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Best Heritage Picnic Spot Competition

Vote for your favourite UK picnic site

Hudson’s Heritage Awards are urging the public to help them find the best heritage picnic site in the UK.

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On 5 restaurant at Ascot Racecourse

Another Level

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

Joanne Sindall reveals the multi-million-pound On 5 restaurant that is open for Royal Ascot – with Tom Kerridge as chef in residence

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Jimmy Quinn riding Yeager wins The Deloitte Handicap Stakes at Ascot racecourse on July 27, 2013. Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Photo Finish

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

James Gill meets race-loving Alan Crowhurst, who pursued his passion to become an award-winning photographer

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Royal Ascot unveils David Mach collage. Photo credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images for Royal Ascot

Great British Drama

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

David Mach tells Eleanore Kelly the story of perhaps the greatest social event anywhere in the world. This he did in the form of a collage entitled ‘The Great British Drama’

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Film still of My Fair Lady. Image copyright: 1964 Rex Features

My Fair Lady

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

As My Fair Lady celebrates its 50th anniversary, Harriet Worsley discovers Ascot’s special influence on costume designer

Cecil Beaton

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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

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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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

The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company

The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company comes to Malvern

The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company comes to Malvern alongside The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players for a single week in August

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Five Star Swing

Coming up at The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury

Hankering for a hootenanny or a little Shakespeare? Here’s what’s coming up at The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury

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Moonlight over The Tweed by John Austin FGRA

Summer exhibition celebrating railway art comes to Kidderminster Railway Museum

The Guild of Railway Artists’ annual summer exhibition, Railart 2014, will be at the Kidderminster Railway Museum this August

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Heart of England Mencap will be at the Stratford Homes and Garden Show at Alscot Park

Heart of England Mencap to set up stall at Alscot Park

The services of Heart of England Mencap will be showcased at a gala night raising funds for the charity.

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Mog Bridges

Mog Bridges at Malvern Theatres

Past, present and future have come together in Malvern after an exciting turn of events.

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Interiors

The Coach House

Why you should use an architect

Promotional feature: Hayward Smart Architects explain the importance of using a qualified architect for your building project, and recommend ways to pick the right architect for you.

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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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Celebrity Interviews

Michael Mosley

Michael Mosley: Weighty matters

Dr Michael Mosley is the medical journalist who brought the fast-diet phenomenon to the world’s attention. 
Katie Jarvis talked to him over a cup of tea, with no cake

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Nicola Benedetti (Universal/Simon Fowler)

Nicola Benedetti at Cheltenham Music Festival

World-renowned Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti is artist-in-residence at the 70th Cheltenham Music Festival, which runs until July 13. Nicola, who is both performing and holding master-classes, answered questions at a special music-festival lunch at Ellenborough Park last week.

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Paul Hollywood on BBC's Great British Bake Off

Baking Bad?

The BBC’s Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood will be making his first appearance at Gloucester Quays Food Festival this month. Katie Jarvis spoke to the artisan baker who’s the best thing since sliced bread.

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A Greedy Man in a Hungry World by Jay Rayner

Food for thought from Jay Rayner

Katie Jarvis meets Jay Rayner (for the second time; she’d rather not talk about the first), to chat about his book – Greedy Man in a Hungry World – and why, when it comes to everything we thought we knew about food, we may well have to eat our words

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Robin Ince

ROBIN INCE: When science meets comedy

Certainty? You’d have to be an infinite monkey to believe in that, Robin Ince tells Katie Jarvis ahead of his appearance at the Cheltenham Science Festival, June 3-8

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