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With the nights drawing in, BRITAIN brings good tidings and a dash of holiday spirit to warm up your winter. We’re raising a glass to Leeds Castle as it celebrates its 900th anniversary. Home to many an English queen, it is every bit as lovely as its reputation promises. Then join us as we tuck into some festive feasts with our favourite royals from history. Pass the minst pyes!

We explore Hidden England within our smallest county: if you’ve never heard of Rutland, now’s the time to discover its quaint towns and twinkly pubs. Further south in rural Suffolk, we trace the course of the River Stour, wandering through pastoral scenes made famous by two of our most famous artists.

The loveliest castle

Credit: Andrea Armellin/4corners

Leeds Castle celebrates its 900th anniversary this year. We look back at its many incarnations, from Norman stronghold and royal palace to lavish private home.

Festive feasts

Osborne’s Housekeeper with mince pies. Credit: Robert Smith

We serve up mouthwatering moments from history, tucking in with kings and queens as they have feasted through the centuries.

Great collectors

Sir John Soane’s collection in the Dome Space. Credit: Gareth Gardner

We examine the legacy of eight prolific patrons of the arts, from art-loving royals to private collectors of curios.

And if that isn’t cheering enough, we have a very special competition this month: your chance to win a stay in a luxury floating hotel – sister ship of the Royal Yacht Britannia, no less.

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