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Saxon Cross and All Saints' Church, Bradbourne

Derbyshire’s Lakeland - the villages of Bradbourne and Carsington

Mike Smith explores Carsington, the county’s combination of countryside and ‘coast’, and Derbyshire’s only ‘Thankful’ village, Bradbourne

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Hardwick Hall –- '‘more glass than wall’'

Architect Robert Smythson’s Derbyshire legacy

400 years after his death we are still able to enjoy and appreciate the work of this master architect. Mike Smith investigates his gift to the region

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Exploring the National Forest

The National Forest - 20 years on

The landscape of South Derbyshire has gradually been transformed as the National Forest has grown

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High Street

What’s new in Burton upon Trent

Ashley Franklin returns to Burton upon Trent to find out about the latest developments there

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Events

Old Kitchen, Renishaw Hall

Renishaw Hall opens for Christmas

Back by popular demand, the historic hall - home to the Sitwell family for almost 400 years - will be open for public tours on Wednesday 10th and 17th December 2014

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Celebrity Yorkshire Pudding guru Chris Blackburn

Festive celebrations at Authentic Furniture, Rowsley

Authentic Furniture at Peak Shopping Village, Rowsley, will welcome Yorkshire Pudding guru Chris Blackburn and Bespoke Bartender Richard Wood for a day of Christmas cooking and cocktail-making tips on 7th December, from 1.30pm

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Bottles being filled at Nestle's state-of-the-art Buxton plant  Photo: Martin J Toole

Get Better With Nature to hold North Derbyshire Community Forum in Buxton

The inaugural Get Better with Nature Community Forum will take place on 20th November from 6pm at the Lee Wood Hotel in Buxton, with leading speakers and organisations from the worlds of nature conservation, academia and business

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Matlock’s Victorian Christmas Market Photo: www.jonathanchristianphotography.co.uk

Christmas markets in Derbyshire and the Peak District

With Christmas just around the corner, what better way to soak up the magic than at a local Christmas market?

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Local People

Pollyanna Pickering presents Virginia McKenna with a cheque for £5,150

Pollyanna Pickering celebrates Born Free Foundation’s 30th Anniversary

In celebration of the Born Free Foundation’s 30th anniversary, Pollyanna Pickering hosted a special event at her private gallery near Matlock

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Cllr and Mrs Geoff Stevens, David Walker, Cllr Sandra Spencer, Martin Spencer and Cllr Carol Walker

Beating Retreat in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Chatsworth

This year’s fundraising beating retreat ceremony and supper, which took place on a lovely evening at Chatsworth on the eve of the Country Fair, raised over £6,000 for the Soldiers’ Charity

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Crop harvesting was part of the two day Full Circle course

Rhubarb Farm - a social enterprise scheme based in Langwith

‘Everyone is welcome at Rhubarb Farm!’ says Jennie Street, the managing director of a successful social enterprise based in Langwith village in the Bolsover district, on the edge of the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire border

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Walks

Swiss Cottage

Derbyshire Walk - Chatsworth

Sally Mosley takes us on a walk around the glorious gold-encrusted gem in our Derbyshire crown, which is surrounded by fabulous walks in every direction offering the opportunity for riverside rambles, hilltop hikes and spectacular far-reaching views

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Footbridge over Burbage Brook

Peak District Walk - Padley Gorge

Photogenic and full of character, the dense woodland of Padley Gorge hides many secrets. These sylvan slopes are a stark contrast to the wild and exposed Dark Peak high ground above, where sheer gritstone Edges frame a rolling sea of heather clad moor

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Boats for hire on the Derwent

Derwent Valley Walk - Belper

The Derwent, Derbyshire’s longest and deepest river, was for centuries the life force of the county. Harnessed for its energy to power a succession of mills, a 15-mile stretch has now been deemed by UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site. Sally Mosley explores a length of the valley on a circular walk from Belper

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Kinder Reservoir with backdrop of Kinder Edge

Peak District Walk - Hayfield

Snuggled into the foothills of Kinder and overlooked by Lantern Pike, Hayfield has numerous claims to fame, the most recent being as a location for the BBC drama series ‘The Village’

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Derbyshire walk - Norbury and Ellastone

Derbyshire Walk - Norbury and Ellastone

This walk is a dance with the county border as Sally Mosley saunters from Staffordshire over the Dove and dabbles into Derbyshire, exploring a quartet of pretty villages in quintessential middle England along the way

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Arts

The Reverend DEwes Coke (1747-1811), His Wife Hannah, and Daniel Parker Coke (1745-1825) Photo: Derby Museums Trust

