Food & Drink

Hard Rock Cafe Piccadilly Circus, London

State-of-the art Hard Rock Cafe opens in Piccadilly Circus

Hard Rock International has opened its doors to a new cafe spanning two floors and 1,900 square metres in Piccadilly Circus’ Criterion Building

Birthday boy with frame and Lord Right

Harry Potter stage actress joins the cast of A Right Royale Tea

Elizabeth Hill, former cast member of West End show Harry Potter & The Cursed Child, will join the cast of A Right Royale Tea in the lead role of Lady Right from 21st July.

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens

WIN: A meal for four and private vault tour at Hard Rock Cafe or a group day out to Leonardslee Gardens

To celebrate the launch of our new website we are running a series of competitions; registered readers can win a group day out for 10 at the newly reopened Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens or a meal for four (with a private vault tour) at London’s original Hard Rock Cafe. 

Waddesdon Manor Wine Tasting

Groups can visit Waddesdon’s new wine shop as part of cellar tour

The new wine shop at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire offers a range of Rothschild wines and can be visited as part of a groups’ wine Cellar tour.

Hard Rock Cafe Old Park Lane

Hard Rock Cafe London is first in the world to offer new menu

Hard Rock Cafe London has become the first location to debut the brand’s new menu, its most extensive yet with more than 20 new additions. 

Hard Rock Hotel London

Hard Rock Hotel London to open its doors this spring

The new and hotly anticipated hotel and restaurant is to welcome guests and diners very soon.

Gordan Castle Walled Garden

New gin festival comes to Scotland

A new gin festival will debut in Scotland this summer in the heart of the country’s malt whisky-producing region.

Gobspy bar in London

‘Secret’ speakeasy bar opens in London

If your group members have got a thirst for cocktails served with a twist of 1920’s mystique then seek out, in every sense, the newly-opened Gobpsy during your next visit to London.

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace to host new talks in ‘Super Supper Clubs’

The palace will be the location of new informative evenings that will take place on selected dates throughout the year.

A glass of whisky

Head to Scotland for all things whisky

We take a look at some top whisky themed experiences for groups exploring Scotland.

Barcelona city view

10 group travel ideas: get away with the girls

If you’re organising a short break or holiday for a ladies-only group, here’s ten group travel ideas to cater for all ages and interests.

Only Fools and Horses the Dining Experience

Relive Only Fools & Horses with London dining experience

Having opened in London last year, further tickets have now been released for lunch and evening performances until April 2019.

Reader Club trip to Belvoir Castle

Melton Mowbray: History and food, glorious food

An experience all foodies must have, says Laura Sexton following Group Leisure’s latest Reader Club trip to Melton Mowbray and the surrounding area.

Hard Rock Cafe London Piccadilly Circus Street View

New Hard Rock Cafe opening in London will showcase modern vision

Hard Rock International has announced plans to open a new flagship cafe in London’s Piccadilly Circus in 2019. 

Dining on board Fred. Olsen Cruise Line's Brabant ship

Food and drink top of the list for cruisers

People who go on cruises value the quality of the food and drink above anything else, according to ABTA’s Holiday Habits report.

Rick Steins Cookery School

Fun foodie experiences to delight groups

Top foodie experiences, from sausage making workshops to food festivals, for groups to tuck into.

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Holland America launches new culinary-themed cruises

Groups will be able to sample local delicacies as part of its 20 new onshore food and wine excursions.

Mamma Mia! The Party

Mamma Mia! dining experience to open at London O2

A dining experience, combined with the theatricals of the show Mamma Mia!, will be opening at The O2, London next spring.

Easton Walled Gardens

Nirvana for visitors at Easton Walled Gardens

It has been a 17-year labour of love, but Ursula Cholmeley’s restoration work on Lincolnshire’s ‘lost’ gardens is finally paying dividends.

The Dalesman

Scenic dinner cruises at Yorkshire’s Rendezvous Hotel

A family-run hotel has launched ‘dinner cruises’ on the Leeds to Liverpool canal following a successful trial.

Experience Oxfordshire

Raise a glass to literary greats with a walking tour of Oxford’s pubs

New walking tours of Oxford’s watering holes will offer an insight into the city’s drinking traditions from medieval to modern times.

Rochester Cathedral

Kent cathedral’s wine festival will revive ancient tradition

The halls of Rochester Cathedral will celebrate English wine this autumn, with a festival reviving a 1,000-year-old tradition started by monks.

Colwith Farm Distillery

New group gin tours launched in Cornwall

Visitors are now able to book tours of Cornwall's first gin and vodka distillery to learn about the process, “from plough to bottle”.

5 tasty ways for groups to celebrate World Chocolate Day

Ahead of World Chocolate Day on 7th July, we put together some ideas for planning a delicious day out.

