Great Exhibition of the North: best days out in the north-east

With the summer-long arts festival kicking off next week, singers, artists and curators share their favourite places in Newcastle and the wider region

Fast-tracked to Amsterdam’s high life and new hotels

Now only a non-stop train ride from London, the Dutch capital offers calm beauty and eco innovation amid the beery hedonism

France’s Chausey Islands: all the tide in the world

The vast tidal ranges of this timeless, car-free archipelago off the Normandy coast offer a shifting and magical seascape

A local’s guide to Dundee: top 10 tips

The city’s beautiful waterfront is being reinvigorated thanks to a £1bn makeover, with the stunning new V&A museum, the first outside London, as its centrepiece

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

Standup paddleboarding off Scotland’s wild west coast

A new SUP and digital detox break on this beautiful coast means switching the smartphone off and focusing on the meditative pull of a paddle and the rhythm of the sea

Valletta on view: Malta’s capital shows off its cultural side

With a new flagship gallery and music galore, the 2018 joint European Capital of Culture is putting on more than enough exciting events to shake off its pretty-but-sleepy tag