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Join Santa on the Churnet Valley Railway

Father Christmas is your host on the Churnet Valley Railway in Staffordshire throughout December for its Santa and Steam event. Guests can start at either Froghall or Cheddleton to take a festive journey through the Staffordshire Moorlands. During the journey Santa...

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The 2019 Birmingham International Tattoo

Britain’s biggest indoor international tattoo, with over 1,200 performers, will return to Arena Birmingham on November 23-24, 2019, bringing together international military and other marching bands in a three-hour spectacle for all the family. The Tattoo will bring...

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Hatton Shopping Village revs up for the festive season

Hatton Shopping Village in Warwick, the English Victorian shopping village that’s home to a myriad of independent retailers, is hosting plenty of festive fun in the run up to Christmas… Back by popular demand are the Christmas Markets, which take place every weekend...

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Major new exhibition at Kensington Palace

Historic Royal Palaces is to mark the two hundredth anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth with a major new exhibition at Kensington Palace... On 24 May 1819, Princess Victoria was born at Kensington Palace, an infant who as Queen would one day rule over the largest...

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Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village wins top award

Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village has won the 2018 Tourist Destination of the Year Award in the Surrey Business Awards. At a gala ceremony held at Epsom Racecourse last month, judges commended the gallery’s programme of exhibitions and installations, and cited the way...

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The Wimbledon Art Fair is back!

More than 150 contemporary artists, designers and makers will be introduced to visitors eager to find out about the ideas behind their work next month, as the Wimbledon Art Fair returns. Wimbledon Art Studios will open its doors from 15 - 18 November 2018, giving...

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Butlin’s launches new booking incentive

Butlin’s Conference and Events is kicking off the festive season early this year with an autumnal booking incentive for those looking to host their next conference or event at any of its three resorts in 2018 or 2019. As part of this autumn incentive, event management...

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Global deal for Big Bus Tours

AC Group has signed a global sales agreement with Big Bus Tours that provides the wholesale tour operator with access to the 21 cities on four continents served by the world’s largest privately-owned operator of open-top sightseeing tours. The deal solidifies the...

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Festive fun

The British Motor Museum in Warwickshire is inviting families to join in the motoring-themed festive fun from 8-23 December… Craft weekends take place from 10am to 3pm on 8 & 9, 15 & 16 and 22 & 23 December. Visitors can make a winter robin, Santa’s sleigh or a...

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Encore to announce new global booking system at WTM

Encore is showcasing its latest technology development at World Travel Market (WTM) next month, delivering entertainment tickets for Broadway, London’s West End and Las Vegas on one platform. This unique enhancement enables partners to connect via just one API for all...

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Wicked Nights at Blackgang Chine

Wicked Nights, a terrifying new horror event for thrill seeking groups, has opened at Blackgang Chine on the Isle of Wight. Based on a legendary 16th century monk’s curse, the chilling experience takes place in one of Britain’s most haunted locations every evening,...

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Group Buyer Forum hailed a success

The UK travel trade descended on one of the top attractions in the country for a special group booking event this week. The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, see http://www.thenma.org.uk/ was the quality venue for the latest Group Buyer Forum event,...

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Baby’s first birthday!

Cotswold Wildlife Park's first hand-reared rhino calf has reached a special milestone as she celebrates her first birthday this month.  Already weighing an impressive 675kg, her keepers have calculated that she’s ploughed through 12,478 litres of milk in her first...

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A monastic treat

Fancy a traditional music hall experience – in the unique surroundings of a 19th century monastery? Greatdays Travel Group’s ‘Music Hall at the Monastery’ recreates the tradition of music hall within the walls of the restored Gorton Monastery in Manchester, a former...

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Longleat Festival of Light

The UK’s original Festival of Light returns to Longleat for the festive period with a magical journey through time and space. Running from November 9th to January 6th ‘A Fantastic Voyage’ is the Wiltshire attraction’s most ambitious ever Christmas event, featuring...

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Greatdays Travel Group wins top awards

Greatdays Travel Group has clinched two prestigious awards at the recent Disneyland Paris Key Partners Event. Paul Beaumont, Greatdays Travel Group's director (pictured above with Goofy) was in Paris to receive the ‘Top Producing Group Tour Operator’ award and the...

