David Attenborough received the 2017 Britain-Australia Award this week
BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING
These Merrell boots are evidence a walking boot doesn’t need to be clumpy.
The Chameleon 7 Mid Gore-Tex are super lightweight, waterproof and come in nubuck suede with mesh inserts.
With a flash of jade they’re as stylish as a trainer.
The breathable liner and bellows tongues helps keep stones and leaves out and the protective rubber front cap will prevent you stubbing your toe.
Stockist: Go Outdoors (0330 008 1555/ gooutdoors.co.uk), £160.
OH, WE ALL LOVE…
…to be by beside the seaside – and this lovely new little book, London On Sea will motivate those in the capital to make that easy day trip to the coast.
Sarah Guy has compiled lovely little overviews of 50 favourite spots.
There are fascinating historical snippets too (Charles Dickens loved Broadstairs) and recommendations for shopping and best places for old-school fun such as Walton-on-the-Naze’s dodgems.
There’s quirky too- the St Leonard’s Ossuary is home to more than 1,000 skulls.
Stockist: Amazon, £9.99.
Purchasing the right hiking boots is key for avid walkers
It has only taken 58 years but the steam train has returned to Broadway in the Cotswolds.
You can take one from Cheltenham Racecourse to Broadway, stopping off at pretty villages such as Winchcombe, Toddington and Gotherington.
The Full Steam Ahead Experience (01684 272 300/tewkesburypark.co.uk) includes two nights at Tewkesbury Park (two sharing), half board and Rover tickets Cheltenham Racecourse to Broadway).
TIPTOE THROUGH THE TULIPS
Arundel Castle (01903 882 173/ arundelcastle.org) will burst into life mid-April with the opening of 60,000 flowers during the Tulip Festival.
More than 120 varieties will be on display, from the deep rose ‘Pink Impression’ to ‘Carnival de Rio’.
April 29 sees the Castle’s first Plant Fair and you can also explore the rooms including the Baron’s Hall, Regency Library and Victorian Bedrooms.
Tickets £13 per adult.
BA have introduced a new “Basic” fare this week, allowing passengers to check in without a bag
BLAG A BRITISH AIRWAYS BARGAIN
Flying long haul has suddenly become cheaper with British Airways’ (ba.com) new “Basic” fares which was launched this week.
They are available to those who don’t want to check in a bag or select a seat.
Save around £60 each leg.
Fares start from £143 one way and destinations include Austin, Boston, Delhi, Denver, Dubai, Hong Kong and Philadelphia.
THE CHAMPION RECOMMENDATION
Legendary footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has launched a partnership with American Tourister (americantourister.co.uk) luggage as he feels it’s a cool, functional brand that appeals to everyone.
These colourful Soundbox hard cases expand, meaning you can bring back more than you took away.
New colours for 2018 are golden yellow and denim blue and they are available in 55, 67 and 77cm sizes. From £115.