to visit.

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VISIT ENGLAND

Come on up

Get set to enjoy blue skies and the best views in Britain

Dover Castle

the Royal Navy directed

For more than nine centuries this iconic

shipping in and out

Kent landmark has commanded the gateway

of the port.

to the realm from the white cliffs – and today visitors can enjoy stunning views out to sea over the port of Dover. The mighty fortress has played a pivotal

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2018? ■ Early

Planning a visit to an English Heritage attraction? For discounted tickets see GTW magazine’s sister site grouptraveloffers .com

access tours

Dunkirk in 1940. They also secretly housed 700 servicemen and women who manned telephone exchanges, plotted the progress of ships and aircraft, and operated on wounded troops

part in English history, and its vital cliff edge

(exclusively for groups) have now

vantage point was crucially important during

been introduced deep inside the Secret

hospital where casualties were treated).

its role in the two world wars.

Wartime Tunnels. Operation Dynamo Tunnel

■ For

Tours take you inside the famous cliffs, which

private guided tours of King Henry II’s 12th

period in the newly recreated First World

housed the nerve centre of operations for

century palace, the Great Tower, which stands

War Fire Command Post, which controlled

Winston Churchill and Vice Admiral Ramsay as

at the heart of Dover Castle.

the guns around the harbour, and the

they masterminded the evacuation of

■ Find

Port War Signal Station above, where

338,000 British and French troops from

org.uk/dovercastle

You can get a sense of this wartime

(you can see the underground the first time ever, groups can also enjoy

out more at www.english-heritage.

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Days out Celebrating 100-plus years of the

WI

Visit the castle for fantastic views over the white cliffs of Dover

AND ANOTHER THING...

Powerful King Henry, whose

across the town of Battle. Here they can

massive kingdom stretched

visualise the extent of the battlefield where,

We’re here to help...

across Europe, built the Great

just over 950 years ago, Saxon soldiers

Group Travel World magazine’s

Tower at Dover Castle to entertain and impress

fought against the army of William Duke of

new and revamped Directory

international pilgrims as they travelled to the

Normandy to save the crown of England.

lists all the information you need

shrine of Thomas Becket in Canterbury.

1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey & Battlefield

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2018? ■A

new exhibition, with archaeological

finds on display for the first time,

to plan your next group trip to a range of attractions across the UK, from Kirklees Light Railway to Bamburgh Castle. Visit our new-look website at

explains the abbey’s story as a monastic

directory.grouptravelworld.com

A recently opened rooftop viewing area

community in the centuries after England’s

– and call Karen on 01733 293489

at the medieval abbey gatehouse at 1066

most famous battle.

if you’d like your attraction to appear

Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield

■ Find

on the site. It’s great value!

in East Sussex allows visitors to look out

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out more at www.english-heritage.

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Days out The British Airways i360 stands 162m high, offering 360° views of Brighton’s seafront. Groups of 15 or more get a discount – see britishairways i360.com

Up, up and away Western Europe’s tallest building at 800ft (244m), The Shard has redefined London’s skyline. Experience 360° views over the city for up to 40 miles on a clear day, after beginning your journey in the

attraction’s high-speed lifts that zoom from level one to 68 in just 60 seconds. Fully interactive digital telescopes and multimedia guides enable you to experience the city like never before, and there are restaurants and bars serving everything from afternoon tea to champers. See www.the-shard.com or www.theviewfromtheshard.com

On a high... Portsmouth’s Emirates Spinnaker Tower

climb even higher into the 110m Sky

is hailed as the UK’s best viewing tower,

Garden... the choice is yours. Book in advance to save 10% on the

Buy a ticket (valid all day) and come and go

normal admission price, and save even

as you please, enjoy afternoon tea in the

more if there are 15 or more of you.

Café in the Clouds (best to pre-book),

See www.spinnakertower.co.uk

VISIT ENGLAND

its deck an impressive 100 metres up.

Kenilworth Castle

Special viewing platforms offer fantastic views of Kenilworth Castle

In July 1575, Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester, the favourite courtier of Queen Elizabeth I, entertained her at Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire – building a towering gatehouse to welcome her, and creating a lavish garden for her pleasure. Today, a series of viewing platforms within the ruined four-storey tower, known as Leicester’s Building, offer groups the same heady panoramas enjoyed by the queen

VISIT ENGLAND

when she visited that year.

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2018? ■ Dudley’s

flamboyance comes to life

in the recreated Elizabethan garden, which features a terrace, fountain, obelisks

“We love...”

and an aviary. Eve Procter says: “The Blackpool

■ Groups

can explore the Elizabethan

The GTW team and readers share some

■ Reader

of their favourite views:

Tower Eye at the top of the tower has

Gatehouse, which houses an exhibition

■ Editor

a glass walkway called the SkyWalk. It’s

telling the royal love story, as well as an

Castle’s new medieval wall walk is a third of

amazing – and I don’t even like heights.”

exhibition celebrating motoring pioneer

a mile long and overlooks the city and the

See www.theblackpooltower.com

John Davenport Siddeley.

surrounding countryside. I was blown away

■ Reader

■ The

when I first went up there – the views are

view’s from the top of Primrose

revealing the nine centuries of Kenilworth’s

fantastic and even though a section was

Hill in London. It’s worth the climb

history and a tearoom. Pre-booked guided

closed when I went due to ice it was still

to see the city’s landmarks in the

tours are available at an additional cost.

amazing.” See www.lincolncastle.com

distance, including The Shard.”

■ See

Helen Milbank says: “Lincoln

Gill Shaw says: “My favourite

Tudor Stables house an exhibition

www.english-heritage.org.uk/

kenilworth

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SEE FURTHER THAN THE EYE CAN SEE

• London’s highest viewing platform • 800ft above the ground • Unwind with a glass of champagne • Stay as long as you wish Special rates for groups of 10+ plus free leader places 0844 499 7111 reservations@theviewfromtheshard.com www.theviewfromtheshard.com

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Make tracks Heritage railways criss-cross the UK, offering everything from vintage days out to cream teas and gin festivals...

Fort William and Mallaig and pass the deepest freshwater loch, Loch Morar, and the deepest seawater loch, Loch Nevis. You’ll also cross the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct (a location made famous in the Harry Potter films), which overlooks Loch Shiel and the Jacobite monument. Nearby is Glen Coe, which was used in the films for the set of Hagrid’s hut and is the home of the bridge leading to Hogwarts’ entrance. The 84-mile round trip will also take you past beaches used

Words: Naomi MacKay

in the films Highlander and Local Hero.

THE NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY

staying in the Grosmon Station House or the

A star of the world-famous Harry Potter films,

watch the trains arriving at the station from

THE MID NORFOLK RAILWAY

this railway’s Goathland station played the

your window. Families of up to four can stay in

Gin has seen a huge upturn in popularity over

part of Hogsmeade Station in the first

the Goathland Camping Coach at Hogsmeade/

the past few years, so it’s little surprise the

Harry Potter film. The railway is also a star

Goathland station itself. See www.nymr.co.uk

Mid Norfolk Railway’s Gin Train Experience has

of the small screen, having just appeared in

Lewisham Camping Coach, where you can

the three-part documentary The Yorkshire

WEST COAST RAILWAYS

Steam Railway: All Aboard in celebration

Continuing the Harry Potter theme, while

of its 50th anniversary year.

you can see the Hogwarts Express at

See www.westcoastrailways.co.uk

proved hugely popular. It started off with one carriage on a train and tickets sold so well the whole train has been sold out five times over! There’ll be another Gin Train Experience

Hertfordshire’s Warner Bros. Studio Tour,

in October on the railway, which operates

can visit the 1930s themed station at

there’s only one way to climb aboard the

from Dereham along the 11-mile line

Pickering, and take a train to Whitby.

real train. The Jacobite is the actual train used

to the market town of Wymondham,

in the Harry Potter films, and if you head to

just outside Norwich. Or get a bit of the

Western Scotland you can board the train at

Blitz spirit as you travel back in time for

Perfect for groups of 20 or more, you

Groups of five or less can really immerse themselves in the railway experience, either

Celebrating 100-plus years of the

Whether you’re a WI group, Harry Potter fan – or both! – the North Yorkshire Moors Railway has something to offer

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Days out Goathland station played the part of Hogsmeade Station in the first Harry Potter film

a 1940s weekend from August 4-5.

closure of the original ‘Bluebell Line’ by British

Groups can book a whole day package

Railway, and the last train services from East

GREAT RAIL JOURNEYS

– boarding at Wymondham and lunchng at

Grinstead to Lewes. In 2019 it will celebrate

Experience the heritage railways of the

Dereham Station – before heading on for an

the formation of the Bluebell Preservation

Isle of Man on an escorted group tour

afternoon at Greenhall Farm and Workhouse

Society, while in 2020 it will mark the opening

with Great Rail Journeys – see

a museum of rural life, or Gooderstone

of the Bluebell Railway, the first ex-mainline

www.greatrail.com. GTW’s Darren Calpin

water gardens. See www.mnr.org.uk

standard gauge railway to run passenger trains

travelled to the Isle of Man for a five-day

in the preservation era.

trip with GRJ Independent, see

THE BLUEBELL RAILWAY

Options for groups include cream tea

This Sussex gem will be hosting a series of

or ploughman’s lunch, or how about

events over the next three years to mark

combining a train journey with a trip to one

its diamond anniversary. The line’s recently

of two nearby gardens – either Sheffield

commemorated the 60th anniversary of the

Park Gardens, a landscape shaped by

greatrail.com/grj-independent – read his review in our next issue.

Capability Brown, or Borde Hill Garden, Fancy a tipple? Enjoy the Mid Norfolk Railway’s Gin Train Experience

renowned for its rare trees and shrubs. For something scarier, book over the Halloween period to experience an immersive steam journey to a historic location with a dark secret. While at the station make sure you speak to some of the frightful characters so you can piece together the story. Some characters are not very welcoming so choose wisely. (Not for the under 12s!) See www.bluebell-railway.co.uk

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Days out by-side travel on two of the oldest tram cars in

Awdry ‘s Thomas the Tank Engine. It still runs

enjoy free access to see heritage stock being

the world still in operation, as well as a vintage

five of its original steam locomotives built

restored in the carriage and wagon workshop.

bus tour. While in August, visitors will be

between 1874 and 1926, and has 30 liveried

See www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

taken back to wartime, with special suppers,

coaches, running from February to November.

as everyone dresses up in 1940s style. See

up the Island’s only mountain, offering

THE RAVENGLASS AND ESKDALE RAILWAY

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panoramic views where you can catch

Known locally as ‘La’al Ratty’ (little railway),

a glimpse of the seven kingdoms on a

this runs from Ravenglass, the only coastal

clear day – England, Ireland, Scotland,

village in the Lake District National Park, to

Wales, the Isle of Man, heaven and the

Dalegarth. Four steam locomotives make

sea. See www.visitisleofman.com

the seven-mile journey past the Scafell

a trip on an evacuee train and fun and games

THE ISLE OF MAN & SNAEFELL MOUNTAIN RAILWAYS One of the longest narrow gauge heritage lines in operation in the UK, the Isle of Man Railway was said to have inspired the Rev Wilbert

The Vale of Rheidol Railway runs from February until the end of November, cutting through the spectacular scenery between Aberystwyth and Devil’s Bridge (turn to page 48 to see what we mean!). Plan your trip at www. rheidolrailway.co.uk

The Snaefell Mountain Railway ventures

THE ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY

Range, Ravenglass Estuary and the fells of Eskdale Valley. Nearby attractions include a microbrewery and working corn mill at Boot,

Take an hour or so to explore the history of

a fort at Hardknott, Roman bathhouse at

another island railway at the £1.2m Train

Ravenglass and Muncaster Castle, built in the

Story Discovery Centre at the Isle of Wight

13th century. Guided tours of the railway’s

Steam Railway, which opened four years ago.

museum are also available. See ravenglass-

Groups can dine in the refreshment rooms, and

railway.co.uk

The Snaefell Mountain Railway ventures up the Isle of Man’s only mountain

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'One of the greatest train journeys in the world...' • Range of long or short trips available • Clean, comfortable carriages • On-Train Refreshments • Stunning Scenery

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Days out

“It’s had a chequered past!” This year marks the 40th anniversary of Gwili Railway’s re-opening. Its business administrator, Jeremy John, reveals what’s in store as celebrations begin GTW: Tell us about the railway’s history...

work on reviving the railway. It was all done

our heritage collection, which includes a

Jeremy: It opened in 1860 as part of

by volunteers. British Rail had bulldozed

travelling Post Office, and the last steam

the Carmarthen to Cardigan Railway.

the lot, so they had to re-do everything

train that was built in Wales, in 1890.

