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Longstock Park Water Gardens open day in aid of PLANETS

The charity PLANETS (Pancreas, Liver and NeuroEndrocrine Tumours), a Southampton General Hospital Charity, has been kindly given an open day at Longstock Park Water Gardens, near Stockbridge, by the John Lewis Partnership.

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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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An Evening with David Gower OBE in Southampton

On Friday 15 May at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton you can hear cricket legend and former England captain David Gower in conversation with BBC South Today’s Sally Taylor MBE.

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10 events and things to do in Hampshire - March 2015

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

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ALTCON

Alton events in 2015 - Teddy Bear Festival and ALTCON

A couple of events to enjoy in Alton in summer 2015 at Alton Assembly Rooms. Both events are free entry, though some attractions may have a small charge.

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Holidays

Every room onboard the Seven Seas Mariner has its own balcony

Riding the waves in style on a Mediterranean cruise

How lovely it is to be proved wrong! After years of enjoying cruising holidays, my husband and I thought that we had well and truly exhausted the concept.

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Discover Out & About

Soak up the stunning views from Lepe Country Park

Things to do along Hampshire’s coastline

Enjoy a day out at one of the many coastal attractions in Hampshire.

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Blashford Lakes is a bustling centre for wildlife. Image: Peter Hutchings

Five of the best nature reserves in Hampshire

Discover the great outdoors throughout the year with our selection of nature reserves located across Hampshire.

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A Twitcher's Haven

A Twitcher’s Haven

One of the highlights of living in Hampshire is discovering all sorts of hidden delights right on our doorstep and Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve is a shining example.

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Places

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Rugby clubs in Hampshire - where to watch

In 2015, the Rugby World Cup heads to England and Wales. Here’s where you can take in some Hampshire rugby in the run-up to the big tournament.

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Things to do in Southsea - places to eat, where to stay and more

Less than two miles from central Portsmouth, the streets and esplanades of Southsea have a cool retro vibe. Packed with independent shops and eateries, a growing number of boutique B&Bs means it’s a seaside resort not just for day-trippers

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Many of the houses are in smart rows of terraced or semi-detached

The story of Uplands Estate - Southampton’s surburban secret

What’s so special about the Uplands Estate - a quiet cul-de-sac near Southampton Common? Resident Gordon Cooper shares the story

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12 tea rooms in Hampshire for Mother’s Day

Treat your Mum to lunch and tea this Mother’s Day with a visit to one of these fantastic tea rooms in Hampshire.

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Fleet Pond has gone through a majestic transformation - photo by Liza Toth

The transformation of Fleet Pond from murky waters to majestic scenes

Just a few years ago much of the wildlife at Fleet Pond was under serious threat of disappearing forever. Now, thanks to a £250,000 restoration grant and a wave of community support, Hampshire’s largest freshwater lake has a clear future. Viv Micklefield looks at what’s been happening there since our last visit

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Wildlife

Hoverflies are key pollinators

Pollinators in Hampshire in decline - what can be done to help

With the county’s pollen loving species in decline, Kizzie Henderson from the Wildlife Trust explains how acting now can help to save our plants, flowers and most importantly, our crops for future generations to come

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By protecting wildlife habitats, we can ensure our local species have a home for the future: Photo by Andrew Whitmarsh

How you can help save wildlife in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

With the decline of wildlife species across the UK happening at an alarming rate, Kizzie Henderson from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust tells how we can all act now to save our natural world

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Testwood Lakes - photo by Peter Hutchings

How turning off a tap can help save the lakes and rivers of Hampshire

As you turn on the tap each day to fill the kettle or settle in for a long soak in the bath, how often do you question where our water comes from? The Wildlife Trust’s Kizzie Henderson tells how, by turning off the tap, you can save Hampshire’s lakes and rivers

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The main MCZs that need our help

How you can help preserve the shores of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

The Wildlife Trust works tirelessly to protect our local and well-loved species inland, but what about those out on our beloved coastline? Kizzie Henderson explains why your help is needed to preserve the shores of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

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Alaskan Bald Eagle - photo by Sue Heath

Stunning birds of prey to be seen in the New Forest

Hidden deep within The New Forest, Liberty’s Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre is ready to delight with its collection of stunning birds of prey

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Walks

Take a seat and admire the views of the River Hamble between Point 3 and 4 © Steve Davison

Hampshire walk through Botley and alongside the River Hamble

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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Looking south across Fleet Pond © Steve Davison

Fleet Pond walk - Hampshire walks

Steve Davison heads to Fleet Pond in the north eastern corner of Hampshire for a breath of fresh air after the festive period

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The thatch-roofed cricket clubhouse viewed from Bolton’s Bench, Lyndhurst © Steve Davison

New Forest walk - winter stroll around Lyndhurst

Burn off your Christmas feasts and take in the beauty of the New Forest on a walk around Lyndhurst

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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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Looking north across the rolling countryside of the North Wessex Downs © Steve Davison

Hampshire walk around Hurstbourne Tarrant

Steve Davison heads for the rolling countryside of the North Wessex Downs for an easy walk at Hurstbourne Tarrant

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