Your March/April 2021 issue is here!

Indulge in an issue full of beautiful stately homes, lost royal palaces and lovely black and white houses

Just as sales of red lipstick soared in the dark days of wartime (Winston Churchill decreed it was not to be rationed as it kept morale high), this winter many of us have sought cheer in frivolity, namely the Netflix series Bridgerton, which is set in the decadent Regency era.

This issue, we channel the glamour and excitement of those heady days in our feature, Regency revels, diving into a whirl of scandal and romance; and we stroll the seafront promenade in Brighton, whose Royal Pavilion is the ultimate expression of Regency frippery.

History buffs will also enjoy a skirmish at the Battle of Tewkesbury, and a peek at two of Henry VIII’s once magnificent – but sadly long-lost – palaces.

Time-travelling done, we armchair-travel to a wildly beautiful Scottish region before a virtual visit to the ancient villages of Herefordshire and a rifle through the extensive collections of the British Museum. We also pop to handsome Marlborough and peer into Charles Darwin’s fascinating former home in Kent.

We hope that, wherever you are, this issue transports and inspires you.

A taste of what’s inside:

Break for the Borders

Abbotsford, writer Sir Walter Scott’s baronial mansion in the Borders. Credit: Lazy Grace Ltd

Though often overlooked in favour of the Highlands, the Scottish Borders reward visitors with scenic landscapes and a wild and wayward history.

Read more here.

Living history

Stowe Landscape Gardens are home to more than 40 historic monuments including the Palladian Bridge and the Gothic Temple. Credit: Ian Dagnall/Alamy

Stowe House is a stately home with a difference, where school children work alongside conservators to keep its spirit alive.

Read more here.

Roses remembered

‘Margaret of Anjou Taken Prisoner After the Battle of Tewkesbury’ by John Gilbert, 1875. Credit: Public domain sourced/Access rights from Art Collection 2/Alamy

This year marks two historic anniversaries for Tewkesbury. But what put this small Cotswolds town on the map?

Read more here.

Plus, TWO competitions to enter:

The Great British Holiday competition

Enter our competition for your chance to win a post-lockdown holiday in Britain for two worth up to £5,000, including free international flights.

Enter here.

Win a canal boat break along the Great West Way


One lucky winner and their guest will get to enjoy a Great West Way adventure travelling by boat along the Kennet & Avon Canal, with time to take in some magnificent sites, from the Crofton Pumping Station to Stonehenge and many spectacular landscapes.

Enter here.