Archive for January, 2015

Where to celebrate Bob Marley’s 70th birthday – and other 2015 anniversaries

January 3, 2015

Party in Jamaica for Marley’s 70th birthday or hit Vegas for Sinatra’s 100th. The year ahead is packed with anniversaries worthy of a trip. You could even whirl atop an Austrian mountain to give thanks for 50 years of The Sound of Music Nungwi Village When? 1-6 FebruaryWhere? JamaicaWhat’s happening?The annual birthday celebrations for Jamaica’s […]

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The 2015 Holiday Guide: how to plan your new year getaway

January 3, 2015

Plan your 2015 holiday with our guide to the best family trips, beach escapes and city and UK breaks. Or make a resolution to enjoy the fresh air and follow our pointers for walking and cycling breaks that make the most of the great outdoors What kind of beach-bum are you? A Robinson Crusoe in […]

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Last-minute city breaks for New Year’s Eve

January 3, 2015

If your plans for New Year’s Eve don’t have you jumping for joy, there is still time to book a trip to a cool European city for the festivities. Here are some ideas … You may think it’s too late, but if your New Year’s Eve plans don’t feel very exciting, there is still time […]

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Top 10 winter activity breaks in Europe

January 3, 2015

Winter breaks can come with a twist, whether it’s sleeping inside a snowball, staying on a reindeer farm or even building an igloo. Here are 10 spins on the usual snow-based fun Southern French AlpsOnce you’ve reached your remote spot by snowshoe, and had some expert tips on good and bad construction, you’ll realise that […]

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Offbeat winter breaks in the UK

January 3, 2015

Ditch the tinsel, wrap up and sally forth to discover a host of December delights. From stag safaris on Exmoor to seahouse singing in Northumberland Every winter, Mercury-nominated sisters Rachel and Becky Unthanks host six weekends of singing, eating and walking on the Northumberland coast. It’s unadulterated cold-weather bliss, surrounded by the striking beauty of […]

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Let’s go to … Ipswich, Suffolk

January 3, 2015

It’s overshadowed by prettier Suffolk neighbours but this ancient town has some great modern attractions – including a fab hotel Why Ipswich?OK, so it isn’t the first place in Suffolk that springs to mind for a weekend away. Ipswich is somewhat overshadowed by prettier neighbours Aldeburgh, Southwold and Lowestoft, but this ancient town has some […]

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Hoyma – the Faroe Islands’ homespun music festival

January 3, 2015

The Faroe Islanders’ winter tradition of throwing their doors open to neighbours has inspired a new music festival, with village homes for stages. James Stewart checks it out, and the wild landscape beyond It’s 4pm, shortly before dusk. Cupped in mountains, Sydrugöta is a cat’s cradle of streetlights beside a fjord turned to pewter in […]

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Britain’s best Christmas markets

January 3, 2015

Get into the present-giving spirit by picking out presents at a quirky craft market or open studios event, with gift ideas from independent producers. Here are the best of the festive bunch• Top 10 food markets in Europe If you prefer to shop inside rather than out, head north-east. The vast Biscuit Factory gallery is […]

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Satellite ski resorts – how to get Verbier snow for half the dough

January 3, 2015

Switzerland’s ritzy ski resorts are becoming ever more exclusive, but nearby satellite villages offer a more traditional, affordable après-ski, and access to the same slopes In the tail of the afternoon, when the ice takes on a lilac tinge and thoughts turn to fireside beers, I’m riding a final line over soft powder-puff mounds of […]

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Nanteos Mansion, Aberystwyth, Wales: hotel review

January 3, 2015

This Georgian manor house has undergone a major refurb, and now offers opulent accommodation, great food and a warm welcome It’s usually wild and windy where the Cambrian mountains collapse into the rugged coast around Aberystwyth, and on the weekend I visit it’s also very wet. If you’ve seen any episodes of the recent noir […]

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