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HE COLD AND WET days must surely be passing and the better times are coming. We hope to inspire you to sample a few of the wonders, all around Britain, in the spring months, whether cultural, recreational or at your leisure. Planning to celebrate the royal wedding? We visit the palaces and towns which hold a special appeal, either to stay or simply stroll about (pp26,38,76). As well as impending nuptials, 2018 sees the 250th anniversary of Capt James Cook’s epic, first voyage to the Southern Ocean, in search of new and strange lands and we check out related exhibitions, around the UK (p62). Scotland’s historic Kingdom of Fife comes under the spotlight, including the fabulous Fairmont, at the golfing mecca of St Andrews (p68). We consider the curiously English enthusiasm for building villages, in miniature (p72), great places for a day-trip, just outside London (p32) and some very special opportunities for self-catering in unforgettable rural settings (p88) before we transport you to the exhilarating beauty of the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District (p52). Our occasional series on acclaimed British chefs features the work of Chris WheeIer, at the amazing Stoke Park (p98) and there is a preview of the opening of the new V&A museum, coming soon to Dundee (p48). Continuing the cultural note, we suggest the best of the upcoming shows, exhibitions and events (p12) while also showcasing our pick of the latest travel news, lifestyle trends and Britain’s best brands. Please relax, and enjoy your reading!
Jessica Way Head of Magazine
26 CONTENTS March/April 2018
12. CULTURAL AGENDA
Top 10 shows, exhibitions and events for your March/April calendar.
26. BY ROYAL APPOINTMENT
As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle prepare to marry this May, we explore the historic palaces and secret gems of the royal boroughs they will call home.
38. WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ROYALTY Enjoy Britain’s royal heritage and walk in the footsteps of royalty.
48. V&A DUNDEE
Discover Scotland’s first design museum, and the only V&A in the world outside of London.
62. MARITIME MARVELS
2018 marks the 250th anniversary of Cook’s maiden voyage to discover the southern continent, we look at museums and towns celebrating our maritime past.
72. THE STORY OF BRITAIN’S MODEL VILLAGES Miniature worlds have captivated garden guests and the paying public since the early 20th century.
76. ADVENTURE IN BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES
We bring you some of the most awe-inspiring countryside trails to get you feeling fighting fit this spring.
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NATIONAL TEA DAY
In celebration of National Tea Day, on the 21st-22nd of April 2018, in the heart of West London, Fes-Tea-Val is an event not to be missed, being held this year at Chiswick House and Gardens. Filled with tea tastings, snacks galore, mixology classes, afternoon tea etiquette lessons, celebrity baking masterclasses and other family-friendly activi-teas this is a must attend! While at the festival don't miss The Museum of Historic Tea Ware; a journey through centuries of history exploring The Chitra Collection - a showcase of some of the finest and most historically significant pieces of tea ware spanning a thousand years of history. This exhibition, brought to you by Newby Teas, highlights the importance and diversity of tea drinking customs across the globe. » visit nationalteaday.co.uk/fes-tea-val
WORLD RUGBY MUSEUM
A completely new World Rugby Museum has been opened at Twickenham with over 38,000 exhibits in cutting edge interactive displays. A definitive home for everything and anything about rugby, featuring more than three times as many objects, the new museum will display memorabilia from around the world and from all eras, making it a must visit for all rugby fans. » worldrugbymuseum.com
NORTHCOTE’S OBSESSION ACHIEVES THE ULTIMATE This small, but perfectly formed, country-house hotel has been crowned England’s AA Hotel of the Year for 2016/17 and it is no mystery why. Set in the delightful Ribble Valley, north of Manchester, Northcote is the epitome of excellence, with Michelin-starred cuisine in a perfectly-presented and contemporary statement of style, ambience, comfort and service. Don’t miss the annual, three-week ‘OBSESSION’ festival, when a cavalcade of internationally-acclaimed chefs each have one night on which to explore their fine-dining imagination.
27 RESTAURANT AND BAR Crown London Aspinalls, the exclusive club located on Curzon Street in the heart of Mayfair, has introduced its standalone restaurant 27 Restaurant & Bar. Featuring an array of sumptuous dishes from around the world, combined with a wine list to be envied and enjoyed, 27 Restaurant & Bar epitomises the very best of fine dining in a luxurious and relaxed environment. » restaurant27.com EXCLUSIVELYBRITISHMAGAZINE.COM
2018 MARKS A NUMBER OF SIGNIFICANT HISTORICAL MILESTONES HERE'S 3 OF THE BEST:
Eighty years since the launch of HMS Belfast the historic warship, London » iwm.org.uk/visits/hms-belfast
One hundred years since Stonehenge was gifted to the nation » english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge
The Royal Yacht Britannia's 20 year anniversary since opening in Edinburgh » royalyachtbritannia.co.uk
BRITAIN’S HERITAGE TITLES amberley-books.com Beach Huts: The colourful beach hut can be seen up and down Britain’s coastline. An architectural icon, it seems as though it has been around forever although an invention of the twentieth century. From the eighteenth century the beach changed from a place for fishermen and smugglers to a fashionable place where the wealthy could recover from illness. In the nineteenth century the coming of the railways and the introduction of holidays for workers made the coast increasingly popular. A growing demand for entertainment and accommodation led to the birth of the seaside resort and the development of what we know and love today. 9781445665740 Paperback £8.99 Dinky Toys: This looks at the fascinating life of the founder of Meccano, Frank Hornby, and the very varied range of children’s products which came out of the Binns Road factory in Liverpool. It covers the beginnings of Dinky with the pre-war models but concentrates on the popular post-war ranges from the ‘golden years’ of these wonderful die-cast toys. The threat of Corgi Toys and other similar competitors is covered followed by the sad demise of Meccano culminating in the ill-fated takeover by the already doomed Tri-ang company and the ultimate closure of the Binns Road factory in 1979. 9781445665801 Paperback £8.99 8 l EXCLUSIVELYBRITISHMAGAZINE.COM l March/April 2018
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FLY FISHING FAIR 23–24 March
GUERNSEY HERITAGE FESTIVAL 30 March –10 May
The Business Design Centre, Islington, will be home to the Hever Castle & Gardens, who recorded their best ever visitor second ever annual London Fly Fishing Fair. Co-founded by numbers last year, will be offering tulip trails with Hever’s Head John Kelley and his son, Fergus Kelley, this annual exhibition will Gardener Neil Miller through 20,000 tulips in bloom set in the stunning grounds of the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. exclusively feature fly fishing, outdoor lifestyle brands and » hevercastle.co.uk/whats-on/tulip-celebrations experiences in central London. » thelondonflyfishingfair.co.uk
More than 300 events will be taking place across Guernsey and the Bailiwick isles of Alderney, Sark and Herm during the Guernsey Heritage Festival 2018 which focuses and reflects on the German Occupation and Liberation of the Bailiwick during WW2. » cruiseshow.co.uk/london
DON'T MISS! THE PETWORTH PARK ANTIQUES & FINE ART FAIR
For the fourth year in a row, The Antiques Dealers' Fair showcases the finest and most diverse selection of quality treasures (11-13 May) for interiors and other irresistible items from 48 exhibitors in the impressive Lancelot 'Capability' Brown designed grounds surrounding the magnificent Petworth House in Petworth, West Sussex. » petworthparkfair.com
GARA ROCK RETREAT, DEVON Opening this spring is the new Gara Rock Retreat which promises to be one of the finest boutique retreats on the UK coastline. It’s located on cliffs with fabulous views along the coast and new spa facilities, near Salcombe. » gararock.com
THE ATLANTIC PROJECT, PLYMOUTH Launching later this year, artworks commissioned from internationally renowned artists will be on display in public and outdoor locations across the city, expanding Plymouth’s cultural offering in the lead-up to the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower in 2020. » theatlantic.org / plymouth-horizon.co.uk March/April 2018
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Agenda Top 10 shows, exhibitions and performances WORDS by Melanie Abrams
NEW OPERA STARS
A new production of Verdi’s La Traviata makes its British debut at the London Coliseum from 16 March. “It is the opera for the first time opera goer,” says English National Opera’s artistic director, Daniel Kramer. “Verdi packs a story in every beat. And his music is popular and accessible.” Rising opera star, Irish soprano Claudia Boyle, plays Violetta, the courtesan whose doomed love is at the heart of this 19th century opera. Her love interest, South African tenor, Lukhanyo Moyake makes his British debut.
» La Traviata is on from 16 March to 13 April 2018 at the London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4ES, 020 7845 9300, eno.org
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Harrods completes the re-vamp of its popular watches and jewellery spaces this March, spreading out to the store’s lower ground floor. Cartier’s new mega space has high jewellery pieces alongside its panthers and other icons whilst David Morris’s statement gems have double the space too. Exclusive pieces mark Vacheron Constantin’s boutique including a new Métiers d’Art timepiece with a hand-engraved gold hot air balloon. Linger over vintage books and sketches at A. Lange & Söhne alongside colourful bricks from the Berlin Wall.
