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October front cover

Compass to merge with Dorset Magazine and Hampshire Life

Next month, Compass enters an exciting new stage of its life. In order to bring its readers and advertisers the very best of the area, Compass is merging with Dorset Magazine and Hampshire Life magazine.

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Sandbanks Boat Show receives ‘Highly Commended’ tourism award

On Thursday 25th September Poole’s vibrant tourism industry came together to celebrate their achievements at the Sibbett Gregory Poole Tourism Awards hosted at the Harbour Heights hotel with over eighty key tourism businesses in attendance.

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Sibbett Gregory 2014 Tourism Award winners & highly commended. Photo by Justin Smith

Poole celebrates tourism talent in the 2014 Sibbett Gregory Tourism Awards

Poole’s vibrant tourism industry was celebrated at the Sibbett Gregory Poole Tourism Awards today with a master class in innovation, dedication and enthusiasm.

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The Tudor House - interesting discovery

Things to see and do in Southampton

This year Southampton celebrates 50 years as a city, and it’s maturing into a destination with plenty to do, see and enjoy says Emma Caulton

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Lighthouse team

Lighthouse bid to win UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre Award

Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, is mobilising its legions of supporters throughout Dorset and beyond as it bids to win the My Theatre Matters! Most Welcoming Theatre Award at the annual UK Theatre Awards.

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October front cover

Things to do in Dorset this weekend

Great things to do in Dorset this weekend: art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and ideas.

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October front cover

Things to do in Hampshire this weekend

Great things to do in Hampshire this weekend: art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and ideas.

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Ultimate Fashion Party at the Wessex Hotel in Bournemouth

See Fab Frocks at the Ultimate Fashion Party on Thursday 30 October at the Wessex Hotel in Bournemouth.

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The Royal Air Force 'Unsung Heroes' Concert Tour at the Barbican Centre. 

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The RAF in Concert head to Poole to celebrate 50 years of the Red Arrows

The RAF in Concert tour makes a welcome return to the Lighthouse in Poole to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the UK’s greatest national icons - the Red Arrows!

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House of Hats © 2013 Frederique Bellec

September shows at Bournemouth Folk Club

Bournemouth Folk Club shows at Ocean View Hotel this month

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The walk heads along the shoreline passing the lighthouse (or Beaulieu River Millennium Beacon) which was built to help seafarers navigate in The Solent (at high tide you may have to use the parallel road instead) © Steve Davison

The beautiful coastal views on offer when walking along the southern fringes of the New Forest National Park

Walking along the southern fringes of the New Forest National Park offers lovely coastal views, picturesque villages and a fascinating history, writes Steve Davison.

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At Hilton Dunkeld there are there are experts on hand to help you learn to shoot - whatever age or ability you are

Taking a walk in Scotland to discover how an animal goes from grazing freely to the supermarket shelf

Here in the south we are blessed with the most beautiful countryside, and even more fortunately, the stunning vista that is the Scottish Highlands is just a few hours away

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Tom Parker Bowles’ crayfish cooked in beer and fennel recipe

Tom Parker Bowles has got a craving for crayfish, and he doesn’t care who knows it

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Tom Parker Bowles and his Gull’s eggs recipe

Tom treasures the fleeting season when we can enjoy this delicious offering

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The burger

Patrick’s Restaurant spicy corn and bean burger recipe

Spice up your month with this healthy alternative to a traditional beef burger

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The dish

Patrick’s perfectly paired prawns with fillet steak recipe

A taste-bud tantalising dish to indulge your special someone this Valentine’s Day

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Sticky toffee pudding with white chocolate parfait

Recipe: sticky toffee pudding with white chocolate parfait

Paul Reed, head chef of Penn Hill’s new dining experience, Jenkins & Sons, shares his recipe for a delicious winter warming pudding

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Life TV

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*VIDEO* Amazing lightning forks over Four Marks

Lightning forks over Four Marks, Hampshire shot by YouTube user Ben Thompson

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Restaurant reviews

Eating out in Hampshire and Dorset - best restaurants

Whether you’re looking for fine dining, pub food, a romantic meal for 2 or a taste of something from further afield, eating out in Hampshire and Dorset really has something for everyone. Here’s our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs

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Indian kebabs on barbecue

Best places for food on the go in Hampshire

As much as we’d all love to dine out every night of the week, there isn’t always the time, so this month we’ve compiled our favourite local places that offer great food for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home

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Top restaurants in Dorset and Hampshire - eat and drink on the seafront

Keep the sand between your toes and not in your lunch says Alice Cooke, with these gorgeous places to eat on the beach

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Paul Kinvig

Patrick’s Bar and Restaurant in Poole bringing soul to August bank holiday

Local musician Paul Kinvig, is set to showcase his eclectic talent this August bank holiday weekend at Patrick’s Restaurant, Bar and Event Catering, with an intimate acoustic set inspired by greats such as James Taylor, George Michael, Hall & Oates, Paul Carrack and Mike and the Mechanics.

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Danni, Nei, Emma and Rebecca Borgert

Pictures from Fogo Gaucho’s opening in Southampton

Fogo Gaucho invited guests to the opening of the their new restaurant in Southampton’s high street last month.

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Baa stools

10% OFF Baa Stools: the luxury sheepskin footstool

Grab yourself a British made Baargain over at the Great British Life Shop

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Replicating the interior of 4 top Dorset/Hampshire hotels at home

Decadent, contemporary or just plain comfortable – hotel interiors vary as much as personal tastes but some are simply super stylish. Sara Niven Smith checks out the interiors of four top local ones and shares a few tips on how to enjoy a similar feel at home

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Top tips for laying a floor tile

Tony Edwards of Atlas Ceramics gives us his top five tips for laying a floor tile

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Think about effectively using the space available. Shaker kitchen, John Lewis, www.johnlewis.com

Things to remember when planning your dream kitchen

The decisions you make when thinking about the kitchen of your dreams will live with you for many years to come. Here’s a list of points to consider when building the perfect kitchen...

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Celebrity interviews

Kirstie Allsopp on her passion for craft and being a Hampshire girl at heart

Kirstie Allsopp shares her passion for craft with Liz Kavanagh

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Luke and Angela making pasta

Angela Hartnett on returning to her Italian roots at Limewood

Angela Hartnett tells Liz Kavanagh why she has returned to her Italian roots at Limewood

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Steve Fletcher

A compilation of celebrity quotes from Compass Dorset and Hampshire

Here, we reminisce and compile some of the celebrity quotes that really stood out in our magazine interviews

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Ben Fogle on his long-standing affection for Dorset

As a second series of ITV’s Dorset-based documentary Harbour Lives hits our screens this month, the show’s presenter Ben Fogle talks to Andy Greeves about his long-standing affection for the county

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Alistair Stewart interview June

Television presenter Alastair Stewart on being rejected by Cambridge, his career in the news and life in Hampshire

ITV presenter Alastair Stewart, OBE, has been reading the news for over 30 years. But away from work, he loves nothing better than spending time around the table with his family in Hampshire, as Liz Kavanagh discovered

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How an artificial lawn could help after this year’s weather

With this year’s changeable weather, your grass may be suffering - maybe the answer is an artificial lawn

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Norman Hambrook shares his summer gardening tips

Tips to keep your garden as bright as we hope this season will continue to be

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2 for 1 ticket offer for Borde Hill Plantfinders’ Fair this June

Book your tickets now for The English Garden magazine’s new summer plant fair in Sussex

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Good garden design can transform your space

Gardening expert Norman Hambrook on the Chelsea Flower Show

With Chelsea Flower Show just around the corner, our gardening expert Norman Hambrook is turning his thoughts to design

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Gardening expert Norman Hambrook on taking the colour green for granted

We take the beauty of the colour green for granted, says our gardening expert Norman Hambrook

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Win a Grand Hall Maxim 423 Gas BBQ from Groves Nurseries

The award-winning Groves Nurseries, based in Bridport West Dorset was recently voted one of the Top 50 Garden Centres in the UK by The Independent newspaper. As you would expect there is everything on their six acre site for both the garden and outdoor living.

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