It was another way to get to Cardigan

– there were lots of Victorian bridges and

– lots of people were emigrating and

architecture that had been destroyed.

Liverpool had the stranglehold on that,

We’re using this anniversary to look

so there were plenty of people who were

back on the early pioneers. It’s a wonderful

looking to exploit deep-sea ports.

opportunity to celebrate them while

The railway’s had a chequered past. As

Before or after your trip, stop off at the café, which has been created from a pair of converted Victorian carriages, built in the mid-1890s.

many are still alive. If you look back on the

GTW: What else is there to do in the area?

with many early railways, it put out very

photos from that time they all look like

Jeremy: There’s a lovely museum in

grand prospectuses (largely because there

the Beatles with long hair! Celebrations

Carmarthen, which is nearby. Housed in

was no Advertising Authority to keep them

have already included a special lunch and

the Old Bishop’s palace, it’s free of charge

in check!). It opened in September, soon ran

a steam gala over the Easter weekend.

and so is the National Wool Museum. We have a lot to do with them because the

out of money and closed again in December, before more money was found to open

GTW: Any tips for group organisers?

again. At the time this wasn’t at all unusual.

Jeremy: Check the website first of all. During

When Dr Beeching compiled his report that

the summer we’re open nearly every day, but

woollen mills relied on the railways.

resulted in cuts in the railways in the 1960s,

it’s best to check. We have all sorts of events

AND ANOTHER THING…

the Carmarthen to Abergavenny journey

on, such as classic bike shows, and our cream

Jeremy is on hand to give a talk about the

took 3.5 hours and had 24 stops. This of

teas on a Thursday are really popular.

course was when the first Mini was introduced and car ownership was more affordable. This signaled the end of the line until 1972 when a group of volunteers bought about nine miles of track bed and began

Plan your trip to this Welsh gem at gwilirailway.co.uk

railway and the social history for coach

We cater especially for coach

parties. He’s a mine of information, and

parties. On a trip the group

can explain how the railways are linked

can travel from Bronwydd

to the start of the Labour Party, and why

Arms Station to Danycoed

Welsh coal was so important during the

Halt then back down

Boer War. There’s also a little museum in

to Abergwili Junction,

the signal box, which dates back to 1895.

returning to Bronwydd Arms. You can view

The Gwili Railway, seen here celebrating last year’s opening of its Carmarthen extension, welcomes groups and families

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Snowdonia

The great

escape

Jonathan Taylor re-lives the golden age of steam on a trip to North Wales with HF Holidays

I

’M A BIG fan of Snowdonia and the beautiful

THE ULTIMATE ALL-INCLUSIVE

wild mountain walking it provides. So when

The week was based on visiting a full range

my partner Sarah and I had the chance

of North Wales steam and funicular railways.

to take a trip with HF Holidays to their

We’re not full-scale rail enthusiasts, but are old

Dolserau Hotel near Dolgellau (formerly in

enough to have fond memories of the steam

old Merionethshire, now part of Gwynedd)

railway era. However, those memories are

we cleared some diary space and booked in

tarnished by the Beeching rail line cuts of the

for three nights and days of what is normally

1960s and the removal of steam engines from

a seven-day holiday. It was a package of full

the mainline rail network, managed and run at

board accommodation and day trips on a

the time under state control by British Rail.

selection of the local heritage steam railways.

So many lovely branch lines wandering

With the sat-nav set to avoid motorways

through wonderful scenery were lost

and take the smaller roads – annoying these

as a result of those cuts because they

days how you often have to force sat-navs

were considered uneconomic. Luckily,

to find routes on minor roads – we gave

many (especially in North Wales) have

ourselves most of a day to meander up to

been brought back to life by determined,

Dolgellau from Wiltshire. The sunny spring

dedicated volunteers, supported

weather made the journey a real pleasure,

by generous public donations.

with fantastic scenery all the way up the

It’s true to say that you’re spoilt for

Wye Valley. An extremely good lunch stop

choice when it comes to enjoying the triple

at the Crown Inn just outside Abergavenny,

hits of British engineering, romantic steam

in Pantygelli, set us up for the magnificent

railways and stunning mountain landscape.

drive up through the heart of Wales.

Our week included 11 rail journeys and,

Arrival at Dolserau was a good

apart from some special private access

experience – we were ushered straight in

viewings and trips, we noticed people of

for a complimentary cream tea and taken

all ages enjoying stream-driven days out.

to our room in the Coach House. Our

The HF holiday was fully inclusive of all

holiday leader, Sandy, gave a short talk

coach travel to, from and between rail trips, as

before our three-course dinner so that

were all the tickets. So all we had to do was

everything was clear for the days ahead.

sit back and enjoy the holiday. It’s impossible to pick out highlights as each rail trip was so different – but if steam railways interest

HF Holidays’ Dolserau Hotel

you, this holiday is highly recommended.

FULL STEAM AHEAD To give a flavour of the holiday, here are my notes from one of the days. We set off from Dolserau in a coach supplied by Lloyds Coaches and driven by an obviously experienced driver through the mountains at the southern end of the Snowdonia National SARAH DAY

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(she’s a retired geologist).

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As for Dolserau itself, built in 1860, it has fine Victorian features, 24 spacious rooms

Aberystwyth’s funicular railway

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walking, history, geology and nostalgia on

hotel at a three-star standard. Gemma, the

the steam railways of North Wales.

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Back to the future Right now, the cruise industry is receiving a digital makeover, and expert Debbie Stevens of The Cruise Line is here to explain how this will affect our future holidays WI-FI-BY-THE-SEA

time. Now, it’s gradually found its way onto

As with many fixtures of hospitality, from

cruise ships. However, it may as well not be

hotels to buses and trains, the offer of free

there unless it’s high-speed, free and widely

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Cruise holidays

Today’s cruise ships are becoming ever-more high tech

place imaginable is a high priority for cruise

arrangements to be made more efficiently

meaning your wallet needn’t leave your cabin,

lines. The average traveller brings on board a

and securely. This ‘tokenisation’ is leading the

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multitude of smart devices, and there’s huge

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you carry around with you.

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technological overhaul.

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Don’t be fooled by the term ‘self-service’ on

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cruise liners – it detracts nothing from the

prefix basically lets people know that they are

in favour of more convenient digital tokens,

luxury service you’ll receive on board. However,

dealing with a phone, or a kitchen, or even a

or ‘medallion keys’, which are loaded with

it keeps up the technological format that

ship, that is technologically advanced and able

customers’ details and can be used to place

guests now demand, and offers freedom and

to perform an array of mind-blowing functions.

orders, schedule excursions and manage tips,

convenience. Touchscreen self-service points

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all in real time. They also act as room keys.

are becoming widespread for everything from

looking for a smartship experience that raises

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ordering poolside cocktails to photo souvenirs,

the bar, and the cruise industry is scurrying

everyday life on a cruise ship, and allow for

and with the likes of the medallion keys

to make it happen.

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Cruise holidays

As ‘wellness’ cruises grow in popularity, we explore the holidays that offer sun, sea and spa treatments

Travel the world and arrive fit, relaxed and glowing on a wellness cruise

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And relax...

with state-of-the-art fitness equipment. For those who prefer the sauna to the weights room, MSC Cruises also offers an ‘Aurea Experience’, which incorporates a massage, special tanning shower, a private wellness consultation and free access to the ship’s

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MAWATERWAYS HAS LAUNCHED

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its brand new Wellness Programme,

Thermal Area throughout the cruise.

MSC Cruises offers an onboard ‘wellness

UNWIND IN STYLE

which combines the leisurely pace river

experience’, which was launched last year and

The wellness continues even as you hit the

cruising is renowned for with an onboard

developed in partnership with Technogym.

pillow with Princess Cruises. The line has

‘wellness host’, as well as a variety of

This offers holidaymakers the chance to have

partnered with sleep expert Dr Michael Breus

exercise classes, including yoga, and a

their health and fitness assessed and a fitness

and design expert Candice Olson to develop a

series of inspiring onboard talks centred on

program devised to suit them.

new Princess Luxury Bed, which will be found

healthy eating and relaxation techniques.

ALL AT SEA Azamara Cruise ships each boast a ‘destination

Special active shore excursions can also be arranged, and the ships are fitted out

in every stateroom across the fleet from 2019. Developed by the manufacturer of some of the world’s most comfortable hotel beds, these will incorporate a plush two-

spa’, incorporating spa-themed cabins and a

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...to the team at Planet Cruise for their

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acupuncture sessions, all administered by

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coils for less partner disturbance, and luxurious

some of the finest therapists at sea. Qualified

their holidays on board all of the cruise

Jacquard-woven cotton linens. This, combined

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Ferry travel Sail from Portsmouth (seen here), Poole and Plymouth to France and Spain with Brittany Ferries

Make waves

By foot, by car or by bike, ferry travel’s easy, convenient and quick. Here’s our guide to the most popular routes – and why they’re great news for groups and families TO THE CONTINENT Brittany Ferries sail from Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth to France and Spain, with

isn’t the Continent but anyway...). Expect smart lounges, bars, duty-paid shopping, a commission-free bureau de change

direct ferry travel and mini cruises on offer.

as well as coffee shops and restaurants.

There are discounted rates for groups, with

See www.poferries.com/en/groups

For more on DFDS turn to our special interview on page 96

savings on fares as well as meals. Look out too for offers on mini two-night cruises. See www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/group-travel

Stena Line operates services to Holland and Ireland, and has a day trip and hotel booking service too. As an added bonus you

P&O Ferries has a huge choice of routes,

can arrive at one port and leave from another.

and offers the most frequent tourist service

Plus groups travelling by car or motorbike

to the Continent, sailing to Belgium, France,

(a minimum of five) get a discount.

the Netherlands (and Ireland, which we know

See www.stenaline.co.uk

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GATEWAY TO EUROPE Take a group on any of our daily, overnight sailings between Newcastle and IJmuiden, near Amsterdam, for a convenient starting point for a trip to Europe. DFDS offer great-value deals for groups. • Mini Cruise - 1 in 10 go free FROM

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Ferry travel on certain sailings to and from the island. See www.wightlink.co.uk

TO THE SCOTTISH ISLES Northlink ferries sail to the Scottish Islands with a range of services for groups. Sailings can be combined in a package deal – options include a mini cruise to Shetland and Orkney, with guided tours of key landmarks as well as a visit to Highland Park, the UK’s most northerly distillery. See www.northlinkferries.co.uk CalMac ferries sail to a number of destinations across the west coast of VISIT ENGLAND

Scotland. A dedicated travel trade department will help you plan and book group tours if there’s more than 12 of you, and there are a range of hospitality options. See

SAIL THE MERSEY

www.calmac.co.uk/on-board/groups

Take a trip on the famous ferry ’cross the

an insight into life on board a genuine

Mersey, with a 50-minute River Explorer

Second World War German U-boat at

Cruise offering views of Liverpool’s skyline.

