Welcome First words from the Publisher
IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME coming, and our gardens and open countryside have had to endure some late-season shocks, but summer is definitely around the corner! There’s an optimistic buzz in the air and, in this issue, we hope to show you why. Harry and Meghan’s special day will obviously be a highlight and the eyes of the world will be on the historic Royal Borough of Windsor (p34). There’s a brief introduction to royal etiquette (p46) and we feature leading hotels with themed packages on offer (p42). Our ‘Made in Britain’ heritage is further celebrated with reviews of traditional boat-building (p88) and some of our ancient and sensational cathedrals (p52) as well as a peek into the scandalous Georgian world of Lady Elizabeth Lamb (p30). Don’t ignore the plethora of food festivals (p67) around the UK – first-class fare and proud of it! Planning a visit, long or short? We focus on the fascinating Isle of Wight (p62), the slumbering Vale of Aylesbury (p38) and the beguilingly beautiful Isles of Scilly (p74), while tickling your fancy with a night at Kent’s historic Hever Castle (p83), a hike along the Pennine Way (p48) and some quirky, less well-known attractions in the capital (p24). On p12, you will find our cultural diary is full of the promise of artistic pleasure and, in our regular features, we bring you up-to-the-minute travel news and suggestions (pp7,96) and our pick of the latest on the UK fashion scene (p21) and leading brands (p94). Now – in your own time, relax and read!