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Game-turned-movie heroine, Lara Croft is back on the big screen on 16 March – this time with a bulked up Alicia Vikander in the tough action title role, shooting with bow and arrow rather than guns. Set in London and Wiltshire (the 16th century Wilton House near Salisbury) and elsewhere, the film explains Croft’s British backstory. She is looking for a tomb discovered by her aristo father (played by Brit actor Dominic West) before the badass Trinity organisation finds it and destroys the world. Motherly advice is doled out by Four Weddings’ Kristen Scott Thomas. » Tomb Raider is released 16 March 2018 by Warner Bros
The breakout pop star of 2017, Dua Lipa tours the UK in April. The 22 year old who grew up in London (and Kosovo) writes her own music and became the first woman to top the British charts since Adele in November 2015 with New Rules last August. Her self-titled debut album has spawned multiple hits including Hotter than Hell and a collaboration with Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin. With her synth pop sounds and raspy vocals, get ready to party. » Dua Lipa is on from the 12 to 20 April 2018 at the SSE Hydro,
SEC, Glasgow G3 8YW; O2 Apollo Manchester, Stockport Road, Manchester M12 6AP; Genting Arena, Perimeter Road, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT; Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff CF10 2EQ; Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY, livenation.co.uk
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With its witches, ghosts and royal intrigue, Macbeth remains one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. This March sees two new productions by two theatrical powerhouses. London’s National Theatre opens its version from 6 March with James Bond actor, Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff as the scheming husband and wife. Whilst two weeks later, former Doctor Who, Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack take the same roles in Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Let the toil and trouble begin. » Macbeth is on from 6 March (previews
from 26 February) to 23 June 2018 at the Olivier Theatre, National Theatre, Upper Ground, London SE1 9PX, 020 7452 3000, nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/macbeth; Also from 20 March (previews from 13 March) to 18 September 2018 at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BB, 01789 403493, rsc.org.uk
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Making its British debut this March is top Canadian contemporary dance company, the Ballet British Columbia. In the 100th year of women’s suffrage, it’s fitting that the three ballets are choreographed by women. One is even inspired by the work of Virginia Woolf, Jeanette Winterson and other arch feminists. Be prepared for a rollercoaster ride through explosive athleticism, languorous moves and edgy contortions to clubby electronic beats. » Ballet British Columbia – Emily Molnar/Crystal Pite/Sharon Eyal is on from 6 to 24 March at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4TN, 020 7863 8000, sadlerswells.com; Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE, 01273 709709, brightondome.org; Theatre Royal, Newcastle, 100 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BR, 0844 811 2121, theatreroyal.co.uk; Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB, 0844 338 5000; The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ, 0843 208 6000, thelowry.com; The Alhambra Theatre Morley Street, Bradford BD7 1AJ, 01274 432000, bradfordtheatres.co.uk/venues/the-alhambra-theatre
POETRY IN MOTION
Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery shows its recent acquisition, Ten Thousand Waves by British installation artist and film-maker, Isaac Julien from 30 March. Inspired by the 23 Chinese cockle pickers who drowned off Morecambe Bay in 2004, Julien interweaves past and present stories from the cocklers’ native culture to create a haunting elegy of “the risks people take to get a better life,” says curator, Poppy Bowers. Looming on the nine suspended screens, unfolding stories range from ancient myths to Mao-era parades.
ISAAC JULIEN. MAZU, TURNING (TEN THOUSAND WAVES), 2010. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND VICTORIA MIRO, LONDON. © ISAAC JULIEN.
» Ten Thousand Waves is on from 30 March
to 30 August 2018 at The Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER, 0161 275 7450, whitworth.manchester.ac.uk
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It’s 1932. The BBC begins broadcasting to the Empire. Marlene Dietrich makes red carpet history in a tux. And Pablo Picasso has his first retrospective. Now Tate Modern are displaying over 200 works by Picasso from that career-defining year from 8 March. “Structured chronologically the show gives a feel for the ebbs and flows of an artist’s work depending on what is happening in his life,” says curator Nancy Ireson, adding that “the sheer variety shows why we still talk about him now.”
» Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy is on from 8 March to 9 September 2018 at Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG, 020 7887 8888, tate.org.uk
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Expect a dramatic return to form as Plan B aka Ben Drew has a new album, Heaven before All Hell Breaks Loose, and nationwide tour after a five year hiatus. Whilst he has been “creative in ways other than music,” he says, his comeback is eagerly awaited. After all, the She Said singer’s five years at the top to 2011 spawned multiple awards including a Brit for British Male Solo Artist and an Ivor Novello for Songwriting as well as critical acting and directing acclaim.
» Plan B is on from 26 April to 3 May 2018, O2 Apollo Manchester, Stockport Road, Manchester M12 6AP; O2 Academy Birmingham, 16-18 Horse Fair, Birmingham B1 1DB; O2 Academy Glasgow, 121 Eglinton Street, Glasgow G5 9NT; O2 Academy Newcastle, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SW; Cliffs Pavillion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 7RA; Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR; O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road, Brixton, London SW9 9SL. And from 1 June to 27 July, Market Rasen Racecourse, Legsby Road, Market Rasen, LN8 3EA; Haydock Park Racecourse, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, WA12 0HQ; Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher KT10 9AJ; Newmarket Racecourse, Westfield House, The Links, Newmarket CB8 0TG livenation.co.uk
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Near Cambridge’s medieval universities lies a hidden art treasure: Kettle’s Yard. “It’s a mix of great 20th century art with things that aren’t worth anything,” says the gallery’s director, Andrew Nairne of the renowned collection that includes a Joan Miró abstract, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska’s playful sculptures and a delicate Constantin Brancusi head atop a grand piano. Now the house has had a modern makeover with new gallery spaces for must see exhibitions including Anthony Gormley’s first solo show in nine years from May.
» Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ, 01223 748100, kettlesyard.co.uk; Actions. The image of the world can be different is on to 6 May; Anthony Gormley is on from 22 May to 28 August 2018
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The best of seasonal British styles... Kensington Locket, Inspired by the iconic gates guarding the enchanting Kensington Palace, £250, clogau.co.uk
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As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle prepare to marry this May, Chantal Borciani explores the historic palaces and secret gems of the royal boroughs they will call home.
VER SINCE PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE announced their engagement last November, wedding fever has been growing at a pace. Whether you’re planning to line the cobbled streets of Windsor to glimpse the happy couple on their big day or simply want to explore Meghan’s favourite London haunts, we have the perfect guide to get you embraced by the royal wedding spirit.
back more than 900 years and has been home to 39 monarchs. Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it remains the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and is open to visitors all year round – though, of course, not on the day of the wedding. Tours of the castle include entry to the magnificent State Apartments and St George's Chapel where services and choral recitals are open to the public throughout the year.
On the waterfront
The royal borough of Windsor will be taking centre stage this May as the happy couple marry in St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle. An easy 55-minute train from central London, Windsor is perfect for a historic day trip. Surrounded by the Horseshoe Cloisters and protected by the imposing Henry VIII gate, the chapel is located in the lower ward of Windsor Castle and construction started in 1475 by Edward IV and was completed under Henry VIII in 1528. The Queen spends most of her private weekends at Windsor Castle, which dates
While the streets of Windsor will be abuzz with throngs of well wishers on the big day, the quaint market places of Windsor are a pleasure all year round. Those in the know head to the riverside to glimpse the best views of the ancient turrets of Windsor Castle. A variety of riverboats and steamers operate along this stretch of the River Thames with the cruises offering stunning views of Windsor Great Park, the castle and prestigious Eton College. Why not make a day of it and enjoy an afternoon tea or champagne tea on board?
Made in Chelsea
If the extraordinary dress collection gets you in the mood for some retail therapy, Kensington is a short hop from Kings Road – one of Meghan’s and soon-to-be sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite shopping areas. The road was originally built by King Charles II in 1694 and remained private until 1830, for use exclusively by the monarch. Today it boasts a mix of high-end designer boutiques and high street names. When it comes to the crème de la crème of retail, though, London’s Royal Warrant holders covet the top seal of approval from the royals. Royal Warrants are a mark of recognition for those who have supplied goods to the households of HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales for at least five years. Some of the capital’s best-loved warrant holders include Berry Bros & Rudd, Britain’s original wine and spirit merchant (who could be in the running to supply tipples for the royal couple), Charbonnel et Walker, the Queen’s Mayfair-based chocolatier and perhaps one of the iconic stores in London, Fortnum & Mason. A fixture in Piccadilly since 1707, Fortnum's quintessential British store is famed for its Food Hall, tea collections and its elegant Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon on the fourth floor. It’s not often that visitors can wander in the Queen’s back garden yet Windsor Great Park is open to the public and remains the only Royal Park managed by The Crown Estate. Walking distance from the centre of town, this captivating 5,000-acre parkland was once part of a vast Norman hunting forest and hosted royal hunts and still includes a Deer Park to this day.
Where to stay
While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are likely to spend the morning of their wedding getting ready in the wings of Windsor Castle, several luxury hotels nearby have a history of hosting aristocrats, royals and celebrities alike. Charting 350 years of history, Grade I listed Cliveden House was originally built by George Villiers 2nd Duke of Buckingham as a hunting lodge to entertain his mistress and friends and sits in 376 acres. Stoke Park is another great option just 15 minutes from Windsor; founded in 1908 it was the UK’s first country club and has hosted politicians and glitterati. Stoke Park’s mansion house was originally designed by James Wyatt and the luxury hotel has since served as the filming location for several films including James Bond’s Goldfinger and Tomorrow Never Dies and Bridget Jones’s Diary.
The cream of the capital
While Windsor may take centre stage on the wedding day itself, it is London where Meghan and Harry courted and now live. Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace was the spot where Harry proposed and while the love nest is out of bounds, the Palace is open to the public. The gardens and the King's State Apartments are open to the public and the palace is running a spectacular exhibition of Diana, Princess of Wales’ dresses until 2019.
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Tea for two
Afternoon tea is a prerequisite for discerning visitors and London hosts some of the best in the country. Our favourite is the delectable afternoon teas at Dukes Hotel, Mayfair. Located just around the corner from Buckingham Palace the hotel is renowned for its afternoon delicacies and throughout May the small luxury hotel will host a royal wedding tea menu, which includes a fusion of American and British dishes as a nod to the couple’s heritage.
The Great British Escape Stoke Park is a luxury 5 AA Red Star Hotel, Spa and Country Club set within 300 acres of beautiful parkland and offers world-class sporting and leisure facilities.
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GOLD OF ROYALTY FOR OVER 100 YEARS
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Work off any indulgences with a walk through Green Park to Buckingham Palace and be sure not to miss the Royal Mews, which is home to the royal collection of historic coaches and carriages and is considered to be one of the finest working stables in existence. The Mews is responsible for all road travel arrangements for The Queen and members of the Royal Family and its display includes the Gold State Coach, which has been used at every coronation since that of George IV in 1821, and The Diamond Jubilee State Coach For a pew and a pint, journey to The Sands End pub in Fulham, where Meghan and Harry enjoyed a cosy lunch. The pub is owned by Harry's friend Mark Dyer and serves high-end, classic English dishes. For Harry’s favourite dinner spot in the capital, the romantic Le Clos Maggiore restaurant near Covent Garden is pick of the crop. When the time comes to lay your head down there are a plethora of historic London hotels to pick from but for the ultimate royal wedding experience book in at The Goring. This small luxury hotel is where Kate Middleton stayed before her wedding to Prince William and is the oldest privately owned luxury hotel in London. Just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace, you’ll be sure to sleep like royalty. We hope you will also enjoy our Walk in the footsteps of Royalty feature (p38-45).
