June recipes: Blooming Great Tea Party

Tea parties have been a real feature of the summer so far after June’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations so carry on with a Blooming Great Tea Party in aid of Marie Curie

Star Q&A: Kim Wilde

Kim Wilde chats to Liz Nicholls about performing at Heritage Live, alongside Boy George, Lulu, Gabrielle & more, including Ardingly on Saturday, 16th July and Englefield House on Saturday, 23rd July.

Star Q&A: Katherine Jenkins

Liz Nicholls chats to mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins OBE ahead of her performance at Henley Festival, 6th-10th July.

Toot-Toot Drivers Airport review

Fun manipulative & role play features include spinning radar, wind meter, runway lights, roundabout & boarding ladder that will encourage your child’s imagination. Includes Smartpoint Jet and 2 cute mini jets.

Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace

Singer/songwriter Mick Hucknall chats about being back on the road performing as Simply Red get set to star at Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace on 15th June

David Gray prepares for Nocturne Live

Liz Nicholls chats to musician David Gray amid his UK & European tour to celebrate 20 years since his multi-platinum album White Ladder, which has just been re-released in a deluxe edition on CD, digital and vinyl.

Star Q&A: James Blunt

Musician & dad James Blunt, 48, chats to Liz Nicholls ahead of his performances at Cornbury & more festivals this summer…

June recipes: Heavenly honey

Manuka honey is not only good for your gut and your skin but its soothing properties can also help your overall wellbeing.

Journey into the Magical Forest

LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort is opening its newest attraction this Saturday, 30th April – step inside and explore.

Festival fun for all

Festivals are back on! Yes, after two fretful years of disrupted fun & frolics, there’s a summer sizzler of festivals ready to rock your world, whatever you’re into… writes Liz Nicholls

May recipes: Green queens

We’re celebrating the green goodness with two brunch recipes to herald Alresford Watercress Festival

Star Q&A: Toyah Willcox

Musician Toyah Willcox, who turns 64 this month, shares her excitement for a summer of festivals, including Let’s Rock where she is set to star…

Lifelong learning and mental fitness

You don’t have to run a four-minute mile to follow in the footsteps of Roger Bannister. On a windy day in May 1954, a 25-year-old medical student… broke track and field’s most famous barrier – the four-minute mile.

April recipes: Feed your family

Say bye-bye to boring dinners with exciting recipes from Chefs In Schools, by Nicole Pisani & Joanna Weinberg

Star Q&A: Steve Backshall

Explorer, naturalist, presenter & dad Steve Backshall MBE, 48, talks to Liz Nicholls ahead of his Ocean show at a venue near you.

How to save on energy costs

With the rising costs of energy bills, Dave Lamont from Plastic Free Home, based in Wokingham, has some top tips to help you save

Star Q&A: Kelly Jones

Liz Nicholls chats to musician & dad Kelly Jones as the Stereophonics release their new album Oochya and hit the road for their UK tour

March recipes: Dinners for winners

We’re sharing three hearty recipes from The Hairy Bikers’ Everyday Winners by Si King and Dave Myers, published by Seven Dials, out now £22 hardback

Visit Newbury bidding for your vote

Vote for Visit Newbury’s Family Fun Days in ‘Best Local Family Friendly Event’

The Year of the Tiger

Henley and Marlow Launches 2022 `The Year of the Tiger`

Star Q&A: Justin Fletcher

TV megastar Justin Fletcher MBE tells us about his influences as he steps out to a venue near you for his all-singing and dancing live show Justin Live – The Big Tour!

February recipes: Sweet dreams

We share a taste of Nadiya’s Fast Flavours by published by Penguin Michael Joseph (£22)

January recipes: Gut Reaction

We’re serving up a taster from The Gut-Loving Cookbook by Alana & Lisa MacFarlane which is out this month, published by Pavilion Books

Star Q&A: Ray Mears

Local television star & bushcraft expert Ray Mears, 57, tells us more about his new We Are Nature book & theatre show to help us “tune in and turn on” to nature…

Winnie-the-Pooh 95th anniversary prequel

Once There Was A Bear, a new prequel to mark the 95th anniversary of the classic Winnie-The-Pooh. With so much uncertainty in the world the familiar, beloved characters from our childhood are more welcome than ever.

December recipes: Comfort & joy

We’re offering a taste of Christmas at River Cottage by Lucy Brazier with foreword, essays and seasonal recipes from Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, published by Bloomsbury, Priced £22.

Jack & Beyond

Send some sweetness & light to loved ones with Jack & Beyond’s Christmas cakes & goodies available for delivery across the UK

November recipes: Passage to India

We’re sharing a taste of From Gujarat With Love – 100 Authentic Indian Vegetarian Recipes by Vina Patel

October recipes: Sweet spot

Ravneet Gill’s Sugar, I Love You: Knockout Recipes to Celebrate The Sweeter Things in Life, is out this month.

The Divorce Revolution

New business launched to help separating and divorcing couples save money and stay out of court

Hands free!

Paul Zerdin on his Hands Free show at Camberley Theatre on Tuesday, 21st September

September recipes: Coffee & banoffee

This September, Macmillan Cancer Support’s iconic Coffee Morning event is back on Friday 24th September, however you plan it and whatever your baking talents (or lack of) host your coffee morning your way and help raise millions to support the growing number of people living with cancer

Build your dream home

A visit to Build It Live this month will help you create a home as individual as you

Salisbury Cathedral: Threads Through Creation

Creating the world in eight million stitches… On Tuesday 17 August Threads Through Creation, a magnificent embroidery display created by textile artist Jacqui Parkinson will go on show at Salisbury Cathedral.

