Wine critic, TV presenter and journalist Jilly Goolden is the third and final Seminar Theatre speaker to be announced for the 2024 Group Leisure & Travel Show at the Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes on Thursday 3rd October.

Wine expert Jilly Goolden

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Listen to wine expert, Jilly Goolden at the GLT Show on 3rd October.

Jilly will join Flog It! presenter Paul Martin, as well as travel guru Simon Calder on the Seminar Theatre programme, which is free to all visitors who come along to the UK’s number one event for people who organise group trips and holidays.

Best-known for presenting the BBC’s Food & Drink programme for nearly two decades, Jilly is widely regarded as one of the best wine experts in the UK.

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Show organiser, Sharon Yandell, said: “We’re thrilled to complete this year’s Seminar Theatre line-up by confirming Jilly Goolden. She is sure to bring an enthusiasm to the event which will capture the interest of foodie groups, and those GTOs interested in wine tours and visits, who come along to Milton Keynes in October.”

As usual, visitors to the show can meet attractions, tour and coach operators, hotels, events, tourist boards / DMOs, cruise lines and more. There will be special show offers and expert advice from people who really understand groups.

Visitors at the Group Leisure & Travel Show in the Seminar Theatre

Visitors to the GLT Show can enjoy free Seminar Theatre sessions throughout the day.

About Jilly Goolden 

The wine expert started as a journalist and author, contributing to most of Britain’s national newspapers and glossy magazines. As well as writing about wine, she has written about travel, women’s issues, sex, the occult and a wide range of general features. She also contributed to five volumes of Food & Drink, The Big Food & Wine Drink Book and co-authored Your Hand (A Guide to Palmistry).

She is an experienced lifestyle presenter, and series include The Great Antiques Hunt, Going, Going, Gone, Holiday and Extreme Health. And in the world of food and wine, Jilly played judge for the contestants of Soapstar Superchef and Britain’s Best Dish, alongside regular appearances on Saturday Cooks! and Daily Cooks!.

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GTOs are sure to leave feeling inspired with a bag full of ideas.

Her latest project – Jilly Goolden’s Wine Room – allows participants to share in the knowledge, experience and passion for wine, set in the beauty of Ashdown Forest in East Sussex.

She joins a host of famous faces who have appeared at the GLT Show, including the likes of Gyles Brandreth, Simon Reeve, Jennie Bond and Martin Roberts.

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The Group Leisure & Travel Show remains Britain’s most popular group travel event. Visitors and exhibitors also get a free bacon butty breakfast and hot drink on arrival plus a free light lunch too.

There will be free coach transport from selected areas to Milton Keynes, details of which will be announced soon.

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