Holiday to The New Forest (Part One)

Apologies for not posting in ages.  I was mad busy at work and then with the school holidays there just wasn’t enough time.   I have also been stuggling a bit for inspiration…..anyway this weeks post is about my recent holiday to The New Forest, think I may break it down so its not a super long post.

Caravan Park

We didn’t have a huge budget for our holiday this year, and as I wasn’t sure about the weather camping wasn’t an option. As we wanted to take Luna. we looked for a lodge/caravan that was pet friendly.  I searched and searched and settled on a caravan park called Hoburne Bashley that’s near New Milton in The New Forest.

It is a fantastic site for a UK holiday.  Whilst pet friendly, the caravan was nice and it was clean. They’d replaced the carpets with laminate flooring throughout, which is a great idea if you are going to allow pets.  It didn’t smell of dog and it had a nice touch of a box with washing up liquid miniature, a tea towel plus some sachets of tea and coffee – little touches like that make such a difference.

The site was regularly mowed and clean.  The venue had an indoor and outdoor pool, fitness suite, small child play area (that I couldn’t comment on as my kids are all too big for that now) a café, brasserie, entertainment room and a lounge that was mainly for adults.  It was about average from a price point of view for food and drinks and it was a lovely venue.  We took advantage of the swimming too – first thing was lane only swimming in the outdoor pool which was great for us adults.  The sauna, steam room and hot tub was good too.

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We visited Bournemouth twice.  On the Sunday and again on the Thursday as the Air show was on.  I love Bournemouth – think its young and vibrant with it being a University town.  Plenty of shops, lovely sea front and pier and lovely green parks.  We discovered one of our favourite places to get a drink.  A little bubble tea shop called Yobu.  We have visited this before and we were so happy to see it is still there….love it!

It was very very hot – the hottest bank holiday weekend we have had in ages. Therefore, the beach was unbelievably full.  In contrast was Thurs – whereby it was nice first thing but then the heavens opened and we had torrential rain.  Even though we were soaked through, we still we had a laugh being so drenched, kids loved it definitely one of those making memories moments.  I am sure they won’t forget this holiday!


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Bournemouth Air Show

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We went across to Bournemouth on the train, on the day of the air show. It literally took 10 mins from New Milton to Bournemouth on the train so it was a great idea; we knew that the traffic in and parking was likely to be bad.  The train station is a bit further out though and we walked which was fine when it was dry, not so much fun in torrential rain!

Going to leave this post there and will post another post on the open top bus tour and Christchurch later!


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