Becki Nicholson | 30/04/2019
Wondering what to do this summer holiday? You could escape into a world that feels a million miles from your everyday life into a place where ponies and deer roam free. AND this idyllic place is only ninety minutes on a train from London.
Here are our top ten reasons why a glamping trip to the New Forest is THE perfect summer retreat. …
1 Best of both worlds… The New Forest offers the best of both worlds from stunning countryside with pretty villages to bustling seaside towns. With ferry links to the Isle of Wight you can enjoy days trips to an island steeped in heritage or sink away into the wilderness that the New Forest offers. And by night you can enjoy fine dining and cocktails in the gorgeous sailing town of Lymington.
2 Animal lovers dream… The New Forest has wild ponies (cue singing that song in your head), wild deer and an abundance of other wildlife to spot whilst visiting. When walking in the forest you will stumble across these amazing animals. You can also visit the Bolder Wood Deer Sanctuary where the deers are fed daily. For an educational day out and to get up close with the animals visit the New Forest Wildlife Park and for those of you who are interested in some of the smaller creature of the forest visit the New Forest Reptile Centre.
3 Arts & Heritage… The area has so much history. The beautiful Exbury Gardens has over 200 acres to explore and the summer months bring shady riverside walks and perfect picnic spots next to ponds with carp and dragonflies. Another talking point for visitors to the New Forest is Beauliue Motor Museum home to over 250 vehicles telling the history of motoring. You can also visit Palace House and Gardens, home of the Montagu family since 1538, the remains of Beaulieu Abbey and World of Top Gear. St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in Lymington explores the history of Lymington and the New Forest Coast offers a fascinating insight into the area for all ages. After browsing you can watch the world go by with a spot of lunch or coffee in the modern coffee shop.
4 Well connected… The New Forest is well connected. The main station at Brockenhurst is only an hour and a half to London Waterloo and under 20 minutes to Southampton Airport, Southampton Central and Bournemouth. Meaning you can be here in a flash by train plane or road.
5 Beside the sea… The New Forest is right on the coast. Meaning you can spend time relaxing on the beach or out on the water. Take a boat trip up the river at Bucklers Hard, or you could hire a sailing yacht for the day and enjoy a fun rib blast with Lymington Yacht Charters. Why not pop down to Lymington Quay where Puffin Cruises run daily river cruises.
6 Things to do… If you’re looking for wonderful things to do in The New Forest, New Forest Activities are experts in delivering outdoor activities in this wonderful National Park. With their expert instructors and guides, you’ll feel safe whilst enjoying an exciting range of outdoor activities and things to do in Hampshire, including Canoeing, Kayaking, Archery and more. Perfect for couples, families and groups of any size looking for fun in the great outdoors. We particularly like the sound of Paddle to the Pub.
7 Places to eat and drink… You will never be short of places to eat and drink when visiting the New Forest. There are fine dining restaurants such as Verveine Fish Restaurant in Milford on Sea, The Pig at Brockenhurst and Limewood in Lyndhurst. Lots of beautiful family friendly pubs dotted around, cafes as well as bars. Visit tripadvisor to see the full list.
8 Family friendly… Coming to the New Forest with the family means you can enjoy lots of family friendly days out. Such as Peppa Pig world at Paultons Park. Or enjoying a hands-on farm experience at Longdown Dairy Farm. Spend the day swimming, paddleboarding and mastering the obstacle course at the Lymington Open Air Sea Water Baths. Alternatively, for free days out enjoy cycle rides, picnics in the forest and days on the beach.
9 Glamping experience… Sleep under the stars during your trip, but in total luxury! Glamping is like camping but so much better because we do all the prep work meaning you arrive to an erected beautiful bell tent, furnished and ready for you to move straight in. Meaning you can now enjoy the escapism and adventure of a real camping trip without compromising on your comfort levels. Check out all of our special little extras you can add such as a delicious BBQ hamper kit sourced locally from Lisa’s Larder.
10 Leave feeling AMAZING… Reason number ten to glamp in the New Forest this season is that you will arrive feeling the pressures of everyday life BUT leave feeling totally refreshed and revived. Don’t believe us? Try it and I bet we are right.
If you would like to find out more about what to do in the New Forest and our glamping trips, please do get in touch we would love to hear from you.
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