Venture Abroad and Rayburn Tours accredited Investors in People Gold Standard

4 Oct 17



Rayburn Tours and Venture Abroad has been an accredited Investors in People company for over 15 years. Having recently been awarded the Gold Standard for the 6th year running, it is hugely encouraging for both our staff and our customers to know that the company has received this recognition for upholding the very best in people management excellence. We pride ourselves on our superb customer service and a happy workplace means happy customers!

We ran a Q&A with Rayburn Tours and Venture Abroad Director and General Manager, Katie Boyden, to find out a little bit more about what this achievement means for the company.


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Girlguiding Lancashire Border’s Canadian Adventure

5 Sep 17

Earlier this month, all 20 members of Girl guiding Lancashire Border travelled to Canada for a trip of a lifetime. Here is their trip summary…

After arriving in Toronto Pearson Airport, all 20 members of Girl guiding Lancashire Border were escorted to their mini-coach to load their luggage and head to Toronto International Hostel.

Monday morning, after being split into two groups, the Guides enjoyed a delicious bagel breakfast at the hostel… well, when in Canada!

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Summer, we miss you already!

4 Sep 17

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This summer, there have been smiles all round as Scout and Guide groups have returned from their adventures in Iceland, Norway, India, Belgium, Switzerland and The Netherlands with high spirits and happy memories.

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Summer times.

23 Aug 17

An amazing start for the Aspley Guise and St Margarets Scouts, the weather has been astounding!

No time was wasted at KISC as both groups made the most of the blue skies. Summer tobogganing and paddling in Oeschinensee was first on the list.



Canyoning at Interaken and rafting on the Simme River have been highlights for the Scouts so far, let’s see how they get on in their hut hikes around Kandersteg.


What Middlesex East Did Next

15 Aug 17


This morning started off with a stroll to the Morska Škola “marine school” where we learned about the Mediterranean Sea and how to snorkel around the bay! Firstly, we learnt about the marine life in the bay including; sea urchins, sea cucumbers, damsel fish and hermit crabs. Then we got kitted out (after struggling to get into our wet suits) and headed into the sea.


After the first shock of cold water, we soon adapted to breathing through the snorkel and set off on a tour around the bay. Shortly after we found many of the marine animals we had heard about earlier and set them aside to study after our tour. After an hour or so of swimming around the bay in waters of up to 50m deep, we went back to the school to look at the spider crab, hermit crab and purple sea urchin in detail. The sea urchin is of pentaradial symmetry, it has five of everything like the starfish, we could see it’s five teeth munching! We were disappointed to find out that the hermit crabs that we thought were making friends, were probably fighting over the biggest shell.


We walked back to the hostel and spent some time on the beach before lunch. Afterwards, Kirsty taught us to play a game called Backpacker which we soon picked up and became a bit too competitive! We then went back to the sea and swam for a while then soaked up the sun for some time before dinner – a beef steak, rice, salad and a banana. Our dinner ended with a surprising burst of entertainment from another group staying at the hostel!

We are all currently sat in the doorway with one of “the blog cats” who is sleeping after finishing their mineral water and pâté. We’re googling best pizza places in Venice in preparation for tomorrows outing!


We’ll be back soon!

Middlesex East Croatia 2017

New Mountain Experiences.

14 Aug 17

Many first times for 23rd today, taking a cable car up to an alpine lake and summer tobogganing in the beautiful sunshine, surrounded by glacier filled mountains.


Hiking back to Kandersteg offered some breathtaking views!


Beautiful sunshine greeted everyone on their arrival, the first day was spent taking part in activities around KISC getting to know groups from around the globe, topped off with a delicious BBQ!


A lovely couple of days, and many more to come.