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More treats to make your day!

Plans for next month’s GO Travel Show at Kempton Park have taken another step forward with the creation of a new programme of special activities during the day to complement the expanded exhibition now featuring over 125 travel trade suppliers.

A new premium hospitality and activity area in the Nigel Clark Suite will offer show visitors the chance to meet celebrity guests, see mini-performances and demonstrations, and bring the day to a delightful conclusion with a traditional English Afternoon Tea!

We know that demand for places at all these activities will be high, so we are giving GTO readers priority booking before the event.

Learn more about our special activities

It's the show to go to!

On Tuesday 16th April the GTO team and the Jockey Club will be welcoming GTOs to the FREE GO Travel Show. Taking place at Kempton Racecourse between 10.30am and 4.00pm, this is the Travel Trade show to go to!

Map of UK showing KemptonThere are now over 120 exhibitors booked to attend this year’s GO Travel show, including attractions, destinations, tour operators, hotels and holiday resorts, coach and tour operators, gardens, historic properties, museums and many others. The show will welcome exhibitors who have not been at the GO Travel Show before as well as many regulars and, as always, the show will give GTOs and travel trade the ideal chance to discover fresh ideas for visits for the season ahead.

The GO Travel Show is designed to help GTOs meet group travel trade professionals in a relaxing and comfortable environment that’s perfect for doing business but also to provide an entertaining day out with activities to watch and to enjoy both inside and outside our space at Kempton Park. Amongst activities planned for the show in April are performances from a West End production, a trip back to the Swinging 60s courtesy of Music Heritage, and chances to sample The Jockey Club VIP Box. After the show the RHS is inviting readers to join them on an exclusive visit to the landmark RHS Wisley Garden – just 25 minutes away.

An experience, rather than an exhibition

Who you’ll meet

The exhibitors signed up for the show so far represent the diversity of the group travel and tourism industry, and by attending the show you will learn many ideas for your future visit programmes. Read more about our exhibitors who will be there.

Why you should register

The relaxing and comfortable environment at the show is perfect for doing business and during the day there will also be activities to entertain you and some ideas to sample for visits for your group. So make sure you secure your place today!

How to get there

Travel to Kempton Park Racecourse is easy. We have partnered with CoachMarque to arrange free travel on coaches on seven routes with 32 pickup points. Discounted train travel to Kempton Park Train Station is available and there is free and convenient parking if coming by car. More detailed travel information is available, including coach pick-up points.

Fam Trips and Special Features

Wicked: The MusicalWe want to ensure that alongside your discussions with exhibitors you also can have a little bit of fun and be entertained. This year we have great plans in preparation including an opportunity to meet the cast of award-winning West End production Wicked: The Musical and a fantastic outdoor activity area including the Enchanting World of Wizards and Witches with Black Knight Historical.

Exclusive to and opening the GO Travel Show will be characters from Faulty Towers the Original Dining Experience who will be assisting you at the Registration Desk, whilst characters from Only Fools the Cushty Dining Experience will be handing out show bags from their market stall. Photo opportunities and flash scenes from both shows will be available throughout the day. Plus, costumed characters from The Florence Nightingale Museum and Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty will be on hand to meet and greet visitors to the show!

We have partnered with leading tourism suppliers to arrange some special experiences during the day so that you can discover more about ideas for your group activities. You can apply for these when registering for the show, but if you have already received your confirmation and would now like to apply please call Julie Hart on 01424 572089.

Darryl Murdoch, Show Director and Commercial Manager:

Darryl Murdoch“With 90% of the stand space sold already, the GO Travel Show's 4th offering is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet - so much so that we've found space for a dozen more stands at the venue. The 2018 exhibition was so well received that exhibitors have flocked to re-book the same stand space and with the addition of a number of new exhibitors including the Royal Airforce Museum London, The Bishop's Palace and Gloucester Cathedral and The National Garden Scheme, the exhibition is really building momentum.

“This year’s show sees many new exhibitors coming to the show alongside regulars. It really will offer you the chance to find out new ideas for trips. I look forward to seeing you there!”

Jockey Club VIP Box

Jockey Club VIP Box

Sample a VIP box at The Jockey Club

A ‘Day at the Races’ makes a great trip for your group – and the Jockey Club can offer fun-packed experiences at their 15 racecourses up and down the country, including Newmarket, Cheltenham, Aintree and Epsom Downs. As well as enjoying the sport from inspecting the horses in the parade ring, placing bets and watching your horse come home (hopefully in a winning position), there are many options for dining and socialising with your group.

The Jockey Club Groups Team will be on hand to outline additional ideas for a visit such as Behind the Scenes tours and lunches with a Racecourse View. During the GO Travel Show, GTOs will also be able to sample Kempton Park Racecourse’s exclusive VIP Box Experience. You will join the Jockey Club team in the comfort of a private box to admire the farreaching views over the racecourse, an expert will introduce the history of horse racing and that of Kempton Park. Complimentary tea and coffee will be served.

