Three fantastic speakers will be speaking in the free-to-attend Seminar Theatre at the exhibition this year. Find out who they are and what they’ll be talking about.

11:15am – Gyles Brandreth – Travels of a Lifetime

TV personality and ‘culture vulture’ Gyles Brandreth will open this year’s Seminar Theatre to talk about travels of a lifetime, giving inspiration on some of the best places to visit with your group.

Gyles Brandreth is a writer, actor and a broadcaster in programmes ranging from the BBC’s The One Show and QI to Have I Got News for You and Just a Minute.

Gyles Brandreth.

In a previous interview Gyles, a former MP and Oxford scholar, said Sri Lanka, South Africa and Mexico were among some of his favourite destinations with London his favourite place in the UK. He also said the first thing he does when arriving somewhere new is “change rooms”, adding: “I’m also quite good at walking the streets of the town, finding a coffee shop and writing the first account of the diary”.

After being inspired by Gyles’ talk, you might like to visit some of these exhibitors: Jet2 Holidays, Majestic Tours, Cruise & Maritime Voyages, and River Escapes. Perhaps they could help whisk you and your group off on your own travel of a lifetime?


12:30pm – Simon Calder – Travel Talk

Second in our line-up will be Simon Calder, who return visitors will remember from last year’s show. As well as being senior travel editor of The Independent, travel guru Simon Calder is an acclaimed TV and radio broadcaster, featuring as the ‘go to’ expert on programmes including BBC Breakfast, Good Morning Britain and both the BBC and ITV News.

Visitors to this year’s show can look forward to Simon sharing his knowledge and travel expertise during a topical talk and presentation in the Seminar Theatre.

Simon Calder.

Simon previously commented that the travel industry is “devoted to human happiness” and in an interview with Group Leisure & Travel magazine, he shared his optimism for travel, adding: “We are living at a time when we have the widest horizons of every generation and people have the freedom to go to places.”

Afterwards, why not head over to see exhibitors such as Arena Travel, the Steve Reed Tourism Area, Switzerland Travel Centre, Travelsphere, and Cotswold Tourism? You never know, you may just walk away having booked an incredible journey for your group.


2:15pm – Carol Klein – Britain’s Best Gardens

Next up will be celebrity gardener Carol Klein, who is perhaps best known for presenting Gardeners’ World, which she first appeared on in 1998, becoming a weekly contributor from 2005.

At this year’s Group Leisure & Travel Show, she’ll be sharing her passion for gardens with visitors, with the intention of inspiring group travel organisers to take their members to gardens up and down the country.

Carol Klein.

Carol is a much-loved expert and is normally one of the Gardeners’ World team featured in broadcasts from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show each year. She is also a well-known writer regularly features in various gardening magazines.

Are you a horticulture fanatic too? We have a number of green-thumbed teams exhibiting at the show this year, with the likes of The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Woburn Abbey & Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, and Lowther Castle & Gardens.

All the Seminar talks are free to attend when visiting the show. If you haven’t registered already, you can do so here.

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