Enjoying the outdoors in New Brunswick, Canada

Stuart Forster discusses things to do by the Bay of Fundy while following the Fundy Coastal Drive scenic route and enjoying the outdoors in New Brunswick, Canada. The Fundy Coastal Drive runs for 486km (286 miles) between Sackville and St Stephen. Highlights along its route include the Hopewell Rocks, Cape Enrage and Fundy National Park....

11 cities that have changed their names

Saigon, formerly the capital of the Republic of Vietnam, was renamed in honour of the revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh, who was the chairman of the Worker’s Party of North Vietnam between 1951 and 1969. Decades prior to that he worked in London at the Drayton Court Hotel.

With a Local: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

In summer, when it’s really hot — during August and September — it’s great to get soaked in the spray of the water that falls in the rainforest. The temperature there is always cooler and there’s different flora growing compared to the surrounding area. It’s very beautiful and amazing science.

Inspirational travel photography from Canada

Knowing the story behind the creation of each image makes selecting a shortlist of my favourite photos from across Canada tricky.Had anyone said to me a few years ago that I’d come within a matter of metres of a wild polar bear in its natural habitat, of course, I simply wouldn’t have believed them. That happened while I was staying at Seal River Heritage Lodge in Manitoba and, undoubtedly, counts among my favourite moments while photographing.Before I went to bed that day, feeling incredibly blessed, I also saw the Northern Lights flickering in the night sky for the very first time. As a result, it’s not surprising that I have fond memories of the place.

Bengaluru Firewalking Festival

There has to be some sort of trick to firewalking, surely people don’t really walk across hot ash wearing no protection on their feet; this was my supposition as I headed towards Bangalore’s Cantonment district and the annual Sri Drowpathy Amman Fire Walking Festival.

Interview with Rich McCor, the Instagram star Paperboyo

My love is travel. Throughout my 20s most of my money was spent on travelling. I would say the fact I've been able to go to places I never thought I'd get to see is the highlight; the fact that it's let me travel. For example, I went to Easter Island because of my photography and that was always top of my bucket list ever since I'd seen a photo of Moui heads.

Aladdin at Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre and Opera House

Stuart Forster reviews the pantomime Aladdin at Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre and Opera House. Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre and Opera House’s 2019-20 Christmas pantomime is Aladdin. Local actor Charlie Richmond stars as Wishee Washee alongside Aladdin, played by Nic Westaway, singer Marcus Collins and soap star David Easter. Disclosure: Stuart Forster, the author of this post, was...

Lumiere Durham festival of lights

"Lumiere Durham in 2009 really struck a chord with audiences. We were expecting around 40,000 people and over 75,000 turned up in that first year. It showed that there was a huge appetite for the festival...The people of Durham have taken the festival into their hearts and feel a strong sense of ownership now after six editions," commented Helen Marriage, the CEO of Artichoke Trust and Lumiere Artistic Director.

Aberdeen Art Gallery

The Cowdray Hall, a recital venue, is named in honour of its patron Lady Cowdray, who wanted to encourage Aberdonians’ taste for art and music. The hall has been restored to its original colour scheme of 1925. It has a pipe organ plus a stage with a grand piano and will open its doors on Thursdays for a series of Lunchbreak Concerts. The events are free with donations encouraged.