Tourism sector in Wales ‘desperate’ as holidays cancelled ahead of lockdown

The two-week Covid firebreak starting on Friday puts even more tourism jobs at risk• Coronavirus – latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverage Tourism businesses in Wales are spending Monday cancelling customers’ holidays after the first minister Mark Drakeford announced a two-week national lockdown designed to be a “short, sharp shock to the virus to […]

‘He was full of hope’: stories behind five of the 3,173 UK Covid deaths this summer

A mental health nurse, a cafe worker, a mosque supporter, a grandmother and a collector of rare Jewish books remembered Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Coronavirus cases fell sharply across the UK as the season changed from spring to summer. With the daily death toll also falling, the grim mood that […]

No ball games: life and play through the eyes of children across the UK – video

Celebrating the imagination and resourcefulness of young children across the UK by understanding the outdoor games they invent, inherit and play. The documentary was shot before Covid-19 changed their lives, and shifts from rural Wales to post-industrial Teesside and inner-city London. What challenges will these young people face in the aftermath of brutal funding cuts […]

Castles, stately homes and monuments: eight places where history was made in the UK

Discover the first castle to fall to gunpowder, the first stately home opened to the public and the National Trust’s inaugural acquisition LongleatThe Elizabethan seat of the Marquess of Bath can boast two big firsts. It was the first stately home in Britain to open to the public as a tourist attraction, in 1949, and […]

Share your experiences of the NHS coronavirus app

We’d like to hear about your experiences of using or downloading the new NHS coronavirus app After months of pilot studies, the NHS coronavirus app has finally arrived in England and Wales. The app is designed to alert users if they have been within two metres of someone who tested positive for coronavirus, allow users […]

Pubs, bars and restaurants: how will new rules in England, Scotland and Wales affect you?

We’d like to hear from people employed in pubs, bars and restaurants in England, Scotland and Wales about how you feel new restrictions may impact your work Pubs, bars and restaurants in England and Wales will have to shut by 10pm from Thursday under new restrictions to halt a rise in coronavirus cases. Scotland will […]

Covid cases and deaths today: coronavirus UK map

Are UK coronavirus cases rising in your local area and nationally? Check week-on-week changes across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the latest figures from public health authorities Please note: these are government figures on numbers of confirmed cases – some people who report symptoms are not being tested, and are not included in […]

Tell us: How are you affected by local lockdowns in Wales?

If you’re affected by local lockdown restrictions in south Wales, we’d like to hear from you. Share your experiences with us New local lockdown restrictions are to be imposed on four more areas of south Wales. The restrictions, which come into force from 6pm on Tuesday, are being introduced in Newport, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and […]

Fear and confusion in Caerphilly as first local lockdown in Wales begins

Residents express anger over ‘bent rules’ as coronavirus infection rate rises to 72.9 cases per 100,000 Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage It had been a good few weeks for Trevor and Susan Parry. They caught up with their grandchildren, whom they had not hugged for months during the spring and summer […]

Caerphilly residents: how will you be affected by the local lockdown?

We want to hear from people living and working in Caerphilly about how restrictions will affect them Caerphilly in south Wales will be placed under lockdown from 6pm on Tuesday due to a spike in coronavirus cases, where 98 people were tested positive in one week. We want to hear from local people, schools and […]

‘It’s frustrating’: UK social workers say they lack time and resources to do their job

Guardian’s Social Lives research finds only 29% in the profession feel their workload is manageable Sign up for our online event: what’s it like to be a social worker in 2020? When Megan Evans* qualified as a children’s social worker three years ago, she was in denial about how stressful the job would be. Evans […]

‘I was in a tent for years’: Wales’ rough sleepers moved into permanent homes

Welsh government strategy to tackle homelessness during coronavirus pandemic contrasts with policies in England Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Behind some grimy timber hoardings in the centre of Newport, Wales, something truly remarkable is happening. Long-term rough sleepers, who have spent years struggling with often devastating personal traumas, severe mental illness […]

Thangam Debbonaire: There is no plan to avoid a self-made homelessness crisis

Shadow housing secretary warns that a perfect storm is brewing with renters facing eviction next month and the economic impact of Covid Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Thangam Debbonaire has “lived and breathed housing” ever since the Bristol West MP was appointed shadow housing secretary by the Labour leader, Sir Keir […]

Teachers and parents across the UK: share your thoughts on the reopening of schools

We’d like to hear from people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland about returning to schools, and those in Scotland about how it has been With just weeks to go until children return to school in England and Wales, and less than a week until the first cohort of students in Northern Ireland return for […]

UK parks and free public gardens: readers’ travel tips

The haven of peace and beauty that a green space offers has never been more important. Readers share favourite spots Treborth Botanic Garden in Bangor, north Wales, is owned by Bangor University and sits beside the beautiful Menai Strait at the gateway to Anglesey. The Wales coastal path passes through, and it is very popular […]

