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July/August 2017

COMPLIMENTARY STYLE •

INTERIORS •

HEALTH & BEAUTY

• GENTLEMAN’S NOTEBOOK • THE INTERVIEW

Celebrating English Wines

• FOOD & DRINK

• OUTDOOR LIVING • EVENTS

MEETING:

SALLY FROM GINGER CATERING

GARDEN LIVING

Let’s go outside

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Cover photo: Hayling Island Beach, by Jonathan Ring 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

Welcome to the July/August issue of Beautiful South.

service and absolutely delicious food for an array of events and occasions.

Finally, at last, we are in the full swing of summer – and what a better time of year to indulge in a relaxing read of our new issue…

If you are looking to refresh your wardrobe this season, or pick out a new staple for an upcoming holiday at home or aboard, we have the answer in our style section and Gentlemen’s Notebook.

This month we take you on a journey around our spectacular region – from a walk through Selborne’s radiant Lavender Fields with over 30 varieties and wildflowers as far as the eye can see, through to the charming town of Romsey, that has been referred to as ‘the jewel in the crown of Hampshire’, particularly in relation to its thriving food and drink culture. The town hosts a truly diverse blend of dining, from authentic English pub grub to awardwinning international cuisines. We also sit down with Sally from Ginger Catering Company, who along with her business partner Matt, share an admirable passion for local produce,

And of course, in Health and Beauty we give you some inspirational quick tips on a number of interesting and alternative ways to get into shape and live your best version of you! It really is the season of the South. So, enjoy the issue!

Denise Lloyd Denise Lloyd, Managing Director

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SPECIAL FEATURE Your summer staycation

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GENTLEMAN’S NOTEBOOK Holiday style & Grooming

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34 SPECIAL FEATURE Celebrating English Wines

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Y O U R H O L I D AY WA R D R O B E No matter where you plan on jetting off this summer, these key pieces will ensure you step off the plane looking stylish. Seasalt Concarneau Skirt, Blue Tree (Petersfield), £65.00 01730 263660, www.facebook. com/bluetreepetersfield

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style insider BLUE TREE PETERSFIELD Blue Tree Petersfield is a family run women’s clothing shop, which stock a number of great high street clothing and accessory brands. Located in Pages Court, just off of the High Street in Petersfield, Blue Tree is a fantastic place for you to find amazing pieces from brands such as Seasalt, White Stuff, Brakeburn and French Connection, without having to travel far. Blue Tree currently have some fantastic summer pieces in stock, including items from White Stuff’s ‘Spice Trail’ collection, which is heavily influenced by Asia and features bold prints, rich earthy tones and jewel like pops of colour. The

collection beautifully encapsulates the vibrant colours and surroundings of southern Asia. Blue Tree are also happy to have some key pieces from the ‘Unique Sea Salt Prints’ range, featuring some gorgeous and flattering cuts covered in the most beautiful prints. All Seasalt prints are inspired by Cornwall and designed by their wonderful co-founder and print designer, so you won’t find them anywhere else! Call Blue Tree on 01730 263660 or visit them at Pages Court, The High Street, Petersfield to learn more about the lovely collections and brands they stock.

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Neck scarves have made a massive comeback this season, with fashion icons all over the world using them as a key accessory paired with all sorts of outfits. They provide an effortless and chic style to any number of looks, and suit all ages. Drawing inspiration from 60’s movie stars, pair a beautifully printed neck scarf like the one shown here from The Hambledon in Winchester, with a stunning pair of cat eye sunglasses for an easy yet stylish look, sure to make you feel as glamourous as the beautiful movie stars we all love.

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Let’s go outside! GARDEN LIVING As the weather gets warmer, it’s time to head outside and breathe in the beautiful summer air.


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INSPIRING WOMEN TO GET BACK TO FITNESS The best way to inspire oneself to get back into fitness is to find an activity that you are likely to stick to – one which fits easily into your busy life and adds fun to your fitness regime. Exercise need not be a chore, with new crazes and fresh classes appearing regularly in gym class calendars, it is true to say that there really is something suited to everyone.

Dance Classes

Dance classes are a fantastic, fun way for women to get back to fitness, regardless of whether you wish to join a local gym class, start with a group of friends or engage solo. The rhythmic exercise appeals to so many women worldwide due to its promise to improve muscular strength, flexibility and cause weight loss, particularly when engaging in faster styles of dance including hip-hop and Zumba. And once the music is blasting, the dancing is contagious. It is true to say that Zumba fitness continues to be hot, hot, hot! This is because women of all levels of health and fitness can engage in the class, as choreography can be easily modified for lower impact when women face injury or modified for higher intensity with the incorporation of weights. The enjoyment of dancing around in a Salsa style to popular music makes Zumba a fun way to ease yourself back into exercise. To find local Zumba classes, visit www.zumba.com and click ‘Find a Class’.

If you are looking for something a bit more elegant and less high impact, why not check out Fitique’s barre classes in Alresford? Rebecca, co-founder of Fitique told us “Our clients particularly love Barre - a low impact, addictive, full body workout. By waking up muscles you didn’t know you had, barre aims to strengthen, tone and create poise - bringing out your inner dancer. Designed to help enhance an effortlessly elegant posture”. www.fitique.co.uk

“BY WAKING UP MUSCLES YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU HAD, BARRE AIMS TO STRENGTHEN, TONE AND CREATE POISE DESIGNED TO HELP ENHANCE AN EFFORTLESSLY ELEGANT POSTURE”

Cycling If you wish to make the most of the summer sun, cycling gives riders the perfect opportunity to exercise whilst watching the stunning local countryside pass you by. The beauty of cycling is the flexibility in which it is performed – as there are no time constrictions, cycling fits easily into everyone’s schedule. But what’s even better is once you have dusted off your bike and helmet, you can boost your fitness levels without causing any damage to your bank balance.

If looking for a lovely cycling route you can enjoy in the summer sun, why not check out the Hayling Billy Trail? www.walkandcycle.co.uk/ hampshire/Trails/00-49/HAMPTR0041_ leaflet.pdf

Belly Dancing Whilst all women should push themselves to be healthier, it is important to be realistic as to your current level of fitness. For women who wish to jump back on the fitness bandwagon at a lower level of intensity, try Belly Dancing. The gentle rocking movements work with the natural physical inclinations of the female body, rather than against them as in some other forms of dance, allowing women to get fit and to unwind. Belly dancing also aids women in preparation of childbirth as dancers develop control over their abdominal muscles and flexibility in the pelvis. If searching for a belly dancing class near you, have a look here www.shunnareh.webs.com.


