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James Rebanks from Cumbria was awarded the Land Rover and the Prince's Countryside Fund. His Freelander 2 enables him to support the rural community.

The Herdwick Sheep School get mobile

Lakeland farmer James Rebanks now has a vehicle to help on his Herdwick farm

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Two visitors look out over Morecambe Bay (PM)

The top ten coastal spots in the North West

Explore some of jewels of our coastline this summer. Here are ten of our favourites, compiled by Rebekka O’Grady

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Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

A look ahead to The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

October 2014 sees the award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair move to an exciting new home when it takes over the studios of the iconic Granada TV HQ in central Manchester from 9-12 October.

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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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Style

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7 beauty products to look stunning on your wedding day

Get that all important bridal bloom with these heavenly beauty treats

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Spa at Suites

Win a luxury spa break at the Suites Hotel Knowsley

This is your chance to have a luxurious trip to the region’s newest spa hotel

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Here comes the sun

6 top cosmetic products for your beach holiday

Beauty gets an exotic make-over as we prepare to bask in glorious summer sunshine

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Walks

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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Jenny Brown's Point Silverdale

Six of the best coastal walks in Lancashire

If the temperature starts to rise, head for the cool breeze along the coast. Here are some of our favourite strolls.

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View towards Winter Hill by John Morris, Alamy

Lancashire Walk - Horwich Moor

Keith Carter leads a walk from Horwich which passes one of the region’s most recognisable sights

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Shevington walk

Lancashire Walk - Shevington Moor

Keith Carter is grateful for his map-reading skills and GPS as he squelches through the muddy countryside around Shevington

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Restaurant Reviews

Rosso, Manchester

Restaurant review - Rosso Restaurant & Bar, Manchester

Where better to dine during - or after - the World Cup than Rio Ferdinand’s Rosso restaurant?

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Aberdeenshire fillet steak on the bone

Food review - The River Bar and Grill, The Lowry Hotel, Manchester

Steak fan Dean Bowman finds that tailoring the menu to what people want is a recipe for success

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Afternoon Tea, Manchester House

Food Review - Afternoon Tea, Manchester House

One way to try out what Manchester House has to offer is take high tea recommends Janet Reeder

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Arts

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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Raid 71 Asleep

Win a Raid 71 Limited edition print and a VIP treat in Manchester

Your chance to attend a special preview evenings and pick up a lovely prize

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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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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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Theatre Reviews

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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Jersey Boys launch in The Comedy Store, Manchester. Photo by Phil Tragen

A look ahead to the Jersey Boys in Manchester

When the hit West End show Jersey Boys rolls into Manchester, to start its first-ever national tour, it comes complete with a couple of decades-worth of stage props, period guitars and custom-tailored clothing.

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Will Harvey's War

Will Harvey’s War: Paul Milton Q&A

Joe Meredith caught up with Paul Milton, the director of a new play at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham based on a work by local poet F. W. Harvey

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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

James Lawrence Isherwood - Hepplestone Fine Art

Lancashire and the North West’s Hot Artists Uncovered

Giles Hepplestone of Hepplestone Fine Art in Lancashire explores Lancashire’s most popular artists.

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The Army had an important ceremonial role at local and national events. Dress uniforms were worn on these occasions. The last time the 20th Hussars wore full dress uniform was 3 August 1914, the day before war was declared.

National Army Museum Reports for Duty in Preston

A special exhibition commemorates the role of the 20th Hussars during the opening months of the First World War in Preston this July. The regiment saw some of the first and fiercest action of the conflict.

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Xposure Studios

The benefits of using a professional photography studio

Can a toilet ‘selfie’ with an Instagram filter do the same job as a make over in a photography studio?

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The Mall Blackburn

Great Days Out - The Mall Blackburn

The Mall Blackburn formerly named Blackburn Shopping Centre is a shopping centre situated at the heart of Blackburn town centre with over 600,000 sq ft of retail space and over 100 retailers including Debenhams, BHS, Boots, Primark and Next and many more high street brands as well as a number of independent retailers.

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Photography

A View From Haslingden Tip - Daley Wilson

Lancashire Life Reader Photos - August 2014

Our annual search for the county’s finest amateur photographer closes next month, so don’t delay – get snapping today. We’re looking for the best pictures of Lancashire and we have some terrific prizes to give away.

