It might have felt as though the Easter break was never going to arrive this year, but having scoffed the last of the chocolate eggs, in a matter of days British summertime seems to have announced its arrival. This, I’m sure, has been prompted by researching two recent features.

As the sun goes down, open-air theatre has to be one of the best ways to spend a balmy evening. Whether it’s a Shakespearean classic (and with offerings from the likes of Guildford Shakespeare Co and The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, there’s no shortage in this the Bard’s 450th anniversary year) or Commedia dell’Arte from Rude Mechanical Theatre, many of us don’t need too much persuasion to pack a picnic and head for the nearest patch of green space. A round-up of what’s happening and where for next month’s Surrey Life, really proves that live theatre still packs a punch.

I’ve also been impressed by taking a seasonal look at Hayling Island. Gone is the misconception that as the mercury rises it’s all kiss me quick hats and holiday camps (not that there’s anything wrong with these). But actually, there’s a whole lot more on offer – particularly if you’re inclined to stray off the well trodden paths and head to the north and east of the island. All is revealed in the June issue of Hampshire Life.

Digging deeper is certainly the theme in the Finding Farnham archaeology project. Speaking to project leader Dr Anne Sassin ahead of this week’s Open Day there’s growing excitement at the prospect of giving the local community the opportunity to get hands-on (quite literally) on their home turf. July’s issue of Vantage Point will have more details of dig sites and dates.

Finally, with the first anniversary of this blog approaching I’m planning to refresh things a little bit. So watch this space…