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5 Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, £24 Try a face mist to cool you down and give your skin the essential nutrients it needs to rehydrate after a long day of drying out in the sun. This face mist even has aloe vera incorporated into it to calm and sooth any hot skin caused by too much sun exposure. Enjoy the relaxing scent of rosewater each summers day as this 100ml bottle will easily fit into any handbag or beach bag. www.jurlique.com

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sheer Tint SPF 15, £20 Make sure to use a lip balm with SPF 15 to keep your pout pretty but protected. The incorporation of SPF in this product enables your skin to avoid chapping and cracking in the sun, your delicate lip tissue will be thankful. For tired, smaller lips, the use of lip balm will moisturise and allow lips to reappear luscious and more vibrant whilst maintaining a natural, summer look. www.elizabetharden.co.uk

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Bee Good Honey & Wild Water Mint Cleanser, £10 Apply a non-greasy cleanser after a hot day. This locally produced, Hampshire product with refreshing wild water mint allows you to cleanse on the go without the need to rinse. This cleanser will give your skin the perfect glow without causing you too much trouble. It will also deeply hydrate any dry skin with the natural ingredient of British wildflower honey and brightens skin with the use of red algae. Slington House, Rankine Road, Basingstoke 01256 215215 beegood.co.uk

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The Lavender Fields Lavender Hand and Body Lotion, £7.50 Apply a rich, fast absorbing moisturiser to replenish your skin after a day out in the sunshine. Treat yourself to a relaxing evening as you surround yourself with the aromatic scent of locally grown lavender. This body lotion will work to enrich your skin and create a smooth touch due to the sweet almond oil and nourishing Shea butter inside. As Shea butter acts as a skin superfood, you may also use this product as an anti-inflammatory. Hartley Park Farm, Selborne Road, Alton 01420 511146 www.thelavenderfields.co.uk

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Accessorise to impress this summer Whether it’s a day at the races, a night out attending a gala event or attending one of this summers’ special occasions, there is nothing quite like wearing fine jewellery to make you feel even more special. So for the occasion, one needs to have the perfect cocktail ring (or two) and certainly one shouldn’t forget the accompanying matching earrings and neckwear. TIVON Jewels has some of the most vivid and dazzling collections of rings with complimenting sets of earrings, pendants, neck pieces, bracelets and brooches to match! All one-off & exclusive! And now available at R L Austen jewellers in Chichester, one of the few places in the UK where you’ll be able to view and buy some of the Tivon range of fine gemstone jewellery.

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Hampshire Food Festival With summer comes the opportunity to explore Hampshire’s thriving food and drink scene. Now in its 17th year the award-winning Hampshire Food Festival lasts the entire month of July with over 60 food and farming events to explore. Farms will open their gates for tours, afternoon tea and pop-up dining. Meet the buffalo, see the lavender, take a tractor ride to see the crops. For the drink enthusiasts, there’s an opportunity to tour vineyards, meet the distiller and visit breweries. Chefs will be celebrating the food festival with special events and pop-up dining. Local resident and MasterChef winner, Jane Devonshire will be hosting two pop-up events at The Myers Touch near Winchester.

Lavender Fields Open Day

Saturday 1st, Sunday 2nd, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th, 11am-4pm See the lavender and wild flowers in bloom. Tours, talks, tractor rides, rural crafts, cream teas and plants for sale. Supporting local charities, no dogs please (except assistance dogs). Address: Lavender Fields, Hartley Park Farm, Selborne Road, Alton GU34 3HP Price: Adults £4, children under 12 free, no booking required. www.lavenderfields.co.uk

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Riverford Farm Tour and Master Veg Cooking Class

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An opportunity to visit, tour and taste Gorilla Spirit’s Silverback gin. Explore the distillery and discover what goes into making their awardwinning gin. Address: Unit 1, Magpie Works, Station Approach, Four Marks, GU34 5HN. Price: Adults £5. Booking: Essential, www.gorillaspirits.co.uk

Lunch with a difference! Beginning with a cookery demo using seasonal organic vegetables. Learn techniques to make the most of your produce. Once prepared taste the results before touring the farm. Address: Riverford Organic Farm, Upper Norton Farm, Norton, Sutton Scotney, SO21 3QF Price: Adults £25, includes lunch, Riverside cook book and medium sized veg box delivered to your house the following week. Booking: Essential www.eventbrite.co.uk

Cherry Orchard Tours and Cherry Market Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July, 10am4.30pm. Learn how cherries are grown and

harvested on a guided tour of Hampshire’s largest cherry orchard. Eight different varieties available in the cherry market. Nature trail. Picnics welcome. Address: Blackmore Estate, Blackmore, Liss, GU34 3LR Price: Free. Booking: Just turn up, regretfully no disabled access www.blackmoreestate.co.uk

Forte Kitchen Presents a Hampshire Feast Friday 28th July, 7pm-11pm Enjoy a four-course menu showcasing some of Hampshire’s finest produce celebrating Forte Kitchen’s passion for quality, local ingredients. Address: Forte Kitchen, 78 Parchment Street, Winchester SO23 8AT. Price: Adults £45 Booking: Essential, email hello@fortekitchen.co.uk Regrettably no disabled access. For a full list of events visit www.hampshirefare.co.uk Twitter @ Hampshirefare, Instagram @Hampshire_fare and on Facebook.

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Situated in the beautiful surroundings of the New Forest and nearby Test Valley, the charming town of Romsey has been referred to as ‘the jewel in the crown of Hampshire’.

The lively market town has a remarkable past with it’s links to royalty and range of historical architecture in the town centre, including King John’s House and the Romsey Abbey – one of the best examples of Norman architecture in Europe.

Yet the modern day Romsey continues in its finest form, particularly in relation to its thriving food and drink culture. Today, the town is host to a truly diverse blend of dining, from authentic English pub grub to award-winning international cuisines, diners in Romsey are spoilt for choice as to what they should choose. Unsurprisingly, the historical market town is home to a range of charming venues from the Old World. At The Old House At Home, situated on Love Lane, you can enjoy a selection of real ales as you snuggle by the brick fireplace of the thatched pub, dating back to the 17th Century. For a hearty, wholesome English meal, tuck into a traditional Sunday lunch at The Cromwell Arms. The flavoursome Sirloin of Chalcroft Farm beef and the Romsey loin of pork are the finest cuts from local farms and are prepared with the freshest Hampshire produce when served with crispy potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, honey roasted carrots and sticky red cabbage.

