Breamore (pronounced Bremmer) is a small unspoilt village oozing English heritage and history. The village is surrounded by resplendent countryside designated as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Site of Special Scientific Interest, protected by conservation area status. Plenty of woods and countryside for walking. You might take in the river Avon which runs close by, and reputed to contain more species of fish than any other river in the UK.
The main draw to visitors in the area is Breamore House, a statuesque Elizabethan Manor House dating from 1583, whose estate included Breamore village. The house is privately owned, but open to the public and looks today,very much as it did all those centuries ago. The estate encompasses worker’s cottages and listed historic houses, an ancient corn mill and one of the best examples of a Saxon Church in the south of England. The whole village is a historical gem with some buildings and cottages from the 14th Century.
Another feature for Breamore, is a rather unusual turf maze called ‘Mizmaze’. You can get to it via a footpath near Breamore House. Historically the Mizmaze was used for fertility dancing on holy days back in Pagan times and later by monks for their penances. Breamore Mizmaze is well worth seeing and boasts one of only eight remaining turf mazes such as this, to survive in England today.
For a great meal, try the village’s pub - The Bat and Ball. Wholesome hearty dishes with some having the novelty of a South African twist. However, Breamore is only 2 miles from the town of Fordingbridge which has lots of restaurants, pubs and eateries and the beautiful cathedral city of Salisbury is only 8 miles away.
Set in beautiful parkland, the Elizabethan Manor House and Countryside Museum are open for visitors from April until the end of October. The Countryside Museum provides a fascinating insight into the days when the village was self-sufficient, with full size replicas including a blacksmith, village shop, school and dairy. It also boasts one of the finest collections of steam powered farm machinery, tractors, barn machinery and historical tools.
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Breamore House is wonderful. The guides were fun and knowledgeable. They brought the history of the house and the families how have and do live there to life. The countryside museum is also fabuous.
Really beautiful house with lots of history, the guided tour was really interesting and you can get a really close look at the furniture, paintings etc
A great day out. Very historic and interesting tour
Preserving the rich history of the village of Fordingbridge on the edge of the New Forest, the former market town’s famed folk including artist Augustus John, its role during the Second World War, and its trade past are all documented in this former granary run by volunteers. They have a collection of temporary and permanent exhibitions available to see, as well as seasonal events.
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Take a step back in time to visit this Roman villa which was discovered in 1942 thanks to the remains of oyster shells and tiles. Once excavated, the treasures kept coming with a mosaic floor and foundations making themselves apparent until the entire villa was uncovered, not to mention the remains of an Iron Age timber roundhouse as well. Visit, explore, and see what you discover!
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Feeling active? It’s Insight Activities for you then! Archery, combat tag, crossbows, axe throwing and woodland weaponry are all part of the game as you explore the New Forest in Robin Hood style. It’s perfect for anyone over the age of six, and is a chance to learn something new and have fun at the same time!
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A family run business with a warm welcome and a friendly atmosphere, Firtree Farm Equestrian Centre offers indoor and outdoor riding options for people of all ages and abilities, whatever your riding goals. There is also a Pony Club Centre - more on that when you get in touch - and access to bridleways and the beauty of the surrounding area.
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A lovely pub on the A338 between Fordingbridge and Salisbury. The menu and specials board are quirky and fun, with the addition of some South African dishes bringing a wry smile. Logs fires snap and crackle in the winter months and when it’s warm, outdoor seating in the sunny beer garden is available. There’s a good selection of drinks at The Bat and Ball, including a range of fine beers. Dogs welcome.
The Bat & Ball (T: 01725 512 252) Salisbury Road, Breamore SP6 2EA
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We went to this pub four nights out of seven. The food and service was excellent and the South African dishes were unusual and very tasty. Highly recommended if you are staying in the area.
Enjoyed an evening meal - great choice and good standard
If you re at woodgreen or around,visit the Bat and ball, two nights we ate there, two nights oustanding. Also mention to the lovely staff!!
Delicious food, lovely garden and very dog friendly!
Great staff and service. Lovely food
Fabulous!! Lovely food, amazing staff...loved it
Visited 4 times in our weeks holiday made very welcome food and service at a good price excellent. Our dog also made welcome
A pretty, family run pub in the heart of the New Forest, surrounded by some of the area’s most idyllic scenery. Whether at the start or end of a walk, on a bike ride or just visiting, you can relax here and enjoy a well-deserved drink or some great home cooked pub food, including vegetarian and children’s options.
The Horse & Groom (T: 01725 520739) Woodgreen SP6 2AS
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Fantastic place we ate there on several occassions staying at Beck cottage next door. We were a group of 11 6 adults and 5 children 2 of which have special needs all were accomadated even on the night when they had run out of what one of the children needed due to there Autism it is hard for them to chamnge from what they had chosen but the server worked with him staying calm and come up with a solution took some 15 mins so thank you for that. We were all accomadated on the same table. The food was of a very high standard and no over priced. Recomend it to anyone. On the weekend that we were there they had a beer festival with live music we did not attend due to the kids but was not overly loud, but was very good and i can vouch for the quality of the real ales and ciders.
Right on the doorstep which was great. Staff very friendly and food delicious.
