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Old Bushmills Distillery, 2 Distillery Road, Bushmills

Rich Davey

It claims to be the ‘world’s oldest whiskey distillery’. Try the Red Bush, matured in Bourbon casks or the Black Bush, matured in the sherry casks, or the Classic Irish Blend. In 2012, the distillery hosted a festival at the distillery, celebrating the craft behind fine whiskey and great music.

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Stay in a Medieval Well Chapel in Woolston, North Shropshire

Mary Canon-Belle

This tiny building, the St Winifred’s Well in Woolston, near Oswestry, is a miraculous survival – it’s a medieval well chapel. It is built above an ancient and venerated spring which feeds three linked pools and is still flowing today. It is utterly enchanting.

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Stay in a Gothic Temple in Stowe with the Landmark Trust

Charles Risso-Gill

Set in one of the world's most famous 18th-century landscape gardens, this folly at Stowe is a stunning landmark with a spiral staircase, roof terrace and open grounds to explore. The Gothic windows provide vistas of monuments, lakes and temples.

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Chilli Fiesta, West Dean College, near Chichester

Lucy Blanchette

Live Latin bands, fireworks, flamethrowers and food of all kinds. Plus there’s a vintage funfair, workshops, music and dance, and also cookery demonstrations, gardening talks and tours. Camping is available. 

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Ursa Minor Bakehouse, Ballycastle, Ireland

Arthur Nottle

This in an independent real bread bakery and café based on the north coast of Ireland. It uses traditional techniques such as hand-moulding of the loaves, then proving them in floured baskets. They are baked on the oven floor to help create a spectacular and delicious crust.

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Stay in Robin Hood’s Hut, in Somerset, with the Landmark Trust

Sally Longville

Approaching Robin Hood's Hut, you come upon a cottage, with thatched roof and bark-clad door. But the elegant interior provides a fitting antechamber to the umbrello – from here the view stretches across the Mendip Hills towards the Bristol Channel and the mountains of South Wales.

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Henry Harris pubs: Three Cranes in the City, the Coach in Clerkenwell, and the Hero in Maida Vale

Lara Akeroyd

Where to go for bavette and frites, pot au chocolat and other bourgeois classics? At the heart of each of these three dining rooms is Harris’s love of simple French food – the trout with sauce nantaise, or the prune and armagnac pain perdu.

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Dartmoor Open Water Swim, held annually

Alfred Watchley

Discover the tranquillity of wild, open water with the Dartmoor Open Water Swim, sibling to the Exmoor Open Water Swim. Compete at a length to best suit and challenge you – either 10,000m (the ‘marathon’ open water swimming equivalent), 5,000m or the 2,500m for possible first-timers.

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Pork and Pepper Sausages from the Ginger Pig

Mary Canon-Belle

The ‘Times’ reports that ‘posh sausages are back’. These come with a five-star rating – coarse-grained sausages full of succulent, flavoursome meat. A hint of pepper and ginger, but the quality pork is the star of the show.

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Ginger Pig butchery classes

Harold Llwelyn

From Barnes to Borough Market, there’s a few Ginger Pigs around to satisfy Londoners. Visit them for the best cuts of meat. But, something you might have overlooked is their brilliant classes – learn how to tie a butcher’s knot or how to best store your meat. It is also great for recipes and ideas.

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Listen to Crystal Fighters

Harold Llwelyn

‘Basque, bizarre and oddly brilliant’ is how Will Hodgkinson describes them in the ‘Times’. Their live shows mix folk, rave, rock, Spanish culture and cosmic nuttiness. I highly recommend ‘At Home’. Their new album is out in the autumn, and you can listen to ‘Boomin’ in Your Jeep’ now.

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Kathmandu Backpack

Genevieve Delacroix

The 28-litre Eos Pack is the lightest yet – for fast-paced hiking in warm climates. Its streamlined design has everything you need – durable fabric, hydration bladder compatibility, easy-access storage – without weighty extras. Also incorporates clever technology to help regulate body temperature.

