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Places

Brend Hotels

Brend Hotels

Discover the magic of Brend Hotels - sumptuous traditional elegance, wonderful cuisine and outstanding service. Imagine the sheer luxury of staying at one of our exclusive hotels, all situated in delightful West Country locations.

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Corinium Museum

Corinium Museum

Cotswold Museum Service cares for archaeological and social history objects in the Council’s collections. These collections are significant both nationally and internationally.

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Josie Lawrence and Kit Hesketh-Harvey head to Guildford

Pantos in Surrey 2014

As the curtain rises on another festive season, we discover a whole world of glass slippers, poisoned apples and fairy godmothers awaiting you on your doorstep this year. Panto is back, and even more curious than ever...

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THE CORNISHSTORE, CORNWALL

The Cornishstore

The Cornish Store was founded in 2004 with the sole aim of promoting Cornwall's unique identity.

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Sandycombe Lodge engraved by WB Cooke c1814

Saving Mr Turner’s country retreat, Sandycombe Lodge

The imminent release of director Mike Leigh’s award-winning biopic, Mr Turner, casts new light on the future of the world renowned landscape artist JMW Turner’s former home on the Surrey border.

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Travel

The vibrant autumn foilage of a Japanese maple at Sheffield Park, Sussex. ©National Trust Images/Ian Shaw

Top 5 leafy spots for autumn colour

With the greenery of summer beginning to turn into the fiery hues of autumn, we take a look at just a few of the sites across the country where it is possible to see natures’ finest autumnal displays

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Highclere Castle, film location of Downton Abbey

Discover the history of Highclere Castle ahead of the new series of Downton Abbey

Millions of viewers will be tuning in to watch the latest series of Downton Abbey as the period drama returns to our screens this month (21 September 2014), but it’s Highclere Castle, the stately home where the series is set, that continues to steal the show.

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Augill is a fairytale castle

Historic places to stay in and around the Lake District

Lakeland Life takes a look at some of the most interesting places to stay in and around the Lake District

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The hotel overlooks a beautiful lake

A hidden gem

WORDS: Charlotte Skidmore

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Colchester Castle Museum

Explore Essex’s museums

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From tiny one-room collections to vast centres dedicated to a particular type of history, Essex is rich in museums that will bring the past to life for you.

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Celebrity interviews

Peter Snow -  Photo by Geoffrey Swaine

King of the political swingometer Peter Snow talks history in Harrogate

Journalist headlines Harrogate History Festival at The Old Swan Hotel from October 23rd-26th

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Homecoming queen - Linda Barker back home in Bradford

Linda Barker, the nation’s favourite interior designer on her school days in Bradford

There’s something very likable about Linda Barker. She’s got an open, honest way about her and a ready, borderline-raucous laugh that makes you feel immediately at home in her company.

Presumably she was the life and soul of the party at school; always enthused, always positive and always at the front of the class with her hand up. Well, not always.

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Suranne Jones as DC Rachel Bailey. Photography by  Ben Blackall.

Oldham’s Suranne Jones on creating Scott and Bailey

Oldham-born Suranne Jones talks to Paul Taylor about her idea for Lancashire’s answer to Cagney and Lacey. It proved so popular, it’s back for a fourth series.

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Sir Bobby Charlton

Sir Bobby Charlton - My greatest goal

One of the greatest footballers of all time, Cheshire’s own Sir Bobby Charlton could rest on his laurels. In an exclusive interview with Cheshire Life he explains why he is raising funds to help rid the world of landmines

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David Fleeshman as Arthur and Manchester's Peter Ash as Billy, in War Horse tour

David Fleeshman - My acting dynasty

David Fleeshman, aged 62, from Woodford, has played such great stage roles as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, and a huge number of TV parts. Married to Sue Jenkins, of Coronation Street and Brookside fame, and with all three of their children following them into the profession, David is the patriarch of a drama dynasty

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Walks

Gifts for walkers

Gifts for walkers and people on the go

Inspire ramblers and hikers to get up and go with our favourite Christmas presents for people who love the outdoors.

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Village of Arncliffe

Yorkshire Dales Walk - Arncliffe and Kettlewell

Take these moorland tracks and riverside paths for a perfect early summer walk

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Nunnington Hall

North Yorkshire Walk - Nunnington Hall, Ryedale

Enjoy a walk that takes you back in time along river paths and farm tracks

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St Catherines, Birtles, a Grade 2 listed building

Cheshire Walk - Alderley Edge to Birtles

Keith Carter explores a landscape rich in legend and myth but finds nothing more mysterious than a great walk around Birtles

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Great Langdale

Five of the best pub walks in the Lake District

A long walk deserves a stop at a cosy inn and Lakeland writer and photographer Vivienne Crow has agreed to share a few of her favourites

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Great British Holidays & Breaks



Great British Holidays & Breaks


Events

Surrey Wildlife Trust events diary 2012 - conservation, walks and discovery

Surrey Wildlife Trust events diary 2014 - conservation, walks and discovery

Surrey Wildlife Trust reveal what to keep an eye out for this month and where you can join them for nature related events in Surrey...

