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The view over Grindleford from the Sir William Hotel

Exploring the Peak District resort of Grindleford

Mike Smith visits a favourite destination for those seeking escape from urban life

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Ilkeston Market

The exciting potential of Ilkeston’s shopping streets

Ashley Franklin finds out what’s changing on the High Street of the county’s second largest town

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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

Rolleston-on-Dove’s railway history

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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Chatsworth House and Paine's Bridge

5 beauty spots in Derbyshire that you should visit on a scooter

Exploring five top county destinations the Italian way

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Events

George Banks as Stephen and Carolin Stoltz as Isabelle in 'Birdsong' - at Buxton Opera House in February. Photo: Jack Ladenburg

What’s on in Derbyshire and the Peak District

A round up of events in and around the county in February

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Alice in Wonderland at Chatsworth

Christmas events at Derbyshire’s stately homes

A look at the delights in store for visitors to the county’s great houses and stately homes

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The cast of Cinderella, on stage at Chesterfield Pomegranate Theatre

Christmas shows and pantomimes in Derbyshire and the Peak District

A guide to some of the best pantomimes and festive shows in and around the county

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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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Pat the 'closer' and 'skiver'

Stepping back in time at Derbyshire’s last remaining boot factory

Sally Mosley visits William Lennon & Co in Stoney Middleton, the last heavy duty boot manufacturer in the UK

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Jason Statham and partner Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

12 celebrities you probably didn’t know are from Derbyshire

BAFTA winning actors and actresses to an Olympic athlete, celebrity chef and prize-winning author – Derbyshire has produced a wealth of talent from its vibrant towns and beautiful villages

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Richard and Leigh at home

Living in a log cabin - the couple who swapped high-flying careers for a new life in Derbyshire

When Richard and Leigh Woods ‘fell for each other’ – literally as they are part of the UK’s elite sky diving fraternity – little did they know that they would live a life with their feet planted firmly on the ground growing rare lilies and unusual perennial plants as well as breeding prize-winning Suri alpacas

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Claire Garvey

Northern Soul actress Claire Garvey - Chesterfield’s young acting sensation

Derbyshire actress Claire Garvey admits that she had never even heard of Northern Soul when she was offered a role in a hit movie about the musical movement

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Stuart Garner at Donington Hall

At home in Donington Hall with Stuart Garner of Norton Motorcycles (UK) Ltd

The fascinating story behind the success of leading local entrepreneur Stuart Garner who earlier this year unveiled his newly renovated home

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Walks

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

Rolleston-on-Dove’s railway history

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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Elvaston Castle

Derbyshire Walk - Elvaston

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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Bluebells at Kedleston Park. © Gareth Wiltshire

Bluebell woods in Derbyshire: Top 5 places to go for woodland walks

If you love a relaxing stroll, then discovering some of Derbyshire’s beautiful bluebell woodlands is sure to be a winner this Spring – Here are 5 of the best places to visit in March and April

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The stunning White Peak landscape

Peak District Walk - Flagg

Elevated and exposed to the elements, the linear village of Flagg – thought to have been established by the Vikings – is surrounded by a cobweb of paths, tracks and green lanes. Sally Mosley thought a bracing hike across these White Peak uplands a perfect way to start the New Year

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The Maynard

7 dog-friendly hotels in Derbyshire

Want to take your dog with you on a walking break in the hills? Here’s our favourite dog-friendly hotels in the Peak District that will welcome you, and your canine friend, with open arms

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Arts

'Landscape with Grove of Trees, Spain by Tomás Harris, 1962

About a Painting - ‘Landscape with Grove of Trees’ by Tomás Harris

Lucy Bamford, senior curator of art at Derby Museums Trust, dicusses a vivid piece by Tomás Harris (1908–1964)

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Food and Drink

The Red Lion at Kniveton

Dining out at The Red Lion, Kniveton

A traditional country pub serving hearty home-cooked food

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Jason Statham and partner Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

12 celebrities you probably didn’t know are from Derbyshire

BAFTA winning actors and actresses to an Olympic athlete, celebrity chef and prize-winning author – Derbyshire has produced a wealth of talent from its vibrant towns and beautiful villages

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The Swizzels Matlow factory in New Mills (formerly Brunswick Mill)

Sweets for my sweet - a visit to the Love Hearts factory at New Mills

With 14th February in mind, Mike Smith heads to Swizzels Matlow in search of toothsome treats

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James Martin takes to the stage at Denby

Celebrity Chef James Martin on his visit to Denby Pottery

Following his annual cookery demonstrations at Denby Pottery, James Martin chats to BBC Radio Derby’s Andy Potter...

