Places to visit

"PEPPA PIG WORLD" COMES TO PAULTON PARK! 

A wonderful day out in the New Forest for the younger little people to enjoy!

PAULTONS PARK, Ower, Romsey, The New  Forest, Hampshire, SO51 6AL


HIGHCLIFFE CASTLE

Highcliffe Castle is about 10 mins drive from the chalet. It has been sympathetically restored to its original condition, and now looks outstanding. You can go inside, visit the shop and browse around. The grounds are beautiful and the coffee shop sells very appetising cream teas, cakes and lunches. There is a lovely sandy beach but limited parking due to steep stairs down cliff to beach. This is all owned by the National Trust so it is very popular!!


GO-APE & MOORS VALLEY COUNTRY PARK
Tree top adventures includes zip wire and high ropes, also junior adventures.  A real active day out for those who like to be a monkey!! 

MUDEFORD 
Mudeford is only about 10 mins away. There you can park by the sea front, eat fresh fish caught locally, have a drink in the pub, walk up and down the parade looking out to sea and ending up at a beach where you can have an excellent breakfast or any other meal either inside or out.
Take the crab lines from the shed, a bucket, a net, and buy some bacon bits (yes, bacon, from the butchers) and crab just off the edge of the sea wall where the benches are. When you have caught at least 30 crabs, you can let them free at the end where there is a slope, where the fish stall is, and have a race, seeing which one can reach the sea first!! It’s great fun.

CHRISTCHURCH
Christchurch is about 15 mins by car, heading towards Bournemouth.
It has a lovely Cathedral, beautiful walks through the grounds along a stream, and a pretty river where you can jump on a leisurely boat ride up and down the river. On certain nights in the Summer, there is a band playing traditional music!

There is also a weekly market, where the high street is closed to any traffic for the day, and everyone can shop safely.

If you take a boat over to Mudeford you can have something to drink in the cafe, and then wander along the beach, looking at the many beach huts and quiet beaches.

BOSCOMBE
Boscombe is about 25 mins away towards Bournemouth and has a market most days, and a very good array of high street shops including Marks & Spencer. (This is all pedestrian friendly)
There is also a beautiful beach, if you arrive early enough, you can park your car on the beach road, handy for picnics etc.

BOURNEMOUTH
Bournemouth is about 30 mins drive and has all the hustle and bustle of a busy seaside town. The Winter Gardens are lovely at night, they are lit by hundreds of candles during the Summer season. The tethered balloon ride is a must (which is situated in the gardens). On Fridays during the Summer months there is also a FREE Fireworks Display to music, which starts at 10pm, due to the light. You stand on the main beach and just watch the display out to sea, its wonderful!There is also an Oceanarium there, which is very fascinating and educational!

POOLE
Poole is great for anyone who loves shopping! It has an indoor shopping mall called the Dolphin Centre, with high street shops, and an outside pedestrian friendly shopping parade, (where a train passes through!!) which if you walk the distance will take you to Poole Harbour.

Poole Harbour has many sea front shops and Poole Pottery is very enjoyable. Children can make their very own clay plates and pots and then colour them. You can even jump on a short cruise around the harbour learning about the area and having something to eat or drink on board. Very interesting and relaxing on a lovely sunny day.

SANDBANKS
Sandbanks is about 40 mins drive. The beaches are sandy and long. There are lovely views, a few novelty and eating shops and a very big car park. Be warned, be early if it is a lovely day, because the car park gets very busy in Summer season!  

Corfe Castle is an excellent place to visit, with quaint pubs, pretty shops and a lovely ruined Castle to explore, this can be reached by a car ferry boarded at Sandbanks. It is only a short trip, but very enjoyable and well worth a visit.

LYMINGTON
Lymington takes 30 mins and has a very quaint quay where you can sit and watch the boats coming in, eat lovely sandwiches or pasties made locally and have a drink. The high street is lovely (slightly steep hill), varied shops and coffee shops. On Saturdays there is a really good market in the high street.

ISLE OF WIGHT
The Isle of Wight is worth visiting for a day.  Lovely thatch houses, plenty of lovely places for cream teas and lovely beaches. You can hop on a ferry to the IOW from Lymington

BUCKLERS HARD
Bucklers Hard is just near Beaulieu it takes approximately 30 mins. It is a pretty river setting with a pub with really nice food. There are houses depicting earlier times with models of people showing how life used to be. Just look through the windows, all free!!  After lunch you can then stroll along the river just admiring the views.

BEAULIEU
Beaulieu is a beautiful place with its large lake and grand house. Lots of ponies to be seen in surrounding areas.  It is the home of the National Car Museum and is a full days outing.

BURLEY
Burley is also 30 mins away, and is a small village in the middle of the New Forest with various pubs and small craft shops. You can also hire bikes here to explore the area. They will provide you with a map of the local areas marked with routes for various distances. Beautiful countryside to be seen here with wild ponies and cows


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