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Britain September - October 2016

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

It has been a changeable few months in Britain following the EU referendum, but there has never been a better time to visit the UK – not least because your money may stretch a little further! Regardless of the outcome, Britain remains one of the world’s most complex, fascinating and historic nations, something we’re celebrating in this issue. Think Big (p34) explores the places and spaces that inspired Britain’s brightest minds and most forward thinkers, from scientists Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, to Octavia Hill, whose grand ideas brought about social reform in all aspects of Victorian life. And nowhere bears the scars of history more visibly than the Tower of London (p68), which has remained at the heart of British life for 950 years, acting as a backdrop for…

2 min
your letters

LETTER OF THE MONTH BRIEF ENCOUNTER I enjoyed your piece about Hastings on www.britain-magazine.com very much. On 15 December 1945, my parents, Gary Gezel (an American GI) and Dorothy Findlay (a member of the RAF), were married at St Leonard’s Church in Heston, England, after writing to each other for four years after meeting only once on a train to Scotland in 1941. It’s an amazing story and they had an amazing life together. They honeymooned in Hastings and went on to live in Pella, Iowa, where I reside now. They were married for 60 years, before my mother’s death in 2004. My father is 97 and still alive. I will be printing out your article, so that I can read it to him. Janet K Sharp, Iowa, USA BRITAIN replies: Thanks for your letter, Janet.…

5 min
the bulletin

TRAVEL IDEAS Cornish charms With season two of the hit BBC TV show Poldark due to air in the UK this September, we expect the stunning Cornwall coastline in which it’s set to once again be a huge hit with viewers. You can check out some of the locations that added atmosphere to series one at the National Trust’s Levant Mine and Beam Engine, near St Just, and nearby Botallack Mine. Levant is only Cornish beam engine still operated by steam on its original site and played the part of Tressiders Rolling Mill in the programme, while the perilously positioned Botallack Mine doubled as Wheal Leisure, the family mine Poldark tries to save.www.nationaltrust.org.uk NEWS Step into history King Henry VIII’s warship – built in 1510, sunk in 1545 and dramatically raised from the Solent in 1982…

1 min
reading corner

The Queen by AN Wilson (Atlantic Books, £10) The clear-eyed biographer sets his sights on our monarch in this unusual examination of life and times of HM The Queen. Everything You Know About London is Wrong by Matt Brown (Batsford, £9.99) A fascinating read for anyone who loves the capital, this witty and informative book explodes a whole range of myths. How To Be a Tudor by Ruth Goodman (Viking, £9.99) The renowned “method historian” finds out what everyday life was really like for a commoner in 16th-century Britain. Neither Nowt Nor Summat by Ian McMillan (Ebury Press, £8.99) The much-loved Northern poet gets to grips with what it means to be a Yorkshireman on a spirited journey around the county. National Trust Cookbook (National Trust, £20) Get a taste of the favourite dishes…

7 min
down by the water

Beatrix Potter is best known as the creator of the Peter Rabbit books, a series of children’s stories that has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide in 35 languages. Aside from her illustration and storytelling skills, she also made groundbreaking advances in science and helped protect the Lake District. We’re celebrating her 150th anniversary by looking at the life of this remarkable woman and the place she adopted as home. Born Helen Beatrix Potter on 28 July 1866, she lived in London for the first 47 years of her life, but was never happy there. She had a lonely childhood and was home-schooled, yet she found an escape drawing and painting the family’s many pets, including rabbits, frogs and even a bat. As an adult, she longed to be of…

1 min
the planner

GETTING THERE Travel from London Euston to Oxenholme in the Lake District with Virgin Trains and change for the service to Windermere. Journey time is a little over three hours. www.virgintrains.co.uk WHERE TO STAY Overlooking Lake Windermere and surrounded by six acres of gardens (right), the Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel was once owned by Beatrix Potter. www.lindeth-howe.co.uk Meanwhile, the four-star Wordsworth Hotel in Grasmere comes complete with an organic spa.www.thewordsworthhotel.co.uk WHEN TO GO The Lake District comes alive in autumn, as trees turn a riot of red and gold. Alternatively, book ahead for the Words by the Water literary festival in Keswick (3-12 March 2017). www.wayswithwords.co.uk WHERE TO EAT In 1813, the poet William Wordsworth became 'Distributor of Stamps for Westmoreland', earning an annual £400 stipend that allowed him to pursue his writing. In 2014, the…