Woodside Ferry Terminal. Alternatively,

Irish Ferries provide services between the

The trip has the bonus of free entry into

head off on a 35-mile Manchester Ship

UK and Ireland, and run the only fast ferry on

the U-boat Story, where groups can gain

Canal Cruise. See merseyferries.co.uk

the Irish Sea. There are special arrangements

TO IRELAND

for groups travelling by coach, especially on the line’s flagship Ulysses. These include group meals, as well as support from trained staff for DFDS has 30 ferry routes into countries

the UK (Poole) to Guernsey, Jersey and

older and less mobile passengers. Irish Ferries offer discounts for groups

including France, Belgium, Germany,

France, with an up-to 20 per cent discount

Scandinavia, Lithuania and Poland. Groups of

on all services for 10 or more people on foot.

on ferry travel and accommodation in

10 or more can enjoy an exclusive ‘Party at

See www.condorferries.co.uk

Ireland, with prices from £15 per person (one way). See www.IrishFerries.com

Sea’ package, with two nights on board and up to five hours exploring Amsterdam. See www.dfdsseaways.co.uk/party

For a closer isle, explore all the magnificent Isle of Wight has to offer thanks to

Shannon Ferries link Kerry with County

Wightlink, which operates eight ferries on

Clare in Ireland, operating two roll-on,

three routes across the Solent from Hampshire

roll-off ferries 364 days a year, taking

to the Isle of Wight. Discounts are available for

travellers and their vehicles on a 20-minute

Isles-style, just a few hours after leaving port

groups of 10 or more foot passengers, and 15

journey across the Shannon estuary. See

on the south coast? Condor Ferries connects

or more cars can benefit from discounted rates

www.shannonferries.com

TO THE CHANNEL ISLES Fancy an afternoon on the beach, Channel

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VISIT BRITAIN

Explore the glorious Channel Isles by ferry – here’s Mont Orgueil Castle in Jersey

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Entertainment

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Author Riaz Khan

Gilbert and Sullivan Festival returns For 25 years the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival has attracted a worldwide audience to its annual ‘jamboree’, and this silver anniversary year is no exception. Almost 100 Canadian performers and supporters are flying from British Columbia to Harrogate with a performance of The Gondoliers, and America’s oldest G&S Society, the Savoy Company from Philadelphia, are returning to Harrogate with a performance of Iolanthe. The festival opens in the Royal Hall, Harrogate on August 8 until August 27. For more information call the box office on 01422 323252 or see www.gsfestivals.org

Catch Dusty on tour Further casting has been announced for Dusty, the new musical celebrating the life of Dusty Springfield, which has its world premiere at Theatre Royal Bath in June before dates at The Lyceum in Sheffield, Newcastle Theatre Royal and The Lowry in Salford.

WORLD PREMIERE

Joining Katherine Kingsley in the title

Back to the

role will be actor, comedian and presenter Rufus Hound as her manager Billings and

’80s

Roberta Taylor as her mother Kay. Visit www.theatreroyal.org.uk, www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk, www.theatreroyal.co.uk and www.thelowry.com for full tour dates. Katherine Kingsley as Dusty

an Asian Football Casual is coming to Leicester this autumn. Set to run from September 26 to

DOMINIC NICHOLLS

The Made at Curve production of Memoirs of

October 6, the production has been adapted for the stage by Curve associate artist Dougal Irvine from the 2012 book by Riaz Khan. Set in the 1980s, Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual tells Riaz’s colourful account of growing up as the son of strict Pakistani parents in the multi-cultural city of Leicester. He finds refuge from the pressures at home

price of belonging to a subculture of violence. “In our 10th birthday year, we’re delighted

to stay true to his cultural roots when he

to be producing this incredible new play,

becomes involved in the football ‘casual’

which places our city and heritage centre

culture, and joins Leicester’s infamous firm

stage,” say Curve’s Chief Executive Chris

of football hooligans, the ‘Baby Squad’.

Stafford and Artistic Director, Nikolai Foster.

Decked out in the latest designer gear

“Leicester is renowned for its wonderful

and ready for a brawl with the rival firm on

multi-culturalism and of course, its record-

match day, Riaz and his friends unwittingly

breaking football team. Riaz’s story offers

create a multi-cultural gang advocating racial

a spirited and unique insight into a niche

tolerance, where the only labels that matter

slice of Leicester life in the 1980s.”

are on the clothes. But as the years go by, and

Buy tickets at www.curveonline.co.uk,

the casualties of football firms around the

in person at Curve’s ticket office or by calling

country mount, Riaz soon discovers the true

0116 242 3595.

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Theatre news All in the imagination

Art on the beach

Here today, gone tomorrow. Everything in this world – its people and animals, its landscape, even the rocks themselves, are impermanent things. Sometimes the changes are slow, taking millennia, and sometimes things move quickly. But everything, everywhere is moving and changing, all the time... This notion of transience is the key theme of a new work by artists Mandy Dike and Ben Rigby, who are collectively known as And Now: Wayfaring, which NICK READ

comes to the Norfolk and Norwich Festival from May 21 to 26. This outdoor event combines installation with live performance and music – but

with, not against, the environment; and a use

FIND OUT MORE...

is a very different sort of experience

of elements, such as fire effects and acoustic

The Norfolk & Norwich Festival takes place

to the usual outdoor arts show.

music, to create gentle animations of the

on the beach at Wells-next-the-Sea, from

space rather than overwhelming the natural

May 21 to 26. From Monday to Friday,

out electronic music, no firework finalé,

environment. In Wayfaring, the audience

And Now: will be working on the beach

no big theatrical sets that have to be

plays an active part in the show – walking,

during daylight hours to set up the installation.

brought on-site in large trucks. Instead,

looking, listening, singing, and moving in

The live performance event takes place on

there will be structures made from the

gentle choreographies from one part of the

Friday and Saturday from 8pm to 10pm. See

wood and other materials that are available

site to another, as a part of a group that

nnfestival.org.uk/whats-on/wayfaring/

on site, the artist and performers working

takes on some of a sense of a pilgrimage.

– As told to Dorothy Max Prior

You’ll find no large PA system booming

A play within a play

The Jungle comes to the Playhouse Theatre next month

The Original Theatre Company and York Theatre Royal will present the first ever revival of Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art this summer, starring Matthew Kelly (pictured here). The tour begins on August 30 at York Theatre Royal, with the play exploring friendship, rivalry and heartache, as well as the joy, pain and emotional cost of creativity. It’s centered on a fictional meeting between poet W H Auden and composer Benjamin Britten,

DAVID SANDISON

and Bennett wrote it as a play within a play. For full tour dates see www.originaltheatre.com

It’s a Jungle out there Following a sold-out run at the Young Vic,

views over the performance space, which will extend out over the stalls. The Jungle tells stories of loss, fear,

The Jungle will come to the Playhouse

community and hope – of the Calais camp’s

Theatre from June 16. The theatre will

creation, and its eventual destruction. The

undergo a transformation for the play, as

majority of the original cast will transfer

the auditorium stalls are reconfigured to

with the production, including actors from

house Miriam Buether’s set design as seen at

refugee backgrounds. Official charity

the Young Vic, where audiences were invited

partner, Help Refugees, will be supported

to sit at the benches and tables of the Afghan

by the production, with fundraising taking

café in the Calais camp. The Dress Circle

place at the venue throughout its run.

will be renamed Cliffs of Dover and allow

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A satirical rip-roarer, Book of Mormon takes a wry look at American life and religion

Just have

faith! From the makers of South Park comes Book of Mormon – a play that’s irreverent but hilarious, says GTW’s Jemma Keegan

two young American, Mormon missionaries who travel to Uganda to spread the word about the Mormon religion. One bright and ambitious, his sidekick is somewhat less devout, but both are hilariously naïve. Once they arrive in Uganda, hilarity ensues

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as they meet the many characters within OOK OF MORMON is a satirical rip-

I jumped at the chance to see the musical

roarer of a musical from the creative,

for the second time, after a group of friends

missionaries: a sweet, but ineffectual group

comedy minds behind the TV programme

invited me along on a 40th birthday trip. I

of young men who have singularly failed

South Park and the score for cutting-edge

had spent my first viewing, with my sister-

to convert a single villager to their faith.

musical Avenue Q. It has been running in the

in-law, crying with laughter, so welcomed

West End since 2013, having stormed its

the opportunity to enjoy the jokes and the

TRIUMPH AGAINST ADVERSITY

Broadway debut in 2011, and has since won

fantastically catchy music for a second time.

Satirising Mormonism, the religion of the

nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Book of Mormon is the simple story of

the local community and the other team

Latter-day Saint movement, founded in New

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Theatre review

The musical is very uplifting and concludes in a way which, in fact, celebrates all that is good about organised religion

JOHAN PERSSON

See the show at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre, just off Piccadilly Circus, see www.bookofmormon london.com

As can be gleaned by the fact that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has advertised its actual Book of Mormon within the musical’s programme, stating:

York in the 1820s, the musical is irreverent

musical tunes, leading some critics to

“You’ve seen the play, now read the book!”

and, at times, ribald. Described by one of

suggest Book of Mormon is actually

the musical is ultimately very uplifting, and

its creators Trey Parker as “Unconventional

a satire on musicals themselves.

concludes in a way which, in fact, celebrates

material for a musical”, it nonetheless works,

I defy anyone to watch the show and not

partnering catchy show tunes with a classic

come out humming along to a favourite tune,

all that is good about organised religion.

musical tale of triumph against adversity.

which is ultimately the purpose of a musical

surprise tickets for your pious or zealous

The score is upbeat and quite rocky,

While I would advise caution in buying

I always think. Most of my friends who have

friend, I’d strongly recommend this musical

with its ‘You and Me (but Mostly Me)’,

seen it have downloaded the soundtrack

to anyone who is happy to take a wry

‘Spooky Mormon Hell Dream’ and ‘Turn

straight away, and just make sure not to

look at American life and religion, and

it Off’, reminiscent of other classic

listen to it when their children are about!

come out laughing uproariously.

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Hit show Kinky Boots is playing at the Adelphi Theatre

Theatre LONDON

MATT CROCKET

YOUR TRIP TO THE WEST END STARTS HERE – VISIT OUR SITE GROUPTRAVELOFFERS.COM FOR THE BEST TICKET PRICES ALADDIN Prince Edward Theatre

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Part One 19:30; Fri Part Two

MATILDA – THE MUSICAL

Thurs & Sat 14:30

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Cambridge Theatre

Part Two 18:30

Booking to: February 2019

THE BOOK OF MORMON Prince of Wales Theatre

KINKY BOOTS

New London Theatre Booking to: January 2019

Weds & Sat 14:30

Times: Mon-Sat 19:30;

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL

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14:30; Sun 15.00 & 19.00

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DREAMGIRLS

THE LION KING

Weds & Sat 14:30

Sun 15:00

Booking to: September 2018

Criterion Theatre

Times: Mon-Sat 19:30;

SCHOOL OF ROCK

Times: Mon-Sat 19:30,

Queen’s Theatre

Booking to: December 2018

19:30; Weds & Sat 14:30hrs,

Adelphi Theatre

LES MISÉRABLES

Theatre Royal

Times: Tues 19:00; Weds-Sat

Booking to: July 2018

THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY

42ND STREET

Times: Mon-Sat 19:30, Thurs & Sat 14:30; Sun 15:00

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THRILLER LIVE

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Lyric Theatre

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PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Times: Tues-Fri 19:30; Sat 16:00 & 20.00; Sun 15:30 & 19:30

Her Majesty’s Theatre

WICKED

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Apollo Victoria

Lyceum Theatre

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HARRY POTTER & THE CURSED CHILD (parts 1 & 2)

MAMMA MIA!

Palace Theatre

Savoy Theatre

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

Weds & Sat 14:30

THE WOMAN IN BLACK

Duchess Theatre

Fortune Theatre

Novello Theatre

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Booking to: January 2019

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Times: Tue-Sat 19:30; Sat

Times: Mon-Sat 20:00;

Times: Mon-Sat 19:45;

14:30; Sun 15:00 & 19:00

Tues & Thurs 15:00; Sat 16.00

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Touring theatre THE UK’S BEST MUSICALS AND SHOWS HAVE HIT THE ROAD. CATCH THEM ON TOUR HERE... For cut-price tickets to theatre shows see grouptraveloffers. com

Hairspray is on tour

HAIRSPRAY Canterbury Marlowe Theatre: May 8-12 Southend Cliffs Pavilion: May 14-19

Liverpool Empire: June 12-24 Canterbury Marlowe Theatre: July 11-22

Wycombe Swan: May 21-26

Milton Keynes Theatre: July 25 - August 5

Cheltenham Everyman Theatre: May 29 - June 3

Bristol Hippodrome: August 8-19

Stoke Regent Theatre: June 12-16 Oxford New Theatre: June 18-23 Theatre Royal Newcastle: June 25-30

Llandudno Venue Cymru: August 21 - September 2 Leeds Grand Theatre: December 18 - January 6, 2019

THE BAND

Glasgow King’s Theatre: June 26 - July 7

Norwich Theatre Royal: August 15 - September 15

Edinburgh Playhouse: July 10 - July 14

A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT’S DREAM

MISS SAIGON

Nuffield Southampton Theatres: May 1-5

Manchester Palace Theatre: Until May 12

Exeter Northcott Theatre: May 8-12 Oxford Playhouse: May 15-19

Bristol Hippodrome: May 16 - June 23

Cast Doncaster : May 22-26 Cambridge Arts Theatre: June 5-9

Plymouth Theatre Royal: July 4 - August 4

Shrek on tour

This month sees the cast of Shrek the Musical continue their

SHREK THE MUSICAL

Birmingham Hippodrome: May 1-12

Stoke Regent Theatre: May 2-13

Plymouth Theatre Royal: May 15-26

Gardens, before heading

Blackpool Winter Gardens: May 15-27

Northampton Royal & Derngate: May 29 - June 9

Theatre (see left for

Woking New Victoria Theatre: May 30 - June 10

Nottingham Theatre Royal: June 12-23

full details see www.