August recipes: Rays of sunshine

We’re serving up two dishes from Sunshine Kitchen: Delicious Creole recipes from the Heart of the Caribbean by Vanessa Bolosier, published by Pavilion Books.

July recipes: Tutti Fruity

It’s barbecue season! We’ve teamed up with home economics star Jack Monroe & Del Monte to serve this sunny delight

Star Q&A: Paul Stellar

Singer & dad Paul Weller, 63, opens up about his new album Fat Pop (Volume I), collaborations and a hopeful return to live music.

June recipes: Cupcakes & kindness

Dust off your baking bowls, whip out your whisks and unite against dementia by signing up for Cupcake Day

Star Q&A: Danny Goffey

Liz Nicholls chats to musician & dad of four Danny Goffey, 47, who will star with his Supergrass bandmates, Feeder & Sports Team at Englefield House in Theale on Friday, 23rd July, as part of the Heritage Live Concert Series.

Star Q&A: James Arthur

Liz Nicholls asks singer James Arthur, about music, mental health and more. His new single September is out on 4th June, via Columbia Records, taken from his as-yet untitled album out in autumn

Support vaccination with V-star badge

Show your support for Covid vaccination programme with a V-star badge thanks to mums’ mission

Flying high with Legoland

Families can book in to enjoy the UK’s first flying theatre ride at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort at the end of this month

Good Cheer Award Winners 2021

Raise your glasses, it’s time to toast our Round & About Good Cheer Award winners!

Gilbertson & Page

Here at Gilbertson & Page our team lives and breathes dogs. Not only do we specialise in the manufacture of life stage, working and sensitive diets like hypoallergenic and grain-free recipes, but dogs run our office, well unfortunately, not quite! but there’s always one or two running about or napping by the desk.

Where’s Brian’s Bottom? asks Abingdon illustrator

Local illustrator Rob Jones always wanted to create a children’s book and, in Where’s Brian’s Bottom? the dream has unfolded!

Gemma Hardy offers mental health advice

Gemma Hardy of Hardy Training Company in Fleet explains what mental health is and how we can manage it during uncertain times

Take five….

Top tips for creating your home gym. We’ve teamed up with Morgan Beilby of local design and fit-out specialists Velvaere Studios to help you create the perfect home/work balance.

Star Q&A: Ed Stafford

Liz Nicholls chats to survival expert, dad & TV star Ed Stafford, 45, about life, lockdown & the summer family wilderness camps he has helped devise in the South East.

May recipes: Watercress wonders

Suze Morrison, founder of Gourmet Glow, has teamed up with The Watercress Company to offer some healthy meals

Shakespeare & St George’s Day

“Cry God for Harry, England and St George..!” Pit your wits against our Which William quiz in honour of Shakespeare & St George’s Day

Win! A portrait of your pet

Love your kitty? Adore your doggy? We always knew that we Brits loved our pets passionately, but the last year has deepened our appreciation for our animal companions!

Take our Horrible Histories quiz

Pinch punch first of the month… it’s April’s Fools Day! This is a tradition that some say dates back to Chaucer here in the UK.

What have you missed?

Here we are, a full year after lockdown was announced. Let’s face it, tempers feel a little bit frayed this week, which is natural, really, as we approach the final furlong towards (hopeful) freedom!

Book a plant clinic appointment

Plant or garden dilemma? Grab a free Gardeners’ Question Time Plant Clinic slot with garden guru & Miracle-Gro this week.

Tips to overcome a needle phobia

A needle phobia is quite common – it’s thought to be a problem for about 1 in 10 of us. Phil Day gives some advice to those worried about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Spring has sprung so let’s celebrate!

Bees are buzzing, flowers are blooming, and the sun is shining: spring is here!

Get zoom ready with vitamins

Getting the right vitamin supplements to make you Zoom ready! As millions across the world continue to interact online, people are spending a record amount of time video chatting.

Staying safe after COVID-19 vaccination

Comments from Phil Day, Superintendent Pharmacist at Pharmacy2U, the UK’s first and largest online pharmacy

How daylight savings affect your sleep

The clocks go forward on March 28 – the start of daylight savings. This means one less hour in bed, so prepare to feel extra sleepy that day!

Jess Gillam chats about Investec 2021

Jess Gillam tells us about music’s power to connect us and looks ahead to the Investec International Music Festival which will take place in Surrey Hills as soon as safely possible.

April recipes: Baking power

We’ve cooked up a sneaky slice of The National Trust Book of Baking by Sybil Kapoor, which is out on 15th April, with these heart-warming spring recipes.

Star Q&A: David Walliams

Author & dad David Walliams, 49, talks about life & the arts ahead of the adaptation of his novel Billionaire Boy as a Covid-safe Car Park Party

Delicious chocolates for Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday so why not show her how much she means by making these sweet treats packed with healthy ingredients and love

Time for wildlife

Time for wildlife – help ensure the survival of beautiful African wild animals by supporting two amazing charities

Liven your home with green walls

Gardarica offers ‘living walls’ tailor-made to the needs of your home, garden or business from design to construction

Star Q&A: Raymond Blanc

Liz Nicholls asks star chef Raymond Blanc about feeding the soul in isolation, finding your calling & his surprising favourite foodstuff…

March recipes: Spice of life

Mandira Sarkar of Mandira’s Kitchen serves up a wonderful suggestion for Mother’s Day: spiced biscuits & masala chai to deliver to your mum’s doorstep if you live close enough to her…

Keep memories alive with Fusions Craft

Discover millions of creative ways to share your life stories for future generations

Pancake recipes: From Bonne Maman

Today is Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday. We’ve teamed up with Bonne Maman UK to offer you some great recipe ideas.

