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Amy Houghton

Amy Houghton

Contributing writer

Amy is a London-based freelance journalist and has been writing for the Time Out UK and London sites since January 2023. She mostly covers all of the big things happening outside of the capital, including nightlife, food, culture and sustainability.

Originally from the Brecon Beacons, she’s got to know all of London’s best green spaces and will spend weekends digging through charity shops, finding new coffee spots and looking for live music. 

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The 10 best breakfast and brunch spots in Bristol

The 10 best breakfast and brunch spots in Bristol

Breakfast is, as they say, the most important meal of the day. But if you ask us, brunch is every bit as vital. There are few things better than luxuriating in a long, relaxed start to the morning, whether you’re perched over a full-english in a dinky little greasy spoon or a hearty vegan feast in a colourful café.  And when it comes to brunch, Bristol’s offerings are unmatched. The city has a sumptuous array of spots guaranteed to fuel your day of gallery hopping, vintage shopping, coffee guzzling or pub-crawling. Have a look at our roundup of the best breakfast and brunch spots in Bristol right now. RECOMMENDED:🥐The best coffee shops and cafés in Bristol🍖The best restaurants in Bristol🍹The best bars in Bristol🎨The best things to do in Bristol At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.

The 10 best afternoon teas in Manchester

The 10 best afternoon teas in Manchester

Manchester’s well-known for its belting nightlife, brilliant cultural venues and of course, its offering of football. But heading to the pub in the afternoon isn’t everyone’s cup of tea – sometimes you want something a little classier, a little more genteel.  Thankfully, Manchester has a splendid pick of afternoon teas, from pan-asian inspired nibbles and seats with dazzling city views to your classic jam and cream (or cream and jam) scones. Whatever your preference, you’ll most definitely be catered for, so here are the very best afternoon teas in Manchester.  RECOMMENDED:🍅The best places for breakfast and brunch in Manchester🍽️The best restaurants in Manchester🍸The best bars in Manchester🍻The best pubs in Manchester At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.

The 20 best things to do in Newcastle

The 20 best things to do in Newcastle

Newcastle has long had a reputation as being a bustling, thriving, nightlife-packed city that is a go-to haven for students. That's certainly true, but the northern city is also an underrated destination for everyone from families of five to loved-up 20-somethings.   It’s packed with world-class concert halls, art galleries and delicious foodie spots that will blow your mind. The aforementioned nightlife is some of the best in the country and it has a beautiful blend of history and heritage, plus plenty of green walks and idyllic riverside settings to unwind. Honestly, what more could you ask for? This is our round-up of Newcastle's best bits.  RECOMMENDED:🍴The best restaurants in Newcastle ☀️ The perfect day in Durham🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 The best things to do in England📍The best things to do in the UK At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.

The 14 best fish and chip shops in the UK

The 14 best fish and chip shops in the UK

Eating fish and chips should be a full-on sensory experience. Hearing the cry of a nearby gull and feeling the salty sea air inflate your lungs as you munch away is almost as integral to the fish and chip ritual as mushy peas and tartare sauce. But that’s not to say that excellent landlocked chippies don’t exist: you just need to know where to look. This list of the best fish and chip shops in the UK includes everything from seaside operations to chippies in Nottingham knocking out tremendous fish suppers in spite of their geography.  Whether you’re a strictly-cod or only-haddock person, there are plenty of brilliant options here for you to sample. Go on, get stuck in: here are the best places for fish and chips in the UK.  RECOMMENDED:🍽️ The best restaurants in the UK🍺 The best pubs in the UK

The 24 best new things to do in the UK in 2024

The 24 best new things to do in the UK in 2024

If you thought each minute of 2023 was jam-packed with brand new stuff to see and do, just wait for 2024. Up and down the UK, in Time Out’s best places to visit next year and far beyond, you’ll find grand plans adding to this country’s already-formidable roster of attractions. Up for getting active and reconnecting with spectacular natural landscapes? 2024 will offer plenty of that. Want to have all your senses blasted at once by glitzy new cultural venues? It’ll have that too. Curious about trying something new, like a niche food festival in one the country’s most vibrant cities? Aye, the coming year will even have that. 2024 promises to be a cracking year filled with a simply huge amount of exciting new things: things which opened at the end of 2023 and you’ve probably not got round to checking out just yet, as well as a whole host of other fantastic stuff opening throughout the new year. Below we’ve picked out the ones that’ll be most essential: these are Time Out’s 24 best new things to do in the UK in 2024.  RECOMMENDED:📍 The best things to do in the UK🏖️ The best places to visit in the UK in 2024🏘️ The best Airbnbs in the UK

