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RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

8 - 13 Jul 2014 Hampton Court Palace, London

23 - 27 Jul 2014 Tatton Park, Cheshire

BBC Good Food Festival

BBC Good Food Bakes & Cakes Show

23 - 25 Aug 2014 Hampton Court Palace, London

25 - 27 Oct 2014 BDC, Islington, London

Go to: www.theticketfactory.com/groups or call 0800 368 8001 ISSUE 98 MAY/JUNE

THE MAGAZINE FOR GROUP ORGANISERS FROM THE TICKET FACTORY


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glance RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 8 - 13 Jul 2014 Hampton Court Palace, London This year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show promises to be the ultimate “Great Garden Festival”, with creative displays and exciting new features. Discover acres of beautiful garden displays, practical gardening advice, great shopping, quality food and entertainment.

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 23 - 27 Jul 2014 | Tatton Park, Cheshire Set in magnificent parklands the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park is a celebration of the best in gardening with a vibrant carnival atmosphere. A spectacular day out, not just for plant lovers, but for friends and family too. 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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BBC Good Food Festival 23 - 25 Aug 2014 | Hampton Court Palace, London

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This August Bank Holiday weekend the historical Hampton Court Palace on the banks of the River Thames are hosting the first ever BBC Good Food Festival. From 23-25 August you can enjoy first class food & drink and entertainment in the stunning grounds, and every ticket includes entry to the Palace and to the BBC Good Food festival.

BBC Good Food Bakes & Cakes Show 25 - 27 Oct 2014 | BDC, Islington , London The BBC Good Food Bakes & Cakes Show launches in Islington, London from 25-27 October 2014. The show will be packed with baking, bread-making and cake-crafting demonstrations, free master classes, and hundreds of products to get you baking like a pro. PLUS! the half term dates and free entry for children makes this a perfect activity for the school holidays. PLUS! every full day ticket adult includes a seat for the Bakes & Cakes Stage! See Mary Berry, Mich Turner, Paul Hollywood, and other expert bakers in LIVE 30 minute baking and technique demos. This brand new show is the perfect place to meet bakers, cake-crafters and confectioners, learn new skills, and pick up all the essentials you need to develop your home baking hobby. or call 0800 368 8001 Follow us

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Ed Sheeran

Dolly Parton

11 - 31 Oct 2014 | UK Tour

22 Jun 2014 | LG Arena, Birmingham

Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling, Madison Square Garden conquering singersongwriter Ed Sheeran has announced his return to the UK/Ireland for his first headline tour since Autumn 2012.

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.

Masterfully blending soulful vocals with organic folk introspection and irresistible hip-hop hooks, Ed Sheeran has enjoyed a meteoric rise. The 22-year old’s debut “+” entered the U.K. Albums Chart at #1 with the highest opening week figures for a debut male solo artist ever and is now certified 6x platinum in the UK. The singer/songwriter is also a two-time BRIT Award winner (Best Male Artist, Best Breakthrough Artist), recipient of an Ivor Novello Award for ‘Best Song Musically and Lyrically’ for The A Team and has gone on to become a genuine global phenomenon.

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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 An Evening With Julie Andrews 27 May – 1 June 2014 | UK Tour An Evening with Julie Andrews at the NIA, Birmingham on Saturday 24th May 2014 Iconic star of stage and screen, Dame Julie Andrews, will be returning to the U.K. next May for a tour of speaking engagements, where lucky fans will enjoy a special evening with the much loved legend from the world of entertainment. In a reduced, theatre seating arrangement, “An Evening with Julie Andrews,” will provide a rare and unique insight into the life and career of the beloved international star best known for her stage performances on Broadway in The Boyfriend, My Fair Lady and Camelot, and her award-winning screen performances in Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and Victor-Victoria, to mention but a few.

Disney's The Lion King Until 28 Sep 2014 Lyceum Theatre, London 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 Until 31 May 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.

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic 26 Sep – 4 Jan | UK Tour Join the celebration as more than 60 of Disney’s unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories come to life in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! You’ll be captivated by the one and only Mickey Mouse, the irresistible Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio and many Disney Princesses. Be thrilled by exciting moments from The Lion King; Mulan; and Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Toy Story films; in a skating spectacular filled with magical Disney moments you’ll remember forever as Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic!

