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Britain March/April 2019

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

Flicking through the pages of this month’s BRITAIN before it goes to press, I’m struck by the sheer variety of experiences to be had within our shores. Just a sample from this issue: you can explore the thousand-year-old Tower of London with a Beefeater ( Guardians of the Tower, p24); take a heart-pounding walk along the chalky white cliffs that were a beacon for airmen in wartime ( White Cliffs of Dover, p39); go on a wine-tasting tour of Kent ( Wandering the wine garden of England, p54); or journey to Wales in search of the sites that inspired our great artists and poets ( Welsh Romance, p14). We strive to bring you the very best of this wonderfully varied country every issue, so we were thrilled to be recognised in…

2 min
your letters

STAR LETTER WEDDING BELLS In BRITAIN Vol 86 Issue 6 there was a great article on Horace Walpole’s house, Strawberry Hill. My godson and his bride were married there, almost 25 years ago. It was an Indian wedding, and the most glorious ceremony I have seen…the colours spectacular and the music fascinating! As you can imagine, the atmosphere of the house lent itself perfectly. I still remember walking in the grounds with champagne, taking everything in. Being a transplanted Brit, I enjoy your publication so much, covering my true home... England! Jane Dawkin, Danville, California Our Star Letter wins Elizabeth Revealed: 500 facts about the Queen and her world (Scala Arts and Heritage Publishers in association with Historic Royal Palaces; £17.95), a fascinating glimpse into the Queen's life. THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL A message from…

3 min
visit doncaster

www.visitdoncaster.com You might know Doncaster for its world famous horseracing fixtures The St Leger Festival in September or more recently the family friendly multi award winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park home of England’s only Polar Bears and the recently rescued Brown Bears from Japan, but this is not the full package. Doncaster or the name the Romans used from AD 71 “Danum” that some pronounce as Dan-um or as the locals do Day-numb is a vast Borough of some 200 square miles that is made up of over 70 market towns and villages mostly in rural locations as the borough is two thirds rural. The geography of the area made Doncaster attractive to the Romans being on the Great North road the main route from South to North that until the 1960’s ran through…

4 min
the bulletin

OPENING The people’s Palace London’s 'oldest new theatre', a wonder of Victorian engineering, has finally reopened after 80 years. The theatre at Alexandra Palace first opened in 1875 and was a popular venue, with audiences of over 3,000 watching everything from pantomime to opera. Stage machinery allowed actors to fly through the air, but the theatre fell into disrepair as it couldn't compete with the West End, ending up as a BBC prop store. Thanks to a £27m refurb, however, the theatre is back in business. Highlights this year include the BBC Concert Orchestra (16 February) and Richard III (13-31 March). www.theatre.alexandrapalace.com STAY Tudor makeover Following a two-year multi-million-pound restoration project, Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon reopens on 4 February in the heart of the town. The boutique hotel has been completely revamped to include…

1 min
reading corner

The Old Stones by Megalithic Portal and Andy Burnham (Watkins, £29.99) A beautiful guide to the amazing megalithic sites across Britain and Ireland. Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places by Philip Wilkinson (Historic England, £20) An illustrated celebration of England’s most remarkable landmarks. Stinking Bishops and Spotty Pigs: Gloucestershire's food and drink by Emma Kay (Amberley Publishing, £14.99) An exploration of Gloucestershire’s rich culinary heritage, from cheese to cider. Only in London by Duncan JD Smith (The Urban Explorer, £16.95) Set out on a unique expedition with this refreshing alternative guide to the capital's hidden corners. Patrick Leigh Fermor by Michael O’Sullivan (Central European University Press; £18.99) Eastern European wanderings of the famous British war hero and travel writer.…

6 min
welsh romance

Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe, described north Wales as “full of horror”. The region was remote; the landscape wild and rugged. Yet within decades, artists and writers thronged to get there. The painter JMW Turner went five times at the end of the 18th century; the poet William Wordsworth slogged up Snowdon one summer. North Wales was the ideal setting for the Romantic movement: the trend of the day. The Romantics glorified nature and the past. They sought to experience the “sublime” (a sense of fear and awe) and depict the “picturesque” (composed scenes with unruly elements). Wordsworth argued that poetry should begin as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings”. Emotion was vital. With its grandeur and mystery, north Wales encapsulated Romantic ideas. Artistic and literary types traipsed up Snowdon, the…