The Travel Section

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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Contemporary Craft Festival is top tourism winner

THE Contemporary Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey, the home of the Devon Craft Guild, was the overall winner in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards, announced at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay. More than 450 attended the region’s biggest tourism event, when 123 awards were presented, following judging of a record 647 entries….

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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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Rory MacLean at Denman & Gould

THE award-winning travel writer Rory MacLean will be at Denman & Gould, the design studio of Eleanor Goulding and Russell Denman, near Sherborne, on Saturday 27th January, to give a talk during an evening that also includes music, food and drink. Born in Vancouver, Rory MacLean was the son of Canadian newspaper publisher Andrew Dyas…

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Cakes fit for a king

IF you think Austrian cakes are just about Viennoiserie (which, frankly, can be pretty boring), you haven’t been to some of the country’s great old coffee houses, particularly in Salzburg or Innsbruck – Esterhazyschnitt, Cremeschnitte, Kaisertorte, Linzertorte, Nusstorte … the litany of names is as mellifluous as the cakes are delicious. We spent a few…

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Memories of warmer climes

THE weather this week has been so grim – cold, wet, windy, November going out like a grumpy hippo – so we thought we could dig into our archives and find something bright and sunny to cheer us all up. What better than a late summer visit to Provence with our friend, chef Philippa Davis from…

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Heart-stopping adventure on the Reel Rock tour

THE Reel Rock Film tour is a celebration of adrenalin-driven, death-defying, extreme climbing. This year’s festival in our region from 18th to 22nd November, features four new films of adventurers taking on breathtaking challenges. Join 19-year-old Margo Hayes as she pushes mind and body to the absolute limit to attempt to become the first woman…

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