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A GRAND DAY OUT for groups in the UK From beautiful landscapes and stunning views to Stately Homes and Gardens, River Cruises to Museums the UK boasts a rich variety and selection for you the group organiser. There is something for everyone no matter how old or young you are. So be inspired, plan your next group adventure and discover what the UK has to offer. We hope you enjoy flicking through the magazine and that it gives you some ideas for those group outings! Turn a great day out into A GRAND DAY OUT!

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Explore The Lake District

A bustling and vibrant market town, Keswick offers a warm welcome to groups of all sizes. Whatever your tastes, needs and expectations -we have it all. There can be few towns with a setting as beautiful as that of Keswick, situated on the shores of Derwentwater and surrounded by mountains. Take time to explore the many shops, galleries and attractions in and around this small and friendly market town. With a rich literary, social and industrial heritage you may be surprised how much there is to discover. Keswick is the perfect base for exploring. There are walking routes to suit all abilities as well as a diverse range of other outdoor activities. You can also explore the wider Lake District and Cumbria. Our local, independent retailers offer a varied shopping experience which is enhanced by the award winning Keswick Market. Visit our museums, take a trip on the Derwentwater Launch or enjoy the many other attractions we have to offer.



For a little culture, Theatre by the Lake and Alhambra cinema both offer exciting programmes. Whether you are looking for a half-day, full-day or more, Keswick is the perfect destination and offers a warm Cumbrian welcome. For longer stays Keswick is fortunate in being positioned at the point where all the routes meet, making it an ideal base from which to explore the Lake District. Whether you need a few days of quiet relaxation away from the stresses and strains of ordinary life or a high adrenalin experience on our hills and lakes, Keswick has it all. If you dream of escaping to a place where mighty mountains tower above deep blue lakes, where the scenery inspired England’s poets and authors to write their finest works, where a whole family can enjoy themselves together in a natural playground ‌ come to Keswick and the North Lakes. It must be one of the most dramatic landscapes in the UK with its spectacular array of lakes, mountains, forests and peaceful valleys all within such a compact area and all so easily accessible.

Whinlatter is England’s only true mountain forest. Rising 1000ft above sea level, the forest and visitor centre provides a whole range of outdoor activities for your group. Start at the visitor centre where the staff will give information and help plan your day. Enjoy some retail therapy in the forest shop or sample the home made food at Siskins café, eating out on the balcony whilst viewing the woods, red squirrels and woodland birds. For children, the Whinlatter WildPlay trail is a fantastic 600m long trail with 9 different play zones. Try the climbing wall or giant timber climbing frame, the archimedes screw to move water uphill and the fairy kingdom with its secret path. Whinlatter is great for walking, with miles of waymarked trails that start near the Centre. There are suitable walks for people of all abilities, which take in spectacular views across the fells and forests. The forest also offers excellent mountain biking, with the redgraded Altura trail and blue Quercus trail. If you’ve never tried orienteering, Whinlatter’s permanent orienteering course is the perfect place to start. The Bassenthwaite Ospreys can be seen live from their nest on the giant screen in the exhibition or in their natural environment from the Dodd Wood open air viewpoint (April - Aug).

Keswick is a bustling friendly town with a twice weekly market on Thursday and Saturday. Don’t miss calling into the ancient Moot Hall, home to the Tourist Information Centre in Keswick’s Market Square. The mainly pedestrianised town centre makes wandering round the shops a relaxing and enjoyable pastime. Away from the Market Square you’ll find shops tucked away down alleyways and in courtyards with unique gifts, clothes and locally produced goods. A variety of small independent shops and galleries showcase photographs, painting, pottery and jewellery by local artists and crafts people. Keswick is also a great place to get kitted out for your adventures with what must be one of the widest selections of outdoor shops in the UK. 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. The origins of today’s tourism industry began in the late 18thC when the first visitors started to arrive encouraged by the area’s close connections with famous writers and artists who were themselves inspired by the great scenic beauty of the area. Mirehouse, just outside Keswick is a beautiful family run historic house with strong literary connections. Step back in time to the 1770s and experience William Wordsworth’s childhood home at Wordsworth House and Gardens in



nearby Cockermouth. 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, events and displays at Keswick Museum and Art Gallery overlooking Fitz Park 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. It is composed of 38 free standing stones and is one of Britain’s earliest stone circles and most impressive prehistoric monuments. 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 Alhambra Cinema. Families will find lots of activities to keep their children entertained with a wide choice of attractions and activities, visitor centres and parks. Keswick has two parks Hope Park and Fitz Park with beautiful floral displays and wide open green spaces with space for games, picnics or just relaxation.

Derwentwater is island studded and with Keswick on its shores, it rivals anywhere in the world for its stunning location and beauty. One of the best ways to get your bearings for Keswick and the surrounding area is to take a tour of Derwentwater – a route you can walk, pedal, sail or drive around. The most relaxing way is to take one of the traditional launches and enjoy a 50 minute cruise around the lake. The boat stops at six landing stages so you can hop on and off to explore. If you prefer to go under your own steam it’s about a ten mile walk around the lake and you can follow the shore most of the way round. The lakeshore is perfect for families for a short stroll, to paddle, feed the ducks or have a go with a fishing net. Half a dozen other lakes are within easy reach, each with its own special charms. If you want to see otters and ospreys try Bassenthwaite Lake. Visit Buttermere, Crummock Water or peaceful Loweswater for a lakeside stroll.

it is the smallest of the Wainwrights but gives magnificent views of the whole length of Borrowdale. Try the Terrace path on the slopes of Catbells or the walk over from Rosthwaite to Watendlath.

The mountains surrounding Keswick are just the place for your next adventure, whether you want to climb the highest peaks or search out the best views. The Scafells, Helvellyn and Skiddaw, the highest mountains in England, are all within easy reach but so are dozens of other mountains offering miles of glorious walking with spectacular views. Young families and novice hillwalkers will find smaller hills such as Keswick’s own fell Latrigg which overlooks the town. Walk up Castle Crag, at less than 1000ft

After an action packed day you’ll need to refuel and you won’t be disappointed with the choice. Traditional Lakeland pubs offer hearty meals but if you fancy something different there is a variety of restaurants – Thai, Chinese, Mexican, Indian Italian aswell as local Cumbrian specialities. During the day the cafes in the Square serve food and drinks at tables outside giving the whole place a Mediterranean feel.

A good way to get your bearings is to take the short walk up Castlehead from Keswick. It is an excellent introduction to the town and its situation, rewarding you with a stunning panorama for very little effort. You can see the full length of Derwentwater encircled by mountains as well as a bird’s eye view over the town. A dial gives the name of 30 fells which can be seen. The whole route from the Market Square can be accomplished in less than an hour. Whinlatter Forest has a good choice of graded walks through the forest on marked trails, a Visitor centre and a natural children’s adventure playground.