UK tour, with performances at the Regent Theatre in Stoke and Blackpool Winter to Woking’s New Victoria dates). The tour runs until the end of the year – for shrekthemusical.co.uk

The cast of Shrek

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GREAT YARMOUTH Perfect for short breaks & day visits

Contact us today on 01493 846 346 or visit great-yarmouth.co.uk

Where the sea meets the broads, Norfolk’s premier seaside resort will keep your group entertained, with excellent group rates at seafront and countryside attractions.

Enjoy

Shopping

Heritage

Food

Seaside

From theme parks to the model village, bowling alley, racing, bingo, casinos, zoos and a Sea Life Centre, great group rates are available all over the borough.

The busy market place is surrounded with all the usual high street chains as well as lots of different independent shops unique to Great Yarmouth.

Discover maritime history at the awardwinning Time & Tide, English heritage’s Row Houses, the National Trust’s Elizabethan House, and the Nelson Museum.

Sea air makes you hungry and food always tastes better on the coast. Locally caught smoked kippers, cream teas, and local seafood are always on the menu.

The Greater Yarmouth coastline has fifteen miles of clean, wide, soft, sandy beach, perfect for sea views and settling down in a deckchair to enjoy the Norfolk sunshine.

The Perfect touring base for Norfolk and Suffolk. Great Yarmouth is the ideal touring base for your coach holiday. Norwich, North Norfolk, the Broads and Suffolk all within easy driving distance.

North Norfolk Follow the coast road to north Norfolk for stunning views stately homes, big skies and big beaches, a myriad of quiet country lanes, traditional market towns and countryside villages.

Norwich Just 45 minutes drive, this medieval city has a Norman castle and two cathedrals, excellent shopping and great al fresco dining, perfect for day trips inland from the coast.

The Broads Just inland from Great Yarmouth, charter a paddle steamer, pleasure craft or doubledecker passenger boat and discover the Broads National Park.

Suffolk Coast For fantastic country houses, maritime museums, charming seaside towns and the southern Broads, travel down winding country lanes south into Suffolk.

Great Yarmouth

Visit great-yarmouth.co.uk/ group-travel or contact us via telephone 01493 846346

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DAYS OUT FOR FAMILIES

SIXbest of the

Bring out your inner child and spend the summer fighting, exploring and escaping

1 Fighting talk

Arrows at the ready at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre The site of one of the country’s most famous battles, which resulted in Henry Tudor winning the English crown from Richard III, visitors to this Leicestershire attraction can meet costumed characters and see real life artefacts as they interpret one of the biggest events in our history – the Wars of the Roses. RAGLEY HALL

Its sister site is the 1620s House & Garden at Donington Le Heath, where you can learn more about the gunpowder plot. See www.bosworth

Ragley Hall, Park & Gardens

battlefield.org.uk and www.doningtonleheath. org.uk – and turn to page 92 for more

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House tours, head gardener talks and afternoon tea are all on offer for families visiting this 300-year-old Grade I listed mansion in Warwickshire. Throughout the year it’s home to country fairs and special events. See www.ragley.co.uk

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2 Life is grand

Learn, see, play and eat at Penshurst Place & Gardens

Travel through history, tour the medieval house

away from the M25 in Kent, and as well as the

and gardens, enjoy the adventure playground

historical home (the Baron’s Hall looks much as it

and dine in the grounds... Kent’s grand attraction

did back in the 14th century) families can enjoy

has lots to keep families entertained. The house,

the toy museum, woodland trail and summertime

and its Elizabethan gardens, are just 10 minutes

maize maze. See www.penshurstplace.com

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3 Bard times

Party like it’s the 1600s at Shakespeare’s Globe

For the best ticket deals to family-friendly museums, attractions and top London shows, click on www.grouptravel offers.com Take the study of our greatest playwright out of the classroom and bring it to life with a visit to a production at Shakespeare’s Globe on London’s South Bank. It’s a chance to see the performance as the original audiences might have experienced it, and you can continue the literary theme with a trip on Golden Tours’ Shakespeare’s London bus tour. Explore London life around Shakespearean times with the help of live character guides in full costume, who combine stories of the bard

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and tales of the time alongside the sights, sounds and smells of the city. Learn about the treachery of the infamous gunpowder plot or feel the realistic lumps and bumps of a plague victim’s skin (maybe after lunch...). See www.shakespearesglobe.com and www.goldentours.com WWW.GROUPTRAVELWORLD.COM

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4 Brick by brick

Get creative at Legoland Windsor Resort

Perfect for Lego-loving children, Legoland

set in 150 acres of parkland, make it a

Windsor Resort in Berkshire has Lego-themed

child’s paradise. They can fly through the

rides, models, building workshops, swimming

treetops to escape fearsome dragons,

pools and even a hotel (though this is made

ride the rapids with a Viking fleet or join

with conventional bricks). More than 55

Lego divers on an underwater adventure.

interactive rides, live shows and attractions,

See www.legoland.co.uk

5 Park life

Enjoy the rides, the railway and the park at Wicksteed With coach parking for up to 30 coaches, Wicksteed Park in Northamptonshire is well geared up for large groups and families. The historic park has seen huge investment in recent years, with a host of new attractions, including a £3m lake restoration project. It’s also launched one of the UK’s tallest and longest zip wires – Rush – which has a top speed of 40mph and is as high as a six-storey building. The park has also announced its new line up of daytime shows. Twist and Shout,

The GR8 escape

Sing As We Go and the Christmas Variety Spectacular, which bring West End quality

GTW’s Sarah Ward tests her detective skills at GR8escape in York

entertainment to the heart of the park’s 147 acres. See www.wicksteedpark.org

There’s nothing quite like an escape room to make you realise how brainless you are – but oh, what a lot of fun! At GR8escape in York we were greeted by Jay-Jay Luckman, who talked us through the New York room we were

the hour would have turned into half a day!

about to enter and explained that we

Saying that, we missed out on completing

had to find a stolen diamond Bugsy

all the tasks in the room by just five minutes.

Bronxton had taken and hidden.

Annoyed doesn’t even come close to how

As the door shut and locked behind us we had an hour to complete each task (each one reveals a code to open a lock or

we felt – but it was great fun, and I’d strongly recommend an escape room to anyone. Teams of between two and six can play

6 Into the deep

Bring history’s more gruesome elements to life

a sign that symbolises where to head next).

(teams of six pay from £78), and the

Thankfully the rooms are equipped with a

minimum age is 10. Find out more about

TV screen where you’re given hints and tips

York’s first live escape room by calling 07897

The UK’s nationwide network of Dungeons

along the way. If it wasn’t for the TV, I think

122834 or visit www.gr8escapeyork.co.uk

take the art of story-telling to another level, and make for an entertaining group trip full of black humour and spooky tales. Based in

Bamburgh Castle

3 family must-sees...

London, Blackpool, Edinburgh, Warwick Castle

It’s one of the UK’s best-known and best-loved

■ The

special effects and a cast of actors to create

castles, and Northumberland’s Bamburgh

www.edenproject.com

a unique, walk-through experience visitors

Castle opens all year round to groups keen

■ The

can see, hear, touch, smell and feel, as each

to explore its ancient rooms, museum and

www.hop-skip-jump.com

location’s real life past is re-enacted.

grounds. See www.bamburghcastle.com

■ Beaulieu,

See www.thedungeons.com

Eden Project, Cornwall, World of Beatrix Potter, Cumbria, Hampshire, www.beaulieu.co.uk

and York, each Dungeon tour uses high-tech

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Prices From

£8.25 per child &

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• Special packages and group discounts • Heritage tour and afternoon tea • Self-service restaurant • Excellent disabled facilities • Free coach parking • Free preview visit

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New Lanark Mills World Heritage Site is a unique 18th century mill village sitting alongside the picturesque River Clyde less than one hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh. Visitors can see recreated millworkers’ houses, historic working machinery and the nearby ‘Falls of Clyde’ waterfalls. On-site facilities include a Mill Café & Shops, Hotel and Hostel.

Contact Lynne Cooper, our Travel Trade Manager to discuss your group’s visit. 01555 667220 | lynne.cooper@newlanark.org | www.newlanark.org

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Days out Find out more at www.sealife.co.uk/ birmingham – and save a third off tickets at grouptraveloffers .com

Jellyfish Invaders reveals the secret life of these prehistoric marvels

The jellyfish are coming! Naomi MacKay enjoys the National Sea Life Centre Birmingham’s new Jellyfish Invaders exhibit

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DIP BEHIND THE SCENES To find out more about the jellyfish life cycle, including the aquarium’s breeding programme, go on a behind the scenes tour, where you’ll discover another fascinating sea creature – the sea horse (13 different types are bred at the centre). Sharks and rays are also fascinating to

ISIT NATIONAL SEA Life Centre

watch, and there’s a large open tank where

Birmingham’s brand new Jellyfish Invaders

you can see them, as well as listen to a fascinating talk.

exhibit and you’re met with the kind of music

Fans of Mr Popper’s Penguins will be as

you get on relaxing music CDs, complete

excited as we were to see Gentoo penguins

with colour-change lights and moving images

in the flesh. Head to the underwater viewing

projected on the walls... All in all it makes for a mesmerising display as the jellyfish float, pulse and glide around their tanks.

Experience the UK’s only 360° tropical ocean tunnel

tanks to get some of the best views as these loveable birds dip, dive and glide beneath the water. Plus you can meet

“Jellyfish are older than dinosaurs, as it’s believed they first swam in our oceans

Rudd, who’s curator at the aquarium.

the inhabitants of the rock pool – led

some 500 million years ago,” says Jonny

“With more than 350 different species,

by a guide, we had a chance to stroke

there’s an awful lot to uncover.”

a starfish and tickle sea anemones.

There are five species on show, from the

But the highlight for us was undoubtedly

TO MAKE A DAY OF IT...

upside down jellyfish to the sea nettles from

the walk-through tunnel. It’s the UK’s only

Combine your visit with a trip to

the Indo Pacific, to the graceful moon jellyfish

360° tropical ocean tunnel and gives visitors

Legoland Discovery Centre Birmingham,

that can be found in our own waters.

the chance to get up close and personal

an indoor playground for kids aged 3-10,

“Jellies are superbly adapted to plug the

with some giants of the underwater world,

or get a combined ticket to Warwick

gaps when other species decline, which is

including Molokai the giant green sea turtle

Castle. See grouptraveloffers.com

one reason why there have been such huge

and the bizarre-looking bowmouth guitar

for discounted tickets.

swarms appearing in recent years,” explains

shark. Groups of around 50 can even book a

Jonny. “Some scientists believe jellyfish are

sleepover in the tunnel – imagine waking up

even poised to take over the oceans one day.”

face to face with a shark in the morning!

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Days out

Stick your

NECK out... One of the gorgeous giraffes at Twycross Zoo – see below for how to win tickets to the attraction

Explore your wild side at the UK’s best zoos and safari parks

S

ET IN THE heart of England, Twycross

disease in gorillas, orang utans, chimpanzees

animatronics stalking the park all summer.

Zoo in Leicestershire is a conservation

and bonobos. This year sees the launch of

■ Pop-Up

charity that’s home to 500 animals from

Chimpanzee Eden, a state-of-art chimpanzee

January 6, 2019, with more than 100 hand-

more than 150 different species. As the

enclosure. The £3.5m facility will, for the first

painted pandas set to descend on the estate.

only place in the UK where visitors can see

time, see the zoo’s 18 chimpanzees living

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all four types of great apes, Twycross has

together in an immersive jungle-like habitat.

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one of the largest primate collections in

Get me there: Twycross Zoo is open to the

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public from 10am to 5pm, 364 days

MARWELL ZOO

a year. Call 0844 474 1777 or visit

Marwell Zoo in Hampshire is home to hundreds

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of animals in its 140-acre park – and for little

See Twycross’ leopards

WIN!

