Cotswolds

Nigel and Adam's Farm Kitchen: TV review - A townie and a son of the

The BBC has recently started parking their tanks on Channel 4's front lawn – or rather on Channel 4's building lot and raised vegetable bed. First, The House That 100K Built took aim at Grand Designs, with its more affordable version of Kevin McCloud's construction-site TV classic.

Deals of the week

Under £200... Cheap seats to Europe

Eurostar's usual lowest fare of £69 return to Paris, Lille, Brussels or Disneyland Paris falls to £54 for the first few weeks of 2014, for travel in a group of two, three or four. Sales open tomorrow and run until 2 December. Prices are for travel between 6 January and 12 February. eurostar.com

Musselburgh trials lure star turn

Musselburgh trials day does not quite have the same ring to it as Cheltenham trials day, but racing is nevertheless most grateful to the enterprise shown at the Scottish racecourse and those at other venues responsible for keeping the jumping show properly on the road over the next few days.

Property: What can you get for £52m?

He has spent 12 years making RightMove the country's top website for househunters and the property-porn obsessed, but Ed Williams, who co-founded the site in 2000, has decided it's time to cash in his chips and spend more time with his £52m fortune.

Spice Girls 'set for Olympics closing ceremony'

Rumours that the Spice Girls will be reuniting to perform at the Olympic Games closing ceremony look to be true after the band were pictured apparently rehearsing for Sunday's extravaganza.

Selling off the family seat to enter chocolate war

When Kraft announced it wanted to buy Cadbury, the great-granddaughter of the confectioner's founder said the idea of selling off one of Britain's oldest and most cherished companies to an "American plastic cheese company" was a "horror story".

New England, Cotswolds, Tuscany

Now... Plan a spring city break to the capital of New England. Virgin Holidays has three nights in Boston for £555pp, which includes flights from Heathrow on 14 May and room-only accommodation at the Midtown Hotel. Virginholidays.co.uk

More headlines

24-hour Room Service: The Montpellier Chapter, Cheltenham

Pigeons often get a bad press. However, it was these winged pariahs that – back in 1716 – unearthed Cheltenham's fortune. Blithely pecking away one day, they alerted locals to the presence of an underground spring. Suddenly, all manner of aristocrats and hypochondriacs trotted into town, eager to take the medicinal waters of this leafy Cotswolds corner. King George III arrived to treat his infirmities in 1788, rows of Regency houses then appeared – and the town then known as "Cheltenham Spa" was born.

Carry on kit

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a bear in the woods, then outdoor survival expert Bear Grylls' new range for Gerber ought to unleash your inner adventurer. Products include a compact fire-starter, emergency kits (whistle, tinder, matches etc) and a rather fearsome-looking parang jungle machete.