In this fascinating new series, renowned actress Dame Penelope Keith travels through Britain's charming villages to uncover what makes these places so unique and special. Armed with her beloved vintage 'Batsford' travel books, Penelope explores the rich artistic, literary and royal histories of each region, discovers how time has changed village communities, and seeks out quirky local traditions which continue to this day. From county shows and village fairs to fertility dances and ancient ceremonial gatherings, she seeks out the community heartbeat of each village. She meets remarkable characters and joins in with everything from dangerous carriage driving events to vegetable gala competitions along the way, showing how even the horn dancers, cheese rollers and tree kissers of this world benefit from the continuance of these traditions. Her journey takes her to some of the most picturesque villages and hidden landscapes in the country, from the stunning location of Steven Spielberg's War Horse, Castle Combe, to the site of the original English Country Garden. Join Penelope on her mission to find out why we love villages so much; what's disappeared, changed and stayed the same and what's the secret to their longevity?
All four episodes from the British travel series presented by actress Penelope Keith. Penelope begins her journey by visiting the small fishing villages of Devon and Cornwall and then travels to Cumbria to visit the home of sticky toffee pudding, on to Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire where she goes to the Braemar Highland Games before travelling back down south to East Sussex and Kent.
All four episodes from the third series of the British travel programme presented by actress Penelope Keith. Penelope begins her journey by visiting the Cotswolds where she stops in the villages of Bibury and Ebrington before travelling north to Argyll and Bute. There she travels the coastline and visits some of Queen Victoria's favourite spots. North Yorkshire is Penelope's next stop with Goathland and Brompton-by-Sawdon on the itinerary, before finally making her way to Pembrokeshire where she visits Wales's best food market in the village of St. Dogmaels.