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Cornwall, Travel, UK

Cornwall: in the know

Cornwall is so rammed with visitors these days they are squeezing into every nook and cranny. But there are still relatively undiscovered places that don’t draw the crowds. My round-up of ‘secrets’ is quite heavy on tin mining, Cornish moorland, scenic railways and social distancing. The only beaches on the list require walking boots and stamina. And I’ve chucked in three random food options.

Hotels, UK, Where to stay

New hotels 2021: updated

This year’s batch of new hotels include Mollie’s Motel and Diner, (pictured), the Eden Project’s first venture into accommodation, two fresh-faced Graduates (Oxford and Cambridge get one each), a converted Georgian prison and a Safari-tent campsite on an inland surfing lake. Hotels begin to open from 17 May and business is brisk with some booked up already until at least September.

Architecture, UK

Coventry: the architecture tour

The UK’s City of Culture 2021 is generally associated with new-town concrete, but this model of post-war renewal, claims numerous medieval survivors – the city is perhaps defined by its glorious Cathedral (a conciliation of ancient and modern). And the devil is in the detail. Our highlights feature medieval gatehouses, abstract tiles, Aztec friezes and an animated Lady Godiva.

Cornwall, Eye Movies, Film, Films

Shall we shanty?

Following the success of Nathan Evans’ version of a 19th century maritime folk song – which has sparked a global ‘shanty craze’ – we thought it was time we dredged up our vintage film on the first Falmouth Shanty Festival – made for the Guardian travel pages back in 2011. The festival is back in June 2021 – the year of the sea shanty we are told. Could be worse.

Cornwall, Eye Movies, Film

Happy St Piran’s Day

In celebration of St Piran’s Day (Cornwall’s patron saint), we’ve unearthed a reel of archive footage from Cornwall visits – Helston’s Flora Day, Falmouth’s shanty festival, surfing, seafood and Oyster fishing on the River Fal. Gool Peran Lowen as they say round y’ere.

Film, Picture story, World

Atlanta: one eye on the election

The results still hadn’t been called in the state of Georgia when Dave flew to Atlanta to cover the wake of the US election for Channel 4 Dispatches. In the five days spent filming in and around Atlanta, he found the time to create a photo essay that captures the essence of this diverse city during a pivotal moment in American history.

Architecture, Bristol, UK

Bristol: the architecture tour – part 2.

Part Two of our Covid-friendly, walking tour of Bristol’s architectural highlights include Europe’s longest terrace (we think), a Victorian engine house, a Greek Revival chapel with a shiny new extension, a giant’s cave (actually two giants) and the city’s oldest building. For more on Bristol landmarks, see Part One.

UK, Where to stay

New hotels 2020

Despite the challenges facing the hospitality industry, it’s business as usual for some enterprising hoteliers – in fact 2020 has been something of a bumper year for exciting new openings. Our list of eight new hotels reveals a trend for rejuvenating listed landmark buildings: three are Grade I listed; the […]

UK

Deserted beaches

In June 2020, we emerged from lock-down, blinking in the sunlight and longing for fresh sea air – and Britain’s beaches have never been so crowded. For those who like a more socially-distanced seaside experience, the cooler off-season months can’t come soon enough. From Cornwall to the Scottish islands, we present ten potentially empty beaches (and the pictures to prove our case).

Cycling, Where to stay

On your bike (or not)

The 2020 Giro d’Italia is on (started in Palermo today, finishes in Rome on 25 October, Covid permitting). Dave (pictured here on an Alpine climb) is glued. I’m not (how long exactly is it on for?). So, this seems a good time to update a round-up of places to stay that will suit both cyclists and their non-cycling partners. From the Welsh mountains to terrains in Spain, here we go…