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Arnside Prom, is by Lancashire Life artist Nick Oliver. See more of his work at www.smilecreative.co.uk or contact him at 01257 427465.

Arnside - where even the sheep are close-knit

Just because the coastal gem of Arnside is a popular place to retire doesn’t mean it lacks vibrancy, as Sue Riley discovers

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Manchester Christmas Markets and lights 2014 Photo Mark Waugh

The alternative Manchester Christmas shopping guide

We’ve explored the hidden corners of Manchester to find the best places for you to purchase the perfect Christmas gifts this festive season

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David Kay with his trophies and award winning vegetables

Gardening - why you should join the RHS Grow Your Own campaign

Gardeners should join the RHS campaign and become show-offs, says Linda Viney

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Christmas lights on Clifton Square

Lytham gets ready for Christmas

We meet the people planning to give Lytham some extra Christmas sparkle. Emma Mayoh reports

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Beautiful Bowland by Karol Gajewski

Lancashire - where life feels good

As we prepare to celebrate Lancashire Day on November 27, writer Malcolm Greenhalgh tells us why we should be proud of the red rose county

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Style

We love this Cowshed Winter candle, £36 by Cowshed, www.cowshedonline.com

Luxury stocking fillers for Christmas

The perfect stocking fillers this Christmas.

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Mike Stoll beside a blow-up of the Victor comic strip

Private White VC - the designer label inspired by a Salford war hero

It started 100 years ago with a VC awarded to a tailor and it came full circle with his grandchildren reclaiming his business. Roger Borrell reports

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Christmas gifts for animal lovers

Our favourite Christmas gifts for both animal loving friends and their furry four legged pets.

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Walks

Bridge at Sawley

Lancashire walk - Sawley, Ribble Valley

Keith Carter steps through Lancashire’s heritage on a walk from Sawley to Bolton by Bowland

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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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Melling

Lancashire Walk - Melling, Lune Valley

It’s second time lucky for Keith Carter as he finds a walk from Melling in the Lune Valley

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The view to the fells of Bleasdale

Lancashire Walk - Calder Vale

Keith Carter leads a walk through the countryside around Calder Vale

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Restaurant Reviews

Bertram's Restaurant

Bertram’s Restaurant, Woodland Spa, Burnley

Chef Spencer Burge talks about the philosophy behind Bertram’s Restaurant in the tranquil Woodland Spa near Burnley

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The original sticky toffee pudding, as made at Sharrow Bay

Restaurant review - Sharrow Bay Country House, Ullswater

Gastronomic history records that Sharrow Bay was the place where the sticky toffee pudding was invented.

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Avalanche

Avalanche, Booth St, Manchester

With newcomers like Avalanche Manchester seems to be developing its very own Latin Quarter says Janet Reeder

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Arts

Entrance in the Hallway

Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester home open to the public

Some of the giants of the Victorian age were regular visitors. Now this Manchester house has been restored and the doors are open once again. Martin Pilkington reports

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Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbach in Sherlock

Stonyhurst College - Sherlock Holmes’ Lancashire home

The world’s most famous detective owes much to an historic school in the Ribble Valley, as Paul Mackenzie reports

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Anything Goes, Pendle Hippodrome

Theatre review - Anything Goes, Basics Junior Theatre School, Pendle Hippodrome Theatre

Anything Goes – Basics Junior Theatre School – Pendle Hippodrome Theatre - Wednesday 10th December 2014

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Snow in Delph - Vanessa Cuthbert

Artist of the month - Vanessa Cuthbert

Vanessa Cuthbert abandoned her studio to create a series of studies inspired by the Lancashire landscape. Barbara Waite reports

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Comfort and Joy – The Lytham Anonymous Players – Lowther Pavilion, Lytham

Theatre review - Comfort and Joy, The Lytham Anonymous Players

“Comfort and Joy” – The Lytham Anonymous Players – Lowther Pavilion, Lytham – Wednesday 26th November 2014

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Theatre Reviews

Anything Goes, Pendle Hippodrome

Theatre review - Anything Goes, Basics Junior Theatre School, Pendle Hippodrome Theatre

Anything Goes – Basics Junior Theatre School – Pendle Hippodrome Theatre - Wednesday 10th December 2014

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Comfort and Joy – The Lytham Anonymous Players – Lowther Pavilion, Lytham

Theatre review - Comfort and Joy, The Lytham Anonymous Players

“Comfort and Joy” – The Lytham Anonymous Players – Lowther Pavilion, Lytham – Wednesday 26th November 2014

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A Farewell to Arms - Photo Ed Waring

Theatre review - A Farewell to Arms, The Dukes Playhouse, Lancaster

“A Farewell to Arms” by Imitating the Dog – The Dukes Playhouse, Lancaster – Wednesday 15th October 2014

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Life TV

Living Heritage Country Fairs

Cheshire Game & Country Fair *VIDEO*

Cheshire Game & Country Fair

August 23rd - 25th 2014

Cheshire Showground, Cheshire County Showground, Tabley, Nr Knutsford, WA16 0HJ

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Living Heritage Country Fairs

Cheshire Game & Country Fair - Angling *VIDEO*

Cheshire Game & Country Fair

August 23rd - 25th 2014

Cheshire Showground, Cheshire County Showground, Tabley, Nr Knutsford, WA16 0HJ

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Showcase

Betta Living - Design Ideas for Small Bedrooms

Three Design Ideas for Small Bedrooms

We explore ways to revamp your small spaces to help make the most of your new or existing sleep sanctuary.

