The Travel Section

South West in running for top tourism awards

THE South West is in a strong position for the fifth year running with 15 of the finalist places in the national Visit England Awards. More than a fifth of the finalists are businesses based in the South West – Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bath, Bristol, Gloucester and Wiltshire. The regional finalists are the South West…

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Pasty perfection at the Eden Project

CORNWALL and pasties are virtually synonymous but makers of the famous crimped meat-stuffed pastry envelopes will be coming from all over the world for the sixth annual World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project on Saturday 4th March. The championships, with nine categories, and open to professional and amateur bakers, celebrate the traditional Cornist pasty…

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About Africa at Bruton

BRUTON’s At The Chapel continues its winter season of talks on Thursday 2nd March with a visit by the film director and photographer Harry Hook  who will be showing some of his astonishing film and talking about his travels in Africa. Harry has been photographing in Africa since the 1970s. His films tell extraordinary stories…

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Gin and ginger is just the tea-time tonic

GIN is seriously back in fashion, and one London hotel is reviving an 18th century tradition from the time of the Frost Fairs. The historic St Ermin’s Hotel in London’s St James’s, built on the site of a medieval chapel and with connections to the SOE operations of the Second World War, has created a…

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Record year for South West tourism awards

RECORDS were broken at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards finale, held for the first time at Bristol Rugby’s Ashton Gate Stadium. There was a record number of 605 entries, and 135 awards – gold, silver and bronze – were presented at the awards event in the Lansdown Suite, hosted by ITV news presenter Kylie…

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Mountain adventures on film

THE annual Banff Mountain Film Festival tour is the perfect entertainment for armchair adventurers – sit in the comfort of Poole Lighthouse cinema on Tuesday 14th February and the Tivoli at Wimborne on Tuesday 21st and dream of playing the drums high above a French mountain gorge, rowing across the Atlantic or paragliding off Mexico’s…

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Nick Andrew’s Sticks in the Smoke

EVERY week for the past year, Wiltshire artist Nick Andrew has been taking his sketchbook to a different public garden or park in central London – the results will go on show at the Curwen Gallery in April. Nick, who has his studio at Bull Mill, Crockerton near Warminster, has been drawing, discovering, meeting park…

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Gay’s Canada blog

25th January FOR years I have wanted to visit Canada.  As a child I awaited the arrival of a magazine called Beautiful British Columbia, every season every year, from a Canadian airman my mother had met in the war. Awesome really was the right word for the huge mountains, stunning sunsets, glistening seas and plunging…

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