I’m walking across the shingle beach at Dungeness, reflecting on how the landscape is very different from anywhere else I’ve been in Britain. It feels like I’ve reached the outer margins of another world although I’m just on the extreme southern edge of the Kent coast. A million […]
Kent is one of England’s most popular tourist hotspots with its wealth of castles, country houses, historic towns and seaside resorts. With the boom in staycations, I decided to take a road trip to discover some of its more unusual attractions, from miniature railways to a submarine adventure […]
Go on board Ocelot, a former submarine at the forefront of the Cold War.
It’s hard to find a quiet corner in the heart of London away from the crowds, but it’s not impossible if you know where to look. One of my favourite tranquil spots is within easy walking distance of two of the capital’s busiest railway hubs. St Pancras Old […]
What’s my favourite event in the visual arts calendar in London? It’s a tough question but there’s no doubt that Photo London is a strong contender. It’s a must-see event on my cultural hit list. Photo London is a brilliant showcase for global photography but the pandemic has […]
Five huge billboards have popped up around Killhope in Weardale, rather like the three billboards made famous in the Oscar nominated movie. But these aren’t protests or advertisements, they’re part of an art project reflecting the landscape and history of this former mining area. In the 18th and […]
Take the Stan Laurel Film Tour of North Shields and Tynemouth to discover how growing up on Tyneside influenced the famous comic’s work.
The Isle of Bute is a pretty island on the west coast of Scotland, the perfect place for a short, relaxing break. In Victorian times Bute was a popular playground for Glaswegian tourists. It was part of the “Scottish Riviera” and its harbour was once packed with steam […]
Abandoned places are one of my obsessions but now I’ve discovered a new interest – abandoned boats! Recently I stumbled upon a shipwreck on the shores of Loch Linnhe in Scotland’s Western Highlands. I was surprised to see the massive hulk of a fishing boat stranded on the […]
The town of Jarrow on Tyneside has a long history dating back to the Romans, Vikings and the beginnings of early Christianity. But it’s perhaps most famous for the Jarrow Crusade of 1936 when 200 men marched from Jarrow to London in protest against mass unemployment. I was […]