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Virtual safari

Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire recently bowed to the inevitable and completely closed the park for the time being. They had, for a while, continued their drive-through safaris with additional hygiene and social distancing measures, but this proved impracticable. However, the irrepressible enterprise – home of the first drive-through safari park outside Africa – has

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A Big Thank You

  With the travel and leisure industry suffering incredible disruption and financial difficulty at this time, it is good to hear from GTOs who have experienced especially good service from travel operators whilst re-arranging their plans. One such is GTO Pat King of Buckden Friends, who wrote to us to express her appreciation of the

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Alone, together, with Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe has been preparing a raft of new digital content to continue to engage its audiences with Shakespeare’s works. GTOs can see some of the Globe’s productions from the comfort of their home as the company release six films for free over the next couple of months on YouTube. The schedule from April includes Hamlet (2018), Romeo

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Edinburgh Festivals cancelled for 2020

Edinburgh’s famous International Festival and Festival Fringe, as well as the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh  Art Festival and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which normally take place in August, have now been cancelled for the first time in over 70 years due to concerns around the Covid-19 pandemic. Together, the five festivals hold over 5,000 events across Scotland’s capital

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Hastings Contemporary Launches Robot-Assisted Gallery Tours

In a UK first, Hastings Contemporary, an independent art gallery on the south coast, has responded to the current lockdown by teaming up with Bristol Robotics Laboratory to provide remote access to its exhibitions by utilising robotics technology. Members and audiences can continue to visit the gallery via the Double, a two-wheeled video-conferencing robot that can

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway launches crisis appeal

At the beginning of March we brought you news of the 2020 season opening of North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR). Unfortunately, this has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic and the charity has now launched a crisis appeal to secure its livelihood and keep it on track to reopen later this year. The attraction was

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Go ‘Behind the Screens’ with Victoria Baths

Victoria Baths is opening its new season with a brand new tour that will take visitors ‘Behind the Screens’, as Manchester’s Water Palace reveals its starring role in some of the most popular TV dramas of recent times.  This will be a new addition to its regular weekly tour programme that takes place between April and October 2020. Peaky Blinders, Houdini & Doyle, Cold Feet, Mrs Biggs, World

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Bletchley Park hosts new exhibition on smart device impact

Bletchley Park, in Milton Keynes, the former top-secret home of the British World War Two Codebreakers and birthplace of modern computing, is to be the first venue to host Never Alone: What Happens When Everything is Connected?, based on an exhibition created by the National Science and Media Museum Opening on 3rd April and running until

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway prepares for new season

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) is preparing for an exciting season when it opens on 6th April. Passengers can travel behind an historic steam locomotive and experience 24 miles of stunning scenery including heather moorlands, ancient market towns, steam era themed stations, bustling harbours, and even the filming location for the iconic village of

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New Anglo-Saxon gallery for Tamworth Castle

Summer 2020 will see Staffordshire’s Tamworth Castle unveil a new state-of-the-art gallery celebrating the town’s Anglo-Saxon history – including a forgotten ‘warrior queen’. While largely a hidden heroine of history, for anyone hooked on TV series The Last Kingdom – set to begin its fourth season on Netflix this year – the name of Aethelflaed, daughter of Alfred the Great, may be more

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