Take a peek inside Princess Diana’s wardrobe. Have a picnic under Poole’s oldest oak tree. See where one of the prime suspects in the Jack the Ripper case lived. Make a splash with a mermaid’s tail. Eat some cake in a notorious smuggler’s old home. And visit the body of water that acted as a ‘stunt double’ for the Congo River in a Hollywood blockbuster.

Poole: home to one of the largest natural harbours in the world, award-winning sandy beaches, tons of pottery and Ryvita crispbreads. Well, yes… but what else? Loads, as it happens. Poole and its surrounding areas, such as Wimborne, Wareham, Blandford and the Isle of Purbeck, are fit to burst with places to explore, uncover and enjoy.

Experience the less-explored pockets of this diverse area through the eyes and words of an enamoured local. Join Katherine Bebo as she leads you away from the more famed attractions, while sharing entertaining insights, cultural anecdotes and insider tips. Her composition of 111 unusual places, in combination with the stunning photos by Oliver Smith, will enchant you and make you fall in love with this intriguing corner of England and its hidden nooks and crannies!

Katherine Bebo is a professional freelance writer and editor. Her career has taken her to London, Dubai and Denver in the USA… but now she’s back home where her heart is: Poole, where she lives with her husband and two children. She has had a handful of books published – on topics ranging from films to fitness, cocktails to outer space – plus many features for well-known publications and websites.

Oliver Smith is a commercial photographer with more than 15 years’ experience shooting properties, people and places all across the South of England. Following an extensive background in art and design, he gained his BA (hons) degree in photography in 2002 and ran a photographic laboratory for two years, before going freelance as Oliver Smith Photography. He lives with his wife and two children in Poole, where he continues to work amongst the high-end interiors and architectural market. His work has featured in a wide range of regional magazines, as well as national newspapers.

111 Places in Poole that You Shouldn't Miss is out now, priced £12.99