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Antiques Roadshow comes to Somerset

As its presenter Fiona Bruce says, the Antiques Roadshow is ‘history, beauty and drama all wrapped up in one.’

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The Great Hall at The Bishop's Palace, Wells

Funding secured to save the Great Hall in Wells

Vital conservation work will begin on 6 October to ensure the preservation of the Medieval Great Hall at The Bishop’s Palace.

The Great Hall, dating from 13th century and built for King Edward I, has suffered from years of exposure to the elements and now stands to lose essential parts of its tracery and outstanding windows unless conservation work is carried out as soon as possible. The stonework became exposed to the elements when the hall was turned into a Victorian folly and is now in a very fragile condition.

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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

An Emperor Dragonfly by Lynne Newton

A wild walk on Westhay

Matthew Marshall from Somerset Wildlife Trust has set up a circular walk around one of the trust’s most stunning wetland nature reserves to encourage local people to get out and explore the county’s incredible wildlife and record their sightings.

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Porlock Weir by Andreas Byrne

Photographic competition

It’s time to get your cameras out again for the South West Coast Path photographic competition. Last year the entries were of such high quality that it gave the judging panel a real headache, now it’s your chance to shine.

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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

French-style occasional chair

Interiors | French style at home

With a few simple updates you can easily recreate a French look in your home. Here is a selection of our favourite French-inspired interiors picks.

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The property by night. Photo Trevor Barrett

The journey

How an innovative Somerset farmhouse was built at home in its landscape....

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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

Simon has a passion for wildlife. PHOTO: simonkingwildlife.com

Living the wild life

As I arrive, the Somerset-based charity Secret World Wildlife Rescue is releasing an orphaned wild hare into Simon’s long grass meadow. High in the trees, a brood of baby woodpeckers are venturing out on their first flights and a mallard duck is showing off her fluffy ducklings on the pond.

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The poppies bring a splash of colour to Rugg Farm

Growing together

In 2007 a group of five friends - two couples approaching retirement and one father - sold their respective properties in the South East in order to buy one between them with potential for creating a garden.

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Discover

Outside Ston Easton Park Hotel

Ston Easton Park Hotel & Restaurant

Nestled in 36 acres of beautiful West Country parkland, Ston Easton Park is unique

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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 Lauren handbag is perfect for work

Somerset handbag designers Peony & Moore

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British handbag designers Peony & Moore talk through handbag styles and trends for 2014/2015

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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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