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Ravens’ new home at the Tower

Bespoke enclosures have been built to house the legendary ravens at the Tower of London. Commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces, the new accommodation offers more night-time space for the seven ‘Guardians of the Tower’, which roam the attraction’s grounds during the day. New display boards with information on the myths and legends surrounding the ravens

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How German groups enjoy their British visits

Visitors from abroad enjoy the UK as group travellers, just as we do! Germans are amongst the most significant incoming groups and for this issue, Val Baynton investigates what German groups like to do when they are in Britain. She talks to two specialist incoming operators that help them with their plans, and German operators

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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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Stuff and nonsense at Jacksons Lane

Managing Editor Abbe Bates and her son Herbie enjoyed a performance of Goldilocks and The 3 Bears in London recently at the lovely Jacksons Lane theatre in Highgate. The children’s story is brought to life by kids theatre company Stuff and Nonsense with amazing costume, puppetry and acrobatics, and some witty dialogue too. It was Herbie’s

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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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Bird watching trips

Birdwatching is arguably Britain’s most popular hobby; it’s certainly something that can be enjoyed by groups, and the experience enhanced by shared trips, as Val Baynton discovers by talking to the trip organisers of the RSPB North Staffs Local Group.   Ian Worden Hailing from the south coast and initially studying earth sciences because of

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A night at the ballroom

A new entertainment experience at the impressive Art Deco Bloomsbury Ballroom in central London was experienced by GTO’s Editorial Director, Peter Stonham, recently. Created by the London Cabaret Club, who now own the venue, the evening of entertainment and dining had a ‘London Never Dies’ James Bond theme, and featured a series of striking dance

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