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The Thames Barrier On the River Thames, view one of London’s iconic structures from our grounds Visit our exhibition and Cafe for lunch and refreshments. Groups can pre book a group talk or an educational package with our guides. Call or visit us online for more details and opening times www.gov.uk/the-thames-barrier 0208 305 4188

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With a huge range of ideas, destinations and attractions to discover, no matter what your taste or age, you will be spoilt for choice. From beautiful landscapes and stunning views to Stately Homes and Gardens, Steam Rides to Museums the UK boasts a rich variety and selection for you. There is something for everyone no matter how old or young you are. So be inspired, plan your next adventure and discover what the UK has to offer. We hope you enjoy reading through the magazine and that it gives you some inspiration for those family days out! Published by ProDigital Media AEM Media House 21 Northcote Avenue Manchester M22 9AJ

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Discover Bedfordshire’s Gardens!

Jordans Mill – a grand day out starts with us! Jordans Mill is a unique food heritage attraction in rural Bedfordshire offering historic Mill museum tours, beautiful gardens, a Riverside Café and Mill shop with locally sourced produce. Step back in time Jordans Mill has been home to the Jordan family for over 150 years. A key part of the visitor experience is a guided tour of the iconic Mill museum. The tour, which lasts approximately one hour, takes visitors on a fascinating journey from the beginnings of milling in Bedfordshire to Jordans Cereals’ place as one of the UK’s leading cereal manufacturers.

Delicious, freshly made food in a riverside setting The large Riverside Café has space for over 100 diners inside with a popular outside terrace. The Riverside Café serves a varied menu which changes seasonally, using local ingredients where possible with everything freshly prepared. Explore the stunning gardens Take a stroll through the unique food and flower gardens where crops, vegetables and fruits are grown in an ornamental setting alongside wild flowers and cultivated garden plants. Easy access Jordans Mill is accredited as a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction from Visit England and is suitable for wheelchair users.

The perfect venue for your meeting Jordans Mill provides a unique location for private functions and meetings. The building is both stylish and comfortable and supported by first class service www.jordansmill.com and great food. Only 1.5 miles from the A1, near Biggleswade, Jordans Mill enjoys excellent transport links and has ample car parking facilities. 04 WWW.AGRANDDAYOUT.NET


Enjoy a guided tour of our lovingly restored historic Mill museum and learn about the heritage of flour milling in Britain and the unique story of the Jordans family.

Tucked away on the banks of the River Ivel near Biggleswade, Jordans Mill is in the heart of rural Bedfordshire


Take a stroll through our unique and tranquil Mill Gardens where flowers and plants grow alongside fruits, vegetables and cereals in a stunning ornamental setting.


Visit the Riverside Café for delicious, seasonal locally-sourced meals, snacks and cakes and enjoy our incredible views. Open daily from 9am - 5pm.


WWW.JORDANSMILL.COM The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is funded by Defra and the EU

Jordans Mill, Holme Mills, Langford Road, Broom, Nr Biggleswade SG18 9JY For more info please call 01767 603940



Kathy Brown’s Manor House Gardens at Stevington, just north of Bedford provides a garden destination with a very personal touch. Open from mid April to end September, groups are welcome to book morning, afternoon or evening (except Tuesday afternoons when the garden is open to the general public). Just one group at a time allows Kathy to give you her special attention with a chance to explore but also the opportunity for a personal tour with either Kathy or her husband Simon. Lasting 45-60 minutes this is an opportunity to learn about the making of the garden, the plant names, and amusing stories behind the different areas. The 4.5 acre garden has twenty delightful ‘rooms’ with highlights for April, May, June, July and September. Teas are home-made and highly recommended. Entrance £5 The Manor House Garden, Church Rd., Stevington, Near Bedford MK43 7QB T: 01234 822064 E: info@kathybrownsgarden.com www.kathybrownsgarden.com Teas with a difference! This is a wonderful destination for all afternoon tea lovers. Depending on the timing, Kathy’s cakes are flavoured with rose petals or elderflower or marigolds or lavender all growing in the garden. The Vintage Floral Afternoon Tea offers scones and savouries as well, all with additional herbs and flowers to make them tasty and pretty. You can also



enjoy Kathy’s edible flower demonstration (groups of 30 or less) drawing on her extensive practical knowledge using flowers with drinks, ice bowls, cakes, fruit salads, green salads, savoury treats etc. Her book Edible Flowers is for sale and she will be delighted to sign copies for visitors. Tea is normally taken on the lawn, but if weather is windy or wet, then tea is served in her beautiful dining room and conservatory. When to Visit: Garden Calendar Late April to Early May: ENJOY glorious spring bulbs, lilacs, ceanothus, viburnums, pretty ornamental cherries and orchard blossoms. Lots of spring containers. Mid to end May: ENJOY our 8 arches of spring clematis, laburnum and wisteria under planted with alliums, our several herbaceous borders and peony borders, while early Chinese roses adorn the house walls with white and blue wisterias. June: ENJOY our wonderful rambling roses, colourful herbaceous borders, beautiful cottage garden and wildflower meadow. July: VISIT our very special collection of late flowering clematis, vibrant herbaceous borders; ornamental grasses and numerous containers. August & September: EXPLORE the art gardens based on Monet, Rothko, Matisse, Hepworth and Hokusai; plus the naturalistic gardens, clematis, unusual containers and our prolific orchard.



