Soaring demand for camping and the need for accommodation providers to make up for loss of income have led to a new summer trend: the pop-up campsite. Across the land tipis and bell tents that would usually be touring the festival circuit are being repurposed to create temporary glamping sites – some with just a single tent, others more like mini festivals. Among those getting in on the pop-up action is Camphill Estate in North Yorkshire, which has added 15 bell tents to its existing collection and has already extended availability to the end of October after being inundated with bookings. In the New Forest, Harry’s Meadow is a sister site to permanent Harry’s Field, with an extra 100 pitches for six weeks until August; and for two weeks in August you can get your festival vibes at Wild Canvas in Somerset. … [Read more...] about A glamping break … but where’s the tent?
Training camp at the star
We get off the train at Tiverton and catch a cab to Hirst's place, which is about an hour away, near the coastal village of Combe Martin. If you ask Hirst what exactly he does in Fat Les, he'll smile raffishly and reply, 'I haven't a fucking clue.' If you ask James, he'll tell you that Hirst 'paints the taxi'. This is a reference to the black cab that Allen bought on a whim one day. He parked it outside the Groucho Club, but was seldom sober enough to drive it anywhere when he left. Fortunately, the tramp who camped outside, who is still known as 'Outside Dave', turned out to have a driving licence and Allen promptly hired him as his part-time chauffeur. Eventually, he suggested that Dave take to living in the vehicle, in return for transport home when necessary. The residents of Combe Martin have lots of similar stories to tell, about finding Allen and Hirst sitting atop chimneys hatching plans, or Allen leading gaggles of teenage girls up to the house to gaze at 'Alex from Blur' … [Read more...] about Three lions
From Black Lives Matter to the climate crisis: Banksy's political artworks War is not a child's game One known fact about Banksy's identity is that the world-famous artist comes from Bristol in southern England. He moved on to London at the end of the 1990s and began to spray his pictorial messages onto the walls of selected locations. Here, he was back in Bristol in 2016, leaving behind a mural at a English primary school in Whitchurch. … [Read more...] about Banksy: Masked London Underground rats get scrubbed
And we got a rare glimpse inside Kate’s childhood home with perfectly-manicured lawns and family photos on display during a lockdown video. … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton is giving Prince George, Charlotte and Louis DIY home haircuts with the help of nanny Maria
José Luis Zoreda, the vice-president of the tourism lobby Exceltur, told local media that they have particularly felt the loss of Latin American tourists: "Although Madrid is not their final destination, it is a transit spot that always benefits [from passing visitors]." … [Read more...] about Spanish holiday spots away from the coast are practically deserted – with bargain breaks in places like Madrid for £99