A picture round-up of some of the attractions who exhibited at this year’s Group Leisure & Travel Show to show how they’re decorating and getting into the festive spirit. Plus, a look at what groups can expect and enjoy all year round.

An afternoon of mulled wine at the Gilbert White & The Oates Collections, Hampshire.

The museum tells the stories of three great explorers of the natural world: Gilbert White, Frank Oates, and Lawrence Oates. year round, groups can enjoy private tours of the museum and Gilbert White’s gardens.


A Nativity Scene at Westminster Abbey.

Private guided tours for up to 30 visitors can visit Westminster Abbey during normal opening hours and should be accompanied by a Blue Badge Guide. Groups can also visit without a guide, but will need to buy individual tickets.

A multitude of Santas at the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London.

At any time during a visit you can enjoy panoramas of up to 20 miles across London through floor to ceiling windows, followed by a ride down The Slide if you’re feeling brave. If you’re going with a group of 15 or more you can take advantage of group offers such as coach drop off and pick up and bespoke menu options in the restaurant.

Festive decorations at Stonor Park, Oxfordshire.

The house is of considerable architectural interest, with Medieval Catholic Chapel, wonderful parkland and walled garden. Groups can visit throughout the year by preappointment including the christmas opening.

Christmas Lights Trail at Blenheim Palace. (Photo credit: Richard Cave).

Highlights at the palace for 2018 will include the return of BBC Countrylife Live from 2nd to 5th August, giving visitors the chance to meet the show’s presenters, and the Blenheim Palace Flower Show, the annual festival of flora and fauna, from 22nd to 24th June.

The Christmas Fair at Waddesdon Manor.

Parties of 15 or more visiting the manor at any time of year are able to get discounted rates on Waddesdon entry tickets. GTOs can organise to visit the gardens only – which includes an exploration of the wine cellars – or book a combined house and gardens ticket. (Photo credit: Stuart Bebb/National Trust/Waddesdon Manor).

Looking ahead to the GLTS 2018

Treat yourself this Christmas by booking your stand at next year’s GLTS. The Group Leisure & Travel Show 2018 will take place on 11th October in Hall 19 at the NEC Birmingham. Companies interested in exhibiting are encouraged to contact the organising team now to discuss the best available stand positions.

You can call 01908-613323 or e-mail sharon.y@yandellmedia.com for further information about exhibiting.