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Mon, 14:00

Cheltenham Jazz Festival returns at the end of April with a bold programme featuring performances from a range of established stars and emerging talent, including Jamie Cullum, Caro Emerald, Laura Mvula, Gregory Porter and Squarepusher.

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Spirits high, even on a grey day

We made easy work of the Cotswold hills, despite the damp grey day, as we started the second part of our Cotswold Way walk.

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Malvern Hills, soon to be renamed as the Calverns / Photo: Pippa Sanderson

Official representatives of the Cotswolds have concluded negotiations with representatives of neighbouring Malvern to unify the two hill ranges into one, to be renamed the Calverns. But what does this mean for the future of Cotswold Life?

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Easter Bunny / Photo: Africa Studio

As spring arrives on our doorsteps gilding the grass with daffodils, Easter comes with it. As usual, there’s plenty to keep the family busy in and around the Cotswolds; here is our pick of 15 Easter events to get you out and about!

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Dinmore Manor locomotive at Toddington Station, Gloucestershire

While on work experience with Cotswold Life, Amy Woolridge of Cleeve School enjoyed a day out at Toddington as part of Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s Tourism Day

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Travel

Monday, November 24, 2014

Guests of Dormy House near Broadway have earned the hotel two top international awards in one week.

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Fiona Bruce (far left) and Simon Numphud (far right), head of AA Hotel Services, present the Dormy House team with their award

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

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Thursday, September 25, 2014
Holiday cottages in the Cotswolds

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

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Hotel du Vin, Cheltenham / Photo: Nic Box

Promotional feature: Hotel du Vin & Bistro, Cheltenham, is hosting a range of summer events this year

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Walks

Mon, 11:01

We made easy work of the Cotswold hills, despite the damp grey day, as we started the second part of our Cotswold Way walk.

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Clare with the beautiful four-year-old Great Grey Owl ‘Phoebe’ who comes from the Northern Hemisphere

A Gloucestershire couple’s love of birds of prey has led to an unusual business that allows members of the public to ‘Walk With Hawks’

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Monday, March 16, 2015
Dovers Hill with Clare, Susie, Sara, Penny and Sue Wise, with Saffy the Labrador

The snow came swirling down, thick and fast, as we lost sight of the hedges and fields we began to wonder if today was the best day to start walking the Cotswold Way.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014
Gifts for walkers

Inspire ramblers and hikers to get up and go with our favourite Christmas presents for people who love the outdoors.

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Christmas

Restaurant Reviews

Candia McKormack enjoys a night to be remembered with Missy Malone and friends in Cheltenham

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Romy's Kitchen

Katie Jarvis: Imported from The Bengal to Thornbury, this is Indian food at its very best

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Thursday, March 19, 2015
The real Constance Smedley

Katie Jarvis reviews Frank Hatt’s excellent play about a remarkable Minchinhampton resident who, even more remarkably, has almost been forgotten

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Friday, March 13, 2015
When all you want is carbs, head to one of the take outs on this list! (Image from Simpsons)

After an exhausting day of Guinness drinking and bet placing at Cheltenham Festival there is nothing better than a delicious carbohydrate filled supper. We give you ten of our favourite restaurants in Cheltenham open until late.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Food at My Great Grandfather's Restaurant

Forget visions of tinned tomato soup with bread and marge. ‘My Great Grandfather’s Restaurant’ in Tewkesbury is simply and utterly superb, says Katie Jarvis

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Gardens

Monday, March 30, 2015

Highgrove is one of the country’s most famous gardens. Mandy Bradshaw takes a tour

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Monday, March 30, 2015
Showborough House, Gloucestershire

Designed for art, the garden at Showborough House is far more than merely an outdoor gallery

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Monday, March 16, 2015
It is important when planning garden lighting to remember that a little goes a long way

Get switched on, improve security and bring your garden to life in a few easy steps

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Now that I am in the early autumn of my days I am completely sold on a handful of fresh mint mixed with chamomile stuffed into a tea pot

Some beautiful flowers aren’t just for looking at. They can make delicious additions to garden salads as well, as Sir Roddy Llewellyn explains

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The perfect gift for garden lovers

Looking for festive gifts for garden enthusiasts? We’ve rounded up our favourite presents for gardeners to help you get started with your Christmas shopping.

