Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Anglotopia Print Magazine last year. It is now the year of Mayflower 400. Known as Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth has a stunning waterfront position. It’s an enviable location with clean air, easy access to coast and country, and a vibrant cultural scene. LOCATION & TRAVEL Plymouth is a proud naval city in … [Read more...] about CREATIVE, CULTURAL AND COASTAL: Exploring Plymouth As We Approach Mayflower 400
Exciting news, I have been officially published in print for the first time outside of a publication I own. I have a short essay in Dorset Life Magazine about how I discovered Gold Hill in Shaftesbury Dorset and why it’s such an important place for me. It's a story that's familiar to long-time Anglotopia readers, but it's a story I've been able to tell anew for Dorset … [Read more...] about Personal News: I’ve Been Published in Dorset Life Magazine! Read About Our First Visit to Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset
In 1973, a young boy pushed a bike full of bread up a hill and became one of the most iconic scenes in British TV and film. Gold Hill, in Shaftesbury, Dorset, is a very special place for us. But ironically, it didn't become special to me because of the Hovis Ad. But to most British people, they know Gold Hill from the advert. It was recently voted Britain's favorite … [Read more...] about Gold Hill: Iconic Hovis Bread Advertisement Directed by Ridley Scott Has Been Remastered and It’s Beautiful
After a wonderful day exploring the farthest western point of Cornwall, it was time to explore the stomping grounds of our hosts and visit the most southern point in Britain. On our second full day in Cornwall, we explored the stunningly beautiful Lizard Peninsula and the surrounding areas. As we did the day before, we started our morning in the hotel for breakfast, as it … [Read more...] about Anglotopia’s Grand Adventure: Exploring Cornwall Continued – Lizard Peninsula, Cadgwith, Villages and More – Land’s End to John O’Groats Diaries Day 3
By Joël Lacey It’s just before eight on a balmy Wednesday evening in August. Within an ancient Dorset riverside pub/restaurant, at a table whose centerpiece is a vase with a single red rose in it, a couple sits looking at one another. They have eyes and ears for nothing and no-one but each other… which is just as well, because milling all around them are adults dressed as … [Read more...] about Weird Britain: True love, pirates, Vikings and fish – a Wareham, Dorset vignette
A few weeks ago we were invited to appear on This is Alfred, a local Shaftesbury podcast and soon to be radio station. Keri wanted to talk to us about why we love Shaftesbury Dorset so much and we had a lovely chat. It's gone up on the website and you can now listen to it. It gives you an insight into why we love one place so much and why we keep going back (and miss it dearly … [Read more...] about Anglotopia’s Jonathan and Jackie Appear on Local Dorset Podcast This is Alfred and Explain Their Love for Shaftesbury
This is Anglotopia's first ever podcast! We kicked this podcast off by discussing our drive from Land's End to John O'Groats. We also discussed the planning that went into the trip. Join us for an hour-long conversation into how our Epic Journey this past September began. If you would like to watch our podcast, we recorded a video with it too. You can watch it … [Read more...] about Anglotopia Podcast Episode 1 – Planning the LeJog Trip and Cornwall
Anglotopia is pleased to announce our newest giveaway, The Country House Past, Present, Future- Great houses of the British Isles by David Cannadine & Jeremy Musson. This gorgeous coffee table book is a treasure trove of all things great British homes. It has been produced by both The Royal Oak Foundation, along with The National Trust. Packed with 16 chapters and over 432 … [Read more...] about Anglophile Alert: Great Book Giveaway: The Country House Past, Present, Future -Great Houses of the British Isles
The concept of a "Smart City" is one that sees our municipalities using technology to help project growth and provide services more efficiently for residents and visitors. Recently we've examined how London utilizes technology to connect with its residents and prepare itself for the future expansion, but now we turn out attention to the rest of the United Kingdom. As advanced … [Read more...] about Cities on the Edge of Tomorrow – Britain’s Leading “Smart Cities” Outside of London
Welcome Back to Anglotopia Imports! It's time to launch a new product at Anglotopia Imports. We've been wanting to bring over the maps made by Strumpshaw, Tincleton & Giggleswick’s Marvellous Maps for quite some time and we're thrilled to be the only company offering them here in the United States. I've been pouring over the Great British Adventure Map for hours … [Read more...] about Anglotopia Imports Alert: New Products Added – Marvellous Maps Imported from the UK
England possesses some of the world’s most beautiful castles. From the Normans to the Tudors, their builders wanted to use these fortresses as a place of defence, residence, displays of wealth, and shows of power. There are well over 1,500 castles in England, all in various states from ruins to perfectly intact. Of course, it’s hard to select only nine from so many, so let us … [Read more...] about Castles of England: Top 9 Castles in England To Visit On Your Next Trip
Cornwall is a fantastic place - a land of geographic and cultural identity distinct from the rest of Britain. In honor of this week’s shirt dedicated to Cornwall, here are a few facts and figures you might now know. 1. The flag of Cornwall is Saint Piran’s Flag. The flag is attributed to Saint Piran. Saint Piran or Pyran (Cornish: Peran) was an early 6th-century Cornish … [Read more...] about 10 Interesting Facts and Figures about Cornwall You Might Now Know
For reasons not entirely clear to me, I wound up taking a long break from researching Weird Britain. I don't know why, except that I wound up forgetting to do it for a couple weeks and, as the weeks piled up, I decided it would take too long for me to go through it all, but, on Sunday, I managed to pull it off. What inspired this turn of events? Well, I found this … [Read more...] about Britain’s Least Wanted XVI: The Grand Return!
