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Thu, 16:58
Quintessential English scenes for which people travel from far and wide to see © Shutterstock

From mysterious country trails, to the most popular Cotswold scenes, we’ve found 25 pictures from around the region we believe are truly beautiful

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The city of Worcester

From Wolves to Warriors... Lynn Ede can only stand back in admiration at Worcester’s sporting prowess…

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Arlington Row © Nella, Shutterstock

We pick seven special and unique ways to pop the question in one of the most romantic and beautiful places in England… The Cotswolds.

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Cotswold Town: Burford

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Burford high street in the Cotswolds

You may not be in a position to own one of Burford’s beautiful properties, but absolutely anyone is welcome to the Oxfordshire town for a touch of shopping, lunching, and drinking in the history

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The village of Castle Combe in the Cotswolds @ JeniFoto, Shutterstock

Sssh… Don’t tell anybody but we think we might have found the prettiest streets in the Cotswolds. Which one is your favourite?

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Mon, 10:06
There is nothing better than a holiday in the beautiful Cotswolds...

Looking to book a holiday? We pick 29 reasons why you should avoid leaving the country and come to the Cotswolds instead.

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Monday, January 11, 2016
Dewsall Court, Herefordshire

It was dark, cold and the rain was pouring down. So a warm and welcoming trip to Dewsall Court was just what the doctor ordered.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016
One of the 38 beautiful en-suite bedrooms found at Dormy House

Pack your bags and leave your nine-to-five world behind as a staycation in the Cotswolds is the perfect way to unwind. Here are 14 of the best hotels to stay in whilst you’re here.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015
The Cotswolds has some of the most photographed houses in the region

Is it any wonder the Cotswolds are one of the most popular places for a staycation?

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Friday, October 30, 2015
Calcot Manor outdoor spa area

With close connections to the M5, M40 and M4, and a convenient two hour train journey to London, the Cotswolds are the perfect location for a spa weekend away. Here are eight of our favourite places to go.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
The Forest of Dean

On a crisp, autumnal day, there is nothing better than gathering the family for a stroll amongst some of the most colourful woodland the Cotswolds has to offer. We’ve accumulated a list of our favourite places to catch the majority of this season’s golden hues.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015
There are many walking trails which make the most of the beautiful landscape of the Cotswolds / Image: antb

The ideal way to enjoy the undulating green landscape of the Cotswolds is to slip on your walking shoes and go outdoors. There are a lot of well-trodden routes offering fantastic views of this region of England. Here’s our pick of the best...

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Looking out over Cheltenham and beyond

Having had two brilliant days walking in May, the 1st of June was grey and windy as we started our walk from Cleeve Common to Dowdeswell. I took my two geriatric spaniels as I thought it would be warm enough weather and not too strenuous. Not a good idea...

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Monday, June 29, 2015
Views over the Cotswolds

It’s May and we have walked two more sections of the Cotswold way, Stanway to Winchcombe and Winchcombe to Cleeve, in quick succession.

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Monday, June 22, 2015
The Sculpture Trail, Forest of Dean

There’s so much to see and do in the Forest of Dean, you’ll need to plan your summer days out with military precision, as Lynn Ede discovers

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Restaurant Reviews

Friday, June 19, 2015
The Wood Norton Hotel

Cotswold Life equestrian writer Debbie Graham swaps muddy fields and four hooves for fine-dining and music

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Romy's Kitchen

Katie Jarvis: Imported from The Bengal to Thornbury, this is Indian food at its very best

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Thursday, February 12, 2015
Gloucester Services / Photo credit: Mark Lord

Katie Jarvis discovers that going out to dine on the motorway is a real blast from the past

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Fri, 15:43
These little hoods of white gold signify the beginning of spring and new life

Snowdrops bring great joy in the early months of the year, as they signify warm weather ahead. We pick 7 of the most magical places to explore these beautiful flowers.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016
Snowdrops ©  William Gray

It’s been a long, grey, wet winter, but no matter how dreary the weather gets you can always rely on these five easy-to-grow garden plants to brighten your day – whether it’s from a splash of early colour, shiny evergreen leaves or striking bark. Give them a try, along with snowdrops and other winter favourites.

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Monday, October 19, 2015
Honey fungus

The Cotswold beech woodlands are glorious in the autumn, the canopy turning to a golden brown colour, framing the countryside with a sepia tinge. This month Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is searching the woodland floor for mushrooms with the most enchanting names such as Lion’s Mane and Honey Fungus

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Thursday, October 15, 2015
Anne Chambers

Anne Chambers, of the world-renowned Kiftsgate Court Gardens in Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire, is encouraging gardeners in the Cotswolds to plant a bulb for gynaecological cancer this autumn.

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Monday, September 7, 2015
Lake Gardens - Hill Top (National Trust picture)

Mandy Bradshaw swaps the Cotswolds for Cumbria and discovers a world of dazzling gardens

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Celebrity Interviews

Friday, January 22, 2016

Something is going on in the medical profession, and I have my own theories…

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Thursday, January 7, 2016
Juilan Dunkerton

Walk down any high street and you’ll soon pass someone wearing Superdry, but no one wears it better than founder Julian Dunkerton

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Monday, December 14, 2015
Carl and Valegro at home in Gloucestershire

Debbie Graham meets up with dressage superstar Valegro, and his owner and trainer, Olympic gold medalist Carl Hester

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Thursday, December 3, 2015
Hear more from Dom in next month's magazine

I haven’t been in this sort of classroom environment since I sulked my way through the compulsory team-building sessions that the BBC used to make everyone go on

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Friday, November 6, 2015
Ben Miller is not looking tired. He’s not looking tired in a way that many people with new babies are.

