Paull Tickner | March 17, 2015 3:27 PM ET
Witches, Grand Houses and Coronation Street
For perfect customized tours you need two key ingredients: access to a lot of bright ideas that keep up to speed with your client’s requests and a destination partner who can deliver what’s required. For the former, take a look at some of the many back issues of my Britain Insider columns and for the latter, my email address is at the bottom of this column!
Traveling less enables customers to see a whole lot more and with so much good stuff to work with, it isn’t difficult to match their interests to the time and budget available. Here are some examples for you to consider:
The Lancashire Witches story dates back over 400 years to a turbulent time in English history. Uncover the mystery of the Witches with a self-guided trail through the beautiful Lancashire countryside which ends in the Historic City of Lancaster. The trail includes numerous fascinating places to visit like Lancaster Castle and the Judges Lodgings as well as many walks including the classic climb up Pendle Hill.
Yorkshire’s Great Houses, Castles and Gardens
Many of your garden-loving clients will thank you for steering them towards regions of England where you can use a great heritage city like York as the base for a “travel less/see more” tour of some stunning stately homes, castle and gardens in Yorkshire. If you doubt my word, take a look at www.castlesandgardens.co.uk where you’ll discover impressive gardens, spectacular room settings, art collections and changing exhibitions.
Coronation Street Extends its 2015 Season
Followers of British television will be pleased to know that “Coronation Street The Tour” will remain open throughout 2015 as Continuum Attractions have been granted permission to extend the run of the tour. The attraction will see some new additions in March, both in the studio exhibition and out on the street itself with areas of the famous cobbles opened up to the public for the first time.
Superlatives All The Way
At Waddesdon Manor, Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild created a garden of beauty and wonder in the late 19th century. Today, this magic lives on. Set against the backdrop of a French chateau, these flamboyant high Victorian gardens are renowned for their treasures and the best person to show them to you is the Head Gardener, Paul Farnell. Seen through his eyes they come alive in a very different way.
Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May
As many enthusiastic gardeners can’t make it to the Chelsea Flower Show in May I’m always on the lookout for other combinations that can be linked to the Hampton Court Flower Show in early July. With some careful planning you can create a late June Oxford/Cotswolds/York/London combination that brings together the spectacular flower festivals at Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard with a final flourish at Hampton Court and some time in London. This is a very saleable idea.
Shakespeare Festival York
Shakespeare fans will know that 2014 was the 450th anniversary of the Bard’s birth and that 2016 is the 1,400th anniversary of his death. All paths quite naturally lead to his birthplace in Stratford upon Avon but as cities like York may well be on the agenda, time the visit to coincide with the annual York International Shakespeare Festival. With a 2,000-year history, York is at one and the same time both a Roman, Viking and Medieval city and in Shakespearian times it was also the powerhouse of the North of England.
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