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Winchester Tourist Guide

Winchester is an historic city in southern England, with a population of around 40,000 within a 3 mile radius of its centre. It is the seat of the City of Winchester local government district, which covers a much larger area, and is also the administrative capital and county town of Hampshire. Winchester was formerly the capital of England, during the 10th and early 11th centuries, and before that the capital of Wessex. The city is at the western end of the South Downs with the scenic River Itchen running through it. The city is served by trains running from London Waterloo, Weymouth, Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton and the North.

Winchester Tourist Guide – Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral, the second longest building in Europe, was originally built in 1079. It contains much fine architecture spanning the 11th to the 16th century and is the burial place of numerous Bishops of Winchester (such as William of Wykeham) and Anglo-Saxon and later monarchs (such as King Canute), as well as Jane Austen. It was once an important pilgrimage centre and housed the shrine of Saint Swithun. The ancient Pilgrims’ Way travelling to Canterbury begins at Winchester. The plan of the earlier Old Minster is laid out in the grass adjoining the cathedral. The New Minster once stood beside it.

Winchester Tourist Guide – Cathedral Close

The Cathedral Close contains a number of historic buildings from the time when the cathedral was also a priory. Of particular note are the Deanery which dates back to the 13th century. It was originally the Prior’s House, and was the birthplace of Arthur, Prince of Wales in 1486. Not far away is Cheyney Court, a mid-15th century timber-framed house incorporating the Porter’s Lodge for the Priory Gate. It was the Bishop’s court house.

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Romsey Tourist Guide

Romsey is a small market town, in the county of Hampshire, England. It is 8 miles (13 km) north-west of Southampton and 11 miles (18 km) south-west of Winchester. Just over 18,000 people live in Romsey, which has an area of about 4.93 square kilometres. Romsey lies on the River Test, which is famous for trout fishing. It is one of the principal towns in the Test Valley Borough. A large Norman abbey dominates the centre of the town. Romsey was home of the late Lord Mountbatten of Burma, the 19th century British prime minister Lord Palmerston, and the 17th century philosopher and economist William Petty. Romsey is twinned with Paimpol in Brittany, France and Battenberg, Germany.

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Poole Tourist Guide

Poole is a coastal town just to the west of Bournemouth with a population of around 140,000 and is part of the South East Dorset conurbation, along with Bournemouth and Christchurch. Poole is reported to have the 2nd largest natural harbour in the world, after Sydney, Australia. Perhaps due to this fact, Poole is home to luxury yacht builders Sunseeker

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Poole Tourist Information

Poole owes its name to the Saxons who aptly named it after the vast expanse of water that lay before them. Boasting the largest natural harbour in Europe, Poole’s greatest asset hums with activity throughout the year. Great beaches, Poole Old Town and some world class water sport activities all contribute to making Poole a top summer destination in England. Poole’s key attraction for many visitors is her waters. Sandbanks Beach provides 3 miles of golden sand holding more Blue Flag awards than all other British contenders. Nearby, Shore Road and Branksome Chine Beaches are also good swimming spots while a short ferry trip will take you to great beaches at Shellbay and Studland (Studland beach is also famous for its naturists).

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Poole Nights Out

At one time, Poole was considered to have more pubs per mile than anywhere else in the UK, with over 50 in the old town its self! Many have now gone but throughout Poole there remain many interesting and original establishments. Poole quay has a variety of pubs, many of which offer live music during the summer, like the Lord Nelson well known for its Sunday afternoon and evening bashes, and Wednesday evenings in the summer. From the Custom House, walk away from the Quay, past the half timbered King Charles towards The Old Town, where amongst the historic buildings, you will find some of the quaintest and oldest pubs in Poole.

Poole Nights Out – Live Music

The area is well served when it comes to live entertainment, and boasts some fine live music venues, such as intimate venues such as Mr Kyps in Poole. There is also a thriving pub music circuit (although the new licensing hours seem to have had a negative effect). The Malt ‘n Hops can be relied on for good rock bands and the Grange in Southbourne have dancing to live music most Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year. And there’s no shortage of local talent either (witness the number of music shops in the conurbation).

Poole Nights Out – Tower Park

One of the first complexes of its kind, Tower Park is apparently named after the large concrete water tower that dominates the site. Situated about 3 miles to the north west of Poole centre, attractions include a SplashDown water park with flumes, slides or whatever you call them, a Megabowl bowling alley, UCI cinema, Gala bingo, numerous restaurants and fast food outlets plus a huge supermarket. A

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Bournemouth Tourist Guide

Bournemouth is a tourist resort, on the south coast of England, about 105 miles from London and with a population of around 164,000. Bournemouth is the home of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth University and Bournemouth International Centre. Historically Bournemouth was part of Hampshire, with Poole, just to the west, being part of Dorset. Even though Bournemouth is a coastal town, the centre of the town

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Bournemouth Nights Out

Bournemouth, thought of by many as a retirement town, and once referred to as “God’s Waiting Room”, has in recent years become a much younger, vibrant place. It has a large student population (including many overseas language students) and many young people are drawn there by its extensive nightlife, including clubs opening 24 hours a day daily, so if you’re into night life and party you may find the perfect club crawl for you in this area. The town has many nightclubs and pubs, most of which have taken advantage of the recent change in licensing laws to stay open after the traditional pub closing time. Bournemouth applied for the most 24-hour licences of any town/city in the UK. However drinking alcohol in public, on the streets of Bournemouth is not allowed. One road in Bournemouth which has many clubs along it (including Elements) is closed after 10pm, allowing only taxis picking people up to drive down the road.

