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November/December 2019

COMPLIMENTARY

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Dear Readers, Welcome to the November, December issue of Beautiful South. Cover photo by Wildbunch Florists www.wildbunchflorists.co.uk 01962 735097 Sales team: info@beautiful-south.co.uk Designer: design@beautiful-south.co.uk Editor: editor@beautiful-south.co.uk Tel: 01730 260746 www.beautiful-south.co.uk Address: Beautiful South, Unit 1 Viceroy Court, Bedford Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3LJ Find us on Pinterest Beautiful South Magazine Follow us on Instagram @BeautifulSouthMagazine

While outdoors is colder, the days are shorter and darker – it must be said it is one of my favourite times of the year. An excuse to relax and recuperate indoors, Sundays spent unwinding to a long slow-cooked roast with a well-deserved glass of red and the excitement of end of year celebrations around the corner. Our issue is packed full of news and features to get you on your way to a productive and nourishing season. From style stories that give you all the advice you need, whether it is getting ready for the party season or a trip to the snow, through to the latest in health trends with bone broth. Perhaps the ultimate guide to preparing a festive fish? Or, learn all about an exceptional local producer with our profile on Mud Pies.

Meanwhile, taking the time to look at those we can give time to help over the holidays with a guide on how to work with Hampshire’s food banks. Across the world, we take you to the scorching sands of Dubai for some winter sun. And, back again to our local area, a guide to falling in love with Winchester all over again. So – whatever it is that takes your interest, get comfortable, get warm, relax and enjoy this issue. We look forward to seeing you in the new year and wish you all the very best for the months ahead.

Denise Lloyd Denise Lloyd, Managing Director

Find us on Facebook /beautifulsouthmag Follow us on Twitter @beautifulsouthmagazine Top image, Neptune furniture, www.neptune.com

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What’s Inside? 40

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THE STYLE EDIT Fashion Ready for the Festivities

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HEALTH & BEAUTY The secrets of Bone Broth Cosmetic Dentistry

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INTERIORS Making Your Home with Moody Hues

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SPECIAL FEATURE How to help Hampshire’s Food Banks

22

INTERVIEW Inerviewing Susi Lennox & Sarah Brooks

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GENTLEMAN’S NOTEBOOK Dressing for the Snow

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SPECIAL FEATURE The Perfect Christmas Gift Guide

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FOOD & DRINK Tipple Talk Ashling Park Our favourite Festive Fish Dishes

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SPECIAL FEATURE Loving Winchester

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MOTORING Introducing the Range Rover Sport P400e

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TRAVEL Escape to Dubai

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PRODUCER PROFILE Great Taste Starts with Good Mud

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OUTDOOR LIVING Theatre & Entertainment

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EVENTS GUIDE

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CONTRIBUTORS

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style EDIT for the Festivities By Georgia Reed

Join Beautiful South & celebrate in style this season Whether you are celebrating with family, friends or colleagues, we are about to hit the packed season for parties and festivities. Christmas celebrations are the perfect excuse to splash out on new outfits, accessories and beauty treatments - to guarantee you feel your very best.

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Beautiful South have shared our top tips on how to feel fashion ready for the weeks of festivities. For the office party, or even Christmas day, why not seek out a show-stopping dress? At this time of year, there is no meaning of ‘too much’. From red ruffles and feathered embellishments, right through to rainbow sequins and shoulder pads, no fashion is off-limits. At Beautiful South we have our eyes on a couple of jaw-dropping styles this season.

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2019’s party season will welcome a whole host of sparkle and texture. Inspired by recent runway trends, this year, sequin styles are experimenting with new silhouettes and shapes. This is the best time of year for experimenting with something new and having fun with your outfits. So, why not try a sparkling dress in a new style, such as fringing or draping? Reiss - Embellished Silver Clutch £125.00. John Lewis Westquay, Southampton SO15 5QA www.reiss.com


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Ruffled hems have been around for a while now, but come winter 2019 - one frill will simply not do. This year, expect to see layers upon layers of eye-catching ruffles along sleeves, hems and collars. These fabulous frocks are the new statement-making solution for women who want to wow with ‘that dress’, and it works for all ages. You can shop this look at the Moda Rosa fashion boutique on Alresford High Street. They feature a fantastic selection of outfits, including designer, to choose from.

As winter wraps around us and we head out for the evening, don’t forget to stay warm. As a key stable of the colder months, you simply cannot go wrong with a statement coat. This season, why not invest in an item that will bring you comfort and style? Long, leather trench coats are a ‘must-have’ this winter and were showcased down designer runways this AW19. Stick to a classy and sleek black colour, or try something new with a khaki or deep-maroon - to really impress. With many options of leather trench coats around, it is best to have a research on what works best for you. And lastly, it is time to think about your accessories. Top off your look with an eye-catching clutch, from chunky jewels to colourful tassels, the jazzier, the better. Our current favourite is the star embellished clutch bag from Monsoon.

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Once your outfits have been sorted, the true countdown can begin. Roll on the mince pies, present wrapping, Christmas carols and of course, the mulled wine!

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/ HEALTH & BEAUTY

The secrets of

Bone Broth The colder months have set in, and getting our required nutrients, minerals and infusions through fresh vegetables and fruit that the summer months offer gets harder.

Our top picks to summarise the benefits that bone broth can have on your body: broth is rich in minerals that help 1 Bone strengthen your bones. It also contains many other healthy nutrients, including vitamins, amino acids and essential fatty acids.

Dating back to prehistoric times, the health benefits of bone broth - nutritious stock commonly used in soups has regained major popularity in recent years.

2 The gelatine in bone broth supports healthy

A cup of bone broth a day can only be sure to provide excellent benefits.

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The amino acids in bone broth can help fight inflammation. Because of this, eating it may help protect against disease.

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The gelatine in bone broth has been shown to promote feelings of fullness. Consuming it regularly may reduce calorie intake and lead to weight loss over time.

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Glycine has been shown to promote sleep. Taking it before bed may improve quality of sleep, mental function and memory.

Bone broth is easily made at home, from simmering and boiling down the bones from just about any animal that we use in regular cooking, such as pork, beef, chicken or lamb, in a giant pot accompanied by water, a small amount of apple cider vinegar and salt & pepper for flavour. If you aren’t up for making it yourself, there are plentiful stores and regular supermarkets selling highquality alternatives.

digestion. It may be beneficial for individuals with leaky gut or other inflammatory bowel diseases.

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As with any health tip, the benefits of bone broth should be seen as an addition to a balanced diet and lifestyle and not a full alternative to regular consumption of nutrients. What is known is that even as much as a cup of bone broth a day (which can be a great winter alternative to a cup of tea or coffee before or after lunch or dinner) can only be sure to provide excellent benefits.


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ON YOUR SMILE Our teeth are an essential factor in our face that shows wellbeing, health and good self-care. As we get older, our teeth through wear and tear become more vulnerable and our routine around maintaining their strength, colour and aesthetics become more important. Aside from regular trips to the dentist – it is always recommended at minimum once and ideally twice per year for a check-up and meeting with the hygienist – brushing twice a day, regular flossing and mouth wash, advances in dental technology mean that there are now a plethora of treatments on the market open to us. Many of these treatments deliver incredible results once only limited to highly expensive and invasive cosmetic intervention. So, looking to brush up on your smile? Here are our top 3 tips and treatments.

