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  • 20 of the best autumn escapes around the UK

    Posted 2021-09-18 06:00:08 by: bossgate

    These breaks revel in the glorious change of season, and take in everything from foraging and festivals to stargazing and glampingThe traditional harvest jamboree is given a modern twist in Blenheim Palace’s walled garden this year, with an autumn festival promising food markets, foraging trails and theatrical entertainment such as wacky races and a dragon maze trail by a collective of artists and designers(24-26 September and 1-3 October, free with entry, £30 per adult for palace, park and gardens or £19 park and gardens, child £17 or £9, blenheimpalace.com). Pitchup.com has several glamping sites nearby, from about £75 a night sleeping two Continue ...

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  • Half-term holiday bookings expected to surge after England scraps amber list

    Posted 2021-09-17 17:45:34 by: bossgate

    Traffic-light system replaced, with foreign countries now listed as either ‘red’ or OK for travelCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHalf-term holiday bookings are expected to surge after ministers unveiled a simplification of Covid foreign travel rules, replacing the traffic-light system with a single red list and bringing in a laxer regime for tests.But while MPs and some travel groups welcomed the new system, airlines voiced anger that fully vaccinated travellers returning to England will still have to take a test after they return, even if this will be changed to a cheaper lateral flow version. Continue ...

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  • 10 of Mediterranean Turkey’s best boutique hotels

    Posted 2021-09-17 15:54:56 by: bossgate

    With Turkey now on the amber list, our pick of characterful properties – from beach getaways to hillside retreats – offers ideas for low-key holidaysPrices quoted are for the first week of October 2021 Continue ...

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  • Last orders for staycationers as Welsh boho pub closes doors to passing trade

    Posted 2021-09-17 14:24:08 by: bossgate

    Soaring visitor numbers drawn by the inn’s popularity and romantic setting prompt owner to introduce members-only feePerched on a clifftop above the crashing Atlantic waves, the hotel has long been a bohemian haunt of musicians, artists and dreamers of all kinds drawn by its remote, romantic setting.But the proliferation of pop-up campsites and new holiday homes that have sprung up since the Covid crisis hit had meant that The Druidstone was becoming overwhelmed by the number of passers-by popping in for a casual drink at the bar and a selfie on the terrace. Continue ...

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  • Ski trains to resume between London and the French Alps

    Posted 2021-09-17 11:26:36 by: bossgate

    Service starting in December will be a charter train only available to those booking holidays through one French operatorWith more Eurostar trains now running again on routes from London to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam, travellers have been awaiting news of ski trains to the French Alps and the reinstatement of other services.But recent news from Eurostar hasn’t been good. This week the train operator announced that services to Marne-la-Vallée (for Disneyland Paris) wouldn’t run until late March 2022. Then it said no Eurostar services would stop at Ebbsfleet or Ashford in Kent until 2023. Continue ...

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  • 10 of the best restaurants, delis and takeaways in York

    Posted 2021-09-17 05:30:36 by: bossgate

    As the city’s food and drink festival begins, here’s where to enjoy the delicious global fare that sums up York’s vibrant, independent spiritA rare purveyor of relaxed good vibes and seriously on-point cooking, chef Neil Bentinck has created a buzzy restaurant that’s unusually broad in its appeal. Food nerds can sit at the open-kitchen counter to get close to the action; elsewhere, guests will find themselves charmed by Skosh’s friendly staff and disarmed by a small and sharing plates menu which, in its fusion of global influences, is playful and arrestingly tasty. House classics include buttermilk fried chicken with a yuzu and brown butter hollandaise and the “hen’s egg” (a savoury trifle that hinges on an outrageous cheese velouté). Elsewhere, dishes such as barbecued pork shoulder with nahm jim sauce or Japanese-style venison tataki take British ingredients on a successful world tour.Dishes £4-£17; open Wed-Sat noon-2pm, 5.30pm-10pm; 98 Micklegate; skoshyork.co.uk Continue ...

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  • Sparkling days out: readers’ favourite British vineyards to visit

    Posted 2021-09-16 10:00:13 by: bossgate

    Whether you’re keen to taste some wine or just want a peaceful day out in a beautiful location, our tipplers suggest suitable terroirsHugged by purple fields of lavender, the picture-postcard village of Shoreham in Kent is home to The Mount, where you can sample eight varieties of wine from 13,000 vines including pinot noir, rondo, regent, regent, bacchus, seyval blanc, phoenix and siegerrebe. The tiny station at Shoreham is easily reached from London Blackfriars and Sevenoaks and means you can journey through the Darent valley (home to Lullingstone Roman villa and the nearby World Garden) by train, arriving as the Victorians once did. Wine tasting tours, stone-baked pizzas, platters for lunch and the best light sparkling wine can be enjoyed in this verdant hideaway.Nicholas Giles Continue ...

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  • Take your pick: 10 river, beach and trail cleanups to join this autumn

    Posted 2021-09-16 05:30:07 by: bossgate

    Joining a cleanup – on foot, on a paddleboard or in a kayak – is an enjoyable way of carrying out a crucial task. Here are some of the best events in the coming weeksFrom microfibres and nurdles to lost Lego, PPE and ghost nets, the UK generates a vast amount of plastic and litter. Research suggests that taking time to clean up a beach, river or trail can boost mood, reduce anxiety and even help people make new friends. The Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean begins tomorrow (17 September), with more than 400 beach cleanups taking place across the UK. In its 27th year, it’s the longest-running beach cleaning and citizen science event in Britain. Join an event near you, organise your own, or take part in one of these other entertaining cleanups happening later in the year. Continue ...

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  • On holiday in southern France chez Le Corbusier

    Posted 2021-09-15 05:30:38 by: bossgate

    The wild coast between Monaco and Italy is home to Le Corbusier’s holiday cabin – and his favourite beach bar-next-doorI wish I had a beach hut like Le Corbusier’s. A perfect place to self-isolate on the French Riviera’s wildest stretch of coastline.The Swiss-born architect chose Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, halfway between Monaco and the Italian border, to build his retreat in a medieval village that overlooks a rugged, tortoise-shaped cape beyond the pebble beaches of du Buse and Golfe Bleu. Continue ...

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  • Share a tip about a small city in Spain to win a £200 holiday voucher

    Posted 2021-09-14 09:26:16 by: bossgate

    Tell us about a lesser-known Spanish city that took your breath away and you could win £200 towards a Sawday’s stayWe’d love to hear about your favourite city in Spain. We’d like to steer away from the huge draws like Seville and Valencia, and focus on smaller characterful gems that dot the country – places like Burgos with its medieval architecture, Mérida and its Roman buildings or Santander’s amazing seafood. Tell us what you saw and did that made it special – maybe it was a lovely place to stay, a brilliant family restaurant, the architecture or a local festival – with websites and prices where appropriate.If you have a relevant photo, do send it in – but it’s your words that will be judged for the competition. Continue ...

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