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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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Ex Red Cross centre to officially re-open as luxury hotel

Staff and guests at Barnett Hill will be raising a glass at a glitzy Champagne and Canapé reception to mark the hotel’s official re-opening, following the completion of the first stage of an extensive renovation. The beautiful four-star Queen Anne-style country house,...

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ABTA advises Gap Year students

As students receive their A level results today, and look forward to starting their time at University, tens of thousands¹ will look to take some time out for travelling or a Gap Year. Volunteering abroad is a popular choice for many ‘gappers’, from sports coaching or...

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Spa days in Bedfordshire

From royal weddings to the World Cup, some events get everyone talking. Here, the team at The Waterfront Hotel in Bedfordshire, an ideal venue for Christmas parties, explore the impact these events have on the host country’s tourism… The royal wedding is still the...

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Scotland

Stunning lochs, magnificent beaches and world-class cities… Scotland has it all Scotland’s home to six UNESCO World Heritage sites, including The Forth Bridge and the now unoccupied island of St Kilda (the most remote part of the British Isles that’s famous for its...

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The gateway to the Alps

We live in an age where sensational newspaper headlines are a dime a dozen, and anyone with a Twitter account and an opinion can broadcast just about anything at the click of a button. With excitement building for my upcoming trip to Geneva, I bravely decided to...

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WICKSTEED PARK APPOINTS IAN BARTLETT

Wicksteed Park has appointed Ian Bartlett as its new managing director as it continues to strengthen its position as a leading family attraction and the home of children’s play. Ian joins the park after previously working at The Cornwall Hotel, Spa and Estate in St...

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Bird’s eye view!

See the Snowdon Mountain Railway like never before… Check out this spectacular new video, showing a bird’s eye view of the journey taken by trains on Snowdon Mountain Railway – all the nifty camera work of CameraDroneUK.com With the exception of two World Wars,...

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Award for Southport Coach Welcome hosts

Southport’s well-known Coach Welcome hosts, Rod and Wendy Wright, have received recognition from the Rotary Club of Southport for their service to the community… The accolade recognises Rod and Wendy’s ‘Outstanding Service above Self, over the last 24 Years’ and links...

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TV docs live on stage

Based on the hit CBBC television series, Operation Ouch! is live on stage for the first time in the UK this December… Opening at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End on Sunday 9 December 2018, the strictly limited season ends on 6 January 2019 – and tickets are on...

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Longleat on the small screen

Longleat is returning to our TV screens in a brand new series of Animal Park… The new ‘Summer Specials’ series will be shown at 9.15am on weekdays until August 24, with presenters Ben Fogle and Kate Humble joining Jean Johansson for another heart-warming glimpse into...

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Driving bans in France because of bad air quality

Highways to the South, Italy and Switzerland are affected Five tourist areas currently introduced driving bans due to poor air quality: Paris, Strasbourg, Lyon, Annecy and Isère (Alpine region, Grenoble). In these zones, cars without the Crit'Air environmental badge...

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Explore Essex

Head to Chelmsford for The Essex Group Travel Show in October…   Are you a group travel organiser? Are you looking for new places to visit and take your group? Then look no further, as Visit Essex has got it covered! The Essex Group Travel Show will take place on...

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Safari park earns its stripes!

Staff at West Midland Safari Park are celebrating the arrival of the attraction’s first ever baby Grévy’s zebra… The bundle of stripes was born to first-time-mum Akuna, and Vicky Barsham, African Ungulates Keeper at the park, says: “We are absolutely delighted to...

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Book now!

Painshill Park in Surrey is to welcome tour buyers at a special group booking event next year… Monday 29th April 2019 is the date for the UK travel trade to note in their diaries. For on that day will be the latest Group Buyer Forum South event – all geared up to...

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Feel inspired…

[Greatdays’ Sarah Phillips (left) and Katharine Worsley] Expect themed inspiration from Greatdays in its new summer brochure Tour wholesaler Greatdays Travel Group is offering ‘themed inspiration’ for 2019 in its new summer group travel brochure. Six themes bring...

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Bottom’s up!

Nelson’s Gin ‘Rhubarb & Custard’ has been awarded Silver Outstanding certification in the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2018… The annual competition, which is now in its 49th year and highly regarded as the world’s premier wine and spirit competition,...

