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Joining the druids at Longstone

Jun 18th, 2014 | By

With just under a week to go now until the longest day, you might have thought of an early wake-up call to catch the sun rising. But have you considered going to the Isle of Wight to welcome the solstice?

Chinese Heathrow

Jun 17th, 2014 | By
Heathrow Terminal 3

The ambassador is also reported by the news agency, Reuters, to have said that he expects Heathrow to have a third runway. Is this a political hunch that the British government will give way?

Dining in a KGB Bunker

Jun 16th, 2014 | By
© Soviet Bunker

The more unusual and strange an attraction is it seems the more we are drawn to it. But would you go the trouble of visiting a KGB bunker in the Nemenčinė forest in Lithuania? Especially if it meant dressing as an inmate?

Architecture month

Jun 15th, 2014 | By
City Hall, London

Visiting iconic buildings is one of the key visitor attractions and June is the month we celebrate the London Festival of Architecture.

Gone tech? Compensation is available

Jun 13th, 2014 | By
© Dan Sperrin

Have you heard of Ronald Huzar? He is a person you may have cause to be grateful for. His persistance has meant that we have now have a farily tight legal ruling about when you can get compensation if your plane goes tech.

Is there a passport problem?

Jun 11th, 2014 | By
UK passport

The thing I dislike most about politicians is that they never tell the whole truth. Is there a backlog in issuing passports or not?

Light, Camera, Wildlife!

Jun 10th, 2014 | By
Minsmere's Boomacre Mere ©  David Tipling

There’s still loads to do and see at RSPB Minsmere on the Suffolk Coast once the BBC Springwatch cameras have stopped rolling, says Sarah Woods

Invasion of the giant pandas

Jun 10th, 2014 | By

Two of the strangest sights for a while come from Hong Kong. To highlight the plight of the giant panda, 1600 papier-mâché pandas from recycled materials to invade Hong Kong.

The travelling hotel

Jun 8th, 2014 | By

Seeing the northern lights is, for many, of the holiday experiences they have to do. But whichever country you go to, the key is getting away from light pollution. So what better way than by staying in a travelling hotel?

D-Day remembered

Jun 6th, 2014 | By

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day and you don’t need me to tell you that the memories are being recalled in any number of countries.

New Zealand skiing season to start

Jun 5th, 2014 | By
snow in Queenstown

Avid skiers are already getting withdrawal symptoms now that much of Europe’s skiing finished a month ago. But in other parts of the world they are looking forward to a bright new season just days away. Like New Zealand for example.

D-Day week in Southsea

Jun 3rd, 2014 | By
Southsea Castle

Readers can hardly be unaware that many places this week will be remembering the 70th anniversary of D-Day. On 6th June 1944, the allies stormed Normandy from bases in the UK. Key was Portsmouth and the surrounding area from which troops left in their tens of thousands.

Visiting Indonesia and Turkey in Trafalgar Square

Jun 2nd, 2014 | By
Hello Indonesia

Everyone knows this London square perhaps because of Nelson’s column, the lions, the fourth plinth resplendent these days with a blue cockerel or because of the Monopoly board game.

Post-travel aftercare

Jun 1st, 2014 | By
sleppers to Thurso? Now that would be different

The expression sounds medical but that certainly wasn’t what was meant when Keith Brown, the Scottish government’s Minister for Tourism and Veterans (what an odd grouping) announced the awarding of the sleeper franchise contract this week.

What now Robin Hood?

May 29th, 2014 | By
Nottingham Castle. And no Robin Hood in sight!

Robin Hood might be spinning in his grave now – if he had a grave – because Nottingham castle has received nearly £13 million to redevelop the site. It might make it even more difficult to storm the castle and rescue Maid Marion or one of his merry men.

More Brits for Mexico?

May 28th, 2014 | By
as we see Mexico - endless, sandy beaches like this near Puerta Vallarta

In 2012, 363,142 British nationals visited Mexico and Cancun was the destination that attracted the majority of us. Will the new Thomson flight open up the western coast of Mexico to British and Irish visitors?

Hello Indonesia

May 27th, 2014 | By
Lake Bratan on Bali in Indonesia

This Saturday, Trafalgar Square in London becomes Indonesian for the day as the country “invades” the square bringing the delights of the country to us as a travel destination.

The Coleridge Way

May 26th, 2014 | By

We are now well and truly into the walking season. In June many of the walking festivals are held and, just in time, for the season a new extension to the Coleridge Way was opened last week.

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival

May 25th, 2014 | By
HK Dragon boat

In Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, the Dragon Boat Festival, also known as the Tuen Ng Festival (2 June) is only a week away.

Welsh roads stem tourism growth

May 23rd, 2014 | By

You can have the best attractions, the most appealing scenic views and exceptional customer service but if you can’t get the visitor easily around you will never expand.

National Forest Way

May 21st, 2014 | By
part of the National Forest Way

The National Forest Trail has opened which takes you through the length of the National Forest from the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, through Derbyshire and on to the Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire.

2014 Visit England Awards for Excellence

May 20th, 2014 | By
Calvert Trust sailing

Last week after regional heats had whittled down the number of entrants form 400, Visit England handed out its Awards for Excellence.

Live the Culture Tobago Style

May 19th, 2014 | By
Cays Beach in Tobago

Tobago’s culture is at the heart of the campaign. The ‘Live the Culture Tobago style’ strap line is meant to emphasise the unspoilt natural beauty, accessible authenticity and individual splendour.

Guernsey for adrenalin junkies

May 18th, 2014 | By

You might have an opinion that Guernsey is genteel and that it is an island that attracts mature holidaymakers. And that is what some people would like you to believe.

Sailing around the world

May 16th, 2014 | By
Clipper Race

It’s not just the siling that will be an experience that you’ll never forget it is what occurs around the race as well. Take the leg which will start in about a week and take competitors from Jamaica to New York.

A nude beach frolic or hide-and-seek?

May 15th, 2014 | By

On May 18th it is International Museums Day. Linked with this in the UK is Museums at Night, a three day event that starts today.

Do you visit Wales?

May 15th, 2014 | By

Conflicting news has been issued recently about the attractiveness of Wales as a holiday destination. Have you considered day trips, short breaks or holidays in Wales?

A week-end break, wine-tasting

May 14th, 2014 | By
Indre-et-Loire - 67    Tours

The last weekend of May (May 31st and June 1st) is the best opportunity for wine lovers to participate in the huge Loire Valley wine fair which takes place each year in the pleasant city of Tours.