Billy Ocean & the Young Voices

Billy Ocean, along with the Young Voices Choir, wish you a Lovely Day with charity single to help children’s mental health

Build a lockdown family time capsule

Kirsty Prankerd, from photo keepsake retailer Write From The Heart, explains how to build a time capsule with the kids.

Patrick Ebbs: Ciceri e Tria recipe

Try the traditional dish of Ciceri e Tria (Chickpeas and Pasta) as recommended by Godalming author Patrick Ebbs.

February recipes: Blooming lovely

Star chef & hospitality champion Tom Kerridge’s new Hand & Flowers cookbook is helping us find reasons to be cheerful. We’ve teamed up to share recipes for you to cook at home.

Star Q&A: Andy Triggs Hodge

Three times Olympic rowing gold medallist Andy Triggs Hodge started rowing because he thought it would be fun, now he is sharing that sense of fun through Race The Thames 2021, we chatted to him about his career, the importance of sport and the event taking place in March

January recipes: Right angles

The festive period isn’t normally associated with healthy eating, but Dr Michelle Braude of nutrition practice The Food Effect, says it doesn’t have to be this way and that many of the foods we often associate with Christmas and New Year are actually very healthy if used in the right way.

The Three Daggers in Edington

A stay at the dog-friendly The Three Daggers certainly made my tail wag, not to mention that of terrier Roger

Unique moment of time

Professor Stephen Hawking had a fascinating relationship with time and this year Bremont are marking that and honouring the eminent scientist with the launch of its Bremont Hawking watch collection.

December recipes: The main event

The festive period isn’t normally associated with healthy eating, but Dr Michelle Braude of nutrition practice The Food Effect, says it doesn’t have to be this way and that many of the foods we often associate with Christmas and New Year are actually very healthy if used in the right way.

Foster care in lockdown

Lockdown has been challenging for many of us, for lots of different reasons, and none more so than for Sarah and Darren who are Oxfordshire County Council foster carers, who were staying at home with five children.

LEGOLAND®’s World of Mythical Creatures

The World of Mythical Creatures is coming to The LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort in spring 2021

November recipes: food with heart

A new cook book Food & Kindness is raising funds for Oxfordshire’s Sobell House hospice with help from local restaurants

#YouCanAdopt

We’ve partnered up with (Parents And Children Together) to highlight the #YouCanAdopt campaign and encourage you to consider adopting

October recipes: An apple a day…

Did you know in the UK alone we have more than 2,500 varieties of apple? Enough for you to try a different one every day for more than seven years and what better day to start then on October 21st, Apple Day. Why not try these recipes to start with…

The Beatles: Get Back

Get Back is set to celebrate the iconic band’s influence

August recipes: Fabulous fish

Sea for Yourself is encouraging us to cook with fresh fish caught in UK seas, so ‘see for yourself’ how healthy and easy it can be

Hook, line & sinker

Fishing is a reel-ly big pull for millions of people and what can be better than sitting by the river in the sunshine – you may fin-ish up with a big catch you’ll have something to carp on about to your friends!

Eat better in lockdown

Nutritionist Abi Barclay-Watt has some tips on how to curb those cravings

Explore education

With many of us having more time on our hands, there’s never been a better time to learn something new

Star Q&A: Julia’s outdoor jewels

To say TV presenter Julia Bradbury loves the outdoors would be an understatement, so much so that she set up The Outdoor Guide website packed with wonderful walks, picturesque pubs to stay in and everything you need to get out and enjoy yourself

The GREAT outdoors!

We’ve never appreciated being outside more than we do now and with more gradually opening up to us, let’s get out and enjoy it

July recipes: Love those leaves

Watercress is healthy, delicious and packed full of goodness – one 85g bag provides more than the recommended daily amount of vitamin C to help boost your immune system. It’s in season until October so get creating now!

Salute our Forces

Our Armed Forces are something for us to be proud of at any time as they work to keep us safe and now they are helping to fight coronavirus

Scrubs help

Huge thanks goes out to all those who have been making scrubs in their homes and the schools coming together to make face shields for our NHS and key workers

Wind in the Willows

Join Mr Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger in GSC’s online Wind in the Willows

Chawton House virtual gardens

Chawton House virtual garden festival

Butterfly ID skills via Zoom

We’ve all got closer to nature over the past few weeks as we spend more time in our gardens and take time to appreciate what’s around us.

Surrey Hills

Surrey Hills advises you to stay away – for now!

