Where to go and what to know

The Palio di Siena is a bi-annual horserace that sprints around the Piazza del Campo next on 19 August. BA has five nights' B&B at the More Di Cuna for £429pp, with flights on 14 Aug (ba.com)


The number of walks launched on the Western Lake District's Cumbrian Coastal Railway Line. They range from four to 14 miles and take in beaches, fells, valleys and historic sites (download or order from bit.ly/lakewalk).

Derry upgrade

The new Thomas Cook European Rail Timetable warns that the Londonderry-Coleraine line closes tomorrow until next April for upgrade work (translink.co.uk).

Fit to travel

The new Healthy Holiday Company offers bespoke trips for fitness; from trail running in South Africa to yoga and surf in Morocco, or simply healthy eating in Ibiza (thehealthyholidaycompany.com).

Je suis dans Le Tunnel!

Telephone and internet services have been launched on car-carrying services through the Channel Tunnel. The network is active only on the France-UK leg, but will extend to the outbound UK-France portion after the Olympics (eurotunnel.com).

Plane trains

Heathrow Express offers two or more travelling together at weekends half-price summer fares (£9.50, or £4.75 for children). Buy at the ticket office. On Gatwick Express, book online to save 35 per cent on tickets for two (gatwickexpress.com).

Capital whizz

A super-charged fairground – London Wonderground – has sprouted up on the South Bank. The highlight is a 150ft-high "chairoplane", the Star Flyer. A seven-minute ride is £7; a family of four pays £20 (pricelesslondonwonderground.co.uk).

African fears

Tourists considering a Kenyan safari should note that the FO says Kenya's authorities have alerted the public to a heightened terror threat over Ramadan (fco.gov.uk/travel).