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Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh, Scotland

Wizard of Oz London, England

WELCOME TO BRITAIN

Titanic Belfast Belfast, Northern Ireland

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MEDIA OFFERS White Cliffs of Dover Kent, England

Cardiff International White Water Cardiff, Wales

Swinton Park North Yorkshire, England


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Introduction How to use We’re delighted you’re here for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and, so you can discover just why Britain is great, we have invited a whole host of exceptional products and attractions throughout London, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to offer the media exclusive, complimentary or heavily discounted offers, demonstrating how pleased we are to have you here. This is an exciting opportunity for the media to witness first-hand the fantastically diverse products Britain offers, and it ensures you will come away buzzing with ideas and full of information for articles and broadcasts you need now, and for many months to come. This is the time to celebrate everything about Britain and we hope these extraordinary Media Offers will encourage you to, yes, explore London’s myriad of attractions, but to also go beyond and experience the sheer diversity of Britain and Northern Ireland. The Media Offers embrace every aspect of the nation; culture and heritage, coastlines and countryside, sport and food, music and fashion. This is the ultimate guide to showing you that alongside well-known products there are also some wonderful lesser-known attractions that will take you on a journey through London and throughout this exhilarating nation. Discover free or discounted quality products and attractions that range from luxurious 5-star hotels to quaint and cosy bed and breakfasts, world-class music festivals and fascinating art exhibitions, magnificent stately homes and glorious country parks, fast and reliable national train travel and unmissable West End musicals and theatre.

We have created an easy-to-use guide that provides you with all the information needed to experience each individual product; click on the Contents Page to take you to the sections ‘Countrywide’, ‘London’, ‘England’, ‘Scotland’, ‘Wales’ and ‘Northern Ireland’. Then, within each section, you will find categories including hotels, attractions and events, tours and transport, sport, restaurants and bars. Each entry details the product, describes the excellent promotion, lists who to contact, the promotional codes to quote when booking and any terms and conditions. It couldn’t be easier. The Media Offers are complimentary or heavily discounted yet where a product or attraction has no entry charge, there are private guided tours or complimentary guide books provided. All offers are available between 1 July-15 October 2012, although some products have extended their offers until the year end. To enjoy these exclusive offers you will need to have valid media accreditation and/or London Media Centre accreditation. You can collect your exclusive ‘Britain – You’re Invited’ Media Offers card from the London Media Centre. All the offers are subject to availability and all need to be applied for directly with the product or attraction. This is a unique opportunity to experience the best of Britain for free or at an amazing price, so you can gather ideas and information that will thrill your readers and viewers. Britain – you’re invited. Paul Gauger, Global Leader, 2012 Games Media, VisitBritain www.visitbritain.com/media


CONTENTS

Countrywide Train Travel Hotels/Holidays Attractions & Events Tours Communication

London Hotels West End Musicals Theatres Attractions & Events Restaurants & Bars Retail Venue Hire

England Bath Hotels/Guesthouses Attractions & Events Bars Bedfordshire Attractions & Events

Buckinghamshire Attractions & Events Cambridgeshire Attractions & Events Cheshire Familiarisation Trips Attractions & Events Cornwall Hotels/Holiday Parks Attractions & Events Transport & Tours County Durham Hotels Attractions & Events Derbyshire Attractions & Events Devon Hotels/Holiday Parks Attractions & Events Courses

Berkshire Hotels Attractions & Events

Devon & Cornwall Border Attractions & Events

Bristol Attractions & Events

Dorset Hotels/Holiday Parks Attractions & Events East Sussex Hotels Accommodation Attractions & Events Restaurants

Essex Hotels/Accommodation Attractions & Events Sports Gloucestershire Familiarisation Trip Hotels/Holiday Parks Attractions & Events

Lake District & Cumbria Hotels Attractions & Events

Somerset Hotels/Holiday Parks Attractions & Events

Lancashire Attractions & Events

Staffordshire Familiarisation Trip Attractions & Events

Lincolnshire Attractions & Events

Greater Manchester Hotels Attractions & Events Restaurants Tours & Transport Courses

Liverpool Hotels Attractions & Events

Hampshire Familiarisation Trip Hotels/Holiday Parks Sports Attractions & Events

NewcastleGateshead Hotels Attractions & Events Venue Hire

Herefordshire Attractions & Events Hertfordshire Hotels Attractions & Events Isle of Wight Attractions & Events Kent Hotels/Accommodation Sports Attractions & Events Transport

Middlesex Attractions & Events

Norfolk Hotels Attractions & Events Nottingham Attractions & Events Oxfordshire Hotels Attractions & Events Retail Tours Shropshire Familiarisation Trip Attractions & Events

Suffolk Familiarisation Trips Hotels Attractions & Events Restaurants Surrey Hotels Attractions & Events Warwickshire Hotels Attractions & Events West Midlands Familiarisation Trip Wiltshire Hotels/Guesthouses Attractions & Events Sports Windsor & Eton Attractions & Events Yorkshire Familiarisation Trip Hotels/Accommodation Attractions & Events

Scotland Edinburgh Hotels Attractions & Events (including Edinburgh International Festival) Restaurants/Food Glasgow Attractions & Events Restaurants Sports Rest of Scotland Familiarisation/Press Trips Hotels Attractions & Events Transport/Tours

Wales Cardiff Hotels Attractions & Events Sports Rest of Wales Accommodation Attractions & Events

Northern Ireland Familiarisation Trips


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Index

Countrywide

London

England

Scotland

Wales

Northern Ireland


ACP Rail International The BritRail Pass gives the freedom to travel around Britain by train, particularly for travel between all the Olympic venues in England, Wales and Scotland.

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www.britrail.com Promotion: 4-Day BritRail FlexiPass (to use within 2 months) for $119 (sold in American Dollars). Travel in 1st Class.

How to book: Contact ACP Rail to order: acplondon@acpmarketing.net giving details of full name, passport number, country of residence and date of birth. The special discounted BritRail Pass rates are for Olympic Media only. Strictly limited number available and subject to availability. Valid only for international media and not open to any person having been resident of the UK for the last 6 months. The offer is valid to travel between 1 July–15 September 2012.

TRAIN TRAVEL

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CrossCountry trains 5th Floor, Cannon House, 18 Priory Queensway, Birmingham B4 6BS CrossCountry is the most extensive rail network in Britain, calling at more than 100 stations, including Olympic destinations such as Manchester, Cardiff and Weymouth. Visitors can buy tickets for any train journey in Britain at www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk, or by downloading CrossCountry’s free Train Tickets app – just text TRAVEL to 87080.

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www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk Promotion: Complimentary travel on CrossCountry services for members of the media.

How to book: To apply for complimentary travel aboard CrossCountry services, click on this link Contact CrossCountry. Complimentary travel will be offered on a journey-by-journey basis, subject to availability and applicants will need to submit a new form for each required return journey. Offer available from 20 July-10 September 2012.

TRAIN TRAVEL

COUNTRYWIDE


East Coast train travel Jump on the train and explore the east coast of Britain at ease and in comfort, using the East Coast Main Lane to travel to Peterborough, Grantham, Newark NorthGate, Retford, Doncaster, Wakefield Westgate, Leeds, York, Darlington, Durham, Newcastle, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness.

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www.eastcoast.co.uk Promotion: Complimentary First or Standard Class train tickets for journalists writing travel features on the above destinations.

How to book: Contact Paul Williams on Paul.williams@eastcoast.co.uk with your request. Include name of journalist and name of up to one guest, confirmation of reference to East Coast trains in the form of a fact box, outward and return date of travel, and a postal address to where tickets can be sent to. Offer valid 1 July–15 October 2012 and subject to terms and conditions.

TRAIN TRAVEL

COUNTRYWIDE


Virgin Trains Press Office, Room 20, North Wing Offices, Platform 1, Euston Station, London, NW1 2HS Virgin Trains has been running high-speed rail services for 15 years on the busy west coast mainline, which connects cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as dedicated services along the North Wales coast. It now operates more trains, on more routes, at more times of the day.

This offer has now closed. All available tickets have been allocated.

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www.virgintrains.co.uk Promotion: Complimentary First Class return tickets, valid on any service across the Virgin Trains network.

How to book: Contact the press office on press.desk@virgintrains.co.uk. Offer subject to availability.

TRAIN TRAVEL

COUNTRYWIDE


Blue Chip Holidays Blue Chip Holidays manages more than 800 4- and 5-star rated self-catering properties across Cornwall, Devon, the English Riviera, Dorset, Somerset, Wales and the Isle of Wight. Ranging from charming cottages to coastal houses, and luxurious apartments to barn conversions, each is chosen for its dramatic location, amazing coastal or rural views or high-spec interior. Properties include manor houses, converted former chapels and schools, a former shipwreck from which a grade II-cottage was built and properties overlooking the sailing course at Weymouth and Portland.

www.bluechipholidays.co.uk e Fre ak Promotion: Complimentary breaks with a minimum stay of 3 nights across the south west of England, Wales and the Isle Bre of Wight. How to book: Contact Ewan Davy at Blue Chip Holidays on +44 (0) 1803 881025 or +44 (0) 7792 625645. Offer only valid with commissioned travel pieces to include images, property reviews and booking details and requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Subject to availability.

HOTELS/ HOLIDAYS

COUNTRYWIDE


Insight Vacations 555 Theodore Fremd Suite C204 Insight Vacations provides outstanding service and quality tour packages to the savvy traveller who seeks better accommodation, choices in dining, and smaller group sizes all while staying in the most desirable locations. For more than 30 years, Insight Vacations has been a leader in premium escorted tours and cruises to Europe, India, the Eastern Mediterranean, Canada and the United States. Insight guests enjoy intimate groups of no more than 40 passengers, the services of an experienced tour director and staying in top selected hotels centrally or scenically located. Travel in style on Insight’s luxury reconfigured coaches with more legroom so the journey is as enjoyable as the destination.

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www.insightvacations.com Promotion: Free Insight Vacations UK tour for travel writers covering the Olympics in London, 30% discount on tour for accompanying partner.

How to book: Contact Arnelle Kendall in the US on +1 561 330-0850 or email arnelle.kendall@travcorpusa.com. All requests are addressed on a case-by-case basis. An assignment letter from the editor of the publication is required. Black-out dates apply. Guaranteed credit card. Tours depart London on date shown. Journalists from the US who are still in the US at time of travel can purchase the tour ex-US on the dates shown. Media who are joining in UK but who are not in London, must arrive one day in advance of official starting date of the specific tour. Tour Ref. Tour Name

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HOTELS/ HOLIDAYS

COUNTRYWIDE


Red Carnation Hotels London, Dorset, Guernsey The Red Carnation Hotel Collection is a family run collection of boutique hotels with properties in Europe, South Africa and the United States. The 6 London properties are The Milestone Hotel, ‘41’, The Egerton House Hotel, The Rubens at The Palace, The Chesterfield Mayfair, and The Montague on the Gardens. Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa is located in Dorset and The Old Government House is in Guernsey. Splendid luxury, generous hospitality, inventive and traditional cuisine, private art collections, passionate service and loyal staff are all part of the Red Carnation ethos. www.redcarnation.com % 50 f Promotion: 50% discount on accommodation at The Rubens at The Palace, The Montague on The Gardens and The Of Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel; all other UK properties at management’s discretion. 50% on all food and beverage for media only, partners excluded. Qualified media receive one complimentary tea and partner pays 50%; site visit of the hotel also included. How to book: Email Caroline Calvert in the UK at caroline.calvert@travcorpuk.com or Arnelle Kendall in the US at akendall@rchmail.com quoting promotional code ‘VB/RCH Media’. Visiting media will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Offer subject to availability and black-out dates are applicable. Offer valid July 1-October 31 2012. Media must produce assignment letter.

HOTELS/ HOLIDAYS

COUNTRYWIDE


ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS

COUNTRYWIDE Hi-Life Diners Card – 2-for-1 dining at over 4,000 restaurants With the Hi-Life 2-for-1 Dining Card you can make great savings on your restaurant bills. There are more than 4,000 restaurants to choose from and with Hi-Life you get 2 meals for the price of 1 at popular chains such as Prezzo, ASK, Grand Union, Pizza Hut and The Living Room, plus 2 meals for the price of 1 at local neighbourhood restaurants. There are also special offers from the Hi-Life Wine, Cruise and Hotel Club and 2-for-1 tickets to nationwide food shows and invites to Hi-Life member events. Hi-Life also teamed up with some of biggest names in the industry to bring you amazing discounts from Marco Pierre White, Michael Caines, Gary Rhodes, Cyrus Todiwala and many more.

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How to book: Get your free trial online at www.hi-life.co.uk/vb or by calling (0) 800 458 4634 quoting ‘vb’.


The National Trust The National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 710 miles of coastline and hundreds of historic places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It has pledged to protect these places and make them available for public access as much as possible in perpetuity. With hundreds of places to visit, you’re never more than 40 minutes away from a great day out. The Trust can organise a variety of themed trips and tours ranging from traditional English villages and pubs, artist-themed visits or film locations to tours of ancient or Roman Britain, incredible castles and a multitude of gardens including landscaped parks and traditional cottage courtyards. Explore the homes of some of Britain’s greatest writers or music fans might be interested in a tour of The Beatles childhood homes. Let us showcase the best of British food; at many of our properties you can see the food grown in the gardens turned into delicious dinners in our restaurants and some properties even have micro-breweries. The Great British landscapes are not to be missed. Owning a quarter of a million hectares of some of the finest coast and countryside in Britain, from the Lake District or the rolling Cotswolds, the White Cliffs of Dover, stunning Giant’s Causeway, the rugged mountains of Snowdonia and Britain’s richest nature reserves, the Trust can easily arrange an activity tour, choosing from cycling and walking, surfing, camping, sea kayaking, geocaching, wildlife tours and many other activities. If you need an expert on almost any aspect of British life, make the National Trust your first point of contact.

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Promotion: Free access to hundreds of places cared for by the National Trust across the UK to visiting media. How to book: Access is obtained by presenting a voucher to visitor reception at the property. Voucher downloadable from www.nationaltrust.org.uk/olympicpass. One voucher must be presented per person per visit. Multiple voucher downloads are permitted. Property staff may ask for additional proof of media status, for example a press card or business card. Access is during normal property opening hours only. Some jointlymanaged properties are excluded from this offer. Anyone wishing to visit excluded properties or to visit NT places outside of regular hours should contact lisa.gledhill@nationaltrust.org.uk to make special arrangements.

ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS

COUNTRYWIDE


Rabbie’s Small Group Tours Rabbie’s operate multi award-winning small group tours throughout the year, allowing people to leave their car behind, get off the beaten track and discover the beauty of Britain. With a maximum of just 16 passengers, each tour is led by a knowledgeable and friendly driver guide, handpicked for their passion and pride in Britain. With guaranteed departures from London, passengers can enjoy a range of tours to places such as Cornwall, Devon and North Wales. From Edinburgh and Glasgow tours also operate to the Lake District, Yorkshire, Isle of Skye, Outer Hebrides and Orkney.

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www.rabbies.com Promotion: Complimentary tours. Accommodation on extended tours not included in this offer, this would need to be paid for directly.

How to book: Please contact Alison Liddy. Email: Alison.Liddy@freshwater-uk.com

Flyconnected UK SIM cards

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www.flyconnected.com Promotion: 50% off pre-loaded UK cellphone SIM cards and 50% off pre-loaded UK Data SIM cards (for iPads and tablets with 3GB of data preloaded onto the SIM).

How to book: Order online at www.flyconnected.com quoting promotional code ‘UK2012JS’ for both items, which gets applied in the check-out section of the website, valid from 10 June–15 October 2012. Terms and conditions: The promotion discount is applicable to the retail selling prices of the UK SIM cards only. The promotion discount is not applicable to extra top-up credit, blackberry server access or delivery charges. The bundles of value on the SIM cards are valid for 30 days from activation. Further bundles can be purchased for the same SIM while in the UK. SIMs do not expire if used once every six months. For full product details see www.flyconnected.com

COMMUNICATION

Flyconnected offers UK Prepaid SIM cards, delivered to users’ international doorsteps before they travel. The SIMs are preloaded with amazing value (including unlimited data, 300 UK minutes, 3,000 UK texts and £5 credit for other services such as calling internationally from 2p per minute), so users are connected and contactable as soon they arrive in the UK. The SIMs are from the UK’s biggest 3G Network, ensuring great service and peace of mind and huge cellphone roaming charges are avoided.


LONDON

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The Courtyard at 51 Buckingham Gate 51 Buckingham Gate, Westminster, London, SW1E 6AF Escape the Olympic crowds and enjoy a traditionally British afternoon tea in The Courtyard at 51 Buckingham Gate, Westminster. Its award-winning Courtyard garden is open for delicious barbeques and afternoon tea in the summer and over-looking the Courtyard at 51 you will find the Terrace, a special hide-away serving the finest Champagnes and cigars by night. A separate outdoor seating area with shisha (water-pipes) is also available.

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Promotion: Complimentary ‘Royal afternoon tea’ will be served to the media on 26 July between 14:00-17:00. It will include a patriotic ensemble of British goodies such as Union Jack shortbread, Duke of York chocolate biscuit cake, white chocolate and gold leaf royal crowns, and drop scones. A glass of bubbly is also included. How to book: Contact mwarren@51-buckinghamgate.co.uk.

The Goring Beeston Place, London, SW1W 0JW The Goring remains the only privately owned, luxury 5-star hotel in London. Located next to Buckingham Palace, its 68 rooms exude classic English charm. Iconic British designers have put their stamp on its signature rooms and suites, while the Gainsborough Silk rooms feature bespoke handmade furniture and walls lined in exclusive Royal silks. Along with its beautiful private garden, The Goring makes a stunning central London haven. The elegant Dining Room delivers traditional English dishes served with a modern twist while the Lounge, Bar and Terrace are perfect for afternoon tea. Staff ensure the guest is always the priority.

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www.thegoring.com Promotion: One-night’s stay including bed and breakfast, with pre-theatre dinner included for 2 people.

How to book: Contact Oliver Milne-Watson in the Reservations Department. Tel: +44 (0) 207 769 4554. Email: reservations@thegoring.com. Offer available between 13 August –30 September 2012. Subject to availability.

HOTELS

LONDON


Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill 30 Portman Square, London, W1H 7BH An integral part of the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, the Montagu restaurant, acknowledged with two AA rosettes, provides a vibrant setting to relax and indulge in a wide range of European seasonal dishes. Featuring stunning works of art from the private Saatchi collection, this welcoming restaurant is not only for hotel guests but also prides itself on being a neighbourhood restaurant. The Montagu offers a full English or Continental breakfast, with service continuing throughout the day, whether for a quick snack, a business lunch, a relaxed afternoon tea or dinner with friends, family and colleagues. e www.London.churchill.hyatt.com Fre k n i Dr Promotion: Complimentary glass of house Champagne when dining in The Montagu. How to book: Contact: +44 (0) 207 299 2037 or email montagu.hrlondon@hyatt.com quoting ‘media Champagne offer’ when booking. The offer applies to all menus including à la carte and the set menu during lunch and dinner and afternoon tea. Available between 1 July-15 October 2012.

Meliá White House Hotel Albany Street, Regents Park, London, NW1 3UP During the Olympic period, the Meliá White house hotel will welcome journalists and members of the press covering the Games. Located in the heart of London, the Meliá White House faces the popular Regents Park. It is also within walking distance of Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus and is well served by 3 underground stations, Warren Street, Great Portland Street and Regents Park. The hotel boasts 3 restaurants, including an awardwinning Spanish restaurant, a business centre and a fitness centre.

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LONDON


Le Méridien Piccadilly 21 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BH The Terrace Grill & Bar is the brand new restaurant at Le Méridien Piccadilly, launched in May 2012. The Terrace Grill & Bar serves locally-sourced meat and fish dishes in contemporary and sophisticated surroundings overlooking Piccadilly. Discover the large selection of British and international gins and enjoy an original experience with the hotel’s gin and tonic afternoon tea. Longitude 0°8’ is the hotel’s chic coffee-to-cocktails bar offering Illy coffee, signature and bespoke cocktails and fortnightly jazz sessions on Thursday evenings.

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Promotion: Complimentary lunch or dinner in The Terrace Grill & Bar and cocktails in Longitude 0°8’, for commissioned reviews depending on the publication and anticipated coverage. How to book: Contact Sarah Whitham, PR manager, on +44 207 290 7107 or email sarah.whitham@starwoodhotels.com. All press requests must be approved in advance. Bookings are subject to availability.

Park International Hotel 117-129 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4DS The newly renovated Park International Hotel features 172 rooms, ranging from contemporary standard rooms to luxurious suites and featuring modern amenities suitable for all types of travellers.

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www.parkinternationalhotel.com Promotion: 3 nights for the price of 2 – valid on all room types.

How to book: Contact + 44 (0) 207 370 5711 or email res@parkinternationalhotel.com, quoting promotional code ‘LMC Offer’.

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LONDON


The Park Lane Hotel Piccadilly, London, W1J 7BX The Park Lane Hotel on Piccadilly boasts some of the best examples of original Art Deco in London. The hotel’s exquisite Art Deco Palm Court lounge is known for its outstanding afternoon tea served daily to a live harp accompaniment. Award-winning pastry chef Sarah Hartnett creates delicious sandwiches, savouries, scones and pastries and the Palm Court lounge has been awarded membership of the prestigious United Kingdom Tea Guild.

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Promotion: Complimentary afternoon tea for commissioned reviews depending on the publication and anticipated coverage. How to book: Contact Sarah Whitham, PR manager, on +44 207 290 7107 or email sarah.whitham@starwoodhotels.com. All press requests must be approved in advance. Bookings are subject to availability.

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Grafton Hotel 130 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 5AY There’s a pleasing buzz to this hotel that reflects the energy of its location, equally good for the City or the West End. Through the airy marbled lobby, Aston is the hotel’s soul, a lively bar and restaurant hosting an eclectic local crowd. The rooms, by contrast, are peaceful, stylish and ergonomically designed for ultimate relaxation.

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www.radissonblu-edwardian.com/grafton Promotion: 50% off dinner at Aston.

How to book: Contact Sunita Lamba, advertising manager, on +44 (0) 208 757 7838 or email: lambas@radisson.com quoting ‘VB Media Offer’. Discount applies when a print out of this offer is presented at the participating restaurant. Offer does not apply to any beverages. Valid from 1 July-15 October 2012. Non transferable or refundable, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and is subject to availability. Reservations must be made in advance.

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LONDON


Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt Hotel 68-86 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BT An imposing Georgian mansion in fashionable South Kensington, the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt, stays faithful to its past but espouses modern comfort in a classic cityscape of porticos and leafy squares. Moments from London’s world-class museums, guests step into the frescoed lobby and take in a characterful ambience of open fireplaces, deep sofas for laid-back lounging and quietly stylish rooms.

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www.radissonblu-edwardian.com/vanderbilt Promotion: 50% off dinner at Aston.

How to book: Contact Sunita Lamba, advertising manager, on +44 (0) 208 757 7838 or email: lambas@radisson.com quoting ‘VB Media Offer’. Discount applies when a print out of this offer is presented at the participating restaurant. Offer does not apply to any beverages. Valid from 1 July-15 October 2012. Non transferable or refundable, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and is subject to availability. Reservations must be made in advance.

Sheraton Park Tower 101 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RN One-O-One is the renowned fish and seafood restaurant at the Sheraton Park Tower, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in Knightsbridge. Executive head chef Pascal Proyart is widely credited with introducing Norwegian King Crab to the UK. Last year, Pascal launched a dedicated sustainable fish menu at One-O-One featuring dishes sourced only from fully sustainable fish stocks. The sustainable menu at One-O-One allows diners to make more informed choices about the fish they eat and gives them an opportunity to diversify their fish tastes within species that can be sustainably sourced.

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Promotion: Complimentary lunch or dinner in One-O-One for commissioned reviews depending on the publication and anticipated coverage. How to book: Contact Sarah Whitham, PR Manager, on +44 207 290 7107 or email sarah.whitham@starwoodhotels.com. All press requests must be approved in advance. How to book: text to availability. Bookings are subject

HOTELS

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W London – Leicester Square 10 Wardour Street, London, W1D 6QF W London – Leicester Square opened on 14 February 2012 launching the contemporary, design-led W brand in the UK. The W Lounge at W London offers signature cocktails and bites with a twist on traditional English favourites. The hotel has just launched its W Rock Tea with pastries and savouries named after iconic rock albums and songs, served on a cake stand made of original vinyl records. Wyld is W London’s exclusive, guest-list only destination bar open Wednesday-Sunday with resident and guest DJs and regular nights including Wyld Wednesdays. www.wlondon.co.uk e e r F ks n Promotion: Complimentary W Rock Tea, cocktails in the W Lounge and exclusive Dri guest list access to Wyld for commissioned reviews depending on the publication and anticipated coverage. How to book: Contact Sarah Whitham, PR manager, on +44 207 290 7107 or email sarah.whitham@starwoodhotels.com. All press requests must be approved in advance. Bookings are subject to availability.

HOTELS

LONDON


made Tourism Marketing 27 Newton Street, London, WC2B 5EL made - is a tourism marketing, PR and representation company. It works with various third parties to promote UK cultural and sporting activities to the global visitor market. There are many different ways that it helps clients to reach the incoming tourist including; promotions, partnerships and brochure contributions with tour operators, ground-handlers, wholesalers and retail travel agents. www.made2010.com e Fre ets Promotion: Complimentary tickets for the media at Monday–Thursday performances of k Tic a cross-section of West End musicals and plays including: MAMMA MIA! We Will Rock You, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera etc. Strictly subject to availability. Media tickets to the opera and ballet. Admission to attractions such as Kew Gardens, British Music Experience etc. How to book: Contact Matt Littlechild at made on + 44 (0) 20 7831 8105 or email matt@made2010.com.

Billy Elliot Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5EA Set in the north east of England, BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL is a funny, heart-warming and feel-good celebration of one young boy’s dream. This original story captured the hearts of people around the world when the movie was released in October 2000. The poignant film broke box office records worldwide and was nominated for a raft of awards including 3 Golden Globes, 3 Oscars and 13 Bafta Awards. The original multi-award winning creative team from the film – director Stephen Daldry, writer Lee Hall and choreographer Peter Darling – are joined by music legend, Elton John, to bring BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL to life on the London stage. www.billyelliotthemusical.com/london e Fre ets k Promotion: Complimentary tickets for the media at Monday to Thursday Tic performances only. Strictly subject to availability. How to book: Contact Matt Littlechild at made on +44 (0) 207 831 8105 or matt@made2010.com.

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LONDON WEST END MUSICALS (courtesy of made)


Chicago Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH ‘Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery, treachery...all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts’...so begins CHICAGO, one of the most phenomenal musicals of our times, created by John Kander and Fred Ebb, with Bob Fosse’s legendary choreography. Be razzled and dazzled by CHICAGO a true Broadway and West End classic; immerse yourself in the kiss-and-tell story of chorus girl Roxie Hart who kills her lover. Meet Velma Kelly, the glamorous double-murderer and Billy Flynn, the slick and manipulative lawyer keeping them from death row while promising to make them stars. With some of the most sensational roles in musical theatre, it has all the topicality of our celebrity seeking times. www.chicagothemusical.co.uk e e r F ets k Promotion: Complimentary tickets for the media at Monday to Thursday Tic performances only. Strictly subject to availability. How to book: Contact Matt Littlechild at made on +44 (0) 207 831 8105 or matt@made2010.com.

Ghost Piccadilly Theatre, Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY GHOST is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Walking back to their apartment one night, Sam and Molly are mugged, leaving Sam murdered on a dark street. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next and unable to leave Molly, who he learns is in grave danger. With the help of a phony storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving and protecting her. Seen by over a quarter of a million people in London, GHOST is now previewing on Broadway and will soon open in Holland, South Korea and Australia. This truly is a show that sends the spirits soaring.

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Les Miserables

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Queens Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6BA In October 2010 Cameron Mackintosh’s legendary production of Boublil and Schonberg’s Les Miserables celebrated its 25th anniversary in London and is now the world’s longestrunning musical. This international, award-winning musical sweeps its audience through an epic tale of passion and destruction, against the backdrop of a nation in the grip of revolution. Seen by more than 60 million people worldwide in 42 countries and in 21 languages, this spectacular adaptation of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece continues to thrill audiences night after night. e www.lesmis.com Fre ets k Promotion: Complimentary tickets for the media at Monday to Thursday Tic performances only. Strictly subject to availability. How to book: Contact Matt Littlechild at made on +44 (0) 207 831 8105 or matt@made2010.com.

Mamma Mia Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry Street, London, W1D 6AS (until 1 September 2012) Novello Theatre, Aldwych, London, WC2B 4LD A mother, a daughter and 3 possible dads. This is a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget. More than 50 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

www.mamma-mia.com/london e Fre ets k Promotion: Complimentary tickets for the media at Monday to Thursday Tic performances only. Strictly subject to availability. How to book: Contact Matt Littlechild at made on +44 (0) 207 831 8105 or matt@made2010.com.

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The Phantom of the Opera

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Her Majesty’s, 57 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4QL The brilliant THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA celebrated its 25th anniversary with 3 spectacular sell-out performances at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2011. Now in its 26th record-breaking year, this multi-award winning musical continues to captivate audiences at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London's West End, after more than 10,000 performances. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mesmerising score, along with jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking special effects, magically combine to bring this tragic love story to life each night.

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Shrek Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JF Join Shrek, our unlikely hero, and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from her tower guarded by a fire-breathing love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got the must-see musical comedy - SHREK THE MUSICAL! A hilarious and spectacular production based on the story and characters from the Oscar®winning DreamWorks animation film. The world of fairytales is turned upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance. www.shrekthemusical.co.uk e Fre ets k Promotion: Complimentary tickets for the media at Monday to Thursday Tic performances only. Strictly subject to availability. How to book: Contact Matt Littlechild at made on +44 (0) 207 831 8105 or matt@made2010.com.

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Singin’ In The Rain Palace Theatre, Cambridge Circus, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1 Following its critically acclaimed, sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN is now making a splash at London’s Palace Theatre. With all the charm, romance, comedy and tinsel-town glamour of one of the world’s bestloved films, Jonathan Church’s brand new production features a glorious score including the classics Good Morning, Make ‘em Laugh and the legendary Singin’ In The Rain. With stylish, soaring choreography from Andrew Wright and Simon Higlett’s sumptuous set design, Singin’ in the Rain will shower you with everything you could ever want in a hit West End musical. www.singinintherain.co.uk e Fre ets k Promotion: Complimentary tickets for the media at Monday to Thursday Tic performances only. Strictly subject to availability. How to book: Contact Matt Littlechild at made on +44 (0) 207 831 8105 or matt@made2010.com.

The Lion King Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7RQ Julie Taymor’s adaptation of Disney’s beloved animated film THE LION KING is a theatrical event you will never forget. Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains to the evocative rhythms of Africa, this spectacular production explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music to tell the timeless story of Simba and his epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands.

www.thelionking.co.uk e Fre ets k Promotion: Complimentary tickets for the media at Monday to Thursday Tic performances only. Strictly subject to availability. How to book: Contact Matt Littlechild at made on +44 (0) 207 831 8105 or matt@made2010.com.

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We Will Rock You Dominion Theatre, Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ Seen by more than 10 million people worldwide, WE WILL ROCK YOU is now storming into its 10th year and is the biggest rock theatrical event of the century. This sensational mega-hit phenomenon continues to raise the roof and brings audiences to their feet with rapturous standing ovations every night. Created by Queen and Ben Elton, the show includes over 24 of Queen’s classic hits, including Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga and, of course, We Will Rock You .

www.wewillrockyou.co.uk e Fre ets k Promotion: Complimentary tickets for the media at Monday to Thursday Tic performances only. Strictly subject to availability. How to book: Contact Matt Littlechild at made on +44 (0) 207 831 8105 or matt@made2010.com.

Wicked Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG If you think you know the Wicked Witch of the West, think again. When Dorothy famously triumphed over the Wicked Witch, we only ever heard one side of the story. WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between 2 girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl, Elphaba. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz sees them fulfil their destinies as Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. This spectacular, multi award-winning stage musical has become the most spellbinding and successful new musical in years. www.wickedthemusical.com.uk e Fre ets k Promotion: Complimentary tickets for the media at Monday to Thursday Tic performances only. Strictly subject to availability. How to book: Contact Matt Littlechild at made on +44 (0) 207 831 8105 or matt@made2010.com.

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Wizard of Oz London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF Follow the yellow brick road, over the rainbow and into The London Palladium, the capital’s home of the family musical. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of THE WIZARD OF OZ is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, reconceived for the stage by the award-winning creative team that delighted audiences with their recent London Palladium revival of The Sound of Music. Developed from the ever-popular MGM screenplay, this new production contains all the much-loved songs from the Oscar © -winning movie score, all the favourite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Andrew www.wizardofozthemusical.com e Lloyd Webber. Fre ets k Promotion: Complimentary tickets for the media at Monday to Thursday Tic performances only. Strictly subject to availability. How to book: Contact Matt Littlechild at made on +44 (0) 207 831 8105 or matt@made2010.com.

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Birthday Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS The Royal Court Theatre, located in London’s Sloane Square, is dedicated to new work by innovative writers from the UK and around the world. In July the Royal Court will be presenting Birthday by Joe Penhall – a comedy drama about a couple expecting their second child but it’s proving a bumpy ride. Roger Michell, whose credits include the film Notting Hill , directs a cast including Stephen Mangan ( Green Wing and Episodes for television).

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How to book: Call the Box Office on +44 (0) 20 7565 5000, online at www.royalcourttheatre.com or in person at the theatre. Quote promotional code ‘2012media’. Offer is valid 26 July–4 August at 19:30, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 14:30. Not valid on Friday 27 July or Monday 30 July. Subject to availability.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES David Suchet returns to the West End in Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece, Long Day’s Journey Into Night , one of the greatest American plays written in the 20th century. The critically acclaimed 5-star production runs for a limited season at the Apollo Theatre. Intense and passionate, the play is set in 1912, and is a riveting view of the life of James Tyrone (David Suchet), Mary Tyrone (Laurie Metcalf) and their sons, Jamie (Trevor White) and Edmund (Kyle Soller) during one fateful summer’s day.

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www.apollotheatrelondon.co.uk Promotion: 50% off top-price tickets - £26.75 (usually £53.50).

How to book: Call 0844 412 4658 and quote ‘Long Day’s Media Offer’ or visit www.nimaxtheatres.com and enter promo code ‘Media’. Valid Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 19:00 and Wednesday at 14:30 from 1 July–17 August 2012. Subject to availability. All credit cards accepted except Diners Club, Solo or Visa Electron.

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The London Pass The London Pass gives free access to more than 60 top London attractions including; the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Thames River Cruise. With a range of special offers, the London Pass makes for a perfect day out for less. Users have priority access at the busiest sites to avoid queues, a free guidebook and more than 40 additional great deals and discounts. Check out all the activities on offer with the London Pass at www.londonpass.com.

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www.londonpass.com Promotion: Media can purchase the London Pass at a 50% discount. 1-day Pass 50% off = £23 2-day Pass 50% off = £30.50 3-day Pass 50% off = £37 6-day Pass 50% off = £49.50 Offer valid from 1 July–15 October 2012.

How to book: To apply for a discounted London Pass, click on this link rsvp@leisurepassgroup.com

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Alfred Hitchcock Walk PO Box 59911, London, SW16 2JR Embark on a fascinating 3-hour walk around Alfred Hitchcock film locations with tour guide Sandra Shevey, who interviewed the director in Hollywood in 1972. The tour includes soundbites from the interview.

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How to book: Contact via email on sandra_shevey@yahoo.com. Tours take place Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00. Cash only.

Another London: International Photographers and City Life 1930 – 1980 Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG While the eyes of the world are on London this summer, Tate Britain explores the capital city through the eyes of some of the biggest names in international photography. For these artists London was a foreign city, which they either visited briefly or settled in permanently, and they recorded and represented it in their own unique style and distinctive ways. This is a rare opportunity to see striking images from renowned photographers including Bill Brandt, Henri-Cartier Bresson, Robert Frank, Dora Maar, Irving Penn and many more.

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How to book: Contact +44 (0) 207 887 8998 quoting ‘241 London and Partners’ (£2 booking fee per transaction applies) or online by entering promotional code ‘241london’. Offer is valid between 1 July-16 September 2012. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts or promotions. No cash alternatives. Subject to availability. The promoter reserves the right to cancel offers at any time. Ticket offer cannot be used for group bookings.

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The Big Roof Top Tea and Golf Party Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London, W1 1AB Experience a very British tradition with a twist at the shopping destination recently named best department store in the world: Selfridges. The Big Roof Top Tea and Golf Party consists of a 9-hole, crazy golf experience created by maverick British food designers and jelly-mongers extraordinaire Bompas & Parr, and café by Daylesford, the delicious organic food company, serving the highest and most fun afternoon tea on London’s Oxford Street. The 9 holes are represented by London landmarks turned into realistic-looking cakes. Each landmark will have present an interactive challenge with much fun to be had in attempting to get a hole in one. Beyond the afternoon tea, the Daylesford Café, adjacent to the crazy golf, will also offer e e r refreshments and light lunches. F zy www.selfridges.com/bigbritishbang Cra lf Go Promotion: Complimentary fast-track access and round of crazy golf between 12 June– 2 September, Tuesday-Friday 12:00-18:00, subject to availability. Please note food and drinks at the tea shop are not included. How to book: Email your request the day before your intended visit to both bruno.barba@Selfridges.co.uk and lotti.eagles@Selfridges.co.uk. Due to capacity, numbers of free daily access passes are limited and in view of this, confirmation will be sent through by 10:00 on the day of the visit.

Central Hall Westminster Storey’s Gate, London, SW1H 9NH Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012, this Grade II-listed church and conference centre has a prime location opposite Westminster Abbey. The venue is an architectural masterpiece, boasting European’s largest domed ceiling of its kind, a replicate of the Paris Opera grand staircase and was also the United Nations first-ever meeting place. Enjoy the amazing view from its 360-degree dome platform and balconies overlooking Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The café features 200 seats, free Wi-Fi and serves delicious food all day.

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Promotion: Complimentary personal guided tour and complimentary handbook of the venue’s great treasures. How to book: Contact Frank Waller on +44(0) 207 654 3826 or email fwaller@c-h-w.com. Subject to availability.