Rock Choir fundraiser

Join Rock Choir’s 24-hour fundraiser for Mental Health Awareness Week

Wartime spirit

Celebrate VE Day at home – sing, dance and raise a glass to toast Second World War heroes

Citizens Advice debt help

Coronavirus: Get help if you can’t pay household bills

Hypnotherapy sleep tips

Resolve coronavirus-related sleep problems with the help of hypnotherapy

Save music venues campaign

#SAVEOURVENUES campaign launched to help grassroots music

Room for improvement

With the majority of us spending more time at home at the moment how about lavishing some love on your home and considering how you can improve it, Karen Neville looks at some ways to make the most of your home…

2.6 Challenge

Take the 2.6 Challenge and help boost the UK’s charities

April recipes: Close to nature

Qualified natural chef Jo Keyes shares some wholesome recipes devised in her Time To Nourish kitchen for body, mind & soul

Time to love your home

Advice for how you can freshen up your home especially if you’re looking to sell

Wildlife Trusts online

Enjoy the wonderful world of wildlife online

Co-parenting advice

Co-parenting during the Coronavirus lockdown

Turn on the TAP

A new app makes it easy to thank the unsung heroes in your community at a time when we’ve never needed them more

Barking to baking

Your dogs will be barking mad for these home bakes

Home schooling

Home schooling tips to help you learn as your child does

Worship Online

Churches in Newbury are reaching new congregations with online services helping us through these difficult times

Take your seat…

Enjoy the theatre from the comfort of your sofa courtesy of National Theatre at Home via YouTube

Gardening tips 2

Getting some fresh air in the current situation is so important. 

Gardening tips 1

Staying at home is not ideal but there’s lots to get on with in the garden.

Spring clean: De-clutter

The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed so how about giving your home a spring clean instead?

Spring clean your digital life

The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed so how about giving your home a spring clean instead?

Spring clean your house

The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed so how about giving your home a spring clean instead?

Spring clean your kitchen

The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed so how about giving your home a spring clean instead?

Spring clean your bedroom

The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed so how about giving your home a spring clean instead?

Happy bunnies…

You’re never too old to enjoy an Easter egg hunt which is lucky for you as there are some cracking ones to enjoy!

Gorgeous gardens

What better way can there be to mark spring than to get out in the garden? Karen Neville gathers some inspiring gardens worth visiting.

Spring clean your bathroom

The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed so how about giving your home a spring clean instead?

Make your own garden for wildlife 

Make your own secret garden for wildlife 

Mum’s the word

Here are some present ideas ahead of Mothering Sunday on 22nd March

Garden Re-Leaf Day 2020

Plans are blooming for the ninth annual Garden Re-Leaf Day, which takes place on Friday, 13th March. 

World Book Day

Thursday is the annual worldwide celebration of books and reading that is World Book Day.

British Pie Week

Never has the saying ‘nice as pie’ been so apt – who doesn’t love a tasty pastry pie and what better time to indulge than in British Pie Week.

Food, friends and fun

Host a supper club on 7th March and raise funds for Eva’s Friends

Journey of discovery

Fi Harding tells us more about Chiltern Arts Festival 2020 which takes place at various venues between Friday 28th February and Saturday 7th March

March recipes: Not your average Joe!

Fitness star Joe Wicks –AKA The Body Coach – has teamed up with cancer charity Macmillan to share some veggie recipes for March

Drive time

Whatever your vintage or passion, March is a great month for motoring enthusiasts.

Talking Point: Clare Balding

Liz Nicholls asks Clare Balding about life, sport and our beloved pets as she launches Dogcast With Clare Balding

Golf: Hole lotta love

“Golf is a good walk spoiled” according to some but to others there’s nothing like the challenge of hitting that small round ball to the best of your ability, avoiding hazards and wayward shots along the course and eventually seeing it drop in the hole.

Tuck into Cornish Pasty Week

Yesterday marked the start of Real Bread Week and today it’s the turn of Cornish Pasty Week.

Real Bread Week

Did you know this week is Real Bread Week? It’s the annual celebration of additive-free loaves and the people who make them.

Movie magic

Anton DuBeke and Erin Boag will bring Dance those Magical Movies to Reading’s Hexagon this March

Love literature

Talented stars from Ascot, Crowthorne and Sandhurst will dazzle you this month at the 49th South East Berks Gang Show. Sandra Sidey tells us more…

Lost Letters

Through a series of more than 40 workshops and a touring exhibition, the newly-launched community heritage project, Lost Letters, will engage people across Surrey in the lost art of letter writing.

Show time

Talented stars from Ascot, Crowthorne and Sandhurst will dazzle you this month at the 49th South East Berks Gang Show. Sandra Sidey tells us more…

Random Acts of Kindness day

Make the world a better place with a random act of kindness 

Forging past the food fads

With so much misinformation out there here are Abi Barclay-Watt’s 25 nutritional truths – no fads!

Warmer winter

Tips on how to keep your home warm & safe in the colder months

Wear Red Day

Go with the Flow at Godalming art gallery’s new exhibition

National Apprenticeship Week

Celebrate National Apprenticeship Week and all its benefits

Talking Point: Russell Watson

Liz Nicholls chats to singer Russell Watson about his tour

Adult care: Winter 2020

We’ve put together some articles about planning for later life care as well as staying healthy & stimulated in our February guide.

February’s recipes: Rice & easy!

We’ve teamed up with Tilda to serve up some recipes to make the most of their new flavoured easy-cook sachets

You’re never too old…

Active minds and active bodies are on the curriculum at the University of the Third Age

Business School

Make money from your passion at Pop-Up Business School in Didcot

Snowdrop walk

Join snowdrop walk and support Child Bereavement UK 

2020 trends

The ways of getting in shape are constantly changing as this year’s trends suggest

New year, new job

Want a change of job and need some help writing that perfect CV? Judith Coslett has some great advice

Education guide: Winter 2020

Welcome to the first education extra of 2020, we had an impressive array of entries for our story writing competition and they all prove what a talented bunch you are!

Go green!

If we each make small changes to our lives we can collectively make a huge impact to protect our planet for future generations. Here are some positive ideas…

Talking point: Liz Bonnin

Liz Nicholls asks award-winning presenter and biologist Liz Bonnin about school, the live tour of the BBC’s Planet Earth II this spring and how we can all do our bit.

