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Bookfest founder Marie Gray outside Hayling Island Bookshop

Portsmouth Bookfest - events on offer

From 24th October to 9th November, bookworms from across the south will be heading to Portsmouth Bookfest. Claire Pitcher finds out what’s in store…

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Shining Stars carol celebration in Southampton

The Shining Stars carol celebration service will be held on Thursday 11 December at St James Church, Southampton. Everyone is welcome.

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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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*VIDEO* What’s on at Portsmouth Guildhall - October 2014

A selection of events on offer at Portsmouth Guildhall this October including Lee Mack, Shane Filan & Lily Allen

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Wedding Fair - Three Choirs Wickham

Sunday 19 October | 11am – 3pm | Botley Road, Shedfield, Southampton, SO32 2HL | Entry is free

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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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Quirky places to stay in Hampshire

People thrive for that thrill of something different so we’ve compiled some vital info on some of the most interesting places to stay in Hampshire

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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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Mid-Hants Railway Watercress Line

Mid-Hants Railway Watercress Line

Let off steam at this living history railway! Experience the nostalgic sights, sounds and smells of steam as you travel through 10 miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside.

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Linger in Lockerley

Linger in Lockerley

You maybe familiar with the nearby town of Romsey, but what do you know about Lockerley?

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Out & About Showcase

Celebrity chef James Martin will be headling the Food and Wine Raceday

James Martin headlines Ascot’s Festival of Food and Wine Raceday

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Combine food and wine from around the world with a memorable day of racing at Ascot’s Festival of Food and Wine Raceday on Saturday 6th September.

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A team of 10 acrobats form the shape of a racehorse crossing the winning post ridden by Stefanie Hofer to celebrate Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot Racecourse. Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images.

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot Racecourse

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Acrobats form 6ft human racehorse to mark the annual team race at Ascot.

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What do visitors love about Hampshire?

Holidaycottages.co.uk look to develop its Hampshire property portfolio to meet tourist demand

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Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas Gift Guide

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Places

Things to see and do in Lyndhurst

The New Forest’s capital remains rooted in the traditions that make this part of Hampshire so special. Yet just like the encircling trees, Lyndhurst continues to turn over a new leaf with fresh attractions on offer

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Bookfest founder Marie Gray outside Hayling Island Bookshop

Portsmouth Bookfest - events on offer

From 24th October to 9th November, bookworms from across the south will be heading to Portsmouth Bookfest. Claire Pitcher finds out what’s in store…

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Autumn in Hampshire - photography, walks and places to visit

A collection of walks, places to visit and photography for you to enjoy this autumn

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Patches, Amport, £525,000 - Pretty Grade II listed thatched cottage with three bedrooms overlooking village green - Evans & Partridge, Stockbridge, 01264 810702

Best things about living in Andover

Emma Caulton explores a hidden corner of Hampshire... the pretty villages in the valleys surrounding Andover

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(From l-r): Mark Wright, Chairman of Hampshire Fare, Landlords Nigel and Helen Owens, Tracy Nash, Hampshire Fare Manager

Christmas comes early for Hampshire Fare

The county food group Hampshire Fare are celebrating their move to the Christmas Suite at Rownhams House & Gardens, situated between Romsey and Southampton.

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Wildlife

Starlings at Blashford Lakes. Photo Credit, Martin King

Nocturnal wildlife to look out for in Hampshire

Just because the days are getting shorter, it doesn’t mean that wildlife activity in our gardens disappears. Deborah Griffiths from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is here to advise us on nocturnal wildlife and what to look out for

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Iain Curry

CLA Chairman calls for MPs to ensure the future of our countryside

CLA Chairman Iain Curry is relying on our local MPs to ensure the future of the countryside in May’s general election

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Chris van Schaick has a confession on his knowledge of local wildlife

He may have lived in the country for two decades but when it comes to his knowledge of local wildlife, Chris van Schaick has a confession

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Why protecting the wildflower meadows of Hampshire is vital for the future of the ecosystem

Look down on Hampshire from above and it may look like a patchwork of green, but when it comes to flora and forna it’s not as abundant as it seems. Kizzie Henderson explains why protecting our wildflower meadows is vital for the future of our ecosystem

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Deborah Griffiths shares her top tips for wildlife gardening

Deborah Griffiths from The Wildlife Trust says creating a prize wildlife garden does not mean weeds and overgrowth

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Walks

River Test and bridge at Bere Mill © Steve Davison

Hampshire walk along the Mill Trail to Whitchurch

Follow Steve Davison to Whitchurch in the north-west corner of Hampshire for a meander along the Mill Trail

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The peaceful River Dun near Point 4

Hampshire walk around Dunbridge and Mottisfont

Steve Davison takes a walk round Dunbridge and Mottisfont in the Test Valley

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All Saints Church dates back to the 12th century (portrait)

Hampshire walk around Minstead visiting the grave of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Steve Davison heads to the New Forest to explore the final resting place of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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At the end of Priory Road the walk heads down the cliff to the shoreline via a flight of steps © Steve Davison

Head to the Isle of Wight for a coastal walk

Steve Davison heads across to the Isle of Wight for a coastal walk offering some great views and a visit to the seaside town of Shanklin

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The final part of the walk heads through fields before passing The Sun Inn © Steve Davison

Steve Davison on the hunt for the famous golden postbox in Bentworth

Steve Davison leads the way on a 5 mile walk exploring the countryside around Bentworth, keeping an eye out for its famous golden postbox

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