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Welcome to Issue 278 | 22nd May 2019

I’m always on the look out for new ways of looking at your old friend Britain and this week’s edition spotlights ideas that will delight your clients and generate valuable extra profit.

For those who are finalising London vacations in July/August, check out my Living History article published this week in Travel Agent Professional.  If it fires your imagination, an email exchange will show how these close encounters with history can precede or finish a holiday in our capital city.

If you can travel a little further into the world of Doc Martin, Poldark, King Arthur and Lorna Doone you will also see 2 good reasons for adding the attractive North Devon village of Clovelly to your itineraries in England’s West Country.

For niche marketeers, you’ll spot the potential in my Britain Insider column on the British Ceramics Biennial in the World Capital of Ceramics and those interested in converting much-loved TV series into see it, touch it reality, your little grey cells will start buzzing with September’s  Agatha Christie Festival.


Living History Experiences

Alice’s Day, Tudor sights, sounds and smells, spectacular live action outdoor shows, jousting tournaments, and battle re-enactments.  These are just some of the many living history experiences families can encounter when you start with 2-3 days in the English countryside before reaching London.  Read my Travel Agent Professional article and discover some of what they miss when they spend all their time in London.


Quentin Blake 2019

James's Peachy Summer

Here’s a great package for families who are Roald Dahl fans.  Starting in Oxford with a Harry Potter meets Alice in Wonderland tour before discovering James and the Giant Peach at the Roald Dahl Museum.  I can time it to coincide with workshops on Whizzbang Words or Peachy Science with a visit to the Making of Harry Potter on the way back into London.


Clovelly's Maritime Festival

The picturesque, cliffside village of Clovelly’s Lifeboat and Maritime Festival is on 3rd-4th August and includes the thrilling Clovelly Cup Yacht Race and a 2-mile swim from Bucks Hill to Clovelly.  On the harbour quayside there will be stalls selling delicious food and the entertainment includes live music, stilt entertainers, event-themed arts and crafts, storytelling, traditional Punch and Judy, face painting and lifeboat displays.


Incredible Edibles

Let me share a secret.  Clovelly’s county of North Devon has more Michelin star restaurants than Cornwall and hosts the best Chippy, Marmalade and chocolate makers in Britain. Sri Lankan curry on the beach, fresh oysters on Instow’s beach and afternoon tea in award-winning gardens at Hartland House there are some real joys to get stuck into.  Follow the North Devon Food Trail.


British Ceramics Biennial Returns to

This major celebration returns to the World Capital of Ceramics from 7th September to 13th October.  Easily accessible with non-stop flights from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York and Orlando, talk to contacts at ceramics museums/galleries and pottery class tutors.  They’ll probably know it’s happening and they’re waiting for you to tell them how to get there and back!


The Great Detectives

In the next few days, I’ll have the programme details for this year’s Agatha Christie Festival on the English Riviera.  Taking place between 12th-15th September, start thinking about clients who would like to attend after 3 On Location Oxford/Cotswolds days following in the footsteps of Endeavour, Morse, Lewis, Father Brown, Angela Raisin and finishing with Sherlock Holmes in London.


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

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