January’s recipes: Vive la revolution!

We share two exclusive recipes from Ollie Hunter’s brand new sustainable cookbook with two copies up for grabs

Great & good

This festive season, look no further than Windsor Great Park as the setting for your family time together.

A golden example of dining

Liz Nicholls reviews the newly opened Ivy Oxford Brasserie.

Above & beyond

Please join us in supporting the Children’s Air Ambulance whose life-saving helicopters are going green. Anna Phillips tells us more.

Spa & away

Michelle Miley takes some time out to indulge in an afternoon of relaxation and pampering at Donnington Valley near Newbury in Berkshire

A green Christmas

Local dad David Lamont, founder of Plastic Free Home, offers his tips on how we can enjoy a more planet-friendly season

Adult Care

Round & About Magazine is publishing its popular annual eight-page Adult Health & Social Care Supplement in February 2020.

Ghost: The Ultimate Tour Named Death

Steve Warner enjoys Ghost’s performance at SSE Arena Wembley on Friday

Oh yes it is…

Pantomimes are many children’s first experience of the theatre and what a way to start!

December’s recipes: Movers & shakers

We’ve teamed up with multisensory creators Sam Bompas and Harry Parr to serve up some cocktail fresh recipes from The Bompas & Parr Cocktail Book

Talking point: Brydon time

Television star, singer and father of five Rob Brydon, 54, talks about his life & career ahead of his new Songs & Stories tour

Wrappers delight

Guildford’s Carolyn Ledger explains more about Naturally Wrapt – the planet-friendly business she launched this year, in addition to her job as a SEN teacher

Make no bones about it…

Ella Reeves reviews Lovely Bones at Oxford Playhouse

November’s recipes: Tried & trusted

Leading chef Laura Mason shares some recipes

Talking point: Jack Savoretti

Liz Nicholls chats to musician & dad Jack Savoretti

SOFO exhibition

WW2 veterans portraits at Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum 

Wear it pink day

Wear it pink and support breast cancer research charities 

Plastic problem

Michaela Strachan chats to us about plastic…

First aid in schools

First aid to be part of curriculum in state schools next year

Mental health day

Don’t bottle things up on World Mental Health Day 

Autism hour

For autistic people every day …

Wisley in October

The wonder of Wisley 

Good Beer Guide

Cheers to CAMRA Good Beer Guide 

Thames Valley Tech Awards 2019

Read about the Thames Valley Tech Awards 2019

Bill’s Newbury

New look for Bill’s in Newbury with chance to win dinner for six 

October’s recipes: Italian job

Chef & restaurateur Gennaro Contaldo shares two delicious autumnal recipes from his new book Pasta Perfecto

Talking point: Country smile

Liz Nicholls asks broadcaster & dad John Craven, 79, about his life & career ahead of his appearance at Guildford Literary Festival

Plastic free home…

David Lamont shares his story about his mission to heal the planet

Alzheimer’s memory walk

Join a memory walk against dementia

A radical festival

Michelle Miley reviews Boomtown 2019

Heritage Open Days

Discover history, architecture and culture at Heritage Open Days

Pruning v chopping!

A light hearted look at the subject of pruning or as many people call it ‘chopping’ ‘hacking’ or ‘trimming’.

Spa & away

September is the perfect month to book in for some R&R. Here are a few great places to enjoy some pampering treatments and time out!

Talking point: Fry & mighty!

Actor, comedian & writer Stephen Fry, 62, tells us about his new show Mythos: A Trilogy – Gods. Heroes. Men which is on tour this month, including Oxford & London

Education guide: Autumn 2019

School days are the happiest days of your life, right? Check out our education guide and find out how you can make them really top class.

September’s recipes: Cakes & cups

Chef & TV star Sophie Grigson shares two recipes ahead of her food & photography courses starting next month…

‘No Reading, no Amazon’s!’

Liz Nicholls asks Matt Thomson, frontman of homegrown heroes The Amazons about local life and music ahead of their hotly anticipated performance at Reading Festival…

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle voted one of the nation’s favourite landmarks

Gardening: August

There’s still plenty to enjoy and get on with in the garden this month.

Kidd pro quo

Model, racing driver, TV presenter & pub landlady Jodie Kidd, 40, tells us about life, local treasures and her foodie favourites

August’s recipes: Sophie’s choice

Chef & TV star Sophie Grigson shares two recipes ahead of her food & photography courses starting next month…

Homegrown heroes

We raise a toast to the many local producers wowing the world with their food & drink offerings worth your attention

Talking Point: Will Young

Liz Nicholls speaks to local singer-songwriter Will Young

July’s recipes: Thrills & grills

We’ve teamed up with the team behind ZIGZAG to bring you the perfect recipes to rustle up on the grill this summer!

Eat Food Festival

Eat Food Festival in Henley until Saturday

Children’s Hospice Week

Show you care during Children’s Hospice Week 

Independent Bookshop Week

It’s Independent Bookshop Week – read all about it! 

June’s recipe: Fiery & fresh

Star chef Kay Plunkett-Hogge shares two recipes from her new book Baan: Recipes & Stories From My Thai Home

Talking Point: George Clarke

Liz Nicholls asks architect, dad and TV star George Clarke, 47 about life & loves ahead of hosting Blenheim Flower Show this month

Who cares for the carers? 

