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Sarah Parish’s Favourite Places

The River Itchen

Both my husband and I are huge fans of this beautiful chalk stream. Jim is a very keen fisherman so spends as much time as he can down at the river catching trout. I love the crystal clear water and the varied wildlife on the river bank. We have a beautiful walk that we do with the dogs, that starts at The Bush pub.

 

The Bush Pub in Ovington

This is my local. It’s a 5 minute walk from the house which is very handy! It’s a great pub in the summer because of all the outside space and the views of the river and it’s really cosy and welcoming in the winter because of the roaring fires.
thebushinn.co.uk

 

Long Barn Lavender, New Alresford

This is a great place to pick up anything you want! It has a really well stocked nursery: outdoor furniture, beautiful pottery, fabulous clothes and a really great café, all surrounded by beautiful lavender fields.
longbarn.co.uk

 

The Black Rat, Winchester

The Black Rat Restaurant, located on Chesil street at the bottom of the town centre. It was converted from a pub into a quaint and quirky restaurant and a little over a year after opening, the team acquired a Michelin Star.
theblackrat.co.uk

 

The Black Boy, Winchester

Tucked away on Wharf Hill, off Chesil Street in Winchester, The Black Boy (sister pub to The Black Rat) is faithful to its origins. Although recognised in most of the well known beer and pub guides,  it is still a traditional back-street boozer.
It’s always full of really interesting fun people and the board game selection is to die for!
theblackboypub.com

 

Face Matters, New Alresford

I LOVE a good facial and Sally Curson is by far the best therapist in Hampshire. Her non-invasive lifting and toning facials at the Alresford clinic are Harley Street standard with a Hampshire price tag and her Face Matters products are gorgeous. I wouldn’t use anyone else.
facematters-skincare.com

 

No. 5 Bridge Street, Winchester

This laid back restaurant is a really cool place to grab a coffee in the day or a snack in the evening. They often have great live music too.
idealcollection.co.uk

 

Micheldever Woods

By the end of April, Micheldever Woods are full of the most beautiful bluebells. The walks are astonishing, it’s like a sea of blue. Great for a good, long dog-walk.

 

The Everyman Cinema, Winchester

I love watching films and there’s nothing better than watching one with a glass of wine on a comfortable sofa! The Everyman is really cosy and shows terrific films. Great snacks too.
everymancinema.com/Winchester

 

Winchester Science Centre

This is a great place to take the kids on a rainy day. There’s a soft play area and experiments for the kids, lots of interesting things to play with and best of all there’s a planetarium.
winchestersciencecentre.org

 

The Ginormous Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Little boy with giant teddy bear.

Schools, pre-schools, organisations and businesses from across Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, West Sussex, Dorset, Devon, the Isle of Wight and The Channel Islands are invited to take part in The Ginormous Teddy Bear’s Picnic throughout June to help raise money for the new Children’s Emergency and Trauma Department at Southampton University Hospital. Everyone’s invited!
teddybearspicnic.org.uk / themurrayparishtrust.com

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