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Esoteric refreshments

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London, the capital’s exhibition of the unusual, has created a package for groups wishing to include refreshments in their visit. Explore the six oddity packed floors of the attraction, groups will be able to take a break in the library, where members can choose from 10 varieties of tea, coffee

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The Maltese Connection

The Mediterranean island of Malta, sitting between Italy and North Africa, is a melting pot of different cultures and influences. Abbe Bates visits to discover what to include on a group trip. alta is the largest of the Maltese islands, which also include Gozo and Comino. Its strategic position in the Mediterranean means it has

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Crime scene investigations

Groups Direct has introduced a new tour exploring locations in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire used in the popular TV series Midsummer Murders. Depending on the route taken and length of tour (which can last for up to six hours), locations visited can include Littlewick Green, which has appeared in several episodes, Henley-on-Thames, the current location

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Carpet knowhow

On the way to set up for this year’s Tourism & Attractions Show at West Midland Safari & Leisure Park, Contributing Editor Val Baynton called at the Museum of Carpet in Kidderminster’s town centre. The museum, the only one in the UK dedicated to carpet and carpet-making, is based in the former Stour Vale Mill

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New recruits for Yorkshire blue crew

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,

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Jurassic ark in Dorset

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,

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Restored bus for Acton depot

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

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New galleries at National Museum of Scotland

EDINBURGH’S National Museum of Scotland is to launch 10 new galleries focusing on decorative art, design, fashion, science and technology. Due to open on 8th July, the galleries will showcase more than 3,500 objects, 75% of which haven’t been on display in a generation. Items will include a rare artist’s proof by Picasso in the

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