February’s BV Magazine is right here 🙂

I think we are all currently congratulating ourselves for actually, really, finally making it...

Concerts in the West at Shaftesbury

A music organisation which has been bringing rising stars of the chamber and baroque music scene to Dorset, Somerset and Devon for 18 years,...

The Mousetrap is coming to Poole

Celebrate 70 years of suspense with The Mousetrap; the longest running play in the world is still captivating audiences on its tour across the...

Winter gallery round-up

A pungent predicament

First Milk get the cream of Shaftesbury

BV Dairy, the globally successful third generation family business in Shaftesbury, has been sold to First Milk - a British farming co-operative.The Highnam family...

Dorset Council votes for tax hike on second homes

Dorset Councillors have agreed to impose a council tax premium on second homes in the county. The introduction of the 100% council tax premium...

Sturminster Marshall | Then and Now

The original toll round house stood in the angle between the Blandford and Wimborne roads, with the Poole road going off to the right....

A wander through Colehill Wimborne | POSTCARDS FROM A DORSET COLLECTION

This month Barry Cuff has chosen a couple of postcards of Colehill near Wimborne Minster. Sent initially to Titchfield, this postcard was forwarded on to...

The forgotten slaves of the West Country

Dorset’s forgotten ordeal: Rupert Hardy explores the impact of Barbary pirate invasions on local seafaring and family histories In recent years, many have focused on...

Lydlinch | Then & Now

Step back in time with our ‘Then and Now’ feature, where vintage postcards meet modern-day reality. Explore the past and present on the same...

A wander through Winterborne Whitechurch

This month Barry Cuff has chosen a couple of postcards of the village in which he grew up. This is the school that grandfather, father...

The Dorset surgeon who rescued the Elephant Man and saved Edward VII

Sir Frederick Treves, who died a century ago this month, was one of Dorset’s most famous men – Rachael Rowe reports On 15 February 1853,...
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The Random 19 Questions

Maggie Ollerenshaw, the acclaimed British actress, braves the Random 19

Maggie Ollerenshaw, a proud Mancunian now resident in Stalbridge, is perhaps most famous for playing comedic Northerners, particularly in the sitcoms Last of the...

Author Minette Walters takes on the Random 19 questions

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The BV magazine is a monthly digital publication which launched in August 2020, and it is in no way connected with the original, much-loved Blackmore Vale Magazine (owned by Reach PLC, and which ceased publication early the same year), nor with any other, more recently launched printed publication with a similar name. Never the free paper you pick up from the floor of the petrol station, The BV is the half hour read you spend a weekend coffee with.

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Dorset Food & Drink

The alchemy of cookery with a 17th century adventurer and the secrets of some old Dorset kitchens – Fanny Charles Fifty years...

I personally love the texture of a good bagel – slightly chewy and dense. As you’d expect, nothing beats home baked...

Rachael Rowe visits the Gillingham hotspot that has transformed from Moto Corsa dealership to mussels and marshmallows among the motorbikes With motorbike...

Rachael Rowe visits the cosy hub of community, coffee, and culinary delights which is building a reputation for its fresh fare...

Celebrating the quality and diversity of food and drink in Dorset (with a pinch of Wiltshire and Somerset) with Fanny Charles When...

This is the perfect comfort food for January - it’s so simple to make, really good for you anddeliciously thick and...

Dorset Farming

NFU Education reached half a million schoolchildren in 2023

Sowing seeds of agricultural knowledge, the NFU programme is...

Beware the slurry shuffle | Farm Tales

Dorset’s daring rescues – but Andrew Livingston points out...

From hedges to hay

From kitchen classrooms to hedge health: farmer George Hosford...

Bootifully shocking, Bernard | Farm Tales

Andrew Livingston highlights a recent Channel 4 documentary exposing...

Navigating change with resilience in farming

James Cossins reflects on Rawston Farm’s adaptive strategies in...

Voice of the Farmer | February 2021

As this is my first contribution I will give a little introduction as who we are and what we do. I am the fifth generation...

Dorset Wildlife

A pungent predicament

Polecats have quietly been making a secretive but fragrant...

Letters, cold swims and Polecats | BV Podcast

The first of this month's podcasts has, of course,...

‘Discovery Day’ at Dogs Trust Salisbury

This month, dog owners, potential dog owners and dog...

What to do for wildlife in your garden in February

It’s not hard to give the wildlife in your...

The winter work has just begun

Winter habitat management on the DWT’s reserves is under...

What to do for wildlife in your garden in February

It’s not hard to give the wildlife in your garden an extra helping hand at this time of year, says Mitch Perkins, DWT’s wilder...

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