Country Life December 27 2017

Country Life December 27 2017 is our stunning end of year issue featuring the best things to do, cook and see each month in 2018. Find out more here:

THINGS TO DO IN 2018: We bring you the best events to try and anniversaries to remember each month, foraging supremo John Wright looks for things to harvest, Simon Lester reveals the comings and goings of wildlife to watch out for and Melanie Johnson has recipes to make the most of what’s growing in the garden. Compiled by Kate Green

LIVING NATIONAL TREASURE: The bell foundry

FAVOURITE PAINTING: 
The children’s author and poet Kevin Crossley-Holland chooses a mighty depiction of Norse legend that’s charged with energy and drama

MOTORING: 
On an annual pilgrimage to Scotland in pursuit of silver salmon, Richard Parker enjoys the many charms of the Jaguar XJ R-Sport Saloon

ARCHITECTURE: The splendours of Wells Cathedral in Somerset can easily distract from the astonishing architecture that surrounds it. John Goodall describes the remarkable history of the precinct

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OUT & ABOUT: The Gentleman’s Life launch party at Huntsman, Savile Row

INTERIORS: Leading lights in the interior-design world share their hopes and aspirations for 2018

GARDENS: Green structure and trees that lead the eye are the designer’s solution to creating an interesting winter garden in Greater London, finds Jane Perrone

COOKING: Melanie Johnson uses parsnips for warming comfort food

PERFORMING ARTS: Theatre critic Michael Billington names the brilliantly good, the excruciatingly bad and the movingly sad productions he’s seen this year

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