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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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Personalised ski socks

9 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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Cheltenham Literature Festival 2014

Katie’s blog at Cheltenham Literature Festival 2014: October 3-12

Latest entry: Katie Jarvis listened to the glamorous Victoria Hislop discuss her latest novel at The Cheltenham Literature Festival. ‘The Sunrise’ is set in Famagusta, a now-derelict city that has long been a source of tension between the people of Greece and Turkey. As Hislop explained on stage, merely writing about the place is a diplomatic nightmare...

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Dorothy and Toto

Help find Toto!

An opportunity for your pooch to tread the boards on an RSC stage in Shakespeare’s Stratford upon Avon.

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The Cheltenham Literature Festival 2014

Five things to do this weekend in the Cotswolds (October 4-5)

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

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La Jalousie (Jealousy)

Around the world in five movies

The Roses Theatre is well underway with its Autumn film programme, which runs from September to October. One of the main areas of their extensive line-up is World Cinema, and below is a selection of films that have been handpicked as the very best foreign films of the season.

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Jenni Fuller with grandson Albert

Putting Bodies to good work

Annette Gann discusses Warwickshire-based fitness company ‘Bodies & Co’ and its philanthropic owner Jenni Fuller

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Jim Moray will be performing at the Stroud Folk Festival / Photo: Barbara Allen

Five things to do this weekend in the Cotswolds (September 27-28)

Wondering what to do this weekend? Here are five recommendations from us for what to get up to in the Cotswolds...

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(L-R) Nicola Asher, Margaret Gutteridge and Jean Grubb / Photo: Daniel Graves Photography 2014

Charity event is piece of cake for Kenilworth Care Home

A Kenilworth care home is set to raise funds for a cancer charity by taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday September 26.

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Amber-Lauren with some of her work

Cotswold Arts: Baby, I was born this way

When Amber-Lauren Ballantyne-Styles gave up a promising career in acrobatic gymnastics aged just 13, she used the negativity she experienced about body image to channel into her astonishing art

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The Lightning Seeds at Lakefest 2014

Loving Lakefest

Rosie Henderson has a whale of a time at Tewkesbury’s very own annual music festival

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Hawkwood College, near Stroud, Gloucestershire

Coming home to Hawkwood

Candia McKormack visits the nurturing environment of 19th-century Hawkwood College

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Tim examining a pony with a pelvic fracture after a cart accident / Photo: Tim Brazil

Tim Brazil: Supporting the welfare of the working animal

For 46 weeks of the year, Cotswold veterinary surgeon Tim Brazil’s patients are the sports and pleasure horses of this area and beyond. But for the remaining six it is the working equines of developing countries, like India and Egypt, that demand his attention. Debbie Graham spoke to him about his work.

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The Stroud Fringe Festival

Five things to do this weekend in the Cotswolds (August 30-31)

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

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Witcombe Cider Festival

Five things to do this Bank Holiday weekend (August 23-25)

A three-day weekend is plenty of time to enjoy what the Cotswolds have to offer, so here are five suggestions for what to do from us to you...

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The Cavern Beatles

Tributes to the stars at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

Promotional Feature: There’s plenty of musical entertainment at The Roses Theatre this month, including tributes to The Kinks, Abba and The Beatles.

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The Granary, National Garden Scheme

A garden to visit this August Bank Holiday

The Granary, an enchantiny secret garden alongside the Oxford Canal is opening to the public this August Bank Holiday

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Heart of England Mencap will be at the Stratford Homes and Garden Show at Alscot Park

Schools urged to nominate ‘Children of Courage’

Schools across Warwickshire and Worcestershire are being urged to nominate ‘children of courage’ to be celebrated at an awards ceremony later this year.

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The Secret Garden / Picture by Emma Lazauski

The Secret Garden blossoms at the Playbox Theatre in Warwick

The Secret Garden is set to make a summer debut at Playbox Theatre’s Dream Factory in August as the first in a planned three-year project to stage great musicals in Warwick during the summer months.

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The Cheltenham Dance Festival

Five things to do this weekend (August 9-10)

Not much planned this weekend? Here are our five suggestions for what you could get up to in and around the resplendent region of the Cotswolds

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Leamington Baths, by J Fuller, 1816

Royal ‘Lemonton’ Spa

While investigating the town’s apparent fondness for lemons, Tracy Spiers discovers Royal Leamington Spa’s beauty, charm, architectural treasures… and sulphurous waters

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