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Published by a small, independent company called Herald Publishing, The Herald is a FREE community magazine published every 3 weeks, when 10,500 copies are distributed through a network of nearly 300 distribution points across our circulation area. The magazine is designed to encourage local enterprise and to promote the local community. The Herald offers value for money advertising to all types of businesses and organisations.

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, Brockenhurst, 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, we know that they want to read it.

Other things we do

Visit Hythe

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 the local area. The leaflet is distributed to places to stay, attractions, businesses and TICs within an hour’s drive of the village. Click here to view the current leaflet.

Local books

The Herald stocks a range of local history and interest books focussing on the New Forest, Southampton and surrounding areas,  along with titles written by local authors; including fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, memoirs and poetry.


The Herald is pleased offer a unique range of souvenirs depicting Hythe, The Promenade and the famous Hythe Ferry. Included in the range is postcards, prints, a magnet, mug, coaster and cotton shopping bags, all sourced and printed in the U.K. We also have a range of local framed photography.

Office Services

Herald Publishing offers A4 and A3 photocopying including colour. A4 and A3 laminating and also a faxing service. These services are available 9am-3pm Monday to Friday.

Local Information

Located right opposite the entrance to Hythe Pier and Ferry and adjacent to the main village bus stop and taxi rank, The Herald office offers is a range of information for both visitors and residents including bus timetables, attractions and places to go, maps, leaflets and information sheets about the local area.  When the office is closed, information can be found at the Hythe Ferry entrance.

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.

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.

Ruth Rankin


Ruth has nearly 20 years’ experience of writing community news and is looking forward to meeting lots of new people and sharing their enthusiasm for what’s happening in the local area. Ruth is happy to speak to anyone who would like to pop in for a chat, or call her and is always ready to listen so she can keep the Herald readers up to date with local news and events. She just needs to get her head around the 3 week cycle!

Louise Kitcher


Lou has worked in Local Media Advertising for nearly 20 years and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to brand awareness, marketing strategies, local economic trends and copywriting and can help businesses of all shapes and sizes get the most from their advertising budget. In choosing The Herald as your advertising platform, you will benefit from value for money advertising and comprehensive coverage right across our circulation area.


Production & Financial Director

Paula has set the pages of every single issue of The Herald, which is quite a feat in itself, and has over 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 company invoicing and accounts.

James Shadick


With many years’ experience in retail, printing, distribution and corporate events, James is the face of The Herald out in the community, delivering the latest issue of The Herald to all of our Distribution Points every three weeks.

By keeping distribution in-house we can ensure that every copy of The Herald goes to the right place and is visible so readers can see it and pick it up, giving the maximum impact for our advertisers at all times.

"We would like to say a BIG Thank you to The Herald, for their excellent service and support. Everyone is extremely pleasant and helpful; always greet you with a smile, and eager to oblige. Advertising in The Herald was one of the best things we did when we opened our business. It has brought us many clients. Well done Herald, we are loyal fans. "
Wayne & Keith, New Forest Caravan Services
"The Waterside Herald has been a mainstay of Shieldhall's advertising for the past three years. We have been able to trace bookings for cruises direct to advertisements placed in the publication and alongside editorial. It is the perfect vehicle for us to reach residents in the Waterside, with a tried and tested distribution and good reputation amongst residents for being the font of 'all things happening locally.' Advertising rates are extremely competitive and the team go out of their way to assist, reminding time-poor businesses of upcoming deadlines in a very friendly and businesslike manner.”
Nigel Philpott, Marketing Director
Steamship Shieldhal
"We have a regular front page advert and editorial spot in The Herald and we find it really works for promoting our designers, collections and any events or sales we have throughout the year."
Charisma of Fawley, Fawley Village
Thank you Herald Team for all the support given over many years to the activities in which I have been involved - Dibden Purlieu Gardening Association, Waterside Art Group and, of course our own Open Garden for The National Gardens Scheme.  Often, when people turn up at events linked to any of the activities above, they tell me that they “read it in The Herald”! Trading in “good news”, never “bad news” like most journalism, The Herald provides masses of opportunities to buy goods and services, and participate in activities “from the cradle to the grave - and everything in between!”  Anybody on the Waterside and its environs who complains about “nothing to do” can’t be looking very hard!
Peter York, Chairman, Waterside Art Group
“The Herald is a great supporter of It's Your Choice and we're always grateful for giving us editorial space, and advertising when needed. As a small charity, with no marketing budget, the support of publications that are able to raise awareness of the work we do by providing free editorial is vital for the survival of the charity. We look forward to continuing to work with The Herald in the future”
Alice Brown, Communications and Community Fundraising Manager
023 8086 4231, www.iyc.org.uk



This depends on the size of advert you would like. Click here to see our Media Pack. If you would like further information please use the Contact form or call 023 8084 0815.

Do you give discounts for block advertising bookings?

We don’t give any discounts for advertising, but maintain the low advertising rates, which give even the smallest of businesses or budgets the opportunity to advertise. 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?

We do ask all new advertisers to pre-pay for their first advert. Regular and subsequent advertising is invoiced on the publication date, when an invoice is sent to you with 14 days to pay. You will be asked to fill in and sign an agreement form when you first advertise, so we can add your details to our accounting system. A Direct Debit scheme is available for regular advertisers.

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. Click here to see our Editorial Deadlines.


The Herald office and shop on the corner of the High Street and Prospect Place (opposite Hythe Ferry) is open from 9am until 3pm Monday to Friday. The office is staffed until 5pm for telephone enquiries only.


2 High Street, Hythe, Hampshire
SO45 6AH


Editorial Enquiries: 023 8084 5700
Advertising Enquiries: 023 8084 0815
Mail: editor@herald-publishing.co.uk

Media pack

Click here to download our Media Pack.
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