Soak up the atmosphere at Dartington’s annual music extravaganza

Every year in one of the most beautiful parts of rural South Devon on the banks of the River Dart a wonderful extravaganza of music (and other arts) takes place. Dartington International Summer School & Festival announces 2019 Concert Programme curated by Joanna MacGregor 27 July – 24 August 2019 … more

Madam Pompadour in the Frame at Waddesdon Manor

This exhibition shines a spotlight on how technology is being used to enhance our understanding of art history, enabling masterpieces which have been victims of circumstance or history to be seen as they were once intended. François Boucher’s famous portrait of Madame de Pompadour (1756) is today one of the most prized … more

Champion the bee – how you can save this amazing creature

Nature-lovers are being urged by environmentalists, bee scientists and wildlife gardening experts to help the nation’s under-threat bees by creating pollinator-friendly gardens, schools and neighbourhoods, ahead of this year’s Great British Bee Count (19 May-30 June 2017). Now in its fourth year, the Great British Bee Count inspires members of … more

Compton Verney wins top restoration accolade

Compton Verney has won the highly prestigious Brown Tercentenary Award at the annual Georgian Group Awards in London. The Georgian Group is an English and Welsh conservation organisationcreated to campaign for the preservation of historic buildings and planned landscapes of the 18th and early 19th centuries. Compton Verney is a … more

Paris House – Bedfordshire’s only Michelin-starred restaurant – review

Bedfordshire’s only Michelin star restaurant is tucked away in a corner of England’s finest countryside, within beautiful piece of parkland on the Woburn Abbey estate. It’s barely sign-posted on the A4012 so I miss the entrance and end up a few miles down the road in quaint Woburn village. I … more