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Tarpey Gallery, Derby

Tarpey Gallery

Contemporary Fine Art at Tarpey Gallery

Art Gallery in the East Midlands featuring original contemporary artwork by leading artists in their respective disciplines of Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Mixed Media and Sculpture.

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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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Holly blue butterfly at the RSPB reserve at Strumpshaw. Photo: Bill Smith for EDP Norfolk

On safari - at Strumpshaw Fen

Want to learn more about some of our amazing birds, animals, insects and plants – book yourself on a wildlife safari, writes Rachel Buller.

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Fiona Bruce

Antiques Roadshow comes to Somerset

As its presenter Fiona Bruce says, the Antiques Roadshow is ‘history, beauty and drama all wrapped up in one.’

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Baka Beyond

Exeter Castle hosts Oktoberfest

Exeter Castle plays host to Oktoberfest, a wonderful weekend of live entertainment in a beautiful setting on 25-27 September.

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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

Promotional feature

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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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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Martin Lewis

Martin Lewis - Cheshire’s Money Saving Expert

Want to save some cash? Martin Lewis is the ‘go-to’ expert...which is why this Cheshire lad was Britian’s most Googled man last year

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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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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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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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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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Keep your feet toasty with a Baa Stool

Getting cosy for autumn

The arrival of autumn means it’s time to hunker down and make your home cosy for the season ahead. Here area a few simple updates to ease you into the new season and help you banish the winter chills.

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Christie’s Furniture

Christie’s Furniture

Christies Furniture showroom in Penryn has a huge selection of sofas, beds and living room furniture to choose from. Each piece has been carefully selected to offer the latest in style, quality and where applicable comfort.

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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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French-style occasional chair

Interiors | French style at home

With a few simple updates you can easily recreate a French look in your home. Here is a selection of our favourite French-inspired interiors picks.

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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.

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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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


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

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Competitions & offers

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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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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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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Conscious Skincare

15% OFF Conscious Skincare natural beauty products

The Welsh made body washes and creams by Conscious Skincare are chemical, synthetic and preservative free and are now on offer on the Great British Life Shop

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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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Photography articles

Photo by Steve Barham -

Beautiful Berkshire & Buckinghamshire photography competition

Every year we proudly celebrate the best of our counties. Now we are pleased to launch our readers’ photography competition where your pictures of beautiful Berkshire and Buckinghamshire could feature in our official 2015 calendar. Share your images of the countryside, seasonal sights and traditional scenes to tell the pictorial story of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.

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An alternative view

An ex-RAF flier has got back in the cockpit to take aerial pictures of North Devon with stunning results, as he explains to CAROLINE BRAMWELL

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A calcite stal boss makes a huge statement. This is one of many gigantic formations on San Wang Dong, China

Cave photographer Robbie Shone returns to give lecture in Derby

Robbie returns to Derbyshire this month to present the 2014 Derby City Photographic Club President’s Lecture on 13th October

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Hole 5, Bramall Park Golf Club

Cheshire Life Reader Photos - October 2014

The judging has begun. Will your photo be the one to impress and win you a great new camera?

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Sunshine after the Rain, Arnside - Hannah Dove

Lancashire Life Reader Photos - October 2014

Judges are selecting their favourite entries to the Lancashire Life photography competition in association with Wilkinson Cameras

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