The 2014 Birmingham International Tattoo 29 & 30 Nov 2014 the NIA, Birmingham 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 John Bishop 7 – 9 Nov 2014 | the NIA, Birmingham Ground control to Major John! Strap yourselves in, set doors to manual and cross check, the new John Bishop national tour is preparing for take off! The countdown is on for the launch of John Bishop’s latest national comedy caper! After taking eighteen months off to write his autobiography John is limbering up for his next arena mission, and will be zooming into a venue near you in the autumn of 2014.

Lee Evans 17 – 21 Sep 2014 | the NIA, Birmingham WIRED AND WONDERFUL was huge… XL was big… BIG was even bigger… ROADRUNNER was record breaking… and now the legendary Lee Evans embarks on his most ambitious tour to date. MONSTERS is Lee’s amazing new show with over 50 nights in the biggest arenas in the country. Lee will be playing to more fans than ever on this hotly anticpated tour of the UK and Ireland.

Joan Rivers 8 – 18 Oct 2014 | UK Tour JOAN RIVERS RETURNS. We are delighted to announce that the international treasure that is Ms Rivers will return to the UK for 2 weeks in October 2014 for a series of rare performances and what promises to be the hottest ticket in town, so book in early to avoid disappointment. Her last UK tour in 2012 saw her appear to critical acclaim in no less than 11 Sold-Out shows, including London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall. Plus she has nothing better to do. 08 | For more information about any show, event or help with planning your group outing, go to www.theticketfactory.com/groups


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Miranda Hart 17 Oct 2014 | the NIA, Birmingham The award winning Queen of Comedy is on stage doing stand-up for the first time since her hit series ‘Miranda’ aired on the BBC. Grab a chance to see Miranda’s laugh out loud genius live. She wants you to join her party. Expect galloping, attempts at song and dance, and simply - such fun! *Family Ticket - Two adults and two children (under 16 on the day of the show). Recommended minimum age for this show is 12 years. Persons 15 years and under must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years.

Lee Mack 8 Sep - 22 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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RHS Shows 2014 A day out at an RHS Flower Show is one of the highlights of the gardening year and 2014 promises to be no exception. 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. Join us for a fantastic day out with family and friends. Complete with scrumptious food, uplifting music and lots of entertainment, it’s a treat that’s not to be missed.

Malvern Spring Gardening Show

8-11 May

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

20 - 24 May

BBC Gardeners’ World Live

12 - 15 June

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

8 - 13 July

Exclusive Preview Evening

7 July

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show

23 - 27 July 31 July – 3 August

Malvern Autumn Show

27 - 28 September

RHS London Harvest Festival Show 7 – 8 October RHS London Harvest Festival Late RHS London Shades of Autumn Show RHS Secret Garden Sundays

7 October 21 - 22 October

April – September

First Sunday of the Month RHS Secret Garden Sunday Christmas Special

2 November

RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show 2 – 7 September

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BBC Good Food Show Summer & BBC Gardeners' World Live 12 - 15 Jun 2014 | NEC, Birmingham

BBC Good Food Festival 23 - 25 Aug 2014 | Hampton Court Palace, London

BBC Good Food Show Scotland 17 - 19 Oct 2014 | SECC, Glasgow

BBC Good Food Bakes & Cakes Show 25-27 Oct 2014 | BDC, Islington, London

BBC Good Food Show London 14 - 16 Nov 2014 | London, Olympia

BBC Good Food Show Winter 27 - 30 Nov 2014 | NEC, Birmingham The celebrated and exciting collection of BBC Good Food Shows are the perfect day out for any food fanatic, combining the very best in shopping, live entertainment and inspiration. With a host of your favourite familiar faces from cookery TV shows, as well as culinary and gastronomic experts, there is no better place for your group to spend a day. Plus, you get free entry to BBC Gardeners’ World Live with every ticket to BBC Good Food Show Summer.

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n o i t c a e v li Royal Windsor Horse Show 14 – 18 May 2014 | Windsor Castle Set in the private grounds of Windsor Castle not accessible to the public at any other time of the year, International Show Jumping, Dressage, Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix (carriage driving), International Endurance, over 120 showing classes and outstanding equestrian displays (see below). Patron: HM The Queen, President: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. HM The Queen often visits to watch her horses compete and does so on an informal basis. At other times she will be presenting awards in the main Castle Arena.

