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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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Winston Churchill

70 years ago today: June 6th 1944

On 6 June 1944, Winston Churchill announced the landings in France – news of the biggest invasion and largest military campaign the world had seen thus far

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Demonstration team Bandits of Glass

Glassblowing and printmaking celebrated at Twenty Twenty Gallery in Much Wenlock

A visual feast will be the highlight of an exhibition in May as acclaimed glassmakers and printmakers are brought together by a Twenty Twenty Gallery.

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Walks

A Winters Walk

Blogger Emma Morris takes a wet and windy winters walk

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Restaurant Reviews

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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The Lightning Seeds at Lakefest 2014

Loving Lakefest

Rosie Henderson has a whale of a time at Tewkesbury’s very own annual music festival

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The Porsche Cayman S

Porsche Cayman S: Taking the long way to Llangollen

Liam Bird takes a spin in the Porsche Cayman S to see if it’s an improvement on the previous generation of Cayman, or another iteration of their entry-level Boxster.

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The Honda Jazz

Honda Jazz review

Liam Bird takes a look at the Honda Jazz, the practical and compact hatchback.

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The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) at Newtownabbey Theatre at the Mill

REVIEW: The Bible - The Complete Word of God (abridged)

As Ellie and I drive to The Theatre, Chipping Norton, the skies begin to darken. And then the rain comes – driving so ferociously against our windscreen, it’s a big hint we should be urgently sourcing gopher wood. Whatever that might be.

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Gardens

Tobacco leaf infected with tobacco mosaic virus © US Government, Public Domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Combating plant viruses

It’s not just humans who can be infected with viruses – plants can too, and they are a major problem for the horticultural industry. Lisa Martin explains how viruses can affect plants, and how local scientists are helping to combat the problem of viruses in our food crops.

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Events

The Lightning Seeds at Lakefest 2014

Loving Lakefest

Rosie Henderson has a whale of a time at Tewkesbury’s very own annual music festival

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Moonlight over The Tweed by John Austin FGRA

Summer exhibition celebrating railway art comes to Kidderminster Railway Museum

The Guild of Railway Artists’ annual summer exhibition, Railart 2014, will be at the Kidderminster Railway Museum this August

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Blitz Hill

Blists Hill turns Blitz Hill for World War II event

Blists Hill Victorian Town will be travelling four decades into the future with an evening of World War II music, activities and entertainment, and you’re invited.

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The Whitchurch Food and Drink Festival May 31 - June 1

First Food & Drink Festival for Whitchurch this May

The first Whitchurch Food & Drink Festival will take place on May 31 until June 1, featuring over 80 stalls offering food and drink from across Shropshire.

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Martin Jordan - 'Lucid Dream'

Art across the Shropshire Hills

Shropshire Hills Art Week (SHAW) is a new celebration of the visual arts, taking place from May 31 until June 8, providing an opportunity to enjoy the art produced in the community, to meet artists and designer-makers, see their materials and hear their stories - all for free.

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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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Crumble Slice

Crumble Slice

The chill of winter has made itself known over the last week. That means it’s time to light the fire, slowly submerge ourselves in the process of hibernation, don those cozy pjs, not stepping outside unless necessary. Alas, this is just a dream. Bonfire night has now passed and that season of red, gold and green is upon us.

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Interiors

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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Emma Morris

Salt Dough Christmas Decorations and Candle Holders

Bring out your creative side and make some cheap but lovingly made DIY Christmas decorations.

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Celebrity Interviews

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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The Royal Baby Bookazine

The Royal Baby

Congratulations to Prince George of Cambridge

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