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Terry Reilly (ex-volunteer now head gardener at Rotunda), Bianca Iaciofano (Jo Malone London UK Communications Coordinator), Maxine Ennis (Chief Exec at Rotunda) and Andy Thomson (head designer/partner at BCA Landscape)

Behind the scenes at the Jo Malone London garden in Liverpool

A blossoming garden project by the fragrance brand Jo Malone London is bringing new hope to a corner of Liverpool

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Whalley Community Hydro development site

The Whalley Community Hydro Project aims to place power back in the community

The success of this pretty Lancashire village is down to the people who live and work there. Emma Mayoh met some of them

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Protest group outside the Hilltop Outdoor Studies centre....(L-R); Tina Yarwood, Russell Mills,  Tim Brown,  Fiona Howard,  Nick Davenport and Hugh Harrison

Will new developments threaten the future of Ambleside?

This bustling town has been a premier destination for decades but there are fears a new hotel could spell ruin

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Andy Marshall's montage of architectural gems in Middleton

The Middleton Golden Cluster looks to boost tourism to the town

You might not find it on the tourist map but Middleton’s fame is spreading, as Catherine Smyth reports

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The noise in the weaving shed is deafening even with just four looms operating

Queen Street Mill Textile Museum - Burnley’s little secret

One of the last vestiges of the weaving industry is up a side street on the outskirts of Burnley. John Lenehan reports

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Terry Reilly (ex-volunteer now head gardener at Rotunda), Bianca Iaciofano (Jo Malone London UK Communications Coordinator), Maxine Ennis (Chief Exec at Rotunda) and Andy Thomson (head designer/partner at BCA Landscape)

Behind the scenes at the Jo Malone London garden in Liverpool

A blossoming garden project by the fragrance brand Jo Malone London is bringing new hope to a corner of Liverpool

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Rachel Lockley and Arthur (5months) with Fern McLenaghan and Noel (3 months)

HypnoBirthing in Lancashire

More mums in Lancashire are using a technique designed to take the trauma out of childbirth, writes Roger Borrell

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Made in Preston clothes

Made In Preston - a fashion house for all women

Lancashire business woman Nikki Hesford decided enough was enough when she couldn’t find the clothes she desired. Instead, she set up her own fashion house - Made In Preston.

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Walks

Kentmere walk

Lake District Walk - Kentmere

Keith Carter returns to an old favourite spot – and makes sure he wears the right clothes

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Elswick

Lancashire Walk - Wharles, Elswick and Roseacre

Keith Carter explores the countryside in a part of the Fylde that’s home to a variety of birdlife and a submarine observation station

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Looking over Watendlath Tarn

Bill Birkett - My top five Lakeland walks

Bill Birkett has just published his fourth Lake District walking book. We asked him to pick out a handful of his favourites for Lakeland Life readers

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River Douglas at the Douglas Boatyard

Lancashire Walk - Hesketh Bank

Keith Carter stays on the straight and narrow on a riverside route among the fields at Hesketh Bank

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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

Stepping Out

Theatre Review - Stepping Out, St Paul’s Players – Adlington Community Centre

The smash hit West End comedy comes to Lancashire performed by St Paul’s Players in Adlington – Tuesday 2nd September 2014

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blacko tower

Artist of the Month - Anita Burrows

A printmaker from Pendle finds inspiration from the Lancashire countryside and its wildlife, writes Barbara Waite

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Harpist, Nick Hennessey

Nick Hennessey - Singer, songwriter, storyteller and self-taught harpist,

Bowland Bridge resident has taken an unusual route to stage success

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Artist, Dawn Gabrielle Chandler in her studio

Artist, Dawn Gabrielle Chandler captures the Lake District in a box

An artist from Gatebeck has found a new and intriguing way of capturing the essence of her favourite Lakeland places, as Sue Riley reports

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Giant raindrop at Fell Foot on the shores of Windermere

Windermere Reflections looks to leave a lasting legacy on the Lake District

Art also featured in major programme designed to boost water quality in Windermere. Richard Gill casts a photographer’s eye over projects designed to educate, inform and entertain.

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Theatre Reviews

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Rose Theatre, Kingston – theatre review

The summer holidays may have come to an end, but that did not matter to the audiences who attended The Globe Theatre’s touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Rose Theatre in Kingston earlier this month.

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Stepping Out

Theatre Review - Stepping Out, St Paul’s Players – Adlington Community Centre

The smash hit West End comedy comes to Lancashire performed by St Paul’s Players in Adlington – Tuesday 2nd September 2014

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Ashley Luke Lloyd and Keiron Crook

Mamma Mia in Blackpool is a homecoming party for two cast members

Two super-troupers from Lancashire are starring in one of the musicals of all time in Blackpool this summer

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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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Vintage

Cheshire Game & Country Fair - Vintage *VIDEO*

Cheshire Game & Country Fair

August 23rd - 25th 2014

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

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Showcase

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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The AGA City60 in rose

The new AGA City60

Promotional Feature

Celebrate the arrival of the new 60cm-wide AGA City60 at one of the many events planned across the UK.

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Alternative ideas for your hen do

Alternative ideas for your hen do

The hen do, like the wedding, should only come around once in a lifetime.

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Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form

Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form continues its long-standing tradition of academic excellence

Staff and students at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form are celebrating once again, as 2014 proved to be another outstanding year with an A Level pass rate of 100% and a Vocational pass rate of 99.8%!

