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Places

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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 Garden opens May 24

Monday, May 18, 2015
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

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

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

Yesterday, 12:34

Whether you’re a connoisseur or just fancy a tipple, there are ample festivals across the Cotswolds catering for beer, cider and wine lovers. Here’s our pick of the best, in chronological order.

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Friday, May 22, 2015
Giffords Circus - 'Moon Songs', 2015

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

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Thursday, May 21, 2015
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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Thursday, May 21, 2015
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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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Morganster

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

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Arts

Tue, 11:28

Singer-songwriter Hattie Briggs performed at Nailsworth Festival this May. Katie Jarvis was there to enjoy the music.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015
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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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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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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

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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