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Classic FM presenter Alex James to celebrate rich classical music history of Bournemouth on radio show

Bournemouth Echo: Alex James’ new programme will broadcast on Classic FM

1:00pm Saturday 29th March 2014

“What’s happening with the Noddy train in Hengistbury Head?”

CBeebies favourite Chris Jarvis on why he loves entertaining in a traditional pantomime

Bournemouth Echo: CBeebies favourite Chris Jarvis on why he loves entertaining in a traditional pantomime

12:00pm Sunday 8th December 2013

There is no official list of what you should include in a pantomime.

Dr Jane Goodall: my Christmas mission to raise funds for sanctuary in the Congo

Bournemouth Echo: The Jane Goodall Institute does not endorse handling or interfering with wild chimpanzees.  The orphan chimpanzees in this photo live at the Institute’s sanctuary

1:00pm Saturday 7th December 2013

“I knew what I witnessed amongst the chimpanzees would startle science. Putting it all together it has changed the way we view animals and ourselves.”

How much does it cost to buy the Twelve Days of Christmas?

Bournemouth Echo: A partridge, just need to buy the pear tree

9:00am Saturday 7th December 2013

On the 12 days of Christmas my true love gave to me... Embracing the spirit of the season, Maria Court went on a quest to re-create that fabulous Christmas hamper in the famous song. But how hard would the items be to source? And more importantly, how much would it all cost?

Jack Dee on spending less time with his family, holidaying in Dorset and why the digital switchover made him cross

Bournemouth Echo: Jack Dee

8:00am Saturday 16th November 2013

Jack Dee has sound reasons for taking his comedic talents back on the road.

Meet the people behind some of Dorset's longest-running firework displays

Bournemouth Echo: Meet the people behind some of Dorset's longest-running firework displays

7:00am Saturday 2nd November 2013

When a little girl was badly injured in a fireworks accident 37 years ago, the Rotary Club of Christchurch decided to take action.

Bournemouth gets ready for first ever South Coast Fashion Week

Bournemouth Echo: Adam Lallana (left) and James Beattie (right)

11:19am Friday 1st November 2013

The first South Coast Fashion Week takes place in Bournemouth next year. Reporter Leeanna Faulkner got a taste of what’s to come, at the pre-launch event

Ghost hunters - we join psychic investigators for a spooky night at Wareham’s 18th century Black Bear pub

Bournemouth Echo: The Black Bear

11:00am Sunday 27th October 2013

The landlady of the Black Bear hotel in Wareham looks me square in the eye and says: “You’ll remember Geoffrey when you see what he does.”

Bob Geldof on the Boomtown Rats revival, Live Aid and being back on the road

Bournemouth Echo: Isle of Wight Festival 2013. Pictures: www.rockstarimages.co.uk.

8:00am Saturday 19th October 2013

Bob Geldof’s Boomtown Rats are back on the road and playing in Bournemouth this week. Pat Gough finds out what prompted the revival

Bournemouth Arts By the Sea Festival: what you can look forward to this year...

Bournemouth Echo: Joe Rush and his Mutoid Waste company.  Picture: Wreckage International

11:00am Sunday 15th September 2013

Giant mutoids on Bournemouth prom? Must be Arts By the Sea again!

Paul Daniels: I'm not ready to do a disappearing act yet...

Bournemouth Echo: Paul Daniels

11:00am Saturday 14th September 2013

Don’t say it’s true. Magician Paul Daniels is about to embark on his First Farewell Tour that arrives at the Bournemouth Pier Theatre next weekend.

Meet the artist who's painted 101 portraits of Princess Diana

Bournemouth Echo: Meet the artist who's painted 101 portraits of Princess Diana

11:00am Sunday 25th August 2013

She was described as the world’s most photographed person, and adored by millions. Now, a New Forest artist has paid tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, by devoting eight years of her life to painting her – 101 times.

Meet Bournemouth's Mr Angry: why I'm making an effort to complain

Bournemouth Echo: Meet Bournemouth's Mr Angry: why David Craig's making an effort to complain

2:00pm Saturday 24th August 2013

Is writer and blogger David Craig the angriest man in Dorset? Faith Eckersall puts on her tin hat and finds out

Scream queen: how I went from Christchurch schoolgirl to top horror actress

Bournemouth Echo: Scream queen: how I went from Christchurch schoolgirl to top horror actresses

2:00pm Sunday 4th August 2013

Sitting in a bathtub surrounded by rotting meat and intestines is all in a day’s work for Melanie Denholme.

