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Learn about fish at the Plymouth Sea Food Festival

Celebrate Plymouth’s thriving fishing industry at the Seafood Festival

Plymouth’s Seafood Festival is returning to Sutton Harbour and the Barbican for the third year on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September, for a celebration of the city’s locally caught seafood and fishing industry.

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Rougemont Castle

Five fascinating historical landmarks to visit in Exeter

Heading to Exeter but unsure of the best places to discover the city’s incredible history? HOLLY HUDSON gives us her top five

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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

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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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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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Plymouth

Learn about fish at the Plymouth Sea Food Festival

Celebrate Plymouth’s thriving fishing industry at the Seafood Festival

Plymouth’s Seafood Festival is returning to Sutton Harbour and the Barbican for the third year on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September, for a celebration of the city’s locally caught seafood and fishing industry.

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Lesley's 'Reconnecting with the artisanal ideal' collection

Fashion Graduate Series: Lesley Forrest

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

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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

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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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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Arts

Joseph Prouse, West End Performer, demonstrating a Musical Theatre dance routine

Another success for International Dance Teacher Conference at The Royal Ballet School, Covent Garden

The 4th International Dance Teacher Conference held on 2-7 August 2014 was an outstanding success and welcomed dance teachers from as far afield as Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United States of America, as well as many from the UK and Europe.

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The writer's retreat is at Sheepwash in Devon

A writer’s retreat in North Devon

Novelist Susannah Waters will lead a day-long workshop for writers in the village of Sheepwash

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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

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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Improve the quality and value of your home in the South West

Any home needs a splash of colour or unique design to make the house a home, and it becomes crucial when presenting it for house viewings in the property market.

Harris Stephens, based in Somerset and Devon, are committed to bringing you ideas to improve your home and let you know the relevant colours of the seasons for soft furnishings, bespoke furniture or restoration.

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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

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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

Read full story »

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

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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A great side or light summer lunch, this is Lentils with Pea, Broad Beans & Mint

Great Veggie Dishes

Summer is the perfect time to experiment with dishes that make the vegetable the star. SUSAN CLARK picks her favourite veggie recipes from a brand new cook book

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Exeter Life E-Edition

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Exeter

Vegetable fritters, squash, butterbean houmus and dukka

Alternative dining ‘pops up’ in Exeter

One of Exeter’s long-standing independent businesses is teaming up with a local start-up to host a pop-up restaurant in Exeter on Saturday 30 August.

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Five fascinating historical landmarks to visit in Exeter

Heading to Exeter but unsure of the best places to discover the city’s incredible history? HOLLY HUDSON gives us her top five

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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

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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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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Discover

Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa Food

Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa

Covetous waterfront position, Harbour Spa and new Jetty restaurant with the multi-million pound refurbishment of Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa now complete, the luxury development is set to become the region’s most desirable waterfront hotel, spa and restaurant...

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The Oak Barn is a romantic countryside wedding venue

Wedding venues in Devon

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If you are still deciding where to hold your Devon wedding, here are four venues to consider for your ceremony.

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