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LONDON Damien Hirst at Tate Modern Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG Damien Hirst has become one of the most influential artists of his generation. This is the first substantial survey of his work in a British institution and brings together key works from more than 20 years. In addition to seminal paintings made throughout his career using butterflies and flies, as well as spots and spins, the exhibition includes iconic sculptures from his Natural History series, including The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living 1991, in which he suspended a shark in formaldehyde. www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/damien-hirst 1 r o Promotion: 2 tickets for the price of 1 for Damien Hirst at Tate Modern (tickets 2f usually £14). How to book: Contact +44 (0) 207 887 8998 quoting ‘241 London and Partners’ (£2 booking fee per transaction applies) or book online by entering promotional code ‘241london’. Offer is valid between 1-31 July 2012. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts or promotions. No cash alternatives. Subject to availability. The promoter reserves the right to cancel offers at any time. Ticket offer cannot be used for group bookings.

Damien Hirst, Beautiful, cataclysmic pink minty shifting horizon exploding star with ghostly presence, wide, broad, painting 2004 The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012 Photographed by Dave Morgan

Design Museum Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YD Located on the banks of the River Thames, close to Tower Bridge, the Design Museum Collection displays more than 2,000 objects ranging from the early Modernism of the 1900s to contemporary design. The Collection tells the history of design in mass production and includes furniture, lighting, domestic appliances and communications technology. Explore key moments in design history including classic pieces such as the Angelpoise lamp, the Dyson vacuum, the Thonet chair mould, the Face magazine, the Vespa and Apple iMac.

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www.designmuseum.org Promotion: Free entry to media with up-to-date press accreditation. Design Museum also holds a press view for all exhibitions the day before the opening to the public.

How to book: To book a press ticket for free entry or for press accreditation to any press view email media@designmuseum.org with details.

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Flecky Bennett’s Ghost and Vampire Walk Start place: Centre of Pond Square, Highgate, London Flecky Bennett will meet his next victims in the centre of Highgate Village at the turn of the hour, recognisable for his dishevelled appearance and burning red eyes. Join your host as he brings alive the ghostly happenings of the ancient village before following the documented footsteps of the country's leading vampire hunter in the most authenticated case of modern times, 'The Highgate Vampire'.

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www.londonghostvampirewalk.co.uk Promotion: Free place for journalists.

How to book: Email fleckybennett@hotmail.co.uk.

The Fringe Swan Wharf, London, E3 2NG Join in the party at an all-day/all-night pop-up food, beverage and live music members club only 100 metres from The Olympic Park. It will run from 20 July-9 September 2012, with a break in between the Olympics and Paralympics.

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Promotion: Complimentary media membership at The Fringe. How to book: Contact thefringe2012@nyloncommunications.com for co-ordination. Subject to availability, blackout dates apply. Please note RSVP is essential and required for complimentary entry, all of which is subject to availability.

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Great British Beer Festival 2012 Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX Festival-goers should expect 800 plus real ales, ciders, perries and foreign beers from around the world at this year’s Great British Beer Festival between 7–11 August 2012, with CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale (the Festival organisers) stocking something to suit every drinker’s taste buds. To accompany this heady range, the Festival offers a great choice of food from traditional cuisine to classic pub snacks, unforgettable live music, and a wide variety of traditional pub games.

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www.gbbf.org.uk Promotion: Free guided tour of the festival and a free pint.

How to book: Contact jon.howard@camra.org.uk.

Guided Tours of 2012 Sites 72 Temple Chambers, Temple Avenue, London, EC4Y 0HP For an extraordinary insight into the London 2012 Olympic Games, choose from a variety of tours led by professional Blue Badge Tourist Guides, all of whom have undertaken specialist training covering all aspect of the Games.

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www.toursof2012sites.com Promotion: Complimentary place on walking tours.

How to book: Email tgl@tourguides.co.uk quoting ‘VisitBritain 2012 Media Offers’. Offer is subject to availability and advance booking essential.

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Harry Potter Walking Tour of London Tour Meeting Point is Westminster tube station (In the ticket hall next to the lift by Exit 4) Join us on a Harry Potter walking tour and river adventure into the magical world of wizardry in London. Learn about London’s rich muggle and wizarding history, amazing facts about the books and films and see many of the film locations used in London including the Ministry of Magic and the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron. The tour will include familiar Harry Potter film locations as well as iconic London landmarks and attractions.

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How to book: Contact +44 (0) 844 2471 007 or email info@britmovietours.com

Houses of Parliament London, SW1A 0AA 1,000 years of history that have shaped Britain can be discovered within one of the most iconic buildings in the world; the Houses of Parliament. Parliament is open to all and visitors can attend debates and watch committee hearings, tour the buildings or climb the famous Clock Tower and see Big Ben.

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Promotion: 50% discount on guided tour ticket and guide book – ticket now costs £10. How to book: On the day at the box office quoting code ‘London Media Centre VisitBritain offer’. Offer starts from 27 July 2012.

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Laban Creekside, London, SE8 3DZ Laban is one of the world’s largest purpose-built contemporary dance centres. The building was designed by Herzog and de Meuron, the Pritzker Prize winning (2001) Swiss architects who also designed the Tate Modern and the National Stadium in Beijing (2008 Olympic Games). On a tour of Laban visitors will experience Herzog and de Meuron’s inspiring spaces and chaotic beauty, created through collaboration with the visual artist Michael Craig-Martin. The tour also includes dance studios, interlocking corridors, interior courtyards, a dance health department, all centred around the main theatre space.

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Promotion: 50% discount on tour tickets. How to book: Email tours@trinitylaban.ac.uk quoting ‘VisitLaban’. Offer is valid between 1 July–15 October inclusive. Pay online https://shop.trinitylaban.ac.uk/?compid=1 or on the day of the tour either by cash, cheque or debit card.

London Canal Museum 12-13 New Wharf Road, London, N1 9RT The museum tells the story of London’s canals, including those in east London. Visitors can enter a tiny cabin that was once home to thousands of families, learn about horse-drawn boat and street transport, and try their hands at working a model canal lock. The waterside museum is set in a former ice warehouse and a huge ice well can be viewed; ice travelled by water from Norway to this building.

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How to book: Produce London Media Centre accredited pass. To arrange a meeting with a member of staff contact info@canalmuseum.org.uk.

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The London Dungeon 28-34 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2SZ Delve into this ancient capital city’s bloody history at the London Dungeon. We know that when it comes to history the horrible bits are the best. Prepare to face the most sinister characters from its past, from serial killer Jack the Ripper, barber Sweeney Todd and regal Bloody Mary. Feel the shadow of the black plague and visit the fearsome torture chamber, all brought to life through the skill of live actors, dark history, thrilling rides and special effects. Any visit is enhanced with the 3 thrilling rides on offer; Traitors Gate underground boat ride; Vengeance, the UK’s first 5D laser ride; and the ever-popular Extremis Drop Ride.

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Promotion: 50% discount off the door price. Valid between 23 July–17 August 2012. How to book: text How to book: Media must present their accredited press pass to cashier.

Madame Tussauds Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LR Glitz, glamour and incredible history greet you as you enter the famous Madame Tussauds with its unrivalled collection of more than 300 wax figures across 14 exciting, interactive zones. Walk down the red carpet and strike a pose with Kate Winslet, before stepping into the interactive sports zone alongside David Beckham. Start your royal experience with a once-in-a-lifetime audience with Her Majesty The Queen, then brave the serial killers in SCREAM! Relax on the taxi ride and relive London’s rich history before entering the spectacular and exclusive Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience.

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Promotion: 50% discount off the door price. How to book: Guests are asked to arrive at Door 1 – along with the general public. Please note that press cannot be fast-tracked into the attraction. Please ensure that press cards/media accreditation documents are brought to the attraction.

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Meet Olympic fans from across the world 7 locations in London and 3 outside. All near Olympic venues Here is a great chance to meet true Olympic fans from around the world who have made the journey to the London 2012 Olympics. Stay in pre-erected tents at any of the 10 venues.

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www.campingatthegames.com Promotion: Free accommodation in a pre-erected tent for one night.

How to book: Contact Geoff Vaughan on +44 (0) 1252 279123 or email geoff@campingninja.com.

Museum of the Order of St John St John’s Gate, St John’s Lane, EC1M 4DA This 16th-century gatehouse was formerly the southern entrance to the Priory of the Medieval Order of St John; its history is closely linked to Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Shakespeare, Hogarth, Dr Johnson and Dickens. The spectacular museum and historic rooms contain furniture, paintings, manuscripts, silver, jewellery, armour and coins relating to the Knights’ history. The 12th century Norman crypt and the grand priory church can be seen on the guided tour, while a new, interactive gallery tells the story of St John’s Ambulance, founded by the British Order of St John in the 19th century.

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www.museumstjohn.org.uk Promotion: Complimentary private guided tour of the museum and the historic rooms, given by a curator or a special guide.

How to book: Contact Juliet Barclay on +44 (0) 7757 504977 or email Juliet.barclay@sja.org.uk.

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Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP The Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Since its opening by Queen Victoria in 1871, the venue has been home to every type of event imaginable, from Verdi and Elgar conducting premieres of their own work, to Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Killers and Adele. Join engaging tour guides for a lively 1-hour journey through this extraordinary and iconic building and learn about the architecture, royal patronage, unrivalled performance history and work of this registered charity.

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www.royalalberthall.com Promotion: Complimentary front-of-house tour.

How to book: Contact Daryl Bennett, tours and retail manager, on +44 (0) 207 959 0558. Valid between 1 July–15 October 2012 inclusive, subject to availability.

Royal Borough of Greenwich c/o Tourism department, Royal Borough of Greenwich, 11th Floor, 6 Mitre Passage, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0ER

Greenwich was granted Royal Borough status in 2012, as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It boasts internationally famous attractions such as the Royal Observatory Greenwich, National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark, Old Royal Naval College and the vibrant Greenwich Market. Also nearby is popular music venue, the O2, and its newest attraction Up at the O2, an exhilarating roof-walk to the summit. There are also 3 London 2012 Games venues – Greenwich Park, North Greenwich Arena (The O2) and the Royal Artillery Barracks. Summer 2012 in Greenwich will be the liveliest ever for sport, sightseeing, festivals and events.

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Promotion: Complimentary Royal Greenwich Media Pass giving free entry or discounted offers to attractions and events, together with a press pack. How to book: Contact Su Whiting or Wendy Tang at su.whiting@greenwich.gov.uk or wendy.tang@greenwich.gov.uk or call +44 (0) 208 921 6295 or +44 (0) 208 921 6105. Please give your name, mobile phone number, which media you represent and proposed date of visit. This offer is subject to availability and only offered with a confirmed commission. Terms and conditions may vary between participating attractions.

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Royal Museums Greenwich Park Row, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF Royal Museums Greenwich holds the world’s largest maritime collection. It is housed in historic buildings forming part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site and incorporates the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Cutty Sark, and 17th-century Queen’s House. Royal Museums Greenwich welcomes over 1.8 million British and international visitors a year and is also a major centre of education and research.

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Promotion: Free entry to the National Maritime Museum’s summer exhibition, Royal River: Power, Pageantry & the Thames, Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Meridian Courtyard, Peter Harrison Planetarium and Cutty Sark. The National Maritime Museum galleries, Royal Observatory Greenwich Astronomy Centre and Queen’s House are free entry.

How to book: Contact the press office on +44 (0) 208 312 6790 or email stwigg@rmg.co.uk to arrange tickets, especially for Royal River and Peter Harrison Planetarium. Elsewhere, produce media/press identity card.

SEA LIFE London Aquarium County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB Dive in and be amazed by the many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep as you journey through the incredible underwater world of the SEA LIFE London Aquarium. Prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from Gentoo Penguins to tropical sharks. As well as offering visitors a fun and interactive experience, SEA LIFE London Aquarium also provides the UK with a leading centre of excellence on marine management, conservation, preservation and education in the heart of the capital.

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www.visitsealife.com/London Promotion: 50% discount off the door price. Valid between 23 July–17 August 2012.

How to book: Media must present their accredited press pass to cashier.

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Shakespeare’s Globe 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT Situated underneath the world-renowned Globe Theatre, Globe Exhibition explores the rich story of the Globe and brings Shakespeare’s world to life through the use of modern technology and traditional crafts. Visitors journey through interactive displays, exploring areas of costume, music and special effects, plus a tour of the Globe Theatre. The Guidestorytellers take visitors on a half-hour tour of the auditorium, presenting stories of the 1599 Globe and the reconstruction process in the 1990s, and of how the ‘wooden O’ works as an imaginative and experimental space today.

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Promotion: Free entry to Shakespeare’s Globe’s Exhibition and Theatre Tour.

How to book: Offer available to media with an official London Media Centre (LMC) pass between 1 July–15 October 2012. Please show LMC pass on arrival. Accompanying guests will need to pay for a ticket.

Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL The V&A is one of the world’s greatest museums of art and design. It shows the best in contemporary creativity alongside the rich artistic traditions of many world cultures. The V&A was established in 1852 to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers and it continues to do so today, with splendid Victorian interiors providing a backdrop to beautiful displays. Highlights include the British Galleries 1500-1900, the new Fashion gallery, the magnificent John Madejski Garden and the stunning Medieval and Renaissance galleries.

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Promotion: Free entry into V&A exhibitions between 1 July-15 October 2012 including British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age; Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 and Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary. 10% off in all branches of the V&A Shop from 9 July-10 September 2012. How to book: Discount will be given on production of a printed copy of this offer and media accreditation.

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LONDON WWT London Wetland Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT WWT London Wetland Centre is a nature reserve in the heart of the capital, perfect for a relaxing walk along the paths that wind among the lakes, meadows and gardens. The Centre is a haven for wildlife including birds, butterflies, bats, amphibians and water voles, ducks from around the world plus a family of otters. There are adventure play zones where children can learn more about the importance of wetlands.

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www.wwt.org.uk/london Promotion: Free entry.

How to book: Produce valid media accreditation on arrival quoting ‘LWCOLYMPICS’. Any accompanying guests must pay full entry price. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Valid between 1 July–15 October 2012. Offer can only be used once. All other rules of entry to WWT London Wetland Centre apply.

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Royal Opera House, London, WC2E 9DD With One Voice is a showcase of the talents of 300 people from around the UK who have experienced homelessness, and who will take over the Royal Opera House on 2 July 2012. Part of the London 2012 Festival, the event will feature choirs, rappers, short-film screenings, singers and poets and will be the first time in Olympic history that homeless people have been given an official platform.

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www.with1voice.org.uk Promotion: Free entry to rehearsals around the country in June plus media call on 2 July.

How to book: Contact Matt Peacock on +44 (0) 207 730 9551 to book for the rehearsals and for information on the press call.


Bavarian Beerhouse – German Restaurant & Bar 190 City Road, London, EC1V 2QH The Arches, 9 Crutched Friars, London, EC3N 2AU With 2 restaurants in the capital, one in the heart of the City’s financial district, the other in trendy Islington, diners will find a menu full of hearty Bavarian dishes and German specialities at the Bavarian Beerhouse. Ice cold beers are served in the traditionally huge Stein glasses, while table service is provided by waiters and waitresses in traditional Bavarian Dirndl and Lederhosen dress. www.bavarian-beerhouse.co.uk

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Promotion: 50% discount on food, excluding pork shanks (M208). The discount is available during the Olympic and Paralympic Games at both Bavarian Beerhouse restaurants. The offer does not include pork shanks and pre-booking is necessary.

How to book: Telephone +44 (0) 844 330 2005 quoting ‘LP Media Special’. Pre-booking is necessary.

The Brickhouse Supperclub 152c Brick Lane, The Old Truman Brewery, E1 6RU Located on vibrant Brick Lane in London’s east end, the venue has built up a glowing reputation for its high-end restaurant and exclusive supper club, 1930s themed cabaret performance shows, its intimate bed bar, and its use as a unique space for regular special events.

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How to book: Contact the reservations line on +44 (0) 207 247 0005 quoting ‘VisitBritain Offer’ to confirm your booking and redeem this offer. Subject to availability. Valid Tuesday to Friday only until 14 August 2012.

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Forman’s Fish Island Fish Island, Stour Road, London, E3 2NT The closest event and hospitality venue to the Olympic Stadium – just a 5-minute walk from the Western Gate – Forman’s Fish Island is home to Forman’s Great British Restaurant, ‘Around the Rings with Ali’ exhibition showing photographs, video and poetry of Muhammad Ali, and an exclusive Beach Bar. The site also includes the famous Smoked Salmon Smokery, which supplies smoked and fresh fish to top hotels, restaurants, chefs and retailers in the UK and internationally. During the Olympics, Ronnie Scott’s All Stars will be playing between 22:00-03:00. www.formansfishisland.com e Fre ry Promotion: Free entry to the Beach Club and ‘Around the Rings with Ali’ Ent exhibition when dining at the Great British Restaurant. How to book: Contact Clare Whitehead on +44 (0) 208 525370 or email info@formansfishisland.com quoting promotional code ‘RELAX FFI’. Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing ceremony nights excluded. Exhibition open until 04:00 during the Games, 01:00 at all other times. Beach Bar open until 02:00 during the Games. Offer valid between 22 July-15 September 2012. Subject to availability.

The Met Bar at The Metropolitan London Hotel 19 Old Park Lane, London, W1K 1LB Located on Park Lane, the Met Bar offers amazing cocktails in a stylish, yet relaxed environment. Since it first opened in 1997, the Met Bar has set the trend for the ultimate great night out in the heart of London. Now offering an expanded and innovative cocktail menu, seasonal British classic cuisine, early evening live acoustic sessions and DJs until late, there is no better place to prop up the bar midweek.

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Promotion: 2 for 1 on all cocktails. How to book: Show press pass before ordering in The Met Bar and table reservations can also be made by e-mail metbar@metropolitan.como.bz or by telephone: +44(0) 207 447 5865/1064, quoting ‘media offer’.

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LONDON


The East India Company Flagship Store 7-8 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XF Granted a Royal Charter in 1600 by Queen Elizabeth I, The East India Company changed customs, tastes, and ways of thinking, influencing the very fabric of our lives. Today, guided by this legacy and pioneering spirit, The East India Company’s flagship store, just off the world-famous Regent Street, is a must-visit destination, filled with the finest foods and flavours from around the world. This enchanting gateway to rare teas, gourmet coffees, chocolates, jams, and many more luxurious food gifts connects food enthusiasts from around the world with the company’s remarkable British heritage.

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www.theeastindiacompany.com Promotion: Complimentary gift of a tea discovery pack.

How to book: No booking required. To collect your gift, please show media press centre accreditation pass upon visiting The East India Company flagship store on Conduit Street and quote ‘VisitBritain 2012 Media Offers’.

Old Spitalfields Market 16 Horner Square, London, E1 6EW Built in 1876, Old Spitalfields Market is one of the finest surviving Victorian Market Halls in the capital and home to an array of art, fashion, antiques and food outlets via its market stalls, shops and restaurants. Each day holds a different theme from a general market Sunday-Wednesday, antiques Thursday, fashion and records on Friday to designer maker products, vintage, antiques and a general market rotating each Saturday. A host of activities also take place from live performances, fashion shows and more. Check website for details of events dates and themed market days.

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www.oldspitalfieldsmarket.com Promotion: £25 of market vouchers to spend along the stalls of Old Spitalfields Market.

How to book: Contact Saskia Webster-Zazzi on +44 (0) 207 375 2963.

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Westfield London & Westfield Stratford City Westfield London – Ariel Way, London, W12 7GF Westfield Stratford City - Montfichet Road, Olympic Park, London, E20 Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City are the capital’s ultimate shopping destinations. Westfield London is an architecturally stunning luxury shopping experience with more than 270 shops including a premium enclave – The Village – home to brands such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Prada, Versace, Tiffany and Gucci. Westfield Stratford City is the largest shopping mall in Europe, situated right next to the Olympic Park. With hundreds of shops, 3 hotels, cinema, bowling alley, and the UK’s largest casino, it’s a stunning, award-winning lifestyle destination. Between them there are more than 130 dining concepts and multilingual concierge teams offering a wide range of services.

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Promotion: A limited number of VIP Passes are available offering exclusive access to discounts on a wide variety of shops, restaurants and services at Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City, valid from 9 July-12 September 2012. How to book: Present your Olympic and Paralympic Media Press Centre Pass or London Media Centre Pass at one of the concierge desks at either shopping mall to claim your VIP Pass. Subject to availability.

etc.venues 241 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1GB

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etc.venues offer contemporary meeting venues including AV and IT, plus food and beverage services onsite, business lounges, restaurants and function spaces available for private hire. All meeting rooms have natural daylight and air-conditioning. There are 6 central London venue locations for events from 2 to 50 people and 4 central London venue locations ideal for events from 50-400 people.


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Apple Tree Guest House 7 Pulteney Gardens, Bath, BA2 4HG A family owned guest house, Visit England 4-star rated, and just a 5-minute walk from all of Bath city centre’s attractions. All the rooms are ensuite and have recently undergone redecoration. Free Wi-Fi, parking and delicious full English breakfast are included.

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www.appletreeguesthouse.co.uk Promotion: 50% discount on standard room rate.

How to book: Email only to enquiries@appletreeguesthouse.co.uk quoting code ‘VisitBritain media rate’. Subject to availability. All major credit cards accepted (except American Express), all subject to £2 bank processing fee.

The Plaine Guesthouse Norton St Philip, Bath, BA2 7LT Intimate historic guesthouse close to Bath and Stonehenge and within easy distance of Bristol, The Plaine offers relaxed comfort in a quintessentially English setting. Kingsize, twin and ground floor rooms available with free Wi-Fi and parking, plus a sumptuous Somerset breakfast. 2 of England’s oldest inns are just a few steps from the front door.

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www.theplaine.co.uk Promotion: Offer ranging from 50% discount to complimentary accommodation.

How to book: Contact Stephanie Hill on +44 (0) 1373 834723 quoting ‘Olympics’. Rates are subject to availability. Valid from Sunday to Thursday inclusive between 1-12 July 2012 and 1 September-18 October 2012.

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BATH


The Royal Crescent Hotel 16 Royal Crescent, Bath, BA2 8AW The 5-star, Relais & Chateaux Royal Crescent Hotel in the World Heritage city of Bath is renowned for its superb service, beautiful garden and award-winning restaurant and spa. This iconic hotel is far more than a remarkable collection of buildings and beautiful gardens. It offers the opportunity to experience a style of gracious living from the age when Bath was the very centre of the civilised world. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are served daily and non-resident guests are welcome. d e c www.royalcrescent.co.uk u Red te Ra Promotion: £95 per night for a Classic Room and 50% discount on afternoon tea, Monday to Thursday. How to book: Contact +44 (0) 1225 823333 or email info@royalcrescent.co.uk quoting ‘VB Olympics special’. Advance booking is essential. Only valid for the months of August and September 2012, Sunday to Thursday, subject to availability. Rate is for room only. Afternoon tea discount valid Monday to Thursday, August and September 2012, excluding Bank Holidays, subject to availability.

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American Museum in Britain Claverton Manor, Claverton, Bath, BA2 7BD

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www.americanmuseum.org Promotion: Complimentary admission.

How to book: On production of business card and quoting ‘VB Olympics special’. Museum is closed on Mondays except during August and on Bank Holidays.

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Housed in Claverton Manor on the outskirts of the Georgian city of Bath visitors will discover one of the finest collections of Americana outside the United States. Presented chronologically in period rooms with complementing galleries, the exhibition features Native American crafts, quilts, Civil War paraphernalia and folk art.


Bailey Balloons Royal Victoria Park, Bath, BA1 2DS Champagne balloon flights are a fantastic way to see both Bath and the surrounding countryside. Bailey Balloons personnel have an excellent knowledge of the areas they fly over and are well known in the world of ballooning. Clive Bailey received 3 major ballooning awards in 2011, including one presented by HRH Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace.

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Promotion: Flights ranging from complimentary to the reduced rate of £80. How to book: Contact Jo Bailey on +44 (0) 1275 375300 quoting ‘media Bailey VisitBritain’. Subject to availability and to be agreed in advance. All flights are weather dependant and subject to industry standard terms and conditions; Bailey Balloons cannot fly pregnant women or people with certain medical conditions. Saturday and Sunday nights excluded and also 8-12 August 2012. Most credit cards accepted, except American Express.

Bath & West Country Walks Osmington Brewery Lane, Holcombe, Radstock, Bath, BA3 5EG Guided and self-guided walking holidays in the English countryside. Enjoy wildlife, heritage and simple tranquillity. The holidays visit Bath, the Cotswolds, Exmoor and the Mendip Hills of Somerset.

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www.bathwestwalks.com Promotion: Complimentary or 50% discounted rate on any guided or self-guided holiday.

How to book: Contact Graham Robinson on +44 (0) 1761 233807 or email info@bathwestwalks.com. Offer is subject to availability.

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Bath Festival of Children’s Literature Bath Festivals, Third Floor, Abbey Chambers, Kingston Buildings, Bath, BA1 1NT The Telegraph Bath Festival of Children’s Literature is the largest dedicated children's book festival in the UK. Over 10 days, between 28 September-7 October, 150 events take place, ranging from pre-school to late teens. The big names appearing this year include: Michael Morpurgo, Anthony Horowitz, Laureate Julia Donaldson and Michael Rosen. At the opening event guests will hear about one of the most successful author/illustrator partnerships of all time – Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler of The Gruffalo fame. e www.bathfestivals.org.uk Fre et k c Ti Promotion: Complimentary ticket to the opening event with the Waterstones Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler on Friday 28 September, 19:00-20:00 at the Guildhall, Bath, plus an invite to the launch party after the opening event. How to book: Contact Juliet Simpson on +44 (0) 1225 462231 or by email at Juliet.simpson@bathfestivals.org.uk. Tickets are subject to availability.

Bath’s Original Theatre Royal & Masonic Museum 12 Old Orchard Street, Bath, BA1 1JU This anonymous building, which contains 200 years of history, became the first Theatre Royal outside of London, then a Catholic chapel where Bishops were ordained and, since 1865, one of England’s oldest provincial Masonic Lodges.

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www.oldtheatreroyal.com Promotion: Free guidebook worth £9.95 with tour.

How to book: Present business card on arrival quoting ‘VisitBritain 2012 Media Offers’. For tour dates and times visit http://www.oldtheatreroyal.com/#/pricestimes/4536404085.

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Fashion Museum Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, BA1 2QH The Fashion Museum houses a world-class collection of contemporary and historical dress in Bath’s magnificent 18th-century Assembly Rooms. Special exhibitions for 2012 include Sport and Fashion, until the end of 2012; Jubilee: Dressing the Monarchy on Stage and Screen, 17 July-2 September; The Dress of the Year Collection from 1963 to the present; and Corsets and Crinolines: a display at which visitors can try wearing a reproduction corset and crinoline.

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www.fashionmuseum.co.uk Promotion: Complimentary admission.

How to book: On production of business card and quoting ‘VisitBritain 2012 Media Offers’. Offer is valid 1 July-15 October 2012.

The Herschel Museum of Astronomy 19 New King Street, Bath, BA1 2BL Discover a perfect example of a fully restored Georgian townhouse as lived in by folk of ‘the middling sort’. It was the home of William and Caroline Herschel and it was in the garden, using a telescope of his own making, that Herschel discovered the planet Uranus.

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www.bath-preservation-trust.org.uk Promotion: Free admission to press throughout the summer.

How to book: Contact Debbie James on +44 (0) 1225 446865.

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The Jane Austen Centre in Bath 40 Gay Street, Bath, BA1 2NT The Jane Austen Centre offers you a snapshot of life during Regency times and explores how living in this magnificent city affected Jane Austen and her writing. ‘Live’ guides, costumes, films, superb gift shop and an authentic period atmosphere await you at this premier attraction. Its famous Regency Tea Rooms have achieved Tea Guild ‘Tearoom of Distinction’ status so you can expect an exceptional level of quality and service. Delightfully costumed staff are on hand to help you complete your Jane Austen experience with a pot of real leaf tea or a delicious cream tea.

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www.janeausten.co.uk Promotion: Free entry plus a complimentary lunch in the Regency Tea Room.

How to book: Contact Jennie Rogers on +44 (1225) 443000 or arrive with a valid press pass.

The Lady Lena Bathampton, Kennet and Avon Canal, Bath, BA2 6TR Beautiful, historic Victorian electric launch, built in mahogany and teak and furnished with carpets and cushions. Chartered trips are available for between 2 to 10 people, anywhere from Bath to the Avoncliffe on the Kennet and Avon canal, and can last from 2 hours to 5. Complimentary glass of Champagne on arrival, cream teas available, bring your own picnic or there is a caterer available.

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www.ladylena.com Promotion: Complimentary to international press.

How to book: Contact Jenkyn or Helen Knill on +44 (0) 1225834250 or email info@ladylena.co.uk, quoting promotional code ‘LL1890’. Available Monday to Thursday until 31 October 2012 on the 2-hour return cruise from Bathampton to Bath. Subject to availability.

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Roman Baths Abbey Church Yard, Bath, BA1 1LZ See the water’s source and walk where Romans walked on ancient stone pavements around the steaming pool. The extensive ruins and treasures from the spring are beautifully preserved and presented using the best of modern interpretation. Meet Roman-costumed characters every day and hear their stories. Lunch and tea are served in the magnificent Pump Room, and visitors can try a glass of Spa water from the fountain.

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www.romanbaths.co.uk Promotion: Complimentary admission.

How to book: On production of business card and quoting ‘VisitBritain 2012 Media Offers’. Offer is valid Monday to Fridays only, 1 July-15 October. Open until 22:00 in July and August and until 17:00 in September and October.

Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House 4 North Parade Passage, Bath, BA1 1NX Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House is one of the oldest houses in Bath and an almost unique reminder of pre-Georgian Bath. The world-famous Sally Lunn Bath Bun (the original Bath Bun) was created by Sally Lunn in 1680 and is still baked to the original secret recipe and served with both sweet and savoury toppings. Also explore the original bakery and cellar excavations.

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How to book: Email jon@sallylunns.co.uk. Offer is subject to availability.

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Thermae Bath Spa Hetling Pump Room, Hot Bath Street, Bath, BA1 1SJ A remarkable combination of historic spa buildings and contemporary design, Thermae Bath Spa is Britain’s only and original natural thermal spa. Located in the heart of the World Heritage City of Bath, Thermae is an award-winning spa where you can bathe in the UK’s only naturally warm, mineral-rich waters, just as the Celts and Romans did more than 2,000 years ago. Guests can bathe in the Minerva Bath, relax in the aroma-steam rooms and enjoy wonderful views from the open-air rooftop pool. Thermae also offers a range of more than 50 spa packages and treatments. www.thermaebathspa.com e e Fr ion ss Promotion: A personal tour of the Spa and/or a free 2-hour spa session, Se including complimentary use of towels, slippers and robes.

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How to book: Contact Charlotte Hanna via email: charlottehanna@thermaebathspa.com. Offer is valid Monday to Friday.

Central Bar 10 Upper Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1RG An intimate and stylish cocktail bar nestled in the heart of historic Bath. A hidden gem in the city centre, Central Bar is an independently owned bar located along one of Baths many side streets. Full lunch and dinner service is offered, cooked to perfection by one of Bath’s top chefs, while providing a great range of wines, spirits and cocktails, mixed by professional mixologists.

www.centralbar.co.uk Promotion: 2 for £10 main meals and 2 for 1 cocktails.

How to book: Contact Chris Bibby on centralbarbath@gmail.com to request printable voucher. Not valid on Saturdays or Sundays. Expires end of September 2012.

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Bodyflight Bedford Twinwoods Business Park, Thurleigh Road, Milton Ernest, Bedfordshire, MK44 2AW Try your hand at flying at the world’s largest indoor skydiving facility, Bodyflight, just north of Luton in the county of Bedfordshire. Catering for all ages, shapes and sizes, this facility is used by first-time flyers and many of the world’s top skydiving teams, who come here as part of their training. Bodyflight is also home to the world’s largest skydiving competition, held every year with more than 80 teams from 20 different countries.

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How to book: Contact Piers Hampson on +44 (0) 845 200 2960 or piers@bodyflight.co.uk. All free sessions are subject to managers’ discretion and subject to availability. Standard terms and conditions apply.

Flow House Indoor Surfing Twinwoods Business Park, Thurleigh Road, Milton Ernest, Bedfordshire, MK44 2AW Surf’s up in the county of Bedfordshire, north of London. It may not be near the beach but if you want to jump on a surfboard, head to Flow House for some indoor surfing simulation. A lifestyle venue that mixes the passion and freedom of surfing with controlled indoor environments, visitors can catch a wave no matter the weather. With wetsuits, boards and instruction included, it’s great fun for kids and adults alike. You don’t have to have experience to join in so grab your swimsuit and head down for a session.

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Cliveden House Taplow, Berkshire, SL6 0JF Guests are given a fascinating glimpse into British heritage at the iconic Cliveden House, a 5-star luxury hotel owned by the National Trust and operated by the owners of Chewton Glen. This grand stately home, set in the heart of the Berkshire countryside, is surrounded by 376 acres of magnificent Grade I-listed formal gardens and parkland and has incredible panoramic views over the River Thames. Less than 45 minutes west of London and 20 minutes from London Heathrow Airport, the hotel has 38 rooms, including 15 spacious suites, a summerhouse by the Thames, together with boathouse, heated pool, spa and a range of sporting and leisure facilities. a i d www.clivedenhouse.co.uk Me te a R Promotion: During the Olympics and until mid-September Cliveden House will be offering a special media rate of £99, room and breakfast per night, subject to availability. This price includes VAT, complimentary room category upgrade where possible and the use of the spa and leisure facilities.

Stanley Spencer Gallery High Street, Cookham, Berkshire, SL6 9SJ Renowned British painter Stanley Spencer (1891 - 1959) loved his home in the charming village of Cookham-on-Thames in the Royal County of Berkshire, and this gallery is dedicated to his life and works. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012, this special memorial exhibits a fantastic collection of more than 100 of his paintings and drawings. In 2007 the Gallery was awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which enabled a former Methodist chapel to be transformed into a stunning exhibition space.

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www.stanleyspencer.org.uk Promotion: Free entry to media.

How to book: Email Judith@thediments.co.uk

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How to book: Email Angela Day on aday@chewtonglen.com and copy to reservations@clivedenhouse.co.uk or telephone +44 (0) 1425 283061 or reservations on +44 (0) 1628 668561, quoting promotional code ‘Olympics/Media Rad 02/AMD’.

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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta Ashton Court, Long Ashton, Bristol, BS41 9JN Witness an incredible aerial display as more than 100 hot-air balloons take to the skies at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, one of Europe’s largest annual hot-air balloon events. Running between 9-12 August 2012 in the city of Bristol in the south west of England, the mass ascents take place at 06:00 and 18:00. The famous Nightglows take place on both Thursday and Saturday evenings, and there are plenty of arena and air displays, plus more than 250 trade stands and caterers and a variety of other entertainment that regularly e v attract around half a million visitors. www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk si clu

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How to book: It is compulsory to request media accreditation – visit: www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk/content/29/media-accreditation.aspx. For any urgent requests, or to contact the team once the accreditation has closed, please contact Max or Dani on +44 (0) 117 944 1415 or email balloonfiesta@spiritpublicrelations.co.uk.

Brunel’s ss Great Britain Great Western Dockyard, Bristol, BS1 6TY Climb aboard the world’s first great ocean liner – the ss Great Britain . Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the ss Great Britain was once admired by Queen Victoria and is today loved by visitors of all ages. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on board for Victorian passengers and crew, and discover the ship’s international links. Descend under water below the glass ‘sea’ to touch the world’s first great ocean liner and test your skills with interactive displays.

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www.ssgreatbritain.org Promotion: Free single day pass for journalists covering the Olympic Games.

How to book: Email Dagmar Smeed on dagmars@ssgreatbritain.org in advance of visit.

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Circomedia St Paul’s Church, Portland Square, Bristol, BS2 8SJ Circus theatre will play an important part in the opening and closing events for the London Olympics but how hard are the skills to acquire? Circomedia is the UK’s Bristol-based centre for contemporary circus and physical theatre and will be offering circus-taster sessions at its historic central Bristol venue, including flying trapeze, mixed circus skills, aerial for beginners and family workshops. All are led by professional and experienced tutors and are suitable for beginners.

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How to book: Contact Rebecca Fitzgerald on +44 (0) 117 924 7615 or email rebeccaf@circomedia.com.

Haunted & Hidden Bristol Walking Tour College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TJ Experience the city of Bristol at its spookiest – from a ghostly dwarf highwayman to the city’s famously haunted cinema, embark on a fun 90-minute walking tour that takes you to all of Old Bristol’s ghoulish sights, as well as taking in exciting TV and film locations along the way.

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www.hauntedandhiddenbristol.co.uk Promotion: 50% discount on adult tickets.

How to book: Advance bookings required. Call John Hughes on +44 (0) 7766 258407 quoting reference ‘Media 2012’. Runs Fridays at 20:00.

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BRISTOL


Old Down Country Park Old Down Park, Foxholes Lane, Tockington, Bristol, BS32 4PG Old Down Country Park is a family attraction with a range of facilities from woodland walks, animal encounters, birthday parties, adventure playground, giant bouncy pillow, a café selling delicious treats and farm shop selling gifts for everyone.

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How to book: Pay on arrival, quoting ‘VisitBritain’.

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm Clevedon Road, Wraxall, Bristol, North Somerset, BS48 1PG Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is a hands-on animal attraction just 6 miles from Bristol, situated in Wraxall, North Somerset. Noah’s Ark is home to the big zoo animals including giraffes, rhinos, lions, tigers and zebra. With 12 indoor and outdoor adventure play areas for all ages, you are guaranteed a fantastic day out whatever the weather.

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www.noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk Promotion: £5 admission for journalists.

How to book: Call +44 (0) 1275 852606 with date of visit. All cards accepted except American Express.

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Royal West of England Academy (RWA) Queen’s Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1PX The RWA is one of only 5 Royal Academies of Art in the UK and provides an inclusive programme of exhibitions, events and education to enhance the knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of art. Its artistic programme promotes inspiring work by academicians and artist members and brings high-profile exhibitions by established artists to Bristol. With HM Queen Elizabeth II as its patron, the RWA is a registered charity that has been selfsupporting for more than 150 years and possesses an outstanding Grade II*-listed building, galleries and permanent fine art collection.

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www.rwa.org.uk Promotion: Free entry for journalists.

How to book: Email Lottie Storey for a complimentary ticket to current shows on Lottie.storey@rwa.org.uk.

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BRISTOL


Bekonscot Model Village & Railway Warwick Road, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, HP9 2PL Established in l929, making it the world’s oldest model village, Bekonscot Model Village captures a delightful and timeless image of a lost age, depicting rural England in the l930s. Located in the Buckinghamshire town of Beaconsfield, 20 miles outside of London, visitors can discover the charming world of 1.5 acres of miniature marvels, model railways, tiny towns and landscapes.