The Shuttleworth Collection & Swiss Garden are one of Bedfordshire’s best-loved visitor attractions, The Shuttleworth Collection & Swiss Garden are just off the A1 at Biggleswade. Onsite parking is free, coaches are welcome, or fly into our grass airfield (PPR required). As a self-funding Education Trust we charge entrance fees to visit The Collection and the Swiss Garden, but our restaurant, gift shop, and Play Area are available to everyone. We are part of the Greensands Country, members of Experience Bedfordshire, Explore Bedford, and the Visit England scheme, actively promoting and supporting tourism to Bedfordshire. The House on the Old Warden parkland, adjacent to the Aerodrome, was built in 1875 and is surrounded by 425 acres of beautiful parkland. Once home to the Shuttleworth family, it is now a dedicated wedding and events venue offering meeting rooms, conference spaces, team building, and exclusive hire. Each room is an inspiring space, with many of the original features and interiors of its architectural heritage. Our rooms range from intimate meeting rooms to 150-person conference suites. Most have natural daylight and stunning views of the parkland, all have free Wi-Fi. Our events team will work with you to select the perfect room based on your specifications. Whether you

need complete privacy for a board meeting, somewhere sumptuous for a client dinner or a hall for a week-long seminar, our event spaces can accommodate your requirements. Bring your team to Shuttleworth and let us provide the ‘right environment’ for your next team activity. We are also uniquely placed to offer you an exclusive event by combining your day with a tour of The Shuttleworth Collection and Swiss Garden, for vintage aircraft and vehicles, or an outstanding example of the Regency picturesque alpine style. Tranquil space to relax and re-invigorate your teams! Quality catering is overseen by our in-house chef, so we can ensure our food is freshly prepared and of the highest standard. We have set refreshments packages or, if you want to create something special, we’ll work with you to design a menu. The House has 15 en-suite bedrooms that are located in a separate wing and offer bed and breakfast facilities. Our experienced team will be delighted to help you make your event a success, contact conference@shuttleworth.org or call 01767 627965.

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Groups welcome at Shuttleworth! Free parking, with a lunch voucher for coach drivers

WWW.SHUTTLEWORTH.ORG/GROUPS Explore The Shuttleworth Collection and The Swiss Garden, with plenty on offer for all ages. Discover The Collection’s treasure trove of early aviation from the pioneers of 1909-1950s, vintage cars, bicycles, agricultural exhibits, and motorcycles. Enjoy the pretty, unusual buildings and tranquil landscape within our Regency period Swiss Garden, home also to ducks and peacocks. Discounted entry for pre-booked groups of 10+. We have gift shop and an on-site restaurant - pre-book catering or pay-as-you-go. Book tour guides or enjoy The Swiss Garden and The Collection at your own pace. Visit our website to plan your visit or give us a call! We’re just off the A1 at Biggleswade! Shuttleworth, Old Warden Aerodrome, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP, 01767 627933

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BE A GIANT in this miniature wonderland.  

Established in l929, Bekonscot Model Village captures a delightful and timeless image of a lost age, depicting rural England in the l930’s.   Our Gauge 1 line is one of the largest in Great Britain. Sit-on railway*, remote controlled boats*, kiddie rides*.  *Small extra charge. Tea room, gift shop, playground, picnic areas, limited free parking.  Children’s birthday parties. Bekonscot Model Village

“The World’s oldest model village” http://www.Bekonscot.co.uk Our surplus is spent on improving the village and on grants to other charities!

Visit one of Yorkshire’s iconic visitor attractions A visit to the National Coal Mining Museum for England in Wakefield, West Yorkshire offers a unique opportunity to travel 140 metres underground to explore England’s last deep coalmine with a miner as your guide. Find out for yourself why visitors rank us

No.1 on Trip Advisor for Things To Do in West Yorkshire!

Open daily 10am - 5pm www.ncm.org.uk Caphouse Colliery, Wakefield, WF4 4RH T: 01924 848806 | E: info@ncm.org.uk Company Reg No: 1702426 Charity Reg No: 517325

Action-packed days out National museum of arms and armour Free entry | Open daily 10am – 5pm | Leeds Dock



Welcome to the wonderful World of James Herriot. Our all-weather, multi award-winning tourist attraction, open all year round with so much to see and do for all ages! We are one of Yorkshire’s top tourist attractions for all the family, covering the life and work of James ‘Alf ’ Wight - the legendary local vet whose books, written under the name ‘James Herriot’, thrilled millions all over the world and still do today. Set in the beautiful market town of Thirsk, North Yorkshire - the heart of Herriot Country and Channel Five’s Yorkshire Vet TV programme our attraction is the perfect location for families, groups and school visits, with excellent disabled access to all parts, with the exception of the air raid shelter. With everything housed indoors in our beautifully restored 1940s house and surgery, this is truly an all-weather attraction. Ample parking nearby including coach parking for group visits is available at YO7 1PE.

Experience what it was like to be a vet in a busy country practice. Wander through the real Skeldale House and try your hand at acting on a mock-up studio set from the TV series All Creatures Great and Small. You can also explore the world’s largest collection of Herriot memorabilia. If you’re looking for great days out with the kids, children can take part in our interactive adventure quiz, and learn all about the life of a vet, including the calving of a cow!

Come and visit us for an unforgettable experience. Tickets available from the shop on arrival or pre-order online. We regret no dogs are allowed, only assistance dogs.

A TRULY UNIQUE EXPERIENCE James Alfred Wight, who wrote under the pseudonym of James Herriot, became one of the most popular writers of the twentieth century. His books, a series of stories based on his experiences as a young veterinary surgeon working among the farming community of North Yorkshire, sold in their millions throughout the world. Their great success spawned two feature films in the mid 1970s, followed by a television series, All Creatures Great and Small, which enjoyed global success in the late 1970s and early 80s.

Alfred Wight died in 1995 but his books still sell, the television series is still played throughout the world, and thousands of visitors continue to flock to The World of James Herriot Museum, which was established in 1999 in his hometown of Thirsk, North Yorkshire.

