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Places

Thu, 16:37

The secluded beauty and calming powers of wild swimming has been attracting quite a following in the UK. Natalie French speaks to the founder of The Outdoor Swimming Society, Kate Rew, and discovers Hampshire’s own wild watering holes

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Thu, 16:35
Hook is surrounded by pretty villages - such as Rotherwick with its pubs, ponies and landrovers.

Hook always feels as though it’s on the way to somewhere else, Emma Caulton wonders about the pleasures of staying put

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Set in over 400 acres of land, Thruxton race track is the fastest circuit in the country. We sent Jane Gazzard to get to grips with some serious boys’ toys that cater for enthusiasts from five to 85

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Thursday, June 18, 2015
Discover market stalls of artisan produce. Photo: The Electric Eye

In celebration of the Hampshire Food Festival’s special anniversary, Hampshire Fare take us back to the beginning to find out how the county’s love for local food has grown

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Monday, June 15, 2015
Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

We took to Instagram one afternoon and discovered a whole host of amazing Hampshire photos. Here are 15 of the best we found...

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Events

Thu, 16:38

We’ve scoured the county to bring you the top events taking place this month

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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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Monday, June 1, 2015
Cinderella. Photo: Steve Milton

We’ve scoured the county to bring you the top events taking place this month

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Truckmania

We’ve scoured the county to bring you the top events taking place this month

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
©National Trust Images/John Millar

We’ve scoured the county to bring you the top events taking place this month. Compiled by Charlotte Tomlinson-White

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Food and Drink

Friday, June 19, 2015

Cook up these courgette and goat’s cheese fritters with crispy bacon for a delicious, seasonal Father’s Day feast

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Thursday, June 18, 2015
Discover market stalls of artisan produce. Photo: The Electric Eye

In celebration of the Hampshire Food Festival’s special anniversary, Hampshire Fare take us back to the beginning to find out how the county’s love for local food has grown

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Recipe by watercress.co.uk

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Monday, June 15, 2015
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It’s been a real privilege to be involved in the BBC Food and Farming Awards this year. Once again the UK’s finest farmers, food producers, cooks, shopkeepers, food vendors and campaigners came together to honour the best in their respective businesses. I’ll talk more about the awards themselves next month but this time it’s the backdrop to the ceremony I want to concentrate on.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

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 really has something for everyone. Here’s our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs

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Friday, May 29, 2015
Vintage meets modern

The latest trend in interior design effortlessly blends the old with the new. Hampshire Furniture’s Frauke Golding shows us how.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

This gorgeous Arabescato marble worktop would make a statement in any kitchen. And if you are prepared to seal it regularly, wipe any spills as soon as they occur and like the idea of it developing character with age, then it is definitely for you.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Macmillan Cycletta

Strictly one for the ladies, and a perfect way to spend a day with your friends exploring the British countryside on two wheels, Macmillan Cycletta is the UK’s leading women-only cycling sportive series, with a range of distances from 20km to 150km rides. Even if you haven’t ridden a bike in years, the distances are challenging but very achievable.

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Friday, March 27, 2015
Interior updates for spring

Frauke Golding, owner of Hampshire Furniture, shares her tips for updating your home for spring.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

If you are looking for something different for your home, why not try stone? We’ve taken a look at some of the reasons to do so...

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People

Thu, 16:33
Martin Freeman (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)

Some of Hampshire’s best known personalities have revealed what they most love about the county. Here, we compile some quotes from our interviews over the years

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Mon, 11:00

Viewing Portsmouth born artist Louise Braithwaite’s work is akin to re-living the jolliest days of your childhood says Sandra Smith after a recent introduction

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Having become editor of the village news, Margot hopes residents will be bowled over by her next issue

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Elodine Dress, £140, Phase Eight, Southampton, 02380 216400 and Winchester, 01962 866964

Fashion finds for your top three summer events

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Monday, June 15, 2015
The Ben Ainslee Racing Team training in the Solent. Picture: Shaun Roster

For 164 years, the America’s Cup has been the carrot dangling out of reach for many British sailing teams. For 2015 it will be returning to Portsmouth, and with it comes our best chance in years of bringing it back to the UK where it belongs. Dan Wilkinson explains more

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Homes and Gardens

Thu, 16:35
Hook is surrounded by pretty villages - such as Rotherwick with its pubs, ponies and landrovers.

Hook always feels as though it’s on the way to somewhere else, Emma Caulton wonders about the pleasures of staying put

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Mon, 11:02
Cross Lane Barn Farm is a lovely old, weatherboarded barn nestled into the landscape

Opting for maximum glamour over paired back minimalism – Julie Rodilosso wanted a barn conversion with stacks of character, as Emma Caulton found on her recent visit

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Wedding and special event florist, Jay Archer, is flying the flag for British flower growers with the launch of a new Flower School that aims to educate and spread awareness of the thriving industry.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015
View across the River Hamble from the bridge at Swanwick

From sailing along the strawberry coast to shopping on cobbled streets, the Hamble Valley offers an idyllic lifestyle as Emma Caulton discovered on a recent visit

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Monday, May 11, 2015
Quay Hill

From stories of smuggling and sea salt to summer sailing and superb shopping, Emma Caulton celebrates living the high life in the seaside town of Lymington

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Walks

Monday, June 15, 2015
Heading towards Manor Farm

Follow Steve Davison to Hampshire’s ‘watercress capital’ for a peaceful walk alongside the River Alre, to the east of Winchester

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Monday, May 18, 2015
Sea and sun looking towards the Isle of White from Barton on Sea © Steve Davison

Steve Davison heads to Barton on Sea for a coastal walk with views across to the Isle of Wight

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Friday, May 1, 2015
Following the Hangers Way towards Vann Farm after Point 2 © Steve Davison

Steve Davison heads to Hawkley for a walk in the South Downs National Park to the north of Petersfield

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Thursday, April 9, 2015
Looking east back towards Upton © Steve Davison

Steve Davison heads to the North Hampshire Downs for a peaceful walk with some lovely views and a pub

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Take a seat and admire the views of the River Hamble between Point 3 and 4 © Steve Davison

Our walk this month, a figure-of-eight stroll which can easily be split into two shorter walks if required, is based at historic Botley and follows parts of the Strawberry Trail - a 15-mile route that weaves its way through an area that was once well-known for the sweet, red fruits.

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