30 UK campsites to book now for summer 2021

We’ve rounded up the best camping and glamping getaways … assuming the Great British Summer gets the green light, that is

Before you book, check individual campsite Covid refund and rescheduling policies

WALES

Three Cliffs Bay, Penmaen, Gower

The dramatic clifftop location is a huge selling point for this family-run campsite on the south side of the Gower peninsula. It is right on the Wales Coast Path, and a short stroll from the spectacular Three Cliffs Bay. Guests can choose between sea-view or (cheaper) countryside-view pitches, for tents, caravans or campervans. There are also sea-view bell tents and inland yurts (both sleeping five). The shower block is particularly impressive, with power showers, LED lighting and underfloor heating … Even the dog-washing points have warm water. The shop is also well stocked, with local bread, meat, beer and wine; and guests can order hampers, and rent picnic tables and firepits. The campsite was started in 1948 on North Hill Farm, which dates back five generations, and is still run by the Beynon family.
• Camping £29.50 a night for a family of up to 5, glamping £454 for three nights, threecliffsbay.com

Top of the Woods, Pembrokeshire

Friendly pigs at Top of the Woods Eco Camping & Glamping Pembrokeshire

“Eco luxury” is the vibe at this site on a 27-acre farm. Campers can pitch their tents in the four-acre wildflower meadow, while glampers can choose from safari lodges, nature domes or pioneer camps; there is also one pitch for a campervan. The farm courtyard is the social hub, with a huge Dutch barn, campfire and wet-room showers. Breakfast is served in the barn at weekends, as is a stew supper on Fridays and barbecues on Saturdays. There are pop-up food stalls during the summer holidays and a fishmonger comes every Wednesday. Campers can help feed the site’s three kunekune pigs, walk to the secret waterfall in the woods for a swim, and take yoga classes in the barn. The owners also run glamping activity weekend breaks several times a year, from “wild gin” foraging to canoe treks and paddleboarding safaris.
• Camping £16/£8 a night adult/child, campervans £20/10, dogs free, five-metre bell tents for hire at £30 a night, glamping from £100 a night for 4, topofthewoods.co.uk

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‘It’s Still Getting Worse.’ Inside Britain’s Vicious Second Wave.

One hundred thousand people dead. A new, more contagious strain. The toll is close to unbearable.

Nearly a year into the pandemic, the situation in Britain is dire. A vicious first wave has given way to an even more deadly second one. On Tuesday, the country passed a milestone of 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus — which amounts to one of the worst fatality rates in the world. A national lockdown, in place since Jan. 4, has only recently begun to lower the eye-wateringly high number of cases, fueled in part by the emergence of a new, apparently more contagious strain of the virus. The toll on the National Health Service is close to unbearable: Nearly 40,000 Covid-19 patients are in hospitals, almost double the peak last year. [ . . .]

Continue at NYTIMES: Opinion | ‘It’s Still Getting Worse.’ Inside Britain’s Vicious Second Wave.