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London A magical day out
Immerse yourself in the wizarding world at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter. When the final Harry Potter movie wrapped, a magical trove of treasures was left behind and in 2016, the set opened as an attraction. Contained within two soundstages where, among original props and costumes, you can walk down Diagon Alley, visit Dumbledore’s office, see the original Hogwarts Express, and pose by Platform 9¾. Catch the train from London Euston to Watford Junction, then a shuttle bus, and you’ll be knocking at Hogwarts within 40 minutes. March/April 2018
A thrilling race
A historic home
Travel to Epsom, home to the world’s greatest Catch the fast train from Kings Cross and you’re flat horse race, the Epsom Derby, which takes outside Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, in 20 place this year from the 1-2 June. They have minutes. The main building, the Old Palace, dates had the privilege of welcoming Her Majesty back to 1485, was owned by Henry VIII and was The Queen to The Derby for nearly 70 years. the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I, while the It’s also where suffragette Emily Davison died Jacobean-era Hatfield House was built in 1611. Take after being knocked down by the King's horse a tour, to include the very spot where Elizabeth I while raising awareness of women's rights. discovered she’d become Queen of England.
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A Royal retreat
Taking the water
Windsor Castle is the weekend home of Queen Jump on a train at London’s Charing Cross and Elizabeth II, and the venue of Prince Harry you can be in Royal Tunbridge Wells in just 50 and Meghan Markle’s upcoming nuptials. minutes. This Kent spa town first found fame Tour the 11th-century castle and grounds, and 400 years ago when the iron-rich Chalybeate admire the lavish State Apartments and Semi- Spring was discovered, and the gentry flocked State Rooms, carefully restored after the 1992 to ‘cure’ ailments from infertility to hangovers. fire. Catch a 40-minute mainline train from You can still taste the healing waters today –in Paddington to Windsor & Eton Central, and the summer, the water is served by a traditional it’s a five-minute walk to the castle entrance. ‘dipper’ in Georgian costume. Also within an hour of London:
• Visit a Go Ape outdoor adventure park for high rope courses, zip wires and Segway safaris. • Enjoy a spot of tea in a stately home such as Strawberry Hill House, Capel Manor Gardens and Hughenden Manor. • Visit the William Morris Gallery in northeast London, devoted to the life of the famous Arts and Crafts designer, craftsman and socialist. • Richmond Park is the largest of the Royal Parks. It’s remained almost unchanged since the 1600s when King Charles I transformed it into a nature reserve and deer sanctuary. • LEGOLAND re-opens for the season on 9th March. Feed your inner child with rides, shows and Miniland, cities and landmarks recreated with Lego bricks. • Jump on a train and discover the stunning nature reserves and wetlands that ring London, including Surrey Hills, Epping Forest, Lee Valley Park and the Chilterns. March/April 2018
WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS
Hampton Court Palace WINDSOR
Henry VIII’s favourite royal residence, Hampton Court Palace is a must-see. Queen Victoria opened the gardens to the public in 1838, and it’s still one of the most popular palaces to visit. Inside you can explore William III’s State Apartments, the 450- year old Chapel Royal, King Henry VIII’s Great Hall (which is filled with tapestries) and his enormous Tudor kitchens. The palace is 35 minutes from central London by train. 38 l EXCLUSIVELYBRITISHMAGAZINE.COM l March/April 2018
Looking to explore more of Britainâ€™s royal heritage? Here are just some of the many places across the country where you can walk in the footsteps of royalty. Words | Jessica Way
Queen's House GREENWICH
Step through the doors into the impressive Great Hall, with its striking marble floor and black-and-white geometric design, originally laid in 1635, and discover renowned art works by British and European masters including Turner, Gainsborough, Hogarth and Stubbs. After essential conservation, The Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I (pictured right) a beautiful historic painting, is back on public display. This beautiful royal villa was designed by Inigo Jones and is Britain’s first classical building and a pioneering masterpiece of 17th-century architecture. Today you can enjoy the spectacular art, architecture and royal history of the Queen’s House, and don’t miss the marvellous decorated ceiling in the Queen’s Presence Chamber which celebrates Charles I and Henrietta Maria as a powerful couple. Greenwich is just eight minutes from central London by rail, 20 minutes by DLR, or make the journey part of the fun and arrive by boat.
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Leeds Castle KENT
Leeds Castle has welcomed many generations of royals since Queen Eleanor of Castille bought it in 1278. In fact the historic Norman castle has been associated with six queens of England (as well as King Edward I, II and III and King Richard II) and was a royal residence for more than 300 years. The castle has been restored to its former glory and you can take a punt out on the vast moat, explore the manicured kitchen gardens, take little ones to the Knights’ Realm Playground and check out the brilliant and unusual Dog Collar Museum; some of its collars date right back to the 15th century. Kent is in south-east England, an hour’s train journey from London.
King George V said he loved Sandringham, in Norfolk, ‘better than anywhere in the world’ and the country estate is just as beautiful and beloved by the royal family today. Set in rolling grounds, the 243 acre Sandringham Country Park is free to visit. Also open to the public are the ground floor rooms of Sandringham House, the Sandringham Museum and the 24-hectare royal Sandringham Gardens. Sandringham is in eastern England, around one hour 30 minutes by road from Cambridge.
The Household Cavalry Museum
The Household Cavalry Museum celebrates the history and accomplishments of The Household Cavalry offering a unique 'behind the scenes' look at the work that goes into the ceremonial and armoured reconnaissance role of HM The Queen's Mounted Bodyguard. With its splendid setting on Horse Guards Parade in the very heart of ceremonial London, the museum not only celebrates the history and work of HM The Queen’s bodyguard, the Household Cavalry, the highest ranks in the British Army, but also offers itself as a wonderful and unique setting for private use events.
The Royal Pavilion BRIGHTON
The Royal Pavilion in Brighton was created as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, who reigned in Britain between 1820 and 1830. Built in 1787 by Henry Holland, its striking design mixed Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China. Take the brilliant audio guided tour to delve into the Royal Pavilion’s colourful history and listen to legendary tales of the former king’s entertaining in the Banqueting Room, The Great Kitchen, the Music Room and the garden and estate. Brighton is in south-east England, an hour’s train journey from London.
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Fascinating behind the scenes look at the world of HM the Queen’s mounted bodyguard. Glamourous venue for private evening events Exclusive Director’s Tours available
Horse Guards, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX Please telephone for further details on 020 7930 3090 or visit www.householdcavalrymuseum.co.uk Open daily 10am-6pm (April-September) | 10am-5pm (October-March)
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The Royal Yacht Britannia EDINBURGH
Follow in the footsteps of Royalty on board Her Majesty The Queen’s former floating palace, where Prince Harry and Prince William spent their summer holidays every year. The Royal Yacht Britannia, Scotland’s top tourist attraction and 5 star exclusive use evening events venue, and is where kings and queens, world leaders and
celebrities were wined and dined. Berthed in Edinburgh’s historic port of Leith, Britannia makes a truly unique and impressive location for a special celebration. Everything is replicated to the same high standards as when Britannia was in Royal service with exceptional cuisine and fine wines all served by Britannia’s butlers in The State Dining Room.
Palace of Holyroodhouse ALSO IN EDINBURGH
While Balmoral is the Queen’s holiday home, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is the Queen’s official Scottish residence and it started life as a 12th century Augustinian abbey. You can still tour the abbey, step into Mary Queen of Scots’ Chambers, stock up on some royal gifts or take afternoon tea in the Mews Courtyard Cafe. There’s plenty of different events running through the summer including behind the scenes family tours and storytelling in the palace gardens.
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HOW WILL YOU BE CELEBRATING NATIONAL TEA DAY?
The most British event of the season is almost here and it is a chance for you to show oﬀ just how fabulously British you are. On the 21st of April it is her majesty Queen Elizabeth’s birthday, a cause for celebration among royalists and anglophiles. It isn’t even the most British event on that day though for it is also National Tea Day, the oﬀicial day in the U.K. to celebrate our love of tea. While scientiﬁcally tea is just a leaf in cultural terms it is a British institution, a social calling and a sense of belonging.
Here is our guide to the 5 most stylish ways you can celebrate National Tea Day 2018:
FES-TEA-VAL The oﬀicial par-tea to be at to celebrate National Tea Day taking place on the 21st and 22nd of April at Chiswick House & Gardens in West London. Thousands of tea lovers will be able to enjoy tea tastings, afternoon tea etiquette lessons and baking masterclasses! The event isn’t just tea however and is better described as a British lifestyle festival with household and snack brands galore and even a dedicated ‘Tea ‘n’ Tipple Boulevard’ serving tea infused cocktails for guests to enjoy. A highlight of the event is the opportunity to view the Chitra Collection, this is a multi-million pound tea ware collection featuring historically signiﬁcant pieces including Nelson’s Teapot. Tickets cost £10 or a family pass is £25, see the full event information at www.nationalteaday.co.uk/fes-tea-val
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Have an afternoon tea Is there anything more indulgent than an afternoon tea? The food, tea and bubbles are great but the best bit is the opportunity to catch up with friends and family! There are venues all over the U.K. aﬀiliated to National Tea Day and they can be located using the location based search portal TeaNearMe.co.uk
Malmaison have venues all over the U.K. and oﬀer a quality afternoo n tea from under £20
Support a charity Charities all over the U.K. are supporting National Tea Day 2018 with many hosting tea parties to bring awareness to their cause. Tea brings people together and whether it is attending a charity event or hosting your own tea party and asking your friends for a donation why not use the power of tea to help others?
Join the tea revolution Tea is so much more than ‘Bag, milk and two sugars’. When people try a premium loose-leaf tea they are just blown away by the smell, ﬂavour and quality of the product. The U.K. has embraced the ‘coﬀee revolution’ with British high streets now full of coﬀee shops serving new fashionable coﬀee based drinks. The same is happening with tea with people ﬁnalising realising it’s true diversity and potential! Tea lovers taking tea in the park for National Te a Day 2017
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Get social with #Nationalteaday Tea brings back so many memories for people, whether it is taking tea with loved ones or socialising over afternoon tea. Use the #Nationalteaday to tag your favourite tea brand or share picture of your cuppa, what are you waiting for, get involved!
