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The heart of England holds groups close

The heart of England holds groups close

There are attractions for groups of all sizes and ages, find out now what the West Midlands can offer...

A truly unique experience at Puy du Fou

A truly unique experience at Puy du Fou

Groups will experience France in a new light at Puy du Fou, as we find out on a trip...

Get ready for the Great Exhibition 2018

Get ready for the Great Exhibition 2018

The once-in-a-lifetime Great Exhibition of the North comes to Newcastle-Gateshead next year. Here’s what you can expect to see

Kynren: The North East comes alive

Kynren: The North East comes alive

Spectacular home-grown show comes to Bishop Auckland for the second year. We’re invited to the first performance

Walk with the dinosaurs

Walk with the dinosaurs

Walk on the wild side in Dinosaurs in the Wild, Birmingham’s latest attraction Opened in June, Dinosaurs in the Wild...

All aboard this Christmas

All aboard this Christmas

A trip on a steam train is great whatever the season. We take a look at just a handful...

Adventure awaits

Adventure awaits

Obstacles, climbing, archery and more on a fun-filled adventure day organised by Groups Direct Does your group fancy an adventure? Essex Outdoors...

Fairy-tale Germany

Fairy-tale Germany

Romantic cities, castles and a wealth of history, Germany has an array of sights perfect for groups As well...

It’s time to enter the BCTAs

It’s time to enter the BCTAs

The glamorous British Coach Tourism Awards returns to the National Motorcycle Museum next year. We’ve lined up our judges,...

The hidden gem in the Irish Sea

The hidden gem in the Irish Sea

Despite its size, the Isle of Man has plenty to see and do for visitors. Michaela Peacock finds...

Exeter and Plymouth: Something different

Exeter and Plymouth: Something different

We visit Exeter and Plymouth to discover what makes these lovely holiday cities so special Plymouth...

Book a show this Christmas

Book a show this Christmas

There’s nothing better than a Christmas show to get groups into the festive spirit. Be it a pantomime,...

Mill Rythe: A fresh look at holiday parks

Mill Rythe: A fresh look at holiday parks

Mill Rythe Holiday Village is turning the perception of holiday parks on its head with a host of enjoyable...

New gateway for the Welsh Highlands

New gateway for the Welsh Highlands

Cool new station in the works for historic railway in Caernarfon It’s all change in...

Austria for all seasons

Austria for all seasons

When people think of Austria, skiing and images of snowy landscapes will often spring to mind, but Austria has...

A day in Holland with DFDS

A day in Holland with DFDS

Looking to introduce your groups to cruising? DFDS’s mini-cruise option is the ideal short break, with time ashore to...

The very best of Scottish

The very best of Scottish

The VisitScotland Expo was alive with culture, food and drink, and news of new attractions. We took it in...

Sports venues worth their salt

Sports venues worth their salt

Got a group of sporting lovers? Here are some of the best, coach-friendliest sports venues and tours Newmarket’s newest attraction...

Put your money on Newmarket

Put your money on Newmarket

Newmarket lives and breathes horses. Home to The National Stud and the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art,...

Events programme revealed for Kirkgate

Events programme revealed for Kirkgate

Leeds’ most charming Victorian market offers even more for group days out Famous for its architecture and shopping, Leeds is...

Jorvik is open once more

Jorvik is open once more

One of the best reasons to take a group to York is now back in business. We revisit

Victoria’s Harewood comes to life

Victoria’s Harewood comes to life

We visit the magical seat of the Earls of Harewood, Harewood House, as it gears up for a massive...

Secrets of the Bodleian whispered to groups

Secrets of the Bodleian whispered to groups

Book for the Bodleian: The world-famous attraction wants your groups this winter Whisper it quietly: The famous Bodleian...

The hidden gems of Wiltshire

The hidden gems of Wiltshire

Far from being somewhere to pass through on the way to the south west’s coastal counties, Wiltshire is an...

International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival tickets on sale now

International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival tickets on sale now

Tickets for the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate are now on sale. The festival will be held on 4-20...

New breaks for GTOs at Mill Rythe

New breaks for GTOs at Mill Rythe

Mill Rythe Holiday Village on Hayling Island has unveiled its programme of entertainment breaks for GTOs and their groups to...