Horse of The Year Show 8 - 12 Oct 2014 LG Arena, Birmingham This year’s Show is packed full of entertainment, including the return of the awe-inspiring Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry, which will headline the displays. Friday, 10th October, will be the day of choice for dressage fans, featuring the Eilberg Family Dressage Master Class and the Dressage Future Elite Championship. A training session for international riders on the morning of Thursday, 9th October, will enable visitors to see how the professionals get their horses ready for the week ahead. And on the Showing front, the new Ridden Partbred Pony of the Year Championship will welcome some previously unseen talent to HOYS. 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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group bookings made easy! Ricoh Women's British Open 10 – 13 Jul 2014 | The Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport The Ricoh Women’s British Open is one of the golfing highlights of the sporting calendar. In its 38th year, this year’s Championship makes its sixth appearance at one of the most famous and historic links courses in the UK, Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport.. The famous club has been host to nine Open Championships and is a fitting stage for the world’s leading players to perform, over what will be four memorable days .

ISPS HANDA PGA Seniors Championship 5 – 8 Jun 2014 | Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Colchester Rees, Panton, Faulkner, Nagle, O’ Connor, Coles, Thomson and Horton - all great champions whose desire to compete and entertain, continued well past their youthful primes, collectively helping make the event one of the most popular on the calendar. or call 0800 368 8001 Follow us

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BodyPower Expo 16 – 18 May 2014 the NEC, Birmingham After five successful years, the BodyPower Expo returns to the NEC, Birmingham. Showcasing an unrivalled array of attractions from the fitness industry, visitors can expect appearances from leading global athletes across 14 sports, world leading experts offering cutting edge advice, interactive features appealing to the fitness athletes and enthusiasts of all levels, as well as a huge exhibition stretching over 4 halls of the NEC.

Antiques for Everyone 24 – 27 Jul, 4 – 7 Dec the NEC, Birmingham Antiques for Everyone is one of Britain’s largest vetted and datelined antiques fairs featuring around 240 exhibitors from across the UK, Europe and America. With prices from less than £10 to more than £100,000, the huge selection of antiques includes art deco, decorative and period furniture, highly collectable ceramics, pottery, silverware, glass, stunning British and European works of art and vintage items. A specially curated glass feature will be one of the star attractions at the spring fair. Our dealers are keen to show their wares to both the experienced and the simply curious, and our team of experts who carefully examine every item on sale allow visitors to buy with confidence. If you need any further help learning your way around art and antiques you can listen to one of our regular talks from the BBC’s Antiques Road show personalities Judith Miller and Mark Hill. These antiques experts are big fans of our AFE fairs and love to share their passion with our visitors. 14 | For more information about any show, event or help with planning your group outing, go to www.theticketfactory.com/groups


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Miniatura

The International Dolls House Modelling Show 20 & 21 Sep 2014 the NEC, Birmingham Owning your ‘ideal’ house is more attainable than you think…although you may need to downsize! Property owning dreams through miniature real estate can be fulfilled whether you are seeking a chocolate-box thatched country cottage with wisteria draped over the door or maybe a grand three-storey Victorian town house, a rustic Tuscan villa or modern coastal property! The hobby of collecting miniatures and doll houses offers endless choices and is one of the most fulfilling and creative past-times, that is easily accessible. And each house invariably tells a story or depicts a period in history in all its’ scaled down glory. Miniatura is the largest doll house and miniatures event in the UK and brings the best of the hobby together all under one roof. The next Miniatura show will be held from 29-30th March at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

Warley National Model Railway Exhibition 22 - 23 Nov 2014 | the NEC, Birmingham Warley National Model Railway Exhibition, the UK’s Premier Model Railway show, opens its doors on the 22nd and 23rd November for what has become a world renowned event and a fun day out for local families. It’s the Club’s 47th annual show and the 22nd at the NEC! This year sees over 85 working model railway layouts on show with exhibitors from the UK, and Europe. As usual there will be a huge trade interest with all the major model railway manufacturers and most of the smaller ones represented, launching their latest products and selling those rare items that modellers require for the hobby.

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