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This scene of Whalley Viaduct, is by Lancashire Life artist Nick Oliver. See more of his work at www.smilecreative.co.uk or contact him at 01257 427465.

10 reasons to love the Ribble Valley

Unsure where to head to in the Ribble Valley? Try some of these tips from the borough’s mayor

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James I is said to have knight Sirloin in the banqueting hall

Hoghton Tower - Lancashire’s Wolf Hall has ghosts and sirloin steaks in a colourful past

With the nation gripped by the Tudors, one of our most stunning homes from the period is planning big changes in its 450th anniversary year. Roger Borrell

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Alex Curran arriving at a Bistro in Birkdale to meet her husband, Steven Gerrard for lunch

What the locals really think of Birkdale

This bustling coastal community is stepping out of the shadow of Southport with an interesting array of independent traders and friendly service, writes Rebekka O’Grady

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Cosima Towneley in front of Lady Mary Towneley's monument

Enjoy the countryside outside Burnley

Not far from the centre of this famous industrial hub lies some of Lancashire’s loveliest countryside. Martin Pilkington takes a tour

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Comic Actor - Utagawa Kunisada, 1854. Lewis Collection. Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

Cotton to Gold: Extraordinary Collections of the Industrial North West

Riches gathered by Lancashire’s collector-philanthropists are showcased in a new London exhibition

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Style

Time to Rock The Ages with the new Jo Malone collection launching on March 1 that has been inspired by five defining eras of history. Tudor Rose and Amber and Lily of the Valley and Ivy are our personal favourites, £42 each

Mother’s Day gifts - Perfume

The perfect gift for Mother’s Day on March 15th? It’s got to be fragrance

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Selini Jewellers with Robin Girling at Cedar Farm, Mawdesley

5 of the best jewellers in Lancashire and the Lakes

The market for designing and selling jewellery is an incredibly crowded place so, to be a success, you really need some sparkle.

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Reflexologist, Judy Forrister

Tip to Toe - reflexology treatment in Tyldesley

We visit a hypnotherapy and holistic centre in Tyldesley to find out more about a popular complementary therapy, reflexology

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Walks

View to Worston

Lancashire walk - Clitheroe to Worston

Keith Carter gets muddy boots on his first visit to Worston, a quiet village near Clitheroe,

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River Wyre

Lancashire walk - Scorton and Wyresdale

Keith Carter discovers a lost village in the Wyresdale countryside close to the M6

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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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Restaurant Reviews

Fazenda, Spinningfields, Manchester

Fazenda, The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester

Thought cowboy food just meant a mess of beans? The South American cowboys do much better for themselves, as a stylish Manchester restaurant demonstrates

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Hipping Hall

Hipping Hall, Cowan Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale,

This 15th century manor house hits just the right note with fabulous food and luxurious rooms, writes Roger Borrell

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Arts

the Convent Garden, by George Dunlop Leslie, at Sudley House, Liverpool

The Convent Garden, Sudley House

The Convent Garden by George Dunlop Leslie (1835 – 1921)

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Comic Actor - Utagawa Kunisada, 1854. Lewis Collection. Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

Cotton to Gold: Extraordinary Collections of the Industrial North West

Riches gathered by Lancashire’s collector-philanthropists are showcased in a new London exhibition

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The Borough, Lancaster, by John Elles

Artist of the Month - John Elles

Rich colours mixing the past and present create a perfect ‘film set’ vision of Lancaster, writes Barbara Waite

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Leonora Carrington
The Old Maids 1947
Oil on board
582 x 738 mm
 
Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts University of East Anglia. © Estate of Leonora Carrington / ARS, NY and DACS, London 2014.

Leonora Carrington retrospective exhibition to open at Tate Liverpool

This Chorley born woman’s extraordinary early life is matched only by her surrealist paintings, writes Barbara Waite

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Whitworth Art Gallery

Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery to re-open after £15 million makeover

After a year-long shut-down and a £15million refurbishment, the region has a gallery fit for the 21st century, write Barbara Waite

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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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Showcase

Maria B Evans Estate Agents - Horse and Rider

5 Great Equestrian Properties

Find your perfect equestrian property with Maria B Evans Estate Agents.

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Duckett Ltd

Getting your project off the ground in 2015

Your simple steps to a successful construction project.

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East Lancashire Railway

From Tripods to Tracks: New Dates Announced for East Lancashire Railway Photo Courses

New Spring/Summer dates have been announced for photography courses at the East Lancashire Railway, runin partnership with North West Photography Courses.