The Three Tuns, in Middlebridge Street, puts a spin on the traditional pub setting as the historical Grade II listed building adopts a stylish interior with vintage chandeliers. The well-designed menu is bursting with long-loved English favourites and seasonal specials, offering visitors a memorable dining experience. Make sure to pair a fullbodied red from the carefully selected wine menu alongside the tantalising British cheese board, full

Top two photos: The White Horse Brassiere, Bottom left: The Three Tuns. Opposite page, Top photo The river test Romsey, below The Three Tuns.


of the finest selection of West Country cheeses including Apple Smoked Cheddar, Dorest Blue, Somserset Brie and Old Winchester. For an outdoor dining experience, spend your day in the summer sun on the charming courtyard of The White Horse Brassiere where diners are spoilt for choice from breakfast to dinner. The restaurant handpicks its produce to accentuate the home-grown tastes in its appetizing food, from the home-made selections of muesli, breads and purees in the breakfast menu, to the locally sourced New Forest eggs and sausages,

“From truly English meals to the finest, international cuisine, it is clear that the ever-developing dining culture in Romsey continues to keep the delightful market town on the map.” Hampshire pork scotched egg piccalilli and Whisky Cured Stream Trout served with Alresford watercress mayonnaise for lunch and dinner. The award-winning Brassiere also offers the perfect opportunity to pause your busy day for a spot of afternoon tea. Enjoy the sweet and savoury delights of finger sandwiches and freshly baked scones with a range of teas and coffee, or treat yourself to a glass of Prosecco, or two, for a special occasion. But it is not only British cuisine that Romsey excels in. Take a trip to France at La Parisienne. Place yourself on the streets of Paris as the smells of freshly baked French baguettes fill the air from lunch service, alongside the scent of delicious hot bowls of Moules Marinière. Or if you’re looking for authentic cuisine from further afield, delve into the array of Indian and Bangladeshi, Catonese and Pekinese or Thai dining experiences on offer. Founded in 1963, South Garden is respected locally for their excellent Catonese and Pekinese cuisine and 40 reliable years of trading in Romsey. The exotic

restaurant serves up a range of specialist oriental dishes, most notably seafood including Freshly Caught Local Lobster served with ginger and spring onion or Sizzling Scallops with Traditional Sha Cha Sauce.

and classical Indian dishes. The inimitable style and special flavours of the restaurant are incorporated within the succulent chicken, lamb, duck and Bangladeshi fresh water fish dishes to ensure the tastes are unique only to Naz’s.

Sit back and transport yourself to Thailand whilst you enjoy the fresh, classical tastes of Thai cuisine in the Suan Thai Restaurant. Here, traditional dishes are served with a reduced chilli level to suit all English palates. Or for relaxed, banquette dining, Naz’s Cuisine serves a range of creative

From truly English meals made from local produce to the finest, authentic international cuisine, it is clear that the ever-developing dining culture in Romsey continues to keep the delightful market town on the map.

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Your summer

on i t a c y a t S For many years, a summer holiday has meant setting off on a plane for an extravagant trip that has broken the bank. Now say hello to the ‘staycation’! It’s time to enjoy a truly British holiday as you escape to the countryside in an English cottage. There’s no need to go far. For a romantic local retreat for two in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, The Stables offers a refurbished farmhouse situated amongst the rolling hills of the Meon Valley. The cottage offers the perfect opportunity for local exploration and a staycation that will allow you to fall back in love with the area in which you live. Feel at home as you cosy around the wood burner and enjoy the true meaning of local produce, tucking in to free-range eggs and incredible bacon, produced on the very farm in which the cottage sits. Top photo: The Stables, bottom photo: Ridge House.

Test your fitness during a bike ride in the stunning natural surroundings of the South Downs National Park, take an easy afternoon stroll around the delightful village shops before popping in for a pint of local brew at the village pub just one mile away. And after all of that, soak up the sun and relax reading your favourite book in the gorgeous plant-filled garden. www.hideaways.co.uk/holiday-cottage/the-stables-H228


Alternatively, Beck Cottage offers the perfect fairy tale property for larger groups. The rustic, thatched cottage is situated within the charismatic village of Woodgreen in the New Forest National Park. Although refurbished in 2014 to provide modern conveniences for guests, Beck Cottage certainly retains its periodic charm. Its six spacious bedrooms can facilitate a memorable getaway for groups of family and friends of up to twelve people. The New Forest is a place bursting with activity that is sure to keep all ages occupied. Watch as wild ponies roam the open forest or jump onto the saddle yourself at one of the local equestrian sites. Discover the beauty of close by destinations; including the National Trust’s grand country house Mottisfont. Delve into the insightful exhibitions inside the romantic house and stroll around the vibrant gardens that have existed since the 13th Century. Fishermen will not be disappointed by the locations on offer to reel in a catch, or two. Neither will motor fanatics, as the National Motor Museum of Beaulieu sits in the heart of the New Forest with a summer calendar packed full of famous motoring events for you to choose from. www.newforestcottages.co.uk/holiday-cottages/beckcottage/450

For a trip further afield, the picturesque Cottage at Ridge House, located in the idyllic scenery of the Cotswolds, offers a holiday that is quintessentially English. With the 18th Century architectural gems of Bath on your doorstep, this is the place to stay if you wish to explore Britain’s rich history and heritage, or if you simply wish to relax, as the peaceful location is every holidaymaker’s hideaway paradise. Uncover this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as you walk England’s best-marked trail, the Cotswold Way, or watch the beauty pass you by from above as you float high in a hot air balloon. www.holidaycottages.co.uk/wiltshire/the-cottage-at-theridge-house?n=7&pd=1 Photos from top: Beck Cottage, The Stables, Beck Cottage, Ridge House, Inset photo: The Stables.


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Jumping into the water for a dip isn’t something that needs to be reserved for poolside holidays in the South of France or indulgent weeks spent lazing on the sands of the Bahamas. Swimming as an exercise is an ideal way to get the body working hard in a manner that can also be relaxing and enjoyable. In summer, it’s the perfect time of year and excuse to whip out the trunks and get involved either at your local pool, beach, or lake - after work or on the weekends. Swimming is a serious contender when it comes to exercise, helping you lose weight and get fitter. With the right technique and regularity - perhaps 2 x 30 minute sessions each week - swimming will improve your cardiovascular fitness, and sculpt muscles over your body, which is typically hard to do at the gym, or with running or jogging. It is also a great option for those of us who may have physical limitations such as arthritis or are a bit overweight, due to gravitational factors. One of the best parts about swimming, is it’s something we can enjoy doing on our own, and also with friends or family. Pools or the beach are the perfect place to disconnect from the world and take time out to relax. In the south of England, we have some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. To find a local pool, or open water-swimming centre near you check out www.wildswimming.co.uk and make the most of the summer months.

