Concerts & Performances

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

CBSO to celebrate its centenary year with extensive concert season

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) will celebrate its centenary year with a host of group-friendly concerts to look forward to across the season. 

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to host group taster event at the Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) will host a special taster event to encourage group travel organisers to bring their members to a concert for the first time. 

The Glenn Miller Orchestra

Glenn Miller Orchestra's autumn concerts will include D-Day tribute

The Glenn Miller Orchestra has announced it will play four concerts across the UK in October and November, including a special tribute to the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

London Philharmonic Orchestra

The RPO announces a series of group-friendly concerts for 2019 and 2020

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has a huge amount of concerts in the pipeline, with groups benefitting from big reductions.

Kynren - An Epic Tale of England

Tickets now on sale for exciting Kynren show

Tickets for County Durham’s upcoming live action show, Kynren - an epic tale of England, have now gone on sale, along with the announcement of new additions to the spectacular this year.

London Concert Orchestra

The Music of Bond concerts to tour the UK

Fans of 007 are in luck as this autumn the London Concert Orchestra will tour venues across the UK with performances celebrating the music of Bond. 

Oberammergau

Who to travel with for the Oberammergau Passion Play 2020

With the Oberammergau Passion Play taking place next year, in 2020, now is a great time to plan your once in a lifetime adventure.

GTOs outside Shakespeare's Globe on a 2018 RC trip

Shakespeare's Globe and The View from The Shard: In the eye of the beholder

Laura Sexton reports back from an exciting Reader Club Trip to Shakespeare’s Globe and The View from the Shard.

Hot Ice

Blackpool Pleasure Beach to host ice dancing show once again

Hot Ice, a visual ice show spectacular, is back for the 2019 season with a new production at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Royal Albert Hall

Christmas celebration at Royal Albert Hall opens to groups

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has announced that priority booking for this year’s John Rutter’s Christmas Celebration at the Royal Albert Hall is now open to groups.

Kew the Music

Music icons to appear at Kew the Music

The annual event, Kew the Music, has announced all of its guest performers for the upcoming event, set to take place in July.

Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Tickets released for 2019 Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Preparations are already underway for the 2019 Thursford Christmas Spectacular, with tickets now on sale for the event.

Thetford Forest Forest Live event

First artists confirmed for 2019 Forest Live event

The first performers for the 2019 Forest Live events, starting on 13th June, have been announced.

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GLT launches Theatre and Cruise newsletters

Group Leisure & Travel magazine now offers regular dedicated email newsletters for people interested in organising group trips to the theatre, and for those looking for cruise holiday ideas and offers.

Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour

Shearings Holidays unveils Strictly Come Dancing breaks

Shearings Holidays has launched its 2019 Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour packages which include tickets to the live shows, as well as transport and accommodation.

Crystal Cruises' Crystal Bach ship

Oberammergau among Crystal River Cruises’ 2020 itineraries

Crystal River Cruises has unveiled its voyages for 2020 including the chance to see the Oberammergau Passion Play in Germany.

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle recreates history with new Dragon Slayer show

Dragon Slayer features thrilling combat, great acting and an evening of fun, says Laura Sexton, after attending the premiere.

Patrick Stewart narrates The Food of Love%2C a unique theatre experience which celebrates the life of Shakespeare.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra reveals group deals for 2019 shows

Discounts for groups have been announced by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for its 2019 programme.

The Pavilion - Winter Gardens

Blackpool’s legendary Pavilion Theatre to be restored to former glory

Plans have been announced to restore Blackpool’s historic Pavilion Theatre and turn it into a creative hub that will stage works accessible to northern audiences.

Salzburg in Austria is on the itinerary for the River Danube classical music cruise

Rhine and Danube cruises offer soothing strings for classical music lovers

Classical music lovers can listen to soothing strings as they cruise some of Europe’s most beautiful waterways.

Thursford Spectacular

Circus star Vanessa Alvarez tops the bill at 41st Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Thursford will explode in a riot of sound and colour when the annual Christmas Spectacular gets under way.

Warwick Castle

Wars of the Roses adds excitement to a group visit to Warwick Castle

Rachel Bailey reports back from watching Warwick Castle’s Wars of the Roses Live.

Kynren

Kynren: An epic tale in every sense of the word

GLT’s editor Keeley Rodgers travelled to Bishop Auckland for a preview of Kynren which is set to wow visitors for a third season.

Matt Ford

Autumn tour dates released for Simply Sinatra

Simply Sinatra, a concert of music and songs made famous by one of the world’s most loved singer, Frank Sinatra, will tour the UK this autumn.

Oberammergau Passion Play 2020

Oberammergau Passion Play: Q&A with the director and leading actor

GLT spoke to Christian Stuckl, director of the Passion Play which will be taking place in 2020, along with Frederik Mayet.

Passion Play

Passion Play: Tour operators selling group tickets announced

The historic Passion Play that takes place in Oberammergau, Germany every ten years will be releasing tickets later this year and expects to be more popular than ever among groups.

2CELLOS

Full line-up revealed for Kew the Music

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has announced the final headline artist to join the much-loved Kew the Music.

