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Trust launches appeal to save historic mill

Posted: 6th Apr 2017

 The National Trust’s Winchester City Mill has launched a new programme of events to support its urgent fundraising appeal.

A spine-chilling tale

Posted: 28th Mar 2017

 An electric atmosphere, superb illusion and sheer terror combine in this absorbing, spine-chilling tale, widely regarded as a modern classic of the theatre stage...

South Downs artists in the spotlight

Posted: 3rd Mar 2017

 AppArt’s annual Art Exhibition & Sculpture Trail will see many local South Downs artists taking part.

Food festival takes centre stage

Posted: 21st Feb 2017

 It’s no April fool, the first ever Shamrock Quay Festival takes place on Saturday 1st April in Southampton - and it’s free to go along.

Help save historic mill

Posted: 19th Dec 2016

 Dating back well over a thousand years, Winchester City Mill in the heart of this medieval city has weathered the course of time. Until now.

Need for speed

Posted: 6th Dec 2016

 Ever since it first opened its gates to the public nearly 70 years ago, Goodwood Motor Circuit has proved a thrilling and fascinating track for so many reasons.

A sky full of stars

Posted: 11th Nov 2016

 Gunwharf Quays celebrated the start of the festive season in style with its annual fireworks extravaganza. Thousands of visitors lined the waterfront to enjoy a spectacular display set to music.

A leap of faith

Posted: 26th Oct 2016

 Fancy a midlife career change? Meet Jo Littler, the inspiring woman who dared to leave her career as a midwife to become a photographer… and she did it very well.

Centre of attention

Posted: 18th Oct 2016

 Passion, energy and appreciation of local produce have seen The Sun Inn at Dummer earn plenty of accolades and attention in recent years to become one of the most talked-about pubs in Hampshire.

Beautiful South’s Henry Ascoli paid a visit to d

Shakespeare on the local stage

Posted: 11th Oct 2016

 Shakespeare’s great romantic comedies, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing were first paired to great acclaim at Stratford-upon-Avon in 2014.

The kitchen cabinet opens again...

Posted: 23rd Sep 2016

 Following the success of the first Kitchen Cabinet event in July, Winchester’s Forte Kitchen will be opening its doors after-hours again for two further events designed for gastronomes and cocktail enthusiasts alike. 

Set yourself free

Posted: 22nd Sep 2016

 As women approach menopause, they can feel swamped by the stresses of life, whilst also having to deal with night sweats, weight gain and mood swings. Local menopausal fitness coach Julia Willmott shows us that, by changing how we think, we can thrive 

Five minutes on the pitch

Posted: 21st Sep 2016

 More than 40 Hampshire food and drink producers had the opportunity to ‘court’ several key local retail and hospitality buyers at a ‘Date a Producer’ event organised by local food group, Hampshire Fare.

Be there or be square...

Posted: 7th Sep 2016

 On Saturday 24th September, Winchester’s Forte Kitchen will be transformed into a 1950’s jazz den by the Cabinet Rooms, as part of the city’s inaugural Jazz Festival.

A true celebration of outdoor theatre

Posted: 31st Aug 2016

 Chapterhouse’s charmingly warm and witty production of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ took place in the brilliant green surroundings of Gilbert White’s House and Museum.

Quiz night for a very special cause

Posted: 23rd Aug 2016

 Holiday Inn Winchester is offering a fun way of raising funds and awareness for a fantastic local cause.

Afternoon tea - reinvented

Posted: 29th Jul 2016

 “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”  Henry James

Creative vision

Posted: 28th Jul 2016

 This enchanting performance of a classic children’s tale reveals the Yvonne Arnaud’s creative vision at its very best, showcasing emerging talent within the intimate atmosphere of the Mill Studio.

From vine to glass

Posted: 21st Jul 2016

 The county’s award-winning bubbles took centre stage at the Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival, which offered an opportunity for people to discover the skills that go into local wine making.

