The best beaches that excelled in the "Good Beach Guide" by the Marine Conservation Society.
A couple from Oxfordshire say they've saved nearly £900 after giving up supermarkets for a year. Here are their top tips to save cash
As part of our Text Santa campaign, Fred, Sangeeta and Simon went bag packing at a local supermarket.
Although the mercury could reach its highest point so far yet this year in the ITV Meridian region, forecasters said the heat will be accompanied by high humidity and heavy, thundery showers
Temperatures will start to rise from Thursday, peaking on Friday when the 30C barrier could be reached for the first time this year, with the most likely location somewhere to the north-west of London.
Forecasts suggest the South coast will be slightly warmer than European holiday destinations such as Barcelona, Ibiza and Nice.
The hottest day so far in 2014 was July 4, when 28.7C (83.7F) was detected in Norfolk and Essex.
– Simon Parkin, ITV News Meridian weather presenter
Not great news for the superstitious is that there is a chance of patchy rain for St Swithun's Day tomorrow, which, according to the legend of the saint buried at Winchester Cathedral, we could have 40 days of very damp weather.
A meeting will take place this evening over a 60 million pound plan to turn a dis-used quarry into a dinosaur museum
The visitor centre - called Jurassica - would open on Portland in Dorset in around 2019. It would see a glass roof over the limestone quarry and include an aquarium and animatronics. Early designs have been drawn up by Renzo Piano - the same man behind the shard in London
The Centuries old tradition of Swan Upping, the annual census of the swan population on stretches of the Thames, began today with crowds lining the riverbank to watch the swan uppers set off from Shepperton Lock
The historic ceremony dates from the twelfth century, when the Crown claimed ownership of all mute swans - all unmarked mute swans still belong to the Queen.
At that time swans were regarded as a delicious dish at banquets and feasts, today Swans are counted to protect their numbers.
The Queen's Swan Uppers wear traditional scarlet uniforms and each boat flies appropriate flags and pennants.
On passing Windsor Castle, the rowers stand to attention in their boat with oars raised and salute "Her Majesty The Queen, Seigneur of the Swans".
Cygnets are weighed and measured to obtain estimates of growth rates and the birds are examined for any sign of injury.
At the completion of the 5-day long Upping, the Queen's Swan Marker writes a report on the number of swans found, this enables conservation methods to be used to protect the birds.
Video. Watch Fred as he gets transformed into a blue ant at Pinewood Studios!
He spoke to motion capture expert Phil Stilgoe and performer William Todd-Jones to find out more about their complex and cutting edge work in animation.
Keith, the giant iguana, is making the most of the recent spell of hot weather by going for walks on Hastings beach. The exotic one-and-a-half-metre-long reptile was re-homed at Blue Reef Aquarium after its owner could no longer look after him.
Just like humans, iguanas need vitamin D to keep them fit and healthy. The walks not only allow Keith to enjoy a spot of sunbathing but also ensure his claws do not grow too long.
Hoards of aliens from outer space invaded a seaside town today but they seemed to be quite friendly. Thousands of people flocked to Herne Bay to meet Darth Vader, Dr Who and any number of tentacled creatures from other worlds.
Our reporter, David Johns, explains, speaking to David Prowse who played Darth Vader; Hattie Hayridge who played Holly in Red Dwarf; and Gerald McCarthy who organised the event.
At Herne Bay's SciFi-by-the-Sea event today, Darth Vader - aka actor David Prowse - had a "get well soon" message for Harrison Ford, who was injured on the set of the new Star Wars film last week.
The second annual SciFi-by-the-Sea event was held in Herne Bay today - a full report's coming later but in the meantime here's a smattering of shots from our intrepid future-bound reporter...
More than 28,000 cyclists have saddled up to take part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride in the event's 39th year. The charity ride is organised by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
The Head of Events at the BHF, Tristram Jones said:
“The London to Brighton Bike Ride is the flagship fundraising event for the BHF. I’d like to say a massive thank you to all the cyclists and their sponsors for their support.
"Every penny you raise helps us fund pioneering research that supports heart patients and their families in their fight for every heartbeat.
“We would also like to thank everyone who came to help at both the start in Clapham and the finish in Brighton. Our cyclists rely on the hundreds of volunteers who give their time to make the Bike Ride possible.”