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Take the kids to … Gilbert White’s House and Gardens, Hampshire – review

The home of the nature-obsessed clergyman is a treasure trove of flora, fauna and kids’ games. And there’s even a gallery devoted to heroic explorers

The home of an 18th-century naturalist may not seem the obvious choice for a day out but a £2.5m revamp – aided by the Heritage Lottery Fund and finished this summer – really ups the ante for this house and beautiful garden in Selborne, Hampshire. The nature-mad clergyman poured his love of flora and fauna into what has become the fourth most-published book in the English language (and never out of print), the 1789 Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne. Budding Gerald Durrells will love the stuffed animals and delicate skeletons of bats and more, plus interactive wildlife-spotting games.

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A local’s guide to Durban, South Africa: 10 top tips

Surfers have long known about the year-round draw of Durban and now a new direct BA flight from London makes its subtropical shores more accessible

Durban has always been a beach town, but the promenade has never been more vibrant, with street performers, sand sculptures, stalls and paddling pools. The front has a growing number of restaurants: the Joint is the latest, with local-style meat dishes and beers plus an upstairs bar with sea views; Afro’s Chicken Shack, in a bright yellow former shipping container, does chicken burgers and tjips (chips); and California Dreaming has a deck for dolphin spotting and serves bunny chow. uShaka Marine World has two good restaurants: Wahooz on the promenade, with free Sunday music sessions, and Cargo Hold, where sharks swim past the tables. Early in the morning, everyone is out paddleboarding, kayaking, cycling, jogging and surfing – there are kit hire shops, and two free open-air gyms.

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