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Hawkwood College, near Stroud, Gloucestershire

Coming home to Hawkwood

Candia McKormack visits the nurturing environment of 19th-century Hawkwood College

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The Stroud Fringe Festival

Five things to do this weekend in the Cotswolds (August 30-31)

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

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A shooting party at Dormy House / Photo: Picasa

Dormy House wins prestigious shooting venue award

As the grouse shooting season opened earlier this month on August 12, Dormy House Hotel near Broadway has been named one of the top 12 shooting hotels in the UK.

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Witcombe Cider Festival

Five things to do this Bank Holiday weekend (August 23-25)

A three-day weekend is plenty of time to enjoy what the Cotswolds have to offer, so here are five suggestions for what to do from us to you...

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The Granary, National Garden Scheme

A garden to visit this August Bank Holiday

The Granary, an enchantiny secret garden alongside the Oxford Canal is opening to the public this August Bank Holiday

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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

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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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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Gardens

Crocus Remembrance

Get planting this Centenary

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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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

La Jalousie (Jealousy)

Around the world in five movies

The Roses Theatre is well underway with its Autumn film programme, which runs from September to October. One of the main areas of their extensive line-up is World Cinema, and below is a selection of films that have been handpicked as the very best foreign films of the season.

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Jim Moray will be performing at the Stroud Folk Festival / Photo: Barbara Allen

Five things to do this weekend in the Cotswolds (September 27-28)

Wondering what to do this weekend? Here are five recommendations from us for what to get up to in the Cotswolds...

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The Lightning Seeds at Lakefest 2014

Loving Lakefest

Rosie Henderson has a whale of a time at Tewkesbury’s very own annual music festival

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The Stroud Fringe Festival

Five things to do this weekend in the Cotswolds (August 30-31)

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

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Adrian's Wall

An epic frontier comes to Malvern Theatres

What’s eighty-four miles long, two-thousand years old, and will soon be stretching across the stage at Malvern Theatres?

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Interiors

The AGA City60 in rose

The new AGA City60

Promotional Feature

Celebrate the arrival of the new 60cm-wide AGA City60 at one of the many events planned across the UK.

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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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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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