Garden Party in Birmingham
PoliNations is a garden party, but not as you know it. This free festival in Birmingham’s Victoria Square on September 2-18 showcases cultural diversity through the lens of horticulture. In the shadow of a forest of towering architectural trees, the festival will begin with a mass flower planting, continue with workshops, garden tours, poetry slams and yoga classes and end with a ballistic seed party. This four-day finale includes music, dance and drag performances.
Eve’s Thoughts In canto
Wake up to the sight of Kentish ewes cutting clover fields from their shepherd’s hut on a working farm in Romney Marsh. The huts have built-in kitchens and bathrooms as well as outdoor firepits. The newest one, launched this summer, also features an outdoor bath and sleeps a family of four. Owner Christina Bolden partnered with local artists and businesses to offer a program of activities, including photography classes, alpaca trekking, jeep safaris, wine tours and brewery tours.
two nights weekday stay From £240 for two, romneymarshshepherdshuts.co.uk
Island Camp in Dorsetta
National Trust-owned Brownsea Island, first used as a campground in 1907 by Scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell, is the largest in Poole harbor, with rare ground-nesting nightjars such as red squirrels and summer visitors. It is a haven for wildlife including. These days campers can bring their own kit or choose the comfort of the new four-person bell tent. There are free family trails and natural play areas, and when day trippers get home there are bats and glowing insects.
A six-person tent for three nights on a pitch is £165, or £450 in a bell tentnationaltrust.org.uk
snorkelSex in the Forth of the Forth
You don’t have to leave the country to enjoy the underwater world: Scotland’s waters are rich with marine wildlife. The Scottish Wildlife Trust has six downloadable snorkeling trails, including a new one in East Lothian, which is based at the Scottish Seabird Center on the Firth of Firth. Sightings may include crabs, jellyfish, starfish, gannets, guillemots, and dolphins. You will need a wetsuit as the water remains cool even in summer. Check tide conditions and never snorkel alone.
Go Off-Grid in Northumberland
Leave the crowded campsites behind and pitch in some of Northumberland’s wildest and most beautiful corners, courtesy of Wild With Consent. The company connects campers with landlords, lets them live legally on off-grid sites, and has launched a select collection with the Northumberland 250 self-drive route. It’s great for dark skies, rolling hills, wild beaches, and Hadrian’s Wall—which celebrates its 1,900th anniversary this year.
£25. From A Night with loved ones van, wildwithconsent.com
fodder hedgerow herbs in suffolki
Discover the diversity of British Hedge at the Food Museum in Stowmarket. A new exhibition traces the history of Hagero through the work of artists, cooks and farmers. Check out Angie Levine’s prints, test yourself at native birdsong, and taste true hedgerow flavors in the performance kitchen. Food sourced from the museum site is turned into dishes ranging from nettle tea to elderflower ice cream, and is served with information about biodiversity and folklore.
£12 adult, £8 child, £35 family, until June 2023Food display from 11 to 3 pm daily until 30 September, foodmuseum.org.uk
trail cycling in Staffordshire
If you were inspired by competitors thundering on world-class mountain bike trails at Cannock Chase Forest at last week’s Commonwealth Games, why not give it a try? The £900,000 investment has upgraded existing trails and built new ones, including Perry’s Trail Intermediate and a pedal and play trail suitable for children three years of age and older.
Rent a bike, or pick up a trail map for £1.50, At Cannock Chase Bicycle Centre, Forestryengland.uk
art Deco stays on the Causeway Coast
A few miles up the coast from Giant’s Causeway is Elephant Rock, a new family-run boutique hotel in the seaside town of Portrush. Interior decorator Adrian Bailey has brought a piece of South Beach glamour, with jewel colors, bespoke textiles, and dramatic lighting. After a day of exploring, head to the emerald- and gold-toned bar for a signature cocktail.
room £120. From One Night, elephantrockhotel.co.uk
Wild and free in Herefordshire
Meet wild ponies, skim boulders on pebble beaches and roam ruined castles: Herefordshire has lots of free family fun. Herefordshire’s On the Wild Side guide lists free or low-cost outdoor adventures for kids of all ages. The elderly will love the free geocaching at Birches Farm Nature Reserve; Younger children may be tempted around the woodland trails at Rolleston Court Farm with the promise of ice cream in one of 50 flavors.
Sea Kayaking in Pembrokeshire
Paddle among the caves and creeks of the rugged St. David Peninsula on a two-night trip to kayakers for the first time. A guide will show you the ropes before taking you out to explore secluded beaches, steep cliffs and kelp forests, where you can swim and watch seals. No experience is necessary, but with spending four to five hours on the water each day, you’ll need to stay relatively fit.
cost of two night trips £356, Departure on 16 and 30 September and 14 Octobermuch better adventures.com
Gwynedd. shine in
Quieter than neighboring Snowdonia, the Llan Peninsula is an area of uninhabited beaches, coastal castles and offshore islands that are home to colonies of seabirds. Burt’s Kitchen Garden is an eco-campsite that pitches between a meadow of flowers and an orchard. Kids will love the treehouse and shingle beach on the door, but couples can stay in style in one of the new wooden huts with king size beds and marble-tiled shower rooms. The huts sit near the Kitchen Garden restaurant, which serves locally roasted coffee and a seasonal menu.
£22. Se Camping PitchPP A Night£175. se huts one night, bertskg.com
walk among nature Yorkshire Wolds Way
With wooded slopes running north from the Humber estuary and through quiet valleys to Filey Brig on the coast, the 127-km (79-mile) Yorkshire Wolds Way turns 40 this year. A new fab on the Forty guide offers advice on which sections to walk, and highlights attractions along the way, from which to see red kites or see the work of local artists in the best pubs, tea rooms and picnic spots can be found.
distant cell norfolk
Find peace even when the Norfolk coast is at its busiest aboard the Selkie, 4.5-metre locally built sailing boat. The new venture spearheaded by Zoe Dunford, a former wildlife TV researcher, will show you where seals swim and dive, with beaches accessible only by boat and stopping for a wild swim Then tea and homemade cake. Running under sail or a silent electric engine, this journey leaves much of the hustle and bustle of summer behind.
Blakeney. departure from Quay, Trip Last about Two hours and costs £200, for up to foursailnorfolk.co.uk
sleep on a slog in cornwall
Little changed since the 18th century, Charlestown harbor is home to a small fleet of historic tall ships: a visit to this corner of North Cornwall feels like stepping back in time. Visitors can enjoy a day sailing experience or even sleep on the Penn Glass, a fishing boat, while staring from the deck and waking up to the sound of the ocean. As well as dorm-style bunk accommodation, there are now private two-person cabins as well. The proceeds will help bring the ship back to its original condition as a sailing rig.
bunk £25PP, Cabin £60 A Nightcharlestownharbour.com
pierce in the highlands
With views of Sutherland’s Kyle, the new wooden lodge in Seoul Mor makes a great hideaway in the Northern Highlands. Enjoy the peaceful location and keep an eye out for badgers and pine martens that live nearby, head for rambles around the surrounding glens and lochs, and ask your hosts to arrange off-site activities from canoeing and archery to distillery tours. Give.
four-bedroom one-bedroom lodge £140. cost from Minimum stay of one night, three nightsceolmor.co.uk