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Step­ping into Glaze­brook House Ho­tel (01364 73322/glaze­brook­house.com) is like step­ping into a scene from Alice In Won­der­land.

With its whim­si­cal decor, odd­i­ties and cu­riosi­ties, this new ho­tel cer­tainly has the wow fac­tor. A col­lec­tion of bowler hats hangs along a hall­way; a flamingo stands elo­quently in the lobby.

The eight-room boutique ho­tel in the south Devon coun­try­side is the evoca­tive vi­sion of Pi­eter and Fran Ham­man whose cre­ative flair has been in­spired by the chil­dren’s clas­sic.

Bed­rooms have been named af­ter the char­ac­ters. No two are the same with each having a dis­tinct per­son­al­ity.

The Mad Hat­ter room fea­tures a huge red leather head­board, an­tique plate col­lec­tion and up­side down dolls houses.

The White Rab­bit has a ridicu­lously soft sheep­skin bed and over­sized King and Queen of Hearts wall art.

The food is also out of this world. Dishes, in­clud­ing scal­lops served with black pud­ding and rum caramel syrup and mango sor­bet, are served in the el­e­gant din­ing room, where one wall is cov­ered en­tirely in an­tique sil­ver plates. A truly mag­i­cal escape. Dou­bles from £199 per night, B&B. De­spite the ever chang­ing scenery along its banks, the Thames con­tin­ues to flow freely through snaking twists and turns as it has done for cen­turies.

To cel­e­brate this iconic 215-mile stretch of wa­ter­way, a month-long arts and cul­tural cel­e­bra­tion is tak­ing place through­out next month.

To­tally Thames will fea­ture more than 100 river re­lated events, from tra­di­tional boats com­pet­ing in a Great River Race on Septem­ber 27 to a Tall Ships Fes­ti­val (Septem­ber 5-9) when you will be able to board cer­tain ves­sels while they are moored in Green­wich, left.

Other high­lights in­clude a float­ing cinema in St Katharine Docks. For de­tails, visit to­tal­lythames.org/events Th­ese Skull­candy head­phones, right, don’t only pro­vide great sound, they look good too.

With their cute gold hinges and a ma­roon head­band they are a world away from the clunky head­phones of yes­ter­year and have comfy ear cush­ions.

The case also dou­bles up as a handy makeup or clutch bag.

Avail­able in mint or flo­ral de­sign. Knock­out Head­phones, John Lewis (03456 049 049/john­lewis.com), £79.95. Whether you fancy a ram­ble along the water­front of pretty St Peter Port or want to ex­plore Guernsey’s more ru­ral side, the is­land’s Au­tumn Walk­ing Weeks of­fer some great sight­see­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

From Septem­ber 6 to 21 visi­tors can choose from 46 guided trails which vary in length and cater for dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties.

Set off on a six-hour ad­ven­ture which stretches from north to south through idyl­lic coun­try lanes or opt for a shorter two-hour coastal walk around Guernsey’s sis­ter is­land of Herm. It is to­tally pedes­tri­anised and has in­cred­i­ble beaches. Chan­nel Is­lands Di­rect (0844 493 7486/chan­nelis­lands­di­rect. co.uk) of­fers four nights in Guernsey from £349pp (two sharing), B&B. Price in­cludes re­turn flights from Gatwick, ac­com­mo­da­tion at the Duke of Rich­mond Ho­tel and com­pli­men­tary car hire. Of­fer valid through­out Septem­ber. For Walk­ing Weeks de­tails: vis­itguernsey. com/au­tum­n_walk­ing_week

FAIRY­TALE STAY: The White Rab­bit bed­room and, in­set, Glaze­brook House’s quirky re­cep­tion area

GREAT STRIDES: Fol­low a clifftop path in Guernsey

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