The Travel Section

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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Ocean adventures on screen

THE popular Banff Mountain Ocean Film Festival returns in September and October with dates at many local theatres, continuing at Wimborne Tivoli Theatre on 18th, Exeter Corn Exchange from 19th to 21st and Salisbury City Hall on 24th. October dates are at the Regent Centre, Christchurch on 2nd and 17th October, Weymouth Pavilion on 8th,…

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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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Sardinia: much more than sun and sand

IF you thought Sardinia was just about sun, sea and sand, think again. It’s got all those glorious holiday basics, of course, but this Mediterranean island has plenty more to boot. It’s part of Italy, after all, so it was certain to have layers of history beneath its shiny surface, but it can also boast…

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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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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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