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Monday 21st January - Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Trip to Essex and Kent (United Kingdom)


Monday 4th February - Wednesday 6th February 2019

Trip to Zeeland (the Netherlands), Belgian coast (Belgium) and Pas-de-Calais (France)


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Monday 21 January

morning -- Travel to Essex by bus
departure from Tolplein Westerscheldetunnel: 06h30
departure from Westtoer, Brugge: 07h55
departure from Pas-de-Calais Tourisme, Wimille: 09h35
departure from Stop 24, Folkestone, Kent: 11h00

13h30 -- Waldegraves holiday Park – Mersea Island Lunch and tour

Waldegraves Holiday Park is a family run independent business now in its 70th year. The holiday park offers family accommodation in caravans and camping. There is a large variety of day time and evening activities. The holiday park has won many awards for its service as well as awards for conservation and putting  green concerns at the heart of the business. It is located on a beautiful Essex island, Mersea, close to Colchester (England’s oldest recorded town). Mersea Island is famous for its oysters and has oyster fisheries as well as a brewery and vineyard. At Waldegraves you will have a delicious lunch and hear about how they

  • Use conservation and eco tourism as a USP
  • How to work collaboratively to attract people to the area
  • How to attract and create family experiences

15h00 -- Transfer

15h30 -- Visit Topsail Charters

Topsail Charters are old Thames Sailing Barges moored in the coastal town of Maldon. The business has grown over the years and now has regular experiential sailings (e.g. learn how to sail, bird watching, afternoon tea), as well as hosting corporate events and weddings. Recently they have started offering overnight accommodation on one of the barges. During this trip you will find out:

  • How to continuously create new experiences from and old business
  • How to attract the group market
  • How they use local food and drink

17h00 -- Transfer

17h45 -- Check into Roslin Hotel, Southend

This hotel is located in the heart on Essex’s liveliest coastal destination Southend on Sea. In Southend you can find a theme park, sea life centre, art galleries and the world’s longest pier. The hotel is an independent that has just undergone a large refurbishment. The award winning hotel offers an AA rosette restaurant, spa facilities and caters for business tourism and weddings. You will meet the manager who will tell you:

  • How they collaborate with other businesses in the area
  • How to improve the product to meet the needs of the customer
  • How to compete with large chain hotels by creating a USP
19h00 -- Dinner


Tuesday 22 January

09h15 -- Check out hotel and travel to Chelmsford

10h00 -- RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Chelmsford

Hyde Hall is one of the largest attractions in Essex attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and is situated a short drive from the coast. The gardens have something to offer throughout the whole year and they run many events for adults and kids. Here you will find out:

  • How to increase seasonal visits for an outdoor attraction
  • How to attract a new audience (families)
  • How to Increase secondary spend through retail and food and beverage

11h30 -- Travel to Kent

14h30 -- Visit Copper Rivet Distillery

The Copper Rivet Distillery is an exciting and dynamic new Medway based craft distillery. They’re the only spirit maker in Kent, and one of just a few in the UK that undertakes the complete process of brewing and distilling from grain to glass, ensuring our range of premium spirits is totally distinctive and unique. They use local produce to the highest degree and utilise green processes to ensure sustainability.

16h00 -- Transfer

17h15 -- Presentation from Dreamland and Turner Contemporary

Dreamland: considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Great Britain, the site of Dreamland dates back to the British railway boom of the early 1870s. Find out more about its turbulent past and park closure to build housing, and how the reopening in June 2015 with a wealth of new and rejuvenated features sets to redefine ‘a day out at the seaside’. The reimagining of the famed destination has played a major role in the on-going transformation of Margate’s thriving seafront district into a world-class destination for both residents and tourists.

Turner Contemporary is a catalyst for the regeneration of Margate and East Kent, already welcoming over 1.5 million visits. The vision of the organisation is Art Inspiring Change, using collaboration, learning, ambition and transformation to give everyone access to world-class art. The gallery will be the host of the 2019 Turner Prize.

18h10 -- Transfer

18h30 -- Check into The Marine Hotel, Whitstable


Wednesday 23 January

08h45 -- Check out hotel and travel to Betteshanger Park

09h30 -- Visit Betteshanger Park

Visit the site of Betteshanger’s new Visitor Centre, encompassing a Green Energy Centre and the Kent Mining Museum. The new £9.5m state-of-the-art facility will be an architectural icon built to the highest levels of sustainable design, provide retail, cycling facilities, education, conferencing, events, gardens and public spaces, as well as offering an outstanding entrance to the 250-acre country park and its exceptional leisure and recreation facilities. Visitors to the Park will be able to see energy production, engage with and learn from it.

11h00 -- Transfer

12h00 -- Visit Port Lympne Reserve

Port Lympne commitment is to conservation, through captive breeding, education and reintroduction. They are working in some of the world’s most fragile environments to save endangered animals and return them to the wild. The site in Kent is home to innovative new accommodation offers, with treehouse lodges, mansion hotels, wood cabins and eco-bubbles.

