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Grimsthorpe Castle where Linley drowned when boating with friends

The English Mozart

Talented Bath musician Thomas Linley the Younger looked set to take the 18th century musical world by storm until his untimely death at the age of 22, as RAY CAVANAUGH discovers.

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The Yatton phone box after its transformation

Thinking outside the box

A surge of public affection for the old red kiosks is seeing phone boxes used in a variety of new and inspiring ways. PETER NALDRETT puts in a call to people fascinated by this vivid British icon to see what the appeal is.

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Education E-Edition

A+ Education South West Edition

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The Royal High School Bath

The Royal High School Bath

The Royal High School Bath seeks to encourage each girl to persevere and grow in self-confidence in order to discover and fulfil her potential...

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Queens College

Queens College, Taunton

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

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Walking through a narrow rocky section of Ebbor Gorge

A Monarch in the Mendips

Explore Ebbor Gorge and enjoy the breathtaking views

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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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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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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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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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Great British Holidays & Breaks

Great British Holidays & Breaks 2015
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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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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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Great British Life Holidays

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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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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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The Oakhouse Hotel

The Oakhouse Hotel

The Oakhouse Hotel, is a delightfully cozy boutique hotel, and award winning restaurant, in the heart of Axbridge.

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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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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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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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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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