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Corn Hill, Highbridge, 1908

Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge through time

Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Through Time is published by Amberley Publishing

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Looking east near Woody Bay, Somerset. Photographer: Mike Watson

Coast path walkers spent £436 million in 2012

Research shows South West Coast Path supporters’ spending is soaring

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Bath Hill plans

Kick starting Keynsham’s future

As the people of Keynsham witness the changing face of their town, they secure the safety of a community art project celebrating their heritage

Words: Sarah Ford

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One of the photos from the time capsule

Kick starting Keynsham’s future: Captured in time

Builders working on the demolition of the old town hall unearthed a time capsule in its foundations dating back to 1963.

WORDS: SARAH FORD

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A view from the bridge

Setting ‘a wonderful example’ Village hall & Looking back

Sarah Ford visits Hambridge and Westport to discover the history of its award-winning village hall and to hear about old times

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Education E-Edition

A+ Education South West Edition

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Walks

Looking east near Woody Bay, Somerset. Photographer: Mike Watson

Coast path walkers spent £436 million in 2012

Research shows South West Coast Path supporters’ spending is soaring

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View from Cadbury Castle

Cadbury Castle & Corton Denham

A fabulous view-rich walk in South East Somerset

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Climbing the hill near Bossington. Photographer Chris Spracklen, Somerset.

*VIDEO* Hidden beaches walks

One of the joys of walking the South West Coast Path is stumbling upon a secluded beach on a remote stretch of coast and discovering that you’ve got it all to yourself.

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Porlock Common: Photo David J Rowlatt

Christmas on the Coast Path

The festive season is a great time to step out on the South West Coast Path, blow away the cobwebs and walk off a few mince pies in the process.

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Recipes

The Bay Tree's Emma Macdonald with the award winning Raspberry Curd

Culinary secrets

Emma Macdonald, trained chef and founder of Wincanton’s The Bay Tree Food Company, shares her culinary secrets for the first time

WORDS: Charlotte Skidmore

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Boston Tea Party Bath

Tea and cake

In this multinational age, it is refreshing to find a successful café chain that has its roots firmly in the West Country. The Boston Tea Party has branches in Bristol and Bath (as well as Honiton, Exeter, Barnstaple and further afield).

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Beef & Vegetable Casserole

Tom Parker Bowles

Tom explains his love for one pot dishes, and shares a fantastic Oxtail Stew recipe

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Nick and Claire Bragg at their Freedom Food certified chicken farm

Local chicken farmers produce cookbook for RSPCA

Somerset chicken producers Nick and Claire Bragg are playing a starring role in a new Celebrity Recipe Collection published on behalf of the RSPCA’s Freedom Food - the charity’s farm animal welfare food labelling and assurance scheme.

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Barbeque

Tom Parker Bowles

Tom Parker Bowles offers a few basic tips for barbecuing, as well as a Marinated Leg of Lamb Recipe...

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Interiors

Harptree Court was the location for the recent series of The Great British Bake Off

Inside the home of The Great British Bake Off

In their superb Georgian property Linda and Charles Hill have created a comfortable home for their family in what is one of the more unusually-splendid B&Bs in the country, as well as a television set for a well-known, tasty-looking programme

WORDS AND PHOTOS: Johanna Sheldrake

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Celebrity interviews

Carol Vordeman at Mezze

Life on the water in Portishead - Carol at Mezze

TV presenter Carol Vorderman unveiled a charity plaque at Mezze at The White Lion in Portishead in support of the chain’s new fundraising commitment helping to raise £2 Million for the Linac Radiotherapy Appeal.

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The Royal Baby Bookazine

The Royal Baby

Congratulations to Prince George of Cambridge

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Ben McGrail

A new lease of life

Somerset Life welcomes the start of a new series of monthly articles from your favourite BBC Somerset presenters. This month Ben McGrail looks at why Somerset is the place to be:

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The Shepton Mallet Cider Mill wassail, at Stewley Orchard with the Taunton Dean Morris Men.  Mike Highfield is Master of Ceremonies.Photo: Bill Bradshaw Photography.

That’s not all folks

At summer fetes, school fairs, pubs, clubs and weddings all across the county you may well find yourself enjoying an energetic display of Morris Dancing or toe-tapping to some uplifting music from a ceilidh band.

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Duncan Bannatyne, Deborah Meaden and partner Paul arriving at the ball  Photo: Laura J Zaky

Gallery: Dragons gather for charity ball

Charlton House in Shepton Mallet hosted a black tie ball in aid of The Bannatyne Charitable Trust.

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Events

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Under Her Skin: Directed by John Wright

Debs Newbold and Laurel Swift bring a defiantly 21st Century attitude to an ancient sea-tale, in a pioneering new work integrating music and performance storytelling.

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Magic of Motown

Let it fill your heart with joy and laughter, togetherness is what it’s after, just call its name. . . the Magic of Motown will be there.

Direct from the USA, The Magic of Motown returns with its I’ll Be There 2013 Tour featuring an all-new show, packed with 36 back-to-back massive Motown hits.

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Dulverton by Starlight

An Exmoor Christmas

Exmoor will twinkle and sparkle with the magic of Christmas as locals prepare to welcome visitors in the lead up to the festive season

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The teams at the Summerfield Boules Tournament

Summerfield’s fundraising boules tournament

Somerset-based property developer Summerfield is pleased to have handed over a cheque for £1,250 to Taunton Association for the Homeless following a fundraising boules tournament.

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Roy Ackerman CBE (curator) with entries

National Gardens Scheme tea party

More than 40 Somerset garden owners who opened for visitors in aid of the National Gardens Scheme in 2013 enjoyed afternoon tea at The Yeo Valley Organic Garden in Blagdon.

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Holiday E-Editions

Great British Life Holidays

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South West Accommodation 2013 

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

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Restaurant Reviews

The chocolate orange dessert is based on the idea of Jaffa Cakes

Angelic food

Tucked away down a side street in Frome is the Archangel – a quirky hotel and restaurant with a talented chef at the helm

Words: Charlotte Skidmore

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The canteen. Photo: Frances Taylor Photography

Trendy and tasty

Driving down Whiteladies Road in Bristol you cannot fail to notice the trendy chapel conversion that is home to one of the area’s newest restaurants.

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The food was 'of the highest order'

Fit for a king

It’s always had a reputation for excellent food and innovative chefs, but is the Castle Hotel at Taunton still the place to dine out in Somerset? Andy Cooper pays a visit to find out

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The mixed mezze starters

Mezze feast

The term mezze is ultimately derived from the Persian word mazzeh, which means to taste, just a small dish not meant to fill you up, but a pleasant introduction to the cuisine.

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Gardens

Sarcococca confusa

Gorgeous Scents

The experts at Monkton Elm introduce us to three lovely smelling plants and give us their seasonal advice

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New seeds

From small seeds

Meet the green-fingered volunteers who nurture our trees and wildflowers

Words and images: Hannah Stuart-Leach

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Common Farm: Credit Tom Milner

Winterflora

Autumn is flirting with Common Farm’s seven-acres, near Wincanton in Somerset.

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Life TV

Climbing the hill near Bossington. Photographer Chris Spracklen, Somerset.

*VIDEO* Hidden beaches walks

One of the joys of walking the South West Coast Path is stumbling upon a secluded beach on a remote stretch of coast and discovering that you’ve got it all to yourself.

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