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There is a massive trend at the minute in which people are beginning to use more natural, less harmful products, and charcoal as a beauty product is a result of this trend. The natural substance has proved to be successful when used for a number of beauty and health treatments, such as facemasks, digestive cleansing, and more recently – tooth whitening. Although this may seem rather strange… to whiten your teeth by using a black residue… it is something that people all over the world are trying – and the results are coming back positive!

3. Travel Kit from men-u, Hook. www.men-u.co.uk. This travel kit provides all of the essentials for your summer holiday, ensuring that you are well groomed no matter where you go. 4. Sunspel Slim-Fit Striped Cotton T-Shirt, Mr Porter, £60 www.mrporter.com/en-gb. Woven from the finest lightweight cotton, this timeless midnight-blue and white design will slot seamlessly into your casual summer holiday wardrobe. 5. Hartford Mid-Length Swim Shorts, Mr Porter, £90.00 www.mrporter.com/en-gb. The sharp mid length and dashing grey-green hue of Hartford’s shorts makes them just as appropriate for sightseeing as they are for swimming. 6. No7 Marco Slim-Fit Stretch- Cotton Twill Chinos, Mr Porter, £120 www.mrporter. com/en-gb. Every suitcase needs a versatile pair of trousers, like these beige ‘Marco’ chinos from NN07.

Activated charcoal has a porous surface, so it attaches to plaque, tannins and stains on teeth and safely and efficiently lifts them off. This product is suitable for even those with sensitive teeth and gums as it is non abrasive and also harnesses the nourishing values of coconut oil. This amazing product is 100% natural, harnessing the powers of activated charcoal, coconut oil, bentonite clay, Australian lemon myrtle and organic peppermint.

7. The Deck II G2 Boat Shoes, from Chatham (Made in Great Britain). £105.00 www.chatham.co.uk. Only the most premium leather and materials are used. According to Chatham, you can’t make a boat shoe better than this…

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8. Hudson Premium Leather Backpack, The Mantique (Winchester), £269.00 www.themantique.com. Comfortable, practical and super stylish, the Hudson leather backpack from Knomo is the perfect carry on bag for summer 2017.

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ROOFLESS, FUN AND PRESTIGE

Range Rover Evoque Convertible By Wayne Gorrett It may be difficult to comprehend, but a convertible was always part of the Evoque’s future. From the very first concept sketches, Land Rover was committed to bringing back some sort of open-top motoring. Company bosses hope that buyers choosing an Evoque will seriously consider picking the convertible.

Externally, the Evoque convertible looks very similar to its hard-top sibling. The roofline is virtually the same, giving the car that same hunched, tub-like silhouette. It’s on the inside that the changes are most noticeable – namely the removal of the middle rear seat, making this strictly a four-seater. Boot space has been quite heavily compromised by the roof mechanism, too.

The Evoque has become a huge commercial success and has Range Rover’s largest trophy cabinet holding more than 200 Given the size of the Evoque, chassis rigidity is respectable, though there’s a discernible amount of body international awards. Its global sales flex at times, but scuttle shake and of 600,000 in six years has silenced the model’s critics, who sneered at its The convertible has a seriously rack rattle (movement that shows up through the windscreen frame and slab-sided proportions and supposedly ostentatious design language – not impressive amount of traction when steering column respectively) are both adequately supressed. However, to mention Victoria Beckham’s welloff road, making it one of the most measures taken to engineer out scuttle publicised but mercifully brief foray shake on the Evoque Convertible by into automotive interior design with a convincing 4x4s currently on sale making the chassis more rigid, has special launch edition. resulted in a whopping 300kg weight gain compared with an equivalent five-door Evoque. Land Rover has identified our current fascination with SUVs as a key opportunity to launch the Evoque convertible. With an asking price The unsung highlight of the Evoque has always been its four-wheelof around £48,000, a brilliant tried and tested all-wheel-drive system drive capability. The convertible has a seriously impressive amount of and an electrically retractable fabric roof, this really is something new. electronically-aided traction when driving off road, making it one of What’s more, it’s great fun to pootle aimlessly about in. the most convincing 4x4s currently on sale.

It’s important to forget everything you know about the convertible experience–the Evoque convertible throws the idea of being a lowslung sports car out the window. Instead it sensibly opts for a more genteel and forgiving attitude by putting comfort and style ahead of speed and handling.

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The Range Rover Evoque convertible is an excellent car. Mechanically, it impresses through rigidity and off-road tenacity. The slab-sided styling is more divisive, but no other car offers the flexibility afforded by the Evoque convertible–supreme off-road ability, coupled with roof-down, year-round fun.


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Ginger Created with Passion Interview by Poppy Baker

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inger has been created by our two passions - great food delivered by excellent service.” As soon as I began my conversation with Sally Elcoate, I realised how true this statement was. The passion behind the company is astounding, and has lead to them quickly gaining recognition for their unique and personal approach to catering.

Sally goes on to speak about her favourite thing about running the business, saying “I love being able to be as creative as I want to be. Getting to know all of our clients is also amazing... to get that spark from them. Finishing a job and hearing how much everyone loved our service is so rewarding.”

What truly sets the business apart from its competitors is the personal approach they take to planning and catering events. Clients are given the opportunity to “build their day from scratch, rather than having to conform to a specific menu or style of eating.” This really opens up a huge space for them in the market, as very few companies would have the patience, dedication, or creativity to work so closely with clients in order to create something absolutely perfect.

The company is clearly their passion, and it is inspiring to see two people working so hard towards what they have always wanted to do. Food connects people, sparks happy endorphins and simply makes people happy... it is wonderful to see two people harnessing these powers and bringing them to a wide audience.

