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Smugglers Cottage is a 3 bedroom self catering holiday accommodation that sleeps 6 and is located in Verwood, South West England. This property does not allow pets. Local to Alderholt, Cranborne, Edmondsham, Sandleheath, Wimborne Saint Giles
Dating back to the 1760s, these three charming holiday cottages occupy a courtyard setting. Filled with character, they command views over the owners’ surrounding 3-acre grounds, and are set at the edge of the large village of Verwood. Whilst Eastworth Stable forms single-storey accommodation and Heathpoult is set out over two floors, Smuggler’s Cottage boasts a galleried second floor bedroom – each of these highly individual cottages are presented to a high standard. All three of the properties offered here benefit from a small garden of their own. There are many excellent walks through the Dorset countryside, and riding is available in Verwood. New Forest, lake fishing at Edmondsham and water sports at the Ringwood Lake all easily accessible. Seaside Bournemouth 15 miles. Various shops, local taverns and a 9- and 18-hole golf course locally. Shops ¼ mile.
Large living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace and rugs on wooden floor. Farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with slate floor. Separate toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Single bedroom with pull-out bed (for +1), ornamental fireplace and stairs to galleried second floor twin bedroom with sloping ceiling. Beamed throughout.
Sourcing produce from top of the range suppliers is very important here. The food is traditional English with a dash of international, classic favourites — they will, if they can, even create something which isn't on the menu to meet any special needs.
Ciao caters for all party sizes, and offers diners a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere to enjoy one of their speciality dishes. Whether it's sea bass, steak, mussels, chicken, pasta or pizza, there's something for everyone.
Coriander has built a reputation as a good place to party — its great vibrant atmosphere is ideal for celebrating birthdays. There are menus to suit everyone with many vegetarian dishes as well as plenty of traditional Mexican dishes.
Da Vinci's sits on the waterfront with stunning views over the Poole Harbour. Main courses draw heavily on the best fresh ingredients and the fish is displayed daily on the fish counter.
Treat yourself to a truly memorable culinary experience at one of the city's newest and largest restaurants, serving authentic and original Indian Cuisine in a modern setting.
If your taste runs to fine cuisine served in comfortable and friendly surroundings, the Corner Restaurant will surely whet your appetite. They have four seasonal menus and a daily specials board which includes freshly caught fish.
This bistro and wine bar offers a wide range of dishes, with vegetarian options. There's a daily specials board and a fish bar with freshly caught fish.
Michelin listed and awarded 3 AA rosettes, this restaurant artfully combines excellent food prepared with carefully sourced top quality ingredients, many of them from the local area, with a great wine list, good service and a relaxed atmosphere.
Traditional country pub with original stone floors and real open fires as well as quality food for you to sample.
Loch Fyne — the home of the seafood restaurant with over 46 restaurants in the UK. Each place is very different but you are still assured of the same warm welcome and superb food.
Tucked away on Wharf Hill, The Black Boy is still faithful to its origins as a traditional local pub. They offer a good selection of home cooked favourites.
Built well over 50 years ago, the superb 1/10th scale models continue to surprise and amaze visitors with their quality and realism. The historic market town of Wimbourne Minster has been recreated, exactly as it was during the 1950s.
Adventure Wonderland is an all inclusive park that combines timeless fun and games of the Alice in Wonderland story with the thrilling outdoor adventure rides of the main park and the undercover Lost Aztec World of Wild Thing.
The Lollipops Play Cafe is one of the most family friendly attractions you will find in Bournemouth. The facility includes a soft play area so children can romp in a completely safe environment. Weekly classes are also offered and range from baby sensory experiences to baby ballet, music sessions and performances.
Explore the world and see the many underwater species from the Amazon, the Mediterranean, Africa, the Ganges and the Florida Keys. There's even an underwater dive cage which submerges visitors in a 270 degree continuous view of the ocean.
Gus Gorilla's jungle playground has three exciting levels to explore: there's the spiral slide, a drop slide, tube slides, a ball pool, a ball cannon you can fire and a ball juggler to keep children entertained.
Once in the farm park Straw Mountain greets you with slides and tunnels. The undercover facilities in the play barn include pedal tractors, a bouncy castle and ball pits. You can also take part in the timetable of bottle feeding the baby lambs and goats.
Big rides, little rides, massive play areas and beautiful gardens — this is a theme park for all the family. Over 50 different rides and attractions including the awesome Cobra family rollercoaster.
The Blue Pool at Furzebrook was once a claypit which accounts for a rare phenomenon that has attracted visitors from across the world since it opened in 1935. Minuscule, light diffracting particles of clay retained in the water cause it to change colour.
The gallery contains a large number of original pictures as well as collectible limited edition prints from the country's leading artists. It also stocks a collection of glassware, ceramics and jewellery.
Amidst the woodland of Dorset lie 65 acres of sanctuary for over 160 primates. Monkey World works in conjunction with foreign governments from all over the world to stop illegal smuggling of apes out of Africa and Asia.
With 30 acres of fun, Putlakeis home to many animals including barn owls, guinea pigs, ferrets, pigs, alpacas, ponies and a shire horse. Outside there are bouncy castles, trampolines, pedal tractors, and the opportunity to bottle feed lambs and goats.
The Dinosaur Museum is Britain's only museum solely devoted to dinosaurs and their fascinating world. Fossils, skeletons and life size dinosaur reconstructions combine with audio-visuals to bring the dinosaurs to life.
Separated by the River Medina and linked by a chain ferry, the Isle of Wight's most northerly towns of Cowes and East Cowes are steeped in maritime history.
Discover some of the world's most magnificent animals in this first safari park created outside Africa. Continue your adventure aboard the Safari boats for a sea lion escorted cruise. (Dogs are welcome in the grounds, but not at the attractions themselves)
Local theatre offering professional and amateur shows as well as movies — check the website for forthcoming events.
One of the Island's leading tourist attractions, Butterfly world was opened in 1983 and was then only the 5th butterfly house in the world. In 1989 Fountain World was added to provide customers with a longer and more interesting visit.
This beach has a children's play area and a paddling pool, which make it a popular choice with families. There are also lots of water activities to keep everyone entertained such as sailing, windsurfing and canoeing.
A lovely rolling beach with great sands for sunbathing. Play some football or get an ice cream and have fun in the arcades.
