Resort planned for Kent coast

An artist’s rendering of the giant leisure development planned for the Kent coast.

A CONSORTIUM that includes US-based entertainment giant Paramount Pictures has unveiled plans to create a £2 billion visitor attraction on the North Kent coast.

Plans for the 872-acre development, on the Swanscombe Peninsula, include an as yet unnamed Paramount-branded entertainment resort and leisure district as part of what is being billed as ‘Europe’s leading entertainment destination’.

The resort, which the company hopes to open in 2018, would be located near Ebbsfleet International station, which is just 17 minutes from London and two hours from Paris.

The entertainment district will feature Europe’s largest indoor water park, theatres, music venues, cinemas, restaurants, event spaces and hotels.

For further information telephone 020 7942 2211

Group specialist’s beautiful south

GROUP day tour specialist Southern Group Tours, based in the West Country, has produced its 2013 brochure, which features over 25 new tours.

These have been specifically designed for groups who want to see the best sights and attractions in southern England.

Destinations in the new brochure include Bournemouth, Poole, Swanage and the Jurassic Coast, all in Dorset, Winchester, Portsmouth and Southampton (including the popular Titanic Tales tour), all in Hampshire, Salisbury and Stonehenge in Wiltshire, Chichester in West Sussex, Bath and Bristol, the New Forest and various sites of interest in Devon and Cornwall.

Many of the tours also include cruises and steam train rides, and all include a Blue Badge guide and a hot lunch that can be eaten together as a group plus, in most cases, morning refreshments.

For a copy of the brochure telephone 01202 466949


Oxford itineraries

VISIT Oxfordshire has produced seven full-colour itineraries to assist group organisers planning their 2013 programmes in Oxford and Oxfordshire.

Including tips for lunch stops, afternoon teas and accommodation, the itineraries make organising guided group visits an enjoyable and seamless process.

The itineraries are very varied, highlighting the wealth of history, heritage and natural beauty Oxford and Oxfordshire can offer, all year round.

Titles include ‘Experience Oxfordshire’ and ‘Stay in Oxfordshire’, which are aimed at general interest groups, and recommend visits to attractions such as Stonor House, Bicester Village, and the River and Rowing Museum at Henley.

‘Oxfordshire for Art Lovers’ encompasses a wide range of galleries and periods of art history, including both Old Masters (at Christ Church Picture Gallery) and the latest contemporary art (Modern Art Oxford), and ‘Dukes and Lords of Oxfordshire’ explores the county’s links with nobility, highlighting castles and stately homes that have appeared in films such as Shakespeare in Love.

Other options focus on the region’s gardens, and famous authors who have lived and worked in the county.

The itineraries can all be downloaded free of charge from the Visit Oxfordshire website at www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire .com

For further information telephone 01865 252409