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Morecambe and Wize

Morecambe and Wize - Desperately seeking Silvia

Turn the clock back to May 2012: my wife and I were celebrating our silver wedding anniversary and had just been on a short road trip to get away from the daily grind.

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The Coniston Hotel & Country Estate

Yorkshire’s Hotel of the Year announces 2015 spa development

The Coniston Hotel, voted Yorkshire’s “Large Hotel of the Year” by Welcome to Yorkshire in the current White Rose Awards, has today announced the development of a state of the art Spa, which will be opened this Autumn.

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Photography

Ernie, the drone, being used on a beach

Drone photography in the Lake District

Photographic drones have been in the news for the wrong reasons but two Lancashire lensmen have taken the art to new heights. Mike Glover reports

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Herdwick mother & lamb at Ullswater by Andrew Gregory

Lancashire Life Reader photos - Sheep

With Chinese New Year just around the corner, we’ve complied a selection of photos from both our readers and photographers alike, to showcase the sheep!

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Typhoon on a routine test flight near Windermere

Lancashire from the air - photography from a Typhoon jet

Pictures taken by the world’s fastest photographer give a new view of Lancashire

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Food and Drink

Lancashire pies have come a long way from the traditional meat and potato or cheese and onion as these Thai curry filled pies illustrate

A selection of the best pies in Lancashire

Lancahire has always had a proud history of pie making and pie munching, here’s a selecion of some of the best in the county

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East Lancashire Railway

Murder Mystery Nights, Great Gatsby Style, with the East Lancashire Railway on 24th April

Murder most glamorous! Take a decadent steam train ride into the roaring twenties with a full complement of swinging jazz, entrepreneurial cads, and bob haired beauty queens, after all, a little party never killed nobody ...

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2014 Lancashire Life Restaurant of the Year The Oyster and Otter

Submit your nominations for the 2015 Lancashire Life Food & Drink Awards

Your chance to nominate and support Lancashire’s finest food and drink businesses

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Fazenda, Spinningfields, Manchester

Fazenda, The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester

Thought cowboy food just meant a mess of beans? The South American cowboys do much better for themselves, as a stylish Manchester restaurant demonstrates

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Competitions

Laura Ashley Belsfield Hotel

Win a luxury stay at the Laura Ashley Belsfield Hotel in Bowness

Win a stay at the brand new Laura Ashley Belsfield Hotel, following an incredible redevelopment the Belsfield offers the most stylish and luxurious experience in The Lake District.

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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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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

A Mad World, My Masters, The Grand Theatre Blackpool

What’s On in Lancashire and the Lake District

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

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Manchester Day

6 festivals in Manchester that you should know about in 2015

As if Manchester ever needed an excuse to celebrate! This city loves to party so here are just some of the reasons to get excited about 2015

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People

Miss Patience Arnold's notebook

The Lancashire Archive is celebrates its 75th birthday.

After Radio 4’s landmark History of the World in 100 Objects, the Lancashire Archive celebrates its birthday in similar fashion. Mairead Mahaon reports

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Alex Curran arriving at a Bistro in Birkdale to meet her husband, Steven Gerrard for lunch

What the locals really think of Birkdale

This bustling coastal community is stepping out of the shadow of Southport with an interesting array of independent traders and friendly service, writes Rebekka O’Grady

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Toby Green

Toby Green - Rochdale AFC’s inspirational young winger

This remarkable boy hasn’t let anything stop him making a name for himself as a dazzling winger, writes Roger Borrell

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Model aliens

Are UFO’s set to land in St Annes?

He’s seen UFOs twice already and now Sam Wright is hoping a paranormal conference this month will shed more light on the mysteries of the universe

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Windermere by Sean Nolan

Why the Lake District is appealing to the Chinese tourism market

China’s vast middle class is about to overtake the Japanese in the desire to sample Lakeland’s delights, writes Mike Glover

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Homes and Gardens

5 kitchens

5 properties with outstanding kitchens on sale in Lancashire

Kitchens are now so much more than a place to cook dinner - they are the social hub of the house. Here are a few of our favourites

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Cragg Hall, Wray, near Lancaster

Dream properties - Cragg Hall, Wray, near Lancaster

A fine 17th century manor which has been lovingly restored to create an outstanding home

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Discover

Flamingo

Exciting news at Flamingo!

We provide complete wardrobe solutions for all occasions,from casual wear to wedding wear and everything in between,

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Coniston Hotel

The Coniston Hotel

Celebrate in style at the Coniston Hotel

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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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