This is a beautiful beach of gravel and sand, framed by impressive cliffs, which are the highest on the south coast and give a wonderful view over the beach and sea.
Bournemouth Beach offers a stunning view complete with pale sand and glistening waves. Enjoy a picnic along the sea or go sunbathing, swimming or strolling. No matter what you do, you will get plenty of fresh air and relaxation as you take in this lovely stretch of water. Surf schools are also available.
Spend some time at Christchurch Harbour on this lovely sandy beach near Hengistbury Head. A truly tranquil area to relax and take in the spectacular views. Keep an eye out for local wildlife in this conservation area.
A great beach for kids, that is safe to swim at and has loads of watersports on offer. Additionally, there is a lost children's patrol during peak times.
This is a popular local beach, which is one of the quieter beaches in Poole. With clean, safe water it is ideal for swimming and water activities. It has Blue Flag status and is recommended in the Good Beach Guide.
This is an ideal beach for families and has plenty of soft sand for building sand castles. There are often sand bars out to sea which are good to play on and the sea is safe for swimming. Canoes are available for hire if you're feeling active.
A charming little beach with exceptional views of the Solent. This unspoilt area is popular with both locals and tourists alike and there is a great walk along the prom to Totland Bay. If you don't fancy a walk, why not try your hand at some water sports?
Why not visit one of Dorset's most famous landmarks and enjoy a day at the beach? Although a popular beach, it tends to be quieter than some of Dorset's other stretches of coastline. Enjoy a swim in the sea, or go for a stroll along the front.
Located West of Cowes, this charming resort is fairly small and lovely to visit. Gently shelved and consisting of a mix between sand and shingle. This is a great place to swim with the family or to try some windsurfing!
Award winning Cowes beach is situated to the west of Cowes town centre and is easily accessible by car, foot or local transport. The location is ideal for swimming or just sitting and watching all the activities going on around you.
Starting at Ashcombe on the Dorset/Wiltshire border, the Dorset section of this 63 mile route meanders across chalk downland and river valleys, and over ancient hill forts.
Stretching over 630 miles, the full walk is not for the faint-hearted, although of course it couldn't be easier to undertake just a small section of it and still enjoy some of the finest views in the country.
A great circular route around the lovely Dorset countryside. On mainly tranquil, country lanes it is a fairly easy route.
Running along the old Somerset and Dorset Railway line, these disused tracks journey through pretty little villages found throughout the Blackmore vale.
A circular route beginning and ending at the Iron Age Hill. Ride through the pretty villages and up through the Broughton Downs, admiring the beautiful landscape.
A great route of about 30 miles between Dorchester and Lyme Regis. Dleve into the heart of the countryside and maybe divert off to see West Dorset's World Heritage coastline .
Part of the old Dorchester to Southhampton railway line closed in 1964 by Dr. Beeching. Pass through the beautiful areas of Avon Heath and Upton Country Park. It is a fairly gentle route over about 16 miles of stunning countryside.
This route takes you towards the ancient hill fort of Maiden Castle. Your climb past Hardy's Monument will be rewarded with spectacular views over Weymouth Bay, Portland and Chesil Beach.
The route creates a figure of eight along gently undulating rural roads. Ride passed Yafford and its lovely watermill and then why not stop for a pub lunch in Chale?
Ride through delightful scenery and past Bronze Age burial mounds in a full circle back to Brighstone Church. At 10 miles it is likely to take up to 2 hours to complete, plus stops for a couple of photo opps!
A gentle ride exploring the Newport?Sandown cycleway down little, winding country lanes in gorgeous settings. It will take about 2 hours to complete covering about 10 miles.
This is the only scuba diving centre in the area with its own on-site indoor scuba diving pool which have full multimedia facilities. You can perfect your technique before heading into the sea.
The Bournemouth surf school offers lessons for everyone, from beginners to the experienced. You will be given tuition from an expert, and they even offer surfing trips.
Located in Christchurch Bay with fully qualified, friendly staff, Ocean Sports offers a range of courses, catering for the beginner to advanced levels in a range of sports including windsurfing, power kiting, power boating and children's sports.
The club is open 7 days a week for trial flights over the countryside which can count towards your full pilot licence. Flying in a 2 or 4 seat light aircraft.
With a multitude of jumps and tuition available, it's never been easier to book your skydiving experience. The School is located on the airfield so it won't be long before you're freefalling from the plane.
Three pools including 75 metre flume, water cannons, bubble seats, tipping bucket pirate ship promise lots of fun. Archie's World adventure play area is for the younger ones.
An experienced, professional and safety conscious skipper and crew await your company for a sea fishing trip. Take a ride out on the Jurassic Coast and experience a day's deep sea fishing, bass angling, mackerel trips and wreck fishing.
Pippin Equestrian is a family run centre set in 30 acres on the edge of Gillingham. All abilities are welcome, and the high standard of facilities, instructors and horses allow them to cater for everyone from a competition rider to a beginner.
The two lakes are surrounded with reeds, and both contain large fish, weighing up to 20lb. You'll be fishing for carp, tench, roach, bream and pike. The lakes are open all year and night fishing is possible.
A sport of great skill that favours those with a cool and collected attitude when things happen fast. They offer days for everyone, no matter what the level of experience, and all equipment is provided. In addition to the excellent clay pigeon shooting, ride quad bikes, fire crossbows and try archery in an exciting adventure of your choosing!
JR Zone is the largest indoor children's soft adventure playground area on the Isle of Wight. Giant three-level play frame with separate dedicated zones for babies and under fives.
There are two coarse lakes here, just under an acre in size and containing mostly carp, roach, bream and tench. Set in a beautiful rural location in the village of Shepton Montague, both lakes are open all year and there is disabled access.
A gem of a course set on the downs about Newport, the 'capital' of the Isle of Wight, and surrounded by fantastic views to Portsmouth on one side and Southampton on the other.
The Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve is a lovely stretch of greenspace that is managed and owned by the Bournemouth Borough Council. Many people have settled in the region over the past 12,500 year, making the landmark an Ancient Monument. Rangers and others continue to work to preserve this important attraction. Print materials and nature trails are available.
