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Places

The Derby Ram statue on East Street. In the background is the old Co-op building on 1913

Transforming Derby’s St Peters Quarter

Ashley Franklin finds that the decision by businesses to work together is energising and regenerating Derby’s St Peters Quarter

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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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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

Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Derby

Professor John Coyne - Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby

David Marley speaks to Professor John Coyne on the 10th anniversary of his appointment as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby

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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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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

Vicky Scotcher at work on one of her 'pottery homes'

Yeaveley-based ceramic artist Vicky Scotcher

Meet the ceramic artist who has established a successful one-woman business as a maker of personalised miniature buildings

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Food and Drink

The Viceroy

Derbyshire Life Platinum Club Luncheon at The Viceroy, Duffield

Guests enjoyed vibrant Indian cuisine in stylish surroundings in Duffield

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Main

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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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

Because I Like It

Bakewell’s Hidden Gem

Because I Like It in Diamond Court, Bakewell is run by husband and wife proprietors, Nigel and Val Hufton, together with their team of friendly staff.

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Diamond Delivers for Derby

Diamond Delivers for Derby

On the back of his recent award at the Institute of Couriers for the Ex-Armed forces category, Paul Latham, owner of Diamond Logistics Derby is looking forward to his first Christmas deliveries.

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New season Menswear and Womenswear available at www.youngideasfashion.com

Top 5 Designer Buys To Invest In This Autumn Winter

Anne Wright, Derbyshire fashion guru and owner of Young Ideas, gives us her advice on the key designer pieces to invest in this season.

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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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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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