Europe’s first ‘Flying Theatre’ to open in April

Europe’s first ‘Flying Theatre’ to open in April

Germany’s Europa-Park is set to launch Europe’s largest ‘Flying Theater’: ‘Project V’ in April.  This virtual reality ride will take...

 Experience behind the scenes at the home of horseracing

Experience behind the scenes at the home of horseracing

Discover Newmarket has confirmed its 2017 dates for a host of tours designed to give visitors a behind the scenes...

A Hulluva time for groups

A Hulluva time for groups

The first person we met in Hull was a volunteer at the Ferens Art Gallery. Ferens...

Review: Flash, bang, wallop – Half a Sixpence is great value for groups

Review: Flash, bang, wallop – Half a Sixpence is great value for groups

Showing at the Noël Coward Theatre, the classic musical Half a Sixpence is a show for groups of all ages,...

Coach ferry deal for Dutch tours

Coach ferry deal for Dutch tours

Ferry operator DFDS is offering “unbeatable” deals for groups travelling by coach from Newcastle to Amsterdam for a mini-cruise break...

The pride of south Wales

The pride of south Wales

It's been said that what south Wales lacks as a destination is a marketable identity: Something appealing and quintessentially Welsh...

Blackpool Viva launches Christmas show

Blackpool Viva launches Christmas show

Viva Blackpool has announced its Spirit of Christmas Spectacular. The show will have over 60 performers  Martin...

The Girls extends booking to July

The Girls extends booking to July

Following the official opening of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s musical The Girls, the show has extended its booking at...

The Ferryman transfers to West End

The Ferryman transfers to West End

After the short run at the Royal Court Theatre sold out in just one day, Jez Butterworth’s epic new play...

Hair transfers to The Vaults for 50th anniversary

Hair transfers to The Vaults for 50th anniversary

Hope Mill Theatre's acclaimed production of '60s musical Hair will transfer to The Vaults in October for an immersive production to celebrate...

New production of The Philanthropist

New production of The Philanthropist

A new production of Christopher Hampton's comedy The Philanthropist is to open in London. It begins previews at Trafalgar Studios on 3 April, running...

Sand in the Sandwiches returns for a strictly limited run

Sand in the Sandwiches returns for a strictly limited run

Edward Fox is to return to the West End in the one-man play exploring the life and work of John...

Queen Anne transfers to West End

Queen Anne transfers to West End

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Queen Anne will transfer to the London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket in June. The play explores the...

Mel Brook’s Young Frankenstein comes to the UK

Mel Brook’s Young Frankenstein comes to the UK

Mel Brooks’ Broadway musical Young Frankenstein to open at Newcastle Theatre Royal before moving to the West End Mel Brooks’...

Ticket bookings open for a new West End production of Annie

Ticket bookings open for a new West End production of Annie

Annie opens at London’s Piccadilly Theatre in June, with comedian Miranda Hart making her West End Theatre debut...

Review: Stick it to the man! – A musical for rocking groups

Review: Stick it to the man! – A musical for rocking groups

With bookings extended to next year, School of Rock is a must for young groups and rock music-lovers. Tim...

Audra McDonald brings Lady Day at Emerson\'s Bar & Grill to Wyndham\'s Theatre

Audra McDonald brings Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill to Wyndham's Theatre

Audra McDonald will finally bring her Tony Award–winning portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lanie Robertson's musical play Lady Day at...

War Horse tours the UK

War Horse tours the UK

The National Theatre’s acclaimed production of War Horse begins a major tour of the UK on 15 September at the Marlowe...

Tourism in a nutshell

Tourism in a nutshell

Aviation fan Chris Wales has had a real treat this month, flying alongside a Spitfire at Duxford. He’s also...

Bournemouth: The gift that keeps on giving

Bournemouth: The gift that keeps on giving

Originally a birthday present, the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth is a fantastic attraction for groups, with...

BTTS registration is open

BTTS registration is open

Benjamin Mee, who was played by Matt Damon in the film We Bought a Zoo

Harewood announces major TV exhibition

Harewood announces major TV exhibition

Groups can see costumes worn by Queen Victoria actress Jenna Coleman [credit: Harewood House Trust] Harewood House in...

Group forum set for Samlesbury

Group forum set for Samlesbury

‘Janey the Witch’ has helped put Samlesbury on the map Samlesbury Hall in Lancashire will host...

