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Wed, 18:43

As spring arrives on our doorsteps gilding the grass with daffodils, Easter comes with it. As usual, there’s plenty to keep the family busy in and around the Cotswolds; here is our pick of 15 Easter events to get you out and about!

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Dinmore Manor locomotive at Toddington Station, Gloucestershire

While on work experience with Cotswold Life, Amy Woolridge of Cleeve School enjoyed a day out at Toddington as part of Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s Tourism Day

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Jezki ridden by Barry Geraghty on their way to winning the Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy from My Tent Or Yours ridden by Tony McCoy (right) on Champion Day, during the Cheltenham Festival. © David Davies

Here are 8 National Hunt trainers from the Cotswolds gearing up for Cheltenham Festival; each hoping their horses will come home from Cheltenham Race Week triumphant. Who will you be putting your money on?

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Richard and Judy

Hurrah for the fourth year of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival, back this April for a four-day Cotswold celebration of readers, writers and lovers of words.

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Cheltenham Festival runs 10th -13th March 2015 (Copyright Rosemary Watts www.rosemarywatts.com)

From a good fry-up to a pint of Guinness, start Cheltenham race week with one of the top breakfasts in the Cotswolds – our guide takes the gamble out of where to go for a winning Full English in and around Cheltenham

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Travel

Monday, November 24, 2014

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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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Hotel du Vin, Cheltenham / Photo: Nic Box

Promotional feature: Hotel du Vin & Bistro, Cheltenham, is hosting a range of summer events this year

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Walks

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

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Katie Jarvis reviews Frank Hatt’s excellent play about a remarkable Minchinhampton resident who, even more remarkably, has almost been forgotten

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Friday, March 13, 2015
When all you want is carbs, head to one of the take outs on this list! (Image from Simpsons)

After an exhausting day of Guinness drinking and bet placing at Cheltenham Festival there is nothing better than a delicious carbohydrate filled supper. We give you ten of our favourite restaurants in Cheltenham open until late.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Food at My Great Grandfather's Restaurant

Forget visions of tinned tomato soup with bread and marge. ‘My Great Grandfather’s Restaurant’ in Tewkesbury is simply and utterly superb, says Katie Jarvis

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Sunday, February 22, 2015
Star Bistro is named People’s Favourite in the Sustainable Restaurant Awards 2015

Cheltenham’s StarBistro has been named the People’s Favourite in a national award.

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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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Gardens

Monday, March 16, 2015

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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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The perfect gift for garden lovers

Looking for festive gifts for garden enthusiasts? We’ve rounded up our favourite presents for gardeners to help you get started with your Christmas shopping.

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Christmas
Monday, September 29, 2014

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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Monday, September 29, 2014
Crocus Remembrance

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

You’ll have to hurry if you want to catch Oxford Literary Festival (March 21-29), where authors include the remarkable Judith Kerr. Katie Jarvis caught up with the author, famous for her children’s book The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Dom Joly with his 'nightmarish' Fitbit

Dom Joly’s new fitness device has lead to a fierce international rivalry with an uber-competitive businessman in Dubai...

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Friday, March 13, 2015
Jezki ridden by Barry Geraghty on their way to winning the Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy from My Tent Or Yours ridden by Tony McCoy (right) on Champion Day, during the Cheltenham Festival. © David Davies

Here are 8 National Hunt trainers from the Cotswolds gearing up for Cheltenham Festival; each hoping their horses will come home from Cheltenham Race Week triumphant. Who will you be putting your money on?

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Monday, March 2, 2015
Judy Finnigan

Katie Jarvis speaks to author and TV presenter Judy Finnigan about tragedy and triumph, the themes running through her evocative novels set in Cornwall. (But don’t worry – when Richard and Judy aren’t heading off to the far South West, you’ll invariably find them in the Cotswolds!)

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Monday, February 23, 2015
Dom Joly's pig, Wilbur

I read an article about an unfortunate family who thought they had bought a miniature pig that then turned into a 220-pound monster

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Showcase

Thu, 15:06

Promotional feature: Wedding photographer Jenny Aston asks wedding co-ordinators for their top tips when choosing the venue for your big day

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The completed ring

Promotional feature: Artisan jeweller Aneata Boote describes the processes involved in turning an inherited diamond and sapphire ring into a new, bespoke ring

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Thursday, March 12, 2015
This year, the MUA awards will take place May 10 - 11

Promotional feature: Every year, Britain’s premier beauty show returns to the NEC, Birmingham. Makiazas Alondz Studios invite aspiring and professional make-up artists to train with them for the MUA awards.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Nurse and patient / Photo: shironosov

Promotional feature: Are your parents showing signs of dementia? Corinium Care offers some expert advice on the next steps to take.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The Furrow

Promotional feature: Letting out your holiday cottage to guests can be very profitable, if done correctly. Cotswold Life speaks to Cotswold holiday letting expert, Character Cottages, to learn more.

