Out & About

Reece Shearsmith and Ken Stott are starring in The Dresser at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre, from Sept 27 to Oct 1, 2016

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From A to Z, we scroll through the alphabet and reveal 26 reasons why the Cotswolds is such a wonderful place for visitors to explore, and residents to call home

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Gloucestershire’s Charlotte Dujardin retains her Olympic title, whilst posting a new Olympic record with her dancing partner Valegro at Rio 2016

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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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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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Camping doesn’t have to be cold, wet and dirty! Candia McKormack samples all-frills glamping in the Cotswolds

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Oak and Furrows rescue centre appeals for aid as a large number of sick and injured wildlife arrive for urgent care

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HRH The Prince of Wales, patron of Music in Country Churches, attended a concert at Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire, on Saturday, May 21, 2016. The concert was performed by the English Chamber Orchestra and featured British cellist, Caroline Dale.

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Candia McKormack saddles up her trusty steed and heads way out west with Giffords Circus

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The Lucky Onion Club is delighted to announce that they will be teaming up with healthy, food-loving sisters, Hemsley + Hemsley, to host two exclusive events on Thursday, May 19 2016 at No. 38 The Park, with tickets now on sale.

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

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Cotswold Life readers’ pictures

Monday, April 11, 2016

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

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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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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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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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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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

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANTONY THOMPSON

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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

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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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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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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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, 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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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, 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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Christmas in Shakespeare’s England

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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

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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

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

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

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