When? This watery wonderland opened in October, bringing birders closer to winged wildlife like kingfishers and peregrine falcons.
Tell me more: Europe’s largest urban wetland is crossed by 13 miles of foot and cycle tracks, while heritage buildings include the Engine House (now a cafe) and Coppermill Tower, topped with a viewing platform. Stephanie Cavagnaro
Three to try
The man himself was involved in designing this adventure theme park opening at Birmingham’s NEC in 2018.
01 Get prepared Basecamp offers physical, mental, individual and group challenges.
02 Get high iFLY is an indoor skydiving simulator with a safe, endless freefall.
03 Learn the ropes Zip-line from a Chinook helicopter to the highest free-roam high ropes in Europe. Zane Henry
Climate is the word
Suangatit nungulailat = Renewable energy
Annugihiut anugihiuttin = Wind turbine
Siqiniqmin aullan = Solar panels
In numbers: Rio Carnival
1723: The year the first recorded festivals took place in the city
2,000,000 people (or more!) in the streets of Rio during Carnival
15 miles: The length of the street parades
$70: (£53) — the cost of a grandstand ticket
Our favourite British pubs
Best for: Comfort food, an open fire and 18th-century rustic charm — the reward for a good stomp across the Heath. Amelia Duggan
Ye Olde White Harte, Hull
Best for: Intrigue — the Civil War was plotted in the upstairs rooms and there’s a human skull on display in the saloon. Glen Mutel
The Black Boy, Winchester
Best for: Named after coalminers and chimney sweeps, the pub is a maze of taxidermy and trinkets. Tamsin Wressell
The Druidstone, Haverfordwest
Best for: Dramatic views of St Bride’s Bay over a refreshing pint — ideal after tackling the weathered-beaten Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Stephanie Cavagnaro
Published in the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)