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SCOTLANDâ€™S FIRST DESIGN MUSEUM
The only V&A museum in the world outside of London is due to open in Dundee. We discover more about this international centre for design; a place of inspiration, discovery and learning. Sourced by | Jessica Way
&A DUNDEE, SCOTLAND’S first design museum, will open to the public on Saturday 15 September 2018. It will be the only V&A museum in the world outside London! Visitors to V&A Dundee will experience the remarkable story of design past, present and future, and the vital contribution design makes to all our lives. Designed by internationally acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, V&A Dundee stands at the centre of the £1 billion transformation of the Dundee waterfront, once part of the city’s docklands. With its complex geometry, inspired by the dramatic cliffs along the east coast of Scotland, it stretches out into the River Tay – a new landmark reconnecting the city with its historic waterfront, and a major new cultural development for Scotland and the UK.
Visitors will experience the remarkable story of design past, present and future, and the vital contribution design makes to all our lives. The new museum will feature permanent galleries of Scottish design, as well as an ambitious international programme of changing exhibitions showcasing the very best of design from around the world, new design commissions, fast-changing installations by emerging designers and creative projects developed through learning programmes. At the heart of V&A Dundee, the Scottish Design Galleries will tell the story of Scotland’s exceptional and international design heritage. Curated in collaboration with the V&A, these galleries w
will be free to enter and feature around 300 exhibits drawn from the remarkable collections of the V&A, as well as from museums and private collections across Scotland and the world, covering architecture, ceramics, engineering, fashion, furniture, healthcare, jewellery, textiles, videogame design and more. At the centre of these galleries will stand Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s magnificent Oak Room, fully restored and preserved for future generations in a partnership with Glasgow Life. The 13.5-metrelong panelled room was originally designed for Miss Cranston’s Ingram Street tearooms in Glasgow in 1907, before being saved – and placed in storage in hundreds of pieces – almost 50 years ago. Other key objects in the Scottish Design Galleries will include a beautifully decorated 15th century Book of Hours, a spectacular Cartier ‘Valkyrie’ diamond tiara, original Beano artworks from Dundee publishers DC Thomson, and the snap40 digital device which is designed to improve healthcare. The new museum enables V&A’s most ambitious exhibitions to be shared more widely across the UK. The opening exhibition Ocean Liners: Speed & Style,
supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and investment managers Baillie Gifford, will explore the designs behind a mode of transport that came to represent the status of nations and the aspirations of millions. The show, organised by the V&A and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, is the first to explore the design and cultural impact of the ocean liner on an international scale. It will reimagine the golden age of ocean travel and explore all aspects of ship design from the remarkable engineering, architecture and interiors to the opulent fashion and lifestyle on board. Further exhibition announcements will be made ahead of the museum’s opening. The temporary exhibitions and permanent galleries will be complemented by exciting new commissions and installations, supporting and showcasing emerging design talent. Turner Prize-nominated artist Ciara Phillips has been commissioned to produce a new work in response to the V&A’s remarkable collections of Scottish design. Drawing on research into textile histories and Scottish ceramic production, this site-specific installation will welcome visitors as they reach the upper floor of the museum, before entering the galleries.
The new museum enables V&A’s most ambitious exhibitions to be shared more widely across the UK.
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The Michelin Design Gallery will showcase contemporary design talent, starting with an exhibition of V&A Dundee’s pre-opening national project, the Scottish Design Relay, presenting design prototypes created by young people in communities across Scotland from Orkney to Govan. The museum will also include: dynamic learning spaces to accommodate visitors of all ages and backgrounds to learn from and participate in design creativity; a design residency studio where designers will share work-in-progress with visitors; a multipurpose auditorium for conferences, design jams and community events, and a restaurant with spectacular views from its open terrace over RRS Discovery and the River Tay. Philip Long, Director of V&A Dundee, said: “After many years of planning for V&A Dundee, we are absolutely thrilled to announce the date of the new museum’s opening. “In just eight months we will be opening the doors and welcoming our first visitors. V&A Dundee is set to be a vital new cultural organisation for Dundee, the UK and beyond, helping to change understanding of just how important design and creativity are to people’s lives. We are enormously grateful to all our supporters for helping to make this happen. “V&A Dundee brings something new to Scotland. It is the country’s first museum dedicated to design, which visitors will be able to experience and get involved with in very many ways. Particularly important is that the new museum enables major V&A exhibitions to be seen more widely by more people across the UK. So I am especially excited that part of V&A Dundee’s opening programme will be the breath-taking exhibition Ocean Liners: Speed & Style, the first of many ambitious exhibitions at V&A Dundee that will show how our lives have been – and always will be – shaped by design.”
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Castle Howard, near Malton North Yorkshire
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GREAT HOUSES AND
GARDENS of YORKSHIRE &
THE LAKE DISTRICT
Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Lake District - recently awarded prestigious World Heritage Site status - and the unique allure of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with its rolling green valleys criss-crossed by ancient, dry-stone walls.
AMOUS WORKS OF LITERATURE and art that owe their existence to inspiration found in the north of England give you a sense of the natural beauty on show. Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth and Arthur Ransome found their creative voices amid the stunning Lakeland scenery, whilst the Bronte Sisters and James Herriot discovered theirs in Yorkshire. Artists such as JMW Turner, David Hockney, Henry Moore and John Ruskin favoured the north and captured the charms of the landscape in their works. Numerous stately homes and gardens add to the north’s rich heritage. As well as being of architectural
importance, many of these treasure houses contain significant art collections and act as living museums offering an insight into the past. The gardens, too, reveal layers of history: from Levens Hall – England’s oldest garden, to the contemporary Scampston Walled Garden – a leader in the new perennial movement. The historic city of York will charm you with its winding medieval streets, awe-inspiring Gothic Cathedral and almost complete city walls, from which you can admire a city founded more than 2,000 years ago. From the Irish Sea in the west, to the North Sea in the east, traverse the full width of England, delve into its fascinating past, and refresh your spirits amid the beautiful gardens.
Lake Windermere The Lake District
Probably the best known lake in the country, at 10.5 miles in length and one mile wide, Windermere is the largest natural lake in England and is fed by numerous rivers. The Romans built their fort of Galava at its northern end (Waterhead) and it has always been an important waterway for the movement of heavy materials. The best way to enjoy the lake is to take one of the traditional wooden launches which call at various points along the shore.
Cartmel, the Lake District The immaculate 25-acre gardens at Holker Hall are part formal, part woodland and feature cascades, wildflower meadows, a labyrinth and some inspirational planting combinations. The Holker lime tree is designated as one of The Tree Councilâ€™s 50 Great British Trees and is thought to be 400 years old. The red sandstone neoElizabethan stately home is surrounded by some 17,000 acres of ancient park and woodland and has been in the Cavendish family since 1756. 54 l EXCLUSIVELYBRITISHMAGAZINE.COM l March/April 2018
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Near Kendal, the Lake District The world-famous topiary displays at Levens Hall have been largely unchanged since the garden was laid out in the 1690s. There are more than 90 pieces of topiary, under planted with thousands of colourful annuals. The eccentric shapes, along with the rose garden, fountain garden, nuttery and herbaceous borders are carefully managed by head gardener, Chris Crowder, who is just the tenth in the job in over 300 years!
Harewood House Near Leeds
Harewood House is as grand as they come – Palladian mansion, Chippendale furniture, Adam interiors, Capability Brown landscapes, Italianate terrace, and a world-class collection of paintings. Recently used extensively in the filming of ITV’s Victoria, Harewood tops the chart for grandeur. Harewood House is home to some of the most outstanding pieces of Chippendale furniture ever produced. To celebrate the 300th anniversary of Chippendale’s birth, a series of exhibitions and displays will demonstrate and take inspiration from his brilliance as a designer, maker and decorator this spring.
Near Ripon, North Yorkshire Without doubt, Newby Hall is one of Britain’s finest examples of an ‘Adams House’ with its exceptional 18th century interior decoration and Chippendale furniture. The gardens, mostly laid out in the 1920s, feature one of the longest double herbaceous borders in the country, with far reaching views to the river beyond. It is an absolute treat, as is their superb, national Cornus collection. Newby Hall is also home to one of the finest collections of dolls’ houses and miniatures in the world.
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Hill Top, Near Sawrey, the Lake District
Scampston Walled Garden, Near Malton, North Yorkshire
Hill Top was Beatrix Potter’s home for more than 30 years and is now owned by the National Trust. You’ll recognise many features of the house and the surrounding countryside, when you visit, as Potter wrote her whimsical tales from here and based the illustrations in some of her books on the cottage garden, farm and surrounding hills. She instructed the National Trust that the house be presented as if she’d just popped out, with all her belongings in their original place – it remains utterly charming.
Scampston Walled Garden Near Malton, North Yorkshire Parcevall Hall, Near Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire
Contemporary design and perennial meadow planting by Piet Oudolf are combined in this stunning 4.5-acre garden. This walled, plantsman’s paradise sits beside the fine regency Scampston House and is surrounded by historic Capability Brown landscape gardens.
Near Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire A hidden gem in the open expanses of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Parcevall Hall is a private retreat for the Dioceses of West Yorkshire and the Dales and has a uniquely serene air about it. The gardens, inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement, were the creation of Sir William Milner in the 1920s. An architect, garden designer and plantsman, Milner nurtured an extensive plant collection and developed a rock garden, without compare, on the natural limestone pavement of the Dales. 58 l EXCLUSIVELYBRITISHMAGAZINE.COM l March/April 2018
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Near Malton North Yorkshire Horace Walpole said nobody ever told him that “at one view I should see a palace, a town, a fortified city, temples on high places, wood worthy of being each a metropolis of Druids, vales connected to hills by other woods, the noblest lawn in the world fenced by half the horizon and a mausoleum that would tempt one to be buried alive; in short I have seen gigantic places before, but never a sublime one.” Over 300 years later, few would quibble at this description of Castle Howard – better known to some as the setting of Brideshead Revisited, this extraordinary Baroque mansion took 100 years to complete and sits in the beautiful Howardian hills.
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Near Harrogate, North Yorkshire The most northerly garden in the care of the Royal Horticultural Society, Harlow Carr never fails to impress. With areas such as the fruit garden, kitchen garden, winter garden, scent garden and alpine houses, alongside meadow, stream and woodland, the variety of terrain is remarkable. You are rewarded at the end of your visit with a cream tea at Betty’s – Yorkshire’s finest café. RHS Harlow Carr is connected to the historic spa town of Harrogate by a beautiful walk through the town’s Victorian Valley Gardens, which contain no less than 36 different mineral springs. March/April 2018
The Temple of the Four Winds, Castle Howard
Near Malton North Yorkshire Horace Walpole said nobody had ever told him that “at one view I should see a palace, a town, a fortified city, temples on high places, woods worthy of being each a metropolis of Druids, vales connected to hills by other woods, the noblest lawn in the world fenced by half the horizon and a mausoleum that would tempt one to be buried alive; in short I have seen gigantic places before, but never a sublime one.” Over 300 years later, few would quibble at this description of Castle Howard – better known to some as the setting of Brideshead Revisited. This extraordinary baroque mansion took 100 years to complete and sits in the beautiful Howardian hills.