Discover at your leisure the delights of the many traditional Lakeland villages in Keswick’s neighbouring valleys. Borrowdale has been called the loveliest valley in England and many of its visitors would agree with this, from the broad stretch of Derwentwater at its foot to the craggy view points of the high fells. One of the most scenic places in this area is the tiny hamlet of Watendlath with a small tarn of the same name. Some 4 miles from Keswick is the small and attractive village of Grange in Borrowdale, reached over the striking two arched bridge, a popular place for picnics. The picturesque Newlands Valley, separated from Derwentwater by a single range of hills, makes an excellent base to stay with a huge variety of walking routes from low level valley paths to ridge and fellside adventures. From here a breathtaking scenic drive via the Newlands Pass takes you over to the Buttermere Valley. Buttermere Lake, set in its amphitheatre of mountains, is a tranquil scene, made more dramatic by the play of light and shade in the narrow valley. The low level walk round the lake is a delight, especially if it begins and ends in the hamlet of Buttermere itself. 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 you 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. Up in England’s only true Mountain Forest at Whinlatter you’ll find mountain bike and walking trails. Group accommodation is available where multi activity or team building events can be provided all year round. Keswick has all the ingredients for a perfect English holiday with mountains to climb, lakes to explore, history to unfold and scenery to take your breath away. Once our visitors discover Keswick they come back time and time again. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Keswick.

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Festivals and Events 2018 General Events


The 18th Keswick Film Festival 22nd – 25th February Words by the Water 9 th – 18th March Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival 10th – 13th May

Sporting Events

Keswick Beer Festival 1st – 2nd June Keswick Mid-summer Festival 30th June – 1st July

Keswick Half Marathon 6th May

Derwentwater Regatta 7th – 8th July

Keswick Mountain Festival 8th – 10th June

Keswick Christian Convention 14th July – 3rd August

The Lakesman Triathlon 17th June

Keswick Agricultural Show 27th August

Borrowdale Trail Run 7th July

Keswick Christmas Lights Switch On 23rd November

Derwentwater Lakeland Trails 1st September

Keswick Live Advent 1st – 24th December

Buttermere Triathlon 8th September

Keswick Victorian Fayre 2nd December

Derwentwater 10 4th November



01. Borrowdale Trail Run Runs with a view. 02. Keswick Mid-Summer Festival Queen II perform in the market square. 03. Derwentwater Regatt a Messing about on the water.

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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.

Keswick Brewery Tours, Shop & Bar

Win a case of 12 craft ales from Keswick Brewery. Prize to be collected from the brewery or can be posted out at postage costs. Email your answers to the 3 questions below to by Feb 28th 2018. Winner will be drawn at random from all correct entries. Q1.Which won a Silver award in the recent SIBA North competition? Q2.How long will it take to walk to the Brewery from Keswick Town centre? Q3. What is the bar at Keswick Brewery called?

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Visit Buckinghamshire and the Chilterns

Buckinghamshire there is so much to see and do! Buckinghamshire is the ideal year-round destination for incredible short breaks and day trips. Covered by the Chiltern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty, Buckinghamshire is characterised by chocolate box villages, historic market towns, quality attractions, stunning countryside & scenic landscapes, cosy pubs, charming tea rooms and warm hospitality. Discover beautiful ancient woodlands with carpets of bluebells in the spring and golden colours in the autumn. Ramble along 2,500 miles of public footpaths, bridle paths and meandering pathways by the River Thames and the tranquil Grand Union Canal. Just

minutes from London, Buckinghamshire has a plethora of country parks, including Black Park. This 530 acres park of woodland, heath and open space, including a 14 acre lake, offer family friendly activities and events all year round, including Go Ape’s Net’s Kingdom. Stunning countryside is not all that’s on offer, Buckinghamshire is home to the most National Trust properties in any one county. These stunning historical houses allow visitors to not only take in the breath-taking views, but to also learn about the deep routed history of Stowe, Waddesdon Manor, Hughenden Manor and Cliveden House, which was built in 1666 by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham, as a gift to his mistress.



Visitors can explore the county’s cultural past with a visit to Bekonscot Model Village, Buckinghamshire County Museum, The Old Gaol and Chiltern Open Air Museum, or step back in time to the glorious age of steam by taking a trip on the enchanting Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway. As the most filmed county in Britain, visitors will recognise many of Buckinghamshire’s idyllic settings that enthral viewers around the world, including as the location for Midsomer Murders. Perfect for a day out or weekend away, the Midsomer Murders Trail explores key memories from the series throughout Buckinghamshire.



Award winning gastro pubs, micro-breweries, farm shops and cafés serving locally produced food and drink await weary travellers who have explored all the county has to offer. Let us welcome you to our wonderful shire county and allow it to work its magic on you. For inspiration for your next trip, go to #visitbucks

Bletchley Park, once the top-secret home of the World War Two Codebreakers, is now a vibrant heritage attraction, open every day to visitors. Step back in time to experience the stories of the extraordinary achievements of the men and women who worked here. New exhibition for 2018 Hut 11A: The Bombe Breakthrough - opens March 2018 Bletchley Park is to open one of its World War Two buildings to the public in Easter 2018, with a permanent exhibition telling the story of the Bombe in the actual location that housed the machines which broke Enigma. Four years on from the last opening of renovated buildings at the Buckinghamshire museum, visitors will be able to step foot inside Hut 11A. Here, a major new exhibition titled Hut 11A: The Bombe

Breakthrough will explain in detail for the first time the challenge posed by Enigma and explore how Alan Turing and Gordon Welchman devised a machine to help solve it. It will also consider how this contribution to the success of Allied signals intelligence had a significant impact on the course of WW2. Wartime objects on display will include original Bombe blueprints and components, decrypted Nazi messages and the W.R.N.S visitors’ book signed by key figures in the Bletchley Park story, including the GPO engineer Tommy Flowers. Huts 11 and 11A were amongst several wartime buildings that housed Bombe machines, but they are the only ones located within the Bletchley Park site.

