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Things to see and do in Poole

From a brisk stroll along its coastline or in one of its country parks to an atmospheric ghost walk or evening performance at the Lighthouse theatre, Autumn is a fine time to explore Poole. Words by Andy Greeves

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© www.devonscenes.co dot uk - Overlooking Salcombe from Snapes Point

Travel - taking a trip to Devon

It’s a wonder anyone ever leaves the UK with places like this on our doorstep, says Abigail Butcher

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All aboard the Watercress Line

Things to see and do in Alresford

Alresford’s tree-lined Broad Street with its colour-washed Georgian townhouses must be one of the prettiest streets in Hampshire...but there is plenty more to enjoy, says Emma Caulton

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Events

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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World Premiere of stunning new fulldome film screening at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

17th September 2014 - Winchester Science Centre is proud to announce the first screening of the beautiful 46 minute fulldome film; Ancient Skies, followed by Q&A with the Director, Grant Wakefield.

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Johnny Goodwin

Inside Out Dorset festival launches this September

Inside Out Dorset, the biennial festival of high quality, large-scale outdoor performance and arts produced by Activate Performing Arts, opens on Friday September 12 as French trapeze specialists CirkVOST present the British premiere of their spectacular new show BOO!

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Walks

Gifts for walkers

Gifts for walkers and people on the go

Inspire ramblers and hikers to get up and go with our favourite Christmas presents for people who love the outdoors.

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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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Recipes

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

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Best places for international cuisine in Hampshire and Dorset

Taste authentic fare from a huge range of nations without ever stepping foot on a plane…Alice Cooke brings you her pick of the best

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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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Aruba

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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Interiors

Secret Santa gifts

10 Secret Santa gifts under £16

Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality of gifts this Christmas.

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Christmas gifts for animal lovers

Our favourite Christmas gifts for both animal loving friends and their furry four legged pets.

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Gifts for the person who has everything

Gifts for the person who has everything

We all have that one person who already has everything they want or need. So branch out and give them something they didn’t even know they wanted!

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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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Celebrity interviews

Robert Powell and Ronald Pickup, left, in 'The Golden Years' by Arthur Miller a play about the Spanish Conquest in Mexico.

Actor Robert Powell on bringing Rudyard Kipling to Dorset

Robert Powell talks to Jeremy Miles about playing a literary legend who is not without his controversial traits

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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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Gardens

A Life with a View Fragrances

20% OFF A Life with a View fragrances and candles

Save 20% off all purchases of candles and fragrances by A Life with a View on the Great British Life Shop

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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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Win a fab frock to celebrate Frocktober

It’s October and that means Frocktober. Yes, it’s time to get frocked up for the party season, and what better way than by winning a gorgeous evening or cocktail dress.

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