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Painswick Rococo Garden

Rococo Garden (© Sara Chardin)

My winter visit to Painswick Rococo Garden, in the Cotswold town of Painswick, gave me a glimpse back to a flamboyant and frivolous era, where gardens were designed to capture the light-hearted and pleasure-seeking atmosphere of the times.

While this garden is beautiful to visit at any time of year, it is most famous for its breathtaking display of snowdrops visible in winter.

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Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle 2017

Sudeley Castle Spectacle of Light

We went to see this year’s Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle on the freezing night that later saw the Cotswolds being covered in snow. Getting all wrapped against the cold only added to the festive atmosphere. This is one sure-fire way to give yourself some extra seasonal sparkle.

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Indian fine dining at Prithvi

Tandoor-baked salmon, Indian fine dining

I hadn’t been to Prithvi, on Cheltenham’s Bath Road, since it first opened. Quite probably because I’m a spontaneous sort of diner, and you have to book a table here weeks in advance, due to its immense popularity. This restaurant doesn’t purport to be your usual style of curry house, but offers Indian fine dining.

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Trevose Harbour House in St Ives

Morning view from Room 4

In need of a little luxury (from my point of view) before we embarked on our adventure to hike over 40 miles of the South West Coast Path, Mr Skylark and I checked in for one night at Trevose Harbour House in St Ives, Cornwall.

I’d found Trevose Harbour House in St Ives by googling boutique hotels, and boutique it certainly turned out to be.

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Clifton Lido: Swim and Eat

View from our table at Bird Food

An outdoor swimming pool hidden amongst the back streets of the vibrant Bristol neighbourhood of Clifton: Discover more about swimming and eating at the glorious Clifton Lido.

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Vegetarian Cookery Course at Foodworks

Red lentils with coconut cauliflower on the vegetarian cookery course

Do you like the idea of eating less meat in your diet? Whilst I am not a vegetarian, I have definitely been cutting down on my meat intake over the last few months, so I was keen to learn some new recipes. Read on to find out about the Vegetarian Cookery Course offered by The Foodworks Cookery School, near Cheltenham.

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Best Breakfast Cheltenham Race Week

The Cosy Club, breakfast Cheltenham Race Week

Going out for breakfast on race day has become a tradition. It’s something I look forward to every year. While I like to think of myself as being spontaneous, I actually like to do my research. Using my local knowledge, I’ve put together my Top 7 list of where to eat breakfast Cheltenham Race Week, for all tastes and budgets.

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Best Bars Cheltenham Race Week

The Cosy Club, best bars Cheltenham Race Week

Like putting on your lipstick and donning a pair of heels, the town of Cheltenham dramatically changes its image from day to night during Cheltenham Gold Cup week. Whilst this usually sedate town empties during the day, the tide of racegoers floods back in late afternoon, to celebrate or commiserate their day at Prestbury Park. To help you decide where to go, I’ve used my local knowledge to put together my list of best bars Cheltenham Race Week.

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