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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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The Cheltenham Dance Festival

Five things to do this weekend (August 9-10)

Not much planned this weekend? Here are our five suggestions for what you could get up to in and around the resplendent region of the Cotswolds

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Leamington Baths, by J Fuller, 1816

Royal ‘Lemonton’ Spa

While investigating the town’s apparent fondness for lemons, Tracy Spiers discovers Royal Leamington Spa’s beauty, charm, architectural treasures… and sulphurous waters

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Dinosaurs come to The Wilson

The dinosaurs are coming to The Wilson in Cheltenham!

From August 2, two floors of The Wilson art gallery and museum in Cheltenham will be taken over by huge dinosaurs from the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods.

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Holiday E-Edition

Great British Life Holidays

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Travel

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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Camino de Santiago de Compostela

Travel: Camino de Santiago

Walking the world-famous Camino de Santiago is an ambition for thousands of people each year, yet taking five weeks out and finding a travelling companion are often two of the biggest hurdles for many.

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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

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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Bibury Court

Restaurant review: Court of appeal

James Graham is cooking food to wax lyrical about at Bibury Court, but sadly not every aspect of country life is quite so satisfying

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The Crown at Kemerton

Restaurant review: A tale of two sittings

From The Crown at Kemerton to William’s Kitchen in Nailsworth, Katie Jarvis enjoyed two very good and thankfully weevil-free meals

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Gardens

Hidcote Manor Garden

Hidcote Manor Gardens launches international training scheme

A new partnership between three gardens - in Gloucestershire, Pennsylvania, USA and Awaji Island, Japan – has been launched with the recruitment of the first group of trainees.

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Vortex, by Guy Stevens

Please DO touch: on form at Asthall Manor

The biennial on form exhibition looks forward to welcoming visitors to the beautiful surroundings of Asthall Manor and some of the finest stone sculptors in the world

Words by Candia McKormack

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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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Celebrity Interviews

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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Dame Janet Trotter DBE Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire during the interview at her home in Cheltenham

There is nothing
like a Dame...

As Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter is a marvellous ambassador for our county. But it’s not always been an easy ride, as Katie Jarvis discovers.

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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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Children's author Jamila Gavin

Jamila Gavin’s Cotswold Life

Award-winning writer Jamila Gavin talks to Katie Jarvis about multiculturalism, the view from Rodborough Common and her Cotswold life. Pictures by Antony Thompson.

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Tim Brooke-Taylor, at Stratford Literary Festival

A real Goodie

From the original Four Yorkshiremen sketch to The Goodies and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, Tim Brooke-Taylor has to be one of our most talented comic actors, and a jolly nice man to boot, as Candia McKormack discovers

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Cotswold Life Weddings E-Edition

Cotswold Life Weddings

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Events

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.

Read full story »

Blenheim Palace

The Blenheim Palace Literary Festival launches 2014 programme

The 2014 programme for the Blenheim Palace Literary Festival has been announced. The festival, which takes place in the grand surroundings of Blenheim Palace and Woodstock from September 25 – 28, will feature writers and public figures from the fields of music, history, food and drink, politics and literature.

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Adrian's Wall

An epic frontier comes to Malvern Theatres

What’s eighty-four miles long, two-thousand years old, and will soon be stretching across the stage at Malvern Theatres?

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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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The Cavern Beatles

Tributes to the stars at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

Promotional Feature: There’s plenty of musical entertainment at The Roses Theatre this month, including tributes to The Kinks, Abba and The Beatles.

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Arts

Blenheim Palace

The Blenheim Palace Literary Festival launches 2014 programme

The 2014 programme for the Blenheim Palace Literary Festival has been announced. The festival, which takes place in the grand surroundings of Blenheim Palace and Woodstock from September 25 – 28, will feature writers and public figures from the fields of music, history, food and drink, politics and literature.

Read full story »

Adrian's Wall

An epic frontier comes to Malvern Theatres

What’s eighty-four miles long, two-thousand years old, and will soon be stretching across the stage at Malvern Theatres?

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New World War 1 British Cemetery, Flanders Fields

Jon Stallworthy: Some of them never come home to fanfares

If poetry is feeling, then war is its perfect subject. No other human experience generates more powerful emotion than killing an enemy or the death of a friend: the hatred, the anguish of loss, the fear, the heroism, says Oxford professor Jon Stallworthy. Katie Jarvis spoke to him about The New Oxford Book of War Poetry, re-edited to include a whole new battalion of poets.

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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...

Read full story »

The Cavern Beatles

Tributes to the stars at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

Promotional Feature: There’s plenty of musical entertainment at The Roses Theatre this month, including tributes to The Kinks, Abba and The Beatles.

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Interiors

The Coach House

Why you should use an architect

Promotional feature: Hayward Smart Architects explain the importance of using a qualified architect for your building project, and recommend ways to pick the right architect for you.

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The sofa and Eames chair in the sitting room are from Heals and the footstools from Footstool Company

Cotswold Interiors: The Swinging Sixties

A move from London, extensive building work and a new baby… Jodie and Jules Hands had their work cut out for them when they took on their 1960s Cheltenham home.

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Recipes

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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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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Smoked salmon, purple sprouting broccoli, Savoy cabbage with spicy sesame dressing

Koj’s quick, seasonal recipe, inspired by Stroud Farmer’s Market

Chef and cookery teacher Andrew Kojima (‘Koj’) created this quick, seasonal recipe after being inspired by a trip to Stroud Farmer’s Market.

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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

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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House Of Fraser

House of Fraser

Promotional feature: The House of Fraser brand has come a long way over the past 165 years. From its humble beginnings as a drapery shop in Glasgow, the brand is now recognised as one of the leading department stores in the UK.

Today, people head to House of Fraser’s 60 high-street branches and extensive web store to find a wide variety of high-quality clothing and household equipment.

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Faithfull House / Photo: Hywel Jenkins

Make the right choice of residential care with Faithfull House

Promotional feature: With over 65 years of experience, Faithfull House is a trusted choice for living life well.

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Gloucester Quays

Gloucester Quays this summer

Promotional feature: Gloucester Quays Outlet Shopping features over 50 stores, including many high street favourites. There are regular market events to look forward to this summer, as well as their annual Food Festival.

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