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Monday, July 18, 2016
Cirencester © JJFarq / Shutterstock.com

The Cotswold market town of Cirencester is renowned for having a wealth of history and heritage dating back as far as the Roman Empire. We’ve assembled a brief guide to help you make the most of this wonderful location.

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A row of cottages in Bibury © Christian Mueller, Shutterstock

Cotswold villages are some of the most beautiful in Britain – think honey-coloured cottages, cosy pubs, tiny tearooms and narrow streets. We pick ten of the prettiest Cotswolds villages to explore.

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Painswick ©  Raymond Llewellyn, Shutterstock

Whether you want to enjoy cream tea in a landscaped garden or unwind in front of a log fire in a local pub, we’ve created a guide to help you make the most of your visit to the countryside town of Painswick.

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Paul's garden

It’s gold all the way for the Cotswolds at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show which opens to the public today.

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Perhaps one of the most famous locations in the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water is renowned for its pretty waterside views and quaint limestone buildings. We’ve assembled a guide to help you make the most of your time in this picture-perfect village.

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Travel

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Holiday yurt © Speedkingz, Shutterstock

Camping doesn’t have to be cold, wet and dirty! Candia McKormack samples all-frills glamping in the Cotswolds

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Cotswold village of Bibury, England ©  JeniFoto, Shutterstock

From the honey-coloured stone cottages in Burford, to the medieval architecture of Winchcombe high street, the Cotswolds are home to some of the most beautiful scenes in the world. But how many of these pretty towns and villages have you visited?

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
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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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Log House Holidays, Poole Keynes, Gloucestershire

Candia McKormack and family go in search of tranquillity – and a good WiFi signal – on a short break in a Cotswold log house

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Monday, April 25, 2016
Peter Raymond Llewellyn © Shutterstock

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

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Walks

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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Gardens

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Laurence and Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen

Laurence & Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen will be hosting this annual fundraising event in the garden of their Siddington home on Friday 8 July

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Chris Beardshaw's garden

Cotswold gardeners are celebrating after a clutch of top awards at The Chelsea Flower Show which saw Andy Sturgeon winning Best Show Garden.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The Broadacre Estate - NGS

As part of the National Gardens Scheme, Broadacre will be opening its gates to the general public on 17 April.

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Monday, April 11, 2016
Cotswold Garden Route

To celebrate The Year of the Garden in 2016 and National Gardening Week which runs from today 11 - 17 April, the new ‘Cotswolds Garden Route’ leaflet has been produced to encourage visitors to explore the gardens of the Cotswolds

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Thursday, April 7, 2016
Sudeley Castle © Gordon Robertson CC BY 2.0

Whether you're an avid gardener or a lover of all things outdoors, we pick some of the most beautiful gardens in the Cotswolds we think are definitely worth a visit.

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Celebrity Interviews

Eddie the Eagle Edwards on Selsey Common, one of his favorite places in the Cotswolds

Katie Jarvis meets unlikely superstar Eddie the Eagle, and finds out about his Cotswold life.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016
James Morrison

A tough childhood; family tragedy; and four years in the wilderness. But for Stroud-based singer-songwriter James Morrison, falling is the way you learn how to fly, he tells Katie Jarvis, ahead of his appearance at Cornbury Music Festival.

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Friday, April 29, 2016
Zara Phillips riding High Kingdom at Blenheim ©  Fiona Scott Maxwell

From top eventers to polo players, racehorse trainers to dressage stars all based in the Cotswolds, this list could go on forever, says Debbie Graham

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Equestrian
Monday, April 4, 2016
Eddie the Eagle takes pictures with fan at the Eddie the Eagle premiere held in Leicester Square, London

Cheltenham-born British skier Michael Edwards, joined stars Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton on the red carpet for the London premiere of ‘Eddie the Eagle’.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
The course designer Giuseppe Della Chiesa

Former top Italian event rider Giuseppe della Chiesa once dreamt of competing at Badminton Horse Trials, but instead finds himself designing the course at this iconic event

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Equestrian
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Events

Friday, July 8, 2016
Soul Circus - yoga and wellness festival

Festival season is upon us again. You remember the concerts, the grimy portaloos and being coated in mud. We vowed never again - too old for that and far too dependent on luxury creature comforts to have a midlife crisis of enormous proportions. But Soul Circus is the festival your Ocado-delivering self may actually stomach.