Actor, comedian and author Ben Miller talks to Katie Jarvis about new life (baby Lana), alien life (the subject of his new book) and rural life (at home in the Cotswolds)

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Fri, 10:02
Paul Lewis, Copyright: Priska Ketterer Luzern

The Chipping Campden International Music Festival, which runs from May 8-21 is set for record breaking box office this year

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Cotswolds year planner

Whether you’re a resident in the beautiful Cotswolds, you’re planning to visit on holiday or you are merely passing by… Be sure to check out this comprehensive guide to the upcoming events in the Cotswolds for 2016.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Ellenborough Park

Local GP and leading TV medic Dawn Harper is hosting a unique evening of fine dining and entertainment in Cheltenham on Friday 4 March to raise funds for sick babies and children.

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Monday, January 25, 2016
Ham, Egg and Chips Project

The Campaign for Real Ale’s National Pub of the year, the Salutation Inn, in Ham, Gloucestershire, is proud to announce that it will be serving plates of 100% home-grown ham, egg and chips in the finale to its “Ham, Egg and Chips Project”.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Anne Hathaway's cottage

Romance your loved one in the beautiful and romantic setting of Shakespeare’s England over the Valentine’s weekend.

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Fri, 09:51
Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie in rehearsals © Darren Bell

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? We’re just not sure, says Katie Jarvis, who fails to determine whether she’s watching a detective drama or a comedy farce. But who cares? It’s fun, anyway.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016
Round and Round the Garden

Sorry, Alan, but Round and Round the Garden fails to tickle Katie Jarvis right under there.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
The 39 Steps 2016 tour - Olivia Greene as Pamela  Richard Ede as Hannay - Photo by Dan Tsantilis

Katie Jarvis discovers that a play about an innocent man who learns too much about a dangerous spy ring and is then pursued across Scotland is based on but different from a book about an innocent man who learns too much about a dangerous spy ring and is then pursued across Scotland, which is also different from a film about an innocent man… Oh, you know. And she also laughs a huge amount. Brilliant.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Winner of #CLAIR16 - 'Abbey Gardens' (Graphic and print) by Kitty Kovacevic

After launching our search for a Cotswold Life Artist in Residence last year, we were delighted with the response we received from artists across the region.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Jack and the Beanstalk

Promenade Productions proudly present a ‘GIANT’ of a pantomime at the Bacon Theatre

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Monday, December 7, 2015
We simply adore a cosy Cotswold cottage! © Andrew Roland

Thatched roofs, wonky windows, painted doors and honey-coloured stone walls – we just adore a cosy Cotswold cottage. Here are 30 that are bound to give you major house envy. .

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Friday, December 4, 2015
We love a picture-worthy front door... © mubus7

If you’re a sucker for honey coloured cottages, colourful front doors and delightful gardens – there’s plenty to be found in the Cotswolds. Here are 16 picture-worthy doors from across the region, you’ll wish were yours.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

An eye catching design, gorgeously soft, and causing a few squabbles – Wayne Morgan on living with a Baa Stool in his Cotswold home

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Monday, November 16, 2015
Mushroom & Teal Lambswool Horse Cushion and Leather Framed Tartan Horse Print

Calling all horse-lovers! Gallop Guru is an online equine-inspired gift and homeware emporium, offering everything from cushions and candles, to jugs and jewellery.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Katrina Ives.

An infatuation with the letter Q and a deep-seated love of pottery led Katrina Ives to launch Qtique – a range of beautifully crafted English pottery mugs with a fun-loving edge, designed right here in the Cotswolds. We caught up with her to find out more about the lovable kawaii-inspired ‘Muggsies’ and running a successful homeware business

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Thursday, December 17, 2015
Leftover Bubble & Squeak cakes by Daylesford

This is a fantastic way to use up your leftover roasted vegetables, sprouts and potatoes on Boxing Day. These little cakes could easily be brunch, late lunch or even a quick supper after a busy Christmas Day.

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Monday, November 23, 2015
Confit pork belly

A signature dish from Eckington Manor, featured in our printed December issue

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Friday, November 6, 2015
Game pie served with fresh vegetables

Try this fast food version of game pie which can be made in double quick time if you buy ready prepared short crust pastry

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Monday, October 12, 2015
The Homemade Curing Kit… Bacon  from Ross and Ross Food

Ross Bearman from Ross & Ross Food provides expert advice for curing bacon, and a recipe for making DIY bacon in your own home from pork belly using some simple equipment.

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Friday, January 29, 2016
Ben with some of the Butler Sherborn team

Ben Way has been applying his expertise in all things equestrian for Butler Sherborn for the last five years – which has proved to be a perfect fit for both Ben and the firm as he spends his spare time competing at the very highest level in eventing.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Alice in Winterland comes to Cheltenham Town Hall

Enter a land full of wonder, mystery and danger, where you’ll need to be as mad as a hatter!

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Sylva self build

Building your own home can be exciting, but there are some important factors you should consider before you start your self build project

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Friday, September 11, 2015
Bianca Elgar

Bianca Elgar is a luxury collection of high quality silk scarves, garments and accessories to treasure for a lifetime

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Thursday, August 6, 2015
Lower Slaughter, a typical Cotswold village / Photo credit: Justine Kibler

Experience the beauty of rolling English countryside, quaint limestone villages, stunning stately homes and imposing castles by visiting the Cotswolds. But there’s more to do than just relax in this beautiful region of south England.

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