Mark Owen: I only recorded my album so I could go to Camp Bestival!

Bournemouth Echo: Mark Owen: Camp Bestival is the only reason I did my album!

3:00pm Sunday 28th July 2013

Back in the day five lads with toothsome grins, buckets of sex appeal and a wicked way with a song lyric – be it theirs or someone else’s – held the hearts of the world’s teenage girls to ransom.

From West End dancer to Salvation army officer - I've fulfilled my two life ambitions

Bournemouth Echo: Major Ray Begley of the Boscombe Salvation Army with his wife Carelle

11:00am Sunday 21st July 2013

It’s only the very lucky few who can claim they have fulfilled their two life ambitions, but professional ballet dancer turned Salvation Army officer Major Ray Begley can say just that.

Sean Lock: I'll make you laugh like a drunken horse

Bournemouth Echo: Delivering comedy by van: Sean Lock, above and right, keeps more than an hour of material in reserve, while he’s out on tour

10:00am Saturday 20th July 2013

It’s been too long since Sean Lock last visited Poole, but he promises to make audiences “laugh like a drunken horse” when he brings his new show to the Lighthouse.

Think you need to travel far to find wildlife hotspots? just look at roadside verges and lawns...

Bournemouth Echo: Think you need to travel far to find wildlife hotspots? just look at roadside verges and lawns...

10:00am Sunday 14th July 2013

The RSPB’s Luke Phillips keeps his head down as he takes a stroll to look at wildlife on the verges

Born a girl but I've always been a boy

Bournemouth Echo: Jay with a picture of himself aged six

11:00am Saturday 13th July 2013

As Bournemouth celebrates diversity with its Pride Festival this weekend Jay Murray speaks to Maria Court about his transition from female to male

What's happening at next weekend's Dorset Seafood Festival

Bournemouth Echo: What's happening at next weekend's Dorset Seafood Festival

2:00pm Sunday 7th July 2013

Expect a dish of delights when you wander along Weymouth’s harbourside on July 13 and 14.

Seasick Steve: If I can’t do what I want at my age, when can I?

Bournemouth Echo: Seasick Steve: If I can’t do what I want at my age, when can I?

4:08pm Wednesday 10th July 2013

As he prepares to play at the Larmer Tree on Friday, Seasick Steve remains more surprised than anyone that he’s lasted so long. The enigmatic septuagenarian tells Seven Days about unorthodox recording techniques and working with legends

Larmer Tree co-founder James Shepherd talks mud, seeing Van Morrison play his festival and his dream line-up

Bournemouth Echo: Rain fails to dampen Larmer Tree spirits

11:00am Saturday 6th July 2013

Cometh the summer, cometh the festivals, that annual round of mud, wellies, dodgy loos and – of course – fabulous music.

It took eight years to get my first novel published - now I'm on Richard and Judy's Summer Book Club list

Bournemouth Echo: Picture: James Bowden

6:00am Monday 1st July 2013

We weren’t near the sea when I spoke to Lucy Clarke, but she brought it into the room with her. I could almost feel warm sand between my toes and hear the crackle of water pulling back and forth over the shore.

Think the English longbow went out with Agincourt? It’s alive and well and being crafted in Christchurch

Bournemouth Echo: Think the English longbow went out with Agincourt? It’s alive and well and being crafted in Christchurch

9:00am Sunday 30th June 2013

It is a thing of beauty, this English longbow. Curved like the ocean horizon... and so powerful it can shoot an arrow fearsomely enough to bring down a stag.

I started my candle making business after buying a kit, now I'm making creations for Crufts!

Bournemouth Echo: I started a business after buying a candle making kit, now I'm making creations for Crufts!

11:00am Saturday 22nd June 2013

Owls, angels and Shar Pei dogs sit happily beside elephants, seahorses and cute looking pigs. Well, in Debbie Button’s West Parley workshop they do.

Brian May on kicking off his tour in Bournemouth, Queen and being the figurehead for Team Badger

Bournemouth Echo: STOP THE CULL: Queen guitarist Brian May

10:00am Sunday 16th June 2013

Guitarist, composer, astrophysicist and animal campaigner, Chancellor Emeritus of Liverpool John Moores University and member of one of the world’s greatest rock bands; is there anything Brian May hasn’t done, asks Faith Eckersall

From 'apple pie' villages to wild cliff tops: why the final leg of the South West Coast Path has got it all

Bournemouth Echo: From 'apple pie' villages to wild cliff tops: why the final leg of the South West Coast Path has got it all

11:00am Saturday 15th June 2013

The South West Coast Path celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Maria Court reports on a new guide book

Ben Fogle: why I couldn't wait to come back to Dorset

Bournemouth Echo: Ben Fogle: why I couldn't wait to come back to Dorset

12:00pm Saturday 8th June 2013

The beauty of Dorset, and some of its fine characters, are captured in a brand new ITV series which starts this week.