OPENING TIMES 2018 Open seven days a week! Nov to Feb: 10am – 4pm last entry 3pm Mar to Oct: 10am – 5pm last entry 4pm Closed: Dec 25th, 26th, & Jan 1st TICKET PRICES 2018 Adult: £8.50 Children (5-15yrs): £5.00 Family ticket (2+2): £24.00 Family ticket (2+3): £28.00 Groups: £6.00 T. 01845 524 234

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World of James Herriot, 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire Y07 1PL


Visit Arundel Castle in 2019

Set high on a hill above the River Arun, Arundel Castle in West Sussex has commanded the breath-taking local landscape for nearly 1000 years. The ancestral home of the Dukes of Norfolk, the Castle boasts original Norman architecture alongside the splendour of a stately home. Its extensive Gardens are a masterpiece of horticultural design. Spring is welcomed in by the Annual Tulip Festival, when tens of thousands of the flowers burst into bloom throughout the beautiful Castle Gardens. Last year’s display was the largest to date, featuring more than 60,000 tulips and 120 named varieties. The 2019 festival is set to be even more spectacular, with tulips galore expected from midApril to early May. Keen gardeners should also take the time to visit the Castle’s second Spring Plant Fair on 29 April, as well as in May and June when thousands of pom-pom headed Alliums will take over the Castle Gardens and grounds in the annual Allium Extravaganza. During its open season, the Castle is home to a number of familyfriendly events with the esteemed Raven Tor Living History Group bringing history to life through costume, crafts, weapons and combat displays. This includes Medieval Jousting Week, 23-28 July, the longest jousting tournament of its kind in the world. The highlight of Arundel Castle’s open season, the action-packed living history spectacular promises nothing less than a true clash of the titans with plenty of fierce rivalries along the way. Visitors will cheer on the world’s finest jousters as they demonstrate their brawn and bravery – charging at each other atop specially trained horses, clad in full plate armour and wielding lances. The historical and sporting spectacular will keep spectators on the

edge of their seats with a series of thrilling hand-to-hand combat challenges and hunting skills contests. A fantastic group day out, festivities also include have-a-go archery, falconry displays, face painting, arts, crafts and storytelling throughout a tented medieval encampment against the backdrop of the stunning grounds and ancient Castle. The school holidays are packed with educational days out and many feature the chance for over 8’s to try fun activities such as archery. Easter Weekend 2019, 20-22 April, will be one to remember with A Call to Arms! Kings and Crusaders. Visitors will see the Castle become the scene of preparation for Richard The Lionheart, King of England, to embark on the Third Crusade. On 25-27 May, over the summer half term, Raiders of the 15th Century: England vs. France will transport visitors back to a turbulent time in England’s history with the portrayal of a French raiding party engaging with English forces beneath the mighty Castle. Visitor information Group visitors can take advantage of reduced ticket prices plus free admission for group organisers, tour guides, teachers and supervisors. Coach drivers are also given free coach parking, free admission and a complimentary restaurant voucher. Arundel Castle will be open from 2 April to Sun 3 Nov. in 2019. The Castle and Gardens are open Tues - Sundays inclusive, May Bank Holiday Mondays and Mondays in August. Group bookings are available and private guided tours of the Castle and Gardens can be arranged in advance by contacting the Castle on 01903 882173 extension 230. Please visit arundelcastle.org for details of the Castle’s full events calendar for 2019. WWW.AGRANDDAYOUT.NET


Ancient Castle, Stately Home & Gardens for more details, call 01903 882173 or visit www.arundelcastle.org

Beautiful Arley Arboretum Renowned for its stunning beauty, Arley Arboretum sits on the banks of the River Severn at Upper Arley. arleyarboretum.co.uk

Dive into Gosport

Located just across the harbour from Portsmouth, Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent offer an irresistible mix of fascinating places to visit and things to do for all ages. Panoramic beaches, 24 miles of waterfront, impressive naval heritage, water sports, countryside walks and historic trails, there is much to keep the family entertained.

diving equipment on display, including some used by James Bond!

Impressive Heritage

Moving away from the maritime theme, step back in time with a wander through the 1642 Living History Village and see ‘villagers’ dressed in period costumes demonstrating the skills of the blacksmith, lace-makers and weavers. You can find out more about Gosport’s history at the Gosport Discovery Centre.

Visit Gosport and you can find out what lurks beneath the waves at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum. Here you can take a guided tour on-board HMS Alliance Britain’s only surviving Second World War era ocean-going submarine and discover what it was like to live and work on a submarine. Learn about the weapons used by the Royal Navy at Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower. This award-winning museum contains weapons used by the Navy throughout the centuries and is housed in the 18th century buildings of the Navy’s former armaments depot. These two museums are part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, and are linked by the Waterfront Trail it is a walking trail that runs for two miles. The trail offers spectacular views across Portsmouth Harbour. The Museum of Diving was voted one of the top six familyfriendly museums in the UK and its exhibits cover all aspects of diving from underwater sports and spear fishing to military, commercial and scientific research diving. There is plenty of 22


You can find more James Bond equipment at the Hovercraft Museum, with the hovercraft that featured in the opening chase sequence from the Bond film ‘Die Another Day’. The Museum has a range of hovercraft including ones that have featured in TV’s Top Gear, Scrapheap Challenge and Salvage Squad.

On the Water

Whether you are already a keen sailor or want to learn Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent are ideal for your sailing or water sports vacation. Boat/yacht hire, sailing tuition, marinas, all with deep-water access, fishing trips, wind-surfing, kitesurfing and jet-skiing are all available so there is something for all ages and abilities to enjoy.