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Ralph giving a talk and demonstration at a game show

Game cookery expert Ralph Skripek on his passion for wild food and the countryside

Ashbourne-born chef Ralph Skripek’s culinary adventures include lecturing, writing his own cookery book, TV appearances, demonstrations at county shows and running his own catering business. He takes time out to talk to Derbyshire Life and share two recipes...

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One of the dishes on offer at The Gallery, Baslow.

5 meals you should eat in Derbyshire and the Peak District this winter

Can’t decide where to eat out in Derbyshire? We’ve compiled some of our top restaurant reviews – so whether its lunch ideas or a dinner for two, we’ve got it covered

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Homes and Gardens

The rear of this impressive country home is south facing and a useful feature is the sun shades which are fixed above each period sash window. 'They look very French and we have them out all summer,'  said Penny.

(The photo shows the Georgian house prior to its link to the Victorian outbuildings)

Through the keyhole at the Okeover Clergy House

Penelope Baddeley visits Michael and Penny Snaith at home in Mappleton, near Ashbourne

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Derby Council House

Derby’s award-winning re-designed Council House

When Derby City Council decided to make their old Council House fit for purpose in the 21st century, they avoided the easy option of relocating their operations to new purpose-built premises. Instead, they took a decision to create a brand new environment within their existing brick-built headquarters

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The Green Hall

Dream Properties - The Green Hall, Ashbourne

Alongside a superb period property, the sale of The Green Hall on the edge of Ashbourne includes over 69 acres of land and the Lordship of the Manor

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Stuart Garner at Donington Hall

At home in Donington Hall with Stuart Garner of Norton Motorcycles (UK) Ltd

The fascinating story behind the success of leading local entrepreneur Stuart Garner who earlier this year unveiled his newly renovated home

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A simple guide to the new Stamp Duty Land Tax changes

Simple guide to the new Stamp Duty Land Tax changes

Fisher German’s guide to the Stamp Duty Land Tax changes

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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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Showcase

The Foot Centre at Camomile in Ilkeston - Professional podiatrist and owner, Sharon Flint

Professional foot care. Who is looking after your feet?

The average person walks the equivalent of three times around the earth in their life and it is also estimated that at least 75 per cent of people will experience some form of foot problem. Fortunately, most problems are easy to avoid and simple to treat, as professional podiatrist Sharon Flint of The Foot Centre at Camomile in Ilkeston explains.

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21st February - 22nd March Rolls-Royce Trent XWB 100 years in the making, The Silk Mill, Derby

The Trent XWB is the very latest engine developed by Rolls-Royce. It is the world’s most efficient large aero engine flying and recently started passenger carrying service with Qatar Airways, almost exactly 100 years after the first Rolls-Royce aero engine, the Eagle, ran for the first time.

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Curiosity Interiors

Spring 2015 trends for your home

Vintage themes, big patterns and floral upholstery are all the rage this coming year. Curiosity Interiors offer some new ideas to smarten up your home and add some brightness!

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Ultimate Bathrooms

Unique storage solutions for your bathroom

It is everybody’s aim to de-clutter these days and nowhere is this more important than in the bathroom.

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Payot Facials at No. 11

Payot Facials at No. 11

An exclusive, private salon on the top floor of a Grade II listed house in the heart of Melbourne. A secret hideaway where you can enjoy luxurious Payot treatments.

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Discover

The Black Cow Lamb Chop

The Black Cow

The Black Cow is a traditional 200 year old English Country Pub with AA rated 4* letting bedrooms, set in a rural location overlooking The Village Green in the South Derbyshire Village of Dalbury Lees and a short drive to the Peak District National Park...

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Highlands Cafe & Restaurant

Highlands Cafe & Restaurant

Enjoy a drive through lovely Derbyshire countryside and call in at Scotland Nurseries Garden Centre. Our new Highlands Cafe & Restaurant is now open. Decorated in lovely shades of green that compliment the views of the trees and hills around.

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Ravello

Ravello

La Cucina Moderna Italiana is the specialty at Ravello’s Restaurant, the newest and most authentic Italian establishment in Derby.

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The Peacock at Rowsley

The Peacock at Rowsley

Once the dower house for nearby Haddon Hall, The Peacock at Rowsley is chic and cosy hotel with a three AA Rosette restaurant and excellent bar.

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Duke of York Pomeroy

Duke of York Pomeroy

A warm welcome and tasty, home-cooked, food awaits you at the Duke of York

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