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Promotion: Journalists and their families offered free entry to Bekonscot, plus a guided tour of the village including behind the scenes, subject to availability. How to book: Call +44 (0) 1494 672919 or email info@bekonscot.co.uk, quoting promotional code ‘BMV1929’.

Hughenden High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP14 4LA Once home to Queen Victoria’s favourite Prime Minister, the charismatic Benjamin Disraeli, and now a National Trust property, Hughenden is a handsome stately home boasting fine views and woodland walks set in the Buckinghamshire countryside, close to the large town of High Wycombe. Visitors can wander at leisure and admire the views over rolling parkland set in a timeless Chiltern valley. The home’s secret wartime past is revealed in its World War II room in the cellars, with interactive exhibits and eye-witness accounts, while its hub is the Victorian stable-yard with a charming café and gift shop.

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www.nationatrust.org.uk/hughendenmanor Promotion: Free admission to Hughenden House, gardens and countryside.

How to book: Call the National Trust press office on +44 (0) 844 8004955 or email press.office@nationaltrust.org.uk.

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BUCKINGHAMSHIRE


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Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Buckinghamshire County Museum Church Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 2QP The stories of internationally famous children’s author Roald Dahl spring to life at The Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, in the heart of historic market town Aylesbury. Crammed with exciting hands-on exhibits inspired by Dahl’s much-loved novels and objects from the museum’s collections, visitors will be thrilled as they explore sound with the BFG and crawl along Fantastic Mr Fox ’s tunnel. The Gallery is part of Buckinghamshire County Museum where changing exhibitions and displays explore art, archaeology, history, wildlife and geology. End a visit with a trip to the café and gift shop or relax in the walled garden. www.buckscc.gov.uk/museum e Fre ry Promotion: Free entry to the Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery to visiting media with Ent valid media identification. How to book: Contact +44 1296 331441 to book your visit. Please check opening times as the Gallery is not open every day.

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 0AL The town of Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire, just 28 miles from London, was home to world-renowned children’s author Roald Dahl for 36 years and it was here he created some of his most memorable tales. The museum honours his works with 2 fun and fact-packed biographical galleries and – as Dahl would say – a fantabulous interactive Story Centre. The museum is fun for all the family and runs an inspiring range of workshops, events and free storytelling sessions during weekends and school holidays. The Village Trail leads visitors around Great Missenden to see places that feature in the stories.

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www.roalddahlmuseum.org Promotion: Free entry to the museum for media.

How to book: Contact the museum on +44 (0) 1494 892192 at least 24 hours in advance.

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BUCKINGHAMSHIRE


Walk Free Break Free – Guided Walks in the Chiltern Hills 34 Sunnybank, Widmer End, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP15 6PA Break free from the city bustle and enjoy guided walks in the Chilterns – London’s nearest hills in an Area of Outstanding Beauty. Choose from 8/9 miles or 5/7 miles, full or half-day, tours and strolls. Walk along ancient trading routes or stroll on a section of Shakespeare’s Way that winds from the playwright’s birthplace to the Globe Theatre in London. Discover tiny hamlets and old churches, iron-age forts and refreshing English beer in quaint, traditional English country pubs.

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www.walkfreebreakfree.co.uk Promotion: Guided walk free to accredited journalists, partners/friends are offered 50% discount.

web How to book: Contact Iain Thomson on +44 (0) 7889 165278 or email iain@walkfreebreakfree.co.uk. Pick up can be arranged from Amersham/Chorleywood/Chalfont & Latimer or High Wycombe railway stations and arrangements must be agreed at least 48 hours prior to the tour and subject to availability. A pick-up charge from railway stations is applicable.

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BUCKINGHAMSHIRE


Cambridge Bike Tours 6 Elm Street, Cambridge, CB1 1EJ Enjoy a wonderful day out in the fresh air at a leisurely pace, cycling around historic Cambridge’s hidden gems with Cambridge Bike Tours. Its City Tour includes taking a look at the river where the famous Cambridge rowing team practice, the colleges including Trinity and St. John’s, King’s College and its chapel. The tour also visits the game of Real Tennis and finishes with the Corpus Christi Clock. The Grantchester Tour follows the river out west to Rupert Brooke country where he wrote his famous poetry.

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Promotion: Complimentary tour. How to book: Contact info@cambridgebiketours.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1223 366868. Subject to availability and press accreditation must be shown. Tours operate every day except Tuesdays and are offered as part of an existing shared tour.

Elgood’s Brewery and Garden North Brink Brewery, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 1LW A 215-year-old classic Georgian brewery situated on the bank of the River Nene in the east of England. Visitors can watch traditional brewing methods using original copper vessels before sampling a selection of Elgood’s wide range of prize-winning real ales in the Visitor Centre Bar. Behind the brewery is a 4-acre garden incorporating specimen trees aged around 200 years old, as well as herbaceous borders, a lake, rockery, water features, exotic house and herb garden. Beyond the walled gardens there are lawns leading to a maze planted with thuja and laurel.

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How to book: Contact Kate Pateman on +44 (0) 1945 583160, quoting code ‘Blackdog 12’. Not open on Mondays, Fridays or weekends, last date of opening 27 September 2012. Most credit cards accepted, except American Express.

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CAMBRIDGESHIRE


Cheshire Marketing Cheshire, Chester Railway Station, Station Road, Chester, CH1 3NT From breathtaking scenery and dramatic landscapes of Cheshire’s Peak District to the tranquillity of some of the finest gardens in the country making up Gardens of Distinction, Cheshire is a county of diverse landscapes and exciting things to do. Just 2 hours from London it’s the perfect destination to get away from it all. Throughout 2012 there are wonderful events and festivals taking place all over Cheshire. Top attractions include Jodrell Bank, Chester Zoo, Beeston Castle and Tatton Park and picture postcard market towns. www.visitcheshire.com e Fre p Promotion: Up to 2 night’s complimentary accommodation, free entry to some of Tri Cheshire’s top attractions with a Press Pass, free entry to any of Cheshire’s 27 Gardens of Distinction, free entry to certain events, free guided tours and a comprehensive press pack, delivered to your hotel for your arrival. How to book: Contact Kate Blythe at Marketing Cheshire on +44 (0) 1244 405607 or email k.blythe@marketingcheshire.co.uk with name, mobile telephone number, proposed arrival and departure date. This offer is subject to availability and only offered with a confirmed commission.

City of Chester Marketing Cheshire, Chester Railway Station, Station Road, Chester, CH1 3NT The Roman city of Chester, just 2 hours by train from London, has everything from firstclass shopping, entertainment and dining venues, as well as many sites of historical importance including the city walls, Roman amphitheatre, Chester racecourse (the oldest racecourse in Britain), and medieval 2-tiered shopping galleries. 2012 is an exciting year in Chester with events taking place all year, so whether you want to take a boat trip on the River Dee, visit the animals at Chester Zoo, or top-up your knowledge of the city’s history at the Grosvenor Museum, the city of Chester has it all. www.visitchester.com e Fre p Promotion: Up to 2 night’s complimentary accommodation, free entry to some of Tri Chester’s top attractions with a Press Pass, free entry to certain events, free guided tours and a comprehensive press pack, delivered to your hotel for your arrival. How to book: Contact Kate Blythe at Marketing Cheshire on +44 (0) 1244 405607 or email k.blythe@marketingcheshire.co.uk with name, mobile telephone number, proposed arrival and departure date. This offer is subject to availability and only offered with a confirmed commission.

FAMILIARISATION TRIPS

CHESHIRE


Rode Hall & Gardens Scholar Green, Cheshire, ST7 3QP Rode Hall is a stunning early 18th-century country house, enhanced further by its fine collection of English porcelain and extensive gardens. The home of the Wilbraham family since 1669, Rode Hall offers extensive grounds including a woodland garden, a formal garden designed by famed landscape architect William Nesfield in 1860, a large walled kitchen garden and a new Italian garden.

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www.rodehall.co.uk Promotion: Free admission.

How to book: Please call +44 (0) 1270 873237. Subject to availability.

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The Gurnard’s Head Zennor, St Ives, TR26 3DE The Gurnard’s Head, owned by Eat Drink Sleep Ltd, is based on the west Cornish coast near St Ives and has incredible views across the Atlantic. Head chef Bruce Rennie has built up an impressive reputation with his short, fresh and seasonal menu that changes daily, with a strong emphasis on the kitchen garden menu, a great appeal for vegetarians. Tables in the bar are warmed by the log fire while on beautiful days guests can eat in the large, enclosed garden. Each of the 7 bedrooms has Vi Spring beds, Roberts Radios and White Company products.

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Promotion: Complimentary dinner, bed and breakfast for 1 night for a journalist and a partner (sharing either a twin or a double). How to book: Contact Philippa Hodson on +44 (0) 7980 444 961 or email philippa.hodson@gmail.com quoting ‘VisitBritain 2012 Media Offers’. Offer valid between 1 July-15 October 2012. Subject to availability.

Hoburne Doublebois Dobwalls, Nr Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 6LD Surrounded by rolling fields in the heart of the Cornish countryside, Hoburne Doublebois – celebrating its centenary in 2012 – is designed with pure relaxation in mind. Guests can play as many rounds of golf as they wish on the immaculate 9-hole course but instead of a clubhouse, bar or children’s club here, guests will find a traditional games room with classics such as skittles and pool. Its proximity to Bodmin Moor, as well as the surfing paradise of Newquay, and the global garden of the Eden Project, Hoburn Doublebois is an ideal base from which to explore Cornwall.

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Promotion: A complimentary short break at the park in top-of-the-range accommodation. Plus, a complimentary copy of a coffee-table style book, published to celebrate Hoburne’s centenary. How to book: Contact Melanie Warman or Lisa Barry at Liz Lean PR on +44 (0) 1202 701828 or email mel@lizleanpr.co.uk or lisa.barry@lizleanpr.co.uk. All dates and accommodation subject to availability.

HOTELS/ HOLIDAY PARKS

CORNWALL


The Old Coastguard The Parade, Mousehole, Penzance, TR19 6PR The Old Coastguard is a small seaside hotel in Mousehole, a picturesque fishing village on the south coast of Cornwall, owned by Eat Drink Sleep Ltd. The bedrooms have Vi Spring beds, Roberts Radios and White Company bath products, most have sea views looking out either to the harbour or St Michaels Mount. Head chef Bruce Rennie has created a brasserie-style menu with a strong seafood element, due to the hotel’s proximity to the fishing port of Newlyn.

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Promotion: Complimentary dinner, bed and breakfast for 1 night for a journalist and a partner (sharing either a twin or a double). How to book: Contact Philippa Hodson on +44 (0) 7980 444 961 or email philippa.hodson@gmail.com quoting ‘VisitBritain 2012 Media Offers’. Offer valid between 1 July-15 October 2012. Subject to availability.

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CORNWALL

Eden Project Bodelva, Cornwall, PL24 2SG

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www.edenproject.com Promotion: Free entry to media.

How to book: Contact either Ben Foster bfoster@edenproject.com or Varshana Trudgian vtrudgian@edenproject.com.

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The Eden Project, near the Cornish town of St Austell, is an inspiring global garden that helps people to explore the relationship with nature through fantastic arts and music events and unforgettable experiences. Here you will discover the world’s largest rainforest in captivity, world-class sculpture and art, cutting-edge architecture and locally grown food in its restaurants and cafés. Eden also carries out valuable research into plants and conservation and runs transformational social and environmental projects both locally and around the world.


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CORNWALL The Lost Gardens of Heligan Pentewan, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6EN Heligan, the seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years, is one of the most mysterious estates in England and the award-winning restoration of its former derelict gardens – known as Heligan’s Productive Gardens – has created a destination of great interest the year round. Explore Victorian pleasure grounds with spring-flowering shrubs, summerhouses, pools and rockeries; a sub-tropical jungle valley brimming with exotic foliage; woodland and farm walks through beautiful Cornish countryside, where sustainable management practices promote habitat conservation; and a pioneering Wildlife Project offering visitors a close-up view of native wildlife.

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www.heligan.com Promotion: Complimentary entry.

How to book: Check in at Visitor Reception with a valid press pass. The offer is valid between 1 July-31 August 2012.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

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Discovery Quay, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3QY Falmouth is famed for its fascinating maritime heritage and the multi-award winning National Maritime Museum celebrates everything about the sea, boats and Cornwall. It boasts 15 galleries and a large number of interesting exhibitions. Visit the Search and Rescue exhibition, where visitors enter the world of the maritime rescue services, showing how ordinary people risk their lives to save others. Experience the drama of a rescue and climb aboard a Sea King helicopter. Elsewhere, the 2012BC exhibition includes a live reconstruction of a prehistoric boat and rare objects never before seen in the UK, while the Our Sporting Life – Sail for Gold exhibition celebrates the British Olympic and Paralympic sailing heritage.

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www.nmmc.co.uk Promotion: Free entry.

How to book: Contact Tamsin Loveless or Michael Sweeney on +44 (0) 1326 214536 or email tamsinloveless@nmmc.co.uk or michaelsweeney@nmmc.co.uk.


Stithians Lake Country Park Stithians Lake, Menherion, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 6NW A favourite with windsurfers and sailors, Stithians Lake is reputed to be one of the windiest inland waters in south-west England. The lake is popular with both walkers, cyclists and campers, who can enjoy the stunning views the campsite overlooks. Land-based activities are also popular, such as archery and a climbing wall, while the lake also offers excellent bird watching and trout fishing. A café serves delicious cakes and beverages and a variety of light lunches, plus there is a children’s play area. www.swlakestrust.org.uk e e r F ties i Promotion: A watersports taster session in the morning, including kayaking, tiv Ac windsurfing and sailing, followed by lunch. In the afternoon try a land-based taster session of archery and the climbing wall. All activities and lunch (worth £80) are complimentary. How to book: Contact Rosie Beck, marketing and publicity assistant at South West Lakes Trust on +44 1566 771930 quoting promotional code ‘Olympics press offer’.

Tamar Lakes Country Park Upper Tamar Lake, Kilkhampton, Nr Bude, Cornwall, EX23 9SB Tamar Lakes is conveniently located just inland from the coastal resort of Bude. The fun, relaxed atmosphere makes it a great location to learn a new sport or hire a range of equipment from pedaloes and rowing boats to windsurfers and dinghies. Tamar Lakes are popular with both walkers, cyclist and campers, who enjoy the stunning views in which the campsite overlooks. The lake also offers excellent bird watching and coarse fishing, and has a children’s play area and a café serving delicious cakes and beverages and a variety of light lunches.

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Promotion: In the morning and afternoon enjoy watersports taster sessions of kayaking, windsurfing and sailing, including lunch. All activities and lunch are complimentary (worth £80).

How to book: Contact Rosie Beck, marketing and publicity assistant at South West Lakes Trust on +44 1566 771930 quoting promotional code ‘Olympics press offer’.

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CORNWALL Wheal Martyn China Clay Country Park Wheal Martyn, Carthew, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 8XG Set in 26 acres of woodland, the UK's only china clay museum and country park is a fascinating day out in the south west of England. Located in the grounds of two former working china-clay pits, visitors will discover a fascinating insight into china clay; how it was mined, what it was used for and what it meant for the families who lived in the area. It has interactive displays, Cornwall's largest working waterwheel and a children's challenge trail and play area. Afterwards, relax in the café and shop and enjoy a light lunch.

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Promotion: In the morning Nordic walking and a site tour followed by lunch and in the afternoon a Land Rover Pit to Port Clay tour. All activities and lunch (worth £80) are complimentary. How to book: Contact Rosie Beck, marketing and publicity assistant at South West Lakes Trust on +44 1566 771930 quoting promotional code ‘Olympics press offer’.

Cornish Cycle Tours

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Manyowners Cottage, Rosenannon, St Wenn, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5PJ

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www.cornishcycletours.co.uk Promotion: 50% discount on the tours.

How to book: Contact info@cornishcycletours.co.uk with media details and quoting the discount in the additional comments section of the booking form, found on www.cornishcycletours.co.uk.

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Cornish Cycle Tours is all about embracing the Cornish countryside on self-guided, fully supported tours that take in the Duchy’s most beautiful areas while staying at charming and comfortable inns and guesthouses. The tours have been carefully planned to make sure guests enjoy every moment of their trip – the company arranges all accommodation, transfer of luggage, detailed route maps and step-by-step directions for each day. There is a selection of 14 tours to choose from, all varying in fitness level, experience, length and areas of Cornwall, so there is something to suit everyone.


Rockliffe Hall Hotel Golf & Spa Hurworth on Tees, Darlington, County Durham, DL2 2DU Rockliffe Hall is the newest 5-star hotel resort to open in north-east England, offering a luxury base for any visit to the stunning north-east region. Set on a magnificent restored 18th-century estate on the banks of the River Tees, just minutes from the market town of Darlington, it is a destination in itself and a 5-star home-from-home. Rockliffe Hall’s state-of-the-art spa, world-class golf course, well-equipped meeting rooms, 3 restaurants and sublime service ensure it is a perfect place to escape and relax. d www.rockliffehall.com uce

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vPromotion: £150 per room, for a Tiplady Lodge Double or twin room, includes bed and breakfast and use of the hotel’s spa and leisure facilities. Rate is based on sole occupancy with a £25 supplement for a second person sharing.

How to book: Call the Resort Desk on +44 (0) 1325 729999 or email reservations@rockliffehall.com quoting promotional code ‘2012Media’. Valid between 1 July-15 October 2012. Subject to availability and supplements may apply at weekends and through busy periods. Complimentary upgrade to New Hall also subject to availability.

Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG A multi-award-winning open-air museum, Beamish is set in 400 acres of beautiful County Durham countryside, which vividly recreates life in north-east England in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times. Real buildings from throughout the region have been brought to Beamish, rebuilt and furnished as they once were. Costumed staff welcome visitors and demonstrate the past way of life.

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Promotion: Free admission to Beamish for journalist and 1 guest. Unescorted visit, meet and greet or guided tours can be offered. How to book: Contact Jacki Winstanley + (0) 191 370 4024 or email jackiwinstanley@beamish.org.uk.

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Beamish Museum


Chatsworth Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP In the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire sits one of Britain’s greatest stately homes – Chatsworth. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire for 16 generations, the home has recently been the setting for international film hits The Duchess and The Wolfman . A £14 million restoration has returned it to its original glory. On 1 July, for the first time in more than 100 years, Old Master Drawings by artists, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck and Titian, will go on public display in an exhibition entitled ‘World Class: Masterpieces from the Devonshire Collection’. www.chatsworth.org e Fre ry Promotion: Complimentary entry to Chatsworth – house, garden and farmyard. Ent How to book: Contact Steve Houghton or Liz Bee at Redbrick Communications on +44 (0) 115 910 1500 between 09:30–17:00 during weekdays or email ideas@redbrickcommunications.com. Offer is subject to availability and Chatsworth reserves the right to refuse admission.

Royal Crown Derby 192 Osmaston Road, Derby, DE23 8JZ Royal Crown Derby is the last of the great china houses still making every item in the UK. Here you will witness 260 years of history; watch as craftsmen and artisans demonstrate the skills and expertise required, skills that have been passed down over the centuries with little change. The ‘Best of British’ collection includes a British bulldog and a medal winner bear to celebrate the Olympic spirit.

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www.royalcrownderby.co.uk Promotion: Free entry and guided tour of factory.

How to book: Contact Amanda Bushell on +44 (0) 1332 712850.

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Hoburne Torbay Grange Court, Grange Road, Goodrington, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 7JP Hoburne Holiday Parks is set in one of the loveliest UK holiday destinations – Torbay, in south Devon – and celebrates its centenary in 2012, the year that celebrates all things British. Close by is some 22 miles of stunning coastline, the wild beauty of Dartmoor and a huge list of attractions. On this popular hillside park, there is a wide range of caravan accommodation with facilities including an indoor leisure pool, adventure playground, licensed clubhouse with seasonlong entertainment and the hugely-popular Sammy Seahorse children’s club, to keep www.hoburne.com e the family entertained. Fre y Promotion: A complimentary short break at the park in top-of-the-range Sta accommodation. How to book: Contact Melanie Warman or Lisa Barry at Liz Lean PR on +44 (0) 1202 701828 or email mel@lizleanpr.co.uk or lisa.barry@lizleanpr.co.uk. All dates and accommodation subject to availability.

The Palace Hotel Babbacombe Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3TG Situated among 25 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, The Palace is one of the largest and most prestigious hotels in Torquay. With comfortable lounges, an array of leisure facilities and old-world charm, The Palace offers the perfect base to explore the English Riviera, and still echoes many of the characteristics of its notable heritage as the home to the Bishop of Exeter. The restaurant offers a delightful combination of elegant indulgence, good company and a real sense of occasion. Each dish is created with the utmost care and dedication, using locally sourced produce from across the South Hams and Devon.

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Promotion: More than 50% discount for bed and breakfast for a Garden View room (usually £75 per person per night, now £35 per person per night). How to book: Contact hotel reservations on +44 (0) 1803 200200. Offer is subject to availability. Call for further details a better rate may be available, depending on dates.

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Babbacombe Cliff Railway Babbacombe Downs Road, Babbacombe, Torquay, TQ1 3LF As one of the only few original working funicular railways still in existence today Babbacombe Cliff Railway has been transporting passengers up and down the cliffs at Babbacombe, south Devon, since 1926. Spectacular views can be enjoyed on the journey as visitors travel to and from the delightful Oddicombe Beach, where you explore the new Visitor Centre or have a snack at the Oddicombe Beach CafĂŠ.

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www.babbacombecliffrailway.co.uk Promotion: Free return ticket on the railway and a guided tour of the Visitor Centre and Cliff Railway can be arranged if time and circumstances allow.

How to book: Email name, publication, contact details and preferred dates of visit to Melanie Sweet on info@babbacombecliffrailway.co.uk. This offer is valid until the end of October 2012.

Coleton Fishacre Brownstone Road, Kingswear, Devon, TQ6 0EQ Step back in time to the Jazz age, and discover this beautiful Arts and Crafts style building, with elegant Art Deco interior, nestled in a coastal valley. After an extensive 2-year project there are lots of new rooms to discover in the house, including the kitchen and laundry room, bedrooms, and a handling room, with 1920s and 1930s clothes and hats to admire in front of the mirror. The garden is a riot of exotic colour, boasting breathtaking views over the sea, a balance between structured spaces and beautiful woodland.

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www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre Promotion: Free entry.

How to book: Contact the office on +44 (0)1803 842382 to provide a couple of days’ notice before your visit.

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DEVON


Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Boat Company Queens Park Station, Torbay Road, Paignton, TQ4 6AF Set off on a combined steam railway, river and sea adventure for an unforgettable day out in the South Hams on the south coast of Devon and the English Riviera. Its Jubilee Pass Travel Card, (similar to London’s Oyster Card), enables you to enjoy every excursion on offer. Its steam trains travel along the most spectacular coastline between the seaside resort of Paignton and the beautiful village of Kingswear, which sits proudly opposite the pretty Port of Dartmouth. The river boats operate on the stunning River Dart, offering daily scheduled services to the historic town of Totnes and regular services to the picturesque villages of Dittisham.

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Promotion: Complimentary travel on its Round Robin excursion; steam train, passenger ferry, river boat and bus. How to book: Email Kat Brown on marketing@dsrrb.co.uk or Teresa Waring on teresawaring@dsrrb.co.uk. Excluded dates: 30 and 31 August and 1 September 2012.

The Golden Hind Museum Ship The Quay, Brixham Harbour, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 8AW The Golden Hind at Brixham in south Devon is a full-sized replica of one of the most iconic ships from the age of exploration, and has been a key feature of Brixham’s picturesque harbour since 1964. Explore the incredible world of explorer and politician Sir Francis Drake; in this most famous of his ships, he became the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe in an epic expedition of plunder and discovery (1577-1580). Drake and his crew spent almost 3 years aboard the original Golden Hind , and visitors can experience the sights, sounds and smells of life aboard an Elizabethan ship.

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www.goldenhind.co.uk Promotion: Free entry to all media.

How to book: No booking required.

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Greenway Greenway Road, Galmpton, Nr Brixham, Devon, TQ5 0ES Greenway, the beloved holiday home of ‘queen of crime’ Agatha Christie, is a stunning Georgian house on the banks of the River Dart. The beautiful house is full of Agatha and her family’s extensive collections and provides a fascinating insight into the private life of this public figure. With a romantic woodland garden to explore, breathtaking views, and boathouse and battery ideally situated to relax by the river, as well as a daily garden tour with an amazing garden team, there’s so much to discover.

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www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway Promotion: Free entry.

How to book: Contact the Greenway office on +44 (0) 1803 842382 at least a couple of days before your planned visit.

High Cross House Dartington, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6ED High Cross House, on the Dartington estate, is now open under National Trust management. Built in 1932 for William Curry, headmaster of the Dartington Hall School, it is considered to be one of the top 5 modernist houses in England. With 2 rooms containing the original furniture, as well as artists in residence, a rolling programme of exhibitions and a café and shop, there is so much to discover at High Cross House.

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www.nationaltrust.org.uk/high-cross-house Promotion: Free entry.

How to book: Contact the office on +44 (0) 1803 842382 or +44 (0) 1803 840278 to provide a couple of days’ notice of your visit.

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DEVON


Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves 91 Ilsham Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2JF Kents Cavern is a European Prehistory Stone Age cave with an extensive labyrinth of spectacular and easily accessible caverns. The oldest-known human bone in north-western Europe was found here, making this cave the site of the oldest-known human settlement in Britain. It is the official underground visitor centre for UNESCO’s English Riviera Global Geopark and features on the Agatha Christie Riviera Trail. Tours around the cave are led by entertaining guides and the cave has been privately owned by the Powe family since 1903.

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www.kents-cavern.co.uk Promotion: Free entry to international media.

How to book: Contact Nick Powe directly via Twitter @kents_caveman or nickpowe@kents-cavern.co.uk.

Living Coasts Beacon Quay, Harbourside, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2BG Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo, is home to a fantastic array of marine animals, including South American fur seals, African penguins, macaroni penguins, stingrays, tufted puffins, seahorses, octopus and many more. Located on Torquay’s magnificent harbourside, visitors can meet our free-roaming penguins, marvel at our playful seals, get lost in a mangrove forest or face fears in a sunken wreck. This summer sees the opening of Otter Rapids, an enclosure for the playful native otters.

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Parkfield Off Colin Road, Paignton, TQ3 2NR Parkfield is a stunning multi-million-pound activity complex in Paignton, Devon, designed by young people for young people. The £4.8 million centre is open to children, young people (aged 7 upwards), adults and visitors 7 days a week and has a packed programme of activities and events. The world-class attraction specialises in extreme activities, performing arts and media. Facilities include an outdoor hybrid skatepark, first-class BMX track and a multi-use sports hall that can be turned into a theatre. There are music-recording and film-editing facilities, an Apple Mac IT Suite, an indoor climbing wall and internet café. % www.parkfieldtorbay.co.uk 50 f Of Promotion: Complimentary tour of Parkfield plus 50% on a 1-hour ‘have-a-go’ session on the internal climbing wall. How to book: Contact Jo Penhaligon on +44 (0) 1803 698900 or email parkfield@torbay.gov.uk, quoting ‘VisitBritain offer’. Cash and all major credit and debit cards accepted (not American Express).

Powderham Castle Kenton, Exeter, Devon, EX6 8JQ Welcome to the 600 year-old castle that is the family home of the Earl of Devon. Situated alongside the Exe estuary and surrounded by a fabulous deer-park it has often been used as a filming location including for Remains of the Day and this year will play host to worldfamous boy band JLS. Visitors to the castle can take entertaining guided tours around its stunning rooms, stroll the grounds, take a deer-park safari or visit the walled garden where the Victorian Glasshouses are being brought back to life.

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www.powderham.co.uk Promotion: Free entry to the media.

How to book: Contact Ingrid Oram on +44 (0) 1626 890243 extension 224 or email Ingrid@powderham.co.uk to arrange visit.

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Splashdown Waterparks Splashdown Quaywest, Tanners Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 6LN Enjoy the best of the English Riviera at the UK’s largest outdoor waterpark – Splashdown Waterparks in the town of Paignton in picturesque south Devon. A fabulous beachfront location is the winning backdrop to 8 fantastic water rides, swimming pool, toddler pool, drop and thrill flumes, tyre rides and café. Popular with all ages, ‘flume and go’ all-day tickets allow visitors to spend time on both the beach and in the waterpark.

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Promotion: Free entry for 1 person to accredited media producing Olympic and Paralympic Media Press Centre passes, London Media Centre passes, or UK accredited media or business card. Plus up to 3 guests at 50% reduction.

How to book: Contact Jackie Richmond on +44 7971954013 or email jrichmond@splashdownwaterparks.co.uk.

Torquay International School 15 St Marychurch Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3HY With 40 years of experience teaching English, Torquay International School is one of Britain’s leading English language schools.

www.tisenglish.co.uk Promotion: 50% discount off a 2-week English language course and hotel accommodation.

How to book: Online at www.tisenglish.co.uk/book-now or contact Judith on Judith@tisenglish.co.uk to request a PDF application form, quoting ‘2012 media offer’. Subject to availability.

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Roadford Lake Country Park Roadford Lake, Lower Goodacre, Broadwoodwidger, Lifton, Devon, PL16 0JL Roadford Lake sits on the Devon/Cornwall border and is the largest lake for watersports in the south-west of England. Enjoy a number of water-based activities such as sailing, windsurfing and kayaking, and also land-based activities such as archery, high-ropes course and a climbing wall. The lake is popular with walkers, cyclists and campers, who enjoy the stunning views the campsite overlooks. The lake also offers excellent bird watching and trout fishing while the lakeside café serves delicious meals, snacks and beverages, plus there is a children’s play area. www.swlakestrust.org.uk e e r F ties i tiv Promotion: In the morning take part in a watersports taster session of kayaking, Ac windsurfing and sailing, followed by lunch. In the afternoon enjoy a land-based taster session of high ropes, archery, and the climbing wall. All activities and lunch are complimentary (worth £80). How to book: Contact Rosie Beck, marketing and publicity assistant at South West Lakes Trust on +44 1566 771930 quoting ‘Olympics press offer’.

Siblyback Lake Country Park Siblyback Lake, Common Moor, Liskeard, PS14 6ER Siblyback Lake sits on the edge of Bodmin Moor offering a perfect lake location to enjoy windsurfing, sailing and kayaking. At the lake you can enjoy a number of land-based activities such as archery, high-ropes course and a climbing wall. The lake is popular with both walkers, cyclists and campers, who enjoy the stunning views in which the campsite overlooks. The lake also offers excellent bird watching and trout fishing, and has a café serving delicious cakes, beverages and a variety of light lunches, as well as a children’s play area.

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The Chine Hotel 25 Boscombe Spa Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH5 1AX With 3 acres of gardens that lead to the beach, The Chine – part of the FJB Collection – is often referred to as Bournemouth’s best-kept secret. Overlooking Boscombe Beach at the edge of West Overcliff, The Chine is set in secluded gardens, with unspoilt sea views, and is within easy access to the beach. The hotel has an AA red rosette restaurant as well as outdoor swimming pool, indoor ‘Roman Spa’ with swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and gym, and children’s entertainment during school holidays. Guests also have access to the Watersports Academy at its sister hotel, The Sandbanks. www.chinehotel.co.uk e e r F y Promotion: Complimentary overnight stay including dinner and watersports Sta activity (at the Watersports Academy based at The Sandbanks Hotel). How to book: Contact Carol Middleton at Liz Lean PR on +44 (0) 1202 701828 or email carol@lizleanpr.co.uk. Subject to availability for commissioned travel reviews and terms and conditions apply. If you wish to book accommodation for longer please enquire as an exclusive rate may be available for second, and subsequent, night stays.

The Harbour Heights Hotel Haven Road, Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7LW A boutique, 38-bed hotel, part of the FJB Collection, that has been designed specifically to maximise the spectacular views over Poole Harbour, the second-largest natural harbour in the world. Floor-to-ceiling glass panelling and terraces have been positioned so guests can enjoy the sunsets while an award-winning two AA red rosette restaurant, the Harbar Bistro, offers alfresco dining on the terrace during summer. Guests not only have the perfect location in which to relax but also have access to the Harmony spa at its sister hotel, The Haven, and the Watersports Academy based on-site at The Sandbanks. www.harbourheights.com e Fre y Promotion: Complimentary overnight stay at The Harbour Heights Hotel including Sta dinner as well as a spa treatment (at the Harmony spa based at the sister hotel The Haven) or watersports activity (weather permitting at the Watersports Academy based at sister hotel The Sandbanks). How to book: Contact Carol Middleton at Liz Lean PR on +44 (0) 1202 701828 or email carol@lizleanpr.co.uk. Subject to availability for commissioned travel reviews and terms and conditions apply. If you wish to book accommodation for longer please enquire as an exclusive rate may be available for second, and subsequent, night stays.

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The Haven Hotel Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7QL The Haven Hotel (part of the FJB Collection) is the perfect base from which to visit the famous Jurassic coast in the south of England’s county of Dorset. Its location at the southern-most point of the Sandbanks peninsula means it has uninterrupted views of Poole bay, Brownsea Island and the Purbeck hills. The hotel has a waterside, award-winning 2 AA red rosette restaurant, La Roche, which offers the finest local produce. Guests can enjoy a luxury spa, swimming pool, tennis courts and gym and also have access to the Watersports Academy based at its sister hotel, The Sandbanks.

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www.havenhotel.co.uk Promotion: Complimentary overnight stay including dinner and a spa treatment.

How to book: Contact Carol Middleton at Liz Lean PR on +44 (0) 1202 701828 or email carol@lizleanpr.co.uk. Subject to availability for commissioned travel reviews and terms and conditions apply. If you wish to book accommodation for longer please enquire as an exclusive rate may be available for second, and subsequent, night stays.

Hoburne Park Hoburne Lane, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 4HU Enjoy a stay at Hoburne Park in Dorset, where the Hoburne story began back in May 1912. Hoburne Park, close to sandy beaches at Friars Cliff, is a favourite for enjoying the great outdoors or just unwinding in a peaceful, top-quality location. Relax on the beach, go kite flying at Hengistbury Head or crabbing at Mudeford Quay or admire Bournemouth’s colourful gardens – there’s no shortage of things to do here.

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Promotion: Complimentary short break at the park in top-of-the-range accommodation, complimentary copy of a coffee-table style book, published to celebrate Hoburne’s centenary this year. How to book: Contact Melanie Warman or Lisa Barry at Liz Lean PR on +44 (0) 1202 701828 or email mel@lizleanpr.co.uk or lisa.barry@lizleanpr.co.uk. All dates and accommodation are subject to availability.

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The Sandbanks Hotel Banks Road, Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7PS The Sandbanks is the only hotel with direct access to one of Britain’s best beaches, Sandbanks – winner of more European Blue Flag awards than any other UK beach. The perfect holiday destination for family breaks, romantic weekends or watersports’ fun, the hotel offers a range of watersport activities at its Watersports’ Academy including windsurfing, kayaking, and sailing as well as powerboat rides along the Jurassic coastline. There is also an indoor swimming pool, sauna, gym and children’s entertainment in school holidays at the hotel, which is part of the FJB Collection.

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Promotion: Complimentary overnight stay including dinner and watersports activity. How to book: Contact Carol Middleton at Liz Lean PR on +44 (0) 1202 701828 or email carol@lizleanpr.co.uk. Subject to availability for commissioned travel reviews and terms and conditions apply. If you wish to book accommodation for longer please enquire as an exclusive rate may be available for second, and subsequent, night stays.

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DORSET

The Dinosaur Museum Icen Way, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1EW

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www.thedinosaurmuseum.com Promotion: Free admission.

How to book: Phone Tim Batty on +44 (0) 1305 269741 or email tim@thedinosaurmuseum.com in advance. Valid between 1 July-15 October 2012.

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The only museum on mainland Britain dedicated to dinosaurs, the original Dinosaur Museum, in the historic market town of Dorchester on England’s south coast, is a treat. The museum combines life-sized reconstructions of dinosaurs with fossils and skeletons to create an exciting experience. Hands-on, interactive and cinematic displays tell the story of these prehistoric animals and their enthralling world millions of years ago. Life-size dinosaur reconstructions – including Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus and Triceratops – beg to be touched; that’s encouraged.


Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park Wareham Road, Organford, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6EU Farmer Palmers is where young adventurers (8 years and under) can enjoy the numerous delights of farm life. Different animal activities means visitors can mix these with the many dedicated, natural children’s play areas. There’s milking, feeding and even sheep racing while the attention to ‘safe fun’ is reassuring. The staff has an excellent, friendly attitude and always understand the needs of parents with little ones. The café has home-made meals and cakes, cooked on site, as well as e highchairs, baby changing and microwaves for bottles. www.farmerpalmers.co.uk Fre ry Promotion: Complimentary entry for any accredited and non-accredited press Ent members who have come via VisitBritain’s media centre and their family – up to 2 adults and 4 children for one visit. How to book: Pre-booking by telephone required with journalist/photographer’s details and approximate date of visit. Offer ends 20 December 2012. All major credit cards and cash accepted for all food/drink/and shop purchases. Cash for trailer rides etc once on site.

Lulworth Estate Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, Nr Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QS The Lulworth Estate comprises 20 square miles of some of the most stunning countryside and coast in Dorset. 5 miles of the most photogenic parts of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site also fall within this privately owned and managed estate, including the natural horseshoe shaped harbour of Lulworth Cove, the iconic natural rock arch of Durdle Door, and Lulworth Castle, built in 1610 and bought in 1641 by the current owners, the Weld Family. The Heritage Centre in the pretty village of Lulworth features a coast and countryside exhibition.

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Promotion: Free individual briefing by a Lulworth Ranger and a free guide on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage, free briefing by Lulworth Castle guide and guidebook.

How to book: For the coast and countryside briefing call in advance on +44 (0) 1929 400155 and for the castle guide call +44 (0) 1929 400352.

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Lyme Regis Museum Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3QA An ancient town featured in the Domesday Book, Lyme Regis lies where the beautiful coastlines of Dorset and Devon meet on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Discover Lyme’s early maritime history, its internationally important geology, its fossils and the many significant writers connected with the town, from Jane Austen to John Fowles, at the Lyme Regis Museum. Standing in the heart of the town, the museum is built on the site of the home of Lyme’s renowned fossilist Mary Anning. It is one of the architectural gems of the town and is packed with fascinating displays.

