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Despite COVID-19 is disrupting all of our lives, many of our brilliant local businesses are soldiering on, but they need our help. Loads of Hants and Isle of Wight businesses are offering new services and innovative new ways to navigate this strange time and I’m continuing to shout out as much as possible because, well, every little helps right?

Let me know in the comments below if I’ve missed anyone off the list.

Bluebell’s Cafe at Briddlesford Farm is now open for Friday night takeaways (think pizza, pies and burgers), as well as tea, coffee and homemade cakes from 9.30am to 1pm, seven days a week.

Need something to keep the littlies entertained in lockdown? Head to local biz Doodledents for a colouring activity with a twist (i.e. less chance of having the walls/table/dog drawn on).

Plenty of restaurant news coming out of Portsmouth! *deep breath*

The Tenth Hole is now open 10am to 4pm, seven days a week, serving takeaway cake, breakfast and lunch, and drinks. The golf course is also open!

The Canteen is open 10am to 3pm Wednesday to Sunday, serving sweet and savoury food from the servery along with drinks and ice cream. Don’t want to brave the outdoors? Order on Deliveroo instead.

The Briny is open 10am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday, serving fish and chips, beer, wine and a cocktails, as well as some fun chef’s specials on Friday and Saturday nights (think lobster and fries with seaweed salt and lobster mayo).

Abarbistro is offering a click and collect service on on Friday and Saturday nights, along with some midweek supper options. Sign up to our newsletter on our website to hear whats on offer each week.

Wedding planning in lockdown (or just want a little something shiny for getting through the last few months)? Good news! Muddy-approved jewellers Charles Nobel are reopening their New Milton store on 15th June. If you’re steering clear of the shops, then sign up to their newsletter and you’ll get a 10% discount on online orders.

I don’t know about you, but I could use a little pampering once the beauty salons reopen. Richmond House Beauty in Winchester aren’t booking appointments just yet, but follow them on social and sign up for their newsletter to get an alert the minute their books open. We will get that facial!

The genius lot at Wyatt and Jack are still creating unique, colourful bags out of recycled inflatables, bouncy castles and vintage deck chairs throughout lockdown. Place an order online (there’s even a 10% off code for your first order), or donate your own plastic fabrics with their Inflatable Amnesty – ideal if your Bank Holiday panic purchases are already worse for wear.

If you’re missing the delish food at The Hut in Colwell Bay, we have excellent news for you. The Hut are creating their own #HutHampers, which you can fill with your favourite dishes from the restaurant and then collect on foot (or by boat!), or have sent by local delivery. Dishes include everything from tuna poke bowls to cheeseburgers or grilled lobster – you can even wash it down with mixed cocktails! Perfect for celebrating in lockdown.

One of our favourite luxe spa stays Chewton Glen in the New Forest is tentatively taking bookings from 4 July onward, but if you’re hesitant to book a date, here’s a great alternative. Buy a Full Spa Day voucher before 31 May (which you can redeem any time up to 18 months from now), and Chewton Glen will donate a Twilight Spa voucher to a local NHS worker as a thank you for their hard work. Feels like a win-win to us!

Fine dining delivery, anyone? The Watership Down Inn in Whitchurch have launched their Dine at Home service, which means you can now order their excellent tapas to takeaway on Thursday-Saturday, and Sunday lunch menus on a, well, Sunday. Don’t forget to add in a bottle of wine or beer to your order!

Time to brush up your art skills in lockdown! Hampshire Art Studio is hosting a variety of art classes and workshops on Zoom, ranging from still life to life drawing (including partial nude models – eek!). Sign up to their mailing list for their latest calendar updates.

Local freelance artist Sian Storey‘s online store is still open for business (she sells gorgeous prints and original artwork), plus there’s a series of art tutorials and kids activities, part of her Isolation Inspiration campaign.

Fancy a new pair of kicks? Hants’ shoe shop W J French & Sons is offering free delivery in 1-2 working days and you can get 20% off all Salt Water sandals. There’s also a nifty online foot measurer to kit out the little people.

Good news for those of you who have a ticket for Isle of Wight wellbeing festival The Awakening – the fest, which was meant to go ahead this June, has been reorganised for the 19 – 20 of Sept. We’re going to need a bit of R&R after this, that’s for sure.

New Forest Activities (it offers all sorts of fun from kayaking to archery) needs a helping hand – the business has set up a crowdfunding page, plus you can support by pre-booking activities for after lockdown.

Lymington-based boutique beauty salon Orchids Retreat is still selling its range of Dermologica products online, including luxe SPF products ideal for this sunny spell. You can also book virtual skincare appointments online.

Jenna Burlingham Fine Art is still open for business online – the gallery shows a collection of Modern British and contemporary art, sculpture and ceramics. The gallery is currently holding an online exhibition of Royal Tour painter Martin Yeoman through a virtual tour of the installation at Sibyl Colefax and John Fowler’s rooms on Pimlico Road, London.

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