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Discover Britain

Discover Britain February/March 2019

Celebrating the best of our nation, every issue of Discover Britain is packed with features from history to travel. Read about the events that changed history, as well as British traditions and their origins, or be inspired for your next trip with great ideas for where to go and what to see. Whether you’re planning a weekend city break or an escape to the countryside, Discover Britain is your essential guide to getting the most out of your stay.

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We’re taking you on a cinematic journey around the British Isles in this issue. Our ‘Britain on screen’ special focuses on the historical and heritage sites that feature in new and favourite TV shows and films. We begin with Mary Poppins Returns (p12), the long-awaited sequel that swaps a Hollywood studio for real Edwardian London. Our deputy editor Zara then goes behind the scenes of three royal-themed productions (p18), including a new series of The Crown. There is also our favourite movie hotels (p84) and an article on the Peterloo massacre (p40) by Jacqueline Riding, the historical adviser on the recent film. And finally, I’d also like to take a moment to thank everyone who voted for us at the British Travel Awards 2018. The whole team were thrilled to take home…

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Doubling up After living in London for 30 years, I thought I had seen and visited the best of British cities and other places of interest. But that was before I started to read and then subscribe to Discover Britain and saw that I had just seen the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Now I feel that even another 30 years might not be enough time to see all the wonderful things that Britain has to offer that you show in your magazine. Lauran Stevens, Seattle, USA Well Lauran, it sounds like it’s high time to pay us another visit! A true disciple Great that the latest issue of Discover Britain came to “God’s Own Country” (Full Steam Ahead, Issue 207). May I now suggest you also discover South Yorkshire? Find more…

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wish you were here...

Murlough, County Down Beach portraits commemorated Britain’s war dead Armistice Day on 11 November is an annual celebration of the end of the First World War. For the centenary year, however, the day was marked with a moving tribute to our war dead on beaches across Britain. Golden Globe-winning director Danny Boyle was commissioned by 14-18 Now to create the Pages of the Sea project, which saw large-scale portraits of local casualties being drawn in the sands by volunteers. Communities gathered around the portraits for poetry readings and commemorative silences, before the tides came in and washed away the faces in a poignant reminder of the lives lost to the conflict. www.pagesofthesea.org.uk BOSTON, LINCOLNSHIRE Transatlantic links revealed in the Midlands market town Hollywood heartthrob Rob Lowe has swapped the White House for the wilds of Lincolnshire…

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the perfect stage

There are some things that seem so ingrained in our early memories that it’s difficult to imagine a world without them. For many of us, Mary Poppins is one such example. The classic 1964 Disney film is one of those comforting institutions of childhood, like the chocolates that return without fail every Christmas. The musical made Julie Andrews a household name, earning her national treasure status. Enamoured by her performances on stage, Walt Disney was so keen to have Andrews as his titular heroine that he halted production while she had a baby. History has shown that she was worth the wait. Andrews’ striking feature film debut as the irrepressible, eponymous nanny won her an Oscar for Best Actress, kick-starting a glittering career on the silver screen.Co-star Dick Van Dyke proved…

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royals on screen

Britain’s rolling green hills, picturesque villages, dramatic castles and grand stately homes all provide the ideal backdrop for period dramas and historical films. And by coincidence there are three major new productions that all feature the British monarchy: The Crown on Netflix, and Hollywood blockbusters The Favourite and Mary Queen of Scots – all of which have been filmed on location here in the UK. Later this year, Netflix is due to release the third series of its popular historical drama, The Crown, which portrays the life of Queen Elizabeth II and her family. This particular series will focus on the period between 1964 and 1976, when Harold Wilson was Prime Minister, Prince Charles met Camilla Parker Bowles, and Princess Margaret caused controversy with her extramarital affair. Olivia Colman, who plays Queen…

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as seen on screen

1 Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich As seen in: Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Queen, The King’s Speech The second of the four nuptials attended by Hugh Grant and chums was set in the chapel of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The college’s Lower Grand Square has also proved popular with Hollywood, not only graced by the likes of Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and Harrison Ford (Patriot Games), but also doubling as revolutionary Paris in Les Misérables. www.ornc.orgy 2 Antony House, Cornwall As seen in: Alice in Wonderland Tim Burton’s 2010 Disney blockbuster adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland needed a suitably fantastical setting and this 18th-century manor in Torpoint on the Rame Peninsula near Plymouth proved ideal. Still home to the Carew Pole family, parts are nevertheless open to the public…