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Domes of the Opera House

Six reasons to visit Buxton

Mike Smith gives a tourist’s-eye-view of Buxton

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Tutbury's main street with the old coaching inn, The Dog & Partridge

Living with history in Tutbury

As Tutbury gears up to celebrate the 925th anniversary of its impressive parish church, Sue Greenwood explores past and present changes in the historic village

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Christ Church, Hulland Ward

A517 Road Trip from Hulland Ward to Ashbourne

Meeting people and visiting places along the A517

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En route to Dovedale

Touring the Peak District in a vintage Model A Ford

Sight-seeing in style on a vintage tour of the Peak

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Elvaston Castle

A to Z of Derbyshire: Letter ‘E’

Errwood, Elvaston, Etwall, Eyam... Gary Wallis explores elegant buildings, enchanting villages and eye-catching countryside

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Events

Haddon Hall

Children’s Activity Weekend at Haddon Hall

Over the weekend of 16th and 17th August, young people of all ages are welcome to take part in a special children’s activity weekend at Haddon Hall, near Bakewell

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The Sixteen will perform at Lichfield Festival  Photo: Molina Visuals

What’s On in Derbyshire – July 2014

A look at what’s in store for Derbyshire and the Peak District

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Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth   Photo: Andrew Eyley

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visit Derbyshire

On Thursday 10th July Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Ediburgh visited the Derbyshire Dales

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'4 Girls, 4 Harps'

Buxton Festival Mini Guide

Buxton’s annual summer celebration of opera, music and literature takes place from 11th to 27th July 2014

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The band leading the parade through Derby from St Peter's Church to the Cathedral

Celebrating the life of Florence Nightingale

The annual procession and service at Derby Cathedral in recognition of nursing combined this year with the blessing of a plaque in honour of Florence Nightingale

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Local People

Steve Chappell, Chief Crown Prescutor for the East Midlands

The Chesterfield childhood of Chief Crown Prosecutor Steve Chappell

David Marley talks to Steve Chappell about his early memories of growing up in rural Derbyshire and his delight at returning to his native county to become the region’s Chief Crown Prosecutor

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Michela Griffith with one of her Streamscapes

Longnor-based photographer Michéla Griffith

The cottage where photographer Michéla Griffith lives with her husband Alan has easy access to some of the finest countryside that a landscape photographer could wish to find

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Bill Nixon had many hours experience on the Airco DH2  pusher  fighter, depicted here in this modern replica (Photo: Darren Harbar, Flypast)

Derbyshire’s Winged Warriors in World War I

Although the war broke out only eleven years after the initial flight of the first frail and flimsy aeroplane, by 1914 the aircraft had developed as a serious weapon of conflict, first as a reconnaissance and photographic tool, then a primitive bombing machine and finally as a fighter or scout

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Andy in the 2012 Derbyshire Cross County Championships at Wollaton Park

Andy Ward - Bolsover’s record-breaking runner

When Andy Ward lines up in an elite 10k race the chances are that the leading competitors will be half his age – but the Derbyshire runner is still likely to beat them

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Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth   Photo: Andrew Eyley

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visit Derbyshire

On Thursday 10th July Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Ediburgh visited the Derbyshire Dales

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Walks

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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Coalpit Bridge

Derbyshire Walk - Bakewell

Most famous for its puddings and tarts, Bakewell is the only town in the Peak District National Park. It straddles the River Wye and sits snugly between the rolling limestone hills of the White Peak and the dramatic escarpments and moors of Dark Peak gritstone. On home ground, Sally Mosley takes us on a lovely walk along beautiful Lathkill Dale and back to the town

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Hardwick from across the lake

County Walk - Hardwick Park

In a scenic landscape of regal standing, Bess of Hardwick built a palace with as many windows as possible. From this elevated position she could admire her kingdom and glorious panoramic views. Hardwick is now in the ownership of the National Trust and on the 400th anniversary of the death of its architect, Robert Smythson, we can all enjoy what Bess created. Sally Mosley follows in her footsteps...

