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A bumble bee on Allium sphaerocephalum

Sound garden

Most of us, when we think of a beautiful garden, think of colourful flowers and glorious scent but there’s so much more we can enjoy. Exeter-based garden designer REBECCA WELLS shows how easily you can make your garden one which delights all your senses

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Heavy horses removing spruce trees at Rosemoor

Enjoy October Half Term at Rosemoor

Get outdoors this October half term and enjoy a day out at RHS Garden Rosemoor

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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

Eight-piece band Police Dog Hogan

Police Dog Hogan at The Phoenix

Police Dog Hogan are heading to The Phoenix on 30 October as part of their UK tour to support the release of their new album ‘Westward Ho!’.

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Celebrate real vanilla at Bickleigh Castle this October

Celebrate National Real Vanilla Day at Bickleigh Castle

LittlePod will be holding a two-day event at the castle to celebrate the world’s favourite flavour

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Plymouth

Plymouth is to host a TEDx conference

Devon companies are being offered the opportunity to get involved with a TEDx event which will bring eight local and global speakers to the Plymouth University buildings on 25 October

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Brooke's 'Rar' collection

Fashion Graduate Series: Brooke Tippett

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

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Walks

Bickleigh thatch alongside the River Exe

Enjoy a Devon walk featuring valleys & vines

SIMONE STANBROOK-BYRNE explores the undulating countryside of Mid Devon on a walk which has plenty to offer the thirsty!

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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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Celebrity interviews

Dawn French:

French exchanges

There’s a serious side to comedienne Dawn French which audiences might just get a glimpse of in her new stage show, as MATTHEW STADLEN reveals

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Alex Polizzi at Hunter’s Brewery with owner Paul Walker.

Alex Polizzi works with two Devon businesses in new TV series The Fixer

Two Devon businesses come under the spotlight of legendary TV presenter Alex Polizzi in a new series launching soon, as ALEXIS BOWATER discovers when she speaks to her

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Arts

Eight-piece band Police Dog Hogan

Police Dog Hogan at The Phoenix

Police Dog Hogan are heading to The Phoenix on 30 October as part of their UK tour to support the release of their new album ‘Westward Ho!’.

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Tonya Joy Bolton will perform the one-woman show

New play heads to Exeter Phoenix

The “groundbreaking and powerful” play is set to change lives, and you can see it here in Devon

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Gardens

Decision advisor Roni Jay

Decision dilemma: Where do I begin sorting out the garden?

Do you want to get the garden looking good but have no idea where to start? Decision advisor Roni Jay helps you make a start

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It's a busy time of year if you want to keep your garden looking in top notch condition

Toby Buckland’s Garden Cuttings: August 2014

Toby Buckland delivers some sound practical and seasonal advice

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Showcase

You can tailor the heat of your sauna to your preference

The benefits of home saunas

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GC Spas and Sauna, part of a family firm who have been selling saunas in Barnstaple, North Devon for over 30 years, looks at the benefits of sauna bathing.

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White painted furniture creates a serene look in bedrooms

Bespoke painted furniture

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Transform your house into a home with a bespoke piece of furniture from The Painted Furniture Company

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Food & Drink Awards

Devon food and Drink Awards

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Devon Life Home Cook of the Year

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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

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

Eight-piece band Police Dog Hogan

Police Dog Hogan at The Phoenix

Police Dog Hogan are heading to The Phoenix on 30 October as part of their UK tour to support the release of their new album ‘Westward Ho!’.

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Exeter College students with the cake. Picture: Ian Jackson

Cake shaped like Devon goes to the Newton Abbot Community Transport Association volunteers and passengers

We offered community groups across Devon the chance to win a spectacular Christmas cake we’ll be featuring in our December issue.

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Interiors

Keep your feet toasty with a Baa Stool

Getting cosy for autumn

The arrival of autumn means it’s time to hunker down and make your home cosy for the season ahead. Here area a few simple updates to ease you into the new season and help you banish the winter chills.

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Naturalmat supply hotels across the world with quality mattresses, including The Magdalen Chapter in Exeter

A good night’s sleep

Local mattress brand Naturalmat is becoming a popular choice across the world thanks to its organic and recycled materials, discovers GEMMA CLAPP

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Education E-Edition

A+ Education South West Edition

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Education

Mount Kelly pupils receiving A Level results

Mount Kelly’s leavers celebrate with excellent results

Upper Sixth pupils have achieved the schools best A Level results in recent time

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Morwellham Quay, horse, Jack in village

A Devon day out at Morwellham Quay

CHRISSY HARRIS takes her children back in time at historic Morwellham Quay

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Discover

A Life with a View Fragrances

20% OFF A Life with a View fragrances and candles

Save 20% off all purchases of candles and fragrances by A Life with a View on the Great British Life Shop

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Food at The Royal Castle Hotel

The Grill Room at The Royal Castle Hotel

Located at the very heart of Dartmouth overlooking the inner harbour, The Grill Room at The Royal Castle hotel has an enviable first floor position with views over the majestic River Dart...

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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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