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Institute of Tourists Guiding

MR 04676

Tales of a Blue Badge Tourist Guide

What is the story?

In 2011 Graham started a new career as a Blue Badge Tourist Guide.

This is the story of what was involved to achieve this most coveted qualification; the studying, the exams, the experiences.

It is peppered with anecdotes about the training and some of my subsequent tours.

Talk details:

Village Hall or your meeting venue
45 to 60 minutes
Online via Zoom
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What will I find out?

The Blue Badge is recognised as the most prestigious tourist guide qualification in the country, and its training is admired around the world.

Find out, from someone who is proud to have done it, how the training works; the hours of study, the practical and written exams.

It’s the sychronised swimming syndrome; serene on the surface, paddling like mad below.

Every guide has stories of particular tours, strange requests, unexpected visitors, the things that keep us on our toes.

These are some of mine.

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Qualifications and accreditations

  • Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding
  • Member of the British Guild of Tourist Guides
  • Blue Badge Guide for South and South East England 2011
  • Blue Badge Guide for South West England 2014
  • Member of Association of Wessex Tourist Guides
  • Member of Midsomer Tours
  • Guiding endorsement for Windsor and Eton
  • Accredited Tourist Guide Examiner

Hilary Powley

The Friendship Club

We have enjoyed several of Graham’s talks and they have always been well presented, interesting and entertaining.

Alan Copeland

Whitchurch Camera Club

Graham is a regular visitor to our meetings and his talks are always very popular. He displays a great depth of knowledge of his subject, is very professional and informative in his delivery and his talks are illustrated with superb photography.

Mollie Dunning

Maidenhead Townswomen's Guild

We have had some very interesting talks from Graham. He really enjoys his subjects and passes his interest and knowledge on to his audiences. Our members certainly look forward to the meetings when Graham is giving a talk.

HF Holidays guest

Don’t think he could improve! Excellent in all respects.

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