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Places

33 minutes ago

Embracing both coast and countryside, and yet within easy reach of the New Forest, Christchurch is a delightful riverside town which celebrates its rich history, waterside location and vibrant food scene with relish

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Monday, May 18, 2015
Tom Sturridge as Sergeant Troy and Juno Temple as Fanny Robin during filming at Sherborne Abbey

Sherborne turns Victorian for the filming of David Nicholls’ adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd and Boris Starling was on set to see it happen

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Monday, May 18, 2015
Hardy Monument © National Trust

Celebrating 50 years of its coastal fundraising campaign, the National Trust has made its first coastal acquisition in the South West this year. It will now care for almost 23 acres of Black Down heathland below the Hardy Monument in Dorset – an area of great natural and historical importance.

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Monday, May 11, 2015
River Avon at Ringwod

This month we hop over the border to a town on the edge of the New Forest National Park with easy access to Southampton, Bournemouth and East Dorset’s beautiful beaches

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Monday, May 11, 2015
Dr Sally Reynolds holding 'Mrs Ples' found in Sterkfontein and the Taung Child skull. Both are Australopithecus africanusa which represents a type of 'missing link' species of ancient ape-men from southern Africa

Dr Sally Reynolds, a Research Fellow in Human Evolution at Bournemouth University, reflects on how Dorset’s landscape could reveal secrets about our early ancestors

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Education

Friday, April 10, 2015

Dr Julie Kirkby, a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Bournemouth University, reveals how innovative eye-tracking technology could help children who struggle with dyslexia

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Monday, March 16, 2015
Chris Martin (Photo by Shane Wenzlick/Getty Images)

Celebrities and other famous figures who went to school in Dorset

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Food & Drink

32 minutes ago

Nominate the Dorset food and drink you love in our prestigious awards and reward the heroes from our county’s food scene who tantalise your tastebuds

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34 minutes ago
Mackerel with passion fruit salsa © Chris Terry

Get the barbie going for this easy to make mackerel dish from Valentine Warner.

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Friday, May 8, 2015
Celebrate Father's Day at the Swan Hotel in Wells

This Father’s Day (Sunday 21 June) treat your Dad to a Sunday lunch at the Swan Hotel for £17.95

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Tuesday, May 5, 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 Dorset really has something for everyone. Here’s our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015
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From farmhouse to country house, tea room to hotel Sue Quinn leaves no crumb untested as she seeks out some of the finest cream teas in the county

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Homes & Gardens

Monday, May 11, 2015

This month we hop over the border to a town on the edge of the New Forest National Park with easy access to Southampton, Bournemouth and East Dorset’s beautiful beaches

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Monday, May 11, 2015
Sera is an upholstered bed available in a range of fabrics or leathers with a choice of designer headboards. Shown here with a functional headboard 
where the cushion can be easily adjusted to any angle.  Also shown are Multi Varis units in white and oak. From hülsta Bournemouth bournemouth.hulsta.co.uk

Longer days are on their way - so it’s time to throw open the windows and create a bright light home worthy of summer. Interiors Editor, Carol Burns, reveals this season’s key looks

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Silversmith Karina Gill and furniture designer-maker Simon Thomas Pirie. Karina is seated on a Gabriel chair in elm and English walnut and Simon is leaning on one of his Makers’ Eye desks in black walnut.

Two of the area’s leading designer-makers have teamed up for a prestigious London exhibition, which they are then bringing back home to Dorset for a free show during Purbeck Art Weeks. 27-31 May - The Courtyard Gallery & Workshop, Rogers Hill Farm, Briantspuddle

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Exterior of Kanaha

This four bedroom contemporary home is located on one of the highest points on the Sandbanks Peninsula and offers spectacular harbour views from its expansive terrace

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Showcase

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Save 15% on Be.Loved handbags this Christmas. All bags and satchels are made by hand in North Wales.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

If you’re looking to buy the perfect piece of jewellery for a friend or spouse, you’ll want to make sure you avoid the most common mistakes that can turn your gem of an idea into something that’s stashed at the back of a drawer and never spoken of again!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014
BC Designs Plazia is the Classic modern free-standing bath for the contemporary bathroom - Seamless freestanding acrylic bath.

Victoria Lombard at Ripples Bournemouth gives us an expert guide to the key trends in bathroom design

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Jimmy Quinn riding Yeager wins The Deloitte Handicap Stakes at Ascot racecourse on July 27, 2013. Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

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James Gill meets race-loving Alan Crowhurst, who pursued his passion to become an award-winning photographer

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Archant

Out of the blue a problem has occurred with your car and you need to take it to a garage in order for repairs to be done. As your car is relied upon for getting to work, picking the kids up or simply just getting from A to B, it’s no surprise how many of us get anxious when we know it may have to be taken to a garage to be repaired.

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People

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Lauren Bannon is a talented young singer songwriter who draws inspiration from her love of Dorset.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Budding photographers from Dorset are urged to get out into their local woods and capture those magical family moments as the Woodland Trust launches a special photo competition.

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Monday, May 18, 2015
Tom Summers. Photo by stephen.yates@btinternet.com

Tom Summers, runs a rare breed pig business and also works at his family’s business Felicity’s Farm Shop in Morcombelake.

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Monday, May 18, 2015
Ballet Theatre UK's tour of Aladdin stops at Dorchester Arts

Mark Tattersall, Artistic Director of Dorchester Arts believes that not only do the arts enrich the local community, it can also be run as a viable and successful business that people will want to invest in

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Monday, May 11, 2015
Photo - Julian Sawyer

Visitors to Durlston Castle this month will be able to enjoy a stunning new exhibition of photographs showcasing the wildlife and landscapes of Purbeck, by talented wildlife photographer Julian Sawyer.

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E-Editions

South West Accommodation 2015 

This handy guide will help you decide accommodation and attractions to visit in the South West this summer.

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Life TV

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

April 27 2015 is a day Bournemouth fans will never forget. A 3-0 win against Bolton Wanderers all but secured promotion to the Premier League, just 6 years after almost being relegated from the Football League entirely. Here’s the story of this memorable season...

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Muscovado is BurntOut Theatre’s scorching new play about slavery in Nineteenth Century Barbados, written by emerging playwright Royal Court alumnus Matilda Ibini.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

From YouTube user Martin Cade.

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Discover

Monday, March 2, 2015

Dorset home grown restaurant and cider house serving artisan pizzas, gourmet pies and over 80 types of craft cider, from all across the West Country, established 2009.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
La Fosse

The restaurant at La Fosse has a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere where guests can enjoy delicious food,

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Bates Restaurant

Winner of the 2014 Trip Advisor Excellence Award, Bates Restaurant offers casual dining in homely surroundings

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa Food

We are delighted to announce that we have completely restyled our Upper Deck Bar & Restaurant Terrace...

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Friday, August 8, 2014
The four-mile stretch of sand at Knoll Beach in Studland. Image: David Levenson

Looking for things to do with the children during the holidays? Here are five ideas to keep the family entertained.

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