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Britain July/August 2015

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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editor's letter

It’s now officially summer and what better way to celebrate than on a trip to the English Riviera in Devon, the setting for our feature Sun, Sea and Smuggling (p6), which also provided much of the inspiration for Agatha Christie’s famous mysteries. Of course it wouldn’t be summer in Britain without the ubiquitous picnic and with this in mind, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite outdoor theatres in Shakespeare Under the Stars (p22) so you can enjoy a bit of culture alongside your al fresco dining. Talking of the great outdoors, there are few destinations as evocative as the Lake District – Romantic poet William Wordsworth once described it as “the loveliest spot that man hath ever found” – and we’ve tracked down some of the region’s most charming hideaways in…

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sun, sea & smuggling

3 HOURS FROM LONDON Cocooned between the southwesterly counties of Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset, Devon is a land of striking contrasts. In the southern half of the region you’ll find some of the prettiest beaches in Britain, framed by the picture-postcard villages of the English Riviera, which still evoke the old-school glamour of the 1920s and 30s, brought to life so vividly in the stories of Agatha Christie. Dartmoor National Park, in the middle of the county, is a sprawling area of untamed moorland, dotted with ancient sites, which led another crime writer, Arthur Conan Doyle, to write in The Hound of the Baskervilles: “The longer one stays here the more does the spirit of the moor sink into one’s soul, its vastness, and also its grim charm.” Finally, Exmoor and the north Devon…

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the planner

GETTING THERE Direct trains from London Paddington to Totnes with First Great Western take less than three hours. Look out for the stunning views between Exeter and Totnes. www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk SOUTH SANDS, SALCOMBE This seaside hotel and restaurant (above) offers soothing views, tasty dishes and exemplary service. It can be found tucked away down a winding road on the edge of a sandy beach. www.southsands.com ANCHOR INN, UGBOROUGH A pub offering B&B with a hearty menu and contemporary but homely rooms makes for a good base for exploring Dartmoor National Park. www.anchorinnugborough.co.uk AGATHA CHRISTIE MILE, TORQUAY To mark her 125th birthday a special walk has been devised from Agatha Christie’s hometown of Torquay along the seafront. Start off at either The Imperial Hotel or The Grand Hotel and look out for plaques along the way. Guided walks can also be…

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the bulletin

NEWS A royal welcome On 2 May 2015, the world rejoiced at the news that Princess Charlotte of Cambridge had been born at St Mary's Hospital, London, and within hours she had taken part in her first photo shoot with her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Princess Charlotte was born at 8.34am and weighed 8lbs 3oz. Unsurprisingly, the new princess was soon showered with gifts from around the world, including a Tasmanian merino wool blanket and donation to a possum sanctuary from Australia, and a snowsuit and $100,000 donation to immunisation charities from Canada. The newest member of the Royal Family was also introduced to her great-grandmother, HM The Queen, who told guests at a Buckingham Palace garden party that she was delighted to have another girl in the family. Download…

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reading corner

Life Portraits Series by Zena Alkayat and Nina Cosford (Frances Lincoln, £12). Charming illustrated biographies that offer quotes, inspiration and trivia on literary legends such as Jane Austen. First Lady: The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill by Sonia Purnell (Aurum Press, £25). To coincide with the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death, this is a candid biography of his beloved wife. Beside the Sea: Britain’s Lost Seaside Heritage by Sarah Freeman (Aurum Press, £25). A celebration of the British seaside, with photography and memories from our forgotten youth. 25 Royal Babies that Changed the World (Amy Licence, £8.99). From Norman times to the birth of Princess Charlotte, Amy Licence examines royal births throughout history. The Mythology of Richard III (John Ashdown-Hill, Amberley, £16.99). Following Richard III's reinterment, this book explores the myths of…

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shakespeare under the stars

In the early 18th century, following a fashion set by Europe, theatre was moved indoors away from the problems of inclement weather. It wasn’t until the Swinging Sixties, with the advent of al fresco pop concerts and impromptu ‘happenings’, that outdoor theatre became popular once more. These days audiences are more than happy to wrap up with a rug or wear a raincoat to watch their favourite play performed in a gorgeous natural setting. “Whether it’s in a purpose-built open-air theatre like the Globe or a pop-up theatre that you might find in one of the Oxford College gardens during the summer, you can feel the excitement even before the play begins,” says Trevor Walker, Professor of Drama at St Mary’s University in London. One of Britain’s most historic open-air theatre venues,…