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Polly Lyster

The select few

The last time I met up with Lizzi Walton, around two years ago, I was struck by what an incredible force of nature she was. Pretty much single-handedly she was running Stroud International Textiles (SIT) from her Stroud studio cum office. How does one woman run a year-round programme of events supporting artists, designers and makers and then organise ‘select’, an internationally celebrated annual exhibition, bringing talents from around the globe to the Cotswolds?

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Lunar Festival, Tanworth-in-Arden

Lunar Festival debuts this summer in Warwickshire

Lunar Festival makes its debut this summer in Warwickshire, less than 10 miles from the heart of Birmingham yet seemingly a world away in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

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Mother and child: after birth, baby anteaters spend a further 6 months clinging to the back of their mothers / Photo: Jade Price (Cotswold Wildlife Park)

Baby Giant Anteater makes its debut at Cotswold Wildlife Park

Cotswold Wildlife Park has announce the birth of the only Giant Anteater baby to have ever been born at the Park. These are the first pictures of the as-yet-unnamed pup. It’s still early days, but both mother and baby are healthy and can be seen in their enclosure next to the Children’s Farmyard.

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Musician Johnny Coppin at Haresfield Beacon, an area where he takes inspiration for his songs

Johnny Coppin: Natural-born singer

Johnny Coppin’s new album celebrates our landscape, traditions and people. He tells Katie Jarvis about his Cotswold life and why he’s at home in the countryside

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It's Rhino Week at Cotswold Wildlife Park

Five things to do this weekend

If you’re wondering what to do this weekend in the Cotswolds, here are five recommendations from us to you

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Warwick Bridge

What do we like about living in Warwickshire?

In Autumn 2013, the Warwickshire Health & Wellbeing Board sent out 25,000 surveys on ‘Living in Warwickshire’. Sarah Windrum summarises the results after the nearly 8,000 responses from residents of the county, and shares her own experience of living here

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Jungle Book at The Roses Theatre

Hop along to The Roses Theatre for an Easter Treat

Promotional feature: Spring has officially sprung and The Roses Theatre has announced their family-friendly programme of live and film events for the Easter break.

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More Like Trees

‘Strum and bass’ music at the Roses Theatre

Promotional feature: More Like Trees are a three-piece acoustic act, drawing from a range of musical influences to create ‘strum and bass’. They will be performing at the Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, on April 8.

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A new restoration of the film Little Fugitive will be having its UK premiere at the Roses Theatre on Tuesday April 8

Childhood on film celebrated with a special season of lost classics at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

Promotional feature: If you’re looking for an alternative to big budget blockbusters, and want a unique and rewarding cinema experience this Easter, why not head to The Roses Theatre who are showing a short season of little seen masterpieces that present a child’s eye view of the world.

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Jane Scrivner products / Photo: Daniel Buxton

Jane Scrivner to showcase luxury skincare range at open house event

Jane Scrivner will be showcasing her eponymous luxury natural skincare range and personalised treatment menu in stylish new premises on Monday April 7, 2014

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Jon Moses

REVIEW: Jesus Christ Superstar: until Saturday, March 29, 2014

Candia McKormack reviews the opening night of Jesus Christ Superstar at Gloucester Cathedral

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Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar at Gloucester Cathedral: March 25-29

Something rather exciting is happening in Gloucester this week.

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Love the RSC?

Love the Royal Shakespeare Company?

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre remember’d such wealth brings! Jessica Smallwood fondly recollects her early experiences working at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon

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Essence of Ireland

An ‘Essencial’ night out

Promotional Feature: Although St Patrick’s Day has passed, residents of Tewkesbury and the surrounding areas will have the perfect excuse to don the bright green and enthusiastically celebrate for a little while longer as Prestige Productions’ Essence Of Ireland hits The Roses stage on Sunday, March 23 for two performances at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

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Flooding in Worcestershire: The river nearly burst its banks / Photo: Rachel McCombie

Notes from a Warwickshire Pilot: UK Floods

Flooding has been in the UK headlines a lot this year, and Rachel McCombie has been up in the air getting some photos of what the rivers that have caused so much disruption look like from above.

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Juan Martín will be accompanied by award winning singer Amparo Heredia, stunning dancer Miguel Infante, and the flamenco talent of Raquel de Luna

Spain on Tewkesbury’s doorstep

Those who have yet to book their summer holiday need look no further for their tropical sun, as The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury brings the Andalucían heat to the town in the form of virtuoso guitarist Juan Martín and his ensemble of musicians and flamenco dance, on Thursday March 13

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CLFDA 2014

Nominations open for the 12th annual Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards

We are pleased to be able to bring you the 12th annual Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards at Cheltenham Racecourse on July 7.

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Cycling along the Stratford Greenway, located between Long Marston and Milcote

Wheels and pooches on the Stratford Greenway

Warwickshire writers Cherry and Emma recently discovered the brilliant thing that is the Stratford Greenway

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Motionhouse's 'Broken'

Gravity-defying dance at The Roses Theatre

‘Broken’ features creative choreography combining athleticism with gravity-defying dance, all overlaid with intricate digital imagery and original music.

