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

Race is on at Drayton Manor

Air Race

Air Race, the new thrill ride due to open in the summer at Drayton Manor.

STAFFORDSHIRE Theme Park Drayton Manor will be opening a brand new thrill ride this summer.

Air Race will take riders on a stomach-churning aerial adventure, turning their world upside down at a height of up to eight metres.

Accommodating up to 24 riders at one time in six four-seater aeroplanes, ‘pilots’ will experience accelerations of almost 4G.

Riders will glide from side to side at increasing heights while circling around the control tower, before experiencing a series of gravity defying barrel rolls in both directions.

With banks, loops, dives and weightlessness to test even the most experienced thrill seekers, Air Race will complete the line-up of exciting rides in the Action Park area of the attraction, alongside favourites such as Maelstrom, G-Force and Europe’s only stand-up rollercoaster, Shockwave.

Drayton Manor offers special rates for groups of 12 or more people.

For further information telephone 0844 472 1960