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Halloween on the streets of Nottingham

Halloween is shaping up to be a terrifying time for visitors to Nottingham, with many of the city’s biggest attractions holding special, week-long Halloween events… • Old Market Scare at Old Market Square (26th – 31st Oct), will include the UK's biggest mobile Ghost...

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An odds-on favourite

The National Stud in Newmarket is on to a winner after it was awarded Coach Friendly Status this month by The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT UK). The only commercial stud farm in the UK offering tours to the public through Discover Newmarket, this...

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Enjoy a Belgian beer at WTM

Wallonia is inviting tour planners to enjoy a Belgian beer at World Travel Market… The Belgium Tourist Office-Wallonia is inviting coach and group tour operators to visit its stand at World Travel Market next month to enjoy a Belgian beer and find out about new group...

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Roaring around the Christmas tree

Christmas is coming at ZSL London Zoo’s Gir Lion Lodges as the international conservation charity launches a family sleepover event ahead of the festive season... Adventurous animal lovers can spend the night at the world-famous landmark on a VIP Christmas experience,...

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Bat Out Of Hell The Musical’s off to Toronto

It's been announced that the West End season of the award-winning Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical ends at the Dominion Theatre on Saturday January 5, 2019 – but the show goes on worldwide… Its North American Tour opens in Toronto, Canada this month, while the German...

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Dunvegan Castle wins major tourism award

Dunvegan Castle & Gardens – a world class heritage attraction on the Isle of Skye – has won Scottish Land & Estate’s Helping it Happen Tourism Award 2018. The award comes at the end of another successful season for the estate – a Highland fortress that has seen a...

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30 years of group travel success

Based in Harrow, the GTC Travel Group, formerly known as the German Travel Centre, has just celebrated its 30th birthday. Founded by the Bhimani family and run by Tahir Bhimani, the specialist tour operator and travel agent organises flights for small groups – and is...

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Halloween at Cheddar Gorge & Caves

Family fun and Halloween horror will go hand-in-glove at Cheddar Gorge & Caves during the October half-term holidays… Set to transform this popular Somerset attraction into “The Gorge of Mysteries” this special event runs from October 27 to November 4, and will...

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Hogwarts in the snow

Hogwarts In The Snow returns to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, from Saturday November 17th until Sunday January 27th 2019. Visitors will have the opportunity to see some of the most iconic sets from the Harry Potter film series...

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StageCon postponed until 2019

The organisers of StageCon, the UK’s first convention for theatre fans throughout the UK and Europe, have announced they are postponing the event until 2019. StageCon was originally planned to run over the weekend of 3 & 4 November at Shoreditch Town Hall in London....

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Make your tours even better!

The British Guild of Tourist Guides and the Institute of Tourist Guiding – working together as Blue and Green Badge Tourist Guides – is set to be the headline sponsor for the National Tour Guiding Conference, which takes place on November 9 at the historic Drapers...

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Knights at Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle in West Sussex is set to close its 2018 season with Norman Knights in the Keep, which runs from 24-25 October... Visitors will be transported back to the start of the Cousins War, a turbulent and often forgotten era in the Middle Ages, with thrilling...

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Feast this Christmas at Warwick Castle

Enjoy a Christmas medieval banquet at Warwick Castle this festive season… Held on selected dates from November 23 to December 20, the banquets cost from £59 per person, and groups are welcome to join in the medieval merry making at this entertaining seasonal spectacle...

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Light up the sky

Leading events promoter Raymond Gubbay Limited has announced the biggest ever series of illuminated festive trails for 2018. Creating a visually spectacular seasonal experience that transforms a heritage landscape has become a speciality for Raymond Gubbay – who work...

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Discover Durham

Discover Durham welcomed international travel trade operators earlier this month to experience the best the county has to offer the inbound group travel market. Discover Durham, the group travel brand part of Visit County Durham, arranged the two-day visit in...

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National Tour Guiding Conference

The British Guild of Tourist Guides and the Institute of Tourist Guiding, working together as ‘Blue and Green Badge Tourist Guides’, will be the headline sponsor for the National Tour Guiding Conference, which takes place on 9th November 2018 in Drapers Hall in the...

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The ultimate package

England Originals, an innovative Discover England Fund project from England's Historic Cities, has signed a new tour operator partnership with Golden Tours. Golden Tours has been tasked with implementing a system that will enable US and UK consumers to book one of...

