Maritime & Military

From GC&CS to GCHQ display Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park marks GCHQ centenary with a new display

Trace the origins of British codebreaking from its remarkable wartime role through to its peacetime transition, in a fascinating new display at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire.

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5 special interest holidays for 2020

Whether your group is into dancing, arts & crafts or photography, there’s a holiday to suit all interests - here’s a few of our favourites. 

Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

Britain’s very own Sistine Chapel won’t be Greenwich’s ‘hidden gem’ for long

GLT’s Keeley Rodgers has a lie down at the newly restored Painted Hall, the centrepiece of The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. 

Bletchley Park's D-Day exhibition

New D-Day exhibition's unique insight into Bletchley Park’s code-breaking role

GLT editor Keeley Rodgers went along to Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire for the opening of its latest experience, D-Day: Interception, Intelligence, Invasion.

RAF Museum London

RAF Museum launches new Dambusters VR experience

The Royal Air Force Museum in London has unveiled its latest experience - a virtual reality attraction transporting visitors to a pivotal moment in history.

Medals for the Future

Medals to go on display at National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire will see 100 ceramic medals at centre of an exhibition reflecting on World War One remembrance.

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New exhibitions arrive at National Army Museum

Two new exhibitions focusing on equine artist Sir Alfred Munnings and the British hussars have opened at the National Army Museum.

National Memorial Arboretum announces exclusive group packages

National Memorial Arboretum announces exclusive group packages

The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire is offering a range of group walks, talks and tours in 2019.

GTO at Woburn Abbey & Gardens

Woburn Abbey and Bletchley Park: Unlocking the past and cracking the code

Woburn Abbey and Bletchley Park are teeming with stories of both splendour and tragedy, says Laura Sexton after the latest Reader Club tri

National Memorial Arboretum

Nature exhibitions and events at National Memorial Arboretum in 2019

The Arboretum has a diverse programme of commemorative and celebratory events in 2019 as well as new exhibitions.

National Memorial Arboretum

7 places to visit and commemorate the Great War

We look at the museums, exhibitions and attractions with links to the First World War you can visit with your group.

RNAS Yeovilton

Royal Navy International Air Day aiming for more group visitors

The Royal Navy International Air Day is calling for coach operators and group travel companies to offer its new groups package to GTOs.

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Details released for the 2019 Royal International Air Tattoo

The annual Royal International Air Tattoo is set to return to Royal Air Force Fairford in July next year.

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Landmark opening for first V&A museum outside London

Scotland’s first design museum, V&A Dundee will open to the public on Saturday, 15th September.

National Maritime Museum.

Discover seafaring worlds in new galleries at National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum, part of Royal Museums Greenwich, in London, will be opening four new galleries in September, uncovering maritime history.

Tower Bridge

‘Unsung heroes’ of Tower Bridge celebrated in new London exhibition

A new display celebrating the unsung heroes of London’s Tower Bridge has been unveiled.

The Commandery

New experience for groups to learn about Worcester’s Civil War Story

The Commandery in Worcestershire has opened a new experience, allowing visitors to understand more about the Battle of Worcester.

Longleat

Longleat to host event celebrating the Armed Forces

This autumn, Longleat is inviting the public to visit its historic grounds to celebrate the distinguished Armed Forces, in a weekend of tribute.

Reader Club trip to National Memorial Arboretum 2018

National Memorial Arboretum: Sunny reflections

GLT reports back from a very warm Reader Club Trip at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, which proved a major hit with GLT readers. 

Tall Ship Races

Groups invited onboard Tall Ships in Sunderland

The Tall Ships Sunderland 2018 is a four-day festival and those already planning a visit can now book a cruise onboard.

HM Bark Endeavour

HM Bark Endeavour to become permanent visitor attraction in Whitby

The North Yorkshire coastal town of Whitby will host a new floating visitor attraction when HM Bark Endeavour opens next month.

Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw open the Car S.O.S exhibition at the British Motor Museum

New Car S.O.S exhibition now open at British Motor Museum

Car S.O.S presenters Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw opened the new exhibition at the British Motor Museum.

CWGC Experience

‘Behind the scenes’ war graves visitor centre to open in France

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission will open a new visitor centre called the CWGC Experience in Beaurains, France in spring 2019.

British Motor Museum

From an Austin to an Aston Martin

The British Motor Museum in Warwickshire is to host a new exhibition featuring cars from National Geographic’s popular motoring televsion show Car S.O.S.

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Final touches made to RAF Museum ahead of reopening

The RAF Museum in London is set to welcome visitors when it formally reopens on Saturday 30th June.

