Returning home to Felixstowe: ‘Stories are everywhere’

Novelist Hayley Long always thought her home town, on the Suffolk coast, was a bit of a joke but now she’s proud of its gentle charm

The alt city guide to York in England

It’s time for the Romans and Vikings to make way for a new insurgency in the North Yorkshire jewel: a sparky, creative scene fuelled by innovative music, food and drink outlets

Strolling the ancient hillforts of southern England

Here’s a vivid picture of prehistoric times on a walk in the Wiltshire Downs: one of 4,000 iron age sites across Britain and Ireland mapped on a new website

The Manton Rempville Mystery – start of Chapter 1

Detective Sergeant Rod Barnes surveyed the remains of Manton Rempville monastery with incredulity. He’d heard that a hundred thousand pounds had been spent on preserving the ruins and he couldn’t understand why anyone would do such a thing. Ruins were ruins for a reason. The natural order of things, in Barnes’ mind at least, wasContinue reading “The Manton Rempville Mystery – start of Chapter 1”

‘Off with their heads!’ – the 10 greatest quotes from Alice in Wonderland

Celebrate Alice’s 150th birthday by reading our top 10 quotes from the nonsensical and magical world of Wonderland!

The eeriness of the English countryside

Writers and artists have long been fascinated by the idea of an English eerie – ‘the skull beneath the skin of the countryside’. But for a new generation this has nothing to do with hokey supernaturalism – it’s a cultural and political response to contemporary crises and fears

British Traditions – Walking the Weasel

An excerpt from the book 40 Humourous British Traditions One particularly cruel mayor, Edgar Stride, decided to ride around the paths on a horse as he didn’t want to be bitten in the ankle by the weasel. However, his fear caused his death. The weasel’s leash wasn’t quite long enough for it to walk on the ground.Continue reading “British Traditions – Walking the Weasel”

Alice in Wonderland – what does it all mean?

After 150 years, the search for the meaning behind Alice’s fantastical excursions has provoked many elaborate theories. Here are five of the most popular

Leicester prepares for Richard III reburial

Dadlington usually divides its sympathies between the two sides, but for this event they are coming out in favour of the deposed king in the Battle of Bosworth Field. My home city is enjoying the limelight for once and long may it continue.

Can you tell the British landmark from its Chinese nickname? Take this quiz

VisitBritain has asked Chinese social media users to choose Chinese names for famous British attractions and celebrities. See if you can figure these ones out