Strange Traditions – The Sussex Bonfire Societies

‘We Burn For Good’: the motto of the Sussex Bonfire Societies.
Born out of a fervent Protestant and anti-Catholic tradition in the area, these Bonfire Societies are a window into our country’s past. Behind the carnivals they present today, you can glimpse riots, religious hatred, and a lot of people being burnt at the stake…

10 Seaside Novels to Transport You to the Coast

10 stunning novels to help you escape to the sea.

Discover your next read, set in coastal landscapes from Cornwall to South Korea. Some have sunshine seeping from the pages, whilst others portray a darker side of the sea.

Literary Essex – 3 Essex Coast Walks To Send Your Imagination Wild

The Essex I know isn’t the world of TOWIE. Essex is wild, exposed coastline. It’s flat, endless salt marshes. It’s beaches dotted with pill boxes that have crashed dramatically from the cliffs. It’s witch-hunts, smugglers and Saxon Kings.

Start your own discovery of Essex with these three locations…

Secret Islands – Spotlight on Orford Ness, Suffolk

Formerly owned by the Ministry of Defence and used to test atomic weapons during the Cold War, Orford Ness is still a strange and secretive place whose ruined military buildings feel almost post-apocalyptic. What the site was actually used for was classified until the 1980s under the Official Secrets Act. I’m calling for a British remake of ‘Stranger Things’ set here!
Today you can visit the Ness and walk around this fascinating piece of living history…

Fowey and Polruan – A Guide to Sun, Sea and Piracy

A guide to the ‘twin’ harbour towns in a day, plus some local intel and insight into the fascinating history of the area. You can easily explore both in a day, or invest some time to get to know them properly.

Highlights for me included renegade seagulls, tapas, wild coastal paths, tales of piracy, people watching and of course, lots of Cornish cider.