Who’s exhibiting, how to get free parking, timings, free breakfast and lunch, and who’s speaking in the Seminar Theatre. Here’s the essential visitor info for the 2023 Group Leisure & Travel Show which returns to the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes on Thursday 5th October. 

Group Leisure & Travel Show

When, where and how to get free entry

Date: Thursday 5th October 2023
Times: 10am - 4pm
Venue: Marshall Arena (Stadium MK), Milton Keynes 

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What do you need to know?

Admission is free

Group Leisure & Travel Show 2023 logo with dates

Entry to the Group Leisure & Travel Show is free but you are encouraged to pre-register by filling in the simple form online here. Just print off your badge for easy, fast access into the venue. Alternatively you can register at the venue when you arrive.

Meet like-minded exhibitors and visitors

The annual Group Leisure & Travel Show is the UK’s number one exhibition for people who organise group trips and holidays.

Visitors return again and again to discover, network and socialise. It’s a great opportunity to meet up with old friends, discover new ideas and speak with the exhibitors to grab a great deal; you’re sure to find the GLT Show extremely beneficial.

Be sure to make a note of everyone who you’d like to see on the day. You will get a free show guide upon arrival which details all of the exhibitors and where they are in the arena.

See who's exhibiting

Watch a 60-second snapshot of last year's Group Leisure & Travel Show.

Enjoy breakfast and lunch on us

Arrive at the GLT Show before 11am and enjoy a free bacon butty and cup of tea or coffee to start your day.

We’re also offering all visitors and exhibitors a complimentary light lunch from 12.30pm (subject to availability), together with tea and coffee.

GLT Show visitors eating a free bacon butty breakfast at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes

Visitors can enjoy a free back butty breakfast on us.

There are lots of ways to travel to the Marshall Arena

If you’re driving, the Marshall Arena has more than 1,600 car parking spaces. Overflow, and park and ride facilities may also be available. Dedicated disabled parking for Blue Badge holders is available free of charge.

All visitors and exhibitors will need to provide their car registration details on arrival inside the Marshall Arena every day they are using the car park, to avoid parking charges. This includes the pre-build day (4th Oct) for exhibitors. There will be iPads located in the entrance to the arena to provide your details. You should use the reference ‘GLT’.

You can find directions and full details on the show’s How To Get There page. And remember to look out for the ‘Stadium MK’ brown signs.

You can also choose to travel to the GLT Show by coach for free from selected routes. Advance booking is needed and seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Details of the routes available this year can be found here.

Marshall Arena, Stadium MK, Milton Keynes

There are plenty of parking spaces at the Marshall Arena for those driving to the GLT Show, with the entrance only a short walk away.

For those using rail, there is a free shuttle service between Milton Keynes Central railway station and the Marshall Arena which will run approximately every 30-40 minutes between 9.30am - 4pm, courtesy of Motts Travel. To use this service go to Bus Stop Z6 at MK Central which can be found on the second tier of bus stops on the left hand side after exiting the main railway building. 

There’s one bus stop at the Marshall Arena which is on the main access road around the site and close to the main entrance. Other nearby train stations include Bletchley and Fenny Stratford which are no more than five to ten minutes away by taxi. 

There is a planned rail strike by the Aslef union on Wednesday 4th October, which is the day before the show, when services will be very limited. You can keep up to date via the Avanti West Coast website here and National Rail here.

GLT Show Coach Travel

Free coach services have been confirmed for visitors attending this year’s show.

Don’t miss this year’s free seminars

Visitors can expect three fantastic guest speakers once again in the free Seminar Theatre this year.

Your expert guests will offer ideas, advice and stories about their own experiences – and have some fun too.

Take a seat in the Seminar Theatre at selected times throughout the show to be informed and entertained. Sessions are open to all visitors.

  • 11.30am: Gardeners’ World presenter, Frances Tophill will be on hand to describe some of the best gardens for groups to visit for every season.
  • 1.00pm: travel guru Simon Calder returns to this year’s line-up to explain more about his job and what happens behind the scenes when he is called into action to report on the biggest stories.
  • 2.20pm: experienced traveller and Watchdog presenter Matt Allwright will answer your questions and share tips on how to avoid scams and travel safely.

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GLT Show 2023 Seminar Theatre line-up

Source: Matt Allwright (right): PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

From left: Frances Tophill, Simon Calder and Matt Allwright will inspire GLT Show visitors in the Seminar Theatre.

The 2023 Group Leisure & Travel Show takes place at the Marshall Arena, Stadium MK in Milton Keynes on Thursday 5th October, from 10am to 4pm.

You can find more information about the Britain’s most popular group travel exhibition* at www.grouptravelshow.com and register for free entry here

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* Source: Organising Group Trips & Holidays Survey.

**Terms and conditions apply when visiting, and they can be found at grouptravelshow.com.