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Cheshire Show 2014

2014 Cheshire County Show - Photo Special

A sunny Cheshire County Show proved a hit yet again with visitors to the Tabley showground

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Tina Ranales-Cotos, Victoria Sinclair, Kate Quinn and Victoria McManaman

2014 Boodles Tennis, The Mere Golf Resort and Spa

The fabulous Boodles Tennis at The Mere Golf Resort and Spa took place across three days, with close to 1,000 people attending the star-studded occasion.

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Claire Sweeney and Barbara Murphy (Herline)

Claire Sweeney at Herlines Summer collection launch, Gusto, Albert Dock

Claire Sweeney might be expecting her own little ‘Dream Boy’ in October but it didn’t stop her having fun with the Dream Boys male glamour troop at a charity lunch at Gusto, Albert Dock.

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Amberley Callas and Emily Smith of Fabulous Felt Creations

Brazilian theme for Bunbury’s annual Village Day

England’s footballers may have had little to celebrate this summer but Bunbury’s annual Village Day had a Brazilian theme which had everyone in the party mood.

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Competitions

Murad Multi Range

Win a Personalised Skincare Regime by Murad worth £150

Murad skincare is taking the gorgeous Beauty Hall in John Lewis by storm. With their combination of clinically-proven ingredients and a devoted celebrity following, they are THE go to skincare brand for millions of customers worldwide.

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Southport Flower Show

Win VIP tickets to Southport Flower Show

We are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of exclusive VIP tickets for this year’s Southport Flower Show, with a pair of Patrons badges up for grabs, for three runners up.

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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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Places

Tatton Gardener's Cottage

Behind the scenes at Tatton Park’s Gardener’s Cottage restaurant

As Tatton Park braces itself for the arrival of the RHS Flower Show, but we visit a quiet corner of the vast grounds which puts the produce of its soil and greenhouses to very good use

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Sami Armstrong

A look ahead to the 2014 RHS Tatton Park Flower Show

It seems everyone’s getting excited about the region’s biggest garden event, including fashion students. Are you ready for RHS Tatton?

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Nantwich town centre

How Queen Elizabeth I helped rebuild Nantwich

It takes hard work to preserve the past. We visit Nantwich to meet the town’s people who are dedicated to that task...and creating new attractions too

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Beaumaris Castle

Beaumaris Castle - Anglesey’s medieval marvel

The king of the castle in Beaumaris knows how lucky he is, as he told our resident dirty rascal, Paul Mackenzie

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Events

Cattle judging

A look ahead to the 2014 Nantwich Show

The Nantwich Show is one of the highlights of the summer and this year’s event has much to tempt visitors

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Sami Armstrong

A look ahead to the 2014 RHS Tatton Park Flower Show

It seems everyone’s getting excited about the region’s biggest garden event, including fashion students. Are you ready for RHS Tatton?

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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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Boyzone at Delamere Forest

What’s On in Cheshire

A round up of events in Cheshire during July

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Beach riding

Five great activity breaks in North Wales

Adventure awaits! Here’s our guide to some of the best activity breaks in beautiful North Wales

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Walks

One of the four reservoirs this walk passes

Tameside Walk - Stalybridge Country Park

Studying the map for a likely walk in the Stalybridge area I was surprised to find how close it was to the high ground of The Peak, the land rearing up dramatically, stopping the onward march of housing development as open moorland begins to dominate. To parody the famous rhyme by the American poet Stephen Vincent Benet:

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Helsby walk

Cheshire Walk - Helsby Hill

Keith Carter leads a walk up and back down one of Cheshire’s most recognisable landmarks

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St Catherines, Birtles, a Grade 2 listed building

Cheshire Walk - Alderley Edge to Birtles

Keith Carter explores a landscape rich in legend and myth but finds nothing more mysterious than a great walk around Birtles

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Shutlingsloe

Shutlingsloe Walk - Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough

Keith Carter goes back to Macc and reaches the summit of Cheshire’s third highest peak

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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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Fraiche, Wirral

Restaurant review - Fraiche, Oxton, Wirral

After a four-month wait for a table our reviewer finally gets to dine at the highly-acclaimed Fraiche on the Wirral. So was it worth the wait?

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Arts

Napoleon crossing the Alps by Paul Delaroche c1850

Napoleon crossing the Alps by Paul Delaroche - Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

An appreciation of Napoleon crossing the Alps by Paul Delaroche c1850

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The Burgess family;  Michele and Tim (seated) with Andy (left) and Mike at their barn in Mobberley

Meet the family of chainsaw sculptors from Cheshire

A former policeman from Rostherne has carved a new career at the cutting edge. His family have been inspired to join him too

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Friar Puck by Henri Fuseli

Friar Puck by Henry Fuseli, Tabley House, Knutsford

The month of June is the time of midsummer centred upon the summer solstice, which this year falls on Saturday 21st June.

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Mellor Summer Fair

Mellor artist Carl Longmate captures snapshots of our busy world

When walking through a busy city or town centre, most of us don’t pause to look around and see what is happening. We are focused on where we need to go.

