Meet Murphy, the golden retriever helping to cheer up the ill and the lonely

Dorset Echo:

12:00pm Sunday 3rd May 2015

He brings happiness to the elderly, the disabled and the lonely, and has been described by a nurse as better than any medicine she could prescribe.


Bournemouth's Chocolate Hotel takes tasty workshops to holidaymakers on the high seas

Dorset Echo:

8:00am Saturday 25th April 2015

Sometimes, just eating chocolate is not enough. That’s the ethos of the team at the world’s only chocolate themed hotel, located in Bournemouth, who are now spreading their love for all things cocoa overseas.


Travel: Broadstairs - the quintessential English seaside town with plenty of charm

Dorset Echo:

7:00am Saturday 2nd May 2015

They’re very fond of Charles Dickens in Broadstairs. And the feeling was mutual.


Recipe: Monkfish Harissa Kebab

Dorset Echo:

8:00am Saturday 2nd May 2015

Former MasterChef winner Mat Follas of The Casterbridge, Dorchester, shares a delicious recipe with a taste of the Mediterranean

Dorset Echo: Alex Aitken's Sea Bass with Shellfish


The benefits of massage: why you should make it part of your New Year regime

Dorset Echo:

7:00am Saturday 3rd January 2015

Poole-based therapist Jo Gaskill, who works at Rockets & Rascals in Lilliput, explains why you should make massage part of your healthy New Year regime


New Superworm trail inspires young adventurers at Moors Valley Country Park

Dorset Echo:

9:00am Sunday 26th April 2015

FROM making your own fishing line, learning what different creatures eat and creating a slide for a pine cone – there are a whole host of fun activities for all the family on the new Superworm trail at Moors Valley Country Park.

Homes and Gardens

Dorset Echo: Expert column: white doesn't have to mean boring

Big Garden Birdwatch: the three things you can do to help protect birds this winter

Dorset Echo:

9:00am Saturday 24th January 2015

As the RSPB, bird-watchers and gardeners nationwide gear up for the charity’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch, the organisation is warning that birds that have benefited from a mild autumn will begin to struggle now the weather has changed.


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