INVESTING IN A BETTER TOOTHBRUSH Simple but highly effective. Investing in an excellent brush, ideally electronic, has huge long-term benefits, and the cost per use is next to nothing. Electric toothbrush bristles vibrate or rotate to help you remove plaque buildup from your teeth and gums. The vibration allows for more micro-movements every time you move your toothbrush across your teeth. TechAdvisor’s recent 2019 round-up of the best includes great options such as the highly-rated Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100, or the Oral-B Pro 2 2000.

WHITENING It’s undeniable that removing stains and yellowing to the teeth to reveal and showcase a brighter, whiter smile has hugely positive implications. Whether it’s selecting a toothpaste with a stronger fluoride level or organising a whitening session with your dentist, it’s highly recommended. There are typically two forms of whitening treatment – at home, and in the chair. Take-home involves creating a mould and dental trays of your mouth, with your registered dentist preparing an appropriate strength of bleach that gradually over 2-3 weeks lift stains from the tooth enamel. It is recommended during this time you use a sensitivity toothpaste to avoid any heightened feeling.

OUR TEETH BECOME MORE VULNERABLE AND OUR ROUTINE AROUND MAINTAINING THEIR STRENGTH, COLOUR AND AESTHETIC BECOMES MORE IMPORTANT. In the chair usually present a stronger and more invasive option for those wanting immediate and high impact results. Zoom Whitening is a popular treatment, whereby UV light is applied over dental bleach bringing your teeth upwards to 5-6 shades lighter in one session. Looking for a much less invasive alternative? Charcoal toothpaste has been talked about a lot lately, and while not having quite as strong effects as any of the previously discussed, it does carry great whitening benefits at an affordable cost.

COMPOSITE BONDING Porcelain veneers are up there with the most invasive treatment when it comes to cosmetic dental with the ability to totally restyle, contour and change the overall appearance of your teeth. While a great option for some, this treatment is irreversible and a big investment. Dental bonding is a procedure in which a toothcoloured resin material is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth to restore or improve the person’s smile. This is an excellent alternative and perhaps road-test for those seeking full veneers in the future. Dental bonding takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete and can be undertaken often immediately after a consultation. This is a rather incredible, cost-effective and fast option for those wanting to improve corrections with the teeth and when carried out alongside a whitening treatment, the overall effects can be hugely satisfying. As with any treatment, consultation with a registered professional and also undertaking your own research is essential. Ask questions, ask to see previous case studies and make a well-rounded decision before embarking on your dental improvement journey!


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Making Your Home With

The latest interior design trend is all about the drama of deep and dark colours. From repainting rooms to sourcing new furnishings, the Beautiful South Magazine can shed some light on how to celebrate and adopt this style into your living space… Are you looking to revamp your home? Don’t be afraid of rich and dark hues such as smoky greys,

teals, coffee browns and bottle-greens. These tones can help bring relaxation, comfort and depth into your home, allowing your personality and flair to shine through. But how? Refitting the entire kitchen isn’t the only way to completely transform the heart of your home. If you are looking to revamp your kitchen but don’t have the ability to rip out and start from fresh, then existing wood kitchen doors can be repainted and teamed with new handles and taps. Glossy white kitchens - be gone! The latest style

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is for neutral and dark walls, paired with deep coloured cabinets in navy and greens. Farrow and Ball’s Hague Blue and Green Smoke paint shades can help you create this captivating look. Brass and copper finishings work well against these darker shades, adding that extra touch to your cooking space. Together they create a beautiful backdrop for daily life in the kitchen - setting the scene for your morning cup of coffee and afterdinner drinks.

Rather than forcing brightness into the space, use the absence of light to your advantage and drown your walls with ink blues or earthy tones. Darkly painted walls are also a delightful remedy for your rooms that don’t receive much natural light. Whether that is due to a north-facing angle or a lack of windows, embrace the sombre and relaxing feeling of a naturally low-lit room. Rather than forcing brightness into the space, use the absence of light to your advantage and drown your walls with ink blues or earthy tones. Walnut wood floors or shelving units team well in these spaces, creating a classical and timeless look.

Be sure to explore Rebecca Barnes Designs in Petersfield for some serious interiors inspiration. To avoid a room looking dreary, liven it up with plants and a contrasting pop of bold colour in lemon yellow or fuschia pink. Or, perhaps you are searching for some darker, fresh furnishings to breath new life into your home? Well, look no further than Neptune Interiors’ latest Christmas collection, encompassing both traditions and nostalgic items of which can help transform your living space with the latest sombre-shaded trend. Beautiful South’s particular favourite, is the beautifully textured and comfortable George Sofa in Isla Grouse (£2,315), which will work well in your home as an iconic, standalone piece of furniture. We are already excited for winter evenings curled up in front of the television. If the bold move to the dark side seems daunting, then ease yourself in slowly. Remember that these trends can be adapted to your personal style and home comforts. To edge yourself in, start with exploring and experimenting with smaller items within your house, such as throws, rugs or even your bed linen. Home Sense in Chichester always has a beautiful selection of blankets and bedding to choose from. You never know - adorning your bed in beautiful, deep coloured sheets or covering your floors in a rustic, dark hued rug, may be the simple revamp you were searching for. Opposite page - top left image: Neptune Eva sofa large Hugo Pale Oat £2,325, Keswick coffee table Brushed Brass £780, Rupert stool in Isla Swallow £395, Isla velvet stocking £30. www.neptune.com This page - top right image supplied by Rebecca Barnes Designs. www.rebeccabarnesdesigns.com Bottom right image Neptune George sofa large in Isla Grouse £2,315, Brompton reading light Bronze £340, Sefton throw in Rust £175, Scatter cushions from £52.


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Whether you wish to donate money, food or your time - any help is hugely appreciated. If you would like to organise a collection for your local food bank, then please contact them beforehand to see what they are in desperate need of. For more information, please visit www.trusselltrust.org.

Find your local food bank and contact details here:

Hampshire’s Food Banks By Lily Lloyd

There are currently 14 million people living in poverty in the UK, including 4.5 million children. That's 14 million people who suffer from lack of means necessary to meet their basic human needs, including food for themselves and their family – shocking, right? To help combat those staggering figures, food banks across the UK work round the clock to help relieve the times of hard struggle for those who need it. As we welcome the months of November and December, there is one large event on everyone's mind; Christmas.