The 9 best things to do in Windsor

The 9 best things to do in Windsor

What are the best things to do in Windsor? Act like royalty, for a start. The Berkshire town has a name steeped in history, an eternal link to the British monarchy that makes Windsor a real bucket list destination for anyone with a passing interest in the crown. Does it mean that Windsor is tourist-heavy? Of course, but can you blame them?  Among many things, it has excellent culinary credentials, the late Queen’s favourite castle, and some of the best afternoon tea in the country (plus plenty of quieter spots to escape to). You'd be hard-pressed to find a town more magnificently English than this one. Here's our roundup of the best things Windsor has to offer.  RECOMMENDED:  🍴The  best restaurants in Windsor🏰 The best castles in the UK🏛️ The best things to do in the UK At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines. 

The best coffee shops and cafés in Leeds

The best coffee shops and cafés in Leeds

Whether you're a certified coffee stan or prefer a nice wholesome cup of peppermint tea, Leeds has you covered. With all of the city's bustling nightlife, fantastic shopping and fascinating galleries and museums, you're gonna need to stop, slow down and refuel at some point.  And there are few better places to do that than in the cafes that made it into our top picks. Read on for gourmet roasters, brunch connoisseurs and all-round impeccable vibes. These are the best cafes and coffee shops in Leeds right now.  RECOMMENDED:  🍔 The best restaurants in Leeds🍸 The best bars in Leeds📍The best things to do in Leeds  At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.

The best gigs we went to in 2023

The best gigs we went to in 2023

This year has been a belter for live music. Our cities have come alive with pop comebacks, raging metal shows and some damn good dance tunes. We’ve fully embraced our tastes, however cringe they may be (there’s no shame in loving something). We’ve screamed out lyrics, two stepped to our heart’s content, moshed in a festival field and everything in between. Gen Zers bragged about ‘escape room pop stars’, veteran jazz fans stroked their chins to legends of the scene and some of us unleashed our inner teens by watching pop-punk superstars. Here are Time Out’s favourite live music moments of 2023 – taking in picks from all over our huge, juicy global network of editors.  RECOMMENDED: 🎬 The best movies of 2023🕺 The 23 best songs of 2023🎵 The 30 best albums of 2023

The 10 most beautiful national parks in the UK

The 10 most beautiful national parks in the UK

If you've got a thirst for the great outdoors, you're in luck. Whether you’re looking to hike, bike or swim, the UK is blessed with endless places to explore. The best way to do it all at once? Taking a trip to one of the UK’s many glorious national parks.  With so much choice, it can be a little tricky to know where to begin your adventure. But fear not, we’ve handpicked the very best spots in the country for soaking up those hills, valleys and views. From the wild Welsh coast to the magnificent Cairngorm mountains. Read on for the very best national parks to visit from across the UK. Happy hiking! RECOMMENDED:🏊 The best wild swimming spots in the UK🐚 The most beautiful hidden beaches in the UK📸 The UK’s most Instagrammed villages🪂 The best extreme outdoor activity breaks in the UK🚴 The most beautiful bike trails in the UK

The 15 best places to visit in the UK in 2024

The 15 best places to visit in the UK in 2024

For all the bucket list places around the world, it can be easy to forget that we actually have some pretty amazing places to explore right here on our doorstep. Sure, the British weather can have a mind of its own and train travel can leave a lot to be desired, but if you’re willing to put up with all of that, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what there is to discover.  From quaint coastal towns with trailblazing restaurants and bustling cities with an edge of their own, to gorgeous islands that feel nothing like the UK, these are the parts of the country that should hands-down be on your staycation wishlist for next year. These places have thriving food, drink and arts scenes, they’re home to exciting new openings and they have plenty of big events for you to scribble into your calendar, pronto.  Thinking of planning a holiday a little closer to home next year? By sifting through all of the hottest launches for next year and using our expert knowledge of cultural scenes around the country, Time Out’s UK team has curated the very best British destinations for you to plan a trip to in 2024. And the best part? You can visit most of them easily, cheaply and without having to catch a flight. Time to get booking! RECOMMENDED:📍 The best things to do in the UK🏖️ The best seaside towns in the UK🏘️ The best Airbnbs in the UK

