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ravel T INSPIRATION New Year

From Cornwall to Suffolk, Snowdonia to London and Brecon Beacons to the Ribble Valley, with many more stunning destinations along the way

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T’S TIME TO REFLECT on the joys of the Christmas and New Year celebrations and to take a positive view of the possibilities to come. Please allow us to tickle your fancies with some of Britain’s best. Leaving aside the ubiquitous winter sales – every high street and shopping centre will have them – we offer you our selection of UK style and fashion (pp22,95) and of the shows, exhibitions and cultural events vying for your attention (p12). Indoors, 2018 looks like a good year for museums, with many re-vamping their appeal with new and exciting collections (p40) and for the Palace of Westminster, regrettably clad in much scaffolding but celebrating the centenary of the election of its first female MP (p36). For photography buffs, relax and enjoy images of natural Britain (p48) while we hope to excite the more adventurous types with some exhilarating Winter Walks (p28) and extraordinary gardens (p72), as well as giving a reminder to all you budding astronomers of the star-gazing opportunities in our more remote areas (p80). Looking forward, our travel team introduces readers to the varied delights of stunning Snowdonia (p68), inspiring East Anglia (p60) and spa destinations in heritage-rich settings (p32). We interview Lisa Goodwin-Allen, Executive Head Chef at the UK’s ’Hotel of the Year’, the Northcote, and suggest chances to stay in some quirkily sensational private accommodation (p86). In this issue, ‘Made in Britain’ is proud to showcase the fused-glass artworks of Jo Downs (p24) and the Shropshire company keeping alive the traditional British teddy-bear (p64). We wish you hours of contented reading, both of our seasonal features and our regular coverage of Britain’s cultural life and travel news!

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FEATURES

12. CULTURAL AGENDA

Top 10 shows, exhibitions and events for your January/February calendar.

24. MADE IN BRITAIN: CUTTING EDGE

Talent, tenacity and experience have put designer Jo Downs at the forefront of bespoke fused glass design.

36. VOTE 100: THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT

Visit the home of British democracy and discover how, one hundred years ago, women finally won the right to become members of this historic institution.

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40. MUST SEE MUSEUMS

2018 promises to be an exciting year for museums.

48. CONNECTING WITH NATURE: CAPTURING THE BEAUTY ON CAMERA

From stormy seas near the coast at Botallack, Cornwall to sunrise over Sugar Loaf in the Brecon Beacons.

64. THE BRITISH TEDDY BEAR

Emma Johnson heads to Shropshire to make some furry friends.

80. STAR GAZING

As winter draws in and nights lengthen, there's no better time to enjoy pristine views of the Milky Way.

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SPAS WITH A HERITAGE TWIST

Places you can combine your spa treatment with some interesting history.

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SUFFOLK: LIGHTLY TOUCHED BY TIME

A landscape of natural beauty, inspiring Britain’s most-celebrated artists and full of our history – ancient and modern.

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SNOWDONIA: BEAUTY & HERITAGE Towering benevolently over the pretty north-west corner of Wales is Snowdon, Britain’s tallest mountain outside Scotland.

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▶ LAKE DISTRICT CHARM

Following a £10 million refurbishment, Linthwaite House in the Lake District is re-opening from 1 March 2018. The 36-bedroom boutique hotel is set within 14 acres of landscaped gardens, and is looking forward to welcoming guests into the hotel’s new Woodland Suites, innovative new restaurant ‘Stella’, and conservatory with outstanding views of Lake Windermere. Rates will start from £190 for two people sharing a double room on a B&B basis. » book online at leeucollection.com.

BURNS NIGHT

Laddies and lassies, don your finest tartan and celebrate all that’s Scottish with the country’s much-cherished tradition of Burns Night. This special celebration honours the life of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, on 25 January – the day of his birthday. Join in the fun from eating haggis, whisky toasts, poetry readings and songs, to Scottish dancing » scotland.org/events/burns-night

LOOKING AT THE FUTURE LANDSCAPE OF LONDON

ARTISTS PRESENT FUTURE VISIONS FOR LONDON IN THOUGHT-PROVOKING INSTALLATION AT THE HORNIMAN. ‘The Imminent Diorama’ is a spectacular new interactive installation at the Horniman Museum, which reveals what one of London’s finest unprotected views of the city could look like in eighty years’ time. The installation highlights the importance of protecting views for Londoners, and the current lack of protection in certain areas of London, eighty years since the first protected views were proposed. » Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ

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Britain is playing a starring role in several new 2018 movie releases, and providing the inspiration for the blockbuster remakes of two classic British tales: Peter Rabbit and Robin Hood.

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HIDDEN GALLERIES IN WESTMINSTER

High above the floor of Westminster Abbey, in a gallery hidden from view for 700 years, work is nearing completion on London’s newest museum: The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries. Opening in June this year, the Galleries will tell the story of the Abbey’s thousand-year history and display over 300 objects. A new tower will be the principal entrance to the Triforium, which has never been open to the public before. » westminster-abbey.org

Overlooking Robin Hood's Stride near Ashbourne in Derbyshire.

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Model Villages

The story of miniature worlds has captivated garden guests and paying public since the early twentieth century. These small-scale utopias are followed from their early growth as playthings of the wealthy, their blossoming into fairylands on seafronts during the post-war holiday boom, and the sadness of some model villages’ gradual decline from toy-towns to ghost towns. Written by Britain’s foremost village expert and advocate.

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This exceptional art and antiques fair (now in its 7th year) is staged within a ‘must-visit’ destination, Blenheim Palace, in the Colonnade, Campaign Rooms and Orangery. Make a day of it, as the invitation to the Fair provides complimentary access to the Blenheim grounds. » cadafair.com


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LIVING OUT YOUR OWN GREAT LITERARY LOVE

With its mountain peaks and glistenng lakes, there is nowhere quite like the Lake District. Unsurprisingly, it is one of the most popular places to propose in the UK - Lodore Falls Hotel, overlooking Derwent Water offers an isolated part of this idyllic landscape for your romantic moment. » lakedistrict.gov.uk

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HAMILTON PICTURE IS FROM THE BROADWAY PRODUCTION. PRODUCED IN LONDON BY JEFFREY SELLER, SANDER JACOBS, JILL FURMAN, THE PUBLIC THEATER AND CAMERON MACKINTOSH. IMAGE © JOAN MARCUS

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Top 10 shows, exhibitions and performances for your January/February calendar COMPILED by Melanie Abrams

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A stylish version of Bizet’s Carmen is premiering in the UK on 6 February at the Royal Opera House. Re-created by innovative Australian director, Barrie Kosky, the famous Toreador opera is cut to its essentials with an offstage narrator added. Two rising stars are making their debuts in the title role: Russian born mezzo-soprano, Anna Goryachova, known for her vocal athleticism, and multiple award-winning Gaëlle Arquez, who has won acclaim for such diverse roles as La Belle Hélène and Dardanus.  » Carmen, 6 February to 16 March 2018, Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London WC2E 9DD, 020 7240 1200, roh.org.uk

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PICTURED BELOW: EMPRESS OF BRITAIN COLOUR LITHOGRAPH POSTER FOR CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAYS, J.R. TOOBY, LONDON, 1920 – 31 © VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDON. DUKE AND DUCHESS OF WINDSOR'S LUGGAGE, GOYARD, ABOUT 1950 © MIOTTEL MUSEUM, BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM, SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS

Two of today’s hottest musicians are touring together this February – as London’s electronic maestro James Blake supports US rapper Kendrick Lamar on his nationwide gig. Centre stage is Lamar’s award winning fourth album, Damn, described by The Guardian as “another dial-shifting release.” Expect an eclectic mix of sounds with Blake’s haunting slow beats complementing Lamar’s complex rhymes, soul beats and verbal dexterity.  » Kendrick Lamar – The DAMN tour, 9 to 20 February 2018, Genting Arena Birmingham, gentingarena. co.uk; Manchester Arena, manchester-arena.com; The SSE Hydro Glasgow, thessehydro.com; The O2 London, theo2.co.uk; The SSE Arena Wembley, ssearena.co.uk; livenation.co.uk

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SEAFARING DESIGN

Before planes, ocean liners were the hip way to travel. And Britain was at the forefront. “Our shipping industry was the biggest in the world, technical advances happened here and the shipping lines serviced the vast Empire,” said Ghislaine Maxwell, curator of a new V&A exhibition, Ocean Liners: Speed & Style, from 3 February. Showcasing the design, décor and lifestyle on board liners including Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Great Eastern, the luxurious Queen Mary and turbocharged Canberra, discover the finery passengers donned, the modern furniture and a poignant wood panel from the doomed Titanic’s first class lounge.  » Ocean Liners: Speed & Style, 3 February to 10 June 2018, Victoria

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JAW-DROPPING THRILLS

It’s 250 years since the circus opened along London’s Southbank with trick riding, tumbling and more. Now garish clowns, daredevil trapeze artists, fire-eaters among other feats are embedded in our culture with evermore extreme visual spectacles. Top of the bill is Cirque Berserk which is taking its jaw dropping stunts around the UK from 31 January. Among the clowning around, high energy aerial acrobatics and flaming limbo dancing, prepare for the breath-holding minutes as four motorcyclists race inside a wheel with no room for error.  » Cirque Berserk, 31 January to 1 September 2018, The Orchard

Theatre, Dartford; Peacock Theatre, London; Festival Theatre, Edinburgh; Palace Theatre, Manchester; New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham; Churchill Theatre, Bromley; Theatre Royal, Norwich; Swan Theatre, Wycombe; Theatre Royal, Plymouth; Floral Pavilion, New Brighton; King’s Theatre, Glasgow; G Live, Guildford; Theatre Royal, Nottingham; Richmond Theatre; Belgrade Theatre, Coventry; Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, cirqueberserk.co.uk. January/February 2018

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TENSE THRILLER

Taken star Liam Neeson is back on the big screen in new thriller, The Commuter. Set on a train, he has to find the identity of a hidden passenger before the last stop. Elizabeth McGovern aka Downton’s Lady Cora Grantham is a fellow passenger alongside new Brit talent, Florence Pugh whose credits include TV’s Marcella and last year’s Lady Macbeth, as well as Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman. Fellow Northern Irelander and film favourite, Sam Neill adds further weight.  » The Commuter is released on 19 January 2018 by Studio Canal

Evening dresses worn by Queen Alexandra. Pictured Left: Red, green and cream tartan silk satin evening dress possibly worn to a function at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, by Madame Elise about 1870. Right: Lilac watered silk with velvet, lace and pearl trimmings, by Morin Blossier about 1893.