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2018 marks the 250th anniversary of Cook’s maiden voyage to discover the southern continent. Claire Pitcher looks at what some of the country’s museums and towns have planned to celebrate our maritime past. 62 l EXCLUSIVELYBRITISHMAGAZINE.COM l March/April 2018
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HE YEAR IS 1768, and Britain is in the throes of the Age of Enlightenment. This is the year Captain James Cook sets sail on a voyage of discovery in search of terra australis incognita – the unknown southern continent, as Europeans called it. What Cook and his crew encounter on arrival is a vast number of island civilisations covering almost a third of the world’s surface: from Tahiti in Polynesia, to the scattered archipelagos and islands of Melanesia and Micronesia. Two-hundred-and-fifty years later and some of the country’s best maritime museums will be celebrating Cook’s triumphs in 2018. Not only that, but brandnew exhibitions and galleries will be taking their own maiden voyages, focusing on exploring the oceans, as well as some of the more harrowing tales from the high seas. From historical maps charting Cook’s expedition of discovery to a replica of the Titanic’s No 13 lifeboat, there’s never been more opportunity to dive in to our maritime history.
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Oceania’s art in London
London’s Royal Academy will also be commemorating the 250-year anniversary. From 29th September to 10th December, go and see the dazzling and diverse art of the region of Oceania, from the historic to the contemporary. Through more than 250 compelling works ranging from shell, greenstone and ceramic ornaments, to huge canoes and dazzling house facades, you can explore important themes of voyaging, place making, encounter and union. The exhibition draws from rich historic ethnographic collections dating from the 18th century to the present, spanning treasures from the ancient past through to work by Lisa Reihana, a contemporary artist of Maori and British descent from New Zealand. The exhibition also marks the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy; founded in 1768, the same year Captain James Cook set sail on his first expedition from Plymouth on the Endeavour. Find out more at royalacademy.org.uk
Pictured top-left to bottom-right; Whitby's HM Bark Endeavour replica of Captain Cook's Ship; Bare Island which was once a defence post close to where Captain James Cook first landed in Australia and now a great tourist haunt; Captain James Cook, 1728-79; New voyage of discovery for HM Bark Endeavour, the full-scale replica of Captain Cook’s ship; Oceania’s art in London; Whtiby's 199 steps and views across the harbour.
Endeavour sails to Whitby One of the most famous ships in the history of maritime exploration will voyage along the North York Moors coast to Whitby this summer. In August last year, a partnership led by Whitby businessman Andrew Fiddler purchased HM Bark Endeavour, one of only two full-scale replicas in the world of the ship commanded by explorer Captain James Cook for his voyage to Australia and New Zealand. The partnership’s auction bid of £155,000 safeguarded the replica’s future as a North East visitor attraction, having beaten competing bids that could have seen the ship moved to Portsmouth, London or Dubai. Mr Fiddler plans to spend nearly £750,000 refurbishing and repairing the 33-metre long Teesside-built ship and then relocating it to where the original Endeavour was built in 1764. It’s now just a case of carefully working out a complex programme for sensitively refurbishing the ship so that once again HM Bark Endeavour can tell the story of life at sea in the 18th century. Take a trip to the North York Moors National Park this summer to see the replica in all its glory. Also in Whitby, visit the Cook Memorial Museum for a special exhibition entitled ‘Whitby in the time of Cook, the making of a great seaman’ which will be displayed in the attic where the Master Mariner, John Walker lodged James Cook when not at sea during his apprenticeship. It will explain the debt Cook owed to Whitby as he sailed from Plymouth 250 years ago. Find out more at cookmuseumwhitby.co.uk w
New encounters at the National Maritime Museum If you’re hungry to know more about the world’s explorers then this September’s opening of the Exploration Wing at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich should be a date for your diary. Visitors can peruse four new galleries spanning Pacific and Polar exploration and Britain’s maritime past. Discover ‘Pacific Encounters’; ‘Polar Worlds’; ‘Tudor and Stuart Seafarers’; and ‘Sea Things’, plus a thousand additional objects will be brought out of the Museum’s collections. All of these will be housed in areas of the Museum that visitors were unable to see before. A must visit will be the ‘Pacific Encounters’ gallery, which tells tales of exploration and exploitation, as European travellers ventured into the vast ocean. The gallery will display objects from the voyages of renowned figures, such as Captain Cook, alongside a full size Pacific voyaging canoe - putting the museum’s collections into the broader context of Pacific histories, identities, and the legacies of these early encounters in the Pacific today. Discover more at rmg.co.uk
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Set course to the British Library The British Library holds one the most extensive and compelling collections of original documents and works of art from James Cook’s voyages. A landmark exhibition, open from 27th April to 28th August, ‘James Cook: The Voyages’ will be a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to see the collection on display. The Library’s collection includes Cook’s chart of Botany Bay, his map of New Zealand, and a world map made after the second voyage showing the course of the Resolution and the lands visited en route. There are also drawings by all of the artists employed on the voyages, and the only surviving paintings by Tupaia, a Polynesian high priest and navigator who joined the first voyage at Tahiti and sailed with Cook to New Zealand and Australia. The Library also holds several original logbooks and journals, which provide vivid eyewitness accounts of the voyages. These will be exhibited alongside key loans that complement the Library’s collection and that have not been displayed together before. Find out more at bl.uk
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Pictured top-left to bottom-right; National Maritime Museum; Pacific Encounters at National Maritime Museum; Prints from Cook’s Voyages, at the Pitt Rivers Museum; Titanic Display at Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum; Tahitian Scene by Tupaia and Cook’s Chart of New Zealand at the British Library; Captain Cook statue in Whitby
Titanic tales in Cornwall If you’re planning a summer visit to the south west then a trip to Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum is a must. Their major new exhibition ‘Titanic Stories’, examines the stories of the Titanic’s momentous sinking on 15th April 1912, re-appraising many of the myths, controversies and assumptions that still linger around one of the most well known historic events of the 20th century. Working in collaboration with private collectors from overseas and national museums in the UK, ‘Titanic Stories’ presents rare and never-seenbefore objects and items, as well as retelling the personal stories of many of the survivors, victims and descendants of the Titanic disaster, including those from Cornwall. In addition to the many historic objects, the museum will also commission a number of largescale new installation pieces which will go on display in its galleries, including an exact, life-size replica of Lifeboat 13, made by specialist boat builders in Falmouth as well as working with a Cornish-based artist to create a visually-stunning representation of the iceberg suspended over the lifeboat. Find out more at nmmc.co.uk
Prints at Pitt Rivers At the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, from the end of May to 29th September, they will be commemorating 250 years since Cook’s voyage, with an exhibition of ‘Prints from Cook’s Voyages’. The Museum holds about 170 prints relating to the Cook Voyage which have not been exhibited before. These prints are from engravings, which were used to illustrate both official and unofficial accounts of the voyages. As well as these never-seen-before prints, there are over 150 objects in the Cook Collection to see at the museum, a lot of which were collected in the South Pacific by Johann Forster and his son during James Cook’s second voyage to search for a southern continent. From weapons to wooden figurines, the ‘Cook Case’ is just a snapshot of what the explorer must have seen on his travels. Find out more about this commemorative exhibition at prm.ox.ac.uk
Cook the explorer James Cook first went to sea at the age of 18. He spent 10 years working in the coal trade of the east coast of England. In 1755 he joined the Royal Navy, and within two years passed his master’s examination to qualify for the navigation and handling of a royal ship. He gained surveying experience in North American waters during the Seven Years War and spent the first years of peace between 1763 and 1767 charting the coast of Newfoundland. During those years he gained a practical training in maths and astronomy, and gained the technical skills to make an effective explorer. As he wrote, he intended to go not only ‘farther than any man has been before me, but as far as I think it possible for man to go’. Cook’s first voyage was a joint venture under the auspices of the Admiralty and the Royal Society. The original intention was to organise a scientific voyage to observe the transit of the planet Venus from Tahiti, and this was appended by instructions to search for the great southern continent, Terra Australis Incognita, whose location had baffled European navigators and projectors since the 16th century. With Lieutenant Cook (as he was at that time) sailed the botanist Joseph Banks, astronomer Charles Green, and a small number of scientific assistants and artists. Cook’s ship, the Endeavour, was a bluff-bowed Whitby collier chosen for her strength, shallow draught, and storage capacity. By the end of his first voyage Cook had put over 5,000 miles of previously unknown coastline on the map. The twin islands of New Zealand, the east coast of Australia and the Torres Strait had been unveiled to the world.
KINGDOM OF FIFE For centuries the home of Scottish royalty and truly beautiful. Protected by nature, and blessed with a bountiful micro-climate, this delightful eastern corner of Scotland offers much more than golf.
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and reborn, regardless of expense, and with unbroken views from its many windows, this stunning suite will certainly satisfy the most demanding of (fortunate) guests. Returning visitors (this has been a ‘Fairmont’ since 2006) will be amazed by the transformation of the interior spaces, the design and furnishings achieving the perfect blend of modernity and tradition. The reception area leads seamlessly across to the welcoming cocktail bar, ‘Kittocks Den’, which has a soothing atmosphere in which to relax with friends, and balustrades overlooking the grand staircase down to the 80 feet high, glass-topped atrium. The relaunch has included the introduction of the Savoy Afternoon Tea, inspired by the eponymous sister-hotel, served in a quiet zone of the airy atrium and, rightly, hugely popular. The focal point of this space is a truly fascinating overhead art/light installation, ‘Zephyr’ (by George Stringer), whose colours and movements suggest any number of land- and sea-borne natural phenomena, whether shoals of fish, falling leaves or passing clouds. This feature, together with skilful use of velvet wall-drapes, discreet seating and bespoke screens, combined with artistic lighting and a colour-palette of greens and gold, make for the setting of a surprisingly intimate dining-room, the Squire Restaurant, in which to sample the finest of local produce, in imaginative dishes brilliantly conceived by internationally acclaimed Executive Chef, Steve Wilson, and his ubertalented kitchen team. A stay at Fairmont St Andrews will leave many, indelible memories – all of them good.