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Holiday E-Edition

Great British Life Holidays

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Food and Drink

Tatton Gardener's Cottage

Behind the scenes at Tatton Park’s Gardener’s Cottage restaurant

As Tatton Park braces itself for the arrival of the RHS Flower Show, but we visit a quiet corner of the vast grounds which puts the produce of its soil and greenhouses to very good use

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Cheshire Life Food and Drink App

Introducing The Menu by Cheshire Life

The need for the ultimate food & drink guide in Cheshire is solved this month with the launch of a new service for our readers

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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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Photography

Starlings over Woolston Eyes, Warrington - Kathryn Postlethwaite

Cheshire Life Reader Photos - July 2014

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

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The yellow fields of spring - Mike Evans

Cheshire Life Reader Photos - June 2014

Our annual hunt for Cheshire’s best amateur photographer is underway and entries have been flooding in, but there’s still plenty of time for you to get snapping and be in with a chance of winning great prizes.

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Dresden and Lawrence, stabled at Somerford Park.

Cheshire photographer Sue Westwood-Ruttledge adds glamour to the image of horse and owner

Jodhpurs and muddy boots...that’s the usual dress code when the horse-lover meets her four-legged friend.

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Fashion, Health and Beauty

The perfect no-hassle, multi-tassel scarf, £35 from La Redoute

Summer Fashion - Fringe and Festival Wear

If you like it then you’d better put a fringe on it this summer

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Sami Armstrong

A look ahead to the 2014 RHS Tatton Park Flower Show

It seems everyone’s getting excited about the region’s biggest garden event, including fashion students. Are you ready for RHS Tatton?

Read full story »

Murad Multi Range

Win a Personalised Skincare Regime by Murad worth £150

Murad skincare is taking the gorgeous Beauty Hall in John Lewis by storm. With their combination of clinically-proven ingredients and a devoted celebrity following, they are THE go to skincare brand for millions of customers worldwide.

Read full story »

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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Homes and Gardens

Dream Properties - Chelford

Dream Properties - Chelford

A rare opportunity to buy a beautiful 17th century manor house and estate

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Celebrity interviews

Rick Astley

Rick Astley - Rolling back the years

Newton-le-Willows born Rick Astley may well be the sanest man in showbiz. He walked away from fame, then came back on his own terms

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Mark McGann

Mark McGann on playing John Lennon

Mark McGann has been playing the role of John Lennon, on and off, for over 30 years. He steps into John’s shoes again for In My Life at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, on August 24, a show which features Beatles tribute band Pepperland, from Sweden.

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Coleen Rooney: the joy and challenges of motherhood have altered her in a way she never expected

Coleen Rooney - How motherhood has changed me

These days, Coleen Rooney is arguably more accomplished in front of the cameras than her footballer husband Wayne, but with a fashion range, motherhood and the pressures of a busy schedule to deal with, this Presbury-based lady is someone who, understandably, does not like to waste time

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Graham Gouldman

10cc’s Graham Gouldman on recording in Stockport and life in Mottram St Andrew

10cc’s Graham Gouldman created some fine music at Strawberry Studio in Stockport in 1970s, and lived in Mottram St Andrew. This month he will be honoured in New York

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Kate Goodman

Kate Goodman - BBC TV’s Food and Drink wine expert on how Youtube secured her big break

The owner of a Didsbury wine shop is the new star of a television institution, writes Paul Mackenzie

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Discover

Royal Seven Stars

Royal Seven Stars

The Royal Seven Stars Hotel is a lively and popular destination hotel situated just a stone’s throw from the enchanting River Dart at the very heart of Totnes.

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Inglewood Manor

Inglewood Manor

A first glimpse of Inglewood Manor, is nestling at the heart of 38 acres of beautiful grounds and gardens, is all it takes to fall in love, while the sweeping drive through manicured lawns, enhanced by pavilions and ponds, to the manor house itself only serves to confirm your first impression.

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The Chester Grosvenor

The Chester Grosvenor

From the chic sophistication of Michelin starred Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor, the elegance of The Arkle Bar and Lounge to the relaxed Parisian style La Brasserie we have a dining experience to suit all tastes and occasions.

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BRAZZ

BRAZZ

A light hearted and fun brasserie serving up locally-inspired food in the heart of Taunton.

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Castle Bow Restaurant

Castle Bow Restaurant

Located in the heart of Taunton, Castle Bow Restaurant is the Castle Hotel’s latest gem.

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Showcase

Business Profile - Town and Country Carpets *VIDEO*

We are a well established business with over 15 years of experience in the trade behind us and we have an outstanding reputation in the local area.

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Business Profile - LSM Flooring *VIDEO*

LSM Flooring offers a vast variety of floors to choose from.

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North West Spring Ball

North West Spring Ball hosted by Claire Sweeney raises vital funds for Diabetes

Claire Sweeney hosted a fundraising gala in Cheshire, which helped to raise vital funds for Diabetes UK.

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On 5 restaurant at Ascot Racecourse

Another Level

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

Joanne Sindall reveals the multi-million-pound On 5 restaurant that is open for Royal Ascot – with Tom Kerridge as chef in residence

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Jimmy Quinn riding Yeager wins The Deloitte Handicap Stakes at Ascot racecourse on July 27, 2013. Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Photo Finish

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

James Gill meets race-loving Alan Crowhurst, who pursued his passion to become an award-winning photographer

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