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Coastal Holidays in The New Forest

The New Forest is located on the south central coast of England, in the county of Hampshire and is one of England’s National Parks. The New Forest has remained unchanged 1000 years after William the Conqueror in 1079 named the area “new hunting forest.”

The Agisters, Verderers and Commoners all work together to keep The New Forest protected and manageable. Ponies and cattle are free to roam around the forest as they help to keep all the different habitats intact and as you go deeper into the forest you will see deer.

There is something for everyone in The New Forest, it is the ideal location if you want to treat yourself to a relaxing holiday and it is also great if you want to bring the whole family as The New Forest is home to many amazing family attractions. If you want to truly unwind in The New Forest there are many luxury hotels to chose from along with self catering cottages, holiday parks and bed and breakfasts. There are many self catering cottages and holiday parks that allow dogs to stay, if you want to take your pooch with you on holiday. If you love walking, cycling and horse riding then The New Forest is definitely for you.

There are many places where you can stop and have a picnic in the forest and you can also go on a guided walk where local experts will tell you all about the geology, history, wildlife and folklore. There are many water sports on offer here, you can go canoeing and kayaking on the Beaulieu River. Sailing and windsurfing can also be enjoyed on the coast of The New Forest. There are also many leisure and health centres for you to enjoy and to truly pamper yourself in.

The New Forest is the perfect destination if you love wildlife. The New Forest has open heaths and so makes this area the ideal basking location for adders and grass snakes. Frogs, lizards and toads are also attracted to the many pools that are dotted around the area. You will also spot badgers, foxes, grey squirrels, rabbits and birds in The New Forest.

There are many events that you can take part in and get close to nature including Dawn chorus walks and Deer watchers. Try and explore the New Forest at dusk if you can as then you are more likely to see bats, nightjars and deer. If you love gardens then you must visit Beaulieu Gardens and Exbury Gardens to admire the beautiful colours of all the plants and flowers.

There are many museums in The New Forest for you to have a look around and, many amusement parks great for family fun and also many wildlife parks if you love discovering nature and getting up close to wildlife, including Liberty’s owl raptor and reptile centre which is home to many birds of prey and Longdown activity farm which is great fun for the whole family.

There is always something going on in The New Forest and no matter what time of year you visit there will always be something different to see, the colours of The New Forest change as the seasons pass. During the summer months The New Forest tour bus is available to take you on tours around the forest. Marwell Zoological Park is also in the area which has 140 acres of fantastic parkland and over 250 species of animals, great for a family fun day out in this beautiful location.

Paultons theme Park is excellent family fun no matter what age you are and there are many things to see and do here including rides, museums, animated shows, exotic birds, play areas and so much more, it really is a great day out for all the family. If you love wandering around historic houses then The New Forest won’t let you down as Palace House home of the Montagu family is located in Beaulieu and so too is the National Motor Museum and Abbey ruins. Hurst Castle and Highcliffe Castle are also great to visit.

You must visit Bucklers Hard which is a unique 18th century village and is also the place where the warships for Nelsons Navy were built using the mighty oaks from the forest. You will also see 18th century cottages and a maritime museum in Bucklers Hard and you can also take a stroll along the riverside or take a river cruise. Alice Liddell, Lewis Carroll’s inspiration for Alice in Wonderland is buried in the churchyard in Lyndhurst.

The New Forest show takes place at the end of July and is a great family day out with lots of things to see and do. There are many great shops in The New Forest and also many art galleries, antique shops, craft shops, designer shops, gift shops and shops selling local produce, The New Forest really is a shopper’s heaven. After a long day discovering The New Forest you will want to relax and have something to eat and you will be spoilt for choice here as there are many excellent restaurants that take advantage of all the local produce and fresh seafood.

There are also many pubs, inns and bars should you want a cool drink after a long day wandering around seeing all the sights of the forest. Takeaways are also available if you don’t fancy eating in a restaurant and if you fancy a cream tea then there are many tea rooms in The New Forest. There are many pretty seaside towns and villages in The New Forest including, Barton on sea, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Burley, Lymington, Milford on sea, New Milton, Ringwood and Sway, to name just a few.

You have to visit The New Forest to really appreciate the smells of the ancient woodland, sounds and sights of this very special place, so come and see the natural beauty of this very stunning place that is The New Forest, it really will take your breath away with its beauty and charm.

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