Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Superstition & Science: Mystics, sceptics, truth-seekers and charlatans

Derek Wilson’s history of thought between the Reformation and the Enlightenment approaches the received wisdom about a shift from superstition (and religion) to science (and atheism) in a vein which, while not aggressively revisionist,...

RHS Hampton Court Flower Show: In Pictures

The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show is a triumph of plants over posing, a place where gardeners can find an abundance of advice and ideas - as well as the opportunity to blow a small...

Watch outdoor opera at Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s house, 16 Sept 2017

Put on your glad rags for a night of comedic opera at Undershaw, the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in Surrey. On 16 September this magnificent venue is staging Mozart's Marriage of Figaro,...

Bee a volunteer: take part in the Great British Bee Count

You have until 30 June to take part in the Friends of the Earth Great British Bee Count, a national initiative that pretty much does what it says on the tin. So far more than...

Interview: John Newton, the Pett Level Preservation Trust

1. How did you get involved in PLPT? I started my career working on nature reserves: I was a warden off the North Norfolk coast for five years and then worked for...

What’s on: Our Woods Festival Finale, 5 – 7 May

Head to Corby, Northamptonshire this weekend for the grand finale of their annual Our Woods Festival, this year entitled Dreaming Our Woods. Following the overall festival theme of encouraging people to engage with the area's...

A new way to find your nearest museum

In search of ideas for this Bank Holiday weekend? Nesta, an 'innovation foundation', has published a map of all Arts Council funded museums in the UK, which you can view here. Although it's primarily being...

The Welsh get animated

We love this new website showcasing the best of Welsh culture, literature and myths - all in cute animated form. It's a great way to find interesting places to visit, particularly in the rural...

How much do you know about seasonal fruit and veg?

A little bit of Friday fun - test your rural credentials with the quiz below! The quiz features 10 questions about seasonal fruit and veg, which might sound simple for some but is apparently...

Interview: Jerome Starkey, Countryside Correspondent for The Times

1. You've been at the Times for a while, what drew you to move to the Countryside Correspondent post? I spent the last ten years abroad. Five in Afghanistan and five in Africa. I think...