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Bournemouth Nights Out – Stag and Hen Nights and Weekends

Bournemouth is now one of the most popular Stag & Hen locations in the UK. With excellent beaches, non stop vibrant nightlife, a good selection of restaurants and full on day time activities its not surprising you have to book early to get into this seaside resort and you can even get cigarette delivery london if you also want to smoke during your night out and you can’t find a local open to buy them at late night. In the UK, stag and hen weekend trips are becoming mini-holidays with the groups taking part in various day time activities as well as the expected night out on the town and the inevitable strippers. Bournemouth is a great place for this as there are many places to go for spa days, beauty treatments or pole dancing lessons, as well as places to try quad biking, karting, paintballing, clay pigeon shooting, zorbing and other activities during the day and even more places open at night to continue the entertainment.

Bournemouth Nights Out – Live Music

The area is well served when it comes to live entertainment, and boasts some fine live music venues, including the Lighthouse and BIC. There is also a thriving pub music circuit (although the new licensing hours seem to have had a negative effect). Of particular interest is the Green Room in the Portman Hotel (Bournemouth) which strives to give young talent and established bands a showcase. The Malt ‘n Hops can be relied on for good rock bands and the Grange at Southbourne have dancing to live music most Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year. There’s no shortage of local talent either (witness the number of music shops in the conurbation). Bournemouth is on the tour circuit for many top bands and international DJ

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts. He is desperate to get back to school to find out why his friends Ron and Hermione have been so secretive all summer. However, what Harry is about to discover in his new year at Hogwarts will turn his world upside down…

When a malicious Ministry of Magic employee takes the “cursed” Defense Against the Dark Arts position, she uses it as a point from which to usurp power away from Dumbledore. Harry engages in a personal battle with her while dreaming of a strange door at the end of a corridor which hides something that Voldemort wants desperately. To top it all off, Harry and friends must take their very difficult, very life-changing fifth-year tests: the OWL exams.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the fifth fantasy adventure film in the popular Harry Potter film series, based on the novel Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J. K. Rowling. The director is David Yates. The screenwriter is Michael Goldenberg, who replaced Steve Kloves, writer of the first four films. Warner Bros., the distributor of the film, has scheduled a UK release date of 12 July 2007, and a US release date of 11 July 2007, both in conventional theatres and IMAX theatres.

Reviews of the film are generally positive. The Telegraph headlined their review “Potter film is the best and darkest yet”. Imelda Staunton’s performance as Dolores Umbridge and Helena Bonham Carter’s as Bellatrix Lestrange were widely acclaimed; Staunton was described as the “perfect choice for the part” and “one of the film’s greatest pleasures”, “coming close to stealing the show”. Bonham Carter was said to be a “shining but underused talent”. Variety also praised Alan Rickman’s portrayal of Severus Snape, writing that he “may have outdone himself; seldom has an actor done more with less than he does here”. The Sunday Mirror, giving the film four out of five stars and called it “a dark and delicious delight and a must see movie”.

The Times of London expressed disappointment that the three main actors were not able to fully advance the emotional sides of their respective characters, weakening the film. The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Phoenix is “quite possibly the least enjoyable of the series so far”, and that despite “several eye-catching moments”, “the magic

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Spiderman 3

Spiderman 3 is a 2007 superhero film written and directed by Sam Raimi, with a screenplay by Ivan Raimi and Alvin Sargent. It is the third film in the Spiderman film franchise based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. The film stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, and Topher Grace.

The film begins with Peter Parker basking in his success as Spiderman, while Mary Jane Watson begins her Broadway career. Harry Osborn still seeks vengeance for his father’s death, and an escaped convict, Flint Marko, falls into a particle accelerator and is transformed into a shape shifting sand monster. An alien symbiote crashes to Earth and bonds with Peter, influencing his behavior for the worse. When the symbiote is abandoned, it finds refuge in Eddie Brock Jr., a rival photographer, causing Peter to face his greatest challenge.

Spiderman 3 was commercially released in multiple countries on May 1, 2007, and released in the United States in both conventional and IMAX theaters on May 4, 2007. The film received generally mixed reviews from critics, in stark contrast to Spiderman 2’s highly positive reviews, yet the film broke most of the opening weekend records, both in the United States, and in foreign markets, including records held in IMAX theaters.

Peter has begun to feel secure in his life and plans to propose to Mary Jane. One night in a park, while Peter and Mary Jane are on a date, a small meteorite crashes nearby, and an alien symbiote oozes out, attaching itself to Peter’s moped. Meanwhile, escaped convict Flint Marko falls into a particle accelerator which transforms him into a shape shifting sand manipulator. Peter’s best friend, Harry Osborn, who seeks vengeance for his father’s death, which he believes Peter caused, attacks him. The battle leaves Harry with short-term amnesia, making him forget his vendetta.

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Southampton Nights Out

Southampton is an historic city and is one of the most popular leisure and cultural destinations in the south. It has diverse nightlife, varied leisure facilities, heritage attractions, and a bustling and charming waterfront events programme. West Quay is the city