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Bombe machine drum (c) Derek Adams for the Bletchley Park Trust Bombe machine valve (c) Derek Adams for the Bletchley Park Trust Bombe machine blueprint (c) Derek Adams for the Bletchley Park Trust


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Experience Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire is the perfect place for a quintessentially English trip. Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend away, a family friendly summer holiday or a day trip to see the dreaming spires of Oxford, there’s something for everyone in the county. It couldn’t be easier to get to, being only an hour away by train on the Great Western Railway or Chiltern Railway lines. Alternatively you can hop on one either the Oxford Bus Company’s X90 coach or Stagecoaches’ Oxford Tube at a host of different spots across the capital and get to Oxfordshire for a bargain price. The city of Oxford is rich in culture, history and heritage. Home to the oldest University in the English speaking world, every step you take in Oxford is following in the footsteps of great figures through history. As a fairly small city, in Oxford it’s easy to reach everything on foot, so why not take of advantage of this and explore the entire city on an Oxford Official Walking Tour. The Oxford University and City Tour is a fantastic way to explore the city, illustrating the history of Oxford and the University, and traditions of its most famous buildings and institutions. The city is awash with fabulous museums. The Ashmolean is the oldest university museum in the world. Take a visit and see collections ranging from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, as well as fantastic temporary collections. The Museum of Natural History is another delight, where you can see the University of Oxford’s internationally recognised collection of zoological specimens, including the Oxfordshire

dinosaurs and the Dodo! If you venture to Long Wittenham you can visit the Pendon Museum, and discover what the Vale of the White Horse was like in the 1920s and 1930s thanks to their miniature village, and see an enthralling record of the railways of the time. More rail history can be found at Didcot Railway Centre, where they have recreated the golden age of Great Western Railway, and they also run regular day family events where you can meet Thomas the Tank Engine and friends, Alternatively you could visit the quirky Story Museum, where you can step through a wardrobe to Narnia, snuggle up in a ginormous bed and listen to a story or explore their fantastic, immersive Animal exhibition – this one’s a favourite for the kids and parents alike! Down in the south of Oxfordshire is the River & Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames. This is home to three galleries dedicated to rowing, rivers and the history of town, and of course there’s the wonderful Wind in the Willows exhibition – an interactive celebration of the magic of Ratty, Mole and Mr Toad. And if you’re in Henley why not hop on one of the Hobbs of Henley river cruises and experience Oxfordshire from the water? Oxfordshire is a great destination for families, with a host of exciting and interesting attractions to suit those of all ages. In central Oxford you could take a trip around the Oxford Castle on an Oxford Castle Unlocked tour, where there costumed guides will regale you with fascinating stories as you explore 1000 years of history. WWW.AGRANDDAYOUT.NET


BROUGHTON CASTLE Banbury Oxfordshire OX15 5EB Tel 01295 276070

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 2018 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

Over in the Cotswolds there is the Cotswold Wildlife Park, which is a delight for the entire family. With stunning gardens and over 250 species of animal, it’s easy to spend a day ambling around the beautiful grounds. Make sure you catch the penguin feedings, take a walk through their Madagascar walk through (where you come face to face with lemurs) and visit the two baby rhinos! If you’re an animal fan it’s also worth visiting Crocodiles of the World, the UK’s only crocodile zoo, or Millets Farm which has goats, cows, birds and many more farm animals along with their falconry centre! If you’re in the Cotswolds and looking for a fabulous family friendly place to stay the perfect choice is the Old Swan & Minster Mill, where children are made to feel welcome from the moment their arrive with bath ducks and teddy bears galore, as well as other treats and an outdoor adventure playground. And don’t worry Mum and Dad, the luxury five star hotel has treats for you too, in the form of an indulgent spa and delicious gastropub! Also in the Cotswolds is Cogges Manor Farm, a great place for children to explore the outdoors and see bats and badgers; make dens and conquer the Cogges Castle adventure play area. If you’re a fan of Downton Abbey, Cogges must be top of your ‘to visit’ list, as it recently featured in Downton as Yew Tree Farm. Of course, if you’re a Downton fan, Oxfordshire is the backdrop to a lot of the series. In the Cotswold village of Bampton you can discover Mrs Crawley’s house and the nearby church which featured heavily in the series. A visit to Oxfordshire isn’t complete without a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Blenheim Palace. There you can wander the


rolling parkland which was designed by renowned landscape architect Capability Brown, explore the stunning formal gardens and marvel at the 18th century baroque architecture. And you might even recognise Blenheim Palace from the big screen, having appeared in Cinderella, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and the latest James Bond instalment, Spectre, to name but a few! Oxfordshire is the setting for many other popular film and television series. Fans of Inspector Morse, Lewis and Endeavour can explore some of Morse’s favourite pubs like The White Horse and The King’s Arms in Oxford, as well as the eponymous Morse Bar at the Macdonald Randolph Hotel. For Harry Potter fans, you must visit Christ Church to see the Tudor dining hall which inspired the Hogwarts Great Hall. It’s also worth a trip to the Bodleian to Duke Humfrey’s Library, which was used as the Hogwart’s library in the films, as well as the Divinity School which was the infirmary. Of course Oxfordshire doesn’t just appear on screens; it also boasts a wealth of literary history. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland were first told on the 4th of July 1862 by the Oxford don Charles Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll. He took the 10-year-old Alice Liddell on a boat trip up the River Thames, and to entertain the Alice and her sisters he told them story about a girl who fell down a rabbit hole into a world called Wonderland. After the trip Charles Dodgson was persuaded to write down the story by Alice, and thus the first manuscript of Alice in Wonderland was published.

KELMSCOTT MANOR THE COTSWOLD RETREAT OF WILLIAM MORRIS For glorious walks, beautiful plants, scrumptious food and fabulous gifts, visit Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre.

VISITING HOURS (APRIL – OCTOBER) General Open Days: Wednesday and Saturday, 11am to 5pm Explore our riverside gardens, enjoy homemade food in our licensed tearoom and visit our shop for beautiful contemporary crafts and other gift ideas

Just a mile from historic Moreton-in-Marsh, Batsford Arboretum is a great day out for all the family and Cotswold Tourism’s Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2013. Visit our website at to find out more and for news of our lovely events.

BATSFORD ARBORETUM & GARDEN CENTRE Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 9AB 01386 701441 Open every day except Christmas Day, 10am to 5pm.


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Kelmscott Manor

Kelmscott Manor was the inspirational country home of William Morris; poet, designer, craftsman, socialist and founding father of the Arts and Crafts movement and described by him as “Heaven on Earth”. This Grade I listed house was loved by Morris as a survival of traditional craftsmanship in harmony with the nearby village and surrounding landscape, which lies towards the very upper reaches of the Thames, inspiring many of his most important designs and writings, including the world-famous Willow pattern. Today, visitors will find an outstanding collection, from early 17th Century furniture to unique furnishings chosen by Pre-

Raphaelite painter-poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti and pieces from each of Morris’ London homes, including several designed especially for the iconic Red House. Morris’ wife Jane and daughter May also have a vivid presences at Kelmscott Manor: many examples reflect their beautiful and accomplished needlework, including a beautiful child’s cot cover which has been recently been brought back to the Manor. Perhaps the most famous portrait of Jane Morris by Rossetti, The Blue Silk Dress completed in 1868 currently hangs in the White Room. The domestic charm and ambience of the house is still retained, despite having influenced Pre-Raphaelite art and design and the Arts & Crafts Movement, a legacy still very much treasured today. Kelmscott Manor also boasts enchanting gardens and the River Thames is located just a few hundred yards away. The Tearoom, with its friendly staff and delicious home-made meals and cakes, is a must, whilst the Shop is packed with decorative and unusual items ideal for gifts or mementoes. Kelmscott Manor is open on Wednesday and Saturday between April and the end of October. Visit our website or telephone 01367 252486 for more information.


