May issue of The BV magazine – out now!

Come on in, we're just the thing for a long lazy weekend. Whether you're...

Feed the Soul

It’s a slice of wellness in the Dorset downs: Rachael Rowe talks to the sibling duo who have crafted a culinary haven of hearty...

Rolo Tiffin

This simple recipe is perfect for family get togethers, and is so forgiving, endlessly adaptable to include what you fancy or have in the...

Let nature heal you

The BV Magazine wins prestigious NMA’s Regional Publication of the Year 2024

We are thrilled to announce that The BV has been awarded the prestigious NMA's Regional Publication of the Year 2024! This amazing accolade is...

Feltham’s Farm Wins Best Organic Cheese at the Artisan Cheese Awards 2024

Feltham’s Farm Organic Cheeses triumphed at the Artisan Cheese Awards 2024, winning Best Organic Cheese for their La Fresca Margarita and securing a Gold...

Leigh, nr Sherborne | Then and 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 century ago in East Stour | POSTCARDS FROM A DORSET COLLECTION

This month Barry Cuff has chosen a couple of postcards of East Stour: Sent in 1909 to Miss Wood, c/o Lady D’Oyly of Newlands Manor...

Stourton Caundle | Then and 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 century ago in Thornford

This month Barry Cuff has chosen a couple of postcards of Thornford, near Sherborne: Sent in 1911 to Mr Y Jackman of Smart’s Heath in...

Stourpaine | Then and 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 rare look at Winterborne Zelston

This month Barry Cuff has chosen a couple of postcards of Winterborne Zelston: ‘I have been collecting since 1974, and I have only ever...
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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

It’s a slice of wellness in the Dorset downs: Rachael Rowe talks to the sibling duo who have crafted a culinary...

This simple recipe is perfect for family get togethers, and is so forgiving, endlessly adaptable to include what you fancy or...

Feltham’s Farm Organic Cheeses triumphed at the Artisan Cheese Awards 2024, winning Best Organic Cheese for their La Fresca Margarita and...

Dorset Food and Drink celebrates local produce this summer – and shares recipes with some of Dorset’s refugee and ethnic minority...

Visiting one of Dorset’s best jam and marmalade producers, Rachael Rowe discovers that A Jar Of’s cookery courses are just as...

Editor Laura tried the seasonal pop-up which transforms a family home into a sociable culinary destination with Alex Woodhouse at the...

Dorset Farming

Seb the 13 year old pig breeder and Jess on balancing books and bridles

As always we kick off the month with the...

Boots, blisters and big hearts | Farm Tales

Andrew Livingston shares the teenage grief which led him...

Soggy fields and fresh starts

Navigating a challenging spring after the wet winter has...

FCN – always there to walk with you

Rebecca Hill explains how the FCN blends farming expertise...

Five generations of wellies at the door

Tracie Beardsley catches up with renowned Dorset farmer Wakely...

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Dry crops aren’t always a good thing, says fifth generation farmer James Cossins, as he explains late night combine harvesting and reducing fire risk some...

Dorset Wildlife

Let nature heal you

Connecting with nature has positive benefits for our health...

Where have all the cuckoos gone?

It’s becoming an echo of the past, says wildlife...

The Symbiotic Symphony

Most native wildflowers rely on insects to pollinate them...

The nightingale sang… on vanishing scrub

says wildlife writer Jane Adams They are part of our...

Skylarks of Fontmell Down

Boasting vibrant displays of chalk downland flowers and butterflies,...

The nightingale sang… on vanishing scrub

says wildlife writer Jane Adams They are part of our natural heritage. We hear recordings of their melodic songs on the radio and social media....

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