The world’s best beaches 2016: best of British

With nearly 12,500km of coastline and more than 6,000 islands, the shores of Old Blighty are not to be overlooked for a beach retreat

Nine of the best outdoor cinemas in the UK

Fed up of popcorn-strewn cinemas or wasting beautiful summer evenings in a dark room? An outdoor cinema screening might just be the solution. Tamara Hinson shares the most spectacular locations to watch a blockbuster this year

Five of Britain’s most dazzling Christmas light displays

Break into the Christmas swing of things with these spectacular (and in some cases, unusual) festive light displays

12 of Europe’s most curious Christmas Markets

Think all Christmas Markets are the same? Think again. From touring Santa’s bedroom to mastering the principals of feng shui, there’s a whole world of al fresco festive retail out there. Issy D’Arcy Clark picks on for each day of Christmas

What to do in six Rugby World Cup host cities (when you’re not at the game)

It’s hard not to get caught up in the blood, sweat and tears of the Rugby World Cup, but even the most passionate fans of the tournament need some down time. Matt Hutson seeks out the best places to eat, drink and see in and around six host cities

Nine British foodie pilgrimages, nominated by top chefs

The British food scene is having a moment, especially when it comes to its quality homegrown produce. We asked nine of the country’s top chefs to share their ultimate gourmet getaways across the UK

City hot spot: The Hayes, Cardiff

With a flurry of new and independent businesses taking up residence in its Victorian arcades and historic streets, The Hayes is an up-and-coming patch of the Welsh capital

21 British landmarks for the 21st century

When we asked our readers to name the iconic sites that define Britain today, the long list ran to thousands, from Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage to Big Ben. Simon Calder and our expert panel met to debate the final cut

Podcast: 21 landmarks for the 21st century

We sifted through thousands of votes to come up with a long list of 40 landmarks, to be presented for consideration by a distinguished panel of judges. Here’s what happened when they met to whittle it down to just 21

Quiz: what’s your real British identity?

To the rest of the world we are still the UK, but the nations of mainland Britain seem intent on pulling apart, or at the very least drawing discrete boundaries of identity through greater devolution and repeated mutterings about independence. If you are a Brit unsure where your loyalties lie — or a non-Brit uncertain of what the differences are — our quiz will make things clear

Britain: the new national identities

In 1941, George Orwell equated Englishness with solid breakfasts and gloomy Sundays, green fields and red pillarboxes. But how do the English define themselves today? And how about the Scots and the Welsh? As part of our special British issue, novelists Sebastian Faulks, Owen Sheers and AL Kennedy share their thoughts on our new national identities in 2015

Five British music festivals that foodies will love

An overcooked burger and a warm can of lager no longer cuts it for a festival feed. From top chefs to street food stalls, these outdoor gigs are perfect for partygoers with discerning palates

The best UK music festivals for 2015

Whether it’s heavy beats at a rave ‘til dawn, Michelin-starred grub or fantastic folk talent that you’re looking for this summer, Ianthe Butt has it covered. In no particular order...

The alternative guide to British summer events

Thought summer in Britain was all tennis, horse racing and regattas? Think again. Katherine Price picks eight curious events to schedule into your calendar this month

Europe’s most curious beers

Seawater, smoky bacon and spicy chillies… craft beer expert Daniel Neilson takes a boozy crawl around Europe’s most innovative breweries that are using unlikely ingredients to create quirky pints

Five of the world’s most extreme runs

From dizzying Himalayan altitudes to a 24-hour race against the clock in the Lake District, endurance athlete Lizzy Hawker picks the world’s most adventurous running trails

Six British breaks for the food obsessed

Elasticated trousers at the ready — from lobster safaris in Wales to cheese feasts in England’s West Country, Suzanne King reveals six indulgent weekend breaks that are perfect for culinary-minded travellers

Seven unexpected British (and Irish) foodie destinations

From Swansea to Stoke-on-Trent, Samuel Muston picks the unlikely and sometimes surprising foodie experiences across the UK and Ireland

Seven wonders of Wales

We all know about Snowdonia’s peaks, the turrets of Conwy Castle and the arches of Pontcysyllte aqueduct, but what else does Wales have to offer the curious traveller? Issy D’Arcy Clark reveals seven unexpected surprises

Ten of Britain’s best beaches

Sand dunes, caves, art installations and fish ’n’ chips — author Mike Carter, who cycled almost 5,000 miles around the entire coastline of Britain, picks the country’s best stretches of sand, from Cornwall to Scotland’s Outer Hebrides

10 of the world's most scenic marathons

Not all marathons are run on concrete and follow a city circuit. Some take you across arctic glaciers, over desert plains and through some of the most spectacular scenery the world has to offer, says Harriet Letherbarrow

11 ways to enjoy Wales

Countless castles, Dylan Thomas's centenary and a coastline you're never more than an hour away from... this is the year to explore the glorious Welsh landscape

Eight of the UK's best botanic gardens

Spring is in sight and Britain has some of the best botanic gardens in the world to get out and enjoy it in. Alexandra Groom picks the best

Extreme sleeps: top five places for wild camping in the UK

Author Phoebe Smith picks her top spots for sleeping under the stars, camping solo and sheltering from the wild

10 of the best utterly British summer events

From sporting to operatic, these 10 key events from the days of the English social 'season' remain hot tickets

Golf in Wales

Wales may be known for its rugby, but its wild landscape and coastline is a dream for golf lovers

The UK's five smallest islands

Tiny Islands author Dixe Wills gives us his tips on the five most miniature land forms in the British Isles

Notes from a traveller: Ray Winstone

The Sweeney actor talks beloved UK spots and filming on location

Cardiff: Jolyons at No.10

A charming alternative to Cardiff's business hotels, with its vintage details and central location Jolyons at No.10 makes a great city base, says Lucy Thackray

Five of the best alternative UK music festivals

Wondering how to fill the gap that is Glastonbury this year? Don't despair: there are hundreds more music festivals to choose from. Elli Donajgrodzki picks five of the best lesser-known UK festivals for summer 2012