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Home Grown

There is much pleasure to be had in harvesting your own fruit and vegetables and more of us are now finding the confidence in growing our own and becoming more self-sufficient. Growing your own is a great activity for all the family, not only does it provide enormous satisfaction when you cook your first harvest of vegetables, but it allows the whole family to re connect with nature and children to learn the importance of healthy eating, not to mention the nutritional benefits of freshly picked fruit and vegetables.   Pick your own If you don’t have the space for a veggie patch or own an allotment, you can still reap the benefits of local produce by visiting a pick-your-own farm such as Pickwell Farm in Netley. With over 1000 PYO farms in the UK, the farms and farm shops sell a variety of local produce supporting local farmers and suppliers. The best time to visit pick-your-owns is later in the week or early on a weekend to avoid the rush and to get the best of the crop. Pick your own is a great family activity in the outdoors – you don’t get to hear the birds sing in the supermarket! And an education opportunity with ‘Guess the fruit and vegetable’ quiz. It is also a good form of exercise, burning 200 calories in a half-hour session of picking your...

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Hamble Valley Good Life

The Hamble Valley encourages you to love your local lifestyle. Whether visiting the area for the first time, exploring with family and friends or living locally, there are opportunities to help preserve the local area and take a little bit of the Hamble Valley Good Life home with you. Discover ways in which you can be more responsible during your visit to the Hamble Valley, whether that be leaving the car at home and using public transport or sourcing and using local produce in one of the many recipes inspired by the Hamble Valley. Being green isn’t just for grown-ups! Get children involved in Pick Your Own and in arts and crafts for the garden, all of which are a low-cost family day out....

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Shopping

There are plenty of opportunities to indulge in some serious shopping within the Hamble Valley. Boutique shopping Botley offers a range of boutique and individual shops; fashion’ (including couture wedding gowns), traditional toys, country pursuits and health and beauty salons. The old flour mills, Botley Mills host a varity of shops and outlets. Bishop’s Waltham also has a range of boutique shops in a traditional High Street – from homeware and giftware to crafts, florists, fashion and the Bishop’s Waltham Country Market. In Wickham, the Market Square offers an olde worlde experience with traditional shops such as ironmongers, award-winning butchers, homeware and gift boutiques as well as a range of quaint tea rooms. Chesapeake Mill, an old watermill which now contains a number of floors displaying antiques and gifts, offers a unique shopping experience. Hamble village and marinas offer plenty of opportunity to browse chandleries and marine-based shops including the Maritime Art Gallery on Hamble Quay.   Town and High Street Shopping Eastleigh Town Centre offers High Street shopping and a relaxed shopping experience in The Swan Centre, which boasts a variety of more than 40 popular brand retailers.   The bright and airy, undercover Fareham Shopping Centre offers more than 90 high street names. The Market Quay Shopping Centre offers mixed retail and leisure including a 5-screen cinema.  For that special individual purchase, just wander along to the West Street speciality shopping area,...

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Art in Hamble Valley

The Hamble Valley is a fascinating and inspirational area for a range of artists who showcase their work in galleries and public spaces. There are a number of small art galleries which are well worth a visit. The Maritime Gallery in Hamble has a selection of drawings and paintings along with limited editions, model boats, gifts and cards. The Blue Goose Gallery in West End offer a range of limited edition prints whilst Browns Fine Art Gallery in Locks Heath Centre displays a range of work by local artists. “I have lived in the Hamble Valley for most of my life and continue to enjoy capturing its variety in watercolour year on year. I teach others and, where possible, we work on location to make the most of the seasonal weather and daylight effects. We have been painting at Swanwick Shore, Holly Hill Woodland Park, Royal Victoria Country Park, Bursledon Brickworks and at various locations along Southampton Water” Kirstin White Local Hamble Valley Artist Art in the Garden Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey have an annual Art in the Garden exhibition running from May to October. In its eleventh year, over 70 new and established artists, graduates and local Hampshire artists showcase over 150 pieces of purchasable sculpture.  All the sculpture is displayed in a beautiful outdoor setting within the 80-acre gardens. Public Art There are a variety of sculptures...

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Contemporary Culture

“For a theatre operating outside [of] the country’s major cultural cities, The Point is proving more of a leader than a follower.” Arts HubConfirmed performances for 2010   Whether it’s contemporary dance, traditional theatre, jazz, or classical music, The Hamble Valley is bursting with cultural offerings. Housed in a beautifully-renovated late Victorian town hall and library and surrounded by landscaped parkland, The Point theatre is located in the very heart of Eastleigh. One of the leading venues for contemporary performance and dance in the South, the theatre offers a rich and textured programme that has seen it build up a loyal and extensive audience since it opened 13 years ago. In 2009, the addition of a state-of-the-art Creation Space with attached accommodation saw the theatre firmly fixed on the international arts scene, attracting critically-acclaimed performers and companies to the exceptional facilities. Renowned for its exciting and innovative programming, the Eastleigh venue has played host to such luminaries from the world of contemporary dance and theatre as Hofesh Schecter, Ballet Boyz, The Featherstonehaughs, Akram Kahn, Gregory Maqoma, Frantic Assembly, Teatr Pieśń Kozła  as well as household names including comedians Rich Hall and Lenny Henry and actor Alan Rickman. Under the leadership of artistic director Sarah Brigham, The Point runs a series of residencies for emerging and graduate artists and performers, making it a hub for creative development, mentorship and enrichment. In keeping...

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