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Archive Live!

Archive Live! at the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire is a unique opportunity for people to find out what an archive is – and what an archivist actually does. On Friday 5 October the archive team will be taking over the British Motor Museum's social media feeds on...

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Celebrate Christmas with Her Majesty

This Christmas, visitors to the official royal residences will see the State Apartments decked with twinkling lights, garlands and glittering Christmas trees to celebrate the festive season. At Windsor Castle, the highlight of the display will be the magnificent...

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See the light!

Organisers of the award-winning Enchanted Forest sound and light show - The Enchanted Forest Community Trust - are investing thousands into this autumn's event to improve accessibility for wheelchair users and disabled customers. The investment in the Pitlochry event...

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Celebrating rural life

Starting today (September 13), The Living Museum of the North is recreating a traditional country show. The four-day event, which takes place until Sunday September 16, will have everything from livestock to traditional crafts, beekeeping, donkey rides and brass band...

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The Band to hit the West End

Tim Firth's new musical The Band, featuring the music of Take That, has been touring the UK since September 2017, becoming the fastest selling UK tour of all time. This December, the show will transfer to London's Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited run from...

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British Youth Travel Awards

The 2018 British Youth Travel Awards are now open! A distinguished panel of judges - including Group Travel World's Harley Denham - will deliberate across 14 categories to determine the best businesses and individuals in the UK youth, student and travel industry. New...

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Network in style

Steve Reed Tourism’s 2019 Group Buyer Forum South event takes place on April 29, 2019 at the stunning Painshill Park near Cobham in Surrey, famed for its award-winning landscaped gardens. The event – which is geared towards helping GTOs, as well as coach and tour...

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Art on the big screen

Exhibition On Screen, the film series that brings the world's best art to the big screen, returns for a sixth season this autumn. The series opens with Degas: Passion for Perfection, released in cinemas on November 6, which goes behind the scenes of the UK’s most...

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Show your support!

Later this month, Peter Stratton, MD of Independent Coach Travel (ICT), will be taking to the saddle for an epic bike ride from Canterbury to Disneyland Paris – all in aid of the London Black Cabs Children's Charity. The 200-mile ride takes place across September 27 &...

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Aviate is on the up

Flight consolidator Aviate has reported a 32% increase in revenue, turning over £80m in the past year.   The company, which is part of the Travel Innovation Group, has exceeded its targets for sales for the 2017/18 financial year, with a 50% increase in ticket sales...

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Festive spirit

Father Christmas returns for Raby Castle’s festivities… Christmas at Raby Castle in County Durham will be bigger than ever this year with appearances by Santa’s real-life reindeer, Elvis the Shetland pony and an opportunity for children to enjoy breakfast pancakes...

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Multi-million pound revamp for Cheshire mill

A historic mill, which was once the site of one of the largest cotton manufacturing businesses in Britain, has re-opened to the public – marking a major milestone in a four-year transformation project at the National Trust’s Quarry Bank in Cheshire.   The £9.4 million...

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New Warwickshire boutique hotel

The stylish hotel Indigo Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire will host two recruitment open days ahead of its much-anticipated opening at the end of November. The new boutique hotel is recruiting for roles within reception, housekeeping, concierge, sales and accounts....

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Expert tips for driving in Europe

Follow our top tips for driving on European roads from the experts at used vehicle specialists Lookers… More and more people are taking road trips across Europe, and here the team at Lookers, which stocks a variety of car servicing parts, offer expert words of advice:...

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Discover the UK

Group travel specialist Steve Reed Tourism Ltd is inviting UK tour planners to a number of key events… Showcase opportunities to help fill coaches across the country are available to group travel organisers, coach and tour operators and tour planners of all types....

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EXHIBITION A ROYAL WEDDING The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

We're excited to announce that the wedding outfits of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be on display at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse during 2018-2019. See Prince Harry’s Blues and Royals frockcoat uniform, and admire the elegance of the bride's...

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Excursions 2019

The largest and most established travel trade show in the UK, Excursions™ 2019 returns on January 26, 2019 at Alexandra Palace, London Offering unrivalled access to group travel organisers, coach and tour operators, itinerary planners and group buyers, Excursions has...

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