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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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Down on the Farm

We round up the best family-friendly activity centres, shops and working farms that offer a taste of country life.

main-image-pigs-at-holkhamSACREWELL FARM AND COUNTRY CENTRE, CAMBRIDGESHIRE Set in the grounds of an 18th century watermill between Peterborough and Stamford, this farm park and country centre allows groups to explore, play and stay thanks to its on-site camping facilities that welcome tents, campers and caravans. Read More »

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GARDEN INSPIRATION

Gardening is an incredibly popular pastime for people of many ages – so any sort of garden-themed trip is likely to be popular. Naomi Mackay takes a look at some great ideas likely to appeal to green-fingered folk. AT HOME STAFFORDSHIRE’S GLORIOUS GARDENS A new Staffordshire Garden Trail, featuring 20 of the county’s finest gardens has been launched to celebrate the Year of the English Garden; and the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. A leaflet, with a map and useful discount vouchers supports the Garden Trail, which includes two Capability Brown creations – the Trentham Estate near Stoke-on-Trent, and Weston Park, South Staffordshire. Read More »

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Head to the Palace

There’s an exciting calendar of events at the collection of six royal palaces for this autumn and into the New Year. We take a look at the highlights.

 

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. Its aim is to help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have helped shape society in some of the greatest palaces ever built. Every season the palaces stage imaginative events and activities to engage the minds of adults and children. Here’s a selection we think will appeal to your groups.

KENSINGTON PALACE
Kensington Palace sits in Kensington Gardens in West London. It has been a residence of the British royal family since the 17th century, and is the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. The Fashion Rules at Kensington Palace features exhibits including dresses worn by The Queen, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales. This exhibition runs until the first week of January 2017.

In December you can enjoy a Victorian Christmas celebration at Kensington Palace, the childhood home of Queen Victoria. with festive decorations throughout the palace and gardens from December 3 to January 1. Join in the seasonal celebrations with talks, music, a lantern-making workshop, special tours, and seasonal food and drink from December 27 to January 1.

EVENTS
Royal Chapels: Past and Present December 7, 10am to 4pm Learn the secrets of the past and present royal worship from the chaplains responsible for the religious wellbeing of the royal family with a talk at Kensington Palace and exclusive tours of the private royal chapels at St. James’s Palace and The Tower of London. Tickets: £85 / £78 Historic Royal Palaces members. The Rise of Christmas Shopping December 3, 11am Kensington Palace Explore the development of the festive shopping period, from window displays and advertising to the gifts given and received by Queen Victoria with historian Professor Mark Connelly. Tickets: £15 / £12 Historic Royal Palaces members, including a glass of bucks fi zz

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Making Easter Easy!

Ten things to do with the kids next Spring

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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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LETS TAKE THE TRAIN

Why not take to the rails for a train adventure making the journey part of your day out? Naomi Mackay has plenty of suggestions to inspire you.

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Scotland certainly has plenty of dramatic scenery and its wild and wonderful west coast can be discovered on the West Highland Line. 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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AGTO

Welcome to the first in a new series of articles from the Association of Group Travel Organisation (AGTO) with Mike Bugsgang.

Mike Bugsgang CEO AGTO

Mike Bugsgang CEO AGTO

According to group travel organisers (GTOs), one of the most valued benefits of AGTO membership is being kept up-to-date with the legal implications and obligations of being an organiser. Read More »

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