17 BOOK AN IDLE RETREAT
Reserve your space at the Idler Retreat: a week of thinking, crafting and conversing run by the eponymous academy and magazine at a farmhouse in Umbria. Learn bookbinding, play tennis, and walk the Tuscan Apennines. The aim of the week? ‘How to take control of our destiny,’ says Tom Hodgkinson, the Idler himself. ‘ You’ll go home with new enthusiasm and great ideas for living: this is all about learning how to be free.’ (7–14 October, from £929 per person; idler.co.uk).