Archive for August, 2016

Take the kids to … Winchester Science Centre

August 3, 2016

Films and live shows in the planetarium and clever interactive exhibits throughout make science fun for all the family on this good-value day trip In a nutshell More than 100 interactive exhibits covering all sorts of scientific phenomena and theories are laid out over two open-plan floors. Visitors can make a tornado, follow different foods […]

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The alt city guide to Nottingham

August 3, 2016

From DH Lawrence and Alan Sillitoe to Shane Meadows and the Sleaford Mods, Nottingham has a culture of rebelliousness that runs through its energetic music, arts, nightlife and bars Nottingham is not a city to shout about itself. In everything from its long history of iconic clubs (Kool Kat, Venus, the Bomb) to its new […]

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10 of the best alternative city tours in Europe

August 3, 2016

See a different side of Europe’s major cities on these innovative walking tours that revel in art, history, food, drink – and even financial mismanagement Nungwi Village Instagram has fuelled our lust for instant travel photos, but this tour draws on actual cameras, arming walkers with a vintage Polaroid camera and a pack of film […]

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Brooks Country House, near Ross-on-Wye: hotel review

August 3, 2016

Once its pool and spa open – and there’s a little more choice at dinner – this new incarnation of a Wye Valley manor house will be hard to resist There is something significant about decelerating on the driveway sweeping you towards a country house hotel. Perhaps the slower pace allows time for drama to […]

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Alt city guide to Belfast

August 3, 2016

The subculture that always existed beyond Northern Ireland’s old divisions has come to the fore in Belfast, energising the city’s music, food, drink and art scenes Art enables people to assert their individuality in the face of hostile prevailing orthodoxies. In 20th century Northern Ireland, that was a potent force as generations of artists – […]

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Ales of the riverbank: a pub crawl of Norwich by canoe

August 3, 2016

Norwich has dozens of ancient churches, a network of peaceful waterways and a pub for every day of the year. So where better to combine sightseeing and paddling from pub to pub? We’ve had many elegant moments, but this is not one. Charlie lowers herself into the canoe first – an unsteady and unfamiliar combination […]

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Where to buy fresh food and drink in Normandy and Brittany

August 3, 2016

The sheer abundance of regional specialities in north-west France makes for a thrilling foodie road trip. We sniff out the best local produce, plus great places to eat, drink – and sleep it off• Readers’ tips on places to visit in Normandy and Brittany The Pays d’Auge region, just an hour’s drive east of Caen […]

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Road to ruin: a gin tour of Northern Ireland

August 3, 2016

Glenn Patterson heads from Belfast to the shores of Strangford Lough to sip and soak up the work of a new generation of distillers who are resurrecting the craft Cards on the table here: I have been led astray by strong drink. A few weeks back, waiting to be served at the Woodworkers Tap Room […]

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Brighton tower: tickets go on sale for the new i360

August 3, 2016

The world’s tallest moving observation tower – up and down, not side to side – opens on 4 August, taking in views from 138 metres above Brighton beach Tickets are now on sale for Brighton’s latest tourist attraction, the world’s tallest moving observation tower. The British Airways i360 opens to the public on 4 August, […]

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Driven to distraction: the Norway road trip where cool design meets dramatic scenery

August 3, 2016

Norway’s roadside architecture project, part of its National Tourist Routes, has led to the creation of bridges and viewing platforms that make every journey a tour de force – and more new designs are on the horizon Vertigo-inducing viewing platforms, island-hopping bridges, and some of the funkiest toilet facilities in the northern hemisphere: these are […]

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