About a Painting: Joseph Wright’s ‘The Reverend D’Ewes Coke, His Wife Hannah, and Daniel Parker Coke’

Jonathan Wallis, head of museums for Derby Museums Trust, discusses Joseph Wright of Derby’s conversation piece

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Food and Drink

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Derbyshire Life Luncheon at the Peak Edge Hotel, Chesterfield

Fabulous food, seamless service and excellent conversation combined to make this an event to be remembered

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In document

Dining out at Blenheim House Hotel and Restaurant, Etwall

Seamless service and a cosy atmosphere help to create a special dining experience near Derby

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Georgina Chappell and Guy Middleton of Holdsworth Chocolates

‘Celebration of Derbyshire’ at Chatsworth

Local producers, craftspeople and representatives of county businesses were invited to a ‘Celebration of Derbyshire’ showcase in the grounds of Chatsworth House for Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh’s visit to Derbyshire.

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Charlie has stepped away from the kitchen to focus on managing the business

Charlie Thellusson - director and head chef of Red Olive Catering Company

Charlie Thellusson talks about life on the front-line of event catering

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Devonshire Arms Beeley

Short break - The Devonshire Arms at Beeley

The Devonshire Hotel Group, conceived and owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, contains a small but perfectly formed selection of country hotels and pubs, all of which bear full investigation! Kate Houghton writes.

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Homes and Gardens

Mooresfold

Four properties in beautiful Derbyshire locations

A tour of some of the most appealing homes on the Derbyshire property market

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Friar Gate House, Derby

The restoration of Jedidiah Strutt’s Derby town house

William and Donna Hardcastle have rescued historic Friar Gate House and are returning it to a ‘living and breathing family residence’

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Bryn Hall Farm

Dream Properties - Bryn Hall Farm in Bradbourne

On a plateau that has panoramic views across some of the county’s most beautiful and idyllic countryside, Bryn Hall Farm in Bradbourne, five miles north of Ashbourne, is appropriately named after the Welsh word for ‘hilltop’.

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Gardener's Cottage

Inside Gardener’s Cottage on the Chatsworth Estate

A tour of the latest addition to Chatsworth’s impressive portfolio of self-catering cottages

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Beresford Manor

Four attractive properties for sale in Derbyshire

A tour of some of the most appealing homes on the county property market

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Life TV

Tower College *VIDEO*

Promotional Feature: Tower College has a happy, secure, family atmosphere in which the pupils thrive.

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The Hall Residential Care Home *VIDEO*

Promotional Feature: The Hall is a luxurious 5 star residential home for the elderly. The home has been lovingly restored and now offers the very best of facilities and must surely be the finest home in the area.

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Showcase

be.loved handbags

Save 15% on Be.Loved British made handbags and satchels

Save 15% on Be.Loved handbags this Christmas. All bags and satchels are made by hand in North Wales.

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Before and After 1

Darley Classic Mouldings – Renovating The Old Bell Hotel

For many that decide to renovate old buildings, decorative plasterwork may appear in such a bad state of repair that total removal seems to be the only alternative.

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Design @ 44

Design @ 44

Design @ 44 has an eclectic mix of work from the best local designer/makers. There is a huge range of gifts and fantastic design-led products from textiles, home ware and furniture to children’s items, fashion, jewellery and prints.

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Derby Private Hospitals

Business Profile - Derby Private Health

Since its opening in October 2013, Derby Private Health continues to go from strength to strength.

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Discover

Toons Furninshing Superstore

Toons Furninshing Superstore

Toons Furnishers, Castle Gresley, Swadlincote have been in business for over 45 years...

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The White Horse

TWH Inns

The White Horse nestles in the hamlet of Woolley Moor on the outskirts of Ashover, Derbyshire, and as you would expect from a Derbyshire country inn, we offer stunning surrounding scenery with a warm and friendly atmosphere. We also pride ourselves on great food on our menu and a well stocked bar.

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The White Horse

The White Horse Inn

The White Horse nestles in the hamlet of Woolley Moor on the outskirts of Ashover, Derbyshire.

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AW Lymn Funeral Directors

AW Lymn Funeral Directors

Promotional Feature

The Family Funeral Service, has been serving families in Derbyshire since 1907.

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Tarpey Gallery, Derby

Tarpey Gallery

Contemporary Fine Art at Tarpey Gallery

Art Gallery in the East Midlands featuring original contemporary artwork by leading artists in their respective disciplines of Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Mixed Media and Sculpture.

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