 Fantasia

Disney Fantasia to be celebrated in new immersive show

The Vaults, London’s home for immersive theatre and alternative arts, has created a new experience celebrating Disney Fantasia, opening this summer.

Oxford Shakespeare Festival

Shakespeare Festival to return to Oxford Castle

The Oxford Shakespeare Festival will return to Oxford Castle & Prison this summer for the fourth consecutive year.

Wicksteed Park

Wicksteed Park announces three new daytime shows for 2018

The theme park in Northamptonshire will welcome three daytime shows to its 2018 programme with themed of wartime and the sixties.

Royal Three Counties Shows

Royal Three Counties Show to celebrate British countryside for 60th time

The annual show will return for its 60th year at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern this year.

Mill Rythe

Mill Rythe launches dedicated Christmas packages for GTOs

Mill Rythe Holiday Village on Hayling Island is launching a series of Christmas lunches dedicated to group organisers, after trialling them during last year’s festive season.

Hampton Court Palace Festival

Tom Jones to headline Hampton Court Palace Festival

Singer Tom Jones and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are two of the headlining acts announced for this year's Hampton Court Palace Festival.

Kynren - An Epic Tale of England

Kynren returns for third time with new group rates

The County Durham-based outdoor live action show will run 17 performances between 30th June and 15th September.

The Wight Proms

Outdoor Proms festival to launch on the Isle of Wight

The Wight Proms, a new annual festival of open-air picnic concerts celebrating the Isle of Wight's music, food, people and red squirrels, will launch this August.

Jon Boden and The Remnant Kings

Folk stars to headline at Warwick Folk Festival

The Warwick Folk Festival, now in its 39th year, will return with a line-up of folk stars from around the world from 26th to 29th July at Warwick School and the surrounding town.

The Masters of the Musicals

Review: The Matinee Shows from Groups Direct

GLT went to the first showing of the Matinee Shows to see why the experience is proving so popular with groups.

Chinese New Year

Liverpool celebrates ten years since European City of Culture title

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Liverpool being crowned European City of Culture, and the city is marking the milestone with a programme of exciting events and projects.

Lost in Translation circus group

Places to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the circus

Roll-up, roll-up, there are plenty of places where your group can make the most of this year's major circus anniversary.

Harrogate Royal Hall

International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival to celebrate 25 years

The Silver Jubilee Anniversary of the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival will celebrate the works of the famous Victorian-era musicians.

Dazzle Ferry%2C Liverpool

Liverpool reveals major cultural programme for 2018

Next year will mark a decade since Liverpool's reign as European Capital of Culture and is set to be an exciting year for the city with plenty on offer to group visitors.

Il Divo

Il Divo’s 2018 tour to visit stately homes and castles

Singing quartet Il Divo will tour some of the UK's stately homes and castles in the summer of 2018.

Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic 2018: Chekov, Shakespeare and Dickens confirmed

The Bristol Old Vic has revealed that its upcoming year of entertainment will have a theme of the ‘Year of Change’.

The Giants are set to return to the city in 2018 as part of the celebrations.

Q&A: Why Liverpool is the 'most transformed city'

Director of Culture Liverpool Claire McColgan tells GLT about the transformation of the city.

Wayfaring

World premieres confirmed for Norfolk & Norwich Festival

The Norfolk & Norwich Festival has announced the first shows of its 2018 schedule – three of which will run for the first time.

Birmingham International Tattoo

Dates confirmed for next year’s Birmingham International Tattoo

In November 2018, the famous indoor international tattoo that celebrates all things pomp and pageantry will return to Arena Birmingham.

Trioperas

Trioperas to have its world debut in London

Trioperas, a show described as ‘three operas in one evening’ will open in May 2018 for the first time, at the Peacock Theatre in London.

Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Thursford Christmas Spectacular announces extra performances

On 8th November, the doors will open again for the variety show, Thursford Christmas Spectacular.

Flavia and Vincent

Q&A with Tango Moderno’s Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone

With Tango Moderno hitting the road this month, former Strictly stars Flavia and Vincent tell all why they love tango so much.

Andrew Penford

Nottingham Playhouse unveils show collection for 2018

The Nottingham Playhouse’s programme for 2018, which will be the first season under the new artistic director, Adam Penford, has been revealed.

Jools Holland

First three acts confirmed for Kew the Music 2018

The Gipsy Kings, The Human League and Jools Holland are the first confirmed headliners for Kew the Music 2018.

Ore Oduba.

Tickets on sale for 2018 Strictly UK tour

Tickets for the 2018 Strictly Come Dancing Live UK Tour have gone on sale.

Victorian Festival of Christmas.

New attractions to lead Portsmouth Historic Dockyard’s festivities

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard welcomes back the Victorian Festival of Christmas this year.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Group benefits and new shows for RPO 2018 season

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has revealed details and highlights of its 2018 season, including its benefits for groups.

Elvis

Elvis on Tour exhibition returns to The O2, London

Elvis will be back in the building, at The O2 in London.

