Things To Do
Brockenhurst is the largest village in the New Forest with thatched cottages, quaint lanes and beautiful chocolate box scenery. It has all the shops you need for a holiday – grocer, butcher, baker, post office and chemist as well as gift and hobby shops. There are super friendly pubs and restaurants serving great food, as well as Indian, Thai and Chinese restaurants, together with a good fish and chip shop. The local area is home to ponies, donkeys and cattle – all of which at times are known to roam the main street in Brockenhurst in the hope of a carrot or two!
The locals are proud of Watersplash Ford at the top of the High Street where ponies often stop off for a drink on their way to graze on the open forest which surrounds the village. There is also a pretty picnic and a shallow water swimming spot on the Lymington river at Balmer Lawn. During the summer, there is an annual spectacle and celebration of forest life that is the New Forest Show.
Explore the New Forest National Park, where you can see the free-roaming ponies, donkeys and cattle, or enjoy golf and off-road walking, horse riding and cycling. You can even explore the New Forest on a double decker bus – New Forest Bus Tours give you a bird’s eye view with different tours to pick from.
The popular sailing town of Lymington is about a 15-minute drive, or you can take a train from Brockenhurst Station (just a few minutes walk from Marigold Cottage) with ferry trips to the Isle of Wight, or meander along the cobbled streets with boutiques and eateries along the marina. The coastline with its beaches at Bournemouth and Poole is within easy reach, as is the city of Salisbury with its medieval cathedral. There are many places of interest for the family to visit, including Marwell Zoo, New Forest Wildlife Park, Beaulieu Motor Museum and Exbury Gardens to name but a few.
Southampton with its maritime history and West Quay shopping centre is approximately a twenty minute drive. A little further afield but worth the trip are Stonehenge, Monkey World and the Tank Museum near Wool. Explore the unspoilt countryside of Dorset or the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast from West Bay, Bridport and on to Weymouth, with its superb scenery and coastal walking. Spend a day at Lyme Regis with its harbour, renowned Cobb, beach and shops, and enjoy fossil hunting, boating, swimming and fishing. There are also many historic houses to visit, including Forde Abbey and Gardens.