Where to get real Christmas trees in Hampshire is your guide to finding the nearest place across the county to pick a real tree.
Going to get a tree and decorating it is one of the big markers that Christmas is just around the corner. It’s such an exciting time of the year and I love the tradition of picking the tree and the smell of a real fir in the house. It just makes Christmas!
Here’s a guide to help you find where to go around your neck of the woods…
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Where to pick your own pumpkins in Hampshire this Autumn? The countdown to Halloween is on!
I’ve taken my handy guide to the wonderful farms and fields across the county that I wrote in 2020 and updated it for 2021 with all the essential information you need to know where to go pumpkin picking…
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Arty Stan is an independent that’s flourished from the darkest depths of the pandemic bringing much joy to Southampton’s food scene.
The person behind Arty Stan AKA Jay is slinging ZA’s (pizzas, obviously!) from his Ooni (amazing super hot pizza oven) in the garden of his home, tinkering with all kinds of dough and topping recipes. And, what a breath of fresh air he is.
It took me a while to get a slot with Arty Stan because…EPIC PIZZA ALERT! Yes, sorry to spoil it straight away but, the pizzas are something else so, it’s literally no surprise that Southampton residents, and us a little bit further out, are clamouring at his door selling out his pizza time slots. (Yes I’ve already booked my second sitting in a few weeks time, do I care about the wait? ER, NOPE! It’s nice to have something to look forward to.)
Read more about why Arty Stan’s rocketed to the top of my favourite pizza in Hampshire list…
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Swanick Lakes Nature Reserve is home to a series of beautiful lakes, with routes to viewpoints and fishing spots.
It’s a great short trail for walking or running and has transformed the ex-clay pit that was once used to supply the local brick works.
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Gull Coppice is part of the surrounding woods of Whiteley. It’s a small woodland central to the many paved walking routes in the area, community and shopping centre.
While the woodland is not great from an accessibility viewpoint, the surrounding paved pathways offer a very accessible trail for those who might have different requirements when looking for a walk.
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The River Hamble has several stunning walks but one of the best is from Warsash and can include a ride in the famous pink ferry.
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Up your ‘at home’ coffee game with this helpful directory of Independent Coffee Roasters in Hampshire!
We are incredibly lucky to have a thriving coffee roasting scene in the county, offering a fantastic range of single origin and blended coffees.
I’ve listed local roasters by area to help you easily find a new morning brew to try. And, all of them deliver straight to your door!
Let your journey into Hampshire coffee begin…
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[AD] Festive Chocolates from Bonham’s Bonbons were just the festive pick me up I needed and a great gift idea!
Charlotte, the chocolatier, sent me a festive box of her hand made chocolates to try recently.
If you want some delicious Southampton artisan home made chocolates to gift or for yourself, shh I won’t tell anyone, you’ll want to take a look at these…
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Netley Abbey in Hampshire is in the heart of the South coast and the surviving ruins of a Cistercian monastery.
The ruins are stunning and is the perfect place for a picnic in the summer or a short winter wander.
The guide will give you a great overview and plenty of suggestions of ways to enjoy this beautiful spot.
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This Hampshire Travel Christmas Gift Guide 2020 is here to help you find the best experiential gifts for the travel lovers in your life.
This guide will help you navigate shopping local and online this festive season because let’s face it, the majority of shopping is going to be done from home. Weirdest year ever, right?
Supporting local businesses, creators, causes, charities and institutions is particularly important this year so they are all still there, once the pandemic is under control. Supporting them will ensure our towns and cities stay diverse fun places to explore.
Here’s some of my favourite local travel experiences to inspire your gift giving this year.
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