LONGLEAT SAFARI PARK

Pandas, from this month until

monkeys who visit there are five adventure playgrounds to play in, between daily talks and

Longleat was the first stately home to open

animal feeds. There’s also a free road train to

its doors to the public back in 1949. Its

help you explore. Groups of 12 or more get

drive-through safari park wowed crowds

discounts in the shop, free coach parking,

when it opened back in 1966, and today

free driver entry and more.

the Wiltshire estate continues its pioneering

Get me there: Visit the website at

approach with a host of group-friendly

www.marwell.org.uk/zoo

events for 2018, including:

We’ve teamed up with Twycross Zoo to

■ The

give five readers the chance to win a family

Festival, from June 23-24.

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Days out But whether your group are keen to

pay just £11 when you go as a group of 10

eat their sandwiches under the watchful

or more. Better yet, if you’re a student, revel

eye of a Barbary Macaque – the monkeys

in the discount of only £9.50 per person.

are notorious for clinging on to coach

With more than 250 primates, you can

and car windows – or come face to face

explore the grounds and gain an insight into

with an African lion, the park’s now as

the attraction’s fascinating work and the

famous for its conservation and breeding

stories behind the arrival of some of

projects as it is for its exotic residents.

its furry lodgers.

From its daily talks and demonstrations to its work with the European Endangered Species Program, Woburn strives to educate

Get me there: Visit www.monkeyworld.org

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visitors and plays a key role in a number of

Crocodiles. Lots of them.

conservation projects – working alongside

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MONKEY WORLD At the heart of primate rescue and rehabilitation is Monkey World in Dorset. With reduced group rates,

Home to some of the world’s most endangered species, head to Worcestershire’s West Midland Safari Park and group admission

GTW award-winner,

gives you access to a four-mile, coach-friendly

Crocodiles of the World is

safari drive through, a lengthy discovery

the UK’s only crocodile zoo. Hugely popular with families, keeper experiences, special

It’s one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world, and Hull’s The Deep offers discounts for pre-booked parties of 10 or more. Visit www.thedeep.co.uk

WEST MIDLAND SAFARI PARK

We kid you not! Another

groups and school trips, it offers

group-visits

Watch your wiper blades on Woburn’s safari drive-through!

trail, the park’s Land of the Living Dinosaurs attraction, the African Village and Lemur Woods. And if that isn’t enough, you can pull up a chair for a range of daily shows and

animal encounters,

encounters. With up to 50% discount for

talks and more.

groups of 10 or more, you can add more

Get me there:

people up until the last minute at no extra cost.

Visit www.crocodiles

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oftheworld.co.uk

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GTW news VISIT BRITAIN

Get involved Steve Reed Tourism is inviting tour planners to explore some great tourist attractions for themselves at a series of free* hosted buyer events throughout 2018. Dates include: ■ June 25

– visit Gilbert White and the

Oates Collection. See the beautiful, and newly unveiled, facilities at this exciting attraction for groups that’s right in the heart of Hampshire. The visit includes several local attractions too. ■ September 23-25

– Southport

Hosted Buyer Showcase. ■ October 22 –

the Group Buyer Forum

(North and Midlands), in association with Group Travel World magazine, will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Join Steve and the GTW team at this fantastic attraction. ■ October 27-29

– Guildford and

Surrey Showcase at the Holiday Inn Guildford. * Terms and conditions apply – call Steve Reed Tourism for more on these and the other hosted buyer events on 01420 560288 or visit

Brooklands

here we come!

Groups of 15 or more get a discount at Brooklands – see www. brooklandsmuseum. com

The famous Brooklands Museum in Surrey was the host of Steve Reed Tourism’s recent Group Buyer Forum South, in association with Group Travel World magazine Brooklands Museum – the birthplace of British

a very good turnout of what we would

motorsport and aviation, and now the home

describe as quality group buyers,” says

of Concorde – was the setting for Steve Reed

Steve. “It was great to see so many

Tourism’s recent Group Buyer Forum South, in

tourism businesses, from all over the

association with Group Travel World magazine.

UK, talking group bookings with GTOs

The Surrey attraction, which is also home

www.stevereedtourism.co.uk

Steve (far left), with visitors to the event

and coach and tour operators.

to Mercedes-Benz World (pictured above),

“We’re very grateful for the support of

is hugely popular with groups and families,

the various tourism businesses who helped

and has been named as a finalist in the

make this group booking event a success

Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 awards

– and particular thanks go to Brooklands

– winners will be announced in July.

Museum for providing a great venue, Surya

Steve’s Group Travel Forums put real buyers

Hotels for hosting some of the buyers,

directly in touch with sellers. “Despite the fact

and to French Brothers of Windsor for

the weather forecast was terrible, we still had

putting on one of their top cruises.”

GTW

The team from Bletchley Park were at the event – here’s Steve trying to crack the Enigma machine!

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Yarn Market Hotel Dunster

Exmoor National Park, TA24 6SF Tel: +44 (0) 1643 821425 E: hotel@yarnmarkethotel.co.uk W: www.yarnmarkethotel.co.uk

Things to see and do:* * * * * * * * * *

Medieval village location in Exmoor National Park Dunster Castle & Gardens Famous landscaped gardens Restored steam railways The beautiful coastline of Exmoor National Park Exmoor villages and country inns full of character Exmoor ponies and wildlife Delightful moorland scenery South West Coast Path walk Pretty fishing villages and small harbours

We can provide:* * * * * *

28 ensuite rooms 2 restaurants and function room Assistance with group itineraries Special facilities for walkers, boot and drying room, map loan, walking routes and assistance with transport Cycle shed Packed lunches

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Bring your groups to London’s oldest botanic garden and unlock our remarkable stories and plant collection Reduced ticket price for groups of ten or more

Award winning cafĂŠ and garden shop open: Monday - Friday, Sundays 11am-6pm Chelsea Physic Garden 66 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HS groups@chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk 020 7352 5646 chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk Group Travel 2.indd 1

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Days out

Plan your visit at www. palacehouse newmarket. co.uk

An odds-on favourite

Recognise this horse? He’s Kingsgate Native, winner of the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot – and he’s just one of the stars you’ll meet at Newmarket’s National Heritage Centre

H

AILED AS THE historic home of

century to the present day, with artwork by

horseracing, The National Heritage

George Stubbs among the treasures on show.

Centre at Palace House Newmarket has it all: royal ties, world-class

DON’T MISS...

horses, priceless art and history.

■ Daily

behind the scenes demonstrations in

Based at Charles II’s sporting palace

the Rothschild Yard every day at 11.30am

and stables, this five-acre site in the heart

and 2.30pm, where you can meet former

of Newmarket in Suffolk is a museum,

racehorses and find out how they’re retrained.

art and exhibition gallery, stables, restaurant

■ Temporary

and shop – all under the one roof.

the website for details.

Former racehorse Kingsgate Native, pictured here, is just one of the racing heroes who

■ The

The Rothschild Yard

exhibitions – visit

racehorse simulator in the King’s Yard

Galleries, where you can experience the thrill

take part in daily demonstrations in the Peter

of riding a race and dress up as a jockey.

O’Sullevan Arena at the Rothschild Yard.

■ The

Tack Room restaurant and bakery.

And visitors can also explore the National

■ The

chance to arrange a welcome talk

Horseracing Museum, which charts the history

or guided tour – again see the website

of the sport from its origins to the global

for details. Group organisers get free

industry it is today, as well as the Fred Packard

admission, there’s free coach parking as well

Galleries. Here, you’ll discover the finest

as a range of other benefits, and general

gallery of British sporting art from the 17th

admission is £12 (£11 for groups).

The King’s Yard

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Days out 900th birthday celebrations

Peterborough cathedral is 900 years old this year

The Group Travel World team were out in force last month, running a 900 metre race against city mascot Peter Burrows to celebrate Peterborough Cathedral’s 900th birthday this year – and help raise money for local charities in the process. Pictured here are GTW’s Harley Denham (bottom left), Emily Dougall (bottom right), Peter Burrows, Amy Procel from GTW’s sister magazine Coach & Bus Week, Helen Milbank, Emma Parkes and Carole Hughes (far right) from charity Anna’s Hope.

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Giving day-trippers to the Norfolk Broads a

Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall where you

fresh look at the gorgeous scenery, the Bure

can simply hop off and explore by foot –

Valley Railway speeds along the tracks on

then hop back on and continue

its nine-mile run from Wroxham to Aylsham

your journey by train

through the Bure Valley. You can take the

(just wave the driver

full 18-mile round trip hit or opt to stop off

down to stop!). Find

along the way. Along the line are wayside

out more at www.

halts serving the Broadland villages of

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Days out

’Ello, ello, ello... Victorian policemen, fancy china fit for a queen, world-changing metals... discover the delights of Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge Museums

A policeman at Blists Hill Victorian Town

two festive weekends, from December 8-9 and 15-16. Experience a magical Victorian festive season – and take advantage of the special £9.50 per person rate for pre-booked parties of 15 or more. There is either free coach parking or a

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leaders and coach drivers get in free when

to 10 award-winning attractions,

exhibition can be seen at the Fusion Gallery,

accompanying a group, and coach drivers

next to Jackfield Tile Museum, between

receive a free refreshment voucher. Discounts

Ironbridge Gorge Museums is one of Shropshire’s best-loved attractions.

now and September 17, 2018. Later in the year, groups

At the heart of the Industrial

can enjoy the true taste of

Revolution, in Victorian times Ironbridge and the materials the area produced were of global importance. Today, you can travel back to the age of steam and

For more on all of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums visit www. ironbridge.org.uk

Christmas at Blists Hill’s

are available for groups of 15-plus. Call the group visits officer Ben Walker to find out more on 01952 435 900 or email visits@ironbridge.org.uk

experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Victorian era at Blists Hill Victorian Town; discover how Coalbrookdale changed the world at the Museum of Iron; explore the artistry and craft behind the tiles that decorated Victorian Britain at Jackfield Tile Museum, and browse the beautiful collections at Coalport China Museum. Throughout the year, groups can enjoy special events and exhibitions at the museums. Showcasing the world’s best botanical photography, for instance, the stunning

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Days out

Flower power 5

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of the best attractions in Shropshire

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WENLOCK EDGE Wenlock Edge is an 18-mile limestone

escarpment that runs from Craven Arms to Ironbridge. The National Trust owns eight miles of this stretch, which is home to a mix of flower-rich limestone grasslands, ancient woodland and internationally important geological sites, making the area an important Site of Special Scientific Interest. Along Wenlock Edge you’ll see evidence

SHREWSBURY FLOWER SHOW

the pretty Shropshire town of Bridgnorth

of its old industrial use, with quarries and lime

It’s one of the county’s leading floral

to Kidderminster, crossing the Shropshire/

kilns dotting the route. There is a myriad of

events, and this year’s Shrewsbury Flower

Worcstershire border as it follows the course

footpaths and bridleways that can easily be

Show is set to be bigger, better and brighter

of the River Severn. See www.svr.co.uk

accessed from the two car parks on Wenlock

than ever. Every year the show is home to top exhibitors, floral displays and show gardens, as well as country displays and entertainment, from falconry displays to show jumping. Held in the town’s Quarry Park, it’s

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RAF MUSEUM COSFORD Celebrating Shropshire’s aviation history,

RAF Museum Cosford welcomes groups, with a year-round programme of events

Edge and at Wilderhope Manor. Check out www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wenlock-edge

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STOKESAY CASTLE It dates back to the 13th century,

and today Stokesay Castle – with its

been running for more than 130 years,

and guided tours on offer, as well as special

making it the longest running horticultural

catering packages and more. And the best bit?

stunning views over the Shropshire Hills

event to be held in the same location (it’s

It’s free to enter (and to park a coach)!

– is one of the finest and best-preserved

even in the Guinness Book of Records).

Based in Shifnal, attractions at

fortified medieval manor houses in England.