You can find out more at www.discovergosport.co.uk , or from Gosport Tourist Information Centre, Bus Station, South Street, Gosport PO12 1EP.   Tel: 023 9252 2944

submarines, weapons used by the Royal Navy, diving equipment and hovercraft used by James Bond, plus 17th Century Village For your free brochure call 023 9252 2944 or see

Welcome to Kents Cavern


It’s always a pleasure to welcome groups here at Kents Cavern. In our spectacular natural cave system, we’ll take you through a journey of over 400 million years, through ancient passages and huge cave chambers. Our award-winning attraction, with a café and gift shop, is a short walk from local beaches and the beautiful South West Coast Path and is a gateway for the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark. The tour of the cave gives an amazing insight into Ice Age life and an opportunity to see naturally formed chambers, stunning geological formations and to walk through an underground world that was once home to Europe’s first humans. We operate guided tours of the cavern all year round, 7 days a week, except on Christmas Day.  Request a groups brochure and you will find 12 difference ways to enjoy a visit to Kents Cavern. These include “Taste of South Devon” and “Combination Day Trips” experiences which we will manage for you.    24


We can promise you a great and friendly welcome. Don’t take our word for it, have a look at our Trip Advisor reviews.  Our guided tours are entertaining, humorous but above all, they reveal the remarkable story of Kents Cavern, a place that has entertained humankind for over 500,000 years….it must surely be time for your group to visit.   Contact Details: Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves Cavern House Ilsham Road Torquay Devon TQ1 2JF Tel: 01803 215136  Email: caves@kents-cavern.co.uk




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Visit The Peak District & Derbyshire

Discover a world of contrasting natural beauty, with moors and dales, rivers, springs and caverns and at the heart of it all, there are loads of things to do in the Peak District National Park and Derbyshire. The area is known and loved by many for its breath-taking views, bustling market towns and pretty villages, historic houses, famous attractions and hundreds of traditional events, such as the unique Derbyshire custom of Well Dressing. From the high, moorland plateaus in the north, to the steep-sided, deep dales and rolling green hills in the south of the area, the Peak District & Derbyshire has just about any landscape you can imagine in Britain, making it one of the finest areas in the country to go walking. Couple the fantastic scenery with amazing local Food & Drink, the Peak District will sure enough become one of your favourite destinations! As for events, well, we know how to throw a party! Fabulously vintage, award-winning Eroica Britannia is very quickly gaining a reputation as one of the ‘must visit’ events of the year with its shabby chic look, party atmosphere and of course excellent cycle ride through the stunning Peak District. What more could you ask for? During the summer you’ll catch a country fair on nearly any weekend, from Hope Show, Bakewell Show and Chatsworth Country Fair.  And in the Autumn, enjoy glistening displays and family fun at the Matlock Bath Illuminations.  Our attractions are pretty top-notch too! Dangle over a ravine in a cable car as you ascend to The Heights of Abraham, hop on-board an old-style tram at Crich Tramway Village, home to the National Tramway Museum, get up close and personal with nature at Peak Wildlife Park or scare yourself silly on white-knuckle ride at Alton Towers Resort!

Magnificent Haddon Hall, Ideal for Groups!

Haddon Hall has been welcoming guests for centuries, always enchanting visitors with its beauty and atmosphere. Home to Lord and Lady Edward Manners, Haddon Hall, in the heart of the Peak District is one of England’s most elegant and timeless stately homes, a magnificent example of a fortified manor house and a true hidden gem. Enjoying fine Tudor and Elizabethan architecture, visitors to the Hall can experience the grandeur on display, marvel at the rare 15th Century frescoes in the Chapel, be enthralled by the surviving tapestries and admire the sea of roses concealing the limestone garden walls. Haddon Hall reopens its doors on 12th April 2019 to once again welcome visitors and tour groups to immerse themselves in centuries of history, art and craftsmanship, and stroll around the Hall’s magnificent cascading gardens, designed by Chelsea award-winning garden designer Arne Maynard. Haddon has become the choice location for many filmmakers, playing host to no less than three versions of ‘Jane Eyre’, it became Prince Humperdinck’s Castle in cult movie The Princess Bride and was also used in ‘Elizabeth’, ‘Pride & Prejudice’, ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ and BBC series ‘Gunpowder’ with stars such as Dame Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Liv Tyler and Kit Harrington all filming at Haddon Hall over the last few decades. 28


Each year, Haddon Hall boasts a list of events to entertain all ages, some events returning year-on-year due to great popularity, other special events occurring only once. Amongst other things to look forward to in 2019 we launch our exhibition focusing on the 9th Duke’s restoration of Haddon Hall, the Oak Matters Exhibition, live musical performances throughout the summer, Have-a-Go archery in the Chapel Fields, three Artisan Markets taking place in April, July and November, the Plant Fair in June and Sir John Savile’s Household & The Beaufort Companye will also make a welcome return, to name but a few. New for 2019, Haddon’s new Head Gardener, Lindsay Berry, will be leading group tours of the gardens. Group Estate walks can also be pre-booked when combined with a visit to the Hall. The Haddon Restaurant provides an excellent selection of food throughout the day from 10.00am as well as tailored menus for groups and Afternoon Tea and can be contacted on 01629 810 913. For more information please visit www.haddonhall.co.uk or telephone the Estate Office on 01629 812 855.

HADDON HALL Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1LA.

Group Guided Tours of the Hall and Gardens Estate Walks • Live Music • Gifts Galore • Artisan Markets • Exhibitions Delicious Lunches, Seasonal Menus Afternoon Teas and Tailored Menus for groups Visit www.haddonhall.co.uk for more details | info@haddonhall.co.uk | 01629 812855


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

We will help you plan a great day out!