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New St Albans museum to showcase 2,000 years of history

Featuring displays on Boudicca and the Magna Carta to Stanley Kubrick and Stephen Hawking, the new St Albans Museum + Gallery will open on 8th June.

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New James Bond exhibition to open at Bletchley

This summer, Bletchley Park will unveil a new display in one of its code breaking huts which celebrates Ian Fleming’s original James Bond series.

The Red Arrows

Red Arrows to headline RAF100 celebrations at Yeovilton

RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day in Somerset will be hosting a RAF100 tribute this July, at which the Red Arrows are set to perform.

The D-Day Story

D-Day Museum reopens after major refurbishment

The museum in Portsmouth, now rebranded as The D-Day Story is the only museum in the UK dedicated to the Allied Invasion of June 1944, and is now open to the public once more.

Bletchley Park

New permanent codebreaking exhibition now open at Bletchley Park

The role of Alan Turing’s pioneering Bombe machines has been revealed in a new codebreaking display.

Gaydon Military Show

Explore decades of history at the Gaydon Military Show

Visitors are invited to explore ‘military through the decades’ on Sunday 30th September when the British Motor Museum in Warwick hosts the Gaydon Military Show.

Severn Valley Railway

Severn Valley Railway to host wartime themed 40s event

The Step Back to the 1940s weekends will transform Seven Valley Railway into a colourful snapshot of wartime Britain in June and July.

Venetian Costume Festival

Wallonia partners with Shearings to boost travel to Belgium

The Belgian Tourist Office-Wallonia has joined with Shearings Holidays to offer a new range of short break holidays to Belgium.

Aspects at National Memorial Arboretum

National Memorial Arboretum building projects close to completion

The conclusion of a £28 million improvement programme is expected to see the Staffordshire-based arboretum welcome a record number of visitors this year.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

More for groups this year at North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Group visitors to the Yorkshire railway can expect even more on offer this year including afternoon teas and behind-the-scenes experiences.

National Museum of Scotland

Exploring Scotland’s most popular free attractions

We take a look at ten free attractions in Scotland which, according to the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA), have recorded the highest footfall in recent years.

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National Army Museum shines spotlight on Special Forces

The National Army Museum will open its first major exhibition since reopening in March 2017.

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Ocean Liners opens at V&A to celebrate ship design

The Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum in London has officially opened its latest exhibition, Ocean Liners: Speed and Style.

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Art exhibition to be housed in Cold War bunker

This spring will see a former Cold War nuclear bunker in East Yorkshire reopen its doors to the public, featuring an all-new art display.

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Lalique glass displays and guided tour new for National Motor Museum

New at Beaulieu this year is an exhibit of 28 Lalique glass car mascots, on show together for the first time.

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Navy tattoo exhibition planned for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

A line-up of exhibitions is in store for the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard this year.

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V&A Dundee opening date announced

V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first design museum, will open to the public on Saturday 15th September this year, it has been revealed.

Antiques at Field Dog Fair

British Motor Museum to host four major Antiques Fairs

The British Motor Museum in Warwick has announced that this year it will host four antique events suitable for group visitors.

HMS Garnet

Events at Historic Dockyard Chatham to celebrate 400 years

Visitors to the Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent this year can enjoy a programme of events to mark the 400th birthday of the attraction.

Winston Churchill

Group experiences with a Winston Churchill theme

To mark the recent release of the film, Darkest Hour, which focuses on Winston Churchill’s early days as Prime Minister, we look at a selection of attractions with links to the wartime PM.

Naval Services Memorial

Memorials, events and exhibitions fill Arboretum’s calendar

The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire has announced a rich programme of commemorative and celebratory events for the coming year.

National Museum of Scotland

National Museums Scotland announces 2018 programme

The programme of events for next year at the museums owned by National Museums Scotland will include wildlife photography, Scottish pop music and glass art.

Beaulieu

Beaulieu reveals details of 2018 programme

Beaulieu, in Hampshire, has revealed details of its upcoming season, featuring group tours, new galleries and events.

Coventry Cathedral

Why groups should visit the new City of Culture

Following the announcement that Coventry has been named the City of Culture 2021, we look at why it’s a perfect time to consider a group trip there.

Terracotta Warriors in China

Just Go! launches UK-wide trips to see Terracotta Army in Liverpool in 2018

Group tour operator, Just Go!, is launching UK-wide departures to see the Terracotta Army exhibition in Liverpool next year.