In her spare time, Sally enjoys being outdoors. “I am an avid mountain biker, and so I try to get out in the forest as often as possible with wet Ginger Catering was launched in April last year by Sally Elcoate and winter trips to Wales in our off season to enjoy the mountain biking Matthew Harris, following a number of life changing events that led to scene there... Matt is a family man, and spends his time being (lovingly them realising the only thing they were lacking, was confidence. After of course) bossed about by his beautiful wife and two daughters! a number of in depth discussions, the pair decided Our shared passions also include eating, creating, that they were finally going to begin chasing their “I LOVE BEING ABLE gardening... we actually grow a lot of our edible true goal... providing people with the kind of flowers and herbs we use ourselves.” TO BE AS CREATIVE service they would want to receive: “an adaptable, unique and personal catering company which AS I WANT TO BE... “Moving forward it would be nice to be an allows clients to make their visions a reality.” established name within the New Forest and FINISHING A JOB AND Hampshire catering scene... to be known for our Prior to this endeavour, Sally explains “Matt and HEARING HOW MUCH quality and excellent food and service would be a I have both worked in hospitality for what seems dream come true. To create a company where we EVERYONE LOVED like forever, and always followed similar paths. can be living comfortably whilst still enjoying work We both worked in hotels in and around the New OUR SERVICE IS SO as much as we do, but to always keep the personal Forest, but finally crossed paths when we began touch we provide to our clients.” REWARDING.” working at Southampton Football Club.” The years and years of experience both Sally and Matt have has allowed them to forge this new path for themselves in the The last question I asked Sally was a simple one, yet one that had world of catering, with an admirable amount of expertise and grace. personally intrigued me... why the name Ginger? This was met with a laugh before she went on to explain: “We were throwing around Ginger Catering Company focuses on the areas of Hampshire and some ideas, but everything seemed too cliché and so we began looking the New Forest. When I asked Sally why they have chosen this area at companies we aspire to. They all seemed really unique, and taking of England, my question was met with a delightful response: “Both this into account we eventually decided that Ginger was the name for Matt and I were born and bred in The New Forest... this is where our us. Bold and unique, naturally and famously good for you, versatile, hearts are.” fresh... also I happen to be a redhead, and so is Matt’s father!”

For more information visit www.gingercateringcompany. co.uk or give the wonderful Sally a call on 02380 019009.

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of 50 acres of vines, still successfully producing fine English sparkling wines. The vineyard offers the opportunity to explore the history of English winemaking whilst tasting the delights of local wine in their wide variety of wine experiences (www.hambledonvineyard.co.uk).

Currently the modern industry of English wine production is thriving with a rising worldwide reputation, hundreds of new wine makers stepping onto the scene and over 5 million bottles of English wine being produced each year. Following the celebrations of the annual English Wine Week in June, we explore why everyone simply cannot get enough of our delicious English wines!

English winemaking is not easy. Producers face the struggle against unexpected rainfall, rising temperatures and high production costs, but all of these troubles seem to be made worthwhile as England now produces wines that are competitive in style and price to our European counterparts. English wines were exported to 27 countries in 2016 and experts have high hopes for the future as they predict higher and higher numbers of exports on the horizon.

Since the commercial revival in 1950s, dedicated English producers have built the reputation of our wines from the ground up. In fact, the local Hampshire town of Hambledon marked a turning point in British winegrowing history when it became home to the first commercial vineyard in 1951. Today, Hambledon Vineyard consists

We are lucky enough to be situated in the South, the most popular area in England for winemaking. With local vineyards opening their doors to visitors to buy directly from them and alongside the support of supermarkets such as M&S and Waitrose, it is increasingly

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becoming easier to enjoy quality English wines that are produced on our doorstep. For a fruity, summertime white produced in the heart of Hampshire, you can pick up a bottle of Row Ash 2013, produced at the Wickham Vineyard. (www.wickhamvineyard.co.uk). Whilst England is now producing wines of many varieties, the popular bottle-fermented sparkling wines continue to dominate the market. This is evident through the top three grape varieties grown in England which include: Bacchus – a white grape of a sweet variety, Chardonnay – a

“Sparkling is a popular choice for winemakers as areas in England significantly mirror the climate and chalky, clay soil of the Champagne region in France” fundamental ingredient to English sparkling wines and Pinot Noir – an ancient red grape which also plays a significant part in the production fine English sparkling. Sparkling is a popular choice for winemakers as areas in England significantly mirror the climate and chalky, clay soil of the Champagne region in France, allowing world class wines to be produced here at a fraction of the price. The family-owned RidgeView Wine Estate is a prime example of this, having won medal after medal internationally and due to the fact its quality wines have been chosen by the Queen to be served at a variety of state occasions, including the banquet dinners of Xi Jinping and Barack Obama. However perhaps the most notable investment in English sparkling wine to date is that of Champagne Taittigner, as in May this year Taittigner began planting its vineyard at Domaine Evremond in Kent. If you’re eager for a taste, hold your horses! Visitors will have to wait until 2023 for Taittigner’s first English sparkling wine to be produced. In the meantime, indulge in some of our English sparkling favourites created a little closer to home, try the Three Choirs Classic Cuvée (www.three-choirs-vineyards.co.uk). A fine,

white sparkling wine made through the traditional bottle fermentation process used to produce champagne. Enjoy very similar characteristics to champagne without having to break the bank. Or for a twist on the classic English sparkling, try Hattington Valley’s multi-award winning sparkling Rosé 2013. Enjoy this elegant Rosé with its delicately soft pink colouring and fresh, vibrant red fruit flavours alongside your favourite white fish dishes (www.hattingleyvalley.co.uk).

Focusing on wines from smaller growers, VIN Wine Merchants offers more than just wine, it offers a whole wine experience. With regular wine courses and wine experience days (which include lunch at FAT OLIVES and a guided tour of Hambledon Vineyard) you can discover more about the wines. Along with exceptional service and advice you will be sure of finding a wine at a price to suit your budget and know for sure it will be a wine you will enjoy. (www.vinwinemerchants.com)

In 2016, after a long career in the wine trade, which included working for Harrods wines, Annabel’s Club and Wickham Vineyard, Jonathan Rogers decided it was time to work for himself and opened VIN Wine Merchants in Emsworth.

For more information about how local wine is produced and how to pair it with food, the doors of Cottonworth Vineyards will be open to visitors for their 5th annual Wine Festival on Sunday 23rd July (www.cottonworth.co.uk).