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Royal women are in the style spotlight at the prestigious Fashion Museum Bath from 3 February. Discover the chic extravagance of Edward VII’s wife, Queen Alexandra and Queen Mary’s love of fur, feather and diamanté details. Remember Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s fairytale Hartnell gowns or Princess Margaret’s fashion forward eye. Located in Bath’s iconic Assembly Rooms, experience the city’s Georgian heyday with its large 18th century ballroom, card room and tea room where visitors including novelist, Jane Austen and composer, Joseph Haydn would flock.  » Royal Women: Public Life, Personal Style, 3 February 2018 to 28 April 2019,

Fashion Museum Bath, Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath BA1 2QH, 01225 477789, fashionmuseum.co.uk

ICONIC MOMENTS

Iconic British films are back on the big screen this January at London’s BFI Cinema as it celebrates the work of actor, John Hurt, who died last year. Ahead of his time, Hurt’s films still resonate. There’s his flamboyant Quentin Crisp in the Naked Civil Servant, say, or Scandal where he played Stephen Ward, the fall guy of the 1960s Profumo affair, soon to be re-dramatised by the BBC. Other highlights include Midnight Express, A Man for All Seasons and the more recent Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy alongside Gary Oldman and Colin Firth. 

» John Hurt season, 1 to 31 January 2018, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XT, 020 7928 3232, whatson.bfi.org.uk

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INNOVATIVE SPACE

Pictured: John Tunnard (1900–1971) Tol Pedn. Film strip top-bottom: Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912–2004) Island Sheds, St Ives, No.1; Ben Nicholson (1894–1982); Lubaina Himid (b.1954) Between the Two my Heart is Balanced; Alfred Wallis (1855–1942) The Blue Ship; Piet Mondrian (1872–1944) Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red; Dora Carrington 1893–1932 Spanish Landscape with Mountains c.1924 (Virginia Woolf exhibition)

Tate St Ives has had an impressive £20 million makeover - with a new gallery for temporary exhibitions. British architect, Jamie Fobert, pounded into the granite cliff to create the vast light-flooded space, adding a rooftop garden with views across the Cornish coast. 2018 sees an exciting exhibition programme with international female artists riffing on the works of Virginia Woolf from 10 February and the first major show of Patrick Heron’s work in 20 years from 19 May.  » Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach,

Saint Ives, TR26 1TG, 01736 796226, tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives. Virginia Woolf, 10 February to 29 April 2018; Patrick Heron, 19 May to 9 September 2018

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BEST INVESTMENT

Cambridge’s Arts Theatre kicks off the UK tour of Art, the comedy of friendship, prejudice and midlife crisis that first ran for eight years in London with British icons, Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay. Now three other well loved British actors are taking the mantle. There’s Nigel Havers, known for playing the cad, Star Wars’ to Bleak House’s Denis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson, who is swapping his disciplined DCI Banks for wedding planning chaos. Whilst the art is a debatable investment, seeing this play is a canny one. 

IMAGE © CREDIT JON SWANNELL

» Art, 14 February to 9 June, Cambridge Arts Theatre, cambridgeartstheatre.com; Plymouth Theatre Royal, theatreroyal.com; Newcastle Theatre Royal, theatreroyal.co.uk; Belfast Grand Opera House, goh.org.uk; Salford Lowry Theatre thelowry.com; Leeds Grand Theatre, leedsgrandtheatre.com; Glasgow Theatre Royal, glasgowtheatreroyal.org.uk; Sheffield Lyceum Theatre, sheffieldtheatres.co.uk; Norwich Theatre Royal, theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk; Nottingham Theatre Royal, trch.co.uk; Bath Theatre Royal, theatreroyal.org.uk; Northampton Royal & Derngate, royalandderngate.co.uk Birmingham Hippodrome birminghamhippodrome.com; Wales Millennium Centre, wmc.org.uk; Canterbury Marlowe Theatre, themarlowetheatre.com


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ROYAL SPLENDOUR Heralding this year’s 250th birthday celebrations, the Royal Academy of Art is opening a suitably spectacular exhibition from 27 January. Borrowing top notch Renaissance and Baroque artworks by masters including Titian, Raphael and Mantegna (Titian’s Supper at Emmaus from the Louvre, say), the exhibition reunites the stellar art collection of King Charles I - dispersed after his 1649 execution. “The King changed British art tastes,” said curator, Per Rumberg, “introducing richer colours, more life and expression.”  » Charles I: King and Collection, 27 January to 15 April 2018, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, 020 7300 8090, royalacademy.org.uk

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Father and son duo, Brian and Alan O’Rourke, have become pioneers in the British audio industry. Brian's apprenticeship learning woodworking skills led him to design radio and TV cabinets during the 50’s and 60’s. With the growing interest in stereo during the 60’s, Brian set up his own company, which he runs today with son, Alan, who inherited his love of audio and music from his father.

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If you are looking for the perfect souvenir or gift as a Luxury Scottish brand Gordon Castle, which makes reminder of your day at the Natural History Museum, luxury items from things produced on its estate has we love this espresso set. John James Audubon was an collaborated with renowned Mayfair china company ornithologist, naturalist and painter, best known for his Halcyon Days to make this limited range of chinaware. pioneering colour-plate book, The Birds of America. We love the teapots in dusky pink and grassy green. The sketch shows a Louisiana heron in full spring plumage in Southern Florida.

Ruark Limited Edition R1 Sea Green £219.99 » ruarkaudio.com

Audubon Louisiana Heron espresso set, £20 » nhmshop.co.uk

Antler Teapot, £125, Gordon Castle with Halcyon Days » gordoncastlescotland.com

In 2015, luxury leather brand Gaziano & Girling expanded its made-to-order shoe range to include women’s styles, offering everything from narrow to wide fits, a choice of leather, suede, alligator and lizard, as well as numerous rich and vibrant colours. We love the colour of these seasonal loafers.

Royal Doulton has teamed up with London based homewares designer Charlene Mullen on a collection influenced by her widely recognised 'blackwork' and 'scenic' embroidered textiles. Part of the 'London Calling' collection showing off London's most famous landmarks in a stylish unique way.

Made in Britain from high quality beautifully grained pale grey leather and cream canvas, this elegant and refined sports holdall is an investment piece that will bring a touch of luxury to your travel, be it to and from the gym or a weekend away. The perfect size to hold your gym kit and trainers and overnight essentials.

Sicily Loafers, £POA, Gaziano & Girling » gazianogirling.com

4 piece porcelain London Plate Set » bl.uk/shop/london-plate-set

Luxe Sports Holdall, £375, MEvME » mevme.co.uk

Founded in 1979, Bisque transformed the radiator from a humble plumbing object to a piece of desirable design. Its mission today remains the same – to pioneer beautiful but practical radiators in the most enticing styles, colours and finishes.

Ali Robinson of architecture and interiors studio, Robinson van Noort has unveiled Kynance, his first furniture collection. Developed over two years, the 17-piece collection comprises a series of vitrines and tables, along with a selection of mirrors and consoles.

British textile designer Susie Hetherington creates beautiful prints inspired by her surroundings in the Cotswold countryside. Her material can be used for upholstery, curtains, cushions and lampshades and has an earthy, whimsical feel.

Classic Radiator in Mauve, from £404, Bisque » bisque.co.uk

Harrow Field Mirror, available in brass, steel and bronze, from £5,710, Ali Robinson » alirobinson.com

Jay Feather in Blue ‘Coolie’ Lampshade, (not stand) £33, Susie Hetherington, susiehetherington.co.uk

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The best of the seasonal styles from beautiful British brands... Contemporary, British, menswear designer Simon Carter has a flair for traditional, eclectic English style, and is a favourite of urbane gentlemen across the globe. This striking bird print shirt is from a colourful collection that favours bold fabrics and quirky designs.

Watchmaker Henry London’s story began when a vintage find was discovered at a London street market; a beautifully crafted classic wristwatch that had the words ‘Henry, August 1965’ engraved on the case back. Inspired he now makes beautiful timepieces in classic styles.

As part of a collaboration with Drakes, artist Adam Dant has created a playful twist on the traditional pocket square, featuring a range of threats to a gentleman’s wardrobe, including moths, pigeons, ash trays and oil. A fabulously subversive nod to fashion.

Swallow Print Shirt, £135, Simon Carter » simoncarter.net

Automatic 42mm Classic, £210 » henry-london.com

Adam Dant 'Enemies of the Gentleman's Wardrobe' Pocket Square, £65, Drakes » drakes.com

This is Major Tom to Ground Control - It’s time to do the January doesn’t have to be a time for abstinence and washing up! Internationally known as the National Theatre denial. For cacao lovers, this beautiful box of Rococo’s of Great Britain, Royal National Theatre bookshop offers decadent chocolates, encased in its distinctive a wide range of custom fine-art prints from the National packaging and including delicate square ganaches, Theatre archive - handmade in England. traditional marzipans and floral creams, is the perfect way to banish the new year blues.

Every bottle a collectors’ item in itself, this gleefully pink offering from British perfumer Jo Malone is one of her boldest yet. Sweet green almond blends with seasonal redcurrants for a tangy, distinctive scent that feels wintry and fresh

David Bowie Tea Towel, £12.50, available at the National Theatre Bookshop » shop.nationaltheatre.org.uk

Round Box No.3 Mixed Selection, £73.95, Rococo » rococochocolates.com

Green Almond & Redcurrant Cologne (100ml), £92, Jo Malone » jomalone.co.uk

Made in Britain, with pure bio-organic ingredients sourced sustainably from around the world, cult favourite Aurelia Probiotic has won over 80 beauty awards since its inception in 2013. Launched in October, its aromatic candles are rich and exotic.

Black Cow is the world’s first pure milk vodka, made in Dorset from the milk of grass-grazed cows. A super-premium vodka, it is distilled from milk whey and treated to a secret blending process created by dairy farmer Jason Barber.

Royal Collection Trust has designed and produced an exclusive range of chinaware to mark the 70th anniversary of the marriage of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, which took place on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey, London. Items include a tray priced £145, a loving cup priced £195, a pillbox priced £35, a oval pillbox priced £95 and a tankard priced £39.

Aromatic Candle in Wakefulness, £55, Aurelia Probiotic » aureliaskincare.com

Black Cow Vodka, £31.75, Black Cow » blackcow.co.uk

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Cutting Edge Talent, tenacity and twenty years of experience have put designer Jo Downs at the forefront of bespoke fused glass design.