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Christmas

Celebrity Interviews

Mon, 12:02

Dom Joly wants a hobby to keep him busy in his golden years, but ballooning around the Cotswolds wasn’t the first potential pastime that came to mind

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Monday, March 30, 2015
Verity Smith with Szekit known as 'Kit'

The inspirational Verity Smith, who has lost 97 per cent of her sight, tells Katie Jarvis about her Cotswold life as she trains for next year’s Paralympics

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Monday, March 30, 2015
Emma Samms

Hollywood star and Cotswold girl Emma Samms is our newest columnist. She explains some of the differences between life in LA and life in rural England - and how her slavish devotion to the cult of the Aga has left her battle-scarred.

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Monday, March 23, 2015
The Tiger Who Came To Tea, by Judith Kerr

You’ll have to hurry if you want to catch Oxford Literary Festival (March 21-29), where authors include the remarkable Judith Kerr. Katie Jarvis caught up with the author, famous for her children’s book The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Dom Joly with his 'nightmarish' Fitbit

Dom Joly’s new fitness device has lead to a fierce international rivalry with an uber-competitive businessman in Dubai...

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Showcase

Friday, April 10, 2015

Promotional feature: Wedding photographer Jenny Aston asks wedding co-ordinators from across the Cotswolds for their top tips on planning your big day

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Thursday, April 2, 2015
The Kensington Large Knole Sofa

Promotional feature: Louise and Richard Harvey talk about the exceptional quality of their bespoke hand made Knole sofas.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
An outdoor kitchen can provide a great social area for family and friends to gather

Promotional feature: Why should homeowners install an outdoor kitchen, and what considerations should they make beforehand? Outdoor Kitchens & Decking Ltd explain

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The completed ring

Promotional feature: Artisan jeweller Aneata Boote describes the processes involved in turning an inherited diamond and sapphire ring into a new, bespoke ring

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Thursday, March 12, 2015
This year, the MUA awards will take place May 10 - 11

Promotional feature: Every year, Britain’s premier beauty show returns to the NEC, Birmingham. Makiazas Alondz Studios invite aspiring and professional make-up artists to train with them for the MUA awards.

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Events

Candia McKormack enjoys a night to be remembered with Missy Malone and friends in Cheltenham

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Mon, 14:00
Van Morrison has been confirmed as among the star-studded line-up of this year's Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Cheltenham Jazz Festival returns at the end of April with a bold programme featuring performances from a range of established stars and emerging talent, including Jamie Cullum, Caro Emerald, Laura Mvula, Gregory Porter and Squarepusher.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015
James Gillray: 'The Plumb-pudding in danger, or, State epicures taking un petit souper'

Sandra Smith visited a celebration of James Gillray’s caricatures at the Ashmolean in Oxford. Here’s what she thought...

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The cast of The History Boys / Photo: Darren Bell

A play about education? The only dry thing about The History Boys is Alan Bennett’s wit, says Katie Jarvis of this wonderful, wonderful, not-to-be-missed production running from March 30 to April 4.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Jason Thorpe & Robert Webb in Jeeves and Wooster / Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Award winning comedy Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense will be appearing at Malvern Theatres from Monday March 30 until Saturday April 4.

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Arts

Candia McKormack enjoys a night to be remembered with Missy Malone and friends in Cheltenham

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Stroud Film Festival organisers after the last film of the event

The first Stroud Film Festival, which closed March 29, involved sixteen award winning films at eight venues with an audience of over 1300 film enthusiasts

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Thursday, April 2, 2015
James Gillray: 'The Plumb-pudding in danger, or, State epicures taking un petit souper'

Sandra Smith visited a celebration of James Gillray’s caricatures at the Ashmolean in Oxford. Here’s what she thought...