Brownsea Island is a former private island that enjoys an impressive location in Poole Harbour and affords amazing views out to the Purbeck Hills, it has an interesting history and beautiful scenery. Access is by ferry from either Sandbanks or Poole Quay. It has flourishing habitats for its inhabitants that dwell in the woodland, heathland and lagoon. Amongst the animals that have made their home here are the threatened red squirrel, deer and peacocks, as well as a diverse selection of birds that comprises of dunlin, kingfishers, common and sandwich terns as well as oystercatchers, you will see lots of visiting birds if you visit during the winter months. The waters off the south side of the island offer the perfect opportunity for a swim. They operate free guided walks, twice a day at 11.30am and 2.00pm, the guides are friendly and informative and tell you some of the history of the island or you can take the self guided theme trails. There are lots of picnic benches available so take along a picnic and make the most of your time here. There are free tracker packs for children, a tree climbing trail, a natural play area and a treasure trail for them to follow and during the year they operate seasonal art and craft activities. The Outdoor Centre allows you to ensue the footsteps of Lord Baden-Powell and the original scouts who first camped here in 1907, don't forget to see the scout stone. The visitor centre is located at the Baden-Powell Outdoor Centre and has loads of activities for children to get involved in, as well as the opportunity to find out all about the people that resided here on Brownsea. The Villano Cafe offers a selection of beverages and snacks in a casual and friendly environment and the prices are very reasonable, and you can enjoy the superb views of the harbour from here. The Brownsea Island gift shop has a nice selection of gifts and souvenirs available. The Trading Post has a selection of scout gifts and memorabilia. See the castle constructed by Henry VIII. A visit to Brownsea Island should not be missed if you are in the region it is worth travelling to, the scenery is stunning and there is loads to see and do for everyone, they even offer golf buggies to those who have limited mobility so that they can get around, the perfect day out for the whole family.
A beautiful woodland which is at its best in Spring with bluebells and primroses carpeting the ground. Keep an eye out for turtle doves, dormice, fallow deer and badgers.
Souther England's New Forest National Park is a lovely place full of thriving flora and fauna. This unique green space invites travellers to enjoy fresh air on horse back, bicycle or their own two feet. Families can check out the New Forest Centre, the tour or participate in one of the many events hosted at the park.
A wonderful place of open heathland and old oak woodland — this habitat is rare in Britain today, but you can enjoy its vast expanse and discover some of the special wildlife which makes its home here.
Located on the southern side of Poole Harbour, this nature reserve encompasses 5 kilometres of beaches and many wildlife habitats, including scrub, bogs, heathland and sand dunes. You can also discover all 6 varieties of British reptile here.
A wonderful country park, spanning 113 hectares with sea-cliffs, woodland, haymeadows and hedgerows. In this varied area live equally varied species of wildlife. There are recorded; 33 species of butterfly, 500 wildflowers, 500 moths and over 250 species of birds.
A mixture of woodland, scrub and wet grassland over 14 hectares. This wonderful reserve has had much restoration after a period of neglect. It is now a flourishing sanctuary for many species of wildlife.
Visit this impressive collection of moths and butterflies spread over 46 hectares of West Dorset chalk downland. The views across the River Frome valley and the West Dorset coast are truly stunning and a the area itself is a lot of fun to explore.
Spend the day exploring this wonderful reserve and taking in the numerous species of birds and plant life. Keep an eye out for Cetti's warblers, bitterns and common terns.
Known internationally for its ornamental grasses, this secluded garden is home to an equally exciting collection of rare and unusual trees and shrubs. Enjoy its naturalistic style before browsing in its Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winning nursery.
Deans Court garden is a peaceful haven near the centre of the busy market town of Wimbourne. The 13 acres of partly wild gardens surround an old house that was once the Deanery to the Minster.
After being first planted during the 1920s, these wonderful gardens unfortunately were left to deteriorate. However, an impressive replanting and landscaping scheme in 1996 has restored them to their former glory. Containing a mixture of tropical/sub-tropical plants, deciduous woodland and many species of bird, these enchanting gardens are a treat to behold.
The lush Lower Gardens features a design created by P.H. Tree in 1871. This vibrant green space offers a relaxing escape highlighted by many gorgeous plants, trees and features. The landmark can be found along Bournemouth Pier's landward side. A bandstand is also located on the grounds and often serves as the stage for free live brass band concerts.
First laid out in 1929, Compton Acres is an exceptionally well preserved example of a classic late Victorian garden. There are several gardens to take a stroll around and enjoy, such as the Japanese Garden and the Italian Garden.
Studland Beach and Nature Reserve is a magnificent area of coastline that extends for four miles, of golden sandy beaches, that are spotless with lovely clear waters. The bathing waters are protected and you will enjoy views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight in the distance. The bay is sheltered from winds by the rocky out crops at the southern end. It is the perfect spot for those interested in water sports, such as sailing, kayaking and windsurfing owing to the shallow waters that are considered to be safe and are relatively warm. It is also home to the most favoured naturist beach in Britain. Located behind the beach is an area of heathland that is a sanctuary for the local wildlife and accommodates all six British reptiles. There are well marked walking trails and they will take you through the sand dunes, inland lake and woodlands. the National Trust does arrange regular children's trails and self-guided walks. As you amble through the area you will see lots of flora and fauna as well as local inhabitants like deer and many species of bird. There are excellent facilities here with, a study centre, toilets, areas for a BBQ, a shop and cafe where you can enjoy a beverage and light refreshments. Studland Beach and Nature Reserve is ideal for a family day out, everyone will enjoy the amenities here, it is safe and sheltered and will keep everyone entertained.
Mayfield Park welcomes visitors with 17 hectares of beautiful natural landscape. This award-winning attraction includes historic features, recreation areas, sports grounds, wooded walking trails and a children's play area. Take a break from sightseeing to enjoy a refreshing excursion through this gorgeous stretch of green. Look for special events and gatherings sometimes held in the park throughout the year.
Palmerston Park is one of the most beautiful green spaces in Southampton. This Green Flag award-winning park contains dense foliage that is well-maintained throughout. Observe the Viscount Palmerston Memorial while exploring the lush garden surrounding it. Spring and summer bring vibrant blossoms to Palmerston, however the area is gorgeous all year round!
