Articles by Fiona Horan

Raffle winners at the GO Show 2021!

You don’t have to attend a race meet to be a winner at Kempton! Just come along to our annual GO Travel Show. All visitors had the chance to enter a raffle for a cornucopia of fabulous prizes. Prizes in the raffle and throughout the show included a gift package from Canterbury Cathedral with a

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Join our Fam Trip to Yorkshire!

Here’s a great chance to learn about Herriot country! Herriot Country Tourism Group members, with Hambleton District Council, Northallerton BID, Classic Lodges Hotels, and the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) Northeast branch have arranged a familiarisation visit to Herriot Country in association with Landor Travel Publications. The visit is open to bona fide group travel

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Group Travel is Back!

With domestic travel finally opening up, Ellen Walker, of Tour Operator Travel Editions, reports back on a whirlwind of activity on the group travel front. “Wow… what a few weeks it has been! We started operating tours in the UK again from 17th May with the very first one heading to the English Riviera and

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A Fam Trip to Coventry

Tour operator and organiser Harry Shaw Group Travel held a Familiarisation Trip to Coventry – UK City of Culture in June – one of the first after lockdown. This was hailed as a great success by all involved. The three-day trip from 21st to 23rd June, staying at Coombe Abbey Hotel, gave GTOs the opportunity

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Exploring the art of the traditional British seaside holiday

A focus on ‘staycations’ in in Britain for holidays this year has stimulated renewed interest in the history and heritage of traditional domestic tourism and leisure, and in particular its art, advertising, postcards and culture. This is being manifest in a number of exhibitions and events celebrating the related iconic posters and postcards produced in

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The roadmap out of lockdown for England is unveiled

On Monday 22nd February, the UK Government released its COVID-19 four-step plan to ease lockdown in England. The ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29th March but many restrictions will remain in place. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding

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Lights out for London theatre

With the announcement that London is to go into Tier 3 from midnight tonight (15th December), hopes for West End pantos and Christmas shows are finally dashed for good. The London Palladium started its Covid-secure performances of Pantoland on 12th December, but will now have to cancel the rest of the run of its Christmas

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Cruise Lines Prepare to Set Sail Again

A number of the major cruise lines have made significant steps towards rebooting their business for the post-Coronavirus period. They include the announcement of plans for both 2021and 2022, the deployment of new vessels, and measures to ensure customer safety. Targeting smaller groups is likely to be a feature of their marketing. We plan to

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London walking tours

With London currently in Tier 2, it’s possible to get out on a walking tour of the capital, and perhaps take in some Christmas lights. Providers of such tours include City of Westminster guide Rosemary Barnes, and London Blue Badge Tour Guide Diane Burstein. Rosemary offers a two hour tour of the best of the

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