Carers Week puts the focus on 6.5million in the UK helping family and friends 

Solent Hotel & Spa

Solent Hotel & Spa in Fareham, Hampshire, has the perfect spa break and dining packages to help you hit the “reset” button and offers a great base to explore the south coast

Gardening: June joys

June is one of the nicest months of the year. The days are long and the garden is now in full swing.

10 top hotels in Devon

Good Hotel Guide shares 10 of their top hotels in Devon with us…

Big lunch: The perfect ingredients

Add a handful of community spirit, a sprinkling of food and a big dose of fun to create The Big Lunch on 1st and 2nd June

Dementia Action Week

Don’t be afraid to talk in Dementia Action Week

Gardening: Abundance of colour

Spring is coming to its glorious end, and summer is nearly upon us.

Foster Care Fortnight

Foster carers are part of what’s called “the team around the child”. As we approach Foster Care Fortnight, between 13th and 26th May, we encourage you to consider it.

May’s recipe: Egg custard tart

Ahead of Alresford Watercress Festival on Sunday, 19th May, The Watercress Company has teamed up with chef Keri Astill Frew to share some recipes…

Christian Aid Week

Today marks the start of Christian Aid Week, the national week raising money for the worldwide work of Christian Aid.

Marathon in May

Can you take on PACT’s Marathon in May challenge? 

Floral feast

The blooming marvellous Chelsea Flower Show is a true horticultural highlight

April flowers

I absolutely love this time of year. The countryside is awash with daffodils, tulips are starting to flower and glorious summer days in the garden really are just around the corner.

Green party: April recipes

Ahead of Alresford Watercress Festival on Sunday, 19th May, The Watercress Company has teamed up with chef Keri Astill Frew to share some recipes…

We Love Golf

The We Love Golf campaign is encouraging more women to take part in the game and enjoy the social side too

Wildlife survey

People’s Trust for Endangered Species needs your help to record Britain’s ‘big five’

Male cancer awareness week

The eleventh Orchid Male Cancer Awareness Week, from 8th 14th April, encourages all men to check their “bits”

Oar-some day

Enjoy an oar-some day out at the University Boat Race

Big pedal

Don’t be surprised if on your way to work or school this morning you see many more children than usual on their bikes, scooters or just walking. 

Get away!

Fancy a night away? Refresh yourself (and perhaps your plus one) with an overnight break right here in the UK, writes Liz Nicholls.

And they’re off…

The next couple of months are a great time to enjoy a day at the races

Pancake Day!

Our easy to make pancake recipe!

Life of pie: March recipes

Ahead of British Pie Week, 2nd to 8th March, The Hairy Bikers share their pie recipes…

Talking Point: Julia Donaldson

Multi award-winning author Julia Donaldson tells us about seeing her work adapted for the stage as Zog goes on tour across the UK this month

RHS:Dig For Victory

Share photographs of Second World War vegetable plots with the RHS Dig for Victory campaign

Talking Point: Nigel Havers

Liz Nicholls chats to actor, dad, and all-round charming man Nigel Havers, 67, who is set to star in ART at Richmond Theatre.

Chinese Whispers: February recipes

Ahead of Chinese New Year on Tuesday, 5th February (the Year of the Pig), local star Ching He Huang shares her wisdom…

Rock solid: megaliths

Andy Burnham offers his guide to some of the best megalithic sites here in South East England which you can visit.

Adult care guide: Winter 2019

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Later life can be full of fun & mental stimulation. In February we focus on adult care and our moving interview with Sir Jackie Stewart as well as initiatives from silverswans

Q&A with Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody

Snow Patrol’s frontman Gary Lightbody chats about his recent move to L.A. and what goes into their shows.

Underwater wonders

Journey deep into the ocean with Blue Planet II – Live in Concert – a feast for your eyes and ears…

Hungerford heroine: historical novelist Iris Lloyd

Iris Lloyd explains more about her “now or never” approach to writing, having written her first novel at the age of 70 and just published her latest.

Education guide: Winter 2019

School days are the happiest days of your life, right? Check out our education guide and find out how you can make them really top class.

Saving Sumatran orangutans

Lucy Radford of Abingdon charity Sumatran Orangutan Society explains more about the plight of and how to help this majestic endangered creature.

Dancing: Witness the fitness

Strictly star Ian Waite’s life was changed by the joy of dance and you can channel the same benefits thanks to FitSteps…

Cocklebarrow Races

Celebrities galore and a great day out!

Talking Point: Alice’s adventures

We chat to academic, writer and broadcaster Alice Roberts ahead of her tour Digging for Britain

Best of British: Political cartoons

Liz Nicholls reflects on a tumultuous year in world politics, thanks to Tim Benson and the talented cartoonists who have depicted 2018 in satirical pictures…

Vegan virtues: January recipes

Star chef Dipna Anand shares some Punjabi-inspired vegan recipes to warm the cockles as we enter a new year

Gardening: Veggie patch

Another year beginning and I can’t think of a better task than to sit in front of a roaring fire scanning the new seed catalogues! I am often asked what veg can I grow NOW?

Hal Cruttenden: Middle ground

One of Britain’s top comedians, Hal Cruttenden brings his stand-up show to Maidenhead’s Norden Farm this month.

Wishes in the Wind

Wishes in the Wind, A Christmas story by Chris Meredith

Show you care this Christmas

On Monday, St Christopher’s Fellowship launched its Christmas fundraising appeal. They’re raising £20,000 to help make sure children in care and young care leavers don’t feel lonely this Christmas.

Self-care: granny knows best

How do dadimas aka grandmothers self-care?