The 16 best things we ate in London in 2023

The 16 best things we ate in London in 2023

Well, we ate a hell of a lot this year, didn’t we? As always, London got a whole load of brand-new restaurants, so we’ve been a little bit spoilt for choice for seriously good food. But if you’re anything like us, there’s a few dishes you just can’t shut up about. Here at Time Out, we’ve rounded up every fantastic thing we feasted on in 2023, so you can get out there and try ’em for yourself. You’ll find everything from Speedboat Bar’s insanely hot curry to Mount St’s cheese and haddock omelette. It’s spicy, it’s chewy, it’s saucy, and it’s right here for your viewing (and eating) pleasure. Here are the best things we ate this year.  RECOMMENDED:😜 The best restaurants in London🎶 The best new albums of 2023🎤 The best new songs of 2023🎧 The best podcasts of 2023

Village halls, ferries and Fred Again: the rise of the really remote club night

Village halls, ferries and Fred Again: the rise of the really remote club night

In the days leading up to November 4, a wave of excitement travelled through the tiny Highland village of Ullapool. Forecast: beautifully crisp, clear skies with a heavy downpour of house, jungle and techno expected from sundown.  Four hours north of Edinburgh and home to just 1,500 locals, Ullapool is often hailed as one of the most serene spots on the British Isles. With that in mind, you’d think that it would sit in stark contrast to the sort of pill-popping, high-decibel party scenes typically found in cities. But it’s just one of several far-flung Scottish communities in the past year that have hosted nights out to rival the sort you’d find in London’s Drumsheds or Bristol’s Motion (albeit in much cosier spaces). Is this the beginning of a new era of nightlife tourism?  From California to Caledonia  In May, fresh from his headline set at Coachella in front of a crowd of 150,000, megastar producer Fred Again announced that he would be venturing on a mini tour of the Outer Hebrides. Across three dates in tiny community hubs like Talla Na Mara in Harris and Broadford Village Hall in Skye, the DJ was met by devoted fans – some of whom had journeyed five plus hours hoping to secure tickets on site – and baffled locals, oblivious to his meteoric rise to fame. One Isle of Harris local wrote in a Whatsapp chat: ‘He’s even bringing security and everyone is being frisked! Frisked on Harris?! Unheard of. How thrilling!’.  After managing to win one of just 40 tickets available via a

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Kettering Park Hotel & Spa

Kettering Park Hotel & Spa

Walking up the red carpet and through the doors of Kettering Hotel and Spa into the traditional country house-style foyer, you’ll be embraced by an immediate wave of zen. Unassumingly tucked within an industrial estate (that doesn’t exactly scream luxurious getaway, I might add), the feeling comes as a pleasant surprise. Everyone’s shoulders here hang a little lower and their voices carry a little softer. One thing is clear within minutes of entering: you’re going to be well looked after here.  With a 13-metre-long pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and four treatment rooms, the sensory overload of the city quickly evaporates. The spa corner of the hotel is set beneath a bright ceiling with blonde wood beams and a soundtrack of ambient music playing is playing in the background. Around the pool are alcoves fitted with cushioned loungers where you can easily stretch out with a book for hours on end. If you fancy a hot choc, herbal tea, a glass of fizz or even a pint while you bathe, just ask and you shall receive. There’s also a small adjoining gym and class studio, if you’re that way inclined. As the facilities went, they were pretty bog-standard. But your biggest struggle here will be choosing what spa experience to indulge in. There are 17 different rituals, scrubs, peels and massages on offer, as well as ‘finishing touches’ in the form of nail and wax treatments. I opted for the Temple Spa Glorious Mud treatment and spent 50 blissful minutes being exfoliated, moisturised an