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Galleries

Launceston Gallery

Housed on site at Jo Downs working studio this is where all the creative magic happens! It also acts as a commissions hub, where you can come and discuss your grand ideas with Jo and the team. » 27G Pennygillam Way, Pennygillam, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 7ED

St Ives gallery

Small but perfectly formed! With a full range of Jo Downs’ gifts large and small, it has a stylish, beachside feel - just like St Ives itself. » 5 Market House, Market Place, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1RZ

Tintagel Gallery

The historic village of Tintagel is the location of the newest and perhaps most petite Cornish gallery. Situated next door to Granny Wobbly’s Fudge Shop and just a few doors down from the National Trust’s beautiful Old Post Office. » Fore Street, Tintagel, Cornwall, PL34 0DB

Padstow Gallery

create “just about anything. There’s not a private commission, no matter how challenging, that I’ve had to say no to. People come to me with some really big ideas – outdoor murals, swimming pool floors, three storey windows - or more simply they want beautiful wall panels or fine art installations to enhance their home or working space. I think clients, like all of us, want to express something of their own identity through their design choices. The space a business occupies, for example, should reflect the identity and aspirations of that business. A public venue needs to create an environment that speaks to and

inspires its guests. A family home should express the character of the family that live there, and reflect the cultural interests or the aspirations of the people who created that home. Commissioned works are really a reflection of the client, and it’s my job to create work which they feel strongly connected to. There a huge commitment in terms of time and energy with private commissions, but each project is all the more rewarding for that. It’s a totally fulfilling experience for me to see a project through from my very first drawing to the final installation.”  » For more contact interiors@jodowns.com or visit architecture.jodowns.com

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Ever popular Padstow gallery is a colourful, family friendly space, nestled at the heart of this pretty seaside town between Rick Stein’s Deli and Rick Stein’s Gift Shop. » 24 Middle Street, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8AP

Ripley Gallery

First major Jo Downs gallery outside the Southwest is situated in the historic village of Ripley, Surrey, just 3 miles from the M25 (junction 10) A3 intersection. » Teulon House, High Street, Ripley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6AY

Fowey Gallery

Fabulous new Fowey gallery, on the town’s main thoroughfare of Fore Street, is stocked with an irresistible collection of the latest gift and stunning interior pieces. » 41 Fore Street, Fowey, Cornwall, PL23 1AH

Twickenham

This lovely gallery and outlet in the bustling heart of Twickenham is situated close to the world famous rugby stadium, just five minutes walk from Twickenham Green. Showcasing beautiful giftware, interior pieces and spectacular wall installations. » 136 Heath Road, Twickenham, TW1 4BN


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DIVIS AND THE BL AC K MOUNTAIN , COUNTY ANTRIM Northern Ireland This challenging three-mile Summit Trail takes you along the Tipperary Road through open heath, following a way-marked trail to the highest peak in the Belfast Hills, Divis Mountain. Overlooking the city of Belfast below and with magnificent views of Lough Neagh, the Mourne Mountains and Strangford Lough, this is a fantastic vantage point from which to take in the magnificent scenery that Northern Ireland has to offer.

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The History

The world’s first spa was set up in the Somerset hills, which became the fittingly-named town of Bath. The fortifying effects of natural spring waters found around Britain were discovered in the late 1600s, and relaxing in natural spring pools soon became a fashionable activity for the elite classes. The legacy is a series of elegant spa towns situated in picturesque spots all over the country, where grand Georgian architecture forms an atmospheric backdrop to cutting-edge spa treatments and luxury hotels, with a focus on living well. We hope you enjoy our selection where you can even combine your spa treatment with a spot of history. January/February 2018

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Bath

The city of Bath flourished with the fashion for spa waters and the result is an attractive town set in the green hills of Somerset in south-west England. Bath’s heritage dates back to the Roman invasion of Britain; the Romans built the temple of their bath complex in 60-70 AD and the bathing complex was gradually built over the subsequent 300 years. The Roman Baths, now a tourist attraction, are excellently preserved and make a fascinating visit. If you feel like immersing in some thermal waters yourself, head to Thermae Bath Spa, now an attraction in its own right thanks to its appealing rooftop spa pool. Unwind with views over the elegant, golden-hued architecture of Bath while soaking in the naturally warm, mineral-rich waters. Thermae Bath Spa offers various packages to enjoy its modern facilities, with whirlpools, state-of-the-art Wellness Suite and massage treatments on offer. Thoroughly relaxed and in need of a treat? Head to the famous Pump Room Restaurant next to the Roman Baths. Its grand Georgian architecture with colonnades, glittering chandeliers and white tablecloths creates an atmospheric setting for the restaurant’s famous afternoon tea. You can even sample the natural mineral water here too, although it’s an acquired taste! By rail, Bath Spa station is eleven minutes from Bristol, or just over an hour from London Paddington.

Harrogate

Harrogate is another British spa town that was developed in Victorian times. Situated in North Yorkshire, the town is pretty and makes for a relaxing break, with the Royal Turkish Baths that opened in 1896 still offering top-notch treatments. The beautiful building was given a £1million facelift and restored to its full Victorian glory so you can experience a contemporary spa experience amid Moorish architecture and tiling and Italian terrazzo floors. Follow the ritual of heating, cooling and cleansing before progressing through the hot room chambers, and ending up with the invigorating cold plunge pool. Find time to treat yourself at Betty’s Tea Room, which first opened in Harrogate in 1919, and went on to expand throughout Yorkshire; you’ll feel like you’re in a different era as you are served Betty’s fine teas and delicacies. Harrogate is a two hour and 45-minute train journey from London Kings Cross, changing at York. 34 l EXCLUSIVELYBRITISHMAGAZINE.COM l January/February 2018


Cheltenham

While visiting the Cotswolds in south-west England, be sure to pay a visit to Cheltenham, one of the biggest towns in the picturesque region. Developed in the 18th and 19th centuries as a pleasure health resort, Cheltenham retains much of its Regency architecture and spa heritage. Chapel Spa, situated in the centre of Cheltenham, offers luxurious treatments and day spa packages, which you can complement with lunch or dinner in the adjacent Story Teller Restaurant. Cheltenham is in the county of Gloucestershire, around two hours and 20 minutes by train from London, changing at either Swindon or Bristol.

Further afield

Crieff, Perthshire (Scotland)

A hydro spa opened in the Perthshire market town of Crieff in 1868, making it a country retreat for wealthy businessmen from Edinburgh and Glasgow. To this day, Crieff Hydro remains a relaxing retreat for visitors. The four star spa is set amid beautiful grounds and offers an enormous range of leisure activities additional to the usual body and beauty treatments, making it a family holiday destination too. There are six cafés and restaurants on site to choose between – serving up everything from healthy soups to a sumptuous dinner. Head to the Victorian Winter Garden for the best views to accompany your afternoon tea. Crieff is a 36-minute drive from Perth, which has railway connections with Edinburgh (one hour and 24 minutes) and Glasgow (one hour and 31 minutes).

Llandrindod Wells (Wales)

The practice of ‘taking the waters’ boomed in Llandrindod Wells in Victorian times, with the arrival of the railway resulting in it becoming the most fashionable spa town in Wales. The legacy for this town, located in green and pleasant mid Wales, is resplendent with Victorian hotels such as the magnificent, recently restored Metropole. Originally the largest hotel in Wales upon completion in 1896, it is now still one of the country’s premier hotels. Enjoy contemporary four star spa experiences at The Rock Spa, amid the surroundings of a Victorian-style conservatory. The hotel’s award-winning Radnor & Miles Restaurant serves up a delicious à la carte menu for lunch and dinner. Llandrindod Wells has rail connections with Crewe and Swansea, which connect onwards with London and Manchester.

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100 VOTE

Visit the home of British democracy this year and discover how, one hundred years ago, women finally won the right to become members of this historic institution. 36 l EXCLUSIVELYBRITISHMAGAZINE.COM l January/February 2018


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An exhibition at Westminster Hall explores the history of the resulting campaign for votes for women and women’s role in parliament today. Called Voice and Vote: Women’s Place in Parliament, it’s part of Vote 100, a year-long celebration of the passing of this major democratic milestone. The exhibition explores women’s experience of parliament from the 18th century – when they could only watch Commons debates by dint of standing in a ventilator shaft – to the present day when there are over 200 women MPs, presided over (for the moment) by a female prime minster. The curators have re-created four spaces representing this journey. The first is the Ventilator shaft which was burnt down in the Westminster fire of 1834. The new Houses of Parliament included a Ladies Gallery for female spectators and the exhibition re-creates this space, known as the Cage, showing how, in spite of its elegant title, this was a small pokey space, high up above the Chamber, covered with heavy metal grilles (which were designed to prevent the women distracting the men below by their devious feminine wiles). Two other re-created spaces are the Tomb and the Chamber. The Tomb was w

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the nickname for the office given in 1919 to Nancy Astor, the first female MP to take her seat in parliament. It was small and poorly furnished and remained the Lady Members' room until as late as the 1970s – by which time it had become extremely crowded with women such as Margaret Thatcher and Shirley Williams having to share the only coat hook. The exhibition finishes with the Chamber, where the work of women in parliament today is highlighted. ‘The idea is to engage the visitors with the history of women and parliament and how it still applies today’ says exhibition co-curator Mari Takayanagi. Outside parliament, the centenary of women gaining the vote will be marked by a statue of the famous women’s rights campaigner, Millicent Fawcett. Designed by the artist Gillian Wearing, this will be the first ever statue of a woman to go up on Parliament Square – and incidentally the first statue designed by a female artist. Fawcett will be depicted holding a banner reading ‘Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere’. Combine a visit to the exhibition with a tour of the Houses of Parliament. These start at the Queen’s Robing Room, and then pass through the Royal Gallery and into the splendid Lords' Chamber. You then get to visit the various lobbies, scene of much Victorian Gothic magnificence and modern-day politicking. Look out here for the imposing statue of Winston Churchill glaring down at the passers-by. It’s opposite that of David Lloyd George, Britain’s other wartime prime minister, and the feet of both statues have been polished bright by MPs who touch them for good luck when entering the House of Commons. Before you follow their footsteps into the Chamber, take time to look at the door which has been damaged by generations of ‘Black Rod’. This official has to knock on the door of the Commons three times with a ceremonial staff to summon the MPs to listen to the Queen’s Speech during the State Opening of Parliament – the speech is delivered in the House of Lords as the Queen is traditionally not allowed into the Commons. Once in the Commons Chamber you can admire the famous green leather benches, the dispatch boxes and the Speaker’s Chair. The benches are lined up along each side of the room so Opposition and Government MPs are directly facing one another. They are separated by a distance of 3.96 metres - the same length as two swords - a design reputedly intended to prevent MPs duelling, although it doesn’t seem to have stopped them arguing. The tour ends up in Westminster Hall. This huge space is the only remaining part of the medieval Palace of Westminster and was built in 1097 by William Rufus, son of William the Conqueror. It’s famous for its spectacular hammer-beam roof, the largest medieval timber roof in Northern Europe. Today it is used for ceremonial events, such as the lying-in-state of the late Queen Mother, and for public exhibitions such as Voice and Vote. You can finish the tour with afternoon tea in one of parliament’s several restaurants overlooking the River Thames, a welcome break after a 38 l EXCLUSIVELYBRITISHMAGAZINE.COM l January/February 2018 walk through nearly 1000 years of  history.

