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July at Westminster Abbey

Our summer season continues in July and we have more exciting news to share with you.
From the ever popular brass band lunchtime concerts in College Garden, to the return of Luna Cinema screenings in July and a very exciting Summer Fete in Dean’s Yard!

Read on to find out more about further events and everything else happening at Westminster Abbey in the month ahead.

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Coaches Welcome at Statfold Country Park

Statfold Country Park, located on the outskirts of Tamworth in Staffordshire, is home to Statfold Barn Railway with a World-renowned collection of narrow gauge locomotives.  With over 30 steam locomotives and many internal combustion locomotives, representing British and several overseas manufacturers it really is worth a visit.

Located in the stunning Staffordshire countryside, yet still within easy reach of the motorway, the Country Park is the perfect destination for coach tours with a range of attractions for your groups to enjoy, whatever the weather.

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Excursions Group Travel Show 2024

Join us at Excursions™ – the original and longest-running domestic group travel show – on Saturday, 27th January 2024 at the iconic home of England Football, Wembley Stadium.   For 50 years the show has been a driving force for group travel inspiration in the UK and near Europe.

Top reasons to attend the show from our recent research in spring 2023:

  • Demand is high! 70% of exhibitors at the 2023 show expressed their intention to exhibit at Excursions™ 2024.
  •  48% of GTOs do not visit any other group travel show.
  • In-person meetings remain the most effective method to keep up to date with industry developments and meet and connect with new GTOs to grow your business.
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The Auckland Project – Events

We’d love to welcome your group to The Auckland Project for a day of art, history and exploration.


Whether you’re looking for a quiet afternoon exploring Auckland Castle and Gardens, or you’d like to visit one of our art galleries, we can offer a trip that perfectly combines art, history and the great outdoors.

  • 10% discount on all tickets for groups of 10 people of more
  • One free driver ticket per coach or minibus
  • One free familiarisation trip for your group organiser
  • Our dedicated Group Visits team will help you plan your visit and provide a Meet and Greet service on arrival

Read more to see some of our events

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Tourism Alliance – School group travel survey 2023 results


School group travel survey 2023 results


Today we’re publishing the results of our 2023 survey of school group travel businesses.

Key findings

  • Between 2019 and 2022 the number of school children the business surveyed brought to the UK from the EU declined by 81%.
  • Over the same period the figure for school children going to the EU declined by only 53%, likely as a result of issues around Covid.
  • Recovery from these figures is starkly different between the EU and UK.
  • The surveyed businesses expect to recover their school group trips to the EU to 108% of 2019 figures in 2023.
  • In contrast, the businesses expect to recover their UK school trips to only 61% of 2019 figures this year.
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Voices of London Museum Late celebrates the Making of Black Britain on Friday 14 July

at London Transport Museum

Friday 14 July 2023

18:45 to 22:00

Images from left to right. London Transport Museum at night, Diane Louise Jordan, Diane Louise Jordan in a historic Tube train and an evening event at the Museum

London Transport Museum has teamed up with The Making of Black Britain (MOBB) for a jam-packed evening of talks, workshops, and screenings of oral histories of London’s past and present which will spotlight the voices of people who make up today’s Britain. From guest speakers such as Diane Louise Jordan, the first Black TV presenter of children’s television programme Blue Peter, to African head wrapping tutorials, this event will mark the 75th anniversary of the 1948 British Nationality Act and explore how this land-mark legislation has influenced the capital, its transport and our culture. This Museum Late is also a chance to relax and enjoy the Museum Galleries after-hours to a back-drop of music and drinks.

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Tourism Alliance – Update

In this update…

  • Tax-free shopping – request for info
  • Package Travel Regulations consultation – coming ‘shortly’
  • House of Commons library research paper on short-term lets
  • Strong recovery of the events market recorded
  • YHA Trustee recruitment

Visit Northumberland – Head of Marketing and Partnership job vacancy

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New trade packages at the Old Royal Naval College

Meet the Travel Trade Team

We are pleased to introduce Gillian Bell, our in-house Travel Trade Manager. She is supported by Ales Kosejk, who you may know from Visit Greenwich. Ales is on secondment two days a week to help develop our trade partnerships and Joanna Fitzpatrick continues to head up our box office team.

We are all excited about lots of new products on offer this year for groups/coach and tour operators.

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