Join an English Tourism Week instameet

Got an Instagram account? Then come along and meet other snap-happy IGers at one of these sociable events across the country celebrating English Tourism Week 2019 (30 March – 7 April).

VisitEngland is hosting the Instameets, from London to Leeds, alongside local tourist boards and Instagramers UK. This year’s theme is the latest travel trend – microgapping! It’s all about making time for mini adventures, and enjoying enriching experiences closer to home.

Each Instameet is embracing the theme in a unique way, from immersing visitors in the local culture to teaching something new. So you could learn how to mix cocktails in Oxford, hike up Cat Bells in the Lake District or help out with a beach clean in Folkestone.

Follow #MyMicroGap and #EnglishTourismWeek19 on Instagram for the latest news on all the Instameets.


Bath - 23 March

Bath Abbey


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Lucky Instagramers in the South West get a behind-the-scenes tour of one of this bucket list city’s highlights - Bath Abbey Tower - and glorious golden views across its rooftops. They’ll also visit Bath’s first public art gallery, The Holburne Museum, and sit down to chats and snacks in the cafe afterwards. Can accommodate at least 20.

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Cambridge - 24 March

Cambridge University


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Forty Cambridge Instagramers will get a new perspective on an ancient city with an exclusive free tour including King’s College, Queens’ College and the wooden Mathematical Bridge. And, for a taste of the student experience - Cambridge style - there’ll be Bloomsbury Boozer cocktails and an Afternoon Tea taster at Parker’s Tavern, University Arms Hotel.

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Kent - 23 March

Whelkboy, Folkestone


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There’s room for 40 IGers at this fun Folkestone Instameet. They’ll get a gander at Malcolm Allen's one-of-a-kind Whelk Boy Gallery, scoff an arty brunch at Custom Folkestone and enjoy a tipple with harbour views at Rocksalt. Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion Lizzie Carr will also be sharing her inspiring campaign against pollution, and leading a beach clean at Sunny Sands with her non-profit Plastic Patrol. Numbers are not limited for the clean-up, so arrive around 12.30 to help a good cause.

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Walthamstow, London - 24 March

Walthamstow Farmers Market, London


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This East End tour begins at Walthamstow Farmers’ Market, where IGers can sample the tasty morsels local producers have on display. Then there’ll be a tour and 1-hour printmaking workshop at the William Morris Gallery, home of everything Arts and Crafts. Plus a visit to neon heaven God’s Own Junkyard and a cheeky gin cocktail at Mother’s Ruin.

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Manchester - 23 March

Track Brewing Co, Manchester


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IGers Manchester know there’s nothing like street art to make an Instafeed pop. Twenty ‘grammers get to delve deep into the city’s street art scene with Art Battle Manchester, taking a tour of its lesser-known artworks followed by a 2-hour workshop in an abandoned building. A drink at Track Brewing Co is sure to get those creative juices flowing.

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Norwich - 23 March

Norwich Cathedral


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Norwich Instagramers can take their pick from 2 fantastic experiences.

Tour 1 (20 places) starts at Norwich Cathedral with Canon Andy, exploring the cathedral’s incredible architecture and festival plans - can you believe a 40ft helter skelter will be appearing in its West Nave in August? Local historian Paul Dickson will then lead a tour of The Close, the charming neighbourhood surrounding the cathedral, and 900-year-old Norwich Market.

Tour 2 (20 places), again with Paul Dickson, delves into Shardlake’s Norwich, celebrating CJ Sansom’s best-selling novel Tombland. This Tudor trek will finish with fish and chips from the Grosvenor Fish Bar and drinks at quirky hangout, The Birdcage.

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Oxford - 23 March

Oxford Botanic Garden


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Oxford Instagrammers won’t be short of inspiration on this photowalk starting at Oxford Botanic Garden. With senses freshly tuned into the aromatics of the garden’s beautiful botanicals, they’ll take a tiny tour of TOAD craft distillery then create their own delicious concoction in a cocktail masterclass. There are 22 spaces.

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Leeds - 23 March

Victoria Quarter, Leeds


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Celebrated city ‘grammer Carl Milner will be kicking off a colourful photowalk around Leeds for 30 Insta fans. To ensure everyone gets some cool, unexpected shots, there’ll be private access to Victoria Hall, the balconies of the Victoria Quarter and the rooftop platform at Leeds Train Station. There’ll also be a stop at Kirkgate Market’s enticing street food stalls and drinks at Water Lane Boathouse.

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Cumbria - 23 March

Cat Bells, Cumbria


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Thirty Instagrammers get to take up a challenge with fellow explorers in the Lake District, with a guided walk up Cat Bells followed by free tea and cake at Derwentwater Hotel. There’ll also be a talk from ‘Mountain Man’ James Forrest. The Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion, an office worker turned adventurer, is full of knowledge on expeditions of all sizes - and may well spark more microgap ideas!

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05 Nov 2019(last updated)

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    Bath Abbey

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    Cambridge University

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    Whelkboy, Folkestone

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    Walthamstow Farmers Market, London

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    Track Brewing Co, Manchester

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    Norwich Cathedral

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    Oxford Botanic Garden

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    Victoria Quarter, Leeds

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    Cat Bells, Cumbria

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