Britain Magazine: the Official Guide

September 2012 issue
Victoria here, writing again about favorite magazines.  Besides watching the BBC news and listening too, via public stations here in the U.S., I stay close to Britain while I am home by  reading lots of magazines, many from the UK.  Every two months, Visit Britain, the official tourism agency, publishes a glossy issue filled with travel suggestions, sumptuous pictures and tempting ads, aka gift ideas.  Sigh.

The latest issue to arrive is dated September 2012 and has many interesting articles, from ice age cave-dwellers to the Princes in the Tower to this summer’s favorite gardens. 

Creswell Crags
Tower of London
Highgrove House and Gardens

 It’s a wonderful mix of history and scenery, castles and stately homes, villages and cities.  The website, too, is excellent and could occupy you for a long afternoon of dreaming, here.   Subscriptions are available and the magzine can be found in most bookstores and newstands.

July 2012 issue
As you might have expected, the July issue of Britain had a major feature on The Diamond Queen, to celebrate Elizabeth II’s sixty years on the throne.

Other topics were the county of Somerset (Land of the Summer People), Royal Memorabilia, Inside Britain’s Palaces, and Britian’s Most Eccentric Events.  You can read the latter here.

A Morris Dancer in Chipping Campden

 You also have the opportunity to win weekends at posh hotels and tours — and if your letter to the magazine is chosen as the month’s favorite, you win a special prize.  But best of all is the material for dreams…and planning that next trip.


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