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Monday, June 22, 2015

There are many beautiful spots in and around the Cotswolds to lay your blanket down and enjoy a good old fashioned picnic! Here’s our pick of the best.

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Friday, June 5, 2015
Misarden Park, location of the garden tour and lunch in June

The Friends of Gloucester Three Choirs Festival are holding a fund-raising garden tour with lunch at Misarden Park, near Stroud, on Saturday June 27, by kind permission of the owner, Major Tom Wills.

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Monday, June 1, 2015
'Dame in Hearse', by Adam Loveridge

There's a new kid on the block at Quenington – colourfully creative, wildly witty, and just a little bit naughty. Candia McKormack braces herself for the enfant terrible that is ARTSE

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Friday, May 22, 2015
Giffords Circus - 'Moon Songs', 2015

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

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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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Walks

Mon, 12:00

It’s May and we have walked two more sections of the Cotswold way, Stanway to Winchcombe and Winchcombe to Cleeve, in quick succession.

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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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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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Recipes

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

With the British asparagus season drawing to a close, this delicious recipe from chef Emily Watkins is a perfect way to celebrate the ingredient.

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Friday, March 13, 2015
Lamb is perfect for March / Photo: Phasut Warapisit

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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Restaurants

Friday, June 19, 2015

Cotswold Life equestrian writer Debbie Graham swaps muddy fields and four hooves for fine-dining and music

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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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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Russell's, Broadway

Start 2014 with a break at Russell’s - a restaurant with rooms - the perfect base to explore the beauty of the Cotswolds

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Chesterfield 3-seater settee

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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

Yesterday, 09:52

The Cheltenham Music Festival, though having classical music at its heart, is studded with diverse treats – encompassing film, dance, jazz, world music and family events amidst the rich mix of orchestral, choral and chamber concerts. Festival director Meurig Bowen picks out his top ten programme highlights.

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Monday, June 22, 2015
The Reduced Shakespeare Company | Photo credit: Karl Andre Photography

Katie Jarvis went to see the Reduced Shakespeare Company performing The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged [Revised] in Stroud. If you think Shakespeare’s comedies are funny, just wait until you see his tragedies.

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Friday, June 12, 2015
Blenheim Palace Triathlon

From chariot racing to beautiful gardens, there’s all sorts to see and do this weekend in and around the Cotswolds! Here’s our pick of five events to get you out come rain or shine.

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Friday, June 5, 2015
Misarden Park, location of the garden tour and lunch in June

The Friends of Gloucester Three Choirs Festival are holding a fund-raising garden tour with lunch at Misarden Park, near Stroud, on Saturday June 27, by kind permission of the owner, Major Tom Wills.

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Friday, June 5, 2015
Cinderella (Ballet Cymru)

The Roses Theatre has plenty to entertain audiences with this June, including a range of tribute bands, distinguished drama and dance, and a selection of musical acts

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Interiors

The Johnsons saw beyond the 70s psychedelic colours and patterns of their Bath house, and set about bringing it lovingly into the 21st century

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Games rooms are becoming an almost essential feature in many homes

Games rooms are becoming an almost essential feature in many homes. Gary Drage explains why.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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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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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Celebrity Interviews

Friday, June 5, 2015

When Mary Berry popped in to Upton House to officially launch its new wartime exhibition, we were thrilled to be able to have a chat with her about her wartime memories, her affection for the Cotswolds, and much more besides...

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Monday, June 1, 2015
Roald and Liccy Dahl

Katie Jarvis enjoys a rare interview with Liccy Dahl, Roald’s widow, and Peter Ash, composer, to hear about a new musical version of The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, commissioned by Stroud Choral Society

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Friday, February 6, 2015
Harry Styles, from Worcestershire, with One Direction  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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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Gardens

Friday, May 22, 2015

It’s now full speed ahead into summer, with the natural world hitting the fast lane as the warmer weather approaches. Sue Bradley discovers the sounds and sights of summer

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Friday, May 22, 2015
Huntington rose

The colour and scent that June brings to us is impossible to envisage in the depths of winter. But here it is and let us revel in it because like all good things it is only transitory. You can’t have Christmas every day.

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Friday, May 22, 2015
Verbena bonariensis

Roddy Llewellyn explains why weeds can become boring guests that refuse to leave your garden, and how best to deal with them

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Monday, March 16, 2015
It is important when planning garden lighting to remember that a little goes a long way

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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