Great pub good food and fantastic atmosphere. Had some lovely evenings sat by the open fire and enjoying getting to know the locals
Visited for lunch to be told not serving tried to book for evening to be told it should be okay but no booking taken. Proceeded to neighbouring bat & ball where we had 4 excellent meals in our weeks holiday. Horse & groom the losers by not being more helpful.
Good food and friendly service
Great little pub excellent food just beware do not do food on Sundays or monday evenings
The food at The Cartwheel Inn is amazing, and people travel from afar to eat here. This popular, off the beaten track country pub, is a wonderful destination. You can sit outside in the large, sunny beer garden which has lots to keep the children entertained. And in the winter months, a log fire crackles away to keep you warm and cosy. Service is fast and friendly, and the pubs selection of drinks should be enough to keep everyone happy.
The Cartwheel Inn (T: 01725 518362) Whitsbury, Fordingbridge SP6 3PZ
This wonderful Grade II, early 18th century former coach house is packed with character. Low slung chunky beams, an open fire and pretty beer garden create a relaxing atmosphere to drink and dine. The menu includes a good range of snacks, pub favourites, pasta, pizza and fresh fish with a selection of scrumptious desserts.
The Bull (T: 01725 510374) The Headlands, Downton SP5 3HL
In a beautiful setting close to the village of Godshill is this very popular pub, often surrounded by New Forest ponies, cattle and the odd donkey or two. The décor inside is warm and inviting with lots of quirky country inspired antiquities. There’s seating outside for when it gets warm, and a play area for children. Food here is really good, with many of the dishes featuring local produce. As the menu points out, when it says ‘home-made’ that means on the premises – and it’s delicious.
The Fighting Cocks (T: 01425 652462) Godshill, SP6 2LL
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The food was varied and all home made which was surprising. The online menu looks very limited but there were lots of specials to choose from which were not shown online. A meal with drinks for six including drinks was £60-70 which was excellent value. Donkeys seem to congregate at the pub so great for taking photos and the kids loved it!
Lovely friendly pub with great food and dog friendly.
We only came here for a drink but thought it was a very friendly local pub with some nice local beers and ciders. The landlord is also a butcher and we were told that all the meat on the menu is prepared on the premises. Some good traditional menu choices which we happily would have tried had we been here at dinner or lunch time.
The service was slow and the food is really very bad :-(
A picturesque, tree-lined beach of shingle, and sand at low tide. Good facilities on the cliff top including an excellent tea room, award winning public toilets, baby change and a children’s play area in the Castle gardens. Plenty of parking, but there is no disabled access and quite a few steps to get down to the beach. Lifeguard cover from July to Sept. No dogs allowed.
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Lovely clean sandy beach and a really i would highly recommend this spot for your car to break down takes the ouch out of waiting for the recovery truck
A stony beach with sandy areas as the tide goes out, and a great spot to do some fossil hunting. The cliffs are subject to considerable coastal erosion and at times parts of the beach can be cordoned off. The Beachcomber Café on the cliff top is one of the most popular cafés in the region. Plenty of parking in car parks along the cliff top as well as on-road parking.
This is one of the most scenic of New Forest beaches. Lined with some of the most picturesque and expensive beach huts in the country! There’s no parking next to the beach, as it’s a traffic-free zone, but there’s pay and display parking at Hengistbury Head from where you can catch a little train to the sandbank, and Mudeford Quay which runs a small ferry (5 mins) over to the sandbank. Can also be reached on foot and by bicycle.
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Beautiful place, our favourite beach in south of England. It feels like an island, when you go over on the ferry and at times (off-season!) on sunny days it can feel like a little piece of Heaven, it's so peaceful and beautiful- bit of a sense of New England. There's a super little 'restaurant', the Beach Hut, which does great breakfasts, meals all day and some evenings. Also takeaway eg pizzas, you can eat on the beach. Very simple surroundings, with a sheltered veranda that can be uncovered in fine weather, and amazing views. Quite pricey and often very busy (and you are best to ring and check opening times and book since often weather and ferry-dependant) but the quality of the food and those stunning views make it more than worthwhile!
Boscombe is a popular family beach with plenty of sand, and a small pier with extensive facilities including a children’s play area, several seafront shops and cafés, crazy golf, plenty of parking and a safe traffic free area perfect for cycling and scooters.
Nestled beneath stunning cliffs, Bournemouth Beach (also known as Bournemouth Central Beach) is the popular stretch of sand to the east and west of Bournemouth Pier. Enjoying its own micro-climate with some of the warmest sea waters in the UK, and with spectacular views of the Isle of Wight, this is one of the busiest parts of the full seven-mile stretch of sandy beaches that run along the Bournemouth coastline.
Easy walking distance from the shops, bars and restaurants in the centre of Bournemouth, there are lots of things to do here too, from the selection of rides, amusements and boat trips that depart from Bournemouth Pier, to the shore zip wire, to a refreshing paddle in the waves, or a spell relaxing in the sunshine on a deckchair. Bournemouth Oceanarium is also located on the seafront, as are many bars, cafes and restaurants to suit every taste.
A Land Train runs along the promenade from Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier, or to Alum Chine - perfect for children or anyone else who wants to save their legs whilst enjoying views of the beach.
Dogs are not permitted on this stretch of beach, but are allowed on a lead on the promenade.