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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!

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Discover the World Capital of Ceramics… Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent is a city built on a history of industrial greatness and creative artistic flair. The city has seen a resurgence of all things that made the city great. From pottery to performing arts and everything in between, Stoke-on-Trent is home to world class attractions, incredible talents and creative businesses.

group will have an entertaining insight into the history of a time-honoured craft. And of course, a trip to The Potteries wouldn’t be complete without a visit to some of the many pottery 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.

The city has been shaped by its production of pottery for centuries, and today it remains a must-visit destination for lovers of pottery. Factory tours, outstanding visitor centres and museums, and hands-on opportunities including the chance to throw your hand at the potter’s wheel mean your

Pay a visit to the outstanding World of Wedgwood. Opened in 2015, it is the ultimate destination to experience the Wedgwood brand. It brings the heritage and craftsmanship of Wedgwood together for visitors in a genuinely inspiring, sophisticated and elegant way. WWW.AGRANDDAYOUT.NET


Even if ceramics remains the key reason for wanting to “make it” to Stoke-on-Trent, it’s still worthwhile delving a little deeper to discover what else is on offer. The Trentham Estate is a perfect destination for groups of all ages and interests. Take a stroll through the award-winning Trentham Gardens, a ramble around the lake and woodlands, or a walk with 140 free-roaming monkeys at Trentham Monkey Forest. The unique shopping village has been recently extended and now boasts 78 timber lodges housing amazing shops, cafés and restaurants in a lovely friendly village atmosphere. There is also the massive Trentham Garden Centre on site which displays a huge range of indoor and outdoor living products, as well as everything for the home and garden.



Discover the fascinating Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Mercia exhibition at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery which sets the Staffordshire Hoard in the context of everyday Anglo-Saxon life and death. As well as 200 pieces of the Hoard the exhibition includes objects the Anglo-Saxons used in their daily work, and the items they buried with their dead to provide for them in the afterlife. For a great night out visit the Cultural Quarter in the City Centre which comes alive in the evening, especially when there is a West End Show, Glyndebourne Opera or TV comedian on at the Regent Theatre, Victoria Hall, or Mitchell Arts Centre. With a year-round appeal, Stoke-on-Trent is the perfect place for a group visit. Find out more at or telephone 01782 236084 for your group information pack.






The Trentham Estate 01782 646646

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery 01782 232323

Stoke-on-Trent is a city built on a history of industrial greatness and creative artistic flair. The city has seen a resurgence of all things that made the city great. From pottery to performing arts and everything in between, Stoke-on-Trent is home to world class attractions, incredible talents and creative businesses. With a year-round appeal, Stoke-on-Trent is the perfect place for a group visit. Find out more at www.visitstoke. or telephone 01782 236084 for your group information pack.

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World of Wedgwood 01782 282986

Gladstone Pottery Museum 01782 237777

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Prepare to experience one of the UK’s most successful and thrilling Tropical Aqua Parks. Over flowing with 30 rides and experiences to enjoy, there is no “wetter” way to have an amazing action-packed day. Waterworld is open all year round and even on a rainy day you can experience a tropical environment and exotic temperatures to keep you warm. Waterworld has the widest selection of exciting waterslides from thrill rides to chill rides for all ages. Race family and friends down the four lane Multi slide and see who can reach the bottom first, little ones can enjoy the ride on parent’s laps. Plunge into the depths of the Black Hole and brave the unknown. Experience the radical twists and banked turns of the Twister if you dare. The Space Bowl, a really original water thrill will spin you round and round in a giant funnel then dump you down the plug hole. Our rubber ring ride The Nucleus will thrill all the family with its twists, turns, ups and downs it’s a rollercoaster on water.

When you are ready for a rest dive into some delicious food and drink in our new poolside dining area. No need to get changed, take a leisurely break to dine then jump back into the pool. We have undergone a £1.5 million investment to develop our new dining area, creating a 10,000 square foot extension where diners and parents can sit and enjoy watching their children have the time of their lives in the pools, slides and attractions. Book with us to give your child a magical Birthday party. We have dedicated party hosts that will look after you for your entire visit. We will supply your buffet, drinks, ice cream, party bags and a day to remember.

Waterworld has a dedicated area for your little ones where they can enjoy a wonderland of interactive water play consisting of bridges, nets and gentle slides and know they are safe in the shallows.

Waterworld can accommodate group bookings and even private hires for larger groups or that amazing special occasion. All the Team at Waterworld hope to see you soon for the best day out ever.

Our giant wave pool runs gently from the beach to the deepest depths. You can ride the waves or just enjoy the water lapping round your feet. Drift off into the dark caves of the rapids and be taken around the deserted island with the full force of the tide.

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Visit Stockport

Stockport’s Town Centre Museums Stockport Air Raid Shelters Take a trip down memory lane to life in 1940s wartime Britain. Explore 6 years of war on the home front, reminisce in nostalgic memories and discover the thoroughness of Stockport’s air raid precautions. Experience what life was like for people during the Blitz in our labyrinth of underground tunnels and browse for gifts in our 1940s themed shop. Hat Works The UK’s only museum dedicated to the hatting industry, hats and headwear. No visit would be complete without a visit to our recreated hat factory with machinery dating back to the Victorian era and our exquisite collection of over 400 hats.



Staircase House Discover Stockport’s oldest town house in the historic Market Place. The house and its rare Jacobean staircase have been beautifully restored. Take barrier-free, handson historical audio-guided tour and explore how our ancestors lived from the 15th to the 20th centuries. We offer special discounted rates for groups of 15 or more. To book a group visit, call 0161 474 4444. Twitter: @SMBC_Museums Facebook: /stockportmuseums

Group Visits Welcoming groups since 1936 Recently restored Bramall Hall welcomes groups of all ages and interests. Learn about the stunning architecture, the social history and the families that lived here. We offer excellent rates for groups of 15 or more, including free coach parking. The new Visitor Centre houses the Museum Shop and the Stables Kitchen which serves food in a beautiful setting. To book a visit for your

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Standing in the centre of Stockport is Robinsons Brewery, the beating heart of a brewing dynasty that was formed in 1838 by William Robinson and has spanned over six generations. Open seven days a week, Robinsons Brewery Visitors Centre is the perfect location for learning more about the crafting of the nation’s favourite drink or simply catching up over a pint of Robinsons’ award-winning cask ales such as Unicorn, Dizzy Blonde, Wizard and the worldfamous TROOPER, brewed in conjunction with rock legends Iron Maiden. Robinsons and their Visitors Centre is located just off the M60 and A6, and gives the whole family the chance to take a tour around a working brewery whilst providing guests the chance to submerge themselves in almost 180 years of brewing excellence. Visitors Centre guides will educate and entertain you on your journey around Robinsons’ fascinating Unicorn brewery. The tour takes about one hour and includes three 1/3 pint samples of their beers.



