New recruits for Yorkshire blue crew

The newly-qualified Blue badge guides at their graduation

The newly-qualified Blue badge guides at their graduation

Groups visiting Yorkshire now have 26 new professional tourist guides to choose from, following their graduation and receipt of the respected Blue Badge qualification from the Institute of Tourist Guiding.

All the guides have undergone 18 months of intensive study taking in the whole of Yorkshire, including key towns and cities, national parks, abbeys, churches, castles, country houses, the coast and industrial heritage as well as modern day agriculture, geography, industry and commerce.

This brings the number of members of the Yorkshire Association of Tourist Guides up to 36, all of whom are ready to bring the county to life via coach or mini-bus tours, guided walks, special interest tours and other half or full-day itineraries.

To find a guide in Yorkshire, visit The Yorkshire Association of Tourist Guides website at www.yorkshirebestguides.co.uk

Jurassic ark in Dorset

A computer rendering of the exterior of the Etches Collection

A computer rendering of the exterior of the Etches Collection

A brand new multi-million pound museum is to open in Kimmeridge, Dorset, housing a collection of Jurassic Coast fossils.

Set to showcase the life’s work of local collector Steve Etches, it will tell the story of life and death under the seas of Kimmeridge over 150 million years ago.

The museum will include an exhibition gallery, with CGI projections on the ceiling designed to give visitors the sense that they are in an underwater, glass-roofed vessel surrounded by prehistoric creatures.

The Etches Collection itself will be showcased in illuminated cabinets and a visible workshop will allow visitors to witness the preparation of local fossils first hand.

The Etches Collection is due to open late this summer. Ticket prices have yet to be decided.

For further information visit www.theetchescollection.org or email info@theetchescollection.org


Restored bus for Acton depot

London Transport Museum patrons in front of the restored Wright Handy DW15.

London Transport Museum patrons in front of the restored Wright Handy DW15.


THE London Transport Museum’s branch at Acton has become home to a Wright Handy DW15 bus, newly restored to its original condition in London Buses Gold Arrow livery.

The restoration has been carried out to mark the 70th anniversary of Wrightbus and will be used as a ‘live’ exhibit during rallies and events at the museum.

The Museum Depot in Acton offers opportunities to visit with your group for a behind the scenes tour of the collection.

For further information telephone 020 7565 7298