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Events

Wed, 18:43

As spring arrives on our doorsteps gilding the grass with daffodils, Easter comes with it. As usual, there’s plenty to keep the family busy in and around the Cotswolds; here is our pick of 15 Easter events to get you out and about!

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Tue, 17:35
Jodie Amos riding Matt GBR

One of the Cotswolds’ great annual events, the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, takes place in the Duke of Beaufort’s magnificent park from May 6-10.

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Tue, 10:06
The Cat in the Hat / Photo: Gary Lake

Katie Mitchell’s acclaimed stage adaptation of Dr Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat will embark on its first UK tour in 2015, playing at Malvern Theatres from Monday March 30 to Wednesday April 1.

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Mon, 16:55
Dinmore Manor locomotive at Toddington Station, Gloucestershire

While on work experience with Cotswold Life, Amy Woolridge of Cleeve School enjoyed a day out at Toddington as part of Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s Tourism Day

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Sunday, March 22, 2015
Francis Hamel painting on site at Giffords Circus

Oxfordshire artist Francis Hamel was struck by the glamour and alchemy of Giffords Circus when he took his children to a show. The result was time spent touring with Giffords and a series of remarkable paintings…

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Arts

Tue, 10:06

Katie Mitchell’s acclaimed stage adaptation of Dr Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat will embark on its first UK tour in 2015, playing at Malvern Theatres from Monday March 30 to Wednesday April 1.

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The Tiger Who Came To Tea, by Judith Kerr

You’ll have to hurry if you want to catch Oxford Literary Festival (March 21-29), where authors include the remarkable Judith Kerr. Katie Jarvis caught up with the author, famous for her children’s book The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015
Francis Hamel painting on site at Giffords Circus

Oxfordshire artist Francis Hamel was struck by the glamour and alchemy of Giffords Circus when he took his children to a show. The result was time spent touring with Giffords and a series of remarkable paintings…

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Friday, March 20, 2015
Solar eclipse on March 20, 2015, behind Gloucester Cathedral, by Paul Nicholls, www.paulnichollsphotography.com

Compared with much of the rest of the country, it would seem we were rather fortunate in the Cotswolds with experiencing this morning’s solar eclipse.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015
The real Constance Smedley

Katie Jarvis reviews Frank Hatt’s excellent play about a remarkable Minchinhampton resident who, even more remarkably, has almost been forgotten

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Interiors

Tue, 16:36

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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Sunday, December 7, 2014
Secret Santa gifts

Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality of gifts this Christmas.

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Christmas
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Pawpost delivery

Our favourite Christmas gifts for both animal loving friends and their furry four legged pets.

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Christmas

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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Life TV

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Cheltenham’s StarBistro has been named the People’s Favourite in a national award.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015
Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean, featured in Dr Who, Merlin and Atlantis, reopens this February half term

There’s all sorts for the whole family to do around the Cotswolds this February 2015 half term! Here is our selection of 10 events to get you out and about...

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Monday, January 26, 2015
Johnny Cash, performed by Clive John

What’s on at The Roses, including: music from young talent Laura Van Der Heijden, a celebration of country legend Johnny Cash, performances by fictional singer and organist John Shuttleworth and an entertaining take on life at a modern comprehensive in Teechers

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Discover

Monday, February 23, 2015

Who we are

be unlimited is a new luxury fashion label that makes silk scarves and outfits.

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Monday, January 26, 2015
Stanbrook Abbey

Stanbrook Abbey is a rare architectural gem, set in 22 acres of gorgeous grounds, that has 57 beautifully appointed bedroom suites, , and serves award winning food

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Sylva 1

Your ideas and ambitions will be combined with our experience and know-how to design and create your home, with you...

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Thursday, December 11, 2014
Cotswold Traiteur

The one question that I get asked the most is “What does Traiteur mean?” It is of course French, and before the days of restaurants and cafes many French towns and villages had their own Traiteur who would prepare one dish every day for the locals,..

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Mole End

At the end of a long gravel drive a charming bed and breakfast with a warm welcome awaits in a traditional Cotswold stone house situated on the outskirts of the well known picturesque village of Stow on the Wold...

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