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Christmas at Dyrham Park

Celebrate Christmas outdoors at Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park in South Gloucestershire is embracing the outdoors this Christmas with a family-friendly offering during the first three weekends in December (December 6-7, 13-14, 20-21)

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The Wilson and The Guild at 51 get festive this December

The Wilson gets festive with a Christmas shopping event

The Wilson Shop, part of Cheltenham’s redeveloped art gallery and museum, along with the Guild@51 and The Wilson Café, will be staying open until 8pm on Thursday December 4 for The Wilson Shopping Event.

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The Cirencester Toy & Train Fair

The Cirencester Toy & Train Fair pulling in to town this December

Four times a year Ronnie Davies and Tim Pearson organise the Cirencester Toy & Train Fair in the town’s Bingham Hall, and the next is scheduled for Sunday December 21

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Effie Gray

Film screenings at The Roses Theatre this December 2014

As the end of the year draws near, The Roses Theatre will be screening films bound to play a big part in the awards season

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Christmas lights bringing a festive warmth to the winter chill / Photo by Cheryl Hill

Five Cotswold Christmas lights events this weekend

It’s not long until Christmas, and this weekend a number of towns and cities in and around the Cotswolds will be flicking the festive switch to illuminate the winter nights

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Travel

(L-R) Dormy Marketing Manager Ellie Jones and Sales Manager Vicki Jewitt receive the Best Spa Hotel award from Tamara Heber-Percy, co-founder of Mr & Mrs Smith / Photo: Rachel Juarez-Carr

Dormy House wins Best Spa Hotel and Best Destination Hotel in one week

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

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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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Walks

Gifts for walkers

Gifts for walkers and people on the go

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

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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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Restaurant Reviews

The Daffodil

Cotswold Life luncheon at 
The Daffodil

Cotswold Life editor Mike Lowe and Mark Stephens, managing director of The Daffodil, hosted a special luncheon for advertising clients of the region’s premier magazine.

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The Slaughters Country Inn

Cotswold Life authors’ lunch, Lower Slaughter

The cream of Gloucestershire’s wordsmiths gathered at The Lower Slaughter Manor for champagne and canapés, before heading across the road to The Slaughters Country Inn for the Cotswold Life Authors’ Lunch.

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The Wheatsheaf

Restaurant review: The Wheatsheaf in Northleach

Katie Jarvis: I’ve been taking tea with Jordan. No, not that one - I mean the magical and mysterious Middle Eastern country. But never forget that you can find an equally exotic experience at the excellent Wheatsheaf

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A scene from The Woman In Black at Fortune Theatre / Photo: Tristram Kenton (email: tristram@tristramkenton.com)

Review: The Woman In Black at The Everyman in Cheltenham

This is one play where ‘boos’ are part of the story; for this is a ghostly experience guaranteed to have you jumping out of your seat. But choose your audience carefully, 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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Gardens

The perfect gift for garden lovers

Christmas gifts for gardeners

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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Statues & Sculptures large garden sculpture worth £99

Win a large Statues & Sculptures garden statue worth £99

The Great British Life Shop has teamed up with Statues & Scultpures to offer one lucky competition winner a garden statue worth £99.

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Get planting with the WW1 Centenary Gardens project

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

Everyman Theatre's 2014 panto 'Sleeping Beauty' / 

Picture by Antony Thompson - Thousand Word Media

Cotswold Life interviews Tweedy The Clown of Giffords Circus

Tweedy the Clown is starring in Sleeping Beauty, this year’s Everyman Theatre pantomime. With his physical skilfulness, comic wit and Peter Pan qualities, he appeals to audiences across the generations. Katie Jarvis shared a banana milkshake with him

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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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Great British Holidays & Breaks



Great British Holidays & Breaks


Cotswold Life Weddings E-Edition

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Events

Beauty and the Beast at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

Five Cotswold Christmas pantos this December

Theatres in and around the Cotswolds will be bringing out their campest dames, catchiest songs and most sparkly costumes to entertain families with classic pantomimes this festive season. Here is a selection of what’s on offer...

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Matara and Rob Rees MBE, The Cotswold Chef

Matara and The Cotswold Chef will hold charity event in support of No Child Hungry Gloucestershire

Matara, a social enterprise nearing its 20th anniversary, has been hosting a series of ‘Supper and Conversation’ evenings at their pop-up cafe. Their December 12 event will feature Rob Rees, The Cotswold Chef, in support of charity campaign No Child Hungry Gloucestershire.

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Meningitis Now's Christmas Carol Concert

Help save lives this Christmas with Meningitis Now

Meningitis Now is holding its annual Christmas Celebration Concert at Gloucester Cathedral on Wednesday, December 17 and we would like as many people as possible to join it for the evening.

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Northern Soul

After-show speakers at Roses Theatre films this December

Promotional feature: Film audiences at The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury could be in with an extra treat over the next couple of weeks as educational speakers are invited to the theatre.

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All Saints students have been busy making props and sets, writing the script, recording the soundtrack and producing their very own Christmas film

All Saints Academy students create Christmas film

All Saints Academy students have been working with professional theatre and music makers to create their own Christmas film. Not only will it be premiered to the public, but Santa and his reindeer will be in the audience too.

