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RHS 2014 21 Feb - 22 Oct 2014 the NEC, Birmingham

Exeter Food Festival 24 - 27 Apr 2014 Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens

Chocolate Festival's 9 - 31 Mar 2014 Bristol, Brighton, Oxford, London

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The Lion King The Musical Until 28 Sep 2014 The Lyceum, London

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If you think the classic Disney film would be hard to top, think again. Even the magic of the movie can’t beat the buzz of The Lion King as it roars into life on stage.

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You’ll be spellbound from the start, as a dazzling cast of colourfully costumed creatures troops right past your seat to the rousing strains of Elton John’s ‘Circle of Life’.

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I Can't Sing! The X Factor Musical 27 Feb - 25 Oct 2014 | London Palladium Irreverent, mischievous and yet strangely touching I Can’t Sing! is the irrepressible new musical comedy hitting the renowned London Palladium from February 2014. Go behind the microphones and under the judges’ desks at the biggest show on earth, as I Can’t Sing! exposes the (allegedly) true story behind The X Factor – a gloriously twisted tale of naked ambition, heartache, hunchbacks and talking dogs. 02 | For more information about any show, event or help with planning your group outing, go to www.theticketfactory.com/groups


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We Will Rock You Until 5 Apr 2014 | Dominion Theatre, London Seen by over 13 million people worldwide, We Will Rock You is now in its 10th year and is the biggest rock theatrical event of the century! This sensational mega-hit phenomenon continues to raise the roof and brings audiences to their feet with rapturous standing ovations every night.

24 - 27 Apr 2014 | Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens

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Recently awarded ‘Tourism Event of the Year’ at the Devon Tourism Awards, the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink will be held over three days at Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens

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The 2013 Festival attracted 20,000 visitors from across the country, with people flocking to Exeter to indulge in top-notch South West food and drink, see cookery demos from top chefs and to enjoy workshops, live music and food-themed activities for all the family.

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The Four Tops and The Temptations 21 Mar - 3 Apr 2014 | UK Tour Timeless Motown legends Four Tops and The Temptations will be back in the UK in 2014 to relive the R&B and soul classics that delivered Detroit to music history.

Johnny Mathis 8 - 12 Apr 2014 | UK Tour Universally hailed as one of the greatest male vocalists of our time, Johnny Mathis will return to Birmingham to perform tracks from his greatest hits back catalogue.

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Dolly Parton 22 Jun 2014 LG Arena, Birmingham Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist DOLLY PARTON announces the ‘Blue Smoke World Tour’ will travel across the pond in 2014 for June and July concerts in Europe hitting the LG Arena Birmingham on Sunday 22 June 2014.

The Original Cornbury Music Festival 4 - 6 Jul 2014 | The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire The Cornbury Music Festival is one-of-a-kind: an eclectic and eccentric musical carnival - a dynamic summer festival disguised as a country fayre - a lovingly crafted, top notch, very English open air party, tailor-made for the whole family. Like the best of England, The Cornbury Music Festival is eccentric, charming and irresistible - a homespun melting pot where music-lovers share pies and a glass of champagne with superstars, toffs, rockers, crooners, Morris dancers, farmers, urbanites, fashionistas, gourmet chefs and the little old ladies who make exceptional cakes.

Il Divo 18 Oct 2014 | LG Arena, Birmingham Il Divo - the record-breaking classical crossover group who has sold more than 26 million albums worldwide - will bring “IL DIVO - A MUSICAL AFFAIR: THE GREATEST SONGS OF BROADWAY LIVE” to arenas across the UK.

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t n e m n i enterta Ant & Dec’s Takeaway Tour 9 - 10 Aug 2014 | LG Arena, Birmingham The tour will see them travelling the length and breadth of the country to the UK’s biggest arenas, including the LG Arena on Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 August 2014, and will give people the chance to experience Takeaway live on stage! The show will be packed with special guests, amazing prizes to be won and of course lots of surprises for the audience.

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy 5 Mar - 27 Apr 2014 | UK Tour Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favourite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy. Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney/ Pixar’s Cars race across the ice. Dive into The Little Mermaid’s enchanting undersea kingdom and enter the mystical world of Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies as they reveal the magic that lies within! The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the Toy Story gang escape from the rambunctious tots of Sunnyside Daycare and race for home, in their most daring adventure ever!

