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Take up the opportunity to visit Hampshire’s most interesting historic buildings, usually closed to the public, as Heritage Open Days encourages everything from grand mansion houses and museums to hidden air raid shelters to open their doors… Claire Pitcher explores

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On 11 and 12 September, enjoy whole evening of entertainment before watching a film under the stars.

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Bluebells near Wickham by Jon Mack under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/) via flic.kr/p/5JSMMp

A beautiful village is something we’re certainly not short of here in Hampshire. We decided to shortlist 10 and invite you to vote for your favourite!

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Ice Cream van at Gunwharf Quays (Getty Images)

Whether it’s a simple 99 or something a bit more adventurous, there’s a good range on offer when it comes to ice cream (with some sorbet and gelato on the way) here in Hampshire

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A selection of fantastic Hampshire events and things to do on bank holiday Monday 31 August...

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Wellington Farm Shop by Alexander Baxevanis under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/) via flic.kr/p/5VNz26

If there’s one thing we love to do here at Hampshire Life, it’s to celebrate local produce! So here are a selection of some of the best farm shops across the county where you’ll find just that

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Winchester City Mill and bridge spanning the River Itchen. The Mill was first recorded in the Domesday survey of 1086, but was rebuilt in 1744, and is now restored to full working order; Credit National Trust Images/Phil Ripley

Winchester’s City Mill welcomes visitors to explore the country’s newest National Park says Joanna Crosse

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Hampshire Country Sports Day 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Hampshire Country Sports Day has an action-packed programme of events and entertainment for the annual countryside extravaganza to be held on Sunday 13 September at Tichborne Park near Alresford, as a brand new show sponsor: GMK Limited of Fareham, suppliers of the famous Benelli shotguns, is announced.

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Bembridge lifeboat station at dusk. Credit: Island Visions Photography

Fabulous local food, historic hideaways and bucket loads of outdoor pursuits makes this favoured destination of royals, writers and rock stars well worth the short hop from the mainland writes Viv Micklefield

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Excavations at Silchester - top 5 finds

Monday, August 17, 2015
The team on site in the 1970s

Reading University’s Professor Michael Fulford has been excavating at Silchester for over 40 years. Here he picks five of their most significant finds to date

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The Observatory in its original location in Winchester. Photo by Matt Dunkinson

Earlier this year, ‘The Observatory’ arrived at Winchester Science Centre creating a window into the work of three contemporary artists. Now this extraordinary rotating studio has its temporary home and three new occupants at Lymington’s Keyhaven marshes. Viv Micklefield finds out what happens when art goes outside the gallery

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Baking is big business nowadays (partly down to a certain television show) but not everyone has the time to make that perfect loaf or cake every morning. So we’ve rounded up a selection of bakeries across Hampshire which will do the job for you!

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Seafront at south-facing Ventnor

If you’re looking for value for money and a gentler pace of life, then the Isle of Wight calls, says Emma Caulton

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For any keen sailors amongst you, you’d be hard pushed not to come across Lord Palmerston’s three looming sea forts off the coast of Portsmouth.

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Treat yourself to lunch and tea with a visit to one of these fantastic Hampshire tea rooms.

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The transformation of the 10-mile Meon Valley Trail is putting Wickham on the cycling map, providing accessibility for all and creating a link straight into the heart of the South Downs. Natalie French finds out more

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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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As New Park prepares to welcome visitors from all over the county, we take a look at the top ten reasons why this year’s New Forest Show should not be missed

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Milford on Sea is all about life’s simple pleasures: cliff-top walks, rows of beautiful beach huts and the chance to devour a bag of chips whilst staring at the sea… says Natalie French

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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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