Rooms with a sea view: 10 of the best UK coastal hotels

Take in the seaside air (and some great food) everywhere from traditional resort towns to dramatic coastlines and a Cornish surfers’ beach First opened in 1926, this is Wales’s most-otherworldly destination: a beach and 70 acres of subtropical woodland, augmented by a car-free village. While its cottages are open now, Hotel Portmeirion , on a […]

Residents of England’s most polluted spot divided over solution

In summer, 20,000 vehicles a day pass through Chideock village in Dorset, flooding the air with toxic nitrogen dioxide With the title of England’s worst road pollution hotspot this week being placed on a small village on the Jurassic Coast, the problem of toxic NO2 fumes is in the spotlight – not just as a […]

How to host a safe, socially distanced barbecue this summer

With lockdown restrictions relaxed, we can safely invite people into our gardens for a slightly adapted style of barbecue. For it to be a successful night, remember it’s all in the planning … Since coronavirus has shrunk our social spheres, intimate garden parties have become something of a trend. Thanks to street-wide WhatsApp chats and […]

James Dean Bradfield: ‘I’m not sure musicians telling people who to vote for helps’

The Manic Street Preacher on protest music, Wales’s response to Covid-19 and why you party with ballet dancers at your peril James Dean Bradfield was born in 1969, and brought up in the south Wales valleys. He formed the Manic Street Preachers at school in 1986 with friends Nicky Wire, Sean Moore and Richey Edwards; […]

Weatherwatch: giant iceberg on the move and picking up speed

Iceberg A68 calved from Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf three years ago, and has now travelled over 1000 kilometres from its birthplace Three years ago, in July 2017, a gigantic iceberg a quarter the size of Wales split off the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica. The berg, known as A-68, was the fourth largest […]

‘Judged on how we used to be’: improving schools cry foul over GCSE and A-level grading

Heads fear regulator will penalise poorer students by standardising scores in line with previous years’ results Soraya Hedges took over her secondary school in the Midlands two years ago. It was almost £1m in debt, employed more than 20 supply teachers and had a terrible reputation among local people. But Hedges (not her real name) […]

‘Switching from whisky to hand sanitiser gave us an income’: how a Welsh distillery adapted to the Covid-19 crisis

As employers across the four nations navigate the pandemic, a whisky distillery in south Wales and an engineering business in Aberdeenshire have utilised the UK government’s furlough scheme and a pivot towards something new to help retain their employees As producers of award-winning single malt whiskies and spirits, Penderyn Distillery in the Brecon Beacons turns […]

The great escape: 10 lovely new holiday cottages in the UK

Many Brits will be holidaying in the UK this summer, fortunately there are many gorgeous getawatys to choose from Since buying this coastal farm on a whim while filming in Pembrokeshire some 15 years ago, Griff Rhys Jones and his family have set about restoring the 70-acre estate’s cottages and outbuildings one by one, converting […]

Foreign holiday bookings playing catch up after UK government indecision

With the ‘safe list’ of countries finally announced, holiday bookings are expected to pick up, but tour operators are scrambling to make up for lost time The “safe list” for holidays was finally announced by the government today, but previous uncertainty around proposed “air bridges” and “travel corridors”, and the delay in publishing the list […]

‘People buy special things’: how a denim firm and a metal foundry kept running during lockdown

A jeans brand in Wales and a castings business in Scotland have both been able to hold on to staff during the coronavirus crisis and look to the future thanks to financial support from the UK government Until the pandemic, the jeans brand Hiut Denim was on target to grow by 40% this year, according […]

Cut and run: the underground hairdressers of lockdown

Many stylists and barbers are secretly working to keep us groomed during the pandemic, despite it being against the rules. But who are their clients – and aren’t they worried about spreading coronavirus? The women come with their hair already wet. The men have soft fuzz trailing down their necks, like the asphalt of a […]

Tell us: how are transition towns in Wales adapting to coronavirus?

We’d like to hear from people in transition towns in Wales about grassroots initiatives that have formed during the pandemic We would like to find out about the impact of coronavirus on you and your community. If you are part of a transition town in Wales, we want to hear from you. Tell us about […]

Who does coronavirus kill in England and Wales? Visualising the data

The UK has the second-highest number of Covid-19 deaths in the world – but how does the toll in England and Wales reflect age, ethnicity and gender? More than 50,000 people in Britain have died of coronavirus in 2020. After the US, the UK has the second-highest death count in the world. This is what […]

No house of straw: Sarah Wigglesworth’s eco-home, 20 years on

Two decades ago, the architect built a groundbreaking green space for living and working. How has ‘the straw bale house’ endured? “I’m a real believer in trying things,” says the architect Sarah Wigglesworth. “That’s how you learn. Taking risks is really important. I’m interested in the things that give a kind of joy and maybe […]

What is it like to live on UK borders during lockdown?

We’d like to hear from people who live on the border of two nations with different lockdown guidance After Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland refused to adopt the British government’s new “stay alert” slogan, instead opting to continue the original advice to “stay home”, the four nations’ approaches to coronavirus has begun to fracture. For […]