First words from the Publisher
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