Water babies: meet the little ones learning to swim from an early age

Bournemouth Echo: Water babies: meet the little ones learning to swim from an early age - and it could save their lives

11:00am Saturday 8th June 2013

Before I became a mum myself I used to laugh at other mothers I knew who took their baby to baby massage classes and underwater swimming lessons.

It's not all about hard work: how 6 Rifles get to unwind after intensive training in Cyprus

Bournemouth Echo: TRAINING: Corporal Robert Clymer during a patrol on a TA exercise in Cyprus

12:00pm Thursday 6th June 2013

WINDSURFING, wake boarding, snorkelling and keeping an eye out for turtles were all part of some well deserved activity training for 6 Rifles.

Dorset’s TA soliders get action in Cyprus

Bournemouth Echo: EXERCISE: Troops from 6th Battalion The Rifles have been on exercise in Cyprus

12:00pm Wednesday 5th June 2013

Beach landing, patrolling base, disrupting the ‘enemies’ supply lines and a night ambush are all part of a three-day exercise putting Bournemouth and Poole’s TA soldiers to the test.

Issue of online child abuse should be regarded as national emergency

Bournemouth Echo: MISSING: April Jones

9:00am Saturday 1st June 2013

THE VICTIM impact statement read to the court at the end of the trial of Mark Bridger was almost as upsetting as the evidence itself.

From where to kayak to a new place to picnic: discover a new spot on the Dorset coast

Bournemouth Echo: From where to kayak to a new place to picnic: discover a new spot on the Dorset coast

7:00am Saturday 1st June 2013

The enchanted coastline along the southern shores is home to a range of picturesque spots to visit.

Charlie Dimmock on being a sex symbol, growing older and life as a singleton

Bournemouth Echo: Charlie Dimmock on being a sex symbol, growing older and life as a singleton

12:00pm Sunday 26th May 2013

Charlie Dimmock found fame as the voluptuous redhead on TV’s Ground Force. From her quaint home in the New Forest, she chats to Gabrielle Fagan about getting her hands dirty in her own garden and how she’s preparing for old age

25 years of Moors Valley Country Park

Bournemouth Echo: Ten-year-old Joe Findley on the Go Ape Explorer course at Moors Valley Country Park.

12:00pm Saturday 25th May 2013

Moors Valley Country Park has been open for 25 years this year. Maria Court discovers how far it has come in that time

The man who hunted Jack the Ripper

Bournemouth Echo: Adam Rothenberg, Matthew Macfadyen and Jerome Flynn in the BBC series Ripper Street, in which Abberline is portrayed as having out-dated ideas

10:00am Sunday 19th May 2013

He investigated the most notorious murders in British history. But, asks Faith Eckersall, what do we really know about the Dorset detective who tried and failed to catch Jack the Ripper? A new book lays bare the life of Frederick George Abberline

Visiting Auschwitz

Bournemouth Echo: Visiting Auschwitz

2:00pm Saturday 18th May 2013

Caitlin Marsh joins a group of young people From Dorset as they visit Polish concentration camps to learn about history first-hand

Eddie Izzard: Comedian, marathon runner, 'Lost Python' - and Mayor of London in 2020?

Bournemouth Echo: Eddie Izzard: Comedian, marathon runner, 'Lost Python' - and Mayor of London in 2020?

10:00am Saturday 18th May 2013

Cross-dressing marathon-running comedian Eddie Izzard has sold out three nights in Bournemouth as part of his Force Majeure tour taking in 25 countries. Faith Eckersall looks at the man behind the huge success

Julian Clary: There'll be innuendo on my gravestone

Bournemouth Echo: Julian Clary

10:00am Saturday 11th May 2013

Master of innuendo Julian Clary tells Patrick Gough how his latest show, which plays Poole on Thursday, is dedicated to finding him a husband

Bravery of Cleveland kidnap victim Amanda Berry is truly amazing

Bournemouth Echo: The property in which three women were  allegedly held by suspect Ariel Castro

9:00am Saturday 11th May 2013

CLEVELAND Ohio is a long way from Dorset. But even at this distance it’s impossible not to feel joy of Biblical proportions over the release of those three young women, from a decade of captivity.

