Our 10 most popular news stories of 2013

Date Posted: 09/01/2014

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

What have you been browsing, searching and reading on groupleisure.com? Here’s a rundown of our most popular news stories of 2013.

10. Park in Progress tours explore former Olympic site

A story about how groups could embark on a behind-the-scenes Park in Progress Tour for the chance to explore the developing Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before it opens to the public in July 2014. Read more >>

9. David Beckham exhibition now open at MUFC museum

Manchester United Museum and Tour unveiled a new temporary exhibition to honour one of football’s most famous names, David Beckham. David Beckham Footballer/Superstar explored how he went from being a talented youngster to one of United’s most famous players. Read more >>

8. Vincent and Flavia take new dance show on regional tour

TV’s Strictly Come Dancing stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacae will take their new dance show Dance ‘Til Dawn on a regional tour next year, running from February to July 2014. Read more >>

7. Tommy Steele to reprise role of Scrooge on UK musical tour

Direct from its West End run at the London Palladium for Christmas 2012, we revealed how Tommy Steele would reprise his role as Ebenezer Scrooge in Bill Kenwright’s production of the musical Scrooge, which went on a new UK tour from October last year. Read more >>

6. More UK tour dates for Priscilla

Details about how further dates were released for the UK tour of hit musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert, with former Hear’Say singer Noel Sullivan announced to share the role of Tick with Jason Donovan. Read more >>

5. The Smiler rollercoaster to open at Alton Towers

A rollercoaster at Alton Towers promised to frighten thrill-seekers in a new way, after it was designed with the help of psychology experts and scientific researchers. The Smiler opened last May, and boasts plunging drops of up to 98 feet and maximum speeds of 53 miles per hour. Read more >>

Call the Midwife

4. Call the Midwife tour at Chatham Historic Dockyard

Fans of BBC series Call the Midwife were obviously interested in embarking on a tour at The Historic Dockyard Chatham which visited some of the film locations used in the popular drama. The Call the Midwife experience promised to deliver 1950s style, led by a ‘midwife’ guide. Read more >>

3. Marti Pellow to star in Evita

Theatre stories are always popular and we covered news about the UK tour of the musical Evita starring Marti Pellow in the role of Che Guevara, with tour dates including Salford, Milton Keynes and Wolverhampton. Read more >>

2. Rod Stewart musical to tour the UK from January

Tonight’s the Night - the Rod Steward Musical written by Ben Elton will kick off a new UK tour in January 2014, with dates in Manchester, York, and Birmingham. Read more >>

1. Kendal and Callow tour UK with Chin Chin

Two of the UK’s best-loved actors, Simon Callow and Felicity Kendal joined forces back in the autumn to star in a bittersweet classic comedy set in 1950s Paris. An adaptation of a Francois Billetdoux novel, the news about Chin Chin and its stellar cast was our most read story of 2013 and we think coincided with their appearance on The One Show on BBC1. Read more >>

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