“Christmas is a time of giving, spreading cheer and sharing the love with friends and family.” While many of us will be opening our advent calendars each morning as we count down to the big day, there are still 14 million UK residents that are faced with the possibility of going hungry this Christmas. Amazing charities like The Trussell Trust and Meon Valley Food Bank are situated throughout Hampshire to help our neighbours in crisis. Thousands of food banks can be found across the UK in locations such as supermarkets, churches, schools, businesses and even individual homes! Each food bank collects monetary donations and

non-perishable, in-date food. These food banks are run by more than 40,000 volunteers and workers across the UK, who selflessly donate their time and goodwill to sort through the food, check it's in-date and then store it; ready for it to be given to people who are referred to a food bank in crisis. Food banks partner with a wide range of care professionals such as doctors, teachers, health visitors and social workers to identify people in crisis and give them a voucher to access emergency food from their local bank. But charities like The Trussell Trust do not stop there; they recognise that ending hunger is more than just supplying food. That's why they encourage volunteers to provide compassionate, practical support to people in crisis so that they are less likely to need a food bank in the future. The Trussell Trust also work with nutritionists to develop a food parcel that contains sufficient nutrition for a minimum of three days of healthy, balanced meals for individuals and families. A typical package includes items such as cereal, soup, pasta, rice, tinned goods, UHT milk, tea, coffee and more. Many food banks also provide essential non-food items such as toiletries and hygiene products. Each year, as we draw closer to the 25th December, we will undoubtedly see a surge in large food collections to help support those throughout the winter months. This year, Beautiful South would like to urge those who can to help as much as possible.

Meon Valley Food Bank Malt Lane, Bishop's Waltham, Southampton, SO32 1BA, 07956 375447 suepardon@gmail.com Petersfield Area Churches Together Food Bank The Salvation Army, Swan Street, Petersfield, GU32 3AD, 01730 265884 web.master@pact.org.uk Portsdown Community Church The Beacon, 69-73 Meridian Centre, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 1UN, 02392 470167 foodbank@portsdowncc.org.uk Alton Food Bank 15 Market Square, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1HD 07773 034447, info@alton.foodbank.org.uk Bognor Foodbank Argyle Hall, Argyle Road, Bognor Regis, PO21 1DY 01243 866952, bognorfb@hotmail.co.uk Romsey Foodbank Freedom Centre, Unit 20, Romsey Industrial Estate, Greatbridge Rd, Romsey, SO51 0HR 07761 405870 info@romsey.foodbank.org.uk


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/ INTERVIEW

Embracing Nature to Change the World from the Inside

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n 2003 Sarah Brooks and Susi Lennox, two long-standing friends, had both reached a point in their lives where they wanted to do something new, daring and worthwhile. Today their awardwinning Hampshire based company The Yes Yes Company Limited sells their range of certified organic intimacy products in 95 countries worldwide. These two exceptional and determined women had such a strong belief in their vision that they sold their homes to fund their business. With their mission statement ‘To Change the World from the Inside’, they took their ethical business values and created life-enhancing products aimed at the health, wellbeing and pleasure sectors. Susi Lennox mentions one of the main motivations for creating their business and range of products and commented:

After three years of research and development, it was clear that they had brought pioneering products to a receptive market, starting with online sales in the UK, acquiring international customers and distributors across the globe.

Susi sums up the extraordinary positive feedback that they get from those who have discovered their life-changing products and said: “We absolutely know that the products we have created have been transformative – our customers and their partners tell us constantly how we have saved their sanity, their marriage, their comfort, their sexual survivorship, their intimate pleasure, their ability to heal from hurts, emotional and physical, and we are humbled and inspired by their celebration of all that has been restored through YES. Some of the profoundly moving stories that customers share are deeply disclosing – describing how life-changing YES has been for them, and reduce us to tears.”

“WE ABSOLUTELY KNOW THAT THE PRODUCTS WE HAVE CREATED HAVE BEEN TRANSFORMATIVE”

Susi and Sarah continue to be delighted with the feedback from customers via the many positive testimonials - known as their YEStimonials, that they receive. Another area of achievement that friends and business partners are particularly proud of is the relationship they have forged with the NHS, with two of their products now available on prescription.

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Sarah and Susi continue to develop new products to add to their range of organic lubricants including two intimate washes, YES CLEANSE unfragranced and Rose that is matched to vaginal/vulval pH with soothing calendula and Aloe vera. Plus a recent launch of an anal lubricant YES BUT and other exciting products in the pipeline.

S E Y

“In the wake of Viagra, we realised the need for intimacy products that would be suitable for older women, and having both worked as consultants in the pharmacovigilance arena; we were all too aware of the prevalence of side effects. We decided to create a business that reflected our values and develop side-effect free and pioneering intimate care products, which we wanted to be The Ultimate for the Intimate.”

S E Y

Sarah is very involved in the product development side of the business and commented: “The organic nature of YES personal lubricants and Vaginal Moisturisers reassures both Health Care Professionals and patients/clients of safe and side-effect free application, and we now have YES being recommended by Gynaecologists, Breast Care Nurses, GPs, Menopause Specialists, Complementary Therapists and many Psychosexual and Relationship Therapists. These HCPs are reporting effective relief from a wide range of conditions, especially those relating to sudden onset menopause and vaginal atrophy following cancer treatment.”

Having developed a wide range of products that enhance women’s wellbeing - it was interesting to learn more about what Susi and Sarah do to help enhance their own wellbeing. Susi came up with a long list of self-nurturing ideas that we can all learn from and share.

We are very proud of being the first company to have Certified Organic products made available for prescription by the NHS,” continued Susi.

“Guarding against stress, spending time in nature, being very discerning about nutrition and the products we use, creating harmonious environments to live and work in, having rich social communion, laughing a lot, drinking decent coffee (obviously organic coffee and all things organic where possible) and fabulous wine, conscious breathing, indulging in the soul food of music, galleries, festivals, literature and having sumptuous beds for deep dreamful, restorative sleep.”

Photo by Mark Langridge: Susi Lennox (left) and Sarah Brooks (right)

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“We work closely with Cancer Nurse Specialists, and provide sample products to clinics nationwide and internationally as an aid to sexual survivorship following cancer treatment.


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We are gearing up for Christmas in a big way with our beautiful collections We are gearing up for Christmas in a big way with our beautiful collections of trees and ornaments , crackers, candles and table decorations. New ceramic tableware in fun, bright

colours and motifs can transform your table. The collections of art prints in botanical motifs and mirrors have grown with a great response from our customers. Blue and White ceramic planters, pots and ginger jars are always a favourite. Our specialty soaps and candles in a wide range of colours and scents make quick and easy gifts. The STUDIO COLLECTION from William Yeoward Crystal has just been introduced in The Shop. It is a group of contemporary hand-made glassware inspired by the vibrant colours of the Mediterranean skies and seas. Stemware, vases, bowls and carafes as well as large decorative pots and candlesticks are included in the Collection.

