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Places

The hotel overlooks a beautiful lake

A hidden gem

WORDS: Charlotte Skidmore

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Hit the tourist trail

In recent months, the town has been gaining accolades for its appeal to holidaymakers. It won the Seaside Award from Keep Britain Tidy for a fantastic beach and was named one of the friendliest places in the country for coach trips.

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Education E-Edition

A+ Education South West Edition

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Education

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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Why children shine at Stonar

At Stonar, each child’s learning is supported in a highly individual and unique way. Many schools claim this, but few can really deliver.

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Walks

A mare and colt near Dowsborough Hill fort

The beautiful Quantocks

Explore an Iron Age hill fort and an Anglo-Saxon military road on this scenic Quantock walk

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Porlock: Photo exmoornationalpark.gov.uk

Picnic days are here again

Julia Ridge, of vintage and modern picnic basket company My Picnic Days, chooses her top spots to eat al fresco

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Recipes

Superberry

The experts at Monkton Elm say blueberries are in demand

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Lamb coconut fry is popular at Mint and Mustard

Lamb Coconut Fry

Lamb Coconut Fry is one of Mint and Mustard’s most popular dishes. It beautifully blends typical Keralan flavours with the best British lamb to make a mouthwatering, lightly spiced dish that goes beautifully with simple boiled rice or Indian flatbread. With spring lamb currently in season, now is the perfect time to make this dish.

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Interiors

The house stands in countryside in south east Somerset

An ideal habitat

This energy-efficient, contemporary home, with its open plan living area and spectacular views, is an impressive award winner

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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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Events

Emma (left) and Sam (right)

Cyclists gather for Weston Hospicecare Strawberry Jam

Families, friends and colleagues will hop on their saddles on Sunday 10th August for Weston Hospicecare’s Strawberry Jam cycle ride.

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See image name for pic cap: Weston Colour Run

In technicolour

The first ever Weston Colour Run took place on Sunday 27 April, raising £40,000

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The North Somerset Resident E-Edition

The North Somerset Resident

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Holiday E-Editions

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 chocolate orange dessert is based on the idea of Jaffa Cakes

Angelic food

Tucked away down a side street in Frome is the Archangel – a quirky hotel and restaurant with a talented chef at the helm

Words: Charlotte Skidmore

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The canteen. Photo: Frances Taylor Photography

Trendy and tasty

Driving down Whiteladies Road in Bristol you cannot fail to notice the trendy chapel conversion that is home to one of the area’s newest restaurants.

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Gardens

Drosera capensis

Carnivorous plants snap up another gold at Chelsea

Andrea Cowan visited Nigel Hewitt-Cooper to demystify the world of the carnivorous plant and find out what it takes to win gold at Chelsea Flower Show – for the 6th time!

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Open your garden for a summer tea event. Photo: Adam Cormack

Summer garden parties

For Somerset Wildlife Trust’s golden anniversary year the charity is encouraging people to open their gardens and help raise £50 a go by holding a tea party

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Discover

BRAZZ

BRAZZ

A light hearted and fun brasserie serving up locally-inspired food in the heart of Taunton.

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Castle Bow Restaurant

Castle Bow Restaurant

Located in the heart of Taunton, Castle Bow Restaurant is the Castle Hotel’s latest gem.

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Ring O' Bells

Ring O’ Bells

Promotional Feature:Looking for a pub that serves traditional pub food, has a beer garden, a childrens play area and live local music…..? Then look no further than the Ring O Bells.

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Showcase

The restored Abbot's Kitchen

Abbot’s Kitchen reopens at Glastonbury Abbey

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The medieval 14th century Abbot’s Kitchen reopened in 2014 after major conservation work.

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The architectural plans for Starvehall Farm in Gloucestershire

Fertile Pastures: How changes to the planning system can work for you

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Recent changes to the English planning system can work in the favour of rural land owners. Here Mike Fox, Planning Director at Nash Partnership, explains more

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BC Designs Plazia is the classic modern free-standing bath for the contemporary bathroom

Top 10 trends for designing your dream bathroom

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Patrick Heaphy, Senior Designer at Ripples, gives us an expert guide to the key trends in bathroom design

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The perfect hairstyle should complement your body shape.

Hair to complement your body

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Simon Willetts of Combers hair salon, Taunton

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Combers hair salon, Taunton

How do I get more good hair days?

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Simon Willetts of Combers hair salon, Taunton

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