Enjoy your caravan holidays in the New Forest with a visit to some of these most interesting and beautiful places and lovely beaches

southbourne, boscombe & bournemouth

A short drive through Christchurch turn left for Southbourne.  Beautiful sandy beaches all along this coast line right through to Bournemouth.


A short drive through Christchurch headed for Southbourne then turn left half way up the hill.  This is a protected nature reserve and a beautiful place to visit.  Once upon a time Harry Selfridge was planning to erect his very own castle upon this sandy peninsular.  A walk up to the top is a must.  You can look over to the Isle of Wight to one side and Christchurch to the other.  You can view the Bournemouth Bay coastline right to Poole Harbour and the Purbecks beyond.  Also the Head penninsular boasts some of the most expensive beach huts in the country some reaching over 300K


Christchurch is a picturesque town steeped in history.  With its lovely 13th century priory and abbey ruins and beautiful gardens surrounding.  Tales of smuggling with contraband being brought from the little coves all along the coast.  The town has a big street market each Monday.  You can catch the ferry from the Quay over to Hengisbury Head or take a boat ride up the river Stour.


From the A337 towards Christchurch turn left for Avon Beach.  There is ample parking and cafes here.  There is a nice sandy beach and beach shop, toilets.  From here Mudeford Quay is only a short walk where the children can enjoy a spot of crabbing.  This is a working fishing quay with lobster pots, fish stall and cafe and lifeboat station.  Very picturesque especially at sunset.


A short drive through New Milton over the A337 to Barton.  There is ample parking at the top of the cliff and also the Beachcomber Cafe.  A short walk down the cliff path onto the beaches below.  Alternatively a walk along the clifftop to Milford on Sea is very pleasant (5 miles there and back)


Take the A337 towards Lymington and turn off right to Milford on Sea.  A beautiful little English village with a green and little shops all round.  Take the Sea Road to the beach.  Ample parking.  The beach is stones.  There is a nice cafe, childrens adventure playground and toilets.  From this point if you are feeling brave walk along the shingle spit to Hurst Castle (built by Henry VIII).


From Milford on Sea it is a short drive to Keyhaven.  Ample car parking at the marina.  A circular trail along the sea wall which protects the low level salt pans.  These wetlands attract a multitude of birds so make sure you have your camera ready.


From the A337 you will reach the port of Lymington.  A lovely olde worlde fishing port and ferry point for the Isle of Wight (Wightlink ferries)  The Keyhaven Marshes  extend right along to Lymington and beyond on the other side of the river Lym

Beaulieu house & motor museum & bucklers hard

A must to visit on your holiday.  The lovely statley home of Lord Montague and his famous motor museum.  You can also visit the village of Bucklers Hard & museum where many of the warships of Nelsons day were built.  A beautiful spot on the river Hamble and well worth seeing


If you have children you must visit this fantastic theme park.  Located just off the M27 Junction 2.  There is a Pepper Pig World and many larger rides to enjoy

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