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Cartmel

New York Times names Cartmel as a must-see destination - we find out why

Just what is it about this Lancashire village that makes the New York Times put it on its worldwide ‘must visit’ list? Roger Borrell investigates

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Staff at Broadhurst's Booksellers in Market Street; Ashley Simmons,  Kate Chesterton and Gill Riley, gathered around their Victorian fireplace

Five things to do in Southport

Southport is no longer just a seaside resort, we picked five alternative places to visit in the town

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Founder members and volunteers of Village Greens Community Co-op; (Back row) Pam Meachin, Agata Alcaniz, Dom McCann and Jules Bagnoli (Front row) Denise McAvoy, Rachel Getliffe and Janet Kelly (Photographed in Cuckoo cafe bar)

Meet the people who make Prestwich tick

The signs are promising for Prestwich as it strives to become the new Chorlton, as Paul Mackenzie reports

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Revd. Ken Clapham 'Bishop of the Moon' at St. Cuthberts Parish Church

Meet the Vicar of the Moon in Over Kellet

A vicar with a passion for outer space and children with a love of food are just two notable things about the village of Over Kellet, reports Sue Riley

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David Bland moving the flock at West Head, Thirlmere

Land Keepers - photography of life on the Lakeland fells

A touring exhibition of striking images records the lives of the farmers who keep our uplands alive. Mike Glover reports

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Holiday E-Edition

Great British Life Holidays

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Style

Rebekka and her mum

Fashion generation - Rebekka and Julie O’Grady

When it comes to clothes, mums and daughters often clash, and dramatically. But editorial assistant Rebekka O’Grady, and her mum, are pretty much in harmony. They reveal their loves and loathes

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Be a winner in gorgeous Jamelia by Bernshaw

Fashion - what to wear to the races

Time to find the perfect outfit for the racing season

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GOLD - 
Chain & Leather Belt, £55, Reiss;
Cube bracelet, £12.50, Topshop;
Chain & Diamonte necklace, £45, John Lewis;
Globe broach, £46, Janice Hancock Vintage at John Lewis;
White & Gold bag, £990, Miu Miu at Flannels;
Embellished gold necklace, £17.50, Topshop;
Peacock broaches, £57.50, Janice Hancock Vintage at John Lewis;
Gold cuff, £350, Versace at Flannels
Gold shoe, £510, Casadei at Flannels
Gold platted necklace, £25, Adele Marie at John Lewis 
Gold quilted bag, £20, John Lewis
Gold disc bangles, £45, (each) Azuni London at John Lewis 
Long cuff, £12.50, Topshop
Sparkle cuff, £25, Dune
Gem and gold necklace, £16, John Lewis
Black & Gold shoe, £130, Carvella at John Lewis

Liverpool ONE Grand National accessories fashion shoot

The glitz and glamour of the summer race season is upon us and what better way to update your classic outfit that with the latest trend-led accessories. With a host of leading fashion brands at Liverpool ONE - the official style partner for the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival - you will have everything you need to make you stand out in the style stakes.

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Walks

Bridge over river Roeburn

Lancashire Walk - Wray, Lunesdale

Keith Carter takes a taxing walk through the Lunesdale countryside

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LAN  Apr14 Pub Walks

Five of the best pub walks in the Lake District

A long walk deserves a stop at a cosy inn and Lakeland writer and photographer Vivienne Crow has agreed to share a few of her favourites

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Orrest Head walk

Lake District Walk - Orrest Head, Windermere

Whether it’s an introduction to the fells or a fitting finale to walking life, Orrest Head can always offer a great walk, writes Keith Carter

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LAN Mar14 Brierfield walk

Lancashire Walk - Brierfield and the Pendle Way

Keith Carter returns to Brierfield to find the old office he hated has been converted into flats

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Restaurant Reviews

LAN Apr24 Review dps

Restaurant review - No 17, Milnthorpe

The food police are constantly telling us we should eat more venison. Bambi is gradually taking over and it’s our duty to munch our way through as many of the critters as we can, writes Roger Borrell.

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San Carlo Bottega at Selfridges Exchange Square Manchester

San Carlo Bottega, Selfridges, Exchange Square, Manchester

The San Carlo brand just keeps expanding, with its third restaurant in Manchester, Bottega, opening in Selfridges

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Arts

Manchester Theatre Awards

2013 Manchester Theatre Awards - the winners revealed

Stars from across the region gathered at the Royal Exchange Theatre to hear who had won an ‘Oscar’ in the region’s top theatre awards

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Katie Hampson with a selection of her watercolour paintings with mixed media

Katie Hampson - Fleetwood’s animal artist

Armed with road-kill and a paintbrush, this colourful 20-year-old is one of the county’s most promising - and most unusual - artists, writes Barbara Waite

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LAN April artist of the month

Artist of the Month - Sheila Dewsbury

The unpredictable South Pennine weather is a major influence of the work of Sheila Dewsbury, writes Barbara Waite

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Kathryn Rudge Photo by Sussie Ahlberg

Kathryn Rudge, Liverpool Mezzo Soprano

Opera critics have called this Hale mezzo-soprano’s voice ‘glorious’ and ‘beautiful’. She’s tipped for the top but Katie Rudge still has her feet on the ground at home with mum, dad and her cat

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Arten Gill Viaduct. Settle and Carlisle railway.