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www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk Promotion: Complimentary admission for members of press.

How to book: No booking necessary. Just introduce yourself as press for free admission.

Mapperton Gardens Mapperton, Beaminster, Dorset, DT8 3NR Mapperton Gardens is a unique valley garden in west Dorset, in an Area of Outstanding Beauty. The gardens surround the Jacobean manor house, stable blocks, dovecote and All Saints Church. Below the Orangery and croquet lawn is an Italianate formal garden with fountains, topiary, grottoes, ponds and stone statuary, laid out in the 1920s. Beyond this is a summer house overlooking 2 fish ponds, leading to the Wild Garden. There is also a café open for morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon tea.

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Promotion: Free entry. How to book: Contact Tash Granville-Abbott at the Estate Office on +44 (0) 1308 862645. The Gardens are open April to October, every day except Saturday, 11:00-17:00. Journalists must book in advance. Subject to terms and conditions.

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Sandworld International Sand Sculpture Park Lodmoor Country Park, Preston Beach Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX Discover impressive sand sculptures created around a theme of the Olympics and Ancient Greek mythology – by some of the world’s most talented sand sculptors – housed under a giant marquee in the grounds of Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth. Established in 2011 by Mark Anderson, a 2nd generation sand sculptor, with friend and fellow sculptor David Hicks, the attraction welcomed 25,000 visitors last year. Works in progress include a 3-metre high Royal Coat of Arms for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and there is a giant sandpit for ‘have-a-go’ sessions with instructors.

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www.sandworld.co.uk Promotion: Complimentary entry.

How to book: Contact Victoria Bray on +44 (0) 7411 387529. Appointments must be pre-arranged.

Sea Life Adventure Park, Weymouth Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX A fun day out is guaranteed at the Sea Life Adventure Park where visitors have access to more than 1,000 creatures, including penguins, seals, otters, sea turtles, crocodiles and clownfish. Marvel at the walk-through ocean tunnel and new displays for 2012 include the Claws Rockpool Adventure, where visitors can hold a giant spider crab, dodge the surge wave, and see what lurks beneath the waves with an underwater viewing device. Children’s rides and a Splash Zone – complete with water jets, slide and splash pool – are also part of this popular attraction.

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www.visitsealife.com/weymouth Promotion: Free entry to press members between 1 July-15 October 2012.

How to book: Email emma.vagg@merlinentertainments.biz.

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Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & Garden Park Walk, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8JR The excavated foundations of this once influential Abbey (founded in 888) lie in a peaceful walled garden with traditional roses, a medieval orchard and herb garden, where you can enjoy the aroma of more than 100 herbs. The museum brings to life the story of the Abbey and its inhabitants with dramatic displays, audio tour and children’s activities. The Abbey is within a few minutes’ walk of the centre of Shaftesbury, one of the most charming and historic market towns, famous for its picturesque Gold Hill.

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www.Shaftesburyheritage.org.uk Promotion: Free entry for press on production of press card.

How to book: Contact Annabel Turner on +44 (0) 1747 852910. Free entry will not be allowed to special events taking place in the gardens over the summer.

Splashdown Waterparks Tower Park Leisure Complex, Tower Park, Poole, Dorset, BH12 4NY Enjoy water thrills and spills at the south of England’s Splashdown Waterpark. As part of one of the region’s premier leisure complexes, Tower Park, Splashdown Waterpark boasts 13 fantastic water rides, indoors and outdoors, ranging from the rapids tyre ride to drop and thrill flumes. Adults and children alike will love the attractions, which also include an interactive SplashZone for children under 8. Located just 15 minutes and 35 minutes from the seaside towns of Bournemouth and Weymouth respectively, Splashdown Waterpark is also in the enviable location of being just 5 minutes from the lively town centre of Poole.

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Promotion: Free entry for 1 person to accredited media producing Olympic and Paralympic Media Press Centre passes, London Media Centre passes, or UK accredited media or business card. Plus up to 3 guests at 50% reduction. How to book: Contact Jackie Richmond on +44 7971954013 or email jrichmond@splashdownwaterparks.co.uk.

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Swanage Railway Station House, Station Approach, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1HB Step back into the romantic era of steam railway travel as you board the Swanage Railway, which runs for 6 miles through the beautiful Isle of Purbeck, a peninsula in the county of Dorset with the English Channel to its south and east. This is more than a heritage railway. At one end are the majestic ruins of Corfe Castle, one of the UK’s most iconic sights and the terminus station at Swanage is just 100 metres from a superb beach. Trains runs most of the year and are normally hauled by historic steam locomotives.

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The Teddy Bear Museum Eastgate, corner of High East Street and Salisbury Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1JU This unique family museum has evocative and atmospheric displays of teddy bears from throughout the last century. The earliest teddy bear on display dates back to 1906. There are numerous bears of all shapes and sizes from throughout the history of the teddy bear, right up to artist bears and award winners of today. Famous bears, including Rupert Bear, Winnie the Pooh and Paddington, are present, as are many TV favourites.

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www.teddybearmuseum.co.uk Promotion: Free admission for press between 1 July–15 October 2012.

How to book: Phone Tim Batty on +44 (0) 1305 269741 or email tim@world-heritage.org.uk.

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The Terracotta Warriors Museum Eastgate, corner of High East Street and Salisbury Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1JU The Terracotta Warriors Museum is dedicated to the amazing Terracotta Warriors. They created worldwide fascination when discovered in 1974 at Xian, and are regarded as the 8th wonder of the ancient world. The museum displays unique replicas of the terracotta warriors, re-created by museum technicians at the site in Xian, including crossbowmen, charioteer, officer and general. The warriors are extremely impressive and audio programmes tell their story. Complementing the terracotta warriors is Qin Shi Huangdi and members of the Royal guard in full recreated costumes, plus armour. Cinematic presentations tell the story of the warriors and their discovery. e www.terracottawarriors.co.uk Fre ry Promotion: Free admission for press between 1 July–15 October 2012. Ent How to book: Phone Tim Batty on +44 (0) 1305 269741 or email tim@world-heritage.org.uk.

The Tutankhamun Exhibition High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1UW Experience the magnificence and wonder of the world’s greatest discovery of ancient treasure at this spectacular recreation of Tutankhamun’s tomb and treasures. Be there at the discovery, explore the ante-chamber and the burial chamber filled with their treasures. Marvel at the superb facsimiles of some of Tutankhamun’s greatest golden treasures, including the famous golden funerary mask. Finally, come face-to-face with Tutankhamun’s mummified body. Featured in numerous television documentaries this world-renowned exhibition is an amazing experience.

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www.tutankhamun-exhibition.co.uk Promotion: Free admission for press between 1 July–15 October 2012.

How to book: Phone Tim Batty on +44 (0) 1305 269741 or email tim@tutankhamun-exhibition.co.uk.

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The Gallivant Hotel, Camber Sands New Lydd Rd, East Sussex, TN31 7RB The New-England/retro-British seaside-style of the Gallivant Hotel adds to its comfortable and put-your-feet-up feel, and reflects the beauty of the natural coastal surroundings using driftwood salvaged from the beach opposite and locally reclaimed furnishings. Its laid-back eaterie, The Beach Bistro at the Gallivant Hotel, has recently appointed a new Head Chef, the award-winning Trevor Hambley. He has spent the last 7 years with Marco Pierre White and brings with him a fresh new menu that celebrates a passion for the fantastic seasonal produce available within a 30-mile radius of the kitchen. t n www.thegallivanthotel.com cou Dis ce i Pr Promotion: £49 for overnight accommodation including 3-course dinner from Trevor Hambley for 2 people. How to book: Email general manager Tudor Hopkins on Tudor@thegallivanthotel.com. Offer valid over the Olympics, 7 days a week. Quote ‘journo beach escape’ when booking. The price is valid per couple and offer is subject to availability.

The George In Rye 98 High Street, Rye, TN31 7JT The George is a luxurious hotel in the fascinating historical town of Rye. The building dates from 1575 and has wonderful heritage; it even has an original Georgian ballroom. With 34 bedrooms, this hotel blends contemporary design with antique furniture, producing an eclectic mix of old and new.

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How to book: Email reception@thegeorgeinrye.com quoting code ‘VisitBritain’. Offer available between 17 September–11 October 2012 excluding Fridays and Saturdays. Bookings to be charged in advance – not amendable or refundable.

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Eastbourne Accommodation Eastbourne, BN21 3AD The popular seaside resort of Eastbourne, in the historic county of East Sussex on England’s south coast, offers a wide range of accommodation from a 5-star seafront hotel to boutique hotels, the celebrity owned Big Sleep, small and friendly guest houses, period townhouses and fishermen’s cottages, exclusive harbourside apartments and even a Manor House.

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www.visiteastbourne.com Promotion: Stay overnight in Eastbourne with complimentary accommodation or reduced rates.

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How to book: Call the Promotions Office in advance on +44 (0) 1323 415413.

Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow Eastbourne Seafront, BN21 4EE

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Promotion: Free VIP pass to the airshow plus helicopter flights over Beachy Head in the South Downs National Park also available for accredited press, subject to availability. How to book: Call the Promotions Office on +44 (0) 1323 415413. Subject to availability and terms and conditions.

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The popular 4-day airshow returns from 9–12 August 2012 to celebrate its 20th anniversary on Eastbourne’s seafront, with a packed line-up of flying from the RAF, Army, international military and civilian display teams. See the RAF Tornado fast jet, Sea King helicopter rescues, marvel at The Blades formation display team of former RAF Red Arrows pilots, Breitling Wingwalkers, and see parachute-display teams as they drop in formation to see the crowds.


Eastbourne Bandstand Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 3AD One of the south coast of England’s most popular and successful outdoor venue offers a range of afternoon and evening concerts including 1812 classical concerts with fireworks, Sunday Night on the Proms, traditional brass and silver band music, Big Band nights, Gilbert & Sullivan, High School Musical concerts for kids, Rock n Roll nights and Tribute Nights celebrating the music of many greats from the world of pop and rock including Abba, Queen, The Beatles, Michael Jackson and more.

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How to book: Contact the Promotions Office on +44 (0) 1323 415413, quoting ‘VBPress12’. Subject to availability.

Eastbourne Theatres Winter Garden, Compton Street, Eastbourne, BN21 4BP Eastbourne’s 4 major historic theatres feature a vibrant mix of drama, comedy, music, dance and shows direct from London’s West End. This season includes Grease, 42nd Street and Cirque du Ciel’s ShangHi.

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How to book: Contact Eastbourne Theatres marketing office on +44 (0) 1323 415508 or theatrespressoffice@eastbourne.gov.uk. Subject to availability.

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Glyndebourne (opera house) Glyndebourne, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 5UU Experience a true British summer at the globally renowned opera house set in a beautiful English landscape in East Sussex – Glyndebourne. The famous Glyndebourne Festival runs annually from May to August with a programme of 6 operas in a 1,200-seat opera house. This year sees 3 new productions take to the stage; Janecek’s The Cunning Little Vixen , Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and a Ravel double bill. The season is completed with revivals of 3 greatly admired productions; Peter Hall’s La Cenerentola , David McVicar’s La Boheme and Jonathan Kent’s The Fairy Queen . www.glyndebourne.com e e Fr ets k Promotion: Complimentary tickets available for La Boheme (6 July) The Fairy Queen Tic (12 August), Ravel’s L’heure espagnole & L’enfant et les sortileges (13 August) and Le Nozze di Figaro (3 August). Includes a picnic in the grounds of a 15th-century house, a tour of the famous Glyndebourne gardens and a glass of Champagne on arrival. Subject to availability. How to book: Contact Vicky Kington, media manager, on +44 (0) 1273 812321 or vicky.kington@glyndebourne.com.

Hastings Adventure Golf Hastings Old Town Seafront, Marine Parade, Hastings, TN34 3AJ Hastings Adventure Golf boasts 3, 18-hole miniature golf courses, providing facilities suitable for players of all ages. This is the national centre for miniature golf in the UK and the home of the annual ‘Castle Golf’ World Crazy Golf Championships every October.

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www.hastingsadventuregolf.co.uk Promotion: Free admission to media plus 1 guest, bearing this offer and valid media ID.

How to book: Booking not required, admission on the door.

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Jerwood Gallery Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, TN34 3DW Discover figurative and abstract works from between the First World War and the 1960s at The Jerwood Gallery, the new permanent home for the Jerwood Foundation’s collection of 20th- and 21st-century works of art. The collection is displayed in 7 galleries, alongside a seasonal contemporary art programme in the Gallery’s temporary exhibition space, the Foreshore Gallery. The collection also features contemporary works by artists associated with Jerwood, including several winners of the Jerwood Painting Prize.

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King John’s Nursery and Garden Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham, East Sussex, TN19 7AZ King John’s Nursery & Garden is a 6-acre traditional English garden with formal lawn, wildflower meadow and many other stunning features. The nursery propagates many of its plants and has a shop filled with rustic garden ornaments, gifts and eco products. The beautiful new tearoom makes this a wonderful destination for an afternoon out.

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www.kingjohnsnursery.co.uk Promotion: Free admission.

How to book: No booking required but quote ‘VisitBritain media offer’ for free entry. Closed Tuesdays.

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Observatory Science Centre Wartling Road, Herstmonceux, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1RN Savour the unique atmosphere of one of the leading hands-on science centres in Britain, the Observatory Science Centre. As the former home of the Royal Greenwich Observatory, astronomers once studied the heavens from the centre between the 1950s and 1980s and it now showcases more than 100 exhibits. Explore science on a grand scale at its outside Discovery Park. Set amid beautiful Sussex countryside, the green domes provide an exciting, educational environment.

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www.the-observatory.org Promotion: Free of charge entry with valid ID.

How to book: No booking necessary. Offer valid 1 July–15 October 2012 during normal daily opening times.

Only in Brighton Tour Tour meeting point: Outside Al Duomo restaurant, 7 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE Situated on the south coast of England, Brighton is perhaps best known for its historical links with the Regency period of the 18th century and the spectacular Royal Pavilion, as well as its famous pier packed with rides and entertainment. Yet this 80-minute walking tour also shows the visitor what makes Brighton so unique. From party kings and renegade builders to Abba and muesli, this is a curiously fact-filled and tongue-in-cheek celebration of all that’s peculiar to Brighton.

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How to book: Email info@onlyinbrighton.co.uk. Tours run most Fridays and Saturdays from 19:00.

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Pashley Manor Gardens Ticehurst, Nr Wadhurst, East Sussex, TN5 7HE One of the finest gardens in England, Pashley Manor Gardens offers a sumptuous blend of romantic landscaping, imaginative plantings and fine trees, fountains, springs and large ponds. Whatever month you choose to visit there is something to delight the senses. Through April to May bluebells carpet the woodland and there are thousands of tulips dotted around the gardens. June is fragrant with roses, while in July the scent of sweet peas and lilies begin to perfume the air. Summer bedding plants continue through into August, and then the herbaceous borders come into their own.

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Promotion: Complimentary entry to the gardens and complimentary refreshments.

How to book: Call Kate Wilson on +44 (0) 1580 200888 or email katewilson@pashleymanorgardens.com. Offer is by appointment only on open days until 29 September (garden entry only in October).

Redoubt Fortress Royal Parade, Eastbourne, BN22 7AQ For more than 200 years the Redoubt Fortress has stood ready to defend the Eastbourne coast. It formed part of a chain of fortifications built to deter Napoleon’s forces in the early 1800s, and it still stands as a unique monument to that time. Garrisoned by troops until the early 1900s, and again during World War II, the fortress is now a suitable and atmospheric home to 3 exciting military collections and a busy programme of events throughout the year, from history or dance to stargazing and family fun.

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www.eastbournemuseums.co.uk Promotion: Free admission.

How to book: Contact +44 (0) 1323 410300 or email redoubtmuseum@eastbourne.gov.uk quoting ‘VBPress12’.

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Thomas Smiths Trugs Berwick Court Farm, Alfriston Road, Berwick, East Sussex, BN26 5QS Smiths have been hand-making garden trugs, flower and log trugs since they were invented by Thomas Smith in 1829. Now used for carrying vegetables and flowers and for all gardening purposes, Royal Sussex traditional trugs are made using locally harvested sweet chestnut and cricket bat willow woods. They are beautiful, strong and will last for many years and Thomas Smiths Trugs counts Catherine Deneuve and Meryl Streep among its customers.

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www.sussextrugs.com Promotion: Free demonstration and hands-on experience at working the wood in the old-fashioned way under expert supervision – not normally available to the public.

How to book: Contact Robin Tuppen on +44 (0) 1323 871640.

Towner Art Museum Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ Towner is an award-winning contemporary art museum located in coastal Eastbourne in the south east of England. The museum presents major exhibitions of UK and international contemporary art and, as a museum, it also has a renowned collection of art from across the ages. Learning and participation lay at its heart. Between 14 July–30 September the museum will feature an exhibition by much-loved Sussex artist Harold Mockford. His inspiration comes from the rolling hills and coastal scenes of the South Downs National Park.

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Yesterday’s World 89-90 High Street, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0AQ Step back in time and embark on an incredible journey, going back more than 100 years, recapturing Britain’s amazing past using beautifully recreated life-size street scenes and shop displays. This award-winning attraction is located in the historic market town of Battle, right in the heart of 1066 country, and is considered to be one of the best social history collections in the UK. Discover more than 150,000 nostalgic artefacts plus virtual and interactive exhibits with evocative sounds and smells.

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www.yesterdaysworld.co.uk Promotion: Free entry.

How to book: Call +44 (0) 1424 777226 to pre-book. Media ID required. Not valid on event days, maximum of 2 journalists per visit, terms and conditions apply.

Webbe’s Rock-a-nore Seafood Restaurant 1 Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3DW

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www.webbesrestaurants.co.uk Promotion: Complimentary meal (food and travel writers only).

How to book: Email booking request at least 1 week in advance to rockanore@webbesrestaurants.co.uk. Excludes drinks. Offer subject to availability and terms and conditions set by the restaurant.

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Stylish, contemporary fresh seafood restaurant beside the fishery, utilising the best local seafood and ingredients run by sustainable seafood expert and champion Chef Owner Paul Webbe.


Webbe’s Fish Cafe 17 Tower St, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7AT Stylish, contemporary fresh seafood restaurant in renowned harbour utilising the best local seafood and ingredients run by sustainable seafood expert and champion Chef Owner Paul Webbe.

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www.webbesrestaurants.co.uk Promotion: Complimentary meal (food and travel writers only).

How to book: Email booking request at least 1 week in advance to info@thefishcafe.com quoting ‘VisitBritain promotion’. Excludes drinks. Offer subject to availability and terms and conditions set by the restaurant.

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Osea Island Maldon, Essex, CM9 8UH An exclusive private island enclosed by 4 miles of beaches and coastline, just 45 miles from central London at the base of the Thames estuary, Osea maintains an unspoilt and tranquil ambience with an abundance of wildlife and rare birds. Part of the array of accommodation on the island, the bright, contemporary Courtyard Apartments are set within a modernised Arts and Crafts building, showcasing period features.

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Promotion: 50% off the Orange Blossom courtyard apartment (sleeps 4) on Osea Island during midweek – was £480 now £240. 50% off the Observatory courtyard apartment (sleeps 8) on Osea Island during midweek – was £780 now £390. How to book: Contact booking manager Luka on +44 (0) 7729 456912 or email reception@oseaisland.co.uk quoting code ‘Media12’ for either promotion. Valid between 1 July-15 October 2012. 50% secures the booking with full payment required 8 weeks prior to arrival – if arrival is less than 8 weeks then full payment is required. Acceptable forms of payment are bank transfer, cheque or credit card; funds to clear before arrival. Card holder must be present on the holiday. Cannot be used with other promotional offer or discount. Not transferrable for money.

Park Hall Country House Park Chase, St Osyth, Essex, CO16 8HG Situated in the heart of the Essex countryside, yet in close proximity to the dunes, piers and promenades of some of the loveliest east coast of England beaches, Park Hall Country House is an exceptional 14th-century former monastery awash with oak beams, open log fires and beautiful large lounges. With its gorgeous suites, 4-posters and double rooms, all overlooking the beautiful gardens, Park Hall is surrounded by 400 acres of privately owned countryside, perfect for country leisure pursuits such as fishing, golf, clay-pigeon shooting, bird watching and nature walks along the country trails. Spa treatments are also available, providing ample opportunity to relax and unwind in stunning surroundings. % 50 f www.parkhall.info Of Promotion: 50% discount valid for the period 1 July–15 October 2012 subject to availability. How to book: Please contact Trish Ford on telephone: +44 (0) 1255 820922 or email: trish.ford@btinternet.com.

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Quartette Self-Catering Holiday Bungalow 15 Upper Second Avenue, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, CO13 9LL A home-from-home in the seaside resort of Frinton-on-Sea, which has an old-fashioned charm and is renowned for one of the best sand beaches in Britain. The 3-star approved holiday bungalow (sleeps 6 people) is situated in a quiet residential area, with secluded garden, close to the open countryside, and 3 minutes by road to the beach. Historical sites within easy reach by road or rail include Colchester (the oldest recorded town), or the fun resort of Clacton-on-Sea.

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www.ipsw.btinternet.co.uk/quartette.htm Promotion: Free week offered to journalists with proper media accreditation.

How to book: Live availability is displayed on the above website, or contact Joy Sanders on +44 (0) 870 314 7827, email ipsw2@btinternet.com or fax +44 870 765 3746. Valid between 1 July–15 October 2012 inclusive.

Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel Old Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 3LX The perfect stay in a prime location whether your stay is for business or pleasure. Your chance to experience excellent service while relaxing in a contemporary hotel bordering the woodlands of Epping Forest.

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Promotion: 50% discount off food and non-alcoholic beverage served in the Thyme Restaurant when booking an overnight stay at the promotional rate of £80 for a Standard Deluxe Room. How to book: Contact +44 (0) 800 221 222. Rate code to quote when making bedroom reservation is VEGH. This discount can only be taken when offered in conjunction with the room. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Subject to availability, valid between 1 July-16 October, excludes stay between 27 July–13 August 2012.

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Barleylands Farm Park & Craft Village Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD Barleylands Farm Park and Craft Village is a perfect all-weather attraction. The Farm Park has indoor and outdoor adventure play areas and animals to see in addition to giant indoor slides, zip wire, birds of prey, giant bouncy pillow and miniature train rides. Visitors can take a tractor and trailer ride and visit the Discovery Centre, a great place for the whole family. The Craft Village has more than 50 different craft studios; watch the blacksmith and be mesmerised by the glass blowers. Commission unique pieces or create them yourself at one of the daily classes.

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www.barleylands.co.uk Promotion: Free entry to media with valid accreditation. Not valid on the 8-9 September 2012.

How to book: Email Sue Andrews at sue@barleylands.co.uk.

Colchester Zoo Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL Colchester Zoo is one of the finest zoos in Europe with more than 270 species across 60 acres of parkland. Many species are endangered and part of international breeding programmes. The zoo has won many awards for its modern enclosures and its interactive approach for visitors. Don’t miss the new walkthrough Lemur encounter, “Lost Madagascar”, “Orangutan Forest” and “Playa Patagonia”, plus many other great enclosures. Also don’t miss the chance to feed the elephants and giraffes as part of a programme of daily displays around the zoo plus undercover in the Wild About Animals Theatre.

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www.colchester-zoo.com Promotion: Free entry to Olympic journalists, accompanying visitors pay full price.

How to book: Email alex@colchester-zoo.co.uk for the entry code that needs to be printed out and brought with you on the day of your visit.

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Epping Forest District Museum 39/41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1EL Plantagenet and Tudor kings Henry II and Henry VIII and the last Anglo-Saxon king of England, Harold II, all have links to the historic market town of Waltham Abbey. Their story, and the unique stories of those who have lived and worked in the town, are told within the Epping Forest District Museum. Located within a building dating back to 1520 the museum galleries show fantastic collections including some of the finest Tudor wall panelling in England, the spectacular Waltham Abbey Bible and paintings including work by Lucien Pissarro and Jacob Epstein. The museum is situated half a mile from the Lee Valley White Water Centre and lies at the heart of a group of stunning but undiscovered heritage attractions. e Fre r www.eppingforestdistrictmuseum.org.uk Tou Promotion: Free tour for media of the museum and the historic grounds of nearby Waltham Abbey. How to book: Email museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk. Tour dates will depend on staff availability.

Hedingham Castle & Gardens Bayley Street, Castle Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3DJ One of the finest and most intact examples of a Norman keep in western Europe, this architectural icon is located between the historic towns of Colchester and Cambridge. Boasting the widest arch in domestic Norman architecture, the castle is situated on a motte and bailey defensive structure and surrounded by beautiful gardens and woods later developed in the 18th century. The castle was built by the de vere family – the Earls of Oxford – and it is possible that the 17th Earl wrote the Shakespeare plays. It is close to the beautiful and traditional village of castle Hedingham.

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How to book: Contact +44 (0) 1787 460261 and visit www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk for opening times.

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Hylands House Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8WQ Hylands House is a beautiful Grade II-listed villa set in 574 acres of historic landscaped parkland. With its stunning white Georgian façade, Hylands offers a spectacular venue for all types of events, and is open on Sundays and Mondays from April to September 10:00 to 17:00. Other attractions include: Huttons Courtyard Café, gift shop, bookshop, Hawthorn heavy horses, Hylands artists’ studios and a children’s play area.

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www.chelmsford.gov.uk/hylands Promotion: Free entrance to Hylands House on the days it is open to the public.

How to book: Present media identification on arrival. Not valid on events days.

Old Macdonald’s Farm Leisure and Educational Centre Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY Discover an award-winning animal attraction aimed at families with young children in Brentwood, Essex, just 20 miles outside of London. On this fun-filled farm visitors will find farmyard favourites, exotic animals and plenty of slides, rides and leisure opportunities, including the astonishing Singing Chickens.

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www.omdfarm.co.uk Promotion: Free entry to accredited media representatives and their families.

How to book: Email info@omdfarm.co.uk to give the date of intended visit and the numbers coming for a return email to confirm.

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Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4PZ Considered to be the finest venue of its kind in East Anglia, the family owned Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa offers 80 hotel rooms, 5 new luxury self-catered Country Lodges, 2 renowned 18-hole championship golf courses, a fantastic AA Rosette restaurant, state-of-the art spa and fitness centre and an excellent wedding and banqueting facility for up to 450 guests. Set in beautiful rolling Constable Country on the Suffolk/Essex border, and close to many famous historic attractions and picturesque Tudor villages, it is the perfect location for a weekend away.

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www.stokebynaylandlodges.com www.stokebynayland.com Promotion: A free round of golf for 2 on one of our 2 renowned championship courses that host the only annual televised European Challenge tour event in England.

How to book: Contact Liz Ingle on +44 (0) 1206 265838 or email liz.ingle@stokebynayland.com quoting ‘Prs2012’. Offer is subject to availability from Monday to Friday after 10:00. It is recommended that accommodation is booked in advance if required to avoid disappointment. This will be charged at the best available rate.

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Morgan Romantic Road Cheltenham Tourism, 77 Promenade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1PJ Experience the ultimate luxury package; take to the road with an exclusive Morgan Romantic Road package where Cheltenham Tourism has teamed up in partnership with the Morgan Motor Company offering Romantic Road driving itineraries in a Morgan 4X4 sports car (manual gearbox) and stays at prestigious hotels.

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Promotion: 50% discount of overall package of a 3-night Morgan Romantic Road package for 2 – now costing £590 – including the hire of the Morgan 4X4 sports car, staying at Cheltenham’s luxury Queen’s Hotel, including breakfast, dinner on one evening of choice and either Champagne, flowers or chocolates in the room. How to book: Contact Sue Adie on +44 (0) 1242 264118 quoting code ‘Morgan Packages’. Enquiries welcomed from media commissioned to write a luxury review. All subject to availability and terms and conditions apply. All major credit cards accepted, except American Express.

Hoburne Cotswold Broadway Lane, South Cerney, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5UQ Hoburne Cotswold in Gloucestershire offers tranquil countryside and four glassy lakes to make this park a truly idyllic setting. Cast a fishing line and watch the wild birds as they glide by or have fun and adventure at the indoor and outdoor pools, adventure playground, licensed clubhouse with season-long entertainment, the hugely popular Sammy Seahorse children’s club, and much more.

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Promotion: Complimentary short break at the park in top-of-the-range accommodation and a complimentary copy of a coffee-table style book, published to celebrate Hoburne’s centenary this year. How to book: Contact Melanie Warman or Lisa Barry at Liz Lean PR on +44 (0) 1202 701828 or email mel@lizleanpr.co.uk or lisa.barry@lizleanpr.co.uk. All dates and accommodation subject to availability.

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Three Ways House Hotel – Home of The Pudding Club Chapel Lane, Mickleton, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6SB Close to Shakespeare’s home of Stratford-upon-Avon and perched on the edge of the Cotswolds, an officially designated Area of Outstanding Beauty in Gloucestershire, sits a privately owned, village hotel that offers something special – its unique Pudding Club. The Pudding Club was founded at the 48-room Three Ways House Hotel in 1985 to prevent the demise of the traditional great British Pudding. The hotel is now as famous for its food, traditional British puddings and specially designed Pudding Club bedrooms as it is for its ideal location for walking and cycling in the surrounding Cotswolds.

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www.threewayshousehotel.com Promotion: Complimentary accommodation dependent on availability. Places at Pudding Club meetings will be complimentary, also subject to availability.

How to book: Email Jill@puddingclub.com with all details.

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway The Railway Station, Toddington, Gloucestershire, GL54 5DT

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www.gwsr.com Promotion: Free visit accompanied by trained volunteers where possible.

How to book: Email Colin Fewell or Steve Sperring on info@gwsr.com using promotional code ‘2012vb’.

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Take a trip through the glorious Cotswold countryside on a traditional steam train, which takes in commanding views towards Wales and Shropshire. The standard gauge steam heritage Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway has its terminus at the famous racecourse of Cheltenham, which is just 2 kilometres from the town centre. The round trip lasts over an hour and a half in 1950s carriages with the trains hauled by steam locomotives, many of which are almost 100 years old. Furthermore, there are restaurant facilities, a shop and a small museum to visit.


St Augustines Farm Passage Road, Arlingham, Gloucestershire, GL2 7JR Visit a 50-acre organic farm that is great for children to run around and play in. See the friendly farm animals, learn about the farm, enjoy the indoor and outdoor play areas, shop and cafe. The farm also offers a picnic area with stunning views of the Severn Vale, and it’s the perfect place for imaginative play and enjoying the countryside.

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How to book: Turn up on the day and quote the promotional code ‘FARM001’.

Walking Tours of Regency Cheltenham Cheltenham Tourist Information Centre, 77 Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1PJ Explore the famous Regency Spa town of Cheltenham, accompanied by a knowledgeable, registered guide from the Cotswold and Gloucestershire Tourist Guides Association. Get off the beaten track for a tour of 1 1 /2 hours to discover Cheltenham’s architectural highlights, learn about Cheltenham as it was during its spa heyday and explore the most attractive parts of the town.

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Promotion: Free walking tours of Regency Cheltenham.

How to book: Contact Sue Adie in advance for tour timetable and to book on +44 (0) 1242 264118 or Cheltenham Tourist Information Centre on (0) 1242 522878 with media details and quoting code ‘Media Walks’.

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Westonbirt, The National Arboretum Forestry Commission, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS Picture a historic, Victorian landscape, bursting with an internationally important tree and shrub collection and you will have Westonbirt, The National Arboretum. Based just 3 miles from the traditional Cotswolds market town of Tetbury, Westonbirt is managed by the Forestry Commission and its 16,000 trees (2,500 different specimens) come from Britain, China, North America, Japan, Chile and other temperate climates. Within the 17 miles of accessible paths and five national collections, children become young adventurers and adults connect with trees through guided walks, workshops, self-led e www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt Fre ry trails or volunteering. t n E Promotion: Free admission. How to book: Contact katrina.podlewska@forestry.gsi.gov.uk or call +44 (0) 1666 881207. Alternatively, show proof of identity/media outlet to admissions staff on arrival to Westonbirt Arboretum. Offer excludes Treefest and Forestry Commission Live Music concerts – please contact katrina.podlewska@forestry.gsi.gov.uk to request addition to the separate media list for these events. Valid until 30 September 2012.

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Hilton Manchester Deansgate 303 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4LQ Situated within the lower 23 floors of the stunning 47-storey Beetham Tower, the Hilton Manchester Deansgate hotel offers spectacular views across the city. Plunge into the heated indoor swimming pool, work out in the gym or indulge in a spa treatment. Savour modern contemporary cuisine in the hotel’s chic Podium restaurant or take the express lift to Cloud 23 for tea or a cocktail in the sky. The hotel is just a few minutes from Piccadilly and Victoria stations and 25 minutes from Manchester International Airport, and can hold events for up to 600 people.

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Holiday Inn Bolton Centre 1 Higher Bridge Street, Bolton, BL1 2EW A 132-bedroom hotel situated in Bolton town centre that is easily accessible from both the motorway and mainline train station. The hotel provides an onsite restaurant, lounge bar, gym, pool and sauna.

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How to book: Contact the hotel reservations department directly on +44 (0) 1204 879988. All rates and discounts are subject to availability and blackout dates may occur. Discount applies to new bookings only.

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GREATER MANCHESTER


Holiday Inn Manchester West Liverpool Street, Salford, Greater Manchester, M5 4LT The Holiday Inn Manchester West is a modern, stylish non-smoking hotel, located just outside the vibrant centre of Manchester, within walking distance to the Old Trafford, Lancashire Country Cricket Club, Salford Quays and Media City. With 82 well-equipped ensuite bedrooms, featuring stylish décor and amenities, the Holiday Inn Manchester West also offers a variety of dining options to suit all tastes and requirements.

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Promotion: 50% off the selling rate of the day; this will include full English breakfast and 1 hour’s Wi-Fi. How to book: Call the hotel on +44 (0) 161 743 0080 or email reservations@himanchester-west.co.uk or sales@himanchester-west.co.uk and quote MediaOffers 2012. Accepted methods of payment: Cash, All major Credit/Debit Card, Cheque, Bank Transfer, Voucher.

The Lowry Hotel 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Salford, Manchester, M3 5LH Contemporary, luxurious and comfortable, the 5-star Lowry Hotel sits on the banks of the River Irwell in the recently-developed Chapel Wharf area on the Salford-Manchester boundary. The first 5-star hotel in Greater Manchester – part of the Rocco Forte Collection – The Lowry Hotel is proud of its cutting-edge design that is prevalent from the stylish lobby to its 165 spacious bedrooms, 6 suites and the Charles Forte Presidential Suite. The River Restaurant offers a Modern British menu, while the River Bar and Library offer a modern, light menu throughout the day. The luxurious Lowry Spa offers a range of treatments, a gym, sauna and relaxation lounges.

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Promotion: Complimentary stays for commissioned reviews and media rates of £95 bed and breakfast for media writing features on the destination and including The Lowry Hotel details and fact box. How to book: For further details on The Lowry Hotel media rates contact Helen Hipkiss on hhipkiss@roccofortehotels.com. Subject to availability and terms and conditions.

HOTELS

GREATER MANCHESTER


Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Hotel Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5GP The Radisson Blu Edwardian is based in the historic Free Trade Hall. Centrally located, the hotel boasts 2 restaurants offering fine British cuisine or relaxed dress-down dining. The Sienna Spa, located deep in the building’s vault, is a blissful urban hideaway offering swimming pool and gym to all residents.

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Promotion: Either complimentary bed and breakfast, or complimentary afternoon tea or complimentary dinner. How to book: Contact Hayley Peck, commercial manager, on +44 (0)161 835 8914 or email: peckh@radisson.com quoting ‘Media Offer’. Offer is subject to availability. Where not available the hotel will offer discounted media rates.

Radisson Blu Manchester Airport Chicago Avenue, Manchester Airport, Manchester, M90 3RA As well as being the only Manchester Airport hotel directly connected to the terminals via a skylink, the Radisson Blu also offers easy access to popular city attractions including Manchester United Football Ground - Old Trafford, and the MEN Arena. The 360-room, 4-star hotel offers a swimming pool, gym, sauna, spa, beauty lounge, 24-hour room service and concierge service as well as fine cuisine at Phileas Fogg Restaurant and lighter fare at the Runway Brasserie.

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How to book: Contact Stephanie Snelson at Stephanie.snelson@radissonblu.com or call +44 (0) 161 490 5094. Subject to availability and upon discretion of the venue.

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GREATER MANCHESTER


Bali Health Lounge Spa First Floor, 48 George Street, Manchester, M1 4HF Discover rejuvenation and wellness in an urban oasis at Bali Health Lounge, one of the largest spa and massage treatment establishments in Manchester city centre. Balinese-inspired luxurious spa facilities and tea lounge offering a wide range of treatments and packages including facials, body treatment and massage, reflexology, slimming treatments, manicure and pedicure await guests.

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www.balihealthlounge.com Promotion: Complimentary Bali Health Lounge signature full body massage.

How to book: Contact Frank Han at frankh@balihealthlounge.com quoting code: ‘VisitBritain2012media’. Subject to availability, cannot be used in conjunction with other offers, terms and conditions apply.

Bolton Arena Arena Approach, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 6LB There’s never been a better time to be sporty and as one of Bolton’s largest sports facilities and one of the country’s leading tennis academies, Bolton Arena in Greater Manchester offers visitors an 8 court indoor tennis hall, 2 outdoor clay tennis courts, 100+ station fitness suite, a 400-metre athletics track and field, four synthetic 5-a-side pitches, a fullsize synthetic pitch and many more exciting facilities.

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Promotion: Free day’s membership including use of the gym, sauna, steam, and athletics facilities, plus an introductory gym, tennis or badminton session.

How to book: Contact +44 (0) 1204 488116 in advance. Offer available between 09:00–16:00 Monday-Friday or between 08:00–20:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. Subject to availability. One session per person.

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GREATER MANCHESTER


Cornerhouse 70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH Join the arts-programming team for a guided tour of the first UK solo show of LA-based artist Stanya Kahn. Absurd, poignant and darkly comic, the show features recent video work, drawings and a brand new commission.

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How to book: Contact the box office on +44 (0) 161 200 1545 quoting ‘2012 tour’.

Dig the City Manchester 2012 Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street, Manchester, M3 1SX The medieval quarter of Manchester will be transformed into a hive of floral, horticultural and gardening activity between 24–29 July 2012. Enjoy the flower festival staged at Manchester Cathedral, through to the flower markets, gardens and displays around Exchange Square and Cathedral Gardens. There will be displays in the National Football Museum, Manchester Arndale and The Triangle while Manchester Cathedral will be filled with over 30,000 flowers, celebrating themes of music and the Diamond Jubilee. There is also a hospitality marquee with refreshments provided by Harvey Nichols.

