12 items to stockpile for a No-Deal Brexit

Quick! Forget the cans of beans and snap up your Iberico ham, Hermes scarves and French wine before the tariffs arrive.

The best living nativities

Bring to life the events of the Christmas story with the help of these three nativities, all featuring live animals.

Christmas Dinner in a box

We investigate three hassle-free options for Christmas dinner

Ayesha Hazarika

Labour of laughs

Ayesha Hazarika on Gordon Brown’s struggles with diversity training, doing Ed Miliband’s make-up and why Jeremy Corbyn is like a wonky broom

Will tourists take the high road to Canada?

Newly legal marijuana is a powerful draw but strict state regulation may put off the potheads

7 easy steps to deal with rabble-rousers

Feel well informed and more socially aware? Here’s how to maintain your sanity in a world gone mad

Jackie Stewart in his Formula 1 heyday

Jackie Stewart: Why I’m haunted by Formula 1 deaths

The racing legends is proud of his 27 Grands Prix victories — but even prouder of saving countless younger drivers’ lives

Six of the best Christmas flower courses

Take your decorations up a notch by learning how to make stunning wreaths and festive floral arrangements

South Africa safari: Beyond the big five

Safari experiences that go even more wild than you might expect

A Russian theatre giant brays against artistic repression

Anatoly Vasiliev’s productions were too radical for the Russian authorities. Now, he’s turned to cinema – and donkeys – to get his message across

Great British adventures (without getting lost in the wilderness)

A new app is aimed at helping people swap the city for the great outdoors

A taste of Ireland by train

Quality Irish produce is at the heart of this grand tour of the Emerald Isle

In praise of brown furniture

Is the trend for old fashioned furniture built to last?

Simpson’s in the Strand: spruced up and still special

A year on from its refurbishment, Simpson’s remains one of the London’s must-visit restaurants

Heathrow is hell

It is a truly awful place to fly from – and expansion will make the agony even worse

A weekend retreat for keen pianists (and absolute beginners)

Finchocks, a former piano museum in Kent, is now a luxurious destination for people keen to brush up on their key skills

How the childhood home of a great artist was left to rot

Romanian authorities have failed to protect the house where Constantin Brancusi grew up

The Kinks’ misunderstood masterpiece

Village Green Preservation Society is not the document of English cultural conservatism it is often described as

Milan: A surprisingly magnificent Italian escape

It may lack the allure of Venice or Florence, but Milan’s rich mix makes for an enjoyable city break

The best exhibitions to see this autumn

From Mantegna and Bellini to Charlie Brown and Snoopy

Nine books to read this autumn

The best new novels and non-fiction to curl up on the sofa with

Europe’s best yoga retreats

India isn’t the only option for a spectacular yoga holiday

Sean Scully: ‘Fatherhood has given my art a new lease of life’

The prolific artist on how doing the school run in his 70s has brought a fresh dynamism to his work

The great second places

Mark Mason celebrates the people and things forgotten by history for not quite finishing first