Nature notebook: what to look out for on your winter walks

Whether you are a city dweller or a country lover, Rachael Bell keeps you in touch with the season

Christmas dinners around the globe

Turkey is the mainstay of the British Christmas but what do people eat elsewhere in the world?

The Best and Worst Political Presents

From a stuffed kangaroo to the statue of liberty – political gifts are a diplomatic minefield

Christmas brings out the food snob in us all

Since when has straightforward Christmas dinner become so painfully unfashionable?

The best West End shows to see this Christmas

Our take on the six best shows to catch while you still can

Woke Christmas gifts: a guide to virtue-giving

Forget toys and chocolate – it’s all about virtue this Christmas

How to avoid Brexit at the Christmas dinner table

Don’t mention the B word: Flora Gill explains how to keep things cordial this Christmas

5 festive artworks to discover this Christmas

Gallery owner and former Christie’s Director Deborah Allan shares five festive paintings for Christmas

How to pull off black tie dressing

A gentleman’s guide for the winter party season

Have yourself a very royal Christmas

The royal traditions we should all be adopting this year

Last-minute getaways for the New Year

Say hello to 2019 from the comfort of your very own houseboat, lighthouse or prison cell

The art of the wreath

How to dress your door this Christmas: from scrumping for laurel to garnishing with clementines

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