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Fantastic Phobias: Face your Fears

An aquarium in North Somerset has recently seen an invasion of rodents, insects and slimy intruders. But these aren’t unwelcome guests; these are part of a new exhibit challenging guests to face their fears and get up close and personal with ‘Fantastic Phobias’.

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South West tops country again in National Tourism Awards

A stunning 16 of the Finalist places in this year’s national VisitEngland awards have been taken by tourism businesses from the South West, making it another record year for the region and reminding visitors of the quality available in England’s pre-eminent tourism destination

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Education E-Edition

A+ Education South West Edition

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Walks

Brent Knoll from the Levels

Fantastic views

Take a walk from East Brent and take in some fantastic views en route

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Looking east near Woody Bay, Somerset. Photographer: Mike Watson

Coast path walkers spent £436 million in 2012

Research shows South West Coast Path supporters’ spending is soaring

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Recipes

Delicious tart and macaroons

The delicious smell of Easter

Pullins, a Somerset family business that has been going strong for decades, has created an Easter recipe exclusively for Somerset Life readers

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River Cottage beetroot and chocolate brownies

Learn the secrets of River Cottage

You’ve seen him on TV – you’ve read his books – you’ve eaten at his restaurant. Now you can learn to cook like Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall thanks to a new series of cookery demonstrations at River Cottage Canteen Bristol.

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Interiors

The Shepton Mallet Antiques and Collector's fair is held every two months

A vintage home

Buying antiques and vintage items is only increasing in popularity, so we asked BELLA EDGLEY how to shop for them in Somerset

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You’ll always find me in the kitchen

The hub of the home, the place to be during any party, your kitchen should be a style statement, setting the trend tone for the rest of your home. Interiors Editor CAROL BURNS discovers what’s new for 2014

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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

General

*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

Film cars

The Bristol Motor Show 2014

The Bristol Motor Show returns to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway between Saturday 3 – Monday 5 of May, bringing three days of FREE motoring entertainment for the whole family to enjoy

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Fantastic Phobias: Face your Fears

An aquarium in North Somerset has recently seen an invasion of rodents, insects and slimy intruders. But these aren’t unwelcome guests; these are part of a new exhibit challenging guests to face their fears and get up close and personal with ‘Fantastic Phobias’.

Read full story »

Holiday E-Editions

Great British Life Holidays

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South West Accommodation 2013 

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

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The queen of climbers

The experts at Monkton Elm give us some tips on taking care of our gardens in March and fill us in on the most popular climbing plant of them all

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Dotty Water Resistant Gloves - £3.99

Grow your style

Usually you wouldn’t dare wear something nice whilst gardening but maybe it is time to ditch the dull clothing and get fashionable in the garden

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Discover

Sovereign

The Sovereign Centre

The Sovereign Centre has thirty five of your favourite High Street brands along with places to eat-in or just take-away.

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Grand Pier

Grand Pier

Welcome to the ultimate 21st Century indoor theme park. We are open every day, except Christmas Day, so come hail, rain or shine, you’ll always get a warm welcome here at the Grand Pier.

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Grand Pier Weddings

Grand Pier Weddings

If you are searching for a truly unique wedding venue, look no further than the Grand Pier. We can accommodate weddings and civil ceremonies and partnerships, large or small.

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Club@ Cadbury

The Club @ Cadbury

Put together a stylish and relaxing haven with nature’s purest botanical and marine elements and attentive service and you have TheSpa at Cadbury House.

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Bristol Blue Glass

Bristol Blue Glass

For most of the twentieth century there was little or no glassmaking in Bristol.

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Showcase

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A sunny outlook for Somerset

Holidaycottages.co.uk show confidence in Somerset’s tourism industry

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Dick Jenkins

An attractive prospect

Dick Jenkins, Chef Executive at Bath Building Society, looks at why things are up for the buy to let market

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