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Tour the Houses of Parliament

You can take a guided tour or a self-guided audio tour of the House of Commons, House of Lords and Westminster Hall every Saturday and most weekdays during parliamentary recesses. Call 020 7219 4114 or book online. parliament.uk/visiting

Attend a debate

You can attend debates for free in both the House of Lords and House of Commons by visiting the public galleries (Monday-Thursday when the Houses are sitting). parliament.uk/visiting

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IN 2018

2018 promises to be an exciting year for our Great British museums. From Bath to Bristol and into London, there are new museums opening, groundbreaking exhibitions on show and experiences to excite every visitor.

Well Engineered

The new national museum and visitor experience exploring inside the life and works of Isambard Kingdom Brunel will open its doors to the public at the end of March. Called ‘Being Brunel’, the new museum in Bristol will tell the hero engineer’s extraordinary story through never-before-seen personal possessions, as well as interactive exhibits and audio-visual experiences. Visitors will discover that Brunel was not only an outstanding engineer, but an entrepreneur, a designer, an art lover and a showman too. Being Brunel recreates the interiors of Brunel’s London office and the Great Western Steamship Company’s Bristol office set within the Grade II listed Dock Office building which has been structurally restored as part of the project. The new museum will give unprecedented access to objects from the National Brunel Collection, currently cared for at the Brunel Institute, which includes over 14,000 items from the University of Bristol Brunel Collection, the Clive Richards Brunel Collection and the SS Great Britain Trust Collection. Visitors will be able to compare their own drawing skills to Brunel’s in a range of interactive exhibits including boarding a broad gauge railway carriage which sways and vibrates as it ‘travels’. Once on board, passengers can try out Brunel’s rule of thumb for testing the evenness of a railway route: sketching circles by hand sitting in a moving train. There’s plenty to keep young and old occupied so book in advance ssgreatbritain.org.

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Pondering Portraiture

The National Trust and The Holburne Museum in Bath will be hosting a very special exhibition this May through to September 16th. Go along to see the first ever exhibition to bring together Dutch 17th century paintings from National Trust collections around the country, plus an exhibition focussed on Thomas Gainsborough’s theatrical portraits. There will be a plethora of paintings to enjoy, including works by masters of the ‘Golden Age’ such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Peter Lely, Gabriel Metsu, Aelbert Cuyp and Cornelis de Heem. The exhibition will explore what made Dutch art so sought-after among country house owners and how Dutch art collecting in British country houses developed over the centuries, as tastes and interests changed. Also don’t forget to revisit the museum from the 5th October for ‘Gainsborough and the Theatre’, celebrating the painter’s close involvement with the theatre world of London and Bath. It will showcase some of his finest portraits of his friends in the theatre, creating a conversation between the leading actors, managers, musicians, playwrights, designers, dancers and critics of the 1760s to 1780s. Find out more about this year’s exhibitions online at holburne.org.

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Equestrian Delights

Two outstanding paintings have recently gone on display on long-term loan in the Packard Galleries at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, Newmarket. Both from private collections, they have rarely been on public display before. Jenison Shafto’s racehorse Snap, held by Thomas Jackson, joins seven other paintings by the famous 18th century artist George Stubbs in the Packard Galleries, which displays a selection of the finest sporting artworks in Britain. This painting shows Stubbs' work in the early stages of his career experimenting still with form, but showing that expert knowledge and dexterity with which he became renowned. Also take a look at the Portrait


of Colonel Thornton, Marquess Dupont (1757-1823) of Thornville Royal, Yorkshire. This important portrait represents one of the most colourful sportsmen of his generation. Colonel Thornton (self-styled Prince of Chambord and Marquess Dupont) was a dedicated huntsman, as well as a racing, shooting, angling, hawking and hunting enthusiast and a patron of sporting art. He was one of the first to investigate the sporting possibilities of the Scottish Highlands and published ‘A Sporting Tour through the Northern Parts of England and Great Part of the Highlands of Scotland,’ in 1804. Find out about this, plus other collections to see at palacehousenewmarket.co.uk.

Drawn In

The Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, London, contains the national collection of Western prints and drawings, in the same way as the National Gallery and Tate hold the national collection of paintings. It is one of the top three collections of its kind in the world. There are approximately 50,000 drawings and over two million prints dating from the beginning of the 15th century up to the present day. The collection is available to the public through a programme of temporary displays in Room 90a exploring objects from across the collection. There’s a fascinating exhibition opening in Room 35 from 6th September to 20th January. Its working title is ‘I Object’ and it explores how people have used objects to subvert official ideology and to mock the powerful or to challenge the status quo throughout history. This exhibition will feature a range of objects, the earliest of which are 5,000 years old – from ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome and Egypt to modern America, Mexico, Africa, China, Britain and Europe. Highlights include the suffragettes of the Edwardian era, and the work of outspoken Chinese artists. Take a look online for more details at britishmuseum.org.

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Explore our Maritime Past

2018 is an exciting year for Royal Museums Greenwich with the opening of a number of new galleries and exhibitions. Autumn will see the opening of the Exploration Wing, four new galleries spanning Pacific and Polar exploration and Britain’s maritime past. At the National Maritime Museum enjoy the work of some of Britain’s best loved photographers, Martin Parr, Tony-Ray Jones, David Hurn and Simon Roberts in the special exhibition, The Great British Seaside: Photography from the 1960s to the Present. The ‘Exploration Wing’ will bring four new permanent galleries to the National Maritime Museum. Looking into exploration in its widest sense, each of the four new galleries will bring the themes alive for people of all ages: ‘Pacific Encounters’; ‘Polar Worlds’; ‘Tudor and Stuart Seafarers’; and ‘Sea Things’, a gallery showcasing the richness of the Museum’s collections. In March, ‘The Great British Seaside: Photography from the 1960s to Present’ will open. Delving into our love affair with the seaside it will feature over 100 works by some of Britain’s most celebrated photographers and explore our changing relationship with the seaside over the last six decades. Expect to see images from the archival collections of each of the photographers, news film as well as some never-before-seen images. Take a look online at rmg.co.uk.

In love with letters

Promising a first class day out, The Postal Museum in London holds a collection spanning five centuries of postal history. It incorporates everything from groundbreaking design and quirky technology to the intimacy of personal letters. The Museum only opened last July and the eagerly awaited ‘Mail Rail’ transported visitors into uncharted tunnels in September. The opening marked the end of an ambitious year and a half project, to convert a disused Clerkenwell printing factory into the new museum site, and bring the disused Mail Rail tunnels back to life as a ride for the first time in their 100-year history. Celebrating the surprising and quirky history of Britain’s earliest social network, the post, The Postal Museum contains five zones, leading visitors through five centuries of worldclass curiosities and providing a different view on some of the world’s most significant historical events. Each zone contains interactive exhibits designed to bring the story behind the post to life, from a growling lioness telling the story of the time an escaped circus lioness attacked a Mail Coach, to an interactive game where visitors take on the role of a Mail Coach guard, to a cinema showing ground-breaking films by the General Post Office's own film unit, set up in the 1930s to promote the organisation's work. All of that, plus you can see the sculpture of Queen Elizabeth II used to produce the iconic image replicated more than 220 billion times on stamps. The list of quirky things to see and do goes on and on. Tickets for The Postal Museum and Mail Rail can be bought online in advance at postalmuseum.org.

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Pondering Plants

Kew’s iconic Temperate House is set to re-open on 5th May, after a five-year restoration. The biggest in its history, the undertaking has been truly immense - the entire framework of the building has been painstakingly repaired, and its thousands of panes of glass replaced, along with its intricate ironwork and expansive paved flooring. Around 500 plants were taken out and housed in a temporary nursery, with an incredible 10,000 going back in, many of them propagated by Kew's leading horticulturists. While retaining its Victorian splendour, the renovated Temperate House will embody cutting edge engineering techniques, and is expected to be a vital, forward facing beacon of contemporary plant education. This magnificent structure will once again be home – as it had been since its birth in 1863 – to some of the world’s rarest and most threatened plants. The plants in the Temperate House will be made up of 1,500 species, from temperate regions around the world - the Mediterranean, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South and Central America, Asia, and Island floras. A programme of interactive events and artistic entertainment, running throughout the summer and designed for the whole family, will really bring the stories of these plants to life. Be one of the first to see the restored Temperate House by booking online at kew.org.

Engineering Feats

There’s a fabulous opportunity to see the amazing Concorde at the new Aerospace Bristol this year. This new heritage museum and learning centre in north Bristol tells the story – past, present and future – of the South West’s world-class aerospace industry. The museum opened its doors back in October to showcase the brilliance of British innovation, design and engineering, displaying artefacts spanning 100 years of aviation history and bringing together nationally significant exhibits and hidden archive records for the first time. The show-stopping centrepiece will be Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, the last Concorde to be built and the last to fly. There will also be an archive store and reading room, conference and meeting spaces, play and picnic areas, and a café and shop. Book your tickets online at aerospacebristol.org.

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ONCAMERA More than 7,000 photographs, from stormy seas near the coast at Botallack in Cornwall to sunrise over Sugar Loaf in the Brecon Beacons, were entered for the 2018 National Trust Handbook Photography Competition. This year the theme was for images which showed a real love for – and connection with – nature. Chosen by a panel of five judges, including broadcaster and naturalist David Lindo and professional photographer Andrew Butler, the winners have now been announced.

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2018 HANDBOOK FRONT COVER WINNER

George Evans won the Handbook competition with this tranquil shot of a lone tree silhouetted against the dawn light on the shores of Llyn Dinas in Snowdonia...

He explains: “You need luck with landscape photography. Some of my top images are lucky shots and this is the best of them. I love it so much that it hangs on my living room wall.”

“I try and camp as often as I can so that I can capture landscapes during the golden hour in the early mornings and evenings. At 4am I forced myself out of my sleeping bag and walked around the edge of the lake in the dark to find a good composition. I stumbled upon this lone tree and boulder purely by chance, whilst ankle deep in wet boggy ground. January/February 2018

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St Cuthbert’s Cave, Northumberland Coast, Photograph taken by Jules Hammond

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HANDBOOK SHORTLISTED

The conservation charity will feature the work of George Evans on the front cover of the 2018 guide which is sent to all of the National Trust’s five million members. Here's a selection of our favourite photographs from the shortlist of runners-up.

