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We begin the first of three ‘staycations’ on our doorstep – travelling down the Derwent Valley Heritage Site

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Tue, 00:00
Barlborough village sign (photo: Tony Bak)

The ancient and charming parish of Barlborough, north-east of Chesterfield, is home both to a renowned preparatory school and an excellent primary school

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Friday, May 15, 2015
The portraits of Elizabeth I, Bess of Hardwick and Arbella on display in the State Room at Hardwick  Photo: Richard Aspinall/National Trust

Hardwick Hall is commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of Lady Arbella Stuart

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Friday, May 15, 2015
St John Street Gallery

View work from some of the area’s finest artists at these local galleries

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015
High Roost

Since its foundation the National Gardens Scheme has raised over £43m for nursing, caring and gardening charities. Here’s a selection of Peak District gardens to look out for...

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Events

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

From family-friendly events to celebrations of food and folk music, Derbyshire has a fantastic range of events on offer

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Blake at Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield

A round-up of events in and around the county in May

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Monday, April 20, 2015
Viv McLean with young audience in Glossop Parish Church

Glossop Music Festival is set to take place from 24th to 27th June 2015

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Monday, April 13, 2015
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, on stage in Nottingham

A round-up of events in and around the county in April

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Monday, April 13, 2015
Photo: Chatsworth House Trust

From stately homes to show caves, a round-up of some of the best places to visit

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Local People

Wed, 00:00

Oliver Stephenson was sworn in as High Sheriff on 9th April

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Thursday, May 21, 2015
Modern day Derby with the historic Silk Mill and Derby Cathedral

Maxwell Craven has been fighting to preserve Derby’s heritage for more than 30 years

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Gordon Danks

Gordon Danks is celebrating his 40th year as a National Park Ranger. Derbyshire Life talks to him about the joys and challenges of a working life spent in the beautiful Peak District

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Thursday, May 14, 2015
Kate explaining the work of the centre to HRH The Princess Royal

Kate Allies came to Rosliston Forestry Centre on a six-month contract in 1994. Twenty years later, she is still here, and with an undimmed passion for environmental education that has earned her a national Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

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Thursday, May 7, 2015
Wayne Madsen in action at the 3aaa County Ground  Photo: David White

As the cricket season gets underway, Nigel Powlson talks to Wayne Madsen about what’s in store for visitors to the 3aaa County Ground

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Walks

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Chosen years ago by Coronation Street scriptwriters as the perfect retirement home for Hilda Ogden, Hartington is a quaint little village surrounded by fabulous footpaths

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Monday, April 20, 2015
The duck pond at Tissington

Explore the countryside around Tissington, the pretty estate village tucked away amid rolling hills whose well dressing tradition is world renowned

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Friday, March 27, 2015
Woodland path

Only a couple of miles as the crow flies from the famous Crooked Spire, Linacre Reservoirs lie in rural tranquillity close to the pretty little village of Old Brampton on the outskirts of Chesterfield. Sally Mosley heads north east of the county for an ideal spring walk which its well worth revisiting at bluebell time

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Elvaston Castle

An oasis of charm and quirkiness, Sally Mosley finds that Elvaston Castle Country Park offers a maze of paths to explore. Add on a section of the Derwent Valley Heritage Way through riverside meadows for an interesting and easy winter wander

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Monday, February 23, 2015
An excursion train returning from either Alton Towers or Trentham, hauled by ex LMS class 4, 0-6-0 locomotive, passes through a derelict Rolleston-on-Dove station on an Easter Monday in the early sixties. Prints of'Steaming through Rolleston'  by local specialist railway artist Colin Wright, commissioned by Phil Waterfield to support the station project, are available for purchase by contacting the author

Local railway enthusiast Clive Baker reports on the preservation of a piece of local railway history and a community’s successful re-creation of a village facility

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Food & Drink

Sunday, May 24, 2015

In search of a delicious picnic hamper, we take a culinary journey through the Peak’s larder of local produce

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Cromwell Room

The Coopers Arms has recently undergone a dramatic re-styling, combining new style and comfort with history and atmosphere

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Four Seasons

Friday, May 15, 2015
Four Seasons

We’re more than just a Coffee Shop, whether its a quiet cup of coffee and slice of Home-made Cake, Full English Breakfast or one of our Daily Home-made Specials, its the perfect place to sit-back, relax and enjoy with family and friends. Located just three miles north of Derby City Centre in the prestigious Allestree Park Farm Shopping Centre with a variety of shops and free parking for up-to two hours...

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Lord Mayor's Pudding

Meet Dom McCall and Alan Hibbert of the multi Great Taste award-winning Original Buxton Pudding Company in Furness Vale

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Guests gather on the magnificent marble staircase

Businesswomen from across the county took time out from hectic schedules to attend Derbyshire Life’s exclusive Women in Business afternoon tea, held at Derby’s four-star Cathedral Quarter Hotel

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Homes & Gardens

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sensitively refurbished to elegant standards, Stancliffe Hall comprises a 30 acre estate and fine country home with various commercial opportunities

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Georgian grandeur at The Kedleston Country House

Once an acclaimed local watering hole, the Kedleston Hotel has lain empty since 2010. As it prepares for its impressive re-emergence as the Kedleston Country House, we take a look around...

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Monday, April 20, 2015
Bramble Barn

The kitchen is the heart of the home and these five properties offer beautiful living and cooking spaces

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Monday, March 30, 2015
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Thinking of making your next move? Here are some reasons to make it with Savills...

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Monday, March 30, 2015
Darley House

Penelope Baddeley meets Lucy and Alex Arterton whose sensitive restoration of the gardens and interiors of Darley House has unveiled specimen plants dating back to Paxton and a host of exciting period features

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Arts

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Maxwell Craven has been fighting to preserve Derby’s heritage for more than 30 years

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St John Street Gallery

View work from some of the area’s finest artists at these local galleries

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David Supper

Meet the local artist whose thought-provoking paintings are on view in Somercotes this month

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Viv McLean with young audience in Glossop Parish Church

Glossop Music Festival is set to take place from 24th to 27th June 2015

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Friday, May 22, 2015
The Castle Inn

The Castle Inn is an 18th Century Coaching inn, in the heart of Castle Donington which has been beautifully refurbished into a bar and grill. We here at The Castle are a family run organisation believing in good food, good ale and good company...

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Friday, May 15, 2015
Four Seasons

We’re more than just a Coffee Shop, whether its a quiet cup of coffee and slice of Home-made Cake, Full English Breakfast or one of our Daily Home-made Specials, its the perfect place to sit-back, relax and enjoy with family and friends. Located just three miles north of Derby City Centre in the prestigious Allestree Park Farm Shopping Centre with a variety of shops and free parking for up-to two hours...

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Rolls-Royce Phantom Hearse

A W Lymm introduce Rolls-Royce Phantom Hearse to its fleet.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Hodgkinson’s Hotel and Restaurant

Hodgkinson’s Hotel and Restaurant is housed in a Grade 11 listed 4-storey Georgian townhouse dating back to 1770 and the bygone spa era when the Georgians and Victorians came to Matlock Bath and the Peak District to enjoy the spa waters, walk and enjoy the scenery.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Purple Robes

Purple Robes in Alfreton is a ‘gem’ on your High Street, specialising in high quality, twice-treasured and new bridal wear as well as designer outfits and accessories for all occasions.

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