The New Forest Holidays
New Forest Holidays - Enjoy a fabulous holiday in the New Forest
The New Forest, in the south of England, is the perfect location for a memorable family UK holiday. With a huge selection of self-catering holiday cottages, campsites and caravan sites in the area, it offers an unparalleled choice of family attractions, and your holiday can be as relaxing or activity-filled as you want. Once dense woodland, by the time of William the Conqueror much of the area had become heathland, and ownership passed to the Crown. In 1971, the New Forest was declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and in 1992 it was given National Park and nature reserve status. There are many historic houses and gardens to visit, including Beaulieu, Exbury and Breamore.
Holidays in the New Forest - Family activity holidays in the New Forest
With over 100 miles of approved cycle routes, the New Forest is a favourite for UK cycling holidays and UK walking holidays, and with many British Horse Society-approved stables and accommodation around the area, it’s also the ideal location to enjoy a horse riding holiday. As a nature reserve and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the New Forest is rich in wildlife, with deer, badgers, foxes, bats, adders, vipers, warblers, curlews, butterflies and other insects. Donkeys and cattle graze throughout the forest, as well as the famous New Forest ponies, numbering around 3000. Lymington is a big attraction for yachting enthusiasts, and anglers can fish at Milford-on-Sea or Barton on Beach, or the many managed lakes. It’s a popular area for golfers, with the New Forest, Brockenhurst Manor and Bramshaw clubs close by.
New Forest Holidays - Family attractions in Hampshire’s New Forest
With a terrific selection of family attractions close by, a self-catering cottage is the ideal base from which to explore the area. Lyndhurst, home to the New Forest Visitor’s Centre, is a picturesque town with thatched cottages and several buildings of historic interest; Queen's House was rebuilt in the 17th century and St Michael’s church, dating from the mid-19th century, has stunning stained glass windows. The original Alice in Wonderland, Alice Liddell, is buried in its churchyard.Lymington, a Georgian market town and sailing resort, has cobbled streets and period cottages. Close by at Winchester is Marwell Zoological Park, where the kids can see tigers, moneys, meerkats and snow leopards, or visit Romsey Marsh’s theme park for a range of thrilling rides and many other attractions. At Longdown there’s a petting farm where they can meet rabbits, goats, chicks and pigs. And don’t forget the traditional seaside attractions of Hythe, Milford-on-Sea and nearby Bournemouth.