Just two miles from the delightful city of St Andrews is this impressive 5* leisure resort, sitting in over 500 acres of coastal beauty and enjoying elevated views of the city, its handsome beaches and the mighty Firth of Tay, with Carnoustie on the far bank. The pristine peace of the indoor swimming-pool and Spa and Fitness Centre will appeal to those not inclined towards outdoors pursuits but, given the location, golf is a given a high priority and the hotel offers, within the vast estate, two 18hole championship links courses, Kittocks and Torrance, on which to challenge the guests’ skills and patience. A visit, at least, to The Clubhouse Bar and Restaurant is a must, even if only for the vistas on offer. Originally a leading Canadian hotel chain, and now a part of the Accor family, the Fairmont name carries an international guarantee of a memorable luxury experience, with unbeatable levels of attention to guestsatisfaction. To give you an idea of what is considered acceptable, the only other Fairmont-managed hotel in UK is London’s legendary Savoy Hotel, on The Strand. Here, in a setting of outstanding comfort, stylishly designed to reflect the history and landscapes of Fife, the recently refurbished hotel provides hospitality of the highest order. From the moment you draw up in the quasi-palatial, paved courtyard and are warmly greeted, in the smoothest of Scottish accents, you are enveloped in an air of rest and relaxation, contemporary, open-plan spaciousness perfectly blended with sensual comfort. Even the standard guestrooms are of transatlantic proportions, and sumptuously appointed, but the presidential ‘Kingdom of Fife’ suite is something else. Redesigned
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Anstruther harbour is ideally situated for exploring the Firth of Forth or for a stopover whilst sailing the east coast.
HE ANCIENT TRIBES and Kings of Scotland knew a thing or two about the value of a formidable stronghold when battling with aggression, whether from fellow Scots, the English over the border or invading Roman armies. Bounded on the north by the Firth of Tay, the east by the raging North Sea and the south by the mighty Firth of Forth, the peninsular of Fife, just over the firth from Edinburgh, has the Ochil Hills as its western defence. Now, much of the acreage is given over to agriculture but, all around the coast, the many harbours and beaches were used to support commerce, whether in fishing or in trading with Northern Europe. Though now fewer in number as commercial centres, and more likely to offer holiday accommodation and yachting marinas, the pretty villages left behind are rewarding attractions in themselves. Among many others, look out particularly for the south-coastal gems of Anstruther, Elie, Crail and the irresistibly-named Pittenweem. w
Golf has been played in Carnoustie for well over four centuries
The Swilcan Bridge at The Old Course in St Andrews
Also worth a generous mention is the recent establishment of one of Scotland’s newest distilleries, at Kingsbarns, which will, in 2018, be allowed to market its ownbrand whisky, the spirit having matured sufficiently. We are advised that this lowland blend will be typically smooth and satisfying on the palate, without the characteristic ‘bite’ of some highland products. The warlike tendencies of the distant past have left their mark in atmospheric castle ruins like Aberdour, Newark and Ravenscraig but have properly given way to more gentle pursuits and the quiet, unspoilt beauties of the region remain, more than ‘a good walk spoiled’ awaiting its many visitors. Mark Twain has been credited with this damning opinion of the game of golf, although historians may dispute this attribution, but the game certainly has its
roots here, possibly for more than 600 years, and the modern rules governing the world’s players were formalised in 1897 at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, formed in 1754. Since 2004, an independent body, R&A Rules, has taken over this worldwide function although the USPGA performs the role for USA and Mexico. Regardless of who makes the rules, Fife is the proud home to around 50 courses, both links and inland, and each presents its own challenges. Away from the coast, the sheltered, undulating fairways of Ladybank may hold a special appeal but, for a contest by the seaside, try the fearsome Kingsbarns or the historic Lundin (a Tom Morris course) before making the inevitable pilgrimage to the Old Course, on the edge of the charming, grey-stone city of St Andrews. Bear in mind, it is a public course,
so securing a tee-time might be difficult, and (to encourage church attendance) is closed to all play on Sundays. The upside is that you can stand on the Swilken Bridge, in the middle of the 18th fairway, and have your photograph taken, without risk from errant balls. The ancient university at St Andrews was founded around 1410, but has recently achieved fame as the meeting place of HRH Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. This ‘good-news’ story adds deserved gloss to a beautiful, compact and historic city which is now devoted to sport, education and tourism but which has witnessed centuries of national and religious conflict dating back to Edward 1st in the 14th century and the tragic martyrdoms Oban Town Centre of Philip Hamilton and George Wishart in the mid-1500’s. You could spend hours strolling the quaint byways, from the well-preserved harbour, past the ruins of the magnificent abbey and the awesome castle and through the ageless university buildings, before emerging behind the final putting green of the most famous 18 holes in golf. Another 400 metres takes you to the famous Jigger Inn, a welcome pint of the finest, Scottish craft ale, a clear view of the ‘Road Hole’ and the opportunity to reflect on a good walk – totally unspoiled!
Overlooking the harbour at St Monans (also St Monance) a fishing town on the Firth of Forth, west of Anstruther, with lobster pots in the foreground.
St Andrew's Castle in the Royal Burgh of St Andrews. The castle sits on a rocky promontory overlooking a small beach called Castle Sands
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Model Villages Miniature worlds have captivated garden guests and the paying public since the early twentieth century. Today we still delight in their miniature marvels; Robin Glover discovers more about their past, and romantic appeal, nearly a century on!
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HEN THE WEALTHY accountant, Roland Callingham, indulged his nostalgic whim for creating, in miniature, an idealised vision of what an English country village might have looked like in the early 20th century, he little realised that he was following a social fashion which first saw light 1400 years before, in Japan, in the garden of the Empress Suiko. He lived in rural Beaconsfield, just an hour northwest of London, and he created, along with his close collaborator, James Shilcock, the finest and most enduring example of the model village, Bekonscot. Recently published by Amberley Books (amberleybooks.com), in their excellent ‘Britain’s Heritage’ series of fact-filled guides to little-known facets of UK life, is a volume entitled ‘Model Villages’, compiled and written by Tim Dunn. To compose this piece, we have taken many of his facts, and just a little of his enthusiasm, and hope you will enjoy the journey. Although hobbyists, gardeners and Asia enthusiasts had been active in Georgian and early Victorian times, mostly building grottoes and rock gardens, the key development was the later invention of the railways, bringing transportation and tourism to all classes of society. Following close behind the full-size steam engines and carriages was the emergence of
Model Village of Hanton Fishing Village, Bekonscot in Buckinghamshire scale-model versions, engineered in those premass production days by Bassett-Lowke Ltd and designed to entertain the enthralled Victorians and their families. Not all houses were large enough to accommodate the ever grander, and more extravagant, track layouts so the owners of many of them were obliged to move to the garden, where operators were inspired to build tunnels and cuttings to simulate reality. The next logical step was to set the layout in or around a town or village and ‘model villages’ became the fashion, the first on record being that of Charles Wade, in 1908, at his home in Hampstead, North London. When he moved house to Snowshill Manor, in Gloucestershire, the village was moved with him, but rearranged around a fish-pond as a Cornish fishing-village. It survived into the 1920’s, being dismantled and brought inside over the winter months, and, following Charles Wade’s death and the transfer of the property to the care of the National Trust, is still there to be found displayed, indoors, along with his other collections. Soon afterwards, Roland Callingham started work on embellishing his garden at Beaconsfield, for the private entertainment of family and friends, designing and building an increasingly elaborate scheme, including a London-style railway terminus, a minster church (complete with stained-glass windows and electric lights) and a medieval castle. Finally, in 1931, w
Model Village of Godshill in Godshill, Isle Of Wight he considered the village was complete and the doors opened to the public, in return for charitable donations toward the upkeep costs. Unexpectedly, the private whim became a huge commercial success, possibly as an antidote for the unrest and depressing news dominating Europe at the time, and imitation – ‘the sincerest form of flattery’ – followed, bizarrely in a Cotswold pub garden, midway between Snowshill and Bekonscot. A landlord, keen to generate business and to differentiate his offer from those of his competitors, commissioned ‘a miniature mountain glen with hills and river and waterfalls’ adding scale copies of the bridges and village hall from Bourton-on-theWater. Fired by the success of his venture, he cleared adjoining land and commissioned, in 1936, a 1:9 scale copy of the entire centre of the village, using the familiar local materials, and it has survived the passing decades, even being ‘listed’ as a national monument in 2013. Currently under restoration by Julian and Vicki, the latest landlords, it is to be discovered at the Old New Inn (true!) at Bourton. It has proved to have some permanence when many have risen and sadly fallen, by the wayside. In the post-war years, when conflict was over and austerity
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eased, model villages proliferated but most lacked the longevity to match the optimism of their creators. The boom years for the traditional ‘bucket and spade’ holidays brought Lilliputian villages to all the familiar seaside towns, from Canvey Island to Ilfracombe and Eastbourne to Blackpool, and the familiar story of changing fashion in leisure pursuits spelt the end – at least for some. The great survivors are dotted around Britain and still give old and young a thrill, whether of nostalgia or of the experience of walking through a town and looking down at the rooftops. Not quite the oldest in the world, but certainly the most famous, Bekonscot continues to delight; no less than two villages can be found in the picturesque Godshill, on the Isle of Wight; even London has its own, at Brockwell Park. A gentle-paced, but thoroughly British, experience awaits your visit. As well as those already mentioned, from Southsea, near the great historic naval city of Portsmouth, home of HMS Victory and Henry VIII’s 16th century flagship Mary Rose, to the Lake District, home of Beatrix Potter, and from Ryedale, in beautiful Yorkshire, to East Anglia’s Great Yarmouth, there are quiet pleasures waiting to be explored and relished.
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Step back in time on this historical National Trust Miners Way walking trail. Retrace the steps of gold miners through the ages: from the mine entrances used by the Romans extracting gold for the Imperial Mint, to the remains of the crushing mill used in the 1930s. This one mile route includes a moderately steep climb and mixed terrain such as grass, woodland paths and a country lane, so sturdy shoes will be helpful.
This circular route winds through the woodlands around Ickworth, passing some of the estateâ€™s highlights such as the Italianate garden and the old deer park, which is now used as a sheep enclosure. Those keen to build up their fitness levels can take a detour to the Trim Trail, where adults and children alike can try their hand at various challenges from pole-climbing to ladder walks and leap frog.