Real ale aficionados can also buy a ‘golden ticket’, which not only includes the Tour, but also your choice from one of four gift sets, plus two pints (or six 1/3 pints) of their delicious beers at the Unicorn Bar. Robinsons is about having a great eating experience, as well as a great drinking one! The Unicorn Bar serves a host of hot and cold food including delicious home baked pies, burgers and the Visitors Centre’s signature TROOPER beer battered fish and chips. With daily specials alongside an extensive core menu full of pub classics, served with flair, there is something for everyone. Whether you fancy a bite to eat or a quiet drink with friends, take a trip to the Robinsons Brewery Visitors Centre to see what’s brewing. For more information, visit or like Robinsons on Facebook


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Crich Tramway Village offers one of Derbyshire’s great family or group days out and a step back in time. Vintage trams run along a period street, climbing a mile and a half of track that provides breathtaking views of the surrounding Derbyshire countryside. Experience the fascinating Woodland Walk & Sculpture Trail, which winds its way back to the village, or remain on the tram and be dropped off outside The Red Lion Pub and Tearooms, before visiting the fascinating Exhibitions and Workshop Viewing Gallery. There are also picnic areas and indoor and outdoor play areas to keep the children entertained. The Great Exhibition Hall features at Century of Trams, from horse drawn to the electric era and smaller exhibitions include Arms to Armistice, detailing the challenges women faced to be treated as equals working on the trams, as well as their quick dismissal when the men returned from the First World War.



For a spot of retail therapy, The Forge Gift Shop offers mementoes of your visit and the traditional sweet shop enables you to by your old favourites by the quarter. Details about our special events throughout the season can be found on our website. Pre-booked groups of ten or more receive discounted rates. Coach drivers receive free admission and a refreshment voucher. An Access Tram for wheelchair users runs twice a day on request, and there is disabled access to all of the facilities. Crich Tramway Village re-opens on Saturday 17th March 2018. Please check the opening times on the website. For more details Tel: 01773 854321 or visit




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

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Amber Valley

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Visit the attractive market town of Belper at the heart of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site to discover the rich heritage and a warm welcome. Stroll through the beautiful riverside gardens and around the historic street of mill workers cottages at Long Row and The Clusters.

Belper River Gardens – beautiful riverside gardens offering peace and tranquillity

Whether you enjoy browsing around market stalls or want to be the first to enjoy new designs, the town offers a range of independent and speciality shops waiting to be discovered.

Fabulous and unique artisan shops and a true high street experience

Make it a day out to remember by visiting the great little shops and seek out the hidden gems; the town offers a true high street experience, voted one of the greatest high streets in the country.

Well Dressing - Unique Derbyshire custom accompanied by band concerts in the park.

Local foods, straight from the producer can be found at the lively Farmers Market and several award winning cafes, restaurants and deli’s provide a wide range of eateries and speciality foods to tempt your taste buds. For evening entertainment the town offers a relaxed atmosphere with restaurants, real ale and art deco cinema.

Belper North Mill – Discover the secrets of one of the oldest iron-framed water powered spinning mills in the world

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THERE’S lots of choice for families in the 15-mile long Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site over the summer, with a whole range of activities celebrating this beautiful valley’s impact on world history.

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The site runs from Masson Mills near Matlock Bath down to The Silk Mill at Derby. The Derwent Valley saw the birth of the modern factory system, when the power of the river was tamed to allow mass production for the very first time.

Throughout the summer, there are Sunday afternoon family-friendly walks, organised by Strutt’s North Mill. Visit for details.

Must-visit attractions along the valley include: the beautiful River Gardens and Strutt’s North Mill Museum at Belper; the Cromford Canal with its gentle nature-rich tow-path walks and Birdswood boat trips; Masson Mills with its cheery mix of museum, shopping village and play centre; and Cromford Mills, with its packed programme of family activities and brand-new visitor centre. There’s also lots to do and see in Belper, winner of the 2014 Great British High Street Competition and a finalist in this year’s Britain in Bloom contest. Look for the World Heritage Site logo in shop windows and ambassadors with badges who can tell you where to go and what to do. Walk the streets of the community built by the Strutt family for mill workers from the 1780s, and discover some of the impressive parks and gardens with their stunning 2017 displays. In Belper’s River Gardens, by the Belper mills, every summer Sunday afternoon there is a Larks in the Parks concert or event – some Sundays it’s a brass brand, some



Birdswood, the narrowboat run by the Friends of Cromford Canal, runs on Wednesdays, Thurdays, Saturdays and Sundays. One weekend each month, the massive Leawood Pump is in steam at the end of the trip, and the boat is horse-drawn to make the visit extra special. More details available at Also by the canal are some of the oldest railway workshops in the world at High Peak Junction, which are free to enter and explore, and stand next to the start of the popular High Peak Trail walking route. There’s a wide variety of events every weekend all year round at Cromford Mills, from family fun weekends to guided tours, off-site visits, exhibitions and Cromford Mills’ brand new three day Georgian Festival, there is something for everyone. Download the Cromford Mills 2017 Events Guide at More details on all these activities can be found on

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Arundel Castle is celebrating its 950th anniversary in 2018 – making next year the perfect time for your group to visit! An ideal location for history buffs, visitors to Arundel Castle have the opportunity to explore the Castle in its entirety. From the Armoury and beautiful Regency library through to opulent Victorian bedrooms, where Queen Victoria once laid her head, each room is filled with its own unique charm and historical tales. For horticultural visitors, Arundel Castle offers a series of beautiful gardens to enjoy. HRH The Prince of Wales officially opened The Collector Earl’s Garden in 2008, and the garden now showcases a delightful rill pond and 42 WWW.AGRANDDAYOUT.NET

Oberon’s Palace, a spectacular shell-lined enclosure. In addition, the Castle gardens are home to the highly acclaimed Stumpery; a unique artistic concept which aims to ignite the imaginations of all who visit. The walled gardens also boast stimulating Herbaceous Borders, a fully functional Organic Kitchen Garden and a beautiful rose garden that is heavy with glorious scented blooms at the height of summer. Arundel Castle proudly plays host to an action-packed calendar of events, providing professional historical interpretations of periods throughout the Castle’s impressive history.