Story lines: Anton du Beke

Anton du Beke chats to Peter Anderson about writing his new novel One Enchanted Evening ahead of another UK-wide dance tour with Erin Boag in January.

Mr Tumble talks to us

Peter Anderson chats to children’s TV star Justin Fletcher MBE, 48, ahead of another star turn delighting families as we hit pantomime season.

Peace offerings: Christmas recipes

Here are some indulgent yet wholesome and uncomplicated recipe ideas to help keep us grounded throughout this mad month.

Craig Revel Horwood: Strictly panto star

Interview with Craig Revel Horwood, Strictly pantomime star.

No Tourists

The Prodigy brought their No Tourists tour to London’s Ally Pally on Wednesday night as part of their European live tour

Katie Melua Guildford & London shows

Katie Melua tells us about her latest tour, what she’s learnt in her 15-year career, and why her grandad is still her biggest fan.

Let’s get crafty!

Happy half term everyone! How’s …

Coast vs Country

We chat to Scottish and Oxford-based television presenter of Coast vs Country

Will Greenwood: nice try

With the autumn rugby internationals on the horizon, we chat to rugby legend and father Will Greenwood.

A print success story

Round & About Magazine expands in to its ninth county as the family business continues to fly the flag for print publishing

Squirrel Sisters: nutty and nice

We talk to Fulhamites Gracie and Sophie – aka Squirrel Sisters – about their mission to bring their vegan snack bar start-up to the masses

Winter aches & pains?

find effective natural relief for joint and muscle inflammation this winter

Thick & thin: hair loss tips

Jamie Stevens, hairdresser to the stars including Hugh Grant and Olly Murs, talks frankly about the sensitive topic of balding – and how to combat it

Lucky Neem Cocktail Recipe

Gin-lovers! Check out this Lucky Neem cocktail recipe courtesy of Kricket in White City, London

The Winter Prune

It is a challenge to identify the plants, know how they are pruned and then carry it out. Cathie has some advice for those brave enough to venture out!

Cosy cravings

In the heart of winter sometimes we crave informal, uncomplicated, wholesome food. These recipes will provide comfort and nourishment through the festive period.

Warming wonders

October to me is all about wholesome, nutritious, heart-warming, health-giving food.

Joanna Lumley: me time

Actress, activist and mum Joanna Lumley, 72, talks tigers, tickets and taking life in her stride as she embarks upon her solo UK tour It’s All About Me.

Eyes on the tiger

Liz Nicholls chats to Simon Clinton, founder of Save Wild Tigers

Rick Astley: Rick & Roll

Liz Nicholls chats to singer-songwriter and dad Rick Astley, 52, about making his new album and having the best of both worlds

Michaelmas daisies

Fill your garden with these beautiful Michaelmas Daisies flowers, says Cathie’s Garden Army, and have beautiful blooms in Autumn

Turning point

September signifies a change of the seasons, woodland walks and cosy evenings in. These following recipes should provide comfort & nourishment

Make believe

Susannah Steel traverses rooftops and rainforests with prize-winning author Katherine Rundell to explore children’s literature and her inspiration

Grill-seekers!

Summer is here which means al fresco aplenty and Katie Kingsley has rustled up some delicious ideas to enjoy on the side!

Summer favourites from Paul Clerehugh

We chat to Paul Clerehugh, the star chef of The Crooked Billet and London Street Brasserie about his summer favourites…

Alex James: feast of fun

Liz Nicholls chats to musician, cheese maker and dad Alex James, 49, ahead of The Big Feastival which takes place 24th-26th August, in the Cotswolds

Beauty & The Beach

Beauty and the beach …or wherever you happen to be over the summer. Here are our picks

How toxic is your world?

You’re in control: You can dramatically reduce the total toxic load you are under by making sensible lifestyle choices

Plots for Pollinators

Alan Titchmarsh is calling on all gardeners to unite to create a refuge for struggling butterflies, moths and other pollinators this summer. Join us in your garden – and online.

Hardy Hibiscus

It might come as a bit of a surprise that there is such a thing in this country! Not to be confused with those bright red ones often seen on holiday…

Spoilt for choice

We’re spoilt for choice with fantastic British seasonal produce and cooking light, speedy food is key to feeling good, inside and out! Recipes created by Katie Kingsley.

Live & Direct

Historian, broadcaster and TV presenter Dan Snow tells us more about his upcoming History Guy tour…

On the line

Liz Nicholls chats to Dame Esther Rantzen, 78, patron of Silverline and Childline, about life, loneliness and love

Flying high with Alice Marshall

Peter Anderson chats to Alice Marshall, winner of the Brighton Fringe Best Comedy Award ahead of her shows this month.

Level best

Jonathan Lovett chats to Mark Chadwick of seminal band The Levellers ahead of their tour which takes in the Thames Valley this month

Stomach acid is crucial for health

You’re in control: If you suspect that you might have suboptimal levels of stomach acid, the following actions may well help

Heart to heart

Rufus Wainwright, musician, dad and all-round superstar, chats to Rachel Wakefield ahead of his UK & world tour

Good truck

Liz Nicholls chats to musician and dad Gaz Coombes, 42, whose acclaimed new album World’s Strongest Man is out now and appears at Truck festival in Steventon this month

The June Gap

June is a funny time of year in the garden when the spring bulbs have all finished but summer perennials are not yet out fully

Essence of Summer

Katie Kingsley serves up some quick and easy dishes which you can (hopefully) enjoy al fresco.