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How to book: Online at www.dighthecity.co.uk or contact Alt Tickets on +44 (0) 845 413 4444.

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GREATER MANCHESTER


Flecky Bennett’s Ghost Walks Start place: Ghost Walk - rear entrance of Manchester Town Hall Albert Square Manchester M60 2LA; Haunted Ratacombs Experience: outside Great Northern Warehouse, 235 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EN Discover an original piece of promenade theatre as Flecky Bennett takes you on a 90minute ghost walk through the streets of Manchester, with the walk starting as the Town Hall’s bells chime. The Haunted Ratacombs Experience takes you underground and allows Flecky to introduce you to the legend of the Manchester Rat People.

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www.manchesterghostwalk.co.uk Promotion: Free place for journalists.

How to book: Email fleckybennett@hotmail.co.uk.

Harvey Nichols Manchester Beauty Hall Ground Floor, Harvey Nichols, 21 New Cathedral Street, Manchester, M1 1AD A world-leading international luxury fashion destination, Harvey Nichols Manchester opened in 2003 and is a one-stop-shop for the most exclusive brands in fashion, beauty and food.

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Promotion: Complimentary treatments in the exclusive beauty hall. Includes:

Dermalogica MicroZone® treatment (value of £45); Elemis Spa Pod facial (value of £45); Bare Minerals skincare consultation and a full make over (value of £25); Chanel fragrance masterclass; Clinique skincare consultation or receive a foundation fitting to match your skin; Trish McEvoy lesson in make-up application; Stila make-up lesson; Bobbi Brown selection of treatments or make-overs; ESPA hour-long facial; Cover FX foundation colour match and introduction to the brand; Jo Malone deluxe discovery event with fragrance consultation and skin consultation; Urban Retreat in-store salon 30-minute facial or 30-minute massage, file and polish on hands or feet, reflexology or reiki. How to book: Contact Emma Doyle, press and marketing manager, on +44 (0) 161 828 8824 or email Emma.doyle@harveynichols.com. Offer subject to availability and reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

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Imperial War Museum (IWM) North The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester, M17 1TZ Housed in an iconic building representing a globe shattered by conflict, designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, the multi-award winning IWM North brings the national collection of innovative and dynamic exhibitions exploring how war shapes lives to the north of England. Located on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal and overlooking MediaCityUK, the leading international hub for the creative and digital sectors, the museum has brought the use of digital media through hourly Big Picture Shows, as well as public events, to inspire and encourage debate.

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Promotion: A free tour, free Air Shard viewing platform ticket for media and a free guidebook or press pack – all available to media by prior arrangement through the IWM North press office. How to book: Contact Alex Knight on aknight@iwm.org.uk or +44 (0) 161 836 4040 or Sam Howard on sahoward@iwm.org.uk or +44 (0) 161 836 4043.

Manchester Greyhound Stadium – Belle Vue Kirkmanshulme Lane, Gorton, Manchester, M18 7BA With greyhound racing every Thursday, Friday and Saturday this is a great evening out. A 400-seater restaurant offers panoramic views of all the racing action, and presents the opportunity to enjoy a 4-course dinner. There’s plenty of seating indoors in the bar areas or visitors can just hang trackside and watch the racing action close up.

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www.lovethedogs.co.uk Promotion: Free admission, race programme and drink. A further 10% discount in the restaurant.

How to book: Download a voucher for the promotion at www.lovethedogs.co.uk/docs/visitbrit.pdf. For admission turn up with your downloaded voucher. To book a table in the restaurant call +44 (0) 870 840 7550 quoting ‘VisitBritain’.

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Manchester Pride Big Weekend The Department Store, 5 Oak Street, Manchester, M4 5JD Running for more than 20 years, Manchester Pride is Britain’s leading Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Festival. Between 17–27 August 2012, the festival includes the 6-day Fringe festival of arts, culture, sport and politics; the Big Weekend, 4 days of big name live acts across 3 stages; Market, Lifestyle Expo and entertainment from the clubs and pubs in the Gay Village; the Pride Parade; and HIV Vigil. Voted Best UK Pride by readers of the Pink Paper for each of the last 5 years, it’s an event not to be missed. www.manchesterpride.com

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Promotion: Half price entry to the Big Weekend (£10 instead of £20 advance ticket price). £5 Monday Day Ticket (60% discount, usual price £12.50) How to book: Via www.manchester pride.com or telephone +44 (0) 871 230 3450 quoting promotional code ‘MPBWL12’ for the Big Weekend and promotional code ‘MPMDL12’ for the Monday Day Ticket. Booking closes midnight 23 August. Booking fee applies.

Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4FP Telling the story of Manchester’s industrial revolution MOSI showcases some of the city’s greatest innovations – from the first British aeroplane to the first factory machines, to the groundbreaking scientific discoveries of John Dalton, James Joule and Ernest Rutherford. Experience what life was like in a cotton mill and marvel at the museum’s vast collection of planes, trains, cars and steam engines in the new ‘Revolution Manchester’ gallery. Located in the heart of the city centre, MOSI is housed in 5 listed buildings on the site of the world’s oldest-surviving passenger railway station.

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How to book: Contact Sarah Roe on +44 (0)161 606 0176.

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GREATER MANCHESTER National Football Museum Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG On 6 July 2012 the National Football Museum will open in Manchester. More than 140,000 objects, works of art and photographs make up this unique collection and some of the highlights include a shirt from the world’s first international match, played in 1872; the 1966 World Cup Final ball; and the shirt worn by Maradona during the 1986 ‘Hand of God’ quarter final match between England and Argentina will be on permanent display. The museum will become one of Manchester’s ‘must-see’ attractions, with 3 floors of objects, stories, handson interactives, and a changing temporary exhibition programme.

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www.nationalfootballmuseum.com Promotion: Free visitor guide and personalised guided tour.

How to book: E-mail marketing@nationalfootballmuseum.com. The offer is valid from 9 July 2012. Subject to availability.

People’s History Museum

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Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3ER There have always been ideas worth fighting for. Join a march through time at the People’s History Museum in Manchester, following Britain’s struggle for democracy over 2 centuries. Meet the revolutionaries, reformers, workers, voters and citizens who fought our battle for the ballot. Gather among their magnificent banners and discover how time off was won (and spent). Enjoy the bigger and better galleries, with even more interactives and activities for visitors of all ages. Browse the shop for unique books and gifts and have a bite to eat in The Left Bank café bar.

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www.phm.org.uk Promotion: Free guided tour of main galleries.

How to book: Tours must be pre-booked by contacting Catherine O’Donnell on +44 (0) 161 838 9190 or email learning@phm.org.uk. All tours subject to availability within the museum’s opening hours of 10:00-17:00.


The Printworks Entertainment Complex 27 Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BS The Printworks is a state-of-the-art entertainment complex in the heart of Manchester city centre, home to restaurants, bars, clubs, cinema and gym. Housed in a building that was initially erected as Withy Grove Printing House in 1873, it was transformed into Europe’s first Urban Entertainment complex and was opened in 2000 by Lionel Richie and Sir Alex Ferguson.

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www.theprintworks.com Promotion: A guided tour from the centre’s director.

How to book: Email Stephanie.wyatt@theprintworks.com

Royal Exchange Theatre St Ann’s Square, Manchester, M2 7DH Young lovers collide with warring fairies in a magical, irreverent and music-filled retelling of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies. Celebrated for their unique take on classic texts, Filter and Lyric Hammersmith Artistic director Sean Holmes reunite, following the success of Three Sisters and the smash-hit Twelfth Night , to remix and rework Shakespeare’s magical exploration of the disruptive power of love.

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Runway Visitor Park Sunbank Lane, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA15 8XQ The Runway Visitor Park at Manchester Airport offers a great day out for the whole family. Watch the planes take off, explore the on-site aircraft and admire the flagship Concorde of the BA fleet in her custom-built hangar.

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www.runwayvisitorpark.co.uk Promotion: Free tour of Concorde at Runway Visitor Park and 50% discount for additional guests.

How to book: Contact +44 (0) 161 4893932 or email concorde.enquiries@manairport.co.uk and quote ‘Olympics’. Terms and conditions apply, and valid media ID must be shown. Offer must be taken by 9 September 2012.

Victoria Baths Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Manchester, M13 0FE A remarkable historic swimming pool in Manchester, Victoria Baths opened in 1906, and mosaic floors, tiling, decorative terracotta and many stained glass windows adorn the building. Closed as a public baths in 1993, Victoria Baths has been rescued by local people, which shot to fame in 2003 when it won BBC’s Restoration series, securing £3.5 million towards its restoration. The building is now partially restored and operates as a heritage visitor attraction, arts venue and centre for swimming history.

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www.victoriabaths.org.uk Promotion: Free guided tour with the Trust’s project manager Gill Wright.

How to book: Call Gill Wright on +44 (0) 161 224 2020 or email gill.wright@victoriabaths.org.uk. Tour subject to availability.

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We Face Forward: Art from West Africa Today Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, M23JL We Face Forward is a season of contemporary art and music from West Africa, celebrated across Manchester’s galleries, museums, music venues and public spaces from 1 June-16 September 2012 as part of London 2012 Festival. The exhibitions, concerts, events and community activities recognise the links between West Africa and Manchester as well as exploring ideas of economic and cultural exchange, environment and sustainability and the place of tradition in contemporary culture. It is the first major collaboration between Manchester City Galleries and Whitworth Art Gallery, with music curated by Manchester Museum and Band on the Wall.

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www.wefaceforward.org Promotion: Free guided tour of exhibition of choice and free exhibition catalogue, plus free press tickets to any of the music events. Subject to availability.

How to book: Contact laura.norton@fourcolmangetty.com

The River Bar and Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Salford, Manchester, M3 5LH

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Promotion: Complimentary visits for commissioned restaurant reviews and 50% media discounts to all media writing a feature on the destination and including The River Restaurant details and fact box. How to book: For further details on The Lowry Hotel media rates contact Helen Hipkiss on hhipkiss@roccofortehotels.com. Subject to availability and terms and conditions.

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The 5-star Lowry Hotel’s River Bar and Restaurant is a spectacular riverside eaterie located in the heart of the city combining contemporary and classic design. The award-winning team offers classic British dishes using the finest local and seasonal ingredients served with 5-star flair. Delivering good food in a great atmosphere has led to the restaurant becoming one of the leading dining destinations in the area.


Simple 44 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LA A stylish and laid-back bar and restaurant in the heart of the Manchester’s bohemian Northern Quarter, Simple offers a convivial atmosphere for eating, drinking and meeting friends. Its menus deliver the best you’d expect to find in a local New York City neighbourhood bar; from homemade Northern Quarter Pounders and huge racks of sticky BBQ ribs to mouthwatering homemade cheesecake. Simple also welcomes just drinkers too, whether it’s for coffee, cocktails or wine.

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How to book: Contact+44 (0) 161 835 2526 or email us@simplebar.co.uk. Advance booking is required and the voucher will be valid from 1 July–31 August 2012 excluding Saturdays.

Zaika 2 Watson Street, Great Northern Tower, Manchester, M3 4EE Zaika restaurant offers innovative modern Indian food, ensuring it pays homage to original classics yet served with a western twist. Its location in the heart of Manchester city centre, close to a number of hotels, the Bridgewater Hall, the MEN Arena and Manchester Central (GMEX) makes it a popular choice.

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How to book: Contact +44 (0) 161 839 5111 or email enquiries@zaikarestaurants.co.uk.

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Manchester Cars 4A Whitworth Street, Manchester, M1 3QW One of Manchester’s biggest private hire taxi companies with around 250 uniformed drivers and clean, reliable saloon cars and minibuses. The company provides residential and business customers, including the BBC at Media City, with a quality door-to-door service and has GPS-tracked data dispatch.

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Manchester Guided Tours An exciting range of guided walks and tours around Manchester and north-west England. All tours are led by official, professionally qualified and enthusiastic guides. We help visitors get the most out of their time in Manchester and ensure that they leave buzzing about the city. As well as a published timetable of walks, private and bespoke tours can be offered on request – in a variety of languages.    



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Promotion: Any walk free of charge. How to book: Contact Sue McCarthy on +44 (0) 7505 685942 or email info@manchesterguided tours.com quoting ‘VisitBritain media offer’. Subject to availability, pre-booking is essential.

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Manchester Taxi Tours 82 Prestwich Hills, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 9PY Take a unique tour around Manchester’s attractions in a black-cab taxi. Visit the worldrenowned football stadiums of Manchester United and Manchester City, the city’s universities, art galleries, Old Mills of Ancoats, Cheethams Library, Town Hall, Media City and much more. All the tours are undertaken by Manchester’s only qualified Green Badge Guide and Blackcab Driver.

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www.manchestertaxitours.com Promotion: A 2-hour taxi tour for the price of 1 hour – £95.

How to book: Call John Consterdine on +44 (0) 7946 239221 or email john@manchestertaxitours.com. Payment by cash, Bacs or Paypal.

Manchester Academy of English Enrolment St. Margaret’s Chambers, 5 Newton Street, Manchester, M1 1HL The General English classes concentrate on improving every aspect of your English. The course believes in developing each student’s communicative competence so they are able to activate the language you already have, and build on this further in a stimulating and motivating environment. In any typical week, a course student will work on developing and improving communication skills and the focus in the classroom is on using language in real situations.

www.manacad.co.uk Promotion: Free 1- or 2-week General English Course.

How to book: Contact Helen Kozak at helenk@manacad.co.uk quoting promotional code ‘OLP 12’. The offer applies only for tuition fee. Start date: any Monday.

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Portsmouth, Great Waterfront City The famous naval port of Portsmouth on England’s south coast is awash with maritime history. Visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860, Mary Rose Story, National Museum of the Royal Navy, Action Stations. The rest of the city has plenty to offer, from Charles Dickens’ birthplace to the D-Day Museum, Royal Marines Museum, Blue Reef Aquarium, Old Portsmouth, Gunwharf Quays and Spinnaker Tower among others.

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www.visitportsmouth.co.uk Promotion: Fam/press trip to Portsmouth on a case-by-case basis, including meals, accommodation, access to attractions.

Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa New Milton, New Forest, Hampshire, BH25 6QS Chewton Glen is a 5-star, privately owned luxury country house hotel and spa situated on the edge of the beautiful New Forest in Hampshire. Its excellent location – central London is just 2 hours by road/rail and Southampton airport only 30 minutes away – Chewton Glen is ideal for a short break in the country, or to use as a base to cover the Olympic and Paralympic action during the 2012 games. The hotel is also perfectly located for the sailing events in Weymouth, just a 1-hour drive from the hotel. www.chewtonglen.com d

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Promotion: During the Olympics and until mid-September the hotel will be offering a special Bronze Room media rate of £175, room and breakfast, subject to availability. This price includes VAT and service charge, complimentary room category upgrade, where possible, and use of the spa and leisure facilities.

How to book: Email either aday@chewtonglen.com and copy to: reservations@chewtonglen.com or call +44 (0) 1425 283061 or Reservations on +44 (0) 1425 282212. Promotional Code/Reference: ‘Olympics/Media Rate 01/AMD’. The above media rate applies Sunday to Thursday only. Published room rates apply to Friday and Saturday nights with a complimentary upgrade, subject to availability.

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How to book: Contact Jane Singh at Visit Portsmouth on +44 (0) 23 9283 4636 or email Jane.singh@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

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Hoburne Bashley Sway Road, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 5QR Just inside the boundaries of the New Forest National Park, Hoburne Bashley in Hampshire is set in stunning countryside to explore in one direction and the sparkling sea and awardwinning beaches in the other. Set in a 100-acre woodland estate, the park has swimming pools, a licensed clubhouse with season-long entertainment, the hugely popular Sammy Seahorse children’s club – and the opportunity to learn some bush-craft skills. There is also a 9-hole golf course.

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Promotion: Complimentary short break at the park in top-of-the-range accommodation, and complimentary copy of a coffee-table style book, published to celebrate Hoburne’s centenary this year. How to book: Contact Melanie Warman or Lisa Barry at Liz Lean PR on +44 (0) 1202 701828 or email mel@lizleanpr.co.uk or lisa.barry@lizleanpr.co.uk. All dates and accommodation subject to availability.

Hoburne Naish Christchurch Road, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 7RE Hoburne Naish Holiday Park in Hampshire in the south of England, sits on a grassy cliff top overlooking the Solent with direct access to the beach below. Brimming with entertainment and leisure facilities, it’s the perfect choice for families and couples alike. Accommodation ranges from sumptuous Becton Lodges with iPod docking station and Xbox 360 games consoles, to great-value chalets and apartments.

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Promotion: Complimentary short break at the park in top-of-the-range accommodation, plus a complimentary copy of a coffee-table style book, published to celebrate Hoburne’s centenary. How to book: Contact Melanie Warman or Lisa Barry at Liz Lean PR on +44 (0) 1202 701828 or email mel@lizleanpr.co.uk or lisa.barry@lizleanpr.co.uk. All dates and accommodation subject to availability.

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Escape Yachting Lymington Yacht Haven, King’s Saltern Road, Lymington, SO41 3DQ Take to the seas in luxury on the Solent – the straight separating the Isle of Wight from mainland England – on a 6-hour yacht sailing trip. Sail on a beautiful, modern 45-54 ft Jeanneau yacht with professional crew, where you can join in with sailing the yacht or just sit back and relax while enjoying views of the English Coast, Isle of Wight and the New Forest, all while enjoying Champagne and a freshly prepared 2-course meal on board.

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www.escapeyachting.com Promotion: Special media offer of £99 per person – an 84% discount (usually £600 per person).

How to book: Email only on reservations@escapeyachting.com, quoting ‘2012 Media Offers’. Available every day of the week from 5 May-15 October 2012.

Hawk Conservancy Trust Visitor Centre, Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8DY

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How to book: Call Gale Gould on +44 (0) 1264 773850. Offer is subject to availability and terms and conditions, and valid for the period 1 July–31 October 2012 inclusive.

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More than 150 birds of prey have their home within the 22 acres of woodland and wildflower meadows of the Hawk Conservancy Trust. This conservation charity works in the fields of conservation, education, rehabilitation and research of birds of prey. Many of the birds are involved in the spectacular daily flying demonstrations, while others are part of important breeding or environmental enrichment projects.


PSP Southampton Boat Show 2012 Mayflower Park, Southampton, Hampshire, SO15 1HJ The PSP Southampton Boat Show, one of Britain’s best-loved on-water boat shows, is one of the top consumer shows in the country and a leading boating event. With more than 500 exhibitors and almost 1,000 boats on display it showcases the best of boating, with an emphasis on the excellence of the £2.9 billion UK boating industry. Visitors can get out on the water and try boating for themselves or browse and shop for anything they need to get afloat, from the latest global launches to holidays, equipment to engines, clothing to sailing schools and marinas to charter.

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Whitchurch Silk Mill 28 Winchester Street, Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7AL Britain’s oldest-working silk mill is in the small town of Whitchurch in rural Hampshire. An early 19th-century building, its pounding waterwheel powers a winding frame, allowing visitors to gain a true understanding of what is involved in the traditional craft of silk weaving. Enjoy refreshments in the tearoom or the riverside garden and a shop offers an array of silk gifts and accessories.

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www.whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk Promotion: Free entry for a journalist plus free guided tour.

How to book: Call Stephen Bryer on +44 (0) 1256 892065 or email info@whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk. The offer is valid between 1 July–15 October, Tuesdays to Sundays and Bank Holidays, open 10:30–17:00.

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Tipi Adventure Orchard Farmhouse, Mordiford, Herefordshire, HR1 4EJ Experience a true Tipi Adventure by combining canoeing on the River Wye with overnight stays in riverside Tipi’s. The Canadian canoes are an excellent mode of transportation to reach the remote encampments.

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Promotion: 50% discount. How to book: Contact the office on +44 (0) 1432 870700. The promotion is subject to commissioned reviews and subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. All Saturday nights excluded from the offer. Quote ‘VisitBritain media offer’. Visa, Mastercard and bank transfers accepted.

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Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa Mansion House, Luton Hoo, London Road, Luton, Hertfordshire, LU1 3TQ Luton Hoo has been transformed from a grade 1-listed stately home into a luxury 5-star hotel with 228 bedrooms and an 18-hole golf course all encompassed within 1,065 acres of historic parklands. It’s a stunning retreat for leisure breaks and business meetings throughout and it has excellent transport links between London St. Pancras and Luton Parkway railway stations, while nearby Luton Airport puts the hotel in touch with cities from all over Europe.

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How to book: Contact the reservations team on +44 (0) 1582 69 88 88 quoting ‘VisitBritain Media Rate’. Subject to availability.

Manor of Groves Hotel, Golf & Country Club High Wych, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, CM21 0JU Manor of Groves is situated in 150 acres of idyllic countryside on the borders of Hertfordshire and Essex. Along with 80 spacious bedrooms, the property also boasts a Par 71 Championship Golf Course and state-of-the-art health club including a 20-metre indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and 3-tier TechnoGym.

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Promotion: 50% off rack rate. Standard double for sole occupancy with breakfast: rack rate £133, now £66.50. Standard double for double occupancy with breakfast: rack rate £163 now £81.50. Upgrades to superior and 4-poster bedrooms apply. Also, 2 rounds of golf for the price of 1. How to book: Contact +44 (0) 870 4148833 or email reservations@manorofgroves.co.uk and quote ‘VisitBritain’ for both offers. Room offer only available on Friday and Sunday night. Golf offer only available between Monday to Friday. Both offers valid between 1 July–15 October 2012 inclusive.

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Shendish Manor Hotel & Golf Course London Road, Apsley, Hertfordshire, HP3 0AA Shendish Manor is situated in 160 acres of formal parkland and gardens and features 70 beautiful bedrooms. The extensive grounds include a Par 70 golf course with a mix of hazards through parkland and woodland copses.

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Promotion: 50% off rack rate. Standard double for sole occupancy with breakfast: rack rate £136, now £68. Standard double for double occupancy with breakfast: rack rate £157 now £78.50. Upgrades to superior & 4 poster bedrooms apply. How to book: Contact +44 (0) 845 6004685 or email reservations@shendishmanor.com, quoting VisitBritain. Offer only valid on Friday and Sunday night between 1 July-15 October inclusive.

British Schools Museum 41/42 Queen Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 2NA

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How to book: Email manager@hitchinbritishschool.org.uk.

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The British Schools Museum is located in the unique set of school buildings and visitors can experience the furnished classrooms that are equipped to show the history of elementary education from pre-Victorian times to the late 1960s. Here young and old can enjoy going back to school, to a place where learning comes to life.


Knebworth House, Gardens & Park Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AX Home of the Lytton family since 1490, the original Tudor Manor was transformed in 1843 by the spectacular high Gothic decoration of Victorian novelist Sir Edwin Bulwer Lytton. The formal gardens, laid out by Edwin Lutyens in 1908, include a Gertrude Jekyll herb garden, a maze, a walled kitchen garden and wilderness walks. Set within the wilderness garden is a Dinosaur Trail featuring 72 life-size sculptures. The 250-acre park includes a miniature railway, an adventure playground and a deer park. Knebworth Park is internationally known as Britain’s largest music venue, and the British home of classic rock.

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www.knebworthhouse.com Promotion: Free admission to the house, gardens and park with a valid press pass.

How to book: Apply in advance to info@knebworthhouse.com.

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Bodster Equine Assisted Learning Centre 3, Down Lane, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1AH Bodster Equine Assisted Learning Centre offers a unique opportunity to enjoy fantastic interaction on the ground with gentle ponies in beautiful surroundings on the Isle of Wight, England’s largest island, located in the English Channel. Under full supervision visitors will learn how to communicate with ponies and develop self-esteem and self-confidence. There is no riding involved but work includes leading ponies safely, completing team-building exercises, learning how to have a horse follow you in a round pen because it wants to be with you and developing an understanding of natural horsemanship.

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www.eaqbodster.co.uk Promotion: 50% off the normal cost of £35, so £17 for a 1-to-1 session.

How to book: Contact Jo Boddington on +44 (0) 7790 305108 or via email joandgi@googlemail.com quoting code ‘VisitBritain’. Cash or cheque only.

Brading Roman Villa Morton Old Road, Brading, Isle of Wight, PO36 0EN Brading Roman Villa is one of the finest Roman sites in the UK. The award-winning visitor centre and museum offer a unique insight into Roman life in Britain from beautifully preserved mosaic floors to an extensive collection of Roman archaeology.

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How to book: Call Adam Watson on +44 (0) 1983 406223 or email adamwatson@bradingromanvilla.org.uk.

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Guided Wight Walks Led by island resident Michele Cook, these guided walks take visitors on regular walkways around the Isle of Wight. There are more than 500 miles of footpaths to discover and every walk is packed with interesting and entertaining information about the island.

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How to book: Call +44 (0) 1983 761574 or +44 (0) 7771 616540 or email michele.wightdelight@yahoo.co.uk. Payment in cash on the day.

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Bexleyheath Marriott Hotel 1 Broadway, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7JZ The Bexleyheath Marriott Hotel is within easy reach to London’s O2 Arena, Greenwich and Chatham, Kent. This modern hotel boasts superb facilities including 142 air-conditioned rooms with luxury amenities, restaurant, lounge, bar and leisure club. The contemporary styled facilities give guests the opportunity to work, rest or play while enjoying great food and service.

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Elephant Lodge at Port Lympne Animal Wild Park Nr Ashford, Kent, CT21 4PD Elephant Lodge is a luxury glamorous camping, or ‘glamping’, experience, providing tented accommodation with views of the elephant paddocks at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent, commonly known as the ‘Garden of England’. Sleeping up to 8, Elephant Lodge is the perfect getaway and offers unlimited entry to both Port Lympne Wild Animal Park and Howletts Wild Animal Park close to Canterbury. Stunning views and the chance to spot African elephants and cheetah form the backdrop and all tents have private bathroom and shower facilities and a log-burning stove in the living area to ensure the ultimate ‘glamping’ experience.

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www.aspinallfoundation.org/short-breaks Promotion: Complimentary stay at Elephant Lodge. Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.

How to book: Visit must be pre-organised by contacting Amanda McCabe. Telephone +44 (0)1303 234184 or email amandam@aspinallfoundation.org.

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KENT


Livingstone Cottage at Port Lympne Animal Wild Park Nr Ashford, Kent, CT21 4PD Experience luxury accommodation overlooking 100 acres of savannah – all in the heart of Kent in the south of England. Livingstone Cottage sleeps up to 8 people and guests can watch giraffe, rhino, wildebeest, zebra and other species roam freely as if on the plains of Africa. Livingstone Cottage provides a unique overnight getaway, at the centre of the world-famous Port Lympne Wild Animal Park. Guests can enjoy a sumptuous African meal prepared by a private chef and relax in the garden while watching the night skies and listening to the sounds of Africa.

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www.aspinallfoundation.org/short-breaks Promotion: Complimentary stay at Livingstone Cottage. Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.

How to book: Visit must be pre-organised by contacting Amanda McCabe. Telephone +44 (0)1303 234184 or email amandam@aspinallfoundation.org.

Livingstone Lodge at Port Lympne Animal Wild Park Nr Ashford, Kent, CT21 4PD Livingstone Lodge offers an authentic overnight safari – all while being in the south east of England. Visitors experience a magical night under the stars, 5-course African fine dining and safaris at dusk and the following morning. Enjoy a sumptuous African meal cooked on the fire pit in the comfortable Laapa (meeting house). Then wake up to the sounds of the Serengeti after spending a night in luxury tented accommodation overlooking the watering hole and African Experience – 100 acres of Kentish savannah where animals such as zebra, black rhino and giraffe roam freely.

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www.aspinallfoundation.org/short-breaks Promotion: Complimentary stay at Livingstone Lodge. Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.

How to book: Visit must be pre-organised by contacting Amanda McCabe. Telephone +44 (0)1303 234184 or email amandam@aspinallfoundation.org.

HOTELS & ACCOMMODATION

KENT


University of Kent Tanglewood, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7LX Set in over 450 acres of beautiful parkland overlooking the historic city of Canterbury, the University of Kent’s fantastic location makes it the perfect base both to explore Kent and the south east of England. The University offers more than 4,000 bedrooms, which include self-catering flats, single rooms and double ensuite rooms, and the campus boasts a wide range of restaurants, theatre, cinema and extensive sport facilities. Many overseas guests have chosen it as their Olympic base in 2012, including the Nepalese Olympic and Paralympic team. Fast, direct train services means it takes less than an hour from Canterbury West Station (next to the University) to reach Stratford/Olympic Park. www.kentgroups.com % 50 f Promotion: Complimentary/50% discount on accommodation dependent on dates Of and availability and terms and conditions.

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KENT

How to book: Email Hospitality-enquiry@kent.ac.uk quoting ‘VBMedia2012’. Accommodation is available from 16 June–14 September 2012.

Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club Ashford Road, Bearsted, Kent, ME14 4NQ Tudor Park offers an 18-hole Championship Golf Course nestled in a 200-acre ancestral deer park, deep in the garden of England. This Marriott Hotel & Country Club offers tranquillity and invigoration in equal measure.

www.marriottgolf.co.uk Promotion: 50% discount on any golf tee-time booking.

How to book: Book online at www.marriottgolf.co.uk using promotional code ‘media’. Available Monday to Friday between 1 July–15 October 2012, subject to availability. Full pre-payment required.

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The Historic Dockyard Chatham Dock Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TY Embark on a year-long voyage of celebration, choice and discovery at the Historic Dockyard Chatham, the world’s most complete dockyard from the Age of Sail and one of Britain’s leading maritime heritage destinations. Only an hour's drive from London, Dover and the Channel Tunnel, this unique, award-winning attraction has a remarkable range of museum galleries, iconic buildings and historic warships to explore, together with a diverse programme of events, family activities and outstanding temporary exhibitions throughout 2012.

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www.thedockyard.co.uk Promotion: Complimentary entry for members of the media.

How to book: Email Gail James on gjames@chdt.org.uk quoting ‘VisitBritain2012media’.

Howletts Wild Animal Park Bekesbourne, Nr Canterbury, Kent, CT4 5EL More than 90 acres of beautiful parkland is home to Howletts Wild Animal Park near Canterbury. Here, education, conservation and fun combine effortlessly as Howletts houses some of the most rare and endangered animals in existence, including Western lowland gorillas and black rhino. Visitors can walk among the resident family of lively lemurs at Walking with Lemurs, have unforgettable close encounters at the glass-fronted tiger enclosures or marvel at the largest herd of African elephants in the UK.

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www.aspinallfoundation.org/howletts Promotion: Complimentary single-day ticket to Howletts Wild Animal Park. Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.

How to book: Visit must be pre-organised by contacting Amanda McCabe. Telephone +44 (0)1303 234184 or email amandam@aspinallfoundation.org.

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KENT


Leeds Castle Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL Often regarded as one of the world’s loveliest castles, Leeds Castle is set in 500 acres of beautiful Kent parkland. The historic castle, glorious gardens, attractions and a programme of events await every visitor.

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Promotion: Free entry for the media on presentation of ID at the main entrance. Digital press packs available on request and tailored private guided tours available by prior arrangement. How to book: Contact Gemma Watts on +44 (0) 1622 767866 or email gemmawatts@leeds-castle.co.uk.

Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery St Faith’s Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH Kent’s county town – Maidstone – is home to Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery, located in a charming Elizabethan Manor House. Its wealth of exhibits and activities will surprise and delight all ages, with highlights including a 2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy, a fascinating natural history collection with local dinosaur finds, Anglo-Saxon treasures, Japanese fine art, a major collection of Dutch and Italian Masters and 200 paintings by Albert Goodwin plus 19th- and 20th-century costumes and textiles.

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www.museum.maidstone.gov.uk Promotion: Free tour of the museum with a member of staff, by appointment only.

How to book: Email or telephone Irene Hall on +44 (0) 1622 602169 or irenehall@maidstone.gov.uk or Laura Dickson +44 (0) 1622 602510 or lauradickson@maidstone.gov.uk.

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KENT


The Mansion & Gardens at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Nr Ashford, Kent, CT21 4PD The Mansion & Gardens at Port Lympne is a unique and popular events venue situated on the Kent coast. Set in 15 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the elegant 1920s mansion is steeped in history and to make it even more distinctive this exceptional property is nestled in the heart of the world renowned Port Lympne Wild Animal Park. The Mansion has played host to many roaring parties over the years, with invites that included Royalty and those with theatrical and artistic backgrounds such as Charlie Chaplin.

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www.aspinallfoundation.org/weddings-events Promotion: Complimentary entry to The Mansion & Gardens at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park.

How to book: Contact Amanda McCabe +44 (0) 1303 234184 or email amandam@aspinallfoundation.org. Subject to availability and terms and conditions apply.

Port Lympne Wild Animal Park Nr Ashford, Kent, CT21 4LR Port Lympne Wild Animal Park near Ashford, Kent, is home to more than 500 rare and endangered animals including Western lowland gorillas, Barbary lions, Siberian tigers and the black rhino. The park is home to the African Experience: 100 acres of Kentish savannah, where animals such as wildebeest, giraffe, black rhino, ostrich and zebra roam free together as if on the plains of Africa. Visitors can jump on board a safari truck and be transported around the different zones to learn all about endangered species and conservation.

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KENT


Riverhill Himalayan Gardens Riverhill, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RR Rare rhododendrons and azaleas, spectacular views, carpets of primroses and drifts of bluebells, as well as a fine selection of trees, await the visitor to Riverhill Himalayan Gardens. An imaginative garden perfect for both keen gardeners and young explorers, this listed, hillside garden was first planted in 1840, and is where families can build dens together and explore secret pathways.

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www.riverhillgardens.co.uk Promotion: Free entry to the gardens and a tour of Riverhill House (not usually open to the public) or a tour of the gardens by the head gardener.

How to book: For the tours contact Sarah Rogers to agree a suitable date/time at sarah@riverhillgardens.co.uk quoting promotional code ‘Olympic Media’. For entrance to the gardens only, prior booking is not required. The gardens are only open WednesdaySunday, and Bank Holidays until Sunday 9 September 2012.

Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre 17 Court Street, Faversham, Kent, ME13 7AX Go behind the scenes at Britain’s oldest brewer and discover more about this proudly independent family company and its wide range of ales and lagers at Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre in the historic market town of Faversham, Kent. See traditional mash tuns; taste natural mineral water from the brewery’s well; try some malted barley and smell locally-grown Kentish hops. Don’t leave without sampling the beer; the tour ends with a fascinating tutored tasting with audience participation encouraged.

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Promotion: Complimentary daytime brewery tours to members of the media. On booking please quote ‘VisitBritain Media Offer’. How to book: Call the Visitor Centre office on +44 (0)1795 542016, quoting ‘VisitBritain Media Offer’. Advance booking is essential. This offer is valid on daytime brewery tours between 1 July–15 October 2012. The brewery has steep staircases and uneven surfaces so is not suitable for wheelchair users or children under 12 and some areas may be restricted.

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KENT


Chirton Grange Innovation Centre Medway, Maidstone Road, Chatham, Kent, ME5 9FD A bespoke chauffeur service with high emphasis on customer care, offering a fleet of vehicles ranging from saloon car up to luxury MPV. All vehicles have leather interior with air conditioning and drivers offer a wide knowledge of London and other areas. No job is too small or too big and everything is tailored around the client’s requirements.

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Promotion: 50% discount on a 150-minute evening tour of London, normal cost £120 including VAT, now only £60 including VAT. Offer is valid for a vehicle seating up to 6 people, one booking per week, based from Monday to Sunday during the promotion period 1 July–15 October 2012. Must be London-based tour. Subject to availability and terms and conditions apply. How to book: Email contact@chirtongrange.co.uk quoting ‘VB 2012 media offer’.

TRANSPORT

KENT


Lakeside Hotel and Spa, on Lake Windermere Lakeside, Newby Bridge, Cumbria, LA12 8AT Overlooking nothing but the famous Lake Windermere, Lakeside Hotel and Spa is a luxurious 4-star hideaway in the heart of the English Lake District. With 75 restful bedrooms, delicious fine dining inspired by fresh local produce, and indulgent treatments in its luxury Aveda spa and pool, Lakeside is the perfect place to escape. A blend of country-house character and contemporary 4-star luxury will make you feel completely at home - whether taking tea in the conservatory, relaxing in the pool or enjoying a glass of Champagne on the lake terrace. www.Lakesidehotel.co.uk

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Promotion: Overnight dinner, bed and breakfast at a special media rate of ÂŁ50 per room, per night.

Coniston Boating Centre Lake Road, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8AA Hire the centre’s boats and bikes on the beautiful shores of Coniston Water. Motor boats, rowing boats, kayaks, canoes, sailing dinghies and paddle boards are available, or visitors can explore the area on a mountain bike or electric bike. There is something for everyone, whatever their ability, both on and off the water.

www.conistonboatingcentre.co.uk Promotion: Complimentary boat and bike hire. Booking is essential by phone or email.

How to book: Contact the centre on +44 (0) 15394 41366 or email conistonbc@lakedistrict.gov.uk. Weekends and Bank Holidays are excluded from the offer.

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How to book: Email Jonathan.Robb@Lakesidehotel.co.uk or Tom.Sharp@Lakesidehotel.co.uk. Excludes Bank Holiday weekends and Saturday nights, all dates subject to availability.

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HOTELS

LAKE DISTRICT & CUMBRIA


Levens Hall and Gardens Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 0PD Levens Hall, a Grade I-listed Elizabethan mansion built around a 13th-century pele tower, is the much-loved home of the Bagot family. Fine panelling, plasterwork, period furniture, Cordova leather wall coverings, paintings, the earliest English patchwork (c.1708) and other beautiful objects form a fascinating collection. The world-famous Topiary Gardens, laid out by M. Beaumont from 1694, remain largely unchanged. More than 90 individual pieces of topiary and massive beech hedges create a magnificent visual impact with colourful seasonal bedding and fine herbaceous borders.

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www.levenshall.co.uk Promotion: Complimentary admission.

How to book: Contact Peter Milner or Geraldine Johnston on +44 (0) 15395 60321. Must call in advance to arrange a visit on one of the open days, Sunday to Thursday until 11 October 2012.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1SW Enjoy a beautiful journey on the oldest and longest narrow gauge steam railway in the Lake District. Running from Ravenglass – the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park – the journey crosses spectacular scenery to the foot of England’s highest mountains, the Scafell Range (3,209ft at their peak). The final destination is some 7 miles up the line at Dalegarth for Boot Station. This journey was once one of Alfred Wainwright’s favourite treks; Wainwright is famed for his handwritten and hand-drawn Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells.