The undoubted highlight of the Castle’s events season is the weeklong Arundel Castle Medieval Joust – the longest tournament of its kind in the world, which celebrates its tenth instalment in 2018. Competitors from across the globe descend on Arundel to battle for glory on horseback, under the shadow of the mighty Castle. In celebration of this momentous milestone, the 2018 competition will be the Champion of Champions edition, contested by previous winners, guaranteeing a high-octane week of twists, thrills and suspense.

Group visitors can take advantage of reduced ticket prices to Arundel Castle plus free admission for group organisers, tour guides, teachers and supervisors. Coach drivers will also be given free coach parking, free admission and a complimentary restaurant voucher. Arundel Castle, its grounds and gardens are open seasonally from 30 March 2018 until 28 October, Tuesday – Sunday, Mondays in August and Bank Holiday Mondays. Further information and tickets are available at WWW.AGRANDDAYOUT.NET


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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.



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 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.

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The Great Little Trains of Wales

Stunning views in South Snowdonia

Group Travel Group Fares are available for prebooked parties of fifteen or more passengers and give savings of up to a third on our standard fares. Compartments are reserved for all group bookings. Example Group Fares: Tywyn-Dolgoch Falls Adult Single £7.50 Tywyn-Abergynolwyn Adult Single £9.00 Adult Full Line Return £12.50

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The Great Little Trains of Wales are a very special way of seeing some of the best scenery in the British Isles. All are narrow gauge steam railways and some have a history spanning well over 100 years. All of them have in common the charm of old-time steam trains with plenty of polished paintwork and brass. Built in a time less hasty than our own, most originally served to carry Welsh slate from the quarries to the sea. However, no two are the same and they all offer a unique experience of a bygone era.The special attraction of narrow gauge railways lies in their modest size compared with the main line ones and their leisurely speed gives time to take in some of the splendid scenery. Why not take a Virtual Tour of Wales and its narrow gauge railways. Great Little Trains of Wales Discount Card For just £10 our Discount Card entitles the holder to 20% off one adult full round trip fare on normal timetabled trains on the participating Railways listed on the card, throughout the 2018 season. Discount Cards are valid for 12 months from the date the first journey is made. Not only that, but we have also managed to arrange discounts for Great Little Trains of Wales Card Holders with selected accommodation providers close to many of our member railways (see individual railways pages for details) - this makes the card a real bargain!

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The Great Little Trains of Wales Outstanding scenery, comfortable carriages and historic steam engines await you here at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways. Stretching 40 miles through the glorious Snowdonia National Park, experience magnificent scenery in comfort whilst savouring the romance of gleaming steam engines and carriages. As the top two narrow gauge railways in Britain, we know a bit about what makes a journey special. Even a short trip on our railways will help you unwind - so much so, we think you’ll want to do it all over again... The Ffestiniog Railway is the world’s oldest narrow gauge railway with almost 200 years of history, taking you on a 13½-mile journey from the harbour in

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Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. The Welsh Highland Railway, named as one of the top 25 railway journeys in the world, runs for 25 miles from Caernarfon, past the foot of Snowdon and the picture postcard village of Beddgelert, then through the stunning Aberglaslyn Pass and on to Porthmadog. A light refreshments service is available on every train and a wide range of journey options are available to suit your requirements. To make your booking or for any enquiries please contact via e-mail at or call 01766516024.

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

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Enjoy a peaceful spot, walk or simply come and experience: y Britain’s longest Laburnum arch (65m) y One of the finest collection of Magnolias & Acers - a must in May and October y Over 300 species of trees dating back over 350 years y Our magnificent Italian Garden, fountains and peacocks y Table top plant sales and seasonal events y Tea rooms and private dining facilities (including set menus) Additionally the wider area of The Arley Estate, offers:

y Acres of breathtaking walks and views (dogs welcome) y Bridal paths, road cycling and running routes, riverside walks and village pub routes 15 mins drive from Kidderminster and Bewdley, 45 minutes from Worcester. Coaches welcome or travel by steam on the Severn Valley Railway direct to Arley Station. Visit for visiting times, group discounts, seasonal events and offers. The Roger and Douglas Turner Charitable Trust. Registered Charity Number: 1154467.

Boats, Beams….and Bewitched! A day spent in Pendle

Why is Pendle, in Lancashire, so be-witching? Well it could be the boat trips along the legendary Leeds & Liverpool Canal, or the tales of famous witches, recounted in the most dramatic of styles by top-hatted guide, Simon Entwistle. Both perfect for families and groups, and although it has some stunning countyside, it is well-linked into to the road network. Simon is a long time favourite of everyone that meets him. He says: “I love showing people that there’s more to Lancashire than mill chimneys and clogs. I do ghost walks and Pendle Witch tours and a tour of Colne, all rooted in our fascinating history. The Pendle Heritage Centre is one of the favourite parts of my tours and the start of the Pendle Witches Trail” Martin, who runs boat trips on the well-equipped Marton Emperor, is equally enthusiastic about the area. He told us: “Foulridge Wharf, where the boat is moored, is steeped in history. It’s a quiet way to travel and we see a lot of wildlife on our trips, including kingfishers, swans and water voles. One of the cruises we do passes the old Lancashire/Yorkshire border. In the other direction we go through the feat of engineering known as the Foluridge Tunnel.” The area is also known for its great events, like the UK’s largest free walking festival, the Pendle Cycling Festival, and the multi awardwinning Blues Festival in Colne. Other things to do/Places to eat: Bancroft Mill - One of the last working mill engines in the County. Look out for its Steaming Days Prestige Karting – for families and young at heart groups - drive one of the best tracks in the County Boundary Mill – a shopping extravaganza! One of the biggest and best outlets in the North, also features Banny’s classy fish & chips restaurant, especially built to handle LOTS of people in style Pendle Witch Experience Bus Tours and David Johns Tours – organised with your group in mind Pendle Sculpture Trail – ideal for education groups – guess which witch is which? We also cater for groups of walkers and cyclists with lots of great walks!


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Visit Lancashire’s historic home and be transported back in time, where ghosts walk the rooms and history comes alive. From exhibitions and family events to fantastic food and local Lancashire produce.... Samlesbury Hall has something for everyone.

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Kent’s Gardens and Castles

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 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. Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AD 56


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

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Visit Somerset

Somerset really is a county that has it all. Ranked seventh in the UK for size, it is far from being the most highly populated meaning there are vast expanses of open, unspoilt spaces waiting to be explored. What’s more, it boasts plenty of beautiful buildings - in cities, villages and bustling market towns with a rich heritage of history and legend.