Dolaucothi Gold Mine, Carmarthenshire
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Trelissick sits on its own peninsula, surrounded by water on three sides. This four-mile route follows the River Fal for part of its length before heading inland, so you can get fit while still enjoying spectacular views over water, woods and grazed farmland. The terrain is fairly easy-going so it’s great for beginners, with one short, steep climb at the end for a bit more of a challenge. Trelissick also hosts a 5km Parkrun every Saturday from 9 – 10am. This is a free event, but you’ll need to register beforehand at parkrun.org.uk/trelissick.
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Walking Challenge! Wiltshire The National Trust’s Wiltshire Landscape team have created a series of routes ranging from around four miles to nearly ten miles in length – your challenge is to complete all of the walks before 31st December 2018. If you manage it, you can enter a draw to win a prize. Whether you are walking up on the downs or down in the coombes, you’ll get to explore places rich in archaeology, wildlife and plants. Registration for the challenge is £12 nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury
Octavia Hill Trails Toys Hill, Kent Octavia Hill was a social reformer, philanthropist, artist, writer and co-founder of the National Trust. These two trails celebrate her life, passing through the countryside where she was born and lived, and which inspired her mission to provide open spaces for everyone to enjoy. The four and six mile routes can be done separately, but when combined they form a 10-mile figure-of-eight trail of varied terrain that is great for stretching your legs and building stamina. As a reward for your efforts, you’ll be able to enjoy spectacular views over the Weald of Kent, and celebrate Octavia's life passing Crockham Hill village and the church where she is buried, up to Mariners Hill and on past Chartwell, former home of Winston Churchill.
White Horse Hill to Ashdown White Horse Hill, Oxfordshire If you’re game for a challenge, this seven and a half mile trail is well worth the effort. As well as enjoying farreaching views over six counties, you’ll be able explore history as you wander from the Neolithic burial mound of Waylands Smithy to the 17th Century mansion of Ashdown House. That’s not to mention the famous Uffington White Horse, the oldest dated chalk figure in England.2018 l EXCLUSIVELYBRITISHMAGAZINE.COM l 81 March/April
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It’s much easier to find the motivation to exercise when you’ve got a good view. This three and a half mile route includes the most famous landmarks on the Jurassic Coast - the Old Harry Rocks chalk stacks on Studland. With miles of golden sandy beaches, the dramatic history of Studland Bay and internationally important heathlands, this is the British coastline at its most beautiful.
With over 300 acres of parkland to explore, Nostell is the perfect place for a gentle walk, or to push yourself with a run. The two mile Obelisk trail is a good starting point for exploring the parkland; leading you through peaceful woodland, pasture and meadows. With surfaced paths the whole way along, it’s a great option for spring when other trails start to turn muddy. Don’t forget to listen out for woodpeckers or spot early snowdrops and migratory birds. If you need a bit more motivation to get you going, why not try Nostell’s Saturday morning parkrun. It’s free to join in, just register online beforehand at parkrun.org.uk/nostell.
Monthly ‘Trust 10k’ runs This 10km running route is open all year round, but the National Trust hosts special ‘Trust10’ events every month so you can enjoy the experience with fellow runners, and marshals on hand at points to give you extra motivation. To run the route by yourself, download the map from runtogether.co.uk/ routes and keep an eye out for the pink waymarkers.
Nordic walking course. Nordic walking is currently the fastest growing fitness activity in the world as it is a safe and effective way to get fitter, meet new friends and enjoy the great outdoors. This course will teach you the basics over three sessions, all against the beautiful backdrop of Studland Bay. The price is £45 for the course. Booking is essential, please see website for dates and further information; nationaltrust. org.uk/studland-bay.
Night Running See Nostell’s grand mansion, lakes and imposing Obelisk Lodge in a new light on a Night Run around this historic estate. There are plenty of other activities to keep you and your supporters entertained, from family crafts and games in the stables to warming refreshments in the café. There’ll even be prizes for the bestdressed competitors! Booking is essential, for further details please visit nationaltrust.org.uk/ features/book-your-night-run.
Choose from 15 fantastic locations and join in The National Trust's series of Night Run events, and explore gardens of a Tudor manor houses and ancient woodlands after dark! March/April 2018
Mam Tor and Kinder Scout Peak District
Whether you’re walking or running, the steps up to the top of Mam Tor are sure to get you working that bit harder. Fortunately the views from the top are more than worth the effort; providing a dramatic 360 degree panorama over the Derwent Moors and the Edale valley. Alternatively visit nearby Kinder Scout, the highest spot in the Peak District, for a longer eight mile walk over more challenging terrain.
Full Estate Trail
Speke Hall, Merseyside Explore the full Speke Hall estate on this two mile route and let the fine views of the Wirral, North Wales and even Liverpool’s city centre skyline inspire you. The varied terrain includes gravel and grass paths, plus some woodland tracks, so there’s plenty to keep your interest. There's also Trust10, a free monthly 10km trail run, every fourth Sunday, 9 – 10.45am. Here you follow a special route through the beautiful landscape of Speke Hall, and then finish off the experience in the café with a warming treat. Find out more at nationaltrust.org. uk/speke-hall-garden-and-estate.
Ashclyst Forest Trail Killerton, Devon
Whether you’re after a good walk through beautiful landscape or an antidote to road running, Killerton is the place for you. With over 60 miles of footpaths there’s no shortage of places to explore, from parkland and rolling hill to dense woodland. If you’re after something a bit more challenging then Ashclyst Forest has a good mix of terrain to test your fitness.
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All Seasons Trail Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Clumber’s 3,800 acres are crisscrossed with maintained trails and woodland paths, so there’s no shortage of opportunities to explore on foot. The estate is largely flat with a few small inclines, so it’s great for novice walkers and runner who aren’t yet ready to tackle steep hills. For a good two mile stretch try the ‘all seasons’ trail, which provides gentle introduction to Clumber’s woodland, heathland and lakeside views. If you prefer a bit of company when you exercise, Clumber’s 5km Parkrun is at 9am every Saturday. No charge, just register online before the event; parkrun.org.uk/clumberpark
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Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire For a good introduction to walking at Marsden, look no further than the 4.5 mile Pule Hill trail. This circular walk starts along the canal towpath before gently contouring around the sides of Pule Hill, offering views over the moorland and the remains of the area’s industrial mill heritage, as you pass the Engine House and ventilation shafts that extend down to the railway and canal tunnels below. The local National Trust team also offer guided walks, which are a great option if you’re new to the area or would just like to walk in a friendly group. There are many different types of guided walk with something to suit everyone, from slow-paced walks to more challenging hikes.
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Every Monday, 10.15am-12.15pm The National Trust in West Yorkshire offer weekly walks suitable for both novices and experienced walkers, allowing you to develop your Nordic walking technique. This activity uses 90% of muscles but reduces stress on joints, so it’s a great way to increase fitness. Each walk covers approximately 3 miles, and equipment is provided. It is free, however donations are welcome. Booking line: 07761 488745. H E A LT H WA L KS
Every second and fourth Wednesday, 10.45am-1pm The National Trust offer 2-4 mile 'Health Walks' with fresh air, beautiful scenery and good company, guided by experienced walk leaders, who take you around the Marsden countryside, with all the benefits of walking in the great outdoors.
Tyntesfield Bristol Once a fortnight you can join in with a four mile ‘Feel Good Friday’ run around the beautiful Tyntesfield estate. Led by members of Nailsea Running Club, you can start your day with a gentle jog through woodland, parkland and the formal gardens surrounding the distinctive Victorian Gothic house. The run is open to all running abilities so no one will be left behind, and you can warm up afterwards with a tea or coffee in the Cow Barn restaurant.
Giant' s Causeway County Antrim
If you’re looking for something to motivate you to get outside this spring, the spectacular scenery of Giant's Causeway could be just the thing. This World Heritage Site offers plenty of interest to keep your mind active while you walk or run along the trails. The Yellow Trail is just under two miles long and stretched all the way along the causeway coastline: a great introduction to the landscape.
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Steve and Natalie Roberts have spent two years renovating The Windmill, near Lavenham in Suffolk. Originally built in 1891, it was only operational until 1900. For many years, it was used as a store before falling into disrepair. The couple have managed sympathetically to combine the restoration of the historic features with modern luxury, and The Windmill now stands proudly once again in the Suffolk skyline. Set across five floors connected by a sweeping staircase, the luxurious adultsonly holiday accommodation has two king size bedrooms and sleeps four people. Even the tiniest of details has been attended to, with bespoke handmade super king size beds, a magnificent marble and mosaic shell bathroom including a freestanding bath tub and a rain shower, (both of which are big enough for two!). The astounding top floor living space has panoramic vistas across the county and a wonderful external balcony from which to appreciate them. Featuring two irresistibly comfy velvet sofas, an abundance of plump cushions, and exquisite hand-crafted curved beams, the POD certainly gives ‘highpoint’ a new meaning! There’s even a wine fridge, so your favourite tipple is always to hand and chilled to perfection. thewindmillsuffolk.com
We a l s o l ov e . . . Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage, Sunderland Soak up sweeping views of Sunderland’s limestone cliffs from this unique seaside setting. The white-washed cottage is next door to Souter Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in 1871 to ward ships from the dangerous rocks at Whitburn Steel. nationaltrust.org.uk/holidays
Stoer Lighthouse, Sutherland, North West Scotland Stoer Lighthouse is a fully furnished Self Catering Lighthouse located on Stoer Head, north of Lochinver. The Lighthouse itself dates from the 1870s and has been recently refurbished to a high standard. stoerlighthouse.co.uk
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The Brochs of Coigach SHEILEAGH & REINER LUYKEN Ross-shire, IV26 2YW
The Brochs of Coigach are a pair of Iron Age roundhouse holiday homes set in Scotland's greatest landscape. Both properties are cozy, luxurious and eco-friendly with every detail telling a story. Scàl's Broch has underfloor heating and sauna. Gille Buidhe's Broch is the larger of the pair, perfect for two couples or for families. Named after Gille Buidhe and Scàl, two brothers who are said to have been the first people to settle in Coigach, The Brochs of Coigach are eclectic, self-catering properties located directly in the heart of Scotland’s rugged and peaceful wilderness. the-highlands-of-scotland.com
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We a l s o l ov e . . . The Rock House, Worcestershire Britain's first 21st century cave house, The Rock House is a wonderfully romantic retreat, a one-off hand-sculptured home carved from a Triassic sandstone escarpment on the banks of Honey Brook near Bewdley and the Wyre Forest. Hidden amidst the outstanding natural beauty of three acres of private woodland, evidence shows that it has been occupied in some way for over 750 years, most recently vacated in the 1960's, since when it had laid empty until this restoration in 2015. You can now stay in Angelo's completed vision for a modern luxury cave house. therockhouseretreat.co.uk
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Situated within the idyllic Cotswolds village of Broadway in Worcestershire lies the four star Lygon Arms country house hotel. With roots dating back to the 14th century, The Lygon Arms is steeped in history, and reminders of the vast Tudor influence are visibly appreciated in the superb restoration of original features. The Lygon Arms boasts two new restaurants in addition to a variety of relaxed lounges, a dedicated afternoon tea room and a summer alfresco courtyard. Alongside this is the luxurious Lygon Spa, and 86 guest rooms, including the regally appointed Charles I suite. The next chapter at The Lygon Arms has recently been crafted as homage to its origins and gateway to its future standing. Today the Lygon Arms displays quintessentially Cotswolds and timeless design, and offers the highest standards of service, gastronomy, and comfort, whilst keeping the piece of history that makes The Lygon Arms unique. lygonarmshotel.co.uk
Middlethorpe Hall and Spa, Yorkshire
Just two miles from the centre of York, Middlethorpe Hall was once the home of the famous diarist, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and today is renowned for its excellent food, luxurious accommodation and boutique spa. middlethorpe.com
Hartwell House Spa, Aylesbury Former home of Louis XVIII, this impressive Grade I listed house has Jacobean and Georgian facades, antique furniture and rococo ceilings, and is set in 90 acres of landscaped parkland with swimming pool, sauna and outdoor hot tub. hartwell-house.com
The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath Originally built in the 1800s, The Gainsborough Bath Spa occupies two Grade II Listed buildings with distinguished Georgian and Victorian façades. The luxury hotel is centred around and, uniquely in the UK, has the exclusive privilege of having access to the natural thermal, mineral-rich waters. thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk
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With the British Isles drenched in maritime history, Cro'Jack brings a nautical feel to a purely British themed collection by paying homage to its origins. The brand Cro’Jack was officially launched in 2009 in Staffordshire, England with an idea of combining British knowhow and craftsmanship with a selection of old British mills.