Tickets cost from £23 in advance. See

the museum include a collection of

Discover the great hall, unchanged for over

shrewsburyflowershow.org.uk

aircraft and weapons, flight simulators,

700 years, spot characters carved in the

exhibitions, displays and more.

timbers of the 17th century gatehouse,

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SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY

Find out more and plan your

and climb to the top of the tower for

The Severn Valley Railway takes

group or family’s visit at www.

breathtaking views. Find out more at

day-trippers on a 16-mile journey from

rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/

www.english-heritage.org.uk

Shrewsbury Flower Show takes place from August 10-11. See shrewsburyflower show.org.uk

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HAVE YOU TRIED THE

‘SOUTHPORT WELCOME’

Princess Diana Gardens

Wayfarers Shopping Arcade

Southport Flower Show

With a coach host meet and greet, designated drop-off points, discount voucher booklets, secure parking at only £5 per day, driver facilities and more...

you’ll love the Southport Welcome Fantastic shops, events, countryside and places to eat

Southport is the ideal place to bring your group If you’d like to find out more about Southport... Email: Steve.Christian@sefton.gov.uk Visit: www.visitsouthport.com

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Days out

Sun, sea (and Egyptian mummies) Take to the coast for a history lesson with a twist

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people who were tried and sentenced in the court, and use the interactive displays to find out what happened to them. Over 200 years of justice, injustice, crime, and punishments are brought to life through the stories of people executed for arson, transported for asking for fair pay, and sentenced to hard labour for stealing clothes or food. Shire Hall first opened in 1797, serving as the County Hall for Dorset, and was a

HREE TOP MUSEUMS in the historic

LAW AND ORDER

Devon town of Torbay have joined forces in

The historic town of Dorchester is now home

than two centuries. Today, its centrepiece

a bid to attract groups and families. The Torbay

to a major new attraction – Shire Hall Historic

is the historic cells and courtroom, which

Growing Museums Partnership, funded by Arts

Courthouse Museum.

appear today almost as they did in Georgian

Council England, includes Torre Abbey, Torquay Museum and Brixham Heritage Museum.

The attraction explores the history of law and order in the Dorset town: did you

centre of law, order and government for more

times. Find out more at shirehalldorset.org And another thing... Shire Hall has

Working with consultant Julia Pearce of

know, for instance, that it’s the place where

connections to one of Dorset’s most

South West Group Travel, the partnership has

the Tolpuddle Martyrs were brought to trial,

famous sons, Thomas Hardy. The novelist

announced new, great value rates for groups,

which sparked the Trade Union movement?

and poet served as a magistrate, sitting

tour operators and language schools (for

Visitors can walk in the footsteps of

in court on almost 40 occasions.

details email julia@southwestgrouptravel.com). Visitors can enjoy: ■ Torquay

Museum – one of Devon’s oldest

Dorchester’s Shire Hall

museums, with the only Egyptian mummy in Devon, an old Devonshire farmhouse and Britain’s only dedicated Agatha Christie gallery. ■ Brixham

Heritage Museum – this free

to enter museum (though donations are requested) tells the history of the town from prehistoric times. ■ Torre

Abbey – one of Torquay’s

most historic buildings, it dates back to 1196, when it was founded by monks. Following a restoration project the abbey is now a hive of events and festivals. The view over Torbay’s Broadsands beach

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From coast to city, the Future Global Opportunities for UK Tourism conference will offer visitors a fresh insight into the tourism industry. On June 28 at the ACC Liverpool, visit bit.ly/ UKTourismConference

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Days out MARITIME HISTORY REPEATS

and repairing the 33-metre long Teesside-

The replica of one of the most famous ships

built ship and relocating it next year from

in the history of maritime exploration is being

its current berth at Stockton-on-Tees to

prepared for a new voyage along the North

Whitby, where the original Endeavour was

Yorkshire Moors coast to Whitby.

built in 1764. “To have secured one of

Last year, a partnership led by Whitby businessman Andrew Fiddler bought HM Bark Endeavour, one of only two full-scale

attractions is fantastic,” says Andrew. “Now we have to carefully refurbish

replicas in the world of the ship commanded

the ship so that once again HM Bark

by explorer Captain James Cook for his voyage

Endeavour can tell the story of life at sea

to Australia and New Zealand. Andrew now

in the 18th century.” Find out more at

plans to spend nearly £750,000 refurbishing

www.northyorkmoors.org.uk

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VISIT ENGLAND/RICH J JONES

Whitby will be the new home of a replica of one of the world’s most famous ships

the most distinctive and historic maritime

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Add to this beautiful parks and gardens, theatres, beaches and more restaurants than you can shake a ‘French stick’ at - and there’s something for everyone. And with Southport being so flat and the coach drop-off points being in the heart of the town, everything is easily accessible for visitors of all ages.

there’s a great events programme including The Southport Food & Drink Festival, Air Show, Flower Show & The British Musical Fireworks Championship. Or why not take a stroll (or if you’re not feeling energetic, the road train) along the UK’s second longest Pier and enjoy the fabulous views from the end?

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Days out The Throne Room at the King Richard III Visitor Centre

Just 12 miles from Leicester, Loughborough is the starting point for a ride on the Great Central Railway – the UK’s only double track, main line, steam hauled heritage railway.

The National Space Centre

A birds of prey display at Bosworth Battlefield

Fit for a king

Pork pies, a royal burial and outer space provide the ingredients for a group tour with a difference. Stuart Render reports from Leicestershire...

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spot where the king’s remains were found, uses great storytelling, beautiful design and 21st century technology to tell the fascinating and moving story of the king’s life and death. It also reveals the remarkable archaeological detective story of the search for his remains. A new annex to the old school building has been built over the exact spot where the remains were found, offering a solemn site of remembrance and the opportunity to look down into the actual grave. A lighting effect

N THE EVENING of Tuesday,

While Richard’s menu choice is unknown,

shows where the king’s bones lay for so many

there’s no doubt at all that 532 years later,

years. It’s nicely done. The typical dwell time

the fateful Battle of Bosworth Field, King

his life, death and re-burial are generating

at the visitor centre is around 90 minutes and

Richard III, the last of the Plantagenet kings,

significant interest in Leicestershire among tour

there are discounts for groups of 15 or more.

sat down to dinner at the Blue Boar Inn

planners and group travel organisers looking

in Leicester. On the table in front of him,

for new ideas for day trips and short breaks.

20 August 1485, two days before

Walk across the road to Leicester Cathedral and you can see King Richard’s tomb.

The county has experienced a huge surge

Groups of 10 or more need to pre-book

in interest since the remains of the king were

and there’s a small charge that includes a

Leicestershire, and the market town of Melton

discovered in a council car park in Leicester

presentation by one of the cathedral guides.

Mowbray, today laying claim to being the home

city centre in September 2012. In March

of the pork pie, it might just be true. After all,

2015, his remains were re-buried in Leicester

FIGHTING TALK

history tells us that the first recorded recipe for

Cathedral. Today, the King Richard III Visitor

Around 14 miles to the west of Leicester is the

a pork pie was noted in 1390 in the kitchen

Centre, located in a former school building

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre. It does

of King Richard II, some 95 years earlier.

opposite the cathedral, and right next to the

what it says on the tin, telling the dramatic

taking pride of place, was a pork pie. Well, maybe. It’s a nice story, and with

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Days out Leicester’s Curve Theatre

story of the Battle of Bosworth Field that took

OUT OF THIS WORLD

place on 22 August 1485. With interactive,

If you thought Curve was a bit quirky, on

GET ME THERE:

hands-on displays and a range of activities,

the edge of the city centre is another visitor

For more information about group visits

including guided walks, you can find out about

attraction that really is both unique and

to Leicester and Leicestershire, go to

medieval warfare, and how King Richard III

very different.

www.goleicestershire.com/groups

fought for his crown and lost his life, and Henry

The National Space Centre, developed

Tudor became king. Link the centre with a visit

through a partnership between the University

to the King Richard III Visitor Centre and you

of Leicester’s Space Research Centre,

have an unusual and compelling story of this

is a surprisingly impressive attraction. The

and ‘ChocFest’ in November attract many

fascinating piece of English history. There are

centrepiece is a 42-metre high rocket tower.

thousands of people. The town is also

discounts for groups of 10 or more and the

There are six interactive galleries, the UK’s

famous for its Christmas Tree Festival that

typical dwell time is around two hours.

largest 360˚ planetarium, a 3D SIM ride

sees more than 1,300 decorated trees inside

described as ‘world unique’, and several

St Mary’s Church. It’s quite a sight, and only

genuine space rockets including Soyuz and

costs £2 to get in.

WHERE OLD MEETS NEW Back in Leicester and a walk around the city

Gemini. There’s even a bit of moon rock.

centre, either free-flow or with a registered

Unsurprisingly the place is very popular with

Cheeseboard is a delightful little shop offering

Blue Badge Tourist Guide gives an opportunity

school groups, so visiting in the afternoon is

a choice of more than 150 different cheeses,

to compare the very old with the very modern.

advised. The dwell time, to see everything, is

including the local speciality, Stilton.

The medieval Guildhall, with its timber-framed

around three hours, or longer if you’re going

Great Hall, was built around 1390. A short

to have something to eat in the onsite café.

walk away is Curve, the city’s spectacular

In nearby Windsor Street, the Melton

However, mention Melton and its pork pies that are likely to spring to mind. Dickinson & Morris has been making pork pies at

state-of-the-art theatre. Opened in 2008,

WHO ATE ALL THE PIES?

Curve is a theatre within a theatre. The unique

Many groups stay in one of Leicester’s four-

Street since 1851. Groups can pre-book a

design means there’s no traditional backstage

star hotels, using the location to spend a day

demonstration of ‘hand raising’ a pork pie.

area. Actors move between their dressing

exploring the city, and then traveling the 17

It costs just £1 per person. It’s a fascinating

rooms and the stage by crossing the public

miles or so to the market town of Melton

experience, and even harder to leave without

areas. Curve has attracted critical acclaim for

Mowbray. In recent years, the town has gained

buying one of the many different products

many of its shows giving an opportunity to see

the title of the UK’s ‘Rural Capital of Food’.

on display. You get the feeling that King

West End quality at provincial prices.

The Melton Mowbray Food Festival in October,

Richard III would have approved!

Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe in Nottingham

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Visit Leicestershire’s award-winning

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park

• Award-winning exhibition • Exciting events programme • Guided and self-led walks • Licensed restaurant • Family activity h e B a r n R e s ta u r a n t Pre-booking room

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DISCOVER THE CONTROVERSIAL STORY OF ENGLAND’S LOST KING AT KING RICHARD III VISITOR CENTRE

NEW GROUP TALK FOR 2018 The Princes in the Tower KING RICHARD III VISITOR CENTRE An ideal destination for groups, Leicester’s award-winning attraction offers: • Preferential group rates and dedicated booking office • Catering packages, talks and guided tours available • Free entry for tour leader and coach driver • Free familiarisation visit

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Industry insider DFDS now operates 54 daily departures on the Dover Strait

COACH TOURISM

ASSOCIATION

Join the CTA and reap the benefits – find out more at www.coachtourism association.co.uk

Sea the light COLIN FAWCUS OF DFDS

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We chat to Colin Fawcus, CTA board member and National Sales Manager at DFDS

HOPE THAT BY the time you read this we are

Channel, with DFDS now operating a total of

More recently, Brexit continues to present us

in the early stages of a good summer season,

54 departures daily on the Dover Strait.

with challenges and the weakened pound.

industry as a whole. I say that because it’s

FACING LIFE’S CHALLENGES

years the resilience shown by the UK travel

been an eventful time for us recently, with the

In my time at DFDS I’ve seen many changes,

trade has constantly amazed me, and I’m very

seemingly everlasting Brexit effect, various

both in the company and the industry as a

proud to work in such a brilliant industry with

external factors influencing continental traffic

whole, and we’ve worked through some very

so many dynamic people.

and the weakening pound, as well as coping

challenging times.

both for ourselves here at DFDS and for the

with the ‘Beast from the east!’

When I joined the company from a

I have to say however that throughout the

SHAPING THE FUTURE

Despite all this, last year we saw good

telecommunications background back in 1999,

As National Sales Manager at DFDS I head up

growth on coaches on our Newcastle to

DFDS were in the midst of working through the

our team of sales and account managers, as

Amsterdam service, and the investment

challenges the abolition of duty free brought

well as the groups reservations department.

we carried out with the complete refit on

us. This was followed by the foot and mouth

It’s been great to see how the company has

both our North Sea vessels was well received

crisis in 2000, then 9/11, the London

evolved over time to embrace digital

by our passengers.

bombings and the ash cloud crisis – I still

technologies and the opportunities these

remember the makeshift mattresses on the

provide for us and our customers

Our Dover to Calais route continued to grow and we are proud to offer the most daily

floor in our on-board cinemas as we helped to

Having recently taken up a position on the

rotations on the English Channel. 2017 also

repatriate holiday passengers grounded by the

CTA board, I’m very much looking forward to

saw us cement our presence on the English

ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano eruption!

being able to use my experience to contribute and help shape the future of the CTA from a sea carrier’s perspective.

