The Travel Section

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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Crossing the Sahara – at the Regent

THE Regent Centre in Christchurch is showing the British Backpacker Society’s documentary, Across The Safari, filmed by and starring three former Highcliffe School pupils on Monday 13th August at 7.30pm. The feature-length documentary film covers the team’s overland expedition through the world’s largest sand-desert in March 2017. The journey takes the team to Morocco, the Western…

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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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Adrenalin thrills with Banff Mountain Festival

YOU can climb mountains, ski down vertical couloirs, row across the Atlantic, explore the deepest rainforest or abseil down rocky gorges – OR … you can book into one of the Banff Mountain Film Festival screenings, which start in our area at Poole’s Lighthouse Theatre on 21st and 22nd February. As a wimpy armchair adventurer,…

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Mark Thomas’s Palestinian adventure

DODGING cultural and literal bullets, Israeli incursions and religion, Mark Thomas and his team set out to run a comedy club for two nights in the Palestinian city of Jenin – only to find it’s not so simple to celebrate freedom of speech in a place with so little freedom. Visiting Glastonbury on 5th February,…

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