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Cartmel

New York Times names Cartmel as a must-see destination - we find out why

Just what is it about this Lancashire village that makes the New York Times put it on its worldwide ‘must visit’ list? Roger Borrell investigates

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Royal Ascot Unveils David Mach’s ‘The Great British Drama’ at the Royal Academy of Arts

‘The Great British Drama’ of Royal Ascot brought to life

Royal Academist David Mach unveils collage of the summer’s greatest social event...

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Countryside Raceday - Family Day

Let Ascot Racecourse take care of the family this Mother’s Day

Ascot Racecourse is providing the perfect family day out to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday 30th March with their Country Fair Raceday...

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Taking a Boating Holiday

Take a boating holiday

Never been on a canal boat before? Worried that it might be too difficult for you? There’s no need to be concerned: hundreds of first-time hirers do it every year.

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Ascot Chase Raceday

Get your hearts racing this Valentine’s day at Ascot Racecourse

The thunder of hooves, the buzz of the crowd, the glorious scenery – what else could get the heart fluttering like a day at the races!

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Holiday E-Edition

Great British Life Holidays

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Travel

Short Break - Devonshire Arms, Beeley

Short Break - Devonshire Arms, Beeley

Janet Reeder gets into the festive spirit at the Devonshire Arms in Beeley

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Albert Dock, Liverpool

Short Break - Liverpool

Our writer is impressed by so many new things in the Fab Four’s home city

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Armathwaite Hall at Bassenthwaite in the Lake District

Short Break - Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel and Spa, Keswick

It’s got a shiny new spa, brasserie and function rooms, but the real attraction of Armathwaite Hall in the Lake District goes back centuries

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Mauritius has beautiful beaches with views across the Indian Ocean

To Mauritius with love

Susie Freeman lost her heart to the beautiful Indian Ocean island and now uses her expert knowledge so that others can enjoy this experience, Karen Falcke discovers

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The May Fairs Schiaparelli Suite, a favourite of Paris Hilton.

Short Break - The May Fair Hotel, Mayfair, London

There’s posh, and then there’s the May Fair. We checked out the hotel which shares a name (almost) with one of the world’s most select neighbourhoods

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Celebrity interviews

Michael Morpurgo

Interview: Michael Morpurgo

Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse, will be guest speaker at a gala dinner hosted by Wiltshire’s Bowood House on April 25. Katie Jarvis spoke to him about his writing, and about how we should commemorate the centenary of the First World War

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Abigail Clancy

 at Strictly Come Dancing Launch

Dancing Queen - Abbey Clancy

What’s not to like about Abbey Clancy? From WAG to national treasure, Abbey Clancy has shimmied her way into the nation’s affections

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Simon Rogan - The biggest challenge of my career

Chef Simon Rogan runs the best restaurant in the UK, but now he is about to face up to the biggest challenge of his professional life

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Ray Mears on why his primary school teacher played a big part in his future success

From the Spring 2014 edition of A+ education magazine South East - A regular on our TV screens, Ray Mears is one of the country’s leading experts in bushcraft and survival techniques – but it might never have happened if it had not been for a teacher at his Surrey primary school…

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Jonathan Aitken

At home with the Iron Lady: Interview with Jonathan Aitken

Katie Jarvis meets Jonathan Aitken to talk about his fascinating new biography of Margaret Thatcher, prison reform and the much underrated experience of failure

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Events

Woolly Bike Trail

The Tour de France in Yorkshire - a mini guide to the Yorkshire Festival 2014

Yorkshire Festival 2014 is the first ever arts festival to precede the Tour de France, the world’s biggest annual sporting event

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Birdsong on the stage

Faulks’ Birdsong brought to the stage

The acclaimed World War 1 novel Birdsong has been adapted for the stage, and The Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham will be performing it this February. Al Senter spoke to playwright Rachel Wagstaff and Birdsong’s author Sebastian Faulks about the process of shifting a story from the page to the stage.

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National Chocolate Cake Day is a good excuse to eat more cake!

Have your cake and eat it: National Chocolate Cake day

Nobody needs an excuse to eat more cake, but National Chocolate Cake day is a new one to add to the list! 
Contemporary Cake Designs owner, Xavier, gives his top tips for the perfect chocolate cake.

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Walks

LAN  Apr14 Pub Walks

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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Porlock Common: Photo David J Rowlatt

Christmas on the Coast Path

The festive season is a great time to step out on the South West Coast Path, blow away the cobwebs and walk off a few mince pies in the process.

