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Bridgefoot Cottage, Frogatt Village

A to Z of Derbyshire: Letter ‘F’

Gary Wallis travels the county from Foremark to Fernilee

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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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Holiday E-Edition

Great British Life Holidays

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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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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

Lydia, Henrietta, Geoff, Rosemary and Oliver Brown

Ice-Cream Heaven - Bluebells Dairy in Spondon

Derbyshire has much to be proud of and a recent entrant in the county’s ranks of makers of world-class produce is the Bluebell Dairy at Brunswood Farm near Derby

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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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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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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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Homes and Gardens

Sarah pours tea in the B & B guest lounge

Chevin Green Farm - a tea-themed bed and breakfast near Belper

Penny Baddeley visits Sarah Marley of Chevin Green Farm in the Amber Valley

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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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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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The Holly Bush Inn - Hoe Down

Holly Bush Hoe Down!

The Holly Bush Inn, Makeney will be hosting their first Hoe Down event this coming August Bank holiday.

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Anchor & Crew

Business Profile - Anchor and Crew

ANCHOR & CREW is a British fashion brand label that combines elements of Great British heritage with a modern style and a new vision. The brand was officially launched at the UK Jewellery + Watch Show 2014 in February.

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On 5 restaurant at Ascot Racecourse

Another Level


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 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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Wigley's Shoes stocks styles for every occasion

Wigley’s Shoes Emporium, Ashbourne

Promotional Feature

Come to Wigley’s Shoes for all your fashion needs under one roof and make it a shopping experience to remember.

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Afternoon Tea

Blu Bistro and Coffee House

Blu Bistro and Coffee House can be found along Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield, on the edge of the Peak District.

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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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