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IMAGES TOP-LEFT TO BOTTOM-RIGHT: Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim by Derek Heeps; Croome,Worcestershire by Michele Hall; Godrevy, Cornwall by Ian Mayou; Stourhead,Wiltshire by Elizabeth Bewley; Botallack, Cornwall by Andy Newman; Sugar Loaf, Brecon Beacons by Suzannah Duggan.

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NATIONAL TRUST’S 2018 MEMBERSHIP CARDS WINNER

The second winner was Ian Mayou, whose photo of the poppy fields at West Pentire in Cornwall will feature on the National Trust’s 2018 membership cards...

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“I’d seen many images of the poppy fields on social media, but I thought I’d see if I could capture the scene from a different perspective. I lay on the ground between the poppies and shot through them - I was getting quite a few strange looks from the other photographers wondering what I was doing, but when I looked at the screen on my camera I knew I’d captured something special.” January/February 2018

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Early morning at Cotehele, Cornwall., Photograph taken by Sue Rowlands

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IMAGES TOP-LEFT TO BOTTOM-RIGHT: Blea Tarn, Cumbria by Nicky Beeson; Croome, Lanhydrock, Cornwall by Sue Gardner; Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire by Danny Sutherland; Charlecote Park, Warwickshire by Lottie Allnatt; Runnymede, Surrey by Steve Ayres; St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall by Steven Bridge

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“I have previously thought of the National Trust as an organisation for people interested in stately homes, but the images that have been chosen to represent the Trust's message have shattered my previous impressions of the charity. They shout ‘welcome!’ - and it is a welcome for all.” David Lindo

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SUFFOLK LIGHTLY TOUCHED BY TIME

At East Anglia’s heart is ‘Constable Country’, a landscape of natural beauty, inspiring Britain’s most-celebrated artists and full of our history – ancient and modern.

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WHERE TO STAY The Swan At Lavenham Hotel & Spa

Pictured opposite page: Barge moored at Snape Maltings Quay, Suffolk. Pictured Below: The Swan At Lavenham Hotel & Spa, and an exterior view of the The Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds.

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recycled timbers, some from the derelict stables, to provide a larger dining-room, still wholly in keeping. Improved kitchens allow the admirable Justin Kett’s team the space in which to contrive, with passionate flair, an array of sensational dishes. With plentiful local resources – think of famous names like Gressingham, Cromer, Tiptree, Lowestoft and others – Justin’s skill is in allowing the essential purity of flavour to emerge, with a refreshing lack of overelaboration. In achieving customer satisfaction, the young, and knowledgeable, Head Sommelier, Francois Bellin, is a perfect match aiming to seek out the best of wines, from around the world, to complement the food and delight the diners. As the hotel’s name suggests, the fullyequipped ‘Weaver’s House’ spa has been established alongside and specialises in exceeding expectations. My therapist, Hannah, was meticulous in assessing my needs, and the appropriate treatment, putting me at ease, both with her professionalism and a cooling berry smoothie. Soothing and restorative, using essentials and products from the ‘Temple Spa’ range, she rendered me virtually comatose, revived with a sharp, lemon sorbet followed by a herbal tea and macaron. Open to dayvisitors, as well as hotel guests, the range of treatments, both therapeutic and cosmetic, is wildly attractive and, in my experience, wholly effective. One of only five in the Suffolk-based, TA Hotel Collection, The Swan glories in its membership of the prestigious ‘Pride of Britain’ grouping, voted for by its peers, and, with its first-rate management and attention to detail, is sure to retain it. Strongly recommended.

On the main street, at the centre of the stunning village, is the half-timbered frontage of this remarkable 45-bedroomed luxury hotel, totally in keeping with the many other medieval architectural gems. Enter by the suitably-aged front door and step into an experience like no other. Three early-15th century houses were converted, some time before 1667, to make a coaching-inn, with stabling for up to 50 horses, and the foundations of The Swan were born. Fast forward 350 years to find this modern masterpiece, where the timber skeletons of those houses have been fully exposed and artfully incorporated into a hotel of the utmost comfort and quiet efficiency, with an abundance of antique furniture and furnishings in the many cosy sitting areas and a welcoming, low-ceilinged bar. Named the ‘Airmen’s’, after the many USAF and RAF personnel who sought refreshment here in WW2, among the memorabilia there are poignant reminders of harder times with the many graffiti left behind, names and numbers scrawled on the walls in haste and now preserved for posterity. The first impressions are only enhanced when, check-in formalities amiably completed, you are helped to your en-suite room, each of which has been individually fashioned to fit within an ancient space and named after a Suffolk village. Elegant décor, spacious comfort, sumptuous fittings and a first-class bathroom – all in an impossibly romantic setting – make this whole experience one to remember. A tasteful, architecturally-appropriate expansion of the hotel has linked the original posthouse with newer, late-15th century properties to the side and rear, creating an open courtyard, much loved by wedding photographers and those seeking a private space. In turn, this has enabled the building of the extravagantly refurbished ‘Gallery’ restaurant, using

HE MEDIEVAL WEALTH of Britain was built on wool and nowhere benefited more than the small county of Suffolk, within easy reach to the north-east of London. The land is fertile and well-drained, the pastures rich and readily farmed and coastal ports made for easy sea-borne distribution of both raw materials and finished product. The heyday made the noble landowners rich, many merchants and traders exceedingly wealthy and the parishes able to construct notably lavish churches, but demand for woollen cloth diminished in the 16th century and booming ‘Wool Towns’ like Lavenham, once the 14th richest town in England, Needham Market and Hadleigh lost their prominence. Luckily for us, five hundred years later, these historic lands, with their castles, great houses and heritage, remain, largely untouched by the ravages of industrial development and population growth. Of course, the thriving ports w

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The Scallop Sculpture by Maggi Hambling, Sam and Dennis Pegg on Aldeburgh Beach, a tribute to Benjamin Britten.

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Father and daughter on the beach at Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

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COUNTRYSIDE IN FLATFORD Flatford Mill is right in the middle of Dedham Vale, part of the rolling landscapes on the Suffolk/Essex border that inspired the works of famous English painter John Constable. This is great walking countryside, so why not pack a rucksack full of treats and head out onto the trail? There are plenty of spots along the way to relax by the water's edge and enjoy your feast or you can hire a boat from the nearby boathouse and row down river to see the beautiful surroundings from a new perspective.

of Lowestoft and Felixstowe are well-served by main transport links to London, but most routes around the rest of the county are quiet roads and quaint lanes through undulating countryside, charming towns and pretty villages. Lavenham, for instance, is home to no less than 340 ‘listed’ buildings. That magical scenery has been immortalised in the work of many artists, particularly Dedham Vale’s John Constable but also Thomas Gainsborough (born in Sudbury) and Sir Alfred Munnings, and today’s travellers will find it, visually, little changed. A visit to Flatford is almost a pilgrimage. Throughout the county, startling images abound, whether villages like Chelsworth and Kersey, with their ‘Suffolk pink’ cottages and thatched roofs, moated halls like Kentwell and Helmingham or unmissable seaside treats like Southwold,

Aldeburgh and bewitching Dunwich, once capital of East Anglia before coastal erosion swept away most of the town and harbour, leaving only memories. Millennia of history have shaped the land and left indelible echoes behind. Bury St Edmunds’ beautiful cathedral is the resting place of King Edmund, martyred in a 9th century battle at Hoxne, where a hoard of even-earlier, Roman-era silver and gold was discovered in 1992. The mystical, 7th century mounds of Sutton Hoo were discovered to conceal royal tombs, including a unique and undisturbed Viking ship-burial, an archaeological find of international significance. Pause for a while in this special land, take your time and savour the unique appeal of a piece of England where history has been made and is still to be found, all around you. 

ANGLO-SAXON MUSEUM AND GALLERY Occupying the site of a former settlement, West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village enables visitors to experience life in AD 500. Attend on special event days to interact with acting Anglo-Saxons and discover their wooden homes and daily routines. The museum is a short drive away from the historic market town of Bury St Edmunds. weststow.org FOREST ADVENTURES WITH GO APE Britain’s first tree-top ropes course was opened in 2002 by Go Ape in Thetford Forest, Suffolk. The company now operates at 30 beautiful woodland sitesTown throughout Oban Centre England, Scotland and Wales. Each course is unique, and comprises rope ladders, bridges, and challenging treetop obstacles including Tarzan swings and zip wires. goape.co.uk

Pictured above: The Nutshell in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk - Britain's smallest pub; Signs in the seaside town of Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Couple eating on the steps of a fresh fish hut, Southwold, Suffolk

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The BRITISH TEDDY BEAR The British teddy bear industry has always been strong, but as traditional skills are replaced by modern production methods, there is one brand determined to keep the focus on its classic roots. Emma Johnson heads to Shropshire to make some furry friends.

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REATED IN BOTH GERMANY and the US at the start of the 20th century, and named after President Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt, the teddy bear’s journey to Britain came shortly after, when brands such as Farnell, W J Terry, Chad Valley and Harwin & Co started manufacturing bears for the British public. Early teddy bears were very realistic, with a focus on replicating the look of a real bear and they can still be identified by their longer snouts, small, dark eyes, more rigid feel and often coarse hair. As time moved on their features changed to accentuate ‘cuter’ looks – bigger eyes, softer paws, shorter noses and a variety of textiles becoming commonplace. Sadly, nearly all these early brands have now stopped producing bears and most of the production of British brands happens overseas, but the British fascination with teddy bears continues. The world’s first teddy bear museum was opened in Hampshire in 1984, while another in Ripon, North Yorkshire contains over 100 bears and is the place to see the likes of Sooty and the original Paddington Bear! While increasing demand has meant traditional skills have had to make way for modernity for many of the sought-after brands, one British teddy bear brand has stayed true to its heritage roots, still producing bears in the original factory it began trading in from 1930. Gordon Holmes, owner of a mohair spinning mill in Yorkshire, recognised an opportunity to make soft toys from the special Angora fleece he was producing – and his vision started with big aspirations. He wanted to make the very finest bears that would be cherished by children and adults for generations to come.

place where each soft toy is expertly brought to life using luxury materials and traditional craftsmanship, handed down through the four generations of the small family business. “We are extremely proud of our British heritage,” explains Sarah Holmes, the greatgranddaughter of the founder. “It is not only central to our brand, but important to our customers. We are the only company still manufacturing the classic English teddy bear in the UK, something that means a lot to us and our customers.” Only soft toys of the highest quality are allowed to carry the trusted Merrythought label, and the process of producing each one to timeless specifications is intricate and requires highly skilled craftsmen. Each piece of a bear (around 20pcs) is carefully cut out, then sewn together inside out to give two arms, two legs, a head and body. The safety eyes are added, and each part of the bear is then ‘turned’ the right way around, so they are ready for stuffing. The limbs and head are filled to just the right density, but the tummy is left empty to allow the arms, legs and head to have joints added, after which they are attached securely to the empty body. This ‘floppy’ bear then goes through a second stuffing phase, at which point a bean-bag and/or ‘growl’ box may also be added. Now fully assembled, the bear will have his back neatly sewn closed and his nose and smile hand-embroidered onto his muzzle – a process which has ensured that no two Merrythought bears are the same, each one taking on their own personality, depending on the expression they are given. The bear is then thoroughly combed, brushed and trimmed, before the final finishing touch of a silky satin ribbon tied neatly around his neck.

