One of England's greatest assets has to be the New Forest. It was Commandeered by William the Conqueror as his "hunting ground" back in 1079. Nowadays, his "Nova Foresta" is still as stunning as it was then with much of the landscape and many traditions unchanged since medieval times. This is the perfect location for a romantic or relaxing break.
There is no better way to enjoy the New Forest and surrounding areas than to participate in some of the most relaxing and fulfilling activities on offer here. Let us give you a brief introduction to what you can find...
The Red Shoot Camping Park has direct access to the Forest and here you can discover the wonderful wealth of bird, animal and plant life, including many rare varieties which inhabit this area. Ponies, cattle and pigs have the freedom to graze the forest and in the depths of these ancient woodlands live several varieties of wild deer.
If you simply want to take things easy, and just stroll along in the fresh sea air, there are several beautiful beaches which are all safe for swimming. Just a short drive from Red Shoot Camping Park are beaches at Bournemouth, Highcliffe, Barton-on-Sea, Milford-on-Sea, Hengistbury Head, Sandbanks and Studland.
At Mudeford Quay there are opportunities to spend time watching the fishermen at work. You can buy the 'catch of the day' on the quay or have a go with a crab line yourself!
If you want to spend some time watching the latest movies, you'll be able to do so at a selection of local cinemas, including one operated at Lymington Community Centre!
Christchurch also offers access to films (and other entertainment) at the popular Regent Centre, whilst nearby in Southampton, Bournemouth and Poole, you'll find branches of UCI and Odeon.
There are many cycling routes around the New Forest, suitable for all abilities and experience, which form the New Forest Cycle Network. Affordable cycle hire is available in several of the local towns and villages.
Fishing is also accommodated in the New Forest. For information on permits, and the fishing locations found in the area, contact the New Forest District Council.
If Golf is more your style, for relaxation or serious competition, then check out both the Barton-on-Sea Golf Club, Dibden Golf Club and Moores Valley at Ringwood.
If you love horses, and you're looking for resources or activities, find out more from the New Forest Equine Directory.
There is also a wide range of sporting and leisure activities on offer at the District's Recreation Centres whilst, for the more restrained visitor, there are several Forest Walks lead by the Forestry Commission.
Further detailed information on things to do in the New Forest, as well as where to eat and drink, can be found on the official New Forest Tourism website and on the New Forest Life website where you will find a wealth of information and travel tips.