Editor's Note: The following is a guest post from Neil Matthews and his wife Helen, authors of Slow Travel: The Chilterns and the Thames Valley. Less than an hour north-west of London, adjacent to the Thames, lies the Chilterns. This little-known region is unlike anywhere else in England and yet quintessentially English, too. It’s a designated Area of Outstanding Natural … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Slow Chilterns – Exploring The Chilterns
Editor's Note: This article was provided by Sir Gordan Bennet, purveyors of fine British crafted goods. Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside. Kiss me quick hats, Naughty Postcards, Stick of Rock Donkey rides and of course Piers. Having grown up by the sea from the age of 12, piers have held a real fascination. I watched the Weymouth Pier Bandstand explode and crumble into … [Read more...] about Guest Post: British Piers. Peering into the history of piers
Editor's Note: The following is a guest contribution from Cotswold Walks. While we can't go on these lovely walks right now, there's no reason why we all can't plan to one day in the future. Enjoy! The need to travel to wonderful faraway destinations and discover hidden gems along the way may feel more acute than ever before. Many of us may even feel a renewed sense of … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Costwold Walks – Some of the best short walks in the Cotswolds for when we are free to ramble in the countryside again
It’s a scenario that would make Jane Austen smile. In early 1817, when she began writing the first chapters of her newest novel about brothers trying to set up a seaside town, Jane did not know her first 11 chapters would be her final piece of writing. But here we are, more than 200 years later, and Jane Austen’s final novel, called Sanditon and later completed by “Another … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Let’s Save Sanditon!
John Denver put it best: “Almost Heaven. Take me home, country roads, to the place I belong.” I touch your spirit, John. I grew up in England’s ‘Almost Heaven’. Much later, in Canada, I found my “Almost Heaven” once more, writing 40 stories in two books: “Wessex Tales, Volume 1” and “Wessex Tales, Volume 2.” The name Wessex covers several southwestern English counties, … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Read, and your mind will fly here: “Wessex Tales” by Robert Fripp
This is a sponsored post by True Royalty TV. Written by Leo Kent. As the second series of The Crown drew to a close, we left Prince Charles amid the gloom of Gordonstoun; bullied by his peers and admonished by Prince Philip for his sensitivity. With the third series rumoured to cover the period between 1964 and 1977, it seems likely that we’re set to be shown Prince Charles … [Read more...] about Guest Post: The Truth Behind Netflix’s The Crown – Prince Charles
Editor's Note: The following is a guest article from Jackie Wolfskill, who is running a Downton Abbey themed tour to Britain in summer 2020. See the end of the post for details on her amazing sounding tour! Downton Abbey fans have longed for the return of their favorite characters since the TV series ended over 3.5 years ago. Thankfully, the wait is almost over! The new … [Read more...] about Guest Feature: 10 Things I’m Looking Forward to Most in the Upcoming Downton Abbey Movie – What Are You Looking Forward To?
Editor's Note: The following is a guest post submitted by Rydale, purveyors of English country wear. I thought it was fitting today since it's Yorkshire Day! Imagine yourself walking while enjoying a fantastic view, dramatic coastline, and stunning greenery, it’s great, isn’t it? This is actually what Yorkshire can offer you. Yorkshire is undeniably a beautiful place, and some … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Top 8 Yorkshire Walks – Happy Yorkshire Day!
Written by Ben Burgum, Britain Travel Consultant at adeo Travel. For international visitors, driving in a foreign country can be a daunting task. The dreaded “other side of the road” has many people leaving their driver’s license at home. But trust me when I say this; driving in the UK is a massive part of the Great British experience and offers the best way to explore this … [Read more...] about Guest Post: The UK’s Top Five Scenic Road Trips
Editor’s Note: The folks over at True Royalty TV, have asked us to share some highlights of what’s currently streaming on their wonderful service dedicated to all things Royal. With so many great documentaries on True Royalty TV, we thought we’d take the pain out of choosing and pick five goodies for you. From new releases to True Royalty exclusives to existing classics, here … [Read more...] about Telly Streaming: What to Watch This Month on True Royalty TV – Royal Babies, Britain’s Poshest Nannies, Will & Kate and More!
Editor's Note: Here's a nice long-read for the weekend by Sarah Cords from the Great British TV Site who has written this lovely feature for us about the history of Miss Marple on screen. She, along with co-author Jackie Bailey, has written a fantastic book on British TV. Thanks, Sarah! Is it wrong that I’m ready for 2020 mainly because I’m ready to see a new TV adaptation of … [Read more...] about Brit TV and Film: A History of Miss Marple in Cinema and British Television – Which Marple is Your Favorite?