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CBeebies Live! The Big Band 5 - 19 Apr 2014 | UK Tour Justin Fletcher MBE, Mr. Tumble, Mister Maker, Mr. Bloom and the ZingZillas, CBeebies Live! The Big Band brings together some of your best loved CBeebies’ characters in a music-themed spectacle.

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Riverdance 9 Sep - 23 Nov 2014 | UK Tour Since the show first burst into the public’s heart at the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin in 1994, Riverdance has gone on to achieve global success - experienced by over 2.9 million people across the UK and TV audiences in excess of 2 billion.

The 2014 Birmingham International Tattoo 29 & 30 Nov 2014 | the NIA, Birmingham

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For 26 years the Birmingham International Tattoo has thrilled audiences with world class performers joining local groups to create a three-hour spectacle. All the traditional elements of the Tattoo are present again this year - from the Massed Bands, Parade of Standards to the Spectacular Grand Finale - plus much, much more.

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comedy Jack Whitehall 6 - 14 Mar 2014 | UK Tour ‘Jack Whitehall Gets Around’ is a brand new show that will see Jack perform ‘in the round’, a UK first for a solo stand-up tour.

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Miranda Hart 8 Mar - 11 Apr 2014 | UK Tour The award winning Queen of Comedy is on stage doing stand-up for the first time expect silliness, attempts at song and dance, secrets shared and simply - such fun!

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Russell Howard 21 Feb - 17 Apr 2014 | UK Tour In the ‘Wonderbox Tour’, the star and creator of his award-winning hit TV show, ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’, promises us more of his trademark brand of upbeat and razor-sharp comedy.

Lee Mack 8 Sep - 11 Dec 2014 | UK Tour The multi-award winning star of “Not Going Out” and “Would I Lie To You?”, Lee Mack, is going back on the road with his first live tour in 4 years. Expect his trademark brand of high energy banter, well-crafted gags and sharp one-liners in one of the most hotly anticipated shows of the year.

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homes, food

g n i n e d r and ga The Edible Garden Show 28 – 30 Mar 2014 | Alexandra Palace, London Award-winning grow-your-own event, The Edible Garden Show, is putting down new roots at London’s Alexandra Palace in March 2014 in a move to bring the popular show to new audiences around the country.

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BBC Gardeners' World Live and the BBC Good Food Show Summer 2014 12 - 15 June 2014 | the NEC Birmingham

The Edible Garden Show was launched in response to the grow-your-own revolution sweeping the country as more and more people are digging for the dinner plate. Latest government figures show that 5% of all our food is now grown at home and not just on allotments or vegetable patches in the garden. Tasty crops are being nurtured on patios, balconies, window boxes and even front doorsteps by families wanting to save money and lead a healthier lifestyle Scheduled for the beginning of the growing season, The Edible Garden Show is bursting with innovative products, top exhibitors, home-grown produce, food, livestock and a celebrity line-up of experts.

Two shows, one great day out! A winning combination of food and gardening takes place in June with the ultimate line up of gardening experts and chefs for your entertainment and inspiration. Enjoy stunning show gardens, the RHS Floral Marquee and familiar faces from BBC2’s Gardeners’ World. NEW for 2014, visit areas dedicated to Gardeners’ Know-how and Life&Style and get plot to plate inspiration at the hugely popular Grow&Eat area. Then enjoy the array of summer fresh produce and ingredients from the Producers’ Village, watch live cookery demos and enjoy fabulous shopping. All BBC Good Food Show Summer tickets include a seat in the Supertheatre.

Book now and look forward to a great summer day out.

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*25% off and 6 free tickets applies to groups of 45+. Price is inclusive, no additional booking or admin fees.

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Groups save up to 25% off standard adult ticket prices and get up to 6 FREE tickets!*

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RHS Shows 2014

21 - 22 February

RHS London Plant and Design Show

A day out at an RHS Flower Show is one of the highlights of the gardening year and 2014 promises to be no exception.

1 - 2 April

RHS Great London Plant Fair

1 April

RHS London Spring Fair Late

10 April

Preview Evening

Set within unique historic locations, each show has its own individual personality, brimming with inspiration from the very best in plants and garden design. It’s an unmissable opportunity to tap into expert advice and shop for all your gardening needs.

11 - 12 April

Join us for a fantastic group day out with friends.

