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Chipping Campden's annual firework display

Chipping Campden’s annual firework display

Chipping Campden’s annual firework display organised by St James Primary School PTFA, will be on Wednesday, November 5 at the recreation ground.

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Cheltenham Literature Festival 2014

Katie’s blog at Cheltenham Literature Festival 2014: October 3-12

Latest entry: Katie Jarvis listened to the glamorous Victoria Hislop discuss her latest novel at The Cheltenham Literature Festival. ‘The Sunrise’ is set in Famagusta, a now-derelict city that has long been a source of tension between the people of Greece and Turkey. As Hislop explained on stage, merely writing about the place is a diplomatic nightmare...

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Hawkwood College, near Stroud, Gloucestershire

Coming home to Hawkwood

Candia McKormack visits the nurturing environment of 19th-century Hawkwood College

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The Stroud Fringe Festival

Five things to do this weekend in the Cotswolds (August 30-31)

If you’re wondering what to do this weekend in the Cotswolds, here are five recommendations from us to you...

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A shooting party at Dormy House / Photo: Picasa

Dormy House wins prestigious shooting venue award

As the grouse shooting season opened earlier this month on August 12, Dormy House Hotel near Broadway has been named one of the top 12 shooting hotels in the UK.

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Travel

Fiona Bruce (far left) and Simon Numphud (far right), head of AA Hotel Services, present the Dormy House team with their award

Dormy House is AA Hotel of the Year

Top hotel award goes to the Cotswolds’ newest refurbished hotel and spa

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Holiday cottages in the Cotswolds

How to holiday let a large Cotswold cottage

Promotional feature: Cotswold Life talks to Character Cottages to understand the secrets behind holiday letting large properties in the Cotswolds

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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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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

Tony Robinson (centre) as Argan / Photo: Simon Annand

The Hypochondriac at The Everyman, Cheltenham

If you’re in need of a tonic, then catch The Hypochondriac at Cheltenham Everyman this week – not a farce where trousers fall down, so much as a farce where trousers are permanently down, awaiting the next enema, says Katie Jarvis

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Tim Delap (Sassoon) and Garmon Rhys (Owen) / Photo: Manuel Harlan

Regeneration at The Everyman, Cheltenham

What did Katie Jarvis think of Regeneration, the new play at The Everyman Theatre commemorating the centenary of the First World War?

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Restaurant review: The unconventional Convent

Katie Jarvis thinks there are some restaurant sins to be confessed, but redemption might not be too far away for this promising venue

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Mark Hyde as Morganhall, and Alan Digweed (aka Tweedy) as Fowle, in The Dock Brief at Everyman Studio Theatre, Cheltenham

Theatre review: The Dock Brief

Tweedy the Clown? Starring in The Dock Brief, by John Mortimer? Is this legal? asks Katie Jarvis.

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Adam Gillen as Ben, and Olivia Hallinan as Lotty, in Lotty's War, Cheltenham Everyman

Theatre review: Lotty’s War

If you want to see a superb piece of theatre, then catch Lotty’s War at Cheltenham Everyman, running until Saturday, October 18

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Gardens

Crocus Remembrance

Get planting this Centenary

The Royal British Legion is calling on the public to plant a living legacy for those who fought and died in the First World War as part of its Centenary commemorations. Working in partnership with Ashridge Nurseries on a project called Centenary Gardens, the Legion aims to keep the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War alive for future generations.

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Crocus Remembrance

Get planting this Centenary

The Royal British Legion is calling on the public to plant a living legacy for those who fought and died in the First World War as part of its Centenary commemorations. Working in partnership with Ashridge Nurseries on a project called Centenary Gardens, the Legion aims to keep the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War alive for future generations.

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Celebrity Interviews

Dom Joly's cat, Roo

Dom Joly: A gangsta’s paradise

The dogs have learned that if you do what my cat Roo says, 
a relatively normal existence is possible

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John Gordon Sinclair and James Lance in 'Perfect Nonsense'

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense: Cheltenham Everyman, November 10-15

Direct from the West End, adapted from the works of PG Wodehouse by The Goodale Brothers, and directed by Sean Foley.

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Camila Batmanghelidjh

At the court of Queen Camila Batmanghelidjh

Camila Batmanghelidjh, one of the speakers at Cheltenham’s recent literature festival, will be talking at the Mary Howard Christmas Fair in Hullavington this month about the work of her charity Kids Company. Despite a desperate need for funds, she tells Katie Jarvis, she’s determined to carry on tackling Britain’s current and profound abuse crisis

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Simon Mayo

Simon Mayo: Talking ‘Itchcraft’ with the broadcaster and children’s author

Simon Mayo has been one of the nation’s favourite broadcasters since his first Radio 1 job nearly three decades ago. Now the presenter of Radio 2’s Drivetime, he’s embarked on a parallel career as a best-selling author, as Katie Jarvis discovered ahead of his appearance at Bath Children’s Literature Festival

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I was wandering around an area populated by bears dressed only in shorts and blood

Dom Joly: You’re not from round here...

