The alternative guide to a great British summer

Escape the hordes of holiday-goers and explore Britain’s lesser-trodden parts.

Never stop wining: the best of England’s vineyards

These are some of the more unlikely locations for vineyards in England… hicc!

Festival fun: the most unusual championships in England

Forget football or horse-racing, when it comes to competitions, these unassuming villages like to do things a little differently.

What not to miss in Newcastle, Gateshead and Tyneside

The culture hub of the North East offers a wealth of attractions.

Authors’ tips: England’s best picnic spots

From ancient woodlands and crumbling ruins to mighty waterfalls and glistening sandy beaches.

From history to hills: 48 hours in Macclesfield, Cheshire

With Georgian terraces, surviving mills and far-reaching views out to the hills, there’s plenty for visitors to see and do in Macclesfield.

The quirkier the better: England’s most eccentric museums

From a lawnmower shrine to walls lined with cuckoo clocks – and everything in between.

Welcome to the Bath of the Midlands: 48 hours in Buxton

Nestled in the heart of the Peak District, this handsome spa town is sure to be a hit with visitors.

Unique sleeps: the best quirky accommodation in England

Who wants to spend the night in a tiny chapel?

Slow staycations in Scotland

As travel slowly rebuilds, escapes close to home are bound to have great appeal.

Avian attractions: the best birdwatching spots in Britain

Does the sound of birdsong or the flap of wings overhead have you craning you neck up towards the heavens?

The only way is slow: a life-changing trip in Chile’s Atacama Desert

I didn’t know anything about Slow Travel 15 years ago, but gently is the only way to do anything when above the 3,000m mark.

A walk in my home county: the Middlewood Way

Explore one of England’s ‘Walkers are Welcome’ towns on this delightful 2½-mile circular route. 

Worldly Appetites: Dorset apple cake

Savour the tastes of Dorset with this recipe for the county’s world-famous apple cake.

The rise of the ‘daycation’: our favourite family activities in England

From ice cream farms to model villages.