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Animal spotting in Bramshaw, The New Forest

The new forest has long been renowned for it’s horses, with references back to King Canute’s Forest Law in 1016, on any day a drive through the forest (particularly on the southern side around villages like Burley) you’ll find many grazing horses as you travel down the many roads that criss cross throughout the forest. [...]

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Places to Surf in Dorset and Hampshire

Perhaps surprisingly Dorset and Hampshire have a variety of places to surf. During the right conditions both learners and old hands can be found enjoying the waves. There’s a thriving surfing community around the region and numerous “surf” shops for gear and training. Wondering where to go – check out our list of places to [...]

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Surfing at Bournemouth Pier

Whilst Dorset may not be first on the list of surfer’s paradise – it may surprise many that there are numerous places to surf around the county. Of these one of the most popular is by Bournemouth Pier. Benefiting from a convenient location with ample “close by” parking the pier attracts a number of surfers [...]

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Brewers quay Weymouth shopping arcade

Situated a stones throw from the quayside at Weymouth – Brewers quay offers a rather unique shopping experience in this quaint seaside resort. The site is a redeveloped Victorian brewery and from the moment you set foot in the store it’s something different. Inside its arranged like a town street with each of the shops [...]

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Putlake Adventure Farm – animal adventure day trip for kids

Nestled in the beautiful Purbeck countryside – a stones throw from the Studland nature reserve is Putlake children’s farm. Squarely aimed at the youngsters – the farm has the winning combination of the traditional farm animals (think goats, chickens, pigs, horses) that the kids get pretty close too (close enough to feed and pet them) [...]

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Best gardens to visit in Dorset and Hampshire

Dorset and Hampshire has a variety of great gardens to visit and with the two counties benefiting from some of the UK’s warmer and sunnier weather, they benefit from a great growing season and all in all can make for a fantastic day out. The gardens range from privately owned gardens (sometimes associated with some [...]

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Hillier Gardens

And so it was on the hotest day of the year (an August day where temperatures sored to 30 degrees) that we visitied Hillier Gardens. Situated north of Romsey – just outside the pretty village of ampfield – Hillier gardens boast a fine history – having been developed by their founder the late Sir Harold [...]

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Highcliffe castle heritage center

Tucked just east of Christchurch is Highcliffe castle. A listed building the castle benefits from some fantastic grounds and beautiful architecture. Originally built in the 1830′s by Lord Stuart de Rothesay it has a rich heritage and boasts some nice touches such as gargoyles and stain glass windows. Open in it’s current guise since 1995 [...]

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Crab Fishing in Mudeford quay, Christchurch – Dorset.

Along the coast from Christchurch is the pretty little fishing quay of Mudeford. Mudeford is actually a suburb of Christchurch – with it’s quaint Bed & Breakfasts and fish orientated gastro-pubs. Just past the cricket pitch is the turning towards the quay – drive slowly as it’s a blink and you’ll miss it job. The [...]

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Things to do in Bournemouth Gardens

Bournemouth isn’t just about fabulous beaches – the town center has some of the most relaxing gardens in Dorset which during the summer months become a thriving place of things to do and see. The lower gardens are situated a short walk from the main shopping center and end at the bottom of Bournemouth’s pier. [...]

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