London Symphony Orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra reveals details of group bookings

The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) has unveiled its 2017/18 groups booking brochure which contains details of special rates and benefits for groups.

Anton %26 Erin

Anton du Beke and Erin Boag announce nationwide tour

Strictly dancers and professional dancing partners Anton du Beke and Erin Boag will tour across the UK in 2018.

Ian Waite.

Strictly dancers touring the UK

Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers Ian Waite and Oti Mabuse are going on a 60-date tour of the UK with their new stage show.

The Matinee Shows

Groups Direct launches The Matinee Shows

Groups Direct has announced the launch of The Matinee Shows, offering tribute act entertainment at a number of London venues.

Blackpool Illuminations

Blackpool launches new features for 2017 Illuminations

This year’s Blackpool Illuminations will include several new features, including the first ever parade of Blackpool’s illuminated trams.

Western Train.

Blackpool to host first illuminated tram parade

Blackpool will host an illuminated tram parade this autumn, as part of The Festival@LightPool event.

Small Wonder.

Small Wonder Festival announces 2017 line-up

The 14th Small Wonder Festival, that celebrates short form writing and fiction, has announced its 2017 programme.

Ben Portsmouth

Elvis tribute act goes on world tour

Ben Portsmouth, described as ‘the world’s number one’ Elvis tribute act, is going on an international tour starting this month.

Jane Austen.

Literary Heroes: Interactive map showcases UK destinations

VisitEngland has created an interactive map to highlight the world-famous authors and literary destinations.

TitanicDance.

English premiere of TitanicDance to open in Manchester

The Palace Theatre in Manchester will stage the English premiere of Irish musical TitanicDance on 24th September.

Yorke Dance Project

Yorke Dance Project to perform at The Royal Opera House

Dance company, Yorke Dance Project, will be joining up with five ballet companies this autumn for Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration at The Royal Opera House.

Sarah Millican

Storyhouse spring season: Sarah Millican and David Baddiel confirmed

Storyhouse in Chester has revealed its 2018 spring season, with headline names in comedy, opera and dance all making an appearance.

Dance Umbrella 2017

Details of London’s Dance Umbrella festival announced

Dance Umbrella 2017 will take place across London from 11th to 28th October and will feature numerous dance acts and performances.

Holiday on Ice.

Holiday on Ice to return to Brighton with new production

Holiday on Ice is set to return to Brighton in January 2018 with a new production, called TIME.

Manchester's Winter Wonderland

Details confirmed for Manchester Winter Wonderland

It’s been announced that Manchester’s biggest indoor Christmas attraction, Winter Wonderland, will return again this year.

Passion Play

Great Rail Journeys releases Passion Play itineraries

Group rail holiday provider Great Rail Journeys has revealed three 2020 itineraries that will take passengers to celebrate The Oberammergau Passion Play.

Stewart Lee

Comedy Review: Stewart Lee - Content Provider

Should Stewart Lee’s tour be on your group’s schedule this year? Paul Maguire, former judge at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards finds out.

The London Cabaret Club

Review: The London Cabaret Club

First-class food and a variety show that will have you up on your feet: The London Cabaret Club is certainly worth a visit, declares Rachel Bailey.

Cirque du Soleil%2C Ovo

Cirque du Soleil announces Ovo London dates

Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo show will debut at London’s Royal Albert Hall from the 7th January until 11th February 2018.

Alice's Day

Story Museum unveils details for Alice’s Day 2017

The Story Museum will celebrate Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with a day of theatre, live music and much more across Oxford.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

The 37th Grassington Festival announces details

This year’s Grassington Festival will run from 16th June until 1st July, offering a programme featuring various activities.

English National Ballet announces autumn and winter season

English National Ballet announces autumn and winter season

The English National Ballet has announced a line-up of UK performances and tours for the 2017/2018 autumn and winter season.

Dame Vera Lynn Centenary Celebration

Groups Direct to celebrate Dame Vera Lynn’s 100th Birthday

Groups Direct, will host an event called the Dame Vera Lynn Centenary Celebration this autumn to mark her birthday.

A line-up of upcoming events taking place in Shrewsbury over the spring has been revealed to include a regatta and a rock concert.

Shrewsbury’s spring events line-up announced

A line-up of events taking place in Shrewsbury this spring has been revealed to include a regatta and a rock concert.

Blackpool Fireworks

Details confirmed for upcoming season in Blackpool

VisitBlackpool has announced that fireworks, air shows and military events will make up its summer and autumn season, which starts in June.

Mersey Ferries

Mersey Ferries announces Summer Evening Cruises for groups

Mersey Ferries has confirmed its Summer Evening Cruises for groups, which will form part of Liverpool’s 50 Summers of Love season.

Kynren - An Epic Tale of England

Tickets on sale for second Kynren open air show

It has been announced that the tickets for the second Kynren – An Epic Tale of England, in Durham, are now on sale.

Spirit of Christmas Spectacular

Viva Blackpool to welcome new Christmas show

Entertainment venue, Viva Blackpool, has announced a brand new group-friendly Christmas show, due to debut this winter.