The Southampton Common is a gorgeous stretch of green beauty that provides the perfect setting for strolls, picnics and quality time. This location is also considered a "Site of Scientific Interest" because of the biodiversity it contains. Visitors can observe captivating flora and fauna while getting plenty of fresh air.
Escape the bustle of the city by exploring the beautiful greenery of Queens Park. This convenient attraction can be found at the city centre. A smaller formal park is lined in mature London Plane trees to create a more intimate, natural atmosphere. Take an invigorating afternoon stroll or have a seat on a park bench and people watch while enjoying the fresh air!
Andrews East Park in Southampton is a beautiful place to spend any afternoon. This lush setting includes the highest concentration of rose beds, shrubs, trees, bulbs, ferns, grasses, bamboo, herbaceous plants and bedding of all the area's central parks. The site of a historic fountain is identified by a circular mosaic. A cafe is available in the park.
Althelhampton is an exceptionally fine 15th century manor house, surrounded by one of the great architectural gardens of England. The walled gardens include the world famous topiary pyramids, and collections of tulips, roses, magnolias, clematis and lilies.
Enjoy a stroll along the water at the Riverside Park! This spacious 32 hectare attraction is positioned right along the River Itchen. Sports players can use one of two cricket pitches, six football pitches, a tennis court or the 18 hole pitch and putt. The grounds also include a skate park and three children's play areas.
The Furzey Gardens provide a lush green space that is perfect for tranquil afternoon strolls and quiet reflection. Observe vibrant blossoms and stunning landscape while rejuvenating the mind and body. This interesting area welcomes volunteers who want to help grow. Plants are also available for sale in the on-site nursery.
Kingston Maurward House was built between 1717 and 1720 for George Pitt. The series of garden rooms were originally designed by Sir Cecil and Lady Hanbury in 1914, after their purchase of the estate. The gardens themselves feature an array of items and plantlife including, yew hedges, water features and topiary.
The garden is noted for its colourful herbaceous borders, grassy terraces planted with fruit trees and its views. The 16th and 17th century manor house, which is tenanted, lies at the heart of the Mottistone Estate, which offers great walks between the Downs and the coast.
Enjoy the natural tranquillity of a beautiful traditional English garden with wild woodland where magnolias and rhododendrons thrive and see some lovely water plants. Noted for its spring and autumn colour, it's the setting of Great Hintock House in Thomas Hardy's 'The Woodlanders'.
This is a family run children's farm with all the character of a traditional farm but in a safe, secure, friendly environment. An exciting day out for everyone.
Forest Leisure Cycling offers a fun way to explore the gorgeous New Forest. This local business provides bikes and accessories for sale and hire. Travel one of the cycle routes, which provide a challenge for cyclists of all ages! Visitors can contact Forest Leisure Cycling for current rates and availability.
Tower Park is an all inclusive entertainment complex, that offers fun and excitement, there is an activity to appeal to everyone here. The activities here include the Splashdown water park and swimming pool, Empire cinema, tenpin bowling, kids soft play, bingo, amusement arcade and a choice of restaurants to choose from. It is the perfect venue for those wet days and will entertain the children. It can get busy so parking can be a nuisance so be prepared for that.
The O2 Academy presents an exciting list of live performances and events that no visitor in the area should miss! The lineup changes regularly, with a wide range of styles and genres covered. Come see the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Mad Dog Mcrea, Flux Pavilion, Dizraeli and the Small Gods and many more!
The Good Play Cafe is the perfect place for travellers with young children. This facility caters to little ones age 5 and under with special times designated for children age 8 and under. The facility features soft, kid-safe play spaces with colourful patterns and characters as well as healthy food to enjoy.
If you're looking for a relaxing shopping experience with all the top high street stores then The Avenue is for you — everything you could want all under one roof.
The Clay Studio is ideally located on the high street in Christchurch, Dorset. This friendly and welcoming cafe provides the perfect environment to bring out your creative side as you paint your own pottery in the relaxed and colourful surroundings. The staff are very friendly, helpful and encouraging in creating your perfect masterpiece. There is a cafe that serves a large choice of tasty and fresh food and beverages. The Clay Studio is open all week with a late night on Thursday. It is not necessary to book in advance unless you are a group of six or more. It provides a great escape and is suitable for all ages and can be done on your own or as part of a group. There are loads of pieces of pottery to choose from, with individual items through to a complete dinner service, so there is something for everyone and it won't be long until you are thoroughly engrossed in your project and the artist in you is released. The Clay Studio offers fun and creativity in a friendly and relaxed environment and all for an excellent price.
The Hayloft Gallery is open daily from February through to December and has a continually changing exhibits. It is a quaint and intimate gallery located in a charming building, the space is bright and you are assured a warm and friendly welcome by the staff. On show is a selection of works by local artists that are all well presented and include paintings, textiles, prints, photographs, jewellery and much more. In addition they run a number of events throughout the year including, craft fairs, festivals and more so it is always worth checking to see what is taking place. Most of the items on display are for sale so you may find something special to take home.
The original pier was built in 1861, and has had to be rebuilt several times due to weather damage and attacks by marine teredo worms. It now houses a theatre which hosts many music, comedy, magic and dance performances.
Poole Speedway offers a thrilling and exciting experience for all. The stadiums facilities include toilets, two bars and fast food stalls as well as multiple viewing screens. If you get there early you can visit the pits and walk around the track before the meeting commences. Ticket prices are very reasonable and there are different options available, you can book tickets with an option get a meal, you can see the race from the comfort of the restaurant as you enjoy good traditional food in the casual and informal setting. Speedway racing is fast and full of action, the drama unfolds on the track and will get drawn into the excitement as you are enclosed by the smells and noise and it won't be long until you are cheering along, a fun sport that everyone can enjoy, the crowd was very friendly. Speedway is billed as a family fun sport and Poole Speedway certainly offers this, come along and see for yourself.
Rockley Adventure can be found in the heart of Poole on the edge of the UK's biggest inland saltwater lake. The centre is housed in a newly constructed boathouse and restaurant. The lake provides the perfect setting to take part in watersports in a safe environment. The staff are friendly, professional and experienced and you are given a full safety briefing before you take part in any activity. Full equipment is provided so you don't need to take anything along. Rockley Adventure specialises in all areas of watersports including, sailing, windsurfing, bell boating and kayaking, you can take a taster session, spend half a day here or work towards a qualification. At the end of your session you will have basic experience in the activity you choose and be able to react to certain situations. If you are interested in trying a new sport in a safe and controlled environment head to Rockley Adventure, everyone can get involved and have fun whilst learning something new.
Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts is a premier entertainment venue that serves as a major cultural and artistic centre here in Poole. The Lighthouse, has an interesting and exciting schedule of shows and events that are aimed at families, art and culture enthusiasts, that includes musicals, dance, opera, ballet, comedy, concerts and pantomimes, as well as a schedule of films that include classics, foreign, art house and box office favourites. The centre contains an excellent concert hall that hosts a wide variety of performances. The theatre is great and ensures that all seats are afforded a good view of the stage wherever you sit in the auditorium, the seats are comfortable and the leg room is good, and the acoustics are excellent. The cafe is located in the foyer area and offers a selection of hot cooked meals as well as light snacks, in a relaxed and warm atmosphere. The bar facilities are good, great selection of drinks and a nice vibrant and friendly vibe. The staff throughout are so friendly and helpful, nothing is too much trouble. The Lighthouse is the ideal venue for a fun and interesting night out, their programme of events ensures there is something to appeal to everyone, see what is on and get yourself some tickets, you will have a great night out.
Adventure Voyages provide a choice of engaging, fun and interesting tours around the South coast of Dorset that are suitable for all the family. You will be taken on your excursion aboard a 30 foot Rigid Inflatable Boat that is capable to travelling at high speed, it is a guaranteed way to clear the cobwebs. There are a choice of excursions available from the Bay Blast that takes you around the harbour and lasts about twenty minutes to the Cowes Isle of Wight tour this is about two and a half hours long and takes you through The Solent, past Yarmouth and Lymington and on to Cowes. You will get to see many things during your tour including spectacular scenery and lots of marine bird life. The trip is made more exhilarating by the speed the boat travels through the water. The operator is friendly, knowledgeable and animated and a safety briefing is given before you set off, life jackets are provided for everyone and there is a liferaft onboard. Adventure Voyages offer a fun and different perspective on seeing the stunning coastline and wildlife of this part of Dorest.
Blackfeather Boat Charter offers you the opportunity to charter this delightful motor cruiser as it takes in the delights of the River Thames, incorporating areas including Henley, Marlow, Windsor, Eton, Shiplake and Sonning in addition to other areas nearby. As you meander down the river you will see some stunning countryside and local wildlife and can savour the peace and tranquillity of the waterways, it is so relaxing. This motor cruiser is available all year round and can be rented for a half day, full day or evening charter, they can also tailor an itinerary to suit your requirements to make the trip even more special. Blackfeather is luxurious, comfortable and spacious, it is a fantastic boat, so well maintained. The skippers are friendly, jovial, and informative in pointing things out as you travel along and most helpful, they enhance the overall experience. A cruise on the Blackfeather can make for a memorable day for everyone and makes for the perfect day out with family or friends. Take a picnic along and stop somewhere on the river bank to enjoy it. Other activities you can enjoy are fishing off the bathing platform, or even take a dip in the river, there is a boarding ladder and hot shower for afterwards. Book a charter with Blackfeather Boat Charters you will be extremely popular and everyone is assured a fantastic time.
Sugarpod Beauty offers a choice of beauty treatments in a relaxed and comfortable environment. The therapist is highly trained, professional and very friendly and will ensure you get the most from your treatment. They offer a full range of treatments that are tailored to your requirements and use a range of products best suited to you. If you are unsure of what your needs are a prior consultation is recommended. A visit to Sugarpod Beauty will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed.
Showing a full programme of up to date films (check website for times). Free and disabled parking available and the centre is wheelchair friendly.
Improve your skills on the ice by spending the afternoon at Southampton ice skating! This cool local attraction offers fun and excitement for the whole family. Each session runs 45 minutes. Lockers can be rented on-site and refreshments are available so you can relax after completing a session on the ice!
Sandbanks Ferry is a chain ferry that operates from Poole Harbour, it is also referred to as a floating bridge. It is the most direct course of travel connecting Bournemouth and Poole with Swanage. It will save you more than 25 miles on a return journey from Poole to Swanage by road. The service operates every day from 7.00am to 11.10pm and run frequently throughout the day, but, is subject to weather conditions, maintenance and other operational factors. The ferry can accommodate 48 cars, it can also carry pedestrians, pedal and motor cycles as well as other motor vehicles, camper vans, coaches and buses. To get the reduced prices you should visit the discount page on their website, the regular price is on the tolls page. They do not take credit cards or debit cards at the ticket booth so ensure that you have cash if wishing to cross. As well as being a quick mode of transport across the harbour, the Sandbanks Ferry gives you the opportunity to enjoy the gorgeous views of Studland Beach and Brownsea Island. The Sandbanks Ferry is a popular mode of transport and can get extremely busy so do be aware there may be queues. Make sure Sandbanks Ferry is on your schedule of things to do, it is a nice way to cross the harbour, see the boats in the harbour and get wonderful views for a nominal charge.
Fuzzacker Guided Walks offer a choice of guided walks and tours around the New Forest. There are a number of walks and walking weekends that can be arranged to suit your requirements, from gentle strolls to intensive walks. Your walk can accommodate many aspects of the New Forest from bird watching or deer spotting, soaking up the local beauty and tranquillity of the area it also offers the ideal place for photo opportunities. In addition they cover other local areas by prior arrangement including Dorest, Devon, Isle of Wight. Another option that can be added to your walk is an illustrated talk on the New Forest, its history, traditions and wildlife. Fuzzacker Guided Walks also organise a number of short walks that cover a range of Forest related topics with a dawn chorus walk and bat and nightjar walks at dusk. The guides are friendly, professional and passionate about the area and offer great companionship. Whatever walk you choose you will get a feel for this stunning area from its beautiful landscapes to its history, local wildlife and its future preservation. Fuzzacker Guided Walks are highly professional and passionate about what they do, they give a unique and unparalleled view of the region, highly recommended.
The Rex Cinema is 85 years old, and as well as showing all the latest and greatest movie blockbusters, they also show classic and art house films, and hold regular film festivals.
