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Famous gardens revived

  Peter Jolly reports on the restoration of the once hugely popular Leonardslee Gardens Not content with buying one of the most prestigious golf clubs in Sussex and turning part of it into a wine estate, South African-based entrepreneur Penny … ..more

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Sardinian indulgence

  Sardinia hopes to attract more UK visitors out of season – but what can it offer in the cooler months? Rupert Parker joined a group of Guild colleagues invited to find out: In summer, Sardinia is busy with tourists … ..more

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Take time for the Theyyam

The fishing town of Kannur in northern Kerala is an excellent base to discover one of India’s strangest and most colourful ritual celebrations – the Theyyam. Drawing on complex ancient mythology, Theyyams are performed almost nightly throughout the winter months, … ..more

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Leipzig – Bach to the Present

Bryn Frank has travelled widely in Germany, but has a special fondness for the less well known east and north east of the country. It was probably sparked off by an unlikely detour he took in 1985.  We hadn’t expected … ..more

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Norwegian Bliss – NCL’s latest 4,000-guest cruise ship

Last week Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) took possession of their latest cruise ship, Norwegian Bliss, during an on board signing ceremony at which ownership was transferred from the Meyer Werft shipyard to NCL and their respective flags were changed. An … ..more

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Zimbabwe: Tourism renaissance?

In November 2017 Zimbabwe experienced a change of president. Robert Mugabe, who spent almost 30 years as the head of state, was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa. What impact is that having for the tourism industry? The Guild’s Stuart Forster went … ..more

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Upskilling in the Kitchen: Guild members go back to school

Masterchef finalists? Maybe not yet. But a Guild group left a favourable impression in the teaching kitchen at Chewton Glen, the luxury hotel and spa in Hampshire. Ferne Arfin – who also took the pictures -reports: We travel writers have … ..more

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5 Scottish islands you’ve probably not been to

Robin McKelvie is an Edinburgh based member of the BGTW. He has written over a thousand articles about Scotland for magazines and newspapers across five continents, runs a Scottish travel website and the second edition of his National Geographic guide … ..more

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Images of a New Forest Winter

It may be soggy underfoot. Trees may be black and skeletal against a steely sky. A hard frost may dazzle on a sharp, cloudless morning. But winter in the New Forest has its own, particular atmosphere. Here, Guild photographers capture … ..more

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Secrets of the New Forest

A January day in Hampshire, in the wake of the Guild’s AGM in Brockenhurst, proved an eye-opener for Bill Birkett….. It was a dampish morning and the itinerary didn’t sound all that exciting – ‘Visit to Commoners Smallholding and walk’.  … ..more

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