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Cotswolds feature in BBC/HBO mini-series The Casual Vacancy

The Cotswolds has a starring role in BBC TV’s adaptation of The Casual Vacancy, JK Rowling’s story of a fictional town which is torn apart by parish council politics.

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Land in Slad Valley (Photo: Martin Fowler)

Gladman gives up in the Slad Valley

You might remember an article in our February issue about planning in the Cotswolds, focusing in particular on the impact of land agents such as Gladman Developments on rural communities in the region. Now, local people in Stroud and Slad are celebrating a victory over the developers.

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

10 things to do 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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Creative Cirencester, by Tracy Spiers

Creative Cirencester

Tracy Spiers gets the creativity bug when she visits the artists and craftspeople of Cirencester

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Phoenix Festival, Cirencester

Love the Phoenix, Cirencester: Saturday, February 14, 2015

‘Love the Phoenix’ this Valentine’s Day by showing support for Cirencester’s fantastic youth- and community-led Phoenix Festival!

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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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Restaurant Reviews

Food at My Great Grandfather's Restaurant

Restaurant review: 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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Star Bistro is named People’s Favourite in the Sustainable Restaurant Awards 2015

Star Bistro is named People’s Favourite in the Sustainable Restaurant Awards 2015

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

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Gloucester Services / Photo credit: Mark Lord

Restaurant review: Gloucester Services

Katie Jarvis discovers that going out to dine on the motorway is a real blast from the past

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Number Sixty Five, Tetbury

Review of Tetbury’s Sixty-five restaurant

Sixty-five is an odd number, but, as Katie Jarvis discovered, this homely restaurant in Tetbury serves up good honest food made by someone who cares

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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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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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Celebrity Interviews

Dom Joly's pig, Wilbur

Dom Joly: I got those pig-farming blues

I read an article about an unfortunate family who thought they had bought a miniature pig that then turned into a 220-pound monster

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Interview with Sir Ranulph Fiennes

From that unfortunate matter involving the red-hot poker at Berkeley Castle, through Agincourt, to commanding a unit of Muslims in Muscat, the Fiennes have always been at the centre of conflict and adventure. Katie Jarvis talks to Sir Ranulph, 
the latest action man

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10 celebrities who live in the Cotswolds

The honey-coloured villages and towns of the Cotswolds are home to many famous celebrities, from comedian Michael McIntyre, who has just moved to Wiltshire, to singer Lily Allen and her dad Keith who call Gloucestershire home. Here’s our top 10 to look out for...

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Author Susan Lewis at her Bagington home

Susan Lewis’s secrets

Katie Jarvis meets the best-selling author whose intriguing back-story goes a long way towards explaining her literary motivation

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Tanya Byron

Tanya Byron explains why young minds are at risk

‘Where is the line between sanity and insanity?’ Professor Tanya Byron asks in her fascinating book, The Skeleton Cupboard. Wherever it’s drawn, there’s insanity in how we’re currently treating our children and young people, she tells Katie Jarvis.

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Showcase

Needlework at RSN

Learn hand embroidery in Rugby with the Royal School of Needlework

Promotional feature: Based in Rugby in the West Midlands, Royal School of Needlework (RSN) provides expert and enthusiastic tutors who share their passion for hand embroidery with beginners and advanced students alike.

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A garden suite looking tired and rusted

Why refurbish your garden furniture?

Promotional feature: MRK Services explains why refurbishing your garden furniture makes more sense than replacing it

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Love and Local Food Festival

Love & Local Food Festival comes to Whole Foods Market, Cheltenham

Promotional feature: Over the weekend of Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th February, Whole Foods Market Cheltenham will be celebrating the best of local Cotswold and West Country food, drink and beauty in a free two day festival.

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The completed ring

Aneata Boote Design

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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Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection

Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection in Bourton-on-the-Water

Promotional feature: The Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection lies in the beautiful setting of Bourton-on-the-Water. A popular tourist destination, Bourton is a great place to visit for a day trip, with plenty to see and do in and around the village.

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Events

Conductor John Read with organist Robin Baggs

Fairford & District Choral Society concert: Sunday, March 15

Fairford & District Choral Society will present its next concert on Sunday, March 15 in St Mary’s Church, Fairford.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival

Banff Mountain Film Festival at Malvern Theatres

Travel the world and experience a selection of unforgettable adventures from the comfort of your theatre chair when the

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to Malvern Theatres this February.

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The walk has been planned to coincide with World Autism Awareness Week

Autism awareness fundraiser walk in Cheltenham this March

People in Gloucestershire are invited to join an autism awareness fundraiser walk around Cheltenham’s pittville park and lake on March 29.

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Stroud Film Festival 2015

Programme announced for the first Stroud Film Festival

The very first Stroud Film Festival takes place at venues throughout the town, on March 13-29, 2015. It’s a two-week celebration of cinema, bringing new opportunities for the whole community to enjoy a wide range of films.

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Star Bistro is named People’s Favourite in the Sustainable Restaurant Awards 2015

Star Bistro is named People’s Favourite in the Sustainable Restaurant Awards 2015

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

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Arts

Roundelay at The Everyman, Cheltenham / Photo: Tony Bartholomew

Review: Roundelay at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Was it Karma that meant Katie Jarvis ended up at Roundelay, an Alan Ayckbourn play that might seek to prove life’s a lottery, but doesn’t?

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Conductor John Read with organist Robin Baggs

Fairford & District Choral Society concert: Sunday, March 15

Fairford & District Choral Society will present its next concert on Sunday, March 15 in St Mary’s Church, Fairford.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival

Banff Mountain Film Festival at Malvern Theatres

Travel the world and experience a selection of unforgettable adventures from the comfort of your theatre chair when the

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to Malvern Theatres this February.

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Stroud Film Festival 2015

Programme announced for the first Stroud Film Festival

The very first Stroud Film Festival takes place at venues throughout the town, on March 13-29, 2015. It’s a two-week celebration of cinema, bringing new opportunities for the whole community to enjoy a wide range of films.

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

10 things to do 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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Interiors

The Painted Furniture Company

7 great looks for your bedroom

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

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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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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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Recipes

Eggs Benedict

Recipe for Eggs Benedict using your AGA

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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Evelyn's Streusel Tart

More recipes to warm up this winter

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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Fish pie / Photo: Steve Baxter

Warm winter recipes for January

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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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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Life TV

Johnny Cash, performed by Clive John

What’s on at The Roses Theatre: January - February

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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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

Be Unlimited Ltd

Be Unlimited Ltd

Who we are

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

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Stanbrook Abbey

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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The Wharf House

The Wharf House

Welcome to award-winning waterside restaurant and accommodation, The Wharf House, situated in Over on the edge of the historic city of Gloucester.

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Sylva 1

Sylva

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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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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