The Solent Way extends to 60 miles and connects Milford on Sea with Emsworth Harbour, the majority of the pathway passes along the Hampshire coast line and goes through the New Forest. The area boasts some stunning scenery and views out over to the gorgeous Isle of Wight and the Solent, as well as architectural buildings and historical sites, nature reserves and some nice pubs to stop for refreshments along the way. The route is clearly marked and encompasses a number of different walks that are all clearly marked and detail the length of each walk. The Solent Way is predominantly flat so makes for a nice leisurely walk and easily accessible for buggies and wheelchairs. A walk along the Solent Way will reward you with stunning views, local wildlife, boats out in the harbour, birds and so much more and the atmosphere is just lovely, peaceful and tranquil. It is a perfect walk on a hot or cold day, just wrap up warm and enjoy this lovely area.
JW Day Spa and Beauty is the place to go if looking for some preening and pampering. With two shops in the local area you are spoilt for choice. The salons are modern and stylish with highly trained staff who you will find to be friendly and professional. You can avail of the a huge range of treatments and services all carried out to the highest standards, and the staff are on hand to discuss any treatments or give advice. Their website has full details of all the services they offer. A visit to one of these salons will afford you the opportunity to relax and unwind in the tranquil surroundings.
Sea Water Baths can be dated back to 1833 making them the earliest open air sea water baths in the United Kingdom. They are a historic part of the market town and when they first opened where revered for their health giving waters and natural mud waters, today they remain as popular as ever with crowds flocking to these waters in the good weather. Where they are located you get amazing views over to the Isle of Wight. There are lots of amenities on offer including, inflatable water toys, kayak, stand up paddle board, water zorb or are you daring enough to ascend the 7 metre climbing tower or perhaps take time out to sail the radio controlled racing yachts, these all incur additional charges. The area is divided up into sections with areas for the inflatables and other activities and then a separate section for swimming. The pool is open daily, the weather will have an effect on the activities available. From March through to October the kiosk is open serving a range of beverages and light snacks and hot meals. The area is well maintained and the changing rooms are kept clean. It is probably best to take along wetsuits for the cooler days so you can enjoy the full facilities. Sea Water Baths are an excellent day out for all and are excellent value for money too.
Aquasafe Boat Hire offers you the opportunity to rent a self-drive motor-boat and get out onto the open waters. It does not matter if you are a complete beginner Aquasafe offer an induction/training session prior to you setting out on you own. In addition if you encounter any issues you can also call them and they will be there to offer assistance. Once you are out on the waters it is entirely down to you want to see and do, bird watching, explore Newton Creek, go fishing or find a secluded spot for a picnic lunch. The boats are well maintained and are fully MCA (Coastguard) approved as rental boats and thy can accommodate up to four people. The boats are really easy to handle. All boats come completely stocked with all safety equipment, maps depth gauge and much more also Aquasafe also offer the opportunity to hire equipment such as fishing rods, waterproofs and much more. The boats cruise at a leisurely pace so you can enjoy the tranquillity of the waters and the beautiful coastline. The cost to charter a boat is really reasonable and makes for a fantastic day out for all. You will find the staff to be very friendly, professional and knowledgeable.
Hermit Charters are situated at Lymington Yacht Haven, it is an ideal location offering easy access to the Solent. They offer a range of charters to appeal to all interests including, a full day fishing expedition where, you get to keep what you catch, after a days fishing you will moor up in a sheltered bay for a spot of swimming and relaxation whilst your hard earned catch is cooked to perfection on their onboard barbecue, true alfresco dining. The Champagne Sunset Cruise offers you the opportunity to enjoy the most stunning sunsets whilst enjoying the tranquillity of the waters with a specially prepared picnic or a full buffet accompanied by Champagne. The Champagne Afternoon Tea is a half day cruise that takes in the lovely waters of the Solent whilst enjoying a traditional English tea complete with finger sandwiches and a delicious assortment of cakes and champagne. If looking for a longer trip then you might opt for the Trip Round the Needles or you can design your own itinerary. The boats are well maintained and are fully equipped as well as being modern and comfortable. The staff are lovely, friendly, professional and highly skilled and enhance the overall experience. All the stops are pulled out by Hermit Charters to ensure all guests have a fantastic day and with the prices being so reasonable you should not miss an opportunity to take one of their fabulous excursions.
Stay trim and energised during your visit to Southampton by spending some time at LA Fitness! Work on endurance and build muscle by moving through the various equipment found inside the gym. Free wights are also available. The facility also offers fitness-related classes as well as swimming lessons for adults and children.
The Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum tells the harrowing tale of the Martyrs arrest, trial and punishment, which led to the foundation of modern day trade unionism.
Come and take in a good show at the "South's Premiere Theatre", the Mayflower! Make your visit memorable by starting on the top floor for a bite to eat at the Ovation Restaurant. The theatre puts on a number of enticing programmes, including musicals, dance, ballet, opera, drama, comedy, family and children's performances.
Step into a world of maritime culture and history at Oceans! This Southampton visitor's centre is conveniently located in the shopping district. Learn more about life on the high seas and browse the unique souvenir and gift shop. An exhibition gallery is also available complete with artefacts, documents and memorabilia.
Nestled in the dock area within Southampton's centre is St. Mary's Stadium. Travellers can spectate as athletes prove their prowess on the field of competition. Parking is available but limited, so make sure you arrive early or plan to take the train. Visitors should contact the facility for game times and admission rates.
The BBC called The Nuffield Theatre company "one of the most innovative" in the south. This exciting entertainment venue hosts a wide range of interesting programmes. Light snacks are sold at the on-site Green Room cafe. The venue also offers a children's theatre lunch club which includes a kid-friendly meal and a show!
At Mill House Cider you can learn exactly how cider is made. Displays and equipment depict the importance of cider as a drink over the years, so why not sample some of the range in the shop.
This theatre presents a wide range of work, from stand-up comedy to children's theatre as well as music, dance and classical plays.
Situated in the heart of the historic city of Winchester, a fully enclosed mall consisting of many of your favourite high street shops.
