Articles by Nikki Hawes

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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Going into Orbit!

On the Friday evening prior to the GO Travel Show exhibitors, who had already arrived to set up their stands, were able to relax and enjoy the spectacular moonlit views from the upper level of the Arcelormittal Orbit. Kindly hosted by the Arcelormittal Orbit, the 50 attendees at the reception enjoyed drinks and tasty canapes

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Pirate’s Quest reshuffles decks

Cornish walk through experience Pirate’s Quest Newquay will open for its second year with a brand new storyline. The hour-long interactive adventure, led by legendary buccaneer, Captain Calico Jack, will involve visitors being transported back over 300 years to the dawn of the Republic of Pirates. Group members will get to experience a live recreation

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Richard and Simon are Exhibitionists

GO Travel Show Director Richard Dye and Consultant Simon Greenbury attended the launch of an upcoming exhibition dedicated to one of the UK’s most loved rock bands – The Rolling Stones. The event took place at the Alley Cat Bar & Club in Denmark Street, in the heart of London’s music land, to promote ‘Exhibitionism‘,

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Coaster reaches for the stars

Alton Towers Resort is to launch a rollercoaster entirely dedicated to ‘virtual reality’, where riders fly through an artificial environment viewed through special headsets. Located in the Forbidden Valley area of the Staffordshire theme park, Galactica has been developed to convince riders they are astronauts being catapulted into outer space. Each rider will be guided

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Airedale’s 30th Anniversary celebration

In late January, over 180 customers, guests and suppliers celebrated Airedale’s 30th anniversary at the TLH Derwent Hotel in Torquay. Amongst the guests was Clive Kessell, GTO for East Grinstead Probus, who, since 2009, has chosen Airedale Tours to organise two holidays a year for his group. Clive says that the four-day event was excellent

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Malta is a hit for STARA

On 29th September, 28 members of the STARA active retirement group departed for an eight-day holiday in Malta organised by committee member Marlene Munroe through Saga holidays. Based in Snodland, near Maidstone, the group is part of the KENTARA club and their name comes from using the ST from Snodland Town and ARA from the

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Bringing solo travellers together

Val Baynton talks to Jackie Ring, Holidays and Trips Organiser for The Unattached Group in Surrey, and finds out how she has perfected the art of ‘mix and match’ group travel for singles. Jackie Ring Jackie Ring has been involved with The Unattached Group (T-U-G) for a decade and has always ‘organised things’. This has

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Be a maze runner

Popular 1990s TV game show The Crystal Maze is to make a comeback in a new format – a live-action London visitor attraction. Opening on 15th March, the ambitious project will see four teams of eight people attempting to complete physical and mental challenges within four zones, divided into Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Futuristic themes.

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