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Options and Attractions news continuedcontinued from page 17... a prestigious and innovative beer experience centre in June 2015. In an authentic, educational and interactive way, visitors will experience the rich beer culture and history of Antwerp’s last remaining city brewery. In 9 themed rooms, the history of Antwerp, its individu- ality as a beer city and the brewing of De Koninck beer are explained using the latest audio-visual techniques. Lots of space for group visits. 2018 Antwerp. T+32471921729 www.dekoninck.beBrussels - new museumThe new Chocolate Village opened its doors in Brussels in September 2014. It is one of the largest museums devoted to chocolate in Europe and is housed in the former Victoria chocolate and biscuit factory in the Koekelburg district. Features include a unique tropical greenhouse growing cocoa trees and a chocolate workshop kitchen for groups and demonstrations. www.belgianchocolatevillage.befree option in BristolBe part of the phenomenon that is Deal or No Deal. The show is filmed at the BBC Studios in Bristol just under 5 miles from the centre of Bristol. Group Organisers can take advantage of this unique opportunity and visit the television studios to be a member of the audience and experience the thrill of the dream factory!This is your chance to see how it all works, and experience the buzz of being part of a live TV studio audience with the legendary Noel Edmonds!Noel EdmundsWatchascontestantstesttheirnerveand judgement in a psychological battle with the evil Banker for up to £500,000.Tickets are free and are available for film- ing up until May 2015. Book group tickets by contacting Susie on 0117 316 0834 or by email: susie.pearce@endemoluk.comLakes Distillery to openThe Distillery is renovating the historic build- ings of an old Victorian Model Farm next to the famous river Derwent and close to Bassenthwaite Lake, and aims to produce a world class single malt whisky, gin and vod- ka. Apparently the water from the Derwent provides perfect conditions for distilling.Tours will include a video, and an expert, entertaining guide will then take visitors through to the distillery to reveal the secrets of how malt whisky and gin are made. Then the warehouse, where the whisky peacefully matures in casks, and onto the tasting room, to check the real thing.The bistro and bar will be housed in the heart of the distillery with outside heated seating within the distillery’s courtyard making a total of 130 seats inside and out. The menu will be constantly evolving to reflect the seasons and the local produce available. Cumbria CA13 9SJ Tel: 01768 776916 www.lakesdistillery.com“Magna Carta” tourist trails unveiledThe story of Magna Carta is to be promoted throughout the tourism sector.Magna Carta is the foundation stone supporting the freedoms enjoyed by nearly two billion people in over 100 countries. As well as enshrining the Rule of Law and limiting authoritarian rule in England in the 1200s, it has over the centuries influenced consti- tutional thinking worldwide. It has been described as “England’s greatest export”.A new website has been launched to provide visitors with a wealth of informationabout the range of towns and locations across the country associated with Magna Carta. These include major tourist destinations, such as the British Library, to some of the most beautiful Cathedrals, including Lincoln, Salisbury and Durham, to small towns and villages that all played an importantrole in sec ing Magna Carta almost 800 years ago.Atthecoreofthewebsitearesixnew geographic tourist trails, each covering different aspects of the Magna Carta story to provide visitors with two to three day itineraries. The trails are designed to be self-guided, but a number of tour opera- tors can also book elements of the trails for incoming visitors.The trails include:Winter scene at the National Botanic Garden of Wales- a month-long celebration of Plants for Health; our annual plant sale, an Antiques Weekend and the popular ‘Hobbies Weekend’All coach drivers receive free entry, a main meal voucher valued at £8.45 and a £2 gift voucher which can be spent in our Garden gift shop or plant sales on the day. There’s also plenty of free parking and we’re very conveniently located just two minutes from the main A48/M4.Contact gatehouse@gardenofwales.org.uk or call 01558 667149 if you have any questions. www.gardenofwales.org.ukfirst Tenerife Walking festivalFor those who wish to venture to the rugged and beautiful north of the island, now is the time, as organisers of the first Tenerife Walking Festival announce highlights of the four day event. Taking place in Puerto dela Cruz from 10th - 14th March 2015. Participants pay a joining fee of €20 which includes a welcome pack, daily transport to each trail, a wristband that gives discounts in local stores, restaurants and museums and the services of a professional mountain guide on every walk. The 15 different trails are in three categories: volcanic, coastal and green tracks. During registration participants are required to select four walks from a total of 15, ranging in price from €15- €20 each. Puerto de la Cruz will be the nerve centreof the Tenerife Walking Festival and where participants can benefit from free entry to the city’s main attractions, including, the Canary Islands.The “Plaza del Charco” is the festival’s of- ficial meeting point, bar and event space, where walkers can congregate after a hard day’s exercise to enjoy discounted drink prices and a line up of free entertainment.Special hotel rates have also been negoti- ated, see web site below and click on the “Accommodation”page.In addition, Iberia Airlines is offering a 15% discount on flights to Tenerife dur- ing the period of the festival and tickets can be booked by following this link:www.iberia.com/WALKING/en/ www.tenerifewalkingfestival.com• • • • • • (www.magnacartatrails.com )London to Windsor: 4 days Salisbury and Wiltshire: 2 days The cathedral cities of the north: 3 days Kent and East Sussex: 3 days East of England: 2 days The heart of England: 3 daysKewIt’s not just the leaves that are falling at Kew!With tropical glasshouses, including the iconic Palm House, reaching temperatures up to 27˚C, beautiful galleries housing incredible botanical art plus seasonal, floral highlights, Kew Gardens certainly shouldn’t be overlooked when planning your winter itineraries.And for a limited time only to 31 January 2015 - the entry price for all paying visitors to Kew Gardens will be reduced to £9.50 per person (adults and concessions). We’re pleased to advise you that these rates are still subject to the normal discounts for groups of 10 or more paying visitors: Children aged 16 or under will still be admitted free of charge.Pre-paid groups (adults and concessions)£8.08 (15% discount)On the day groups (adults and concessions)£8.55 (10% discount)T:020 8332 5648 groups@kew.org National BotanicGarden of Wales:January freeAdmission to the National Botanic Garden of Wales is FREE in January. There’s so much to do under cover, it will be a great day out whatever the weather. Apart from three ‘event’ weekends (when there is a nominal £2 admission charge), it is free to visit throughout the month.Special Group Rates April and May 2015ThebiggestandbestgardeninWalesisof- fering coach companies, tour operators and groups a special discounted group rate of £5 per person (the usual group rate being £7.50 per person) for all of April and May in 2015.There is a packed events schedule lined up for April and May, which includes Easter fun activities, ‘Medicines in May’On the Road issue 217Page 18


































































































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