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B&M is opening 125 new UK stores

B&M is opening 125 new UK stores

While some high street brands have been having a hard time of late (Wilko, Boots, we’re looking at you), others like Aldi, Asda and the Range have been positively thriving. All have announcing a tonne of new openings across the country.  Now joining their ranks is beloved blue-and-orange bargain store B&M. Over the next three years, the chain has announced it has ambitions to open 125 new stores across the UK.  And it’s now been confirmed where dozens of those branches will be, bringing the brand’s total sites up to 1,200. Here is everything you need to know.  Where is B&M opening new stores in 2024?  Here are all the locations getting new B&M stores, as well as the date each outlet is expected to open.  Castle Douglas, Scotland – February 22 Thamesmead, London- February 22 Beaumont Lays, Leicester - February 23 New Cross Gate, London – February 29 Gunness, North Lincolnshire – February 24 Epsom – March 1 Kenilworth – March 7 Ely – March 7 Banbury – March 16 St Germain Walk, Huntingdon – March 22 King William, Blackburn – March 23 Markham Road, Chesterfield – March 29 (reopening) Marsh Mills, Plymouth – April 5 Mildenhall – April 6 Burgess Hill – April 9 Where has B&M already opened new stores in 2024?  Porthmadog, Wales - January 18 Chelmsley Wood, Solihull – January 25 Stourbridge, Dudley – January 25 Washington, Sunderland - January 26 Wigston, Leicestershire - January 26 Loughborough, Leicestershire - January 27 Allestree, Derbyshire – January 27 Cathedral Lanes, Cove

This British battery-powered train is officially record-breaking

This British battery-powered train is officially record-breaking

The future of public transport is battery-powered, baby! While electric buses have been popping up in British cities like Oxford, Manchester or London quite a lot recently, we’ve not heard as much from the world of battery-fuelled trains. But now, one battery-powered locomotive imay have smashed a UK record.   Last week, during tests for its FastCharge battery, a Great Western Railway train travelled 86 miles on battery power alone. That’s a long way without having to stop and charge up.  The whole journey took the train from Long Marston in Warwickshire to Honeybourne in Worcestershire and back again – and GWR claims that it broke the record for the longest battery train distance travelled without recharging.  A few days later it chugged along for 70 miles to GWR’s depot in Reading on just 45 percent of its battery capacity. The FastCharge technology is intended to eliminate the use of diesel fuels and deliver reliable battery-only trains to branch lines. It’s hoped that the use of the tech will get rid of the need for overhead electric lines which can cause a lot of delays from overheating, being hit by debris or becoming faulty.  Dr Simon Green, engineering director at GWR, said: ‘We were delighted by how the battery train performed today and during its series of test runs. In fact, it’s fair to say it has surpassed the expectations of our team of engineers. ‘It’s also worth noting that in reaching the 86 miles on Wednesday, the train was operating in a real-world environ

Here’s the full list of Body Shop stores that are closing immediately

Here’s the full list of Body Shop stores that are closing immediately

Body butter buffs, hemp oil hounds and cruelty-free devotees – you might want to sit down for this one. After underwhelming sales over January and Christmas, it’s now been confirmed that The Body Shop has called in administrators to save it from going completely bust.  We know, we know – where are you going to get your animal-testing-free self-care delicacies now? Take some deep breaths: here’s everything we know about what’s going on at the cosmetics, skincare and perfume chain. RECOMMENDED: Full list of Body Shops closing in London so far and potential shutdown dates. Which Body Shop stores are closing and when? While eventually around 100 Body Shops across the country are expected to close, we only know the exact locations of seven branches so far. They all closed yesterday, on February 20. Here’s the full list of confirmed closures so far.  Surrey Quays (London) Oxford Street Bond Street (London) Canary Wharf (London) Cheapside (London) Nuneaton (Warwickshire) Ashford Town Centre (Kent) Bristol Queens Road (Bristol) How many jobs could be lost? The chain hasn’t yet confirmed how many jobs in total will be lost by the closures, though around 2,000 people work for The Body Shop in the UK. According to Sky News, around 40 percent of staff at the head office will be cut, with numbers falling to 400 full-time employees.  Sky reports that in 2022 The Body Shop had 927 administrative staff and 1,641 store workers.  Will the chain close down? It’s apparently very unlikely tha

