The Travel Section

Films to get the adrenalin going

BANFF Mountain Film Festival returns for the tenth year, with screenings at many of this area’s arts centres and cinemas, starting at Poole Lighthouse on 13th February and Weymouth Pavilion on 15th February. The festival tour features two different collections of new films from some of the world’s most intrepid film- makers, starring pioneers and…

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Coast to Poole with Neil Oliver

NEIL Oliver, the long-haired one with the Scottish accent from the BBC’s Coast series, is on the road with his own solo stage show, The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places, coming to Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on Saturday 10th November, at 7.30pm. Neil was born in Renfrewshire and studied archaeology, before becoming…

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All at sea at Tollard Talks

JENNIFER Coombs, a former High Sheriff of Dorset, comes to Tollard Talks in the barn at Tollard House, Tollard Royal, on Thursday 18th October, to give a talk called From High Sheriff to High Seas. At the beginning of this year Jennifer made a six-week, 6,500km sailing trip across the wild, windswept South Atlantic to…

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A cheese odyssey to Somerset

SOME of the country’s finest cheese makers, including Montgomery and Westcombe, will be featured on a special five-day tour, Cheese Journeys, introducing cheese lovers to the unique culinary culture of Somerset. The Cheese Journeys visit in April 2019 will include cheesemarkers and affineurs, and begins at London’s historic Borough Market, including a visit to Neal’s…

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A bouquet for Normandy’s ‘Flowery Coast’

THE beaches of Normandy may resonate around the world with the history of the D-Day landings but before and since those momentous days of 1944, its sands have been associated with happier events. Just along the coast from the likes of Omaha and Sword, the little town of Trouville – correctly Trouville-sur-Mer – and its…

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Where and what to eat in Singapore

Philippa Davis doesn’t just cook for clients – she also eats, adventurously and enthusiastically. She has recently returned from a working visit to Singapore and South East Asia – here are some of her recommended culinary do’s and don’ts… UNDOUBTEDLY it is as important to know what to eat as where to eat, especially if…

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Blue Planet II comes to Lyme Regis

EVERYTHING about David Attenborough’s recent Blue Planet II series was compelling and memorable – but much of the appeal came from the soundscape, and you can discover more about this when the academic advisor for the series, Professor Steve Simpson, comes to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on Thursday 3rd May. Intrepid Explorers, an…

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Behind the scenes at the Cathedral

DISCOVER the expertise and working lives of the people who maintain the fabric of Salisbury Cathedral at a new series of guided tours, starting in March. The new guide-led Stonemasonry Works Yard tour starts on Thursday 5th April, offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the skilled craftspeople who conserve and restore this beautiful medieval building. Salisbury…

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Opening Doors at Wells

TEN years ago, composer Helen Ottaway from Frome and dance artist Melanie Thompson collaborated on a public art project at Wells – on Saturday 24th March, they are back in the city to explore their recent travels and residencies in Denmark and Sri Lanka and to start to develop a new project. Opening Doors at the…

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