But what if the lengthy summer holiday ceased to exist? Hilary Wilce spells out the advantages.

Quite soon schools will be closing down for the holidays. Some boarding schools will be quickly opening up again to reap useful income from hosting residential music schools or tennis camps or foreign language courses. Others will be hosting day holiday clubs and activity camps, but far too many school buildings up and down the country will stay shuttered and locked until September.

A fine vintage

Claire and Henry Warde take us inside Squerryes, the splendid historic home of the award-winning Kent sparkling wine . All houses have a vibe – but not many have one you can bottle. Squerryes, however, is not only the splendid 17th...

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All Aboard with Heart of Kent Hospice

Heart of Kent Hospice is bringing the style and glamour of 1930s steam travel to Kent with an exclusive trip on the magnificent Northern Belle. The Hospice is chartering Britain’s finest luxury vintage steam train for a unique, lunch-time excursion...