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Hawkwood College, near Stroud, Gloucestershire

Coming home to Hawkwood

Candia McKormack visits the nurturing environment of 19th-century Hawkwood College

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The Stroud Fringe Festival

Five things to do this weekend in the Cotswolds (August 30-31)

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

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A shooting party at Dormy House / Photo: Picasa

Dormy House wins prestigious shooting venue award

As the grouse shooting season opened earlier this month on August 12, Dormy House Hotel near Broadway has been named one of the top 12 shooting hotels in the UK.

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Chedworth Roman Villa: Digging the north wing

Chedworth time team digs deep

This summer, members of the public are invited to watch as National Trust’s very own ‘time team’ of archaeologists and volunteers painstakingly work away to uncover hidden Roman mosaics and other treasures in the North Wing of Chedworth Roman Villa.

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Witcombe Cider Festival

Five things to do this Bank Holiday weekend (August 23-25)

A three-day weekend is plenty of time to enjoy what the Cotswolds have to offer, so here are five suggestions for what to do from us to you...

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Holidays E-Edition

Holidays E-Edition

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Travel

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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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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Walks

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

Goats' cheese salad with cherry tomatoes and sesame brittle

Restaurant review: Six of the best

Cheek by jowl with Stroud Farmers’ Market sits the town’s latest restaurant, which is founded on food and friendship

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The Lightning Seeds at Lakefest 2014

Loving Lakefest

Rosie Henderson has a whale of a time at Tewkesbury’s very own annual music festival

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El Greco, Stratford-upon-Avon

Restaurant review: El Greco

El Greco is a Greek restaurant in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon. 
What would the Bard have made of it, Katie Jarvis wonders.

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Restaurant review: The Amberley Inn

Katie Jarvis thinks the Amberley Inn deserves lots of support, but why did she have to dance for a basket of gluten-free goodies?

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The Old Spot Inn

Restaurant review: The perfect Spot

Never mind the shrieks of protest from Ruby the puppy. Katie Jarvis’ Monday night trip to Dursley is rewarded with an excellent meal and a bill that doesn’t bite

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Gardens

Hidcote Manor Garden

Hidcote Manor Gardens launches international training scheme

A new partnership between three gardens - in Gloucestershire, Pennsylvania, USA and Awaji Island, Japan – has been launched with the recruitment of the first group of trainees.

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Vortex, by Guy Stevens

Please DO touch: on form at Asthall Manor

The biennial on form exhibition looks forward to welcoming visitors to the beautiful surroundings of Asthall Manor and some of the finest stone sculptors in the world

Words by Candia McKormack

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Celebrity Interviews

Jane Clifford in the gardens of her home in Frampton on Severn

Janie Clifford’s Cotswold life

Janie Clifford, the woman behind the mission to showcase rural skills,tells Katie Jarvis about her Cotswold life

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Sir Andrew Motion, National President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and former Poet Laureate

Sir Andrew Motion: Why it’s time to build on brownfield sites

Poet, novelist and biographer Sir Andrew Motion described his appointment as president of CPRE – the Campaign to Protect Rural England – as one of the great honours of his life. Katie Jarvis asked him about poetry, planning, and his passion for the pastoral

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Dame Janet Trotter DBE Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire during the interview at her home in Cheltenham

There is nothing
like a Dame...

As Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter is a marvellous ambassador for our county. But it’s not always been an easy ride, as Katie Jarvis discovers.

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Michael Mosley

Michael Mosley: Weighty matters

Dr Michael Mosley is the medical journalist who brought the fast-diet phenomenon to the world’s attention. 
Katie Jarvis talked to him over a cup of tea, with no cake

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Children's author Jamila Gavin

Jamila Gavin’s Cotswold Life

Award-winning writer Jamila Gavin talks to Katie Jarvis about multiculturalism, the view from Rodborough Common and her Cotswold life. Pictures by Antony Thompson.

