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Britain September/October 2018

Packed with 196-pages of the best attractions, days out, places to stay and food and drink destinations, the 2015 BRITAIN Guide is your definitive companion to getting the best out of your holiday. From forgotten medieval villages, to country houses within easy access of London and shopping areas for picking up quintessential gifts, you won’t want to leave home without it.

United Kingdom
Chelsea Magazine
$9.11(Incl. tax)
$36.50(Incl. tax)
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor's letter

Britain has sweltered in a heatwave this summer: a source of much delight to us sun-starved Brits. This issue I jumped at the chance to escape our (rather warm) London HQ to head for the fresh air and open spaces of the capital’s charming villagey enclaves ( London Villages, p67), with forays into town to take part in the time-honoured ritual of a Prom ( Royal Albert Hall, p55). The glorious sunshine has seen a steep rise in British staycations, a trend that’s nothing new: our Georgian forebears liked nothing better than to seek out the country’s most picturesque corners ( No Place like Home, p27), and who can blame them? If you too can’t get enough of Britain’s stately homes, you are in for a treat. We’ve gone grand this issue,…

2 min
your letters

LETTER OF THE MONTH PAGES OF INSPIRATION When I saw the latest issue (Vol 86 Issue 4), I was immediately drawn to the headline about the Brontë sisters. It took me back 20 years to a visit to Haworth with my father, now deceased, and his sister. We went for a lovely walk in the area before heading into town. The article on Wordsworth also took me back to visits to the Lake District. A trip to the Lakes wouldn’t be complete without stopping at The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop. Sometimes my Christmas treat from my aunt is a box of that delicious gingerbread. The article on mazes reminded me of going to Hampton Court and trying out their maze. The photo of Conwy Castle in ‘Welsh Escapes’ reminded me of a camping…

5 min
the bulletin

OPEN HOUSE Norfolk gem Norfolk might be spoilt for country homes, but we can't get enough of them. Raynham Hall has been the home of the Townshend family for 400 years. The 17th-century house has close royal ties: one of the Townshends escorted King Charles II back to England from the Netherlands when he returned to reclaim the throne in 1660. Charles II later visited Raynham and slept in the bedroom used by the current Lord and Lady Townshend. Today’s tours, taken by Charles, the 8th marquess, and his wife Alison, include history and anecdotes (the next tour date is September 5). The couple also hold recitals, open to guests, throughout the year (Sept 15 and Sept 16). www.raynhamrecitals.co.uk STAY Book ahead Set to open this summer, the University Arms represents a quintessentially English hotel.…

1 min
reading corner

Shadow Warriors by Gordon Thomas and Greg Lewis (Amberley, £9.99) The gripping story of women of the UK and US secret service branches during the Second World War. The Story of the English Garden by Ambra Edwards (Pavilion, £25) A celebration of the outdoors, drawn from the National Trust archives. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Michael Smith (Unbound, £16.99) Linocut illustrations add an enchanting element to this new translation of the Arthurian romance. The World in Thirty-Eight Chapters by Henry Hitchings (Pan Macmillan, £16.99) Life lessons from Samuel Johnson, essayist and compiler of the first decent English dictionary, published in 1755. Durham Cathedral: The Shrine of St Cuthbert by Michael Sadgrove (Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers, £5) A handy guide to the history and architecture of a Norman treasure.…

5 min
great estates

Bordering Greater London to the southeast, Buckinghamshire’s proximity to the capital made it a prime spot for the building of grand country estates – the grander the better, so as to impress any visiting dignitaries. The Prime Minister’s country home, Chequers, is located in a quiet corner of this leafy county, and there are many other fine examples to discover. Waddesdon Manor, arguably Buckinghamshire’s most impressive country house, was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the late 19th century to entertain guests and show off his impressive collection of Old Masters, Gobelins tapestries and Sèvres porcelain. A fairy-tale French château, complete with whimsical towers, turrets and external staircases, it was the perfect setting for extravagant parties, and Ferdinand’s hospitality was legendary, with glamorous guests and socialites descending for summer-weekend house parties. Queen…

2 min
experience the pomp, pageantry and spectacle

November isn’t just a time for remembrance, but also a time for celebration. In the spirit of excitement, pomp and pageantry, Britain’s biggest indoor tattoo (a type of military show) returns to Arena Birmingham on Saturday 24th November at 6pm and Sunday 25th November at 2pm and during November and December the world famous Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines perform their spectacular Christmas concerts. Britain’s biggest indoor tattoo, with over 1,000 performers, will return to Birmingham bringing together military and other marching bands, exciting displays including field gun and many other performers to the Arena Birmingham (formerly the Barclaycard Arena). They will all join forces for this year’s Birmingham International Tattoo on Saturday 24th November at 6pm and Sunday 25th November at 2pm. Experience over three hours of pageantry and…