The Travel Section

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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Adventures on the edge

MOUNTAIN lovers, thrill-seekers and armchair adventurers can all sit back in the comfort of a local cinema or arts centre and enjoy this year’s programmes from the Banff Mountain Film Festival. The next dates in the FTR  area are at  Bath Komedia on 4th and 5th March. The 2020 tour includes a new selection of…

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Rare views of the Great Wall of China

A DOCUMENTARY on screen at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, on Wednesday 6th November at 7pm, offers a rare aerial perspective of the world’s longest man-made monument, the Great Wall of China, a spectacular visual journey from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert. A Slow Odyssey: The Great Wall of China is filmed in…

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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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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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