For Christmas Deck the halls with lots of fun Christmas products at The Bee’s Knees. From mugs, plates, jugs and tea towels to gift sets and candles. For Mom At The Bee's Knees we do have gifts for the whole family! Let's start with mom or mum, whichever you prefer. We have an endless number of items that mum would love, so here are just a few ideas: A festive mug with a … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Holiday Gift Ideas from the Bee’s Knees British Imports
by Holly Giles My Dot On The Map is a small online boutique that offers a unique collection of custom coordinate jewelry. Your dot on the map- that's what our jewelry is about. That place that means so much to you, that is part of your story and holds a special meaning in your heart. The collections feature necklaces, bracelets, and key chains hand stamped with the … [Read more...] about Guest Post: A Thoughtful and Lovely Christmas Gift – MY DOT ON THE MAP – GPS Coordinates Jewelry
It’s Christmastime, and that means wish lists—yours and those of friends and family members—are starting to be made and items are starting to be checked off. And who wouldn’t love the present of a great fireside read? We’ve got some suggestions for you of books with a British flair. Take a look at the list below to get a sneak peek from their first chapters and see if you can … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Top 10 Giftable Books for Christmas from Bethany House
Traveling to the UK this holiday season? Be sure to visit a holiday market during your trip! Here are some National Trust homes hosting markets this year: England Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire Now until December 16 Waddesdon’s Christmas Fair features more than 80 exhibitors housed in wooden chalets in front of the spectacular manor. They’ll be selling a range of high-quality … [Read more...] about Guest Blog: Great Holiday Markets of the National Trust
Editor's Note: This is the first in an ongoing series of recipes submitted by The Pie Society, a British themed bakery in Savannah Georgia. Check out their website here. The mouth-watering smell of shortbread baking every morning at Pie Society is sure to bring in passers-by walking through Savannah’s City Market. This traditional Scottish biscuit is a perfect … [Read more...] about British Recipe: Chocolate Shortbread Petticoat Tails
Most people who have lived in Britain or visited are familiar with the National Trust, and yet many don’t know that the National Trust owns hundreds of hotels, cottages, and other types of accommodations. Below is a list of some of our favorite National Trust cottages. Become a Royal Oak member today and get free entry to over 500 National Trust properties in the U.K. … [Read more...] about Top 10 Britain: Royal Oak’s Top Ten National Trust Self-Catering Cottage Rentals in Britain To Book For Your Next Trip
Editor's Note: This film opened in the UK last Spring but has come to the USA starting today on Netflix. Netflix subscribers can watch the movie from today. I can't wait to sit down and watch it tonight. Visit Guernsey was kind enough to send this guide on visiting the island for fans of the book and now, film. We also published an article earlier this year as well that's a … [Read more...] about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: Guide to Visiting the Islands for Potato Pie fans – GUERNSEY – visit the island that inspired the story
Whether you are an amateur historian, a student, or a burgeoning author, all of us end up in the same place eventually: the archives. For those of us with a more romantic streak, we picture this as a dimly lit, quiet space that smells of sweet, aged ink, and sounds like the soft turning of pages. Take heart! Depending on which archive you visit, this image is not too far from … [Read more...] about Guest Article: An Historian’s Guide to Research in the UK – Tips and Tricks to Help Busy Historians Navigate the Archives
By Janna Wong Healy I was not alive in 1945, when Evelyn Waugh’s highly revered and most famous novel, Brideshead Revisited, The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder, was published. As an English major in college, I had heard about this thoughtful, beautifully written story of friendship, love, and religion…yet didn’t read it. In 1982, the talk around town … [Read more...] about Guest Article: Visiting Brideshead Revisited for the First Time – Comparing the Book, TV Show and Film
Bath is one of England’s most popular tourist destinations. It boasts stunning Georgian architecture, a welcoming character and a range of cultural, historical and culinary gems all snuggled in a small, walkable centre. Not only is the city itself a jewel, but it is surrounded by some of the most spectacular sights and countryside in England; the Cotswolds, Stonehenge, … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Behind the Façade… Exploring authentic England with ‘Around and About Bath’
We have a love affair with the Cotswolds, one that goes back to our honeymoon 26 years ago and our first European trip together. During a week in London, we took a day tour to the countryside by bus and had our first glimpse of the beautiful rolling hills and honey-colored stone that characterize the Cotswolds. We knew then that we wanted to come back to this special part of … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Experience the Cotswolds with European Experiences – Special Deal for Anglotopia Readers
Editor's Note: The film adaptation of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society has recently opened in the UK to rave reviews. And while we await word on a US release date of this popular novel, Visit Guernsey was kind enough to put together this list of 10 things to seen and do if you find yourself visiting this Channel Island. Immerse yourself in our Occupation … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Top 10 Things To See and Do on Guernsey in the Channel Islands
Editor's Note: There's tons of great British stuff on YouTube these days, and when I came across this great channel making videos about Lancashire, I knew I had to invite them to do a guest post. I'll let them introduce themselves - their videos are well produced and fascinating. Great Britain may be small, but it still has secret corners and places which are overlooked. … [Read more...] about Guest Post: LuneTube Invites You to Explore North Lancashire in New Video Series
Do you fancy British telly? Have you ever daydreamed about spending an evening in the presence of Poldark’s hunk, Aidan Turner? Silly question, of course, you have! Imagine exploring the posh country manors you’ve seen on Downton Abbey and Poldark just like a lord or lady. Picture sipping a cuppa in Doc Martin’s coastal village. Turn daydreams into a dream vacation and make … [Read more...] about Guest Feature: Dream Vacation: From Reel Life to Real Life for British TV Fans