Hungerford Townsite, review and preview

on 11 January 2017.

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TOWNSITE has become the go-to destination for everything local. Its unique mix of local and visitor information, with the emphasis on promoting and supporting local businesses, has proved to be a winning formula. 2017 looks set to be our best year yet, as we continue to build the TOWNSITE brand by working in collaboration with our commercial partners to extend its reach and engagement on our flagship Hungerford website.

Since our launch in in 2013, we have continually strived to improve the site with more content and features and the figures suggest we are on the right track. The site received 70,000 hits last year but crucially, page views increased by

This year we aim to build and extend our content offering based on the excellent response we saw in 2016

60% - the surest sign that users are lingering on the site and reading more of the topics and features we have been delivering. This year we aim to build and extend our content offering based on the excellent response we saw in 2016.

In October alone, Townsite’s series of Local Food features generated unprecedented numbers, with upwards of 8,000 people reading the content we published. It signalled to us not just that this was a topic people were passionate

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about, but that buying trends were changing. Consumers are increasingly moving their food pounds away from the giant supermarkets in favour of quality, local produce from family-run and independent businesses.

TOWNSITE' mission from the very beginning was to champion everything local. so this trend toward smaller, independent businesses was encouraging. To capitalise on this momentum we will be keeping our readers up to the

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date with all the latest information about the abundance and diversity of local producers who deliver food of outstanding quality. This will include what's available locally in shops and restaurants, tips and handy information from local chefs and food aficionados and the latest schemes from supporting organisations.

2016 also proved what a romantic lot we are. With Hungerford and the surrounding area being such an idyllic location to tie the knot, we were delighted, but not surprised, to find that over 1500 couples perused our wedding content within weeks of its first publication. With such demand for all things wedding-related we're extending our theme to include local venues, wedding fairs and suppliers within 25 miles of Hungerford. So whether readers are looking for a place to wed, or where to go for photographers, gifts, flowers or hair and make-up, they'll find it on Townsite.

Of course we’ll continue to cover the perennial favourites and special days of the year, including Valentine's Day, Mothering Sunday, Easter and of course Hungerford’s grand finale tolive in hungerford property 01 the year with the Christmas Lights and Victorian Extravaganza

We love to celebrate local events, so HADCAF, the Hungerford Literary Festival, Food Festival, Christmas lights and the Extravaganza will all be covered in glorious detail with our coverage extending to video and

In this spirit of growth, Townsite will also be launching two major new sections, Property and Jobs.
photographs on the day, published image galleries and all the usual previews and reviews of events which draw tens of thousands of readers to the site.

In this spirit of growth, Townsite will also be launching two major new sections, Property and Jobs. The big online property sites will continue to dominate the market but increasingly both buyers and vendors are looking for specialised local knowledge that the national sites simply cannot deliver. Feedback from local businesses also alerted us to the need for help with recruitment. Rather than simply run job ads we will be writing profiles on local companies and recording people's experiences of working in Hungerford to give a fuller, more inviting picture to those jobseekers.

Not forgetting that Townsite is for the whole community, we will continue to honour our pledge to always support local good causes and charitable organisations with free content and promotion of events. We also welcome

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comment from our readers if you can't find what you're looking for or have ideas for content. Please contact us with any ideas you may have - it's what keeps the site looking fresh.

And finally, just for fun, we will soon be launching an exclusive serialisation of the hilarious Diary of a Newshound, the thoughts of a mongrel from Northern Ireland as he ponders global issues and current affairs.

We march to remember… Hungerford’s remembrance parade
This Sunday the 11th of November the people of Hungerford will commemorate the heroic servicemen and women who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

Our top picks for the best in European Christmas travel
This year you can really experience the delicacies and delights of Christmas custom from traditions across the continent with some of Fare Wise Travel’s hand-picked Christmas escapes!

May your days be Holly and Bright
Yes, there is no escaping it. Christmas is just around the corner and our attention will soon turn to decking our halls and garnishing our doors with beautiful seasonal delights.

Taking you further with eBikes
Electric bikes are revolutionising cycling, acting as a leveller and making the sport more accessible to people of all abilities, stages and ages.

No ordinary school run… in the MINI Cooper 5 Door Hatch
Raising children is a constant merry-go-round of getting people to the right places at the right time with all the required paraphernalia: school bag, check, lunch box, check, homework, check.

A frightful week of Half term fun at Cobbs
This half term Cobbs Farm Shop and Play Barn are offering a little bit extra with non-stop entertainment for all the family.

Viva las Donnington Grove
Set your soul on fire next month with an evening of entertainment from the King himself featuring authentic tribute band Elvis in Trouble who offer the ultimate Las Vegas experience.

The Fairy Godmother of travel
As Fare Wise Travel celebrate 25 years in business, we meet with MD Veronica Bailey to find out the secret behind their success.

Free collection for your bike service
Keeping your bike roadworthy has to be a priority throughout the year, so after a fantastic summer season, Banjo Cycles of Newbury are offering a free pickup service for bike maintenance in Hungerford area this September.

A warm welcome this winter
This winter transform your home with the natural warmth and comfort of a real log burner.

A cruise for me, free for you!
Fancy experiencing a cruise and bringing your loved one for free?

A brand new local jobs board
Hungerford TOWNSITE™ is well established as a conduit for local people featuring news, events, attractions and special offers and NOW we've added a LOCAL JOBS BOARD to our already successful mix. This comprehensive section aims to connect with local job hunters in a friendly and more engaging way

Getting to know you… Cobbs, much more than a farm shop
As you walk into Cobbs newly refurbished and extended café, it’s easy to see why this business is thriving.

#2 laid back honeymoon ideas 2018
Pick an idyllic spot in the Mediterranean, combine it with panoramic coastal walks, snorkeling and beautiful turquoise waters to make it a perfect honeymoon!

Luxury honeymoon on a budget
Are you getting married over the Christmas period in 2018? Fare Wise Travel are offering an exclusive 7-night winter beach-chillout honeymoon with an all-inclusive luxury package.

18 idyllic championship holes
Once considered the preserve of retired bank managers, the game of golf has been re-branded for a new generation and not only now has mass appeal, but in certain quarters is even considered quite groovy

Those of us who live here don't have to think twice, we love it and, you've had a job to persuade us to go elsewhere.

Compared to many towns, Hungerford High Street is in good shape. It is better now than it has been for years...

Walking in the beautiful areas of outstanding natural beauty in and around Hungerford is a very special experience.

Next time you visit Littlecote House keep a wary eye out for ghosts. That black dog you see on the stairs may not be all it seems!

Enjoy your visit and don't foget to let us know how it went