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The local landmark, Lavender Fields, sits on Hartley Park Farm in the heart of the Hampshire countryside. It has been 15 years since Tim and Anne Butler introduced English lavender to the farm, but now the vibrant fields of delicate blue and deep purple cover the local surroundings. In more recent years, glorious wildflowers have also been planted, providing an even more varied and colourful landscape. Although 30 different varieties of lavender currently grow in their fields, Tim and Anne are keen to grow an even wider variety of lavender on their farm, creating a stunning environment filled with relaxing, aromatic scents. The Lavender Fields are a happy place for visitors of all ages, bees, butterflies and budding photographers. It is not only the benefit of a beautiful day out that attracts visitors to the Lavender Fields, but also the range of locally produced, delicately perfumed products on offer. All handmade products are created from essential English lavender and rosemary oils, grown in

the very Lavender Fields that the farm shop sits. Customers are able to connect with their purchases as they experience the environment in which the lavender flower is distilled, the oil is matured and where the product is bottled. Tim and Anne aim to bring customers to the Lavender Fields through the use of their products, wherever you may be! The Lavender Fields are proud to continue the tradition of lavender use that began over 2,500 years ago. Their popular lavender oil is the perfect ingredient for anyone in need of stress

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a delightful day out for all of the family... come and explore the beautiful environment filled with relaxing, aromatic scents.

talks and engaging in video blogging. Visitors are also encouraged to give lavender growing a go for themselves as from April to September many varieties of the English lavender plant are available to purchase at their farm shop, which is open all year round. Baking enthusiasts have been inspired to include lavender in their recipes too. The bright flowers are an eye-catching cake decoration and when crumbled can be incorporated into your favourite baked biscuits.

relief when used as massage oil or in reflexology. The flexible product also acts as a powerful plant remedy due to its antibacterial properties and benefits those suffering from insomnia, skin problems and stress.

With lavender in full bloom throughout the summer, the Lavender Fields are host to a number of events open to the public. The annual fun-filled open days occur this year during the first two weekends of July, attracting families and lavender lovers from afar to learn more about the versatile plant. Or groups can engage in an insightful guided tour of the fields and distillery, before enjoying a cream tea served in the delightful farm garden.

Tim and Anne are keen to encourage visitors to discover the benefits of lavender, from the field to feeling good, through hosting a range of

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Dawn Lawrence A true artist of maritime splendour

Wyllie was undeniably one of the most distinguished maritime painters of all time, and still continues to be favored by art collectors to this day. Despite being inspired by such an iconic painter, Dawn has managed to forge her own path and creative style, which has gained her recognition among masses… and has even lead to

her being exhibited within the Wyllie Gallery. In 1997, Dawn’s career began in earnest when she was invited by an Admiral of the Royal Navy to embark in R.F.A ARGUS as the official artist to 702 Squadron. This allowed her artwork to take an impressive turn, because being a qualified pilot, she was able to fly with the Lynx helicopter crew, therefore viewing marine scenes from the air. She believes this gave her the ability to create unusual perspectives in her paintings, and has helped her to become the successful artist that she is today. Following that incredible adventure, Dawn has undertaken a number of commissions for the

My desire is to convey the dramatic and ever changing play of light in the vast cloudscapes of our shores.

From a young age, Dawn Lawrence felt tremendously inspired by the bustling Solent environment that she was surrounded by when growing up, as well as by William Wyllie’s maritime themed paintings.


Royal Navy and also foreign Navies around the world, including those of both Holland and Germany. More recently, she was commissioned to create a painting for the wardroom of HMS AMBUSH. Her insightful view on the subject of maritime scenes has lead to these prestigious achievements, and her skilled technique draws attention from the wider public. Dawn’s astounding passion for painting the sea has led to her also being commissioned to paint classic yachts, both in present day regattas and the historic and prestigious America’s Cup. The distinctive colours used within these paintings truly showcase the immense glamour, drama and excitement surrounding the festivities. Recording each act in a wonderfully modern style, her paintings capture the extraordinary quest for sailing excellence in the 21st century. This wonderful artist has had her work exhibited a number of times, including in The Wyllie Gallery, Knightsbridge and Chelsea, The Marine Gallery, Cowes, the Art Museum of Chianciano, the Gagliardi Gallery in London, and by invitation at the Naval and Military Club in St James’, London. These are distinguished galleries, and being asked to exhibit in them truly is a testament to how talented Dawn really is.

Dawn spoke with us about her current work, stating that she is “concentrating on capturing the beauty and energy of the skies around Britain’s stunning coastline. My desire is to convey the dramatic and ever changing play of light in the vast cloudscapes of our shores..”

If you would like further information about paintings, commissioning a painting or print prices and availability, please e-mail us at info@quartergallery.com or visit www.quartergallery.com Call us on 02392 583900 all images © Dawn Lawrence, all rights reserved


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Organ Detox We are pretty sure that you would not expect your car to run for thirty or forty years without some sort of tune up or service, yet it is outstanding how many of us expect that from our bodies. The world we now live in has more toxins and stressors that at any time before, and adrenal fatigue and hormone issues are becoming widespread, starting at a disturbingly young age.

“Substitute hot water and lemon for your usual morning caffeine fix and if it is palatable to you, add slices of fresh ginger, turmeric or both. ”

A few of the signs include depression, anxiety, insomnia, lethargy, gut issues, weight gain, a noticeable afternoon slump, skin problems, dehydration and mental fog, mood swings and apathy. If you suffer from these symptoms, obviously we are going to urge you to come and see us to be tested, but in the short term, there

are a few things that you can do independently to help to detox your major organs. Substitute hot water and lemon for your usual morning caffeine fix and if it is palatable to you, add slices of fresh ginger, turmeric or both. Set reminders to drink plenty of water, it is amazing how many of us do not drink enough dehydration is not just for hot climates. To help your liver, give the alcohol a break if possible, for at least a six-week period. Add to your diet; avocado, turmeric, cruciferous veggies, sour citrus such as lemons, limes, and grapefruit, swap potatoes for quinoa and if you really do rely on caffeine, please know that this is a red flag, but try organic green tea instead. To help your gut, include fermented foods such as kefir, more cruciferous vegetables, garlic, flax and chia seeds (throw them into a smoothie or sprinkle on a salad) and switch balsamic for apple cider vinegar in the dressing.

For your kidneys, flush, flush and flush, drink water. Add berries and parsley and seeds; it’s amazing how a handful of seeds can liven up salad or yoghurt if you are not dairy intolerant. For the pancreas and lungs, fresh pineapple juice, this is also wonderful for coughs and gives you a huge boost of vitamin C and can also help protein digestion. For the gallbladder, tart apples and unrefined virgin olive oil, read the labels carefully and buy the best quality that you can afford. Use these foods as your blueprint, add to these wild caught fish and organic meats, fresh herbs and spices. Balance your proteins and carbohydrates and be kind to your body. With just these simple tweaks, you will notice a change in your energy levels, your mood and sleep and often your weight.

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Originally from Hayling Island in Hampshire, Ben did most of his growing up in Italy and has also spent a lot of time in Barcelona where he developed a keen eye for design.