It’s not that I think I behave badly. It’s just a question of having to learn about all the things that might annoy a local and then doing your best not to overstep the mark

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Cotswold Life Weddings E-Edition

Cotswold Life Weddings

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Events

Gloucester Quays outlet spooktacular this half term

Spooky activities at Gloucester Quays this half-term

Promotional feature: This October, Gloucester Quays Outlet will host a number of ‘terrorific’ activities designed to get everybody into the Halloween spirit this half term.

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John Gordon Sinclair and James Lance in 'Perfect Nonsense'

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense: Cheltenham Everyman, November 10-15

Direct from the West End, adapted from the works of PG Wodehouse by The Goodale Brothers, and directed by Sean Foley.

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Frightmare at Over Farm

Gloucester beware, you’re in for a scare!

There is certainly something unnerving about walking in the dark towards the sound of people screaming. Thankfully, I had a reasonable idea of what I was letting myself in for. Frightmare!

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Beyond The Barricade

The Roses Theatre this October

The Roses Theatre has lots on this October, including Swan Lake, Beyond The Barricade and Wish You Were Here...

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Chipping Campden's annual firework display

Chipping Campden’s annual firework display

Chipping Campden’s annual firework display organised by St James Primary School PTFA, will be on Wednesday, November 5 at the recreation ground.

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Arts

Tony Robinson (centre) as Argan / Photo: Simon Annand

The Hypochondriac at The Everyman, Cheltenham

If you’re in need of a tonic, then catch The Hypochondriac at Cheltenham Everyman this week – not a farce where trousers fall down, so much as a farce where trousers are permanently down, awaiting the next enema, says Katie Jarvis

Read full story »

Tim Delap (Sassoon) and Garmon Rhys (Owen) / Photo: Manuel Harlan

Regeneration at The Everyman, Cheltenham

What did Katie Jarvis think of Regeneration, the new play at The Everyman Theatre commemorating the centenary of the First World War?

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The phantom of the theatre / photo: alphaspirit

Stage fright

In the run-up to Halloween, we’ve asked our readers to submit spooky stories and poems with a local connection. This tale of a haunting apparition comes courtesy of The Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham...

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John Gordon Sinclair and James Lance in 'Perfect Nonsense'

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense: Cheltenham Everyman, November 10-15

Direct from the West End, adapted from the works of PG Wodehouse by The Goodale Brothers, and directed by Sean Foley.

Read full story »

Beyond The Barricade

The Roses Theatre this October

The Roses Theatre has lots on this October, including Swan Lake, Beyond The Barricade and Wish You Were Here...

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Interiors

Keep your feet toasty with a Baa Stool

Getting cosy for autumn

The arrival of autumn means it’s time to hunker down and make your home cosy for the season ahead. Here area a few simple updates to ease you into the new season and help you banish the winter chills.

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Lewis & Wood, Woodchester Mill

Lewis & Wood are holding a massive sale at Woodchester Mill: November 13-15

Due to the rapid expansion of the creative studio at Woodchester Mill, and the need for more space to print the signature ‘wide width wallpapers’, they have come to the decision that they need to convert the space into a working area, as the company is growing and expanding at such a pace.

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Baa stools

10% OFF Baa Stools: the luxury sheepskin footstool

Grab yourself a British made Baargain over at the Great British Life Shop

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Recipes

Bramley apples / Photo: Red58Bill

Bramleys: fruit of the month!

Evelyn Curtis talks apples, offering a few of her favourite recipes featuring the much-loved Bramley

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September suppers

Evelyn Curtis provides a few of her favourite seasonal recipes for September

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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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Discover

A Life with a View Fragrances

20% OFF A Life with a View fragrances and candles

Save 20% off all purchases of candles and fragrances by A Life with a View on the Great British Life Shop

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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

A blue tit feeding during the winter months

Winter care for wild birds

Promotional feature: As the colder weather approaches, spare a thought for the wild birds in your garden. CJ Wildlife offer some tips on how you can help them survive the winter.

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Slate Clothing

Ethical shopping

Promotional feature: When choosing a garment, should we be thinking beyond whether it fits, looks and feels right? Gilly Aspey of Slate Clothing thinks we should.

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Brentford Melinga Oak

How to create the perfect party kitchen

Promotional feature: With staying-in being the new going-out, we ask Angela Bower at The Kitchen Design Workshop to share her tips for creating the perfect party kitchen.

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Brodie Manning Limited

Brodie Manning Limited offer the complete development package

Promotional feature: Brodie Manning Limited is a specialist planning, design and development consultancy. They explained to Cotswold Life what they can do for prospective clients.

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Wholefoods Rock and Ribs Halloween Party

Whole Foods Cheltenham to host a Halloween party this October

Promotional feature: Whole Foods Market in Cheltenham will be celebrating a love of good food and music at a Halloween Party on Saturday October 25, 2014.

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