Our specialty soaps and candles in a wide range of colours and scents make quick and easy gifts. Our aim is to provide the very best products that will add charm and character to every home. We are always changing our range as we feel it’s important to offer items and products not found everywhere. Our staff , who have been with us for many years, are passionate and very knowledgeable about what they do and service they offer. We are 10 minutes’ drive from Petersfield and offer plenty of free parking with wheelchair access. John Jenkins Nyewood Shop, Nyewood, Rogate, Petersfield, GU31 5HZ. 01730 821495 Open Monday – Saturday 9:30-5:00


/ THE GENTLEMAN’S NOTEBOOK

THE GENTLEMAN’S

Notebook

HITTING THE SLOPES

Winter means a great excuse for a wardrobe update – and we’ve got you covered. Whether a long weekend skiing with the family, a trip up North or simply staying well dressed and warm at the same time down south, here are some of our best buys for this time of year. Go on, treat yourself –

IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS…

PATAGONIA MINI 1L COLOUR-BLOCK NYLON-RIPSTOP BELT BAG

Stylish, small and black. Forget what you know about bum-bags. Patagonia’s outdoor gear works for the harshest environments, as well as when you’re back home in the city. The ‘Mini 1l’ bag is made from durable nylon-ripstop that won’t tear. Easily packable to save space when you’re travelling. From £25 on mrporter.com

MONCLER SLIM-FIT STRIPED QUILTED GLOSSED-NYLON HOODED DOWN JACKET Get in the red with a wardrobe staple you’ll see use out of year after year. Whether you spend the majority of your time in the city or at higher altitudes in the great outdoors, Moncler’s ‘Gary’ jacket will prove indispensable. Made in Italy from lightweight glossed-nylon, it’s packed with insulating down and has toggled drawstrings at the hem and detachable hood to keep wind and rain out. Use the zipped internal pocket to keep your ski pass or wallet close by. £1,015.01 on mrporter.com


MANDARIN FACIAL HYDRATING CREAM Keep your skin hydrated and fresh in even the coldest of climates. A rapidly absorbed, lightly hydrating formulation from Aesop that cools, tones, and balances the skin. Contains a blend of purifying citrus-derived botanical oils. £37 on aesop.com HOLEBROOK WALTER CREW MONCLER GRENOBLE LOGO PATCH BEANIE HAT And, make sure the coat matches the hat. Take this blue wool logo-patch beanie hat from the streets to the chalet, keeping your head warm with the softly knitted wool and front logo patch.

This turtle neck in navy is made from Italian yarn. £105 from LRMan. 1st and 2nd floors, 5 Lavant Street, Petersfield, GU32 3EL 01730 266661. PURE CASHMERE ROLL NECK JUMPER

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The ultimate layer of extra warmth, this cashmere roll neck jumper is a luxurious defence against chilly weather. It is expertly crafted using quality natural fibres for a soft, snug feel. Machine washable for easy care.

RM WILLIAMS COMFORT CRAFTSMAN BOOT BRUSH OFF LEATHER, RUBBER SOLE The ‘Comfort Craftsman’ is handcrafted in Adelaide, Australia and can be worn as a light work boot or a dress boot. Crafted in a two-toned brush off yearling leather and a rubber plain welt sole with a classic squared chisel toe. The inner boot features a comfort Poron innersole. If it’s good enough for Hugh Jackman, we approve… £390.00 on rmwilliams-store.co.uk

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POLO RALPH LAUREN SLIM-FIT PRINTED COTTON-JERSEY T-SHIRT This is a heavyweight and stylish tee to under layer your winter finery. Cut from soft cotton-jersey, Polo Ralph Lauren’s tee features a retro sportswear graphic detailed with the brand’s founding year - a reminder of its longevity and reliability. It fits slim so that you can layer it under a flannel shirt. £70.00 on mrporter.com

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Your Perfect

Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano’s ‘Spinner’ suitcase - £1,195 www.mrporter.com

Christmas Gift Guide Christmas is just around the corner, and the gift-buying season is here. With a long list of people to choose from, it is hard to know where to begin. From partners and parents, to children and the office Secret-Santa, we have you covered. Get festive inspiration with Beautiful South’s Christmas gift guide, ideal for finding the perfect gift for your loved ones.

While you can’t go wrong with pairs of socks and a tie, why not surprise him with something new this year? Whether he’s off on a city break or travelling for business, the Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano’s ‘Spinner’ suitcase from Mr Porter is a hardy and robust stylish gift. If you are shopping more locally, and are searching for a luxurious treat, look no further than local boutique, LR Man and the fragrance collection isle at Tom Ford in John Lewis to make your decision much easier this Christmas.

For Her They say the very best presents come in small packages. Treat the lucky lady in your life this Christmas with the wonderful gift of jewellery. Seek out her jewellery preference, and you’ll be on to a win! There are some beautiful pieces in RJ Morris this festive season. Or, if you find jewellery a little too tricky to choose and are searching for a certain special gift, a lady can never have too many handbags. Net-a-Porter has a large selection of elegant and iconic bags to choose from. We have picked one of our favourites from Little Liffner, perfect for this winter’s style.

Net-a-porter.com - Little Liffner Twisted Mini Crocodile Bag - £255.00 www.net-a-porter.com

RJ Morris Jewellers, Sekonda Ladies Gift Set - £89.99 50 Mengham Rd, Hayling Island PO11 9BL.

For Him

John Lewis - Tom Ford Private Blend Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum, 250ml - £399.00 23 Harbour Parade WestQuay Shopping Centre, Southampton SO15 1QA www.johnlewis.com

12 Bore Range Bespoke leather goods, including wallets, belts, handbags, purses and gifts all hand crafted in the Cotswolds with Hicks & Hides signature bullet cartridge head. From £20, LRMan. 1st and 2nd floors, 5 Lavant Street, Petersfield. Hampshire, GU32 3EL 01730 266661.


For Your Secret Santa With a limited budget and the potential of not knowing your colleague too well, this can be a tough gift to purchase. Our advice is to go for something edible and delicious to avoid any disappointment. From chocolate wreaths and mulled-wine truffles, to caramel reindeers and vanilla snowmen, Hotel Chocolate’s Christmas Collection is packed full of goodness.

For The Wine Lover Rather than giving a usual bottle of wine, try something new this year. And, what better gift than to spend quality time together, bonding over beautiful wine? The Hampshire Wine School are experts in the industry and offer a variety of different events to get involved with, including wine tasting evenings and an eight-week wine course. The ideal present for somebody who enjoys a tipple...or two.

The Hampshire Wine School Located in Southampton or Winchester, gift vouchers can be purchased and used towards all events. www.hampshirewineschool.com Note, gift vouchers are valid for two years since purchase.

Hotel Chocolate, Chocolate Wreath £20.00 and Winter Cocktail Truffles £10.00 33 East St, Chichester PO19 1HS.

For The Grandparents With all the wonderful things Grandparents do for a family, they deserve a memorable gift. Treat them to a piece of art to brighten up their living space. Amy Lague’s Sunny Outside has an array of eye-catching paintings and prints to choose from. Bespoke and personalised pieces are created upon request and commissioned.

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Adventurous Kids Visit California Book - £7.99 www.theadventurouskids.com

Seeing children unwrap their stockings is one of the most exciting aspects of Christmas Day. Filled with excitement and joy, you know they will be bursting to open whatever you get them. This year, give your child a sense of adventure, with Hampshire children’s book author Elle English’s latest ‘Adventurous Kids Visit California’ book. Packed with exciting action and delightful illustrations, it is a story both you and the kids can enjoy.

Amy Lague - Prints from £40.00 Get in touch for more information at enquiries@sunnyoutside.co.uk or 07751750942.


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2. A Journey to

Cognac!

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hat’s the difference between Cognac and Brandy? Akin to champagne and sparkling wine – it’s all about geography. In purest form, Cognac is Brandy, specifically created in the Cognac region of South West France. Brandy meanwhile, can come from anywhere in the world. Aside from where it is from, there are a few other rules that make Cognac the unique French spirit that it is. Cognac is created from a blend of grapes that include the Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche, and Colombard varietals. A minimum of 90% of the brandy must be comprised of those grapes, while an additional 10% can be made of other kinds.

