New Forest and surrounding area.
Below are just a few of the numerous places to visit during your stay at Bashley Park - many within a 10-15 minute drive. In each caravan you will find an information pack with recommended eating places, farm shops etc. For other ideas of attractions to visit go to my places to go page
The New Forest has acres of open heathland and forest to explore by foot or bike, with free roaming ponies, donkeys, deer and in the Autumn, during the pannage season, lots of pigs which are let out to eat the acorns which are poisonous to the ponies. Bring your own bikes or hire from a local company and ride one of the many bike paths through the Forest. There are also many lovely villages to explore - Burley, Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst, often called the capital of the New Forest, to name just a few.
Barton-On-Sea is our nearest coastline from where you can view the Isle of Wight. Although not a sandy beach, it is ideal for walking. There is a cliff top path beside the golf course which eventually arrives at Milford-On-Sea. Here you will find the Beachcomber Café (lovely ice creams and lots of meals/snacks available). Since originally writing this page, the Beachcomber Café now often has live music playing.
Milford-On-Sea is also a pebbly beach, but a lovely place to visit. The Raft Rocks and Needles Eye café are on the seafront. From the beach you can walk all along the spit to visit Hurst Castle (or you can take a ferry from Keyhaven) In the centre of the village is The Smugglers Inn which is a pub we often visit for a meal and an ideal place to take the children. It also has lots of interesting shops and cafes and a thriving Community Centre which often has events/theatre/comedy nights etc
Highcliffe-On-Sea is also an interesting place to visit. The Cliffhanger cafe above the beach is a lovely spot to have a coffee and snack after a good beach walk and has very popular tribute nights with dinner throughout the year. Walk along the beach and up to Highcliffe Castle, once the home of Mr Selfridge, and a place that often has interesting exhibitions etc. held. From the castle you can walk through Steamer Point Nature Reserve and across to Mudeford.
Mudeford Avon beach is sandy and ideal to take the children. There is a popular cafe The Noisy Lobster right on the beach. You can walk down to the Mudeford Quay (always popular with the children for crab fishing) and from where you can hop on a ferry for a trip up the river to Christchurch or across the water to Hengistbury Head where you can hop on the 'noddy train' and take a trip round the Nature Reserve and up to the visitor centre and Mudeford Sandbank where you will see some of the most expensive beach huts in the country.
Christchurch is a lovely market town and home to the Christchurch Priory and gardens. You can sit in the park beside the waterfront and watch the boats go by or eat in one of the many restaurants and pubs in the town. On Mondays there is a large market in the high street. Here you will also find the art deco 'Regents Centre' which has a full programme of live shows/theatre and cinema.
Bournemouth has lovely clean sandy beaches and a pier. It is a very cosmopolitan town with lots and lots of places to eat from every cuisine imaginable. It also has 3 theatres (the BIC, Pavilion and Pier) and cinemas. In the lower gardens you can wander through, maybe stop and listen at the Bandstand, or hop on the fixed balloon and soar above the town for a magnificent view of the surrounding area.
Keyhaven Nature Reserve is a lovely place to walk. If you are feeling energetic you can walk around reserve by the coastline all the way to Lymington Marina where you will find The Haven Bistro where you can enjoy a drink and meal overlooking all the very expensive yachts and motor cruisers in the Marina. You can also drive here directly and park in the marina car park.
Lymington is another bustling market town about 5 miles from Hoburne Bashley with lots of interesting independent shops to browse through and also has a very popular street market every Saturday. Here you will also find many lovely places to eat and lots of independent shops. Behind the High Street is also a small cinema. From the bottom of the high street you can walk down the ancient cobbles to the Marina where you can sit for hours just watching the boats go by (we do!). There is an out-door seawater swimming pool near the Quay. From Lymington you can also hop on the Wightlink ferry to the Isle of Wight, which is another very good day out.
Lepe Country Park and Calshot are situated to the east of Bashley. From here you can often see the huge cruise liners arriving and departing from Southampton and also have a very clear view of the Isle of Wight.
Brownsea Island Hope on a ferry from Poole or the 'Bramblebush Bay' chain ferry from Sandbanks and enjoy a trip to the National Trust owned Brownsea Island. This is home to red squirrely and the place described by Bill Oddie as the 'best place for seeing wildlife in Dorset'. Lots of walks, guided tours, visitor centre, gift shop and café. Electric Buggy Tours are available for less mobile visitors.
Go to our Places to Go page and you will find links to lots more interesting places and things to do, including many sporting activities