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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Chelsea’s birthday garden party

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Her Majesty The Queen arrives at the Chelsea Flower Show in London 2012

It’s difficult to sum-up the venerable Chelsea Flower Show in a single sentence, but we’ll have a go. Edwardian gardening institution reinvented for the 21st century. Social centrepiece of London SW3. Temporary oasis in the heart of the city. Eco-friendly event that makes you stop and stare in awe. Whatever it might mean to you, this year, green fingered commentators are set to exhaust their supply of superlatives as the show marks its centenary… showing off by celebrating its 100th birthday in spectacular style from 21-25 May. And you can join them when you buy train tickets to London and head for Royal Hospital Road.

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Chelsea’s Green Gardening Fringe

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Chelsea Fringe Family Day – Planting activities

If you think that blue is the colour when it comes to Chelsea, you’re wrong. Very wrong. Put all thoughts of the new Europa League winners and the return of the Special One to one side. And think green instead. Because spring brings gardens and gardening, and thoughts of lazy sunny days lubricated by Pimm’s… grass between your toes… and earth underneath your fingernails. And with the Chelsea Flower Show coming soon, there’s no better time to buy cheap train tickets to London and head down to SW3 to soak-up all the green-fingered action at the Chelsea Fringe.

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Brighton Rocks

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Brighton Fringe

Go on, name England’s biggest arts festival. We dare you. It’s not Edinburgh (that’s in Scotland). It’s not Glastonbury. And you won’t find it at Creamfields, or Reading or Leeds either. Isle of Wight perhaps? Nah. At this time of year, anyone who’s anyone books cheap train tickets to Brighton and heads for the south coast to lap up a serious dose of spring culture.

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Your guide to cycling in Brighton

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Beach Huts In Brighton

Why not head out into the great outdoors this summer with a fun filled day of cycling past Brighton’s best spots?

This week, Simon Quarrell (cycling enthusiast and general manager of the Thistle Hotel in Brighton) shares his favourite routes for beginner, family and advanced cyclists, filling you in on that best of what there is to see along the way.

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Our May Bank Holiday Top Ten

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Why not try punting in Cambridge?


It’s May already! With snow stretching right into April, you could be forgiven for thinking that summer is still ages away. But we’ve got some good news – it’s right on your doorstep, with the help of great value train tickets to take you there. And after the Easter chills, we’ve got plenty of ideas to perk you up now that May Day Bank Holiday is just around the corner.

Who knows – we might even get some sun!
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