Made in Staffordshire, Thorndale pride themselves on their authentically British heritage with a contemporary twist on classic designs. Their skilled in-house designers have thoughtfully created a range of both men’s and women’s bags suitable for work, leisure and travel, using hand-painted British leather combined with durable wax and nylon fabrics.
John Partridge is a small-to-medium, Staffordshire-based brand with an exceptional reputation, based on their history of making and selling superior country clothing products. Pieces are crafted using the finest Merino, Shetland and British wools. Range includes waxed jackets and quilted waistcoats, accessories and furniture.
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London-based Yull was founded by Sarah Watkinson as a ‘style over fashion’ label in 2011 after receiving funding from the Prince's Trust. As one of the only independent shoe labels manufacturing in Britain, Yull prides itself on being patriotic, whilst creating wearable and timeless shoes with each style and design being iconically named after British destinations.
Established in 2008, Amberley Publishing leads the way as a specialist history publisher with books ranging from general history through to transport and local history such as the ‘Through Time’ illustrated histories . The ‘Britain’s Heritage’ titles are a new series which started in 2017 celebrating the rich heritage of Britain.
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One of only three Single-Estate distilleries in England, Spitfire Heritage 1930s Gin is distilled in the heart of Cambridgeshire in hand beaten copper stills, housed in a stunning 200 year old barn beside a duck pond. Multi award-winning Master Distiller John Walters works his alchemy to create a retro gin of exceptional quality.
Set in rural Lincolnshire, just a few miles from the historic Cathedral City of Lincoln. Hemswell Antique Centres is the ideal venue for an enjoyable day out! A great opportunity to find that unique gift for that special someone who has everything; or treat yourself to vintage items that you won’t find on the high street.
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A family-run business for the past 35 years. Ian and Suzanne Newman live in and work from the tiny village of Norton Bavant, in the heart of rural Wiltshire, and enjoy nothing better than to share their knowledge of, and life-long enthusiasm for, the British countryside with guests from both home and abroad.
Iconic Luxury Hotels brings together a small collection of exceptional hotels spread across Britain; Cliveden House, Berkshire; Chewton Glen, Hampshire; The Lygon Arms, Cotswolds, and 11 Cadogan Gardens, London. Each property has its own character but they all share a common commitment to delivering outstanding experiences.
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Llangoed Hall is nestled in seventeen acres of gardens and parkland in Brecon, Wales and isn't a typical hotel. There is no reception desk and guests can enjoy an honesty bar whenever they like. This hotel is also home to a large telescope which guests are encouraged to use after dark to stargaze. The hotel's restaurant is home to 3 AA Rosettes.
From Land's End to The Orkney Islands, Adderley Travel is the specialist in small group garden tours for overseas visitors. Their 2018 programme of fully-escorted tours (to include Chelsea Flower Show tour, The Cotswolds and Oxford tour and the Far North & Orkney tour) are packed with wonderful experiences of Britain, our landscape, culture and heritage.
Nestled away on the picturesque Isle of Anglesey on the Menai Strait, with breath-taking views overlooking Snowdonia, you will find Chateau Rhianfa. Escape the fast pace of everyday life and check in to their pictureperfect French Château; dream the night away in a stylish bedrooms and dine in the award-winning restaurant.
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There is something very special about each of the nine carefully chosen hotels in the Eden Hotel Collection. Each one has been selected for the unique qualities it offers; the beautiful architecture, outstanding food, peaceful surroundings and the sense of total escape and relaxation offered to each and every guest.
Creekside Cottages offers a fine collection of individual waterside, rural and village self-catering properties on the south coast of Cornwall. These holiday cottages are located in some of the best areas of Cornwall and some are situated just yards from the seashore, truly a waterside holiday.
Comfortable, stylish and full of character, find the holiday home of your dreams within this beautiful collection of over 450 luxury, self-catering holiday properties in the UK and Ireland. From converted barns, cosy cottages and even lighthouse-keepers’ cottages, there’s sure to be a property that will be perfect for you and your family.
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CHRIS WHEELER Chris Wheeler, Executive Chef at Stoke Park's 3 AA Rosette fine dining restaurant, Humphry's, is this year celebrating 15 years of success and awards for creating culinary masterpieces at Britain’s first ‘Country Club’. Jessica Way, checks into Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire, for a dinner reservation and magnificent overnight stay.
HE IDYLLIC SETTING of Stoke Park Hotel, with the long winding drive up to the splendid Mansion House, standing as the centrepiece surrounded by the Championship Golf Course, picturesque bridges over a stunning lake, and imposing trees in every direction, is beautifully charming. Together with the Leisure Pavilion and 14 acres of elegantly landscaped private gardens, it is easy to see why this quintessentially British country club, hotel and spa has served as the filming location for several major films, including James Bond's Goldfinger and Tomorrow Never Dies, Bridget Jones's Diary and Layer Cake. The film and media spotlight may have been attracted to the romance of this uniquely idyllic Stoke Park setting, but inside the hotel, Executive Chef Chris Wheeler has also been causing a bit of a media stir with his innovative modern British cuisine with a twist – and quite rightly so. Not only is he a first-class talent, he is a personality too – if he’s not whisking up culinary delights for guests, he’s running the marathon dressed as a chef and carrying a stock pot or flipping pancakes all the way, raising tens of thousands of pounds for charity. Originally from Swanage in Dorset, Chris’ passion, enthusiasm and culinary excellence was spotted and nurtured from a young age. Starting his career at the Domaine de Bassible Hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant, located in the cosy French town of Ségos, fired the rising star’s enthusiasm. Celebrated Chef Jean Christophe spotted Chris’ talent early on, hiring him at Novelli, where Chris then stayed for 10 years, becoming the youngest Sous Chef at the time to be working seven days a week in a Michelin-starred restaurant. Chris rose through the ranks becoming Group Head Chef and right hand man to Jean Christophe, winning Michelin stars and five Red stars throughout the Novelli empire, including Four Seasons Park Lane, Le Provence, Lymington, Maison Novelli and Les Saveurs, Mayfair. His infectious enthusiasm and passion for food was endearing to watch in his legendary appearances on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen and ‘Chefs, Put your menu where your mouth is’. In Saturday
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Kitchen, Chris appeared alongside James Martin, Jason Atherton and Rashida Jones, cooking his signature Smoked Scallop Niçoise – a dish with a real theatrical serving. Sunday Brunch saw Chris rubbing shoulders with the likes of Mcbusted, Gareth Thomas and Susie Dent, cooking Pan fried fillet of Seabass with Potato Puree, Samphire, Clams and Teign Mussels Nage for all of them to try. Visit Stoke Park’s fine dining restaurant, Humphry’s, which takes its name from Humphry Repton, who designed the bridge it overlooks in 1805, and you can enjoy an evening of Chris cooking for you too, and take it from me; you'll experience flavours impossible to forget. As a fervent fish fan, I was delighted to see two of my favorites on the à la carte menu; curry scallops with roast cauliflower purée, curry mayo, onion bhaji and curry soaked raisins to start, followed by pan fried halibut with miso-glazed octopus, parmesan gnocchi and kohlrabi. My daughter ordered a fillet of Brookfield Farm beef which was the best beef she’d ever tasted. Humphry’s offers à la carte, a three course dinner menu, or an exquisite tasting menu, using locally sourced ingredients. The stunning decor, luxurious ambience and panoramic views of the estate and lake offer a perfectly romantic and relaxing setting, and a dining experience overall, which is, in my view, unsurpassable. Meeting Chris before leaving our table completed our evening. He’s very warm and personable – a humble family man, devoted dad of twin-girls, who, thankfully, you could tell, even with his many impressive recent awards (including Hotel Chef of the Year Award - over 250 covers - Hotel Cateys 2016!) and well-earned media recognition, that Chris is a talent with a very cool and calm head on his shoulders, just as I can imagine he is in the kitchen. » Stoke Park combines sumptuous luxury and refined elegance with some of the finest sporting and leisure facilities in the country. Only 35 minutes from London and 7 miles from London Heathrow, you can discover more, and book a table at Humphry’s via their website stokepark.com.
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