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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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Chedworth Roman Villa: Digging the north wing

Chedworth time team digs deep

This summer, members of the public are invited to watch as National Trust’s very own ‘time team’ of archaeologists and volunteers painstakingly work away to uncover hidden Roman mosaics and other treasures in the North Wing of Chedworth Roman Villa.

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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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Holidays E-Edition

Holidays E-Edition

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Travel

Holiday cottages in the Cotswolds

How to holiday let a large Cotswold cottage

Promotional feature: Cotswold Life talks to Character Cottages to understand the secrets behind holiday letting large properties in the Cotswolds

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Hotel du Vin, Cheltenham / Photo: Nic Box

Summer events at Hotel du Vin, Cheltenham

Promotional feature: Hotel du Vin & Bistro, Cheltenham, is hosting a range of summer events this year

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Castelnau des Fieumarcon

Gastronomy in Gascony

Nicky Godding embraces the Gascony ethos on a cookery holiday at Castelnau des Fieumarcon

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The Infinity Pool at Dormy House Spa

The House Spa at Dormy House Hotel

Dormy House Hotel, on the Farncombe Estate near Broadway, is opening its destination spa on Tuesday, February 4 following a multi-million pound investment.

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Walks

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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All Saints Church, Hereford

The Parson & the Publican visit All Saints Church and Castle House Hotel, Hereford

The Reverend Ian Charlesworth is rector of five rural parishes in the Wye Valley, co-author of this monthly article and driver to and from the churches and hostelries visited. Richard Stockton is watercolourist, sat-navver (or as The Parson prefers to call him, sat-nagger), and an expert on country inns, having run one himself

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Restaurant Reviews

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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El Greco, Stratford-upon-Avon

Restaurant review: El Greco

El Greco is a Greek restaurant in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon. 
What would the Bard have made of it, Katie Jarvis wonders.

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Restaurant review: The Amberley Inn

Katie Jarvis thinks the Amberley Inn deserves lots of support, but why did she have to dance for a basket of gluten-free goodies?

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The Old Spot Inn

Restaurant review: The perfect Spot

Never mind the shrieks of protest from Ruby the puppy. Katie Jarvis’ Monday night trip to Dursley is rewarded with an excellent meal and a bill that doesn’t bite

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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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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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Celebrity Interviews

Raymond Blanc hosts A Martell Very Special Night event at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Oxford

Blanc canvas

Raymond Blanc’s dishes are as close as you can get to food as an art form. 
But are we English still painting by numbers?

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John Torode at the Hereford Old Market Centre Bank Holiday events / 

Photo: Chas Breton.

Q&A with John Torode

John Torode spoke to Cotswold Life during the August Bank Holiday Celebrations at the Old Market, Hereford.

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Fishing boats off the coast of Crete

Victoria Hislop: Greece is the word

A lost city is the setting for Victoria Hislop’s latest novel, The Sunrise.
Katie Jarvis spoke to her (enviously) about dividing her time between 
Crete and London, and the inspiration that springs from her love of Greece

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Jane Clifford in the gardens of her home in Frampton on Severn

Janie Clifford’s Cotswold life

Janie Clifford, the woman behind the mission to showcase rural skills,tells Katie Jarvis about her Cotswold life

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Sir Andrew Motion, National President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and former Poet Laureate

Sir Andrew Motion: Why it’s time to build on brownfield sites

Poet, novelist and biographer Sir Andrew Motion described his appointment as president of CPRE – the Campaign to Protect Rural England – as one of the great honours of his life. Katie Jarvis asked him about poetry, planning, and his passion for the pastoral

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Cotswold Life Weddings E-Edition

Cotswold Life Weddings

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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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'The Detectives' by Richard Kenton Webb

Who dunnit? Richard Webb, in the museum with the lino cutter

Cirencester artist Richard Kenton Webb was influenced by crime fiction for his latest exhibition, ‘Still Life with Blackbirds’, from September 20 - October 18 at the Corineum Museum. Joe Meredith finds out what started Richard’s interest in the macabre world of crime fiction.

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The auction will feature a unique collection of period fireplaces,  vintage furniture , decorative ironwork, hardware, garden ornaments, reclaimed materials and more

Auction of architectural antiques and garden statuary in Stroud

Prior to the launch of the new company ‘Vintage and Architectural’, Masco Architectural have decided to hold an auction on the October 18 to sell the items which they have collected over the years which are not part of the new focus of the business.

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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 Black Album by Avant Garde Dance

The first Strike a Light festival comes to Gloucester

Strike a Light is a new festival bringing theatre and live entertainment to Gloucester from September 25-29

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Arts

A darker forest / photo: Martin Fowler

If you go down to the woods today...

In the run-up to Halloween, we’ve asked our audience to submit spooky stories and poems with a local connection. Paul Dummett of Gloucester sent us this tale about a drinking buddy’s particularly terrifying experience, deep in the Forest of Dean under the dark of night.

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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.

Read full story »

'The Detectives' by Richard Kenton Webb

Who dunnit? Richard Webb, in the museum with the lino cutter

Cirencester artist Richard Kenton Webb was influenced by crime fiction for his latest exhibition, ‘Still Life with Blackbirds’, from September 20 - October 18 at the Corineum Museum. Joe Meredith finds out what started Richard’s interest in the macabre world of crime fiction.

Read full story »

The auction will feature a unique collection of period fireplaces,  vintage furniture , decorative ironwork, hardware, garden ornaments, reclaimed materials and more

Auction of architectural antiques and garden statuary in Stroud

Prior to the launch of the new company ‘Vintage and Architectural’, Masco Architectural have decided to hold an auction on the October 18 to sell the items which they have collected over the years which are not part of the new focus of the business.

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The Black Album by Avant Garde Dance

The first Strike a Light festival comes to Gloucester

Strike a Light is a new festival bringing theatre and live entertainment to Gloucester from September 25-29

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Interiors

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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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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Panfried sausage and broad bean pasta / Photo: Martin Turzak

Keep it fresh, keep it British

Evelyn Curtis provides three quick and easy recipes using seasonal ingredients, locally sourced

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Some of the 100 varieties of apples pressed to create Rosie's Kiss cider

Not just any old cider with Rosie

Day’s Cottage in Brookthorpe, Gloucestershire, is celebrating the centenary of the birth of Laurie Lee with a special batch of cider

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Discover

Inside Cotswold House Hotel

Cotswold House Hotel

Set in two acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, our grade II Regency Luxury Townhouse, in the heart of Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds makes for a perfect location at which to dine.

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Cotswold Food Store & Cafe

The Cotswold Food Store & Café

Adjoining the Store is a delightful Café, the perfect place to relax and enjoy great food & drink with friends and family.

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Showcase

White painted furniture creates a serene look in bedrooms

Bespoke painted furniture

Promotional feature

Transform your house into a home with a bespoke piece of furniture from The Painted Furniture Company

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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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A variety of wools

Autumn Wools

Promotional feature: As the nights draw in and the temperatures begin to drop, there’s no better time to add that extra bit of warmth to your home. Alice Foulsham of Just Fabrics explains the advantages of using such an attractive, versatile and environmentally friendly material inside your home.

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Kitchen Garden Foods

Award winning condiments from Kitchen Garden Foods

Promotional feature: In 2014, Kitchen Garden Foods celebrates 25 years of making high-quality jams, chutneys, marmalades and condiments from its kitchens in Stroud.

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Linens can be used in upholstery

Interior design: Linens

Promotional feature: Alice Foulsham discusses stylish and practical ways to use Linen in the home

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