Numbers are limited at each of the three sessions that will take place during the day – at 11.00am, 12.30pm and 2.00pm - so it is essential to apply in advance. To ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy the experience two GTOs per organisation can apply and if over-subscribed there will be a draw.

Applicants contact details will be forwarded to the Jockey Club to help with arrangements.

RHS Wisley

RHS Wisley

Blooming Spring at RHS Wisley

RHS Garden Wisley has extended an exclusive invitation to GTOs attending the show. You can be some of the first people to see the new Welcome Centre that’s opening at the gardens in April.

The fam visit takes place after the show and you will be taken by coach to the gardens where you will be welcomed with a drink. You will have up to two hours to explore the extensive grounds. The coach will then return you to Kempton Park Racecourse.

Swinging 60s Routemaster Bus

Routemaster Bus

Swinging back to the 60s

Musical Heritage London is inviting GTOs at the show to join them for a very special interlude. This unusual journey on a Routemaster Bus combines the evocative music from the 1960s with a sightseeing tour – what could be more fun!

Usually the nostalgic trip takes place around London but at the GO Travel Show you will travel to Richmond and back while listening to the music of the era. Fam trips will be at 11.00am and 2.00pm, and a 40-minute presentation will explain more about the unique nature of the bus tours and how music legends often come on board to surprise passengers.

Amongst those who’ve appeared recently are Kenney Jones (The Small Faces and The Who), Brian Bennett and Bruce Welch (The Shadows) and Steve Hackett (Genesis).

The Enchanting World of Wizards and Witches

The Enchanting World of Wizards and WitchesBlack Knight Historical has delved into the spellbinding world of wizards and witches and are bringing a taste of their research to the show. In a specially themed marquee, outside the main exhibition area, you will be able to meet witches and wizards and even the fire-breathing dragon, Puffalot!

Talk to Wizards Abramelin and Melchizadek, and Morgana the Sorceress. Learn the history of such ‘enchanted’ people, about how their quests for knowledge and arcane scientific experiments, as they endeavoured to learn about the world, earned them the title of Witch or Wizard.

They will be sharing secrets and demonstrating simple experiments and tricks, and you will even be able to check out some text from a reproduction of an original arcane book – ‘de Septum Secundeis’. The marquee will be dressed with old magical paraphernalia – so pop in to discover a lost world! It’s an experience not to be missed!

You’ll also be able to find out from Black Knight Historical where they are appearing in historical guise during the year ahead, how they can adapt their presentations – on any historical theme – for youth groups to include more educational material, and find out how to book them for your own event!

Please note that this activity is weather dependent.

Blossoming theme for the Show

The Palm House at KewVisits to gardens are a popular choice for groups – and they appeal to the most ardent horticulturalist and the casual onlooker. At our spring GO Travel Show, group specialists from several gardens will be on hand to advise you what’s blooming for groups in the season ahead.

The Royal Horticultural Society will be creating a wonderful display at the entrance to the show and as well as updating you about their extensive nationwide programme of Garden Festivals and Flower shows, they will advise about hands-on tours, demonstrations and other activities at their four gardens.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew events and activities planned for 2019 include an exhibition by Dale Chihuly featuring his large art sculptures made from glass, which will be installed across the gardens. You can also learn more about the restored Temperate House, which re-opened last year, and the historic buildings to visit across the 326-acre site such as The Great Pagoda and Kew Palace.

The Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park is a favourite haunt of the Royal Family and during a visit to this beautiful place you will discover how and why it was created in the 1930s. The Royal Heritage Tour returns for a second year and this personally guided coach tour of Windsor Great Park will allow your members to discover its Royal History. This has very limited availability so find out how to book at the show.

First time exhibitor, the National Gardens Scheme, will be revealing to GTOs the breadth of their offer, and how to arrange a visit to some quite remarkable and little known gardens that have been created as labours of love over many years by their owners. With over 3,500 gardens of all types, in all areas, visiting one of these gardens will add an unusual dimension to an itinerary. Some gardens will open to groups by prior arrangement and since the modest entrance fee and monies raised from refreshments such as teas and cakes go to support nursing and health charities you will know your visit is all helping others! Last year a record £3.1 million was donated to charities like Macmillan Cancer Support and The Queen’s Nursing Institute and funded projects to promote gardens and gardening as therapy.

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of being open to the public, the team from the Sussex Prairie Garden in Henfield, West Sussex will bring inspiring suggestions for visits to this unusual naturalistic garden to the show. Each visit can be tailored to your group.

Stands representing destinations such as Isle of Wight, Poole & Bournemouth, Visit Surrey, Sussex Top Attractions, Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Visit Faversham will be able to advise you about gardens in their areas.

Some incredible gardens can be enjoyed as part of a visit to a historic house so look out for exhibitors such as Hampton Court Palace, Penshurt Place, Hever Castle and Hillsborough Castle for insights into what’s growing in their gardens.


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