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Welcome to Issue 290 | 14th August 2019

I’ve led this week with an interesting programme that proposes the city of Brighton as the base for the International Antiques and Collectors Fair at Ardingly, timed to coincide with Bermondsey, Portobello Road and Petticoat Lane in London.  If you see possibilities for this idea, I have the seven 2020 dates for Ardingly and in case you’re unfamiliar with Brighton, take a look at last week’s Britain Insider piece for the Insider Travel Report.

If you have clients who are into Living History events, persuade them to travel in October so that they can spend a day at the annual re-enactment of the history changing Battle of Hastings. In November/December, Christmas Markets take priority and I’ve linked two of them in Manchester and Chester to the stunning festive transformation at Chatsworth House and a train ride from Manchester to York will enable you to see the Van Gogh Immersive Experience.

If garden festivals are on your hit list, run off a copy of my February to September summary in Travel Agent Professional. 


Antique, Collectors Fairs And London Markets

Starting in Brighton and finishing in London, this shopping trip focuses on the 1700 indoor/outdoor stalls at the International Antiques and Collectors Fair at Ardingly (next on 3rd-4th September and 5th-6th November) and the London markets at Bermondsey, Portobello Road and Petticoat Lane.  I’ve added the exotic Royal Pavilion in Brighton and a visit to a privately owned castle.  Ask me for details. Read More


Colourful, Cosmopolitan Brighton

This stylish seaside city is renowned for its excellent shopping centred on the famous ‘Lanes’ and its antiques and jewellery shops, high fashion boutiques, fine restaurants and lively bars.  It’s also home to the Royal Pavilion, one of the UK’s most dazzlingly beautiful buildings in the British Isles.  Read my British Insider column and discover its perfect fit as a travel less, see more destination.


Relive the 1066 Battle of Hastings

On 12th-13th October, hundreds of soldiers and knights on horseback clash in a remake of the Battle of Hastings, the most famous battle in English history. Re-enactors will bring the atmosphere and tension of the 1066 conquest to life as King Harold and his Saxon army take on Duke William and his Norman soldiers in a fight for the English throne.


Bring on the Gluhwein

This festive 3 nighter showcases the Manchester Christmas Market, the biggest and arguably the best in Britain, the more intimate celebration in the ancient walled city of Chester and the treasure filled Chatsworth House, fully and stunningly decorated for Christmas.  With careful timing, you can also add 2-3 days fully engaged with the Dublin Christmas Market.  In one way, out the other. Read More


Van Gogh - The Immersive Experience

This brand-new attraction in the Viking city of York enables you to step inside the paintings of Van Gogh, one of the world’s greatest artistic geniuses.  Take an awe-inspiring journey into his imagination, his life - and his secrets - through cutting-edge 360-degree digital animation, optical illusion, and a uniquely atmospheric light and sound show.   A UK premiere - nobody leaves unmoved.


Orchids, Tulips, Roses And an Edible Garden

If you like to time customised UK tours to include some of our major garden shows, my Travel Agent Professional article provides a list of events starting with Kew Gardens in February and Cornwall in March through the Blenheim Palace and Woburn Abbey shows (plus an Edible Garden) to the early September Flower Show at Wisley, the flagship garden for the RHS.


Paull Tickner, Custom GB
53, Holly Royde Close, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 3HR
Phone: 011 44 161 434 9324

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