Category Archives: Destination Features

Prague

02-old-town-square An architectural gem, Prague is a city of dreaming spires and hidden treasures ranging from an animation museum to underground bomb shelters. It is a city associated with Einstein, Mozart, Kafka, Alphonse Mucha, Dvorak and Johannes Kepler and has much to offer travellers no matter what type of activity is being sought. With direct flights taking less than two hours from UK airports, it is a very accessible location. Travelling within Prague is very easy, as there are reliable, fast underground and tram systems. Read More »

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Norwich for Groups

Norwich – a vibrant city with the perfect mix of past and present – and just right for a group visit, says Angela Youngman

attractions-credit-jacqueline-wyatt_norwich-castle_2The city with a ‘church for every week of the year and a pub for every day’ was Norwich’s longstated claim. Although no longer true, this is still a city with countless churches, two cathedrals and numerous pubs – as well as museums, art galleries and the largest number of medieval buildings in any UK city. Read More »

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Group Travel London

We’re very lucky to have such an exciting capital city. In the next four pages we explore what makes it a great destination for groups – there’s even a walking tour for you to enjoy!

SIMPLY THE BEST London been named as the best city to visit in the prestigious Times, Sunday Times and Sunday Times Travel Magazine Awards. It’s the fourth year in a row that London has scooped Best City, ranking ahead of New York, Venice, Paris, Sydney, Las Vegas and Dubai. Julie Chappell, Chief Digital Officer at London & Partners, who accepted the award during a ceremony at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, said: “To have won this reader nominated award for the fourth time shows that people really do love this multicultural city which offers a unique visitor experience few other places on earth can match.” A jam-packed autumn season of culture is planned in the city. Read More »

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Making Easter Easy!

Ten things to do with the kids next Spring

Tree Top Junior - Go Ape (hi-res)

1. GO APE
30 locations across the UK For the ultimate Easter excursion let your tribe live a little more adventurously on a visit to Go Ape. Children as young as six can monkey around on Tree Top Junior, while older children can fly through the sky on a zip wire, race through the forest on a Segway or swing through the trees like Tarzan on the Tree Top Adventure. Read More »

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Go for a walk

The health benefits of walking are well-known and strolling with your friends is a great way to enjoy the countryside – or a city – as we discover.

Enjoying good company on a walk in Northumberland.

Enjoying good company on a walk in Northumberland.

Exploring somewhere on foot can be the best way to experience new sights and sounds and there’s a wealth of options for an organised walk, be it an urban tour, a day out in a National Park or a walking holiday. Walking in good company adds a further beneficial feel-good factor to a ramble. So not surprisingly, nearly two thirds of people prefer to walk with a partner or a group, and one in four of them feel happier after a walk, according to a survey by HF Holidays, specialists in walking and leisure activity breaks. Read More »

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A gift for horse lovers

From this month you’ll have a fantastic opportunity to see a national collection which forms a vital part of the UK’s sporting heritage.

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The Palace House National Heritage Centre for Horse Racing & Sporting Art opens its doors to visitors for the very first time in September. It will be a must-visit venue for anyone who loves horses and art, although the appeal will be much wider, with something to interest history fans, and with links to the national curriculum to involve school groups. This is the result of over ten years planning, building and fundraising to become the biggest new attraction to open in Suffolk in the last decade. Read More »

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The Best of Belgium

Being just a short hop across the channel, there’s no excuse for not planning a trip to Belgium. Angela Youngman has discovered there’s something for everyone!

Brussels

With a moving World War One heritage and a culture spanning Rubens to Tintin, and of course, chocolate, Belgium is a diverse and cosmopolitan location with lots to offer group visitors – and with warm summers and mild winters, it’s an excellent all year-round destination. Read More »

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A Meal & A Show!

A trip to the theatre is made even more enjoyable by a delicious meal. Here are some suggestions for group-friendly venues in Bristol, London and Watford.

 

The Glassboat is convenient for a combined visit to the theatre.

The Glassboat is convenient for a
combined visit to the theatre.

TOP NIGHT IN BRISTOL

Bristol Old Vic has been celebrating its 250th anniversary this year with a programme of top theatre performances and a £25m development programme. GTW’s Jonathan Taylor stayed the night in the city to see a performance of King Lear starring actors Timothy West and Stephanie Cole. Read More »

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Lncashire’s Lovely!

Lancashire has beautiful beaches, amazing activities, stunning nature reserves, heritage, steam power and great entertainment – all perfect for a group getaway. Let Angela Youngman be your guide.

A tram with Blackpool Tower in the background. The tramway running along Blackpool Promenade dates back to 1885 and is the oldest surviving example in Britain.

A tram with Blackpool Tower in the background.

Exuberant and lively, Blackpool is undoubtedly the jewel in Lancashire’s crown with its iconic Tower silhouetted against the sky. This is the premier coastal resort in North West England, attracting millions of visitors each year. More than 3.5 million people come just to see the spectacular tableaux and light displays that make up the Blackpool Illuminations each autumn. Read More »

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Yorkshire and Harrogate

Harrogate and York have so much to offer groups who, like Agatha Christie, might be looking to escape for a traditional English break.

The Royal Baths Exterior

The Royal Baths

HARROGATE – ECHOES OF THE ROARING TWENTIES Ninety years ago, crime writer and best-selling novelist of all time Agatha Christie, famously went missing. Having disappeared from her Berkshire home, her car was found abandoned and the press went wild, speculating that she had committed suicide, been murdered by her husband, or even that the whole ‘whodunnit’ was nothing more than a publicity stunt. Eleven days later, Agatha was discovered in a hotel in Harrogate. However, she never spoke about what happened during that time, and it was thought that she may have crashed her car and suffered from temporary amnesia. Read More »

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