Different gundog breeds

We are inordinately conservative in choosing our canine companions but there are many different gundog breeds, says David Tomlinson. Would you ever consider breaking with tradition? Pick a puppy from…

Piotti 32in over-and-under

Inspired by the Perazzi MX8, the Piotti 32in over-and-under is a bespoke gun, and Michael Yardley finds himself impressed. For more gun reviews, the Silver Pigeon is Beretta’s most popular…

Spiced pear and ginger sauce

Whether you opt for goose, pork, partridge or pheasant for the festive feast this year, ensure the table is groaning with sides says Philippa Davis. This spiced pear and ginger…

Fly-fishing in Patagonia

Magnificent wild fish, pristine rivers and a truly remote region draws fly-fishers from all over the world to Chilean Patagonia. Adrian Dangar embarks on an adventure fly-fishing in Patagonia. For…

Brioche, fig, hazelnut and thyme stuffing

Even if the main event is a little smaller this year due to a depleted guest list, the table should be groaning with sides, says Philippa Davis. Follow this recipe…

Thomas Becket

The shrine of Thomas Becket was the most popular pilgrimage destination in England until the Reformation, and his murder just after Christmas was a medieval shock. Yet prior to this…

How to cook the perfect goose

With smaller gatherings this year, the larder might not be so outrageously full but the centrepiece should still be impressive, says Philippa Davis. A depleted guest list calls for the…

Calligraphy

Really impress with your festive greetings this year. Top calligraphy artists share their secrets with Mary Skipwith on how to master the ink. Learn more about the symbols that appear…