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As work-experience with Cotswold Life, Holly Clarke from Downfield Sixth Form in Stroud visited the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Slimbridge, catching up with happenings at the centre and meeting the new LEGO structures delighting children until September 2015

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Parasols, hat, fishing nets - it's like a seaside town

Lynn Ede fights against the obvious clichés, but finds it oh-so difficult when she visits the village dreams are made on - Bourton-on-the-Water

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This folly was built in the 1700s and served as a country retreat for artists including William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. Now it serves as the palace of the Bird King... | Photo: Newton2 / dreamdeeply.com

Every image run through Google’s Deep Dream algorithm emerges as a psychedelic vision of Dali-esque surrealism. Can you tell where these iconic Cotswold locations are after they’ve been given the treatment?

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Blenheim Palace

Once people come to the north Oxfordshire town of Woodstock they don’t tend to leave, as Lynn Ede discovers

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A parade of elephants make their way across the dirt road at Amakhala Game Reserve | Photo credit: Joe Meredith

Joe Meredith swapped the hills of the Cotswolds for the savannahs of South Africa’s Eastern Cape, discovering some of what makes the country such an exciting place to be

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Travel

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Joe Meredith swapped the hills of the Cotswolds for the savannahs of South Africa’s Eastern Cape, discovering some of what makes the country such an exciting place to be

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
An example of a 20mph speed limit on a residential road / Photo: 20splentyforus.org.uk

Worcester councillor Matthew Jenkins explains why communities are pressuring councils for the implementation of a 20mph speed limit

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Monday, November 24, 2014
(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

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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Walks

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The ideal way to enjoy the undulating green landscape of the Cotswolds is to slip on your walking shoes and go outdoors. There are a lot of well-trodden routes offering fantastic views of this region of England. Here’s our pick of the best...

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Looking out over Cheltenham and beyond

Having had two brilliant days walking in May, the 1st of June was grey and windy as we started our walk from Cleeve Common to Dowdeswell. I took my two geriatric spaniels as I thought it would be warm enough weather and not too strenuous. Not a good idea...

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Monday, June 29, 2015
Views over the Cotswolds

It’s May and we have walked two more sections of the Cotswold way, Stanway to Winchcombe and Winchcombe to Cleeve, in quick succession.

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Monday, June 22, 2015
The Sculpture Trail, Forest of Dean

There’s so much to see and do in the Forest of Dean, you’ll need to plan your summer days out with military precision, as Lynn Ede discovers

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Monday, April 13, 2015
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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Restaurant Reviews

Friday, June 19, 2015

Cotswold Life equestrian writer Debbie Graham swaps muddy fields and four hooves for fine-dining and music

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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, February 12, 2015
Gloucester Services / Photo credit: Mark Lord

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

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Friday, January 9, 2015
Number Sixty Five, Tetbury

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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Thursday, December 4, 2014
The Wheatsheaf

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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Gardens

Friday, May 22, 2015

It’s now full speed ahead into summer, with the natural world hitting the fast lane as the warmer weather approaches. Sue Bradley discovers the sounds and sights of summer

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Friday, May 22, 2015
Huntington rose

The colour and scent that June brings to us is impossible to envisage in the depths of winter. But here it is and let us revel in it because like all good things it is only transitory. You can’t have Christmas every day.

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Friday, May 22, 2015
Verbena bonariensis

Roddy Llewellyn explains why weeds can become boring guests that refuse to leave your garden, and how best to deal with them

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The Botanic Nursery, near Atworth

Foxgloves are familiar but often overlooked. One Cotswold nursery has different ideas

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Monday, March 30, 2015
The Carpet Garden, Highgrove

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

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Celebrity Interviews

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Katie Jarvis attends a fundraising event for the Mulberry Bush School, at Burnt Norton house near Chipping Campden. And as Jeremy Irons reads to guests from TS Eliot’s Four Quartets – in a straw boater, on a perfect day, beside an Earl-Grey lawn - the only thing missing is Aloysius

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Monday, July 27, 2015
”I couldn’t help but notice that your socks are not tennis socks,” he said, staring at my ankles as though they had a swastika tattoo on them

I once belonged to a very posh tennis club in West London. One day, someone on the ‘committee’ took me aside in the clubhouse. “I couldn’t help but notice that your socks are not tennis socks,” he said, staring at my ankles as though they had a swastika tattoo on them.

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Eric Whitacre

We all know that music can change our mood, but now scientists are measuring the effect it has upon us. Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre explained all to Katie Jarvis ahead of his performance at the Cheltenham Music Festival.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015
'You may well think that Twitter is just full of people talking about what they had for breakfast, but you couldn't be more wrong'

Need a restaurant recommendation or help with a crashed computer? Social media means that there’s always someone awake and willing to help. Emma Samms explains why Twitter is one part of the digital revolution she’s embraced...

