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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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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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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

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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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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Restaurant Reviews

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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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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Gardens

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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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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Events

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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Beyond The Barricade

The Roses Theatre this October

The Roses Theatre has lots on this October, including Swan Lake, Beyond The Barricade and Wish You Were Here...

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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.

Read full story »

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.

Read full story »

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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Interiors

Brentford Melinga Oak

How to create the perfect party kitchen

Promotional feature: With staying-in being the new going-out, we ask Angela Bower at The Kitchen Design Workshop to share her tips for creating the perfect party kitchen.

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Keep your feet toasty with a Baa Stool

Getting cosy for autumn

The arrival of autumn means it’s time to hunker down and make your home cosy for the season ahead. Here area a few simple updates to ease you into the new season and help you banish the winter chills.

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A modern kitchen with a burgundy colour scheme / Photo: Kitchen Design Workshops

It’s not too late to wish for a new kitchen this Christmas!

Promotional feature: Picture the scene. Your loved ones gathered to enjoy a delicious meal prepared in your brand new kitchen. Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it?

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Baa stools

10% OFF Baa Stools: the luxury sheepskin footstool

Grab yourself a British made Baargain over at the Great British Life Shop

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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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Celebrity Interviews

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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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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