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'From the Last to the Line, 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup', featuring The Giant Bolster, centre, by David Dent

At the Races with equestrian artists, David and Adrian Dent

From his working-class roots in South Wales to being one of our most sought-after equestrian artists, David Dent has found the winning formula

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Cheltenham Festival evening entertainment: 6 of the best live music venues

Want to know where to go once the days’s action during Cheltenham Race Week has come to a close? To make sure you are at the liveliest party in town we have rounded up six of the best pubs and bars offering live music, so you can carry on partying once you have left Cheltenham Racecourse

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Bid to be a character in a novel whilst raising money for charity

Clare Mackintosh joins authors offering fans the chance to appear as a character in their next book

CLIC Sargent’s 10-day ‘Get in Character’ eBay auction is expected to raise thousands of pounds for children and young people with cancer. Crime-writer and regular Cotswold Life columnist Clare Mackintosh is offering fans the opportunity to have their name appear in a forthcoming novel.

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Novelist and writer Caroline Sandon at Oxford Literary Festival, Christchurch College, 2014. PHOTOGRAPHY: Geraint Lewis

Caroline Sandon: From Burnt Norton to Bollywood

Author Caroline Sandon returns from the Times of Mumbai Literary Festival with memories of something ‘unique and extremely special’

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Roving Crows

Roving Crows bring their stomping live show to Gloucester: Saturday, March 14

Energetic Gloucestershire five-piece ‘Roving Crows’ are launching their new EP at the Gloucester Guildhall on Saturday, March 14 at their annual Paddy’s Day Extravaganza, always a first-class show, not to be missed.

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Conductor John Read with organist Robin Baggs

Fairford & District Choral Society concert: Sunday, March 15

Fairford & District Choral Society will present its next concert on Sunday, March 15 in St Mary’s Church, Fairford.

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Stroud Film Festival 2015

Programme announced for the first Stroud Film Festival

The very first Stroud Film Festival takes place at venues throughout the town, on March 13-29, 2015. It’s a two-week celebration of cinema, bringing new opportunities for the whole community to enjoy a wide range of films.

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Star Bistro is named People’s Favourite in the Sustainable Restaurant Awards 2015

Star Bistro is named People’s Favourite in the Sustainable Restaurant Awards 2015

Cheltenham’s StarBistro has been named the People’s Favourite in a national award.

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Snowdrops flowering in the garden

Snowdrop Day at Hill Close Gardens

Enjoy the beautiful snowdrops at Hill Close Gardens in Warwick during the February half term.

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Ross & Ross Food

Ross & Ross Food launch a pop-up restaurant event

Award-winning food company Ross & Ross Food have launched a supper club, with their first pop-up restaurant event on Friday February 13 2015 at The Straw Kitchen at Whichford Pottery.

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A typical laminic stance, with the pony trying to get his weight off the front feet / Image from the Three Counties Equine Hospital

Does your pony have laminitis?

The equine condition laminitis is common and frustrating to treat, says Debbie Graham.Veterinary surgeon Jess Hill offers advice on how to spot the symptoms, and what course of action to choose for your pony.

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Phoenix Festival, Cirencester

Love the Phoenix, Cirencester: Saturday, February 14, 2015

‘Love the Phoenix’ this Valentine’s Day by showing support for Cirencester’s fantastic youth- and community-led Phoenix Festival!

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Johnny Cash, performed by Clive John

What’s on at The Roses Theatre: January - February

What’s on at The Roses, including: music from young talent Laura Van Der Heijden, a celebration of country legend Johnny Cash, performances by fictional singer and organist John Shuttleworth and an entertaining take on life at a modern comprehensive in Teechers

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Gloucester Cajun and Zydeco Festival 2015

Five things to do this weekend in the Cotswolds (January 24-25)

Don’t let the chilly weather keep you stuck at home this weekend; here are five events happening in and around the Cotswolds to get you out and about.

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Room on The Broom / Photo: Helen Warner

‘Room on the Broom’ at the Malvern Theatres this January

Tall Stories’ hit family show Room on the Broom flies into the Malvern Theatres from January 20-24, bringing a witch, her cat, a dragon, a few friendly animals and more!

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The Wildlife Photography of the Year Exhibition

Five exhibitions to see this weekend in the Cotswolds

It’s the start of the new year, and there’s no reason for the winter chill to dissuade you from venturing out and seeing what the Cotswolds has to offer. Here are five exhibitions taking place in and around the Cotswolds this weekend.

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Orchestra of the Swan / Photo: Daniel Buxton Photography

Charity orchestra shortlisted for Pride of Stratford award

Orchestra of the Swan, Resident Orchestra at Stratford ArtsHouse, has been unveiled as a finalist in this year’s Pride of Stratford Awards.

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Kriss Akabusi / Photo: Willowstone Photography

Charity ball in Warwickshire with special guest Kriss Akabusi

Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist Kriss Akabusi will discuss his career and the importance of building an engaged team as the special guest at a charity ball on January 29, organised by Warwickshire recruitment firm eResponse.