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Hepplestone Fine Art Gallery - Fabian Perez The Embrace III

The Art of Christmas Gift Buying

Picking personal and thoughtful Christmas gifts is never an easy task but Katy Bettridge of Hepplestone Fine Art Gallery in Heskin, takes us through a few arty suggestions for the ultimate in Festive giving.

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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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Diane Berry Kitchens

Diane Berry kitchens wins 2014 KBSA Designer Awards

The KBSA have announced the winners if the 2014 Kbsa Designer Awards.

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Stonyhurst Sixth Form

The benefits of attending Stonyhurst in the Sixth Form

An excellent boarding school, such as Stonyhurst, can make a world of difference to a sixth former’s outlook and prospects.

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Great British Holidays & Breaks



Great British Holidays & Breaks


Photography

he ultimate selfie taken by Stuart on warm evening above Walla Crag and Derwentwater

The ultimate Lake District selfie

A daredevil photographer combines his love of photography and paragliding to creat some remarkable landscapes

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1st Ashness Bridge - Roger Green

The 2014 Lancashire Life photography competition - winners revealed

We reveal the winners of the Lancashire Life and Lake District Life photography competition in association with Wilkinson Cameras

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Hartshead Pike at Sunset, Ashton-Under-Lyne - Howard Murphy

Lancashire Life Reader Photos - November 2014

Judges are busy choosing the winners of the Lancashire Life photography competition in association with Wilkinson Cameras

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Food and Drink

Inside Bowland Forest Vintners

Expert’s advice on starting your own wine collection

As Christmas approaches, we takes a seasonal look at the very broad topic of investing in wine, with help and guidance from experts Wilf Mould and Miles Corish

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Is Christmas dinner the highlight of the festivities?

Bring a taste of Lancashire to the Christmas dinner table

When it comes to Christmas dinner and food during the festive season, you need look no further than our county. Here’s our guide to some of the tastiest things to try

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Lancashire Life Food & Drink Hero of the Year Joycelyn Neve, The Seafood Pub Company, with Award Sponsor Chris Swallow from Creamline Dairies and Claire Montgomery

2014 Lancashire Life Food and Drink Awards, Hilton Deansgate, Manchester

The county’s culinary champions descended on Manchester’s Hilton Hotel for the prestigious Lancashire Life Food and Drink Awards. Emma Mayoh reports

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Give your home a warm and cosy look at Christmas with these gorgeous tea light holders.
£10 available from In-Spaces, www.in-spaces.com

Prepare your table for Christmas with our selection of festive diningware

Whether you’re staying in or eating out, we have Christmas dinner (and all the trimmings) sorted.

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Competitions

The Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall Village

WIN a Luxury Spa Break for two at The Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall Village

The Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall Village is a multi-award-winning destination in the picturesque village of Wrea Green, in Lancashire.

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The Star Fish brooch from Zamsoe

Win four pieces of Zamsoe jewellery

The Great British Life Shop has teamed up with Zamsoe to offer one competition winner four pieces of jewellery worth £87.

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Events

Snow White, Preston Guild Hall

Christmas shows and pantos in Lancashire

Our guide to some of the best pantos and Christmas shows on this festive season

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Snow White in Manchester

What’s On in Lancashire and the Lake District

A round-up of events in Lancashire and the Lake District during December and the festive period

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Preston at Christmas - Photo courtesy of Preston City Council

The best Christmas Markets in Lancashire and the Lake District

With Christmas just around the corner, what better way to soak up the magic than at your local Christmas market?

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Photo by Mark Waugh

The top five things to do at Manchester Christmas Markets

The Manchester German markets, now in their 16th year, are proving to be as popular as ever each year. We pick our top five things to do

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People

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbach in Sherlock

Stonyhurst College - Sherlock Holmes’ Lancashire home

The world’s most famous detective owes much to an historic school in the Ribble Valley, as Paul Mackenzie reports

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Manchester Christmas Markets and lights 2014 Photo Mark Waugh

The alternative Manchester Christmas shopping guide

We’ve explored the hidden corners of Manchester to find the best places for you to purchase the perfect Christmas gifts this festive season

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The wreath laying procession

Stonyhurst College First World War remembrance

Stonyhurst College remembered those who died in the First World War when pupils, staff, parents, alumni and local dignitaries attended a special day, which began with mass in St Peter’s Church.

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Christmas lights on Clifton Square

Lytham gets ready for Christmas

We meet the people planning to give Lytham some extra Christmas sparkle. Emma Mayoh reports

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Homes and Gardens

Entrance in the Hallway

Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester home open to the public

Some of the giants of the Victorian age were regular visitors. Now this Manchester house has been restored and the doors are open once again. Martin Pilkington reports

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The Great Barn,  Scarisbrick

Dream Properties - The Great Barn, Southport Road, Scarisbrick

This spectacular cutting-edge property at Scarisbrick is an award-winner

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Discover

Redrow builds both starter homes and larger detached properties

Redrow Homes

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Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s most forward thinking developers.

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Tem-po.co.uk provides a dedicated website for every property owner

Tem-po Estates, Preston

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Tem-po.co.uk offers a unique way to market your property.

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Smiths Gore's Lancashire office is located in Clitheroe

Smiths Gore | National Knowledge, Local Presence

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Smiths Gore offers a comprehensive marketing service from key locations across the UK and overseas, with national centres in London and Edinburgh.

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Angela Burnett specialises in sales and rentals of rural properties

Angela Burnett Property Services

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We are sales and rental specialists of rural property, from country houses to cottages, in village locations throughout West Lancashire.

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