INTERVIEW: Local Tim Burton style artist, Hazel Evans, prepares for 36-hour Artathon

20 October 2011 No Comments
INTERVIEW: Local 'Tim Burton' style artist, Hazel Evans, prepares for 36-hour Artathon

Relaxing in the Gallery of the Poole Lighthouse, resident artist and all-round creative, Hazel Evans, appears perfectly relaxed in her surroundings as she prepares for her ever looming exhibition. Hazel took time out of setting up to have a lively natter with BHbeat about her latest challenge: creating art for 36 hours straight as part of her new black and white exhibition ‘The Monochronium’. Continue Reading

Handbags are a girls best friend

14 October 2011 No Comments

A leather Valentino handbag was just one of the designer bags that went for a fraction of its price tag at the glamourous Helping Handbag Charity auction earlier this month. Continue Reading

Celebs, champions more at British Beach Polo Championships

11 July 2011 No Comments

England beat Australia at the 2011 British Beach Polo Championships held at the glamorous Sandbanks beach for the fourth year at the weekend. Continue Reading

Leah Austin: from vintage rags to riches

23 June 2011 1 Comment

One of the most striking things about Leah Austin, owner of Vintage Per Sempre in Pokesdown, is her distinct eye for business. At just 18 years old, she became the youngest shop-keeper in Bournemouth, grabbing the attention of many with her no-fear approach to setting up shop in the trendy world of vintage fashion. She herself the epitome of vintage-chic, you’d never know that in a previous school life, she was a self-confessed ‘Chav’. Continue Reading

Twist Pulse teach Poole children how to dance

20 June 2011 No Comments
Twist & Pulse teach Poole children how to dance

On Sunday, dynamic duo Twist and Pulse taught children in Poole how to bust a move, in aid of local charity, Pop4Diabetes. Continue Reading

Thousands run in Bournemouth for Race for Life

20 June 2011 No Comments
Thousands run in Bournemouth for Race for Life

On Sunday, the sun came out just in time to shine for the thousands of women who joined the Race for Life along Bournemouth seafront. Continue Reading

Who needs Alexander McQueen? Cut-price designer wedding dresses at Oxfam

17 June 2011 No Comments
Oxfam cut price designer wedding gowns

Perfect man check, engagement ring check, venue check, wedding dress how much?! It’s a sad fact that the average British wedding can price would-be brides and grooms out of their dream day. According to the average wedding in the UK can cost anything from £15,000 to £25,000. Continue Reading

Success for AUCB Fashion students at London Graduate Fashion Week

16 June 2011 No Comments
Success for AUCB Fashion students at London Graduate Fashion Week

The Arts University College at Bournemouth (AUCB) is celebrating this week after four of their Fashion students were shortlisted at the London Graduate Fashion Week (LGFW) Gala Show for the first time ever. Continue Reading

On the beat: What are you doing for Fathers Day?

16 June 2011 No Comments

Its that time of year again when people come together to celebrate Fathers across the country for Fathers Day. This weekend will see manic buying of cards, football memorabilia  flying off shelves and restaurant phones ringing off the hook to show how much we love our dads. BHbeat took to the streets of Bournemouth to find out what you were up to for Fathers Day and whether the traditional gift of a meal booked and paid for by yours truly is still the popular choice!  Continue Reading

Woman hit by train at Pokedown in stable condition

16 June 2011 No Comments
Woman hit by train at Pokesdown Station

An elderly woman who was hit by a train at Pokesdown for Boscombe Railway Station yesterday morning is currently in hospital in a ‘stable condition’. Continue Reading

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I don’t know a single person that doesn’t love a good Chinese, or a good bargain for that matter and the Lotus Lounge appears to satisfy my hunger for both.

Jacks Restaurant, Kings Hotel

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Richmond Classics


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