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Ashover Rock

County Walk - Ashover

Nestling at the head of the Amber Valley, the widespread parish of Ashover covers a rolling landscape criss-crossed with old tracks, paths and bridleways. Sally Mosley takes us on a route through countryside that is a paradise for walkers and also packed with interest for local historians

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County walk

Peak District Walk - Hope Valley

Sally Mosley explores the dramatic Hope Valley - an adventure playground for walkers that offers Peaks to conquer in every direction with the reward of far reaching views

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Food and Drink

Derbyshire Life Food and Drink App

Introducing The Menu by Derbyshire Life

The long-running need for the ultimate Food & Drink guide in Derbyshire is solved this month with the launch of a brand new service for our readers

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Andrew Perkins, Layla Babadi, Sarah Davis and James Davis

Derbyshire Life Luncheon - The Bay Tree, Melbourne

Guests enjoyed New World cuisine in intimate surroundings south of the county

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Brewer Alistair Boyd

Hope Valley Brewery at YHA Castleton Losehill Hall

A visit to the country’s only charity brewery at the newly refurbished Castleton Youth Hostel

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Elvaston youngsters Reuben (3) and Delphi Turner (5) enjoy their pot of Spondon-based Bluebells' ice cream on a hot Saturday morning

Derbyshire Food & Drink Fair 2014, Elvaston Castle

Thousands took advantage of the fine weather to visit the Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair and sample some of the county’s finest produce

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The Old Cheese Shop, Hartington

Six of the best producers in the Peak District

From chocolatiers to ice-cream makers, a selection of some of the best food and drink producers in the area

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The Cake Nest

The Cake Nest - a family-run baking business in the High Peak

A year and a half ago Derbyshire Life interviewed former banker Abigail Phillips and her husband Steve, a former architect, as they embarked on a new cake-baking enterprise from home. Lissa Cook returns for an update...

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Homes and Gardens

Greenlands Farm

Peak District Properties - Greenlands Farm, Edale

This 17th century property, which was converted from a small cottage and attached barn, has panoramic views from its elevated position and is surrounded by 15 acres of land

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Mead Farm

Peak District Properties - Mead Farm, Hope

Nestled in the heart of the Peak District, Mead Farm combines a tranquil location with a flourishing business

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Parson's Cottage

Through the keyhole at Parson’s Cottage in Ironville

Penny Baddeley goes east of the county to visit Yvonne Hallsworth and Colin Green in the diminutive but darling Parson’s Cottage

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Ednaston Estate

Dream Properties - The Ednaston Estate in Debyshire’s ‘golden triangle’

The Ednaston Estate near Ashbourne is a very special rural environment

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Tithe Farm, Aldwalk

Derbyshire Properties - Tithe Farm, Aldwalk

Situated in the wonderful rural location of Grange Mill, near Matlock, this Grade II listed former farmhouse has been fully renovated and now offers modern accommodation, including five bedrooms, spread over three floors

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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

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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Heart of the Country Shopping Village

Heart of the Country Shopping Village

With a blend of 20 individual shops, distinctive boutiques and award-winning restaurants , Heart of the Country Shopping Village offers a fantastic shopping experience.

Heart of the Country shopping village has everything for the Bride to Be, with specialist shops, The Bridal Rooms, Allen Brown Jewellery, Anthony John Salons and Lazy Days Cupcake Boutique . Family owned and managed, the Stubbs’ ensure the village retains its rural feel by cultivating trees, flower beds and hedgerows. Visitors can enjoy lunch in courtyards surrounded by flourishing fauna and gardens, take a relaxing stroll through woodland, and shop in peace, away from the hustle and bustle of the high street.Heart of the Country is easily accessible via the A38, located 2 miles south of Lichfield. It boasts ample free parking, disabled facilities as well as woodland walks. Visit www.heartofthecountryvillage.com for more information, along with a map and directions.If you’re planning a wedding , Heart of the Country is a superb place to visit and offers a wonderful choice of shops and boutiques, including:

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The Coopers Arms

Weddings at The Coopers Arms, Weston on Trent, Derbyshire

Your wedding is a truly special day and the start of a wonderful journey - Our in-house wedding coordinator will be delighted to guide you through your special day, to ensure your wedding is everything you desire.

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Mary May’s Flowers

Business Profile - Mary May’s Flowers

Your wedding is one of the most memorable days of your life so, understandably, you want everything to look wonderful - your dress, his suit, the photographs, the venue and of course, the flowers.

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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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Discover

Bakewell Show

Bakewell Show

For two days packed with family fun you can’t beat Bakewell Show.

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Buxton Opera House

Buxton Opera House

Buxton Opera House is one of Britain’s leading receiving theatres, presenting around 450 performances each year including dance, comedy, children’s shows, drama, musical concerts, pantomime and opera as well as a lively Fringe Theatre and Community and Education Programme.

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Kedleston Heating

Kedleston Heating

Leading suppliers of wood burners/wood burning stoves fireplaces, multi fuel stoves, gas stoves, boilers and more.

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Alison House Hotel

Alison House

Alison House is a Georgian style House built by the Arkwright Family and set in the Derwent Valley world Heritage site.

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