Pisa’s “Il Gioco del Ponte” – the game of the bridge

There is more to Pisa than its leaning tower and its easy travel connection to the UK. There are some really nice parts of the historic centre and the sweep of the river through the town is pretty spectacular. Also, through June each year there are a series of public parades and spectacles. Passing through Pisa airport on our way to the coast we saw the posters promoting “Il Gioco del Ponte” – the game of the bridge – held on the last Saturday of June and we decided to go.

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The 2018 Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize Shortlist Announced

In its fifth year, the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize celebrates the best books about nature, the outdoors and UK travel.

If you are looking to get away from it all, switch off your phone and get back to nature, this shortlist is a welcome list of recommended reads for you to consider this summer.

Here are the seven shortlisted books:
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Come and meet Fangs McGraw at Stanfords Bristol

Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity, has revealed its sixty-plus sculptures of Academy Award®-winning characters Wallace, Gromit and Feathers McGraw around Bristol and its surrounding area. Read More Come and meet Fangs McGraw at Stanfords Bristol

Events this spring at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

The Society’s full programme of events for the spring is available online. Members of the Society receive discounted entry to public events and membership is open to all. Find out how you can become a member today. Read More Events this spring at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Broaden your horizons with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

This winter, why not join the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and broaden your horizons?
Society membership is open to all and benefits include free lectures in London every Monday evening, discounts on public events and a 10% discount on all Stanfords items. Read More Broaden your horizons with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Our Top 5 Ordnance Survey Maps of 2017

As it is National Map Reading Week, we thought we would take a look at our top 5 bestselling Ordnance Survey Maps of 2017 so far to see where you are all enjoying the great outdoors.
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NEW BOOK: ‘The Land Beyond’ by Leon McCarron

We were lucky enough to have Leon McCarron at Stanfords last week talking about his new book The Land Beyond. There are many reasons why it might seem unwise to walk, mostly alone, through the Middle East. That, in part, is exactly why Leon McCarron did it. Read More NEW BOOK: ‘The Land Beyond’ by Leon McCarron

Travel with a purpose this autumn with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Interested in fieldwork, scientific expeditions or planning a journey with a purpose? If so, the Royal Geographical Society (wth IBG) is organising two events – Explore and Explore North West – where you can meet like-minded people, seek out opportunities and learn from others. Read More Travel with a purpose this autumn with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Book Launch: China in Drag

If, like us, you’ve often wondered what it might be like to travel around China with your cross-dressing language teacher, China in Drag by Michael Bristow is a perfect addition to your reading list. Ok, so we hadn’t wondered it at all until we hosted the launch of this book last Wednesday, but now it’s all we want to do. Read More Book Launch: China in Drag

Book Launch: Georgia in the Mountains of Poetry

We love it when an author brings themed snacks. At the launch of Georgia in the Mountains of Poetry by Peter Nasmyth there was Georgian wine and Churchkhela (a candle-shaped candy with nuts threaded onto a string and  dipped in grape or fruit juices and dried in the shape of a sausage). Read More Book Launch: Georgia in the Mountains of Poetry