• FREE parking, admission and meal for coach driver • Special group and coach tour discounts • Guided tours on request

Crich Tramway Village, Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5DP Tel: 01773 854 321 Email: enquiry@tramway.co.uk






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Explore Arley Hall & Gardens

Arley Hall is one of the most interesting and attractive stately homes in the North West. The elaborate ceilings & oak panelling, impressive fireplaces, intricate stained glass & beautiful contents are features which make Arley Hall so special. Visitors are enthralled by entering a piece of living history. It gives an intimate insight into life in the Hall and the history of a family that has cherished Arley as their home for over 500 years. Amongst the finest in Europe the Gardens have been created over the last 250 years by successive generations of the same family. They offer an unusual blend of long history and traditional design with inspired modern ideas and additions. The result is a garden rich in atmosphere, interest and vitality. The Herbaceous Border is its best know feature which is thought to be the first border of its kind planted in England. This along with the unique Quercus Ilex Columns, Pleached Lime Avenue of trees & the furlong walk make this simply the most amazing and interesting garden.

Within its eight acres of formal garden, which can take you several hours to meander around, there are many different areas, each with its own distinctive character. On the NE side of the house, beyond the Chapel is The Grove, a well established arboretum and a Woodland Walk of about 6 or 7 acre. The Grove has a pathway approx 1/3rd of a mile long & it will take you approx 30 minutes to walk around depending on your pace & interest in the planting, while the Woodland Walk is approx 1/5th of a mile long & will take you approx 15 minutes to walk, again depending on your pace. Arley was taken over by Birmingham gangsters in November 2015 after the BBC decided the hall would be the perfect home for Tommy Shelby in Series 3 of Peaky Blinders. Actors Cillian Murphy, Helen McCro­ry, Paul Anderson & Joe Cole spent a month filming here. Oscar-nominated Hollywood star Tom Hardy also had a day on set. Arley’s library was transformed into Tommy’s study and the opening wedding scenes were staged in the Drawing Room & The Gallery. More filming is taking place for the next series. WWW.AGRANDDAYOUT.NET


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Discover Broughton Castle

Broughton Castle is essentially a family home lived in by Lord and Lady Saye and Sele and their family. The original medieval manor house was built in about 1300 by Sir John de Broughton and stands on an island site surrounded by a moat. The castle was greatly enlarged between 1550 and 1600, at which time it was embellished with magnificent plaster ceilings and fine fireplaces.

rule without Parliament and Broughton became a secret meeting place for the King’s opponents.

The garden consists of mixed herbaceous and shrub borders containing many old roses. In addition, there is a formal walled garden with box hedging and more mixed borders. June and July are the peak months for the gardens, but there is always something worth seeing. The parkland In the 17th century William, 8th Lord Saye outside the moat is much appreciated by and Sele, played a leading role in national local residents who are always welcome to affairs. He opposed Charles I’s efforts to walk there.

In the past 20 years the Castle has been the location for many films and TV programmes. These include ‘Three Men and a Little Lady’, ‘The Madness of King George’, ‘Shakespeare in Love’, ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘Wolf Hall’.

the parking attendant was lovely. Dotted around the entire building are helpful laminates offering brief information on each room: the furniture, paintings and architecture. Once you’ve wandered slowly around the castle, head outside to the rose garden is astoundingly ‘This beautiful, very, very old castle was peaceful and beautifully tended. The moat a delight to visit. It is still lived in by the surrounding the small castle is very well same family that first inhabited it kept and adds to making the visit most hundreds of years ago. There is a lovely, enjoyable. We can highly recommend a warm and inviting atmosphere here. There visit here for scenery, ambience and are plenty of extremely friendly and keen historic excellence.” guides dotted around the building, even (Trip Advisor review September 2018.)

BROUGHTON CASTLE Banbury Oxfordshire OX15 5EB Tel 01295 276070 info@broughtoncastle.com www.broughtoncastle.com

Historic 14th House within moat. Location for many films including Shakespeare in Love Walled garden with old roses and fine herbaceous borders Tearoom and Shop - Free Car park 2 Miles from Banbury on B4035

Our opening times for 2019 are: 2-5pm on Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 1st April until 30th September. GROUPS WELCOME ON ANY DAY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR BY APPOINTMENT



Explore the historic manor and gardens loved by designer William Morris, Father of the Arts & Craft Movement. Groups will receive an introductory talk and exclusive tour, enjoy locally-sourced home-made food from our licensed tearoom, and browsing our gift shop. Group bookings are by appointment only and are in high demand. Contact us today!

KELMSCOTTMANOR.ORG.UK Address: Kelmscott Manor, Kelmscott, Lechlade GL7 3HJ

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Kelmscott Manor was the inspirational country home of William Morris; poet, designer, craftsman, socialist and founding father of the Arts and Crafts movement. This Grade I listed house was loved by Morris as a survival of traditional craftsmanship in harmony with the surrounding landscape, inspiring many of his most important designs and writings. 2017_10_KM_GrandDayOut_half_page.indd 1

