Gardening expert and television presenter%2C Chris Beardshaw

Gardening expert and television presenter, Chris Beardshaw will host a session in the Seminar Theatre at October’s Group Leisure & Travel Show, completing this year’s line-up of celebrity experts to appear at the number one event for people who organise group trips and holidays.

Chris is best known for presenting a range of TV programmes, including Gardeners’ World on the BBC, Hidden Gardens and the hugely popular The Flying Gardener, amongst many others.

He is a modern day ‘renaissance man’ in all matters horticultural, from landscape and garden design projects, to gardening television programmes, books and articles, teaching and lecturing, public speaking, as well as figure heading charity campaigns.

Also heard by millions on the weekly BBC Radio 4 Gardeners' Question Time panel, Chris Beardshaw will be at the Group Leisure & Travel Show to talk about his favourite gardens to visit and why they are so appealing at different times of the year. Visitors will also get the chance to ask their own questions.

You can currently catch Chris on TV as a regular presenter of BBC2’s Beechgrove Garden on Sundays and he joins a Seminar Programme at the GLTS that already includes travel expert, Simon Calder; historian Dan Cruickshank; and news broadcaster, Nicholas Owen**. More information is available on the website.

As usual, the theatre is open free to all visitors to the Group Leisure & Travel Show, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham on Thursday 12th October. Exhibitors include attractions, tour operators, coach companies, hotels, ticket agents, cruise lines, tourist boards and events, all on hand to help group travel organisers with new ideas and special offers.

Recent exhibitors to confirm they will be the show include Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, River Escapes, Colchester Borough Council, and new this year the Fairview Hotel Collection.

Exhibition sales manager, Sharon Yandell said: “With garden visits so popular with groups it is great to add Chris Beardshaw to our Seminar Theatre line-up. We have so many exhibitors for group organisers to speak to, with lots of new attractions and companies joining us this year. It’s going to be a busy but fun day for everyone involved.”

Visitor registration is now open at, enabling GTOs, coach operators and group travel buyers to obtain free entry. Plus, if you register now you can qualify for the free parking offer, saving £12*. 

Companies interested in exhibiting at the GLTS should contact Sharon Yandell for more information and advice on how the show can help increase their groups business. Telephone 01908 613323 or e-mail

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** Celebrity appearances may be subject to change.