Travel Agenda: Enjoy England Awards; 64th Flower Parade; Laugharne Weekend; Hotel Indigo in Glasgow; Larkin Trail; British Museum; The Four Seasons Marrakech
Saturday 16 April 2011
Today: Some of England's best hotels, restaurants and attractions will be waking up in the knowledge that they are the victors in the annual Enjoy England Awards for Excellence (
enjoyengland.com/excellence). As well as No. 43 in Arnside, Cumbria, the winners, which were announced last night, included the Bay Tree Hotel in Burford, Oxfordshire (
cotswold-inns-hotels.co.uk), The Langham in London (
langhamlondon.com), Cornwall's Porthminster Beach Café (
porthminstercafe.co.uk), Bedruthan Steps Hotel (
bedruthan.com) and the Chatsworth estate in Derbyshire (
chatsworth.org). Cumbrian Heavy Horses (
cumbrianheavyhorses.com) picked up the prize for best tourism experience.
Further afield, the 64th Flower Parade leaves Noordwijk in the Netherlands to meander 40km through the bulbfields to Haarlem – leave now from your local airport to Amsterdam and you'll be in time to see it arrive ( bloemencorso-bollenstreek.nl).
And in Carmarthen, the Laugharne Weekend is under way, with talks from musician Robert Wyatt and broadcaster Stuart Maconie, a reading from Howard Marks, poetry from Carol Ann Duffy and plenty more ( thelaugharneweekend.com).
This week: The new Hotel Indigo opens in Glasgow on Monday, bringing InterContinental Hotel's "lifestyle" brand to Scotland ( ichotelsgroup.com). In Hull, the Larkin Trail is unveiled on Wednesday, guiding visitors through sites in the city and the Humber estuary that were significant to the poet Philip Larkin and his work ( larkin25.co.uk).
In London, a garden exhibit of Australian landscapes opens at the British Museum, in association with Kew Gardens, on Thursday (until 16 October; britishmuseum.org).
In the diary: The Four Seasons Marrakech opens for reservations from 15 June. The luxury Moroccan resort, above, built outside the medina near the Menara Pavilion, comprises extensive Moorish gardens, a spa and several restaurants ( fourseasons.com/marrakech).
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