This theme park is getting the UK’s tallest and fastest rollercoaster

This theme park is getting the UK’s tallest and fastest rollercoaster

Rollercoasters certainly aren’t for everyone, but those who’ve caught the thrill-seeking bug are always on the lookout for rides that are more adrenaline-fuelled than the last. As a general rule, the bigger and faster the rollercoaster, the better.  Right now, the crown for being the tallest rollercoaster in the UK belongs to The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which stands at 230 feet tall. The title of the country’s fastest rollercoaster, meanwhile, is currently held by Stealth at Thorpe Park.  But soon, both will be eclipsed by Thorpe Park’s highly anticipated new ride, Hyperia. While we still don’t know all the details, we do know that Hyperia will be 236ft tall and reach speeds of over 80mph, which will make it both the UK’s highest and fastest coaster. Thorpe Park has released a video showing what riding the new attraction will look like as you ride it. And with huge dips, sudden twists and a big loop, it doesn’t look like it will be for the faint of heart. Beyond that, we’ve got a few vague slogans including ‘feel weightless’, ‘never fear again’ and ‘find your fearless’. Yeah, our guess is as good as yours.  But that isn’t all the news from the rollercoaster world. Alton Towers is also getting a new addition to its park soon after a ‘highly secretive’ £12.5m project was reportedly given the go ahead back in February. Time will tell whether it knocks Hyperia off its podium.   Thorpe Park’s Hyperia is set to open some time in 2024, though there’s no exact date yet. 

These majestic bird-filled islands in the UK will soon reopen to visitors

These majestic bird-filled islands in the UK will soon reopen to visitors

Thanks to a horrible outbreak of bird flu, the Farne Islands just off the coast of Northumberland have been cut off to visitors for the past two years.  Each spring, around 200,000 seabirds, including adorable puffins, Arctic terns, kittiwakes and razorbills, return to the islands for breeding and leave again at the end of summer. They’re also a hotspot for grey seal pupping, with over 2,000 pups born there every autumn. Basically, the Farne Islands are a haven for any nature-loving tourist.  Normally, you’re able to book boat trips to land on two of the 28 islands – Inner Farne and Staple Island. But in 2022, rangers found a whopping 6,000 dead birds that had fallen victim to bird flu and the National Trust paused trips to both. In some good news, though, that number plummeted down to 3,647 in 2023, giving rangers hope that the colony had developed some immunity. So, while rangers are keeping a close eye on the colony, the National Trust has announced that visitors will be able to land on the islands again from March 25.  Laura Knowles, the trust’s visitor operations and experience manager, said: ‘We can’t wait to welcome visitors and to share the wonderful wildlife of the island up close once again. Sail around tours will also continue to be available for those visitors that want to experience the magic of the islands from the water.’ You can book a boat trip ahead of time over on the National Trust website. If you fancy a bit of UK-based island hopping, take a look at our

Manchester is getting this wacky new ‘zig-zag’ library

Manchester is getting this wacky new ‘zig-zag’ library

When you think of libraries, majestic Hogwarts-esque buildings or pieces of grey Brutalist architecture probably spring to mind. But Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is going against the grain and is set to build a very wacky-looking ‘zig-zag’ library. The uni has just been granted planning permission for a new state of the art lib that bosses have called a ‘library fit for the twenty-first century’.  The eye-catching new build will replace the current library on Oxford Road, which is next to the city centre motorway, and be decked out with huge glass panels and loads of circular windows (they’re giving polka dot).    Inside, there’s gonna be ‘digitally-enabled teaching and research facilities’ that are meant to help improve students’ data science and analytical skills, plus ‘break-out spaces’ built to encourage group work and collaboration. As well as the stuff for students, the library will be home to the university’s Special Collection Museum and the Manchester Poetry Library, which is the first public poetry library in the north-west. The public will also be able to enjoy access to event spaces and a gallery.   It’s hoped that MMU’s library will be ready by spring 2028. The news comes after a huge revamp was announced for the John Rylands Library, one of the city’s most magnificant uni libraries. Who knows, maybe we’ll see the eccentric new building on Time Out’s list of Manchester’s must-visit libraries in four years time, eh?  Did you see that locals have just