A jewel in the crown

Posted: 30th Jun 2016

 Encircled by the stunning patchwork quilt and rolling hills of the South Downs, the idyllic village of South Harting is the epitome of the beautiful south…

From concept to reality

Posted: 30th Jun 2016

 In the next in our series of features focusing on unique local businesses, Beautiful South discovers Broughton Buffalo near Stockbridge…

Fine dining on the doorstep

Posted: 30th Jun 2016

 Beautiful South’s Henry Ascoli experiences fine dining at Southsea’s Restaurant 27, where chef patron Kevin Bingham creates a delicate blend of classic gastronomic cuisine with modern flavours…

Taste your way around Hampshire

Posted: 30th Jun 2016

 July’s Hampshire Food Festival celebrates the delicious food and drink that is grown, reared and served in the county…

Changing perceptions

Posted: 30th Jun 2016

 Beautiful South meets Rebecca from Alresford’s Fitique fitness shop to discover how a fresh approach to fitness is helping to change perceptions…

London calling

Posted: 28th Jun 2016

Stylish, sophisticated and steeped in history, Marriott’s UK flagship London County Hall is the epitome of London luxury. Beautiful South’s Henry Ascoli experienced the revival of a London icon…

Truly enchanting

Posted: 20th Jun 2016

 Award-winning wedding and special event florist Jay Archer Floral Design celebrated British Flowers Week with an enchanting evening of blooms and botanical cocktails at Winchester’s River Cottage Canteen.

Scents of summer

Posted: 24th May 2016

 Eye-popping colours, scented displays, brilliant borders, brimming kitchen gardens, and relaxing open spaces with far-reaching views. National Trust gardens are at their peak during the summer months, and here in Hampshire we are truly blessed to have so many special places and spaces on our doorstep

A family celebration of food

Posted: 24th May 2016

 Fantastic food and family fun take centre stage at Lainston House on Sunday 17th July, as the Exclusive Hotel shows its support for Help for Heroes.

Full throttle

Posted: 24th May 2016

 An intoxicating mix of cars, stars and motor sport royalty come together over four superb days for the Festival of Speed (Thursday 23rd – Sunday 26th June).

Summer adventures

Posted: 24th May 2016

 Do you remember the feeling of rolling down a really big hill? For those 10 seconds there was nothing else in the world but the smell of the grass and the sun on your face, the smell of the grass, the sun on your face, the smell of the grass and the incredible thrill of tumbling,

A new era

Posted: 20th May 2016

 Beautiful South welcomed special guests to the stunning Lainston House Hotel near Winchester to officially unveil the south’s new premier lifestyle magazine.

Living through change

Posted: 4th May 2016

 Racial tension and social changes are at the heart of this razor-sharp satire, which proves both provocative and absorbing viewing.

A world of play and childhood

Posted: 28th Apr 2016

 This summer, the National Trust’s Mottisfont in Hampshire is set to celebrate one of Britain’s best-loved authors and illustrators in a special exhibition.

Midsummer magic

Posted: 28th Apr 2016

 An enchanting evening is in prospect as an award-winning florist joins forces with Winchester’s most innovative food and drink event organisers.

Power of the collective

Posted: 20th Apr 2016

 Wonderfully witty, wildly eccentric and quintessentially British, this fast-paced comedy delivers entertainment in spades.

In the shadows

Posted: 12th Apr 2016

 This cleverly-crafted murder mystery kept the Yvonne Arnaud audience guessing until the very last, following the format of the classic crime thriller to the letter.

The class divide

Posted: 6th Apr 2016

 Class and culture collide in this compelling comedy, which had the Yvonne Arnaud hanging on every word.

Authentic cuisine

Posted: 5th Apr 2016

 Henry Ascoli samples the rich and robust tastes of authentic Italian cuisine at Petersfield’s La Piazzetta restaurant…

Power of the mind

Posted: 31st Mar 2016

 A powerful, engaging and ultimately rewarding production which perfectly demonstrates the unique characteristics and appeal of theatre.

Slow burner

Posted: 22nd Mar 2016

 Working through the night, ovens cranked up to full blast, a fleeting fag break the only escape from the monotony.

Following in the Footsteps of Jane Austen

Posted: 15th Mar 2016

Follow in the footsteps of one of the nation's best-loved writers and see a world of creativity come alive with every step on the Jane Austen trail.

Theatre Review: 'Our House', The Madness musical, performed by Guildford School of Acting, Guildford

Posted: 14th Mar 2016

Love and loyalty, lies and deception...

This breathless musical, packed with larger-than-life characters, embraces both the nutty spirit of the legendary ska band and the gritty appeal of NW1, weaving iconic Madness songs into a dramatic London love story.