The beauty workshop helping cancer patients to look good and feel better

Bournemouth Echo: Sandra Holland is made up by makeup artist Melanie Rivera

2:00pm Saturday 4th May 2013

Nicky Findley reports on a project to improve the wellbeing of cancer patients through make-up and skincare

Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan on the band's new album and why he loves living in Dorset

Bournemouth Echo: Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan on the band's new album and why he loves living in Dorset

10:00am Saturday 4th May 2013

While most international music legends choose to swan around in massive cribs on the California coast, this particular erudite elder statesman of rock is happy with a modest home in Lyme Regis – complete with a potting shed, dried flowers in the kitchen and mugs with cats on.

VIDEO: Kirill Karabits on being a 'superconductor', feeling at home in Bournemouth and the BSOs Imax concerts

Bournemouth Echo: Kirill Karabits on being a 'superconductor', feeling at home in Bournemouth and the BSOs Imax concerts

8:00am Saturday 4th May 2013

HE was born and brought up in Kiev, attending the National Tchaikovsky Music Academy. Later, he continued his studies in Vienna and Stuttgart and made his first public conducting appearance at the age of 19.

Neville Heath: handsome charmer and calculating murderer

Bournemouth Echo: Neville Heath leaving West London Police Court

10:29am Monday 29th April 2013

Neville Heath is widely regarded as Britain’s first modern sex killer. The murders he committed in Bournemouth and London in 1946 are now the subject of a shocking new book. Faith Eckersall reports

Guiding star - one woman's bond with her guide dog

Bournemouth Echo: Guiding star - one woman's bond with her guide dog

10:00am Sunday 28th April 2013

Could you trust a dog to take you across the road and find your home in the dark? Tiffany Deacon had to. She tells Faith Eckersall what it’s like to get your first guide dog

Honor Blackman on her life story, Sean Connery and living in Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo: Legend: Honor Blackman has had a host of enviable roles

10:00am Saturday 27th April 2013

Patrick Gough talks to screen legend Honor Blackman about playing the parts of strong women that made her famous

Stunning Gwyneth’s the Iron Lady again

Bournemouth Echo: Robert Downey Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow in Iron Man 3

9:00am Saturday 27th April 2013

IT’S OFFICIAL, Gwyneth Paltrow is the world’s most beautiful woman of 2013.

Mobile phones to become more Facebook friendly

Bournemouth Echo: Mobile phones to become more Facebook friendly

9:00am Saturday 27th April 2013

THE technology industry loves its rumours, and in recent months they were whispering the same thing over and over again about Facebook is building a phone.

King of the strings: Nigel Kennedy on returning to Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo: King of the strings: Nigel Kennedy on returning to Bournemouth

6:00am Saturday 27th April 2013

Rock-star violinist Nigel Kennedy tells Alex Winter about bringing his band to the South Coast

Buying into British beef

Bournemouth Echo: Buy British beef

11:32am Friday 26th April 2013

BUTCHERS and restaurants across the town are supporting a drive to buy British when it comes to beef.


Catch up with our bloggers

Still time to sign up to Big Lunch event in Dorset (link)

bournemouthecho.co.uk 11:00am Mon 14 Apr 14

THERE’S still time for Dorset residents to get involved with this year’s Big Lunch on Sunday, June 1, when the…

Martin Lewis: eight ways to rev up your motoring savings (link)

bournemouthecho.co.uk 2:04pm Thu 10 Apr 14

It’s not yet time to hoot the horn in celebration, but things are looking a tad better for drivers.

April nature walks (link)

bournemouthecho.co.uk 11:33am Wed 9 Apr 14

Why not join the Friends of Kinson Common on one of their monthly walks?

TASTE: Why tasty lamb is the ideal Easter choice - recipes (link)

bournemouthecho.co.uk 4:43pm Mon 7 Apr 14

WITH Easter around the corner, it’s the perfect time to feast on succulent lamb as chef Mark Sargeant explains.

BBC3's Invasion of the Job Snatchers - a true reflection of historic Christchurch? (link)

bournemouthecho.co.uk 12:00pm Thu 3 Apr 14

So, it’s created a bit of a stir. BBC3’s Invasion of the Job Snatchers, filmed in Christchurch last year,…

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