Great Group Days Out In Wiltshire for 2015

New Group Visits & Travel Trade Guide 2015 now available
Magna Carta 800

Magna Carta 800th Anniversary

Salisbury Cathedral will be home to a new Magna Carta Exhibition which will present the world’s best preserved original 1215 Magna Carta document in its historic context, telling the story of the struggle between King John and his barons

VisitWiltshire have created a new Magna Carta two-day group trail which is already proving popular with groups visiting the county.  There is also a new Magna Carta  web page which details many of the celebrations and events being held next year.

Bowood House & Gardens

What's New for Groups in 2015

If you are planning a group visit in 2015 there is so much to see and do in Wiltshire.

Salisbury Cathedral & Magna Carta will be celebrating the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta with the opening a major new exhibition and a series of events.  Arundells, will be opening Sir Edward Heath's upstairs study and a new new joint ticket valid for groups of 10 or more visiting Arundells and Salisbury Cathedral is available to pre-booked groups for only £13pp.

Bradford on Avon are opening Secret Gardens 2015, when a selection of private gardens will be open to the public on the last Sunday of each month in April, May, June and July. Bowood House & Gardens, will be offering guided tours of the Rhododendron Woodland Garden with tours available on selected dates and Longleat Safari & Adventure Park reopens on Saturday 7 February with great group discounts.

Make sure you include Salisbury in your Wiltshire programme as it is one of the top cities in the world for travellers in 2015 according to Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel. Described as the City in the Countryside, Salisbury retains much of its historic past and makes an excellent base for groups when visiting Wiltshire.  

For further information please visit What's New 2015. and for accommodation information Accommodation for groups 

Spring 2015 Fam Visit to Wiltshire

To coincide with English Tourism Week (if albeit latterly) VisitWiltshire would like you to save the date - Sunday 22, Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 March as we'll be hosting another familiarisation visit for group organisers, coach and tour operators.  To register your interest to attend please contact Florence Wallace by Fri 9 January. Please note that places are subject to availability. Further information will be issued in due course.

For further information or to discuss specific group visit requirements please contact Florence Wallace, Travel Trade Manager, 01722 341309 or 07436 588860.

Group Visits & Travel Trade Guide

New Group Visits & Travel Trade Guide 2015

We have complied the best of what Wiltshire has to offer for groups and this is now available in the new Group Visits & Travel Trade Guide 2015.  

This brochure includes - what's new for 2015, suggested Itineraries, top 10 things to see and do, coach parking, refreshment stops, special interest tours, places to stay, special offers and exclusive activities for groups.   If you would like a hard copy sent to you by post, please contact Florence Wallace detailing your full address including postcode and we will forward you a copy as soon as possible.
Longleat House

Capability Brown 300

2016 sees the 300th anniversary of the birth of master landscaper Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, renowned for the creation of breathtaking pastoral settings, and Wiltshire is home to a number of his greatest horticultural masterpieces including Bowood House, Longleat House, Corsham Court and Lacock Abbey .

We have put together a suggested two-day itinerary 'The Genius of Capability Brown' so group tours can be themed accordingly in celebration of the anniversary of this amazing man. 

Please visit Group itineraries for additional ideas for group visits.
STEAM Museum of GWR

Fam Trip News

VisitWiltshire hosted a group of 22 journalists last month on a pan-Wiltshire familiarisation visit.  A wide range of media attended including journalists from Daily/Sunday Express, Trinity Mirror and travel trade publications. Hosted in conjunction with Coach Tourism Council the VisitWiltshire fam trip showcased many of the fabulous things to see and do in the area.  The highlights included Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, Bowood House, Lacock Abbey, STEAM Museum, Lydiard Park, Bradford on Avon, National Trust’s Mompesson House and Arundells; the latter was considered to be a real hidden gem for Wiltshire! 

A week later VisitWiltshire hosted yet another fam visit but this time for a group of 14 tour operators and group travel organisers.  We received some very positive feedback with the majority saying they expect to bring groups of day visitors (and staying visitors) back to Wiltshire as a direct result of the VisitWiltshire trip.   
Working closely with our partners VisitWiltshire will continue to host media and trade familiarisation visits to showcase the county with all it has to offer contributing to the upward trend in visitor numbers and ensuring it is well and truly on the map!

Please refer to our full list of group friendly attractions for further information.

Florence Wallace, Travel Trade & PR Manager
T:  01722 341309
M: 07436 588860

Our mailing address is:
Pennyfarthing House
18 Pennyfarthing Street

December 2014

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