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7 fabulous ski resorts you must visit

7 fabulous ski resorts you must visit

From luxury in Morzine to fun on the slopes in Banff, we select seven ski resorts and chalets that are perfect for a winter break

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Crocus field at Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston - Phil Portus.  Alamy

A celebration of crocuses at Swarthmoor Hall. Ulverston

As Valentine’s Day approaches we have a special reason to appreciate the arrival of crocus flowers, writes Linda Viney

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The town centre is decorated with posters opposing the plan. The proposed site for the plant is on the hillside in the background

End in sight for Ramsbottom energy row

Plans to build anaerobic digester go to appeal

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View along Broadgate, Grasmere

Five things to do in Grasmere

Grasmere is great all year round

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This picture of the Harris Museum, is by Lancashire Life artist Nick Oliver. See more at www.smilecreative.co.uk or contact him at 01257 427465.

Preston set for major change with big plans for the bus station and Guild Hall

The ever-changing city is living up to its nickname with big plans to transform its look. Emma Mayoh reports

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Style

Obsession is the name of this showstopping contemporary styled gown by Caroline Castigliano, £4,499

Great wedding gowns for Spring 2015

How fabulous would you feel walking down the aisle in one of these creations? Very fabulous, thinks Janet Reeder

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This For Vera collection bracelet features silk covered buttons stitched together

Eclectic-Mix - wedding jewellery from Preston with a family connection

Preston designer Rebecca Scott has taken inspiration from her own family tree for her latest bridal jewellery collection

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The team decided to base the shoot on the Romeo and Juliet story

Romeo and Juliet wedding fashion shoot - Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery, Rawtenstall

When a group of wedding specialists got together for a dramatic fashion shoot it all ended in tears, writes Roger Borrell

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Walks

This view Stonyhurst College at Hurst Green is well worth a short detour

7 great walks in the Ribble Valley and the Forest of Bowland

A selection of walks near the A59 taking in the beauty of Pendle Hill, Ribble Valley and the Forest of Bowland

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Bow Fell towers over Upper Eskdale on the return walk from Harter Fell; Looking across Buttermere to Fleetwith Edge; The Langdale Pikes in winter; Castlerigg Stone Circle; From Silver Crag, looking across Ullswater to St Sunday Crag

Five of the best lowland Lake District winter walks

Outdoors writer and photographer Vivienne Crow picks some of her favourite lowland Lake District walks for winter

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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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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

Suranne Jones was Orlando at Manchester Royal Exchange

2014 Manchester Theatre Awards - the nominations revealed

It’s curtain up on the annual Manchester Theatre Awards as David Upton previews the nominations from a glittering year of performances

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First Snow, Langdale Pikes - R, Martin Tomlinson

Artist of the month - R. Martin Tomlinson

This Lancashire-born artist loooks to Lakeland’s changing seasons for inspiration, writes Barbara Waite

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Frost in Great Langdale

Artist of the Month - James Bartholomew

Lancashire artist James Bartholomew took to his bike to capture the Lakeland scenes for his latest exhibition

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Jake Hope

Meet Jake Hope - the man who judges the Costa Children’s Book Award

He reads up to 400 books a year and is helping to organise a major World Book Day event in Preston. Sue Riley meets Jake Hope

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Theatre Reviews

Suranne Jones was Orlando at Manchester Royal Exchange

2014 Manchester Theatre Awards - the nominations revealed

It’s curtain up on the annual Manchester Theatre Awards as David Upton previews the nominations from a glittering year of performances

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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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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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Showcase

Maria B Evans Estate Agents

Maria B Evans Estate Agents

Maria B Evans Estate Agents combines the experience of Maria Evans, Davina Gill and Sally Wood who between them have over 55 years specialising in property in the local area. The business has established firm foundations in both rentals and residential sales and have offices based in both Parbold and Burscough.

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Swan Lake Spectacular at Martin Mere Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre

Win an annual family membership to WWT Martin Mere

Winter is a fantastic time to visit the nature reserve and animal collection. Many thousands of wild ducks, geese and Whooper swans are drawn to the internationally-rated wetlands, offering spectacular displays of feather and flight with an award winning experience called Swan Spectacular. Everyday the swans are fed at 3pm from Swan Link Hide and 3.30pm from Raines Observatory including a wardens talk.