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www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk Promotion: Free travel for press.

How to book: Call Rachel Bell on +44 (0) 17684 82229 or email: Rachel@lakedistrictestates.co.uk.

ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS

LAKE DISTRICT & CUMBRIA


Ullswater Steamers Glenridding Pier House, Glenridding, Cumbria, CA11 0US Ullswater Steamers is an award-winning environmental-accredited Lake District attraction, celebrating more than 150 years of operating lake cruises on one of England’s most beautiful lakes, Ullswater. Ullswater Steamers create the perfect opportunity to combine a lake cruise with some of the most famous and spectacular walks in the Lake District.

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www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk Promotion: Free travel for press.

How to book: Call Rachel Bell on +44 (0) 17684 82229 or email: Rachel@lakedistrictestates.co.uk.

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LAKE DISTRICT & CUMBRIA


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LANCASHIRE Blackpool Pleasure Beach 525 Ocean Boulevard, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 1EZ Whether it’s white-knuckle rollercoasters, the UK’s only Nickelodeon Land, family fun or spectacular shows there’s something for everyone at one of Britain’s favourite amusement parks. Nickelodeon Land is a 6-acre area of Pleasure Beach, loaded with 12 rides, a Nickelodeon shop, fun game stalls, a restaurant and home to a whole host of famous Nickelodeon characters. After all the fun in Nickelodeon Land there’s a great selection of rides including Pleasure Beach’s tallest rollercoaster – the 235ft Big One – then hold your breath as you ride Infusion the UK’s only suspended coaster completely over water.

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www.pleasurebeachresort.com Promotion: Complimentary press passes.

How to book: Contact Pleasure Beach Press Office on +44 (0) 1253 336330 or email Nick Hyde on nick.hyde@bpbtod.com. Subject to availability.

Ramsbottom Festival c/o The Met, Market Street, Bury, BL9 0BW The Ramsbottom Festival returns on Friday 14 September to Sunday 16 September 2012 featuring indie legends, the Inspiral Carpets; Mancunian self-professed funkateers, The Janice Graham band; The Leisure Society; Session A9; Roddy Woomble (Idlewild frontman); indie-rock styled folk singer Seth Lakeman and Thea Gilmore, with many more to be announced. The festival also has a fun-filled array of festival activities, from arts and music workshops and story-telling to comedy, a funfair, a real ale tent, food and the impressively silent disco.

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Sandcastle Waterpark South Beach, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 1BB Sandcastle Waterpark is one of the UK’s largest indoor waterparks with more than 18 slides and attractions in an 84 degree tropical climate. There is something to suit every member of the family, from the thrilling hyperzone slides like Masterblaster – the world’s longest indoor rollercoaster waterslide – to the tranquil free-flowing action river.

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www.sandcastle-waterpark.co.uk Promotion: Complimentary visits.

How to book: Email Jane Kelly at jkmarketing@btinternet.com. Please give at least 24 hours’ notice of date of visit.

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LANCASHIRE


Burghley House Burghley, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 3JY Burghley has long dominated the sweeping approach to the Georgian stone town of Stamford and been a hit with visitors for 4 centuries. It boasts the house plus 2 gardens, including the Tudor-inspired Gardens of Surprise. But it was also home to an Olympic Gold Medal winner and a prime mover behind the 1948 London Games. David, Lord Burghley, (1905-1981) was one of the golden athletes of his generation and Burghley House’s 2012 exhibition is dedicated to his sporting achievements.

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Promotion: Free admission to Burghley House and gardens, plus accommodation at The William Cecil Hotel in Stamford for £20.12 per person bed and breakfast, a more than 70% discount on the hotel’s rack rate. The William Cecil (www.thewilliamcecil.co.uk), lies within the magnificent Burghley Estate and offers 27 rooms.

How to book: Contact Jo Tinker on +44 (0) 7764 420 714 or email jo.tinker@burghley.co.uk or contact Mark Hibbert on +44 (0) 7595 349 400 or email markhibbert@mac.com. Accommodation subject to availability and special rate only available 27 July–12 August 2012, however a discounted media rate will be available for the rest of the period 1 July–15 October 2012.

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LINCOLNSHIRE


Hilton Hotel Liverpool 3 Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool, L1 8LW Overlooking the famous Albert Docks and in the heart of shopping, leisure and residential complex Liverpool One, the Hilton Liverpool is home to one of Liverpool’s most stylish bars – Pima Bar – which serves great afternoon teas, cocktails, fine wines and Champagne. Its Exchange Restaurant – so called because it is located on the site of the old custom house – has a reputation for serving excellent regional food is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Promotion: 50% discount on full English breakfast buffet at Exchange Restaurant, Monday–Friday. 50% discount on 2-course lunch Sunday–Friday and 50% discount on a 3-course dinner Sunday–Thursday. At Pima Bar, 2 for 1 classic cocktails 17:00–23:00 Sunday–Thursday. How to book: Call +44 (0) 151 708 4300 or visit www.hiltonliverpool.co.uk. Not available August Bank Holiday weekend (Friday – Monday).

The Liner Hotel, Liverpool Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool, L3 5QB In the heart of Liverpool stands the 3-star, independent Liner Hotel, conveniently located next to Lime St Station. The hotel offers 152 ensuite bedrooms, free parking and Wi-Fi and guests can relax in the informal Castaway Bar, enjoy afternoon tea on the deck or an evening meal in the Seven Seas Brasserie.

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www.theliner.co.uk Promotion: 50% discount off the daily best available rate.

How to book: Contacts reservations on +44 (0) 151 709 7050 quoting ‘Media Offers at VisitBritain’. All bookings at reduced rate are for Sunday – Thursday only and are subject to availability. Reduced rate available on stays between 1 July–7 September 2012. Excludes weekends & high demand dates.

HOTELS

LIVERPOOL


Beatles Story Britannia Vaults, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AD The award-winning Beatles Story is the largest attraction in the world focused on the lives and times of The Beatles. Take an exciting journey, starting with their childhood and the early years of the band, including their time in Hamburg, through to Beatlemania, the break up and an in-depth look at their solo careers. Elvis and Us: Elvis Presley and The Beatles have been united in a globally significant exhibition presented by Graceland and The Beatles Story. The jointly curated, multi-media and interactive exhibition explores how The Fab Four were influenced by The King of Rock 'n Roll®.

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www.beatlesstory.com/www.ElvisandUs.com

Promotion: Complimentary admission tickets for the media to Beatles Story sites at Albert Dock and Pier Head. How to book: Email Richard Hector-Jones at richard@creativeconcern.com for accreditation and complimentary admission tickets.

Echo Arena Liverpool Kings Dock, Liverpool, L3 4FP Sir Paul McCartney, the European MTV awards, the Davis Cup and the 15th anniversary MOBO Awards 2010 are just some of the high-profile events that have been hosted at the Echo Arena Liverpool, an 11,000-seater venue that has welcomed more than 2.3 million visitors since opening in 2008. Forthcoming highlights include Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Disney Live Mickey’s Magic Show, The Liebherr Men’s World Cup Table Tennis, John Bishop and George Michael.

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How to book: Email PR and communications manager Nicky Hunter at nicky.hunter@accliverpool.com. Subject to availability.

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LIVERPOOL Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ FACT is one of the UK’s leading media arts centre, housing 3 galleries (showing 4 exhibitions per year), a café, bar and 4 cinema screens, run by Picturehouse and showing the best in independent and mainstream film. The organisation has commissioned and presented more than 250 new media and digital artworks from artists including Pipilotti Rist, Nam June Paik and Isaac Julien. The engagement and learning programmes allow people to get involved with creative technology and digital projects, and the research team works with partners across the creative industries, health, high education and arts sectors to develop innovative projects. www.fact.co.uk

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Promotion: Free FACT 20th anniversary coffee-table book (RRP £19.95) to all journalists who visit the venue during Games time. How to book: Email sarah.forrest@fact.co.uk / +44 (0) 151 707 4418 with your name and publication.

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA Liverpool City Tours) RIBA Liverpool City Tours tell the story of Liverpool past, present and future. Join the RIBA guides on one of the walking tours that put the spotlight on key buildings and public spaces that form part of the contemporary city landscape, its characters and its culture. The 2 tours on offer are ‘Liverpool: Gateway to the World’ and ‘Liverpool: City of Culture, Learning and Faiths’.

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www.architecture.com/liverpoolcitytours Promotion: 50% discount on a ticket.

How to book: Contact the Albert Dock Tourist Information Centre on +44 (0) 151 707 0729 quoting ‘RIBA LoveArchitectureMedia’. Offer applies to regular tours only and runs from 15 June-31 July 2012. Gateway to the World tour runs Sundays at 11:00 and Wednesdays at 14:00, leaving from The Equator, Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1BP. City of Culture, Learning and Faiths runs Saturdays at 10:30, leaving from The Piazza Café (base of front steps of Metropolitan Cathedral), Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3.

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World Rugby Museum Twickenham Stadium, Rugby Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 1DZ Head to Twickenham Stadium’s World Rugby Museum where the world’s largest collection of rugby memorabilia helps tell the story of how a schoolboy game became an internationally renowned professional sport. Paintings, archive match footage from around the globe and even a scrummaging machine that tests your strength bring the game’s vibrant history to life, promising an interactive experience for all the family.

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www.rfu.com/museum Promotion: 50% off stadium tour and admission to World Rugby Museum for accredited journalists.

How to book: Contact +44 (0) 208 892 8877.

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MIDDLESEX


County Hotel by Thistle Neville Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5DF In the very heart of Newcastle, a beautiful Victorian-listed building is home to the County Hotel by Thistle. Located opposite Central Station and within walking distance of all major attractions including fantastic city centre shopping, this 114-room hotel is also close to St James’ Park football ground, home to the city’s Newcastle United FC – known to fans and the locals simply as ‘The Toon’. Also nearby is the ever-popular quayside, bustling with restaurants, bars and clubs.

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www.thistle.com/newcastle Promotion: 2 night’s complimentary accommodation in an executive room with full English buffet breakfast.

How to book: Contact Alison Cox on +44 (0) 871 376 9029 or Alison.cox@thistle.co.uk. Terms and conditions apply, subject to availability, which will be confirmed at the enquiry stage. The offer is not available on the 15 or 16 September 2012 or during home match days.

Jesmond Dene House Hotel Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 2EY In a quiet, woodland setting, only minutes from Newcastle’s vibrant city centre, Jesmond Dene House Hotel and Restaurant offers understated luxury, contemporary style and awardwinning food. One of Newcastle’s leading independent hotels, its style is a mix of townhouse, boutique and country house hotel. The striking Arts and Crafts building offers 40 sleek, spacious and modern bedrooms, while the award-winning restaurant serves delicious, yet unpretentious, food. With beautiful gardens, family suites and grand rooms, the hotel is perfect for weddings, romantic breaks, meetings or a great afternoon tea and is an ideal base for exploring Newcastle, Northumberland and the north east of England. www.jesmonddenehouse.co.uk % 0 5 f Promotion: 50% off rack rate in a classic room; £75 single occupancy in a classic Of room per night to include full English breakfast and VAT. How to book: Please contact Nicky Sherman or Nick McIvor on +44 191 212 3000 or nsherman@jesmonddenehouse.co.uk / nmcivor@jesmonddenehouse.co.uk. Offer valid 1 July–15 October 2012 and subject to availability. Supplements applicable for superior and deluxe rooms and suites. Exclusion dates: 10–17 July and Friday 14 and Saturday 15 September 2012.

HOTELS

NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD


Jurys Inn Newcastle St James Gate, Scotswood Road, Newcastle, NE1 4AD Discover a welcoming atmosphere throughout the hotel, from the bar to the relaxed ambience of the restaurant and the spacious rooms. Guests’ comfort is a priority. The hotel boasts 274 newly refurbished bedrooms, all of which are large and airy, accommodating up to 3 adults or 2 adults with 2 children. The well-lit, spacious feel has been designed with guests’ comfort in mind.

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www.jurysinns.com Promotion: Room only rate £20.12pp based on 2 people sharing between 1 July–15 October 2012 inclusive.

How to book: Contact nwi_reservations@jurysinns.com quoting ‘Media’. Subject to availability.

Jurys Inn NewcastleGateshead Quays South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 3AE Discover a welcoming atmosphere throughout the hotel, from the bar to the relaxed ambience of the riverside restaurant and the spacious rooms. Guests’ comfort is a priority. The hotel has 203 spacious bedrooms that can accommodate 3 adults or 2 adults with 2 children. The well-lit, spacious feel is designed around guests’ comfort.

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www.jurysinns.com Promotion: Room only rate £20.12pp based on 2 people sharing between 1 July-15 October 2012 inclusive.

How to book: Contact nwi_reservations@jurysinns.com quoting ‘Media’. Subject to availability.

HOTELS

NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD


NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD Hawks Road, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE8 3AD One of the newest hotels on the NewcastleGateshead scene, the stylish and modern Ramada Encore opened last year boasting 200 ensuite bedrooms. Within a 5-minute walk from the hotel are some of the best of the area’s sights, ranging from the Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art and The Sage Gateshead to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and Newcastle Quayside. Newcastle city centre is just a 15-minute walk while St James’ Park Newcastle United Football Club in a mere 20-minute walk. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi throughout as well as on-site car parking, Starbucks coffee and a fitness suite.

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Ramada Encore NewcastleGateshead

www.encorenewcastlegateshead.co.uk Promotion: 50% off rack rate.

How to book: Contact the hotel directly on +44 191 481 3600 or enquiries@encorenewcastlegateshead.co.uk quoting ‘MEDIA1’.

Blue Reef Aquarium Grand Parade, Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear, NE30 4JF

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Promotion: Free admission for journalists with prior arrangement.

How to book: Contact +44 (0) 191 2581031 or email tynemouth@bluereefaquarium.co.uk to book in or for more information. Valid for 1 journalist with valid ID.

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Take an inspiring journey from the Newcastle coast to exotic tropical waters as you come faceto-face with more than 40 naturally themed habitats. Meet adorable seals and otters and admire the clownfish, seahorses and graceful stingrays that have a home at Blue Reef Aquarium. Then step into the incredible world of the tropical rainforest with the stunning new Amazonian feature. Meet a colony of monkeys, including tiny pygmy marmosets and comical-looking cotton-topped tamarins. A full programme of entertaining talks and feeding displays take place throughout the day.


Life Science Centre Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP Delve into a pioneering science village where scientists, clinicians, educationalists and business people come together to promote advancement of the life sciences. Based in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, the Life Science Centre’s mission is to inspire curiosity in science through an imaginative programme of exhibitions and events, to raise standards in science education for young people and to engage everyone in contemporary science issues, such as climate change and stem-cell technology. It houses the north of England’s largest planetarium, a Science Theatre and motion ride alongside permanent and temporary interactive exhibits.

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www.life.org.uk Promotion: Free entry to media.

How to book: Contact either Vicky Pepys or Nicola McIntosh on +44 (0) 191 243 8209 or email vicky.pepys@life.org.uk or nicola.mcintosh@life.org.uk.

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park Sea Road, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE33 2LD Enjoy the thrills and spills of more than 50 rides and attractions, arcades, games and prize stalls at the north east’s biggest amusement park. With dodgems and rollercoasters, go-karts to bungee trampolines, there’s enough for everyone to have a fun-filled family day out at Ocean Beach.

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www.oceanbeach.co.uk Promotion: £25 worth of tickets for only £15.

How to book: No need to book – just turn up. Please note: limited rides during term time. 50 ride tickets in total – rides take between 3 and 8 tickets.

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NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD


The Sage, Gateshead St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR Sting, James Brown and the Halle Orchestra are just some of the renowned artists who have performed at world-class music venue The Sage Gateshead on NewcastleGateshead’s Quayside. The popular venue has also hosted top performances from all musical genres, from classical to rock, as well as numerous music participation activities for all ages. As well as being home to Northern Sinfonia, the Sage Gateshead’s orchestra, the venue has hosted top festivals including SummerTyne Americana in July. The Sir Michael Straker Café and Brasserie is open most days for food and drink.

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www.thesagegateshead.org

Promotion: Complimentary press tickets to a performance. How to book: Contact Gaynor Ellis with your request and details of your publication and article on gaynor.ellis@thesagegateshead.org with at least 48 hours’ notice. Subject to availability.

Seven Stories 30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle, NE1 2PQ Seven Stories celebrates children’s books, their place in our childhood and within British culture. It showcases a national collection of manuscripts and illustrations of some of the UK’s finest authors and illustrators for children, alongside a thriving events programme for children and adults with some of the biggest names globally in children’s literature. We select original artwork and manuscripts – from first scribbles to finished work – to make our exhibitions, events and learning programmes. Exhibitions currently on show are A Squash and a Squeeze: Sharing Stories with Julia Donaldson and Daydreams and Diaries: the Story of Jacqueline Wilson.

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www.sevenstories.org.uk Promotion: 50% discount on day entry tickets to Seven Stories.

How to book: No booking required, but media ID required. Not applicable for chargeable events or annual passes.

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Hilton NewcastleGateshead Bottle Bank, Gateshead, NE8 2AR Overlooking the River Tyne, the Hilton NewcastleGateshead hotel is 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre. Relax in the Executive Lounge or unwind in the gym or pool. Dine on local dishes in Windows on the Tyne Restaurant or sip cocktails in Windows on the Tyne Bar. 20 minutes’ drive from the airport and close to the business districts, the Hilton NewcastleGateshead hotel has 10 meeting rooms for 2-80 and a function suite for 500, all with wireless internet access and business centre.

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Promotion: 50% discount on room hire in the Hilton Meetings Rooms. How to book: Contact +44 (0) 19104909727 or email events.newcastle@hilton.com. Terms and Conditions apply. Subject to availability. Only valid with Media Offers’ booklet voucher and valid between 1 July–15 October 2012.

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NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD


Catton Old Hall Bed & Breakfast 20-22 Lodge Lane, Old Catton, Norwich, Norfolk, NR6 7HG A unique 5-star bed and breakfast, once a mayor’s home and packed with historic charm. Close to the bustling city of Norwich and the stunning Norfolk Broads, this bed and breakfast is bursting with character and an ideal base for visiting the city and touring the Norfolk countryside and north Norfolk coastline, including National Trust properties and nature reserves.

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www.catton-hall.co.uk Promotion: One complimentary 1- or 2-night break offer per month available for 1 double or twin room (maximum 2 guests) including breakfast.

How to book: Email enquiries@catton-hall.co.uk quoting promotional code ‘MEDIA2012’. Offer excludes bank/public holidays and some weekends. Subject to availability, on a first-come, first-served basis.

The King William IV, Country Inn & Restaurant Heacham Road, Sedgeford, Norfolk, PE36 5LR Local, seasonal produce features heavily on the award-winning restaurant’s menu at this traditional family run inn, building a fine reputation for its fresh fish, meat and poultry dishes; specialities include Brancaster mussels, steak and ale pie and Snettisham Park venison. The King William IV also offers luxurious accommodation in 9 ensuite bedrooms and is an ideal base from which to explore Norfolk’s many attractions, whether it is the beaches or the royal estate Sandringham House. d uce Red ce Pri

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Promotion: Dinner, bed and breakfast for 2 people sharing a double or twin room at £75 per person per night. Includes a 3-course à la carte dinner and full English or Continental breakfast. Single occupancy available at £85 per person per night. How to book: Contact reception on +44 (0) 1485 571765, quoting ‘2012 Media’. Deposit required of £50 per double or £25 per single room.

HOTELS

NORFOLK


Knights Hill Hotel South Wootton, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 3HQ Ideally located at one of the highest points in west Norfolk, this converted and restored country house complex offers views over the Wash and towards historic Castle Rising. The hotel and spa are within easy reach of the historic town of King’s Lynn and Sandringham House, the Queen’s country retreat, and is within an Area of Outstanding Beauty.

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www.abacushotels.co.uk

Promotion: Complimentary 1-night stays; dinner, bed and breakfast. Subject to availability. How to book: Email reservations@knightshill.co.uk quoting promotional code ‘PRESS 12’. Excludes Saturday nights.

BeWILDerwood Horning Road, Hoveton, Norfolk, NR12 8JW

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Promotion: Complimentary visit for journalist, plus up to 2 guests. How to book: Contact Sarah Wilkin on +44 1223 241770 or press@bewilderwood.co.uk with exact date of visit, numbers and contact details, including email address, to obtain a booking reference that will fast-track you into the park. Valid between 1 July–15 October 2012 inclusive.

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Magical treehouses, intriguing characters and interactive storytelling burst into life at the award-winning wild and imaginative outdoor adventure park, BeWILDerwood. Set in the beautiful wetlands area of the Norfolk Broads, BeWILDerwood is the forest setting for the series of BeWILDerwood books by eccentric local children’s author, estate owner and co-creator of BeWILDerwood, Tom Blofeld. Step into a mystical land of brave adventurous folk such as marsh Boggles and tree Twiggles, hit the zip wires and cross jungle bridges as families are encouraged to play together, following in the footsteps of Swampy, the marsh Boggle and his friends.


Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden School Road, South Walsham, Norfolk, NR13 6DZ More than 95 species of bird, 11 species of butterfly and 6 species of dragonfly call Fairhaven Garden, in the heart of the Norfolk Broads – a series of connected rivers and lakes that form one the UK’s most beautiful wetland areas – their home. The garden, which is managed organically, also boasts 30 species of tree, including the King Oak, which is more than 900 years old. Fairhaven offers easy access to the 3 1/ 2 miles of paths and boat trips on South Walsham Broads.

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Promotion: Free entry to the garden, free boat trip on the South Walsham Broads and free afternoon tea for 2. How to book: Call Paul Dickson on +44 (0) 1603 666011 or +44 (0) 7801 103737 or email paul@isis-norfolk.co.uk.

Holkham Holkham Estate, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB Nestled on the serene coastline of north Norfolk, Holkham presents a myriad of attractions with great places to eat, stay and shop. Its centrepiece is the grand Palladian Hall, an 18th-century masterpiece that remains a family home, and transports you back to the elegance of the period. A nature trail, cycle and boat hire are ideal for exploring the parkland and a full events programme guarantees great family entertainment. A visit to Holkham would not be complete without taking in the panoramic expanse of nearby Holkham Beach and National Nature Reserve.

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Promotion: Complimentary entry for the media on presentation of a valid press ID; offer extends to 2 adults (and up to 3 children if applicable). How to book: Contact Laurane Herrieven on l.herrieven@holkham.co.uk, pre-booking is required. Valid for entry to the attractions only and not valid for special events.

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NORFOLK


Try Sailing Barton Turf Staithe, Norfolk Visitors can try their hand at sailing on a 24-ft yacht in the sheltered waters of Barton Broad in the Norfolk Broads. Experiences on offer include ‘have-a-go’ sessions to RYA certified courses, team building and pre-flotilla.

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www.trysailingnorfolkbroads.co.uk Promotion: Free ‘have-a-go’ session, subject to availability.

How to book: Contact Dave Armitage on +44 (0) 1603 782897 or +44 (0) 7774 112288 or email info@trysailing.com. A booking form will need to be completed.

Wroxham Barns Tunstead Road, Hoveton, Norfolk, NR12 8QU Explore one of the Norfolk Broads most popular visitor attractions – Wroxham Barns. A range of shopping and 11 craft studios, together with activities for younger family members, including the award-winning Junior Farm, await visitors. The restaurant-café serves meals throughout the day, all freshly made, using local, seasonal produce where possible. There’s also the opportunity to visit Uncle Stuart’s Brewery and Bar and an 18-hole championship mini-golf course.

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Promotion: Free admission for journalists to Junior Farm, free round of mini golf and complimentary afternoon tea. How to book: Call Paul Dickson on +44 (0) 1603 666011 or +44 (0) 7801 103737 or email paul@isis-norfolk.co.uk.

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NORFOLK


Nottingham Heroes & Villains Tour Tour starts: The Salutation Inn, Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, NG1 6AJ Welcome to Nottingham, the hometown of Robin Hood and so much more. Homicidal medieval kings, the very first Vampyre, 1,200-year old Saxon caves, modern Olympians, evil murderers – and, of course, the outlaw Robin Hood. From Lady Chatterley’s Lover to Lace and Legends, the history of Nottingham is told through its colourful characters. This personal guided walking tour of the city takes approximately 2 hours and can be arranged to suit your itinerary.

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www.toursofnottingham.co.uk Promotion: Complimentary tour.

How to book: Contact Dr David Crossley on +44 (0) 1623 721003 or +44 (0)7850 145642 or email toursofnottingham@gmail.com.

Robin Hood Town Tour of Nottingham Meet the ‘official outlaw’ and join Robin Hood for a guided heritage tour of Nottingham. See the key sites of interest and hear about its history and culture. Visit places associated with the legend and discover how simple ballads grew into one of the greatest stories ever told. Explore, discover and be inspired by the great city of Nottingham and its legends.

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www.bonecorporation.co.uk Promotion: Free tour.

How to book: Call +44 (0) 7941 210986, email info@bonecorporation.co.uk or via www.facebook.com/Ezekial.Bone. Subject to availability.

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NOTTINGHAM


Best Western Sudbury House Hotel Folly Hill, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 8AA The 3-star hotel is a privately owned comfortable property on the edge of the picturesque Cotswolds but close to Oxford and Swindon and only an hour away from London. It prides itself on friendly service, award-winning food and comfortable ensuite accommodation, situated in the unique town of Faringdon and in 8 acres of grounds, with a croquet lawn and outside dining areas.

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www.sudburyhouse.co.uk Promotion: 50% discount on best available bed and breakfast rate.

How to book: Contact +44 (0) 1367 241272 quoting ‘2012 Olympics media offers’. Subject to availability. Exclusion dates of 5-7 July 2012 inclusive.

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP Home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and a World Heritage Site. Blenheim Palace was a gift from Queen Anne to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, following his famous victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. Visit the gilded State Rooms, which house one of the finest collections in Europe, the Churchill exhibition, and the visitor experience, ‘Blenheim Palace: The Untold Story’. Situated just 8 miles from Oxford, Blenheim Palace is surrounded by 2,000 acres of Capability Brown-landscaped parkland, a great lake and beautiful formal gardens.

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www.blenheimpalace.com Promotion: Complimentary entry to Blenheim Palace, Park and Gardens.

How to book: Contact Hannah Payne, marketing and PR manager, via email on marketing@blenheimpalace.com. Offer valid between 1 July-15 October 2012 inclusive.

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Blenheim Palace


Oxford Castle – Unlocked 44-46 Oxford Castle, New Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1AY For the first time in 1,000 years, the secrets of Oxford Castle have been unlocked, revealing episodes of violence, executions, great escapes, betrayal and even romance. Walk through these ancient buildings and experience the stories that connect the real people to these extraordinary events. Experience the austere confines of the 18th-century debtor’s tower and prison D-wing, plus the dark atmosphere of the 900-year old underground crypt; marvel at the mound of the 11th-century motte and bailey castle with vaulted well chamber; climb the Norman St George’s Tower and enjoy its stunning 360° panoramic views over Oxford.

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www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk Promotion: One complimentary entry per journalist.

How to book: Email Ellie Stokes at estokes@oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk with preferred dates and time of visit.

Bicester Village 50 Pingle Drive, Oxfordshire, OX26 6WD Home to more than 130 designer outlet boutiques set around open-air pedestrianised streets, visitors to Bicester Village will find up to 60 per cent off previous seasons’ collections from the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle brands. Top names include Anya Hindmarch, Aquascutum, Ted Baker, Church’s, Bally, Pringle of Scotland, DKNY, Salvatore Ferragamo, Samsonite, Ermenegildo Zegna and Hugo Boss. Set in Oxfordshire, close to the idyllic Cotswolds, Bicester Village is approximately 1 hour from London and Birmingham, and is easily accessible by road and rail. It is also one of the collection of 9 Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages in Europe. www.bicestervillage.com

Promotion: Complimentary Shopping Express™ ticket, £5 refreshment voucher and VIP Day card. How to book: Contact Fi Roberts +44 (0) 1869 366314 or email froberts@valueretail.com. Open 7 days a week, all year round, except Christmas Day.

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Oxford Reflections Cycling Tours Capital Sport, The Red House, College Road North, Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, HP22 5EZ Starting out among the dreaming spires of the historic university city of Oxford, this gentle two-day cycling tour takes you on easy routes along the rural River Thames out of Oxford to Abingdon, returning by boat if you wish. Collect your bike on the day of arrival and the cycling distance can be among 9-30 miles. Stay overnight in The Buttery Hotel in the heart of Oxford. Next day, take a ride into the stunning Cotswolds and enjoy Blenheim Palace, home of Winston Churchill, a cycling distance of 25 miles.

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Promotion: 50% discount off the usual rate of £200 per person. Includes one night in an Oxford city centre hotel, bike hire for 2 days and maps and route directions for 2-days cycling. How to book: Online at: www.capital-sport.co.uk/reservation.php quoting code: ‘media2012’ . Subject to hotel availability. For terms and conditions see:

www.capital-sport.co.uk/terms-and-conditions.php £100 per person based on 2 people sharing a room.

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Much Wenlock; inspiration of the modern International Olympic Games The Square, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6HR Much Wenlock in Shropshire, on the England/Wales border, is where the story of the modern International Olympic Games began. In 1850 the establishment of Wenlock Olympian Games by Dr William Penny Brookes was a step towards his vision for an international Olympic festival. Pierre de Coubertin wrote, “If the Olympic Games that modern Greece has not yet been able to revive still survives today, it is due… to Dr WP Brookes.” The tour includes the site of the Wenlock Olympian Games, the hotel where Brookes and Pierre de Coubertin famously met, plus many more famous sites.

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Promotion: Complimentary tour, overnight accommodation in the town on a bed and breakfast basis and a commemorative pack that celebrates Much Wenlock’s Olympian Games.

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How to book: Email tim.king@shropshire.gov.uk with a requested date. Subject to availability. Travel to Much Wenlock is not included.

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Coach Road, Coalbrookdale, Telford, Shropshire, TF8 7DQ Enjoy a fascinating day out at the 10 museums in and around the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, near Telford in Shropshire, in the west of England. Step back in time at Blists Hill Victorian Town, marvel at magnificent china in Coalport China Museum then walk through period room settings at Jackfield Tile Museum. Visit the Enginuity design and technology centre, the Darby Houses, and see Abraham Darby’s original furnace where the Industrial Revolution began. The Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron celebrates the early iron industry while the Museum of The Gorge explains the area’s importance. Finally, cross the world’s first Iron Bridge.

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www.ironbridge.co.uk Promotion: Complimentary entry into each of the 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums on one occasion with press ID.

How to book: Contact Pat Edgar in the first instance on +44 (0) 1494 764932 or email PatEdgar@dslpipex.com or Paul Gossage on +44 (0) 1952 435 900 or email Paul.gossage@ironbridge.org.uk.

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Ironbridge Gorge Museums


Weston Park Weston-under-Lizard, Nr Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8LE A 17th-century stately home set in Capability Brown landscaped grounds, Weston Park showcases priceless works of art by Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Constable and Stubbs, as well as a rare collection of Gobelin tapestries and furniture by Royal makers Morel and Hughes. There is the added intrigue of a hermit’s grotto, Pendrell’s Cave and Perslips Tunnel. There are also formal gardens, the Granary Art Gallery, walks around the estate, farm shop and grill and a miniature railway to be enjoyed.

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Promotion: Free entry to the house and gardens, Upstairs Downstairs tour (15 July, 12 and 26 August), Temple of Diana Opening (26, 27 and 28 August), and Best of British Hints and Tips by head chef Guy Day (1 and 2 August). How to book: Email laura.sullivan@fidopr.co.uk with a requested date. Subject to availability. Travel to Weston Park is not included.

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SHROPSHIRE


Hoburne Blue Anchor Blue Anchor Bay, Nr Minehead, Somerset, TA24 6JT There’s no shortage of natural beauty at Hoburne Blue Anchor in Somerset; in one direction are sea views towards the Welsh coastline, and to the other are views of green rolling countryside towards Exmoor National Park. This is the perfect peaceful base from which to explore the area – or just relax and watch the West Somerset Steam Railway chug right past the park, which also offers an indoor pool, adventure playground and crazy golf.

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Promotion: Complimentary short break at the park in top-of-the-range accommodation and a complimentary copy of a coffee-table style book, published to celebrate Hoburne’s centenary this year. How to book: Contact Melanie Warman or Lisa Barry at Liz Lean PR on +44 (0) 1202 701828 or email mel@lizleanpr.co.uk or lisa.barry@lizleanpr.co.uk. All dates and accommodation subject to availability.

Stilegate Bed & Breakfast Staple Close, West Quantoxhead, Nr Williton, Somerset, TA4 4DN Enjoy a welcome break in the beautiful West Country where Exmoor National Park and the Quantock Hills, Areas of Outstanding Beauty, meet the sea. Stay in one of the 3 ensuite rooms at Stilegate, (VisitEngland 5* Silver & Breakfast Award), and walk to the local inn for supper. In the morning try the home-cooked breakfast before seeing wildlife such as deer, ponies and birds in their natural habitat minutes from Stilegate bed and breakfast. Return to relax by the woodburning stove or sit in the lovely gardens with stunning views. Visitors will be made to feel at home.

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Promotion: 50% discount on bed and breakfast for first night, subject to availability. Complimentary escorted 1-hour walk on the glorious Quantock Hills available for guests. Conditions apply. How to book: Contact Heidi Morse +44 (0) 1984 639119 or email stilegate@aol.com and quote ‘VisitBritain 2012 Promotion’. Offer available between 1 July–15 October 2012 inclusive. ID required to be shown for this exclusive offer.

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SOMERSET


Yarn Market Hotel 25-31 High Street, Dunster, Somerset, TA24 6SF Situated in the medieval village of Dunster within Exmoor National Park, this independent 3-star family run hotel prides itself on friendly service. It specialises in walking holidays and special interest breaks, as well as catering for families and individual guests and all those who want to enjoy the magnificent surroundings of Exmoor and West Somerset. The restaurant is open for dinner with the menu varying nightly and a breakfast buffet, including full English breakfast, is available.

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Promotion: £50 per person for a Media Package – a 2-night stay including dinner, bed and breakfast. How to book: Email hotel@yarnmarkethotel.co.uk or call Paul Dunsby on +44 (0) 1643 821425. Offer is limited to 1 room per booking. Subject to availability.

Fleet Air Arm Museum RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset, BA22 8HT

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www.fleetairarm.com Promotion: Free entry to media with proper accreditation.

How to book: Call Jon Jeffries on +44 (0) 1935 842638 or email jonj@fleetairarm.com.

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Get close and personal with Europe’s largest collection of Naval aircraft and marvel at the first British Concorde at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in England’s west country. You’ll ‘fly’ by helicopter to the replica flight deck of the Ark Royal, where two enormous projection screens show aircraft taking off and landing. Witness an air sea rescue when a Buccaneer is lost over the side into the sea and as the museum is situated alongside RNAS Yeovilton, you may also see aircraft flying in and out.


Wimbleball Lake Country Park Wimbleball Activities Centre, Brompton Regis, Dulverton, Somerset, TA22 9NU From watersports and all-season training, to land- and water-based activities, Somerset’s Wimbleball Lake is perfect for the adrenalin junkie. A vast expanse of inland water, the lake also offers the opportunity for archery, a high-ropes course and a climbing wall. The lake is popular with walkers, cyclists and campers, who enjoy the stunning views the campsite overlooks. The lake also offers excellent bird watching and trout fishing, and has a children’s play area and a café serving delicious cakes and a variety of light lunches. e Fre ies it v ti Ac

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Promotion: In the morning take part in a watersports taster session of kayaking, windsurfing and sailing followed by lunch. The afternoon offers the chance to try a land-based taster session of high ropes, archery and the climbing wall. All activities and lunch are complimentary (worth £80). How to book: Contact Rosie Beck, marketing and publicity assistant at South West Lakes Trust on +44 (0) 1566 771930 quoting promotional code ‘Olympics Press Offer’.

Wookey Hole Caves The Mill, Wookey Hole, Wells, Somerset, BA5 1BB Wander through the prehistoric valley of the dinosaurs and relax in a Fairy Garden – all at Wookey Hole Caves, 2 miles from the medieval city of Wells in the west of England. These show caves are also home to a 19th-century paper mill, which houses a variety of attractions including the new Wizards Play Castle, Victorian Penny Arcade, Mirror Maze and the new Wizards Play Barn. Come and meet the Witch of Wookey Hole. She will be flying her speedy broomstick, meeting and greeting visitors and appearing in the new Olympic Circus Show (weekends and school holidays only).

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www.wookey.co.uk Promotion: Free entry.

How to book: Contact Daniel Medley on +44 (0) 1749 672243 at least a day before your visit to arrange a ticket. Not valid for Halloween Ghost Tours, Santaland or the Wizards Wonderland.

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SOMERSET


Stoke-on-Trent Visit the world capital of ceramics, home to the internationally renowned luxury brands of Wedgwood, Moorcroft, Portmeirion and Aynsley. Stoke offers more than 25 factory shops, world-class ceramic museums and visitor centres, where you can learn to be a master potter and throw your own masterpiece or paint a pot. Visit The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, home to the world’s largest collection of Staffordshire ceramics, and the unique Staffordshire Hoard, the most valuable collection of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found. There are also stunning gardens including the Trentham Estate and Biddulph Grange.

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www.visitstoke.co.uk Promotion: Up to 2 night’s complimentary accommodation and free entry to all Stoke-on-Trent attractions, visitor centres, factory tours and leisure attractions.

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How to book: Contact Visit Stoke-on-Trent’s PR consultant Ian Weightman on +44 (0) 1782 680963 or email ian.iwms@virgin.net or Sam Hall, visitor economy manager at Visit Stoke on +44 (0) 1782 232817 tourism@stoke.gov.uk with name, email, mobile telephone number, proposed arrival and departure date. This offer is subject to availability and only offered with a confirmed commission.

Hope Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 5DD The Dudson Museum celebrates 8 generations of tableware manufacturing, and is housed in one of the few Grade II-listed bottle ovens still in existence, on the original Dudson factory site in the city famed for pottery, Stoke-on-Trent. This is the chance to step inside one of the great symbols of Britain’s industrial past. The museum traces the fascinating history of the company’s production of ceramics from 1800 to the present day. This is the only display of its kind and gives a fascinating insight into more than 200 years of social change.

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www.dudson.com Promotion: Private guided tour.

How to book: Contact Alison Morgan on either dudsonmuseum@vast.org.uk or +44(0) 1782 285286.