Remy Martin XO

Martell Blue Swift

Hennessy Paradis Imperial

Step it up a notch with what can be considered an iconic drop in the Cognac world. Rémy Martin XO Excellence is composed of EauxDe-Vie coming exclusively from the most sought- after vineyards of Cognac: Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne. Such Eaux-DeVie offers an exceptional ageing potential and are known as Cognac Fine Champagne. A myriad of floral, fruity and spicy aromas velvet texture, opulent density, giving a superior mellow sensation.

A curious spirit from the House of Martell. Blue Swift starts with a base of their VSOP Cognac, but it’s then finished in Kentucky bourbon barrels. The result is rich and creamy, with outstanding vanilla and spiced plum notes. Tasting notes of vanilla ice cream, clove, plum pudding, maple syrup, praline and fried banana.

Ready to break the bank and celebrate a milestone in style? Hennessy Paradis Imperial is a contemporary creation by Yann Fillioux, the 7th generation Master Blender. This rare Cognac is the apogee of Hennessy’s art of selection. Comprised of Eaux-De-Vie aged between 30 and 130 years old, with a higher proportion of Eaux-De-Vie from their 19th-century reserves than the Hennessy Paradis gives it a richer, more powerful style. Exceptional at every drop.

Once the liquid is created, it is then distilled in copper pots and aged for a minimum of two years within oak barrels – similar to whisky. The barrels themselves must be made from French oak sourced from specific regions. As this process is underway, a special grading system designed for Cognac comes into play...

EXPERIENCE...

We’ve rounded up our best picks – from getting started on your Cognac journey, through to pleasing even the most expert connoisseurs!

Interested to learn more? Look no further than the specialist luxury experience platform, Clos19. Giving you access to some of the best champagne, wine and spirit houses in the world - a special two day Hennessy experience in Cognac includes visits of the vineyards, cellar tours and private tastings. Spend two nights at the Chais Monnet hotel and spa, alongside a selection of mixology workshops and culinary experiences. Price on application at www.clos19.com

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With such a pedigree, Ashling Park is our choice for putting the sparkle into this Christmas season, so log on to www.ashlingpark.co.uk and buy online or find an outlet near you.

Now that autumn’s here and the nights are drawing in; our thoughts are turning towards Christmas - the presents and the entertaining… How about this for an all-round easy win? Ashling Park English sparkling wine. We did what the label said: we popped the cork and were bewitched by the aroma of ripe stone fruit and white flowers. We poured a glass and were beguiled by its lovely straw-coloured gold and the fine bubbles rising briskly to the top. We took a sip and were spellbound by the perfect balance of the intensity of fruit and the chalky acidity. It is, indeed, “enchantment in a glass” which makes it the perfect and most welcome gift, and guarantees to add sparkle to every Christmas party.

With such a pedigree, Ashling Park is our choice for putting the sparkle into this Christmas season, Ashling Park Estate is owned and run by the Gardner family at West Ashling, just outside Chichester. It’s a magic spot between the South Downs and the Isle of Wight and the perfect

location for a vineyard. With 33 acres under vine over two sites, they’ve recently harvested 80 tons of grapes by hand in the proper, time-honoured way, to ensure that only the very best of their crop goes into their delicious wine. Ashling Park is an open secret within the wine industry. It’s already won three major awards. At the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (the wine industry’s Oscars), it came away with a coveted gold. To put this into perspective, some 17,000 wines were blind-tasted, and only 330 were awarded gold - as well as winning gold from Wine GB and silver at the Sommelier Awards. And It’s been picked by Susie Atkins and Jamie Goode, the well respected wine journalists, and chosen by Rose Murray Brown, one of only 390 Masters of Wine worldwide, and her Masterclass as outstanding favourite in a line-up of sparkling wines from not just the UK but around the world. With all this going for it, it comes as no surprise to hear that Ashling Park is already stocked at Cliveden House (Meghan Markle’s pre-wedding hotel), five-starred Chewton Glen in the New Forest, and by our very own Goodwood Estate. They obviously all know a good wine when they taste it.

And by the way, we’ve heard on the grapevine (sorry… we just couldn’t resist that) that the Gardner family are on a mission to bring a sense of place to their label. Work has just started on five luxury lodges for overnight stays, and a grand tasting room designed for them by William Hardie of TV’s Amazing Spaces fame. They’ll be open for vineyard tours and wine tastings by next summer. We’ll certainly be booking a tasting the moment they are up and running! We poured a glass and were beguiled by its lovely straw-coloured gold and the fine bubbles rising briskly to the top.


Our favourite

Festive

Fish dishes W

e spend our whole year waiting for the Christmas period. December is filled with Sundays dedicated to roast dinners, long naps and classic movies. But for some of us, the thought of seeing another turkey roast dinner can sometimes fill us with dread. To avoid this, we at Beautiful South, have pulled together some ‘less traditional’ winter-inspired fish dishes for you to try. Fish? Yes, that’s right! Having a fish-based winter dish may be completely unheard of for some, but for many people across Europe, fish is another staple dish on the Christmas menu. Similar to a family sharing a turkey or nut roast on Christmas day, families and friends across Europe share a whole fish of their choice; such as turbot, brill, seabass or monkfish on Christmas Eve.

TAKE A LOOK AT THESE GORGEOUS WINTER WARMER FISH DISHES WE HAVE SELECTED, AND TRY THEM FOR YOURSELF. As with most things at Christmas, this tradition stems from religion, restoring the Roman Catholic and Orthodox practice of fasting in preparation for the coming of baby Jesus. Although a tradition, this meal can vary considerably between countries. For example, Greeks often take part in a 40-day fasting period in which meat is completely off the menu (apart from fish being allowed on the weekends). So before you dismiss the idea of adding fish to your Christmas plans, take a look at these gorgeous winter warmer fish dishes we have selected, and try them for yourself.


Cranberry, parsley & nut crust salmon

Serves: 4 Cooks in: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients: • • • • • • • • • •

Panko breadcrumbs 150g Dried cranberries, chopped 120g Sliced almonds, 40g Pine nuts, 40g Flat-leaf parsley, chopped, 15g (save 5g for garnish) Thyme leaves, finely chopped, 30g Zest of 1 lemon and zest of 1 orange Butter 120g, melted 1 fresh salmon (about 1.5kg) 1 lemon, cut into wedges to serve

Ingredients:

Baked turbot

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1 turbot 1-1.5kg Sea salt and black pepper Olive oil Fresh garlic cloves Chopped shallots & leeks Rosemary Lemon wedge Samphire grass

Method:

Method:

Serves: 8 Cooks in: 20-25 minutes

1. Preheat oven to 200°C. 2. Line a large baking or oven tray with baking paper. 3. In a medium bowl, mix panko breadcrumbs, 100g cranberries, almonds, pine nuts, parsley, thyme and lemon and orange zest. Stir in melted butter and season with salt and pepper. 4. Pat salmon dry with paper towels and remove any remaining pin bones. 5. Place salmon on prepared tray, skin-side-down. Season well with salt and sprinkle crust mixture evenly on top, pressing down gently to adhere. 6. Drizzle over a little more melted butter. 7. Place on a shelf in the middle of the oven, and bake for about 20-25 minutes until crust is golden. 8. Garnish with more the rest of the chopped cranberries and parsley for colour. 9. Serve with boiled baby potatoes, salad and a slice of lemon (to squeeze).

