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Candia McKormack spends an evening in the company of the magical Giffords Circus

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Tue, 13:13
Ampney Park, Ampney Crucis, Gloucestershire

On Sunday, June 7, visitors will have a rare chance to enjoy the fabulous 17-acre Ampney Park gardens, when the gates open from 11am-3pm in aid of local medical charity, Cobalt.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Hinrich Romeike & Marius Voigt-Logistik

Tickets for this world-famous event are available at the gate – come along on the day

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Friday, April 17, 2015
Broadacre Open Gardens

Broadacre, a beautiful private estate near Solihull opens its garden gates for the National Garden Scheme on the 19th April 2015

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Monday, April 13, 2015
Spirits high, even on a grey day

We made easy work of the Cotswold hills, despite the damp grey day, as we started the second part of our Cotswold Way walk.

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Walks

Monday, April 13, 2015

We made easy work of the Cotswold hills, despite the damp grey day, as we started the second part of our Cotswold Way walk.

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Monday, March 16, 2015
Dovers Hill with Clare, Susie, Sara, Penny and Sue Wise, with Saffy the Labrador

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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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

Candia McKormack spends an evening in the company of the magical Giffords Circus

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Sunday, April 19, 2015
Missy Malone Show, Evesham

Candia McKormack enjoys a night to be remembered with Missy Malone and friends in Cheltenham

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Sunday, February 22, 2015
Star Bistro is named People’s Favourite in the Sustainable Restaurant Awards 2015

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

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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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Sponsored Articles


Wed, 10:15
The Richard Harvey Collection

It’s important to make your mark in a home, but faced with a blank canvas, the task isn’t always easy. However, Richard and Louise Harvey are on hand to help in their shop, The Richard Harvey Collection.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Domestic residential home

Promotional feature: For many people, designing and building their own home is a thing of dreams. But the risks, stress and time commitment associated with being a self builder can be a real deterrent. Craig Strachan at Sylva Group explains how it’s possible to create a dream home without having to build it yourself.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Chesterfield 3-seater settee

Promotional feature: DesignerSofas4U, the UK’s largest manufacturer of Chesterfield sofas & Leather sofas, offer expert tips to maintain your sofa so its looks beautiful for years.

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Friday, April 10, 2015
Careful planning ensures your wedding runs smoothly / Photo: The Manor House Hotel, Moreton [Credit: Jenny Aston Photography]

Promotional feature: Wedding photographer Jenny Aston asks wedding co-ordinators from across the Cotswolds for their top tips on planning your big day

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Thursday, April 2, 2015
The Kensington Large Knole Sofa

Promotional feature: Louise and Richard Harvey talk about the exceptional quality of their bespoke hand made Knole sofas.

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Events

Candia McKormack spends an evening in the company of the magical Giffords Circus

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Yesterday, 13:45
Gloucester Quays Food Festival

People in the Cotswolds are spoilt for choice when it comes to food festivals. Here is our pick of the best events celebrating all things great and edible in this pretty region of England.

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Tue, 13:13
Ampney Park, Ampney Crucis, Gloucestershire

On Sunday, June 7, visitors will have a rare chance to enjoy the fabulous 17-acre Ampney Park gardens, when the gates open from 11am-3pm in aid of local medical charity, Cobalt.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Cheese Rolling / Photo: Mike Warren

Britain is home to many an unusual tradition, and the region of the Cotswolds is no exception. Here are 10 of the strangest pastimes from this corner of England, including cheese rolling, duck racing and shin kicking!

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Friday, April 24, 2015
Jason Donovan (Lionel Logue) and Raymond Coulthard (King George VI)

The King’s Speech – the play from which the Oscar-winning movie that starred Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush was adapted – will appear at Malvern Theatres from Monday April 27 to Saturday May 2.

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Interiors

Wed, 10:15

It’s important to make your mark in a home, but faced with a blank canvas, the task isn’t always easy. However, Richard and Louise Harvey are on hand to help in their shop, The Richard Harvey Collection.

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Wendy and Julian, who began his own business Appletree Interiors and has worked hard to double the size of Appletree Cottage

It may have taken Wendy Needham and Julian Curtis a little time to track down hidden Appletree Cottage, near Stroud, but once they did they instantly fell in love with its historic charm

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Charlie felt the house looked disjointed without the Garden Room which was one of the last building works to be added by their builder Ian Spence. The garden includes a vegetable patch where they grow asparagus, potatoes, raspberries and herbs

Having lived in the Old Vicarage for 21 years, Janey Saunders still looks at her Gloucestershire home as an ongoing project

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Chesterfield 3-seater settee

Promotional feature: DesignerSofas4U, the UK’s largest manufacturer of Chesterfield sofas & Leather sofas, offer expert tips to maintain your sofa so its looks beautiful for years.

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Sponsored:Have a Knole sofa designed for your home

Thursday, April 2, 2015
The Kensington Large Knole Sofa

Promotional feature: Louise and Richard Harvey talk about the exceptional quality of their bespoke hand made Knole sofas.

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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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