Crook Hall and Gardens cultivate group tour organisers

Crook Hall and Gardens unveiled its new ‘Group Exclusive’ package to the trade during a recent familiarisation event.

Situated on the banks of the River Wear in the city of Durham, the attraction is a Grade I listed  13th century hall, owned by Maggie and Keith Bell since 1995.

The trade visitors toured the hall and its extensive grounds and gardens, taking in the new cafe, shop and visitor facilities.

The event also highlighted how Crook Hall is one of several popular group attractions in the region, such as Beamish – The Living Museum of the North, Raby Castle, the Bowes Museum and Durham Cathedral.

Some of the operators were hosted by Wynyard Hall, a four-star hotel near Stockton-On-Tees, and travelled on a coach provided by Coatham Coaches.

Coordinated by UK travel trade specialist Steve Reed Tourism Ltd, the tour included Simply Groups from West Yorkshire; Woods Travel from Sussex; Carefree Coaches from Cheshire; Walton’s Coaches from Lancashire and Gemmaway Travel from Hertfordshire.

They were joined by members of the Confederation of Passenger Transport; Destination Durham; and Blue Badge tourist guide Laura Rhodes.

Siobhan McDermid, Crook Hall office manager, said: “We were very pleased to have welcomed the tour planners to Crook Hall and Gardens – the weather was great and so were the reactions of the guests.

“We now have a super array of group offerings for people who plan group tours – made all the more attractive with our lovely new cafe and shop.”

Pictured is owner Maggie Bell (right) explaining to the group about Crook Hall Group Exclusive.