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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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Ant and Dec will pay a special visit to the racecourse on Sunday

Get set for the King George Weekend at Royal Ascot

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Ascot’s King George Weekend (Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July) is amongst the UK’s most important Flat meetings and this year’s event will be no exception with an attractive line up both on and off the track.

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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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Summer racing continues at Ascot Racecourse

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Following on from the spectacle of Royal Ascot, the summer’s flat racing season continues with the First July Weekend race meeting taking place this Friday 11th and Saturday 12th July at Ascot Racecourse.

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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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Holiday E-Edition

Great British Life Holidays

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Travel

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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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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Celebrity interviews

Michelle Keegan British Soap Awards, Manchester. Photo by David Fisher/REX

Michelle Keegan - Stockport star bids farewell to Corrie

The Stockport lass is destined to become an Essex girl. It’s farewell to Michelle Keegan as her character Tina McIntyre makes a grisly exit from Coronation Street

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Robin Ince

ROBIN INCE: When science meets comedy

Certainty? You’d have to be an infinite monkey to believe in that, Robin Ince tells Katie Jarvis ahead of his appearance at the Cheltenham Science Festival, June 3-8

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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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Events

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.

Read full story »

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...

Read full story »

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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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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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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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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Recipes

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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Competitions & offers

iPad Holiday Lettings

Win an iPad mini!

We have teamed up with Holiday Lettings to offer you the chance to win an iPad mini. 
To enter, simply let us know whether you own a holiday home and you will be entered into our exclusive prize draw…

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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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Photography articles

Enter the Professional Photographer of the Year Competition

Now in its seventh year the Professional Photographer of the Year Competition welcomes the best professional photography in the industry across a number of genres.

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Michela Griffith with one of her Streamscapes

Longnor-based photographer Michéla Griffith

The cottage where photographer Michéla Griffith lives with her husband Alan has easy access to some of the finest countryside that a landscape photographer could wish to find

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Twins Theo and Oscar

Andrea Jane Smith on the art of baby photography

Andrea Smith is a photographer extraordinaire, and is gathering a considerable fan base in Cheshire for her incredible photographs of newborns and babies; heirlooms in the making

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Hampshire Life July 2014: reader’s photo

This month’s reader photo comes from Amber Wright

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Sunset Over Haslingden - Daley Wilson

Lancashire Life Reader Photos - July 2014

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

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