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Published by small, independent company Herald Publishing, The Herald is a FREE community magazine published every 3 weeks, when 10,000 copies are distributed through a network of nearly 300 distribution points across the area. The magazine is designed to encourage local enterprise and promote local community values.


The Herald Story

Originally launched as the Hythe & Dibden Purlieu Herald in 1994 by founder Janice Taylor, with a print run of just 1,500 per month, the magazine quickly grew in popularity and now, renamed simply The Herald, covers a vastly expanded area that includes not only the whole of the Waterside, but also Totton, Romsey, The Wellows, North Baddesley and communities in New Forest East such as Lyndhurst, Beaulieu, Minstead, East Boldre and Pilley.


Packed full of interesting and easy-to-read news items about local people, businesses and events, topical subjects and general useful information, The Herald delivers a platform for local businesses to advertise at really affordable prices, so even the smallest businesses and those with a limited budget can get their message directly to potential customers within their own catchment area.


The Herald also provides a regular means of raising local awareness for anyone organising an event for charity, clubs, societies and other organisations, free of charge.

Every issue, local residents pick up their free copy of The Herald which is distributed to nearly 300 outlets - local shops, pubs, garages, community centres and other easily accessible places. As readers have to go to the distribution points to pick up their copy of The Herald, this means that we know that they want to read it.


A full list of distribution points is included in the media pack or listed at the front of each issue. For more info download our media pack.


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Other Things We Do

Visit Hythe

Community Booklets

Local Produce & Gifts

Herald Publishing produces the annual Visit Hythe leaflet which includes a map of the village, a listing of the cruise liners docking throughout the summer and advertisements from shops, cafes and places to stay in Hythe and is distributed to all visitor places to stay, attractions and TICs within an hour’s drive of the village.



Herald Publishing is proud to produce annual community booklets for Hythe & Dibden and Fawley Parish Councils, which are funded by advertising and produced at no cost to the client. If you are interested in talking to us about how we can help you produce a town or parish guide for your community in the same way, contact us for more details


Herald Publishing holds the New Forest Marque  and is pleased to support locally made produce. Throughout the year we have a range of local honey, jams, turned wooden items and bird boxes. The shop also offers New Forest gifts, the Brand New Forest Card

Photocopying, Faxing & Laminating

Local Books

Local Information Point

Herald Publishing offers A4 and A3 copying including colour, A4 & A3 laminating and also a faxing service from the office in Hythe.

Herald Publishing offers a small range of local interest books on the area along with titles written by local authors, including children’s books, memoirs and poetry.

The Herald Publishing office in High Street, Hythe is also a Local Information Point for the New Forest National Park. We offer a range of information for visitors and locals about this stunning area, including places to go, bus timetables, maps.

available on all devices

If you can’t pick up a copy of the latest Herald from any of the distribution points, the online issue is available on your computer, tablet or phone. With a search engine, and links to advertiser’s websites, emails and social media pages, don’t miss reading the latest issue.

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meet the team

We are a small, happy team here at Herald Publishing, based in Hythe, Hampshire. We pride ourselves in working closely with all advertisers and contributors to ensure that they get the best from their advertising and publicity in The Herald.



With over 25 years’ experience in advertising and marketing Louise feels privileged to now be the Editor of such a highly regarded local magazine. She enjoys working on The Herald, dealing with the vast range and breadth of advertisers, local groups, organisations and other contributors.



Paula has set the pages of every single issue of The Herald, which is quite a feat in itself, and has 30 years’ experience in the publishing industry. She can also create your advertising artwork for you. With an excellent knowledge of local businesses, Paula also handles all the invoicing and accounts for Herald Publishing.

Louise Kitcher


A recent member to the team, Lou brings with her over 15 years advertising experience. Her knowledge of brand awareness, marketing strategies and copywriting can help businesses of all shapes and sizes, whether you wish to book just one advertisement or plan an advertising campaign in The Herald.

James Shadick


Also a new recruit to the team, James has previously worked in retail, printing and corporate events. Very much the face of The Herald out in the community, as every 3 weeks he makes all the deliveries to our Distribution Points with the latest issue.



  • Do you give discounts for block advertising bookings?

    We don’t give any discounts for advertising, but maintain the low advertising rates to enable advertisers with even the smallest budget can afford. We do offer Agency discount.

  • Can you create an advert for me?

    We can produce advertisement artwork for you using any logos, images and copy that you supply, within the cost of insertion. If you are unsure about what size or what to put into your advertisement, we would be more than happy to create something for you.

  • Can I supply my own artwork?

    Of course. Please check the dimensions of the advertisement with us, but otherwise we accept artwork as a jpg, tif, pdf or eps. Don’t forget advertising will be in mono.

  • When do I pay?

    Advertising is invoiced on the publication date, when an invoice is sent to you with 14 days to pay by card over the phone, cheque, cash or if you are a regular advertiser sign up to pay using our Direct Debit scheme.

  • Can I choose where my advertisement goes in the magazine?

    We do our best to accommodate advertiser’s requirements, but cannot always guarantee specific pages. Regular features run in every issue may offer advertisers with specific businesses a more appropriate location within the magazine.

  • Can I submit editorial?

    We do offer new advertisers and businesses some free editorial to support their first advertisement and to provide readers with more information that would appear in an advertisement. Around 200-250 words is acceptable.


    As The Herald relies on paid advertising, we cannot guarantee editorial space for all advertisers and reserve the right to refuse submitted copy. Editorial should always be newsworthy.

contact us


The office in the High Street is open from 9am until 3pm weekdays, but for telephone/email enquiries, and for Herald advertisers, until 5pm.

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6 High Street, Hythe, Southampton, Hampshire,

SO45 6AH


Editorial Enquiries: 023 8084 5700

Advertising Enquiries: 023 8084 0815

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Herald Publishing is a trading name of Silverock Enterprises Ltd. Registered in England & Wales No. 4784219

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