1. Ask your fishmonger to get the turbot oven-ready, scoring around the edge and removing the fins. 2. Fill the bottom of your baking tray with chopped garlic, shallots, leek and rosemary, laying your turbot on top. 3. Drizzle the top side of the fish with olive oil, rubbing sea salt and black pepper across the back. 4. Inset a lemon wedge inside the head of the fish, this will add extra flavour and keep the fish moist. 5. Bake for 20 minutes uncovered (this will enable the skin to crisp up) 6. Round the edge of your fish, sprinkle samphire grass and cook for a further 2 minutes (you will find this at any good fishmongers or forge for your own!)

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Following a major £1.3 million refurbishment from its new owners Agincare, Gorseway Manor Care Home on Hayling Island’s Sea Front is open for business.

These relaxing and sociable spaces can also be enjoyed by other members of the Gorseway Park community – the independent leasehold apartments and the Gorseway Nursing Home.

As well as its financial investment, Dorset based care provider Agincare brings with it more than 30 years’ experience of providing high quality yet affordable residential care.

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Gorseway Manor Care Home has 32 lovely en-suite bedrooms, as well as five luxury suites with lounge areas, bedroom and bathroom. The care home also boasts a number of communal rooms, including a TV room and sun lounge. Gorseway Manor is a home-from-home. Residents are encouraged to personalise their rooms with their own furniture and pictures. They can even bring their pets in with them. The dining room was originally a stunning ballroom, which has been painstakingly restored to its former glory.

“Gorseway Manor was a key acquisition for Agincare due to its excellent position and our confidence that we could bring it back to being the care home of choice on the Island. “Now after an intensive refurbishment, it’s up to the high standards expected of all Agincare care and nursing homes. We have a fantastic team, facilities and community here.” To find out more about Gorseway Manor Care Home, or to arrange a visit, call 02392 983 738 or visit www.agincare.com/gorseway- manor

WHAT DO OUR RESIDENTS THINK ABOUT GORSEWAY PARK? We love Gorseway Park - its beautiful location, excellent facilities, friendly and caring staff and of course, our residents! But we wanted to give you an idea of how our residents find living here. Lea Achilleos is 90 and was the first resident to move into the refurbished Gorseway Manor Care Home. We asked Lea what she thought of her new home: Lea said: “The girls here are wonderful! Not once have they said to me, Oh, you can’t do that, or You can’t have that. I have everything I want. The food is lovely, and plenty. This to me, is the best, best place heaven and paradise. I wish I could go on forever!” Watch Lea’s video at www.agincare. com/gorseway- manor


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The city has also become the foodie capital of Hampshire, with its wide choice of eateries and has attracted renowned chefs such as Rick Stein and Raymond Blanc seconds have taken you from the hustle and bustle of the city into a tranquil countryside setting along parts of the River Itchen. Everywhere you look you will see history in most of the city’s architecture with The Great Hall another hidden gem and one of the finest surviving aisled halls of the 13th century, containing the greatest symbol of medieval mythology, King Arthur’s Round Table. Turn another corner and you can find yourself outside the house where Jane Austen spent her last days. Then take a few more turns and you will be at the centre piece of the city, Winchester’s famous Cathedral that will link you back to Jane Austen again, and where you will find her burial place. Even if you are familiar with Winchester, there is always something new to discover. One way of getting to know the city better is to do a guided Pub Tour, or a Grape and Grain Tour or take a look at some of Winchester College’s guided tours.

Winchester’s retail and restaurant offering continues to attract people into the city every day, and unlike other centres the city appears to be thriving as it approaches the festive season. The famous Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market attracts around 350,000 visitors each year and will run from 21st November - 22nd December. Considered to be one of the best in Europe because of its unique location, the market will have over a hundred ski chalet style shopping outlets selling a vast range of unusual and interesting gifts. A large Ice Skating Rink will form the centre piece of the event, and visitors can also enjoy Christmas Tower Tours of the Cathedral with elevated views of the market and across the city.

setting of Abbey Mill Gardens, just a short walk from the hustle and bustle of the shopping area. Winchester’s wide range of restaurants also offers food lovers tastes from across the globe from Japanese, to Thai, Indian, French, Spanish and Italian as well as the best of traditional and modern English cuisine. Another very short walk from the centre will take you to the National Trust’s Winchester City Mill, fed by the crystal clear River Itchen. Then take another short walk past the statue of King Alfred and Winchester’s Guildhall and you are back in the hub of the city, with its street entertainers and colourful markets. As they say in the restaurants

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When the facelifted Range Rover Sport arrived in early 2018, this P400e plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) variant was added to the line-up. It boasts a 13kwh lithium-ion battery large enough to propel it for 31 electric-only miles, which rolls its fuel-economy figure into triple digits and reduces emissions. To identify the Range Rover Sport from the previous version, the 2018 facelift introduced a new grille, front and rear bumpers, a redesigned rear spoiler and slimmer, now LED, headlights. Inside, the updated Range Rover Sport is just as luxurious as ever, with swathes of leather covering every surface and metal trim that’s cool on the eye and tactile to the touch. The Touch Pro Duo infotainment system – with its two 10-inch displays stacked on top of each other – are crystalclear and look great, with the top display taking care of navigation and media, while the bottom screen is used for vehicle and HVAC settings. There have been some compromises in practicality in order to accommodate the battery pack and electric motor. In the standard Sport, there’s up to 780 litre of luggage space, but this is reduced by up to 79 litres in the P400e, while the boot floor is also raised by 46mm. More significantly for families, there’s also no longer the option of the 5+2 seating layout that makes the Sport an occasional sevenseater, because there’s no room to stow the third row in the boot. Just one engine option is offered on the Range Rover Sport P400e, which is a turbocharged 297hp 2.0-litre petrol engine paired with an electric motor to produce a combined 399hp, hence the P400e name. It’s never short of power and

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exchange brought about by trade routes. Notable sights include the 16th-century Dhayah Fort, the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, Mohammed Bin Salim Mosque and the abandoned fishing village of Jazirat Al Hamra.

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Its coastline is rimmed with luxury hotels, each with their own private stretch of uncrowded white sands, along with incredible wildlife.

Ras Al Khaimah’s relatively undiscovered beaches are sublime stretches of sun-kissed sands bordering the lovely warm waters of the Arabian Gulf. The private beaches belonging to the resort hotels are particularly hard to beat, and many boast natural lagoons with activities such as parasailing, banana boat rides, jet-skiing, along with snorkelling and diving.

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With this in mind, Christian decided to re-create these delicious pies to sell. He knew he wanted to make the pies with the same home-made quality and attention to detail as to his grandmother, while also understanding the importance of using locally sourced, quality ingredients. Christian continued to run the café, but with demand for pies now high at the farmers’ market, he would often work through the night to keep up. Shortly after, they were also being sold at Midhurst, Petworth and Winchester Farmers’ Markets. With the success of the pies now firmly established, the decision was made to close the café and instead, invest in a small industrial unit in Chichester. ‘I would set up and sell out by 10 am. So the next week, I would make even more, but with queues of people wanting to buy my pies, I would sell out by 10.30 am. I couldn’t make enough to keep up’, Christian reflects.