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The picturesque village pond in Hedgerley

A walk through the Buckinghamshire villages of Fulmer and Hedgerley

Steve Davison leads the way on a 5¾ mile walk around the picturesque villages of Fulmer and Hedgerley in south Buckinghamshire

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Recipes

Traffic light smoothie

Traffic light smoothie recipe

This vegan recipe makes enough for four and takes just 10 minutes to prepare

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Super food salad

Super food salad recipe

Superfoods are foods which are said to have particularly good vitamin content or are high in antioxidants. However, varying all the food you eat is important for a balanced diet. The method here is for a semi-warm salad, but it is equally good served cold.

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Interiors

Lie back elegantly on this Sofas & Stuff - Aldeburgh white four poster double bed in Swaffer Whitworth from £1459, www.sofasandstuff.com

Interiors products - White

White is big on the catwalk for the new season and it’s a fashion trend that’s filtering into homeware too

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Large floral wire vase, £16.50 www.oliverbonas.com (available March)

Interiors - Love is in the air and we’ve got a passion for red this month

Love is in the air and we’ve got a passion for red this month

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Create the Wow factor with this classic French style two-seater chair finished in opulent silver leaf with hand applied antique glaze, £1,249.99 Chichi Furniture

Interiors advice - add a touch of silver to your home

We’ve taken a shine to these silver pieces this season

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Gibson armchair

Interiors Advice - add a hint of pink to your home

We love this neat armchair, shown here in Rupert Crimson fabric, which offers both comfort and style. Gibson armchair. John Lewis. www.johnlewis.com, £1,250

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Life TV

Gardens

Sparrowhawks are patient hunters and will sit in hedgerows or bushes waiting for potential prey to venture within striking distance.

Wildlife: Death in the clouds

Beware the killer lurking behind the washing on your line, says Rhian Davies, RSPB volunteer

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Common Farm: Credit Tom Milner

Winterflora

Autumn is flirting with Common Farm’s seven-acres, near Wincanton in Somerset.

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Skyline Sparta Pavillion Seater

Homeware hotlist: summer soiree style

From garden party to poolside drinks, the sun is out and LuxDeco – the go-to one-stop-shop for luxury homeware – has all of your summer soiree needs and inspiration covered at the click of a button

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Competitions & offers

Gerry Weber

WIN! Five pairs of Gerry Weber Footwear to give away! Worth up to £100 each.

We have five pairs of Gerry Weber shoes to give away! The lucky winners will be provided with a voucher code to spend at www.josefseibelandfriends.co.uk for a pair of Gerry Weber shoes or sandals worth up to £100.

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The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2014

The home of inspiration, expert advice and homebuilding specialists returns to the NEC in full force

A visit to Britain’s biggest self-build and renovation event, The National Homebuilding and Renovating Show, is a must for those building a new home from scratch or tackling a renovation project.

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Russell's, Broadway

Win a 3 Course Dinner and Stay at Russell’s in Broadway

Start 2014 with a break at Russell’s - a restaurant with rooms - the perfect base to explore the beauty of the Cotswolds

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Sweet Potato Chips

Win A Month’s Supply of Scott Farms Sweet Potato Chips

Five lucky winners will win a month’s supply of sweet potato chips from Evesham-based Scott Farms

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Photography articles

Al Brooks of Waddesdon Estates

Countryside passion at Waddesdon with Buckinghamshire farmer Al Brooks

Buckinghamshire farmer Al Brooks is urging people to enter a photography competition and help to support a rural charity.

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Cheltenham Music Festival - April 14

Cheltenham Music Festival: Wildlife Photography Competition

Cheltenham Music Festival and Cotswold Life are running a competition to find the county’s best wildlife photographer.

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David Bland moving the flock at West Head, Thirlmere

Land Keepers - photography of life on the Lakeland fells

A touring exhibition of striking images records the lives of the farmers who keep our uplands alive. Mike Glover reports

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Ann M  Holmes

Artist profile - Ann M Holmes, Hebden Bridge

Meet Ann M Holmes a fine art and landscape photographer based in the Pennine hill town of Hebden Bridge

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Chester Cruise - Gareth Edwards

Cheshire Life Reader Photos - April 2014

Send in your entry for the Cheshire Life photography competition in association with Wilkinson Cameras

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