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Dudson Museum


Gladstone Pottery Museum Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST3 1PQ Visit the only existing complete Victorian pottery factory from the days when coal-burning ovens made the world’s finest bone china. See traditional skills, original workshops, the cobbled yard and huge bottle kilns that create an atmospheric time warp. Take a visit to the unique toilet exhibition and have a go at throwing your own pot.

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www.stokemuseums.org.uk Promotion: Free admission for all journalists and private guided tour.

How to book: Contact Melanie Firman on Melanie.Firman@stoke.gov.uk. Prior booking is essential, subject to availability.

Potteries Museum & Art Gallery Bethesda Street, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 3DW Discover our Staffordshire Hoard display along with the history of The Potteries, including the world’s greatest collection of ceramics. See a Spitfire and a huge variety of art and craft. Relax at the Café Museum or browse the foyer shop for unique quality gifts.

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www.stokemuseums.org.uk Promotion: Private guided tour.

How to book: Contact Melanie Firman on Melanie.Firman@stoke.gov.uk. Prior booking is essential, subject to availability.

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STAFFORDSHIRE


Trentham Estate Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 8JG This entire estate is home to many attractions; Trentham Gardens, Trentham Monkey Forest, Aerial Extreme and Trentham Shopping Village. For an uplifting experience visit the gardens with its vast perennial plantings providing breathtaking vistas that change throughout the seasons. Take a stroll around the 725-acre estate with its mile-long lake, through the woodlands and parklands.

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www.trentham.co.uk Promotion: Private guided tour.

How to book: Prior booking is essential. Subject to availability. Email Amanda Dawson on adawson@trentham.co.uk.

Trentham Monkey Forest Stone Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 8AY This is the only place in the UK where you can walk among 140 free-roaming Barbary macaques in 60 acres of beautiful English forest. Enjoy the laughable antics of the infants and juveniles at play, marvel at the bond between mothers and babies and be amazed at the way the monkeys resolve their differences through alliances and relationships. Guides are on the path to inform you of all the monkeys’ behaviour to ensure you have a memorable and exciting day at Monkey Forest.

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www.monkey-forest.com Promotion: Complimentary tickets to journalists visiting for the Olympics, subject to booking and availability.

How to book: Call Sue or Joy on +44 (0) 1782 659845 with all relevant details.

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STAFFORDSHIRE


Wedgwood Visitor Centre Wedgwood Drive, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST12 9ER Wedgwood is one of the world’s most famous ceramics companies and its Visitor Centre reveals a fascinating insight into 250 years of history, craftsmanship and creativity. Take a tour through the working factory, meet the artists in the Master Ceramic Experience and take the opportunity to create your own masterpiece. Also worth visiting is its large factory outlet and retail store, plus the Wedgwood tea room and restaurant serving homecooked food and afternoon tea, all on Wedgwood china.

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Promotion: : Complimentary admission. Guided tours are available on request. How to book: text How to book: Contact the Bookings Team on +44 (0) 1782 282986 or via Sam Hall at Stoke Tourism on +44 (0) 1782 232817.

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Aldeburgh Music Aldeburgh Music, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP Founded by Benjamin Britten, Snape Maltings Concert Hall today is home to Aldeburgh Music and its year-round programme of events. Internationally acclaimed for its superb acoustics, it was opened in 1967 by HM The Queen and has been the principal home of the Aldeburgh Festival since. It also is the home of the new Aldeburgh World Orchestra, specifically founded for the Olympiad. Next year, it will be the focus of world-wide celebrations of the Centenary of Benjamin e Britten, 1913-2013. www.aldeburgh.co.uk Fre p i r T Promotion: Familiarisation visit: complimentary press tickets for Aldeburgh World Orchestra (20 and 22 July) or Snape Proms events (1–31 August, daily); tailored programme could include guided tour of Britten places in Aldeburgh, and opportunity to sample this iconic seaside town; backstage tour of Snape Maltings Concert Hall; briefing on Britten 2013 programme. Complimentary overnight stay possible. Offer subject to availability. How to book: Contact Marc Ernesti with planned day(s) on +44 (0) 1728 687100 or email mernesti@aldeburgh.co.uk.

Bury St Edmunds Town Centre c/o Tourist Information Centre, 6 Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1UZ Bury St Edmunds is a traditional market town mixing the old with the new. Home to Suffolk’s only cathedral, a working Georgian theatre, Britain’s smallest pub and the largest street market in East Anglia, Bury St Edmunds has something for everyone.

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www.visit-burystedmunds.co.uk Promotion: Overnight stay in one of the town’s quality hotels, dinner in an awardwinning restaurant and tours of the town, cathedral, theatre and Moyses Hall Museum.

How to book: Contact Sharon Fairweather on +44 (0) 1284 757093 or email Sharon.fairweather@stedsbc.gov.uk. Dates to be agreed and subject to availability.

FAMILIARISATION TRIPS

SUFFOLK


The Angel Hotel Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1LT This Georgian 4-star boutique hotel in Suffolk surprises with a twist of urban chic. It is located in the centre of historic Bury St Edmunds where you can explore winding, cobbled, shop-filled streets and a wealth of ancient architecture. Once inside, the Angel is a curious contrast of comfortable, contemporary design with touches of exotic grandeur. It is a hotel of many different aspects all artfully blended together into an exciting package and the bedrooms are no exception.

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www.theangel.co.uk Promotion: Complimentary accommodation inclusive of full breakfast.

How to book: Contact Cara Gill on +44 (0) 1284 714000 or email cara@theangel.co.uk. This offer is subject to availability and at the manager’s discretion.

The Black Lion Hotel Church Walk, The Green, Long Melford, Suffolk, CO10 9DN The Black Lion Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Long Melford. The hotel looks onto 2 Tudor stately homes, Melford Hall and Kentwell Hall, and offers 10 stunning individually designed bedrooms. It offers 2 rosette dining in the popular bar area, with an ever-changing market menu, as well as the more formal restaurant with an à la carte menu and taster menu. The hotel’s bespoke cream teas are a real favourite.

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Promotion: Free overnight stay to include full country house breakfast and 3-course dinner for 2 people. How to book: Contact Chris Knight on +44 (0) 1787 312356. Excludes Saturday night and subject to availability.

HOTELS

SUFFOLK


Novotel Ipswich Centre Grey Friars Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1UP Located close to Ipswich’s waterfront, the university campus as well as shops and nightlife, the Novotel Ipswich Centre offers 101 contemporary guest rooms. Its Elements restaurant serves modern European dishes, and the main bar is the perfect spot to relax. There are 6 fully-equipped function rooms for meetings or weddings, for up to 220 people.

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www.novotel.com Promotion: 50% discount on overnight accommodation and breakfast.

How to book: Contact the hotel on +44 (0) 1473 232400 or email h0995@accor.com, quoting promotional code ‘media’. Subject to availability, advanced booking required.

Salthouse Harbour Hotel Neptune Quay, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1AX This artfully designed boutique hotel in Suffolk reflects luxury and dazzles in the waterfront of Ipswich’s vibrant harbour quayside at night. The hotel exudes its 4-star status in every curious corner, eccentric sofa and unstuffy cushion. Within its comfy chic decor the mood is friendly and relaxed while the staff are professionally attentive to your every need and the cuisine is exciting at its delightful waterfront eaterie.

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www.salthouseharbour.co.uk

Promotion: Complimentary accommodation inclusive of full breakfast.

How to book: Contact Cara Gill on +44 (0) 1284 714000 or email cara@theangel.co.uk. This offer is subject to availability and at the manager’s discretion.

HOTELS

SUFFOLK


Swallow Belstead Brook Hotel Belstead Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP2 9HB Swallow Belstead Brook Hotel, situated to the south of historic Ipswich, was originally a 16th-century hunting lodge, and is set in tranquil gardens bordered by the brook that it is named after. Facilities include leisure centre, 88 bedrooms, 8 meeting/event rooms, full service restaurant and bar, free Wi-Fi and parking.

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www.swallow-hotels.com/hotels/belstead-brook-hotel.aspx

Promotion: 1-night break (on Sundays) at £49 per person, including accommodation for 2 in a standard double or twin room, afternoon tea, 3-course dinner in the Manor restaurant from the house menu with a half bottle of wine per person, full English breakfast and full use of the leisure facilities. How to book: Contact Reservations on +44 (0) 1473 684241 or email res.belstead@crerarmgmt.com.

Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours East Green, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6JW

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www.Adnams.co.uk Promotion: Free brewery or distillery tour (worth £10).

How to book: Contact Elizabeth Cobbold on +44 (0) 1502 727225. Over 18s only, advance booking required and subject to availability.

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Adnams brewer-distiller uses local ingredients to make high-quality spirits such as gin, vodka and whisky. The brewery is one of the most energy-efficient in Europe and is located in one of Britain’s most unspoilt seaside towns. Brewery and distillery tours give visitors the chance to see how products are made and, of course, enjoy some free samples.


The Malthouse Project Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3AA The Malthouse Project is a restored old maltings dating back to the 17th century. It had become a derelict, listed building and thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, St Edmundsbury Council and various other trusts, the Malthouse Project opened in 2007. The heritage centre offers the visitor a chance to see the unique restoration of the building and guided tours or self-led tours are available.

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Promotion: Free guide book with self-led tour and an additional 25% off food at the Kiln Café. How to book: Contact +44 (0) 1284 732560/732559 24 hours prior to visit, quoting ‘VisitBritain’. Offer valid from 1 July-15 October 2012.

Sea Pictures Gallery Well House, Well Lane, Clare, Suffolk, CO10 8NH Friendly gallery of contemporary maritime art situated in the historic town of Clare, selling original fine art from artists based in East Anglia (east of England), Wales, Scotland and Sweden. There is a regularly changing exhibition programme; in July and August there will be an exhibition on Britain’s Coastal Heritage. During September and October the exhibition Spotlight on Suffolk will be running, featuring leading Swedish artist Jennifer Saxell.

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www.seapicturesgallery.com

Promotion: Complimentary personal guided tour of the exhibition and the historic town of Clare and free exhibition catalogue. How to book: Contact the gallery on +44 (0) 1787 279024 in advance for tour. Gallery closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays but open on Sundays.

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SUFFOLK


Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1QR Theatre Royal is one of Britain’s most significant theatre buildings and the only surviving Regency playhouse in the country. The recently restored Grade I-listed theatre offers you an extraordinarily intimate auditorium providing an unforgettable and unique theatrical experience, combined with a contemporary bar and restaurant for the 21st century theatre-goer. The theatre presents a vibrant, year-round programme of drama, music, dance and light entertainment, featuring many of this country's leading companies and performers.

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www.theatreroyal.org Promotion: 1 free tour per booking.

How to book: Contact the Box Office quoting ‘VisitBritain’ on +44 (0) 1284 769505, exclusive of 8–19 August 2012, and subject to availability.

Arlingtons Brasserie 13 Museum Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1HE

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Promotion: 50% off food only from any menu excluding fillet steak and Suffolk cheese board. How to book: Contact Arlingtons Brasserie. Telephone: +44 (0) 1473 230293 quoting ‘Visit Anglia media offer’. Limit: 1 per 2 people or 2 per 4 on production of valid media ID.

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Arlingtons is a French brasserie restaurant with café bar and deli takeaway serving every day from 08:00-22:00. Located in Suffolk’s county town, Ipswich, its premises are a mid-19th century building, once the first purpose-built museum in England that hosted public lectures by Charles Darwin’s tutor John S. Henslow. With links to other historic English figures, Ipswich is home to the oldest wet dock in the UK and the newly-opened Saatchi Gallery. Arlingtons has a wonderful bright galleried upstairs restaurant seating up to 140 diners, while the cheerful busy café bar downstairs has exposed stone walls and cosy seating areas.


The Runnymede on Thames Windsor Road, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0AG On the banks of the River Thames, a stone’s throw from London Heathrow, Royal Windsor, the Olympic Rowing Venue – Dorney Lake – and just 40 minutes from central London, sits the 4-star Runnymede on Thames hotel. Its great location means easy access to some top attractions, while the hotel’s 3 riverside restaurants and terraces and award-winning spa, also means the chance to relax and enjoy the surroundings.

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www.runnymedehotel.com Promotion: 50% discount on the best available rates, subject to availability. Complimentary stays available for commissioned reviews.

Chessington World of Adventures Resort Leatherhead Road, Chessington, Surrey, KT9 2NE With 9 themed lands, more than 1,000 amazing animals, a Sea Life centre and a safarithemed hotel, Chessington really is Britain’s wildest adventure with too much to explore in just 1 day.

www.chessington.com Promotion: 50% off the gate entry price.

How to book: Contact press.office@chessington.co.uk. Valid for accredited media only, ID required. Payment made on arrival.

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How to book: Contact Andrew Duggan by email: duggana@therunnymede.co.uk. Between 27–29 July and 3–5 August 2012 inclusive are currently excluded. Other dates may also be excluded. All offers subject to availability.

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Hampton Court by Bike Jump on vintage bikes at a convenient central London meeting point and head out for a full day’s fun guided trip, taking in hidden gems on the way and arriving in style at Hampton Court Palace. The vintage-style bikes with baskets and Union Jack helmets provide the perfect mode of transport to enjoy the breathtaking scenery along easy going traffic-free routes.

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www.mindthegaptours.com

Promotion: Complimentary ticket, including return train travel from Central London, if taking part in the guided cycle tour only. If participants wish to enter Hampton Court Palace, please contact Mind the Gap Tours as can offer reduced rates. Hampton Court by Bike departs Sunday, Monday and Tuesdays.

How to book: Email info@mindthegaptours.com.

Painshill Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1JE Painshill in Cobham, Surrey, is one of Europe’s most important 18th-century landscape gardens. This 158-acre wonderland has been magnificently restored and offers a mystic mix of awesome views, surreal follies, serpentine lake and historic plantings. The Crystal Grotto (which has limited opening times), a ruined abbey, a Gothic temple, a Turkish tent and a Gothic tower are just some of the spectacular follies within the romantic landscape created by Hon. Charles Hamilton 270 years ago.

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www.painshill.co.uk Promotion: Free press pass.

How to book: Contact Beth Meades on +44 (0) 1932 868113 or email beth.meades@painshill.co.uk.

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SURREY


Hampton Manor Hotel and Peel’s Restaurant Shadowbrook Lane, Hampton In Arden, Solihull, Warwickshire, B92 0DQ Nestled in 45 acres of parkland walks, secret paths and formal gardens is a 19th-century country house, recently restored and developed into a stylish boutique hotel with 15 individually designed bedrooms – Hampton Manor. Originally built by Sir Frederick Peel, son of Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel in 1855, it sits just 3 miles from Solihull, the NEC and Birmingham International Airport. The hotel is also home to Peel’s Restaurant, a fine-dining experience rich in history and yet sophisticatedly modern.

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www.hamptonmanor.eu Promotion: 50% discount on rack-rate bedrooms, subject to availability.

How to book: Call +44 (0) 1675 446080 or email info@hamptonmanor.eu, quoting ‘Olympics 2012 media rate’.

Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 6RW Disc golf involves throwing specially designed Frisbees into a metal catching device, consisting of metal chains set above a basket. Just like regular golf, the course has 18 holes and the fairways are shaped by trees. Professional players carry a bag of different discs with which they can achieve different flight trajectories. Quarry Park is the only course in the UK that has been designed and landscaped specifically for disc golf and is set in beautiful countryside by the river Avon.

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www.quarrypark.co.uk Promotion: Free entry.

How to book: Contact Derek Robins on +44 (0) 7780 727921 or email enquiry@quarrypark.co.uk.

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Quarry Park Frisbee Disc Golf


Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6QW Get an inside knowledge on the life of one of the greatest writers that has ever lived and visit all 5 of the Shakespeare Houses and Gardens in Stratford-upon-Avon, each with a fascinating story to tell about the globally renowned playwright. The Trust operates Shakespeare’s Birthplace, a shrine for Shakespeare enthusiasts, as well as Anne Hathaway’s Cottage – the childhood home of his wife, his mother Mary Arden’s Farm, Hall’s Croft – the Jacobean home of his daughter once married – and Nash’s House and New Place, where Shakespeare lived his last years.

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www.shakespeare.org.uk Promotion: 50% off a Birthplace or Five House ticket.

How to book: Present this voucher at the admissions desk quoting code ‘TP1/5P1’. Offer excludes single house tickets and family tickets. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Voucher valid until 31 December 2012.

Stratford Armouries Gospel Oak Lane, Pathlow, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 0JA Stratford armouries houses a private collection of arms and armour from throughout the centuries and across the globe.

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Promotion: 50% off admission price and a complimentary guided tour of the museum. How to book: Contact +44 (0) 1789262468 to book a guided tour of the museum. Only available on weekdays.

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WARWICKSHIRE


Castle Quarter, Dudley Castle Hill, Dudley, DY1 4SQ The Castle Quarter, Dudley, sits in the heart of the Black Country, 7 miles from Birmingham, England’s second-largest city. The Castle Quarter hosts a variety of heritage attractions and a leisure complex all within less than 10 minutes walking distance from one another.

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Promotion: Complimentary 1 night’s bed and breakfast, admission into 3 attractions including Dudley Castle and Zoological Gardens with a ‘meet the animals’ experience, visit to the Black Country Living Museum with lunch and a boat trip at Dudley Canal Tunnel and Limestone Mines. Subject to availability.

How to book: Contact De Vere Village Hotel, Dudley on +44 (0) 844 9808039 or email becky.gladwin@village-hotels.com quoting ‘Olympic Journalist’. A press pass may be requested on arrival at the hotel. Subject to availability and offer expires on 31 October 2012.

FAMILIARISATION TRIP

WEST MIDLANDS


Cornerways Cottage Longcross, Zeals, Wiltshire, BA12 6LL Situated in an Area of Outstanding Beauty on the Wiltshire/Dorset/Somerset borders, Cornerways Cottage offers first-class accommodation, tastefully decorated. Being within easy reach of Salisbury and Bath and close to Longleat and Stourhead, with golf, riding, fishing and walking nearby, the cottage is an ideal base for touring Wiltshire and its surroundings.

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www.cornerwayscottage.co.uk Promotion: 1 night’s complimentary bed and breakfast with a cream tea on arrival.

How to book: Contact Irene Snook on +44 (0) 1747 840477 or email cornerways.cottage@btinternet.com. Date to be agreed by mutual agreement, subject to availability.

Fosse Farmhouse Nettleton Shrub, Castle Combe, Wiltshire, SN14 7NJ A charming bed and breakfast in Castle Combe, Fosse Farmhouse offers 3 guest bedrooms and 3 self-catering cottages in its grounds. Group bookings are welcome for sole use of the property sleeping up to 22. Catering can be arranged in house for breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Beauty, the farmhouse is only 20 minutes by car to Bath and 1 1 / 2 hours’ drive from London.

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www.fossefarmhouse.com

Promotion: Complimentary accommodation (maximum 2 rooms) for 1 night from Monday-Thursday, throughout the year, subject to availability. Excluding Bank Holiday weekends. How to book: Contact Caron Cooper on +44 (0) 1249 782286 or email caroncooper@fossefarmhouse.com quoting promotional code ‘VIP2012’.

HOTELS/ GUESTHOUSES

WILTSHIRE


The Lamb at Hindon High Street, Hindon, Wiltshire SP3 6DP A coaching inn dating back to the 12th century near the medieval city of Salisbury, The Lamb at Hindon is a charming country inn with flagstone floors, inglenook fireplaces and wood beamed ceilings. Its 19 individually furnished bedrooms (4 with 4-poster beds) have all been recently refurbished to the highest standards. The Boisdale signatures of Scottish and local produce, Cuban cigars and whisky add up to a strong package as attractive to locals as to visitors.

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Promotion: 50% discount on bed and breakfast Sunday to Thursday, excluding Bank Holidays. (Standard room rates start from ÂŁ75 a night for a double and ÂŁ100 for a suite.) How to book: Contact Bernice Gallagher on +44 (0) 1747 820573 or email info@lambathindon.co.uk.

Lorne House Bed and Breakfast London Road, Box, Wiltshire, SN13 8NA Highly regarded, beautifully decorated bed and breakfast within 6 miles of Bath City Centre. Lorne House, once the childhood home of the Rev. W J Awdry, author of Thomas the Tank Engine , is set in the village of Box, which offers a great choice of traditional style pubs all within walking distance. This stylish bed and breakfast has also recently been refurbished and is charmingly elegant.

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WILTSHIRE


The Old Rectory, Lacock Cantax Hill, Lacock, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 2JZ In the medieval village of Lacock – home to Lacock Abbey and the location of many films such as Harry Potter, The Old Rectory bed and breakfast offers elegant accommodation a stroll away from excellent pubs and restaurants. London is just 2 hours away and Bath just 1 / 2 an hour, while Stonehenge, Castle Combe, Longleat and many historic attractions are close by.

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www.oldrectorylacock.co.uk

Promotion: Complimentary ensuite room for bed and breakfast for up to 2 people for 1 night. How to book: Contact Elaine Sexton on +44 (0) 1249 730335 or email sexton@oldrectorylacock.co.uk, quoting ‘journalist offer’. Saturdays and Bank holidays excluded, subject to availability and terms and conditions.

Stanton House Hotel The Avenue, Stanton Fitzwarren, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN6 7SD Stanton House Hotel is a beautiful house in the charming village of Stanton Fitzwarren on the edge of the Cotswolds. Overlooking Stanton Lake and Park and surrounded by beautiful Wiltshire countryside, the hotel is modern but retains its original character. It serves a great choice of European food plus offers a Japanese restaurant. Stanton House is a perfect base for exploring nearby attractions in the south west of England.

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Promotion: Dinner, bed and breakfast at a 50% discount – includes a 2-course meal in the Rosemary Restaurant, a stay in one of the 4-poster rooms, plus a choice of breakfasts – for £100 single occupancy, £130 for double occupancy.

How to book: Contact reception on +44 (0) 870 084 1388 or email reception@stantonhouse.co.uk quoting code ‘Press2012’. Offer available Sunday-Wednesday and bookings subject to availability.

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WILTSHIRE


Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and village Lacock, nr Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 2LG Lacock Abbey and village sit on the banks of the River Avon, a picturesque place often seen on television and the big screen where you can spot locations used in Harry Potter, Cranford and Pride and Prejudice. The abbey has medieval cloisters and former nunnery rooms, later converted into a quirky country home with 800 years of architectural additions. William Henry Fox Talbot created the first photographic negative here and the Fox Talbot Museum celebrates his life and invention. The village features many interesting shops and restaurants, including 2 National Trust shops and a tearoom.

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www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock Promotion: Complimentary admission.

How to book: For entry, produce a media or business card quoting ‘VisitBritain 2012 Media Offers’. Call +44 (0) 1249 730884 if group size is larger than 6 people. Closed on Tuesdays. Cloisters, grounds, museum, exhibition and museum shop open 10:30–17:30, Abbey rooms between 11:00–17:00.

Longleat Safari & Adventure Park The Estate Office, Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW Longleat Safari & Adventure Park has been one of the UK’s best-loved attractions for more than 60 years. It features an extensive safari park as well as many new fabulous attractions and shows. 2012 sees the arrival of a new gorilla colony, lemur walkthrough and giraffe feeding at the new Safari Watering Hole in the African Village. With more than 450 years of history Longleat House is regarded as one of the best examples of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain and one of the most beautiful stately houses open to the public.

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www.longleat.co.uk

Promotion: 2 adult press passes to Longleat Safari & Adventure Park in conjunction with any potential features on Longleat, available to members of the media. Press pack and CD of images included with each pass. How to book: Email press@longleat.co.uk stating date of visit and publication. Longleat will contact back to arrange for collection of the passes and press pack. This pass or other opportunities can be extended depending on the specifics of the visit and what is being reported on.

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WILTSHIRE


Lydiard House & Park Lydiard Park, Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 3PA The ancestral home of the Viscounts Bolingbroke, Lydiard House is packed with the family’s furnishings and portraits, exceptional plasterwork, a rare 17th century window and a room devoted to the 18th century society artist, Lady Diana Spencer. This Palladian house also boasts a restored Georgian walled garden offering seasonal displays of flowers, unique garden features and exceptional monuments, all which sit in 260 acres of stunning parkland.

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www.lydiardpark.org.uk Promotion: Complimentary admission for up 2 people.

How to book: Call Emma Valentine on +44 (0) 1793 770401 or email evalentine@swindon.gov.uk. Valid between 1 July–15 October 2012. Closed on Mondays except Bank Holiday Mondays.

Razorcat Tours 7 Tutton Hill, Colerne, Wiltshire, SN14 8DN Enjoy a chauffeured tour of the stunning Bath and Wiltshire countryside onboard an impressive motorcycle trike. Visitors will be thrilled with the breathtaking scenery, and be enthralled with the historic towns and villages that this unique experience will take them through.

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www.razorcattours.com

Promotion: Complimentary 1 / 2 hour chauffeured trike tour for 2 people.

How to book: Email: info@razorcattours.com and on production of business card, quoting ‘VisitBritain 2012 Media Offers’. Subject to availability. Monday-Friday only.

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WILTSHIRE


Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2EJ Salisbury Cathedral is one of Britain’s finest medieval cathedrals, both a living church and internationally renowned heritage attraction, with the finest of the UNESCO-listed Magna Carta (1215) on permanent display. Around 300,000 pilgrims and tourists visit each year to marvel at the peace and beauty of the building and admire Britain’s tallest spire, discovering 750 years of history. Ben Dearnley’s sculptures of Olympic and Paralympic athletes ‘Avenue of Champions’ is here between 23 June–16 September. Salisbury Cathedral is just 8 miles from e Stonehenge and 1 1 / 2 hours from London. www.salisburycathedral.org.uk e Fr r u To Promotion: Free private guided tour of Salisbury Cathedral and its Chapter House. Free tower tour. Free morning coffee and shortbread or lunchtime soup and roll or afternoon tea and cake in Salisbury Cathedral Refectory. How to book: Email Sarah Flanaghan at s.flanaghan@salcath.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1722 555148. For tour of Cathedral, Chapter House and Tower Tour quote ‘GOLD2012T’. Available from 1 July–15 October 2012 inclusive, subject to availability. Press ID must be presented at the time of taking up this offer. Not available between 17–22 July 2012. For free refreshments quote ‘GOLD2012R’.

Wadworth Brewery Northgate Brewery, 41-45 Northgate Street, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1JW Sample the delights of Wadworth Brewery beers and discover the history and heritage of Wadworth brewing with a tour of the main brewery production areas, Shire horses’ stables, cooperage and sign writers’ studio. Tours take approximately 2 hours and finish in the Visitor Centre’s mezzanine bar with a tutored beer sampling of 5 of our wonderful cask ales.

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www.wadworthvisitorcentre.co.uk Promotion: 50% discount on the brewery tour.

How to book: Contact the Visitor Centre on +44 (0) 1380 732277 for availability, quoting ‘OLYM2012’.

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WILTSHIRE


Wiltshire Heritage Museum 41 Long Street, Devizes, SN10 1NS Home to one of the best Bronze Age archaeology collections in Britain. Explore this museum, which showcases outstanding collections tracing the fascinating history of Wiltshire, its environment and its people over the last 6,000 years. The displays feature collections excavated from the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site.

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WILTSHIRE

www.wiltshireheritage.org.uk Promotion: Free entry and museum tour.

How to book: Contact David Dawson on +44 (0) 1380 727369 or email David.dawson@wiltshireheritage.com. Subject to availability.

Tidworth Garrison Golf Club Bulford Road, Tidworth, Wiltshire, SP9 7AF Tidworth Garrison Golf Club is a downland, 18-hole, par 70, members’ course, which lies on the south-eastern edge of Salisbury Plain. The Club hosted the Senior English Women’s Golf Association National Championship in late April this year with many of the country’s leading amateur lady golfers battling it out over the week and praising the condition and presentation of the course and the Club’s friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

www.tidworthgolfclub.co.uk

Promotion: Special ‘Olympic Rate’ of £17 for Olympic competitors and journalists to play the course between the 2 July–15 October 2012, plus other packages for supporters.

How to book: Contact the Club Professional on +44 (0) 1980 842301 or email secretary@tidworthgolfclub.co.uk quoting ‘TIDOLY1908’. Subject to availability.

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Eton College Eton, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 6DW From Princes William and Harry to globally recognised actors Damian Lewis, Hugh Laurie and Eddie Redmayne, through to celebrated writers such as Thomas Gray, Shelley and Henry Fielding, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell and Ian Fleming, Eton College has educated some of the most well-known people in British history. The world-renowned school, founded by King Henry VI in 1440, has been educating boys for more than 6 centuries and its historic buildings are an integral part of the heritage of the British Isles.

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www.etoncollege.com Promotion: Free public tour when available. Daily during July and August at 14:00 and 15:15 and on most Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends in September and October.

How to book: Contact the Visits Office on +44 (0) 1753 671177 or email r.hunkin@etoncollege.org.uk.

Legoland® Windsor Resort Winkfield Road, Berkshire, SL4 4AY Fly through treetops to escape fearsome dragons, ride thrilling rapids with a Viking Fleet or join LEGO® divers on a magical underwater adventure on Atlantis Submarine Voyage, plus visit the UK’s only LEGO® Star Wars ™ Miniland Experience – ‘May the Force be with you’. All available at LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort, packed with more than 55 interactive rides and attractions. Star Wars and all characters, names and related indicia are © 2012 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. LEGO®, the LEGO logo, the Brick configuration, the Minifigure and LEGOLAND are trademarks of the LEGO® Group © 2012 The LEGO Group.

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www.legoland.co.uk

Promotion: 50% off adult and child tickets.

How to book: Contact Anna Robertson on +44 (0) 1753 626520 or email anna.robertson@legoland.co.uk quoting promotional code ‘V32512’. Closed dates apply.

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WINDSOR & ETON


Windsor Castle by Bike Jump on vintage bikes at a convenient central London meeting point and head out for a full day’s fun guided trip, taking in hidden gems on the way and arriving in style at Windsor Castle. The vintage-style bikes with baskets and Union Jack helmets provide the perfect mode of transport to enjoy the breathtaking scenery along easy going traffic-free routes.

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www.mindthegaptours.com

Promotion: Complimentary ticket, including return train travel from central London, if taking part in the guided cycle tour only. If participants wish to enter Windsor Castle, please contact Mind the Gap Tours as can offer reduced rates. Windsor by Bike departs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. How to book: Email info@mindthegaptours.com.

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WINDSOR & ETON


City of York Visit York, 1 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT

The Bivouac Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4JZ Experience a luxury camping destination in the Yorkshire Dales, with bunk barn, yurts and hand-built woodland shacks. The Bivouac enjoys a fabulous setting on the edge of the moors and offers an eco-friendly retreat for walkers, climbers and families, along with those wanting a natural retreat. Extensive walking is available with trails in the nearby woodland around The Druid’s Temple and on the surrounding Swinton Estate, which stretches from the River Ure up onto the moorland Dales.

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www.thebivouac.co.uk Promotion: Complimentary night’s accommodation and café breakfast for 2.

How to book: Contact Felicity Cunliffe-Lister on +44 (0) 1765 680944 or felicity@swintonpark.com. Saturdays excluded. Subject to availability.

HOTELS / ACCOMMODATION

York, in the north of England, is a vibrant city with an unrivalled historical backdrop. 2012 is its 800th anniversary of being granted a Royal Charter and the year is awash with events and festivals. Under 2 hours by train from London, the city has a host of treasures to explore including the largest Gothic cathedral north of the Alps; the oldest shopping street in Europe – The Shambles; and one of the best preserved medieval guildhalls in Europe. In 2012, York has also declared itself to be Britain’s Home of Chocolate, with an indulgent chocolate heritage www.visityork.org e ready to be unwrapped. Fre y Promotion: Up to 2 night’s complimentary accommodation, free entry to more Sta than 30 of York’s attractions with a VIP Media Pass and a comprehensive press kit, delivered to your hotel for your arrival. How to book: Contact Kay Hyde or Katie Porter at the Visit York Press Office on +44 (0) 1904 554451 or +44 (0) 1904 554436 or email kh@visityork.org or kp@visityork.org with name, mobile telephone number, proposed arrival and departure date. This offer is subject to availability and only offered with a confirmed commission.

FAMILIARISATION TRIP

YORKSHIRE


Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa, York Station Rise, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 6HT Residing in what were once the lavish headquarters of one of Edwardian Britain’s most powerful railway companies, the Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa is the only AA 5-star hotel in Yorkshire. Offering the very best in traditional English style and service, the hotel overlooks the historic city walls of one of the UK’s most picturesque cities and is just a few minutes’ walk from York’s historic centre. As one of the finest luxury hotels in Yorkshire, The Grand has a 2 AA Rosette restaurant and a remarkable spa, located in what were once the vaults where the company kept its millions.

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www.cedarcourtgrand.co.uk Promotion: £95 press rate for classic double room and continental breakfast.

How to book: Book through rory@bonnerandhindley.co.uk. Subject to availability.

Swinton Park Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4JH Swinton Park, a luxury castle hotel set in 200 acres of parkland in the Yorkshire Dales, offers guests a cookery school, spa and country pursuits including fishing, walking and falconry. Award-winning cuisine draws heavily on the produce grown in the hotel’s 4-acre walled garden and sourced from the surrounding 20,000-acre Swinton Estate. Lavishly furnished, this is the ancestral seat of the Earl of Swinton and the hotel still retains all the warmth and comfort of an English family home.

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www.swintonpark.com Promotion: Complimentary 1 night’s bed and breakfast for 2 guests.

How to book: Contact Felicity Cunliffe-Lister on +44 (0) 1765 680944 or felicity@swintonpark.com. Saturdays excluded. Subject to availability.

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YORKSHIRE


The Bug Championships at The Deep The Deep, Tower Street, North Humberside, HU1 4DP Experience the world’s tiniest sporting event as the beastly Bug Championships come to The Deep, one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world, located in Hull, East Yorkshire. These competitive critters may be small but they’re certainly mighty – watch as 9 global bug superstars battle to be crowned the world’s largest, fiercest and strongest insects. The fascinating creatures arrive at one of the UK’s leading aquariums after limbering up in their native home countries across the globe. This is in addition to the usual sights on offer, including 3,500 species of fish and sharks; daily dive presentations; the chance to get close to animals in the discovery corner sessions; an underwater lift and Europe’s deepest viewing tunnel. e www.thedeep.co.uk e r F ry Promotion: Free entry, plus guided tour, subject to terms and conditions. Ent How to book: Email nicolamarkhampr@btinternet.com.

Flow House Indoor Surfing Flow House Xscape Yorkshire, Colorado Way, Castleford, WF10 4TA Surf’s up in the county of Yorkshire when you head to Flow House for some indoor surfing simulation. A lifestyle venue that mixes the passion and freedom of surfing with controlled indoor environments, visitors can catch a wave no matter the weather. With wetsuits, boards and instruction included, it’s great fun for kids and adults alike. You don’t have to have experience to join in so grab your swimsuit and head down for a session.

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www.flowhouse.co.uk Promotion: Free of charge.

How to book: Contact Piers Hampson on +44 (0) 845 200 2928 or piers@flowhouse.co.uk All free sessions are subject to managers’ discretion and subject to availability. Standard terms and conditions apply.

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Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa Edinburgh 1 Festival Square, Edinburgh, EH3 9SR The Sheraton Grand has been Edinburgh’s gathering place for many years and, following a complete refurbishment, it’s the perfect time to rediscover this unique destination. From the moment guests set foot inside the granite-floored lobby, they’ll feel welcome. One Square, its new restaurant and bar, serves a delicious range of classic British dishes all day long, while its beautiful new bedrooms blend contemporary comfort and Scottish materials with cutting-edge technology. Of course, some things at the Sheraton have always been unbeatable, from One Spa’s iconic rooftop Hydropool to the breathtaking views of Edinburgh Castle.

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www.sheratonedinburgh.co.uk

Promotion: Complimentary accommodation and spa treatments for commissions to review the hotel and/or spa depending on the publication and anticipated coverage. Special press rates also available for accommodation at the hotel or spa treatments at the award-winning One Spa.

How to book: Contact Sarah Whitham on +44 207 290 7107 or email sarah.whitham@starwoodhotels.com if you would like to review the Sheraton Grand Hotel and/or One Spa.

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EDINBURGH


Edinburgh Castle Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG As one of Scotland’s top tourist destinations, Edinburgh Castle – part of Historic Scotland – is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels (the Honours of Scotland), the oldest royal regalia in the United Kingdom, as well as the Stone of Destiny – the coronation seat of ancient Scottish kings and still used today for royal coronations. The One O’clock Gun was first fired from the castle on 7 June 1861, and has continued ever since, 6 days a week, except during the 2 world wars.

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www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk/ Promotion: Free admission for member of the press with accredited press card.

How to book: Show press card at entry point to the castle.

The Edinburgh Dungeon 31 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DF Exciting, scary and fun – delve into Scotland’s bloody history at the Edinburgh Dungeon. We know that when it comes to history, the horrible bits are the best. Experience live actors, dark history, thrilling rides and special effects… are you brave enough to face 80 minutes of Scotland’s most dramatic past? And new for 2012 is William Wallace: Allegiance. Meet the greatest patriot of all time and hear the tale of his gory end. Choose your allegiance as you face Scotland’s warrior hero and prepare for battle.

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www.thedungeons.com

Promotion: 2 for 1 voucher, valid for one free admission when one of equal, or greater value, is purchased. See terms and conditions on www.thedungeons.co.uk/edinburgh for voucher validity. Offer valid until 31 December 2012, excluding 25 December 2012. How to book: Email helen.adams@merlinentertainments.biz to arrange a visit.

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EDINBURGH


Edinburgh International Festival The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE The following 5 offers form part of the 2012 Edinburgh International Festival.

www.eif.co.uk

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

13 August – 20:00

Usher Hall, Edinburgh An evening of stunning music at the Usher Hall, one the Edinburgh’s most iconic venues. Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream transports us to Shakespeare’s fairy world with its enchanting evocations, including the well-loved ‘Wedding March’. Sir Roger Norrington, one of the founding fathers of historically informed performance, has long produced striking and unforgettable interpretations of cherished masterpieces. There he leads the Scottish Chamber Orchestra whose gossamer sound is the perfect match for Mendelssohn’s magical textures.

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photo credit: Paul Hampton

ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL


David et Jonathas

17, 19 and 20 August – 19:15

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh Come and experience the magic of one of the great French Baroque composers Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s most dramatic operas. Love, jealousy, witchcraft and war feature in this 1688 sacred opera, a moving reinterpretation of an Old Testament tragedy set on the eve of battle. Conductor William Christie’s reputation for interpreting the works of Charpentier is second to none. His cast are some of the top names in early opera and the production is by acclaimed German director Andreas Homoki.