All their pies are made with the finest, locally sourced ingredients to create simple down to earth good food.

To keep up with demand, Christian’s wife Toni helped alongside her midwifery studies. In 2012, Christian and Toni welcomed their first daughter, Emelia. At just six days old, Toni took Emelia to the Farmers’ Markets to visit her very dedicated dad who continued to work round-the-clock to produce his popular pies. Within just six months, the business, now known as Mud Foods, outgrew the unit in Chichester and moved to a larger unit in Midhurst, where it remains today. Christian’s legendary butter-rich pastry is one of the greatest secrets of his success. He says, ‘We get comments all the time from customers about how crisp and delicious our pastry is’. The name Mud Foods was chosen because of the quality of the soil in which crops are grown and the way the animals consume them - ultimately giving Mud Foods its great-tasting ingredients. All their pies are made with the finest, locally sourced ingredients to create simple down to earth good food, and they have won 56 awards in the last five years! Mud Foods now employs 12 members of staff, so Christian no longer has to work through the night. Toni has a career as a local Midwife, and they have a second daughter, Liberty. Mud Foods continue to support local Farmers’ Markets, and more often than not, you will see Christian at a lot of these events. Mud pies varieties include steak and ale, chicken ham and leek, squash spinach, feta and even a vegan pie! They can be bought and enjoyed in many outlets from the British Library, to a farm shop near you. For more information, please visit www.mudfoods.com


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The award-winning spirit is gently distilled with fresh, peppery watercress. This month, the Winchester Distillery team has unveiled the stunning new look Twisted Nose, which is sure to attract many new followers with its beautiful design and help Paul and his team take the gin to new heights.

Presented in a bespoke bottle that ripples and refracts like the surface of a Hampshire chalk stream, Twisted Nose is a vibrant celebration of provenance and place. Crafted to capture the natural habitat of where it’s now made – the former watercress factory in Old Alresford - the award-winning spirit is gently distilled with fresh, peppery watercress, grown just outside the distillery door in pure chalk streams, to give it a unique and uplifting twist. The watercress is combined with nine other carefully selected botanicals, which include coriander seed grown in the South Downs, lavender from Long Barn in Alresford and of course juniper without which it couldn’t be called gin. The final result is a herbaceous yet delicately floral dry gin, beginning with soft sweet citrus notes from pink grapefruit, then some spicy undertones, finishing with a peppery sparkle from the fresh watercress.

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We are all so fortunate to have such a vast range of arts, culture and entertainment within our beautiful county of Hampshire. Who needs to trek all the way up to London, at great expense, to the theatre, live music, comedy or children’s entertainment, when we have it all on our doorstep. As we move towards Christmas, the emphasis is often on children and considering how to keep the family amused during the school holidays. A traditional Pantomime is still a fantastic option for all of the family, and this year there is such a wide choice with: The Titchfield Festival theatre will be presenting ‘Pinocchio’, with no strings attached! Tichfield Theatre is one of the UK’s largest amateur theatre groups with three venues situated along the south coast of Hampshire and have multiple productions running all year round, so go and enjoy their fantastic version of the loved Collodi story between the 11th December - 21st December.

The Theatre Royal Winchester is presenting ‘Dick Whittington’ from 30th November until 5th January. The theatre will also have Olivier Award Winner Guy Masterton, who will bring the classic festive fable of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to life on 19th and 20th November. For the adult audience, the theatre will host comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson, back by popular demand with their ‘Scummy Mummies Christmas Show’ on 17th and 18th December, recommended by BBC’s Woman’s Hour and The Sunday Times.

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Down at Southsea, the Kings Theatre will have Boyzone’s Shane Lynch playing Abanazer in ‘Aladdin’ while the Theatre Royal Portsmouth is presenting ‘The Nutcracker - a Christmas Musical Spectacular from 13th - 31st December. Also on the South Coast is the renowned Mayflower Theatre at Southampton, where ‘Nativity’ The Musical starring Dani Dyer looks like a feel-good, fun show and an excellent way to tap into the festive spirit from 3rd - 7th December.

The swashbuckling magic of Peter Pan swoops into Mayflower Theatre this festive season, in an unmissable, high-flying pantomime adventure that you and your Darlings will love. Marti Pellow, the multi-award-winning singer-songwriter and musical theatre star, leads the cast as the villainous Captain Hook. There are many other venues in Hampshire that also offer the combination of entertainment and dining including the 4 star Holiday Inn Winchester with its regular events including the Ultimate Elton John Tribute Night on 29th November. The Concorde Club at Eastleigh is another elegant venue that attracts some big names in the music business, presenting jazz, blues, soul, tribute and comedy and combines this with fine dining in a night club setting. One of the ways of getting out and about with the little ones is to take them to Marwell Zoo to experience the zoo’s 10th Christmas Wonderland Experience; this incredible event will make your family’s Christmas magical! Join Jingle the elf and some of his new friends in ‘Wonderland’ as you step into a curious world of topsy-turvy delights open between 16th November - 24th December 2019. Or last but not least, a trip to the renowned Winchester Science Centre that will have Santa’s Science Grotto, hands-on exhibition and planetarium shows that are fun and educational for all the family. So save your train fare to London and enjoy some of the festive arts and entertainments in our area.

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Pinocchio: The best Panto ever with no strings attached! A brilliant fun packed version of Pinocchio is set to hit the stage at TFT this Christmas. Building on their reputation of bringing classic fairytales to life TFT’s version of Carlo Collodi’s dark tale is lovingly created into a new all singing, dancing, hilarious Christmas panto… all of your favourite songs and characters are here plus a few new ones.

Adam Feeley is director of Pinocchio and said: “Pinocchio is a beautiful story of a wooden puppet crafted by a woodcarver Geppetto, who dreams that one day it will grow up to become a real boy. Pinocchio is a classic tale and the panto will be as close to the original story as possible. Families will love the show; it is full of laughs, songs and of course there will be plenty of opportunity to join in!”

Walt Disney’s cartoon movie was released almost 80 years ago and in celebration of this special anniversary, Titchfield Festival Theatre brings Pinocchio to life on the stage with a feel-good production that will get everyone in the mood for Christmas.

Adam continued, “Pinocchio is one of the favourite stories of our Artistic Director Kevin Fraser and we are determined to make this year’s panto very special. We have a lovely cast including experienced actors and several newcomers too. It has been a while since the theatre performed something really traditional – we promise everyone a real treat!”

The show will follow the adventures of Pinocchio – famous for his nose which grows longer when he tells a fib – together with his friends and family. Will Mr Geppetto the village toymaker ever make his hearts dream come true? Can his wonderful wooden boy Pinocchio find his way home without his nose falling off? Will Mama Macaroni foil the evil Stromboli’s plans?

Pinocchio opens on Wednesday 11th December until Saturday 21st December 2019 at 7.30pm in the Oak Theatre, Titchfield Festival Theatre, St Margarets Lane, Titchfield PO14 4BG. Matinee performances: Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th and Saturday 21st December all at 2.30pm.

