If you fancy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the towns and seasides and prefer a more relaxed day, getting back to nature, then why not catch a train to the beautiful New Forest.
Not only are there many a country pub to try, but there’s also lots of independent boutiques for you to visit, quaint villages for you to discover and plenty of countryside for you explore and meet the wildlife. Watch as horses roam freely wherever they please, and don’t forget to look out for pigs, cattle and deer too. It really is the ideal destination for relaxing and unwinding in an area of outstanding beauty.
Fast facts: The New Forest was created as a royal hunting ground by William the Conqueror in 1079.
From the station you can set off and explore this beautiful part of the world. Get out into the middle of the forest either on foot or by bike and truly see this stunning place in all its glory. Brockenhurst is Celtic for ‘badgers home’ and although being the largest village in the forest, it still retains all the charm you could wish for from a village with quaint tea rooms, pubs offering good pub food and lovely boutique shops for you to find that souvenir you so desire.
This museum holds lots of information about the local area through displays and activities. Learn why ponies are allowed to graze freely around the park, why they are kept there and more importantly why we shouldn’t feed them.
This beautiful town located on the southern tip of the New Forest is popular as a sailing resort. With a number of independent boutiques, cafes and traditional pubs, you’ll enjoy strolling down the high street and the cobbled back streets and relaxing among the locals.
This is a must for all you car fanatics out there. With over 250 cars and motorcycles, showcasing the history of motoring there is something here for everyone. Fan of Harry Potter? Then come and see the ‘Flying’ Ford Anglia that starred in the films as well as the World Land Speed Record Breakers including Campbell’s famous Bluebird.