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Lot 225 - 1960 Volkswagen Type II 23

Classic vehicles go under the hammer at Ascot

Lots include a rare Volkswagen Camper and a barn-find Austin Mini Mark II

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Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire hosts 7th Annual Terry Fox 5K run for cancer charities

Sunday, October 5, 2014 guarantees to be an afternoon of family fun – and all for a wonderful cause.

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Ladies of the Press

Wirksworth Festival Mini Guide

Held from 5th-21st September, this year’s packed festival promises an eclectic mix of art, music, dance and drama

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Alice and the White Rabbit

Melbourne Festival Mini Guide

This year is the Festival’s 10th anniversary and the organising team are determined to make it the best ever. Concerts and performances run from 6th–27th September, while the renowned Art & Architecture Trail takes place on 13th and 14th September

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Recipes

8 Salsa Verdi ready to serve

How to make the perfect Salsa Verdi

This is the most brilliant herb relish to add to your repertoire for chicken, fish, beef or venison - serve like chutney, as an accompaniment.

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Lamb Chilli con Carne

Lamb Chilli con Carne Recipe

Wholegrain Basmati is a world apart from Pure Basmati in terms of flavour and texture.

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Interiors

Secret Santa gifts

10 Secret Santa gifts under £16

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 gifts for animal lovers

Our favourite Christmas gifts for both animal loving friends and their furry four legged pets.

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Christmas blooms

Cosy Christmas interiors

Whether you want to buy something for the home, a hostess gift or just want to treat yourself this Christmas, we’ve rounded up our favourite presents.

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Festive treats for your home

Christmas gifts for the home

Light some scented candles, start the fire, hang the decorations, then take a seat and enjoy Christmas in your home.

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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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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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Black Tuscany kale - the perfect winter vegetable

Top tips for growing vegetables in winter

After a fruitful summer the garden and greenhouse can still provide a wealth of vegetables, even in the depths of winter, with a little forward planning and careful storage

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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 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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Glamp It Up - Bell tents have a beautifully elegant silhouette, and due to their design for use as military kit in the 19th century are quick and easy to put up and take down
Sandstone Bell Tent £429 to sleep 5/6, or £499 for larger groups.  www.boutiquecamping.com

Get the Glamping look in your own back garden

Camping ain’t what it used to be, at least not for the new generation of festival goers

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Competitions & offers

The Star Fish brooch from Zamsoe

Win four pieces of Zamsoe jewellery

The Great British Life Shop has teamed up with Zamsoe to offer one competition winner four pieces of jewellery worth £87.

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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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Tamsin Greig makes her musical theatre debut in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Win tickets to see Tamsin Greig starring in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Get ready for the stage adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown as it makes its debut in the West End this winter

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be.loved handbags

Save 15% on Be.Loved British made handbags and satchels

Save 15% on Be.Loved handbags this Christmas. All bags and satchels are made by hand in North Wales.

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The Francis Hotel

Win a shopping break to Bath!

The lead up to Christmas is a magical time to visit Bath... the lights have been switched on along Milsom Street and the city positively sparkles with anticipation. Carols at the Abbey, ice skating in Royal Victoria Park, seasonal delights in cool cafés and of course the famous Christmas Market... all contribute to that festive feeling.

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Photography articles

Midge Ure & Bob Geldof

Lucy Sewill on photographing some of the biggest names in the music industry

Acclaimed portrait photographer Lucy Sewill tells us about her latest commission - photographing some of the biggest names in the music industry for a special centenary publication

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he ultimate selfie taken by Stuart on warm evening above Walla Crag and Derwentwater

The ultimate Lake District selfie

A daredevil photographer combines his love of photography and paragliding to creat some remarkable landscapes

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Student photographers with Victoria Lockwood from Born Free

Young Sussex photographers’ work snapped up by Horsham charity Born Free Foundation

Central Sussex College media students let their imaginations run wild for their latest photography project, which saw them team-up with International wildlife charity, The Born Free Foundation, and take photographs of some of their adorable animal adoption packs!

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Show Me The Way To Go Home, Blakey Ridge - Janet Danks

Yorkshire Life Reader Photos - December 2014

A selection of some of your best shots on the theme of wildlife

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1st Ashness Bridge - Roger Green

The 2014 Lancashire Life photography competition - winners revealed

We reveal the winners of the Lancashire Life and Lake District Life photography competition in association with Wilkinson Cameras

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