As the summer holidays are approaching I’m trying to organise myself and fill up the calendar with things that will help us get outside and make the most of the sunny weeks. We live on the south coast and there is plenty to do and see.
We’ll be visiting some new places this year as well as revisiting some firm family favourites. Here are a few things on our summer bucket list:
- Longleat Safari Park: Visit the stunning Longleat House, lose yourself in one of their magical mazes, enjoy the manicured gardens – or go totally wild on the UK’s number 1 safari. There really is something for everyone at Longleat. From wild animals to trains to river cruises, it’s a fabulous day out.
- Camping: If camping or glamping is your thing, The New Forest is just the place with plenty of campsites ready to facilitate you. Try Avon Tyrell; as well as standard camping facilities the site provides lodges and even a bed and breakfast for those of you who need your eight hours. The site also provides activities such as archery, rock climbing, sailing and tree top zip-wires.
- Christchurch Quay: A stroll around the quay (ice-cream in hand) is always a delight. There’s usually music or entertainment on at the park over the weekend which is fun as well as atmospheric. Let the kids enjoy the splash park and grab lunch or cocktails at the boat house. If you’re feeling adventurous, Christchurch quay has boats available to hire.
- Paddle Boarding: Compared with surfing, paddleboarding is such a relaxed, meditative process, where you’re able to enjoy your surroundings. There are plenty of places to hire boards in Dorset, I recommend Mudeford quay for stunning and diverse views or Branksome Dene Chine for soft sand and clear water.
- Durdle Door & Lulworth Cove: The Jurassic Coast is an absolute must when in Dorset. The famous arch of Durdle Door is any instagrammers dream, and of course there are some amazing spots for cliff jumping for all you adrenaline junkies.
- Corfe Castle: The National Trust’s Corfe Castle is an iconic survivor of the English Civil War. This is the site of a ruined castle and any history lovers dream. It’s great for children to explore and there are often events taking place throughout the year. It’s home to more than just a castle but a charming village, too.
- Moors Valley Country Park and Forest: Hire bikes and stop at the play trails en route. Have a ride on the steam train and if you’re going all out, try go ape to take your adventure to the next level.
- The New Forest Water Park: This is the UK’s first inflatable sports aqua park. It’s appropriate for older children, teenagers and adults – a perfect day activity for a hen or stag do.
- Mighty Claws Adventures: Magical landscapes, life-sized dinosaurs and super crazy golf. All golf courses are packed with wonder, joy and non-stop fun. Your kids won’t believe their luck!
- Rhinefield House: Enjoy a walk around the rustic new Forest finished with afternoon tea at Rhinefield house, a stunning piece of architecture with gorgeous grounds.
- Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa: You need to book a weekend for yourself, or course. Grab your girlfriends or your hubby, and book yourself in for a spa weekend at Chewton Glen. Book a tree-house for optimum luxury!
Let us know what you thought if you do decide to visit any of these places! Enjoy!