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Britain November/December 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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Chelsea Magazine
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor's letter

As the nights draw in and we approach the end of this turbulent year, BRITAIN brings good cheer to warm your autumn and winter. We’ve fallen for the charms of North Norfolk, now that the summer crowds have left for the year (Historic Norfolk, p14); and we’ve found the cosiest countryside inns to stay in – fireside cheer guaranteed (Winter warmers, p48). For a further dash of winter warmth, turn to A royal Christmas (p30), a nostalgic look at how monarchs through the ages celebrated the festive season. As always, we have some fascinating life stories to absorb you: the (almost) explosive tale of Guy Fawkes (Gunpowder, Treason & Plot, p39) and the heart-stirring story of one of our best-loved authors (The real Beatrix Potter, p56). Finally, we’re proud to have been nominated…

2 min
your letters

ON THE DICKENS TRAIL I thoroughly enjoyed your article A tale of one city [Vol 88 Issue 3]. My partner and I were advised by a friend to visit Middle Temple in London because of its history and the link to Charles Dickens. When I read your article I was hooked. We had no idea as to the number of places we could visit in one city which related to Dickens. Thank you for giving us so many suggestions. We will need to plan a longer visit so we can take it all in from 48 Doughty Street, Holborn to the Trafalgar Tavern, Greenwich. We are now really looking forward to planning our Dickens tour. Jeanette Thompson, Devon, UK ROOTS IN THE ROSELAND I was very pleased to read the article on the…

1 min
star letter adventures in yorkshire

During this time of social isolation, it is just a pleasure to go for a walk. Today when I went into town and opened my post office box there was the latest edition of BRITAIN and my day was made! I could hardly wait to get home to read about North Yorkshire [Vol 88 Issue 4]. Two summers ago a friend and I did a driving tour of the moors to the shore and this article brought back so many memories. We visited Castle Howard, rented a little cottage up on the moors, rode the steam train from Goathland to Whitby and back and visited Robin Hood’s Bay and traveled up the cliff lift at Saltburn-by-the-sea, as well as wandered the coastline at Ravenscar! We had so many adventures encountering sheep up…

4 min
the bulletin

EXHIBITION Turner’s times JMW Turner might be best known for his portrayal of nature’s unpredictable, otherworldly power, as depicted in The Shipwreck and Fishermen at Sea, but he also had his feet planted firmly on earth, in a world that was changing at a frightening rate. Living and working at the peak of the Industrial Revolution, Turner faced up to the turbulence of his times when some of his contemporaries glossed over it. A new exhibition at Tate Britain, Turner’s Modern World (28 October to 7 March 2021), will explore Turner’s fascination with politics, conflicts and new technology, as he turned his artistic eye to local elections, battlefields, steamboats and railways. www.tate.org.uk ART Palace paintings Spectacular works by artists such as Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, van Dyck and Canaletto can be enjoyed close up at The…

1 min
reading corner

Shakespeare and the Making of America by Kevin Hayes (£20, Amberley Books). From London’s Drury Lane Theatre to South Carolina, this is how Shakespeare was applied in a new home across the Atlantic. Roman Britain and Where to Find it by Denise Allen and Mike Bryan (£20, Amberley Books). The history of Britain’s best Roman villas, forts, walls and bathhouses, and some hidden gems you might walk right past. The Biscuit: The History of a Very British Indulgence by Lizzie Collingham (£18.99, Penguin Random House). The humble biscuit’s transformation from a staple for sailors to the nation's comfort food. Mad and Bad: Real Heroines of the Regency by Bea Koch (£13.99, Hachette). The independent -minded, real women of the Regency behind the fictionalised myth. Wartime Christmas by Anthony Richards (£12.99, Imperial War Museum). An…

7 min
historic norfolk

Travelling along the flat Fens under broad, open skies to Britain’s easternmost county, you feel as though you’re approaching the ends of the Earth. On the way to nowhere, North Norfolk is a place of windmills and watery vistas, of cosy pubs and flint-stone villages. This sleepy region is less populated now than it was in the Middle Ages, when the capital Norwich was England’s second largest city, a hub for the lucrative wool trade. The peaceful landscape is dotted with medieval church spires (Norfolk has the highest concentration anywhere in the world), remnants of the county’s distant heyday. These days, North Norfolk is famous for its beaches. The coastline, to which holidaymakers flock in summer, is head-turningly picturesque – which might explain why a wealth of historic attractions, tucked away inland,…