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Official representatives of the Cotswolds have concluded negotiations with representatives of neighbouring Malvern to unify the two hill ranges into one, to be renamed the Calverns. But what does this mean for the future of Cotswold Life?

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Mon, 12:23
Easter Bunny / Photo: Africa Studio

As spring arrives on our doorsteps gilding the grass with daffodils, Easter comes with it. As usual, there’s plenty to keep the family busy in and around the Cotswolds; here is our pick of 15 Easter events to get you out and about!

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Sunday, March 22, 2015
Francis Hamel painting on site at Giffords Circus

Oxfordshire artist Francis Hamel was struck by the glamour and alchemy of Giffords Circus when he took his children to a show. The result was time spent touring with Giffords and a series of remarkable paintings…

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Want to know where to go once the days’s action during Cheltenham Race Week has come to a close? To make sure you are at the liveliest party in town we have rounded up six of the best pubs and bars offering live music, so you can carry on partying once you have left Cheltenham Racecourse

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Phoenix Festival, Cirencester

‘Love the Phoenix’ this Valentine’s Day by showing support for Cirencester’s fantastic youth- and community-led Phoenix Festival!

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Walks

Monday, March 16, 2015

The snow came swirling down, thick and fast, as we lost sight of the hedges and fields we began to wonder if today was the best day to start walking the Cotswold Way.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014
Gifts for walkers

Inspire ramblers and hikers to get up and go with our favourite Christmas presents for people who love the outdoors.

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Christmas
Monday, February 3, 2014
Ridge and Furrow near Loxley

Take a trip to the skies to see the distinct ridge and furrow of Warwickshire’s fields; the remains of Medieval farming methods.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
A view of the Cotswold hills

The National Trails have launched a new website full of practical information and new maps for the 15 National Trails in England.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Blogger Emma Morris takes a wet and windy winters walk

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Recipes

Friday, March 13, 2015

Evelyn Curtis offers up a selection of recipes ideal for March, including lamb in lemon sauce, pineapple meringue, fruity tea loaf and rock cakes

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Eggs Benedict

Rose Norman, co-founder of vintage-inspired Herefordshire company Betty Twyford, offers up a recipe for cooking Eggs Benedict using your AGA

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Thursday, February 12, 2015
Evelyn's Streusel Tart

Evelyn Curtis offers up some more recipes to ward off the chill, including Irish stew, bacon and cider hotpot and rhubarb and strawberry tart

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Fish pie / Photo: Steve Baxter

Evelyn Curtis offers up some winter recipes to ward off the chill, including fish pie, citrus jelly and lemon sponge souffle

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Goose makes a good alternative to turkey for Christmas dinner [Photo - Dar1930]

Evelyn Curtis offers up some tasty seasonal recipes for the Christmas period, including turkey stuffing, whisky peppercorn gravy, party punch and more...

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Restaurant Reviews

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Cheltenham’s StarBistro has been named the People’s Favourite in a national award.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Liam Bird reviews the new Kia Soul; does the latest version have a greater chance of capturing the hearts of buyers in the UK than its predecessor?

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Thursday, October 30, 2014
The new Audi S1

Liam Bird reviews the new Audi S1, possibly the poshest of all the off-the-shelf the small hatches.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Mark Hyde as Morganhall, and Alan Digweed (aka Tweedy) as Fowle, in The Dock Brief at Everyman Studio Theatre, Cheltenham

Tweedy the Clown? Starring in The Dock Brief, by John Mortimer? Is this legal? asks Katie Jarvis.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Adam Gillen as Ben, and Olivia Hallinan as Lotty, in Lotty's War, Cheltenham Everyman

If you want to see a superb piece of theatre, then catch Lotty’s War at Cheltenham Everyman, running until Saturday, October 18

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Great British Holidays & Breaks 2015
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Events

Mon, 12:23

As spring arrives on our doorsteps gilding the grass with daffodils, Easter comes with it. As usual, there’s plenty to keep the family busy in and around the Cotswolds; here is our pick of 15 Easter events to get you out and about!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
The Cat in the Hat / Photo: Gary Lake

