This Week's Tips For Travellers

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The opening

Orient Express's eagerly awaited Casitas del Colca ( opens in Peru this week, a luxury Andean retreat with 20 stone 'casitas'. The spa (opens May) offers indigenous treatments and Colca Canyon views.

The kit

As festival season approaches, check out the new floral design quick-pitch tents from Firebox ( Lightweight, with a clever release mechanism that means no finger pinching, these tents may be rugged but have clear girly appeal.

The festival

This year's Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival (18-20 April) asks of the medium: is it art? Forty cartoonists aim to answer this question with creative results to be auctioned at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery (

The guide

Peak District Pub Walks ( is a new pocket-sized guide to the peaks' paths and pubs. Along with 25 walks on colour OS maps, the guide highlights cycle rides, the region's rich industrial heritage and the best places for real-ale refreshment.