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Britain November/December 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

With the nights drawing in, BRITAIN brings good tidings and a dash of holiday spirit to warm winter. Join us as we tuck into Festive feasts (p41) with our favourite royals from history. Pass the minst pyes! We’re also raising a glass to Leeds Castle (The loveliest castle, p30) as it celebrates its 900th anniversary. Home to many an English queen, it is every bit as lovely as its reputation promises. There’s abundant good cheer to be found in our smallest county (Hidden England, p14): if you’ve never heard of Rutland, now’s the time to discover its quaint towns and twinkly pubs. Further south in rural Suffolk, we trace the course of the River Stour, wandering through pastoral scenes made famous by two of our most famous artists (Painters’ paradise, p72). And if that…

2 min
your letters

MAGNIFICENT MOUNT Your article on Cornwall in the September issue [Vol 87, Issue 4] brought back fond memories of war years spent in Cornwall as an evacuee. We often visited St Ives and St Michael’s Mount. In those days there were still many open mine shafts and they held a particular fascination for me, as well as considerable awe. I can remember embarking from Marazion in a small boat to St Michael’s Mount at full tide with the oarsmen endeavouring to keep the everyone inside the boat! I spent many holidays at St Ives after the war, and in fact met my wife on Porthminster Beach. My own daughter and her cousins have continued the fascination with Cornwall. Thank you for reminding me of a wonderful part of my childhood spent during…

1 min
star letter code breaking & pasty-making

The latest copy of BRITAIN [Vol 87, Issue 4] brought back lots of happy memories. I was a Wren code breaker at Bletchley Park during the Second World War. I was billeted at Woburn Abbey; we were bussed to this beautiful, peaceful place after a noisy 8-hour shift working on Alan Turing’s Bombe – I am now 93 years old and have lived in Louisiana for 70 years! The other article I enjoyed was about Cornwall where I spent many lovely holidays as a child. Our Cornish housekeeper taught me how to make Cornish pasties – I still cook them for special birthdays! Thanks for all the good memories. Marigold McNeely, Covington, Louisiana, USA Our star letter wins a William Morris playing card set (£12.99, V&A Shop), displaying the lush colours and…

5 min
the bulletin

FESTIVAL Lighting up Durham World-renowned for its cathedral and castle, Durham has more reason to draw the crowds this November, as the biennial Lumiere light festival returns to its home town. Maximising the impact of its historic landmarks and contemporary buildings, the festival will transform them into large-scale art installations. For this tenth anniversary edition, new artworks will be on show alongside firm favourites from previous years. Expect the unexpected: a foreboding fog creeping across the River Wear against the backdrop of Durham Castle is only a teaser of what the UNESCO World Heritage City has in store for visitors. Lumiere takes place from 14 to 17 November. www.lumiere-festival.com THEATRE Circus spectacular Following a critically acclaimed run last year, Circus 1903 returns to celebrate the golden age of the circus. Between the mid-1800s and mid-1900s,…

1 min
reading corner

After the Lost Franklin Expedition by Peter Baxter (Pen & Sword Books, £25). All 129 men died, but this book tells this tragic story from widow Lady Franklin’s perspective. Charles Booth’s London Poverty Maps (Thames & Hudson, £49.95). Collating contemporary reports made by Charles Booth and his team of sociologists as they documented the wealth of the capital in the 19th century. Digging Up Britain by Mike Pitts (Thames & Hudson, £24.95). Ten astounding new archaeological discoveries that have changed how we comprehend the past million years of British history. Tracks: Walking the Ancient Landscapes of Britain by Philip Hughes (Thames & Hudson, £24.95). Reproducing 140 of Hughes’s paintings that record 11 iconic walks across Britain. Women of the Home Front, introduced by Elizabeth Shipton (Mirrorpix, £12.99). More than seven million women were engaged…

5 min
hidden england

Not many people have heard of Rutland, not even those who live in the UK. Comprising less than 150 square miles in the very heart of England, scenic, sleepy Rutland is flanked by the more famous counties of Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire. Rutland regained its status as a ceremonial county in 1997 and was given the motto “Multum in parvo”, the Latin for “Much in little” – and rightly so. What the smallest county in England lacks in size, it makes up for in charisma. With pretty Rutland Water at its heart, this is a county of golden ironstone villages, ancient churches, breathtaking farmland vistas, twinkly old pubs and the picture-perfect market towns of Uppingham and Oakham – home to two of the country’s most historic schools. While many gems lie just…