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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
It’s a wonder anyone ever leaves the UK with places like this on our doorstep, says Abigail Butcher
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
News and views from across the county
The latest stories from across the county
See Fab Frocks at the Ultimate Fashion Party on Thursday 30 October at the Wessex Hotel in Bournemouth.
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!
Bournemouth Folk Club shows at Ocean View Hotel this month
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.
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!
Inspire ramblers and hikers to get up and go with our favourite Christmas presents for people who love the outdoors.
Walking along the southern fringes of the New Forest National Park offers lovely coastal views, picturesque villages and a fascinating history, writes Steve Davison.
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
Tom Parker Bowles has got a craving for crayfish, and he doesn’t care who knows it
Tom treasures the fleeting season when we can enjoy this delicious offering
Spice up your month with this healthy alternative to a traditional beef burger
A taste-bud tantalising dish to indulge your special someone this Valentine’s Day
Paul Reed, head chef of Penn Hill’s new dining experience, Jenkins & Sons, shares his recipe for a delicious winter warming pudding
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
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
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
Keep the sand between your toes and not in your lunch says Alice Cooke, with these gorgeous places to eat on the beach
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.
Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality of gifts this Christmas.
Our favourite Christmas gifts for both animal loving friends and their furry four legged pets.
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!
Grab yourself a British made Baargain over at the Great British Life Shop
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
Robert Powell talks to Jeremy Miles about playing a literary legend who is not without his controversial traits
Kirstie Allsopp shares her passion for craft with Liz Kavanagh
Angela Hartnett tells Liz Kavanagh why she has returned to her Italian roots at Limewood
Here, we reminisce and compile some of the celebrity quotes that really stood out in our magazine interviews
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
Save 20% off all purchases of candles and fragrances by A Life with a View on the Great British Life Shop
With this year’s changeable weather, your grass may be suffering - maybe the answer is an artificial lawn
Tips to keep your garden as bright as we hope this season will continue to be
Book your tickets now for The English Garden magazine’s new summer plant fair in Sussex
With Chelsea Flower Show just around the corner, our gardening expert Norman Hambrook is turning his thoughts to design