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Shutterstock © Copy of The People's Friend May 18 issue 2024, on a white table with flowers

With a proud history of 155 years, “The People’s Friend” has been a trusted friend to many generations of readers. Over the years the magazine has evolved, with the most recent changes in February 2024 bringing readers a fresh new look and a slightly different style of cover.

Take a peek through our gallery of new-look covers, and see if you can work out the location of these beautiful scenes before reading the captions!

If you’ve ever wondered just what it takes to produce the artwork for a cover, we talk to artist David Young, who is responsible for these new covers, and he explains the fascinating process. Each cover is inspired by the travel feature inside the issue.

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“The People’s Friend” new-look covers

May 18, 2024

May 18 2024 cover of The People's Friend

This time our cover destination is Shrewsbury and a rocky lookout point that takes in the beautiful surroundings of Shropshire. Neil McAllister spends a day in this charming town, with its castle, ancient walls and quaint alleyways to explore.

May 11, 2024

May 11 2024 cover of The People's Friend

Our cover image captures the beauty of a bluebell wood in the Forest of Dean. Inside the issue, Neil McAllister discovers the stories within this historic Gloucestershire woodland and the surrounding area.

May 4 , 2024

The People's Friend cover of May 4 2024

The beautiful “new” town of Telford is our cover destination, and we discover the park and nature reserve at the heart of the area. This issue also includes Leonie Gregson’s short story, Fossils, the wonderful winning entry in our recent £10,000 New Writers’ Competition.

April 27, 2024

The People's Friend cover April 27

This cover takes us to Skye, and inside the magazine Willie Shand looks back at his years of visits to this unforgettable Scottish island – and lets us know what he really thinks about the Skye bridge.


April 20, 2024

April 20 2024 cover of The People's Friend

Neil McAllister explores the Norfolk Broads famous waterways, a popular visitor destination and National Park. The Broads are characterised by windpumps which inspired our cover illustration.


April 13, 2024

April 13 2024 cover of The People's Friend

We’ve captured the beauty of picturesque Portmeirion in North Wales in this vivid cover, and inside the issue Simon Whaley guides us through this colourful Italianate-style village.


April 6, 2024

April 6 2024 cover of The People's Friend magazine

Scotney Castle, close to the pretty little village of Lamberhurst in Kent, is the star of this cover. In this issue’s travel feature, Pat Coulter enjoys a day out in the beautiful Kentish countryside as he takes in the castle and its surroundings.


March 30, 2024

March 30 2024 cover of The People's Friend magazine

A colourful harbour scene whisks us off to John O’Groats as Willie Shand takes us on a tour at the northern tip of Scotland.


March 23, 2024

March 23 cover of The People's Friend magazine

Weymouth in Dorset has many sights to offer including the delightful waterfront captured here. Pat Coulter visits this seaside town that’s full of personality and history.


March 16, 2024

March 16 2024 cover of The People's Friend magazine

Pontefract may be famous for its liquorice, but there’s a lot more on offer in this historic West Yorkshire town. Our cover shot captures the compact town centre, perfect for visitors to stroll around.


March 9, 2024

March 9 2024 cover of The People's Friend magazine

We’re off to tranquil Easdale in the Inner Hebrides as Willie Shand shows us round this peaceful Slate Island, captured beautifully in our cover image.


March 2, 2024

March 2 2024 cover of The People's Friend magazine

Castell Coch, or the “Red Castle” nestles into the hillside and it’s an ideal destination to start a tour of the southern hills and valleys of  Wales. Neil McAllister explores the historic communities around the area.


February 24, 2024

February 24 2024 cover of The People's Friend magazine

The first edition of our new-look covers was published in February 2024, with a glorious backdrop of Looe in Cornwall. Neil McAllister take us on a tour around this idyllic location, exploring its museum, nature reserve and port.


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Allison Hay

I joined the "My Weekly" team thirteen years ago and, more recently, "The People's Friend". I love the variety of topics we cover both online and in the magazines. I manage the digital content for the brands, sharing features and information on the website, social media and in our digital newsletters.