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Minutes from Paultons Park yet surrounded by glorious forest...

About Copythorne

Surrounded by open forest for walks and cycling, this little village is in quintessential ancient English countryside. Copythorne is a thriving community with events filling up the social calendar. For over 60 years, the residents have put on a wonderful carnival, which usually takes place in June on the ‘Green’ next to the Village Hall.

Copythorne has two good pubs for great food and drink - ‘The Empress of Blandings’ and ‘The Compass Inn’. Both pubs have pleasant beer gardens for the summer, and cosy log burners roaring away on chilly winter nights. There are village shops a mile or so away in Bartley and Cadnam, and larger shops and supermarkets in Lyndhurst or Totton – both a fifteen-minute drive.

One of the region’s best tourist attractions for children is just a six-minute dash in the car. Paultons Park – home of ‘Peppa Pig World’ and Jurassic themed ‘Lost Kingdom’ is a mecca for families with over 60 rides. The park has been voted as the number 1 UK theme park for families by readers of Netmums, Which? Mumsnet and Trip Advisor.

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Paultons Family Theme Park
(2 miles)

Paultons Family Theme Park, home to Peppa Pig World, features over 60 exciting rides and attractions and has been voted as the number 1 UK theme park for families. The Park is set within 140 acres of beautiful parkland on the edge of the New Forest National Park. 

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Our two year old thought it was the best thing ever, and is still exciting about visiting Peppa Pig's house and meeting his heroes. We thought that the rest of the park was more exciting (and shorter queues.) Many of the rides closed much later than the advertised closing time - so by staying later we got more time in the park and also avoided the worst of the queues to get out.

September 2017


Broadlands Lake Course Fishery
(3 miles)

In an 82 acre estate with 30 acres of water off the M27 close to Romsey in Hampshire, Broadlands is known as one of the most beautiful coarse fisheries in the South.  Fed from the chalk stream rivers of the famous river Test it’s a chance to fish for carp, pike, tench, roach, bream and eels, whether you’re an experienced angler or a beginner.

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Testwood Lakes Nature Reserve
(3 miles)

Three lakes surrounded by grassland and meadows, Testwood Lakes Nature Reserve is a wonderful opportunity to learn about and explore the area’s wildlife.  With wild flowers and invertebrates, wet woodland dominated by alder, hedgerows full of native species including hazel and hawthorn and a number of wildlife ponds, it’s a magical place that’s open seven days a week and providing a delightful opportunity to get outside and explore.

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Furzey Gardens
(4 miles)

Set in the heart of the New Forest at Minstead in Hampshire, this delightful informal garden was established in 1922 and is renowned for its all year round beauty, and for being a haven of peace and tranquillity: Furzey Gardens.

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Beautiful gardens especially for young children.

August 2017


Lovely gardens - great views. Grandson thoroughly enjoyed trying to find all the fairy doors. Very enjoyable visit.

August 2017


Longdown Activity Farm
(4 miles)

A fantastic family day for everyone. Bottle-feed kid goats and calves, meet the pigs, donkeys and ponies, cuddle baby rabbits, chicks or maybe even a piglet! PLUS lots more friendly animals to see. Lots of farmyard buildings to explore and fabulous indoor and outdoor play areas including the trampoline barn, a soft play area and The Farmer's Straw Den. Also Longdown Farm Shop has a large range of delicious local produce.

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The Empress of Blandings
(Less than a mile)

Known by the locals as The Pig, The Empress of Blandings is a lovely pub with high ceilings, rustic timber pillars and thick set heavy beams. Inside you’ll find lots of curios relating to Wodehouse’s work, including The Empress of Blandings - the pig from his fictional stories about Blandings Castle. This is a popular pub serving classic food in hearty portions. There’s a beer garden for when it’s warm and dogs are welcome.

The Empress of Blandings (T: 023 8081 2321) Romsey Road, Copythorne SO40 2PF

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Empress of Blandings
(Less than a mile)

Named after PG Wodehouse’s fictional pig, this family run pub and brewery is a shrine to all things Wodehouse and porcine.  A popular place to eat, with traditional Sunday Roasts and a menu brimming with well-cooked pub classicsl served by friendly staff.  Children and well behaved dogs welcome. 

The Empress of Blandings (T: 023 8081 2321) Copythorne SO40 2PF

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The Compass Inn
(Less than a mile)

Bedecked with beautiful flower displays, this dog and family friendly pub on the fringes of the New Forest is ideally placed for a well earned drink or bite to eat after a out day exploring. The 100% gluten free menu includes all your pub favourites which can be enjoyed in the cosy bar or outside in the garden. 

The Compass Inn (T: 023 8081 2237) Winsor SO40 2HE

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The Coach and Horses
(2 miles)

An unassuming country pub. Inside it’s cosy, yet quite big with a large open log fire to keep you warm in the winter. In the warmer months, venture outside to the spacious beer garden and separate children’s play area.  The well-priced menu features all the usual’s you’d expect to find, plus daily specials.

The Coach and Horses (T: 02380 813120) 11 Southampton Road, Cadnam SO40 2NF

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Sir John Barleycorn
(2 miles)

A very large and spacious thatched building dating back to the 12th century with conservatory and beer garden. Inside you’ll find a mix of heavy beams and rustic yet comfortable styling, a log fire and plenty of seating. The food here is good, with a varied menu and great selection of drinks including traditional cask ale and wines from around the world.

Sir John Barleycorn (T: 023 8081 2236) Old Romsey Road, Cadnam SO40 2NP 

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Lepe Beach
(14 miles)

Some of the best views of the Solent can be enjoyed from over a mile of beach and pine fringed cliffs. Historic D-Day remains, wildflower meadows and children's play area. Beach front car park.

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Barton on Sea
(15 miles)

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.

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Milford on Sea
(15 miles)

A beautiful shingle beach with pretty painted beach huts, plenty of parking, and excellent coastal walks along Hurst spit to Hurst Castle with clear views of the Isle of Wight and needles. The superb Raft Rocks Restaurant is worth a visit with its Art deco style and roof terrace. You can also walk across the wildlife marshes to Keyhaven harbour and (in season) take the boat to Hurst Castle or the Isle of Wight.

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Lovely village, plenty of shops and places to eat - no post office though.

June 2017


Fantastic sea location with goods pubs, shops etc

November 2017


Great for a dog walk along the spit to Hurst Castle. Needles Eye cafe is a welcome break, quite good food but very busy and a bit basic.

December 2017


Highcliffe Beach
(15 miles)

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

April 2017


Mudeford Sandbank
(17 miles)

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!

March 2018

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