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“Look to the future, but remember the past” could be the theme of this issue. As a new decade dawns, we’re busy filling the diary with plans and trips for the year ahead.

We’ve picked out the highlights of Oxford’s iconic skyline to help you make the most of a visit to one of our most influential cultural cornerstones.

We’re also marking some special anniversaries. It’s 400 years since a certain ship set sail on an epic voyage, and in doing so, changed the course of history. In the first of a two-part series, we tell the stirring story of the Mayflower. And we’re wishing a very happy birthday to the National Trust: this venerable institution turns 125 this year.

Elsewhere, we tour Dorset’s dramatic Jurassic Coast – so ancient that it bears the imprints of dinosaurs; pirouette through the history of The Royal Ballet; and go road-tripping on Scotland’s North Coast 500 – a route that takes in some of the country’s most spectacular scenery. So many options for 2020 – now, where did I put my diary…?

History set in stone

East Cliff at West Bay Credit: Justin Foulkes/4Corners Images

A new film, Ammonite, set to be released in 2020, shines the spotlight on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, one of Britain’s most captivating coastlines.

Best foot forward

Swan Lake by The Royal Ballet Credit: © Bill Cooper/ROH

Based in London’s Covent Garden, The Royal Ballet is one of the world’s most famous ballet companies, with a wartime fascinating history that saw the ballerinas dancing for Britain.

National treasure

As the National Trust celebrates its 125thanniversary, we visit three properties _ Petworth House, Dyffryn House and Gardens and Wicken Fen – that reveal the remarkable breadth of its scope.

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