Britain’s best Christmas walks

Keswick in the Lake District

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a long wintery walk in the countryside, says Carys Matthews. Wrap up warm and enjoy one of these scenic walks from BBC Countryfile Magazine – just don’t forget to pack some mince pies and a flask of tea for a festive snack. Peak District The hills of the Peak District are… Read more

Our top 10 most-read features of 2017

Happy woman

Want to see what you’ve all been reading on in 2017? We’ve rounded up our 10 most popular features from the last year to help keep you occupied over the holidays. There’s everything from quizzes to features and podcasts – enjoy!   1. 11 tips to sleep better In 2017, sleep was one of our… Read more

Make a Scandinavian Lucia evergreen table wreath for Christmas

Make your own beautiful Scandinavian evergreen table wreath

On 13 December, when the darkness of the year is growing ever longer, the Lucia Day celebration of light is most welcome. Cities and towns throughout Scandinavia (and American cities with large Scandinavian populations) hold Lucia festivals filled with music and candlelight. The main attraction is always the Lucia procession, featuring a girl clad in… Read more

Spotted by locals – where to eat in London, Rome, Paris and New York

Eiffel Tower, Paris

When we’re travelling, we inevitably end up eating in some over-priced tourist restaurant. Eating food that’s okay, but not inspiring. There’s always the sneaking suspicion that the locals have their own secret restaurants and cafes – the places where you get the best local food and the best atmosphere. Well, we don’t want you to… Read more

The Norwegian love of the cabin

Norwegian cabin in the snow

At the centre of all Norwegian people’s lives lies the hytte or cabin, says Bronte Aurell, author of North: How to Live Scandinavian. A hytte is a cabin and these are little places Norwegians hike to or use as a base to hike from, weekends and holidays. A hytte is usually made of wood, is often painted… Read more

Discover urban foraging in London with Rachel de Thample

Shepherds purse

The heart of London might seem like an unlikely place to forage for food, but writer Rachel de Thample is always finding tasty things to eat in the city. “I’ve been teaching wild food cookery at Made in Hackney. We do plant identification and talk about the etiquette of foraging and safety, then we get into… Read more

How to wear a Norwegian jumper

How to wear a Norwegian jumper

If you’re going to embrace the Scandinavian way of life then you need to learn how to treat your Norwegian jumper, says Bronte Aurell. When people think of Scandinavian jumpers they are mostly thinking of the Norwegian lusekofte, literally meaning ‘lice jumper’. Lice (lus) refers to the tiny pattern in the knit – ‘little lice’,… Read more

How to be more Norwegian

Norwegian waffles with brown cheese

If you’re feeling inspired to move to Norway, it’s a good idea to find out what the people are like before you up sticks and go. Bronte Aurell, author of North: How to Live Scandinavian, shares her tips on how to be more Norwegian: Go for a hike (ut på tur, literally out on tour)… Read more

Win a 6-night Inntravel rail holiday through the heart of Spain

The view from the old town in Segovia, Spain

Explore the classical cities of old Castile on an Inntravel self-guided journey. We’ve teamed up with Inntravel to offer you the chance to win one of their SlowMotion journeys – a 6-night, self-guided holiday for two through the heart of Spain by rail – on which you can discover treasures from the Golden Age, admire… Read more

Unusual places to stay in the UK

Copper Beech Glade caravans

Get away from it all with a special short break in the UK – maybe you fancy glamping in a forest, sleeping in a treehouse, or spending time in a converted bus? It’s the perfect opportunity for some forest bathing, wild swimming and waking up to fresh air rather than an alarm clock. Read more related… Read more