The outdoors campaign runs from 15th to 24th June and aims to promote areas of natural beauty and encourage us to enjoy some great food against beautiful landscapes. Here are some ideas for group travel organisers to choose from:

GLT’s top picks: 5 places to enjoy National Picnic Week

Here’s a look at some superb spots to lay down a blanket and crack open the ham sandwiches with friends.

Dewar%E2%80%99s Aberfeldy Distillery

Scottish distillery launches whisky and chocolate tasting tour

Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery in Perthshire has launched an indulgent Whisky and Chocolate Tasting Tour that groups can book privately.

Hencote Vineyard Estate

Wine tours for groups announced as part of Shropshire vineyard expansion

Hencote Vineyard Estate is expanding its offering with wine tours and experiences, and a new restaurant.

RHS picnic

RHS offers special group rates for picnics this summer

The Royal Horticultural Society is offering delicious picnics and cream teas at special rates for groups across its gardens this summer.

Tower of London

Tower of London to hold Feast Food Festival

Foodie event, Feast at the Tower, run by River Street Events, will be held at the Tower of London this September.

Blenheim estate

Plenty in store for groups visiting Blenheim this autumn

Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire has rounded up some of its autumn highlights for group visitors.

Hull Street Food Nights

Hull’s food and drink scene on the rise

Hull is seeing a major increase in its food and drink scene, with dedicated nights for visitors to enjoy local produce.

Maison Du Mezze

London’s top restaurants for large group dining

Break up a trip to London with a meal at one of these group-friendly restaurants, each with its own distinct character.

Christmas food preparation at Blists Hill Victorian Town

Blists Hill reveals Very Victorian Christmas celebrations for groups

Blists Hill has revealed dates for two Very Victorian festive weekends this December.

20 Stories restaurant

20 Stories: A new reason for groups to visit Manchester

A meal at 20 Stories is worth a visit to Manchester in itself, but it easily ties into a beefier itinerary.

Cup of tea

Six unique tea experiences for groups

To celebrate National Tea Day on 21st April, we’ve rounded up six interesting tea experiences that you and your group will love, from tours to tea parties.

The Chameleon Tree

Revamped restaurant and coffee house now open at Longleat

The new facility, which can cater for up 420 people inside at any one time, has now opened to the public at Longleat in Wiltshire.

Taste Breaks

Riviera Travel set to launch new culinary holidays

Taste Break holidays will offer tailor-made short jaunts to some of Europe’s most enticing foodie cities.

Easter Eggs

Treat your group to these 'indulgent' trips

Today marks the end of Lent and to celebrate we’ve rounded up some group trip ideas that are all about indulgence.

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.

Afternoon Tea in the Duchess Tea Room

Special afternoon tea for groups at Woburn this August

The Sculpture Gallery at Woburn Abbey and Gardens will be celebrating Afternoon Tea Week with a special group offering.

BAi360

Groups welcome at new BA i360 dining experience

The first Sky Dining evenings at British Airways i360 will take place in April and May, offering a three course meal with views over Brighton and Hove.

Salt tasting

Five of the tastiest foodie trips in Wales

To mark St David’s Day this week we’ve highlighted some of the top foodie experiences for groups in Wales.

Twilight Suppers

Twilight suppers for groups new at Burghley

Twilight at Burghley, running from 3rd to 6th October, will return for the second time this autumn, with the introduction of new ‘Twilight Suppers’ for groups.

Great British Food Festival

Three extra venues announced for Great British Food Festival

This year’s Great British Food Festivals will see three new locations added to the venue line-up.

Guatape Colombia

Rainbow Tours launches group itineraries to Latin America

Tour operator Rainbow Tours has introduced two new small group tours to Peru and Colombia this year, offering an alternative style of travel for those keen to explore Latin America.

Signage for Alloway Village at Alloway, birthplace of Robert Burns

Group trips to Scotland inspired by Robert Burns

To mark Burns Night, we’ve put together a selection of trips to Scotland that visit landmarks and heritage centres with links to the ‘Scottish National Bard’.

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.

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.

Brightwell Vineyard

Top tipple-themed experiences for groups

Get to know your favourite alcoholic beverages by taking your group on a drink-inspired experience.

Mary Berry%2C William Murray and Lady Mansfield outside Scone Palace

Scone Palace to feature in new Mary Berry cooking series

Scone Palace in Scotland will feature in a new four-part cooking series called Mary Berry's Country House Secrets.

Spa Valley Railway

New group offering introduced at Spa Valley Railway

Spa Valley Railway in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, is introducing a new group offering including afternoon tea on board a steam train.