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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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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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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

Belle, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with a dog birthday cake

Arton and Bitler - delicious doggy treats from Higher Walton

Higher Walton’s Nichola Arton tells us why people have been going barking mad for her delicious doggy treats.

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Glen Duckett (centre)  with the team at The Stables

The Stables at Heaton Park - cafe creates opportunities for young people in Prestwich

Initiative based on the hugely successful Eagle and Child in Ramsbottom

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The delights on offer at Hazelmere Tea Rooms

Ten of the best cafes and tea shops in Lancashire and the Lake District

A selection of our favourite coffee shops and tea rooms in Lancashire and the Lake District

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The Woodlands Tearooms

Woodlands Tearooms in Holmrook serving cuppas from a shed for 60 years

We visit a quirky tearoom that started off 60 years ago in a shed

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Competitions

Swan Lake Spectacular at Martin Mere Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre

Win an annual family membership to WWT Martin Mere

Winter is a fantastic time to visit the nature reserve and animal collection. Many thousands of wild ducks, geese and Whooper swans are drawn to the internationally-rated wetlands, offering spectacular displays of feather and flight with an award winning experience called Swan Spectacular. Everyday the swans are fed at 3pm from Swan Link Hide and 3.30pm from Raines Observatory including a wardens talk.

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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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The prize includes a personal viewing session of your photoshoot at Xposure Studios

Win a makeover and photoshoot at Xposure Studios

Be in with a chance of winning a photoshoot at Xposure Studios, a luxury makeover and fashion photography studio in Liverpool

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Events

Bride: The Wedding Show at Tatton Park  Fashion Show - photo Ian Southerin

10 things to do at Bride: The Wedding Show at Tatton Park

The North’s biggest and best bridal show takes place on 31st January - 1st February

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Classic Ghosts in Blackpool

What’s On in Lancashire and the Lake District

A round-up of events in Lancashire and the Lake District during January

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People

Belle, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with a dog birthday cake

Arton and Bitler - delicious doggy treats from Higher Walton

Higher Walton’s Nichola Arton tells us why people have been going barking mad for her delicious doggy treats.

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Glen Duckett (centre)  with the team at The Stables

The Stables at Heaton Park - cafe creates opportunities for young people in Prestwich

Initiative based on the hugely successful Eagle and Child in Ramsbottom

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Carnforth Railway station by Peter Ainsworth

10 romantic things to do in Lancashire this Valentine's Day

This Valentine's Day take a break from the supermarket roses and make a grand Lancastrian romantic gesture.

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Heather Crosby, Jacqueline Hughes-Lundy Jennifer Atkinson (Business Award Winner) and Louise Minchin

Nominations open for the 2015 Inspiring Women Awards

The courage, achievements and talents of exceptional women will be celebrated once again at the annual Inspiring Women Awards in Spring. Now is the time to make your nominations

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Homes and Gardens

Ribbleside House, Ribchester

Dream properties - Ribbleside House, Ribchester

This Ribble Valley home combines tradition with contemporary style and comes with its own helipad

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Dream Properties - The Beeches, Town Lane, Much Hoole

On the open market for the first time in more than a century, this property combines period elegance with contemporary style

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Discover

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The Laura Ashley Belsfield Hotel

The Belsfield Restaurant offers unrivaled, unique and spectacular views over Lake Windermere and the fells beyond...

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The advance in communication is rapidly changing the way property is marketed with national surveys showing the first point of contact for the majority of house-hunters is the internet rather than visit an estate agents office...

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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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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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Swan Lake Spectacular at Martin Mere Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre

Win an annual family membership to WWT Martin Mere

Winter is a fantastic time to visit the nature reserve and animal collection. Many thousands of wild ducks, geese and Whooper swans are drawn to the internationally-rated wetlands, offering spectacular displays of feather and flight with an award winning experience called Swan Spectacular. Everyday the swans are fed at 3pm from Swan Link Hide and 3.30pm from Raines Observatory including a wardens talk.

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