Articles by Abbe Bates

An autumn trip to Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens

GTO‘s News Writer Chris Broughton recently made a well overdue autumn trip to Kew’s Botanic Gardens. Having noted the range of developments here over the past couple of years while covering them for GTO’s UK and Garden News pages, it occurred to him that he’d never actually visited – a situation he resolved to put right. Accompanied

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Third hotel for Parc Asterix

French themed attraction Parc Asterix will welcome a third accommodation option in 2020. Les Quais de Lutèce Hotel will open for the new season in the spring and is arranged across several buildings based on the city of Lutetia, as in the comic strip. Built around a reconstruction of the Seine, the four-star hotel will expand the

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Last minute Christmas trip ideas for your group

For those groups still looking for festive ideas for the coming season, the Christmas at Harewood: A Night at the Mansion event at Harewood House near Leeds, promises gossiping paintings, singing crockery, and hustle and bustle above and below stairs, in addition to festive making workshops with leading artists, children’s craft activities and trails, and two

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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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Hastings Pier rises from the ashes

Following  a £14.2 million refurbishment and over two years work, Hastings Pier has re-opened to the public. Built in 1872, the attraction was gutted by a fire in 2010, and its renovation has included the replacement of damaged support pillars and steel beams, and the introduction of new decking the length of the 910-foot structure.

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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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