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Log House Holidays, Poole Keynes, Gloucestershire

Candia McKormack and family go in search of tranquillity – and a good WiFi signal – on a short break in a Cotswold log house

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David Hughes © Shutterstock

Keep that rubber on the road with a motivational refuel at one of these top cycling cafés in the Cotswolds.

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Andrew Roland © Shutterstock

Cotswold villages are some of the most beautiful in Britain – think honey-coloured cottages, cosy pubs, tiny tearooms and narrow streets. We pick ten of the prettiest Cotswolds villages to explore.

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Cotswold Life readers’ pictures

Monday, April 11, 2016
A Balloon flies over Fog covering Gloucester, with May Hill in the background © Paul Nicholls, www.paulnichollsphotography.com

Our readers have captured the beauty of spring with some spectacular photography

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Antiques for Everyone: April 7-10

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Prize of Cotswold in a landscape, by J Miles of Northleach

Famous Cotswold 19th-century artist depicting Cotswold animals comes to Antiques for Everyone Spring Fair at the NEC, Birmingham, April 7-10

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Nicholas McCarthy / Yamaha Concert Grand Piano / Royal Festival Hall © Paul Marc Mitchell

One-handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy, is urging people to get involved in Carers Gloucestershire’s fundraising event ‘Walk a mile in my shoes’, on the 5 June. To encourage people to register, he is offering two free sets of tickets to his concert in Cheltenham at the Parabola Arts Centre on Sunday 29 May.

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Cotswold village of Bibury, England ©  JeniFoto, Shutterstock

From the honey-coloured stone cottages in Burford, to the medieval architecture of Winchcombe high street, the Cotswolds are home to some of the most beautiful scenes in the world. But how many of these pretty towns and villages have you visited?

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A snapshot from Wilderness Festival 2015

Desperate to sate your craving for live music and delicious food? We pick 5 of the best Cotswold festivals taking place in 2016 that celebrate all things instrumental, edible and fun.

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Burford in the spring

The days are getting longer and the Cotswolds are gradually becoming a floral delight, but there are still plenty of opportunities for frosty morning walks and toasting your feet in front of the fire. Springtime in the Cotswolds is absolute bliss as these pictures show.

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Sezincote © James Stringer, Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

If captivating grade-listed buildings with landscaped gardens are your thing, you’ve come to the right place. We pick 9 of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring stately homes you simply need to visit this year.

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Special preview of National Trust book

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Amy Jane Adams and William Shakespeare


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'The Mistress of Charlecote' graphite by Kitty Kovacevic

This month Cotswold Life Artist in Residence Kitty Kovacevic reveals the first of her pieces inspired by an article in the magazine, January’s ‘Mistress of Charlecote’

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Taking the Chelsea challenge

Friday, February 26, 2016
Chris Beardshaw's Great Ormond Street Hospital garden, sponsored by Morgan Stanley

Cotswold gardeners will be well represented at this year’s Chelsea. Mandy Bradshaw has been talking to them about their plans

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Saoirse-Monica Jackson (Curley's wife), and Kristian Phillips (Lennie) in Of Mice and Men

Katie Jarvis reviews a touring production of John Steinbeck’s classic tale of hardship and poverty, set in America during the Great Depression

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Jamie Walton and Wells orchestra

Students from the music school that trained Yehudi Menuhin and Julian Lloyd Webber are performing a special concert in aid of the Mayor of Cheltenham’s charities.

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The Birthday Party, by Harold Pinter

So is The Birthday Party a play that delivers the gift you’ve always wanted? Or just another pair of M&S socks, wonders Katie Jarvis

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Ragley Hall re-opens for the 2016 season

Monday, February 8, 2016
Ragley Hall

Ragley Hall, Warwickshire’s most popular and stunning stately home, is preparing to open for the season on Saturday 19 March. The Palladian mansion, designed by Robert Hooke in 1680, is the home of the 9th Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford and their family.

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Shipston-on-Stour ©  John Clift, Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Tracy Spiers goes in search of the unusual and eclectic, and is delighted by what she discovers in freewheeling Shipston-on-Stour

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Jeremy Wilding has been appointed MBE in the New Year’s Honours list for 2016

Jeremy Wilding, chairman of the Trustees of the Three Choirs Festival Society, has been appointed MBE for services to the Hereford Three Choirs Festival in the New Year’s Honours list for 2016

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Does your pony have laminitis?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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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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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Christmas in Shakespeare’s England

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Christmas at Warwick Castle

Enjoy a magical Christmas in Shakespeare’s England with a host of seasonal activities including the chance to see Father Christmas, festive plays, carol concerts, candlelit tours, craft fairs, Christmas markets, a Royal Shakespeare Company performance of Wendy & Peter Pan and the chance to see the spectacular Shakespeare Birthplace lightshow.

