The Melplash Show

Much to my daughter’s dismay, I absolutely LOVE country shows, and in my opinion, some of the smaller ones are some of the best. As a teenager I had a friend whose dad was into beagling, so we used to used to go to the Royal Bath & West and do what all cool teenagers…

The Jurassic Coast

Ever since I was little I’ve loved going to the beach, and growing up near the Dorset Coast we were spoilt for choice. Our beach of choice was St Oswalds Bay, next to Durdle Door, as you can swim out to the rocks, and Durdle Door itself is spectacular. We also loved the sandy beaches…

Bridport Market

With our warm, wet climate, sunny summers (usually) and rich farming heritage, we are surrounded here in West Dorset and East Devon by fantastic food and drink producers, and one of my favourite things to do on a Saturday morning is to head into Bridport and have a mooch around the market. Wednesdays and Saturdays…

Seaton Parkrun

This weekend I finally joined the thousands of people across the UK (and now the world) who, instead of a lie-in and a bacon sandwich, start their Saturday meeting a whole bunch of strangers to get out of breath and sweaty. parkrun UK now organise hundreds of free, weekly, timed events all across the country…

Land of Bone & Stone

Growing up in North Dorset, we played on hill forts, collected flint arrowheads and slingshots in the garden and saw long barrows and burial mounds every day from the school bus windows, so I’ve always been surrounded by Neolithic and Bronze Age history, but I’m ashamed to say I’d never even heard of the South…

Open Farm Sunday

It’s that time of year again when farmers are frantically clearing out unkempt corners of the yard, digging out the hand sanitiser and polishing tractors, as this Sunday 5th June is Open Farm Sunday 2016. Now in its 10th year, Open Farm Sunday has built to a hugely successful, national event, with over 290,000 visitors…

Half Term Highlights

When I was little, half term used to be a week of kicking around at home – don’t get me wrong, we’d have a picnic, go to a beach, go for nice dog walks etc, but it was always up to my mum to amuse us, or for us to amuse ourselves. Nowadays, everywhere you…

Dorset Art Weeks

It’s time again for one of my favourite times in the Dorset calendar – Dorset Art Weeks. The county seems to be crammed with painters, sculptors, ceramicists, photographers and artists of all flavours, and the next two weeks are when we, the general public, get a little window on their world. Officially it’s an ‘open…

Let Battle Commence!

Something a bit different from my usual mix of nature, beaches and gentle landscape this time – a bit more rock’n’roll! Recently I caught up with Phil Gordon, the brains behind the upcoming Battle of The Bands (known as TBOB), to be held at Thorncombe Sports & Social Club on 1st & 2nd July. ¬†Inspired…

Forde Abbey

In the name of full disclosure, I have to admit that when it comes to Forde Abbey, I am biased. Having lived just up the road, it has been the location for many of the iconic events in my children’s early childhoods; crawling on the lawns, rolling down the grassy banks, playgroup Easter Egg Hunts…