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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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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Malvern Hills, soon to be renamed as the Calverns / Photo: Pippa Sanderson

Official representatives of the Cotswolds have concluded negotiations with representatives of neighbouring Malvern to unify the two hill ranges into one, to be renamed the Calverns. But what does this mean for the future of Cotswold Life?

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Easter Bunny / Photo: Africa Studio

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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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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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

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

Tue, 09:00

Katie Jarvis: From a fraught search for a parking space in Swindon to the free-range hippies, free thinkers and former Huguenots of Horsley...

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Sunday, April 19, 2015
Missy Malone Show, Evesham

Candia McKormack enjoys a night to be remembered with Missy Malone and friends in Cheltenham

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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, 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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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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Gardens

Monday, March 30, 2015

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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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

Celebrity Interviews

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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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Monday, April 13, 2015
Dom's hot-air balloon, 'Patches'

Dom Joly wants a hobby to keep him busy in his golden years, but ballooning around the Cotswolds wasn’t the first potential pastime that came to mind

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Monday, March 30, 2015
Verity Smith with Szekit known as 'Kit'

The inspirational Verity Smith, who has lost 97 per cent of her sight, tells Katie Jarvis about her Cotswold life as she trains for next year’s Paralympics

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Showcase

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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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Friday, April 10, 2015
Careful planning ensures your wedding runs smoothly / Photo: The Manor House Hotel, Moreton [Credit: Jenny Aston Photography]

Promotional feature: Wedding photographer Jenny Aston asks wedding co-ordinators from across the Cotswolds for their top tips on planning your big day

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Thursday, April 2, 2015
The Kensington Large Knole Sofa

Promotional feature: Louise and Richard Harvey talk about the exceptional quality of their bespoke hand made Knole sofas.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
An outdoor kitchen can provide a great social area for family and friends to gather

Promotional feature: Why should homeowners install an outdoor kitchen, and what considerations should they make beforehand? Outdoor Kitchens & Decking Ltd explain

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Events

Yesterday, 15:05

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

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Friday, May 1, 2015
Cheltenham Jazz Festival

The 2015 Cheltenham Jazz Festival takes place from Wednesday, April 29 – Monday, May 4. We went along to enjoy performances from a range of established stars and emerging talent

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Daniel Betts as Atticus Finch / Credit: Johan Persson [www.perssonphotography.com]

I wept; I laughed; I learned. I loved this perfect recapturing of a perfect novel, says Katie Jarvis.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
The Annual Clay Shoot & Dinner

Award-winning charity The Nelson Trust is this year celebrating 30 years of success. Passionate about recovery, the charity supports almost 1,000 individuals and their families each year to achieve transformational, lasting change.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Cotswold Show & Food Festival will take place on July 4 & 5 at Cirencester Park

Prepare to be thrilled by some breath-taking new acts and entertainment at this year’s Cotswold Show & Food Festival taking place on July 4 & 5 at Cirencester Park.

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Arts

Yesterday, 15:23

Chris Davis is a Malvern-based classic automobile sculptor whose bronzes are admired and desired the world over. Words by Candia McKormack

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Friday, May 1, 2015
Cheltenham Jazz Festival

The 2015 Cheltenham Jazz Festival takes place from Wednesday, April 29 – Monday, May 4. We went along to enjoy performances from a range of established stars and emerging talent

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Daniel Betts as Atticus Finch / Credit: Johan Persson [www.perssonphotography.com]

I wept; I laughed; I learned. I loved this perfect recapturing of a perfect novel, says Katie Jarvis.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro on their way to winning gold at the London 2012 Olympics

The rags-to-riches biography of the superstar dressage horse Valegro, who with his rider Charlotte Dujardin has won every title possible and are the reigning Olympic, World and European champions, is to be published as a hardback book in the autumn.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Giacomo Puccini

Cirencester Choral Society will celebrate music from warmer climes at its concert on May 2 when Carleton Etherington conducts sacred works by two great Italian composers of opera from the 19th and early 20th centuries: Rossini’s Stabat Mater (1841) and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria (1880).

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Interiors

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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

Yesterday, 13:10

For the first time in years it is an all female line-up for the Cotswold Life Trophy at the prestigious Mitsibushi Motors Badminton Horse Trials this year.

The award, sponsored by Cotswold Life magazine, is given to the best British rider, not entitled to wear the adult Union Jack, whose permanent address is in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Oxon, Worcestershire, Herefordshire or Somerset, and previous winners have included Harry Meade (2014), Tom McEwen (2013) and Laura Collett (2011).

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Monday, April 27, 2015
Geoff Curran riding Shanaclough Crecora IRL at Badminton, 2014

Badminton course designer Giuseppe Della Chiesa walks the 2015 course with Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes

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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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Discover

Monday, April 13, 2015

Cheese on the Green, on Bilton Green, near Rugby in Warwickshire, is the area’s premier specialist cheese shop. Established in 2011 by fresh food veteran Richard Cooper, we sell only the finest produce - excellent cheeses, in season, sourced from the best cheesemakers and nurtured in conditions that allow their flavour and texture to bloom.

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Monday, February 23, 2015
Be Unlimited Ltd

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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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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