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Sunset Over Haslingden - Daley Wilson

Lancashire Life Reader Photos - July 2014

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

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Yellow Woodland Carpet - Megan Kearns-Page

Lancashire Life Reader Photos - June 2014

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

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Food and Drink

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair - Australasia

Australasia Restaurant, Manchester

Oh the glamour! How I’ve loved Australasia over the three or four years it has been Manchester’ s go-to restaurant for the rich and famous.

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Philippa James with David Wilson

Philippa James visits Calypso Caribbean Restaurant in Blackburn

You don’t have to leave Lancashire to celebrate Caribbean Food Week

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The Fine Dining Company

Award Winning Chef joins local Company

A Tattenhall based fine dining catering company continues to go from strength to strength with the recruitment of a new head chef as well as re-launching of the company’s new branding.

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Competitions

Spa at Suites

Win a luxury spa break at the Suites Hotel Knowsley

This is your chance to have a luxurious trip to the region’s newest spa hotel

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Raid 71 Asleep

Win a Raid 71 Limited edition print and a VIP treat in Manchester

Your chance to attend a special preview evenings and pick up a lovely prize

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Events

FLUX festival team at Liverpool ONE;  (back to front); Aaryn James and Owen Jones,  Chloe Nezianya and Suzy Vanezis,  Jack Morgan and Amy Davies,  Aimee Marnell and Holly Lewis

Meet the team behind Liverpool’s Flux Festival

Liverpool’s creative community has come together to stage, Flux, a festival like no other. We chat to the young ambassadors to find out what exactly Flux

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Ozay Goksu, Paul Moss, Sue Killoran, Fay Logan, Peter Taylor, Daniel Cuffe, Caroline Upton, Nikki Nye, Jason Cotillard, Simon Fenwick, Gemma Vaughan and Graham Floyd

Meet the team who revived the Lytham Proms

This coastal town is famous for being sedate but it is also home to a musical event attracting international attention. Emma Mayoh reports

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Lytham Hall

What’s On in Lancashire and the Lake District

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

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Seven years old Max Nightingale from Fulwood with his nose pressed against the display case to get a closer look at the Silverdale Viking Hoard with Museum of Lancashire Manager, Charlotte Steels

Ten Easter Days Out in Lancashire and the Lake District

Emma Mayoh bring you some cracking days outings over the coming Bank Holiday

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People

Ray, fourth from left in the tie, with friends during his time in Wales

WWII evacuee Ray Evans reflects on the 75th anniversary of Operation Pied Piper

This month marks the 75th anniversary of Operation Pied Piper which saw more than 3.5million people evacuated from cities around Britain to escape German bombs. Six-year-old Ray Evans was one of them and this is his story

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James Rebanks from Cumbria was awarded the Land Rover and the Prince's Countryside Fund. His Freelander 2 enables him to support the rural community.

The Herdwick Sheep School get mobile

Lakeland farmer James Rebanks now has a vehicle to help on his Herdwick farm

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Jacqueline Hughes-Lundy, Dr Sheila Kanani (Technology Award Winner) and Diane Modahl

Preston teacher Sheila Kanani wins Inspiring Women Technology Award

A teacher from Preston with a soaring ambition to go into space wins an Inspiring Women Award, supported by Lancashire Life

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Local lad Wayne Hemingway

Wayne Hemingway: Why I’m getting involved in Blackburn is Open

In his first exclusive new column style guru Wayne Hemingway explains how and why he is giving something back to Blackburn

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Prof Brian Cox with a display from the Collider exhibition at MOSI

Professor Brian Cox on his northern life and his love of science

TV star talks about life, the universe and everything.

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Homes and Gardens

Newgate Lane, Whitestake

Seven homes with glorious gardens for sale in Lancashire and the Lake District

Summer is a time when our gardens come into their own. Here are some of the best on offer in Lancashire and the Lakes

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Discover

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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Glendower Hotel 1

Glendower Hotel

COAST - Located on North Promenade in Lytham St Annes. Based in the long standing BEST WESTERN Glendower Hotel.

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The Cricketers

The Cricketers

Like The Ship, The Cricketers in Ormskirk is traditional and stylish. You can enjoy locally sourced, fresh food in comfortable surroundings which includes a lovely private dining area for up to ten people...

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South Lakeland Leisure Village

Business profile - South Lakeland Leisure Village holiday resort and restaurant

South Lakeland Leisure Village is an exclusive holiday lodge development. Set around a picturesque lake and surrounded by 43 acres of beautifully maintained grounds the village offers 5 star lodge accommodation and facilities. Lodges are available for short breaks, holidays and ownership.

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