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Christmas is coming!

[Andy Abbott] Bury St Edmunds’ traditional Christmas fayre is set to return in November… Located in the heart of historic Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, the cathedral town’s Christmas fayre, which runs from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th November, showcases a huge...

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See Burghley under the stars

[ShutterBox Photography] Enjoy a grand night out in stately surroundings at historic Burghley House in Lincolnshire Music, merriment and magical lighting… Lincolnshire’s Burghley House will once again be turning the clock back to a golden age of entertainment this...

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Eurotunnel Delay

Important Information Waiting time due to restricted shuttle capacity caused by the extreme and prolonged high temperatures Ticket sales for travel today currently unavailable The prolonged and unprecedented temperatures in the South East of England are affecting the...

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Summer of love…

West Midland Safari Park will be spending the summer fundraising for some of the most vulnerable and endangered species on the planet. The park’s annual Summer Nights event will this year focus on raising awareness for different animals each week, including...

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One lucky penguin!

When keepers checking the nestboxes on ZSL London Zoo’s Penguin Beach found an egg had been accidentally broken by its parents, they were astonished to find a tiny chick still alive inside… Quick-thinking keepers knew the delicate Humboldt penguin chick – nicknamed...

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Eat, drink and be merry

‘Meal Stop – New Lanark Mills’ offers a new refreshment option for groups… New Lanark Mills World Heritage Site, the unique 18th century Scottish cotton spinning mill village set alongside the picturesque River Clyde about an hour south of Glasgow, has introduced a...

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A warm Hexham welcome

Champions of the ‘community pub,’ Admiral Taverns’ County Hotel in Hexham is ideal for groups… “The hotel is a favourite with both locals and tourists, run by dedicated licensee Fiona Beck,” says Steve Birkett, Business Development Manager at Admiral Taverns. “Sitting...

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In bloom!

[Credit: Pixabay] Next month, RHS Garden Rosemoor in Torrington, Devon will host its second Garden Flower Show, sponsored by Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management. The three-day show, from August 17-19, is set to be even bigger and better this year. Key changes include a...

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Plant your flag!

With the largest collection of ancient castles in England, English Heritage is asking its summer visitors to help conserve them by giving a donation in exchange for a flag at its key sites around the country. As a charity, it is raising funds to help protect its 66...

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A boom for British tourism

From royal weddings to the World Cup, some events get everyone talking. Here, the team at The Waterfront Hotel in Bedfordshire, an ideal venue for Christmas parties, explore the impact these events have on the host country’s tourism… The royal wedding is still the...

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The Real Mary King’s Close

Edinburgh attraction The Real Mary King’s Close can now be enjoyed in two new languages – Mandarin and Polish… In a move to enhance its international guest experience, the social history tour has introduced Mandarin and Polish audio guides, bringing the total number...

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Who ate all the pies?

The glorious PieFest takes place from July 28-29 in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire… The art of traditional pie-making in the UK will be celebrated as PieFest returns to the East Midlands later this month. This year’s PieFest event will be held in Melton Mowbray from...

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Hit the streets of Newcastle

Tips from the team at Stagecoach to help you enjoy a week in Newcastle, exploring by Megarider bus pass… Monday: visit the Centre for Life to explore the science village for an educational day out. Tuesday: head to the Grainger Market situated in the heart of...

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What a rear view!

Lincolnshire's Gravity Fields Festival (from 26-30 September) is set to offer a bus ride like no other through the streets that Sir Isaac Newton trod as a boy… Rear View from IOU is an eye catching, one-of-a-kind open top vehicle that mixes live performance and...

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Take to the floor…

City & Village Tours have launched The Strictly Tea Dance for groups City & Village Tours, the tour wholesaler that offers day trips and ‘SleepOvers’ for groups who like to see a lot without walking too far, has launched The Strictly Tea Dance, a new product for...

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Explore the UK’s best attractions

Steve Reed Tourism has announced a range of hosted fam trips, exhibitions and showcases for group travel organisers and coach and tour operators, including: 23-25 September: Southport Hosted Buyer Showcase. Stay at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and visit superb attractions,...

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