He now runs Human Kitchens based in Swanmore, with offices in West Sussex and the Test Valley. He's had a successful career in kitchen design and has worked with some of the 'big names' in the UK kitchen industry. Human Kitchens specialise in bespoke, high quality, made-to-measure kitchens and Ben wanted to offer top quality kitchens at the fraction of the cost, together with excellent customer service. He says: "There are a lot of customers who would use a high-street retailer to source their kitchen and find it difficult (if not impossible) to purchase the size and style they wanted to fit their space. The materials could also be low quality; for instance, rather than being real oak, it would be veneer."

Quality, affordability and service are paramount to Ben, as shown by the fact that his company recently won Best in Customer Service 2017 award from Houzz. His clients would describe Human Kitchens as a company they can really work with, a company they get great quality from and a company with whom they get a great end result, without having to spend the earth. A happy customer, David Farr, confirms this: "We can't thank Ben and his team enough for the fabulous job they did on our kitchen. We worked with Ben for a few weeks beforehand, explaining the vision we had. He was able to help us by introducing suppliers and making suggestions that enhanced the whole project. From start to finish we were treated courteously and with patience by every team member we met. Old fashioned service from a fully professional team - can't recommend them higher." Project Date: April 2017

Ben is proud of the high quality 'British Made', hand-crafted kitchens they provide. He explains: "If someone wanted to buy a kitchen of our quality from the High Street it would be far too expensive. You will find in most cases that you are paying for the brand name, not the quality of the product." Human Kitchens set to overcome this by slashing the price of their handmade kitchens. They keep overheads to a minimum by avoiding the use of flashy showrooms and not charging hefty premiums for their brand. Ben tells us that this allows him to supply and fit a ÂŁ60,000 kitchen for well under half the price and still provide a perfect service. Ben continues: "I think, our craftsmen are amongst the best in the world. They come from a luxury yacht fitting background. Fitting luxury yachts involves working to unusual layouts and specific customer requirements, whilst achieving a perfect finish. There is a world of difference between a craftsman and a kitchen fitter. A kitchen fitter can fit a kitchen, but as soon as there is a slight curve in the wall or something is not quite right with the room, problems begin. A craftsman can make something wonderful out of that situation, as opposed to being stopped by it."

When Ben was asked how people would describe him he replied: "Passionate, I think would be the best word." If you are considering a new kitchen, Human Kitchens would love to hear from you.


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. . . e p a c s E to Australia Western Australia is one of the oldest lands on earth and boasts plenty of history, sights and white sands, so why not pay a visit? With Qantas’ new non-stop direct flight from London to Perth launching from March 2018, the whole of Western Australia is easily accessible and at your fingertips waiting to be explored. Spanning 1,490 miles from north to south, it covers a third of the continent and is the largest state down under. You will discover rugged, barren desert, miles and miles of untouched white sand coasts and Aboriginal history dating back over 4,000 years. The capital of Perth is 17 hours from the UK and is a fantastic place to spend a few days. It is the

sunniest state capital and visitors can enjoy the beach, relax in natural bushland, sample worldclass local wines and watch an ocean sunset, all within just 30 minutes of the city. One of the greatest gifts found in the state is the food and drink scene, which will really appeal to foodies. Perth is one of Australia’s gourmet hot spots, while the acclaimed winelands of the Margaret River are on its doorstep. People can also find a burgeoning craft beer scene and excellent gin and whisky, which is distilled here. Hire a car and visit Margaret River, three hours south of the capital, for award-winning restaurants and wineries. While here, browse the boutique breweries, art galleries and fresh produce. And if you want to give surfing a try,

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the region has one of the best big wave surfing locations with over 40 top spots along the coast. Make sure you stop at Albany to experience the beautiful rugged coastline, while Freemantle – which lies just south of Perth on the coast – is a vibrant port city blending the old and new. Further north along the coast there are some fantastic beaches and areas waiting to be discovered. The Coral Coast is a stunning region where you will find marine life, national reserves and the bluest ocean you’ll see anywhere in the world. The World Heritage Listed Shark Bay and Ningaloo Reef are not to be missed, neither is Monkey Mia where you will love getting up close and personal to its famous dolphins.


Head north west for one of the world’s last true wilderness areas – it is the must-go place for an authentic Aussie outback experience. Visit the tropical oasis of Broome to relax on the breathtaking Cable Beach, the Bungle Bungles Range in the World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park, or the rocky landscapes of Karijini National Park.

“The Coral Coast is a stunning region where you will find marine life, national reserves and the bluest ocean you’ll see anywhere in the world.” Venture inland to visit Kalgoorlie, the biggest city in the Australian outback, with a vibrant mix of gold rush history, colonial buildings and immense mining operations. Once you have explored the delights of the state, take some time to visit the country’s other states and what else Australia has to offer – uncovering shimmering cities, wonderful wildlife and a laidback lifestyle. Our tailor-made Australia itineraries are put together by Travelplanners Australia experts, each offering the perfect introduction to the country’s main highlights. Choose from a Dolphins, Reef & Parks self-drive; West Coast Adventure escorted coach tour; or our Untamed Kimberley coach tour. Alternatively, contact us to create your own incredible Australia holiday. TRAVELPLANNERS vastly experienced travel experts are passionate about Australia, with firsthand knowledge of when and where to go. Our experienced Travel staff have travelled extensivly in Australia with Karin Bessent & Luke House, being qualified Aussie Specialists let them create the perfect Australia holiday at the best possible price.

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EVENTS GUIDE July - August 2017

JULY 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th, 11am-4pm

LAVENDER FIELDS OPEN DAY

See the lavender and wild flowers in bloom. Tours, talks, tractor rides, rural crafts, cream teas and plants for sale. Supporting local charities, no dogs please (except assistance dogs). Address: Lavender Fields, Hartley Park Farm, Selborne Road, Alton GU34 3HP Price: Adults £4, children under 12 free, no booking required. www.lavenderfields.co.uk

1st - 30th July

HAMPSHIRE FOOD FESTIVAL

Now in its seventeenth year, the Hampshire Food Festival celebrates our thriving food and drink culture throughout the month of July. Expect to see restaurant menus filled with local produce and pop-up events on offer at a variety of locations including vineyards, breweries and local farms. Cooking enthusiasts can learn new skills at a range of demonstrations and visitors can witness the pride of local producers as they showcase their award-winning meats, cheeses, fish and English sparkling wines, items which you are sure to be putting on your next shopping list.www.hampshirefare.co.uk

