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Britain May/June 2020

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.

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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor's letter

75 years ago this May, the Second World War in Europe ended, to widespread jubilation. In our VE Day special issue, we mark this milestone with two dedicated features, Secrets of Bletchley Park (p55), telling the intriguing tale of British wartime codebreaking, and Churchill at home (p32), a look at the houses associated with the great wartime leader. This issue falls at another time of worldwide crisis, and I hope that these stories of sacrifice, courage and determination will act as reminders of how even the most challenging of adversaries can be overcome. Providing much inspiration in a similar vein is another great Briton, Florence Nightingale, pioneer of modern nursing, who was born 200 years ago this June (The Lady with the Lamp, p61). At such times, of course, we also need some…

2 min
your letters

SCOTLAND BOUND Well, you’ve done it again. In 2017 you published an enticing article on southern Wales that caused us to change our UK travel plans to include a week visiting sites you wrote about. We explored St David’s Cathedral, Pentre Ifan, St Govan’s Chapel, Tintern Abbey, and more, all while staying at a delightful B&B on a working sheep farm. Now, you have published another tempting article, Take the High Road by Helen Ochyra [Vol 88 Issue 1], on Scotland’s North Coast 500 drive and its “spellbinding scenery”. So, again, we have changed our upcoming UK travel plans to include time in the Scottish Highlands. This trip, with our granddaughter as an additional travel companion, now includes the Bealachna Fa pass, Culloden battlefield, Inverness, and other sites along the way. Based…

1 min
star letter

BURY’S TREASURE I so enjoyed the article on Bury St Edmunds [Vol 88 Issue 1]. Brought back memories when I was stationed for 3 years at RAF Mildenhall with the United States Air Force, remembering when I participated in the 1959 Pageant of the Magna Carta. American scene eight (John Winthrop and the Charter of Massachusetts), I played Reverend Wilson (the right corner). Still have the program and a lot of photos. Bury was my favourite ‘go to’ town on a Saturday... way back then. Wow! Looking forward to Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield. Thank you BRITAIN. Robert M Beech, by email Our star letter wins The Great British Bucket List (National Trust Books, £12.99), which details 60 mini adventures around Britain. www.shop. nationaltrust.org.uk…

4 min
the bulletin

CULTURE En pointe Carlos Acosta, considered one of the world’s greatest male ballet dancers, is the newly appointed Director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet. His tantalising autumn triple bill of ballet performances has just been announced and will fall across two venues: Sadler’s Wells in London (27—8 October) and the Birmingham Hippodrome (1—3 October). The mixed bill will include, among other performances, Uwe Scholz's Seventh Symphony, a huge work that fills the stage with 36 dancers in a celebration of Beethoven's music 250 years since the composer's birth. www.brb.org.uk ANNIVERSARY In-spire-ing The foundation stone of Salisbury Cathedral, one of Britain’s finest Gothic buildings, was laid an astonishing 800 years ago. The site was chosen in 1220 by firing an arrow in the direction the cathedral was to be built; the arrow hit a deer, which…

1 min
reading corner

Charles II and his Escape into Exile by Martyn R Beardsley (Pen & Sword Books Ltd, £19.99). Read of the invaluable help provided by the Penderel brothers, who sheltered the king. Backing Bletchley: The Codebreaking Outstations, From Eastcote To GCHQ by Ronald Koorm (Amberley Publishing, £20). Explore the complex relationship between Bletchley and its outstations. The Author Who Outsold Dickens: The Life and Work of W H Ainsworth (Pen & Sword Books Ltd, £25). Dickens’s only serious commercial rival until the late 1840s. Queen Victoria and the Romanovs by Coryne Hall (Amberley Publishing, £20). Extracts from Queen Victoria’s journals tell this fascinating story of family relations played out on a world stage. The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper (by Hallie Rubenhold, £9.99). In this devastating narrative of…

8 min
1066 country

There’s a potent sense of the past in 1066 Country, an idyllic swathe of the Sussex countryside in England’s far southeastern corner. It was here on Senlac Ridge one autumn day in 1066 that William of Normandy’s invading army put King Harold’s footsore soldiers to the sword, bringing Saxon England to a brutal end and setting his new domain on a path towards nationhood. Birdsong rather than battle cries may greet you as you tread the soil of the most famous battlefield in English history, but the landscape – which unfurls beneath the town of Battle – remains so remarkably intact that it is still a powerfully evocative place. To stamp his authority, William ordered the construction of an abbey over the site of his victory, setting the high altar of the…