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This is a collection of useful information to help get the best out of leisure time.

It's divided into four sections.

The first is place to visit and features links to many of the local attractions near my home.

Second is walks; here's a list of very enjoyable local walks tested be me. Distances range from a couple of miles to about 7 miles.

Third is dining out, with links to some the fabulous places to eat locally.

Lastly is a collection of the stuff that doesn't fit into the other categories.

Places to Visit

Marwell Zoo - 100s of animals in a beautiful 140 acre park.
Itchen Valley Country Park - 440 acres of beautiful water meadows, woodland and meadows.
Mottisfont Abbey - a beautiful house and gardens.
Beaulieu - National Motor Museum, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and the World of Top Gear.
Exbury Gardens - The 200 Acre Rothschild Gardens plus one of the best miniature railways in the UK.
Medieval Merchants House - a hidden gem tucked away within walking distance from Southampton city centre.
Burley - A unique New Forest Village where cattle and horses roam freely and Witchcraft adds to the character.


Easteigh - Bishopstoke 4 Mile Loop - Starts and ends at Ham Farm Harvester on Twyford Road.

(a collection of personally researched walks will appear here.)

Eating Out

River Cottage Winchester - A Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall restaurant at Abbey Mill in the beautiful Abbey Mill Gardens in Winchester.
Rick Stein Winchester - Rick’s first restaurant to open outside of Cornwall. With a nod towards his coastal heritage, this restaurant brings the freshest fish, simply cooked to Winchester.
Brasserie Blanc Winchester - Split over two floors with balconies, a secret courtyard and a great bar.
Zizzi Winchester - Don't be deceived by the tiny frontage, Zizzy in Winchester is huge inside and comes alive on a Saturday evening. Fantastic food.
Prezzo - A delicious menu and great atmosphere in over 200 locations.
Masala Lounge - a great Indian dining experience in Chandlers Ford.

Dog and Crook - a decent pub with lovely food in Brambridge.

Other Leisure Stuff

Sky TV Guide - a guide to what's on, and when.
Twitter - What's going on in your world.
Facebook - Be sociable and stay in touch with friends.
Pefkos - favourite holiday destination.