Katie Mitchell’s acclaimed stage adaptation of Dr Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat will embark on its first UK tour in 2015, playing at Malvern Theatres from Monday March 30 to Wednesday April 1.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015
Francis Hamel painting on site at Giffords Circus

Oxfordshire artist Francis Hamel was struck by the glamour and alchemy of Giffords Circus when he took his children to a show. The result was time spent touring with Giffords and a series of remarkable paintings…

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Monday, March 9, 2015
'From the Last to the Line, 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup', featuring The Giant Bolster, centre, by David Dent

From his working-class roots in South Wales to being one of our most sought-after equestrian artists, David Dent has found the winning formula

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Want to know where to go once the days’s action during Cheltenham Race Week has come to a close? To make sure you are at the liveliest party in town we have rounded up six of the best pubs and bars offering live music, so you can carry on partying once you have left Cheltenham Racecourse

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Interiors

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Promotional feature: Richard and Louise Harvey from The Richard Harvey Collection whisk us off on a journey to the Far East with their collection of Kilims, Swat Valley chests, Spice Boxes, Altar Tables and Honey Pot lamps, among other jewels to create a peaceful haven in your home.

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Stocked with discount furniture, available to take away the same day as purchased

Promotional feature: Everyone loves a bargain, which is why Charles Wheeler, owner of Trade Secret, built his business on that basis.

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Update your kitchen for 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
A kitchen makeover to replace tired door and drawer fronts or worn worktops can be the ideal way to modernise your kitchen.

Promotional feature: Kitchen Design Workshop offer their expert advice on how to update your kitchen with a contemporary and practical design

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10 Secret Santa gifts under £16

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Secret Santa gifts

Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality of gifts this Christmas.

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Christmas

Christmas gifts for animal lovers

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Pawpost delivery

Our favourite Christmas gifts for both animal loving friends and their furry four legged pets.

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Christmas

Celebrity Interviews

Friday, February 6, 2015

From One Direction and Game of Thrones to BAFTA and Grammy award winners– the towns and villages of Worcestershire have been home to a wealth of actors and musicians

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Thursday, January 15, 2015
Tanya Byron

‘Where is the line between sanity and insanity?’ Professor Tanya Byron asks in her fascinating book, The Skeleton Cupboard. Wherever it’s drawn, there’s insanity in how we’re currently treating our children and young people, she tells Katie Jarvis.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014
Toyah Wilcox

“Some women,” whispers the photographer discreetly, “just look better and better as they get older.”

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Thursday, November 27, 2014
John Nettles

Enjoying a break from the hectic Midsomer Murders filming schedule which takes up 10 months of the year, and just back from a few days in Galway, John Nettles is in relaxed, laid back form as he invites me into the home he shares with his wife Cathy and their Welsh collie Greta.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
John Gordon Sinclair and James Lance in 'Perfect Nonsense'

Direct from the West End, adapted from the works of PG Wodehouse by The Goodale Brothers, and directed by Sean Foley.

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Gardens

Monday, March 16, 2015

Get switched on, improve security and bring your garden to life in a few easy steps

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
A garden suite looking tired and rusted

Promotional feature: MRK Services explains why refurbishing your garden furniture makes more sense than replacing it

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The perfect gift for garden lovers

Looking for festive gifts for garden enthusiasts? We’ve rounded up our favourite presents for gardeners to help you get started with your Christmas shopping.

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Christmas
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
A blue tit feeding during the winter months

Promotional feature: As the colder weather approaches, spare a thought for the wild birds in your garden. CJ Wildlife offer some tips on how you can help them survive the winter.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

The Royal British Legion is calling on the public to plant a living legacy for those who fought and died in the First World War as part of its Centenary commemorations. Working in partnership with Ashridge Nurseries on a project called Centenary Gardens, the Legion aims to keep the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War alive for future generations.

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