Travel Agenda: The Bell at Ticehurst; Rotterdam; Helvetic Airways; Dubai's International Film Festival; Chris Davenport


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Today: Cosy up at The Bell, a newly-refurbished country inn at Ticehurst, East Sussex. Inglenook fireplaces and wooden beams have been restored, while new additions include bowler-hat light fittings, iPads in each of the seven bedrooms and copper bathtubs (

This week: Helvetic Airways is launching a new route from Bristol to Zurich on Monday, placing skiers and boarders within easy reach of a number of Swiss resorts, with three flights per week (

Meanwhile, in Dubai, the International Film Festival starts on Wednesday, with the premiere of the new Mission: Impossible film, starring Jeremy Renner, Tom Cruise and Paula Patton as well as Indian film screenings and an "Arabian Nights" programme; to 14 December (

Meanwhile, in London, the extreme ski mountaineer Chris Davenport will give a talk about his adventures in the Antarctic and on Mount Everest at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington on Thursday. For further details, visit

In the diary: Anyone who happens to be visiting Rotterdam on 21 December will be treated to the spectacle of thousands of Santa Clauses streaming through the city for a 5km run. For details, visit