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Out & About

Thu, 18:00
Bridleways need to be used and celebrated, says the BHS (Photo: Graham Scambler)

Love to saddle up and explore? Then take part in Ride Out Week and 
celebrate and help to protect Herts’ bridleways, says the British Horse Society

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Mon, 18:29
Crossing the river Ash on the Easneye estate (Photo: Liz Hamilton)

With a walk of the month and many more routes besides, the Herts Campaign to Protect Rural England website is a great resource for exploring the county’s countryside (and to cross hemispheres) says Liz Hamilton

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Mon, 10:33
Watford Borough Council’s Head of Parks has written a new book about British parks (Photo: DeborahBrady+St&SSLE)

The best of this month’s Hertfordshire-linked books

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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If you love history and exploring then check out our guide to historic churches in Hertfordshire

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
A shy and retiring Chrsyler at last year's show (Photo: Teresa Whyte, Studio 66 Photography)

May is an important month for car lovers as the county hosts a day devoted to magical motors. This year’s Herts Auto Show promises to be the most impressive yet with a vast array of vehicles from vintage to supercars. Doretta Sarris Hogan discovers the story of the show and the allure of fine motoring

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Style

Monday, May 16, 2016
Andrei Lussman with Raymond Blanc and Jamie Oliver at the Food Made Good Awards

The Radio 2 holistic health expert, Imperfectly Natural Woman author and Herts mum chooses her favourite treatments, therapies and foods in the county

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Friday, May 13, 2016
Clothing for the future, the revolutionary new collection. Photo: Agnes Lloyd Platt

Whether it’s the length of your skirt or a good yarn, see what’s new in Hertfordshire’s fashion scene

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Therapy multi-colour stripe handbag £32, House of Fraser

Go bold with striking stripe prints – a key look this spring

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
It's not too late to start a 2016 health kick

Radio 2 holistic health expert, Imperfectly Natural Woman author and Herts mum Janey Lee Grace chooses her favourite treatments, therapies and foods in the county

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Saturday, April 2, 2016
Belle shoes £110, Kurt Geiger

St Albans Fashion Week director Ellena Ophira says embrace spring with bold colour

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Homes & Gardens

Tue, 10:58
White flowers with green foliage shout spring (Photo: Alamy)

Just because warmer weather is here doesn’t mean the fireplace has a holiday. Make the most of this key feature year round, says Andrew Bullock

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The Gardening Coach

Tue, 10:42
Rosa banksia Lutea (Photo: Thinkstock)

Judy Shardlow’s horticultural advice for the month

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Mixing contemporary and raw materials with period features was key to this home design (Cherie Lee Interiors)

Cherie Lee, whose recent renovation of part of a Grade II Georgian mansion house in Essendon is shown here, talks to Pat Bramley about her journey from law to interior design and her love of timeless interiors

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Longdene is a large family home on the outskirts of Knebworth, and comes with its own swimming pool complex and artist's studio

A taste of what’s for sale in the county

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The garden is enjoyed from inside the house, too (photo Chris Roper)

An evening in late spring is the perfect time to visit a Baldock walled garden full of charm, colour and interest, says Philippa Pearson

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Monday, March 14, 2016
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Food & Drink

Mon, 08:54
Lamb butchery course at Foxholes Farm near Hertford (Photo: Sharon Struckman)

Sharon Struckman takes a butchery class at a Hertford farm renowned for its meat and more

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Vote for your favourite places at the website above

We are proud to announce two of Hertfordshire’s leading businesses, an award-winning hotel and a destination shopping centre, are the main sponsors of the inaugural Hertfordshire Life Food and Drink Awards

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Monday, May 16, 2016
The Three Tuns

Situated in the picturesque village of Ashwell in North Hertfordshire between Royston & Baldock The Three Tuns is what a ‘quintessentially English’ pub should be.

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Freshly baked bread at Cinnamon Square, Rickmansworth

With Real Bread Week celebrating traditional baking in May, Sandra Deeble sought out Herts’ artisan bakers rising to the challenge of an honest crust

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Sponsored:The Chequers Fowlmere

Friday, May 13, 2016
The Chequers

Situated in the picturesque village of Fowlmere near Duxford, The Chequers is a much loved 16th century coaching Inn.

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People

Yesterday, 17:24
Karel Richter directing military to where he had hidden his parachute and other equipment. (National Archives)

Out of black sky, a German agent parachuted into fields where days later the maiden flight of a top-secret RAF aircraft would take off. Seventy-five years on this month, Michael Long looks at the extraordinary case of the London Colney Spy

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Sunday, May 22, 2016
Alfie concentrating hard as he masters the flight simulator at Flying School (Photo: Katie Laurie)

Tails have been wagging across the UK as two rescue animals from Herts joined a doggy dozen on a barking TV show teaching dogs to fly

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Thursday, May 12, 2016
Jo Atherton with one of her creations, typically woven on a repurposed picture frame strung with fishing twine

The rubbish thrown up on to our shores is the medium and the message in Jo Atherton’s striking tapestries. Rebecca Day reports on an artist weaving tales of our times

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Monday, May 9, 2016
The rear garden and house (National Trust Images/James Dobson)

Playwright, socialist, photographer, vegetarian, pacifist, boxing fan and tango dancer, George Bernard Shaw donated his Ayot St Lawrence home to the National Trust before he died there in 1950. Sandra Deeble pays a visit

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Herts County Council needs to recruit 70 new foster carers this year to meet the needs of children and young people coming into care

The Offley mum and first-time foster carer reveals the rewards and challenges of taking in a child in need of a loving home

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Arts & Culture

Mon, 10:33
Watford Borough Council’s Head of Parks has written a new book about British parks (Photo: DeborahBrady+St&SSLE)

The best of this month’s Hertfordshire-linked books

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Marilyn Monroe by Rob Bishop

Your guide to exhibitions and news from the county’s visual arts scene

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Jacqueline Wilson author of Tracey Beaker will open David's Children's Bookshop

Best-selling children’s author and former Children’s Laureate Jacqeline Wilson will be in Letchworth this month to open David’s Children’s Bookshop

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Romesh Ranganathan will be at Watford Palace theatre on May 11

Our pick of this month’s cultural events in the county

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Thursday, April 21, 2016
The Third Man was written as a screenplay before a novel

A troubled Berkhamsted boy, Graham Greene went on to become one of the 20th century’s greatest writers. On the 25th anniversary of his death this month, Stephen Roberts celebrates his life and legacy

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