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Today the Manor welcomes thousands of visitors from across the world to experience the same beauty and sense of history. Visitors will find an outstanding collection of unique furnishings chosen by Pre-Raphaelite painter-poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti and pieces from each of Morris’ London homes. The iconic portrait of William’s wife, Jane Morris by Rossetti, The Blue Silk Dress hangs in the White Room. The domestic charm and ambience of the house is still retained, and visitors can draw inspiration from Manor and surrounding gardens. An enchanting place within walking distance of the Thames Path, the Manor offers a lot to visitors both young and old. Group Visits on Thursdays Kelmscott Manor promises a unique experience for groups at the spiritual home of the Arts and Crafts Movement. With so much to see and do we recommend allowing a minimum of two hours for your visit. Private visits for groups can be arranged every Thursday, April to September. You will need to pre-book in order that we can make your visit as welcoming as possible. We offer a range of benefits and services to groups of 25 or more people, including exclusive access to the Manor and grounds. We offer guided tours with experienced guides (both for general interest and special interest groups), and delicious home-cooked food in our 5-star rated Tearoom. Every group is personally welcomed by our visitor experience team. Visit our website www.kelmscottmanor.org.uk for more details. Contact us via Email: admin@kelmscottmanor.org.uk or telephone 01367 252486. WWW.AGRANDDAYOUT.NET


Where the Past Passes By..... Here you can see a unique project; the creation of a museum of street transport designed to show the development of mechanical transport over the best part of a century. The essence of transport is movement, so we are building a living museum where vehicles of yesteryear can be seen in action, where half-forgotten sounds of the past are brought back to life and where visitors can journey back in time by travelling on a few of the exhibits along the Museum’s streets. Many old vehicles seem ill at ease in a rural environment, so our aim is to develop a street scene of houses and shops, complete with authentic street furniture of bygone days, rescued by us from many parts of the country. At Carlton Colville we have one of the widest ranges of preserved vehicles of any museum, and further exhibits are still accepted from time to time, although restrictions on covered accommodation necessarily confine these mainly to items of local or specific historic interest. Our story began back in 1962 when four local tramway enthusiasts rescued the body of an old Lowestoft tramcar, no. 14, from its use as a summerhouse at Gunton. From this grew the idea of forming a transport museum, and as a result the East Anglia Transport Museum was founded on its present site in 1965. A Society was formed with the object of developing and running the Museum and started off with a few old vehicles which had been either donated or loaned, but with no other assets whatsoever. The huge task lay ahead of transforming a disused meadow,into a museum with depots, stores, workshops, administrative offices, refreshment facilities and toilets, not forgetting roads, tram tracks, overhead wiring for trams



and trolleybuses, and a light railway. The Museum is fully registered and has charitable status. Whilst it serves principally as a major tourist attraction in Waveney, great emphasis is also placed on its educational role. There is a chance to travel on types of vehicles now half forgotten, and you are free to wander around the Museum site or to take a stroll along our woodland path to the tram terminus at Hedley Grove. Other amenities include our shop, which is particularly well stocked with books and souvenirs, and the Terminus Tearooms where light refreshments are reasonably priced and ice cream and soft drinks are always available.

Visit Stoke on Trent & The Potteries Stoke-on-Trent - World Capital of Ceramics. Stoke-on-Trent is a unique city affectionately known as The Potteries. With its rich industrial heritage it has respectfully claimed the title of World Capital of Ceramics. World-class museums, outstanding visitor centres, glorious gardens, fantastic factory tours, creative hands-on opportunities, and the UK’s only Monkey Forest… we have it all! With a year-round appeal, Stoke-on-Trent is the perfect place for a memorable group visit. Stoke-on-Trent’s heritage is evident everywhere you turn in the city. Steeped in industrial history, the area was at the forefront of the industrial revolution and the history and heritage of Stoke-on-Trent is well-preserved at numerous attractions across the city including the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Gladstone Pottery Museum, Etruria Industrial Museum, Ford Green Hall, Moorcroft Heritage Visitor Centre, The Dudson Museum, Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre, Middleport Pottery and the World of Wedgwood, a unique visitor experience celebrating the very best of British industrial and design heritage. Enjoy the complete ceramics experience and enjoy factory tours, outstanding visitor centres and museums, and hands-on opportunities. A trip to The Potteries wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of our many factory shops and outlets which present exclusive opportunities to browse and buy exquisite pieces at special prices from a huge collection of china on offer. WWW.AGRANDDAYOUT.NET


As well as being the world’s best ceramics shopping destination, Stoke-on-Trent has other great opportunities too. Visit intu Potteries, the region’s biggest shopping centre which boasts big high street names and is where all your retail needs will be met or head to The Shopping Village at the Trentham Estate which is home to 86 timber lodges housing amazing shops, cafes and restaurants set in a lovely friendly village atmosphere. The Trentham Estate is the perfect place for a great day out for groups. Home to award-winning gardens, scenic Capability Brown lake, adventure playground, boat and train, magical fairies, barefoot walk, shopping village, and the amazing Trentham Monkey Forest where 140 Barbary macaques roam freely in 60 acres of English forest. Stoke-on-Trent is home to outstanding theatres including the New Vic Theatre, the theatre in the round which has built a reputation for innovative productions of both new and classic works. The Cultural Quarter in the City Centre houses the Regent Theatre, a beautifully restored Art Deco theatre offering a high quality programme of grand opera, national ballet, drama, and West End musicals; and the Victoria Hall, an outstanding concert hall offering a wide range of concerts, events, and stand-up comedians. For further information about great places to visit, things to see and do, fantastic events and accommodation in the area go to www.visitstoke.co.uk.



