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International Ocean film festival comes to Britain

The wonders of the world’s oceans will be on show in venues all over Britain in September and October at the International Ocean film festival. Originally from Australia, the festival features a selection of 11 of the world’s most captivating ocean-themed short films, put together into a two-hour evening of divers, surfers, swimmers and sea

Readers’ travel tips: kitsch US motels

Bright neon signs light up a motel entrance in Florida, USA. Contribute to this article GuardianWitness Powered by EE Whether on a cross-country journey or hanging out near Vegas or in California, spending at least one night in a kitsch, crazy or downright out-of-this-world motel is a quintessential element of an American road trip. Do

10 of the best British B&Bs

Studio Farrows, Langport, Somerset … yes, that is an old Ford Anglia parked inside Studio Farrows, Langport, Somerset Step through the doors of Studio Farrows and take in the quirky surroundings – starting with a lounge-residing pale blue Ford Anglia! Walls are splashed with eclectic art and mismatched cushions, throws and rugs add to the

A walk on the woolly side: sheep trekking in Wales

Follow the leader … sheep trekking in Wales It’s the tour for those who like to follow. Visitors to Wales can now enjoy sheep trekking; roaming the Brecon Beacons national park in the company of our wooly farmyard friends. The concept – which is new to the region – is being offered by Good Day

Europes best ice-cream parlours: readers travel tips

We all scream for ice-cream. Photograph: Alamy Winning tip Knickerbockers, Barmouth, Wales Pink parasols and twinkly fairy lights guide you towards an irresistibly wacky array of flavours of Welsh ice-cream. The Jaffa Cake ice-cream on a maple syrup-drowned waffle is sublime. Outside you’ll find plenty of benches or picnic tables from which to savour the

Travel tips: Portos art district, and deals of the week

River dance: Porto’s Palácio de Cristal gardens by the Douro river. Photograph: Paul Gordon/Alamy Take me there: Rua de Miguel Bombarda, Porto Why go?Don’t let the image of fusty old port cellars fool you into thinking Porto is a museum piece. Portugal’s second city has a real buzz about it and nowhere more so than

Walking Englands new coast path: sea and skylarks in the north-east

Which do you like best: skylarks or racing pigeons? Coal-stained “black beaches” or white sandy ones? Kebabs or haute cuisine? On the new coast path between Hartlepool, County Durham, and Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, the great thing is that you don’t have to choose. The route, which starts in North Gare beach by the mouth

All at sea: five great UK coastal walks

Laughrne Castle. Photograph: Alamy Tenby to Laugharne, South-west Wales This gently undulating 18 mile amble along the Wales Coast Path links Pembrokeshire’s liveliest seaside resort with the small town where Dylan Thomas lived – and which this year has been celebrating the centenary of his birth. Along the way are picnic-friendly clifftops as well as

The Judges Lodging, York: hotel review

Historically, the beer garden at Judge’s Lodging – where you drink under a gorgeous canopy of trees beside ivy-clad walls – seemed relatively off-grid, a redoubt from York’s tourist hordes. If that was ever true, it isn’t now. Recently revamped by its latest owner, Thwaites, this 21-bedroom Georgian townhouse is now a labyrinth of spaces.

Rowan Tree Cottage, Isle of Skye, Scotland: B&B review

Rowan Tree Cottage B&B on the Isle of Skye The postcard-pretty whitewashed croft house, with grey-blue paintwork, dates from 1903 and is easy to spot, with its two colourful kangaroos outside. As I crunched up the drive, Alan, in bright Fair Isle jumper, greeted me with the welcome words: “Don’t worry. I can rustle up