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Charotte Dujardin to headline in the Main Arena at Your Horse Live

Your Horse Live is a fun and fabulous day out for friends and family

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Alex James and Jamie Oliver at The Big Feastival

The Westons’ Cider Teepee will be taking centre stage at The Big Feastival this weekend (August 28 to 30), ensuring there will be cider galore for foodies and music lovers alike.

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The Granary, National Garden Scheme

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

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Who makes the best cake in the Cotswolds?

Cotswold Life invites local Cotswold bakeries to enter their best cake to be crowned Best Cake in the Cotswolds at an exciting new public event in Bath

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Cotswold Wildlife Park's photo competition

If you’ve been to Cotswold Wildlife Park or are planning to go, then pictures of your day out at the Park could net you an eye-to-eye experience with giraffes!

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Sponsored:Things to do on holiday in the Cotswolds

Thursday, August 6, 2015
Lower Slaughter, a typical Cotswold village / Photo credit: Justine Kibler

Experience the beauty of rolling English countryside, quaint limestone villages, stunning stately homes and imposing castles by visiting the Cotswolds. But there’s more to do than just relax in this beautiful region of south England.

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A parade of elephants make their way across the dirt road at Amakhala Game Reserve | Photo credit: Joe Meredith

Joe Meredith swapped the hills of the Cotswolds for the savannahs of South Africa’s Eastern Cape, discovering some of what makes the country such an exciting place to be

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Meurig Bowen

The Cheltenham Music Festival, though having classical music at its heart, is studded with diverse treats – encompassing film, dance, jazz, world music and family events amidst the rich mix of orchestral, choral and chamber concerts. Festival director Meurig Bowen picks out his top ten programme highlights.

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BBQ for Heroes raises funds for Help For Heroes, which provides injured service personnel with ongoing support

Help for Heroes is asking the great British public to turn their BBQ’s in to an opportunity to fundraise for our wounded, injured and sick service personnel, veterans and their families.

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Hugh Quarshie as Othello and Lucian Msamati as Iago.

Intense, questioning and full of surprises – Game of Thrones star Lucian Msamati makes RSC history as the first black actor to play Iago in its gripping production of Othello

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Looking out over Cheltenham and beyond

Having had two brilliant days walking in May, the 1st of June was grey and windy as we started our walk from Cleeve Common to Dowdeswell. I took my two geriatric spaniels as I thought it would be warm enough weather and not too strenuous. Not a good idea...

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The Shakespeare Centre

Does Lynn Ede’s journey to Stratford-upon-Avon end in a lovers’ meeting? Read on to 
find out if she met her Romeo…

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Views over the Cotswolds

It’s May and we have walked two more sections of the Cotswold way, Stanway to Winchcombe and Winchcombe to Cleeve, in quick succession.

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Actors in rehearsal for Twelfth Night

Jenny Wren Productions announce the 9 locations for the open air production of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy this summer

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Some of the sights to look forward to at the Berkswell gardens

On June 28, thirteen gardens around the village of Berkswell will welcome visitors as part of the National Gardens Sceme - raising money for palliative cancer care chairies.

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Christopher Bowen, Sue Holderness and Christopher Timothy in Mrs Warren's Profession.

The Cheltenham theatre plays host to a star-studded cast with a strong in-house production of Bernard Shaw’s sharp social comedy

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The Cotswolds is famous for its picturesque landscape, perfect for a picnic | Image: KPG Ivary

There are many beautiful spots in and around the Cotswolds to lay your blanket down and enjoy a good old fashioned picnic! Here’s our pick of the best.

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The Reduced Shakespeare Company | Photo credit: Karl Andre Photography

Katie Jarvis went to see the Reduced Shakespeare Company performing The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged [Revised] in Stroud. If you think Shakespeare’s comedies are funny, just wait until you see his tragedies.

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The Cotswold festival checklist

Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire play host to a plethora of music festivals this summer – we pick 12 key items to pack, so whether you’re at Wilderness, Lakefest or 2000 Trees, you’ll feel prepared for anything

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Cinderella (Ballet Cymru)

The Roses Theatre has plenty to entertain audiences with this June, including a range of tribute bands, distinguished drama and dance, and a selection of musical acts

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It's A Wonderful Life - The Radio Play

The radio play adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life will be coming to the stage of Malvern Theatres this June

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Patsy Ferran as Portia. (Hugo Glendinning/RSC)

Relevant, compelling and ultimately tragic – Polly Findlay’s second production for the RSC explores racism and loyalty with unrelenting focus

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'Dame in Hearse', by Adam Loveridge

There's a new kid on the block at Quenington – colourfully creative, wildly witty, and just a little bit naughty. Candia McKormack braces herself for the enfant terrible that is ARTSE

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Fancy a pint? [Photo: Nikolay Litov]

Whether you’re a connoisseur or just fancy a tipple, there are ample festivals across the Cotswolds catering for beer, cider and wine lovers. Here’s our pick of the best, in chronological order.

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House sparrow

It’s now full speed ahead into summer, with the natural world hitting the fast lane as the warmer weather approaches. Sue Bradley discovers the sounds and sights of summer

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Giffords Circus - 'Moon Songs', 2015

Candia McKormack spends an evening in the company of the magical Giffords Circus

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Gloucester Quays Food Festival

People in the Cotswolds are spoilt for choice when it comes to food festivals. Here is our pick of the best events celebrating all things great and edible in this pretty region of England.

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Ampney Park, Ampney Crucis, Gloucestershire

On Sunday, June 7, visitors will have a rare chance to enjoy the fabulous 17-acre Ampney Park gardens, when the gates open from 11am-3pm in aid of local medical charity, Cobalt.

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Barton House Garden opens May 24

Monday, May 18, 2015
Barton House and Garden

The idyllic Barton House Garden will open on May 24 as part of the National Gardens Scheme

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Top 10 quirkiest Cotswold traditions

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Cheese Rolling / Photo: Mike Warren

Britain is home to many an unusual tradition, and the region of the Cotswolds is no exception. Here are 10 of the strangest pastimes from this corner of England, including cheese rolling, duck racing and shin kicking!

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Hinrich Romeike & Marius Voigt-Logistik

Tickets for this world-famous event are available at the gate – come along on the day

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Jason Donovan (Lionel Logue) and Raymond Coulthard (King George VI)

The King’s Speech – the play from which the Oscar-winning movie that starred Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush was adapted – will appear at Malvern Theatres from Monday April 27 to Saturday May 2.

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Folk music at The Roses Theatre

Friday, April 24, 2015
Sunjay

There are some great folk acts to round off the April season at The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury

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Missy Malone Show, Evesham

Candia McKormack enjoys a night to be remembered with Missy Malone and friends in Cheltenham

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The Old Town clean-up team

Sarah Windrum was inspired to help clean up Leamington’s Old Town, giving the area some much needed TLC

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Broadacre Open Gardens

Broadacre, a beautiful private estate near Solihull opens its garden gates for the National Garden Scheme on the 19th April 2015

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Easter Bunny / Photo: Africa Studio

As spring arrives on our doorsteps gilding the grass with daffodils, Easter comes with it. As usual, there’s plenty to keep the family busy in and around the Cotswolds; here is our pick of 15 Easter events to get you out and about!

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The Cat in the Hat / Photo: Gary Lake

Katie Mitchell’s acclaimed stage adaptation of Dr Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat will embark on its first UK tour in 2015, playing at Malvern Theatres from Monday March 30 to Wednesday April 1.

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Dinmore Manor locomotive at Toddington Station, Gloucestershire

While on work experience with Cotswold Life, Amy Woolridge of Cleeve School enjoyed a day out at Toddington as part of Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s Tourism Day

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Francis Hamel painting on site at Giffords Circus

Oxfordshire artist Francis Hamel was struck by the glamour and alchemy of Giffords Circus when he took his children to a show. The result was time spent touring with Giffords and a series of remarkable paintings…

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