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Where the moorland meets the sea.   Exmoor National Park Authority chief executive Dr Nigel Stone, pictured in the Valley of Rocks.

The Exmoor challenge

As Exmoor National Park celebrates its 60th anniversary, chief executive Nigel Stone has no hesitation whatsoever when it comes to naming the park authority’s greatest achievement.

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Ben Bulger and his team demonstrate their skills

Fantastic foodie events at Exeter’s Magdalen Chapter

The Magdalen Chapter have a fabulous array of events taking place this summer, including Summer Cooks Club, Lobster on the Lawn and Intimate Summer Suppers.

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Holiday E-Editions

Great British Life Holidays

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South West Accommodation 2014 

This handy guide will help you decide accommodation and attractions to visit in the South West this summer.

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Events

Great food festivals in Devon

Don’t miss the best food festivals across Devon and further afield with FIONA POTIGNY’s round up of foodie events

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Si Ford, founder of Chagstock Music Festival, at the festival site. This year's theme is Wild West.

Si Ford predicts a ‘stonking’ year for Chagstock

From its small, homespun beginnings the Chagstock Music festival has grown and grown, without ever losing its homespun feel, thanks to founder Si Ford, as ALEXIS BOWATER discovers

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Plymouth

Victoria's Voodoo Exotica collection

Fashion Graduate Series: Victoria Parnall

We’ve teamed up with Plymouth College of Art to showcase their BA (Hons) Fashion students’ amazing graduate collections

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Drakes employees have the opportunity to design a diamond ring

Devon jewellers Drakes launches diamond ring design challenge

Drakes Jewellers in Plymouth are set to become designers of a unique diamond ring which will be exclusively available to Drakes customers.

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Walks

Looking back at Ger Tor from Hare Tor

Of mines & men

There’s a superb West Dartmoor challenge to be had in this walk around Tavy Cleave, as SIMONE STANBROOK-BYRNE discovers

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Rugged coastal scenery

Seascapes & sky

SIMONE STANBROOK-BYRNE enjoys the spectacular North Devon scenery on a walk around Mortehoe and Lee

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Celebrity interviews

Elkie Brooks: 'I’ve no desire to move now. I like it down here'

On song again: Elkie Brooks

In a career spanning decades Elkie Brooks has known the ups and, latterly, the downs - but she is fighting back once more, as she reveals to PETER ROBERTSON

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Lesley Pearse. Photo by Charlotte Murphy

Author interview: Lesley Pearse

Bestselling author Lesley Pearse talks to GEMMA CLAPP about her new novel, advice for budding writers and her upcoming move to Babbacombe

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Arts

Elkie Brooks: 'I’ve no desire to move now. I like it down here'

On song again: Elkie Brooks

In a career spanning decades Elkie Brooks has known the ups and, latterly, the downs - but she is fighting back once more, as she reveals to PETER ROBERTSON

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Lesley Pearse. Photo by Charlotte Murphy

Author interview: Lesley Pearse

Bestselling author Lesley Pearse talks to GEMMA CLAPP about her new novel, advice for budding writers and her upcoming move to Babbacombe

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Gardens

Toby Buckland’s Garden Cuttings: July 2014

Toby Buckland delivers some sound practical and seasonal advice

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The “hot” border is vibrant with lilies, rudbeckia and heleniums

Discover a plantswoman’s garden near Honiton

A treasure trove of horticultural gems has been carefully cultivated by an East Devon enthusiast, as GILL HEAVENS reveals

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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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How to design the interior of your listed building

Sam Elliott-Smith, founder of Heritage Property Design Limited, shares her interior design advice with listed building owners.

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Food & Drink Awards

Devon food and Drink Awards

Click here to find out about the 2014 Devon Life Food and Drink Awards

Devon Life Home Cook of the Year

Our winner will choose the colour of their KitchenAid

Devon Life Home Cook of the Year 2014

Entries for the Devon Life Home Cook of the Year competition have now closed. Watch this space to find out which 12 shortlisted candidates are in line for a £500 Kitchen Aid and £500 to spend at John Lewis

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Restaurant reviews

The Menu app from Devon Life

Welcome to The Menu

Devon Life editor Andy Cooper explains why we’ve launched our new restaurant guide The Menu

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John Raby's meal at the Hunters Inn

Review: Hunters Inn, Parracombe, North Devon

JOHN RABY and his daughter Sophie enjoy a meal at a quintessential English pub on the North Devon coast

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Recipes

Chocolate Pudding in a Teacup

Recipe: Chocolate Heaven

Baked dark chocolate pudding with Baileys & vanilla ice cream

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The wafting scent of the gorse flowers inspired Susan to create this delicious ice-cream. Photo by Scott Liddell

Cooking with Gorse: Foraging for the Kitchen

How would you capture the wafting coconut-like scent of a coastal gorse bush? By turning the flowers into a stunningly delicious ice cream says Susan Clark

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Exeter

Ben Bulger and his team demonstrate their skills

Fantastic foodie events at Exeter’s Magdalen Chapter

The Magdalen Chapter have a fabulous array of events taking place this summer, including Summer Cooks Club, Lobster on the Lawn and Intimate Summer Suppers.

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Exeter Feminists holds its first meeting this month

A new feminist group for Exeter

The group will to campaign for gender equality and help charities in the area

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Interiors

Made in Devon: The Farmhouse Table Company

We head into the kitchen to run our hands along one of the stunning contemporary farmhouse tables combining new materials with old from a company in Harberton

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Broad Downs Barn has been transformed into a luxury six-bedroom holiday home

Through the keyhole: Living the dream

Creating something magical from a ruined barn, KATE WILLIAMS discovers how one couple’s Devon pipedream became a reality

Photography by Matt Austin

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Education E-Edition

A+ Education South West Edition

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Education

The Lego pyramid that started it all

Lego lessons make learning fun in Devon schools

Playing with Lego has developed into a classroom teaching project for Devon dad Julian Surtees

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Shebbear College Fifth Form pupils ready to depart on their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Bronze Expedition. Photo by Shebbear College.

Shebbear College students’ Duke of Edinburgh expedition

A TEAM of 24 pupils and four staff from Shebbear College recently departed for the New Forest for the students’ Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s expedition.

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Discover

Royal Seven Stars

Royal Seven Stars

The Royal Seven Stars Hotel is a lively and popular destination hotel situated just a stone’s throw from the enchanting River Dart at the very heart of Totnes.

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Inside The Kingsbridge Inn

The Kingsbridge Inn

When you think of Totnes what images come to mind?

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