Issue № 21 — April 2020

Ideas and opportunities for group travel buyers. Brought to you by the team behind GTO magazine, the authoritative source of group travel knowledge.

Hello from all at GTO!

Dear Grapevine readers, we hope you are all keeping well in these very uncertain times. The team at GTO magazine will be hard at work bringing you the very best digital content to keep you entertained and informed over these next few weeks and months, starting with the first Group Travel Grapevine of April. We hope to bring you this newsletter fortnightly from now on, along with further enhanced digital content as we make it.

This edition is focused mainly on the larger arts organisations in London, who have moved fast to provide a comprehensive digital offer, but we hope to bring you news from the rest of the UK and beyond next time.

Do let us know your news and views during lockdown, and how you are experiencing this unprecedented situation and planning for travel once we are able to journey again. You can contact the editorial team here.

We hope to bring you another print edition of GTO magazine as soon as we can, but in the meantime keep in touch and do let your fellow GTOs know about the Grapevine by sending them to the subscribe link below!

Sending our very best wishes for your good health and wellbeing.

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Grapevine Nuggets

National Theatre at home

The National Theatre will be streaming several plays weekly this month. If you missed the hit production of One Man, Two Guvnors for instance, now's your chance to catch this acclaimed comedy starring James Corden. 

Find out more >>

Globe puts bard online

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre has been preparing new digital content to continue to engage audiences with Shakespeare’s works. These include free content on its video platform Globe Player including six filmed productions.  


Leaving the ghost light on

As London's Royal Albert Hall closed its doors in March, staff switched on the ghost light, a small lamp traditionally left centre stage to illuminate the theatre when empty. Find out more about the ghosts and history of the hall, and ask questions of your own.

Find out more >>

Tour an art gallery by robot! 

Hastings Contemporary, an art gallery on the south coast, has joined forces with Bristol Robotics Laboratory to offer remote-controlled guided tours of its exhibitions via a two-wheeled video-conferencing robot in a UK first.


ENB keeps you moving

English National Ballet is streaming ballet classes for all levels - beginners, advanced, and those with restricted mobility or limited space - all you need is a chair! Alternatively, you can watch the orchestra play from home.

Take a look >>

Free shows from ROH

Also helping GTOs get their cultural fix, the Royal Opera House is making free full-length ballets and operas available weekly on Facebook and YouTube, including The Winter's Tale. The programme is currently planned in until early May.

Find out more >>

Explore Buckingham Palace

The Royal Collection has much for GTOs to enjoy from their homes including a virtual tour of Buckingham Palace, virtual walkthroughs of exhibitions and behind-the-scenes films. You can even read Queen Victoria's diaries!


Hooray for Harry Shaw!

With the travel and leisure industry suffering incredible disruption, it's good to hear from GTOs like Pat King (above) who wants to thank operator Harry Shaw for providing a brilliant service to
re-arrange her trips.


New dates for our events

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, the GO Travel Show will now take place on Thursday 10th September at Kempton Park Racecourse, and the Group Travel Awards will now be held on Thursday 3rd September in London. 

Find out more >>

Readers' Events

A few weeks ago, before the lockdown, Grapevine and GTO magazine readers joined GO Travel Show Event Director Darryl Murdoch on an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the ‘Home of Football’ Wembley Stadium, where they discovered that there is plenty to engage groups of all interests.

Read all about it here >>

PLEASE NOTE: Our Readers' Day to Waddesdon Manor & Blenheim Palace will be rescheduled to later in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, as will our trip to Windsor with The Original Tour. Keep an eye on developments by visiting our GO Travel Club and explore Waddesdon virtually by clicking the link below.

Explore Waddesdon >>

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