Cornwall, Eye Movies, Film, Films, News

Shall we shanty?

With the Falmouth International Shanty Festival back for another run this weekend (14-16 June 2024) we thought it was time we dredged up our vintage film on the event – made for the Guardian travel pages back in 2011. Prepare yourself for three days of parades, pirates, pasties, foot-tapping pub singalongs and, no doubt, a few drunken sailors.

Architecture, News, UK

Ron’s Place: loved and listed

A ground floor flat in Birkenhead has been Grade II listed thanks to the remarkable classical interiors created in secret by its former tenant, the late Ron Gittins. Think Egyptian tomb in the hallway, Roman altar in the kitchen and a giant concrete fireplace in the Lion Room. Fingers crossed, it will be open to the public very soon.

Architecture, News, UK

Beckford’s Tower museum reopens in 2024

Beckford’s Tower: after restoration supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Bath’s grand Georgian folly re-opens in Spring 2024. Expect an upgraded museum, a grotto tunnel, views, landscapes and an insight into the life of the tower’s eccentric creator.

News, UK, Where to stay

Devon: new ‘birdhouse’ eco cabins

Latest hot hut alert: Two off-grid eco cabins made from sustainably-sourced wood. Solar power. High insulation. Bio-fuel fireplace. Comfy bed (duvet and pillows made from home-spun merino wool). Bathroom. Sea views. And I’m liking the sound of the ‘secret seaside garden’ in which they ‘nestle’ (we don’t generally do ‘nestling’ […]

Cornwall, News

Carbis buy: Boskerris Hotel

The Boskerris in Carbis Bay – one of our favourite hotels in Cornwall (or anywhere) – has just been sold. Sad for us, as we have stayed several times (usually for birthdays and anniversaries) and love everything about it: the location, the rooms, the views, the terrace, the friendly little […]

News, UK

Chester: open-air city

Chester has been declared ‘an open-air city’ – a place to wander safely in the great outdoors while admiring its many assets: Britain’s most complete Roman and medieval walls, for example, Chester Cathedral’s gardens, or – in the half-timbered streets of the old shopping centre – the remarkable Tudor galleries they […]


Send me to Coventry

If you’d asked me two months ago where I’d like to go the moment we were eased out of lockdown, I would have reeled off a list of sunny places: Portugal, Crete, Croatia…I fancy the Arizona desert. Eventually, I’m hoping to revamp our trips to Malaysia, Bali, New Zealand and […]

Cornwall, News

Carbis Bay: the G7 spot

A few months ago, we listed this Cornish beauty in an off-season round-up of empty beaches. At the time, I could safely say that there were many, even among avid Cornish beach goers, who had never heard of the place (for your reference, it’s on the Atlantic coast, between St Ives […]

News, Portugal

Algarve’s beach besties

The best beaches in Europe? The award goes to…the Algarve, on the sunny south coast of Portugal. This is the seventh time (six years in a row) that the World Travel Awards has recognised the quality and variety of the region’s beautiful beaches.   If you are thinking Albufeira, you might […]

News, UK

Cornwall: Jail break

An 8.5-million revamp of Cornwall’s historic Georgian jail opens today. Like most of Cornwall’s post-industrial inland towns, Bodmin doesn’t have a lot to offer the visitor, but the superbly creepy Bodmin Jail is one good reason to check it out. The new Bodmin Jail visitor attraction opens today [1 October]; the forecast […]