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The cast of The History Boys / Photo: Darren Bell

A play about education? The only dry thing about The History Boys is Alan Bennett’s wit, says Katie Jarvis of this wonderful, wonderful, not-to-be-missed production running from March 30 to April 4.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Jason Thorpe & Robert Webb in Jeeves and Wooster / Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Award winning comedy Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense will be appearing at Malvern Theatres from Monday March 30 until Saturday April 4.

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Interiors

Friday, April 10, 2015

Great British Life is offering a beautiful double bedding set worth £165 to a lucky reader.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Large Kilim Rugs

Promotional feature: Richard and Louise Harvey from The Richard Harvey Collection whisk us off on a journey to the Far East with their collection of Kilims, Swat Valley chests, Spice Boxes, Altar Tables and Honey Pot lamps, among other jewels to create a peaceful haven in your home.

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Builder Jason Strong put in the double-glazed French doors to access the sun deck from the master bedroom. The deck has been designed with a sun well to let light into the kitchen below

Having a talented interior designer – and hands-on project manager to boot – as a sister was a considerable advantage when it came to transforming the Normans’ Oxfordshire cottage

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Friday, January 9, 2015
The Painted Furniture Company

Create a tranquil bedroom in which you will want to rest your head

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Sunday, December 7, 2014
Secret Santa gifts

Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality of gifts this Christmas.

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Christmas

Recipes

Friday, March 13, 2015

Evelyn Curtis offers up a selection of recipes ideal for March, including lamb in lemon sauce, pineapple meringue, fruity tea loaf and rock cakes

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Eggs Benedict

Rose Norman, co-founder of vintage-inspired Herefordshire company Betty Twyford, offers up a recipe for cooking Eggs Benedict using your AGA

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Thursday, February 12, 2015
Evelyn's Streusel Tart

Evelyn Curtis offers up some more recipes to ward off the chill, including Irish stew, bacon and cider hotpot and rhubarb and strawberry tart

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Fish pie / Photo: Steve Baxter

Evelyn Curtis offers up some winter recipes to ward off the chill, including fish pie, citrus jelly and lemon sponge souffle

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Life TV

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Cheltenham’s StarBistro has been named the People’s Favourite in a national award.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015
Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean, featured in Dr Who, Merlin and Atlantis, reopens this February half term

There’s all sorts for the whole family to do around the Cotswolds this February 2015 half term! Here is our selection of 10 events to get you out and about...

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Monday, January 26, 2015
Johnny Cash, performed by Clive John

What’s on at The Roses, including: music from young talent Laura Van Der Heijden, a celebration of country legend Johnny Cash, performances by fictional singer and organist John Shuttleworth and an entertaining take on life at a modern comprehensive in Teechers

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Discover

Mon, 09:32

Cheese on the Green, on Bilton Green, near Rugby in Warwickshire, is the area’s premier specialist cheese shop. Established in 2011 by fresh food veteran Richard Cooper, we sell only the finest produce - excellent cheeses, in season, sourced from the best cheesemakers and nurtured in conditions that allow their flavour and texture to bloom.

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Monday, February 23, 2015
Be Unlimited Ltd

Who we are

be unlimited is a new luxury fashion label that makes silk scarves and outfits.

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Monday, January 26, 2015
Stanbrook Abbey

Stanbrook Abbey is a rare architectural gem, set in 22 acres of gorgeous grounds, that has 57 beautifully appointed bedroom suites, , and serves award winning food

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Sylva 1

Your ideas and ambitions will be combined with our experience and know-how to design and create your home, with you...

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Thursday, December 11, 2014
Cotswold Traiteur

The one question that I get asked the most is “What does Traiteur mean?” It is of course French, and before the days of restaurants and cafes many French towns and villages had their own Traiteur who would prepare one dish every day for the locals,..

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