No escape! Police in Wales set up to checkpoints to quiz motorists in essential trips crackdown

No escape! Police in Wales set up checkpoints to quiz motorists and carry out checks on trains – as forces in England vow to turn around drivers without a good excuse for crossing the border Road blocks set up by Welsh police across the country to check for rule breakers  Meanwhile forces in border counties in … Read more No escape! Police in Wales set up to checkpoints to quiz motorists in essential trips crackdown

No escape! Police in Wales set up to checkpoints to quiz motorists in essential trips crackdown

No escape! Police in Wales set up checkpoints to quiz motorists and carry out checks on trains – as forces in England vow to turn around drivers without a good excuse for crossing the border Road blocks set up by Welsh police across the country to check for rule breakers  Meanwhile forces in border counties in … Read more No escape! Police in Wales set up to checkpoints to quiz motorists in essential trips crackdown

Covid-secure eating and drinking: The top restaurants and bars with heated terraces and blankets

Winter is coming… and that means braving the elements to have a Covid-secure drink or meal outside. But fear not, because the hospitality industry has released the blankets and fired-up the heaters on its (often covered) terraces. Here we look at some of the top spots for al-fresco eating and quaffing in England and Scotland, … Read more Covid-secure eating and drinking: The top restaurants and bars with heated terraces and blankets

Covid-secure eating and drinking: The top restaurants and bars with heated terraces and blankets

Winter is coming… and that means braving the elements to have a Covid-secure drink or meal outside. But fear not, because the hospitality industry has released the blankets and fired-up the heaters on their (often covered) terraces. Here we look at some of the top spots for al fresco eating and quaffing in England and … Read more Covid-secure eating and drinking: The top restaurants and bars with heated terraces and blankets

Great British boltholes: A review of The Pheasant Inn in Berkshire

Great British boltholes: A stay at a beautifully restored 400-year-old drovers’ inn that’s ‘a doorway to a differently delightful world’ The Pheasant Inn in Berkshire is a restored 400-year-old drovers’ inn close to Newbury racecourse Racehorse owners and jockeys, including the champion jumper A. P. McCoy, are regulars  The ground floor features a dining room, … Read more Great British boltholes: A review of The Pheasant Inn in Berkshire

As the nights draw in, Britain lights up and it’s time to… go with the GLOW!

With summer’s long, warm evenings now a faded memory, there’s no better way to boost the spirits than taking in a magical light festival. These outdoor trails, which bring to life some of the country’s most beautiful forests, historic buildings and landscaped gardens, are popular with all ages and also pass the Covid-secure test.  Venues have brought … Read more As the nights draw in, Britain lights up and it’s time to… go with the GLOW!

Great British boltholes: A review of The Pheasant Inn in Berkshire

Great British boltholes: A stay at a beautifully restored 400-year-old drovers’ inn that’s ‘a doorway to a differently delightful world’ The Pheasant Inn in Berkshire is a restored 400-year-old drovers’ inn close to Newbury racecourse Racehorse owners and jockeys, including the champion jumper A. P. McCoy, are regulars  The ground floor features a dining room, … Read more Great British boltholes: A review of The Pheasant Inn in Berkshire

Anyone for a spot of island hopping? The wonderful ways to enjoy a fun day out on the water 

Anyone for a spot of island hopping? From hovercraft day trips to ferry rides amid glorious scenery, the wonderful ways to enjoy a fun day out on the water Head to Portsmouth for a ride on the world’s only all-year hovercraft route, with day returns from around £25  Boat trips from Penzance to the Scilly … Read more Anyone for a spot of island hopping? The wonderful ways to enjoy a fun day out on the water 

The Seychelles is open for business with island resorts offering some astonishing winter bargains

Did you have to postpone a big celebration this year, or was your summer holiday cancelled? Then take a look at the Seychelles for some well-deserved winter sun. The country has just reopened to British tourists, although you must stay in a designated hotel for the first five days of your visit. However, that’s not a … Read more The Seychelles is open for business with island resorts offering some astonishing winter bargains

Visiting Athens: Buzzing Greek capital has new galleries and festivals – and it’s quarantine-free

The last time I visited Athens, I was 14 and on holiday with my parents. So, yes, I had prejudices about the place. Like every tourist, I had my photograph taken at the city’s most famous ancient landmark, the Acropolis — and apart from that snap of me, perched on a rock, sporting a red … Read more Visiting Athens: Buzzing Greek capital has new galleries and festivals – and it’s quarantine-free