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Photography

Assiette of chocolate desserts

The best instagram accounts in Lancashire and the Lake District

We celebrate the best smartphone photographers in the region

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My Kingdom, Keswick - Roger Green

Lancashire Life Reader Photos - September 2014

Send in your entry for the Lancashire Life photography competition in association with Wilkinson Cameras

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The estuary at Eskmeals

Photography tips by Mark Gilligan - Coast

Don’t ignore Lakeland’s lovely coastline, says professional photographer Mark Gilligan

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Food and Drink

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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A selection of pies at The Real Thai Pie Company

Philippa James visits The Real Thai Pie Company

Philippa James meets a couple who have taken a Lancashire favourite and added a delicious Asian twist

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A Taste of Townend, Manager at Townend, Emma Wright, with a decorative pie

A Taste of Townend - historic cookery in Windermere

A book on display near Windermere gives a fascinating glimpse into the lives of a Lakeland family 300 years ago

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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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Competitions

Inn on the Lake, Glenridding

Win a Festive Break for two at Inn on the Lake, Glenridding, worth £800

Lancashire Life is delighted to have teamed up with the beautiful four star 2 AA Rosette Inn on the Lake Hotel in the Lake District to offer readers the chance to win A Taste of Christmas Break with mulled wine and mince pies, 2 nights’ accommodation, four course dinners and festive Lake Cruise on Ullswater

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Liverpool ONE

Win a shopping trip at Liverpool ONE with Lancashire Life

A day of retail therapy followed by a night of delicious food and four star luxury

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The Telegraph Cruise Show

WIN tickets to the Telegraph Cruise Show Liverpool plus hotel accommodation and travel

Head to Liverpool this autumn to plan your next holiday adventure at the Telegraph Cruise Show at the Echo Arena, Liverpool on 11 or 12 October 2014.

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Events

Alice and the White Rabbit

Melbourne Festival Mini Guide

This year is the Festival’s 10th anniversary and the organising team are determined to make it the best ever. Concerts and performances run from 6th–27th September, while the renowned Art & Architecture Trail takes place on 13th and 14th September

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Arley Hall

Wedding Fayres in the North West - Autumn 2014

Nine top wedding fayres in Cheshire, Lancashire and Manchester - brought to you by the team at North West Bride

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April in Paris by John Godber (Photo Robert Day)

What’s On in Lancashire and the Lake District

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

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Nan and Wayne with mohican Morecambe pier

Wayne Hemingway: Morecambe in the 50's and a look ahead to Vintage by the Sea

Wayne Hemingway talks to his mum about Morecambe in the 50s and previews his Vintage by the Sea event

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People

Doll Doctor Jean Pritchard

A visit to the Doll Doctor in Burscough

Dolls are being given a new lease of life at a ‘hospital’ in Burscough and one has a special tale, as Paul Mackenzie reports

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Sarah Underwood and Splash

Help Sarah reach the Riding For the Disabled Association national championships

A talented rider from Lancashire could make it to the top - if she only had a horse. Can you help?

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Hesketh Deluxe guns

Longthorne - the gunsmiths from Hesketh Bank

A small family firm down a country lane is making a big noise in the shotgun trade. Roger Borrell reports

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Ian Deuchars, John Smith, Dave Brown and David Shepherd

Fairhaven Golf Club charity competition and dinner raises more than £12,000

A charity competition and dinner at Fairhaven Golf Club, Lytham, raised more than £12,000 for Trinity Hospice and its specialist children’s unit, Brian House. During the day, 26 teams of four took part and 120 guests later attended a dinner.

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LAN Sep14 Derek Ripley

Dr Derek J Ripley on the volatile tripe market

Our historian Dr Derek J Ripley recalls the panic caused by the great tripe bubble

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Homes and Gardens

Spigot House, Crook, Kendal

Dream Properties - Spigot House, Crook, Kendal

This farmhouse has been modernised to create a stunning family home with grounds and a tennis court

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Backridge House

Dream Properties - Backridge House, Twitter Lane, Waddington, near Clitheroe.

A chance to own a beautiful farmhouse with oustanding views and 13 acres of gardens and pastures

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Discover

Northcote

Northcote

Welcome to a New Northcote

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Duke Of York

The Duke of York Inn

Nestled in the picturesque village of Grindleton in the stunning countryside of the Ribble Valley, the Duke of York is, quite simply, the perfect place to enjoy fantastic food in a relaxed and comfortable environment...

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Seafood Pub Company

Seafood Pub Company

The Seafood Pub Company is a gastro pub group with a difference. Beautifully creative food, delivered in outstanding venues with a knowledgeable, interactive and fun service.

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Dining with the East Lancashire Railway

Eating and drinking on a traditional steam engine train

Does chugging past the picturesque Lancashire countryside in a heritage steam engine, stopping at quaint villages to enjoy a pint of locally brewed ale sound like an ideal way to spend a day to you?

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Inside Buffer Stops Bar

Buffer Stops Bar

Buffer Stops Bar, is a charming real ale pub located at the East Lancashire Railway’s Rawtenstall Station in the heart of Rossendale.

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Inn on the Lake, Glenridding

Win a Festive Break for two at Inn on the Lake, Glenridding, worth £800

Lancashire Life is delighted to have teamed up with the beautiful four star 2 AA Rosette Inn on the Lake Hotel in the Lake District to offer readers the chance to win A Taste of Christmas Break with mulled wine and mince pies, 2 nights’ accommodation, four course dinners and festive Lake Cruise on Ullswater

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