East Lancs railway sees 8% more groups

East Lancs railway sees 8% more groups

The East Lancashire Railway saw an increase in group visits of 8% in 2016 over the previous year. It saw 25%...

Ena Mill expanding

Ena Mill expanding

Simon Yates (l) and Jonathan Addis, owners of Ena Mill Ena Mill in Atherton has been...

Northumberland’s newest Youth Hostel now open for school bookings

Northumberland’s newest Youth Hostel now open for school bookings

Northumberland National Park’s newest accommodation for educational groups, YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall, is set to open in summer...

New Theatre Royal Lincoln back in the spotlight 

New Theatre Royal Lincoln back in the spotlight 

The New Theatre Royal Lincoln is looking to work with coach operator and group travel partners around the UK as...

More variety for groups at Mill Rythe

More variety for groups at Mill Rythe

Mill Rythe Holiday Village has introduced a new dedicated groups break for 2017, designed to add variety to its mid-week...

National Army Museum marches towards opening

National Army Museum marches towards opening

The National Army Museum has announced that it will open to the public on 30 March, after a three-year £23.75...

Crich Tramway Village secures funding for development

Crich Tramway Village secures funding for development

The National Tramway Museum at Crich Tramway Village has been granted funding towards the renovation and improvement of the display...

Proposed road plans that will ‘enhance’ Stonehenge are unveiled

Proposed road plans that will ‘enhance’ Stonehenge are unveiled

Major plans to transform the A303 as part of a £2 billion investment in the South West have been unveiled,...

An American in Paris – in London

An American in Paris – in London

[Credit: Matthew Murphy] Leanne Cope and Robert Fairchild return to the roles they originated on...

Three years till Passion Play 2020

Three years till Passion Play 2020

Tour planning has begun for the Oberammergau Passion Play in 2020, the world-famous 10-yearly event. The...

Terracotta Army in Liverpool

Terracotta Army in Liverpool

China’s world-famous Terracotta Warriors will be returning to the UK in 2018, hosted by Liverpool’s World Museum.

Westonbirt Fair wants groups

Westonbirt Fair wants groups

The Westonbirt Charities Fair takes place this year on 24-25 October, and is welcoming coach groups.

Austen200 events announced

Austen200 events announced

Hampshire has announced details of its year-long series of events to mark the 200-year anniversary of Jane Austen’s death.

Cruise California

Cruise California

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is launching a new 62-night cruise to California. It sails from Southampton on the 1,350-capacity Balmoral on...

Travel trade forum to be held at RHS Wisley

Travel trade forum to be held at RHS Wisley

The Group Buyer Forum, arranged by group travel specialists Steve Reed Tourism, will take place in the iconic RHS Wisley...

International groups up 9% at Windermere

International groups up 9% at Windermere

Windermere Lake Cruises has revealed an encouraging level of growth in group visits – mainly due to more overseas groups...

Two new Clippers coming

Two new Clippers coming

MBNA Thames Clippers is adding two new 170-capacity passenger boats to its growing river network this summer.

Groups-only fire tour opens at Windsor

Groups-only fire tour opens at Windsor

New and for 2017 only, Windsor Castle is offering an exclusive group tour called Restoring Windsor: The Castle after the...

The easy option for groups

The easy option for groups

Our readers spend a great deal of time planning holidays for groups. If you’re feeling a bit lazy, an...

Ryedale\'s open for groups

Ryedale's open for groups

Nestled in the beautiful village of Hutton-le-Hole, in the heart of the North York Moors National Park, Ryedale Folk Museum...

“It rhymes with beetle”

“It rhymes with beetle”

As Robson Green lovingly broadcasts his home county across the nation, Stuart Render continues his own adventures in Northumberland I’m standing...

Northumberland’s tourism capability

Northumberland’s tourism capability

One of England’s great counties, Northumberland is sometimes treated as little more than a stop-off along the A1 between...

The Gobbins: Challenging and exciting

The Gobbins: Challenging and exciting

Hanging to the side of the cliffs of the Antrim coast in Northern Ireland, The Gobbins is a cliff...

Yorkshire in 2017

Yorkshire in 2017

There’s plenty for groups to see and do in Yorkshire to inspire a visit. Beautiful countryside, an abundance of...

