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Ann Wallace • Editor

“The top


paid attraction

was the Tower

of London, with

2.7m visitors”


ith school holidays, Easter and a couple of Bank Holidays on

the horizon (and, hopefully, better weather), thoughts turn to

family days out. Research carried out by Visit Britain in 2016

found that the top most-visited paid attraction was the Tower of

London, with 2.7m visitors, followed by Chester Zoo (1.9m) and the Royal Botanic

Gardens at Kew (1.8m). Most-visited free attractions were mostly museums and

galleries, with the British Museum topping the list with 6.5m visitors, followed by

the National Gallery with 6.3m. The exceptions to the museum rule in the top 20

were Brighton Pier in fourth place (4.6m) and The Ice Cream Farm, Cheshire’s

ice-cream adventure park (820,000 visitors). We had fun choosing our own 10 days

out around the Flybe network – see page 26 for our pick.

Bastia on the gorgeous island of Corsica is the subject of our travel feature

on page 42. It’s easy to ignore as you head for the popular resorts of Calvi,

Porto Vecchio and Porticcio but take time to explore and you’ll be rewarded

and surprised at what you find.

Similarly, Glasgow is a city of surprises, with beautiful architecture, green

spaces, a rich musical heritage and excellent-value restaurants. Find out more

on page 49.

Elsewhere, we meet swimmer Jazz Carlin, who won gold for Wales at the 2014

Commonwealth Games, and two silver medals for Great Britain in the 2016

Olympics and has high hopes for the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold

Coast next month. Plus, actress Celia Imrie talks about her new film, her latest

book and her love for the South of France.

On the business front we visit Cornwall and two entrepreneurs who are

making waves with their Watershed clothing and surfing gear, and meet a

woman who swapped a career in customer service and IT to a large corporation

for life as a jewellery designer.

All this, and more.

Enjoy your flight – and your copy of

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