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Chipping Campden's annual firework display

Chipping Campden’s annual firework display

Chipping Campden’s annual firework display organised by St James Primary School PTFA, will be on Wednesday, November 5 at the recreation ground.

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Cheltenham Literature Festival 2014

Katie’s blog at Cheltenham Literature Festival 2014: October 3-12

Latest entry: Katie Jarvis listened to the glamorous Victoria Hislop discuss her latest novel at The Cheltenham Literature Festival. ‘The Sunrise’ is set in Famagusta, a now-derelict city that has long been a source of tension between the people of Greece and Turkey. As Hislop explained on stage, merely writing about the place is a diplomatic nightmare...

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Hawkwood College, near Stroud, Gloucestershire

Coming home to Hawkwood

Candia McKormack visits the nurturing environment of 19th-century Hawkwood College

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The Granary, National Garden Scheme

A garden to visit this August Bank Holiday

The Granary, an enchantiny secret garden alongside the Oxford Canal is opening to the public this August Bank Holiday

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Best Heritage Picnic Spot Competition

Vote for your favourite UK picnic site

Hudson’s Heritage Awards are urging the public to help them find the best heritage picnic site in the UK.

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Walks

A Winters Walk

Blogger Emma Morris takes a wet and windy winters walk

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Restaurant Reviews

The Kia Soul

Review: Kia Soul

Liam Bird reviews the new Kia Soul; does the latest version have a greater chance of capturing the hearts of buyers in the UK than its predecessor?

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The new Audi S1

Audi S1 Review: All fired-up by the Quattro

Liam Bird reviews the new Audi S1, possibly the poshest of all the off-the-shelf the small hatches.

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Mark Hyde as Morganhall, and Alan Digweed (aka Tweedy) as Fowle, in The Dock Brief at Everyman Studio Theatre, Cheltenham

Theatre review: The Dock Brief

Tweedy the Clown? Starring in The Dock Brief, by John Mortimer? Is this legal? asks Katie Jarvis.

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Adam Gillen as Ben, and Olivia Hallinan as Lotty, in Lotty's War, Cheltenham Everyman

Theatre review: Lotty’s War

If you want to see a superb piece of theatre, then catch Lotty’s War at Cheltenham Everyman, running until Saturday, October 18

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Goats' cheese salad with cherry tomatoes and sesame brittle

Restaurant review: Six of the best

Cheek by jowl with Stroud Farmers’ Market sits the town’s latest restaurant, which is founded on food and friendship

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Gardens

The perfect gift for garden lovers

Christmas gifts for gardeners

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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Statues & Sculptures large garden sculpture worth £99

Win a large Statues & Sculptures garden statue worth £99

The Great British Life Shop has teamed up with Statues & Scultpures to offer one lucky competition winner a garden statue worth £99.

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A blue tit feeding during the winter months

Winter care for wild birds

Promotional feature: As the colder weather approaches, spare a thought for the wild birds in your garden. CJ Wildlife offer some tips on how you can help them survive the winter.

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A Life with a View Fragrances

20% OFF A Life with a View fragrances and candles

Save 20% off all purchases of candles and fragrances by A Life with a View on the Great British Life Shop

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Crocus Remembrance

Get planting this Centenary

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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Events

Apley Farm Shop decorations for Christmas

Apley’s Christmas Food Fair

Apley Farm Shop near Bridgnorth will be holding its annual Food & Drinks Fair on Advent Sunday, November 30, during which a range of food and drink will be offered by some of Shropshire finest producers

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John Gordon Sinclair and James Lance in 'Perfect Nonsense'

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense: Cheltenham Everyman, November 10-15

Direct from the West End, adapted from the works of PG Wodehouse by The Goodale Brothers, and directed by Sean Foley.

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Chipping Campden's annual firework display

Chipping Campden’s annual firework display

Chipping Campden’s annual firework display organised by St James Primary School PTFA, will be on Wednesday, November 5 at the recreation ground.

Read full story »

Mark Hyde as Morganhall, and Alan Digweed (aka Tweedy) as Fowle, in The Dock Brief at Everyman Studio Theatre, Cheltenham

Theatre review: The Dock Brief

Tweedy the Clown? Starring in The Dock Brief, by John Mortimer? Is this legal? asks Katie Jarvis.

Read full story »

Adam Gillen as Ben, and Olivia Hallinan as Lotty, in Lotty's War, Cheltenham Everyman

Theatre review: Lotty’s War

If you want to see a superb piece of theatre, then catch Lotty’s War at Cheltenham Everyman, running until Saturday, October 18

Read full story »

Recipes

Stilton, Leek & Potato Pithivier

Stilton, Leek & Potato Pithivier

With such miserable weather in the county it’d be a crime not to indulge in a little comfort food, especially when it’s so easy to make and looks good enough for the Bake Off.

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Caramelised onion and bacon tart

Caramelised Red Onion and Bacon Tart Recipe

A perfect way to bring some warmth to those wintry lunchtimes

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Louisa Foti

Christmas Pudding with Brown Sugar Brandy Butter

Food & drink writer Louisa shares her family recipe for Christmas pudding, which features some unexpected ingredients...

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Emma Morris

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Fun, festive and something that will take the fancy of any holiday guests.

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Interiors

Gifts for the person who has everything

Gifts for the person who has everything

We all have that one person who already has everything they want or need. So branch out and give them something they didn’t even know they wanted!

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Give your mantlepiece a festive makeover

Advent calendar round up

The annual tradition of advent calendars definitely gets us in the festive spirit so we’re eagerly counting down the days till the first of December. Here are our favourites to celebrate the arrival of Christmas.

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Baa stools

10% OFF Baa Stools: the luxury sheepskin footstool

Grab yourself a British made Baargain over at the Great British Life Shop

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The AGA City60 in rose

The new AGA City60

Promotional Feature

Celebrate the arrival of the new 60cm-wide AGA City60 at one of the many events planned across the UK.

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DIY chalkboard photo frames

DIY Photo Frame Chalkboards

A thrifty, fun and fabulous way to reuse old picture frames

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Celebrity Interviews

John Gordon Sinclair and James Lance in 'Perfect Nonsense'

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense: Cheltenham Everyman, November 10-15

Direct from the West End, adapted from the works of PG Wodehouse by The Goodale Brothers, and directed by Sean Foley.

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Michael Mosley

Michael Mosley: Weighty matters

Dr Michael Mosley is the medical journalist who brought the fast-diet phenomenon to the world’s attention. 
Katie Jarvis talked to him over a cup of tea, with no cake

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