14h00 -- Return trip by bus

arrival at Stop 24, Folkestone, Kent: 14h15
arrival at Holiday Inn, Brentwood, Essex: 16h00
arrival at Pas-de-Calais Tourisme, Wimille: 17h30  
arrival at Westtoer, Brugge: 19h00
arrival at Tolplein Westerscheldetunnel: 20h30

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Monday 4 February

morning -- Travel to Zeeland
departure from Holiday Inn, Brentwood, Essex: 06h20
departure from Stop 24, Folkestone, Kent, Kent: 07h45
departure from Pas-de-Calais Tourisme, Wimille: 11h30
departure from Westtoer, Brugge: 13h00
departure from Tolplein Westerscheldetunnel: 14h30

15h00 -- Visit Klok’uus, ’s Heer Arendskerke

Welcome by Carla Schönknecht, deputy of the Province of Zeeland
Explanation by Anne-Marie Lindhout, owner of Klok’uus

Klok’uus is a large family entertainment centre. In 2017, the business re-opened after a year of building and renovation, which made the centre five times larger than before. The centre kept being true to its agricultural roots, with a large farming machine as the centrepiece of the new climbing area is. Next to the large indoor and outdoor playing area, the centre contains a spacious and attractive restaurant.

16h30 -- Transfer

17h00 -- Visit to the Oesterij, Yerseke - including tasting, explanation by the owner Jean Dhooge

De Oesterij is a family business, being active in the cultivation of crustaceans and shellfish in the Netherlands since 1906. Their site at the historic oyster beds in Yerseke has recently been developed for the reception of visitors, to show them around and let them taste oysters straight from the water.

18h15 -- Transfer

19h00 -- Check-in at Strandhotel Westduin, Dishoek

Golden Tulip Beach hotel Westduin is located right behind the lowest dune crossing point at Walcheren, just 50 metres from the beach and the sea. The hotel is showing all the best from Zeeland in its decoration and menu.               

20h00 -- Dinner at Strandhotel Westduin, Dishoek


Tuesday 5 February

08h15 -- Check out hotel and travel to Nieuwvliet

10h00 -- Visit Campsite Zonneweelde, explanation by the owner Maaike Basting

Campsite Zonneweelde is a family-owned business, near the coast in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. The campsite wins many prizes for their innovative concepts and for customer satisfaction. They are an example in how to apply DNA in their business, their accommodations and their marketing. They are currently building a new central building, including reception area, restaurant, shop and indoor playground – to be opened in Spring 2019. 

11h00 -- Departure to Oostende at the Belgian coast

12h00 -- Arrival and lunch at Andromeda Hotel, Oostende
13h00 -- Visit Upstairs Hotel and Andromeda Hotel

Both Hotel Andromeda & Upstairs Hotel are located in the bustling centre of Ostend, just a stone’s throw away from beautiful, wide open beaches. The perfect base for a perfect getaway! Hotel Andromeda is a 4-star hotel with a strong business management. Upstairs Hotel is the perfect meeting place for world travellers, city trippers, artists, creatives or just everyday people. In short, a place where everyone is welcome. The general manager of both places will tell you all about

  • How to upgrade your occupancy rate from 50% to 70%
  • How to monitor, learn from and use your own data in your business
  • How you can focus on leisure/ MICE/ city trip… in one business

15h00 -- Transfer

15h30 -- Visit Holiday centre Hoge Duin, Oostduinkerke

This child-friendly property is surrounded by protected dunes and offers a comfortable place for a nice holiday by the sea. As a ‘Tourism for All’ destination they have worked effortlessly to make the site accessible for guests with disabilities, resulting in the A+ label for accessibility. Furthermore, when building a new energy-neutral structure on the grounds, much attention has been paid to eco-friendliness.  Raising awareness among the often young guests about their efforts about the ecological goals and the energy- and water use is a key asset point for their business.

17h00 -- Travel to Coquelles, France

18h30 -- Visit and check in at Interhôtel L’Haut’Aile, Coquelles

The Interhotel L’Haut’Aile is an Haute Qualité Environnementale or HQE (High Quality Environmental standard) hotel. The hotel has sustainable facilities like charging points for electrical cars or is using wind power.

19h00 -- Dinner


Wednesday 6 February

09h00 -- Check out of hotel and travel to Calais

09h30 -- Visit La Cité de la Dentelle et de la Mode de Calais     

Established in Calais, inside an authentic nineteenth century lace factory, the Museum of Lace and Fashion is a specialist museum for the famous lace woven on looms. A museum of both fashion and industry, its vast galleries present the techniques, the lingerie and haute couture associated with this prestigious textile, as well as its most contemporary aspects. The high point of a visit to this important museum is to discover the lace weaving looms in operation, those monumental cast iron machines that produce this exceptional fabric. All year-round, the Museum of Lace and Fashion stages a varied selection of activities for individual visitors or groups: cultural activities for families, exchanges-encounters, textile workshops, guided tours, artistic interventions and shows. Enjoying a town-centre location, the museum also offers a number of services: auditorium, restaurant and shop, a resource and archive centre.

12h30 -- Lunch at the museum
14h00 -- Return trip
arrival at Stop 24, Folkestone, Kent, Kent: 15h30
arrival at Holiday Inn, Brentwood, Essex: 17h00
arrival at Westtoer, Brugge: 16h00
arrival at Tolplein Westerscheldetunnel: 17h30 

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