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New perspective

Emirates Spinnaker Tower, in partnership with Visit Portsmouth, has unveiled a new joint ticket for 2016, enabling groups to explore Portsmouth on a guided walking tour before enjoying a birds-eye view of their route from 100 metres up. Starting at the city’s 13th century Royal Garrison Church, the tour ends at the tower, where groups

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Move for Museum of Brands

Formerly located on Colville Mews in Notting Hill, London, The Museum of Brands has announced the opening date for its new building on nearby Lancaster Road. Conveniently situated two minutes from Ladbroke Grove Tube station, the new museum has larger exhibition areas to display its huge collection, exploring the history of consumer culture, and includes

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External Bard drive

Timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary celebrations of Shakespeare’s legacy, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is reinventing Shakespeare’s New Place, the grounds where The Bard had his family home for 19 years. The house itself was demolished three centuries ago, but the plot in Stratford-upon-Avon has been conserved as a garden in honour of Shakespeare

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Efteling opens fantastic palace

Dutch theme park Efteling has announced a new dark ride, representing the park’s largest ever single investment. Due to open in the autumn, Symbolica: Palace of Fantasy will see up to six people entering each carriage and then choosing one of three routes. Each of these routes will be an alternate story, offering different adventures

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VIP Clipper Travel to the O2

The chance to attend the prestigious National Television Awards being broadcast live from the O2 Arena, Greenwich, was enjoyed by Editorial Director Peter Stonham courtesy of event partners MBNA Thames Clippers who used the occasion to showcase their new VIP launch Orion Clipper, which can be used to whisk celebrities from central London, London City

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Exploring Exmoor

In December, GTO’s Partnership & Product Director Sarah Jeffery and her daughter, Caitlin, joined a small group on a familiarisation trip to Exmoor, organised by The Yarn Market Hotel in the delightful Somerset town of Dunster. Arriving on Sunday afternoon, they were welcomed by hotel owner Antony Brunt, who took the group to visit the

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New home for Hive

Following its run as the centrepiece of the gold medal winning UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo, critically acclaimed installation The Hive will take up its new home within Kew Gardens from June 2016. Designed by award-winning artist Wolfgang Buttress, the 17-metre high, 50-tonne lattice structure is an immersive, multisensory experience inspired by groundbreaking

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Lisbon adventure for Val

Val Baynton, GTO Contributing Editor, spent four nights in Lisbon, Portugal in November. She says the warm, late autumn days made this a perfect time of the year to explore the city. There’s lots for groups to see from the 11th century Castelo de S. Jorge, and river side attractions to the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

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Hair-raising ride

Thorpe Park in Surrey is to introduce a ride dreamt up by TV illusionist Derren Brown. Described as a ghost train reinvented for the 21st Century, the age-restricted attraction will incorporate live action elements, nextgeneration technology and 4D special effects in an attempt to create an experience unlike any other. Housed inside a large disused

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Gorge-ous makeover

One of Britain’s most magical underground spaces is currently being transformed, ahead of its re-opening at Easter. Cox’s Cave in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, has had a huge footfall of guests, experts and royal visitors since it was first discovered in 1837, but this will be the first time in a quarter of a century that

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