Ireland: Coastal routes are the ones to follow

Ireland: Coastal routes are the ones to follow

Ireland’s coastal routes are undergoing a tourism renaissance thanks to inspired marketing that’s bringing the tourism opportunities to life Northern...

Hampshire’s other hero

Hampshire’s other hero

Think Hampshire and few would think of Gilbert White. But nestled in the village of Selborne is his house...

Bicester Village launches coach transfers from Heathrow

Bicester Village launches coach transfers from Heathrow

Oxfordshire shopping destination, Bicester Village, has partnered with Hallmark Coaches to provide a new Shopping Express Coach route.

Tourists attracted by ‘miracle’ movie

Tourists attracted by ‘miracle’ movie

A new blockbuster by the acclaimed director of Inception, Interstellar and the Batman trilogy promises to bring more tourists...

AccorHotels adds half-board option to its online booking solution

AccorHotels adds half-board option to its online booking solution

The AccorHotels online leisure group booking solution now includes a new feature which enables tourism professionals to book half-board packages.

New package for groups visiting Herefordshire

New package for groups visiting Herefordshire

Rural Concierge and British History Tours have created an offer for groups visiting historic Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Scotland exhibition shares WW1 mementos

Scotland exhibition shares WW1 mementos

Next of Kin, an exhibition created by National Museums Scotland, has opened at Perth Museum and Art Gallery and the...

Mill Rythe hosts West End production

Mill Rythe hosts West End production

Mill Rythe Holiday Village’s three-night Primo Weekender will include a performance of the West End musical Priscilla Queen of the...

Regent’s Park announces 2017 productions

Regent’s Park announces 2017 productions

The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has announced details of its 2017 summer season. Groups can...

Meat Loaf musical to premiere in June

Meat Loaf musical to premiere in June

Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical will premiere at the London Coliseum on 20 June 2017.

David Tennant to star in premiere of Don Juan in Soho

David Tennant to star in premiere of Don Juan in Soho

The West End premiere of Don Juan in Soho, will run for a limited season with David Tennant playing the...

Half a Sixpence opens to acclaim

Half a Sixpence opens to acclaim

Half A Sixpence has opened at the Noël Coward Theatre to rave reviews, after a record-breaking run at the Chichester...

The art of making money

The art of making money

A new attraction in South Wales is set to be very popular for groups, adding a world-class attraction to...

Lincolnshire: Big skies’ fighting past

Lincolnshire: Big skies’ fighting past

The flat landscape and sparse population of Lincolnshire made it an ideal place for the RAF to build airfields,...

Daish’s new hotel launched at GTO event

Daish’s new hotel launched at GTO event

GTOs descended on Llandudno for a special showcase event on 25-28 September. Showcase event took GTOs around...

Yarmouth’s New Beach on the up

Yarmouth’s New Beach on the up

Leisureplex has just revamped its New Beach Hotel on Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth. [c. TMS Media] Head Receptionist...

Bluecoat mystery finally solved

Bluecoat mystery finally solved

The identity of the builders and architects responsible for creating Liverpool city centre's oldest building have remained unconfirmed – until now.

Blackburn Market sets out its stall

Blackburn Market sets out its stall

Blackburn Market – situated in the heart of the historic town of Blackburn – welcomed Coach and Tour Operators and...

Essex: A county of contrast

Essex: A county of contrast

There’s a lot more to Essex than meets the eye. With its lovely long coastline, as well as many...

Norwich brings ‘Tunnel of Light’ for Christmas

Norwich brings ‘Tunnel of Light’ for Christmas

Norwich presents the UK’s first ‘Tunnel of Light’ as part of its Christmas celebrations this year. How...

A warm welcome at Southport

A warm welcome at Southport

CPT’s ‘Coach Friendly’ accredited town Southport has launched ‘Southport Welcome’. Rod and Wendy Wright: Coach Welcome Hosts It...

Even more for groups at Mid Hants Railway

Even more for groups at Mid Hants Railway

The Mid Hants Railway is now offering group talks as part of its group ticket admission. Discover...

Discover a lesser known London

Discover a lesser known London

The most complete range of archaeological objects unearthed by Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project, will go on display alongside the...

Hampshire prepares to celebrate its best-loved daughter

Hampshire prepares to celebrate its best-loved daughter

With 2017 marking the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, Hampshire is set to lay on a year of events...

