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Top Gear Track Experience

Top Gear track driving experiences become Surrey’s latest tourism attraction

From Tom Cruise to Alice Cooper, many of the world’s most famous stars have tested their motoring mettle on a small strip of tarmac near Cranleigh – and now it’s your turn.

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The Yew Walk at Antony. ©NTPL/Andrew Butler

Discover Cornwall’s stately houses

In stark contrast to the humble cottages in Cornwall’s villages, the county’s grand stately houses stand as reminders of the power and wealth of its most influential families

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Celebrity chef James Martin will be headling the Food and Wine Raceday

James Martin headlines Ascot’s Festival of Food and Wine Raceday

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Combine food and wine from around the world with a memorable day of racing at Ascot’s Festival of Food and Wine Raceday on Saturday 6th September.

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The lovely gardens of King John's House, Romsey Heritage Centre

Things to see and do in Romsey

Romsey is a jewel in the Test Valley’s crown with plenty to enjoy, says Emma Caulton

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Jon Santry with Daniel Ezra playing Ghana Jones in 'The Village' which starts on BBC One in August  Photo: BBC Pictures

Hayfield - fighting fit for the return of BBC’s The Village

As the second series of BBC’s The Village begins, Andrew Griffiths meets New Mills’ Jon Santry – gym owner, martial arts expert... and actor

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Holiday E-Edition

Great British Life Holidays

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Travel

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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Boating on the Stour

Essex: beyond Constable country

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North Essex is perhaps most well-known for the Dedham Vale – thanks to its famous artistic residents John Constable and Sir Alfred Munnings – but venture off this traditional tourist trail and there’s much more to amuse and delight the whole family.

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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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Celebrity interviews

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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Prof Brian Cox with a display from the Collider exhibition at MOSI

Professor Brian Cox on his northern life and his love of science

TV star talks about life, the universe and everything.

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Amy Garcia

BBC Look North presenter Amy Garcia reflects on her Yorkshire homecoming

Wakefield born presenter on motherhood and her love of the countryside

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Kelly Hoppen

Interview - Dragon’s Den star Kelly Hoppen

Kate Houghton chats to design star Kelly Hoppen

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Helen Skelton

Helen Skelton on life after Blue Peter and growing up in Appleby

Dare-devil television presenter Helen Skelton has settled for a slightly quieter life in Manchester. Tony Greenway talks to her

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Events

Gloucester Cathedral will host Crucible2 sculpture exhibition from 1 September-31 October. Photographs (c) Steve Russell, courtesy  Gallery Pangolin

Sculpture exhibition Crucible2 returns to Gloucester Cathedral from 1 September

After almost two years of planning Crucible2 will be open to the public from 1 September to 31 October 2014. This eagerly anticipated, FREE exhibition of contemporary sculpture will be on show at Gloucester Cathedral featuring 100 works of art by 61 sculptors, many of them internationally acclaimed artists.

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Dinosaurs come to The Wilson

The dinosaurs are coming to The Wilson in Cheltenham!

From August 2, two floors of The Wilson art gallery and museum in Cheltenham will be taken over by huge dinosaurs from the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods.

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GuilFest

*VIDEO* GuilFest 2014 - music and arts festival in Guildford

After a year away, GuilFest is back again this summer, promising more festival fun. Here’s our essential guide to making the most of it...

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Team Sky Procycling ride Buttertubs Pass on Stage 1 of the 2014 Tour De France route. Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

The Yorkshire Dales prepares for the Tour de France

Is the Yorkshire Dales ready for the expected invasion by thousands of cycle race fans? Terry Fletcher reports

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Walks

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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Interiors

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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Gardens

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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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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Competitions & offers

Jeffrey Archer

WIN: Dine with Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer has sold more than 250 million books worldwide and now you could have dinner with him at a charity dinner in September.

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Red Arrows at Wings & Wheels, by Pete Gardner

Win! VIP tickets to Wings & Wheels 2014

Returning to the home of Top Gear this summer, Wings & Wheels roars into Dunsfold Park, near Cranleigh, on Saturday August 23 and Sunday August 24.

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Photography articles

Whitby Morning - Simon Penson

Yorkshire Life Reader Photos - September 2014

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

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My Kingdom, Keswick - Roger Green

Lancashire Life Reader Photos - September 2014

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

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A bench with a view, Frodsham Hill - Anthony Marsh

Cheshire Life Reader Photos - September 2014

Time is running out before the shutters come down on this year’s search for the county’s best amateur photographer. We have had hundreds of entries to our annual competition but there is still time to send in your favourite shots of the county – our panel of judges will start their deliberations on Friday September 19.

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The estuary at Eskmeals

Photography tips by Mark Gilligan - Coast

Don’t ignore Lakeland’s lovely coastline, says professional photographer Mark Gilligan

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Long, warm days, and up on the downs of Berkshire the straw bales are being gathered. Photo by Richard Walker, www.richardwalkerphotography.co.uk

Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Life reader photos

Share your own Berkshire and Buckinghamshire snaps at berksandbucks.greatbritishlife.co.uk/photos

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