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The 2019 GLT Show takes place on Thursday 10th October 2019 at the Marshall Arena at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes.

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when & where?

Thursday 10th October 2019 at the Marshall Arena at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes.

Like to exhibit?

Click here to download the 2019 Group Leisure & Travel Show media pack

Seminar Programme

Our 2018 speakers were…

Carol Klein

TV personality and ‘culture vulture’ Gyles Brandreth: Travels of a lifetime

Gyles Brandreth is a writer, actor and a prolific 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, a former MP and Oxford scholar, appeared on the BBC One series Holiday of My Lifetime with Len Goodman during which he went back to Broadstairs in Kent to reminisce about a family seaside holiday from 1955. In a previous interview Gyles 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”.

As a performer, Gyles has been seen in the West End in Zipp! One Hundred Musicals for Less Than the Price of One at the Duchess Theatre and on tour throughout the UK, including as Lady Bracknell in a new musical version of The Importance of Being Earnest and as Hamlet at the Park Theatre in London.

Carol Klein

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.

Simon’s popular seminar session at the GLTS last year was packed and, as usual, the GTOs attending were very keen to engage and ask questions. He offered visitors valuable advice including details about the Package Travel Directive.

Visitors to this year’s GLT Show enjoyed Simon sharing even more of his knowledge and travel expertise during another topical talk and presentation.

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.”

Carol Klein

Celebrity gardener Carol Klein is perhaps best known for being a presenter on Gardeners’ World, which she first appeared on in 1998, becoming a weekly contributor from 2005. At the 2018 Group Leisure & Travel Show, Carol shared her passion for gardens and gardening with visitors, with the intention of inspiring group travel organisers to take their members to brilliant gardens up and down the country.

Originally training as a fine artist, teaching art in schools and colleges, Carol began gardening and running a nursery from her home in Devon, with her hobby eventually becoming her occupation. Her varied television career began with Channel 4’s Garden Party and Real Gardens in 1996 and her own six-part series Wild About the Garden followed soon after. These days Carol remains a much loved expert with the viewing public, and is normally one of the team featured in broadcasts from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show each year.

Other career highlights include her series Life In a Cottage Garden and her part in the BBC’s The Great British Garden Revival, as well as the popular Plant Odysseys for BBC Two. She is also a well-known writer and is featured in various gardening magazines and other media.

Seminar sessions and appearances subject to change.

Past speakers include…

Our fantastic seminar speakers have entertained and attracted guests at the Group Leisure & Travel Show in the past, including…
Nicholas Owen

Nicholas Owen

Newscaster and Television Presenter

Dan Cruickshank

Dan Cruickshank

TV Historian and Presenter

Chris Beardshaw

Chris Beardshaw

TV Presenter and Celebrity Gardener

Simon Reeve

Adventurer, TV presenter and Author

Joe Swift

TV Gardener & Presenter

Julie Peasgood

Television presenter, journalist and actress

Jasmine Birtles

Financial and Money Saving Expert

Jane Archer

UK’s Leading Cruise Expert

Alexis Conran

Fraud specialist and star of The Real Hustle

Simon Calder

Travel Editor, The Independent

Nick Greenfield

European Tour Operators Association

Martin Roberts

Travel expert and TV presenter

Eric Knowles

Antiques and history expert, and TV broadcaster

Contact Us

Whether you want more info about exhibiting or visiting, phone us or use our contact form, and we’ll get straight back to you.

Postal Address: YPL Exhibitions & Events, P.O. Box 5299, Milton Keynes MK15 8BD

Show Organiser

Emma Cash,
Telephone: +44 (0)1908 613323

Ehxibiting info & stand availability

Sharon Yandell,

Telephone: +44 (0)1908 613323