Railway artist - John Harrison

Love for the steam age still burns bright in England, and railway artists such as John Harrison from St Helens help to stoke that passion

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Theatre Reviews

Manchester Theatre Awards

2013 Manchester Theatre Awards - the winners revealed

Stars from across the region gathered at the Royal Exchange Theatre to hear who had won an ‘Oscar’ in the region’s top theatre awards

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Sarah Goddard, Phoebe Thomas, Matt Constain, Paul Mundell and Isaac Stanmore

Hetty Feather at the Rose Theatre, Kingston – theatre review

Perfectly timed for the Easter school holidays, this brand new adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s popular book, Hetty Feather has burst onto the Rose Theatre’s stage in a blaze of colour.

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The brass band competing in the Saddleworth Brass Band competition, Brassed Off / Photo: Nobby Clark

Review: Brassed Off at the Everyman Theatre

Katie Jarvis reviews Brassed Off at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, a play set ten years after the ruinous miners’ strike of 1984-5 in the fictional town of Grimley.

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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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Food and Drink

Merewood Country House Hotel

Short Break - Merewood Country House Hotel and Restaurant, Windermere

Set in 20 acres of land overlooking Lake Windermere, the Merewood Country House Hotel is grand and yet very inviting

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Philippa James talks to Scott Stewart of Scott Stewart's Fruit and Veg stall at Blackburn Market

Philippa James visits Blackburn Market

Our food writer Philippa James will be performing live and without a safety net at Blackburn’s new market

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Head Chef, Neil Faux at Eighty Eight Bar and Brasserie

Southport - an up and coming foodie destination

Candyfloss and fish and chips are giving way to fine dining in this Edwardian resort, as Rebekka O’Grady discovers

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Helen Mansfield and Sally Fairclough

Bistro 197 - a taste of France in Burnley

A former truckers’ caff in Burnley has been given a new raison d’etre - bringing a touch of Gallic gastronomy to Burnley. Paul Mackenzie reports

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Competitions

John Foley with winners from Balshaw School

Enter the 2014 Lancashire Life School Garden of the Year competition

Lancashire Life and Holden Clough Nursery team up to offer young gardeners a top prize of £750 of plants

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Holker Festival

WIN a VIP day out at the Holker Garden Festival and a stylish Indian sandstone garden bench

The Holker Garden Festival marks its 22nd anniversary from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June 2014, and to celebrate they are partnering with landscape and paving specialists Marshalls, to give away a fabulous prize.

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Gerry Weber

WIN! Five pairs of Gerry Weber Footwear to give away! Worth up to £100 each.

We have five pairs of Gerry Weber shoes to give away! The lucky winners will be provided with a voucher code to spend at www.josefseibelandfriends.co.uk for a pair of Gerry Weber shoes or sandals worth up to £100.

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Events

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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Loren Kyles- Ashton and Hannah Jackson

Vintage Festival returns to Morecambe as weekend long event

After last year’s festival successful, the Hemingway fashion family is heading back to Lancashire

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What’s On in Lancashire and the Lake District - April 2014

A roundup of events in Lancashire and the Lake District

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Festival village down by the shores of Derwent water by Stuart Holmes

A look ahead to the Keswick Mountain Festival

Keswick is hoping to attract more visitors than ever to its three days of exhilarating outdoor fun, writes Mark Gilligan

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Can you guess how many LEGO blocks make up this model of Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral recreated in LEGO

Liverpool Cathedral is playing host to a 2.5m long Lego model of itself - and people are being invited to guess how many bricks it is made from.

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People

David Bland moving the flock at West Head, Thirlmere

Land Keepers - photography of life on the Lakeland fells

A touring exhibition of striking images records the lives of the farmers who keep our uplands alive. Mike Glover reports

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A map of Lancashire in the 17th century (courtesy Lancashire County Council)

Dr Derek J Ripley on Lancashire’s ever changing boundaries

Our resident historian Dr Derek J Ripley uses a map to chart our history and manages to get hopelessly lost

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Paula Riley, Louise Cooper and Linzi Byrne

Kids in Rossendale - a new charity that aims to help disadvantaged children

A new micro-charity based in Crawshawbooth is aiming to help disadvantaged children across Rossendale

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Percy Kelly

Percy Kelly - painter, cross-dresser and footballer

The outstanding work of this remarkable artist is finally commemorated

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Isla Wilson of Ruby Star Associates, Jane Halpin and Denise Armer of Unique Kidz & Co and Heather Waters of headline sponsor, NatWest, pictured last year

Nominations open for 2014 Lancashire EVAs

The hunt is on for the county’s top businesswomen in a glittering awards night supported by Lancashire Life

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Homes and Gardens

Meadow Barn, Bradshaw Road, Bolton

Lancashire Properties - Meadow Barn, Bradshaw Road, Bolton

Breathtaking luxury in 35 acreas including its own four-hole golf course

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Far Hillock Farm, Roman Road, Blacksnape

Seven of the horse lovers properties on sale in Lancashire and the Lake District

Lancashire Life takes you on a tour of some of the region’s hottest properties that will appeal to equestrian fans

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Yealand Hall, Yealand Redmayne

Dream Properties - Yealand Hall, Yealand Redmayne

Rural yet well-connected, this stunning family home is private and perfect for entertaining

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Discover

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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Ribble Valley Art Studios

Ribble Valley Art Studios

The Centre for Art in the Centre of Clitheroe.

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Ribblesdale Park

Ribblesdale Park, exclusive holiday home village

Ribblesdale Park is an exclusive holiday home village on the Grade I listed Gisburne Park Estate, a rolling 1000 acre private Estate in an Area of Outstanding National Beauty on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.

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Showcase

The Recliner Lounge

6 Thing to consider when purchasing a New Riser Recliner

With so many riser recliners on the market the choice of what type of product to purchase can be a midfield. Riser recliners can be purchased for as little at £299 and can go up into thousands of pounds. So what do you really get for your investment? And what type of things do you need to think about when you go to purchase.

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