RHS London Orchid & Botanical Art Show

11 - 13 April 27 April

RHS Flower Show Cardiff RHS London Alpine Garden Show

8 - 11 May

Malvern Spring Gardening Festival

20 - 24 May

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

11 - 15 June

BBC Gardeners'’ World Live

7 July 8 - 13 July

Preview Evening

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

23 - 27 July 31 July - 3 August 2 - 7 September

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show

27 - 28 September 7 - 8 October 7 October 21 - 22 October

Malvern Autumn Show RHS London Harvest Festival Show RHS London Harvest Festival Late RHS London Shades of Autumn Show

April - September

RHS Secret Garden Sundays First Sunday of the Month

2 November

RHS Secret Garden Sunday Christmas Special

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sport &

n o i t c a e v li BBL Finals 30 Mar 2014 | Emirates Arena, Glasgow One of the showpiece events in the UK basketball calendar is again in its new home, the Emirates Arena, Glasgow, and will play host to the BBL Trophy Final on Sunday 30 Mar.

Playoff Final Day 11 May 2014 | Wembley Arena, London Playoff Final Day on 11 May is one of the most eagerly-anticipated during the BBL season as the stars of the British game, lay it all on the line in pursuit of this coveted piece of silverware in the illustrious surroundings of London’s Wembley Arena.

Arenacross 25 Jan - 1 Mar 2014 | UK Tour A family-friendly killer mix of all-action indoor dirt bike racing and gravity-defying Freestyle Motocross set to a pumping soundtrack in another three-hour, nonstop white-knuckle ride! 12 | For more information about any show, event or help with planning your group outing, go to www.theticketfactory.com/groups


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Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships 4 - 9 Mar 2014 | the NIA, Birmingham Badminton England is pleased to announce that the most prestigious badminton championships in the world returns for its 104th year, following another magnificent display of high quality badminton in 2013.

2014 Premier League Darts 1 May 2014 | the NIA, Birmingham Darts' biggest roadshow event will celebrate its tenth staging next year, with reigning champion Michael van Gerwen set to defend his title against the likes of six-time winner Phil Taylor.

WWE Live 14 - 20 May 2014 | UK Tour WWE速 have announced that its unique brand of action packed entertainment is returning to the UK. Fans will be able to see all their favorite WWE Superstars under one roof including World Heavyweight champion John Cena, Alberto Del Rio, Randy Orton, CM Punk, AJ, The Bella Twins and many more.* *Line-up subject to change.

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Gadget Show Live 9 - 13 Apr 2014 | the NEC, Birmingham On top of being able to get hands on with the newest tech on the market there will be fantastic features for all the family, bringing the tech to life. See The Gadget Show presenters in a stunning hour long show in the Super Theatre, bringing you presenter challenges, audience competitions and mass gaming challenges. As always there will be plenty of giveaways and outstanding technology on display.

The National Homebuilding and Renovating Show 27 - 30 Mar 2014 | the NEC, Birmingham Whether you’re planning to build your own house, add an airy new loft conversion or create a family- friendly kitchen overlooking a landscaped garden – help is at hand. A visit to The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show will provide you with all the information, expert advice and inspiration you’ll need to create your very own unique living space.

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Paul Hollywood 28 Apr - 26 May | UK Tour TV’s baking star Paul Hollywood brings his first ever live show to the UK in 2014. With dates across the country, Paul Hollywood Live - Get Your Bake On! sees Paul take to the stage for an evening of baking, comedy and fun. “When I was approached to do a tour, I jumped at the chance; I can’t wait to share my passion for baking with a live audience” Get Your Bake On will see Paul demonstrate recipes, reveal some of the secrets of being a TV chef and take the audience on a journey through his life in baking. The show will culminate with four lucky randomly chosen audience members coming on stage to bake with Paul.

Crufts 2014 6 - 9 Mar 2014 | the NEC, Birmingham Crufts is the BIGGEST and BEST celebration of dogs. It’s a show stopping, dog shopping, fantastic family day out, all under one woof! Shopping Heaven - Over 400 stands with special treats and offers for you and your dog. Fun in the Arena – The arena is jam packed with agility, flyball, displays and exciting competitions including the Scruffts final! Discover Dogs - Come and meet, greet and discover over 200 breeds. Best in Show - Over 22,000 dogs striving for the title of Crufts Best in Show 2014.

The Royal Palaces Tower of London | Hampton Court Palace | Kensington Palace Experience 1000 years of history and discover the stories that connect these Royal Palaces.

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