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Holmes discovered a beautiful brick foundry building in the heart of Shropshire, and, with the help of a small team of highly skilled local seamstresses, Merrythought was born. This original workshop remains the brand’s home to this day, an enchanting

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Charlie Bears: A modern teddy bear brand

with a classic edge, Charlie Bears was started in 2006 by Charlotte (Charlie) and William Morris. All bears are designed by Charlie and made by hand at their dedicated headquarters, The Bearhouse, in Cornwall, and the charismatic range features collaborations with world-renowned bear artists, as well as over 2500 different designs, giving each bear its own distinct personality. » charliebears.com

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Jellycat: Incredibly popular with new parents the world over, the distinctive and incredibly soft Jellycat range includes its iconic rabbits in varying colours and sizes and a host of other soft toys and bears. Making and designing their bears in London since 1999, Jellycat combines luxurious fabrics with designs that are cute, quirky and adored by children. » jellycat.com

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complete without a quintessential Paddington in the mix. Created by author Michael Bond in 1956, Paddington Bears were handmade by Gabrielle Designs in a small factory in Doncaster until 1997, and its bears are still considered collectors’ items. You can buy vintage bears at The Paddington Collective online, while new bears are available at Paddington’s dedicated shop in Paddington Station! » paddington.com/ thepaddingtoncollective.com

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Artists Bears: These are collectable bears designed and made by the main outer material, something which really sets a Merrythought teddy bear artists, each with their own teddy bear apart from more mass-produced teddy bears, which are distinctive traits and personalities. Highly generally made from synthetic plush such as polyester and acrylic. » exclusivelybritish collectable pieces, with some artists’ bears magazine.com Each bear is named after an old British town or city - ‘London Gold’, being desired the world over, designers its most iconic teddy bear, has been a flagship character in the collection for include Beatrix Harries, who lives in Shropshire several decades, while ‘Shrewsbury’, with his sweet smile, truly timeless design and has been designing and hand-sewing all her and British racing green ribbon, has recently overtaken London Gold as the most bears for over 20 years; Jennie Sharmann-Cox popular design, in terms of sales. Limited editions are also a regular feature, and there whose Mister Bears embody traditional Edwardian have been plenty of opportunities over the years for creative diversions. The brand was characters, dressed in period clothing, using not only Fortnum & Mason’s ‘Supplier of the Year’ in 2011, but at the same time won original vintage fabrics and accessories; or Gail the contract to make the official range of London 2012 Olympic teddy bears, and just a Thornton, whose distinctive Bisson Bears are filled year later were commissioned by The Royal Collection to make a limited-edition teddy with a mixture of steel shot and pellets to give them bear to celebrate the arrival of Prince George – they gave No. 1 of the limited-edition a weighty feel, and can fetch up to £700 per bear. » bear to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. bearshops.co.uk/artist Despite the significant changes in the technology and design of other toys, Harrods Bears: The distinctive Harrods Merrythought count themselves lucky that the classic teddy bear has always had Teddy Bears have been a classic feature of the its place in the hearts of the British public. In recent years, Holmes explains, there store’s gift and toy departments since its inception, has started to be a bit of a revival for traditional toys in general, with old-fashioned and have in many ways become an institution. With wooden toys and games also returning to the high street. “I think this is in part due to numerous outfits available – including Beefeater the oversupply of cheap, ‘throw away’ toys,” she says, which have perhaps encouraged costumes, woolly jumpers and even the distinctive some parents to look for toys with more substance and longevity. “A Merrythought Harrods’ green doorman uniform amongst them, as teddy bear, for instance, is an investment and a companion for life, and its real charm is well as special edition Christmas Bears and Annual in the timeless nature of its design and how it has been made. It is an exquisite piece of Bears for each year, they are a truly collectable British heritage to cherish and pass on to the next generation.”  » harrods.com item. » merrythought.co.uk

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SNOWDONIA BEAUTY AND HERITAGE AT EVERY TURN

Towering benevolently over the pretty north-west corner of Wales is Snowdon, Britain’s tallest mountain outside Scotland. The National Park which shares its name covers 2000 sq km and holds many secrets, treasures begging to be discovered.

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Pictured opposite page: View east across Llyn Cwellyn to Snowdon, Gwynedd. Pictured below: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the village of Llanrwst and Caernarfon Castle.

WHERE TO STAY The Dunoon Hotel

and unpretentious dishes, served to the well-presented table in a classic, oak-panelled dining-room. Even breakfast feels like a special occasion, no buffet to jostle at, extensive cooked-to-order menu, a bottomless coffeepot on circuit and ‘seconds’ on request. When the accommodation (Egyptian cotton, superb towels, Molton Brown toiletries, etc), service and dining is of this high quality, peripheral ‘improvements’ are unnecessary and traditional comfort is everything.

Centrally situated, on a quiet avenue off Llandudno’s main street, is the Dunoon, proudly owned and run by Rhys and Charlotte Williams, a young couple determined to present firstclass standards of service and catering without compromising the heritage of this superior, but unashamedly traditional, Victorian seaside hotel, boasting 3 AA Silver Stars. For hospitality, Visit Wales has given a ‘Gold’ and, for cuisine, a second AA Rosette has been earned. The accent is on good, local produce (the fish and seafood dishes are sensational) going into delicious

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ERE AT EXCLUSIVELY BRITISH, we firmly believe that, for the many millions of tourists and holiday-makers coming to Britain, not to sample the more remote areas is a missed opportunity to take in the true essence of our land. Now made easily accessible, by air, road and rail, is North Wales and Anglesey, with its hundreds of miles of unspoilt beaches and dramatic coastline, its picturesque towns and castles, its great landscape gardens and its dramatic (and historic) uplands, to delight the visitor. The free-flowing main road west, the A55, closely follows the coast, except for the Llandudno headland, for the 25 miles from Abergele to Llanfairfechan and, for the passengers at least, is a startling joy to the eyes, preparing you for sights to come. The series of 700 year-old coastal castles, built by Edward 1 to impress the natives, make up a UNESCO World Heritage w

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Pictured below: Llanddwyn Island, Dolbadarn Castle. Pictured right: Portmeirion and The 'Unicorn' building at Portmeirion. Pictured opposite page: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct; Vale of Ffestiniog (Dwyryd Valley) and Llangollen

OUT AND ABOUT

Portmeirion

Site and the finest examples are at Conwy, Beaumaris (on the island of Anglesey) and Caernarfon. My favourite, however, is further south, at Harlech, overlooking as fearsome a links golf challenge as anywhere in Britain. Rocky coves and wide, sandy strands invite you to try out the quite chilly waters and experience all the joys of the Welsh seaside. For thousands of years, the area’s ancient rocks have provided nature’s bounty, whether the crystal-clear waters stored in deepest strata or the ores and mineral deposits waiting to be prised from the earth. Now largely abandoned, this industrial heritage has left unintended benefits for today’s generations, both archaeological and practical. The great 19th century boom in laying railways helped open up those parts of the country previously too remote for a leisurely visit and provided a means of

transporting heavy materials, such as iron ore and slate, from the source to the market. For a time, all too brief, these lines were profitable but competition and technological advances led to many being left for nature to erase. Happily, for us, living in leisure-rich years, many of these lines have emerged from neglect, usually rescued by unpaid volunteers with the time and engineering skills to devote to the task. Tapping in to the surge of enthusiasm, both in Britain and around the world, the Great Rail Journeys company (GreatRail.com) was formed, over 40 years ago and based in York, and joining any of their escorted tours can help you re-live those exciting times of travel, on forgotten and deserted tracks, in authentic carriages, often steam-powered and always thrillingly nostalgic. Appealing to children aged 5–105, here is a taste of what to enjoy in North Wales.

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Portmeirion must be the most recognisable film-set of all. Used as the compound in the popular sci-fi series ‘The Prisoner’ and, more recently, featuring in ‘Cold Feet’, this Italianate village was the brainchild, in the late 1920s, of architect Clough WilliamsEllis and not finished until 1976, shortly before his death, nearly all the masterpieces incorporating items of architectural salvage accumulated during his long life. The extraordinary, original concept of a collection of individual buildings, brought together to compliment, and harmonise with, Oban Townsurprises Centre and delights, in equal measure, nature showing that development need not defile the site built upon. Only a leisurely visit, in person, could do full justice to his creation but highlights include the bell-tower, tall and elegant, the Pantheon, an octagonal, domed statement of a building and the Bristol Colonnade, a massive 18th century marble masterpiece, dismantled and moved from Clifton before painstaking re-assembly, stone-bystone. The undoubted centrepiece of the village is the ‘Town Hall’, an Arts-and-Crafts style building designed to house an ornate, ballroom-sized, barrel-vaulted Jacobean ceiling, oak panelling and mullioned windows, all rescued by Clough from a demolition sale in Flintshire and now preserved for the world to enjoy. If you are wondering, Portmeirion pottery has always been made in Stoke-on-Trent but was the creation of Clough’s artist daughter, Susan, and her husband. portmeirion-village.com


Wildwood

Wildwood – on Llandudno’s lively Mostyn Street is a comfortable, informal, fun-filled bistrorestaurant where cheerful staff will make you most welcome with good-value drinks and generous plates of delicious food from the extensive menu, specialising in grills, burgers, pizza and pasta, in its many forms. Satisfaction is guaranteed! wildwoodrestaurants.co.uk

By Steam

Welsh Highland Railway

Caernarfon to Beddgelert, 1.5 hours and 13 miles of scenic bliss on a short-lived (1923-37), narrowgauge line re-opened in 2003. The extension to Porthmadog opened in 2011, creating the longest heritage railway in the UK. From sea-level to 198m and down the other side, the track passes through hills, valleys and lakes past Snowdon and through Aberglaslyn Pass, reputedly ‘the most beautiful spot in the UK’. You may marvel at the phenomenal engineering skills which enabled the line to be laid, over, around and through very challenging terrain, and at the fact that it still passes every 21st century ‘health and safety’ test. festrail.co.uk

