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…

An Exotic Experience

I’ve found yet another gem, folks. Today I had a meeting at Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens, so while I was there I thought I may as well have a look around. Wow. I haven’t been there for years, and then I was somewhat distracted by small children, so I’d forgotten just how exotic it really ┬áis….

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…

Symondsbury Manor Yard

Anyone who has ever been anywhere near Bridport will instantly recognise the distinctive, tree-topped bump of Colmer’s Hill. Every time we drive past, I think “I haven’t walked up there since I was about 13 years old” – until today! Symondsbury, the nearest village to Colmer’s Hill, is an almost Disneyesque quintessential English village, with…

Cogden Beach

Judging by the car parks in Lyme Regis and Charmouth over the last few days, there is something very right about the West Dorset tourism industry at the moment. Apart from the woolly hats, new Christmas scarves and winter coats, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a summer bank holiday weekend, with car…

Ice Cream Dreams

It’s not dainty, it’s not subtle but I think it’s going to be a big hit with the generation who are too young to remember Al’s Diner in Happy Days – Creams is the new kid on the block in Dorchester’s Brewery Square. As we had a teacher training day today and needed to brave…

Jam & Jerusalem (Artichokes)

In the days when many lament the bullying dominance of the supermarket giants, we are blessed in this area with lots of really good independent food shops, and a range of really useful markets. Bridport has Wednesdays and Saturdays, all along the streets and in the halls, with a lot of artisan, high-end produce, and…

Nice Weather for Ducks

On a day when the rest of the U.K seemed to be sweltering in record-breaking temperatures, the Jurassic Coast was bombarded by thunderstorms, with lightning strikes all along the coast, and torrential rain coming across in waves. I decided to abandon outdoor plans and investigate a new kid on the block, Duck’s Farm Shop in…

Life Beyond Fish & Chips

Now don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love fish and chips, but that is partly the problem. There’s only so many times in one summer you can indulge without either your conscience or your waistline starting to nag. Luckily here in Lyme Regis we are spoilt for choice when it comes to other options….

Hawkchurch Resort & Spa

With views to die for, fine dining, al fresco pizza oven, a fully equipped gym and a spa to seriously indulge your mind and body, it is a wonder that so few locals seem to realise that the new Hawkchurch Resort & Spa is open to members of the public as well as residents. Reopened…