2019 has been a busy year for the world of group travel, but which news articles and features have you been most interested in? Here’s our top 10 most read stories of the last 12 months. 

10. New steam train experience from Waterloo to Windsor

The announcement of the first steam train service in modern history to travel between London Waterloo and Windsor certainly caught your eye. The Steam Dream Rails Co. launched The Royal Windsor Steam Express throughout the summer of 2019, with group packages available. 

9. Review: The ambitious and intriguing Tutankhamun exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery

We were among the first to see the new landmark display at the Saatchi Gallery in London and many of you wanted to read our verdict. The remarkable exhibition, which is running until May 2020, follows Tutankhamun’s journey into the afterlife with more than 150 items on show. 

8. Group Leisure & Travel Awards celebrate the best for trips and holidays 

The Group Leisure & Travel Awards 2019 winners

TV presenter Martin Bayfield celebrated with the winners of the 2019 Group Leisure & Travel Awards. 

There was plenty of buzz around the 2019 Group Leisure & Travel Awards and the report about the ceremony, held in Milton Keynes on 9th October, was hugely popular with readers finding out which attractions, destinations, providers and individuals had won on the night. 

7. The Excellence Award 2019

The interest in the awards was throughout the year including when we revealed who the finalists of the 2019 Excellence Award were. Congratulations again to Ellie Fulcher, sales manager for groups & affinity at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. And keep your eyes peeled for the 2020 awards initiative which will launch in the early part of the year. 

6. Rum inspired Lost Lagoon to open in Birmingham 

News about an interpretation of Captain Henry Morgan’s world proved popular for group organisers with details of the ‘immersive experience’ revealed earlier in the year. Described as a “rum-fuelled, swashbuckling adventure on the high seas”, visitors were in for a unique day. 

5. Interview: Kate Robbins on her part in the new Club Tropicana musical 

Club Tropicana the Musical

Kate Robbins played Consuela, the grumpy Spanish hotel chamber-maid.

Perhaps it was nostalgia that piqued your interest in the chat with star Kate Robbins who gave a show-stealing performance as Consuela in Club Tropicana the Musical which visited several theatres across the UK in 2019. She talked about why the 1980s was the most important decade of her life and how she got into character for her new role. 

4. Blenheim Palace unveils Alice in Wonderland Christmas experience

Details of the 2019 festivities at the heritage site in Oxfordshire caught your eye with details about the highlights revealed as well as group rates. This year’s experience, which runs until 5th January, 2020, includes sparkling giant peacocks, an array of illusions as well as some much-loved childhood characters. 

3. British Museum announces 2019 exhibition calendar

Free displays and new exhibitions were announced by the British Museum earlier in the year along with highlights of the calendar - helpful information for group organisers planning days out for their members. Significant events of 2019 have included Rembrandt: thinking on paper which marked the 350th anniversary of the artist’s death. 

2. 10 top Afternoon Tea experiences for groups

Afternoon tea at Harewood House

Afternoon tea at Harewood House, Yorkshire was one of the tasty mentions in a special feature about top group experiences.  

There were some tasty mentions in this article which outlined the best places to enjoy the great British tradition all year-round. Just some of the locations that made our list were: Harewood House in Yorkshire, the Houses of Parliament as well as some extra-special experiences including afternoon tea on a cruise with French Brothers, yummy! 

1. Theme revealed for Longleat’s Festival of Light 2019

Your most read story of the year was…the announcement about the 2019 Festival of Light in Longleat with details of the theme (Myths and Legends) along with highlights for groups to look forward to and essential information about group rates and benefits. 

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