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Film screenings at The Roses Theatre this December 2014

As the end of the year draws near, The Roses Theatre will be screening films bound to play a big part in the awards season

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Christmas lights bringing a festive warmth to the winter chill / Photo by Cheryl Hill

Five Cotswold Christmas lights events this weekend

It’s not long until Christmas, and this weekend a number of towns and cities in and around the Cotswolds will be flicking the festive switch to illuminate the winter nights

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'Three Kings' needed

Wanted: ‘Three Kings’ for three camels at Gloucester’s annual Christmas Lantern Procession

Marketing Gloucester is looking for three ‘kings’ to lead the annual Christmas Lantern Procession on Sunday, November 16, while riding camels through the Gate Streets.

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Chipping Campden's annual firework display

Chipping Campden’s annual firework display

Chipping Campden’s annual firework display organised by St James Primary School PTFA, will be on Wednesday, November 5 at the recreation ground.

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Cheltenham Literature Festival 2014

Katie’s blog at Cheltenham Literature Festival 2014: October 3-12

Latest entry: Katie Jarvis listened to the glamorous Victoria Hislop discuss her latest novel at The Cheltenham Literature Festival. ‘The Sunrise’ is set in Famagusta, a now-derelict city that has long been a source of tension between the people of Greece and Turkey. As Hislop explained on stage, merely writing about the place is a diplomatic nightmare...

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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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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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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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Bramley apples / Photo: Red58Bill

Bramleys: fruit of the month!

Evelyn Curtis talks apples, offering a few of her favourite recipes featuring the much-loved Bramley

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September suppers

Evelyn Curtis provides a few of her favourite seasonal recipes for September

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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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Restaurant Reviews

The Kia Soul

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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Goats' cheese salad with cherry tomatoes and sesame brittle

Restaurant review: Six of the best

Cheek by jowl with Stroud Farmers’ Market sits the town’s latest restaurant, which is founded on food and friendship

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Great British Holidays & Breaks

Great British Holidays & Breaks


Beauty and the Beast at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

Five Cotswold Christmas pantos this December

Theatres in and around the Cotswolds will be bringing out their campest dames, catchiest songs and most sparkly costumes to entertain families with classic pantomimes this festive season. Here is a selection of what’s on offer...

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Northern Soul

After-show speakers at Roses Theatre films this December

Promotional feature: Film audiences at The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury could be in with an extra treat over the next couple of weeks as educational speakers are invited to the theatre.

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Beyond The Barricade

December at Malvern Theatres

There’s plenty on at Malvern Theatres this December...

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Remembrance Sunday / Photo: Allou

This Remembrance Sunday in the Cotswolds

It’s Remembrance Sunday this weekend, and there are events across the Cotswolds honouring those who served on behalf of Britain during times of war.

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'Three Kings' needed

Wanted: ‘Three Kings’ for three camels at Gloucester’s annual Christmas Lantern Procession

Marketing Gloucester is looking for three ‘kings’ to lead the annual Christmas Lantern Procession on Sunday, November 16, while riding camels through the Gate Streets.

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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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Festive treats for your home

Christmas gifts for the home

Light some scented candles, start the fire, hang the decorations, then take a seat and enjoy Christmas in your home.

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Gifts for the person who has everything

Gifts for the person who has everything

We all have that one person who already has everything they want or need. So branch out and give them something they didn’t even know they wanted!

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Celebrity Interviews

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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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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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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Statues & Sculptures large garden sculpture worth £99

Win a large Statues & Sculptures garden statue worth £99

The Great British Life Shop has teamed up with Statues & Scultpures to offer one lucky competition winner a garden statue worth £99.

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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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A Life with a View Fragrances

20% OFF A Life with a View fragrances and candles

Save 20% off all purchases of candles and fragrances by A Life with a View on the Great British Life Shop

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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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