Ffestiniog Railway

Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog, 1.25 hours and 13.5 miles on the oldest (1836) surviving railway in the world, with steam locomotives since 1863. Remarkably, two of the original engines, ‘Prince’ and ‘Palmerston’ are still in regular use, 154 years later! The scenic journey starts atop an embankment across the tidal marshes, turning inland to pass ancient woodlands, streams, lakes and waterfalls, rising to the village of the legendary, world-famous slate quarries, the ‘Town that roofed the World’. festrail.co.uk

Llangollen Railway

Llangollen to Corwen (and back), 1.6 hours and 15 miles on a standard gauge, former British Rail line, closed in 1965 but re-opened by volunteers, in stages, since 1975. The pretty track winds along the valley of the River Dee, between the river and the A5, originally the Roman road from London to Holyhead, Anglesey. At Berwyn, the first station outside Llangollen, look out for the station building, one of the ‘10 Best Stations in Britain’ according to Simon Jenkins, built in 1860 in blackand-white ‘Tudor’ style. llangollen-railway.co.uk Snowdon Mountain Railway – Llanberis to the top of Snowdon (1085m), 7.6k of steam-powered, rack-and-pinion, narrow-gauge ascent past a spectacular waterfall and ancient forest, emerging on wild, open countryside above the tree-line. On a clear day, the views are fantastic and photo opportunities abound – look out for the sheer drop from the narrow ridge – you might even envy the many walkers making the climb. In any case, there is a welcoming café at the top of the line, from which a short walk takes you to the Ordnance Survey ‘trig-point’ at the very summit. snowdonrailway.co.uk

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Llangollen to Horseshoe Falls (and back), if even the less-than-frantic speed of the rail travel is too much, try 2 hours of infinite bliss as your traditional barge is hauled, at patient pace, by one horse-power along the canal to its terminus at Horseshoe Falls, a spectacular feature of the River Dee, but man-made, 200 years ago, to feed water to the canal! For those with less time to spare, a 45 minute trip is an alternative. horsedrawnboats.co.uk

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Glamis Castle

B E S T F O R R OYA L CONNECTIONS Angus, Scotland

Best for Royal Connections – Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland home to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth and beloved childhood home of the late Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Glamis Castle, and its fairy tale turrets, has been witness to a thousand years of history. The beautiful Italian garden and pinetum are complemented by the redeveloped walled garden – originally dedicated to food production – it is now home to new fruit and flower beds, a spectacular fountain, grass maze and Monet-style ponds, bridge and fountains.


GARDEN TOURS Chosen from a profusion of beautiful, thought-provoking and extraordinary gardens.


Hidcote M anor Garden

BEST FOR US CONNECTIONS Gloucestershire

Major Lawrence Johnston, the ‘quiet American’ created the most English of English gardens in the Cotswolds from 1907 until his death in 1948. When the garden passed to the National Trust, it was the first property to be taken by the Trust on the strength of the garden alone. Johnson, who left behind an army career to pursue his love of plants and garden design, created a series of ‘garden rooms’. Hidcote has become one of England’s most influential 20th-century gardens.

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Sissinghurst Castle

B E S T F O R R OYA L LITERARY CONNECTIONS Kent, South-East England

“Profusion, even extravagance and exuberance within the confines of the utmost linear severity” are Vita Sackville-West’s own words to describe what has become one of the most internationally recognised gardens of the last century. In 1930, Harold Nicolson (diplomat and author) and his wife (poet, novelist, garden columnist) bravely bought the badly deteriorated Sissinghurst Castle. He was the meticulous designer and she, the plantsman. The result is a most beautiful garden of strict formal design and joyously abundant planting. Experience Sissinghurst without the crowds with Sisley Garden Tours.

Scampston Walled Garden

BEST FOR ‘NEW PERENNIAL PLANTING’ Yorkshire, Northern England

The walled garden at Scampston Hall had been derelict for nearly fifty years when the owners enlisted the help of garden designer, Piet Oudolf – a leading figure in the ‘new perennial movement’. Although Oudolf’s planting ideas are now much imitated, Scampston Walled Garden gives the opportunity to see an outstanding example of the way in which he combines his skills as a designer with his authority and knowledge as a plantsman.


Carolside

SUPERLATIVE ROSES

Carolside, Scottish Borders

Home to the national collection of pre-1900 Gallica roses, the oval walled garden at Carolside captures the romance, colour and heady scents of these most ancient and special roses. The garden surrounds the 18th century mansion set in an exquisite position on a bend in the River Leader in the beautiful Scottish Borders. As well as the sublime roses, this romantic garden is filled with delicate herbaceous borders.

Biddulph Grange

BEST VICTORIAN PLEASURE GROUNDS Cheshire, North-West England

Biddulph Grange is Britain’s best surviving Victorian garden and is both theatrical and revolutionary. The gardens were developed in the mid-19th century by James Bateman, a Victorian industrialist. From 1841, Bateman developed the steeply sloping gardens to showcase the exotic wonders of overseas lands that few would get to see. Visitors are taken on a miniature tour of the world including China, Egypt, a Scottish Glen and early stumpery.

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Levens Hall

BES T FOR TOPIARY Cumbria, North West England

The oldest surviving garden in England, Levens Hall has had just ten head gardeners since it was laid out in 1694. The topiary, at the time was the object of admiration and amazement, and continues to be so today. Head Gardener Chris Crowder, one of the UK’s leading topiary experts, spends five months a year with his team, clipping and shaping the wonderful designs which are is under-planted with over 30,000 flowers.

Parcevall Hall

BEST FOR QUIET CONTEMPL ATION Parcevall Hall, Yorkshire

In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales you’ll find a sheltered valley garden that surrounds an ecclesiastical retreat. It was the creation of Sir William Milner in the 1920’s – an architect, plantsman and designer. He became a founder member of Harlow Carr, the northern home of the Royal Horticultural Society. Heavily influenced by the Arts & Crafts Movement, Parcevall Hall uses the naturally occurring limestone pavement in its rockery garden, one of the best in Europe.

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Tresco Abbey Gardens

MOS T REMOTE GARDEN Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly, nestling just 35 miles off the coast of Cornwall, are like nowhere else in England. Outstandingly beautiful, uncrowded and unspoilt, they seem like a world apart from everyday life. The island of Tresco is the home of a most extraordinary English Garden, the Tresco Abbey Gardens. This tropical garden is home to a dazzling array of species from 80 countries, ranging from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa.

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Britain has scores of sites that are perfect for stargazing, including four of the world's 11 International Dark Sky Reserves. As winter draws in and the nights lengthen, there's no better time to wrap up warm and enjoy pristine views of the Milky Way, and even other planets. Here are some of the best places around Britain for an out-of-this-world experience.


ADDITIONAL EIGHT DAYS FOR YORKSHIRE’S 2018 DARK SKIES FESTIVAL

A night zip wire experience and stargazing combined with a stellar eating experience will be just two of numerous new events in a muchexpanded Dark Skies Festival across North Yorkshire this February (Friday 9 to Sunday 25 February). From the inaugural event in 2016, the Festival has proven to be such a hit with visitors that the joint organisers, the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Park Authorities have extended next year’s event from nine to 17 days. Among more than 50 events, new activities in the North York Moors will include a rare opportunity to feel what it’s like to fly through the night sky. Strapped safely to a zip wire, adrenaline-seekers will be able to plunge more than 200 metres into the darkness of Dalby Forest, courtesy of Go Ape. Visitors will also be able to indulge in an evening’s stargazing against the backdrop of some of North Yorkshire’s most historical landmarks, while, in the Yorkshire Dales, visitors will embark on a celestial safari in the grounds of Bolton Castle near Leyburn, in the company of astronomer Richard Darn, while being treated to mulled cider and innovative canapés, made with local produce by talented chef Guy Fairhurst. There will also be more opportunities for activity seekers to experience caving, cycling, walking or running under the night sky including a new gravel-biking event run by Yorkshire True Grit at Newburgh Priory near Easingwold. Getting There: Yorkshire lies right at the heart of Britain, and with an exceptional communications network, whether you plan to travel by rail or road. Trains from London King's Cross to York can take less than two hours.


GET A TOUR OF THE UNIVERSE AT GREENWICH ROYAL OBSERVATORY

Even with the twinkling lights of London you can still see stars in the city, especially if you head to Greenwich Royal Observatory. Located in the depths of Greenwich Park, visitors can see out-of-this-world views at their Peter Harrison Planetarium; expect expert-guided tours of the universe and stunning views of the Milky Way and beyond. Getting There: The Royal Observatory is located in Greenwich Park, and is best reached by tube to the “Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich” London underground station.

SEE THE MOONS OF JUPITER AT GALLOWAY FOREST DARK SKY PARK

Spanning 777 km2 of forested glens, lochs and the highest hills in southern Scotland, Galloway Forest Park has very few buildings and low levels of light pollution, so was unsurprisingly the very first national park awarded Dark Sky Park status. Grab your coat and binoculars, wrap up warm, and head to the Galloway Forest Park to experience some of the finest views, including the moons of Jupiter and the cliffs on our own moon. Getting There: Located in West Scotland, Galloway Forest, a 75-minute drive from Glasgow.

BECOME A STAR-GAZING EXPERT AT INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY PARK, NORTHUMBERLAND For pristine views of the Milky Way and skies full of endless stars, head to Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, Europe's largest area of protected night sky. It's an ideal location to see the Andromeda Galaxy and shooting stars, and is home to the Kielder Observatory; a public astronomical observatory hosting events throughout the year. Enjoy a magical drive up to the Observatory through the national park, before discovering other worlds as you perch 1,200 feet above the forest and moorland. Getting There: located in the north of England, near the Scottish border, the Kielder Observatory is a 90-minute drive from Newcastle upon Tyne. January/February 2018

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DISCOVER OTHER WORLDS IN THE LAKE DISTRICT, ENGLAND

Nestled within the beauty of the Lake District National Park, Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre is an official Dark Sky Discovery Site that runs special stargazing events throughout the year. If an evening of stargazing isn't enough, visitors can also stay over in their on-site accommodation, transformed from 17th-century farm buildings. Getting There: Located in the Lake District National Park, the Lower Gillerthwaite Field Centre is a three-hour drive from Harrogate near Leeds.

PACK A PICNIC AND STAR-SPOT BY RESERVOIRS IN THE BRECON BEACONS,WALES Granted International Dark Sky Reserve status in 2013, the Brecon Beacons in Wales offer a plethora of dark sky spots to get your astronomer juices flowing. From the beauty of Usk Reservoir, protected from the light pollution of the industrial South Wales Valleys, to the serene Pontsticill Reservoir, accessed from Merthyr Tydfil and boasting idyllic viewing-spots along the banks of the water, there are plenty of opportunities to gaze at the stars in Wales. Getting There: The Brecon Beacons are a 75-minute drive from Cardiff in Wales.