The Red Arrows

Details announced for the Royal International Air Tattoo

The 2018 dates for the Royal International Air Tattoo, taking place at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, have been revealed as 15th to 17th July.

The Silverstone Experience

Silverstone Experience to open in 2019

Silverstone race circuit, in Northamptonshire, is to open a new interactive experience, suitable for groups called the Silverstone Experience.

HM Bark Endeavour

HM Bark Endeavour to dock in Whitby

The full-scale replica of Captain Cook’s ship, the HM Bark Endeavour, will be docking at the North York Moors coastline in Whitby next spring, offering an opportunity for visitors to discover its maritime history.

Bolsover Castle

Top ten spookiest English Heritage properties

Gear up for Halloween (this year, or in years to come) with visits to some of these reportedly haunted English Heritage properties, where ghost stories are in abundance.

Stonehenge team

Improvements for groups complete at Stonehenge

A new groups reception building has been completed at Stonehenge in Wiltshire within the compounds of the recently finished coach park.

Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton International Air Day

RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day: 2018 date confirmed

The annual RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day in Somerset will take place on Saturday 7th July 2018.

Onboard the Postal Museum's Mail Rail

Journey back in time on London’s underground Mail Rail

A fascinating journey through history; Keeley Rodgers gets a sneak preview of the Mail Rail.

The Royal Mews

The Royal Mews adds to its collection

The Royal Collection’s Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace has been re-presented this summer and now offers more for visitors to see and experience.

Steve Bax

Q&A with British Airways i360

We spoke to Steve Bax, executive director at British Airways i360 in Brighton, which has recently celebrated a year since opening, to find out why the attraction is great for groups.

Young visitors at the Historic Dockyard Chatham

Historic Dockyard Chatham awarded Coach Friendly status

The Historic Dockyard Chatham has been awarded Coach Friendly status by the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) UK.

Mark IV Replica

Details unveiled for British Motor Museum’s British Military Weekend

Visitors to the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire this September will get to experience a World War One themed event.

Blenheim Classic & Supercar Day

Living life in the fast lane: motorsport attractions for groups

With the British GP coming up we pick out some top attractions which are sure to keep car fans fuelled up.

Viking Star

Viking Cruises unveils winter northern lights itinerary

Viking Cruises has announced details of its new winter northern lights itinerary which will explore Norway’s far north.

An oil painting of the House of Commons by Leopold Braun

Westminster launches World War One and Parliament exhibition

A new exhibition has opened in Parliament’s Westminster Hall called Parliament and the First World War.

Glasgow Life

Wonderful ways to extend Museum Week

It’s Museum Week - here are some of the most exciting and obscure museums from across the nation.

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Blenheim Palace to host classic and supercar day

It’s been unveiled that a brand new automotive show will be taking place at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire this year.

Ravenglass Railway Museum

Ravenglass Railway Museum opening date revealed

The Ravenglass Railway Museum, in Cumbria, will be opening its doors to the public on 24th June this year.

RRS Discovery

RRS Discovery to reopen to public this summer

The RRS Discovery at Discovery Quay in Dundee, will open once again this summer after a refurbishment.

The Postal Museum

London’s new Postal Museum to open in July

This July will see the opening of the new Postal Museum, which will showcase the history of Britain’s mail system.

Ironbridge Gorge Museum

Ironbridge celebrates 50 years; group packages launched

The Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire have created several new packages and tours suitable for groups.

The launch of The Real Yorkshire Experience

The Real Yorkshire Experience: new tour package for groups

The Rendezvous Hotel in North Yorkshire has launched ‘The Real Yorkshire Experience’, a new short break tour package for groups.

The Victory Show

Dates for this year’s Victory Show announced

The annual Victory Show in Leicestershire has revealed its 2017 dates; the wartime-themed event will run from 8th until 10th September.

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British Motor Museum to welcome new exhibition

An exhibition called British Motoring Treasures: the British Motor Car in Fifty Objects is coming to the British Motor Museum.

East Anglian Railway

Groups Direct launches brand new steam train event

A new event called September Steam Day, has been launched by Groups Direct, offering a range of entertainment.

Ravenglass Railway Museum

Ravenglass Railway Museum to re-open this summer

This June the Ravenglass Railway Museum in the Lake District will re-open to the public after a two year re-development programme.

Hadrian's Wall

New Roman cavalry exhibition to open along Hadrian’s Wall

A new exhibition at Hadrian’s Wall, in Carlisle, will be opening this April.

The National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum unveils murder mystery experience

An immersive exhibition with a murder-mystery theme will open at the National Railway Museum in York this March.