Burleigh Factory Shop

Trentham Estate



The epic and best-selling novel by Richard Adams, Watership Down, has just been adapted for the BBC (UK) and Netflix (Worldwide, with UK coming in Spring 2019) with the ragtag band of rabbits redrawn and transformed by animation for a December 22nd 2018 release. With voice overs from John Boyega, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult and Olivia Colman within this new animated adaptation of Watership Down, all is set for a memorable blockbuster. Ben Kingsley is superb in his horrifyingly realistic portrayal of General Woundwort. We strongly recommend you view this new adaptation and are delighted to announce that Moorcroft have been asked to create an artistic homage to this new television adaptation. For 2019, Moorcroft journey with their on-screen partners: Hazel, the brave and wise leader; Bigwig, the strong yet impetuous warrior; and Fiver, the prophet who provides them with the impetus to avoid danger, and discover new found design territory, where art and heritage skills bring acclaimed words and animation to life. Enter the Moorcroft Downs with a twitch of the nose, and remember that Frith shines gloriously above, warning and providing testing exposure to The Thousand, enemies that you will eventually

overcome as imagery of the natural world calms the soul. You will not be pounced upon by the Pfeffa with her sharp claws and fearful teeth, the Lendri with its black and white striped face will not give you a painful bite, and the traps and snares of the Elil will be far from you. These designs are all created in the light, and Inlé, the darkness, will not harm you. Even when you see the face of The General in Moorcroft’s hauntingly brilliant design, you merely see that the dark warrior is underground, look up and the natural world hold soft autumnal trees with leave that transform into billowed sails. In truth, you instinctively know, that together, he can be overcome. So rise up on your haunches and peer through the wild grasses and smell the faint scent of wild garlic in the breeze, as you journey through scenery entirely created by Moorcroft designer, Emma Bossons FRSA and rabbits carefully transported from their on-screen personas by fellow Moorcroft designer, Kerry Goodwin. Become at one with Moorcroft at its very best. Each vase represents a rabbit with unique and distinct qualities originally harnessed by author Richard Adams, and now, under the watchful eye of Moorcroft’s Art Director, Elise Adams.


A Heritage Art Pottery in the heart of Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent

FREE FACTORY TOURS AT THE MOORCROFT HERITAGE VISITOR CENTRE   Book your tour at moorcroft.com/factory-tour or call 01782 82515 and quote 'VISIT STOKE'

Group of Seven by Emma Bossons FRSA

A Grand Day Out in Keswick

Keswick is easily accessible via a 20-minute drive from J.40 of the M6 or via the M6 J.36 and the A591 for a scenic drive up through the Lake District. A bustling and vibrant market town, Keswick offers a warm welcome to groups of all sizes. There can be few towns with a setting as beautiful as that of Keswick, situated on the shores of Derwentwater and surrounded by mountains. The compact and mainly pedestrianised town centre makes wandering round the shops a relaxing and enjoyable pastime with a wide range of independent retailers and galleries as well as cafes and restaurants. There is an award winning and very popular market which operates on Saturday all year round and on Thursday (mid Feb – Dec). For those wishing to find out more about the rich cultural and industrial heritage of the area there is the opportunity to visit museums and historic houses.  Mirehouse, just outside Keswick is a beautiful family run historic house with strong literary connections. Discover the history of slate mining at Honister Slate Mine or visit the home of the first pencil at Derwent Pencil Museum where you can trace the history of pencil making through displays and carefully restored machinery. Exhibitions and displays at Keswick Museum tell the story of Keswick’s landscape, history and culture. Few people come to Keswick without a visit to Castlerigg Stone Circle. It stands on a superb natural plateau to the east of the town commanding a superb 360 degree view over the surrounding fells. Find out about how real ales are brewed at Keswick Brewery and



see exactly how whisky, gin and vodka are made right here just outside Keswick at The Lakes Distillery. For the culturally inclined the Theatre by the Lake offers a summer season of six plays or step back in time and enjoy the red velvet seats of the traditional  Keswick Alhambra Cinema.

Group Activities

Whether you want to learn something new or improve on your existing skills lots of outdoor experts are on hand in Keswick with a wide range of activities for your group to try. On the water you can choose from sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding or just relaxing in a rowing boat. High adrenalin sports are in abundance in Keswick from paragliding to rock climbing to mountain biking. Multi activity and team building events can be provided all year round. Up in England’s only true Mountain Forest at Whinlatter you’ll find mountain bike and walking trails.

Group Discounts & Offers For Attractions

Keswick Museum & Art Gallery - Pre-booked groups of 10 or more during normal opening hours - £4 per adult. Groups including a tour or talk - £4.50 per adult. Tours and talks are tailored to the group but have ranged from the topic of the current exhibition to collection handling sessions. Prebooked groups of 10 or more outside normal opening hours - £6 per adult. Learning sessions are available for schools and youth groups. For more information, please contact info@keswickmuseum.org.uk. Open daily 10am - 4pm (except 24th-27th Dec & 1st Jan). Free admission to the shop and cafe.

Keswick Alhambra Cinema - 10% discount for parties of 20+ with coach driver/group leader FOC. Special viewings, planned or relatively impromptu rainy-day screenings during the day can be arranged. Contact alhambracinema@gmail.com 017687 72195. Lakeland Hauntings - Discover the dark secrets lying

beneath the waters of the lakes, in the shadows of the fells and in the ancient superstitions of the lake counties. Available for block bookings, every 10th ticket free (£10 adults, £8 concessions). Private parties on the same pricing scheme with a minimum price of £80. All subject to availability. Contact janedickenslh@gmail.com 07949909365.

Keswick Launch - Special discounts are available for group bookings of 10 or more people. Also available for private hire. Contact 017687 72263. Theatre By The Lake - Offering a varied programme year round, including matinee performances. Group discounts available plus tailored catering. Contact the dedicated Group Bookings coordinator groups@ theatrebythelake.com 017687 81129

Places to Stay

Keswick offers a wide diversity of places to stay. Keswick Tourism Association’s website www.visitkeswick.com offers a large selection of accommodation in guest houses, hotels, pubs and farmhouses as well as self-catering properties. Group accommodation is also available.

