‘New for 2015’ at WWT’s London Wetland Centre

Group by H Tait

The WWT’s London Wetland Centre is launching ‘new for 2015’ special interest tours where groups can discover more about a wide variety of wildlife.

The tours include a wildflower walk (May-August) where visitors can stroll through stunning wildflower meadows while learning about the flowers that bloom at this time of year, including orchids, water lilies and cowslips.

Other options offered are a butterfly walk (June – August) to get close to butterflies and other insects while guides explain all about species including painted lady, brimstone and Essex skipper butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies, a horticultural walk (all year) to find out more about the rain garden and tips about gardening for wildlife, and a fungi walk (October-January) to learn about these seasonal show-stoppers including common birds nest, giant puffball and waxcap species of fungi.

Please book early by calling 020 8409 4400 or emailing groups.london@wwt.org.uk. For more information about a range of group benefits at all nine fantastic Wetland Centres please visit wwt.org.uk/groups.

Lincoln Castle to welcome groups

The new wall walk at Lincoln Castle.

Details have been revealed of some of the special group travel itineraries that will be available at Lincoln Castle when it unveils its Lincoln Castle Revealed restoration next spring.

First covered in the April 2012 issue of GTO (231), the project includes the creation of an exhibition centre to showcase the genuine 1215 Magna Carta and a new opportunity to walk around the walls of the entire castle.

Lincoln is also home to the 1217 Charter of the Forest, a less well-known document that added to freedoms of Magna Carta. It is one of only two copies known to have survived – making Lincoln Castle the only place in the world where these two hugely important documents can be seen in the same place.

Visitors will hear chilling and moving stories from the well-preserved male and female Victorian prisons, with the male prison fully open for the first time and film, audio, digital and interactive panels will help bring the history of the building to life.

As well as half and full-day itineraries at the 1,000-year-old castle, groups of 15 to 50 people will be able to combine visits with other tours, from rooftop explorations of Lincoln Cathedral to visits to award-winning museums.

For further information telephone 01522 782040

Attraction is choc full of sweet treats

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Group members enjoying a taste of Cadbury World in Birmingham.

BIRMINGHAM’S Cadbury World attraction is to open a new café and restaurant this year.

The Cadbury Café will feature life-sized Cadbury dairy milk cows and include a brand new menu featuring Cadbury-inspired dishes and drinks.

The attraction’s popular Chocolate Making zone will also open a new liquid chocolate servery where visitors will be able to choose from a range of sweet treats to add to a delicious pot of warm liquid Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate.

Cadbury World allows groups to uncover the fascinating story of the British confectionary company and also offers opportunities to play in chocolate rain and meet the attraction’s infamous drumming gorilla, made famous by a 2007 TV advert.

Special discounted entry rates for groups of 15 or more are offered, with the best rates available on selected dates in March, May and September.

For further information telephone 0844 880 7667