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Places

Tue, 13:13

On Sunday, June 7, visitors will have a rare chance to enjoy the fabulous 17-acre Ampney Park gardens, when the gates open from 11am-3pm in aid of local medical charity, Cobalt.

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Barton House and Garden

The idyllic Barton House Garden will open on May 24 as part of the National Gardens Scheme

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Berkeley Castle

Visit Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire on May 3 or 4 (May Bank Holiday weekend) to enjoy an authentic re-enactment of the days leading up to the sealing of Magna Carta.

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Van Morrison among the star-studded line-up of this year's Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Cheltenham Jazz Festival returns at the end of April with a bold programme featuring performances from a range of established stars and emerging talent, including Jamie Cullum, Caro Emerald, Laura Mvula, Gregory Porter and Squarepusher.

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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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Travel

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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

Monday, April 13, 2015

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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Clare with the beautiful four-year-old Great Grey Owl ‘Phoebe’ who comes from the Northern Hemisphere

A Gloucestershire couple’s love of birds of prey has led to an unusual business that allows members of the public to ‘Walk With Hawks’

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Monday, March 16, 2015
Dovers Hill with Clare, Susie, Sara, Penny and Sue Wise, with Saffy the Labrador

The snow came swirling down, thick and fast, as we lost sight of the hedges and fields we began to wonder if today was the best day to start walking the Cotswold Way.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014
Gifts for walkers

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

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Christmas

Restaurant Reviews

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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

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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Monday, March 30, 2015
Showborough House, Gloucestershire

Designed for art, the garden at Showborough House is far more than merely an outdoor gallery

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Monday, March 16, 2015
It is important when planning garden lighting to remember that a little goes a long way

Get switched on, improve security and bring your garden to life in a few easy steps

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Now that I am in the early autumn of my days I am completely sold on a handful of fresh mint mixed with chamomile stuffed into a tea pot

Some beautiful flowers aren’t just for looking at. They can make delicious additions to garden salads as well, as Sir Roddy Llewellyn explains

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Celebrity Interviews

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Julian Lloyd Webber’s latest CD, And the Bridge is Love, is his debut as a conductor but his final recording as a cellist. Katie Jarvis spoke to him about the injury that prematurely ended his cello-playing career, and his plans for the future

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Thursday, May 7, 2015
Cotswold Life columnist and author Clare Mackintosh

Former police inspector and Cotswold Life columnist Clare Mackintosh tells Katie Jarvis how two tragedies - one very personal - inspired her much-lauded debut novel

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Katie Jarvis and Ben Miller

Katie Jarvis enjoyed An Evening with Adventurers, organised by Rock the Cotswolds at the Daffodil in Cheltenham

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Author James Runcie

James Runcie’s popular Grantchester Mysteries series is more interested in death than decomposition; more concerned with mourning than motive. In creating Sidney Chambers – a priest-sleuth with more than a hint of his late father, Robert – he wanted a clergyman who could be vibrant, energetic, funny and sexy, he tells Katie Jarvis

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Monday, April 20, 2015
Charles I in Three Positions, also known as the Triple portrait of Charles I, by Van Dyck, (1635 or 1636), Royal Collection

Historian and author Charles Spencer’s new book tells the story of the men who dared to sign the death warrant of Charles 1. He talked to Katie Jarvis about this bloody and turbulent period of English history

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Events

Candia McKormack spends an evening in the company of the magical Giffords Circus

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Yesterday, 16:34
A biro portrait by Mark Powell

A collection of intricate biro pen drawings by artist Mark Powell will be on display at a Cheltenham gallery in early June.

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Yesterday, 13:45
Gloucester Quays Food Festival

People in the Cotswolds are spoilt for choice when it comes to food festivals. Here is our pick of the best events celebrating all things great and edible in this pretty region of England.

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Wed, 12:40
Morganster

Award-winning Gloucester Tall Ships returns to port this weekend... savvy?

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Tue, 15:42
Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Desperate to sate your craving for live music? Gloucestershire has a buzzing music scene with plenty to offer locals and visitors alike. Here’s our pick of local festivals you shouldn’t miss out on.

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Arts

Yesterday, 16:34

A collection of intricate biro pen drawings by artist Mark Powell will be on display at a Cheltenham gallery in early June.

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Tue, 15:42
Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Desperate to sate your craving for live music? Gloucestershire has a buzzing music scene with plenty to offer locals and visitors alike. Here’s our pick of local festivals you shouldn’t miss out on.

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Tue, 12:33
The Other Half – The Theatre, Chipping Norton

Clare Mackintosh talks to Mark Billingham about his latest novel and forthcoming collaboration with Americana band My Darling Clementine at Chipping Norton Theatre...

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Thursday, May 14, 2015
Julian Lloyd Webber

Julian Lloyd Webber’s latest CD, And the Bridge is Love, is his debut as a conductor but his final recording as a cellist. Katie Jarvis spoke to him about the injury that prematurely ended his cello-playing career, and his plans for the future

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Sue Holderness (Mrs Warren) and Christopher Timothy (Sir George Crofts) in Mrs Warren's Profession / Photo: Toby Farrow [Farrows Creative]

Sue Holderness and Christopher Timothy talk about their roles in the Everyman Theatre’s production of Mrs Warren’s Profession, the play by Bernard Shaw that was so controversial it was banned on its release.

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Interiors

It may have taken Wendy Needham and Julian Curtis a little time to track down hidden Appletree Cottage, near Stroud, but once they did they instantly fell in love with its historic charm

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Charlie felt the house looked disjointed without the Garden Room which was one of the last building works to be added by their builder Ian Spence. The garden includes a vegetable patch where they grow asparagus, potatoes, raspberries and herbs

Having lived in the Old Vicarage for 21 years, Janey Saunders still looks at her Gloucestershire home as an ongoing project

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Large Kilim Rugs

Promotional feature: Richard and Louise Harvey from The Richard Harvey Collection whisk us off on a journey to the Far East with their collection of Kilims, Swat Valley chests, Spice Boxes, Altar Tables and Honey Pot lamps, among other jewels to create a peaceful haven in your home.

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Builder Jason Strong put in the double-glazed French doors to access the sun deck from the master bedroom. The deck has been designed with a sun well to let light into the kitchen below

Having a talented interior designer – and hands-on project manager to boot – as a sister was a considerable advantage when it came to transforming the Normans’ Oxfordshire cottage

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Friday, January 9, 2015
The Painted Furniture Company

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

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Recipes

Friday, March 13, 2015

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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Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Fish pie / Photo: Steve Baxter

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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Wed, 10:15
The Richard Harvey Collection

It’s important to make your mark in a home, but faced with a blank canvas, the task isn’t always easy. However, Richard and Louise Harvey are on hand to help in their shop, The Richard Harvey Collection.

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Tue, 16:19
Paddock Farm Butcher

Padddock Farm Butchery supplies its clientele with the region’s finest native breed meat. We supply meat that is full of flavour and character – aged, butchered and prepared to ensure the best results on eating whilst paying utmost respect to the animal...

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Mon, 12:54
Eckington Manor

Food is at the heart of what we do here at Eckington Manor.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Domestic residential home

Promotional feature: For many people, designing and building their own home is a thing of dreams. But the risks, stress and time commitment associated with being a self builder can be a real deterrent. Craig Strachan at Sylva Group explains how it’s possible to create a dream home without having to build it yourself.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Chesterfield 3-seater settee

Promotional feature: DesignerSofas4U, the UK’s largest manufacturer of Chesterfield sofas & Leather sofas, offer expert tips to maintain your sofa so its looks beautiful for years.

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