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Lake District Gardens - Halecat Nursery

On a hot summer’s day in August, Tom and Abi Attwood made the life-changing decision to take on Halecat Nursery in the picturesque Lyth Valley. By the following February of 2009, when they had the lease of this two acre site in their hands, they started to think: ‘What have we done - are we mad?’

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Artists impression of how the new development at the Kirk Mill site will look

Chipping’s Kirk Mill in multi-million pound redevelopment plans

Hotels and extra housing divide opinion in this lovely little Lancashire community

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Carpathia Bar & Restaurant

Liverpool’s old White Star Line building reborn as a luxury Titanic styled hotel

It was once a scene of great despair but now Liverpool’s iconic White Star building is back to its best, writes John James

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Arkholme Thankful Village stone

Thankful Villages - Arkholme and Nether Kellet remember the war

Two Lancashire villages are among a select group for whom the centenary of World War One has special significance, as Paul Mackenzie reports

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Derek and Ellen Mitchell with some artifacts which form a part of the  WW1 Centenary exhibition at Bygone Times

Eccleston - a community full of local pride

We visit Eccleston to find out what this Lancastrian village has been up to

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Holiday E-Edition

Great British Life Holidays

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Style

Summer daisies inspired this jewellery

Magpie in the Sky - jewellery making that pays homage to nature

Magpie Linzi Alford’s love of the countryside around Cartmel sparkles in a new book about jewellery-making

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Festival fabulous - A slick of colour over cared-for skin is all that’s required to be festival fabulous, wherever you are.

Beauty - Five steps to looking fab for festivals

Camping or glamping, don’t let festival fun ruin your skincare routine

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Say it with flowers - Bring the house down with this fabulous festival cover-up, £25 from Miss Selfridge

Summer Fashion - cover up on the beach

Your essential cover-ups for when a day at the beach beckons

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Walks

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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An icy morning from Bowfell towards Scafell

A year in the life of Lakeland’s Scafell Pike

Filmmaker Terry Abraham speaks to Mark Gilligan on his labour of love

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BTK5RF Tornado steam loco at Burrs Park viaduct on the ELR East Lancs Railway steam week October 2010. Lancashire

Lancashire Walk - Burrs Country Park, Tottington

Keith Carter treads new ground on a visit to Tottington near Bury where he finds part of a unique art trail

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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

Stuff - 24:7 Theatre Festival, Manchester

Theatre Review - Stuff, 24:7 Theatre Festival, Manchester

STUFF is part of 24:7 Theatre Festival taking place in Manchester until the 25th July. A Festival aimed at showcasing local new talent. So did the play about life, death, friendship and a baby break a leg?

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Summer daisies inspired this jewellery

Magpie in the Sky - jewellery making that pays homage to nature

Magpie Linzi Alford’s love of the countryside around Cartmel sparkles in a new book about jewellery-making

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Hansel & Gretel are on their way to Lancaster this summer

Dukes Theatre to stage Hansel and Gretel in Lancaster’s Williamson Park.

Ulverston writer Zosia Wand has re-worked some timeless classic stories for the UK’s biggest outdoor walkabout theatre event this summer

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Theatre Reviews

Stuff - 24:7 Theatre Festival, Manchester

Theatre Review - Stuff, 24:7 Theatre Festival, Manchester

STUFF is part of 24:7 Theatre Festival taking place in Manchester until the 25th July. A Festival aimed at showcasing local new talent. So did the play about life, death, friendship and a baby break a leg?

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Hansel & Gretel are on their way to Lancaster this summer

Dukes Theatre to stage Hansel and Gretel in Lancaster’s Williamson Park.

Ulverston writer Zosia Wand has re-worked some timeless classic stories for the UK’s biggest outdoor walkabout theatre event 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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Photography

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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Swans on Brothers Water - Bryan Carr

Lancashire Life Reader Photos - May 2014

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

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Food and Drink

Lancashire Life Food and Drink App

Introducing The Menu by Lancashire Life

Guiding you through the best eating and drinking experiences in Lancashire & the Lake District

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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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Three Shires Inn

Ten of the best countryside pubs in Lancashire and the Lake District

From rustic locals to award-winning gastropubs offering a luxury experience, Lancashire and the Lake District have a fantastic choice of countryside places to eat and drink. Emma Mayoh reports

