Craving some culture this season? Whether you’re into flowers or films, antiques or architecture, it’s all on your doorstep
Craving some culture this summer? Check out these ideas for great British days out – from tea masterclasses to long walks with pit stop pubs, there’s something for everyone
Dig into the gardens of plenty in the British isles’ cooler counties
We expect keen horticulturalists (and hardened urbanites in search of peace and quiet) will be forming an orderly queue for a weekend’s stay in the former Head Gardener’s House at Floors Castle (above and below) by the River Tweed, which has been refurbished and is now taking bookings. Take a turn round the 18th century, William Adam-designed castle by day and, when the garden gates close after visiting hours, cottage guests have the exclusive run of the four-acre walled green space for exploring (from £650 per week; crabtreeandcrabtree.com). use the cottage as your base for the East Lothian Garden Trail, which looks set to live up to its tagline of ‘12 glorious gardens: one wonderful week’. Highlights include the rose garden at Blackdykes, fruit trees and sculpture at Bowerhouse and 18th century manse Fairnielaw House’s contrastingly contemporary landscaping (18 June –2 July; scotlandsgardens.org).