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The Citadel

Ten things to do in Carlisle

Situated just north of the Lake District, this former Roman settlement is full of history

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Barry Tullett, President of the Windermere and Bowness Civic Society

Windermere and Bowness Civic Society preserving the beauty of the Lakeland town

Work to preserve the character of Lakeland’s favourite town never stops, as Paul Mackenzie reports

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Grasmere 3

Grasmere - On the trail of Wordsworth

The great poet had a string of homes in Grasmere and it’s easy to see why he liked the place so much

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Main Auction Ring

Behind the scenes at Lancaster Auction Mart

Young blood is helping the centuries old Lancaster auction mart thrive in the 21st century

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Shaded cool under the pergola with with a planted urn on a plinth at one end

Lancashire Gardens - a Mancunian masterpiece in Stretford

Two artists have taken a blank canvas of land and transformed it into an award-winning garden. Linda Viney reports

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Holiday E-Edition

Great British Life Holidays

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Style

Sleek, straight hair starts with a healthy cleaning and conditioning regime

How to get frizz-free, straight hair

Enjoy a frizz-free, fuss-free life with a little help from those in the know

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Look the part in this pretty hat, £236,  from Nigel Rayment Boutique

Wedding fashion - accessories

Whether you’re the guests or the star attraction, when you’re dressing for the big day there’s drama in the detail

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Jo Malone can help create a bespoke fragrance experience for you and your guests. Add stylish touches to table settings with personalised thank yous or tempting gifts beautifully wrapped and spoil the bride with special services, from the creation of her signature scent to pre-wedding pamper parties.
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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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Walks

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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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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Restaurant Reviews

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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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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Arts

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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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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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

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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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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Food and Drink

Up to four tonnes of chillies are produced by Joe and Debbies farm

Westshore Chillies - chilli growing in Banks, Southport

A family survived being hit by icebergs and went on to become one of the UK’s top chilli producers

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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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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

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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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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People

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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Judith Carruthers, Jean Toon, Margaret Ralph and Sandy Brooks,of Samlesbury NADFAS (National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies) at Blackburn Cathedral packing the East Lancashire Regiment Colours in order to conserve them.

Lancashire Infantry Museum celebrates Heritage Lottery Fund boost

The battle to keep one of the country’s premier military museums as a vibrant place for visitors has ended in victory thanks to a successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid and a generous grant from the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund.

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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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Homes and Gardens

Lower Monubent Barn, Bolton-By-Bowland

Seven barn conversions for sale in Lancashire and the Lake District

If you are thinking of moving to the country, there are some stunning barns on the market. Here are some of our favourites

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Macbryde Homes

Macbryde Homes unveils its show-stopping show home

Luxury developer Macbryde Homes is delighted to announce the much-anticipated opening of its five-bedroom detached show home, Osborne House, at its desirable development, The Grove at Sandfield Park, Liverpool.

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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

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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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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