• Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside…

    The seaside? In February? I know. Yes, I would rather be somewhere sunny and warm, but I’ve just spent a rather jolly long weekend by the sea – the grey, churning sea and the pebble beach at Hastings. And yes, I had about seven layers on at all times, but we had a blast, it was an easy last-minute break just over a couple of hours drive away, the kids loved it — and so did we…

  • Get away: The perfect hotel for R&R

      Howard’s House is a very sweet hotel in a tiny Wiltshire village called Teffont Evias (and no, I don’t know how to pronounce it either), not far from Salisbury. The village is mostly a church, a stream, lots of cows, and the hotel, but that’s sort of the point. It’s the kind of place […]

  • The light fantastic

    British artist Bruce Munro is best known for immersive large-scale light-based installations. His work has been shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Eden Project (Cornwall), the Guggenheim Museum (New York) and, most local to us, Waddesdon Manor (Bucks). He returns to Waddesdon Manor this week with the launch of his new installation ‘Winter […]

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