Commons green bench tour encourages visitors to Parliament

Commons green bench tour encourages visitors to Parliament

The Visit Parliament team has taken a replica House of Commons green bench on a whistle-stop tour of London to...

Blackburn Market sets out its stall

Blackburn Market sets out its stall

Blackburn Market – situated in the heart of the historic town of Blackburn – welcomed Coach and Tour Operators and...

Garden opens just for groups

Garden opens just for groups

The Dorothy Clive Garden in Staffordshire is now exclusively open to groups on weekdays between October and March.

London 2012 spirit lives on

London 2012 spirit lives on

London is alive with Olympic fever. Even four years on from the London Olympics, and with the Paralympics in Rio...

Puppy love at West Midland Safari Park

Puppy love at West Midland Safari Park

Staff at West Midland Safari Park has welcomed the arrival of a litter of 14 African painted dogs. The painted dogs...

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical extends to July 2017

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical extends to July 2017

The award-winning Beautiful – the Carole King Musical has extended its booking at the Aldwych Theatre to 22 July 2017. The...

New arrangements for drop-off points in Plymouth

New arrangements for drop-off points in Plymouth

New arrangements for tour operators have been unveiled in Plymouth creating an even better welcome for coach passengers. Coaches now have...

London is open for groups this autumn season

London is open for groups this autumn season

Mayor Sadiq Khan talks to guests at the event London & Partners and the Mayor of London...

The Royal Mint Experience welcomes the travel trade

The Royal Mint Experience welcomes the travel trade

Coach and tour operators and group travel organisers from around the UK are being invited to a new attraction in...

World’s first vertical cable car launches in Brighton

World’s first vertical cable car launches in Brighton

Inside the i360 preview flight British Airways is pioneering a world first – a vertical cable car...

Open Treasures draws in crowds

Open Treasures draws in crowds

One month after opening its doors on 23 July, Durham Cathedral’s Open Treasures exhibition has welcomed over 5500 visitors. The...

The fabric of Liverpool

The fabric of Liverpool

Tourism is one of Liverpool’s biggest industries these days, and taking into account the richness of...

A new look at Shakespeare

A new look at Shakespeare

On 20 August Shakespeare’s New Place opened to the public, inviting visitors to walk in his footsteps, explore a new landscape and exhibition, and...

Blacksmith Shop buys group-friendly Gretna Hall

Blacksmith Shop buys group-friendly Gretna Hall

Gretna Green Ltd has announced the purchase of Gretna Hall, the historic marriage house and hotel in Gretna Green, for...

Mid-Wales on rails

Mid-Wales on rails

Aberystwyth is already well known for its group-friendly attractions, and this special seaside destination can only...

Royal Opera House tickets now on sale from Encore

Royal Opera House tickets now on sale from Encore

Tickets are now on sale from Encore Tickets for the autumn season at The Royal Opera House.

Visitors to Woburn continue to soar

Visitors to Woburn continue to soar

Group bookings at Woburn Abbey for 2016 have risen to 262 – 62 higher than the whole of 2015 –...

A trip through music history in Liverpool

A trip through music history in Liverpool

The British Music Experience (BME) is set to open in Liverpool in February 2017. The permanent exhibition will be housed in...

New facilities for coach groups at Southend-on-Sea

New facilities for coach groups at Southend-on-Sea

Southend-on-Sea has new and improved coaching facilities, with 110 free parking spaces for coaches and additional set-down and pick-up points.

Inverness achieves Coach Friendly status

Inverness achieves Coach Friendly status

The city of Inverness has become the latest recipient of CPT’s prestigious ‘Coach Friendly’ status. The city...

A city restored

A city restored

Gloucester is a glowing example of an ancient city with a wealth of history that has been sympathetically redeveloped...

Southport: The retreat of the refined

Southport: The retreat of the refined

Southport is at the heart of Lancashire’s lovely Sefton coastline. The resort has long been an upmarket alternative for...

On holiday with Victoria: The Isle of Wight

On holiday with Victoria: The Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight, always popular, is about to get another boost thanks to new productions about the life...

Conwy and Betws y Coed are ‘Coach Friendly’

Conwy and Betws y Coed are ‘Coach Friendly’

Conwy and Betws y Coed have been awarded the CPT’s Coach Friendly status. They join Llandudno, which achieved...