In fact Somerset is a county of incredible contrasts; complete with beaches, caves, moors, levels and a stunning National Park, Exmoor. Some of Britain’s most iconic brands and places can be found in Somerset as names such as Cheddar, Glastonbury, Avalon, Alfred the Great and Mulber can testify.

Today it continues to delight with its castles and countryside, wildlife and wetlands but it also encourages free thinking and innovation which has led to numerous county firsts including our famous festivals and carnivals.

There are so many options when it comes to places to stay with luxury hotels or shepherds’ huts and all kinds of accommodation in between – something to suit every budget.

Then check out the county’s main attractions. Whether you want family fun, a Romantic break, a literary pilgrimage, an immersion in the Arts, a wildlife safari, an extreme challenge, a shopping spree or a gastronomic adventure – there are days out for everyone in this surprising county.

With one National Park, Exmoor and three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty including England’s first, the Quantocks, Somerset has much to offer those who enjoy the outdoor life whether on foot, horseback, cycling or dog walking. Up there with the UK’s top spots, Somerset has a number of impressive nature reserves including coastal and wetland. It also has the second longest stretch of sand in Europe.

If it is culture you are after, Somerset has its own UNESCO World Heritage site to match its globally important landscapes – the City of Bath. Best known for its Georgian architecture and Roman Baths, Bath has many more hidden treasures that reward teasing out. Not far from Bath is England’s smallest city, Wells. What it might lack in size, Wells more than makes up for in places of interest such as its sumptuous Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace. It is just one of many delightful places waiting to welcome you! WWW.AGRANDDAYOUT.NET




In 2014, the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire was voted top National Treasure in a poll of Lottery-funded projects beating off stiff competition. It has not been resting on its laurels since and has recently opened its new £15.7m Remembrance Centre on the 150-acre site which contains around 30,000 maturing trees. The Arboretum contains hundreds of memorials, from the iconic Armed Forces Memorial, which bears the names of more than 16,000 Service personnel who have been killed on duty or as a result of terrorism since World War II, to the reconstructed Bastion Memorial, which is based on the design of the former Bastion Memorial Wall built in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Entry into the grounds is free everyday throughout the year. Pre booked group parties of ten or more however can benefit from discounted entry into the new Landscapes of Life exhibition. This new area features an immersive audio-visual theatre - showing personal stories, an informative Remembrance timeline and interactives, for visitors of all ages, including an area to record your own personal stories. Included in the entry price for the exhibition is access to the Arboretum’s temporary exhibition gallery. Meals and refreshments are available in the large, stylish restaurant and separate coffee shop. The Arboretum is the perfect venue for group days out and offers a range of packages for groups of all interests and ages. They can include a variety of dining options, talks and tours. Parking is also free for coaches, and coach drivers are offered a free refreshment voucher. For more information on the Arboretum, in Alrewas, which is centrally located and easily accessible from the A38, M42, M1 and M6 please visit

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Beautiful Borth The little seaside resort of Borth is situated on Cardigan Bay, near the northernmost point of the County of Ceredigion in West Wales. Ceredigion is known to many by its former name, Cardiganshire, or Sir Aberteifi in Welsh. Borth’s main attraction to visitors is its wonderful long beach of golden sand and shingle, which stretches for over two miles north to south. At the northern end of this superb beach is the impressive sand dune system of the Ynyslas National Nature Reserve, also known as the Dyfi National Nature Reserve, which juts out halfway across the mouth of the Dovey Estuary, enclosing a sheltered, boat-user’s haven, or even heaven, behind it.

Borth’s award-winning beach is the longest in Ceredigion and has a particularly shallow gradient, making it especially popular with families with younger children and sailboard enthusiasts. The tide goes out a long way, so its shallow waters are great for the little ones to paddle in and splash about. At the southern end of this wonderful beach, an ancient submerged forest is exposed by the ebbing tide. Welsh legend has it that the trunks of and tree stumps of old forests long hidden under sand and sea, are the remains of the land of Cantre’r Gwaelod, which disappeared under the waves of Cardigan Bay, long ago.

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Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. With experiences throughout the year why not treat someone special? Visit Rail Story at Ingrow. Two museums on one site, free entry with a Rover ticket.

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Group Days Out in Barnsley



Barnsley's local culture remains rooted in its industrial heritage of coal, mining and glassmaking. Why not visit Experience Barnsley to discover more about the history of this interesting place. Surrounded by ancient villages, historic parkland and bordering onto the Peak District, Barnsley has some excellent places to visit for those wanting to relax and get back to nature.

Barnsley town centre is packed full of independent shops, high street stores and is home to one of the best markets in South Yorkshire. Venturing further into the outskirts of the town and its neighbouring villages visitors will discover hidden hamlets with excellent shopping opportunities and farm shops stocked with exceptional local produce.

Originally mentioned in the Domesday Book, Barnsley’s historic roots are easily seen. Elsecar Heritage Centre, Cannon Hall Museum and Worsbrough Mill are fantastic days out for visitors wanting to discover a little of the towns history.

From family friendly fun days, craft fairs, vintage car rallies and outdoor theatre Barnsley has a comprehensive range of exciting events running throughout the year. Visitors to Barnsley will enjoy a warm welcome, have fantastic experiences and create magical memories.

Famous for its markets Barnsley has much to offer Stately homes, museums, theatres, ruins and art a foodie. With a good selection of farm shops and galleries are just a few of the cultural attractions regular markets visitors will be able to sample and that visitors to the area will enjoy. Why not spend purchase some of the areas excellent local produce. a quiet afternoon at Monk Bretton Priory, explore Atmospheric country pubs with amazing views, the extraordinary Yorkshire Sculpture Park or stroll tea rooms in historic locations and award winning through the landscaped gardens at Wentworth restaurants are only some of the reasons that Castle. visitors to Barnsley keep coming back.

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A Grand Day Out in Doncaster

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You think you know Doncaster? Well it’s probably a good time to have a new look at what’s on offer! Whether you’re from Doncaster or looking for somewhere new to visit the town really does have a huge amount of things to make sure your Grand Day Out is special and memorable. Here’s a taste of some of the things going on, but make sure you visit for all the up to date information and full listings.

Alternatively Boston Park Farm is a great day out for younger children, especially from mid-July until the end of October when a new Maize Maze is laid out each year. Then there’s the fabulous 69 acres that make up Sandall Park, here there’s fitness trails; sensory trails and herb gardens; not to mention the outdoor gym and the tree trail. Why not pack a picnic for your Grand Day or visit the café in the park, which has ample free parking and is fully accessible.

