Did you know that Bournemouth was in Hampshire until 1974?
Learn some quick beginners’ tips for real ale and craft beer tasting with contributions from some of Hampshire’s top brewers.
Since the Government introduced a scheme to give tax breaks to smaller breweries in 2002, the number of breweries in the UK has almost tripled from around 500 to more than 1,400.
Read my review of Hill Farm Orchard and Hampshire Farmers’ Markets’ first ever Applefest event at Hill Farm near Swanmore.
In the UK, around 70% of the apples we buy are from abroad. A bit odd when you consider that the apple harvest in the UK lasts from August to December and you can store some types of apple from nine months or more.… Read more
Cider traditionally played a big part in rural life in Dorset. I went along to Sherborne Museum’s “Cider Saturday” to sample some cider and find out about the Sherborne-based cider producers who are helping to revive the Dorset cider industry.
Dorset isn’t as well known for its cider orchards as Somerset and Herefordshire.
But listen to a few songs by Sherborne-based folk group The Yetties and you’ll soon realise that cider traditionally played a big part in rural life in Dorset.… Read more
Here are 12 places you can see the autumn colours in Hampshire, including many places you can visit for free.
One of the things that makes the transition from long summer days to long winter nights more bearable is the burst of autumn colour we get to see in September, October and November.
And while the UK doesn’t naturally enjoy the multitude of colour seen in places like the US or Japan, where there are naturally more species of trees, you still can’t beat an autumn walk in an ancient forest or a tree-lined avenue as the leaves fall gently around you.… Read more
Find out how I got on when I visited the Gun Shop in Botley for an introduction to shooting sports and to experience firing a shotgun for the first time.
Whether it’s the chance to spend hours in the countryside or the opportunity to kit myself out in all things tweed, I’ve always fancied having a go at shooting.
However, it’s always looked to me like a difficult sport to get into if you don’t have the connections.… Read more