Chris Leadbeater

Chris Leadbeater is a full-time travel journalist who has written for The Independent since 2009. He specialises in the USA, South America and Europe, but has covered destinations as varied as Mozambique, New Zealand, Indonesia and Lebanon. Prior to becoming a travel journalist, he worked as a music writer and for men's magazines.

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Gourmet Cumbria: The Big Six

Drunken Duck Inn, Ambleside

Active Cumbria

Get to grips with your adventurous side in this natural playground, says Chris Leadbeater

Events to savour

The Cumbrian calendar is awash with festivals bringing flavour, fun and flamboyance to the region in almost every month of the year. September, for example, sees the Taste Cumbria Food Festival (tastecumbria.com) – a three-day gathering of gourmets, held in Cockermouth, which grows in stature each year. Visitors can try everything from local beer to seafood as a chorus line of celebrity chefs – previous festivals have welcomed the likes of John Torode, Aldo Zilli and Antony Worrall Thompson – showcase their skills.

Pretty in pink: Thomas Edison’s holiday home in Fort Myers

Florida: Some bright ideas for the Sunshine State

Thomas Edison and Henry Ford lead the way for today's tourists, says Chris Leadbeater

Spanish exposition: The Dali Museum

St Petersburg, Florida: Miami has a rival for the finer things

Co-founded by a Russian émigré, this Tampa Bay city brims with culture, says Chris Leadbeater

Top table: Restaurants at the Mercado del Puerto

A slice of Montevideo: Urban secrets served up on the Plate

The Uruguayan capital’s old town is slowly but surely regenerating

Bay watch: stunning coastal scenery in Cape Town

48 Hours In: Cape Town

There's lots to celebrate in South Africa's dramatic coastal city this year, from a festival of design to a milestone for democracy, says Chris Leadbeater

Reef encounter: aquatic life in Australia

World cup of travel: In with a good chance of delivering a striking trip

They might not be in the premier league of holiday destinations for Brits, but plenty of the other 2014 qualifiers will offer intriguing options over the coming year ...

A different league: Cape Coast Castle

World cup of travel: Offside or underdog - unusual fixtures for dedicated away fans

Many of this last group of Fifa World Cup participants come with baggage – but some will entice those who like to stand out from the crowd

England: Swinton Park, a luxurious country hotel

World cup of travel: The nations most likely to score with travellers

In tourist terms, these are the seeded countries – tried and tested destinations that draw British visitors back again and again. Here's some of what they have to offer in 2014 ...

Day In a Page

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe: Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC
Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'

British Muslims's Happy video attacked as 'sinful'

The four-minute clip by Honesty Policy has had more than 300,000 hits on YouTube
Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith

Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

Church of England-raised Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
Comedian Jenny Collier: 'Sexism I experienced on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

The comedian's appearance at a show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
Cannes Film Festival: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival

Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
The concept album makes surprise top ten return with neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

The concept album makes surprise top ten return

Neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is unexpected success
Lichen is the surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus, thanks to our love of Scandinavian and Indian cuisines

Lichen is surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus

Emily Jupp discovers how it can give a unique, smoky flavour to our cooking
10 best baking books

10 best baking books

Planning a spot of baking this bank holiday weekend? From old favourites to new releases, here’s ten cookbooks for you
Jury still out on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Jury still out on Pellegrini

Draw with Sunderland raises questions over Manchester City manager's ability to motivate and unify his players
Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

The all-rounder has been hailed as future star after Ashes debut but incident in Caribbean added to doubts about discipline. Jon Culley meets a man looking to control his emotions
Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

The most prize money ever at an All-Weather race day is up for grabs at Lingfield on Friday, and the record-breaking trainer tells Jon Freeman how times have changed
Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit