Where to go and what to know

Suite Sound

The Sounds Retreat is a new luxury lodge on Queen Charlotte Sound on South Island, New Zealand. It has just one pristine suite for NZ$1,250 (£625) a night, including massages, breakfast, dinner and drinks. The retreat also offers wildlife trips, cruises and epicurean tours (thesoundsretreat.co.nz).

Deep freeze

Explore has two winter festival tours in Asia: the 11-day Harbin Ice event in China for £2,272pp and the 13-day Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan for £3,961pp (explore.co.uk)


The number of years since The Beatles found fame with their single 'Love Me Do', which was released on 5 October 1962. Fanatics of the Fab Four can celebrate at the International Beatle Week Festival in Liverpool, 22-28 Aug, with a convention, live music and a free festival on Mathew Street on bank holiday Monday (cavernclub.org).

Autumn colour

Transun has a three-night tour of Finnish Lapland during the autumn "ruska" season for £799pp, with flights, guided walks, a wilderness safari and full board at the Davvi Arctic Lodge (transun.co.uk).


Capture your rainy holiday in Britain with the new Pentax WG-2 GPS camera, which has been designed to photograph in all conditions, as well as underwater. The GPS feature enables images to be logged by location. £279.99 (pentax.co.uk).

LAX work

Building work at Los Angeles International Airport, due to last to the end of November, has led airlines to lengthen check-in deadlines. BA says customers with bags should arrive 75 minutes before departure, other passengers an hour ahead.

Devon delight

Check into the South Hams' newest B&B. Ashley House is in the market town of South Molton, north Devon, and sports three contemporary-calm double rooms, starting at £70 per night, with breakfast (ashleyhousebedandbreakfast.com).

Talking heads

Intrepid has three travel workshops at its London store: an oriental cookery class (21 Aug), a talk on travel blogging (4 Sept), and photography tips (2 Oct). Free, starts at 7pm (intrepidtravel.com).