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Monday, July 13, 2015
Lulu

Despite fame and fortune, Lulu has spent much of her life trying to be Miss Perfect - but never feeling good enough, she tells Katie Jarvis. It’s no accident that, finally comfortable in her own skin, she’s producing her best work ever.

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Events

Mon, 17:45

Gloucestershire might be seen as a sleepy county with rolling green hills and quaint Cotswold-stone villages, but there’s plenty to get your heart racing in this part of South West England. From the vertigo-inducing to the wonderfully weird, here’s our pick of the best activities for adrenaline junkies in Gloucestershire.

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Mon, 09:42
Jenny Wren Productions perform Twelfth Night

Gloucestershire’s Jenny Wren Productions are fast becoming one of Katie Jarvis’s favourite theatre companies – and, following their latest tour of Twelfth Night, here are a dozen reasons why.

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Friday, July 24, 2015
WOMAD

Wondering what to do this weekend in and around the Cotswolds? Here are five suggestions from us to you...

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
A pair of Kangxi blue and white porcelain lidded jars, 18th century / Photo: Catherine Hunt

Antiques for Everyone at the NEC in Birmingham is the largest antiques, interiors and collectables fair outside of London. Catherine Hunt from Cheltenham is among the 200 or so specialist dealers local to this region taking to the fair; what does she have in store for antique hunters?

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Absent Friends | Photo: Sheila Burnett

Dying of embarrassment is much more fun than you might imagine, blushes Katie Jarvis. If you’re going to see Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Absent Friends’ at the Cheltenham Everyman, prepare for silences, blunders, and an uncomfortably funny evening.

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Arts

Mon, 09:42

Gloucestershire’s Jenny Wren Productions are fast becoming one of Katie Jarvis’s favourite theatre companies – and, following their latest tour of Twelfth Night, here are a dozen reasons why.

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Eric Whitacre

We all know that music can change our mood, but now scientists are measuring the effect it has upon us. Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre explained all to Katie Jarvis ahead of his performance at the Cheltenham Music Festival.

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Monday, July 27, 2015
Bob Chilcott, one of the world's premiere composer and choral conductors

Bob Chilcott, described by the Observer as “a contemporary hero of British Choral Music”, has plenty to celebrate in his 60th birthday year – including a première at this month’s Three Choirs Festival. Katie Jarvis spoke to him at his West Oxfordshire home.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
A pair of Kangxi blue and white porcelain lidded jars, 18th century / Photo: Catherine Hunt

Antiques for Everyone at the NEC in Birmingham is the largest antiques, interiors and collectables fair outside of London. Catherine Hunt from Cheltenham is among the 200 or so specialist dealers local to this region taking to the fair; what does she have in store for antique hunters?

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Friday, July 17, 2015
Among the flowers | Photo by Laura Carter

Cheltenham Borough Council are launching a photography competition, encouraging residents to submit their photographs of the regency town’s urban meadows.

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Interiors

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A passion for woodburning stoves and firewood is at the heart of Clearview Stoves. In this video, customer Vincent Thurkettle reflects on his experience owning a Clearview Stove and how, when the day draws to a close, there is nothing better than relaxing by its warm glow

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Clearview Stoves

A passion for woodburning stoves and firewood is at the heart of Clearview Stoves. In this video, customer Mark Holberton reflects on his experience owning a Clearview Stove and how, when the day draws to a close, there is nothing better than relaxing by its warm glow

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Clearview Stoves

A passion for woodburning stoves and firewood is at the heart of Clearview Stoves. In this video the company explain how to light one of their bespoke stoves.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Clearview Stoves

A passion for woodburning stoves and firewood is at the heart of Clearview Stoves. In this video the company explain their philosophy and their motivation, as well as a little about their products and the manufacturing process behind them.

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The three bedroom 1930s semi-detached house for which the Johnsons have repainted the front door in ‘Moroccan Resort’ by Valspar

The Johnsons saw beyond the 70s psychedelic colours and patterns of their Bath house, and set about bringing it lovingly into the 21st century

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Recipes

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

With the British asparagus season drawing to a close, this delicious recipe from chef Emily Watkins is a perfect way to celebrate the ingredient.

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Friday, March 13, 2015
Lamb is perfect for March / Photo: Phasut Warapisit

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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Monday, July 27, 2015
This multi-purpose building provides a double garage and premises for a small business with self-contained living space above.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015
Cotswold Distilling Company's Gin Faisán

Cotswolds Distillery, proud producer of Outstanding Natural Spirits, introduces its own unique summer cocktail - The Gin Faisán, created using locally sourced Cotswolds Dry Gin.

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Monday, July 13, 2015
Five Valleys Cordials currently has three product ranges | Photo: Phil Stevens

Five Valleys Cordials is an award-winning soft drinks producer, based in the beautiful town of Stroud, Gloucestershire.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Shepherds huts can be a retreat from busy urban living | Photo: Cotswolds Shepherds Huts

Cotswold Shepherds Huts explain a little about the history of the shepherd hut, once a common sight across rural Britain, and how it’s making a come-back

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