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    Hi we (Me, husband and two children aged 4 & 7) are going on holiday in a couple of weeks to the New Forest, staying in New Milton. We want quite a relaxed time with visits to the beach, cycling etc. We plan to visit Beaulieu Museum and possibly, the Isle of Wight. Could anybody suggest any nice places to visit or cycling routes etc. Many thanks

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    go down to hythe and get a train along the pier and then a boat to southampton kids should love that.

    Happy cheese is a LOVELY pub...x

    watch the rain and enjoy the traffic jams :o)

    Wightlink have a 2 for 1 on foot passenger day return tickets from Lymington (near the New Forest) to Yarmouth (Isle of Wight) or a family foot passengers ticket for £24 on special offer at the moment, worth printing off the coupons just in case you go:

    wightlink.co.uk/spe…spx

    wightlink.co.uk/spe…spx

    Burley for the witches - and the Otter and Owl sanctuary was really good when I went with my son but that was a few years ago now
    My mate lives in New milton - watch out for his wife tho - shes a bit strange!

    dmtuk

    Happy cheese is a LOVELY pub...x



    Haha, before i moved away to uni i lived 5 mins from there! parents still do!

    Aquatic

    Burley for the witches - and the Otter and Owl sanctuary was really good … Burley for the witches - and the Otter and Owl sanctuary was really good when I went with my son but that was a few years ago nowMy mate lives in New milton - watch out for his wife tho - shes a bit strange!



    I'd say this plus longdown dairy farm can be fun with little ones

    newforestnpa.gov.uk/ind…htm

    If you click on cycling then it will give you some routes to follow, you can download the pdf files
    Edited by: "dh058977" 7th Aug 2010

    Best beach is Bournemouth (including Boscombe and Southbourne) but you have to use street parking on the cliff tops and go down steps.

    Best cycling with kids is Moors Valley Country Park (near Ashley Heath).

    The kids might enjoy Paulton's Park (M27 junction 2).

    Other attractions include Bucklers Hard (but only a for ½ day), Hurst Castle (access either via a long walk along the shingle beach or use the ferry from Keyhaven) and Brownsea Island (but beware the traffic queues in the Sandbanks area).

    Paultons Park ( http://www.paultonspark.co.uk/) is great for your age chilren

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    Thanks for the suggestions - think we'll give Paultons park a go & I remember Lepe Beach being lovely when I went as a child.

    I live not far from paultons and know people who work there, always hated the place as a kid!

    dh058977

    I live not far from paultons and know people who work there, always hated … I live not far from paultons and know people who work there, always hated the place as a kid!


    My children always loved it! Went numerous times over the years- each to their own!!

    retep

    My children always loved it! Went numerous times over the years- each to … My children always loved it! Went numerous times over the years- each to their own!!



    Yeah of course! Many youngsters in my family love paultons, i just never took to it! Much prefered the golf course next door! lol

    Original Poster Banned

    Just looked at Bucklers Hard - remember going here years ago and it ws lovely.

    why oh why oh why would you come down here for your holidys
    seriously not the best place to come but if you feel you must then
    yes pautons park is good for the kids but its not all free inside the park you still have to pay for some things i.e go karts also there are plenty of routes through the forest that you can ride or walk and some of them are nice. sandbanks beach is very nice as is bournmouth you have also got calshot which has alsorts of water activitys and ski slope and climbing walls

    Original Poster Banned

    I know what you mean - I live on the Wirral which is currently full of holiday makers. I think we take for granted where we live and don't appreciate that others would like to visit. Anyway, really looking forward to going down to the Forest having spent many summers there with my Parents. I now want to show my children.

    i was only joking i know what you mean though as we went to devon the other week and we thought it was great lots to see and do but i expect the locals all think its boring.
    anyway hope you and the family enjoy your holiday
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