This month’s chart – English Folk Expo

FOLK Albums Chart

Here are the Official Folk Albums Chart top 40 for November 2020

Last Month This Month Album Artist
NEW 1 OFF OFF ON THIS IS THE KIT
1 2 SONG FOR OUR DAUGHTER LAURA MARLING
2 3 WE GET BY JAMIE WEBSTER
NEW 4 ONE LEGEND – TWO CONCERTS – LIVE RUNRIG
NEW 5 HOME RECORDINGS MARTIN SIMPSON
3 6 HAND ME DOWN KATE RUSBY
NEW 7 THE BBC SESSIONS 1984-1986 POGUES
5 8 PEACE LEVELLERS
NEW 9 PTS DEAD CLUB TUNNG
15 10 THE LIVING MOUNTAIN JENNY STURGEON
NEW 11 BUDDIES II – STILL BUDDIES FRANK TURNER & JON SNODGRASS
NEW 12 STRANGE LIGHTS OVER GARTH MOUNTAIN GWENIFER RAYMOND
6 13 BOSS JAMIE WEBSTER
NEW 14 GLASTONBURY 92 LEVELLERS
9 15 THE LOST WORDS – SPELL SONGS LOST WORDS
19 16 THE LIVELONG DAY LANKUM
4 17 BETWEEN A BREATH AND A BREATH DYBLE LONGDON
7 18 WHERE THE WORLD IS THIN KRIS DREVER
12 19 CURES WHAT AILS YA LONGEST JOHNS
11 20 A PILGRIM’S TALE SETH LAKEMAN
8 21 HEART’S EASE SHIRLEY COLLINS
10 22 WRACKLINE FAY HIELD
23 23 SLEEP ON THE WING BIBIO
NEW 24 EMERGENCY LULLABIES MERRY HELL
17 25 KARINE POLWART’S SCOTTISH SONGBOOK KARINE POLWART
20 26 2020 RICHARD DAWSON
14 27 LIVE AT ST ANDREW’S CHURCH PLYMOUTH SETH LAKEMAN
16 28 HOLD FAST STICK IN THE WHEEL
NEW 29 HOLLY HEAD KATE RUSBY
NEW 30 RECEIVER RHEINGANS SISTERS
22 31 BATTLEFIELD DANCE FLOOR SHOW OF HANDS
25 32 THE LOVE THAT YOU WANT LEWIS WATSON
34 33 HILL OF BEANS RALPH MCTELL
NEW 34 RIDDLE SONGS STEF CONNER
NEW 35 BLACK FEATHERS SAM BROOKES
21 36 INTO THE DEPTHS OF HELL JOSHUA BURNSIDE
24 37 OLD WOW SAM LEE
38 38 LIVE ACROSS SCOTLAND SKERRYVORE
32 39 SHUFFLE AND GO FAIRPORT CONVENTION
27 40 DIVERSIONS VOL 5 – LIVE & UNACCOMPANIED UNTHANKS
Source: This month’s chart – English Folk Expo

Most UK restaurants, pubs to go bankrupt

LONDON: Almost three quarters of UK pubs and restaurants expect to shut permanently next year following damaging coronavirus restrictions, an industry poll indicated on Thursday.

The British Beer and Pub Association, the British Institute of Innkeeping and UK Hospitality said in a statement that 72 per cent of surveyed businesses “expect to become unviable and close in 2021.”

The survey, conducted by market research company CGA, also showed that pubs and other hospitality businesses want the UK government to provide more support.

CGA polled 446 businesses representing more than 20,000 venues nationwide during November.

“The evidence is here to see of the devastating, long-term impact the government’s restrictions are having on hospitality and pub businesses,” the three trade organisations said in a statement.

“Without a change in approach and more support from government, much of our sector could be gone within a year – that means businesses and jobs lost plus much-loved venues closed forever.”

English pubs temporarily closed their doors on Nov 5 as the country effectively shut down for the second time this year to try to curb spiking Covid-19 infection rates.

The current lockdown has also shuttered restaurants, gyms and non-essential shops and services until Dec 2, with hopes business could resume in time for Christmas.

To help cushion the blow, the government has rolled out a new multi-billion-pound support package by extending its furlough jobs scheme paying the bulk of workers’ wages until the end of March. – AFP

Source: Most UK restaurants, pubs to go bankrupt | New Straits Times

10 of the best places to spot migratory birds in the UK

Autumn is a brilliant time to see birds arriving and heading off in their thousands. Spectacular movements can be seen all over the UK, but we choose 10 special spots

Spurn Point, East Yorkshire
This narrow thread of land – actually classed as a sand tidal island – facing Grimsby is home to a bird observatory that records prodigious quantities of migrants and rarities. An easterly wind will bring thousands of birds passing through.

Dungeness, Kent

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 A view across one of the main lakes at Dungeness’s RSPB reserve. Photograph: Adam McCulloch


Given its lighthouses, miniature railway, nuclear power station, curious shacks and shingle, the peninsula is a unique spot even without the vast array of bird and insect life that uses it to launch off over the English Channel. A bird observatory and excellent RSPB reserve keep track of the comings and goings. Continue reading