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Britain September/October 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.

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

in this issue

1 min
editor's letter

In the dark days of spring it was difficult to predict what would become of the places that make a visit to Britain so special – the stately homes and tearooms, the quaint hotels and the world-class museums. Happily, as I write, Britain is welcoming visitors once more. If you’re planning a joyful return to our shores in 2021, this issue is packed with inspiration. Seeking scenic seclusion? Tresco (The Emperor’s Isle, p68), a jewel-like island off the Cornwall coast, won’t disappoint. Timeless trails and rural charm? The ancient Ridgeway offers both in abundance (Step back in time, p14). A medieval city to explore? Look no further than Lincoln (p77). Our favourite stately homes and castles have now reopened their doors after a tumultuous few months (Keep Calm and Carry On, p32),…

2 min
your letters

PRECIOUS MEMORIES Many memorable itineraries for my sojourns in England have come from the inviting pages of BRITAIN. I recently spent a joyful and sunny Easter at Winchester Cathedral followed by a day in charming Chawton. On another trip I spent a lovely day wandering around Bourton-on-the-Water and dining in the classy Old Swan after exploring the nearby Minster Lovell ruins. Last summer, I stayed at St Margaret’s Hotel in Oxford. Due to the pandemic, I don’t know when I will return, but in the meantime, I relish the vicarious travel which each issue of BRITAIN offers! Sue Willis, New York, USA WON OVER BY WINSTON I was so glad to see the article Churchill at Home in the July issue [Vol 88 Issue 3]. I’m currently reading the William Manchester/ Paul Reid biography…

1 min
star letter pilgrimage to durham

This month I was lucky enough to visit Durham. As it is the county of my ancestors I love going there. Inspired by your feature To be a Pilgrim [Vol 88 Issue 4] I decided to be a pilgrim myself and visit the imposing Durham Cathedral. I had seen this majestic building at night, lit up and standing proudly over Durham city, but I had never been there before. Walking along the footpath by the River Wear I enjoyed observing the intricate architecture of the towers as well as seeing salmon leaping out of the water. What sights to behold! I was lucky to be able to enter the cathedral as it had opened up that day following lockdown. Following a one-way route through the cathedral, I was inspired by a…

4 min
the bulletin

CULTURE Pantomime pictures Windsor Castle’s Waterloo Chamber is showing a different face after reopening earlier this summer. Hidden beneath a series of portraits by Thomas Lawrence since the Second World War, a set of 16 colourful pantomime characters has now been revealed to the public. It was in the Waterloo Chamber that Her Majesty The Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) and her sister Princess Margaret took part in a series of pantomimes in wartime, raising money for the Royal Household Wool Fund, which supplied yarn to make comforters for soldiers fighting at the Front. Teenage evacuee Claude Whatham was asked to recreate fairytale icons on rolls of wallpaper. When the Lawrence paintings were removed from the room for safe-keeping for the duration of the war, the ‘pantomime pictures’ replaced them, transforming the bare…

1 min
reading corner

1520: The Field of the Cloth of Gold by Amy Licence (£20, Amberley Books). How the characters of King Henry VIII and King Francis I of France shaped European relations. The Mayflower in Britain: How an Icon Was Made in London by Graham Taylor (£20, Amberley Books). The Mayflower story told on its 400th anniversary, re-presented as part of British history. A Passion for the Dales by David Joy (£19.99, Great Northern Books). A native dalesman shares his passion for a unique landscape and its people. Sovereign of the Isles: How the Crown Won the British Isles by Iain Milligan (£25, Unicorn). The ruthless story of the conquests and treaties behind the formation of the British nation. To War with the Walkers by Annabel Venning (£10.99, Hodder & Stoughton). The touching tales of six…

6 min
step back in time

It has been called ‘Britain’s oldest highway’ and an adventure along it certainly stretches the imagination as well as the legs. The Ridgeway (Anglo-Saxon hyrcgweg) once formed part of a prehistoric track that ran from the Dorset coast to the Norfolk coast, and through the centuries it was used by local tribes and travellers, Viking invaders, traders and herdsmen: the higher, drier (if windblown) chalk ridge being preferable to more wooded terrain below. Today’s Ridgeway National Trail, running 87 miles northeast from Overton Hill in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire, takes you on a ramble through exhilarating landscapes and fascinating history: through open downland in the west to more intimate Chilterns woodland in the east; from an Iron Age fort and dragon hill to tales of Cromwell. You can walk…