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Thursday 5th October 2023 at the Marshall Arena at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes.

2023 Seminar Programme

Every visitor to the show has the opportunity to enjoy some fantastic sessions featuring expert speakers in the Seminar Theatre. Not only could you listen to some interesting ideas and advice, but you could also ask your own questions too. 2023’s line-up promises to be another good one…

TV presenter, Frances Tophill to talk gardens


Join gardener, presenter and author, Frances Tophill in the Seminar Theatre this year as she covers some of the best garden visits for every season.

Frances has been a regular presenter on the popular TV programme Gardeners’ World since 2016 and is passionate about the environment, conservation and sustainability, as well as crafting. Her television work has also included ITV’s Love Your Garden and Frances even designed her first show garden last year, winning Best Show Garden for a design that showcased her love of ‘upcycle gardening’ and sustainability.

Garden visits are big for groups, this is sure to be a great session.

Seminar sessions and appearances subject to change.

Simon Calder behind the scenes


Simon Calder having coffee in Paris.


“I can’t wait to meet the exhibitors and guests at the GLT Show in October – it’s a real annual highlight to learn the latest on group travel and to talk to people in the industry. I always come away with a long list of new opportunities to enjoy in the year ahead.”

If there's a big travel story, you can bet you will see the face of Simon Calder on your TV screens. He is the go-to expert for up to date travel advice and updates. But what happens behind the scenes? Has Simon got a big red phone that rings as TV and radio chase his words of wisdom? How does he ensure he's up to speed and able to relay accurate and authoritative information? How does he juggle his mass of newspaper and magazine deadlines with his television and radio appearances? At the GLT Show all will be revealed, and you can ask him your own questions too... about anything travel-related.

Simon is Travel Correspondent of The Independent, and an acclaimed television and radio broadcaster and commentator, making regular appearances on programmes including BBC Breakfast, Good Morning Britain and both the BBC and ITV News.

Simon Calder with the Terracotta Warriors. Photo credit Ash Mills.

Seminar sessions and appearances subject to change.

TV presenter, Matt Allwright to give advice on scams


Matt Allwright

Seminar sessions and appearances subject to change.

Join experienced traveller and journalist Matt Allwright who will be giving his insights and tips on avoiding travel scams and how to travel safely at this year’s Group Leisure & Travel Show.

Matt has been a presenter on the popular TV consumer investigation programmes Rogue Traders and Watchdog for more than 20 years and has worked on a number of other shows including The One Show, Morning Live, Housing Enforcers, You’ve Been Scammed, Rogue Restaurants, and
The Food Inspectors.

Take advantage of free coach transport to the Group Leisure & Travel Show

Book in advance and you could travel to the GLT Show by coach for free. Seats are allocated on a first come first served basis, so make sure you book your place. There are several routes available; click the link below to find out more.

You must pre-book to use this service. All routes and times are subject to change, due to traffic conditions on the day.

Countdown to the show








Past speakers include…

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

Gyles Brandreth

Television Personality and ‘Culture Vulture’

Nicholas Owen

Carol Klein

Gardener and Television Presenter

Nicholas Owen

Nicholas Owen

Newscaster and Television Presenter

Nicholas Owen

Kate Humble

Writer & Broadcaster

Simon Reeve

Adventurer, TV presenter and Author

Joe Swift

TV Gardener & Presenter

Dan Cruickshank

Dan Cruickshank

TV Historian and Presenter

Chris Beardshaw

Chris Beardshaw

TV Presenter and Celebrity Gardener

Jennie Bond

Royal commentator and broadcaster

Jane Archer

UK’s Leading Cruise Expert

Alexis Conran

Fraud specialist and star of The Real Hustle

Julie Peasgood

Television presenter, journalist and actress

Simon Calder

Travel Editor, The Independent

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, 8 Vermont Place, Tongwell, Milton Keynes MK15 8JA

EXhibiting info & stand availability

Sharon Yandell,

Telephone: +44 (0)1908 613323

Event date is subject to ongoing Government rulings on public assembly and therefore the organisers reserve the right to make appropriate changes if required affecting the date or venue at their absolute discretion.