In commemoration of... Well, there hasn't been much in the way of news on British crime series in the past few weeks. I've started watching four separate critically-acclaimed crime series recently, but none have any connection with Britain. I could commemorate my opening of a recently discovered safe deposit box in my Dad's name and call it a "safecracking escapade," but Dad … [Read more...] about Britain’s Least Wanted XV
The Royal Crescent in Bath is one of the city’s best-known architectural works. This curved row of 30 terraced houses got its start as an outgrowth of work started by architect John Wood the Elder. Wood had built much of the Georgian buildings in Bath such as Ralph Allen’s Town House, Prior Place mansion, Queen Square, and the set of terraced town houses known as The Circle. … [Read more...] about Great British Buildings: The Royal Crescent in Bath
“No flag, no country” as Eddie Izzard once said. Flags have long been used to identify groups of persons and nations. They often contain symbolism that is relevant to the country’s national identity. Since 1484, the College of Arms has possessed the authority under the Crown to officially designate flags for the United Kingdom, including England, Wales, and Northern … [Read more...] about 4 Nations: A Brief Guide to the Different Flags of the Countries of United Kingdom
Is there anything more brilliantly British than a truly great takeaway? Whether it’s just a kick-back night in or an excuse to get a few friends together, is there anything that defines modern Britain more than its love affair with takeaway food? JUST EAT don’t think so. The nation’s leading purveyor of piping hot treats are on a mission to not only feed our collective … [Read more...] about Britain’s not-so-secret spicy passion
I just got back from a two week vacation in Door County, Wisconsin, a little part of the Midwest that's largely surrounded by water. For most of the two weeks, I was much less than a mile away from the water, whether it was Lake Michigan or Green Bay. I saw quite a few seagulls near the shore, but didn't get hassled by any of them. Honestly, I wouldn't think that this would … [Read more...] about Weird Britain: When Gulls Attack!
A few weeks back I posted about "Radiant Rainbows" which proved to be popular so this week I am hoping to repeat this by sharing with you some images of creative clouds that I have come across on my photo road trips. First up we are in the UK's first National Park, the Peak District and the one nearest to where I live. This is the most amazing cloud formation I have ever … [Read more...] about British Landscapes Photography: Creative Clouds
Following Trip Advisors Best Beaches announcement I have decided to postpone the follow up weather post to bring you an update on how Britain featured in travellers eyes. We only managed to feature once in the Top 25 in the World and that was at No13 which maybe explains why there were no more. The beach is Woolacombe Sand which I was fortunate enough to photograph last … [Read more...] about British Landscapes Photography: A Look at Britain’s Best Beaches
Sometimes, people do things that can only be called bizarre just to raise awareness for a cause that may only be tangentially related to their actions. Case in point: The Ice Bucket Challenge. What exactly does throwing ice water over your head have to do with Lou Gehrig's Disease? Well, nothing, really. But, for whatever reason, it looks like there's been a rise in stunts like … [Read more...] about All For a Weird Cause: Brits doing weird things for charity
Sometime ago I wrote in this column about relatively modern man made art in the landscape and indicated that one day I would take a look at other forms of art in the landscape. Well today is the day but this time we going to take look at some of our British landscapes which have been captured in paintings. What reminded me of the need for this follow up was the exhibition … [Read more...] about British Landscapes Photography: British Landscape Art in Photographs
As we approach the end of yet another year and reflect on what as happened I thought I would try something different and focus on some of the highlights of the year from this column. This post will make number 26 of the year and we have visited numerous locations in the British Isles including Norfolk, Dungeness, Gower, Lake District, North Devon, Wester Ross, Dorset, … [Read more...] about British Landscapes Photography: Looking Back on 2014 – Beautiful Pictures Galore
I love the Guinness Book of World Records, especially reading all their entries about people who make records in things nobody would ever do. For instance, in Sydney, Australia, Chayne Hultgren swallowed three swords at the bottom of an Olympic-sized swimming pool. In Germany, Joe Alexander managed to catch 16 darts with his bare hands in one minute. Kenichi Ito from Japan ran … [Read more...] about Achievements in Achievement II: More Brits breaking boundaries you didn’t even know exist.
As promised last time I started to prepare the second part of my photo trip review on the Cairngorms but after leaving the Moray Coast and travelling around the north Aberdeenshire coast I called in at the remote Rattray Head lighthouse. This reminded me that it is almost eighteen months since we last took a look at lighthouses that I have visited on my trips. So a slight delay … [Read more...] about British Landscapes Photography: More Beautiful Lighthouses from around the British Coast.