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!
There 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
We 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:
“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
Swinging 60s Routemaster Bus
The Enchanting World of Wizards and Witches
Black 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
Visits 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.