Ann Wallace • Editor
was the Tower
of London, with
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