Home with Gareth Malone

We chat to Gareth Malone, whose favourite hobbies are singing – and would happily sing ‘Yesterday’ everyday – and unwinds by ice skating!

Is a vegan diet healthy?

You’re in control: Mark’s view on veganism

Rotten luck

Liz Nicholls chats to Johnny Rotten, AKA John Lydon, 62, ahead of The Public Image Is Rotten Summer Tour of Europe and Japan, marking Public Image Ltd’s 40th anniversary

Lilacs in May

At last spring is here; no more snow, dark evenings and frost… hopefully! And then there are the lilacs which are synonymous with this time of year

Watercress to Impress

If you are lacking inspiration then I hope these simple but effective recipes from Katie Kingsley will motivate you to acquaint it with your dining table. This mysterious vegetable is known to harbour powers beyond tantalising taste buds. Whether it be a cure for baldness, mental stimulant or aphrodisiac you are after, surely failing to make the most of it this season would be reckless!

Fortitude

Host of Radio 4 Extra’s Newsjack, Angela Barnes is touring her show. Peter Anderson chats to her.

Gluten-related disorders

You’re in control: Coeliac disease is not the only significant gluten-related disorder

Shared experience

Liz Nicholls chats to broadcaster and campaigner Jonathan Dimbleby, and his charity Dimbleby Cancer Care

Organic lawn care

April is an excellent time to turn our attention to the lawn, but organically?

Edible Eden

The garden looks abundant again! Katie Kingsley brings us these recipes that are all fresh, feel-good and perfect for entertaining over the Easter holiday.

Hardeep and meaningful

Peter Anderson catches up with Hardeep Singh Kohli ahead of his Alternative, Fact stand-up show which lands at Bordon’s Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre

Fighting Talk

Comedian Lucy Porter brings her smash-hit Edinburgh Fringe show Choose Your Battles to various venues near you this month. Peter Anderson catches up with her…

Food is the most powerful medicine

You’re in control: Food is the most powerful medicine known to humankind

Mulch in March

Mulching is an important part of garden maintenance; there are many types and many good reasons to undertake this now

Home truths

Liz Nicholls chats to Barry “Baz” Warne of The Stranglers

Bright Ideas

As winter rolls into spring, hunger strikes as our animal instinct is to fuel up. Our stomachs hanker for warm and comforting, yet nourishing food. Recipes from Katie Kingsley.

Winter Fuel

As the chill of winter …

Irises in February?

Would it surprise you to learn irises can flower for most of the year and there’s one for almost every situation in your garden?

Paloma power

We chat to musician Paloma Faith, 36, whose new album The Architect (with the catchy single Crybaby) is out now and who will perform a UK tour next month…

Treating urinary tract infections (UTIs)

You’re in control: Mark Bennett on breaking the vicious cycle of urinary tract infections (UTIs)

Sinless Sensations

With all the good intentions …

Delightful Daphnes

At the garden centre, in January, look for Daphne, a scented alpine or shrub

Up swing

Liz Nicholls chats to ballroom dancer Anton du Beke, 51, who last year married and became dad to twins and has just released his swing album From The Top

Some problems with coeliac disease

You’re in control: Getting the right diagnosis

What Katie did next

Liz Nicholls chats to philanthropist, writer, TV presenter and former model Katie Piper

Comfort & Joy

December is crazy-busy for one …

The Christmas rose

At this time of the year I like to add a twist to the tradition of Christmas and the plants that have become synonymous with it

How to deal with uninvited gas

You’re in control: Treating small intestinal bacterial overgrowth

Digging deep

Peter Anderson chats to history buff and television star Sir Tony Robinson.

Hydrangea heaven

I have always loved hydrangeas but I fear they do have an antiquated reputation!

Garden composting

Most gardens have a compost heap – more often an eyesore than a thing of beauty

Leaky gut

You’re in control: Perhaps a ‘leaky gut’ is making you ill?

Feel the Byrne

Jonathan Lovett chats to comedian, actor, writer and dad of two Ed Byrne, 45, who has just embarked on his biggest ever tour to date, Spoiler Alert, following a sell-out success at this year’s Edinburgh Festival

Hearty Heaven

Katie Kingsley serves up some …

Warming Wizardry

As we don our slippers …

Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and energy production

You’re in control: Explaining more about chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and energy production

True Colours

Liz Nicholls chats to world-famous decorative painting expert and queen of chalk paint products, Annie Sloan, 69, who lives in Oxford.

Fruitful Pursuits

As August arrives, Katie Kingsley …

Full Floella

Liz Nicholls chats to Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE

Pruning raspberries

Cathie’s tips to ensure a bumper crop of fruit whatever the season

The gut and mental health

You’re in control: Mark explores the gut and mental health

Lost & Found

Liz Nicholls chats to actor and musician Martine McCutcheon

Sumptuous Summertime

As August arrives, Katie Kingsley …

Soul Food

Katie Kingsley serves up some thoroughly wholesome yet joyful goodies to make the most of your summer!

Jackson Live!

Liz Nicholls chats to singer, songwriter, guitarist and dad Tito Jackson

Flower Power

Liz Nicholls catches up with the nation’s favourite gardener Alan Titchmarsh who turns 67 this month and has written more than 50 books.

You bet

We catch up with singer-songwriter Olly Murs, about life and music after The X Factor

Happy as Larry

Liz Nicholls chats to actor, radio presenter, dad and star of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Larry Lamb

Formula 1

We chat to former motorsport engineer and Formula One team principal Ross Brawn OBE

Vine and dandy

Liz Nicholls talks to comedian Tim Vine

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