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An aerial shot of the sheep-shaped maze

Maize Maze opens at Hilltop Farm in Hunningham

The Warwickshire countryside has a new attraction - an ‘a-Maizing’ maze!

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Mill Dene, Blockley

Mill Dene Garden to be on Countryfile

Mill Dene, Blockley, already a Partner Garden of the RHS, has been participating in the WRAGS (Women Returners to Amenity Gardening Scheme) and has been invited to host Countryfile on August 10.

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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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What's your favourite picnic spot in the Cotswolds? / Photo: Matthew Dixon

Top picnic spots in the Cotswolds

Get out and enjoy the summer sunshine with our guide to the area’s Top 10 Picnic Spots – and we want to know your favourites as well.

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The Tawny Frogmouth chick

Keeper takes chick under her wing at Cotswold Wildlife Park

A Tawny Frogmouth chick is being hand-reared by Bird keeper Jade Stott at Cotswold Wildlife Park.

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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

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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The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) at Newtownabbey Theatre at the Mill

REVIEW: The Bible - The Complete Word of God (abridged)

As Ellie and I drive to The Theatre, Chipping Norton, the skies begin to darken. And then the rain comes – driving so ferociously against our windscreen, it’s a big hint we should be urgently sourcing gopher wood. Whatever that might be.

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Gridiron Bar and Grill Restaurant, Cheltenham

Restaurant review: When the cows come home

Katie Jarvis can imagine Cheltenham’s youth would flock to the Grid Iron, providing they’re reasonably well-heeled, and thinks it is a good place to take a family

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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

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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Meurig Bowen

Meurig’s music

Katie Jarvis conducts an interview with Meurig Bowen, artistic director of Cheltenham Music Festival, featuring high notes on this year’s events, low notes on musical pigeon-holing, and a recurring historical theme

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Nicola Benedetti (Universal/Simon Fowler)

Nicola Benedetti at Cheltenham Music Festival

World-renowned Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti is artist-in-residence at the 70th Cheltenham Music Festival, which runs until July 13. Nicola, who is both performing and holding master-classes, answered questions at a special music-festival lunch at Ellenborough Park last week.

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'I know you’ve got to move your horses about and I know that we don’t want to freak out the horses while in transit, but is there just a tiny possibility that you could drive at slightly faster than seven miles an hour'

Dom Joly: I really love the Cotswolds, but...

Dom Joly wonders why people hang poo bags on trees - and who needs lavender-scented ironing water?

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Discover

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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Broadway Tower

Broadway Tower

Discover the beauty of the highest little castle in the Cotswolds!

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Slate Clothing

Slate Clothing

Welcome to Slate Clothing..when I opened Slate Clothing in 2012, I had three aims:-

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Rose Hill

Rose Hill Westonbirt School & Nursery

Rose Hill Westonbirt is a private preparatory school in Gloucestershire for boys and girls aged 3-11 years.

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Cotswold Life Weddings E-Edition

Cotswold Life Weddings

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Events

Mill Dene, Blockley

Mill Dene Garden to be on Countryfile

Mill Dene, Blockley, already a Partner Garden of the RHS, has been participating in the WRAGS (Women Returners to Amenity Gardening Scheme) and has been invited to host Countryfile on August 10.

Read full story »

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.

Read full story »

The Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials

The Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials

The Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials are now firmly established as one of the World’s premier three star competitions.

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The Moreton Show

Moreton Show

For the first time, Moreton Show will offer free interactive workshops in circus skills, performing arts and dance offering children and young adults the chance to try something a little different

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The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company

The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company comes to Malvern

The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company comes to Malvern alongside The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players for a single week in August

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Arts

The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company

The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company comes to Malvern

The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company comes to Malvern alongside The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players for a single week in August

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CLA Game Fair / Photo: Richard Faulks

Five things to do this weekend (July 19-20)

It’s almost the weekend, but what to do? Here are five suggestions from us to you

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Cirencester Literary Festival

Full line-up for Cirencester’s second Literary Festival announced

The full line-up has been confirmed for the second Cirencester Literary Festival to be held from July 28 to August 2

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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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The ACP festival

Five things to do this weekend (July 12-13)

The weekend is imminent, but there’s still time to make plans. Here are five suggestions of what to do this weekend in and around the Cotswolds

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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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Oriental rug-making in Pakistan

Orient expressed

Clare Jennings tells us what to look for in a quality oriental rug, and how to distinguish quality hand-knotted rugs from those that are mass-produced

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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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Bower Willis Designs

Bower Willis Designs demonstrate steam cooking in time for Christmas dinner

If you thought a traditional Christmas dinner was a labour intensive roast, then think again. Bower Willis Designs, in conjunction with V-ZUG, have demonstrated how to create a delicious and healthy festive spread with the minimum fuss and maximum flavour.

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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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On 5 restaurant at Ascot Racecourse

Another Level

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

Joanne Sindall reveals the multi-million-pound On 5 restaurant that is open for Royal Ascot – with Tom Kerridge as chef in residence

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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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