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This lovely little village is the epitome of rural sanctuary. There are no streetlights, barley any traffic or noise, except for the sound of birdsong and maybe the odd tractor at work in nearby fields.

About Damerham

The houses, cob cottages and timber framed buildings are an eclectic mingle of modern homes and historic dwellings linked by narrow paths around flower filled water meadows.

The Grade I listed Church of St George is fascinating to look around and believed to date to Saxon times. It’s worth popping in to admire the wonderful 12th century Tympanum of St. George killing a Saracen.

The Compasses Inn is the excellent village pub, known as a destination in its own right for fantastic food. It does get busy though, so best to book in advance, especially at weekends. Also in the village is Damerham Trout Fishery. Regarded by those in the know, as one of the best still-water and chalk stream fisheries in the south. Bring your own rod and buy a day ticket, or hone your skills with one on one tuition.

Damerham has a lovely village hall and active community who schedule a fun filled calendar of events: snowdrop walks, duck races, a potato day and beer festival to name but a few. The highlight of the year is celebrated in July with Damerham Fair. The event attracts over 2000 people to see maypole dancing, duck herding, wheel barrow racing, live music, food, beer tents and many more smile inducing sights!


Rockbourne Roman Villa
(2 miles)

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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Insight Activities
(3 miles)

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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Fordingbridge Museum
(3 miles)

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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Dorset Heavy Horse Centre
(4 miles)

Dorset’s Heavy Horse Centre is the home of rare breed horses, in an award-winning environment that will entertain guests of all ages.  These heavy horses have been man’s best friend across the centuries, and while life is a little more relaxed for them these days, you can learn about their heritage, and see farm animals or play in a variety of activity areas. 

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Breamore House
(4 miles)

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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The Compasses Inn
(Less than a mile)

A superb gastro country pub, with heaps of character in a stunning village setting. There’s a plentiful choice of drinks and a good selection of real ales. The Compass Inn has two bars and collection of dining rooms, each with a lovely atmosphere and candlelit in the evenings. Outside is a huge beer garden and playing field for the kids to run around. Food is absolutely delicious, making good use of local produce with excellent cooking. Dogs welcome.

The Compasses Inn (T: 01725 518 231) East End, Damerham SP6 3HQ

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The Rose and Thistle
(2 miles)

In the pretty village of Rockborne, you’ll find the Rose and Thistle pub, which was once three thatched cottages, dating back to 1580. Inside it’s cosy and appealingly pretty with a large open fire. Outside there’s a beer garden with plenty of outdoor seating. The food here is all about being local and having provenance - game is a specialty. Once in the kitchen, ingredients are transformed in to delicious dishes in big portions. There’s a good selection of ales, wines and spirits served by friendly, efficient staff.

The Rose and Thistle (T: 01725 518236) Rockbourne, SP6 3NL 

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The Augustus John
(3 miles)

A funky, shabby chic, cottage style pub with a huge heart and lovely friendly service. Food is delicious - you can even order a take away to take back to your cottage. The seasonal menu features lots of star ingredients from local producers, accompanied by a great selection of drinks including some amazing cask ales. Expect creative and imaginative dishes cooked really well. There’s also an active events calendar of live music and food themed evenings.

The Augustus John (T: 01425 652 098) 116 Station Road, Fordingbridge SP6 1DG


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The Cartwheel Inn
(3 miles)

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

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The Crown - Fordingbridge
(3 miles)

A friendly, town centre pub in Fordingbridge, with some tables to the rear for when it’s warm. Inside there’s a nice open fire and plenty of tables. The menus are pub classics at a very reasonable price, which can be washed down with a good pint of real ale.

The Crown (T: 01425 652552) 62 High Street, Fordingbridge, SP6 1AX

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Boscombe Beach
(16 miles)

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.

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Bournemouth Beach
(16 miles)

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.

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.

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Highcliffe Beach
(16 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
(16 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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Alum Chine Beach
(17 miles)

Alum Chine is a wide sandy beach with a paddling pool and large adventure playground, making it the perfect beach to visit if you have young children in tow.

Meanwhile, the scenic sub-tropical gardens behind the beach with stunning views out to the Solent are a big draw for the older visitor. Due to the mild micro-climate along this stretch of the south coast, it's possible to grow many exotic species successfully. 

The beach also boasts Blue Flag status, beach huts for hire and a large car park, as well as a regular bus service to and from Bournemouth Centre. The popular Land Train also links Alum Chine with other beaches along the long sandy stretch of Bournemouth seafront.

There's a popular family-friendly Italian restaurant, Vesuvio, and many ice cream vendors to keep you refreshed during the day.

A variety of watersports are available here including kayaking/canoeing, fishing, swimming, sailing and windsurfing.

Dogs are allowed on parts of the beach throughout the year although they are banned from certain areas - check local signage for details.

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