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How to get a taste for autumn on a cider-tasting trip to Herefordshire

August 12, 2021

James Marsden is keen to introduce me to Big Mama. She stands tall in the middle of a restored orchard, looking good for her 300 years, with her mother-tree branches heaving under the bounty of late-harvest perry pears. I’ve joined James to gather the harvest by hand in Gregg’s Pit… Read more

Wales has a new Unesco World Heritage Site. Let’s use it wisely then.

July 29, 2021

Wales has a new Unesco World Heritage Site. The industrial heritage of North Wales has just been named as the UK’s 33rd Unesco World Heritage Site. The award reflects the international significance of Welsh slate in “roofing the 19th century world”. It’s the fourth site in Wales alongside the castles… Read more

How to spend a weekend in Manchester for the International Festival

July 9, 2021

*Map via The i Paper The Manchester International Festival is now under way across the northern-powerhouse city. If you’re planning a visit, then you might just find my guide to what’s new and interesting around Manchester useful. Amongst the highlights is the exhibition Use Hearing Protection: the early years of Factory… Read more