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Why move to Farnham, Dorset

With a top summer festival, outstanding nearby schools and countryside delights on your doorstep, properties in Farnham rarely come on the market in this perfect rural idyll, writes Andy Greeves

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Fordingbridge High Street by Emma Caulton

10 of the best things to see and do in Fordingbridge

Fordingbridge, with its distinctive seven arch bridge spanning the River Avon, is a quiet backwater worth exploring, says Emma Caulton

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Go Ape

10 of the best things to see and do in Ferndown

With easy access to Moors Valley Country Park as well as a thriving community of its own, Ferndown offers residents and visitors a perfect blend of town and country, writes Andy Greeves

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Andy Greeves visits Belgium’s chocolate box city Bruges

Characterised by its cobbled squares, enchanting canals, buildings and famous local fare, the city of Bruges has a warmth and charm that makes it completely unique, writes

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Events

Tank Fest returns for 2014

Events and things to do across Hampshire and Dorset this summer

From the summer 2014 edition of Destination South - our pick of the best events taking place over the summer in Dorset and Hampshire

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Compass Magazine April 2014 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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Compass Magazine April 2014 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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The Makers Fayre

Hampshire crafting duo launch monthly market celebrating everything handmade

The Makers Fayre is the brainchild of two crafty friends who were fed up of attending boring craft markets and often having to compete with stall holders who buy in their produce.

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Garden Fair at Wintershill Hall

Sunday 4th May 2014, 10.00am - 4.00pm

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Walks

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 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: Southampton Daredevil climbs crane

James Kingston, star of Channel 4’s ‘Don’t Look Down’ climbed a crane in Southampton last year. See the footage here!

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Restaurant reviews

Restaurant 36 on The Quay

The best places in Hampshire to wine while you dine

You don’t have to be a hardened connoisseur or know all the lingo to appreciate a really good bottle of wine - luckily for you, we’ve sniffed out the best places for you to do just that

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Seaview Restaurant

The best places in Dorset to wine while you dine

You don’t have to be a hardened connoisseur or know all the lingo to appreciate a really good bottle of wine - luckily for you, we’ve sniffed out the best places for you to do just that

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The Vestry

Some of the best live music venues in Hampshire

Get your toes tapping with our pick of the best places to listen to live music while you dine. Alice Cooke dares you to resist getting up for a little dance…

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The Ropemakers

Some of the best live music venues in Dorset

Get your toes tapping with our pick of the best places to listen to live music while you dine. Alice Cooke dares you to resist getting up for a little dance…

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Interiors

Hammonds Elan Home Office Range In Beech

Steph Horan on creating the perfect office at home

With an increasing number of people working from home, a small desk and chair in a pokey corner just won’t cut the mustard anymore

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Steph Horan’s designer notebook for your interiors this month

Take a look at what our interiors expert, Steph Horan, has been up to this month. Find out more at www.bluewalnutdesign.co.uk

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Cathy Azria Loop fire scultpture

Making the most of your fireplace this winter

There’s no better way to make a house a home than with a cosy fireplace - here are our tips for making the most of yours

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Pitfield London

Decorators notebook - the latest interiors news from November 2013

Take a look at what our interiors expert, Steph Horan, has been up to this month. Find out more at www.bluewalnutdesign.co.uk

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Celebrity interviews

Raymond says that he is never happier than when he's near a kitchen

Raymond Blanc on his recipe for success, the culinary ethos of Hampshire and his Winchester restaurant

Raymond Blanc tells Liz Kavanagh about his culinary beginnings, and why he loves Winchester so much

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Compass Magazine February 2014 cover

Brendan Cole and his Licence To Thrill tour coming to Portsmouth and Poole this month

His Licence To Thrill tour comes to Portsmouth and Poole this month as part of its 48 date tour. While in the area, Brendan Cole caught up with Alice Cooke to talk dancing, detail and…dinner mints

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Rebecca Ferguson on Bournemouth, boy bands and being bold

The X Factor finalist who narrowly beat a little band called One Direction in 2010, Rebecca Ferguson will be performing her new album in Bournemouth this March

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Harry with his wife Sandra

Harry Redknapp on life in Sandbanks, family and football

He may have travelled the world in pursuit of footballing silverware, but ask Harry Redknapp where he is most at home, and the answer is not Loftus Road, Boleyn Ground or even White Hart Lane, but Dorset’s own beautiful playing field, Sandbanks

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Gardens

Euphorbia

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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The power of light in your garden

Winter is on its way out, so let’s embrace it by shedding some light on our gardens

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Cabbage at Kew Gardens

Norman Hambrooks’ Kew Gardens inspiration

The display at Kew Gardens over the summer has inspired Norman Hambrooks to plant his own vegetables, and he thinks you should give it a go too...

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