Kate Simon is the Travel Correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. She was Travel Editor of The Independent on Sunday from 2005 to 2011. Kate is also the co-founder of Little Black Book Creative (www.lbbcreative.co.uk), which offers editorial services, media relations consultancy and travel-writing training.
07 October 2012 12:00 AM
Summer may have slipped away, but don't let the longer nights and chilly days get you down. Now's the time to book a cosy romantic escape, or chase the sun on a Caribbean cruise. From ski trips to last-minute half-term deals and budget-blowing Antipodean adventures, winter's never looked so appealing, as Kate Simon reveals
30 September 2012 12:00 AM
21 September 2012 12:00 PM
The autumnal treasures of this wooded region are often overlooked by British visitors. It's time that changed, says Kate Simon
09 September 2012 12:00 AM
Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish are among the competitors racing in this year's Tour of Britain Cycle Race. Cheer them on today at the Taste the Best of Norfolk Food & Drink Festival (01603 881939; norfolkfoodfestival.co.uk). They are expected to cross the finishing line of the Norfolk leg at the Showground in Norwich at 2.44pm, but the free event has a packed schedule which runs from 11am to 4pm.
02 September 2012 12:00 AM
In a bid to uncover the region's wilder side, Kate Simon sets off to explore on two wheels
31 August 2012 12:00 PM
Dramatic coastlines, untouched nature reserves and some of the country’s best food and wine are luring more holidaymakers to Italy’s heel, says Kate Simon.
26 August 2012 12:00 AM
The curious custom of "well dressing" is on display today in Eyam, Holymoorside, Foolow and Wormhill (0845 833 0970; visitpeakdistrict.com/see-and-do; donations welcome). This ancient art of decorating springs and wells with fresh and dried natural materials, such as flowers, berries and leaves, is thought to date back to the Celts and takes place only in Derbyshire and around its borders. Decorations are displayed until the first week of September.
24 August 2012 12:00 PM
The TV presenter and qualified marine biologist brings his expertise to the south coast with new tours. Kate Simon signs up.
15 August 2012 12:00 AM
A picture-perfect trip is yours for the taking thanks to a range of companies devoted to helping you explore the finest art. Kate Simon sketches out the new Grand Tours
12 August 2012 12:00 AM
It's the last chance to see a Viking battle at Lindisfarne Priory today (01289 389200; www.english-heritage.org.uk; admission £6.50). "The Vikings Return: Viking Raiders" will aim to recreate the atmosphere of AD793 when Lindisfarne was the scene of the first assaults on the north-east coast of England by these marauders. Rather less combative entertainment is also on offer at this specially reconstructed Viking encampment. See the armour they wore and weapons they used, and there's also a replica of a Viking longship to admire.
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