A massive £2 billion town is being built just outside Edinburgh

A massive £2 billion town is being built just outside Edinburgh

You already know the Georgian terraces of Edinburgh’s New Town, you’re familiar with the Gothic spires of its Old Town, now get ready for an entirely new area for Auld Reekie: the West Town.  West Town won’t actually be in Edinburgh itself but will be a 7,000-home town on its outskirts. Plans for the settlement have officially been submitted and developers hope work could start before the end of this year. If everything goes to plan, part of West Town will be ready for occupation from early 2026.  The town would be on a 205-acre plot just west of the Scottish capital and is forecast to cost a whopping £2 billion. Proposals include schools, medical provision, community spaces, bars, restaurants, cafes, retail space and a park. The idea is that it will be a ‘20-minute neighbourhood’, which basically means that residents will be able to reach all of the main amenities by foot and have less use for cars. Conveniently, the Edinburgh tram route already runs through the site, so planners want to create a new tram stop to serve future West Town locals.  The plans were put forward by West Town Edinburgh Limited, created by Drum Property Group, which owns the land. Graeme Bone, director of Drum Property, said: ‘We now have the opportunity to make West Town an exemplar, sustainable 20-minute neighbourhood on a par with the best new developments taking place across the UK and Europe.’ You can find more about the huge plans over on the West Town Edinburgh Limited website here. The plannin

A hotel will soon open inside one of Britain’s most famous castles

A hotel will soon open inside one of Britain’s most famous castles

Warwick is probably best known for its humongous historic castle, which was built by William the Conqueror way back in 1068. It attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year who get to witness jousting battles, bird of prey shows and historical re-enactments down in the dungeons.  True castle stans can already fully immerse themselves in history and stay on the castle grounds overnight – but right now you can only choose between lodges, tower suites or glamping. From this summer, however, brand-new accommodation called the Warwick Castle Hotel will offer its most immersive overnight experience yet. According to a press release, the £16.4 million, 60-bedroom hotel promises to be an ‘unforgettable experience’. Apparently each bedroom will be inspired by the War of the Roses, decked out with rose motifs, wooden beams, wall tapestries and shields. Because who wouldn’t want to feel like they’ve travelled back in time to a violent 30-year war?   There’s also loads of interactive features dotted around the resort. When you enter through the lobby, you’ll be greeted by an animatronic knight on a horse and as you walk the corridors you’ll encounter talking portraits offering insights into the castle’s history.  As part of the hotel experience, guests will also get to explore the castle grounds, watch its jousting tournaments and falconry shows, traverse across a treetop walkway and enjoy a themed dinner and evening entertainment in a medieval banquet hall.  Warwick Castle Hot

Locals have just lost their battle to stop the controversial Stonehenge tunnel

Locals have just lost their battle to stop the controversial Stonehenge tunnel

Back in December, government plans for a two-mile road tunnel close to Stonehenge caused what was described as a ‘David and Goliath battle’ between the local government and campaigners eager to protect the globally-renowned landmark.  The High Court blocked the project in 2021 but the government went and reapproved it in summer of last year. So, campaigners from Save Stonehenge World Heritage Site (SSWHS) made a second High Court bid to try and stop the tunnel. But this week, the High Court dismissed their claim, finding most parts of their case to be ‘unarguable’.   The idea of the £1.7 billion tunnel is to ease congestion on the A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down, which currently runs close to Stonehenge. By diverting traffic underground, it would supposedly enhance the flow of vehicles and improve the overall transportation network in the area.   In his ruling, the judge declared that ministers had ‘rightly focused on the relevant policies’ and that the campaigners' evidence ‘provides no basis for undermining that conclusion’. SSWHS argued that the scheme would ‘destroy’ seven acres of surrounding landscape and could even lead to the site losing its Unesco World Heritage status. During the hearing, campaigners claimed that the government gave ‘unlawful consideration of alternatives’ and that National Highways ‘failed to acknowledge the heritage harm’.  On the flipside, the government and National Highways say that the benefits ‘outweigh the harms’ and removing the roa

Why is this deadly Victorian disease making a comeback in the UK?

Why is this deadly Victorian disease making a comeback in the UK?

The word ‘tuberculosis’ typically conjures up Dickens-esque images of sickly Victorian children and melodramatic nineteenth-century poets. It was one of the most common and most deadly ailments of the time, but TB (aka the ‘white plague’) has stuck around since then. And right now it’s on the rise in the UK.  Authorities have warned that the UK needs ‘collective action’ in order to tackle the spread of the disease. The biggest resurgence in cases has been in London, while the West Midlands and the North West have also seen increases.   Data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHA) revealed that there were 471 TB cases reported in London between April and June 2023, which is the highest quarterly figure since 2017. Apparently it was an 11 percent rise compared to the previous year.  Dr Esther Robinson, head of the TB unit at UKHSA, said: ‘We need collective action to tackle TB and we are working with partners across the health system to understand how we can best refocus efforts to stamp out this preventable and treatable infection.’ Here’s everything you need to know about the recent TB outbreak in the UK.  What is tuberculosis?  The infectious disease is often associated with Victorian times as it was one of the most common ailments of that era. It’s caused by a bacterium known as Mycobacterium tuberculosis and tends to affect the lungs, although it can also spread to other parts of your body, like your tummy, glands, bones or brain.  What are the symptoms of TB?  The NHS w

One of the ‘great libraries of the world’ in Manchester is getting a £7.6 million revamp

One of the ‘great libraries of the world’ in Manchester is getting a £7.6 million revamp

Library all-nighters were pretty much an essential (and soul-destroying) part of the uni experience. Bulky reading lists and 9am deadlines meant it was hard to step back and appreciate the actual beauty of those book-filled buildings. But once you’ve escaped all that, you realise that UK really does have some stunning academic libraries. And among some of the most spectacular is Manchester University’s John Rylands Library. The huge neo-Gothic building is the third-biggest academic library in the country and basically looks like it could be a cathedral. Now, it’s set to undergo a massive £7.6 million makeover.  Manchester City Council gave the refurb plans the all clear last week. The project has been title John Rylands Next Chapter and will see an update to its exhibition space, a refresh of the main entrance, a new flexible event space and an advanced imaging library.  Considered one of the ‘great libraries of the world’ the majestic library was built in 1990 to rival those of Oxford and Cambridge. Since then it’s become home to an important collection of rare books and manuscripts – like the oldest known part of the New Testament and the manuscripts of Elizabeth Gaskell. Professor Christopher Pressler, librarian and director of The University of Manchester library, said: ‘I am tremendously proud to lead this remarkable institution as we approach our 125th anniversary in 2025. ‘The Next Chapter project will deliver world-class facilities for research and engagement, of a q

It will soon be even easier to visit the ‘Stonehenge of the North’

It will soon be even easier to visit the ‘Stonehenge of the North’

Did you know that in the middle of North Yorkshire moors there’s a prehistoric structure giving Stonehenge a run for its money?  Okay, so it’s not quite as big and impressive, and there are no actual stones involved. But the three Thornborough Henges, often referred to as the ‘Stonehenge of the North’, are a sight to behold nonetheless. The landmark comprises three circular earthworks and is believed to date back to around 3500 to 2500 BC.  And now the henges have officially been reunited under a single owner for the first time in at least 1,500 years. English Heritage already cared for the south and central sites, but has now acquired the third and northernmost henge, currently under woodland and said to be the best preserved of them all. The reunion means that the public will now be able to access all parts of the monument and the preservation charity can better learn about and explain its history and significance.  Gerard Lemos, the chair of English Heritage, said: ‘The Thornborough Henges are a remarkable survivor from the prehistoric past, from deep, deep history. We are incredibly proud that all three henges are now reunited under one single owner and their future secure. ‘English Heritage will ensure the entire monument is given the care it deserves. Reuniting the henges like this means the public is now able to explore all three and reconnect with the people who gathered here 4,500 years ago.’ The henges also happen to be in PM Rishi Sunak’s constituency. He said of t