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HAMPSHIRE’S CHRISTMAS FARMERS’ MARKETS

SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE

Hampshire Farmers’ Markets give you the perfect chance to buy fresh, local, seasonal produce in time for Christmas Day. From delicious meat to mature cheese, fruity wine and homemade gifts, there’s lots to whet the appetite. For more information on where to find your local Hampshire Farmers market call 01420 588671 or visit www.hampshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk/ market-locations

The Armistice Day Service of Remembrance will be held at in the Guildhall Square Portsmouth - Sunday 10th of November at 10:15 am. The service will be preceded by a parade of veterans, military personnel and youth groups. For more information please visit www.portsmouth.gov.uk

Throughout November & December

WINCHESTER BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS

9th November Broadway & Recreation Ground, Winchester The Bonfire, Fireworks Spectacular and Procession in Winchester is a sight to behold as over 20,000 gather to celebrate the failed plot of Guy Fawkes. At 7.15pm, the huge Bonfire is lit, and at 7.45pm the legendary Fireworks Spectacular will take place. The event is not run for profit - all profits to go to the Winchester Round Table Charitable Trust Fund to help local people who really need it. For more information or to purchase tickets email info@winchesterbonfire.co.uk or visit www.winchesterbonfire.co.uk

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In Flanders’ fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place: and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders’ fields. - Extract from ‘In Flanders’ Fields’, by John McCrae

CONTRASTS JEWELLERY FAIR 16th November

Contrasts is an exciting contemporary jewellery fair being held in Rowlands Castle on November 16th at St Johns Church hall 10am - 4pm, PO9 6DF. Over twenty designer jewellers are taking part, showing their skills and creations in silver, gold, wood, glass, precious and semi-precious stones and beads. It will be a fantastic opportunity to choose quality Christmas gifts for friends, family

and perhaps yourself. There will be something stunning for everyone and it is an event not to be missed. Two pounds entry at the door or register for two free tickets on the website www.contrastsjewelleryfair.co.uk

SOUTHAMPTON ICE RINK AT WESTQUAY

9th November - 5th January West Quay Shopping Centre

Whether you’re a Dancing on Ice champion, a total newbie or just about anything in between, you can be sure to find some festive euphoria on the surface of Southampton’s real ice rink. Tickets: £11.50 adults, £9.50 child, £10.50 concession (student/ OAP) and £38 family (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children). The Esplanade, Medieval Walls, West Quay Shopping Centre, Southampton, Hants, SO15 1QE. Bookings can be made at the rink or online at the Ice SKATE Southampton website. For additional information and opening times also visit www.iceskatesouthampton.co.uk.

PORTSMOUTH ICE RINK

17th November – 6th January Guildhall Square Portsmouth

Get your skates on this festive season and take to the ice as Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square is transformed into a winter wonderland. Ice Skate Portsmouth is a real, 612sqm ice rink installed in Guildhall Square - big enough for 204 skaters per session. Tickets: £10 Adults, £8.50 Child, £9 Concession (student


and OAP) and £32 family. Bookings can be made at the rink or online at the Ice SKATE Portsmouth website. For additional information and opening times visit www.iceskateportsmouth.co.uk.

STANSTED CHRISTMAS FAYRE 21st - 24th November Stansted Park

Come and soak up the traditional festive atmosphere at Stansted House this Christmas. With a wide range of gifts to provide inspiration for everyone and festive entertainment, you’ll find everything you need to make this Christmas a magical one. Adult/Senior £8 (under 16 yrs free). Please be advised that pushchairs are not permitted in Stansted House. No dogs except those needed to assist. For more information please call 02392 412265 or visit www.stanstedpark.co.uk/christmas-fayre

WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS MARKET

14+; contains adult themes. Performance starts at 7:30pm. To book tickets or for more information call 01243 781312 or visit www.cft.org.uk

THE VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL 29th November - 1st December Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

One of the largest and finest Christmas festivals on the south coast returns to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to mark 20 years of magical festive fun. Browse over 100 stalls under the shadow of HMS Victory for the perfect hand-crafted stocking filler, sip mulled wine and tuck into traditional festive treats in this unique setting. Open between 10am 6pm. For tickets call 02392 839766 or visit www.portsmouthhistoricdockyard.co.uk

SANTA SPECIALS AT THE WATERCRESS LINE

30th November – 24th December The Mid Hants Railway

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe due to its unique location, high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods can be found in abundance. Open from 10.00am – 6.30pm Sunday – Wednesday, and 10.00am – 8.00pm Thursday – Saturday. Located at Inner Close, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9LS. Please visit Winchester Cathedral’s website www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk or call 01962 857200 for more information.

Travel on The Watercress Line in a festive train carriage for a magical trip where Santa and his jolly helpers visit you in your seat with a gift. Grown-ups get treated to white wine and mince pies, whilst children enjoy a soft drink and a gingerbread man. Each child will also receive an activity pack to keep them entertained on this enchanting onehour journey. Located at Station Road, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9JG. Advanced booking is essential for this popular event. To book or for more information and timings call 01962 733810 or visit www.watercressline.co.uk

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Alice Sebold’s best-selling novel is a unique coming-of-age tale that captured readers throughout the world. This acclaimed stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, directed by Melly Still, is an unforgettable play about life after loss. Susie Salmon is just like any other young girl. She wants to be beautiful, adores her charm bracelet and has a crush on a boy from school. There’s one big difference though – Susie is dead. Suitable for ages

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An awesome festive day in the centre of Petersfield working with the Hampshire Farmers Market. Usually with over 100 awesome stalls, family entertainment, Father Christmas and much more. Previously described as the busiest day Petersfield has ever seen! Opening times for Petersfield’s Christmas Market is 10:00am – 15:30pm. For more information about the Christmas Market head to www.petersfieldfest.com.

DICK WHITTINGTON 30th November - 5th January Theatre Royal Winchester

Dick Whittington tells the story of a man who seeks his fortune in a London tormented by Revolting Rodents led by the sinister King Rat – the role of which is played by Kris Milnes, or Bouffon in last year’s panto, Beauty and the Beast. Dick Whittington will be at Theatre Royal Winchester from Saturday 30 November 2019 – Sunday 5 January 2020. Find out more, including performance dates and times, and book tickets by calling 01962 840 440 or visit www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk

PINOCCHIO!

11th - 21st December Titchfield Festival Theatre

A fantastic version of the much loved Collodi story now created into a new all singing, dancing hilarious Christmas panto. Your favourite songs and characters are all here plus a few new ones! A truly wonderful Christmas treat for all the family. For performance times or more information call 01329 556156 or visit www.titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com

PETERSFIELD COMMUNITY CHOIR ‘SOUNDS OF WINTER’ CONCERT 11th December at 7.30pm St. Peter’s Church, Petersfield

Join the Petersfield Community Choir for the festive ‘Sounds of Winter’ Concert. With special guests Petersfield Ukulele Band. Funds raised at this event go to local charities. Performance is at 7:30pm. For more information please visit www.petersfieldcommunitychoir.co.uk Dick Whittington - Theatre Royal Winchester Panto Launch - © Adrienne Photography


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