British Travel Journal | Summer 20

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As we went to print with our last issue never could we have imagined a world in which travel would be completely stopped in its tracks. Never again will we take for granted our freedom to visit our magnificent cityscapes, captivating coastlines and peaceful countryside. It has been a difficult year for the hospitality and travel sector, but as this issue of British Travel Journal shows many are beginning to reopen, delighted to welcome back visitors and guests once more. We speak to these resilient hoteliers, destination managers, and others in the UK tourism industry about how they have responded to COVID-19. Our Cultural Agenda takes on a new direction, exchanging theatre performances for outdoor art, sculptures and natural wonders. And, in a time when remote locations are being sought after, all you need to know about wild (and nearly wild) camping is covered in our Sustainable Travel series. If camping isn’t for you, help is at hand to find the perfect holiday home in our 10 of the Best Self-Catering Properties. If you’re dreaming of strolls along the shore, fresh sea air and gently lapping waves, then you will love our coastal specials; Revival of the Beach Hut, England’s Coast, Wild Swimming and Secret Islands. Enjoy a taste of Cornwall in our Interview with Rick Stein before heading to the beach workshop of wooden bellyboards in our Meet the Maker: Wave Rider article with Dick Pearce. Finally, thank you to all our subscribers for your support, keeping our spirits high with words of encouragement and understanding the unusual delay in receiving this issue. Together we continued to dream of the extraordinary places we can explore, staying inspired with online and digital features, and hopefully by the time of reading this issue our next great adventures will have become reality.Travel safely, and together we will continue to support our wonderful tourism industry.

CONTENTS

SUMMER 2020 | ISSUE 06

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C O M P E T I T I O N

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WIN A LUXURY

TWO NIGHT

STAY IN PADSTOW...

Courtesy of Rick Stein we are

offering one lucky winner,

and their guest, two nights’

accommodation at St Petroc’s,

a three-course dinner at

The Seafood Restaurant and

a one-day course at Rick

Stein’s award-winning Cookery

School in Padstow.

IMAGE (P34) ©VISITBRITAIN/ANDREW PICKETT

JOTTINGS

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TRAVEL NEWS

A look at what’s new and travel

noteworthy in the British Isles

CULTURAL AGENDA

Outdoor art, monuments, exhibitions and

museums to visit after lockdown

39 HEALTH

Keep your mind and body feeling well

with our unmissable selection of healthy travel

destinations and gadgets

10 OF THE BEST SELF-

40 CATERING PROPERTIES

Find your perfect holiday home from our

selection of some of the UK's finest properties,

available from self-catering travel specialists

FEATURES

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SMALL ISLAND, BIG HEART

Discover how this incredible nation has

responded to one of its toughest challenges

STILL WINES RUN DEEP

28 English still wine used to be the poor

relation but it’s fast catching up its sparkling sister

SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL

34 In this issue we cover wild (and nearly

wild) camping. Discover remote camping places

doing their utmost to tread lightly on the planet

REVIVAL OF THE BEACH HUT

46 As much part of the great British

seaside as piers and Punch & Judy – we look at

how a simple seaside storage shed became a

covetable coastal property

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