Starry night stopover


We ran this pic from Galloway House Estate  in our stargazing piece in November issue but forgot to say you can stay there! Off-grid, wood-fired hot tubs, starry skies. There are four cottages on the organically farmed estate, which is near Wigtown, Scotland’s book town. And did we mention it’s in an International Dark Sky… Continue reading

Dark sky thinking: stargazing events


Astronomical societies across the country regularly hold talks, events and ‘Star Parties’. Go stargazing with some of these dark sky events.

156th Mendip Ploughing Match

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The 156th Mendip Ploughing Match was held on Yeo Valley’s Priddy Hill Farm earlier this month. A celebration of the local community, the soil, and of the heritage of the countryside, the Match also forms a stage in the progress of the Mendip champion to the National Ploughing Championships.

Go meteor-spotting this month


Head outside and enjoy the show! Find out how to spot meteors with our guide.

Wool Week: Join The Wool Ride

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Join fellow yarn-fans this weekend for the capital’s Wool Ride in celebration of Wool Week.

Wicca quiz: Which witch are you?


The witches we tend to think of are the stuff of cliche. As followers of wicca continue to grow, we ask ‘which witch are you?’ in this fun quiz.

Food from afar: Bento box


The art of Japanese nibbles beautifully packed into a box – it’s Bento!

Competition: win £500 of Inntravel holiday vouchers

Win holiday vouchers with Inntravel

In our competition you could win £500 worth of vouchers towards a Slow Holiday courtesy of Inntravel, the Slow Holiday people. Just click here to ‘like’ their Facebook page, enter your details, and then imagine where Inntravel could take you. Walk the wild undiscovered coastline of Portugal; cycle the back lanes of France; discover the… Continue reading

September sea swimming

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Dive in, the water’s lovely! Try sea swimming this September.

The Minack open-air theatre and its inspirational female builder, Rowena Cade

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This month, The Simple Things recommends a visit to the Minack open-air theatre, Cornwall. As well as a programmed of acclaimed performances, the clifftop creation has an intriguing history, too.