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Britain July/August 2021

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
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor's letter

Summer is upon us, the sun is making an appearance and attractions across the country are reopening their doors once more. Th is issue, we’ve embraced our new-found freedoms with a scenic adventure over Argyll’s lochs and glens, castle-spotting along the way (Highland beauty, p68). We also enjoy a wander through Dorset’s prettiest villages (What’s in a name?, p14) – if reading the feature leaves you longing to explore, enter our Competition (p21) for the chance to transport yourself to a country-house hotel in this timeless corner of England. Elsewhere, our features are linked by a royal theme. In an exclusive extract from a new biography, we look back at a special time in the life of the Queen and Prince Philip (A royal engagement, p48). We also chart the escapades…

3 min
your letters

STAR LETTER A ROYAL VISIT Thank you for your recent tribute [on www.britain-magazine.com] to HRH Prince Phillip and his extraordinary life. Like many Australians, I was deeply saddened to learn of Prince Philip’s recent passing. Prince Philip was hugely popular in Australia, visiting more than 20 times over 72 years and accompanying the Queen on 16 of those visits. Their February/March 1963 Royal Tour of Australia (which coincided with the Canberra jubilee celebrations) brought them to every one of our states and territories. During that tour, as a young girl aged 11, I well remember my mother taking me into Sydney when the Queen and Duke had sailed into Sydney Harbour on the Royal Yacht Britannia. We saw the Royal Yacht from the AMP building which was then Sydney’s tallest building,…

1 min
plain sailing

Commemorating 500 years since the first voyage around the world, the internationally renowned Tall Ships Race will start from Cornwall’s Falmouth on 19 August. The race between 40 of these traditionally rigged sailing vessels will be preceded by a spectacular Parade of Sail, with a Royal Naval Vessel in attendance, in the natural amphitheatre of Falmouth Bay, and accompanied by celebratory shoreside events. You can get up close to the ships on water-based inner harbour tours (new for this year) or enjoy the impact from afar from many vantage points along Falmouth’s beautiful coastline. www.falmouth.co.uk…

1 min
a wonder in wax

Visitors to Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of wartime prime minister Winston Churchill, can now enjoy two new permanent exhibitions. The Stables Exhibition, an immersive experience set in the palace’s historic stable block, demonstrates how horses and ‘Capability’ Brown’s landscaped parkland have contributed to the success of the estate over the centuries. Meanwhile the new Churchill Exhibition, which combines historic artefacts with new technology, features a new extraordinarily lifelike waxwork of Churchill, created by renowned sculptor Jethro Crabb. www.blenheimpalace.com…

1 min
regal finery

A new exhibition at Kensington Palace, Royal Style in the Making (until 2 January 2022), makes the most of Historic Royal Palaces’ 10,000-item-strong Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection to explore the relationship between fashion designer and royal client. On display will be a rare surviving toile for the 1937 coronation gown of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother; and Diana, Princess of Wales’s wedding dress, complete with a 25ft sequin-encrusted train, which dramatically filled the aisle of St Paul’s Cathedral, and is the longest in royal history. www.hrp.org.uk…

1 min
blooming lovely

Summer is here and we’re enjoying being out and about again. Inspired by the RHS Herbarium at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, the Royal Horticultural Society’s collection of reusable travel coffee cups and water bottles may come in handy. Indeed, one particular event that we’re looking forward to attending is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, this year postponed from May to 21-26 September. The landmark autumn display will incorporate pertinent themes: ‘The Florence Nightingale Garden – A Celebration of Modern Day Nursing’, for example. www.rhs.org.uk/shop…