Dinosaur Expeditions CIC is a conservation and palaeoart centre and the place for you if you have a keen interest in fossils and dinosaurs. The purpose of the centre is to encourage responsible fossil discovery, conservation and an understanding of the Isle of Wights unusual fossil heritage. You will find them on the former Dinosaur Farm Museum and will discover here a display of fossils in addition to exhibits of locally influenced palaeoart, it is not a large exhibit but is continually expanding. Throughout the year they arrange fossil hunting trips at varying locations, they are run by professional, experienced and knowledgeable guides, you even get to keep the fossils that you find. On the beach, you get to see superb dinosaur feet. The staff who work here are so passionate and animated about their field and you can't help but get immersed in the whole experience. It is a real treat for dinosaur fans regardless of age, and an ideal family day out. The entry charge is only small but the value you get is excellent, it a real gem of an attraction and should not be overlooked, it will probably end up being the highlight of your visit.
Located in the centre of the island, Newport is its principal town and main shopping centre. Excellent roads and bus services make it easy to reach from anywhere on the island.
Poole Museum illustrates the vibrant history of this ancient port town and its residents, you will acquire lots of local information about the intriguing environment of Poole Harbour. The museum is housed in a lovely 19th century quayside mill, and is situated over three floors with each floor relating to a different period, there are exhibits pertaining to art, archaeology and social history of the region, there is lots to see and do, it is an interactive museum and lots for children to do and get involved in too. The exhibits are well presented and have lots of information telling you about them. There has been a recent addition to the museum, a terrace that has lovely harbour views and activities for everyone. Poole Museum is open daily throughout the year except Mondays during the winter months. The Medieval Scaplen's Court Museum is a delightful historic medieval domestic building, that includes a Victorian classroom and old toys, it also has a herb and physic garden that is so fragrant when in full bloom and offers a place of tranquillity where you can stop and savour the peaceful atmosphere, the museum is only open to the public in August but, the gardens are open between May and September. Both museums have no charge for entry. The museum operates a number of events during the year so it is worth checking the website to see what is taking place and might be of interest to you. There is a lovely cafe on the top floor that is cosy and inviting and offers a lovely relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a beverage. Poole Museum offers a fantastic day out for all, it is interesting and informative and guests of all ages will find something to interest and entertain them.
The aviation museum contains a unique collection of ex-military and civilian aircraft, some of which still fly. On display are a Meteor, Hunter, Vampire, Jet Provost, BAC-111, Buccaneer, 1934 Dragon Rapide and the world's last flying Sea Vixen.
Set in an Edwardian power station and containing unique displays of electrical items ranging from a Bournemouth tram car to boot warmers, this museum is only five minutes from the town centre and well worth a visit.
St. Peter's Church in Bournemouth is a long standing landmark. The building was constructed between 1844 and 1879 and is recognised as the eldest of all the parish's churches. Nestled at the city centre, St. Peter's is a hub of activity. The church hosts numerous events each month, including a tapestry group, flower group and study group.
Christchurch Priory Church is a glorious building that is more than 900 years old, it retains a real sense of peace, serenity and reflectiveness. The church has seen many changes over the years and continues to be an impressive part of the towns landscape. It has absolutely magnificent architecture both inside and outside with impressive features such as the beautiful Quire, medieval carvings on the seats, the intriguing miraculous beam, splendid chantries, stained glass windows, a glorious roof, the beautiful painting above the altar and much more. It is a very warm and welcoming congregation and the services they have here are lovely, and the choir is excellent . They operate guided tours that take in parts of the church that are not usually accessible like the chained library and the climb up the tower is worthwhile as the views from here are simply fantastic. There are leaflets available to tell you all about the history and monuments of this lovely building, and the helpers are more than happy to answer any questions you might have. There is a really nice cafe that serves a nice selection of snacks and beverages and a shop that sells souvenirs, gifts and books. There is no charge to enter Christchurch Priory Church but, they do rely on donations to upkeep this magnificent building. Do not miss the opportunity to visit if you are in the area.
The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum is recognised as one of the most fascinating and important of its kind in all of England. This facility offers unique exhibits along with an eclectic array of other activities and attractions. Be part of a family-friendly workshop to make crafts and learn about various cultures. The grounds also include a delicious cafe.
Red House Museum and Gardens is in a lovely Georgian building that was constructed as a workshop in 1764 today, this historic building serves as a reminder of the history of Christchurch and surrounding areas. The history is portrayed through a choice of illustrious displays that range from permanent to changing exhibitions. It is an intimate museum that is well laid out and the items are all clearly displayed with information about them. There is a diverse range of areas covered including WW1, local social, culture and heritage as well as local archaeology. There is a lovely cafe that leads to a beautiful courtyard garden, here you can enjoy a coffee and delicious slice of cake. The gardens are very pretty whatever time of year and offer a nice place to stroll around, they consist of a lovely memories garden, herb garden and walled garden. Red House Museum is operated by volunteers who you will find to be very friendly and helpful and they will gladly answer any questions that you might have, or tell you some stories of the history of the museum. There is also a small shop where you can pick up a souvenir, gifts or books. Red House Museum is open from Tuesday through to Staurday, there is no charge for entry but, they do rely on donations. They do run a variety of events throughout the year so worth keeping an eye out for these. A lovely intimate museum that is full of interesting information and exhibits and will appeal to both children and adults. .
Upton County Park encompasses 100 acres of stunning woodland, gardens and parkland, and is home to a majestic Georgian Grade II listed building that was constructed in 1818, the house is generally not open to the public, except when they might be having a book sale or other event. The grounds are stunning and beautifully maintained, there is so much to see and do during a visit. Take time to discover the grounds, from the ancient woodlands, to exploring the nature trails where you can test your knowledge of the local wildlife and native plants, paths lead you to the shoreline of Poole Harbour that affords you superb views of the mudflats at low tide and lots of birds can be seen. Stroll through the stunning Walled Garden with its new water feature, the Formal Gardens include a herbaceous border, heather garden and rose garden that are simply stunning when in full bloom. Throughout the year the gardens are a riot of colour and fill the air with the most delicious fragrances. The greenhouse contains an Art Galley that hosts both traditional and contemporary exhibits and in season there are plants available for sale. The Tea Rooms are cosy and welcoming and can be found in the old stable block, they have a nice relaxed atmosphere, here you can enjoy a hot beverage and light snack. The Roman House is an imitation of a Roman thatched, oak framed building, it serves as a learning resource centre, you can see how people lived two thousand years ago. Children will love the freedom they get here, there is ample room to run around, trees to climb, ponds to explore, a woodland play trail and much more. Upton County Park has lots to offer and makes for a great day out for all, it is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle whilst enjoying the tranquillity and beauty.
