Weekend breaks

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A local’s guide to Bucharest: a pizza of a city with something to see in every sector
From a warehouse brewery to a giant bookshop and glorious lakeside parks, Cosmin Cîrîc, manager of the city’s thermal spa, guides us around the Romanian capital

Interview by Stephen Emms

23, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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‘I love the sense of freedom’: an accessible adventure in North Yorkshire
We road-test a new project aiming to make the picturesque North York Moors easier to explore for people with a range of mobility and sensory needs

Jane Dunford

16, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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The plot thickens: why murder mystery weekends are on the rise
Gory getaways are all the rage, thanks to glamorous extras, contemporary themes and a taste for escapism. Our writer heads to Berkshire to visit an ‘unhinged heiress’

Sally Howard

01, Dec, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Five great car-free breaks around the UK
Getaways without a car cut leisure emissions but also mean new freedom to explore coasts, towns and almost 2,000 years of history

Phoebe Taplin

19, Nov, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Lonely Planet selects Manchester as top travel destination for 2023
Publishers praised UK city’s arts scene and gastronomic diversity as it makes the list of 30 best places to go

Helen Pidd North of England editor

16, Nov, 2022 @6:00 AM

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From dog-sledding to saunas: nine winter adventures in the UK
Embrace your inner Scandi, wrap up and make the most of the winter months

Guardian writers

05, Nov, 2022 @9:00 AM

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A local’s guide to Deauville, France: fine sands, fine dining and a new arts scene
Bookshop owner David Ezvan on market shopping, sea views and nights out on the Normandy coast

Interview by John Brunton

31, Oct, 2022 @11:00 AM

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‘Today is a magic moment’: Bath’s 207-year-old lido reopens after four decades of neglect
Opened in Jane Austen’s lifetime and recently saved from demolition, Cleveland Pools will welcome swimmers for a short autumn season before making a big splash next spring

Rhiannon Batten

30, Sep, 2022 @6:00 AM

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‘The real life of Athens is here’ – look beyond the Acropolis for the hidden gems of the city
The Acropolis Museum’s underground lab, the ancient Hadrian aqueduct and an arts festival in an old factory offer a more personal view of the Greek capital

Stephen Smith

07, Sep, 2022 @6:00 AM

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15 day trips and short breaks to keep the summer vibe alive
With plenty of sunny days and balmy evenings still to come, we pick late summer activities around the UK, from glamping and sailing to festivals and off-grid escapes

Joanna Booth

13, Aug, 2022 @10:00 AM

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A local’s guide to Helsinki, Finland: delicious seafood, islands to explore and a dash of Arctic cool
Former tour guide Heidi Johansson leads us to great local food, unisex saunas and fab cocktails in the Finnish capital

Interview by Matthew Brace

25, Apr, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Favourite festival sold out? Here are the best alternatives
After two long years, festivals are back – but tickets are in short supply. Here are some options if you’ve missed out, featuring rave-jazz parties, fairground rides and organic psychedelia

Kitty Empire, Kathryn Bromwich and Jude Rogers

17, Apr, 2022 @9:00 AM

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