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National Trust Cream Teas At Sissinghurst Castle Garden

01/07/2020 by .

Anthea Gerrie enjoys the delights of a COVID-friendly cream tea amongst the flora and fauna of Sissinghurst Castle Garden.

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Driving the Kent Coast to Dungeness

20/01/2020 by .

The trouble with road-testing a nifty car in crowded England is the limited supply of empty highways on which to open it up.   Which is where the windswept eastern tip of England, where Kent meets Sussex and the intrepid and creative have settled amidst the desolate beauty of Dungeness, comes into its own.

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Insider Guide to the Isle of Wight

08/07/2019 by .

Looking out through the panoramic window, on my Wightlink ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne, I search for my first sight of Osborne Beach.

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7 things not to miss in Bury St. Edmunds

23/05/2019 by .

Ask most people to name something special about Suffolk and they might struggle. Some might say it’s that bit between Essex and Norfolk, others might scoff and mention tractor boys or fish and chips on shingle beaches.

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Churnet Valley Railway

20/05/2019 by .

It’s a time warp to the early 1960s, those innocent years before the decade became permissive. When colours were a railway livery of conservative cream and brown rather than Lucy in the Sky of Diamonds psychedelia.

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Nelson’s Gin Distillery and School

15/05/2019 by .

Sticking to any New Year’s Resolution for an entire year takes willpower, particularly when that resolution involves alcohol. So, I was immensely proud of maintaining my 2018 resolution for the entire year.

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Insider’s Guide To Hidden Norfolk

29/04/2019 by .

A starry night as black as pitch surrounded us as our headlights probed the empty landscape on our way south past Cley Marshes and I realised once more why this place is so rare amid the hurly-burly of modern England.

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Just Wild about Mull

08/03/2019 by .

Separated from the Scottish mainland by the Sound of Mull and the Firth of Lorn, the island of Mull, with an area of just under 90,000 hectares, is the fourth largest of the Hebridean islands, framed by a coastline deeply penetrated by a ragged 480km (300 miles) of sea lochs and inlets.

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Churchill War Rooms, London

21/01/2019 by .

It’s rare a piece of world history can be defined in such an authentic way. In an age of replicas and rebuilds the Churchill War Rooms resonate with reality.

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Rosslyn Chapel, Midlothian

03/11/2018 by .

Long before Dan Brown and the Da Vinci Code heaped attention on this extravagantly ornate chapel set on a low hill above Roslin Glen in the Midlothian countryside south of Edinburgh it had been a popular destination for generations of curious travellers.

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