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Broadway under snow

The Cotswolds Tourism Awards: Winners

Drum roll, please… we’re happy to announce the winners of the annual Cotswolds Tourism Awards

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Christmas gifts for art lovers

Unsure what to get the art-lover this Christmas? Here’s our choice for some inspiration

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10 gift ideas for the sport lover

Stuck for ideas for someone who loves sport and being active? Try these for size...

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The winner of the adult section is Richard Brown with his photography of the elusive clouded leopard

Winners and runners up of Cotswold Wildlife Park Photo Competition announced

There were over 500 entries to the Cotswold Wildlife Park 2014 Photo Competition, with the short-list judged by a professional photographer. Click the gallery to see a selection of the submissions...

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Beauty and the Beast at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

Five Cotswold Christmas pantos this December

Theatres in and around the Cotswolds will be bringing out their campest dames, catchiest songs and most sparkly costumes to entertain families with classic pantomimes this festive season. Here is a selection of what’s on offer...

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Alison Steadman

Review: Alison Steadman in conversation with Fiona Lindsay

Joanna Adams was at the Stratford Literary Festival to listen in to Fiona Lindsay interviewing Alison Steadman.

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Northern Soul

After-show speakers at Roses Theatre films this December

Promotional feature: Film audiences at The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury could be in with an extra treat over the next couple of weeks as educational speakers are invited to the theatre.

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Keith Bond (left) and Chris ‘Prich’ Prichard (right) front with other members of Stratford-upon-Avon Sub Aqua Club

Founding members dive into past to celebrate their club’s 40th anniversary

The club, which is a branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC), has just marked its 40th anniversary with a club dinner for all members to enjoy.

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Gifts for walkers

Gifts for walkers and people on the go

Inspire ramblers and hikers to get up and go with our favourite Christmas presents for people who love the outdoors.

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Christmas lights bringing a festive warmth to the winter chill / Photo by Cheryl Hill

Five Cotswold Christmas lights events this weekend

It’s not long until Christmas, and this weekend a number of towns and cities in and around the Cotswolds will be flicking the festive switch to illuminate the winter nights

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The new chapel organ, with the organ pipes gilded in gold leaf

This winter at the Guild Chapel

From concerts to carols, Stratford’s Guild Chapel will be hosting a wide range of events this Winter.

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Remembrance Sunday / Photo: Allou

This Remembrance Sunday in the Cotswolds

It’s Remembrance Sunday this weekend, and there are events across the Cotswolds honouring those who served on behalf of Britain during times of war.

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'Three Kings' needed

Wanted: ‘Three Kings’ for three camels at Gloucester’s annual Christmas Lantern Procession

Marketing Gloucester is looking for three ‘kings’ to lead the annual Christmas Lantern Procession on Sunday, November 16, while riding camels through the Gate Streets.

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A blue tit feeding during the winter months

Winter care for wild birds

Promotional feature: As the colder weather approaches, spare a thought for the wild birds in your garden. CJ Wildlife offer some tips on how you can help them survive the winter.

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Lap of honour with Prince Philip Cup: (left to right) Kieran Tuttiett, Jess Wild, Isabella Holman-West, Ella Clark, Zack Mallalieu / Photo: Andrew Holman-West

Warwickshire Hunt Pony Club wins Prince Philip Cup at Horse of the Year Show

The Warwickshire Hunt Pony Club side are celebrating their first ever win in the coveted Prince Philip Cup for Mounted Games at the Horse of The Year Show.

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The phantom of the theatre / photo: alphaspirit

Stage fright

In the run-up to Halloween, we’ve asked our readers to submit spooky stories and poems with a local connection. This tale of a haunting apparition comes courtesy of The Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham...

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John Gordon Sinclair and James Lance in 'Perfect Nonsense'

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense: Cheltenham Everyman, November 10-15

Direct from the West End, adapted from the works of PG Wodehouse by The Goodale Brothers, and directed by Sean Foley.

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Beyond The Barricade

The Roses Theatre this October

The Roses Theatre has lots on this October, including Swan Lake, Beyond The Barricade and Wish You Were Here...

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Chipping Campden's annual firework display

Chipping Campden’s annual firework display

Chipping Campden’s annual firework display organised by St James Primary School PTFA, will be on Wednesday, November 5 at the recreation ground.

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Mark Hyde as Morganhall, and Alan Digweed (aka Tweedy) as Fowle, in The Dock Brief at Everyman Studio Theatre, Cheltenham

Theatre review: The Dock Brief

Tweedy the Clown? Starring in The Dock Brief, by John Mortimer? Is this legal? asks Katie Jarvis.

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Adam Gillen as Ben, and Olivia Hallinan as Lotty, in Lotty's War, Cheltenham Everyman

Theatre review: Lotty’s War

If you want to see a superb piece of theatre, then catch Lotty’s War at Cheltenham Everyman, running until Saturday, October 18

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Warwick Court House by Kevin Parrish

Warwick receives an early Christmas present

A painting by local artist Kevin Parrish of the historic Court House building is a gift to Warwick, commemorating 1100 years since the establishment of the town.

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