Wild about meadows: It’s easy to create a wilderness for all creatures great and small, says NIGEL COLBORN

After such a wet June, my tiny meadow has never looked more verdant. Wildflowers bloom profusely, bees forage for nectar and insects perch on the waving grasses. Six kinds of butterfly breed in a 90 square-metre triangle. I

The show must go on: Keep summer alive with these late-flowering shrubs and trees

Here’s an interesting little task. Quickly, off the top of your head, name five to ten flowering shrubs or trees. It’s a pretty safe bet that most or all on your list flower between February and late

Atlantis The Palm Hotel and Resort Dubai

The incredible Atlantis The Palm Hotel is an award-winning five-star resort located on Palm Jumeirah, one of three artificial islands in Dubai. This magnificent resort is the ultimate in comfort and luxury. You will be spoilt for

Queensland’s hideaway hotels and lavish retreats

If I close my eyes and think of Australia’s north-east region, what floods into my brain is colour. The lurid greens of the Daintree: one of the world’s oldest living rainforests, carpeted with lime ferns and emerald

Portavadie Marina, Loch Fyne, Argyll and Bute, Scotland: hotel review

This star of this new lochside spa resort is an outdoor infinity pool – the largest in Scotland and the perfect spot to unwind after exploring this beauty spot by foot, bike or boat he weather is

Fantastic Foxhill Manor: Inside Take That, Coldplay and Lady Gaga’s favourite Cotswold getaway

When you arrive somewhere and see Gary Barlow has just signed the guestbook it’s pretty much a dead cert the place is going to be special. Set in the 400-acre Farncombe Estate, Foxhill Manor is the perfect

Just the two of us: Rescued giraffe Kiko has formed a friendship with orphaned elephant calf Loboito – and it will melt your heart

They say love knows no bounds, and that is definitely true of an abandoned elephant and giraffe who have formed an adorable bond after being rescued in Nairobi. Baby giraffe Kiko was brought to a wildlife trust

How do you pronounce “Wroclaw”? Either way, this is a cool Polish city you should visit

Hats off to anyone who has even heard of Wroclaw If you can pronounce the name of the city in south-west Poland – European Capital of Culture for 2016 – you are in still more exclusive company.

The lights go on again in magical Margate: A return to the Kent coast as the revitalised Dreamland puts the town back on the map

Fun. Food. Dance. Thrills! It is hard to think of a better mission statement. If the promise of all that doesn’t get you through the doors this half-term, then what will? The tagline in question belongs to


Everyone loves a bit of shopping. A new purchase for the house or a wardrobe can be fun, exciting and even well-deserved. If shopping is an occasional event, and you have no problem walking out of the