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December 8 2013 Latest news:
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Gloucester Quays Outlet Shopping is bringing an array of Christmas festivities to the historic Gloucester Docks this winter with its annual Festive Fayre, from Friday, December 13 to Sunday, December 15. And this year, to celebrate the launch of the brand new 10-screen Cineworld cinema, on Friday, December 1, and the release of The Desolation of Smaug, the second thrilling installment of The Hobbit Trilogy, the iconic fayre will have a distinct twist in the form of a mythical and magical themed event.
The Llanthony Secunda Priory Trust has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Llanthony Secunda Priory Reformation project. The project aims to repair and conserve the Priory buildings and landscape to create a vibrant community and learning space in the City of Gloucester.
Once the fun of Christmas and New Year is over, it’s easy to feel a little deflated. So why not banish those winter blues with a weekend break in the glorious Cotswolds.
Barry Tweed-Rycroft runs a photography business based in Ledbury, and spent time in October photographing the historic Hereford Cathedral.
As a Christmas treat Cotswold Life is pleased to offer one lucky reader the chance to win an array of fantastic prizes in our Christmas quiz worth over £2,500. There is a prize for each of the 12 days of Christmas and one lucky reader will win all 12 prizes. Questions provided by Cotswolds Tourism - www.cotswolds.com
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
Katie Jarvis struggles to maintain objectivity at this Broadway Tuscan idyll where the welcome is as wonderful as the food
...lucky, lucky lucky. Kylie, sorry, Katie, sings the praises of the superb Ellenborough Park
Fresh from stalking Peter Andre and pretending to be an academic, Katie sets off to Tipputs to see if the Southern Indian menu is an imposter. It’s certainly not
Good ingredients, good cooking, good portions, good ambience, and a bill that won’t break the bank – just about everything is right at the Golden Heart
A bun with my soup and a bun forming my main course began to seem a bit bunny. After all, we've discovered the secret art of plate-making now
From the 21st century gladiatorial arena of Twitter to the thorny issue of whether Romans looked at each other’s willies in public baths, Katie Jarvis is enthralled by the marvellous Mary Beard
Two agriculture students at the Royal Agricultural University got muddy with Countryfile’s Adam Henson, as they filmed their Christmas special on the University farms.
HRH The Prince of Wales visited the Royal Agricultural University’s new Rural Innovation Centre on Monday November 25.
From Mick Jagger to Rudolf Nureyev, Petula Clark to the Princess of Wales, Caroline Charles is celebrating 50 years of dressing the stars with a new book. Katie Jarvis went to meet her
Thursday, December 19, 7.30pm at The Bacon Theatre, Dean Close School, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham; tel: 01242 258002
The Aston Martin DB5 which appeared in James Bond’s Skyfall is now on display at the Heritage Motor Centre until spring 2014.
Chedham’s Yard in Wellesbourne is inviting visitors to step back in time and experience a traditional Victorian Christmas at the BBC Restoration prize winning attraction on Saturday December 14.
Artist Roger Phillpot is not someone who tends to do things by the book.
Cheltenham Music Festival is launching its first ever Town Hall Festival Proms as part of celebrations marking the 70th Festival in July 2014.
The Proms will feature performances from some of the world’s most popular classical music stars, including violinist Nicola Benedetti, guitarist Milos Karadaglic and the John Wilson Orchestra.
Dating back to at least the 17th century, the echoes of voices from Christmases past blend with the happy sounds of 21st-century family celebrations at the Shinns’ beautiful old country house
[Words by Victoria Jenkins, photography by William Goddard]
Cirencester’s The Painted Furniture Company discuss how they maintain their position in the high street.
Owners of Burford Woodcraft in Burford, Oxfordshire, Jayne and Robert Lewin share their passion for wood and a craft inspired by nature.
If you are struggling to decide which is the most practical work surface for your kitchen, let yourself be guided by experienced kitchen designers, Bower Willis Designs.
Granite Planet have had a distinctive and successful thirty-year heritage in all things granite and marble. Their extensive showroom provides an outstanding product showcase and they maintain a dedicated customer support and advice team who are on hand to deal with any queries.
If you thought a traditional Christmas dinner was a labour intensive roast, then think again. Bower Willis Designs, in conjunction with V-ZUG, have demonstrated how to create a delicious and healthy festive spread with the minimum fuss and maximum flavour.
Celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo loves a family Christmas, filled with plenty of delicious Italian food and indulgent treats. Here he shares with Sarah Drew Jones a few thoughts on festive fare, and the perfect recipe for Yuletide suppers
Graham McGinty, the new head chef at The Swan Inn, has launched his festive menu.
Tom explains his love for one pot dishes, and shares a fantastic Oxtail Stew recipe
The French Revolution that led to the musical ‘Les Miserables’ could be said to be at the heart of Cirencester restaurant Le Beaujolais.