Category UK News

Stay Closer to Home with UK Cruises this Summer

After the recent announcement that domestic cruising could start as early as 17th May, multiple cruise lines have released plans for new UK cruises for the summer.  Below is a small selection of the types of itineraries you are likely to find for a ‘staying local’ summer cruise. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines The recently announced

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UK domestic cruises given May re-start date

Cruise itineraries around Britain look set to be able to resume alongside domestic tourism and indoor hospitality from May 17th. The government’s roadmap out of lockdown had been unclear about cruising, but maritime minister Robert Courts gave the positive news when he addressed the All-Party Parliamentary Maritime and Ports Group (APPMPG) on Monday 8th March,

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Back to Square One for England

It’s back to square one for England as a second national lockdown is announced. England will enter a national lockdown for a month, from 12am on Thursday 5th November and ending on Wednesday 2nd December. Everyone in England must stay at home as much as possible. The exclusions to this are: For education; For work, if you

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Further clarification on coaches and the “Rule of Six”

Regarding the Government’s recent “Rule of Six” restrictions, the DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) has provided further clarification for coach operators and GTOs who may be planning trips for their groups in England. Coach tours of over six people on the coach can go ahead if it is possible to ensure that

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“Welcome help to tourism industry, but international travel has been overlooked”

Today’s announcement by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, of further job support measures and help to businesses affected by the pandemic has been welcomed by many in the travel industry. However, Joss Croft, CEO of trade organisation UKinbound, is dismayed to see that the sector his organisation represents – those agents, services and attractions particularly dependent

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Re-opened Borde Hill visit is a treat

GTO’s Editorial Director Peter Stonham and a couple of colleagues had a really enjoyable day out recently to see the new arrangements for visiting the lovely Borde Hill garden in West Sussex.   It is set in over 200 acres of garden, park and woodlands with commanding views across the Sussex High Weald. Planted in

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Save Hackney Empire campaign launched

Olivier award-winning actor and West End musical star Clive Rowe has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help London’s Hackney Empire survive the impact Covid-19 lockdown has had on its finances. Famed dame Clive Rowe has starred in over 14 of Hackney Empire’s pantomimes and is supported in the campaign by Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville, award-winning actor Richard

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More gardens re-open in England

More historic houses and major gardens in England have now announced the re-opening of their outdoor spaces from early June including Kew, Warwick Castle, Westonbirt Arboretum and Castle Howard. Kew Gardens and Wakehurst The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, London, and Wakehurst – Kew’s country garden in Sussex – have already re-opened. Priority given to

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Shearings collapses

Specialist Leisure Group Limited, which operated under brand names including Shearings, Bay Hotels, Coast & Country Hotels, Country Living Hotels and Wallace Arnold Travel, went into administration on 22nd May after failing to secure a rescue deal. It is reported that the company had around 64,000 bookings at the point of collapse, with the majority being

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Theatre in peril

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Donmar Warehouse in London have told a Government enquiry that they are in jeopardy of closing for good due to the pandemic. Meanwhile, beyond London, Theatre Royal Plymouth has warned it faces closure without long-term government support and the management of Southport Theatre has gone into liquidation. Early responses to

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