Iceberg cruises, Singapore booze ban, and Eltham Palace reopens: Travel agenda

Travel agenda: Where to go and what to know

1. Go Greenland

The far-north nation is difficult and expensive to reach, but Macs Adventure has a single, one-week departure on 25 August for a relative bargain £1,805. It involves hiking across tundra, mountains, and glaciers; iceberg cruises; experiencing thermal springs; kayaking; and a helicopter flight

macsadventure.com

2. York talk

A date has been set for the completion of an £8m refurbishment at York Art Gallery. Works by L S Lowry (his painting, "Clifford's Tower" is pictured above right), David Hockney and Stanley Spencer finally go back on show on 1 August. The new design includes an artists' garden and a Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA).

yorkartgallery.org.uk

3. Ray of hope

Explore the mysteries of stingrays and more at Sea Life Blackpool. Underwater tunnels through a new "tropical reef" reveal creatures including honeycomb whiptail rays, blue spotted stingrays, and zebra sharks. Adults from £13, children from £10.50.

visitsealife.com

4. Booze ban

From this week, strict new rules on alcohol consumption come into effect in Singapore. You will not be allowed to drink in a public place between 10.30pm and 7am. Drinking is still allowed within these hours in pubs and restaurants. Special rules apply to barbecues – you need a permit from the National Parks Board.

bit.ly/SinBin

5. Palace refresh

Eltham Palace, hidden deep in the suburbs of south-east London, is an Art Deco treasure attached to a 15th-century Great Hall, where Henry VII played as a boy. It reopens fully this weekend, with a new visitor centre and additional space open to the public – including the bunker used during the war.

bit.ly/EltPal

6. Fly St Helena

BA's South African partner, Comair, has been chosen to operate flights to the remote island of St Helena when the airport opens next February. The five-hour flights will shuttle every Saturday using a new Boeing 737-800. The overall journey from the UK will take around 19 hours, Comair's bid was accepted in preference to the much faster access from the UK via Accra in Ghana.

sainthelena.gov.sh

7. Tip top

"Tip of the Month" is a new feature of the European Rail Timetable, revealing secrets for better travel. The first, in the April edition, is about bargain first-class fares on services such as Trenitalia's top-of-the-range Frecciarossa.

europeanrailtimetable.eu

8. Breton link

The southern Brittany port of Lorient is due to become one of the select group of destinations accessible by air from Southampton but not from London this summer, when Eastern Airways begins services on 10 July. The 75-minute flight will operate on Mondays and Fridays.

easternairways.com

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