We look at some of this year’s GLT Show exhibitors offering plenty of staycation inspiration for groups.
With more people opting for staycations, officially defined as a holiday in your own country, and the recent hot weather encouraging more of us to explore the UK, we look at some of this year’s exhibitors offering British getaways.
Berry’s Coaches offers groups a number of tours around the UK, from theatre trips and scenic journeys to days out in London. So, if you’re after a short staycation or just a day trip with your group, this tour operator can cater for you. Some of the tours it runs include National Trust properties, Birmingham International Tattoo and Longleat Safari & Adventure Park.
Cotswold Tourism showcases all the area has to offer groups, from accommodation opportunities such as glamping and country inns, to attractions such as historic houses and museums. For staycationers, there are plenty of group-friendly hotels in the Cotswolds such as the Corinium Hotel, Sheep on Sheep Street in Cheltenham, and Calcot Manor Hotel & Spa.
Those planning a stay in Oxfordshire might like to try some of Experience Oxfordshire‘s suggested walks. There are various walking tours around Oxford city centre, ghost trails, and the option to explore the nearby Harcourt Arboretum. Other walking categories include themes such as the women of Oxford, pub tours and Harry Potter and Alice In Wonderland ventures. Plus, there are plenty of places to stay when visiting, that don’t all break the bank.
David Urquhart Travel, as well as arranging tours abroad, offers a variety of British breaks for groups. Some of the categories on offer include: Town & Country Getaways, Great British Seaside Breaks, We Love Scotland, and Essentially English. Within these, there are a multitude of breaks available, such as weekends in Weymouth, trips to see the Blackpool illuminations, and visits to the lochs and glens of Scotland.
HF Holidays provides groups with an array of walking breaks across the UK as well as abroad. With many groups enjoying active trips, there are plenty to choose from. Trips can include jaunts along the Dorset’s coast, the Peak District, the South Downs, Yorkshire Dales and Cotswolds. Besides walking breaks, the holiday company also offers heritage tours, horticultural themed trips and cooking breaks. It also has a number of country house accommodation for your staycations in the countryside.
Warner Leisure Hotels offers groups a variety of hotels in different locations around the UK, including Herefordshire, Cheshire and North Yorkshire. Plus, each of its hotels gives you the opportunities to take part in wider activities either on location or locally, from playing boules in the gardens to exploring the nearby towns.
Daish’s also offers hotels in several locations such as Somerset, Devon and Bournemouth among others, as well as coach trips for groups and themed holidays, from turkey and tinsel and New Year’s Eve breaks to air shows such as the Eastbourne Air Festival.
Hidden gems to add to your staycation list
Retirement company McCarthy & Stone recently ran a nationwide survey to find out more about the lesser-known destinations in the UK that the public are opting for.
It found that Minack Theatre in Porthcurno was a favourite. The open-air theatre is positioned just four miles from Land’s End in Cornwall and offers incredible views across the Atlantic Ocean and Cornish coastline. Known for its backdrop for performances that vary from musicals, theatre, live music and storytelling, Minack Theatre is a great choice of entertainment for a staycation.
Tucked away on the coast of Norfolk, Blakeney Point is home to a wide range of wildlife and nature, from seals to birdlife. From gentle walks to more ambitious treks, crab fishing and guided tours, there are plenty of things to keep the whole group occupied on a short getaway.
Rievaulx Terrace in North Yorkshire was the most popular garden location among the voters, thanks to its dramatic position and 18th-century gardens. Here, people can take in views of the landscaped garden and explore the Rievaulx temples in a scenic North York Moors location.
Register to visit
The Group Leisure & Travel Show 2018 will take place on Thursday 11th October in Hall 19 at the NEC Birmingham.
It’s free to enter; all you need to do is register here and you’ll receive a number of exclusive benefits.
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