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Cotswold Life Weddings E-Edition

Cotswold Life Weddings

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Events

The Lightning Seeds at Lakefest 2014

Loving Lakefest

Rosie Henderson has a whale of a time at Tewkesbury’s very own annual music festival

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Sculpture in the park at Hidcote Manor & Garden

Art in the Garden

Hidcote Manor Garden will host an art evening on Friday September 5, with the launch of local artist Karen Bower’s exhibition of paintings from her time as the Artist in Residence at Hidcote.

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Discovering personal connections to World War One

BBC World War One event comes to Gloucester

BBC Radio Gloucestershire will play host to the BBC World War One At Home Live Event when it comes to Kings Square, Gloucester on Wednesday September 10 2014.

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Andrew Kojima

Demystifying Japanese cooking with Koj

MasterChef finalist, Andrew Kojima, will be hosting a course on Japanese cooking for amateurs and professionals alike.

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The Stroud Fringe Festival

Five things to do this weekend in the Cotswolds (August 30-31)

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

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Arts

Amber-Lauren with some of her work

Cotswold Arts: Baby, I was born this way

When Amber-Lauren Ballantyne-Styles gave up a promising career in acrobatic gymnastics aged just 13, she used the negativity she experienced about body image to channel into her astonishing art

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The Lightning Seeds at Lakefest 2014

Loving Lakefest

Rosie Henderson has a whale of a time at Tewkesbury’s very own annual music festival

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Hawkwood College, near Stroud, Gloucestershire

Coming home to Hawkwood

Candia McKormack visits the nurturing environment of 19th-century Hawkwood College

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Eleanor prepares to poison Rosamund, by Evelyn De Morgan

In search of Rosamund

Peter Wyton explores the legend of Fair Rosamund Clifford, and discovers 
rumours of torture, murder and a tempestuous royal love triangle

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Sculpture in the park at Hidcote Manor & Garden

Art in the Garden

Hidcote Manor Garden will host an art evening on Friday September 5, with the launch of local artist Karen Bower’s exhibition of paintings from her time as the Artist in Residence at Hidcote.

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Interiors

The Coach House

Why you should use an architect

Promotional feature: Hayward Smart Architects explain the importance of using a qualified architect for your building project, and recommend ways to pick the right architect for you.

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Recipes

September suppers

Evelyn Curtis provides a few of her favourite seasonal recipes for September

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Panfried sausage and broad bean pasta / Photo: Martin Turzak

Keep it fresh, keep it British

Evelyn Curtis provides three quick and easy recipes using seasonal ingredients, locally sourced

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Some of the 100 varieties of apples pressed to create Rosie's Kiss cider

Not just any old cider with Rosie

Day’s Cottage in Brookthorpe, Gloucestershire, is celebrating the centenary of the birth of Laurie Lee with a special batch of cider

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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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Discover

Inside Cotswold House Hotel

Cotswold House Hotel

Set in two acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, our grade II Regency Luxury Townhouse, in the heart of Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds makes for a perfect location at which to dine.

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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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Showcase

The AGA City60 in rose

The new AGA City60

Promotional Feature

Celebrate the arrival of the new 60cm-wide AGA City60 at one of the many events planned across the UK.

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A variety of wools

Autumn Wools

Promotional feature: As the nights draw in and the temperatures begin to drop, there’s no better time to add that extra bit of warmth to your home. Alice Foulsham of Just Fabrics explains the advantages of using such an attractive, versatile and environmentally friendly material inside your home.

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Kitchen Garden Foods

Award winning condiments from Kitchen Garden Foods

Promotional feature: In 2014, Kitchen Garden Foods celebrates 25 years of making high-quality jams, chutneys, marmalades and condiments from its kitchens in Stroud.

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Linens can be used in upholstery

Interior design: Linens

Promotional feature: Alice Foulsham discusses stylish and practical ways to use Linen in the home

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House Of Fraser

House of Fraser

Promotional feature: The House of Fraser brand has come a long way over the past 165 years. From its humble beginnings as a drapery shop in Glasgow, the brand is now recognised as one of the leading department stores in the UK.

Today, people head to House of Fraser’s 60 high-street branches and extensive web store to find a wide variety of high-quality clothing and household equipment.

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