Brownsea Island sits in Poole Harbour and is the largest of eight islands — a very natural site for Henry VIII to construct one of his coastal castles in the 1540s. Now in the care of the National Trust, Brownsea is an important habitat for red squirrels. It was also the location of the first Scout camp in 1907 led by Lord Baden-Powell.
Built in the 1830s by Lord Stuart de Rothesay. Work such as medieval stonework and European stained glass were incorporated into the unique Romantic Picturesque style building. This remarkable castle is a must see.
One of the most famous cathedrals in the world. Salisbury is unique amongst medieval English cathedrals: it was built within one century with no substantial later additions. The building itself is remarkable, a testimony to the faith and practical skills of those who erected it.
St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery offers you the opportunity to delve into the history and past of Lymington and the New Forest Coast. Although an intimate museum it is highly regarded and incorporates a range of hands-on displays, historical displays and exhibits that will appeal to all ages, during a visit you will find out all about Lymington's growth into a thriving market town and port and the smugglers, salt makers and boat makers who benefited from the Solent shore. Meanwhile the art galleries showcase an exclusive programme of innovative exhibitions that change frequently and can consist of works on loan from national and regional collections. During the school holidays they run special events for the children, other events are hosted throughout the year so check the website to see what events are taking place. The staff are volunteers and you will find them to be very friendly, informative and most helpful. There is a nice cafe were you can stop and enjoy the choice of beverages and light snacks on offer. St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery is a real child friendly museum so perfect for all the family and makes for a great day out.
Learn about the history and heritage of Little London by the Sea with a fascinating insight into how Swanage town and its people have evolved over the millennia. Enjoy the film, information panels and activities as well as some incredible views. (Limited disabled access)
Built on the north shore of the Isle of Wight to guard the Solent, the remains of Fort Victoria now house a marine aquarium, a sea bed archaeology exhibition, a planetarium and a model railway.
An 80 acre deer park around a picturesque lake, 250 acres of oak woodland and 80 acres of common land form part of the estate surrounding Stock Gaylard House, an early Georgian house close to St Barnabas parish church.
The threat of a French invasion prompted the construction in 1862 of this spectacular site, which now contains exhibitions about the battery's involvement in the First and Second World Wars. The battery retains two of its original gun barrels.
Westgate Hall invites visitors to enter its doors and learn about the area's rich, lengthy history. Formerly named the Tudor Merchant's Hall, this fascinating attraction is housed in a 15th century timbre-framed structure. The interior includes a main hall, refurbished reception area, kitchenette and cloak rooms. Space can be rented for weddings, private parties and other gatherings.
Located within the Common, the Old Cemetery in Southampton is a serene location with local significance. The site is among the earliest municipal cemeteries in all of England. Along with providing tranquil scenery, the cemetery also serves as a record of people who lived in the Southampton area over the decades.
Nestled in a quiet region within Southampton, the Medieval Merchant's House offers a tranquil escape with tremendous historic value. Get a taste of an older way of life by exploring the building constructed around 1290. The landmark was restored to its former 14th century glory after later additions were removed. Replica period furnishings were installed to enhance this one-of-a-kind experience.
Come explore the most significant historic building in all of Southampton: the Tudor House and Garden! This breathtaking landmark offers more than 8 centuries of history packed into one gorgeous location. Enjoy the unique atmosphere while gaining insight into the times and lives of people who used to live in the area.
St. Michael's church has seen decades of peace and turmoil. The structure managed to escape the severe bombing which decimated much of Southampton in 1940. Today visitors and residents can attend traditional catholic services regularly at St. Michael's. The organisation also hosts personal services such as baptisms and weddings as well as a number of events throughout the year.
Immerse yourself in the diversity of contemporary art! The John Hansard Gallery is one of the leading public galleries of its kind. Each year sees five exciting exhibitions at the main location. Off-site projects are also hosted throughout the city. Orientation and educational tours are offered and must be booked in advance.
The Solent Sky Museum in Southampton shows some of the finest classic air craft designs to grace the pages of aviation history. The facility contains 18 actual air planes including the S6b and Spitfire. Visitors can also tour the Engine Bay which contains a number of air craft engines. Climb onto the Sandringham Flying Boat or have a seat in the cockpit of the Harrier Jump Jet!
The National Historic Ships 2009 flagship, Shieldhall, is the largest working steam ship of her kind in all of Britain. This handsome vessel is an example of the country's rich maritime heritage. Book a seat on board for a Quiz and Curry Night or reserve private hire for special occasions.
High on the hill over the picturesque village of Cerne Abbas is the Cerne Giant, a 180ft high male figure believed to be an ancient symbol of spirituality, and also thought to represent the Roman god Hercules, who was often depicted naked with a club and animal fur. The earliest known reference to the giant is in the mid-1700s. However, certain schools believe its history is far older than realised.
With a rich and varied history, this castle is a must see for all ages. The original building was medieval hunting lodge, situated in the Deer Park belonging to Sherborne Old Castle. However, Sir Walter Raleigh built his own property on the site in 1594. After his death it was purchased by Sir John Digby and has been in the family ever since. In addition to its early life, the castle played a pivotal role in both world wars, as a Red Cross hospital and as the headquarters for the commandos of the D-Day landings. (Wheelchair access to the ground floor only)
Step into Queen Victoria's favourite home and experience a world unchanged since the country's longest reigning monarch died here just over 100 years ago. See the splendour in which they lived and learn about the staff that kept them here throughout her infamous reign. View the artwork and gifts around the house; keepsakes from around the world at a time when the British Empire still dominated the globe. The charm and character of this much loved home is there for all to see.
St. Mildred's Church is a fascinating example of historic architecture. This religious landmark includes distinctive Anglo-Saxon carvings inset along the west porch wall. A war memorial cross is found near the south porch while the final resting places of the 1st Marquis of Milford Haven and his wife Princes Victoria can be viewed in the churchyard.
In the medieval hall, the museum depicts the history of the Isle of Wight including the imprisonment of King Charles I at Carisbrooke Castle itself.