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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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'Three Kings' needed

Wanted: ‘Three Kings’ for three camels at Gloucester’s annual Christmas Lantern Procession

Marketing Gloucester is looking for three ‘kings’ to lead the annual Christmas Lantern Procession on Sunday, November 16, while riding camels through the Gate Streets.

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Chipping Campden's annual firework display

Chipping Campden’s annual firework display

Chipping Campden’s annual firework display organised by St James Primary School PTFA, will be on Wednesday, November 5 at the recreation ground.

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Cheltenham Literature Festival 2014

Katie’s blog at Cheltenham Literature Festival 2014: October 3-12

Latest entry: Katie Jarvis listened to the glamorous Victoria Hislop discuss her latest novel at The Cheltenham Literature Festival. ‘The Sunrise’ is set in Famagusta, a now-derelict city that has long been a source of tension between the people of Greece and Turkey. As Hislop explained on stage, merely writing about the place is a diplomatic nightmare...

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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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Travel

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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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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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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Restaurant Reviews

John Gordon Sinclair and James Lance in 'Perfect Nonsense'

Review: Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre

Perfect Nonsense is a piece of work so clever that even Jeeves, a man very sparing with his praise, would have said “Indeed Sir”, says Joanna Adams

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The Witch of Edmonton / Photo: Helen Maybanks

Review: The Witch of Edmonton at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

The RSC’s spell-binding production throws light on the dark-ages of 16th century witch-trials; but is it any coincidence that the psychology of The Witch of Edmonton feels strangely modern? asks Katie Jarvis

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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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Tony Robinson (centre) as Argan / Photo: Simon Annand

The Hypochondriac at The Everyman, Cheltenham

If you’re in need of a tonic, then catch The Hypochondriac at Cheltenham Everyman this week – not a farce where trousers fall down, so much as a farce where trousers are permanently down, awaiting the next enema, 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

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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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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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

Tweedy The Clown: Born to be child

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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Cotswold Life Weddings E-Edition

Cotswold Life Weddings

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Events

The Festive Fayre / Photo: Phil Stevens

Gloucester Quays will host its annual Festive Fayre this December

Promotional feature: Gloucester Quays Outlet’s Festive Fayre is back this year on December 12-14. The seasonal event features a Christmas market full of finds for all the family.

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Cirencester Philharmonia

Cirencester concert commemorates World War One this November

A special concert of music and poetry commemorating World War One will take place in Cirencester Parish Church at 7.30 pm on Saturday November 15.

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Pitcairn / Photo: Robert Workman

New play ‘Pitcairn’ comes to Malvern Theatres this November

A new play by award winning writer Richard Bean will be appearing at Malvern Theatres. Pitcairn runs from Tuesday 18th – Saturday November 22.

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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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The Great Gatsby Ball will take place at The King's Head Hotel in Market Place, Cirencester

Great Gatsby fundraiser to fight breast-cancer

In aid of Cotswold Breakthrough Breast Cancer, ‘The Great Gatsby & Roaring 20’s Ball’ will take place on Saturday November 22 at The King’s Head Hotel in Cirencester.

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Arts

Pitcairn / Photo: Robert Workman

New play ‘Pitcairn’ comes to Malvern Theatres this November

A new play by award winning writer Richard Bean will be appearing at Malvern Theatres. Pitcairn runs from Tuesday 18th – Saturday November 22.

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John Gordon Sinclair and James Lance in 'Perfect Nonsense'

Review: Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre

Perfect Nonsense is a piece of work so clever that even Jeeves, a man very sparing with his praise, would have said “Indeed Sir”, says Joanna Adams

Read full story »

The Witch of Edmonton / Photo: Helen Maybanks

Review: The Witch of Edmonton at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

The RSC’s spell-binding production throws light on the dark-ages of 16th century witch-trials; but is it any coincidence that the psychology of The Witch of Edmonton feels strangely modern? asks Katie Jarvis

Read full story »

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

Read full story »

Tony Robinson (centre) as Argan / Photo: Simon Annand

The Hypochondriac at The Everyman, Cheltenham

If you’re in need of a tonic, then catch The Hypochondriac at Cheltenham Everyman this week – not a farce where trousers fall down, so much as a farce where trousers are permanently down, awaiting the next enema, says Katie Jarvis

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Interiors

The rebuilt the derelict barn

Renovation for a ramshackle manor barn

Interior designer Sally Davies immediately saw the potential in ramshackle Manor Barn in Oxfordshire; it took her husband a little longer…

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Keep your feet toasty with a Baa Stool

Getting cosy for autumn

The arrival of autumn means it’s time to hunker down and make your home cosy for the season ahead. Here area a few simple updates to ease you into the new season and help you banish the winter chills.

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Lewis & Wood, Woodchester Mill

Lewis & Wood are holding a massive sale at Woodchester Mill: November 13-15

Due to the rapid expansion of the creative studio at Woodchester Mill, and the need for more space to print the signature ‘wide width wallpapers’, they have come to the decision that they need to convert the space into a working area, as the company is growing and expanding at such a pace.

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Baa stools

10% OFF Baa Stools: the luxury sheepskin footstool

Grab yourself a British made Baargain over at the Great British Life Shop

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Recipes

Welsh cakes / Photo: Neil Langan

Recipes: Warm up for winter

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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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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Discover

A Life with a View Fragrances

20% OFF A Life with a View fragrances and candles

Save 20% off all purchases of candles and fragrances by A Life with a View on the Great British Life Shop

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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 hobsons|choice Winchester showroom

hobsons|choice acquires Stewart Carr Design, bulthaup Winchester

hobsons|choice, Wiltshire-based luxury kitchen and bathroom design and installation company, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Winchester-based bulthaup kitchen dealer, Stewart Carr Design.

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The Swan Inn

The Swan Inn, Moreton-in-Marsh

Promotional feature: The Swan Inn is a family-run business located within the heart of Moreton-in-Marsh, providing food, bed and board, as well as a function room available to hire.

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D Salon

D Salon expands in Moreton

Promotional feature: D Salon held its re-launch event after completing three successful years in Moreton High Street, celebrating the opening of a larger, more glamorous space intended to be the perfect salon.

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be.loved handbags

Save 15% on Be.Loved British made handbags and satchels

Save 15% on Be.Loved handbags this Christmas. All bags and satchels are made by hand in North Wales.

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A blue tit feeding during the winter months

Winter care for wild birds

Promotional feature: As the colder weather approaches, spare a thought for the wild birds in your garden. CJ Wildlife offer some tips on how you can help them survive the winter.

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