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Henry Harris pubs: Three Cranes in the City, the Coach in Clerkenwell, and the Hero in Maida Vale

Lara Akeroyd

Where to go for bavette and frites, pot au chocolat and other bourgeois classics? At the heart of each of these three dining rooms is Harris’s love of simple French food – the trout with sauce nantaise, or the prune and armagnac pain perdu.

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‘Tom Kitchin’s Fish and Shellfish’ Recipe Book

Lucy Blanchette

These recipes from the Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin are quick and easy. Top options include the oriental-style sea bream with ginger, chilli and spring onions; the langoustines with spring onion, lemons and garlic butter; and a Thai monkfish curry. 

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Hotel Arts Barcelona

Sally Longville

Iconic design, incredible culinary experiences and the sparkling Mediterranean draw visitors to Barcelona. These elements are also what attract visitors to the Hotel Arts Barcelona. The towering building is something of a sculpture itself – a striking 44 floors of blue glass and steel.

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Turner Contemporary, Margate

Jonathan Finchley

Situated on Margate seafront, on the same site where Turner stayed when visiting the town, Turner Contemporary presents a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions, events and learning opportunities which make intriguing links between historic and contemporary art.

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Biodynamic wines

Jonathan Finchley

Biodynamic production is up 10 per cent a year. Austria is into it in a big way, so is Chile; but New Zealand has really got its finger on the pulse – in particular, the Seresin Estate wines. Tuck into its vibrant, dried-strawberry-stashed 2016 Leah Pinot Noir (Noel Young, 01223 566744, £18.99). 

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Roald Dahl’s 'Even More Revolting Recipes'

Thea Dale

‘If I were a headmaster I would get rid of the history teacher and get a chocolate teacher instead.’ Ever fancied rustling up Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight? In which case, this is the book for you. Sparkling with Quentin Blake’s illustrations and a full range of fantastic foodstuffs.

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New Zealand Garden Tool for weeding

Hamish Charlton

This light, easy-to-use tool, made of a single piece of bent steel wire (which costs Just £11) originally came from New Zealand, where it has been used for more than 25 years for the most varied work in the garden. With its single slender tine which can be worked directly into the roots of a plant.

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British Pilgrimage Trust

Edith Warren

Rediscover the old way of travelling on foot to holy places in Britain. An ancient tradition refreshed. An unpretentious and unprecious organisation that encourages you to make a pilgrimage at any time, along a great route (of which there are many on their website) or from your back door.

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Visit the Crumble Shack

Harold Llwelyn

This is for the people who would choose crumble for pud on any day of the week. Choose  your stewed fruit, be that rhubarb, apple or another, then select your topping – honey roasted nut, fresh gingerbread or a vegan crumble, plus more, are contenders.

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Berber & Q Grillhouse

Sally Longville

Grilled and smoked meats cooked over charcoal. Mezze from the East, music from the West and natural wines, cocktails, pickles and pitta bread. Options from the grill include beef adana kofte and sweet tea-brined baby chicken. Well worth a visit for the 'Full Israeli' brunch.

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Boa Vida acai

Thea Dale

The mysterious Brazilian superfood! Acai is one of the only berries not to contain sugar. Pure açai has a unique taste – tangy, earthy yet unfamiliar, described as ‘like rich dark chocolate combined with cherry or wine, but without the tartness or sweetness, and with a fuller body’. 

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Badger Badger Shirts

Lysander Tyler-Green

Made in India, these shirts are all about championing conscious consumption. Designed by Bombay-based British duo, Danni and Flora, who set out to make one thing and make one thing well, the shirts are relaxed in style, made from soft cotton and have been created with both him and her in mind.

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Esther Perel’s podcast: Where Should We Begin?

Ruby Scott

In this podcast you listen to 10 anonymous couples in conversation with the relationship therapist Esther Perel. Be amazed by conversations and surprising truths. Episodes include ‘I don’t want to be your caregiver, I want to be your wife’ and ‘I’ve had 100 conversations with you in my head’.

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