What they are
Cookies are small files that are stored by your web browser as you use the web. They are designed to hold a tiny amount of information to allow websites to do things like remember your settings, whether you are logged in or not or whether you have visited the site before.
In common with many websites we use Google Analytics to measure the amount of traffic to our site, this information is anonymous. It allows us to understand how many people have viewed our site in a given period, how often people visit and what the most popular types of content are. We use this information to help us improve the site.
How to manage cookies
You can choose to delete individual cookies or block them entirely at any time by going to the settings in your browser. There is a guide on how to do this at www.managecookies.co.uk. Note that if you disable cookies altogether then this may cause functionality issues on this and other websites.