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Cheltenham Festival evening entertainment: 7 of the best live music venues

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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Phoenix Festival, Cirencester

Love the Phoenix, Cirencester: Saturday, February 14, 2015

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

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Johnny Cash, performed by Clive John

What’s on at The Roses Theatre: January - February

What’s on at The Roses, including: music from young talent Laura Van Der Heijden, a celebration of country legend Johnny Cash, performances by fictional singer and organist John Shuttleworth and an entertaining take on life at a modern comprehensive in Teechers

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Gloucester Cajun and Zydeco Festival 2015

Five things to do this weekend in the Cotswolds (January 24-25)

Don’t let the chilly weather keep you stuck at home this weekend; here are five events happening in and around the Cotswolds to get you out and about.

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Broadway under snow

The Cotswolds Tourism Awards: Winners

Drum roll, please… we’re happy to announce the winners of the annual Cotswolds Tourism Awards

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Great British Life Holidays

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Gifts for walkers

Gifts for walkers and people on the go

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

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Eggs Benedict

Recipe for Eggs Benedict using your AGA

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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Evelyn's Streusel Tart

More recipes to warm up this winter

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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Fish pie / Photo: Steve Baxter

Warm winter recipes for January

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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Goose makes a good alternative to turkey for Christmas dinner [Photo - Dar1930]

Recipes for Christmas stuffing, plus more festive food

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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Welsh cakes / Photo: Neil Langan

Winter recipes: Braised oxtail, Welsh cakes & more

November offers a lot to look forward to; rich warming stews, thick soups and hot spongy puddings are high on our list of meals as the colder weather gets under way. Evelyn Curtis shares a few of her favourite seasonal recipes.

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Restaurant Reviews

Star Bistro is named People’s Favourite in the Sustainable Restaurant Awards 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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Review: Kia Soul

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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The new Audi S1

Audi S1 Review: All fired-up by the Quattro

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

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

Theatre review: The Dock Brief

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

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Adam Gillen as Ben, and Olivia Hallinan as Lotty, in Lotty's War, Cheltenham Everyman

Theatre review: Lotty’s War

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

Great British Holidays & Breaks 2015
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'From the Last to the Line, 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup', featuring The Giant Bolster, centre, by David Dent

At the Races with equestrian artists, David and Adrian 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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Cheltenham Festival evening entertainment: 7 of the best live music venues

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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Bid to be a character in a novel whilst raising money for charity

Clare Mackintosh joins authors offering fans the chance to appear as a character in their next book

CLIC Sargent’s 10-day ‘Get in Character’ eBay auction is expected to raise thousands of pounds for children and young people with cancer. Crime-writer and regular Cotswold Life columnist Clare Mackintosh is offering fans the opportunity to have their name appear in a forthcoming novel.

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Novelist and writer Caroline Sandon at Oxford Literary Festival, Christchurch College, 2014. PHOTOGRAPHY: Geraint Lewis

Caroline Sandon: From Burnt Norton to Bollywood

Author Caroline Sandon returns from the Times of Mumbai Literary Festival with memories of something ‘unique and extremely special’

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Roving Crows

Roving Crows bring their stomping live show to Gloucester: Saturday, March 14

Energetic Gloucestershire five-piece ‘Roving Crows’ are launching their new EP at the Gloucester Guildhall on Saturday, March 14 at their annual Paddy’s Day Extravaganza, always a first-class show, not to be missed.

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

Trade Secret offers furniture at discount prices

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

Update your kitchen for 2015

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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Secret Santa gifts

10 Secret Santa gifts under £16

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 gifts for animal lovers

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

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Christmas blooms

Cosy Christmas interiors

Whether you want to buy something for the home, a hostess gift or just want to treat yourself this Christmas, we’ve rounded up our favourite presents.

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Celebrity Interviews

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

10 celebrities you probably never knew are from Worcestershire

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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Tanya Byron

Tanya Byron explains why young minds are at risk

‘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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Toyah Wilcox

Toyah Willcox: The punk princess in Pershore

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

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John Nettles

At home with 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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John Gordon Sinclair and James Lance in 'Perfect Nonsense'

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense: Cheltenham Everyman, November 10-15

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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A garden suite looking tired and rusted

Why refurbish your garden furniture?

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

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The perfect gift for garden lovers

Christmas gifts for gardeners

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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A blue tit feeding during the winter months

Winter care for wild birds

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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Get planting with the WW1 Centenary Gardens project

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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Mark Draper, designer of Graduate Gardeners' Gold Award-winning ‘Bringing Nature Home’

Graduate Gardeners win their fifth Gold Medal at the RHS Malvern Spring Show

Graduate Gardeners have won Best in Show Gold Medal at RHS Malvern with their design entitled ‘Bringing Nature Home’.

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