This is the ideal location to visit the Bournemouth Airshow (18th - 21st August). The airport is a short distance away. Entrance to the site is tarmac surfaced and the field is sheltered and level and has well kept short grass. Walks from the site take you along the bank of the River Stour or, across adjacent fields, to the local shopping area. Several pubs and restaurants are within easy distance and an excellent fish and chip shop in the parade is always popular. Limited number of non bookable electric hook up points available.
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Price: £10.50 per unit night.Extra £5 for EHU. Extra adults £3.00 per person
From the traffic lights at the juntion of the A347 & B3073 take the road towards the airport. Turn right into Church Lane, opposite the Equestrian Centre. The site is on the right at the end of the lane. Own san is advisable although there are some facilities available.
The nearest big town for all the multi-national shops, it also has nightlife a-plenty. The safe, clean sandy beaches and long promenade are the main attractions for visitors. It also has a Pavilion Theatre in the heart of the town. The central Gardens are well looked after and very colourful in the summer and sometimes there is a band playing. Here you will also find the Wave 105 balloon, which gives good views on clear days.
The next biggest town in the area, Poole has an indoor shopping precinct. It also has a working harbour with passenger ferries to the Channel Islands and France. From the Quay there are harbour cruises, fishing trips and a ferry to the National Trust island of Brownsea, home of the almost extinct red squirrel. Poole is also the home of the famous Poole Pottery. From the peninsula at Sandbanks a chain ferry operates to give access to Studland, Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck.
Wareham & The Purbecks
Southwest from Poole is the Saxon town of Wareham, the gateway to the Purbecks. This is the area to visit if you are a keen walker. The Purbeck Hills are abound with footpaths and some with extensive and remarkable views.
Nestling in the Purbeck Hills is the quaint village of Corfe, which is dominated by the ruins of Corfe Castle, now owned by the National Trust. The refurbished Swanage Steam Railway runs from nearby to Swanage. Further west is Wool where Monkey World and Bovington tank museum can be found. Dorchester, a historic Roman town and Weymouth, a popular seaside resort, remain further to the west.
Head northwest from Parley and you find the market town of Wimborne Minster, which takes its name from the splendid Minster church. The Minster is noted for its twin towers and wooden Quarterjack, which strikes every ¼ hour. Inside is a rare chained library, with over 200 volumes, and an astronomical clock. The small museum in the High Street is well worth a visit. The Tivoli Theatre, which was closed for many years, has been restored to its former glory and delights in offering plays, shows with many well-known names and most of the latest films. Wimborne has markets on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on the outskirts of the town. Just northwest of Wimborne is the beautiful National Trust property of Kingston Lacy and, a little further along the B3082, a tree lined avenue of beeches leads to the Badbury Rings Earthworks, also a National Trust Treasure with free entry.
Heading east is the pretty town of Christchurch with its historic Priory, riverside walks and restored theatre. Keen bird watchers will enjoy Stanpit Marshes.
Ringwood and the New Forest
Northeast from the Holiday Site is the little market town of Ringwood and beyond is the vast expanse of the New Forest. Another good area for walking where there are also many areas you can cycle and enjoy the peace of the countryside. Just watch out that the ponies don’t try to snatch your picnic! Remember they are wild animals and it is forbidden to feed them.
For real shopaholics, Southampton is less than a hours drive away and has a new development of shops at West Quay. If you can’t face driving into the city try Hedge End, a little further along the M27, where you will find a large Marks & Spencer’s and other major stores.
If you’re a keen golfer there is a site, near the airport, to practice teeing, and also courses at Dudsbury (less than a mile from the H.S.) and Ferndown. Other interests are catered for at the Hobbycraft shop at Longham and the next-door Haskins garden centre. Walford Mill in Wimborne has exhibitions, craft and courses. Stapehill Abbey also has crafts, shops and gardens, although there is an entrance charge here. Other gardens open to the public are at Knoll Gardens (Hampreston), Compton Acres (Poole) and Athelhampton House (Nr. Dorchester).