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Yesterday, 12:56

Imposing manor houses, quiet medieval villages, idyllic swathes of countryside - the Cotswolds offers a lot for location scouts in the film business. Here are the most popular filming locations in the Cotswolds, as seen on screens big and small.

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Snowshill Manor, Gloucestershire

However much the importance of decluttering is foisted upon us, eccentric collections of stuff still hold a great fascination. For children, collecting toys, match cards, shells or leaves. As we grow up, try as we might to throw away every childhood trinket, it’s incredibly difficult. But can such keepsakes be turned into a collection?

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Top cycling routes for the Cotswolds

Friday, August 7, 2015
The Cotswolds boast a fantastic array of cycling routes / Image: Dmytro Ivasiuk & YaiSirichai

Don your cycle helmet this summer and hit some of the finest cycle routes the country has to offer, right here on our doorstep in the Cotswolds

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Cleeve Hill is one of the Seven Wonders as voted by the public / Photo: Philip Halling

The Cotswolds Conservation Board invited the public to nominate their favourite sites from across this pretty region of England. From neolithic stone circles to a popular farmers’ market, here are the seven wonders of the Cotswolds!

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A carved ivory okimono (c.1900) from the Ashmolean Museum

Who said culture has to be costly? Here’s our pick of ten great museums in and around the Cotswolds that are entirely free to enter!

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Travel

Tue, 14:39

You’ve chosen the perfect Cotswold cottage, now how do you spend your time? From bird-spotting and cycling, to culture and retail therapy, Lynn Ede says you’re ideally located for the myriad things to see and do to fill your days

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Tue, 12:49
Broadway, Worcestershire

Why choose the Cotswolds for your cottage holiday? Lynn Ede suggests that if you’re taking a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, this region has everything your heart desires… and then some

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015
A parade of elephants make their way across the dirt road at Amakhala Game Reserve | Photo credit: Joe Meredith

Joe Meredith swapped the hills of the Cotswolds for the savannahs of South Africa’s Eastern Cape, discovering some of what makes the country such an exciting place to be

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
An example of a 20mph speed limit on a residential road / Photo: 20splentyforus.org.uk

Worcester councillor Matthew Jenkins explains why communities are pressuring councils for the implementation of a 20mph speed limit

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Monday, November 24, 2014
(L-R) Dormy Marketing Manager Ellie Jones and Sales Manager Vicki Jewitt receive the Best Spa Hotel award from Tamara Heber-Percy, co-founder of Mr & Mrs Smith / Photo: Rachel Juarez-Carr

Guests of Dormy House near Broadway have earned the hotel two top international awards in one week.

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Walks

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

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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Monday, April 13, 2015
Spirits high, even on a grey day

We made easy work of the Cotswold hills, despite the damp grey day, as we started the second part of our Cotswold Way walk.

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Restaurant Reviews

Friday, June 19, 2015

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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Friday, January 9, 2015
Number Sixty Five, Tetbury

Sixty-five is an odd number, but, as Katie Jarvis discovered, this homely restaurant in Tetbury serves up good honest food made by someone who cares

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Thursday, December 4, 2014
The Wheatsheaf

Katie Jarvis: I’ve been taking tea with Jordan. No, not that one - I mean the magical and mysterious Middle Eastern country. But never forget that you can find an equally exotic experience at the excellent Wheatsheaf

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Gardens

Friday, May 22, 2015

It’s now full speed ahead into summer, with the natural world hitting the fast lane as the warmer weather approaches. Sue Bradley discovers the sounds and sights of summer

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Friday, May 22, 2015
Huntington rose

The colour and scent that June brings to us is impossible to envisage in the depths of winter. But here it is and let us revel in it because like all good things it is only transitory. You can’t have Christmas every day.

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Friday, May 22, 2015
Verbena bonariensis

Roddy Llewellyn explains why weeds can become boring guests that refuse to leave your garden, and how best to deal with them

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The Botanic Nursery, near Atworth

Foxgloves are familiar but often overlooked. One Cotswold nursery has different ideas

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Monday, March 30, 2015
The Carpet Garden, Highgrove

Highgrove is one of the country’s most famous gardens. Mandy Bradshaw takes a tour

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Celebrity Interviews

Sir Nicholas Soames will be talking about his grandfather, Winston Churchill, at Gloucester History Festival this month, in this, the 50th anniversary year of Churchill’s death, and the 75th of him becoming Prime Minister. Katie Jarvis asked him (a little) more

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Monday, August 17, 2015
Julian Clary with his new book, The Bolds

Comedian and novelist Julian Clary – who has turned campness and innuendo into an art-form - has written his first book for children. The Bolds tells the story of a family of hyenas, who disguise themselves as humans and move to Teddington. Interesting… says Katie Jarvis

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Bel Mooney

No event at Blenheim Palace will be more moving or empathetic than Bel Mooney, talking about her latest book based on her Daily Mail advice columns

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Monday, August 10, 2015
The Great British Bake Off contestants - Photographer: Mark Bourdillon

After star baker Marie was compared to Rod Stewart this week, we couldn’t help but spot that many of the other contestants shared some spooky similarities with celebrities too…

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Friday, August 7, 2015
Los Angeles

So there I was in Los Angeles having a whale of a time and I couldn’t tell anyone

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Events

10:01

Flare Path, the epic wartime romance by celebrated playwright Terence Rattigan, will be appearing at Malvern Theatres from Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th September. Philip Franks, Olivia Hallinan, Leon Ockenden and Alastair Whatley will head the cast, directed by Justin Audibert.

