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Jim Crawley, Jo Jamfrey, Emily Thomas and Florence Beetlestone

Sun shines on Cirencester Hare Festival launch

They have finally arrived – the Cirencester five-foot hare is here and is set to stay all summer.

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The Discovery Dome at a recent preview // Photo: © John Tredinnick

Journey through time with the new Discover Dome at Chedworth Roman Villa

This Easter visitors to Chedworth Roman Villa will be transported back in time thanks to the latest digital technology developed by the University of Bath.

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Jon Moses

REVIEW: Jesus Christ Superstar: until Saturday, March 29, 2014

Candia McKormack reviews the opening night of Jesus Christ Superstar at Gloucester Cathedral

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Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar at Gloucester Cathedral: March 25-29

Something rather exciting is happening in Gloucester this week.

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CLFDA 2014

Nominations open for the 12th annual Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards

We are pleased to be able to bring you the 12th annual Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards at Cheltenham Racecourse on July 7.

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Holiday E-Edition

Great British Life Holidays

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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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The hilltop village of Gordes, Provence, France

Travel: A tear in Provence

When the temperature is touching 100, there’s no air-conditioning and the famous fountains can’t be found, maybe the Cotswold rain isn’t so bad after all.

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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

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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'Fratello's might not be in Venice, but it will transport you there' / Photo: gorillaimages (shutterstock)

Restaurant review: Ciao, Corinium! Salve, Fratello’s!

Flood the streets of Cirencester, chuck in a plethora of dishonest gondoliers, and the town’s new restaurant Fratello’s could transport you straight to Venice - says Katie Jarvis

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Luke's Broadway

Restaurant review: Cool Hand Luke

Katie Jarvis explains how there’s a warm welcome at Luke’s Broadway, but the culinary efforts of a highly-rated young chef get a rather chilly reception

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The Wild Rabbit on Church Street, Kingham

Restaurant review: No-Bugs Bunny

Katie Jarvis is ready not to like the Wild Rabbit, Daylesford’s restaurant cousin. But try as she 
might, this plan goes horribly, surprisingly wrong. Because she loves it.

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Prego, Broadway

Restaurant review: Prego? You’re welcome!

Katie Jarvis struggles to maintain objectivity at this Broadway Tuscan idyll where the welcome is as wonderful as the food

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Celebrity Interviews

Blofeld and Baxter

Henry ‘Blowers’ Blofeld putting on a show for his ‘dear old things’

Ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes on Test Match Special? Peter Baxter and Henry Blofeld will spill the beans at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre later this month. Cricket fan Sue Limb got Blowers on the blower.

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Michael Morpurgo

Interview: Michael Morpurgo

Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse, will be guest speaker at a gala dinner hosted by Wiltshire’s Bowood House on April 25. Katie Jarvis spoke to him about his writing, and about how we should commemorate the centenary of the First World War

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Musician Johnny Coppin at Haresfield Beacon, an area where he takes inspiration for his songs

Johnny Coppin: Natural-born singer

Johnny Coppin’s new album celebrates our landscape, traditions and people. He tells Katie Jarvis about his Cotswold life and why he’s at home in the countryside

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Jonathan Aitken

At home with the Iron Lady: Interview with Jonathan Aitken

Katie Jarvis meets Jonathan Aitken to talk about his fascinating new biography of Margaret Thatcher, prison reform and the much underrated experience of failure

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Dom Joly

Dom Joly: I’m going to live and die in these hills

Cheltenham is hip. It has great schools, beautiful architecture and a buzz about it that was severely lacking in the mid-Seventies, says our new columnist

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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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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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Polly Lyster

The select few

The last time I met up with Lizzi Walton, around two years ago, I was struck by what an incredible force of nature she was. Pretty much single-handedly she was running Stroud International Textiles (SIT) from her Stroud studio cum office. How does one woman run a year-round programme of events supporting artists, designers and makers and then organise ‘select’, an internationally celebrated annual exhibition, bringing talents from around the globe to the Cotswolds?

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Anima Mundi

Unique artwork to be funded by Kickstarter campaign

Antlers Gallery, in conjunction with artist Tim Lane, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a unique work of art.

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It's Rhino Week at Cotswold Wildlife Park

Five things to do this weekend

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

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Moon of Alabama by Lynn Chadwick

Art exhibition in Chalford extended for two weeks by popular demand

Gallery Pangolin in Chalford specialises in sculpture and related drawings and prints. They have extended their current exhibition up to April 17

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Blue Moon 3 by Antonia Bruce

The art of dance at the Art Jericho, Oxford

Artist Antonia Bruce has created a series of Indian ink drawings inspired by the movement of dancers she collaborated with. ‘Blue Moon’ will be an exhibition of her work at the Art Jericho gallery in Oxford from April 17 - May 11.

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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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Bespoke furniture from S Rouse

The best seat in the house

We spend an awfully long time on our sofas, so aren’t they worth a little extra love and attention? (Promotional feature)

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Robin Furlong's bespoke furniture

Enriching your surroundings with handmade furniture

Robin Furlong’s new furniture studios in Moreton in Marsh offer greater accessibility to his broadening collection of fine furniture.

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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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Gino D'Acampo

Christmas at Gino’s

Celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo loves a family Christmas, filled with plenty of delicious Italian food and indulgent treats. Here he shares with Sarah Drew Jones a few thoughts on festive fare, and the perfect recipe for Yuletide suppers

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The Swan Inn

New head chef at The Swan Inn in Moreton in Marsh launches his festive menu

Graham McGinty, the new head chef at The Swan Inn, has launched his festive menu.

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Life TV

Sean Nolan and Berny Poulton are hoping to raise enough capital to allow them to finish their 'Dream Song' game

Living the dream

Words and pictures by Keith Meatheringham

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Coffee and a quick read in the new kitchen / Photo: Charlotte Wright

‘Our Bower Willis kitchen is the perfect blend of style and substance’

Promotional feature: Geoff and Beatrice Norman invite us into their bespoke family kitchen created by Bower Willis Designs of Shipston on Stour.

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The Cotswolds / Photo: D. J. Cannings-Bushell

The Cotswolds is top destination for tourism in England

Promotional feature: Why Holidaycottages.co.uk are keen to expand its Cotswolds portfolio

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Harry Meade (GBR) riding Wild Lone / Photo: Fiona Crawford

Pure Class: The Badminton Horse Trials

The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials is always one of the local area’s biggest attractions and has welcomed thousands of spectators since it started in 1949.

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The Coco Jacket in White (perfect for all occasions)

Fall back in love with Cashmere

Promotional Feature: Are you ready for a Spring/Summer image filled with pure luxury that’s entwined with classic fashion? NUAN are...

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An example of the Keepsake Garden trend

Keepsake Garden: the interior design trend fusing vintage with contemporary

Promotional Feature: Interior designer Alice Foulsham finds the ‘Keepsake Garden’ trend particularly eyecatching...

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