The Travel Section

The call of the sea

THE autumn edition of the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is a virtual event, with a series of dramatic, beautiful, lyrical and exciting new short films being shown online on 17th to 19th November. The films, as always, are stories of seafaring adventure, carefree characters and fascinating marine life, often with a particular conservation, ecological…

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Great West Way launches food and drink map

THE Great West Way, running from London to Bristol, roughly along the line of the A4 trunk road, is the world’s first multi-modal touring route, with road, rail and water links between the two cities, a direct distance of 125 miles. If you include the off-the-beaten walking and bike trails and other detours, there are…

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The silence of the mountains

JAMES Crowden, best known to Fine Times Recorder readers and West Country people generally as a local historian, poet and cider expert, was a soldier for some years after leaving university. After he left the Army in 1976, he travelled to one of the most remote and inaccessible countries in the world, the Himalayan kingdom…

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Don McCullin at Hauser & Wirth

DON McCullin, one of the all-time great war photographers and more recently a documenter of rural landscapes, has an important exhibition at Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, running to 4th May. Don McCullin. The Stillness of Life features more than 60 landscape photographs, mapping his intimate relationship with the local landscape of Somerset and continued passion…

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The road vicariously travelled

A NEW festival celebrating the joys of travel and travel writing has been launched in Somerset, a year to the day before it will open on the Sparkford Hall estate in September 2020. The not-for-profit Vicarious Festival is described as a celebration of cultural diversity and the transformative power of storytelling. With patrons Joanna Lumbye,…

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Stow High in Transit – Tyntesfield and the guano trade

A NEW exhibition of photographs at Tyntesfield near Bristol offers an oblique but fascinating insight into the history of the National Trust’s Gothic Revival mansion and estate near Bristol. Photographer and academic Olli Hellmann has created the series of diptychs and triptychs, called Stow High in Transit, juxtaposing scenes from Tyntesfield and from the remote…

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I do like to be beside the seaside

WE went up to Edinburgh for a concert at the festival (John Eliot Gardiner conducting West Side Story, if you are interested, and it was brilliant) and stayed somewhere new to us – Portobello. On the Forth coast, between Leith and Musselburgh, Portobello is a slightly faded 19th century seaside resort that has not been…

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