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It's Rhino Week at Cotswold Wildlife Park

Five things to do this weekend

If you’re wondering what to do this weekend in the Cotswolds, here are five recommendations from us to you

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Jon Moses

REVIEW: Jesus Christ Superstar: until Saturday, March 29, 2014

Candia McKormack reviews the opening night of Jesus Christ Superstar at Gloucester Cathedral

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Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar at Gloucester Cathedral: March 25-29

Something rather exciting is happening in Gloucester this week.

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CLFDA 2014

Nominations open for the 12th annual Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards

We are pleased to be able to bring you the 12th annual Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards at Cheltenham Racecourse on July 7.

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Traditional fair at Blists Hill Victorian Town

Half-term fun at Ironbridge

This February half-term there are loads of family activities taking place at the museums in Ironbridge

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Walks

Ridge and Furrow near Loxley

Notes from a Warwickshire Pilot: Ridge and Furrow

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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A view of the Cotswold hills

Plan your ramble through the countryside with the new National Trails website

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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A Winters Walk

Blogger Emma Morris takes a wet and windy winters walk

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Frost - Wilma Hayes

Frost Magic

Magic is real you know.

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Recipes

Easter biscuits from Contemporary Cake Design!

Play Mary Berry by using this Easter biscuit recipe

Cheltenham-based company Contemporary Cake Designs share a recipe for traditional Easter biscuits that can be enjoyed at home, bringing out the Mary Berry in all.

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Stilton, Leek & Potato Pithivier

Stilton, Leek & Potato Pithivier

With such miserable weather in the county it’d be a crime not to indulge in a little comfort food, especially when it’s so easy to make and looks good enough for the Bake Off.

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Caramelised onion and bacon tart

Caramelised Red Onion and Bacon Tart Recipe

A perfect way to bring some warmth to those wintry lunchtimes

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Louisa Foti

Christmas Pudding with Brown Sugar Brandy Butter

Food & drink writer Louisa shares her family recipe for Christmas pudding, which features some unexpected ingredients...

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Emma Morris

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Fun, festive and something that will take the fancy of any holiday guests.

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Gardens

Tobacco leaf infected with tobacco mosaic virus © US Government, Public Domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Combating plant viruses

It’s not just humans who can be infected with viruses – plants can too, and they are a major problem for the horticultural industry. Lisa Martin explains how viruses can affect plants, and how local scientists are helping to combat the problem of viruses in our food crops.

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'Tenbury Mistletoe Festival' Copyright The English Mistletoe Company

The History of Mistletoe at Christmas

New Worcestershire Life writer Polly Jones dives into the rich history behind the tradition of hanging misteltoe over the festive period.

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Events

Lunar Festival, Tanworth-in-Arden

Lunar Festival debuts this summer in Warwickshire

Lunar Festival makes its debut this summer in Warwickshire, less than 10 miles from the heart of Birmingham yet seemingly a world away in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

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It's Rhino Week at Cotswold Wildlife Park

Five things to do this weekend

If you’re wondering what to do this weekend in the Cotswolds, here are five recommendations from us to you

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Jungle Book at The Roses Theatre

Hop along to The Roses Theatre for an Easter Treat

Promotional feature: Spring has officially sprung and The Roses Theatre has announced their family-friendly programme of live and film events for the Easter break.

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More Like Trees

‘Strum and bass’ music at the Roses Theatre

Promotional feature: More Like Trees are a three-piece acoustic act, drawing from a range of musical influences to create ‘strum and bass’. They will be performing at the Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, on April 8.

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A new restoration of the film Little Fugitive will be having its UK premiere at the Roses Theatre on Tuesday April 8

Childhood on film celebrated with a special season of lost classics at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

Promotional feature: If you’re looking for an alternative to big budget blockbusters, and want a unique and rewarding cinema experience this Easter, why not head to The Roses Theatre who are showing a short season of little seen masterpieces that present a child’s eye view of the world.

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Interiors

Oriental rug-making in Pakistan

Orient expressed

Clare Jennings tells us what to look for in a quality oriental rug, and how to distinguish quality hand-knotted rugs from those that are mass-produced

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Kitchen featuring granite surfaces.

Granite Planet are specialists in granite and marble

Granite Planet are a Market Leader specialising in the supply and installation of granite and marble.

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DIY chalkboard photo frames

DIY Photo Frame Chalkboards

A thrifty, fun and fabulous way to reuse old picture frames

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Robin Furlong's bespoke furniture

Enriching your surroundings with handmade furniture

Robin Furlong’s new furniture studios in Moreton in Marsh offer greater accessibility to his broadening collection of fine furniture.

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Emma Morris

Salt Dough Christmas Decorations and Candle Holders

Bring out your creative side and make some cheap but lovingly made DIY Christmas decorations.

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Celebrity Interviews

Musician Johnny Coppin at Haresfield Beacon, an area where he takes inspiration for his songs

Johnny Coppin: Natural-born singer

Johnny Coppin’s new album celebrates our landscape, traditions and people. He tells Katie Jarvis about his Cotswold life and why he’s at home in the countryside

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Rory Bremner

Rory Bremner and the satirist’s stance

The impressionist and TV presenter Rory Bremner tells Katie Jarvis why politics shouldn’t be about people huddling into the centre for warmth and reassurance

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Martina Laird as Sophie in Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (2012 Production) / Photographer: Jonathan Keenan

Moon On A Rainbow Shawl at Malvern Theatres

The theatre production Moon On A Rainbow Shawl, a drama about a collection of Trinidadian people and their personal lives, loves and losses, comes to Malvern Theatres this February and March

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Patron Sally Bee with Gerry O'Donnell from Evesham Cardiac Rehab

Heartfelt support for Evesham Cardiac Rehab by celebrity

Author and television celebrity Sally Bee has been appointed to represent the Evesham Vale Cardiac Rehab charity, as its first Patron.

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Shappi Khorsandi

Shappi Khorsandi Live

(Promotional Feature) Comedian, best-selling author and Radio 4 regular Shappi Khorsandi is back this spring with her highly anticipated new show Shappi Khorsandi Live.

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