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Promotion: 50% off any seats on the above dates.

How to book: Call +44 (0)131 473 2000 or book online at www.eif.co.uk or at Hub Tickets, The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE quoting ‘VisitBritain5’. Subject to availability. A transaction fee of £1 will be added to bookings by phone, post and in person. The Edinburgh International Festival reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time.

The Makropulos Case

Photo credit: © Jen Turner

13 August – 19:15

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh See Opera North’s new production of Janá ek’s penultimate opera at the Edinburgh International Festival. At once a mystery thriller and a meditation on desire and eternal life, The Makropulos Case keeps audience guessing until its thrilling conclusion, and features some of the composer’s most radiant, life-affirming music. Richard Farnes conducts the premiere of this new production by acclaimed director Tom Cairns, which features an exceptional cast of soloists. % 50 f Of Promotion: 50% off any seats for the performance on the above date. How to book: Call +44 (0)131 473 2000 or book online at www.eif.co.uk or at Hub Tickets, The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE quoting ‘VisitBritain1’. Subject to availability. A transaction fee of £1 will be added to bookings by phone, post and in person. The Edinburgh International Festival reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time.

Photo credit: Ylva Kihlberg by Natascha Thiara Rydvald

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EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL


Tatyana

13 and 14 August – 19:30

The Edinburgh Playhouse An opportunity to catch internationally renowned choreographer Deborah Colker’s latest piece. Straight from the heart of Rio de Janeiro, Deborah Colker Dance Company transports Aleksandr Pushkin’s famous story Eugene Onegin, a tale of young love, passion, obsession and rejection from 19th-century Russia to contemporary, sultry Brazil. With typically explosive energy and choreography packed full of Brazilian colour and flair, Deborah Colker Dance Company’s seamless mixture of contemporary and classical dance has made it one of the most sought-after and exciting companies in the world. % 50 f Of Promotion: 50% off any seats for performances on the 13 and 14 August. How to book: Call +44 (0)131 473 2000 or book online at www.eif.co.uk or at Hub Tickets, The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE quoting ‘VisitBritain2’. Subject to availability. A transaction fee of £1 will be added to bookings by phone, post and in person. The Edinburgh International Festival reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time.

Waiting for Orestes: Electra

13 August – 20:00

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh A rare opportunity to catch the iconic Suzuki Company of Toga. Influential director Tadashi Suzuki combines Euripides’s terrifying perception of human frailty with the operatic force of Hofmannsthal, Richard Strauss’ librettist. In Suzuki’s staging of the Greek myth, the characters’ interior world is deepened by setting the tragedy in a psychiatric hospital, one in which all of humanity is irredeemably trapped.

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How to book: Call +44 (0)131 473 2000 or book online at www.eif.co.uk or at Hub Tickets, The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE quoting ‘VisitBritain4’. Subject to availability. A transaction fee of £1 will be added to bookings by phone, post and in person. The Edinburgh International Festival reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time.

Photo credit: Walter Carvolho

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EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL


Edinburgh Festivals Walking Tour Edinburgh’s 12 major festivals transform the capital of Scotland into one of the most vibrant stages for world-class performers and artists. Edinburgh’s Festivals peak during August, when more than 25,000 artists, entertainers and authors populate the city with 1,000 shows per day. The Festivals’ walking tour offers visitors the chance to experience both the quirky and the best-known theatres, artworks and performance spaces that have hosted international names such as Susan Sarandon, Hugh Laurie, Robin Williams and Hugh Grant, as well as the venue where an unknown JK Rowling read the first Harry Potter at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. e e www.edinburghfestivals.co.uk Fr r u o T Promotion: Complimentary 2-hour walking tour. How to book: Contact Charlotte Gosling on +44 (0) 7725 833 805 or email charlotte.gosling@festivalsedinburgh.com. Offer valid between 1 July-15 October 2012.

Edinburgh International Magic Festival 22 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, EH12 5AL Edinburgh International Magic Festival is one of the newest additions to the programme of the world-renowned Edinburgh Festivals, and is now in its third year. The only festival in the UK that focuses purely on magical performances and events for the general public, MagicFest is a unique event, designed to bring back to the stage amazing, live, magic shows. They encompass classic magic, comedy magic and close-up magic that will leave audiences in states of awe and wonderment.

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www.magicfest.co.uk

Promotion: 50% off all MagicFest shows, between 1-6 July 2012. How to book: Tickets available online at www.magicfest.co.uk , by calling Hub Tickets on +44 (0) 131 473 2000 or in person at Hub Tickets (The Hub, Castlehill EH1 2NE). Quote reference: OlympicMagic 2012. Terms and conditions apply.

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EDINBURGH


Mercat Tours 28 Blair Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR Mercat Tours is one of the largest walking tour companies in Edinburgh. Join the awardwinning history and ghost tours to explore our famous Old Town and discover Edinburgh’s Underground Vaults with guides who promise to engage, enthral and entertain. Whether by day or night, above ground or underground, historical or ghostly, these tours will bring the city’s past to life.

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www.mercattours.com Promotion: 50% discount on adult, concession and child tickets.

How to book: Contact Mercat Tours to redeem offer and reserve tickets on +44 (0) 131 225 5445 or email info@mercattours.com quoting promotional code ‘OMP2012’. Ticket is valid only for the tour that is booked and is not transferable.

The Royal Yacht Britannia Ocean Terminal, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6JJ Once the Queen’s floating royal residence, The Royal Yacht Britannia is now a unique visitor experience in Edinburgh. Launched in Scotland in 1953 and having proudly served the Royal Family for 44 years, Britannia was an ambassador for Britain on 968 official visits, and hosted 4 Royal honeymoons, including Charles and Diana’s. The Queen once described Britannia as ‘the one place where I can truly relax’. This famous ship is now a 5-star attraction and exclusive evening events venue. Highlights of the audio tour (available in 22 languages) include the magnificent State Apartments, the cramped Crew’s Quarters and the Engine Room.

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www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk Promotion: Free admission with media accreditation.

How to book: Contact Lucy Caldwell on +44 (0) 131 555 8800 or enquiries@tryb.co.uk.

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EDINBURGH


The Scotch Whisky Experience 354 Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE Located in the historic heart of Edinburgh, next to the Castle, the Scotch Whisky Experience is both the ideal introduction to whisky as well as an Aladdin’s cave for the whisky lover. Representing almost all the Scotch whisky distillers visitors will enjoy an interactive, sensory journey of discovery through Scotland’s whisky regions and marvel at the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky. It’s also home to the renowned Amber Restaurant showcasing the best of regional Scottish produce.

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www.scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk Promotion: 50% discount on the Silver or Gold Tour experience.

How to book: Call +44 (0) 131 220 0441 quoting ‘Olympic Media’ with full media details. Offer valid at 10:00 only (first tour of the day). Filming/interviews/photography for broadcast and print free of charge.

Krua Thai Cookery School 19 Liberton Brae, Edinburgh, EH16 6AQ Scotland’s only traditional Thai cookery centre, Krua Thai Cookery School, is dedicated to teaching the authentic recipes and flavours found in quality restaurants in Thailand. Run by Chef Rujira Yuenboon Herd (known as Ru), who has more than 20 years’ experience, the school offers classes in traditional Thai cuisine, Royal Thai culinary art (fruit and vegetable carving) and prides itself on its international reputation.

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www.kruathai.co.uk

Promotion: Complimentary class where you will be shown how to cook 2 Thai dishes and be given the recipes to take home. Special dietary requirements are catered for. How to book: To book please email Ru at kruathai@globalnet.co.uk with the reference ‘Olympic2012’. Booking by appointment only and suitable for a maximum of 6 people.

RESTAURANTS/ FOOD

EDINBURGH


Glengoyne Distillery Dumgoyne, Glasgow, G63 9LB Often described as Scotland’s most beautiful distillery, Glengoyne is open every day for guided tours, in-depth distillery visits, whisky tastings and superb shopping. Just 30 minutes’ drive from Glasgow and Stirling, this traditional, hard-working distillery has been flourishing since 1833, producing a unique selection of award-winning Single Highland Malts, Single Casks and Special Vintages. At Glengoyne Distillery, we’re passionate about whisky, proud of our award-winning products and traditional facilities.

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www.glengoyne.com Promotion: Complimentary visit to media.

How to book: Contact +44 1360 550 254 or email reception@glengoyne.com

The Museum of Piping at The National Piping Centre 30-34 McPhater Street, Glasgow, G4 0HW 300 years of piping heritage await await at The Museum of Piping at The National Piping Centre. With its large collection of artefacts gathered from the National Museums of Scotland, this is the world’s most authoritative display on bagpipes. The exhibition showcases bagpipes from around the British Isles and mainland Europe, in addition to showing how bagpipes are created and the printing of pipe music. Just one outstanding item is the chanter of Iain Dall MacKay (1650-1740), the oldest surviving chanter of the Highland bagpipe. And no tour of the exhibition is complete without seeing the fascinating film on the history, culture and music of this much www.thepipingcentre.co.uk/museum-heritage/ e loved instrument. Fre ry Promotion: Free entry for members of the press. Ent How to book: For a personalised tour contact James Beaton at jbeaton@thepipingcentre.co.uk to arrange a suitable time. Promotional code of ‘VisitBritainMedia’ should be quoted on arrival. Excluded dates 5–13 August 2012 inclusive. Visits may not be permissible on certain dates due to venue availability.

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GLASGOW


Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival 30-34 McPhater Street, Glasgow, G4 0HW Glasgow becomes the centre of the piping world between 6–12 August 2012 as it hosts Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival. Around 40,000 visitors and 8,000 performers are expected to descend on the city for the world’s biggest week of traditional music. There will be concerts from new talent including Niteworks and Rura, as well as established musicians from around the world. The festival will host performances from bands and musicians from 10 European countries, as well as workshops, ceilidhs, concerts and street performances. With 150 free and ticketed events taking place at venues across the city there’s never been e a better opportunity to experience piping at its best. www.pipinglive.co.uk Fre ets k c i T Promotion: Complimentary tickets to media to all shows at Piping Live! We can also arrange one-to-one piping lessons with some of the world’s top pipers, both subject to commissioned reviews. How to book: Contact kirsty@wire-media.co.uk or Lesley@wire-media.co.uk or call +44 (0) 141 440 6761.

The Tall Ship at Riverside 150 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, G3 8RS Of the many hundreds of ships built in Glasgow’s shipyards, the Glenlee is one of only 5 Clyde-built ships still afloat in the world today and the only one of her kind in the UK. She first took to the water as a bulk cargo carrier in 1896 and circumnavigated the globe 4 times and survived. Such a vivid history makes for a fascinating tour, so come and explore every nook and cranny of the Glenlee , including the refurbished Captain’s cabin. Along with our audio-guide facility, this is a fun and interesting way to learn the history of the ship.

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www.thetallship.com Promotion: 50% off admission price, plus a complimentary audio guide.

How to book: No booking necessary, simply show media accreditation to the ticket desk. Business card or press pass will be accepted. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS

GLASGOW


The Trades Hall of Glasgow 85 Glassford Street, Glasgow, G1 1UH Standing in the Merchant City in the heart of Glasgow, the Trades Hall is one of the most important historic buildings in the city. In 1791, Scotland’s best-known neoclassical architect, Robert Adam, was instructed to build the present hall. His younger brothers, James and William, took responsibility for overseeing the building of the hall when Robert died in 1792, completing it in 1794. It is the only major Robert Adam work surviving in Glasgow and one of the oldest buildings still used for its original purpose; a public hall.

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www.tradeshallglasgow.co.uk Promotion: A personal guided tour of the hall.

How to book: Contact Elaine Gilchrist at the Trades Hall. Telephone +44 (0) 141 552 2418 or email: info@tradeshallglasgow.co.uk. One week’s advance notice is required.

The Corinthian Club 191 Ingram Street, Glasgow, G1 1DA

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www.thecorinthianclub.co.uk Promotion: 50% discount on the à la carte lunch and dinner menus.

How to book: Contact the venue on +44 (0)141 552 1101 quoting ‘VisitBritain’.

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The new Corinthian Club has revolutionised Glasgow’s meeting, eating, socialising and gaming scene, boasting 14 rooms spread across 5 floors. This unique venue is open 24 hours and is the only one of its kind in the UK to offer a range of bars, clubs, restaurant and meetings rooms, as well as a stunning gaming room all under one roof.


29 Private Members Club 29 Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AJ Be part of Scotland’s only private members club, where over 2 floors of a stunning 19th-century blonde sandstone building featuring spectacular views over Glasgow’s Royal Exchange Square, you’ll find an oasis of calm offering 5-star food and service. Try the stunning Grill Room Restaurant, specialising in specially selected certified Scotch Beef and local seafood, or the Oyster Bar serving fresh oysters, superb cocktails and an excellent range of Champagne. And one of Glasgow’s best-kept secrets – The Roof Terrace at 29 – is the perfect location to enjoy alfresco summer drinks and can be reserved for parties and barbeques. The enclosed marquee and large sun umbrellas ensure the terrace copes well with unpredictable Scottish weather. e www.29glasgow.com Fre rship e mb Promotion: Complimentary membership, including access to Members lounge Me restaurant and nightclub and full access to all member benefits.

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How to book: Email jennifer.innes@lynnetleisure.com to arrange your access pass.

Cowglen Golf Course 301 Barrhead Road, Glasgow, G41 3AU

How to book: Contact the managing secretary on +44 (0) 141 632 7463 or the professional’s shop on +44 (0) 141 649 9401, quoting promotional code ‘MB01’. Tee times subject to availability at all times. Dress code applies both on course and in the clubhouse.

SPORTS

Cowglen Golf Course is a highly regarded parkland course, which requires accuracy rather than distance to first-class greens. This outstanding and beautifully presented James Braid design is just 5 minutes from Glasgow city centre and is a member of the James Braid Association. Excellent practice facilities and well-respected teaching professionals are further enhanced with a well-stocked shop and golf buggies available for hire. A warm welcome awaits visitors and members alike in the friendly clubhouse with full bar and catering facilities, and an introductory golf programme for juniors up to 16 years of age runs during the school summer holidays. www.cowglengolfclub.co.uk % 0 5 f Of Promotion: 50% reduction on green fees. £20 per person instead of £40 on weekdays and £25 instead of £50 at weekends and public holidays (limited availability).


Cairngorms National Park Scottish Highlands Britain’s largest National Park, the Cairngorm Mountains, has shaped the people, culture, natural heritage, scenery and character, and dominate the National Park. Home to ancient pine forests, arctic mountaintops, lochs, rivers, moorland and iconic wildlife, half of the park is designated as being of national and international importance for nature conservation. From castles, distilleries and museums to gentle strolls and extreme sports, there is an abundance of exciting activities on offer throughout the year. The area produces a range of high-quality food and drink including beef and lamb, salmon and whisky.

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www.visitcairngorms.com Promotion: Complimentary press trips, including sleeper travel from London Euston, accommodation and some meals.

How to book: Contact Charlotte Kissack at Rock Solid PR to organise a press trip on +44 (0) 1479 898001 or email charlotte@rocksolidpr.co.uk. Subject to availability. To be decided on a case-by-case basis, all requests must be made with a commissioned feature.

Fraser Balgowan Experience Inverness-shire The Fraser Balgowan Experience is a unique, high-end luxury travel and fashion experience allowing customers to journey to the heart of the company’s Highland home to create their very own bespoke bag. Clients stay at the spectacular 5-star Inverlochy Castle with views across the surrounding lochs and mountains and Michelin-star dining. They will then experience 2 days of deer stalking – or photographing deer – and work with talented designer, Fiona Fraser to create their exclusive Fraser Balgowan bag, using Scottish sporting tweed and wild red deer hide.

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www.fraserbalgowan.com Promotion: Press trip.

How to book: Contact Charlotte Kissack at Rock Solid PR to organise a press trip on +44 (0) 1479 898001 or email charlotte@rocksolidpr.co.uk. To be decided on a case-bycase basis, all requests must be made with a commissioned feature.

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REST OF SCOTLAND


Heart of Argyll – Scotland’s West Coast Heart of Argyll Tourism Alliance, c/o The Square Peg, Colchester Square, Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8LH An idyllic Scottish west-coast holiday destination, the Heart of Argyll is a scenic 2-hour drive from Glasgow. Home of the ancient kingdom of Dalriada, visitors to the area can stand in the footprint on Dunadd Fort where Scotland’s first kings were crowned, go on a beaver safari in Knapdale, cycle alongside the Crinan Canal, paddle or sail around the sheltered waters of Loch Fyne, take an adventure trip out to Corryvreckan – the world’s third largest whirlpool in the Sound of Jura – or simply be mesmerised by the spectacular scenery and the highest concentration of pre-historic rock art in Europe.

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www.heartofargyll.com Promotion: Complimentary familiarisation visits.

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REST OF SCOTLAND

How to book: Email fam visit request with preferred dates and publication details. Cost of travel to the Heart of Argyll and other expenses are not included. Subject to availability.

Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course Heiton by Kelso, Roxburghshire, TD5 8JZ A gorgeous hideaway in the Scottish Borders, the Roxburghe Hotel is host to the only championship golf course in the area. Part of the Roxburghe Estate, which includes the historic Floors Castle, it is the Duke of Roxburghe’s personal touches that make the hotel so special. From the furnishings and paintings from the Duke’s own home, to his hand on the wine list, golf experience and country pursuits, the hotel is a true home-from-home with character and personality throughout.

www.roxburghe-hotel.com

Promotion: Dinner, bed and breakfast plus free round of golf at £100 per person per night for 2 sharing or £150 for single occupancy. How to book: Contact hotel and quote ‘Olympic Media Offers’. Subject to availability. Does not include extras such as alcoholic drinks, additional activities, treatments etc.

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Turnberry Resort Turnberry, Ayrshire, Scotland, KA26 9LT Turnberry, an icon of Scottish hospitality and host to 4 Open Golf Championships, was relaunched in 2009 as part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection portfolio following a multi-million pound renovation. Turnberry features 2 Championship 18-hole golf courses, the Ailsa Course and the Kintyre Course. In July 2012, Turnberry will play host to the Senior Open Championships.

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REST OF SCOTLAND

Turnberry is also home to the Colin Montgomerie Links Golf Academy – the first links golf academy in the world. The academy was designed by 8-time winner of the European Tour Order of Merit, Colin Montgomerie, and Donald Steel, international golf architect.

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www.turnberryresort.co.uk

Promotion: Complimentary golf lesson at the Colin Montgomerie Links Golf Academy and a round of golf on the highly acclaimed Kintyre Course. For commissioned reviews, complimentary lunch or dinner in restaurant 1906, afternoon tea in the Grand Tea Lounge and golf on the worldrenowned Championship golf courses. How to book: Contact Sarah Whitham, PR Manager on +44 207 290 7107 or email sarah.whitham@starwoodhotels.com. All press requests must be approved in advance. Bookings are subject to availability and depend on the publication and anticipated coverage.

Abbotsford Melrose, Roxburghshire, Scottish Borders, Scotland, TD6 9BQ

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Promotion: Complimentary private guided tour of the new Abbotsford Visitor Centre along with either morning coffee or afternoon tea (depending on time of visit) and a copy of the Trust’s new book on Abbotsford’s Gardens. How to book: Contact Beverley Rutherford on +44 (0) 1896 752043 or email Beverley.rutherford@scottsabbotsford.co.uk quoting promotional code ‘VB2012’. Tours must be pre-booked and are subject to availability. Offer runs between 3 August–15 October 2012.

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Abbotsford is the beautiful Scottish Borders home of the writer Sir Walter Scott. Internationally renowned, Scott penned works including Ivanhoe, Rob Roy and Waverley and his novels left a huge literary and cultural legacy. A fascinating new visitor centre dedicated to telling the story of Scott’s life and work opens for the first time on 3 August 2012 while the main house is currently undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment and will open in 2013.


Ace Adventure Auchnagairn, Relugas, IV36 2QL Get the adrenaline pumping with a full day of white-water rafting and cliff jumping in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland. Ace Adventure is a rafting specialist and provides both land and water-based activities near Aviemore on the River Findhorn and the Strathspey, in the stunning Cairngorms National Park. Fun and entertaining activities are available for all ages and abilities that range from the mild to the wild. In addition to white-water rafting, try out kayaking, canyoning, river bugs or a river safari or if land-based activities are more your thing, paintball, high ropes and mountain bike tours are available.

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www.AceAdventures.co.uk Promotion: Complimentary for all official Olympic media.

How to book: Call +44 (0) 1309 611 729 and speak with Ben to make arrangements, quoting code ‘Olympic Media’ subject to availability.

Auchentoshan Distillery A82, by Dalmuir, Clydebank, G81 4SJ Don’t just visit a distillery – taste its fine products. Take a 90-minute tour of Auchentoshan Distillery, located near Clydebank in greater Glasgow, which is renowned as one of Britain's greatest industrial and shipbuilding towns of the 20th century. It’s also now famous for its Auchentoshan single malt whiskies, 3 of which visitors will sample on their journey around the distillery. Also taste a single malt whisky from one of its sister distilleries, Bowmore or Glen Garioch.

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Promotion: 50% off Experience Tours. Usually £25 per person, now £12.50 per person. How to book: Contact the distillery team on +44 (0) 1389 878561, email at Auchentoshan.distillery@morrisonbowmore.co.uk or contact via www.auchentoshan.com quoting promotional code ‘VB001’.

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The British Golf Museum Bruce Embankment, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AB At the heart of the home of golf in St Andrews, the British Golf Museum showcases one of the largest collection of golf memorabilia in Europe. Hands on activities and stunning multimedia bring the history of golf to life just 67 yards from the 1st tee of the famous Old Course.

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www.britishgolfmuseum.co.uk Promotion: Free entry to members of the media.

How to book: Contact Judy Chance on +44 (0) 1334 460046 or email judychance@randa.org.

The Butterworth Gallery Ballogie, Near Aboyne, AB34 5DP The Butterworth Gallery is a family run business in the heart of Royal Deeside on the Ballogie Estate 40 minutes from Aberdeen. Artists Howard and daughter Mary paint fine art images of the area, and their work is available as originals, prints and gifts.

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www.thebutterworthgallery.com

Promotion: Complimentary product (worth up to £7) and meet either of the artists at the gallery. How to book: Contact Sarah Harker on +44 (0) 13398 86104. Please arrange an appointment during gallery hours of Thursday to Friday, 11:00–16:00. Subject to artists’ availability.

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Cairngorms Attractions Group Inverness-shire Experience the Super 7 – 7 top family attractions in Aviemore in the Highlands of Scotland. See tigers, wolves, Arctic foxes, red deer and the UK’s only resident polar bears. Ride on a Scottish steam train through breathtaking countryside. Go pony trekking, river tubing, or fishing and swing through the tops of Caledonian pine trees. Or step back in time to a 1700s township, buy sweets from an old-fashioned shop and check rations books from the 1930s. Let your kids go wild in a Fun House full of excitement, head for the top of one of Scotland’s highest mountains on a funicular railway or ride water slides, rollercoasters, and discover tree-top adventures all in a forest theme park. e e Fr ry www.daysoutcairngorms.com Ent Promotion: Complimentary press trips on this experience. How to book: Contact Charlotte Kissack at Rock Solid PR to organise a press trip on +44 (0) 1479 898001 or email charlotte@rocksolidpr.co.uk. Subject to availability. To be decided on a case-by-case basis, all requests must be made with a commissioned feature.

Castle of Mey Thurso, Caithness, KW14 8XH Castle of Mey is the most northerly-inhabited castle on the British mainland, and is one the late Queen Mother had renovated and restored and the beautiful gardens created for which it is renowned. For almost half a century she spent many happy summers at Mey and the castle is still set out very much as the Queen Mother had it. Visitors can enjoy guided walks, a lively animal centre and a visitor centre, and is home to a café serving fresh, local produce.

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www.castleofmey.org.uk

Promotion: Free entry throughout 2012. Free entry to the exclusive Jubilee Exhibition and possible interviews with the curator of the exhibition (time and availability dependent). How to book: Call Charlotte Kissack at Rock Solid PR on +44 (0) 1479 898001 or email charlotte@rocksolidpr.co.uk. The Castle and Gardens will be open from 1 May-30 September 2012 inclusive but will be closed from 26 July-13 August inclusive although the closure dates may be subject to change.

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Dumfries House Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, KA18 2NJ Dumfries House was built for William Crichton-Dalrymple, the 5th Earl of Dumfries between 1754 and 1759. The House remains one of Robert Adam’s most significant and earliest architectural commissions. Dumfries House, its entire contents and a 2,000-acre estate were dramatically saved from sale in 2007 by a consortium of charitable bodies led by HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay. The House contains one of the most significant collections in the world of furniture by Thomas Chippendale. A new, exclusive Guest House within the estate, Dumfries House Lodge, was officially opened by His Royal Highness in April 2012. www.dumfries-house.org.uk www.dumfrieshouselodge.co.uk % 50 f Of Promotion: 1 night stay at 50% discount, free guided tour of Dumfries House, complimentary official guide book. How to book: Contact Mark Robson on +44 (0) 1290 429920 or email mark.robson@dumfries-house.co.uk quoting promotional code ‘DH12INTMEDIA’. Offer is valid between 1 July-15 October, subject to availability and cannot be used in any conjunction with any other special offer. Olympic and Paralympic Media Press Centre Pass or London Media Centre Pass will be required on arrival.

Mellerstain House & Gardens Mellerstain House, Gordon, Berwickshire, TD3 6LG Mellerstain is a must-see for every traveller on a journey of Scottish cultural and historical discovery. Built in the 18th century and family residence of the 13th Earl of Haddington, Mellerstain is a unique example of a William and Robert Adam design, exhibiting a treasure of paintings, period furniture, personal effects and Adam’s exquisite ceilings. Explore the prize-winning gardens, beautiful parkland and lakeside walks, courtyard coffee shop, summer art exhibition and holiday cottages.

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www.mellerstain.com Promotion: Complimentary day pass to house and gardens.

How to book: Bookings by prior arrangement via Jane Malloch (trust administrator). Contact +44 (0) 1573 410225 or email: enquiries@mellerstain.com. Terms and conditions apply.

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Stirling Castle Castle Esplanade, Stirling, FK8 1EJ One of Scotland’s most famous castles and part of Historic Scotland, Stirling Castle has recently undergone a £12 million restoration to return the royal apartments to how they may have looked at the time of a young Mary, Queen of Scots. Visitors can step back to the 1530s and meet some of the castle’s famous past inhabitants and find out more about life in the royal court. Just one interesting fact about the castle – the world’s oldest surviving football was discovered here. Made around 1540 it’s now held by the Smith Art Gallery and Museum in Stirling.

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www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk Promotion: Free admission for member of the press with accredited press card.

How to book: Show press card at entry point to the castle.

FatBikeTours (2 Wheel Tours) 42A Forth Street, North Berwick, East Lothian, EH39 4JQ

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Promotion: Free FatBike beach tour. How to book: Email info@fatbiketours.co.uk or alasdair@2wheel-tours.com or telephone +44 (0) 7932 676841 quoting promotional code ‘PRESS2012’. Times of each tour are dependent on the tides and therefore must be booked in advance. Places are subject to availability.

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Using revolutionary FatBikes, discover some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK. The massively oversized tyres on each bike allow us to float over sand and pebbles to reach normally submerged World War II wrecks, deserted coves and ancient cliff-side castles. Based just outside Edinburgh in the pretty seaside town of North Berwick, FatBikeTours can take guests through miles of stunning, sandy coastline that’s perfect for exploring.


Rabbie’s Small Group Tours 207 High Street, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1PE Discover the beauty of Scotland with Rabbie’s Small Group Tours, which allows visitors to leave the car behind and go off the beaten track. The award-winning tours operate throughout the year and, with a maximum of just 16 passengers, each tour is led by a knowledgeable and friendly driver guide, handpicked for their passion and pride in the country. With guaranteed departures from Edinburgh and Glasgow, tours range from 1 to 16 days, visiting Scotland’s most stunning locations including Isle of Skye, Outer Hebrides, Orkney, Islay, Glencoe and the Scottish Borders. New dedicated tours are now also available for whisky fans and photography enthusiasts.

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www.rabbies.com Promotion: Complimentary tours – accommodation on extended tours not included in this offer, this would need to be paid for directly.

Howto tobook: book:Please text contact Alison Liddy on Alison.Liddy@freshwater-uk.com. How

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WALES

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Lincoln House Private Hotel 118 Cathedral Street, Cardiff, CF11 9LQ Built in 1900, this Victorian town house has been lovingly restored and developed to provide today’s guest with all the comforts of modern living. Whether guests are visiting the Welsh capital for business, sport, culture or relaxation, this traditional bed and breakfast is ideally located in the city.

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www.lincolnhotel.co.uk Promotion: Stay 2 nights and receive the third night for free.

How to book: Contact reception on +44 (0) 29 2039 5558. The offer is not available 24/25 August, 12/14/15/16 September, 11/12 October 2012.

53-59 Despenser Street, Cardiff, CF11 6AG Escape to Wales and join See Wales Tours for a guided sightseeing tour from Cardiff. Witness the wonderful countryside of Wales from green hill tops, roman forts, sandy beaches, majestic ruins and even the depths of a famous Welsh coal mine; eating Welsh cakes and listening to Welsh music along the way.

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Promotion: 50% discount on tours. How to book: Contact See Wales Tours on +44 (0) 2920 227227 or book online at seewales.com, quoting offer code ‘SW053’. Offer is available between 1 July–15 October 2012. Subject to availability.

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Cardiff International White Water (CIWW) Watkiss Way, Cardiff, CF11 0SY Hit the water at an Olympic-standard, pumped-water, canoe-slalom course – Cardiff International White Water (CIWW). With its variable river flow, adventurers of all abilities can enjoy the thrill of white water. Activities include white-water rafting, kayaking, riverboarding and hot-dogging. Elsewhere, the flat-water area offers paddle sports from the mild to the wild in a fun-filled environment. In June, CIWW hosts the 2012 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup – the last chance to see the GB Canoeing Team in action before the Olympics.

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Promotion: 50% off white-water rafting for journalists – subject to availability. How to book: Contact +44 (0) 29 2082 9970 and discuss with the senior admin team, quoting reference ‘VisitBritain media’. The best availability is Sundays.

Cottrell Park Golf Resort A48, St. Nicholas, Cardiff, CF5 6SJ Welcome to 2 championship golf courses set in more than 400 acres of historic parkland, with excellent practice facilities including 2 surround state-of-the-art golf simulators. The venues also offers exciting activities such as Segway hire, Formula 1 racing and team-building events, including raft building on the venues own private fishing lake.

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Promotion: More than 50% discount on green fee, plus a free 30-minute taster session on one of the golf simulators.

How to book: Contact +44 (0) 1446 781781 quoting ‘2012 Media Offer’. Only available midweek subject to availability and based on a minimum of 2 players. Half price green fee is £15 pp, (normal value of package £37.45 pp). Cash, debit and credit cards excluding American Express. Please note a 50p supplement applies to credit card transactions.

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The Felin Fach Griffin Felin Fach, Brecon, Wales, LD3 0UE The Felin Fach Griffin is based at the foot of the Brecon Beacons in south Wales, between Hay on Wye and Brecon. It received a Bib Gourmand in the latest Michelin Guide and boasts an organically certified kitchen garden that provides much of the fruit and vegetables used in the hotel’s cuisine, as well as free-range chickens that provide the eggs for breakfast. It has 7 comfortable rooms with Vi Spring beds, White Company products and Roberts Radios.

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Promotion: Complimentary dinner, bed and breakfast for 1 night for a journalist and a partner (sharing either a twin or a double). How to book: Contact Philippa Hodson on +44 (0) 7980 444 961 or email philippa.hodson@gmail.com quoting ‘VisitBritain 2012 Media Offers’. Offer valid between 1 July-15 October 2012. Subject to availability.

Parc Newydd Cottages Parc Newydd Cottages, Carmel, Anglesey, LL71 7BT Tucked away in a peaceful and tranquil part of the countryside and in the heart of the stunning Isle of Anglesey, Parc Newydd holiday cottages are in a beautiful setting, ideally placed to enjoy easy access to all the many parts of the island and award-winning sandy beaches of the coast. Converted from traditional stone barns to extremely high standards, the 1- and 2-bedroom cottages are very well equipped, beautifully furnished and immaculately presented. Guests tell how they spend more time than they thought just relaxing at Parc Newydd, spending quality time together and watching the country life from the comfort of a chair or the private lakeside walks.

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www.angleseycottages.co.uk

Promotion: 50% discount for 2 people staying in a 4-person cottage during June, SeptemberNovember inclusive. Valid between 13-30 June 2012 and from 1 September-30 November 2012. Additional offer of 20.12% discount for 4 people staying in a 4-person cottage between 1 July–15 October, 2012. Free coarse fishing for everyone staying at the cottages during 2012 and discounted fly-fishing. How to book: Contact the establishment direct on +44 (0) 1248 470700 or email info@angleseycottages.co.uk and quote promotional code ‘GREAT 2012’.

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Llancaiach Fawr Manor Gelligaer Road, Nelson, Treharris, CF46 6ER Overlooking the Glamorgan uplands of south Wales, Llancaiach Fawr Manor is a beautifully restored gentry manor house first built around 1550. History here is tangible. The costumed servants of the house are living and working in 1645. Fires crackle, candles flicker and the sounds and smells of domestic life make your visit a memorable experience of the past. Visitors are immersed in the time of the Civil Wars and the cares and concerns of ordinary people living in extraordinary times.

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www.llancaiachfawr.co.uk

Promotion: Complimentary tour.

How to book: Contact Reception on +44 (0) 1443 412248 in advance quoting ‘VisitBritain media’. Media will need to show credentials such as Olympic and Paralympic Media Press Centre passes, London Media Centre passes, or business cards on arrival. Offer Valid 1 July–15 October inclusive, excluding 26 July, 1, 15 and 22 August and 27 August 2012.

Penderyn Distillery Visitor Centre Penderyn Distillery, Penderyn, Wales, CF44 0SX Take a journey through the history of the Penderyn Distillery – located on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park just over 20 miles from Cardiff – the only distillery in Wales and the first to legally distil whisky spirit in the country for more than 100 years. Penderyn whiskies are produced, barrelled, finished and nurtured until they are ready for distribution. Visit the Visitors Centre where you can appreciate how Welsh whisky and its process differs from the distilling of Scottish, Irish and American whiskies.

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www.penderyn-distillery.co.uk

Promotion: Complimentary tour.

How to book: Book in advance on +44 (0) 1685 810650. Tours run every hour between 10:00 and 16:00. Proof of media accreditation required.

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Winding House Cross Street, New Tredegar, Caerphilly, NP24 6EG Welcome to the museum for Caerphilly County Borough, with engaging exhibitions on local history and heritage, hands-on activities and an exciting events programme. Our new exhibition The Titanic, the Mill and the Signal: Artie Moore and Titanic’s SOS, explores some intriguing local links to the famous ship. The Winding House is built on the site of the former Elliot Colliery and its centrepiece is the original Victorian winding engine.

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www.windinghouse.co.uk

Promotion: Free speciality tea or freshly ground coffee with a locally produced traditional Welsh cake in the coffee shop.

How to book: Available only on production of a valid media card.

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NORTHERN IRELAND

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Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coastal Route 44 Causeway Road, Bushmills, BT57 8SU Take a trip along the Causeway Coastal Route, rated one of the world’s top 5 road trips, hugging the stunning Northern Ireland coastline for 120 miles from Belfast to Derry. Stop off at the pretty little coastal villages of Glenarm, Carnlough and Cushendun. Visit the Walled Garden at Glenarm Castle, take a tour of Bushmills Distillery and, of course, visit the Giant’s Causeway. These 40,000 unique basalt columns were formed over 60 million years ago from molten lava. This is Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage Site and a new £18 million visitor centre opens in July 2012. www.discovernorthernireland.com e e r F y Promotion: Up to 2 night’s complimentary accommodation, and reimbursement Sta of flight costs with all on-ground costs covered. A press pack will be provided on arrival. How to book: Contact Claire Keenan on +44 (0) 28 9044 1651 or +44 (0) 7876573528 or email c.keenan@nitb.com. This offer is subject to availability and terms and conditions set by the press office. Flights from London will need to be booked and paid for by media, then an invoice sent to Claire Keenan at Northern Ireland Tourist Board who will arrange to reimburse flight costs.

Titanic: Built in Belfast Belfast, Northern Ireland Belfast, just a 1-hour flight from London, is the home of Titanic. Visit the recently opened Titanic Belfast, a £97 million visitor experience and the largest Titanic visitor attraction in the world. Then discover the newly opened MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) or find out about Belfast’s musical heritage at the Oh Yeah Centre, associated with everyone from Van Morrison to Snow Patrol to Stiff Little Fingers. Take time to visit the newly refurbished Ulster e Museum, or Belfast’s iconic City Hall. www.discovernorthernireland.com Fre y Sta Promotion: Up to 2 night’s complimentary accommodation, and reimbursement of flight costs with all on-ground costs covered. A press pack will be provided on arrival. How to book: Contact Claire Keenan on +44 (0) 28 9044 1651 or +44 (0) 7876573528 or email c.keenan@nitb.com. This offer is subject to availability and terms and conditions set by the press office. Flights from London will need to be booked and paid for by media, then an invoice sent to Claire Keenan at Northern Ireland Tourist Board who will arrange to reimburse flight costs.

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The Walled City of Derry Derry, Co Londonderry, Northern Ireland Derry, often called the Maiden City because its walls were never breached, is one of Europe’s finest examples of a complete walled city. Take a guided walking tour of these walls, and stop off to marvel at St Columb’s Cathedral. Visit the award-winning Tower Museum, which houses exhibitions of the Story of Derry and the Armada Shipwreck. Walk the newly constructed Peace Bridge across to the Ebrington Military Site and explore the Museum of Free Derry, located among the famous murals in the Bogside. Or view the city from another angle on the Wee Blue Boat. www.discovernorthernireland.com e e r F y Promotion: Up to 2 night’s complimentary accommodation, and reimbursement Sta of flight costs with all on-ground costs covered. A press pack will be provided on arrival. How to book: Contact Claire Keenan on +44 (0) 28 9044 1651 or +44 (0) 7876573528 or email c.keenan@nitb.com. This offer is subject to availability and terms and conditions set by the press office. Flights from London will need to be booked and paid for by media, then an invoice sent to Claire Keenan at Northern Ireland Tourist Board who will arrange to reimburse flight costs.

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