Take the kids to … Gulliver’s Land, Milton Keynes

With rides aimed at younger children and a relaxed atmosphere, this Buckinghamshire theme park offers a Brobdingnagian family day out

Southend-on-Sea: the arty way is Essex

Paul O’Grady obviously hasn’t visited Southend for a while … The resort where the East End still goes for old-fashioned seaside fun now has a thriving arts scene, too

Gorgeous Georgia: walking in the Svaneti’s mountains

New flights from the UK have opened up the country’s unspoilt north west, an area of mighty peaks, flower meadows and fantastic hiking country

‘The longest walk I’ve ever had was in New York’: author Anna Pitoniak

The novelist’s 32-mile stroll around Manhattan, in a day, provided a vivid portrait of NYC – but it’s the Upper East Side’s low-key highlights that excite her most

Flying across London – on the new South Bank zip wire ride

Close to Waterloo, Zip World Southbank takes riders above the treetops and slides them across a city park at more than 30mph. Guardian Travel’s white-knuckle hero Will Coldwell tried it out