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Sir Nicholas Soames

Sir Nicholas Soames will be talking about his grandfather, Winston Churchill, at Gloucester History Festival this month, in this, the 50th anniversary year of Churchill’s death, and the 75th of him becoming Prime Minister. Katie Jarvis asked him (a little) more

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Tue, 11:03
'Owlpen Manor' © Derek Harper, Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 2.0

Owlpen Manor is holding an Artisan Wedding Fair on Sunday September 27th from 10am-4pm. Admission is free and there will be refreshments available to enjoy on the day.

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Tue, 10:29
'Ruskin Mill, Nailsworth', © zoer, Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0

Throughout the majority of September, visitors to Ruskin Mill will be able to enjoy a host of water-inspired art from local artists who include Lucy Birkinshaw, Amanda Bradbury, Kathy Harris, Ian Sherman and Caroline Taylor

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Friday, August 28, 2015
Who makes the best cake in the Cotswolds?

Local baking fans are invited to cast their vote to find the Best Cake in the Cotswolds at an exciting new public event in Bath on Wednesday 2 September

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Arts

10:01

Flare Path, the epic wartime romance by celebrated playwright Terence Rattigan, will be appearing at Malvern Theatres from Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th September. Philip Franks, Olivia Hallinan, Leon Ockenden and Alastair Whatley will head the cast, directed by Justin Audibert.

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Yesterday, 12:56
Cotswolds on camera / Credit: xpixel & Bariskina

Imposing manor houses, quiet medieval villages, idyllic swathes of countryside - the Cotswolds offers a lot for location scouts in the film business. Here are the most popular filming locations in the Cotswolds, as seen on screens big and small.

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Friday, August 28, 2015
The Westons’ Cider Teepee at The Big Feastival

The weather isn’t set to be great but there is still plenty to keep you entertained around the Cotswolds this weekend. We’ve accumulated a list of six of the top events taking place this bank holiday.

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Friday, August 28, 2015
Gloucester Cathedral

On Saturday 5 September Gloucester Cathedral are hoping to fill the Cathedral grounds with song as the 2015 Rugby World Cup Ball passes through on route to Kingsholm Stadium for the start of a pre-world cup friendly game between Japan and Georgia.

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Friday, August 28, 2015
To Build a Wooden O

An epic tale of poets, playwrights, and the perennial problems of playhouses!

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Interiors

With views extending across a Stroud valley for many miles, Penny and Mark Rudge had the perfect location. All they needed was the perfect house

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Clearview Stoves

A passion for woodburning stoves and firewood is at the heart of Clearview Stoves. In this video, customer Vincent Thurkettle reflects on his experience owning a Clearview Stove and how, when the day draws to a close, there is nothing better than relaxing by its warm glow

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Clearview Stoves

A passion for woodburning stoves and firewood is at the heart of Clearview Stoves. In this video, customer Mark Holberton reflects on his experience owning a Clearview Stove and how, when the day draws to a close, there is nothing better than relaxing by its warm glow

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Clearview Stoves

A passion for woodburning stoves and firewood is at the heart of Clearview Stoves. In this video the company explain how to light one of their bespoke stoves.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Clearview Stoves

A passion for woodburning stoves and firewood is at the heart of Clearview Stoves. In this video the company explain their philosophy and their motivation, as well as a little about their products and the manufacturing process behind them.

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Recipes

Monday, August 24, 2015

This seasonal summer salad from Cotswold charcuterie The Real Boar Co and chef Richard Bertinet is the perfect dinner party recipe or ideal as a low-carb lunch

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Organic Asparagus and Hollandaise Tart by Emily Watkins

With the British asparagus season drawing to a close, this delicious recipe from chef Emily Watkins is a perfect way to celebrate the ingredient.

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Friday, March 13, 2015
Lamb is perfect for March / Photo: Phasut Warapisit

Evelyn Curtis offers up a selection of recipes ideal for March, including lamb in lemon sauce, pineapple meringue, fruity tea loaf and rock cakes

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Eggs Benedict

Rose Norman, co-founder of vintage-inspired Herefordshire company Betty Twyford, offers up a recipe for cooking Eggs Benedict using your AGA

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

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Monday, August 3, 2015
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Monday, July 27, 2015
This multi-purpose building provides a double garage and premises for a small business with self-contained living space above.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015
Cotswold Distilling Company's Gin Faisán

Cotswolds Distillery, proud producer of Outstanding Natural Spirits, introduces its own unique summer cocktail - The Gin Faisán, created using locally sourced Cotswolds Dry Gin.

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Monday, July 13, 2015
Five Valleys Cordials currently has three product ranges | Photo: Phil Stevens

Five Valleys Cordials is an award-winning soft drinks producer, based in the beautiful town of Stroud, Gloucestershire.

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