Let’s begin with family days out, you really will be spoilt for choice with so many attractions in the town centre and within just a few miles that you may need to schedule your return trips immediately to fit it all in! There are sites of historic interest including Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Ashworth Barracks and the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum. The fabulous displays at Cusworth Hall and Brodsworth Hall also combine history with nature as both have beautiful, walk through gardens to enjoy all year round.

For those seeking a more wild adventure then a trip to the UK’s largest walk through Wildlife Park is a must. Just a few miles out of the town centre you’ll find the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. With nearly 400 animals of 70 different species it’s a fantastic place to experience a truly breath-taking walkthrough wildlife adventure. The park is a must for any family day out and you’ll see everything from bugs to wallaby and polar bears to meerkats.

If it’s activities you’re looking for then check out Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust. Operating from Nature lovers will enjoy Potteric Carr Nature Reserve 14 venues across the town, there’s sure to be something or the spectacular sights of Sprotborough Flash. Or happening at one of their centres for you. From how about Hatfield Outdoor Activity Centre with an bowling to ice skating, fun pools and flumes to mini extensive range of land and water based activities for all golf and loads of live family entertainment and events ages and abilities - you can even camp there too! at the famous Doncaster Dome.

Cusworth Hall & Park

Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery

Cusworth Hall can surely be described as the jewel in Doncaster’s crown. The beautiful Grade I listed building is set in acres of historic parkland, with lakes, plantations and pleasure grounds offering  spectacular views across the town.

A friendly and welcoming visitor attraction, Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery is proud to tell the story of the town from the end of the last ice age to the present day. The museum is also home to the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) Regimental Museum.

Free entry – Parking charges apply.


Free entry

Monday – Wednesday 10:00 – 16:30

Wednesday – Friday 10:00 – 16:30

Saturday – Sunday 10:30 – 16:15

Saturday – Sunday 10:30 – 16:15

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Why not try a bounce around at Air Kings or Go Bounce or for the super sleuth families with older children why not try your hand at an escape from Doncaster’s own escape rooms Enigma. Then there’s Pirate Cove, a fun filled 12 hole course where you putt your way around crocodile infested waters and rock pools to retrieve the treasure.

meetings as well as family days and after race musical events, definitely one to check out.

If a spot of retail therapy is part of your Grand Day Out plans for then Doncaster is hard to beat. Whether you’re looking for high street shopping and department stores, independent shops or outlet shopping we have it all. We’re also home to one of the finest markets in the For those who like to go nowhere as fast as possible country and winner of the BBC Best Food Market in why not try Nixim Motorsim where the children often Britain Award 2015. outdrive their parents on this state of the art driving Conveniently situated right in the middle of town the simulator experience. Or for a real driving experience Frenchgate Centre has around 90 shops as well as we have the UK’s largest Motoparc - Fat Cat. Three numerous cafes and food outlets. Outside of the tracks, one especially for children where they can shopping centre you’ll find a number of pedestrianised develop their skills with other children in a safe and streets which make up the town centre. Here you’ll find fun environment. For something more sedate how yet more well-known brands such as M&S and about Doncaster’s own Lego emporium Brickin-It where you can not only buy new and used sets but even specialist independent retails to rival any high street experience. individual bricks! Oh and they’re more than happy for shopping   you to go and play with the Lego too! Baxtergate, one of the busiest streets in town connects Doncaster is home to Bawtry Paintball Fields, Europe’s the Frenchgate Centre to Doncaster’s historic Market. The outside fruit and vegetable stalls sit next to the biggest and best paintball venue.  Here you can Fish Market, where fish and seafood lovers will find experience not only the thrills of the traditional an amazing selection of the traditional and unusual as paintball attraction but also children from 6 upwards can try their hand at archery, tomahawk throwing and well as fresh game, including rabbit, venison and boar. Beyond the Fish Market you’ll find the Market Hall, even laser combat. You may even see The Predator or the oldest building in the Market complex dating from the odd zombie or two as you make your way around 1847. Here you will find award-winning butchers, local the UK’s safest multi-activity centre where thrills are pie makers, cheese specialists, delicatessen stalls and guaranteed. International foods from the four corners of the World.   No family trip to Doncaster is complete without an Just outside the town centre and close to the motorway evening at either Doncaster’s Vue cinema or the network is Lakeside Village. Lakeside is open 7 days a theatre. Cast and Doncaster Little Theatre both week and offers “outlet” stores and brand names with regularly feature family shows that would round off great discounts. Lakeside Village is perfect for your hectic family day out. families with young children as there are both indoor Horse racing enthusiasts can enjoy the regular racing at and outdoor play areas. There’s free parking and a Doncaster Racecourse on Town Moor, day and evening variety of places to eat and drink to suit all tastes. 

With nearly 2,000 years of Doncaster history it’s not surprising that we have a lot to be proud of and many fine buildings and places of interest. So why not delve into Doncaster’s past to soak up some culture during your visit! A fragment of Roman Doncaster can still be seen in the grounds of Doncaster Minster and Doncaster Museum houses many Roman artefacts, including the extremely rare Danum Shield, one of only a handful of Roman Army shields ever found anywhere in the world. A Roman altar and a well-preserved dagger are also on display as well as many Roman coins found here.   During the Norman period castles appeared across the country and we are fortunate to have two well preserved examples in Doncaster. The privately owned Tickhill Castle and Conisbrough Castle. The latter ironically escaped destruction during the Civil War as it was deemed to be indefensible and therefore of no value. The Keep Tower remains virtually intact and one of the best preserved in Europe. During the Georgian period many fine country houses and stately homes were built in Doncaster. Cusworth Hall is one dating from the 1740s and occupying a commanding view over the town below. The Grade I listed Hall and grounds are open to the public and 70


balloon flights from the grounds allow you to see the estate from above. Brodsworth Hall was built during the Victorian era and was maintained exactly as it was when the last owners left in the 1980’s but is now undergoing a huge conservation project to maintain and preserve its splendour. Brodsworth Hall’s fine gardens are also a must for any visitor to Doncaster. In the heart of the town centre you will find The Mansion House one of only 3 in the country. Rich ornamentation and gilding adorn this building and, since the design was openly copied from an earlier design for a palace in Whitehall, we effectively have what was designed to be a Royal Palace right in the middle of Doncaster. For those interested in military history we have two terrific museums that are great fun for the entire family. The Regimental Museum of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) traces the origins of this regiment and also explains why Yorkshire Day is celebrated on 1 August. Meanwhile Ashworth Barracks is home to the Victoria Cross Trust and tells the story of many of the recipients of the VC, with uniforms, weapons and realistic scenes depicting battlefields.



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.

A Grand Day Out for Groups in the UK - Issue 9  
A Grand Day Out for Groups in the UK - Issue 9  

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