JOHN WALES, who’s the new Chairman of the Coach Tourism Association

(pictured here), was invited onto a seminar panel at the recent British Tourism & Travel Show at the NEC. John commented: “I was delighted to be able to represent the coach tourism industry in general – and the CTA in particular. With my expertise in selling London theatre and attraction tickets I was able to highlight to the audience the future threats and opportunities facing coach operators taking their coaches to central London.”

The CTA is here to support and offer some great social and network opportunities, as well as being an excellent source of industry information. It was great to see the interest on our stand at the recent BTTS show at the NEC because events like this really brings us all together, and I’m looking forward to being involved in determining the direction of the association.

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UKinbound news RHS Garden Rosemoor

Devon’s finest Melissa Hackney of RHS Gardens reports on a recent fam trip exploring north Devon’s hidden gems

A

S THE ‘BEAST from the

an exclusive ‘Hidden Gems of

hidden gem with a wonderful

east’ reached out into the

North Devon’ fam trip hosted by

combination of formal gardens,

furthest corners of the country

the Royal Horticultural Society,

a cottage garden and wooded

this March, a group of tour

Brend Hotels and Clovelly.

area. Here they were treated to

operators from key operators –

On arrival into Tiverton station,

a tour of the garden after lunch

including Saga, JacTravel, Hotels

the group were whisked off to

and More, E-voyages and Interopa

the idyllic RHS Garden Rosemoor,

in the new Garden Room.

– beat a path to the beautiful

the RHS’s only garden in the

luxurious Saunton Sands Hotel.

countryside of north Devon on

south west of England and a real

This fabulous four-star art deco

Dinner that evening was at the

hotel sits right on the South ‘Hidden Gems of North Devon was hosted by the RHS, Brend Hotels and Clovelly

West Coastal Path, overlooking the beautiful Saunton Sands beach. With its amazing location, as well as AA Rosette standard cooking, two heated pools, gym

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and spa facilities, it was a real treat. Dinner was hosted by Kelly

Make a date at RHS Garden Rosemoor and enjoy: ■ Discounted ■ Group ■ Free

organisers go free, plus the driver gets a free meal voucher

coach parking with easy drop off and pick up

■ Cream ■ For

entry for groups of 10 or more

teas from £6.50 and picnics in the garden from £12

more group information see www.rhs.org.uk/groups

and Peter Brend, and the group

streets leading down to its tiny

were able to hear all about the

harbour, with wonderful views

latest news from a group of

over the Bristol Channel. Lunch

leading north Devon tourism

in the Red Lion Hotel was a great

organisations and businesses.

way to say goodbye in the cosy

The following morning saw a

surroundings of this welcoming

visit to the lovely seaside village

18th century inn. Birthplace

of Clovelly. Spring sunshine broke

to Salvatian Ho – the sailor in

through as Jana from Clovelly

the celebrated Westward Ho!

guided the group through this

Novel – this pub sits alongside

fascinating living village, with its

Clovelly’s picturesque harbour,

idyllic white cottages and cobbled

serving traditional pub grub.

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GTW Awards

On winning form

Explore Woburn Abbey and Gardens

Our GTW Awards celebrate the attractions that go the extra mile to make groups feel welcome. Meet this month’s winners – as voted for by members of the WI across the UK... BEST ATTRACTION

Cruise the Thames with French Brothers

Woburn Abbey & Gardens “We always get a very warm welcome at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire,” says WI member June Mansfield. “Lisa Weaver is their groups coordinator and she’s really friendly and helpful. We were lucky with the weather when we went last year and the gardens were stunning. We’re hoping to go back for the special Repton celebration this summer.” (For more on Woburn’s Humphry Repton exhibition see our special feature next issue.) ■ Find

out more at www.woburnabbey.co.uk

Step back in time at Beamish BEST ATTRACTION

BEST ATTRACTION

French Brothers Riverboats

To nominate a hotel, attraction, restaurant or holiday company for our 2018 awards, email helen.milbank@ grouptravelworld. com

Beamish Museum At the awardwinning Beamish Museum in County Durham visitors can experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the past and take

“My group have sailed along the River Thames

able bodied

at Windsor a few times. It’s so easy – you can

it’s not far to

leave the coach at one of the places along the

go and explore

friendly costumed folk waiting to share stories

riverside and go into Windsor on the boat,

Windsor itself, with

of life in the North East in the 1820s, 1900s

sailing with French Brothers. The driver can

lots of good shopping and places to eat.

and 1940s.

then go back on the boat to collect the coach

“French Brothers can do afternoon tea

a tram ride back in time. And what makes Beamish extra special are the

“Last summer, hundreds of WI members

and arrange a time to pick up passengers in

if requested, and a light lunch, tea and

from around the region came together at

Windsor,” says Maggie Hamilton of Sutton

coffee is also available on request.

the museum to celebrate the centenary

Courtenay WI. “There’s a very nice pub across the road

“For a group booking you get a discount

of the Durham County Federation of

and a running commentary all about

Women’s Institutes,” says Joan Swynar.

as you get off the boat to go for lunch, or

the river. My group love it there.”

“Fantastic fun and a great attraction.”

a fish and chip shop close by. For the more

■ See

■ Find

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Coach Buddy offers information on all attractions, from gardens to stately homes

Your travel questions answered by experts VISIT ENGLAND

Plan your trip to the capital GROUP TRAVEL

Attracting the masses QI run a garden centre and café and

Help and support

VISIT ENGLAND

GROUP TRAVEL

want to attract more coaches and groups. Any advice?

name, address, website, telephone number, email contact and a brief description. Attractions can also include coach-specific

Georgie Mills, Essex

information on their listing, as well as details

A Tony Henthorn, founder of

of any incentives offered to coach drivers. your entry to add in photographs, video links,

If you wish, you can choose to upgrade

QCan you tell me more about the new

Coach Buddy (coachbuddy.org.uk), says: A basic entry in the attractions

an extended description, audio commentary

Coach Buddy scheme. Is it aimed at group

section of Coach Buddy – a website that

and access to the site’s new calendar function.

organisers as well as coach drivers?

offers information to help group organisers

■ To find out more about the Coach Buddy

June Cliveson, Cambridgeshire

and coach operators plan trips – is free

service, visit coachbuddy.org.uk or email

A Tony Henthorn, founder of

of charge and includes each attraction’s

tony.henthorn@coachbuddy.org.uk

Coach Buddy (coachbuddy.org.uk), says: In a word, yes, it’s very much aimed at group organisers looking for help and support when sorting day trips and holidays. In a nutshell,

Taking flight

QAre the rumours true that Doncaster

Coach Buddy officially launched at World

Sheffield Airport is to have a long-haul route?

Travel Market in November last year and now

Joan Thomson, South Yorkshire

has close to 8,500 subscribers - including

A Stephen Davis, CMO at global

coach operators, tour operators, group travel organisers, coach drivers and tour guides.

travel agency Kiwi.com, says: Yes! News of a new long-haul route at Doncaster

600 UK towns and cities. Some of the most

Sheffield Airport, and the building of a

popular tourist destinations contain audio

brand new railway station to facilitate the

commentaries, and all destinations detail

airport, has been welcomed by the travel

information about coach drop-off and pick-up

industry in a bid to decentralise flights to

locations, as well as coach parking.

and from the UK from London.

Each destination listing allows you to find

The project, dubbed ‘Aerotropolis’, is

PIXABAY

The website contains details of more than

Any regional airport that has international

nearby attractions, as well as coach operators

set to generate £3.2bn for the local economy,

arrivals will benefit hugely from an increase

based in the area.

with airport passenger numbers set to

in business.

In conjunction with Transport for London,

increase to 4.7 million per year by 2037.

Just think about Americans travelling to

Coach Buddy also details all coach parking and

This will have a profound impact on

Edinburgh, or Chinese visitors to Manchester.

drop off locations in the capital. The site lists

local tourism in the North of England,

The result is millions of additional spend on

information for around 140 London tourism

with local businesses set to flourish from

hospitality, leisure and retail.

attractions, too. The service is free – simply

the inbound tourism this will bring.

visit coachbuddy.org.uk to register with your

The growth of regional airports around

At Kiwi.com, we constantly welcome the arrival of new air routes and airline operators

email address or visit the Facebook page

the UK is essential, not only for the growth of

flying to new destinations, as it offers the

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customer more choice and freedom.

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Your Q&As Iceland is ripe for exploring

PIXABAY

GROUP TRAVEL

Land of fire and ice QWe want to explore Iceland off

population just over 100,000), but it’s

4. The Westfjords

the beaten track. Any ideas for a real

absolutely full of history and amazing

The most remote and isolated part of Iceland,

adventure holiday?

architecture, not to mention vibrant downtown

with deserted and twisty roads along the

Lily Macgregor, Lanarkshire

bars and restaurants. Visit Höf i House,

fjords. Isolated and spooky – visit the

A Travel writer Naomi MacKay says:

where Ronald Reagan met Mikhail Gorbachev

witchcraft museum to learn more.

As well as the thrill of seeing the Northern

Hallgrímskirkja church, designed in 1937

5. Bjargtangar

Lights, Iceland offers all kinds of extreme

and completed 50 years later, and The Pearl

The westernmost point in Iceland, and also

adventures. Don a pair of crampons and ice

– a glass dome supported by six tanks,

Europe. The nearest landmass due south

climb on the Solheimajokull glacier with

each containing a hefty 4,000,000 litres

is the Antarctic.

incredible views across sinkholes, ice ridges

of hot water.

to end the Cold War, the immense

and crevasses. Or go snowmobiling on the

6. The Snaefellsjokull glacier

Langjokull glacier or heli-skiing in the freshest

2. The Road to ‘Hell’

Made famous by Jules Verne in Journey to

of powder with vertical drops of up to 5000ft

Not the Chris Rea song, but the name given

the Centre of the Earth.

in the Arctic mountains. These experiences

to the volcanic crater near Askja, where

can all be arranged by the folk at Wix Squared,

you’ll overlook the newly formed lava field

7. The local cuisine

see wixsquared.com/destinations/Iceland

of the 2014-2015 eruption.

Try fermented shark or smoked puffin, washed down with a shot of Brennivin

And while you’re there, here’s Group Travel 3. Vatnajokull

– Icelandic schnapps flavoured with caraway,

The largest glacier in Europe outside Norway,

in case you were wondering. And finally,

1. Reykjavik

this will be familiar to Game of Thrones fans

of course, don’t forget to take a dip in the

Iceland’s capital may be small (with a

as ‘Beyond the Wall’.

geothermally heated pools.

World’s pick of the must-see sights:

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Your Q&As

Melissa Hackney is Groups

Sales & Marketing Manager at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

RHS

MEET OUR EXPERT

Proudly sponsored by the Royal Horticultural Society

RHS Gardens and groups: the latest tips and practical advice from the RHS. Got a gardening question you’d like answered? Email groups@rhs.org.uk

Q Our group has just started a gardening

Q I’ve just been to RHS Garden Wisley

club. Do you have any seasonal fruit and

and am feeling inspired! What jobs should

vegetable tips? Julie Minors, Norfolk

I be doing around my own garden? Eve Parr

A May is a great time to sow French beans,

A As the bulbs come to an end, you can

runner beans, squash, cucumbers and pumpkin seeds directly into prepared beds outside. It’s

now lift and divide overcrowded clumps of

If you’ve got fruit trees, now is the time to

daffodils and other spring flowering bulbs.

also a good time to sow brassicas, such as

pull off suckers appearing around their bases,

Now is also a good time to start sowing and

cauliflowers, for harvesting next winter.

and also liquid feed fruit trees growing in pots

planting out bedding, and you can take

every two weeks with a balanced feed every

softwood cuttings too. It’s also time to get

such as kohl rabi (like a large white above-

fortnight. For soft fruit, you should deblossom

back into the lawn mowing regime – ideally

ground turnip), scorzonera or salsify? And

any strawberry runners planted since September

weekly – as your lawn will be loving the

there’s no time like May for planning ahead for

and check your blueberries, cranberries and

warmer temperatures this month brings.

