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Places

11:27

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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The Shakespeare Centre

Does Lynn Ede’s journey to Stratford-upon-Avon end in a lovers’ meeting? Read on to 
find out if she met her Romeo…

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Summer in Cirencester

Monday, June 22, 2015
Cirencester is a good shopping destination, with parking in the centre

From water zorbing to hare-spotting, Lynn Ede looks forward to a full diary of events in and around Cirencester

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The Cotswolds is famous for its picturesque landscape, perfect for a picnic | Image: KPG Ivary

There are many beautiful spots in and around the Cotswolds to lay your blanket down and enjoy a good old fashioned picnic! Here’s our pick of the best.

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The Forest of Dean

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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Travel

11:27

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

10:08

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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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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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, June 23, 2015

Actress and television presenter Lisa Maxwell loves her home near Edge and is working to provide equally secure accommodation for abandoned cats and dogs. She tells Katie Jarvis about her Cotswold life

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Monday, June 22, 2015
They would always answer any request for a reservation on the phone with – “You a’know we are a’not’a the famous Bertorellis?”

I’m here to tell you, we need Italians to bring back some joy to our lives

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Monday, June 15, 2015
The Malt House, near Stroud

My children were threatening to call Channel 4 and suggest me for one of their hoarding programs. The simple and obvious solution would be to stop buying antiques

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Friday, June 5, 2015
Mary Berry visits Upton House which during the Second World War became the 'bank to beat the blitz'

When Mary Berry popped in to Upton House to officially launch its new wartime exhibition, we were thrilled to be able to have a chat with her about her wartime memories, her affection for the Cotswolds, and much more besides...

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Monday, June 1, 2015
Roald and Liccy Dahl

Katie Jarvis enjoys a rare interview with Liccy Dahl, Roald’s widow, and Peter Ash, composer, to hear about a new musical version of The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, commissioned by Stroud Choral Society

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Events

11:23

The Cheltenham Music Festival, though having classical music at its heart, is studded with diverse treats – encompassing film, dance, jazz, world music and family events amidst the rich mix of orchestral, choral and chamber concerts. Festival director Meurig Bowen picks out his top ten programme highlights.

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11:08
BBQ for Heroes raises funds for Help For Heroes, which provides injured service personnel with ongoing support

Help for Heroes is asking the great British public to turn their BBQ’s in to an opportunity to fundraise for our wounded, injured and sick service personnel, veterans and their families.

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Friday, July 3, 2015
People browse the market at the Cotswold Show and Food Festival

This July is full of family festival fun right around the Cotswolds. Here’s our pick of five things to see and do this weekend (July 4-5)

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Artist Russell Haines with his portraits of Gloucester Rugby stars

Portrait artist Russell Haines is making it his mission to capture Gloucester’s rugby players, past and present, for an impressive series to mark World Cup 2015

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Monday, June 29, 2015
Henley Royal Regatta will run from July 1-5 this year (2015) | Photo Credit: Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta, the world-famous rowing competition in Oxfordshire that’s a bastion of Edwardian style, returns this July. Here’s what you need to know.

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Arts

11:23

The Cheltenham Music Festival, though having classical music at its heart, is studded with diverse treats – encompassing film, dance, jazz, world music and family events amidst the rich mix of orchestral, choral and chamber concerts. Festival director Meurig Bowen picks out his top ten programme highlights.

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11:01
Hugh Quarshie as Othello and Lucian Msamati as Iago.

Intense, questioning and full of surprises – Game of Thrones star Lucian Msamati makes RSC history as the first black actor to play Iago in its gripping production of Othello

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Artist Russell Haines with his portraits of Gloucester Rugby stars

Portrait artist Russell Haines is making it his mission to capture Gloucester’s rugby players, past and present, for an impressive series to mark World Cup 2015

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Friday, June 26, 2015
Actors in rehearsal for Twelfth Night

Jenny Wren Productions announce the 9 locations for the open air production of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy this summer

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Charingworth Manor's new orangery | Photo: Rupert Barnes

A major new photography competition and exhibition is being launched to coincide with the opening of the new conference and events space at the iconic Charingworth Manor Hotel, building on the hotel’s existing association with photography and the local community.

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Interiors

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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Friday, May 22, 2015
Games rooms are becoming an almost essential feature in many homes

Games rooms are becoming an almost essential feature in many homes. Gary Drage explains why.

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Friday, May 22, 2015
Architect Richard Parr at Brownshill Court

Brownshill Court near Painswick was a sleeping beauty destined to become a forgotten pile of stones in a hidden meadow until a wealthy patron of architecture stepped in, as Katie Jarvis discovered

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Wendy and Julian, who began his own business Appletree Interiors and has worked hard to double the size of Appletree Cottage

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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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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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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Thursday, May 28, 2015
The Cotswolds Distillery

From hedge funds to hedge rows… As a native New Yorker, our Founder Dan Szor fell in love with the Cotswolds during his many family weekends spent escaping the stress of London city living...

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Paddock Farm Butcher

Paddock 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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Monday, May 18, 2015
Eckington Manor

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

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