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Woyzeck at The Roses Theatre

On Wednesday February 26, Scene Productions will take the audience at the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury on a journey into the macabre world of Woyzeck, a surreal performance set against the backdrop of WW1 and based on the original play by Georg Buchner.

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Tom McGrath brings his play, Laurel & Hardy, to the Tewkesbury stage

Half term fun at The Roses Theatre

If you’re looking for something to entertain the whole family during half term, The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury has a multitude of events to keep everyone occupied.

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Procession during Shakespeare's 445th birthday celebration in Stratford Upon Avon / Photo by John James (jj@johnjames.net)

Celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth

The 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth will be marked by events across Warwickshire.

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Toploader’s comeback tour includes Tewkesbury

20 and 30-somethings can enjoy a bit of musical nostalgia at The Rose’s Theatre, Tewkesbury, as Britpop band Toploader take the stage on Saturday February 15 as part of their comeback tour.

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William Shakespeare in the Globe Theatre Phillip Sutton, R.A.  Oil on canvas, 1988, England. 
(c) DACS; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust awarded £100,000 funding

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has been awarded a grant of £100,000 from the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund towards a brand new exhibition which is expected to welcome more than 1.2 million visitors to Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon over the next three years.

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Members of YOccupy

The Rose’s Theatre are giving the community a chance to have their say

Young people are being given the opportunity to have their say at The Roses Theatre’s Open Space Event, a forum to discuss how the theatre can engage more 14 – 25 year olds

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Dressed up as Warwick Castle princesses

Half term fun in Shakespeare’s England

Celebrate the spring half term from February 15 - 23 in Shakespeare’s England with a host of exciting activities and events.

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Mr Blue Sky Tour

The Official UK No.1 Tribute Show at The Roses

On Friday February 14, the Official UK Number 1 Tribute Show ‘Mr Blue Sky Tour’, featuring the ELO Experience, will be at The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury

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Martina Laird as Sophie in Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (2012 Production) / Photographer: Jonathan Keenan

Moon On A Rainbow Shawl at Malvern Theatres

The theatre production Moon On A Rainbow Shawl, a drama about a collection of Trinidadian people and their personal lives, loves and losses, comes to Malvern Theatres this February and March

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Patron Sally Bee with Gerry O'Donnell from Evesham Cardiac Rehab

Heartfelt support for Evesham Cardiac Rehab by celebrity

Author and television celebrity Sally Bee has been appointed to represent the Evesham Vale Cardiac Rehab charity, as its first Patron.

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The Six Wives of Henry VIII

The Six Wives of Henry VIII at The Roses Theatre

Comedy duo Living Spit Theatre are performing The Six Wives Of Henry VIII at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, on February 11

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Ridge and Furrow near Loxley

Notes from a Warwickshire Pilot: Ridge and Furrow

Take a trip to the skies to see the distinct ridge and furrow of Warwickshire’s fields; the remains of Medieval farming methods.

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Angela and Jeremy Bower of Bower Willis / credit: Gavin Crilly

BITE 2014 Festival and Bower Willis Designs

February 1-9 sees the return of The Cotswolds Food Festival – BITE 2014. Over 20 venues across the Cotswolds will play host to skilled chefs and food heroes serving up something delicious to avid foodies.

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Netball Is Back!

Games of netball are spreading across the playground, but this time it’s not the children who are playing.

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The Hospital Roses Theatre

The Roses Theatre awarded Heritage Lottery funding

The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury has received £26,900 grant following a successful bid to The Heritage Lottery Fund. The sum has been awarded in support of a six month project culminating in a performance which will see the stories of Tewkesbury’s Community Hospital during World War 1 brought to life by The Roses’ young performers and community members in April.

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John Newton - Amazing Grace

Theatre company bring John Newton’s remarkable life to stage

John Newton, the English sailor who penned the anthemic ‘Amazing Grace’, is the focus of a stage production by Saltmine Theatre Company. The show will be performed at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, on February 5.

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Personalised necklace

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

We’ve searched high and low to help you find the perfect gift for loved ones this Valentine’s Day

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RHS Malvern Spring Festival runs from May 8-11

RHS Malvern Spring Festival and Cotswold Gardening School Launches a new ‘Festival Gardens’ Category

RHS Malvern are presenting a new look to their 2014 Malvern Spring Gardening Show, with a brand new category to boot.

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Snowdrop treats

Garden designer Samantha Willis talks snowdrops

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Aston Villa “Lions Legends” European Cup Team

Aston Villa “Lions Legends” Team to play charity game at Stratford Town FC

Many of the big names who played in Aston Villa’s European Cup winning squad from the 1981/ 1982 season will be at Stratford Town FC to offer their support to help raise funds for Forces Support.

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Essence of Ireland

Celebrate the Essence of Ireland

The spirit of the emerald isle is to hit stages at theatres across the UK this spring, as the show Essence of Ireland goes back on tour.

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