• Preparing your skin for summer

    Booking holidays and buying a new swimsuit will mentally prepare you for summer, but your skin may need some help getting ready, too. Reveal glowing skin: Regular exfoliation can be a part of a healthy skin regimen no matter the season; as long as your skin is not sensitive,...
  • Holiday Arts essential kit with Barry Whitehouse of the Artery

    As holiday season approaches, and indeed warmer weather for visiting the many historic places and sites we are lucky to have in the area, I thought it would be good to give you an art essentials list to make sure you have on you at all times to ensure...
  • Decorating your home with a 1970s style

    An era of bold new design, brown walls and rainbow motifs! That’s 1970s interior design, writes Cathy Black. (First published 2018) Thanks to a change in mortgage laws during this decade, more people in Britain than ever before were able to buy their own homes. This in turn fuelled...
  • Action for children celebrates 150 years

    As Action for Children marks 150 years of helping vulnerable children, the charity has launched a nationwide search for the descendants of some of the UK’s first children in care. The charity has released historic images from its archives of vulnerable children in Victorian Britain and is asking members...
  • New General manager for the Vanbrugh hotel

    Vanbrugh House Hotel, in the heart of Oxford, has appointed Cristina Raduica as the hotel’s new general manager. Cristina’s career in the hospitality industry began when she moved to the UK in 2012, having completed a Masters Degree in Marketing at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies.  Progressing from...
  • Northend Open Gardens

    Northend, Warwickshire, Sunday 30th June 2019, 11.00am to 5.00pm, Cost: £5 for adults – accompanied under 16s free. Nestled at the foot of the Burton Dassett Country Park, Northend opens its village gardens to the public on June 30. From the splendour of the gardens at The Manor House...
  • Clerical Errors with Maggie Chaplin

    Summer of 1549 and it’s market day in Chipping Norton. There’s the usual hubbub as the crowds jostle to see what the traders have to offer and the pedlars shout their wares. There are sacks of grain, bales of wool, carts piled high with fruit and vegetables, and crates...
  • 10 Minutes with Kathy Sledge

    10 Minutes with… Kathy Sledge who will be performing as part of the Nocturne series of concerts at Blenheim Palace in June Are you able to name some highlights from your time with Sister Sledge? My best highlights are my early days with my sisters. Performing with so many iconic...
  • Prescott Bike Festival on Sat 15 -Sun 16 June 2019 Featuring an eclectic mix of historic, custom, superbikes and those of engineering significance

    Saddle up and get ready for a new-look Prescott Bike Festival 2019, it’s a summer weekend that promises to be even hotter than ever! The popular, family-friendly event returns to the Gloucestershire hill climb on 15-16 June 2019. As ever, Prescott Bike Fest will feature an extensive display of...
  • June in the Garden with David Williams

    Your garden should be growing like mad and will be ready to burst into bloom at this time of the year! Be prepared to be busy in the garden as with the weather generally being warmer and the days longer and sunnier it means that everything will be growing...