Looking for a quirky twist in the middle of the English countryside? Well, East meets West right here in the middle of Cotswolds Life with the Japanese family-run English tea rooms, The Olde Bakery Tea Shoppe, named Les Routiers CafÃ© of the Year 2005, Wales & The Marches.
Owned and run by the Miyawaki family, and housed in a Grade II listed building, award winning cream tea, afternoon tea, cakes and pastries are served up in a traditional English setting in the beautiful town of Winchcombe.
Kendal Calling won best small festival of 2010 and in 2011 it was still small and perfectly formed. I much prefer small festivals, so that everything you do is not a mission … as is the case at somewhere like Glasto. Although the weather was scorchio on Friday and Saturday, being in the Lake District it inevitably became chilly with nightfall but it only took us 10 minutes to walk from the main arena to the tents to pick up the evening’s accessories. Besides the main stage, hosting diverse acts like Blondie, the Lancashire Hotpots and Chase & Status, there were tents catering for drum and base, urban jazz, comedy, house, kiddie activities, and my highlight – a northern soul dance class. Plus food from every corner of the globe had made it to Cumbria so at lunchtime I picked a spot in the sun overlooking the main stage, which I didn’t have to fight for, and enjoyed a plate of nasi goreng, or falafel, or a full Indian thali, which I barely had to queue for.
Well, why not explore your creative potential at the Travellers Tales inspiring weekend workshops with leading sector professionals in London next month. I attended the fantastic workshop weekend last February and found the advice and experiences shared invaluable. All levels of experience welcome.
* COMPASS POINTS TRAVEL WRITING WORKSHOP
With the travel editor of the Financial Times. May 7 & 8.
* VIEWFINDER TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
With the editor of Outdoor Photography magazine. May 21 & 22.
‘Roma are the largest pan-European minority, with a significant presence in every major European state’ (Oakley 2005, pp.2) existing at ‘a level of destitution almost indescribable’ (Refugee Council 1999, pp.37) and yet until recently they have been largely ignored by European institutions and the international community.
gunpowder treason and plot’, as the children’s rhyme goes.
Bonfire Night is a great night in the UK to get out in the brisk autumn air, mingle with the locals, eat lots of sugary holiday treats (toffee apples, treacle toffee, candy floss) and see some impressive pyrotechnics.
Magnificent Nunhead Cemetery
London may be known for being one of the most expensive cities in the world but what a lot of people don’t know is that there are loads of totally free activities to fill your days and nights, leaving you with more pennies to save for your next trip. London’s museum and galleries have been free for some time now but there are lots of other cheap, cheerful and less-well known attractions just waiting to be discovered. So here it is: an insider’s top five tip-off to get you started (and when you’ve got through these, pick up one of the many free newspapers given out on the underground to give you even more ideas).
The UK has so few national holidays that we treasure those 8 bank-holiday Mondays sprinkled throughout the year; and, with May having a greedy 2, you have to make sure you make the most of your long weekends – even if it typically rains, as we all know it will!
As the Spring bank holiday is only few days away here’s what we did on the last May Day bank holiday to give you a few ideas for what you can do with yours:
Loos so advanced you need instructions!
What could be better after a long day shopping in the West End or sight-seeing around central London than treating yourself to a ‘kaiten’ sushi buffet and a cold glass of Kirin at the award winning Yo! Sushi.
Their newest restaurant has just opened on Market Place, two minutes from Oxford Circus, and comes complete with genuine Japanese toilets to try out: push the buttons and you’ll leave Yo! Sushi feeling fed, watered, clean and refreshed.
Elephant Parade is a conservation campaign that shines a multi-coloured spotlight on the urgent crisis faced by the endangered Asian elephant. Conceived and organised by www.elephantfamily.org, the event sees over 250 brightly painted life-size elephants located around central London this summer from May to July 2010.
All flights in and out of the UK and several other European countries have been suspended as ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland moves south.
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See some impressive pictures direct from the volcano at: