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What’s going on in Wells?

CLARE KINGSBURY-BELL establishes that Wells is not just for Christmas.

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Langport is a bustling town. Photo Bill Bradshaw

Businesses prosper in artisan Langport

Clare Kingsbury-Bell looks at some businesses making Langport great.

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Education E-Edition

A+ Education South West Edition

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Education

Queens College

Queens College, Taunton

A brief history of Taunton’s day and boarding school, Queens College

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Taunton School: Green shoots

Over 50% of parents would send their children to independent schools according to a consistent steam of surveys over a number of years. Yet, the big barrier that stands in the way of such a move is, of course, cost. However, with the economy improving and prospects becoming rosier, perhaps there has never been a better time to plan for the future.

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Walks

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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Recipes

Fresh veg at Rumwell Farm Shop

Serving up Christmas dinner

Andrea Cowan looks at the seasonal fayre offered by Somerset’s farm shops.

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Piping mousse

Christmas recipe designed for you

Somerset bakery Pullins has created a festive recipe exclusively for Somerset Life readers.

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Interiors

Creat a floral arrangement this Christmas

Creating a festive feel

Ston Easton Park’s florists, Jude White and Elly Bane, give us some tips on creating festive centre pieces.

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Secret Santa gifts

10 Secret Santa gifts under £16

Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality of gifts this Christmas.

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Celebrity interviews

Mary Berry

The Queen of Baking

With a following now bigger than most rock stars, the presence of Mary Berry will be one of the biggest attractions at this month’s Big Cake Show. She tells Susan Clark why she said ‘yes’ to coming West and why she thinks Somerset’s food scene is thriving

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Big Cake Show founders, Mel Edwards & Kim Vernon. Photo by Matt Austin

The Big Cake Show

When this long-awaited event rolls into town at the end of March, the South West Life magazine titles will be at the fore supporting what will be the region’s biggest ever baking show. SUSAN CLARK highlights the key events that bakers won’t want to miss

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Life TV

*VIDEO* Jack Johnson and Ben Howard at Somersault Festival 2014

Jack Johnson and Ben Howard announced to headline brand new summercamp festival from “Mama & Company” at the beautiful setting of Castle Hill, North Devon. July 17 - 21 2014.

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Climbing the hill near Bossington. Photographer Chris Spracklen, Somerset.

*VIDEO* Hidden beaches walks

One of the joys of walking the South West Coast Path is stumbling upon a secluded beach on a remote stretch of coast and discovering that you’ve got it all to yourself.

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Great British Holidays & Breaks



Great British Holidays & Breaks


Events

The Fine Cheese Co. Festival will take place at Milsom Place on 25 October

Feast your eyes on this

The Great Bath Feast serves up a glorious menu this October. Nicky Hancock shares some of the highlights.

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The North Somerset Resident E-Edition

The North Somerset Resident

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E-Editions

Christmas guide for the South West

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Great British Life Holidays

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South West Accommodation 2014 

This handy guide will help you decide accommodation and attractions to visit in the South West this summer.

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Restaurant Reviews

The beef wellington was really tender

WIN: A cocktail masterclass and dinner

Located in the gorgeous Park Street in Bristol, visiting Goldbrick House is like stepping into another world away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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The sharing board was delicious

Review: The Battleaxes in Wraxall

This fine country pub, with its trendy décor and fantastically-presented food is a real treat for those of us who prefer quality and quantity at the same time.

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Gardens

Christmas Garland

A hedgerow Christmas

Georgie Newbery of Commonfarm Flowers in Somerset shows us how to get creative with hedgerow ‘goodies’ this festive season.

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The perfect gift for garden lovers

Christmas gifts for gardeners

Looking for festive gifts for garden enthusiasts? We’ve rounded up our favourite presents for gardeners to help you get started with your Christmas shopping.

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Discover

Clavelshay Barn Restaurant

Clavelshay Barn Restaurant

Clavelshay Barn Restaurant promises “a taste of the countryside” and the reality does not disappoint – offering unspoilt idyllic surroundings and serving quality local produce. The restaurant is within easy reach of Taunton, Bridgwater and the M5, set in a converted barn on a working dairy farm, nestled in its own secluded valley.

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Enjoy fine dining at The Swan Hotel

Best Western Plus Swan Hotel

The Best Western Plus Swan Hotel in Wells is perfect for every dining occasion.

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Abbey Tea Rooms

Abbey Tea Rooms

Enjoy a traditional experience at The Abbey Tea Rooms, Glastonbury.

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A Life with a View Fragrances

20% OFF A Life with a View fragrances and candles

Save 20% off all purchases of candles and fragrances by A Life with a View on the Great British Life Shop

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Cafe La Strada

Cafe La Strada

Café La Strada is a family-run, continental-style cafe located in the heart of Frome in one of the most historical buildings in the market town.

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Showcase

An Equal T boiler near completion with computer control system fitted

Understanding biomass heating

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Discover the benefits of using biomass heating systems in your home.

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be.loved handbags

Save 15% on Be.Loved British made handbags and satchels

Save 15% on Be.Loved handbags this Christmas. All bags and satchels are made by hand in North Wales.

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An Afgan rug in situ

How to Choose an Oriental Rug

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Oriental rugs make a stylish addition to your home but there are a few things to consider before making a purchase.

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Enjoy high quality care in your own home

Get a helping hand from live-in care

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Home is not a place many of us would leave by choice but live-in care services provide the support and companionship you need, enabling you to stay in your own home and community as you get older.

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Hiho Silver

Five mistakes that people make when buying jewellery (and how to avoid them)

If you’re looking to buy the perfect piece of jewellery, you’ll want to make sure you avoid commonly made mistakes

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