Welsh hideaways, Keswick writers, Miami, online holiday shop, animated Exeter, Winter Olympics, Ecuador and Jamaica

Lakeside literature

The "Words by the Water" festival takes place in Keswick from 1-10 March. Speakers include poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, playwright Michael Frayn, pictured, and BBC Radio 4 presenter James Naughtie (theatrebythelake.com).

Welsh wonders

Rare Hideaways is a new group of 30 cottages, conversions and country houses in Wales, spanning from Snowdonia to the Brecon Beacons (rarehideaways.co.uk).

Miami spice

The four-day South Beach Food and Wine festival starts on Friday with bespoke brunches, dinners and parties at Miami venues such as the Fontainebleau Hotel (sobefest.com).

Beach bound

Beach Flamingo will have you ready for the beach in a few clicks. The new online holiday shop sells swimwear, kaftans, sarongs, sandals, sunglasses and hats from a range of designers, as well as its own line of accessories (beachflamingo.com).

Get the picture

Animated Exeter celebrates that art form this week from Monday to Saturday. Screenings include the Beatles' Yellow Submarine and there is a free exhibition of old-favourite animations including the BBC's Mr Benn (animatedexeter.co.uk).


The starting price, in sterling, of tickets available for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics through CoSport. Tickets went on sale this week alongside travel packages for the Games, which take place in the Russian ski resort from 7-24 February next year (cosport.com).

Ecuador takes off

Quito's inner-city airport will be replaced on 20 February when a new gateway opens 18km east of the Ecuadorian capital. It doesn't just take over from the old Mariscal Sucre airport – it also keeps the same name (quitoairport.aero).

Island escape

The Cove is a new boutique hotel on Jamaica's south coast, with a hammock-strung beach, riding stables and affordable double rooms from US$105 (£65) with breakfast (thecovejamaica.com).