The truth is out there for groups

Date Posted: 17/09/2015

Looking for a new theme for a group trip? Try the extra-terrestrial.

The news broke recently that a new series of The X Files will hit TV screens in the new year. But you don’t have to wait until January to unleash your inner Mulder and Scully. There are plenty of UFO hotspots across the UK that lend themselves perfectly to group trips looking to catch a glimpse of the other-worldly. Here are a few…

Bonnybridge, Scotland

With 300 UFO sightings reported every year, Bonnybridge, near Edinburgh, takes the title of UFO capital of the world. Scottish ufologist Andrew Hennessey runs group walking tours of Edinburgh and nearby Gorbridge that give you an insight into local alien encounters and hidden star spots. He’s happy to discuss bespoke UFO itineraries with GTOs. E-mail scottishandrew@btinternet.com or visit www.stargateedinburgh.com for more inforamtion.

A visit to Bonnybridge can also be tied in with a stop at the Falkirk Wheel – a popular attraction for groups. This rotating boat lift has a space-age look to it, even if it’s not been mentioned in any UFO sightings to date.

Warmister, Wiltshire

Between 1965 and 1977, a mysterious flying object was repeatedly sighted over the sleepy town of Warminster. After more than 1,000 sightings it became known as The Thing.

At the start of 2015, Treasure Trails Wiltshire developed a new self-guided, clue-driven, tour called Warminster Alien Portal Destruction that could be downloaded or ordered from its website.

As well as giving visitors an insight into the mystery of the UFO, it takes you past some of the town’s other historical and cultural highlights.

Broad Haven, Wales

This part of Wales is nicknamed The Broad Haven Triangle after the more famous triangle in Bermuda. It was back in the 1970s when the first UFOs were spotted in this part of the Pembrokeshire countryside. At one point, an entire class of school children claimed to have seen a flying saucer of sorts.

UFO tours aren’t available in this part of the country. However, the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path is a popular place to visit for walking groups. Opened around the time of the UFO sightings, it’s 186 miles long and can be tackled in shorter sections. Who knows, you might see a little green man as you’re walking.

Rendlesham Forest Lights, Suffolk

Dubbed ‘Britain’s Roswell’, the Rendlesham Forest incident took place over a series of nights in December 1980. A range of unusual lights were seen in the sky that were explained as UFO landings by US air force specialists.

Rendlesham Forest is now managed by the Forestry Commission, which has created a UFO trail that groups can follow around the woods. During the tour you’ll also have a close encounter with a sculpture that’s a replica of the UFO that locals saw in the 1980s.

Cannock Chase, Staffordshire

First put on the UFO radar in the 1980s, Cannock Chase is a creepy creature hotspot that just keeps giving. With sightings as recent as March this year, the Staffordshire town is bustling with conspiracies about werewolves, pig-men and even the legendary Big Foot. People are so adamant about what they saw that townspeople have written books about the sightings.

As well as being a UFO hotspot, this region is also an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and walking trails lace their way around the countryside. There’s also a Go Ape! here, where you can get a little closer to the sky before zip lining away from it again. 

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