REACH FOR THE SKY AT EXMOOR DARK SKY RESERVE, SOUTH-WEST ENGLAND

See the views once loved by our ancestors, before electricity lit up the night skies, at Exmoor National Park. Located near the coast in the counties of Somerset and Devon, the park is an ideal spot for stargazers, with spots such as Holdstone Hill, County Gate, Webbers Post, Haddon Hill and Wimbleball Lake boasting some of the best astronomical views. Getting There: Located in the south-west of England, Exmoor National Park is less than two hours by car from Bristol. 84 l EXCLUSIVELYBRITISHMAGAZINE.COM l January/February 2018


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Islands

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Devon, South-West England

Getting to Burgh Island Hotel is an adventure all by itself! As the name suggests, the hotel sits on a tidal island, attached to Devon by a sandy beach. When the sea comes in the only way across is by a unique sea tractor, designed to carry you above the waves. The hotel itself is a design landmark, and considered to be one of the best examples of Art Deco in Europe, but for a more secluded stay forgo the main building and book the Beach House. Originally designed as a writer’s retreat for famous crime novelist Agatha Christie, and where she wrote two of her novels, the Beach House offers panoramic sea views and a private sun deck. Want even more privacy? Hire the whole island, with space for up to 50 guests. †burghisland.com

We a l s o l ov e . . . Osea Island, Essex, South-East England An exclusive private tidal island accessed via a mile-long causeway. Its 380 acres of countryside, pretty village, saltwater swimming pool and four miles of beaches make it feel like another world. » oseaisland.co.uk

The Island, Newquay,Cornwall South-West England This three-bedroom self-catering cottage is perched on a small island overlooking the popular Towan Beach with stunning views and stylish accommodation. » boutique-retreats.co.uk


ENJOY YOUR STAY Explore Britain's glorious history, breathtaking landscapes and magnificent cities, staying in luxurious private accommodation.

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THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE celebrates her birthday on 9 January and she and William ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR LOVE OF relaxing country escapes. BRITAIN IS full of PERFECT PLACES TO GET AWAY from it all for the weekend in luxurious private accommodation.

Treat yourself like royalty and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life at one of these luxurious BOLTHOLES from SUITES, CASTLES, or even WHOLE ISLANDS! »


Stately Homes

LLANGOED HALL

Llyswen, Brecon, Powys, Wales

Llangoed Hall’s 23 bedrooms have beautiful views of the surrounding Welsh countryside offering a quintessential Edwardian experience. The wonderfully elegant and historic country house is situated in the beautiful Wye Valley, and it isn't a typical hotel - there is no reception desk and guests enjoy an honesty bar whenever they like. Llangoed Hall is a charming property both by day, and by night, when guests are encouraged to head outside, to stargaze using the hotel's telescope. In 2013, the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) recognised the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales as the world's fifth International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR). † llangoedhall.co.uk

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Great for exclusive hire... Axnoller House, West Dorset

Nestled deep in the heart of the breathtakingly beautiful Dorset countryside, lies this hidden gem. Axnoller is a magnificent private estate located a short distance from the Jurassic Coast, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The intimate and totally unique grounds provide the most charming setting. One of three stunning private houses sheltered within the 100 acres, Axnoller House is the jewel in the crown. † axnoller.co.uk

Backwell House, North Somerset A beautifully revamped Georgian country house just outside Bristol. From its mellow stone portico, you'll see only rolling hills, yet the bright lights of the energetic city of Bristol are a mere 15-minute drive away. Nine double ensuite bedrooms are each stylishly and uniquely decorated with antique finds and reclaimed timbers. † backwellhouse.co.uk


Cottages

AT W Y N YA R D HALL

Tees Valley, North-East England

Conjure up your very own fairy-tale within the magical surroundings of Wynyard Hall's countryside cottages. With luxurious design throughout and beautiful accents of furniture, each cottage offers a genuine home away from home experience. Cottage guests can also enjoy complimentary admission to The Gardens. † wynyardhall.co.uk

LIVINGS TONE COTTAGE Port Lympne Reserve, Kent, South-East England

This wild Kentish retreat is the perfect getaway with family or friends. A delicious four-course meal, prepared by your personal chef, welcomes you after your private rangerguided safari through their Asian and African plains. Take in the far-reaching views over the African Experience and enjoy a stunning sunrise before exploring the 600-acre reserve. † aspinallfoundation.org/port-lympne

We a l s o l o v e . . . Cowdray Estate, Midhurst, West Sussex There are four luxuriously appointed holiday cottages at Cowdray, Benbow Pond. The perfect base for exploring the South Downs National Park and only half an hour's drive from the coast. † cowdray.co.uk

Temple Guiting Manor and Barns, Cotswolds This exquisite collection of Cotswold-stone cottages offers guests of all tastes a country-chic escape with an authentic Cotswolds vibe. Each individually-designed cottage escape (sleeping 2-10) boasts luxurious, country-chic interiors with plenty of contemporary touches, personally selected artwork and designer pieces. † cockahoopcollection.co.uk

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Treehouses

AT C HEW TON GLEN

New Forest, Southern England

Chewton Glen has just launched a fabulous new suprasophisticated luxury Treehouse, totally secluded from the hotel and set apart from the existing Treehouse Suites that nestle in their secluded valley location in the grounds of the luxury country house hotel in the New Forest. Surrounded by the tranquil forest landscape, the existing Treehouse Suites are understated yet indulgent, full of surprises and cosseting in the extreme. Breakfast arrives via a hamper into a cleverly concealed hatch ensuring your peace and quiet is not disturbed as you nestle into the beautifully designed living space, with its warm natural tones echoing the environment beyond the wrap-around balconies, completed with their own hot tubs. † iconicluxuryhotels.com 90 l EXCLUSIVELYBRITISHMAGAZINE.COM l January/February 2018

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Tree Top Escape, North Devon Sleeping up to four this luxurious hideaway haven is perched above and amongst the trees set on a beautiful private estate. Surrounded by glorious rolling hills and valleys, patchwork fields dotted with sheep and leaves of green in every hue. † treetopescape.co.uk

Treehouse Hotel, Kent You'll experience the height of luxury at the award winning Treehouse Hotel, nestled in the tree canopy above the 600 acres of Port Lympne Reserve in Kent. A natural retreat with comfort and serenity in mind. The award winning self-catering suites have two spacious double bedrooms with a stylish open-plan living and kitchen area with amazing views. † aspinallfoundation.org


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HEVER CASTLE

Kent, South-East England

Visitors from the UK and around the world have been flocking to stay at the Hever Castle 5* Bed and Breakfast since it opened to the public five years ago. The bed and breakfast is housed in the ‘Tudor Village’ – an Edwardian extension to the Castle which consists of the ‘Astor Wing’ and recently refurbished ‘Anne Boleyn Wing.’ All bedrooms are en-suite and individually styled, with some offering four poster beds, roll top baths or walk in showers. Guests to the luxury bed and breakfast, which recently won Gold in the Boutique of the Year category at the Beautiful South Awards, have exclusive access to some of the 125 acre award winning gardens when they are closed to the general public. The accommodation was also assessed by Visit England and has maintained its 5* Gold status and its breakfast award. † hevercastle.co.uk

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LEEDS CASTLE

Kent, South-East England

There are several options for staying overnight in “the loveliest castle in the world’. After a day exploring the castle’s 500 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens, discovering almost 900 years of history, choose between one of 6 beautiful historic holiday cottages, or bed and breakfast at The Stable Courtyard or 16th century Maiden’s Tower.

Over the summer they even offer a ‘Knight’s’ glamping in one of eight splendid striped pavilions based on a Medieval design, form a 'village' offering families and couples the chance to escape to the countryside for a glamorous camping holiday, on the one-acre Castle vineyard, with a difference. † leeds-castle.com

Yo u c a n a l s o s t a y i n . . . Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

C A S T L E H OWA R D York, North-East England

Best known as the fictional home of Sebastian Flyte in the TV adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, Castle Howard is, in fact, the historic seat of the Earls of Carlisle. The house boasts 145 rooms, many of which can be explored, idyllic gardens and even an adventure playground. The grounds alone, littered with follies, fountains, a mausoleum and the dainty Temple of the Four Winds, are worth the admission price alone and, depending on when you visit, you can catch the annual displays of daffodils, rhododendrons, delphiniums and roses. Situated in the Castle Howard estate village are several holiday homes and holiday villages. † castlehoward.co.uk

Alnwick Castle starred in Downton Abbey as the lavish location for the Crawley family's shooting party with the Sinderbys. Alnwick is the second largest inhabited castle in the UK, second only to Windsor, and has been home to the Duke of Northumberland's family for over 700 years. † alnwickcastle.com

Duns Castle, Berwickshire This magnificent 14th century castle is surrounded by a 1,200-acre estate with its own nature reserve, and has been the seat of the Hay family for more than 300 years. † dunscastle.co.uk

Roch Castle, Pembrokeshire Originally built in 1195, in its long history it has been a home to a Norman knight; a royalist stronghold in the Civil War; and was abandoned for more than 200 years. It now operates as a luxury hotel, but also offers exclusive hire with space for up to 12 guests. † rochcastle.com

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LISA GOODWIN-ALLEN This year, Lisa Goodwin-Allen, Executive Head Chef at Northcote is celebrating 17 years with the luxury boutique hotel located in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire.

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the two Michelin-starred Le Champignon Sauvage in Gloucester, before arriving at Northcote in 2001. Lisa works alongside Chef Patron Nigel Haworth and in 2015, after almost a decade as Northcote’s only female Head Chef, Lisa was promoted to Executive Head Chef. Lisa lives and breathes food; it is this passion that means she is always looking for interesting ingredients and techniques, and experimenting to create dishes that incorporate her Lancashire roots, and where the ingredients and their flavour shine through. Autumn is a particularly favourite season for Lisa as she sees lots of inspiration in the ingredients that are available from the countryside that surrounds Northcote. “We’re really lucky in our area that autumn brings so much game, and other seasonal ingredients that we can combine it with, to come up with some interesting dishes. It’s a great time of year for being creative. We’ve recently added a partridge dish to the menu which pairs the delicate flavour of the bird with damsons that we get from the Lyth Valley in Cumbria. I really enjoy being able to put our modern take on local and seasonal ingredients.” Each year, Lisa is also part of Northcote’s annual gastronomic event, Obsession, that Nigel launched in 2001 as a celebration of great food and wine among great company that shares his ‘obsession’ with quality gastronomic experiences. Obsession 18 is celebrating 18 years and will take place over 18 nights from 18th January to 4th February 2018. Michelin-star chefs travel from across the globe to Northcote to serve their own Obsession Menu, with each night a completely unique experience.  » Northcote, Northcote Road, Langho, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB6 8BE, northcote.com

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