April 2015

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Industrial tours and attractions travelGBI April 2015 19 Matthew henderson from Beamish Museum in County Durham has come top of a public vote to become england's tourism Superstar 2015. Dubbed the 'living museum of the north', the attraction includes a recreation of a North east town in the years leading up to world war One, along with a colliery, pit village, edwardian railway and vintage trams and buses. henderson received 36% of the 21,400 votes by the public in a scheme run by Visitengland the Duchess of Cambridge visited the emma Bridgewater Factory in Stoke-on-trent recently to learn more about a fund-raising pottery project. emma Bridgewater has partnered with east anglia's Children's hospices (eaCh), whose patron is the Duchess, to create two exclusive mugs. Sales of the mugs will help eaCh's nook appeal which needs to raise £10 million to build a new children's hospice. the visit to the factory was an opportunity to see the design and manufacture of the mugs and meet the staff producing them. Non-royal visitors to the factory can also take a tour to meet "wayne the platemaker, Mary the fettler and Karen the sponge decorator". the factory offers facilities such as a café, a decorating studio, discount shopping outlet, gift shop and a walled garden, which is open in the summer. tO mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Ministry of Munitions, Manchester's Museum of Science & Industry has opened its first war exhibition. Called The Innovation Race: Manchester's Makers Join the First World War, it highlights how Mancunian ingenuity contributed to the victory of world war One. a selection of original diaries, company archives and letters written by Oldham factory owner and electrical engineer Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti will Manchester remembers munitions workers go on display for the first time. Other Mancunian manufacturing companies also feature, and the role of the Munitions Inventions Royal visitor at Bridgewater pottery factory experIeNCe Oxfordshire has launched a themed group tour focusing on the industrialist william Morris (Lord Nuffield), founder of Morris Motors. On the tour, the william Morris rags-to-riches story is brought to life by historian Imelda Dooley hunter, mentored by leading Lord Nuffield expert, Dr antony Buxton, as well as experienced tour guides at experience Oxfordshire. the day starts with a walk around Oxford city sites founded with investment by Lord Nuffield; a trip on the Morris 'Band Bus'; a visit to Nuffield place, with furnishings as they were when Lord Nuffield lived there from 1933 to 1963; and an hour at William Morris tour includes Mini factory trip the Mini plant Oxford in the afternoon. the plant is the birthplace and heart of Mini production – a site with 100 years of car manufacturing history, founded by william Morris. tours of Mini plant Oxford are available for individuals, school groups, clubs or other large groups. experience Oxfordshire has been working with the Oxford research Centre for the humanities (tOrCh) and its initiative, the thames Valley Country house partnership, to devise this new group tour. oxford.html Beamish Museum assistant is England's Tourism Superstar Department will be explored. Other displays at the museum include a demonstration of historic mill machinery showing how cotton is processed from its raw state to the finished product. Visitors can go back in time to the working mills of 150 years ago and experience the deafening sounds of the mill machines. the museum's power hall houses one of the world's largest collections of working steam mill engines as well as gas, oil, hot-air and diesel engines. with the Daily Mirror designed to recognise the dedication and passion of those working in the tourism industry. he works as an engagement and participation team assistant, helping to deliver events, assisting the museum's communications team and researching on-site activities. James Berresford, Visitengland chief executive, said: "his success is a great example of the career opportunities apprenticeships can offer young people who want a long-term career in tourism. I hope this will encourage more school-leavers into the tourism industry." A MILLION MILES FROM EVERYDAY LIFE Just 30mins from Newquay Airport. Skybus flights depart from Newquay, Exeter and Land's End airports or sail from Penzance on our Scillonian ship. GROUP DISCOUNTS ARE AVAILABLE. TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT GROUP BOOKINGS VISIT ISLESOFSCILLY-TRAVEL.CO.UK OR CALL 01736 334220

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