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A Right Royal Invitation

Emma Parkes joins the New Meridian educational FAM Trip .The trip included an overnight stay at the Harte and Garter Hotel Read More »

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LEGOLAND

Paige and Jayden meet Batman

GTW’s Paige Fraser and her son Jayden were treated to a VIP day out at LEGOLAND Read More »

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Household Cavalry

Our recent fam trip to the Household Cavalry Museum, Guards Chapel and Guards Museum gave GTOs a taste of what these attractions have to offer. GTW’s Emma Parkes reports… Read More »

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TWYCROSS ZOO

GTW’s Advertising Client Manager, Harley Denham, spent a day at Twycross Zoo and found it ideal for animal-loving groups. If you’re planning a group trip there, here’s all you need to know

OUMBI the Western Lowland Gorilla

OUMBI the Western Lowland Gorilla

If you love monkeys, you’ll love Twycross Zoo, as the attraction is famed worldwide for having one of the largest collections of monkeys, apes and lemurs in the UK. Read More »

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Fred Olsen Cruise Lines: Touring Norway

Lorraine Jackson hops on board the Balmoral for an eight-night luxury cruise to some of Norway’s most scenic destinations.

Balmoral in St. John's, Antigua

Sailing out of Southampton on a sunny July afternoon, there was much to take in as we watched the yachts and smaller crafts glide along the waters of the Solent. Once onboard the Balmoral, we were directed to our cabin to be reunited with our luggage, which had been collected by a porter upon arrival allowing for easier embarkation. Our cabin, whilst being small, had twin beds, tea/coffee making facilities, radio/TV, plenty of cupboard space and a neat little bathroom with hairdryer. There was also a large window to watch the world go by. Read More »

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Theme Park // Reviews

ALTON TOWERS RESORT

BY GEMMA IRELAND

I visited Alton Towers Resort on Sunday, August 3. The entrance queue to the park proved fairly long, and we didn’t embark on out first ride until around 1330hrs.

GEMMA RIDE (2)This was Hex, the best illusion ride I have experienced. We managed to access the ride in good time, which I was pleasantly pleased about. We ventured to the X-Sector, where we discovered The Smiler and Oblivion. Oblivion was one of the bigger rollercoasters, and in my opinion, the most terrifying, as you are dangled 180 feet at an approximate angle of 87 degrees. Air was my favourite ride, as you are titled up and made to feel as though you are flying. It’s a completely different experience compared to other attractions. We then opted to try Nemesis, which is ranked rather highly amongst visitors. Read More »

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Press Trip To Melton Mowbray

Amy Moore visits the Rural Capital of Food, home to the famous Melton Mowbray Pork Pie and the Melton Farmers Market.

On July 29, GTW attended a familiarisation trip to Melton Mowbray hosted by the GTOA Central Branch, which saw a little over 30 GTO’s (including guests) in attendance.

GROUP IN MELTON FARMERS MARKET

Learning more about Melton’s Market Square

Melton is a rather quaint town, which remains proud of its unique cultural heritage. It has been built on the tradition of locally sourced produce, with celebratory events hosted throughout the year, such as the Melton Mowbray Food Festival. Tourists flock to get a taste of the authentic Melton Farmers Market, which suffered a bout of overcrowding on the weekday we were visiting. The day’s itinerary was well organised by Hatty McShane-Smith, Marketing Co-ordinator for Leicester Shire Promotions, who could accommodate a large group with ease. Read More »

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Visiting Leicester Market

Amy Moore gives her verdict on the attraction’s new food hall.

Leicester Market’s new and contemporary style food hall, which opened in May, boasts a diverse range of quality produce that puts it on par with some of the best markets in the UK and Europe.

Food Hall Exterior

Food Hall Exterior

Managed by Leicester City Council, the 700 year-old attraction is undergoing a major redevelopment, which, in addition to the new building, includes the demolition of its original food hall and the subsequent creation of a new public square. There are also plans for traders to occupy two exterior units of the food hall, due to open within the next six weeks, selling hot food and crafts.

Following on from GTW’s extensive Leicester feature, it was discussed over a cuppa within a petit office overlooking the rooftops, that the thriving city will have even more to offer, with the upcoming renovation seeking to further draw tourism. Read More »

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Bodyflight Bedford

Harley Denham is GTW‘s Advertising Client Manager. She recently visited the indoor thrillseeker’s paradise, with a range of daring and exhilarating activities.

Harley Skidiving

Indoor skydiving is probably the site’s biggest attraction

Following on from the corporate benefits article which appeared in the June edition of GTW, we visited Bodyflight Bedford, an indoor activity centre ideal for team building and corporate events.

Arriving at Bodyflight Bedford, it was clear there is plenty of room for coach parking. Located deep within a business park, it doesn’t seem like the obvious location to jump off a 120ft building. We entered and made our way up to the second floor where the first activity was scheduled for 1130hrs. We were booked in for a two-person virtual driving experience which lasted around 20 minutes. The room was fairly dark and cool to help you concentrate on the track. We were given a quick briefing on how to use the controls and what to expect. Groups can experience an hour’s private booking hire of the Racehouse Room, where up to 12 people can race. Also available are three person race experiences, where you race with friends to the finish line. Unfortunately, if you suffer from motion sickness this will be something you may want to skip. Read More »

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Luxurious time in Liverpool

Samantha Noble is our Subscriptions & Circulation Manager

Samantha Noble is our Subscriptions & Circulation Manager

With its unrivalled musical heritage and the largest collection of museums and galleries anywhere outside of London, Liverpool has always been one place to guarantee something different to do each time I have visited. Recently opened, we stayed at the first ibis Styles hotel in the North West – Liverpool Dale Street Hotel. Located in the centre of the commercial district and just a few minutes walk from key attractions that include Albert Dock, Liverpool ONE and the Liverpool Echo Arena, it makes the hotel a great base for anyone wanting to explore this friendly city. Read More »

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