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Monday, July 4, 2016
Dr Tim Brain OBE with the window at Gloucester Cathedral (then Abbey) depicting the coronation of Henry III

Dr Timothy Brain is well known as the former chief constable of Gloucestershire; but he’s also a respected historian, who will be lecturing as part of the Three Choirs Festival.

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Monday, June 27, 2016
The Cotswold Players present High Society, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, at the Cotswold Plahouse, Stroud: 15-18 and 22-25 June

High Society! No, no: not a comment on the Brexit vote; but a definite antidote for anyone feeling that it is, says Katie Jarvis

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Thursday, June 23, 2016
Laurence and Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen

Laurence & Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen will be hosting this annual fundraising event in the garden of their Siddington home on Friday 8 July

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
The Oxford Wine Festival is a unique event, when the world of wine descends on a magical city

Looking for the perfect wine? It may be closer than you think.

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Arts

Friday, July 22, 2016
Tewkesbury Ryder Festival

Tewkesbury will be turned into a hub of cultural activity next month as a festival of music, art and history events comes to the town. The brand new event was organised by a local girl to raise funds for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice in memory of her mum.

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Monday, July 18, 2016
Castle Combe © 1000 Words, Shutterstock

From golden fields near Bourton-on-the-Water to the old-world charm on Lechlade’s Halfpenny Bridge, Cotswold photographers capture the timeless beauty of the area

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
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As Whitewall Galleries and Clarendon Fine Art celebrate new openings in the Cotswolds, we give you the chance to win two framed limited editions worth over £1,000

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Monday, July 4, 2016
Dr Tim Brain OBE with the window at Gloucester Cathedral (then Abbey) depicting the coronation of Henry III

Dr Timothy Brain is well known as the former chief constable of Gloucestershire; but he’s also a respected historian, who will be lecturing as part of the Three Choirs Festival.

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House in Montpellier

This month Cotswold Life Artist in Residence Kitty Kovacevic takes time out to discover something new, returning home to the Cotswolds brimming with fresh ideas

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Interiors

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Picture by William Goddard Photography

From beautiful barn conversions and Georgian mansions to fairytale cottages, we take a look at the inspirational interiors of three stunning homes in England

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The new two-storey extension, built by Jeff Savage and his team, is to the right of the Old Bakery which dates from 1771, and the new front door is painted in Little Greenes James 108

Anne Sinclair saved the old village bakery in Box in the nick of time, and now it’s transformed into a beautiful family home

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Cotswold Interiors
The early Victorian house began as a double-fronted two-bedroom cottage, and over the years has been extended to become a substantial four-bedroom house

It was a case of escape to the country as this family moved out of central Bristol and headed for the Cotswolds

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Cotswold Interiors
The Grade ll listed home of Deirdre and Henry Boyle

Sixteen years ago, a young couple drove along a remote country track to discover their Cotswold fairytale home, with its 23 acres of wild countryside, lying at the end

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This fairytale cottage has benefited from having a much bigger and more substantial porch built on,

Have you ever wondered what the pretty thatched cottages of the Cotswolds look like inside? Well now you can find out...

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Recipes

Thursday, March 17, 2016
Daylesford braised lamb recipe

Daylesford Farm have provided a delicious lamb recipe for the Easter weekend - with an Italian twist.

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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, June 27, 2016
The Panel Company

Summer is here. The kitchen is the heart of the home, as family and friends congregate for drinks, barbecues, dinner parties and just a good old-fashioned chat. But in the back of your mind you have bigger plans for the room. New designs. A new layout. Something fresher.

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Monday, June 13, 2016
The Cotswolds Distillery

From hedge funds to hedge rows… As a native New Yorker, our Founder Dan Szor fell in love with the Cotswolds during his many family weekends spent escaping the stress of London city living...

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Eckington Manor

Food is at the heart of what we do here at Eckington Manor.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
58 Chevloret - PD

Driving and maintaining a car are just part of the fun. But there are a number of steps you must take to ensure you car remains in peak condition.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
An orangery lets light into this beautiful Cotswold home

There is so much availability on the market for windows and door manufacturers with a variety of materials, the thought of replacing them can be nerve racking to say the least. These top tips will help to ensure the company you choose will produce a good job at a realistic rate

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