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Arts

Beauty and the Beast at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

Five Cotswold Christmas pantos this December

Theatres in and around the Cotswolds will be bringing out their campest dames, catchiest songs and most sparkly costumes to entertain families with classic pantomimes this festive season. Here is a selection of what’s on offer...

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Alison Steadman

Review: Alison Steadman in conversation with Fiona Lindsay

Joanna Adams was at the Stratford Literary Festival to listen in to Fiona Lindsay interviewing Alison Steadman.

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Northern Soul

After-show speakers at Roses Theatre films this December

Promotional feature: Film audiences at The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury could be in with an extra treat over the next couple of weeks as educational speakers are invited to the theatre.

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The Wilson and The Guild at 51 get festive this December

The Wilson gets festive with a Christmas shopping event

The Wilson Shop, part of Cheltenham’s redeveloped art gallery and museum, along with the Guild@51 and The Wilson Café, will be staying open until 8pm on Thursday December 4 for The Wilson Shopping Event.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

Review: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Jenny Wren Productions

Katie Jarvis went to see a production of Sherlock Holmes’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, a production dogged by the sorts of jokes Arthur Conan Doyle’s editor foolishly erased. What was he thinking?

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Interiors

Secret Santa gifts

10 Secret Santa gifts under £16

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

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Pawpost delivery

Christmas gifts for animal lovers

Our favourite Christmas gifts for both animal loving friends and their furry four legged pets.

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Christmas blooms

Cosy Christmas interiors

Whether you want to buy something for the home, a hostess gift or just want to treat yourself this Christmas, we’ve rounded up our favourite presents.

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Festive treats for your home

Christmas gifts for the home

Light some scented candles, start the fire, hang the decorations, then take a seat and enjoy Christmas in your home.

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Gifts for the person who has everything

Gifts for the person who has everything

We all have that one person who already has everything they want or need. So branch out and give them something they didn’t even know they wanted!

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Recipes

Goose makes a good alternative to turkey for Christmas dinner [Photo - Dar1930]

Recipes for Christmas stuffing, plus more festive food

Evelyn Curtis offers up some tasty seasonal recipes for the Christmas period, including turkey stuffing, whisky peppercorn gravy, party punch and more...

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Welsh cakes / Photo: Neil Langan

Winter recipes: Braised oxtail, Welsh cakes & more

November offers a lot to look forward to; rich warming stews, thick soups and hot spongy puddings are high on our list of meals as the colder weather gets under way. Evelyn Curtis shares a few of her favourite seasonal recipes.

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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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Life TV

Wallace wears The Hambledon
Paul & Joe Ballade dress in navy, £259
Costume jewellery from a selection at Foundation, from £38
Footwear: Keith Scarrott dip front/zip back ankle boot, £179.95

Ange Noir photoshoot: Party politics

This photoshoot for Cotswold Life shows off the latest in glamorous party-wear ahead of the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Click the gallery to see the results...

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Discover

Cotswold Traiteur

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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Mole End

Mole End

At the end of a long gravel drive a charming bed and breakfast with a warm welcome awaits in a traditional Cotswold stone house situated on the outskirts of the well known picturesque village of Stow on the Wold...

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The Bantam Tea Rooms & Accommodation

The Bantam Tea Rooms & Accommodation

The Bantam tearooms is nested in guild house; in a historic Cotswold building, offering lovely accommodation, a warm welcome and a sumptuous locally sourced cooked breakfast by a roaring log fire

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The Swan Inn Rooms

The Swan Inn

The Swan Inn has recently been taken over and is now family run. We are located within the heart of the town at the junction of the Stow on the Wold (A429) and the Bourton road (A44)...

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Corinium Museum

Corinium Museum

Cotswold Museum Service cares for archaeological and social history objects in the Council’s collections. These collections are significant both nationally and internationally.

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Showcase

Chipping Campden's Enchanted Christmas

Revolution Event Services does Enchanted Christmas

Promotional feature: This year, the team at Revolution Event Services were privileged to be invited to sponsor Chipping Campden’s Enchanted Christmas on Friday December 12.

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Holiday homes with open fires and cosy furnishings provide a wonderful setting for a perfect weekend away

Does your holiday cottage support your local village?

Promotional feature: With the recent talk about second homes upsetting the residents of St Ives, Cotswold Life talks to Character Cottages, a local holiday letting expert, about how a professionally run holiday cottage actually benefits the local economy

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Live-in care is a good option when someone has dementia / Photo: Shironosov (Getty/iStockphoto)

Q&A: Our parents are showing signs of dementia – what can we do?

Promotional feature: Live-in care agency Corinium Care answers some of your questions

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Tartan bedroom

Tips on decorating your guest bedrooms

Promotional feature: Are you having guests to stay for Christmas? Here are a few tips for turning a cold, unloved spare bedroom into a cosy and welcoming retreat for your guests.

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Science at St Helen and St Katharine

New £7m centre blinds with science at St Helen and St Katharine

Promotional feature: The new £7m Science Centre at St Helen and St Katharine in Abingdon was officially opened by world-renowned geneticist, Professor Kay Davies CBE, on November 11.

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