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Chris Moorhouse on 'Hamilton H'

Over 35,000 attend 2014 Westmorland Show

A record-breaking year for the Westmorland Show saw more than 35,000 people attend the one-day event. Visitors to the showground at Crooklands enjoyed scores of animal classes as well as an enlarged food theatre, hundreds of trade stands, demonstrations and exhibitions.

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Wayfarers Shopping Arcade

Christmas time at Wayfarers Shopping Arcade, Southport

Some places are just magical at Christmas time and Wayfarers Shopping Arcade is one of those wonderful destinations that make your Christmas memorable.

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Janes first book of poetry won an award

Jane Routh - Forest of Bowland poet

Poet Janet Routh has taken inspiration from living near remote Bowland to chart the falling seasons in this remarkable part of Lancashire. Sue Riley met her

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Bing, also known as Brian, receiving his medal

The wartime parachute dogs of Lancashire

A Lancashire Parachute regiment had a special member who jumped from planes and saved lives. Emily Rothery reports

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Ten great autumn days out

Ten great autumn days out in Lancashire and the Lake District

The nights are drawing in so make best of the daylight with these wonderful ideas for places to go

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Computer graphics of the new development

Blackburn Cathedral undergoes multi-million pound redevelopment

Blackburn will have Britain’s first new cathedral courtyard and cloisters for 500 years, reports Martin Pilkington

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A Farewell to Arms - Photo Ed Waring

Theatre review - A Farewell to Arms, The Dukes Playhouse, Lancaster

“A Farewell to Arms” by Imitating the Dog – The Dukes Playhouse, Lancaster – Wednesday 15th October 2014

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Ormskirk Theatre Company present: Remember

Ormskirk Theatre Company present: Remember

In November 1914, records show, The Ormskirk Territorials marched off to war.

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Ashley Sutcliffe of Live Like the Boy

Colne - Lancashire’s capital of cool

The retailers of Colne were not prepared to accept their fate as a run down post-industrial town, as Anna Izza discovers

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Wildlife

Bing, also known as Brian, receiving his medal

The wartime parachute dogs of Lancashire

A Lancashire Parachute regiment had a special member who jumped from planes and saved lives. Emily Rothery reports

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Sarah and Ian at their Wiccan wedding with Bramble as ring bearer

The tale of the Wiccan witch and the Great Dane in Bowness

Emily Rothery meets a follower of the Wiccan faithwho has a special bond with her dog

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The hen harrier

Fighting to save the hen harrier in the Forest of Bowland

These magnificent birds have been breeding again in Lancashire but their fragile future has drawn in everyone from Chris Packham to the bosses of M&S. Mike Glover reports

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As autumn approaches grey seals congregate at their traditional breeding sites where the males fight for top dog status to help secure large harems of breeding females. Picture: Danny Green

2020VISION - Morecambe Bay wildlife highlighted in new photographic exhibition

Lancashire Life takes you on a summertime tour of our fabulous coast. Mike Glover starts us off in Morecambe Bay

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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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Discover Out & About

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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Great Langdale

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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Photography

Sunshine after the Rain, Arnside - Hannah Dove

Lancashire Life Reader Photos - October 2014

Judges are selecting their favourite entries to the Lancashire Life photography competition in association with Wilkinson Cameras

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Assiette of chocolate desserts

The best instagram accounts in Lancashire and the Lake District

We celebrate the best smartphone photographers in the region

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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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Places

Chris Moorhouse on 'Hamilton H'

Over 35,000 attend 2014 Westmorland Show

A record-breaking year for the Westmorland Show saw more than 35,000 people attend the one-day event. Visitors to the showground at Crooklands enjoyed scores of animal classes as well as an enlarged food theatre, hundreds of trade stands, demonstrations and exhibitions.

Read full story »

Wayfarers Shopping Arcade

Christmas time at Wayfarers Shopping Arcade, Southport

Some places are just magical at Christmas time and Wayfarers Shopping Arcade is one of those wonderful destinations that make your Christmas memorable.

Read full story »

Ten great autumn days out

Ten great autumn days out in Lancashire and the Lake District

The nights are drawing in so make best of the daylight with these wonderful ideas for places to go

Read full story »

Computer graphics of the new development

Blackburn Cathedral undergoes multi-million pound redevelopment

Blackburn will have Britain’s first new cathedral courtyard and cloisters for 500 years, reports Martin Pilkington

Read full story »

Ashley Sutcliffe of Live Like the Boy

Colne - Lancashire’s capital of cool

The retailers of Colne were not prepared to accept their fate as a run down post-industrial town, as Anna Izza discovers

Read full story »

Walks

The view to the fells of Bleasdale

Lancashire Walk - Calder Vale

Keith Carter leads a walk through the countryside around Calder Vale

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Kentmere walk

Lake District Walk - Kentmere

Keith Carter returns to an old favourite spot – and makes sure he wears the right clothes

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Elswick

Lancashire Walk - Wharles, Elswick and Roseacre

Keith Carter explores the countryside in a part of the Fylde that’s home to a variety of birdlife and a submarine observation station

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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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Out & About Showcase

Stonyhurst Sixth Form

The benefits of attending Stonyhurst in the Sixth Form

An excellent boarding school, such as Stonyhurst, can make a world of difference to a sixth former’s outlook and prospects.

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Alternative ideas for your hen do

Alternative ideas for your hen do

The hen do, like the wedding, should only come around once in a lifetime.

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Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form

Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form continues its long-standing tradition of academic excellence

Staff and students at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form are celebrating once again, as 2014 proved to be another outstanding year with an A Level pass rate of 100% and a Vocational pass rate of 99.8%!

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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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