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The aim was to create a stylish restaurant at Northcote rather than a hotel dining room

A sneak peak of Northcote’s multi-million pound makeover

A multi-million pound investment has tranformed Lancashire’s Michelin-starred hotel and restaurant, writes Roger Borrell

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Competitions

Ladies' Day at Southport Flower Show

Join us for the exclusive Lancashire Life Ladies’ Day at the Southport Flower Show

Southport Flower Show is set to sparkle and we would like you to be there

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County Show

Win tickets to the Westmorland County Show

It’s time for one of the UK’s top agricultural events and we have discounted tickets and VIP packages to win

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Collabro 
Photo by David Fisher/REX

Win tickets to see at Collabro at Lytham Live!

On Saturday, 23rd August on the Bank Holiday weekend, Collabro will be performing with support from Lucy Kay, the Opera singing sensation,

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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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The Dukes will present Hansel & Gretel in Lancaster's Williamson Park this summer.

What’s On in Lancashire and the Lake District

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

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Ladies' Day Lunch at the Southport Flower Show

Join us at the exclusive Lancashire Life Ladies’ Day Lunch at the Southport Flower Show

Join us at Southport Flower Show for a memorable day at one of the county’s classic events

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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

Sam with Ember

Meet Ember, a black Labrador Retriever working as a hearing dog

A boy’s life has been transformed by a black Labrador that couldn’t quite cut it as a guide dog for the blind. Emily Rothery reports

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Finalists from last years awards

2014 Enterprise Vision Awards receives a record number of entries

Awards to spotlight dynamic businesswomen have attracted record entries

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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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Awards Founder and Organiser, Jacqueline Hughes-Lundy with The 2014 Inspiring Women Award Winners; Joanne Lee (Inspiring Young Woman Award), Lorna Havercroft from Laing O'Rourke (Nurturing Female Talent), Dr Sheila Kanani (Technology Award), Jean Sant (Community Award) and Sarah Gallacher (Entrepreneur Award)

2014 Inspiring Women Awards at Manchester’s Midland Hotel

Courage, passion and enterprise...it’s all in a day’s work for the exceptional women rewarded at this year’s Inspiring Women Awards.

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At home with Tony Ball

What links Wordsworth, Grasmere and the Mini?

We take a look inside one of Lakeland’s loveliest properties and find a remarkable man living there. Roger Borrell reports

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Homes and Gardens

Town Head House

The Town Head estate in Windermere goes on sale for £5.95 million

The family occupying one of Lakeland’s exceptional properties is leaving after 200 remarkable years

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Moorside House

Dream Properties - Moorside House, Altham, near Accrington

Lydia Becker, who spent her adult life fighting for women’s rights, spent her childhood in this lovely house near Accrington

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Discover

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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The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, in the heart of the Lake District

The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway is the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in the Lake District, known affectionately as La’al Ratty meaning “ little railway “.

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Ullswater Steamers.

Ullswater Steamers, See the beauty of the Lake District by boat

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is an award winning environmentally accredited Lake District attraction celebrating over 150 years of operating cruises on England’s most beautiful lake.

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Jump imaging

Jump Imaging C.I.C

Stunning Photography & Media services- Specialising in portraiture for children with complex needs - Whilst supporting JUMP Childrens Charity.

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nirvana audio visual

Nirvana Audio Visual

The staff at Nirvana Audio Visual have many years’ experience in the custom design and installation of audio visual systems.

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Showcase

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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Fabian Perez - Art

Buenos Aires Nights with Fabian Perez

Giles Hepplestone of Hepplestone Fine Art in Lancashire explores the background of internationally collected artist Fabian Perez to find out what has made him one of the best selling artists in the UK and beyond.

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Opus Wealth Management Ltd

Wow ! – lots more flexibility for Pensions

Retirement is often said to be ‘the longest holiday of your life’. I don’t know about you, but when I go on holiday I like it to be a bit more special than the usual daily grind – so I know that holiday time is going to be a bit more expensive than day-to-day living.

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Opus Wealth Management Ltd

Do You Need a Financial Health check?

Planning your finances and making the most of your money have never been more important. Whether you are about to start drawing on your pension benefits, have just inherited some money, or are selling your business; taking professional and impartial advice is crucial.

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