More ideas to man-up

Date Posted: 07/02/2012

If you want some great ideas for the boys, this is the place you'll find them. We had so much to tell you in our 'Only Men Allowed' feature in the February edition of Group Leisure magazine, we're giving you this extra BONUS FEATURE with even more to chew over.

This is a Bonus Feature with additional ideas for group travel organisers. To read the original article, open the February edition of Group Leisure by going to our online digital e-magazine.

Exploits and Escapades

Brave heights of 135 metres at the EDF Energy London Eye, described as the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel. The gradual rotation in one of the 32 glass capsules takes approximately 30 minutes, and has views across London including Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and apparently on a clear day you can see as far as Windsor Castle.

Merlin Groups offers discounts for groups of 15 people or more, including a 4D experience within the ticket price. Each capsule holds up to 25 people.

For an adrenaline fix this year, grab your mates and take on some extreme rides and attractions at Thorpe Park in Surrey, also under the Merlin groups tag. Discounted tickets are available all-year round for groups of seven people or more.

Hard-core thrill addicts are challenged to face the nerve-shredding 100 foot ‘beyond vertical’ drop of the sick and twisted horror-coaster, SAW – The Ride. Then complete the park’s ‘unholy trinity’: hit full throttle on Stealth as you are launched from nought to 80 miles per hour to 205 foot in under two seconds; celebrate the tenth birthday of the ten-looping stomach-churning madness of Colossus; and take an inverted hell ride on Nemesis Inferno.

Passionate about sport

Warner Leisure Hotels operates 13 hotels and resorts across the UK, offering short breaks and holidays exclusively for adults. There are a large selection of different ‘experiences’ available throughout the hotels, that are suitable for groups of men.

Many of Warner’s experiences are included in the price of the break, and incorporate anything from air rifle shooting to cycling trails. There is also a selection of special activities to choose from including sailing, bowls, golf tuition, and wine or whisky tasting.

Warner has plenty of rewards on offer for groups and GTOs, including a variety of discounts for parties of ten people or more.

Located in St Andrews in Scotland, The British Golf Museum offers a group rate of £5.25 for adults and £4.25 for students and seniors aged 60 and over, for a minimum of ten people. The museum offers a visitor experience at the heart of the home of golf, which culminates in visitors being able to have their picture taken with the Claret Jug and playing with old clubs and balls from the last 175 years; a treat for any golf enthusiast. 

At Silverstone last year, a reinvigorated Fernando Alonso stormed to victory ahead of Germany's Sebastian Vettel, leaving the McLaren team fighting a range of tactical and mechanical mishaps. The 2012 British Grand Prix on the 7th July promises to be every bit as exciting, so don't miss your chance to get right up close to the action. Newmarket Travel Services is one provider running trips to the race, and its services include dedicated local pick-ups, no minimum numbers and the services of a tour manager.

Go on - live a little

Group Leisure recently went up to Hull and was very impressed by the city. We found out from our tour guide Paul Schofield that amongst the walks he conducts, he can take your group on guided pub walks of the historic old town or the local town of Beverley for £3 per person. The tours last for about two hours and give groups the opportunity to discover the hostelries of Beverley and Hull, and the chance to sample a few ales on the way. Both walks explore the history and heritage of the respective areas, and promise to be both entertaining and informative. Paul can offer a free place to the group organiser.

Why not follow in the footsteps of James Bond, and Never Say Never Again by travelling to some of the cities visited by our favourite secret agent?

In Dr No, Bond first encounters the lovely Honey Ryder emerging from the Jamaican waves in her infamous white bikini. Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean and has a tropical climate which has made it a popular tourist destination. Once you have arranged your travel to the island, Jamaica Tour Guide caters to those who want to explore its natural scenery, rich history, ecosystems and nature preserves. Travel through villages and towns around Jamaica with an experienced group tour guide.

Playing 007 in The Man with the Golden Gun, Roger Moore battles against Scaramanga amongst the bright lights of Hong Kong. Hong Kong is a city that conjures up many differing images; from modern architecture, the harbour, abundant shopping, to an endless array of restaurants and cuisines. Wendy Wu Tours has a selection of packages with your choice of hotel including three-day short tours of the city, including visits to Stanley Market, Victoria Peak and Aberdeen Fishing Village.

Maybe your group can find its own Pussy Galore in the beautiful Swiss city of Geneva? Thomas Cook runs group holidays to Les Charmilles in the Canton of Geneva where your party can choose from a range of hotels and resorts, as well as villas, cottages and apartments. Whether you’re after a trip soaking up the sun or something more active, Les Charmilles promises a break to remember.

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