Monty Don at BBC Gardeners World Live 2017

Group tickets on sale for BBC Gardeners’ World Live

BBC Gardeners’ World Live, along with the BBC Good Food Show Summer, will return to the NEC in Birmingham in 2018.

Ramsgate's Royal Harbour

What’s new for groups in the Garden of England in 2018?

A maritime anniversary, a new festival, and the opening of a wine sanctuary - just some of Kent’s plans for 2018.

Paddington Bear

Paddington Bear-inspired trips to mark release of new film

Discover the delicious culinary wonders of Britain ahead of the release of the film Paddington 2.

Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink

Dates confirmed for Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink 2018

The annual food festival will return on the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, from Saturday 5th to Monday 7th May 2018.

Sherlock Holmes Museum

Celebrate 125 years of Sherlock Holmes

As the 14th October marks 125 years since the first Sherlock Holmes novel, we thought it apt to highlight some key locations for fans of the famous fictional detective.

Stokesay Castle tea room

Stokesay Castle gears up for group visits with new tea room

Stokesay Castle has opened a new 44-seater tea room, in order to offer groups more to enjoy during a visit.

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Train-themed Oktoberfest planned for Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway will host its own rail-themed Oktoberfest, comprising food, music and a focus on German locomotives.

Afternoon Tea Week

How to make it Afternoon Tea Week, every week

It’s Afternoon Tea Week: is your group marking the occasion with any tea-and-cake-filled trips?

Warwickshire Food %26 Drink Trade Show

Details of Warwickshire Food & Drink Trade Show revealed

The Warwickshire Food & Drink Trade Show will take place this November, and will offer an array of exhibitors from across the West Midlands region.

The Great Nordic Feast

London to celebrate Nordic cuisine with new event

The Great Nordic Feast, a new weekend-long celebration of Scandinavian food, will take place for the first time this autumn.

Want to go to Oktoberfest in Munich but can’t make it to Germany this year? Here is a selection of UK-based 2017 beer festivals that stand in as easy-access alternatives so your group doesn’t have to miss out.

UK beer festivals that are a great alternative to Oktoberfest

A selection of UK-based 2017 beer festivals that stand in as easy-access alternatives to Oktoberfest in Munich.

Raymond Blanc Gardening School

Raymond Blanc Gardening School opens for bookings

This month has seen the launch of the Raymond Blanc Gardening School at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire.

Cardiff Castle

Festive picks: 9 ideas for booking your group Christmas lunch

GLT selects a handful of great ideas for group lunches this Christmas.

St Peter Port

Events and packages revealed for the Guernsey Food Festival

Details for the Guernsey Food Festival, which combines special foodie themed events, have been announced.

Kent Life.

Annual fayre to celebrate centuries of apple growing

Varieties of apples and craft ciders will be on offer during the festival, along with live music and demonstrations.

Picnic

5 alternative places to enjoy a group picnic

Unconventional al fresco dining spot suggestions, for both this summer, and those in the future.

 Eating London culinary tour

Eating London launches two new walking tours

Tour operator Eating London is expanding its offerings in the capital with the launch of two new culinary tours.

Pershore Plum Festival

Pershore Plum Festival celebrates 21st anniversary

The Pershore Plum Festival, in Worcestershire, will take place between the 26th and 28th August.

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.

Gin

Gin-spiration: ways to celebrate World Gin Day

To mark World Gin Day we have found some of the best destinations and attractions for lovers of the spirit.

Waddesdon Manor

New afternoon tea venue for groups at Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor has launched an afternoon tea offering specifically for groups at the Five Arrows Hotel, located on the estate.

Nadiya Hussain

Longleat announces new food and drinks festival

Longleat has announced a new food and drinks festival, featuring amongst other highlights celebrity chefs Nadiya Hussain and James Martin.

Feast%2C Waddesdon

Group rates unveiled for Waddesdon Feast Festival

Admission prices for groups visiting Feast at Waddesdon Manor this June have been revealed.

Bateaux London

Bateaux London offers group discounts this summer

Bateaux London is offering group discounts for lunch, afternoon tea, Sunday lunch and dinner cruises for parties of 21 or more.

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.

PieFest

Melton Mowbray announces details for PieFest 2017

Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire will host an event dedicated to pies this summer, called PieFest.

The Longhouse

Combine Christmas dinner with the Festival of Light at Longleat

Group dining will be available in Longleat's new event facility, The Longhouse, this winter.

The Black Bull%2C Otley

Ever thought of… Otley?

The Yorkshire market town of Otley is gearing up for the summer season, and it’s time to discover its best bits, including pubs, pork pie shops and a chocolatier.

Blender's sample room

Scotch Whisky Experience improved for visitors

The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh is offering groups a ‘new sense of Scotland’ with a revamped tour for the 2017 season.

