East Wellow

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Set just outside the New Forest and surrounded by splendid Hampshire countryside is the charming village of East Wellow, a peaceful hamlet surrounded by woodland and pretty lakes and streams.

About East wellow

The tiny hamlet of East Wellow, just a mile from its big sister West Wellow, is surrounded by lovely countryside, farmland, pretty lakes and streams.

There are countless walks and cycle rides, as well as horse riding at Cross Oaks Riding School and Equestrian Centre.  This area is well known for its first-class Coarse fishing, and East Wellow is home to two superb fisheries - Whinwhistle Coarse Fishery and Woodington Trout Fishery which has a café for wholesome snacks and hearty breakfasts.  Headlands Farm Coarse Fishery is a couple of miles down the road in West Wellow.

There’s also an exceptionally well run golf club – ‘Wellow Golf Club’ which has 27 diverse holes set in 200 acres of parkland. The club house is open to non-members and serves a traditional pub style menu in the bar. There are shops and places to eat in West Wellow, and larger supermarkets in nearby Romsey, a fifteen-minute drive.

For families, the area's main tourist attraction is Paultons Park – home of ‘Peppa Pig World’ and Jurassic themed ‘Lost Kingdom’ which is a ten-minute drive from East Wellow. Paultons Park has over 60 rides and voted number 1 UK theme park for families by readers of Netmums, Which? Mumsnet and Trip Advisor.

East Wellow is perhaps most famous for its link to Florence Nightingale, who is buried alongside her family in St Margaret’s Church. The petite church holds a congregation of just 100 or so people, and displays a rich tapestry of architectural and historical interest - well worth a visit!


Paultons Family Theme Park
(3 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
(4 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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Hamptworth Golf Club
(4 miles)

One of the finest golf courses in the south of England and having hosted major golf events, Hamptworth Golf Club is beautifully situated in the New Forest surrounded by ancient countryside.  It has five international standard croquet lawns, two tennis courts and a fully equipped gym as well as the course itself, as well as a family friendly bar and award-winning restaurant to head to afterwards.

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Testwood Lakes Nature Reserve
(4 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
(6 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

The Rockingham Arms
(2 miles)

A busy gastro pub in the countryside. A lovely ambience emanates from the warren of eating and drinking spaces. Beautifully furnished with deep comfy velvet and leather sofas, tables and chairs. There’s a sunny beer garden and plenty of parking. Menus are a selection of pub classics with the odd creative twist, all cooked really well. There is separate children’s menu and dedicated gluten free menu too. Dog friendly

The Rockingham Arms (T: 01794 324798)  West Wellow SO51 6DE

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Wonderful service, friendly to children, impeccably decorated and maintained, and delicious food. Easily our best meal in the forest.

July 2017

The Shoe Inn
(2 miles)

A friendly little pub, serving tasty pub classics, and a few twists on old favourites at very reasonable prices. Inside it’s bright and spacious and plenty of seating for both diners and drinkers. In winter months, there’s a large open fire burning to keep you feeling cosy.

The Shoe Inn (T: 01794 323399) Salisbury Road, Plaitford SO51 6EE

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The Landford Poacher
(3 miles)

A welcoming, friendly pub in a quiet country setting. The menu features all the pub classics with some exciting additions, which are well cooked and come in large, hearty portions. For those who enjoy a carvery, head here on Sundays. Inside you’ll find a plenty of seating and a lovely log fire burning when it’s chilly. In summer, you can eat outside in the spacious beer garden.

The Lanflord Poacher (T: 01794 390353) Southampton Road, Pound Hill, Landford SP5 2EE 

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Empress of Blandings
(3 miles)

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 Empress of Blandings
(3 miles)

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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Milford on Sea
(16 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

Lepe Beach
(17 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
(18 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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Highcliffe Beach
(18 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
(20 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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