Suggested Itinerary Morning - Spend the morning browsing round Keswick town centre.  You will discover lots of lovely shops both in the main Market Square and down every alley and side street. There are unique independent shops not found in the traditional high street. Most of the art galleries are off the main square and sell photographs, paintings, pottery and jewellery by local artists and craftspeople. If you need outdoor gear or equipment Keswick has a wide range of specialist retailers plus you will find a good choice of fashion shops. There are various shopping areas in Keswick with a mixture of traditional and contemporary shops, don’t miss Packhorse Court, just off the Market Square, Lake Road and St John’s Street as well as Station Street and Tithebarn Street. There is a weekly market on Thursday and Saturday. Afternoon - Take the short walk to Derwentwater lakeshore and boat landings. The regular launch service around the lake starts from here and rowing and small motor boats can be hired. It takes about 15 minutes level leisurely stroll via Lake Road and the beautiful gardens of Hope Park to walk to the lake from Keswick Market Square. There are seven waymarked walks signposted from the National Trust shop at the boat landings. Ranging from just 15 minutes to 1¾ hours the routes are easy to follow, whichever one you choose .If time is short only five minutes’ walk brings you to the not to be missed Friar’s Crag with its tremendous views across the lake and towards Borrowdale.



Keswick Brewery Tours, Shop & Bar

Enjoy a brewery tour at Keswick Brewery within 2 minutes walk of Keswick’s picturesque Town Centre. The brewery is located on the site of an 18th century brewery, brewing with quality and environmental values at it’s heart. Find out how beer is made, what makes a beer dark or golden and what make our beers green! Tours last for around an hour and include 3 half pints to enjoy. The Brewery’s shop offers a wide selection of beers, gift packs, beer preserves and cakes, a local cider and brewery gifts to take home. The brewery’s Flying Fox bar is open following the tour for those who would like to stay and enjoy another beer or two.



Keswick Brewery were very pleased to recently win both Bronze and Silver awards in the North SIBA beer competition 2017 adding to their other awards. Dark Horse and Keswick Bitter both won a Bronze and KSB won a Silver Award. The Brewery’s shop offers a wide selection of beers, gift packs, beer preserves and cakes, a local cider and brewery gifts to take home. The brewery’s Flying Fox bar is open following the tour for those who would like to stay and enjoy another beer or two.

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Bressingham has been the official home to the Dads Army Appreciation Society’s collection since 2000. The exhibition comprises a recreation of Walmington on Sea the fictional home to Captain Mainwaring and his men. The Church Hall, where we show episodes the Bressingham collection is featured in, Captain Mainwaring’s office – here you can try on Home Guard uniforms. Along the street there is Jones’ Butchers shop, Swallow Bank, Frasers Funeral parlour as well as Walmington on Sea Post Office, a printers and Toy Shop. Bressingham was happy to lend to the BBC some of its historic collection to feature in the show, Traction Engines and Rollers feature in episodes but probably the most memorable exhibit in the Bressingham collection is the Fire Engine. You can also see the staff car Pike took his girl to the pictures in, Jones’ Butchers Van and the town dustcart – both as featured in the feature film of the 1970s.

day, over 30 years after the filming of the very first episode. Who can forget the inimitable characters played by Clive Dunn, Arthur Lowe, John Laurie, John Le Mesurier, Jim Beck, Ian Lavender, Arnold Ridley, Frank Williams, Edward Sinclair and Bill Pertwee! Not only did the show make household names of these main characters, but it also brought a host of other ‘comedy faces’ to our television screens for the very first time. The series was filmed in and around Thetford (including the Stanford training area) and included many local residents from the surrounding countryside. The release of the 2016 Feature Film only goes to show how the show has lived on un the minds of the public, and is always ready to gently amuse the young and the old of every generation. The Dads Army exhibition is housed amongst the steam exhibits of road and rail at Bressingham alongside 18 acres of stunning Bloom family gardens.

The Television Series ‘Dad’s Army’ ran from 1968 to 1977 with a total of 80 episodes - and you can still catch the repeats to this



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Open 10:30am - 5:00pm visit www.bressingham.co.uk for further details Tel 01379 686900

Discover Kent

Nestled in idyllic countryside, award-winning Chiddingstone Castle offers a memorable day out for all the family. The former home of the late antiquarian Denys Eyre Bower, the castle now houses his fascinating Egyptian, Buddhist, Jacobean, Stuart and Japanese collections including incredible Samurai armour and swords and treasures from ancient Egypt.

Discover a charming country house, home to a fascinating collection of art and antiquities, with a Tea Room serving scrumptious cream teas.

Group visitors welcome throughout the year. Pre-booking essential.


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Discover Victorian ‘upstairs downstairs’ rooms and enjoy dressing up and craft activities. The castle sits in 35 acres of beautiful grounds complete with a lake, a rose garden, woodland walks and a Grade II listed Orangery. The delightful Tea Room located in the former Buttery also has sunny courtyard seating and serves delicious home-made cakes, traditional cream teas and light lunches, and a visit to the unique Well Tower Gift Shop complements every visit.  The Tudor village of Chiddingstone can be accessed from the grounds.  Open Sunday to Wednesday from April to the end of October. www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AD

Follow the journey of pencil manufacture, from its humble beginnings as a cottage industry to the modern production it is today…

Located in Keswick at the site of the original factory, the Derwent Pencil Museum has been welcoming visitors to the home of pencil manufacture for over 37 years.

...home of the world’s largest coloured pencil!

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A Grand Day Out for Groups in the UK - Issue 11  

An inspirational guide for Group Organisers to help plan a day out in the UK.

A Grand Day Out for Groups in the UK - Issue 11  

An inspirational guide for Group Organisers to help plan a day out in the UK.