7th July - 15th July

WINCHESTER FESTIVAL

The Winchester Festival is one of the oldest festivals in the city and will be celebrating its 20th year in July across nine days of drama, visual arts, talks and music. This years extensive programme is filled to the brim with events showcasing local and national talent, so it is no wonder that this event has gained an international reputation. Events include choral evensong, orchestral performance, visual arts exhibitions and insightful talks on controversial topics. If that tickles your fancy, make sure to book your space at each event...It’s going to be busy! Winchesterfestival.co.uk

May - 24 July

JANE AUSTEN 200

The Mysterious Miss Austen. Who is Jane Austen? This exhibition is held in partnership with Jane Austen’s House Museum and explores the life of Miss Austen. Discover more about the author’s life in Hampshire, the location which provided the inspiration for her well-loved novels. Learn about Jane’s work and view items which have been traced back to belong to her, including a manuscript of Persuasion written

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in her own hand and her silk pelisse coat and purse. This is a must do event for any literature lover or budding historians. janeausten200.co.uk

26 July – September

STAUNTON’S SPECTACULAR SUMMER

Head down to the farm for some spectacular summer days filled with friendly encounters with farm animals and children’s seasonal crafts activities. Relax in the beautiful walled gardens and walk along the trails in the picturesque 1,000 acres of the country parkland. Check out the Staunton Country Park’s line-up to find out more about the broad range of events which are due to feature throughout the summer season.

AUGUST 3rd-6th August

WICKHAM FESTIVAL

Set in the charming village of Wickham, this family friendly, boutique festival was voted Britain’s Best Small Festival and a safe place for festival-goers of all ages. The 4-day weekend is to be headlined by Scottish singer songwriter, KT Tunstall. But it’s not all about the great


music. From cartoon cinema, puppet theatre, make ‘n’ take crafts tent to a funfair, there’s so much fun to be had for all of the family. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

19-20th August

GARLIC FESTIVAL ISLE OF WIGHT

A date to put in the diary of any foodie. Hop across the water for the Garlic Festival, the biggest food show on the Island. With an array of garlic products, cooking demonstrations and garlic based dishes on offer, this event guarantees great entertainment whilst filling all visitors bellies with delicious food! www.garlicfestival.co.uk

19-20th August

THE CHEESE AND CHILLI FESTIVAL

Winchester welcomes The Cheese and Chilli Festival back for a day that is sure to be a feast for the eyes, as well as tantilising on the taste buds. Visitors are able to indulge in the wide range of cheeses and chillies on offer and try a range of lager, brews and ciders at the local Beer Festival. cheeseandchillifestival.com

25th - 27th August

VICTORIOUS FESTIVAL

Situated on the Southsea Seafront overlooking the Solent, this three day festival is the perfect event for any festival-going families. The festivals growing popularity will include live performances from huge names including Madness, Stereophonics, Frank Turner and Elbow. Sophisticated visitors can expect to be sipping on some bubbly at the Summer Champagne Bar in the stunning setting of Southsea Castle, a castle that was previously owned by Henry VIII. While those who wish to get down and dirty with the full festival experience can set up camp for the whole weekend.www.victoriousfestival.co.uk

25-27th August

FRIDAY FIREWORKS, ‘50S FUN & FRIVOLITY AT GOODWOOD Take yourself back in time with the 1950s themed August Bank Holiday Weekend at Goodwood. The racecourse plays host to this fabulous family event featuring a range of

entertainment including live music, a children’s petting farm and a traditional fairground with a helter-skelter, a carousel and a vintage Big Wheel. The spectacular fireworks display on the Friday night is a must see. www.goodwood.com

27th August

GRAZE FESTIVAL

For lovers of food, music and fundraising, Graze Festival is the event you have been waiting for. This festival, run in the name of charity, will be hosting a range of musical performances from disco DJ tunes to British pop bands, live cookery demonstrations by chefs in the thriving local food scene, offering samples of local produce and putting on terrific theatre performances. The pop-up Bugle Inn pub will keep adults hydrated throughout the day with its gin and fizz bar and over 50 real ales, while little ones will have enough to keep them occupied all day in the dedicated kid’s area. www.grazefestival.com


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LOCAL LIFE A VISIT FROM THE COUNTESS On the 25th of May, HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO paid a delightful visit to Treloar School and College. The Countess is Treloar’s Royal Patron, and was welcomed upon her arrival by the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson, before proceeding on a tour, meeting students and staff along the way. Treloar School and College provides education and support to over 170 students with physical or learning difficulties each year, and were exceptionally grateful to the many funders who gave so generously towards the fundraising appeal which raised nearly £350,000 in total.

THE JANE AUSTEN ROSE Jane Austen’s House Museum is continuing its bicentenary commemorations with the launch of the Jane Austen Rose. The rose, developed by Harkness Roses, was unveiled on the 22nd of May at RHS Chelsea Flower Show by Jane Austen’s House Museum ambassador Alan Titchmarsh. Harkness Roses are generously donating a percentage of their proceeds to help support the Museum’s fundraising appeal to restore and protect Jane Austen’s precious home in the village of Chawton. The rose, a bright and vibrant orange bush rose, reflecting the vibrancy of Austen’s characters, celebrates Jane Austen’s life in her bicentenary year.

PETERSFIELD SPRING FESTIVAL Spring certainly sprung over the Petersfield Spring Festival at the end of May. Even with the tad damp conditions, people came out in their thousands to be entertained, to shop and to be fed and watered. The three-day Bank Holiday weekend was full of amazing activities for people of all ages. Starting on the Saturday evening at 7pm, a fantastic line up of live music acts on stage rocked Petersfield square until 10pm followed by two full days of activities. Petersfield Steam Day on the Monday saw an assortment of steam engines and other steam attractions on display with the promise from the enthusiasts in attendance that it would grow even bigger next year.

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Contributors Issue 8 July/August 2017

Managing Director Denise Lloyd Account Manager Jenny Mawson Designer Zoe Mirza

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Rebecca is the co-founder of Alresford based independent women’s fitness shop Fitique. Being a massive fitness enthusiast herself, her unique and lengthy experience in the fitness world make her the perfect person to speak to regarding health matters.

Jonathan is a Graphic Communication graduate, who is passionate about photography as it allows him to capture the world around him. His passions also lie in print and social media. He loves living by the sea in Southsea, and drinking endless cups of tea!

UK and international automotive writer, Wayne scribes first-drive impressions and attends UK and EU new car launches. He also reports on events such as Goodwood Revival, Festival of Speed and Carfest.

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