Christmas dinner – brussels sprouts for next

lingonberries are getting enough water. If you

winter should now be ready for transplanting

have caged or cloched fruit flowers make sure

after early or mid-spring sowing.

bees can access them to ensure pollination.

Q What’s looking good in the RHS

garden flower theme. Or enjoy the Garden

Why not try sowing some unusual vegetables

Gardens this month? Sue Evans, Surrey

Sculpture Trail from June 23 to July 31, when

A May and June are great months to visit any

you can enjoy sculptures from The Surrey

with wonderful colour throughout the gardens.

Rosemoor in North Devon is consistently voted

out with the RHS at its four gardens

as one of the top 10 places to see them, with

– RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey; RHS

opening its fabulous new hillside restaurant in

the two idyllic rose gardens incorporating over

Garden Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire;

May with incredible views over the surrounding

2,000 plants and 200 varieties. The RHS

RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex and

countryside. Why not book a visit during

Rosemoor Rose Festival runs from June

RHS Garden Rosemoor in North Devon.

the Rose Weekend, from June 9-10, when

16 to July 22. A celebration of Britain’s best-

See rhs.org.uk/groups or email

you can enjoy demonstrations, talks, walks

loved flower, there will be guided walks and

groups@rhs.org.uk

and shopping opportunities around the rose

talks, plus tips and advice on rose growing.

of the four RHS gardens around the country, RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex will be

Sculpture Society throughout the garden. If it’s roses you’re keen on, RHS Garden

Experience the ultimate gardening day

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Budapest

Explore Hungary’s capital for yourself on a short break with Travel Editions Group Travel

The Paris of the East

Sylvia Saxon is an expert when it comes to taking groups to the far-flung reaches of the world, and a recent trip to Budapest was a voyage of discovery

S

ylvia Saxon is the founder and chairman

Hilly Buda: on the opposite bank of the

times). Full of tourists during the day,

of New Meridian, an association for

Danube, this is the smaller of the two parts

after dark it becomes a sophisticated

professional group travel organisers that

of the city with the imposing Royal Palace

destination with enticing restaurants.

prides itself on being for ‘active group

dominating the skyline overlooking the river.

organisers who travel’ (find out more and

You can take the pathway up the hill from

Planning a visit?

contact her at sylvia.saxon@btinternet.com).

the Chain Bridge, around 15 minutes’

Travel Editions Group Travel offers

walk, or take the bus, the Várbusz, or

a four-day trip to Budapest from just

and members of her group chance to

the funicular. Today the castle is home

£379 per person.

explore Hungary’s capital – see next issue

to the Hungarian National Gallery and

for a full report on her trip, and read on for

the Budapest History Museum.

A recent trip to Budapest gave Sylvia

PHOTO: PIXABAY

our top three places to visit in the city:

Discover the secrets of the Jewish Quarter, explore the Ecseri flea market, cruise the River Danube, sample some wine on a

Matthias Church: just a short distance

wine tasting tour and take advantage of the

The Chain Bridge: Numerous bridges cross

away from Hilly Buda is the Matthias Church.

usual hop on/hop off tourist bus to see the

the Danube, the most famous of which

It’s well worth a visit, as is the famous

historic castle and opera house. Walk across

is the Chain Bridge. It was designed by the

Fisherman’s Bastion (the latter is a great

the famous Chain Bridge, and discover why

English architect and engineer William Tierney

viewpoint from which to photograph the

this city is called the ‘Paris of the East’.

Clark and is a larger version of the one

river and city, especially the Parliament

crossing the Thames in Marlow. Nearby on the

building, although you may have to jostle

fantastic short break to the city at

Pest side is the lovely Parliament building.

your way through the crowds at peak

www.traveleditions.co.uk

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A great Dane! As Sue Parslow discovers, the award-winning Andersen Hotel offers an ideal base for exploring the buzzing city of Copenhagen

A

touch is the half-knitted scarf for guests to complete, to be given to a homeless person. Newly redecorated in vibrant colours, the hotel has a warm, trendy vibe. Armchairs with low hanging lightshades that offer an intimate feel to the seating area, where you can sit and watch the Danes go cycling by, muffled up against the cold. Copenhagen is a cycling city with cycle lanes on every street, so if you fancy joining them the hotel offers free bike hire. There’s a small bar stocked with a variety

SENSE OF FUN combined with attention to detail sets this boutique

“Core values like caring, honesty and

of spirits operating on an honesty box basis.

excellent service to our guests are still

Guests gather for wine hour at 5pm daily,

hotel apart. The first thing I noticed were

the bearing of all employees at Andersen

enjoying generous glassfuls of red, white and

three human-sized teddy bears playing

Boutique Hotel,” says general manager

rose organic wines. Throughout the day you can

chess in the lobby – irresistible for a selfie!

Karen Niedergaard. The hotel has been in

help yourself to quality tea (including a choice

her family for three generations, and a nice

of fruit and herbal blends) and Nespresso

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ANDERSEN HOTEL, COPENHAGEN

Tried & tested Warm, trendy vibes come as standard

Group discounts are available, find out more at www. andersen-hotel. dk

Knit one, help one!

ANDERSEN HOTEL, COPENHAGEN

coffee; and while a lift will take you up to each

ANDERSEN HOTEL, COPENHAGEN

Copenhagen’s Andersen Boutique Hotel

The hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the city centre

The hotel’s a short walk from the central

of the five floors, if you choose to walk there

Our top picks...

railway station (and 15 minutes from the

are rewards at each half-landing in the form of

3 things to see in Copenhagen:

airport), in the opposite direction from the

toffees, Danish biscuits and cartons of water.

CENTRAL PERKS Breakfast at The Andersen is a buffet affair with plenty of choice and good quality, organic, food and drink. Tall flasks of coffee are brought to the table, and there’s loose tea and tea bags in

1 2 3

Tivoli Gardens (see our review

bustling city centre. It’s on a quiet, one-way

of the gardens in a future issue)

street, part residential, part hotels, and sits at a

The Little Mermaid bronze

crossroads facing its sister hotel The Absalon.

sculpture in the harbour

Around the corner is the trendy Meatpacking

Amalienborg Palace – the home

District – a good location for those who like

of the Danish royal family

their beer and interesting places to eat.

My room, a junior suite, had a luxury feel

The city centre is an easy 10-minute walk, and the route takes you past the famous

a range of flavours to make your own brew. but the helpful reception staff will point

Tivoli Gardens to Radhus Pladsen and on to

to it, complete with a sofa to fall into after

you in the right direction for whatever

the picturesque Nyhavn harbour. The hotel

a day’s sight-seeing. The coffee machine

you want. There’s plenty of choice within

has 69 rooms and operates the Concept24

facilitates a wake up hit, but if you prefer

a very short distance. A word to the

scheme, allowing late check-out free of charge.

tea you need to head down to the lobby.

wise though: Copenhagen is expensive

Bed and breakfast is priced from 1145 DKK

when it comes to eating and drinking!

(around £130) per room, per night.

The hotel doesn’t have its own restaurant,

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Brits behaving

BADLY... Did you know that chewing gum is banned in Singapore? And there’s a smoking ban on some Thai beaches? As figures show more and more Brits are flouting cultural laws and customs when they travel abroad, it’s time we all wised up says Stephen Davis, CMO at Kiwi.com STEPHEN DAVIS

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HEN WE BOOK a trip we look at the

of arrests in Dubai, and recent episodes of

you go, read expert travel guides as the locals

hotel, the flights, the local transport, the

inappropriate dancing in Cambodia, it would

normally provide dos and don’ts, and visit the

food, the activities on offer, and so on and so

appear we Brits need to do more homework

UK Government website to check foreign travel

forth. But it’s becoming more and more apparent

before we step foot on the plane.

advice in relation to local laws and customs.

the different cultural customs and laws of a

DO YOUR RESEARCH

strict local laws and customs regarding alcohol,

particular country before they holiday there.

When heading abroad the first, very basic,

public touching and dress, which, if abused, result in

step is to take time to research the place you’re

harsh penalties. We’ve seen plenty of examples

arrested abroad, with more than 2,500 Britons

visiting. It will almost certainly have different

of tourists getting themselves in trouble for

locked up in prisons overseas, according to

cultures or customs to home which, if not

failing to address these. Such countries are

the Foreign Commonwealth Office, due to

observed, could land you in hot water. Google

incredibly hospitable and show respect for British

their inappropriate actions. With the news

the activities you plan to take part in before

tourists, but the respect has to be reciprocated.

that fewer British tourists are taking note of

We’ve seen a rise in the number of Brits

The United Arab Emirates, for example, have

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Travel advice It’s illegal to wear stilettos when you’re visiting a historic site in Greece

KEY DOS AND DON’TS

Thailand:

Key British hotspots around the world,

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I loved Jonathan Smith’s aviation photography in issue 184. Fantastic pics! They definitely whetted my appetite for July’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford. We went last year and it’s my favourite show – though I also have to give a shout out to Cambridgeshire’s Little Gransden Air & Car Show. It’s on a much smaller scale than the Air Tattoo, but great fun for families. Steve Lamb, Essex A WORD FROM THE ED: I second that: I went to Little Gransden Air Show a couple of years ago and it was fantastic, despite the fact the weather let us down at the end and we had to run for cover. If you haven’t seen two vintage aircraft popping balloons with their wings you haven’t lived! This year’s show is on August 26. Find out more at littlegransdenairshow.co.uk

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Tanked up Great to see Deborah the tank in issue 184 of Group Travel World – a reproduction of the original Mk IV tank that was knocked out of action at the Battle of Cambrai in 1917. I loved the Channel 4 TV series that featured her being rebuilt by biker Guy Martin, and it was great to ‘meet’ her in person at the Norfolk Tank Museum (see norfolktankmuseum.co.uk). The museum’s annual Armourfest event is a must for people, like me, who are big fans of military vehicles. This summer’s event runs from August 11-12 and it’s only a tenner to get in. I reckon it would definitely make a great feature in your magazine. Clive Wells, Suffolk 110 WWW.GROUPTRAVELWORLD.COM

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And finally...

Carol loves to escape the world of theatre and jet off

Take to the skies CAROL HARRISON

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For actress, producer and director Carol Harrison, travel is the perfect way to unwind after a hectic run in the West End “There are theatre digs you can go to, but

RAVELLING’S ALWAYS BEEN an essential

first show, but I really loved that town. I

part of Carol’s career as an actor, which

had my first job in Belfast and it was very

I like my space and tend to stay in hotels. I’ve

exciting to go back with the show.

seen more Premier Inns than Lenny Henry and

has included roles in EastEnders, London’s

“When you are on tour you’re sometimes

Burning and Kavanagh QC. “I seem to have

have stayed in some strange hotels. There was

been to every town in the UK at some point,”

too tired to go anywhere. But it was lovely

one where the landlady wouldn’t give me a

she says. “I like seeing different parts of Britain

in Belfast as we spent time looking around

key to get in late at night. She said she would

and how they’ve changed over the years.

the Titanic exhibition, and then in York we

wait up. I did point out that I didn’t know what time I would get back and

“I’m currently producer, director and a member of the cast of hit show All Or Nothing, which has been on tour and is now playing MAIN PHOTO: PIXABAY. AS TOLD TO: ANGELA YOUNGMAN

in the West End until June. I often

As soon as I get on a plane and it takes off I feel like a kid again

that I might want to go for a drink afterwards. When I did get back, I found her standing in her rollers asking ‘what time do you call this!’ “I really enjoy travelling. I’ve

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managed to go round York Minister. I put

visited Australia and the US, Cuba, Egypt and

to greet us while on tour. Cardiff was very

things on my wish list to do if we get the

most of Europe. When you work so hard

memorable with 60 scooters accompanying

chance, like going to Betty’s in Harrogate.

you enjoy a holiday – as soon as I get on a

our tour van in – we stopped all the traffic!

“All travel broadens the mind. You can

plane and it takes off I feel like a kid again.”

get a bit cocooned in the south and it is nice

And another thing... Carol is currently touring

in Glasgow, which is such a vibrant town.

to see how others respond to the show.

with her musical All Or Nothing – The Mod

We also went to Belfast recently – and

Every audience is different. We got up to

Musical, which has just transferred to the

encountered a hurricane. Some of the cast

Dundee once and they were so grateful

Ambassadors Theatre in London. Find out

couldn’t get there so we had to cancel the

we had brought the show so far up.

more at www.allornothingmusical.com

“The show went down fantastically well

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