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Christmas in the Peak District

Mike Smith looks forward to a bright (and possibly white) Christmas in the Peak District

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The Market  Photo by John Bradley

The magic of Chesterfield’s markets - indoor and out

Outdoor, indoor, vintage – whatever you desire, Chesterfield has the market for you. Ashley Franklin pays a visit to Chesterfield in Market Festival week

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Baslow Hall

Reasons to visit the Peak District village of Baslow

Mike Smith visits a village with a remarkable collection of specialist shops, architectural curiosities and quality eating places

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A to Z of Derbyshire: Letters I and J

Gary Wallis continues his alphabetical tour of Derbyshire and the Peak District with sites beginning with I and J

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Some of the houses stand out in the mist on the edge of Curbar, seen from high up on Curbar Edge.

Mist in Derbyshire - stunning photographs and top tips for photographers

Robert Falconer takes his camera out and about in the county to record the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ and offer some useful tips for photographers

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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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Local People

Alan restores a Bechstein piano

Clarke’s Pianos - Chesterfield’s music specialists

Penelope Baddeley visits Clarke’s Pianos in Chesterfield

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Derbyshire Women in Business

Derbyshire Women in Business 2015

Derbyshire Life meets some of the top businesswomen from in and around the county and finds out what inspires them to succeed

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Chartwell's Fundraising Bike Ride

Chartwell’s fundraising bike ride from Pride Park to Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium

in October a team from Chartwell in Derby took on the huge challenge of a 100-mile cycle ride in one day

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Brain Game 2014 champions Flint Bishop

The Derbyshire Brain Game 2014 in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care

A team from Derby solicitors Flint Bishop were victorious at the third annual Derbyshire Brain Game, the charity fund-raising quiz evening held at Derby Roundhouse

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PNK Ladies Fashion Show

PNK Ladies Derby Charity Fashion Show, Hoar Cross Hall

Networking group PNK Ladies Derby hosted their annual charity fashion show at Hoar Cross Hall, Burton upon Trent, on 6th November 2014

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Gifts for walkers

Gifts for walkers and people on the go

Inspire ramblers and hikers to get up and go with our favourite Christmas presents for people who love the outdoors.

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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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The Gingerbread House

Meet Derbyshire’s Red Earth Theatre

It’s hard to find a unique voice in theatre but one Derbyshire company has created a respected niche for itself with its accessible productions that cater for hearing and deaf audiences at the same time

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Great British Holidays & Breaks

Great British Holidays & Breaks

Food and Drink

Julie Etches, dairy operator, and Diana Alcock, site supervisor, who used to work at the old site and have now been re-employed

The return of Hartington Stilton

It’s a few years since the last Derbyshire Stilton was produced but Nigel Powlson investigates the exciting rumours about its revival

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M'Hencha Stack

10 food and drink treats to enjoy this Christmas

Christmas is the only time of year that it is acceptable to eat non-stop, so make the most of it and treat yourself to some delicious food and drink gifts.

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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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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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Homes and Gardens

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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Staunton Harold Hall is set in some 2000 acres

Staunton Harold Hall - returning a hall to a home

It’s over eleven years since John and Jacqueline Blunt moved into historic Staunton Harold Hall. Pat Ashworth returns to find out what has changed

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Field Head, Upper Mayfield

Six homes ideal for entertaining

Appealing homes on the Derbyshire property market

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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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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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Radleigh Homes

Radleigh Homes

Radleigh Homes are building in some stunning locations throughout the region with a fabulous choice of homes for any home buyer.

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Nuffield Health Derby Hospital

Nuffield Health Derby Hospital

For those of you who aren’t aware of us the Nuffield Health Derby Hospital (NHDH) is sited in Littleover, a peaceful suburb 3 miles south west of the city centre where it has served the local community with quality healthcare for almost 30 years, covering a wide range of treatments and both surgical and non-surgical procedures. Easily accessed from the motorway network it is also well positioned for catchment across the East Midlands.

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Glendair Dental Practice

Why are dental implants so popular?

Dental implants are transforming the lives of our patients who used to have issues resulting from missing teeth and loose dentures.

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Lipo-Ice by Kelly

Freeze yourself thin?

Fight the fat with a new technology that celebrities are using that FREEZES fat cells! Harley Street trained Kelly Shaw has brought Lipo-Ice to Derbyshire. We asked her about it.

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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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The Forge

The Forge

The Forge is Derby’s first gourmet burger bar and a new and quirky addition to Derby’s local bar and restaurant scene. Located just off Sadler Gate, The Forge boasts a grand courtyard nestled in the historic and picturesque Blacksmith’s Yard.

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Charles Cotton

Charles Cotton Hotel

Charles Cotton in the Heart of Hartington in set in one of the most beautiful villages in Derbyshire...

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Losehill House Hotel

Losehill House Hotel and Spa

In the heart of the Peak District, nestled away along a leafy lane, you’ll find Losehill House...

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The Yew Tree Inn and Lodge

The Yew Tree Inn and Lodge

In a quaint Derbyshire village, sat within a few miles from Derby and Ashbourne is the Yew Tree Inn and Lodge. Recently taken over by new owners, the pub has once more come into its’ own.

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Toons Furninshing Superstore

Toons Furninshing Superstore

Toons Furnishers, Castle Gresley, Swadlincote have been in business for over 45 years...

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