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Child playing in the autumn leaves; NT Images John Millar

Keep 'em busy this half-term

by Katie Rowe

October 6 2014 in Events

Visit Cragside for a taste of the country on the edge of the city this autumn. Be inspired by Lord Armstrong’s innovative gardens to create your own miniature garden with the materials provided. Afterwards explore the woodland playscape, Strawberry Castle…

Paddington Bear

Follow in the furry footsteps of Paddington Bear

by Katie Rowe

October 2 2014 in Events

"Paddington is an explorer - this trail is a wonderful way of bringing this to life and I hope it makes people look at London with fresh eyes. I am delighted to have been asked to design one of the bears and have created an ode to Paddington’s favourite…

Find Christmas markets in England

Ding dong merrily on high…

by Katherine Hall

September 29 2014 in Events

Nothing says ‘Christmas is coming’ like a wander around a festive market festooned with candy canes, crammed to the rafters with alpine chalets and swathed in spruce. Ah, we can almost smell the sauerkraut and gingerbread already. If you’re similarly…

Unusual nights out in Brighton include The Basement, pictured. Credit ROGER BAMBER

Weekends out: unusual city breaks

by Katie Rowe

September 29 2014 in Culture Vulture

Sip on a Smoked Old Fashion as you listen to live jazz and soul acts until the early hours, 2am to be precise, at The Fitzgerald. Aptly named after the 1920s author F. Scott Fitzgerald, this free-entry speakeasy bar is tucked away on Little Lever St in the…

An accessible adventure in the New Forest

by Katie Rowe

September 24 2014 in The great outdoors

The New Forest has come a long way since William the Conqueror first began using the land as his private hunting ground in 1079. A natural haven in the heart of Hampshire, the New Forest is one of the most accessible national parks I’ve ever visited and…


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