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THE COLD AND WET days must surely be pass­ing and the bet­ter times are com­ing. We hope to in­spire you to sam­ple a few of the won­ders, all around Bri­tain, in the spring months, whether cul­tural, recre­ational or at your leisure. Plan­ning to cel­e­brate the royal wed­ding? We visit the palaces and towns which hold a spe­cial ap­peal, ei­ther to stay or sim­ply stroll about (pp26,38,76). As well as im­pend­ing nup­tials, 2018 sees the 250th an­niver­sary of Capt James Cook’s epic, first voy­age to the South­ern Ocean, in search of new and strange lands and we check out re­lated ex­hi­bi­tions, around the UK (p62). Scot­land’s his­toric King­dom of Fife comes un­der the spot­light, in­clud­ing the fab­u­lous Fair­mont, at the golf­ing mecca of St An­drews (p68). We con­sider the cu­ri­ously English en­thu­si­asm for build­ing vil­lages, in minia­ture (p72), great places for a day-trip, just out­side Lon­don (p32) and some very spe­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties for self-cater­ing in un­for­get­table ru­ral set­tings (p88) be­fore we trans­port you to the ex­hil­a­rat­ing beauty of the York­shire Dales and the Lake District (p52). Our oc­ca­sional se­ries on ac­claimed Bri­tish chefs fea­tures the work of Chris Wheeier, at the amaz­ing Stoke Park (p98) and there is a pre­view of the open­ing of the new V&A mu­seum, com­ing soon to Dundee (p48). Con­tin­u­ing the cul­tural note, we sug­gest the best of the up­com­ing shows, ex­hi­bi­tions and events (p12) while also show­cas­ing our pick of the lat­est travel news, life­style trends and Bri­tain’s best brands. Please re­lax, and en­joy your read­ing!

Jes­sica Way Head of Mag­a­zine

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