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Dartmoor

Chinese people asked to find a new name for the Devon Cream Tea

A campaign aims to create new Chinese names for Dartmoor, the English Riviera and the Devon Cream Tea

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Clovelly herring fishing at dawn

Clovelly’s silver darlings caught on film

It’s Silver Darlings season - local, sustainable and nutritious Clovelly Herrings are now available in North Devon up until Christmas and Boat Stories has a film to get you in the mood.

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E-Editions

Christmas guide for the South West

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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

Steve Hawkins, who works for Network Rail in the Devon area, is featured in the first episode of the new series of The Railway: First Great Western

Dawlish emergency rail project features in new TV documentary

The incredible engineering project to re-build the broken railway line at Dawlish earlier this year is the centerpiece of a new TV documentary series launching soon.

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The 2013 lunch

Exeter’s Legendary Christmas Charity Lunch is back – for its 14th successful year

The event seen by many as the official start to the festive season in Exeter will be held on 5 December

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Plymouth

Theo Paphitis has opened the first Devon-based Boux Avenue store

Dragons Den star Theo Paphitis opens new Boux Avenue store in Plymouth

The lingerie boutique owner chats to Gemma Clapp about his new store opening and why he loves Devon

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Win tickets for The Magic of Motown

Win! Tickets for the Magic of Motown show at Plymouth Pavilions

The Magic of Motown is heading to Devon – and we have tickets to give away in an easy-to-enter competition.

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Walks

Bellever

Woodland walks

December is a great month for trudging through autumn leaves, writes CHRISSY HARRIS

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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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Celebrity interviews

Legendary chef Raymond Blanc has been commissioned to bring a gastronome’s dream to life to celebrate the launch of Mamhead House, a new luxury event venue, on Friday, 19 December 2014

Celebrity chef Raymond Blanc to visit Devon

Legendary chef Raymond Blanc has been commissioned to bring a gastronome’s dream to life to celebrate the launch of Mamhead House, a new luxury Devon event venue, on Friday, 19 December 2014.

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Wayne Sleep: that flamboyant gesticulation is part of his vocabulary is almost a given

The wonder of Wayne’s world

He started off from humble beginnings in Plymouth and ended up dining with Royalty. On a lightning return to the city of his birth Wayne Sleep opens up to ALEXIS BOWATER on his amazing life story

Photography by Matt Austin

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Arts

Voces8 will sing The Salutation at St Peter's Church, Budleigh Salterton

A new carol will have its world premiere at a candlelight concert in a Devon church

The winner of an international carol competition will be performed in public for the first time at Budleigh Salterton

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Roger Cockram decorating a platter

Inspired by water

North Devon potter Roger Cockram tells OWEN JONES how water influences his new porcelain creations

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Gardens

The perfect gift for garden lovers

Christmas gifts for gardeners

Looking for festive gifts for garden enthusiasts? We’ve rounded up our favourite presents for gardeners to help you get started with your Christmas shopping.

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Trees are grafted to allow space below for the ponies to trim the grass

Fruit of their labours

An ancient orchard in Mid Devon is still a place to bring the story of the apple up to date, as our Gardening Writer GILL HEAVENS discovers

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Showcase

An Equal T boiler near completion with computer control system fitted

Understanding biomass heating

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Discover the benefits of using biomass heating systems in your home.

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be.loved handbags

Save 15% on Be.Loved British made handbags and satchels

Save 15% on Be.Loved handbags this Christmas. All bags and satchels are made by hand in North Wales.

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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

Devon Food Hero Stella West-Harling with James Dart from sponsors Darts Farm

Devon Life Food and Drink Awards - the winners are named

Devon’s great food and drink businesses were recognised at the 2014 Devon Life Food and Drink Awards at Sandy Park, Exeter

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Our winner, Kevin Lan. Photo: Matt Austin

Kevin is our Devon Life Home Cook of the Year

Kevin Lan wins the Devon Life Home Cook of the Year contest sponsored by Bradburys Kitchens and supported by Waitrose

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Restaurant reviews

Gidleigh Park regained its title as the UK's top restaurant in the 2014 Sunday Times listing

Review: Gidleigh Park

With an accolade count of Olympian proportions and a reputation which goes far beyond Devon’s borders, Gidleigh Park is top of the crop when it comes to the promise of dining out delights. ANDY COOPER therefore headed there for dinner in the hope of a stellar experience…

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The Masons Arms

Review: The Masons Arms, Knowstone

This low-key Michelin-starred pub on the edge of Exmoor offers fine dining in pub surroundings with the kind of attention to detail that takes your breath away. SUSAN CLARK went for lunch...

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Recipes

Blackberry and sweet potato cheesecake

Recipe: Blackberry and sweet potato cheesecake

Devon’s hedgerows are already full of beautiful blackberries, so why not try this recipe from Felice Tocchini?

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The finished chocolate zebra cake

Zebra cakes: Secret centres

Why make a plain cake when you can create one with a tasty hidden centre? Cookie Kingdom’s LAUREN CLAPP shows us how you can earn your stripes

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Exeter Life E-Edition

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Exeter

Win a renewable heating system

Win a renewable heating system worth over £7,000 with Calor and Daikin

We’ve teamed up with Calor and Daikin to offer you a chance to live a cleaner and greener lifestyle with an award-winning hybrid heating system

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Dartmoor

Chinese people asked to find a new name for the Devon Cream Tea

A campaign aims to create new Chinese names for Dartmoor, the English Riviera and the Devon Cream Tea

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Interiors

Secret Santa gifts

10 Secret Santa gifts under £16

Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality of gifts this Christmas.

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Pawpost delivery

Christmas gifts for animal lovers

Our favourite Christmas gifts for both animal loving friends and their furry four legged pets.

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Education E-Edition

A+ Education South West Edition

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Education

St Peter's student Harry King at work experience with Archant.

St Peter’s School students let loose in Exeter businesses

This week Exeter was infiltrated by a swarm of Year 11 teenagers who had received work experience placements with businesses across the city.

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The unknown soldier sculpture at Paddington station

A Devon schoolboy’s moving letter to an unknown WW1 soldier has won national recognition

A moving poem by a Devon schoolboy in the form of a letter to an unknown soldier will be read out on national radio on Wednesday, 5 November.

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Discover

The Rising Sun

The Rising Sun

Nestled in the heart of the Devon countryside and within easy access to the stunning and infamous Dartmoor National Park; The Rising Sun Pub is the perfect stop for all the family and the most discerning diner. The Pub also boasts four bed and breakfast rooms with a cooked breakfast to die for!..

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Brend Hotels

Brend Hotels

Discover the magic of Brend Hotels - sumptuous traditional elegance, wonderful cuisine and outstanding service. Imagine the sheer luxury of staying at one of our exclusive hotels...

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Life TV

Video: Ashburton Food and Drink Festival

Film maker David Kilkelly has captured some of the atmosphere of the fourth Ashburton Food and Drink festival in a short film published on YouTube.

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