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Hetty Feather

The Olivier Award nominated production will be appearing Malvern Theatres from Wednesday 18th to Sunday 22nd November, as part of a major national tour following a sell-out West End season at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London.

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From the Jurassic Period to Red Carpet premieres discover the dark, often mysterious and mesmerising story of Whitby Jet

There will be some very unusual and interesting exhibits appearing at the Antiques for Everyone Winter Fair November 19-22 at the NEC

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Katrina Ives.

An infatuation with the letter Q and a deep-seated love of pottery led Katrina Ives to launch Qtique – a range of beautifully crafted English pottery mugs with a fun-loving edge, designed right here in the Cotswolds. We caught up with her to find out more about the lovable kawaii-inspired ‘Muggsies’ and running a successful homeware business

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The Nutcracker

There are some very fun and festive events taking place across the Cotswolds this season.

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Calcot Manor outdoor spa area

With close connections to the M5, M40 and M4, and a convenient two hour train journey to London, the Cotswolds are the perfect location for a spa weekend away. Here are eight of our favourite places to go.

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Offered as lot 88 with an estimate of £700-900

An auction of antique & modern jewellery at Fellows November 12, 11am

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King Charles III at Malvern Theatres

Thursday, October 22, 2015
Robert Powell in King Charles III UK Tour - photograph by Richard Hubert Smith

King Charles III is set to appear at Malvern Theatres from Monday 2nd to Saturday 7th November.

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Bath House © Landmark Trust

The Landmark Trust rescue historic buildings in danger of falling into ruin and turn them into stunning holiday homes. We pick 8 magnificent Landmark buildings in the Cotswolds – perfect for a quirky family holiday or a couples retreat

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Dewsall Court

On October 31, country retreat Dewsall Court will be welcoming Valentine Warner to host a Halloween Party, set within 15 acres of grounds in the deepest, darkest Herefordshire countryside.

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Livestock on display at the show

Moreton Country show proved to be ever popular this year, with 350 trade stands, and locally-produced food and attractions, which included animal breeds, exhibitors and agricultural vehicles. Pigs, which appeared in some episodes of the hit television drama Downton Abbey, were big crowd pullers, as were the IMPS motorcycle team and show jumping stars who thrilled crowds in the grand arena.

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A whole load of ideas and inspiration for Christmas

Free entry to a fun packed foodie event, 19th November 6-8pm

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Burke & Hare

How many times can one actor get killed during one performance? Find out in this brand new comedy Burke and Hare which will be performed in several venues across the Cotswolds between 23 Oct - 21 Nov

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Remembering farming hero Joe Henson

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Joe Henson with some Rare Breed Gloucester Old Spot Piglets at his family farm, Bemborough Farm

The farming world has lost one of its heroes, Joe Henson, MBE, who has died after a short illness, at the age of 82

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Fellows Auction

Fellows are holding an upcoming auction of Antique & Modern Jewellery taking place on the 15th October. This auction features Cartier jewellery previously owned by successful British author Mary, Lady Stewart.

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Get involved with the Rugby World Cup in the Cotswolds

For those who were unable to get tickets for the Rugby World Cup this year, fear not as there are still plenty of places to get in on the sporting atmosphere right here in the Cotswolds. Whether you’re a front row rugby fan or an in and out spectator, we pick 8 of the top watering-holes to meet all of your World Cup needs this year.

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Blue John Sale

The catalogue has been released online for one of Britain’s largest auctions of rare Derbyshire Blue John pieces, being held at Fellows Auctioneers in Birmingham on Monday 5th October 2015.

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English Symphony Orchestra play Elgar & Brahms

The internationally-renowned English Symphony Orchestra return to their historic home in Malvern Theatres for the first time in nearly ten years on Thursday the 8th of October for an evening of music by Elgar and Brahms featuring up-and-coming violin superstar Alexander Sitkovetsky. He is perhaps the last protégé of former ESO Principal Guest Conductor Yehudi Menuhin, whose recording of the Elgar Violin Concerto is one of the monuments of recorded music.

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