With a summer of sports well underway, this year’s Wimbledon has officially commenced (June 24th – July 14th). If you and your little ones are inspired by the ‘pros’, why not take a look at some of the local clubs and courts below, offering an opportunity to socialise and have some fun while you get… Read More


Over a third of all homes have a “man’s best friend” as part of the family, with January being ‘walk your dog’ month, we thought it was high time we featured a blog for their benefit. We’re incredibly lucky with the amount of countryside on our doorstep across our branch network; forests and parks, ponds… Read More


Back in December we offered local children the chance to decorate our branch windows, and boy did they take up the job!  Our branches looked thoroughly festive with the windows full of colouring competition entries. We were inundated with entries this year, so a huge thank you to everyone who took part, including the participating… Read More


As this beautiful hot weather continues, we don’t need to go far to enjoy the sun, so why not spend some time relaxing in your local hot spot? Why not try Yateley Common Country Park which enjoys free entry, including a no-fee car park at Wyndham’s Pool. This nature conservation area features ponds, a complex… Read More


Mackenzie Smith are proud to be sponsoring Hook Village Show, this coming weekend on Sunday 15th July, 12pm – 5pm. Organised by the Hook and Odiham Lions Club, this year promises a great afternoon for family fun. The event takes place at Hartlett’s Park, which will be transformed into a large event with a huge… Read More


It’s clear that in recent years cycling has become a real hobby and passion for many, with more cyclists hitting the roads and tracks than ever before. There are clear benefits of the sport; from cardiovascular improvement, mental wellness and the environmental impact, but so often the case with outdoor pursuits, many stumble before they’re… Read More


A Facebook group called “Save our Station (SOS)” is appealing for support to combat the proposed cuts from South Western Railways to the services at Winchfield and Hook, as part of a timetable consultation. South Western Railway (SWR) has issued a consultation paper to reduce services from both stations. These reductions will affect the morning… Read More


With half-term on the horizon, we’ve been scouring the local press, internet and facebook to bring together 10 top activities to keep the children entertained, whatever the weather, there’s hopefully something for everyone… Boo at the Zoo 21st – 29th October, Marwell Zoo Celebrate Halloween at Marwell Zoo. Dress up in your best Halloween costume… Read More


Yateley really is a thriving community with a whole host of local sporting groups, hobby sessions and fundraising events. To help plan your month and showcase some of the community run events taking place this month, we’ve put together a small snapshot.   8th – 9th September: Yateley Cask & Cork Festival 2017 Following on… Read More


School’s out and the summer holidays are here! With six blissful weeks ahead of us, let’s make a plan of action so the whole family can relax, have fun, and simply enjoy! Holiday season is finally here, giving you six weeks (equating to seven weekends, 42 days and 1008 hours), to squeeze in bundles of family… Read More