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The Brace Restaurant, The Raithwaite Estate

The Raithwaite Estate

by Katie Rowe

December 3 2013 in Beside the seaside

VisitEngland's Katie Rowe combines seaside kitsch with country estate class on the North Yorkshire coast...I’m a big fan of Whitby. It embodies everything I love about the English seaside. Polite queues for much talked-about fish and chips from Magpie’…

The real history of rugby

by Katie Rowe

November 22 2013 in History & heritage

Today marks the 10th anniversary of England’s big win at Rugby World Cup 2003. A decade on from this momentous moment, sports fans are now looking forward to 2015, when Rugby World Cup comes to English shores. Here, we proudly present The Real History of…

Mad about the Bard: An interview with
Gregory Doran

by Katie Rowe

November 13 2013 in Expert insights

There’s one that tops them all which is of course Stratford-upon-Avon – Shakespeare’s birthplace. It’s a very special place to me, partly because it’s where I first saw Shakespeare. I have an entry in my school-boy diary of 1973 about going to…

Chugging along in the snow ©Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company

Christmas steam trains

by Chris Moore

November 11 2013 in Things to do

Get into the Christmas spirit in style and jump on board any one of these classic steam train experiences in England. Kids will have an unforgettable time sharing the journey with a certain Mr Claus before he returns to reindeer power in time for the big…

Expert insights: Westonbirt Arboretum

by Katie Rowe

July 31 2013 in Expert insights

It began as a rich person’s pleasure ground. There was a chap called Robert Holford and he started planting in the 1860s on the wider Westonbirt Arboretum Estate. Robert Holford loved trees and he loved landscapes so he combined those two passions and created…

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