Althorp

Ever thought of… Northampton?

Who would have thought Northampton and the surrounding Northamptonshire area had so much on offer?

The Coffee Experience

Coffee masterclass launched in London

A new coffee experience has launched at the Montague Hotel in London, designed to teach the art of brewing coffee.

Dartmoor National Park waterfall

Dartmoor whisky distillery to open in April

A new Dartmoor Whisky Distillery in Devon will open in April, with tours and tastings available for visitors.

Honister Slate Mine's Via Ferrata Extreme

Goat on the Rocks tour launched in Lake District

Tour specialist, Mountain Goat, has launched a new ‘Goat on the Rocks’ tour experience especially for groups, which visits two major attractions in the Lake District.

Wakefield Food%2C Drinks and Rhubarb Festival

Dates announced for Wakefield’s 2018 rhubarb festival

The dates for the 2018 Wakefield Food, Drink and Rhubarb Festival, in Yorkshire, have been announced as 23rd to 25th February.

The Kia Oval

Groups Direct launches new sports tour with afternoon tea

A brand new tour called The Kia Oval Tour & Afternoon Tea has been revealed by Groups Direct, which will take groups around the cricket venue.

Cosmopolitan in Altrincham

Restaurant review: Cosmopolitan, Altrincham

Sarah Holt went to new restaurant Cosmopolitan in Cheshire to size it up for groups.

Bon Voyage

Greatdays Travel Group launches Cruise the World Musical Lunch

Greatdays Travel Group has added several new group-friendly lunch events to its collection of trips and tours, called Cruise the World Musical.

New Brighton Seaside Festival

Merseyside announces first ever Seaside Festival

New Brighton in Merseyside has revealed details for a brand new event for 2017 called the New Brighton Seaside Festival.

Kents Cavern

New wine and cheese tasting for groups at Kents Cavern

Kents Cavern in Torquay, Devon, is offering new bespoke packages for visitors, including a new wine and cheese tasting session.

Decor at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co

Restaurant review: Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, London

Shrimply delicious – and great for groups, too. Rachel Bailey reviews the Forrest Gump-themed restaurant Bubba Gump Shrimp Co in London.

Lingholm Kitchen

New group package at Lingholm Kitchen

The Lingholm Kitchen in the Lake District is launching a group package to see its new Victorian walled garden this summer.

Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor reveals food events for year ahead

Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire has announced some of its 2017 season highlights.

Opening Parade 2016 credit Tim Stubbings

Canterbury Festival dates announced

It has been revealed that the Canterbury Festival will take place between 14th October and 4th November this year.

Pontefract Liquorice Festival

Pontefract Liquorice Festival details revealed

The Pontefract Liquorice Festival, which celebrates the popular sweet, will take place on 9th July in Pontefract, Yorkshire.

Galway

What can Galway offer groups at New Year?

David Williamson explains why Galway is an excellent option for a New Year break and looks at how groups can extend a visit over the 2017 festive season.

Cornish pasty credit VisitEngland

New Cornish pasty heritage centre to open in Cornwall

A new food and drink visitor centre will open this summer with the UK’s first Cornish pasty heritage centre.

Douro and Porto

Porto for Groups

Group Leisure delves into Porto to find out why it's such a great destination for a group trip, including the best places to stay and eat.

Aladdin

10 of the most popular features of 2016

Counting down from ten to one, here are the most read articles on the Group Leisure website for 2016.

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10 of the most popular news stories of 2016

The stats are in – these are the news stories that attracted the most attention on the Group Leisure website in 2016.

Seafood

Dorset Seafood Festival to celebrate tenth year

Said to be the UK’s largest free seafood event, the Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2017.

Rick Stein Cookery School

5 fun cookery experiences for groups

Five culinary classes for groups, from a seafood session in Cornwall to a workshop that masters canapes in Cork.

Rainforest Cafe

6 of the best places for a pre-theatre meal

Pre-theatre dining inspiration for groups planning a trip to the West End.

BBC Good Food Show

Dates announced for BBC Good Food Show & BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2017

The BBC Good Food Show and BBC Gardeners’ World Live will return to Birmingham’s NEC again next year.

Chapel Down brewery

Plans approved for new Ashford visitor centre and brewery

Ashford Borough Council has given planning permission for a £55 million scheme for a new visitor centre and brewery.

Botany Bay

Botany Bay launches groups guide

Botany Bay mill shopping centre has created an official groups guide to help parties make the most of a visit to the five floor shopping location.

Longleat Longhouse.

Longleat creates longhouse for group events

Longleat in Wiltshire has created a new indoor venue in the shape of a traditional longhouse, which is capable of accommodating large groups for a range of events.