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26 May

Things to do near Ringwood in June

From enjoying the New Forest landscape by bike, through to experiencing some of the best water facilities around, Ringwood places you right at the heart of the adventure! June is the perfect time to take advantage of the warm weather before the hustle and bustle of the school holidays. Mid-week breaks offer a particularly tranquil experience, so why not take advantage of our lower week day rates, there’s still plenty to see and do:

Exbury Gardens

Just a 40 minute drive away, you’ll find this spectacular 200-acre woodland garden, world-famous for the Rothschild collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias, rare trees and plants. Visitors can enjoy exploring twenty miles of pathways, or “let the train take the strain” on a 20 minute journey.

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New Forest Water Park

Just a few minutes drive away, set in 50 acres of stunning grounds and centred on one of the park’s two lakes, The New Forest Water Park is the place to try water sports! Considered one of the best water sport facilities in Dorset, a range of activities are on offer, from Kayaking and Banana Boat Rides through to Body Boarding and even camping.

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Liquid Logistics

Based on the Beaulieu River in the heart of The New Forest, Liquid Logistics offer a great range of canoeing and kayaking activities. Two hour taster sessions in open canoes are ideal for families while the kayaks suit those eager for more adventure. Beginners are welcome and all sessions are guided by a member of the team.

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The New Forest Centre

Under half an hour’s drive away in picturesque Lyndhurst, The New Forest Centre features displays on every aspect of life in the New Forest and details of its intriguing history. It also includes a family fun tree interactive exhibit.

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Liberty’s Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre

Home to a stunning collection of owls and birds of prey, the sanctuary can be reached by foot from Moortown Lodge, or via a 4 minute drive, and proceeds from the entrance fee go towards the upkeep at a hospital for injured birds and animals. The flying demonstration gives a closer view, and understanding of these wonderful birds. There is a gift shop and a café for food. The venue provides good accessibility with hard surfaces for wheelchairs and pushchairs alike.

Find out more here.

The Forest Arts Centre

Situated at the southern edge of the New Forest, half way between Christchurch and Lymington and just a 20 minute drive away from Moortown Lodge, The Forest Arts Centre offers film, theatre, dance, exhibitions, activities and so much more – an excellent combination of fun and learning.

Learn more here.

Golf in the New Forest

There area variety of golf courses in and around the New Forest, some closer to Moortown Lodge and others further afield. Moors Valley Golf Course is just a ten minute drive away – an 18-hole course which extends along the valley of the Moors River. There is also a four-hole short course with holes ranging from 56 to 80 yards. Everyone is welcome to play on the Moors Valley golf course.

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Located just a 20 minute drive from Moortown Lodge, Bramshaw Golf Club is the oldest in Hampshire and home to two excellent and contrasting 18-hole courses, offering the unusual feature of playing amongst roaming deer and forest ponies.

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A 25 minute drive away, Parkstone Golf Club is one of the best known and finest courses on the South Coast, ranked in the top 120 golf courses in the British Isles by Golf Monthly magazine, with panoramic views over Poole Harbour and the coastal downs of the Isle of Purbeck. Visitors should first telephone the Club on 01202 707138.

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Few car museums in the world can match the unique collection of the world renowned National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. Managed by the National Motor Museum Trust, Beaulieu is also the home of the world famous Beaulieu International Autojumble and Automart.

Formerly the 14th century Great Gatehouse of Beaulieu Abbey, Beaulieu’s Palace House is set in glorious grounds and gardens with immaculate spreading lawns and walkways overlooking the Beaulieu River. Beaulieu Abbey was founded in 1204 by Cistercian monks on land given to them by King John.

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The Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival

Taking place in locations and venues throughout nearby Bournemouth, between June 19th and June 28th 2015, this festival brings ten days of foodie fun to the South Coast and includes farmers and producers markets, a street food festival and a chef’s demo kitchen.

Find out more here.

The New Forest Business Expo

On Wednesday 3rd June 2015, a dedicated business exhibition will take place at Berthon Boatyard, Lymington. Businesses from all sectors in the New Forest will be exhibiting at this stunning location adjacent to the town’s waterfront. The Expo will be a unique opportunity for local businesses to celebrate and connect in a vibrant marine setting. Admission for non-exhibitors is free of charge.

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New Forest Ramblers

This group provides an extensive programme of walks which take place across the New Forest, on a ‘turn up and go’ basis. The regular programme includes weekday and weekend walks, shorter walks (typically 5-6 miles), medium walks (typically 7-8 miles) and longer walks (typically 10-13 miles). It includes walks in a variety of picturesque locations including Chawton, just over 15 minutes drive away, Brockenhurst, under half an hour’s drive away and Lymington, which takes a little over 30 minutes to reach by car from Moortown Lodge.

Find out more here.