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Liberty's Owl, Raptor & Reptile Centre
(Less than a mile)

Get up close to owls, reptiles and all sorts of creepy crawlies at Liberty’s. Highlights include a wide range of birds of prey on display, daily flying displays in the all-weather indoor flying area or outdoor field, a reptile house with snakes, lizards, and much more! Plus a large free car park, and a café and gift shop.

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Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve
(2 miles)

Hosting a range of wildlife, the Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve consists of flooded gravel pits that are now used for nature conservation and drinking water storage.  Surrounded by willow, birch and alder woodland as well as grassland, the reserve attracts thousands of wildfowl in winter as well as woodland birds including redpoll, siskin and brambling, not to mention playing home to adders, grass snakes, kingfishers, 26 species of dragonfly and invertebrates.  Visit, get involved and learn, surrounded by an abundance of beauty.

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Go Ape - Moors Valley
(3 miles)

Situated in Moors Valley Country Park, Go Ape’s high ropes course is sure to be one of the highlights of your holiday.  Enjoy a few hours in the trees taking on zip wires, tarzan swings, rope ladders and a variety of obstacles.  A truly exhilarating family day out.

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Moors Valley Country Park
(3 miles)

Moors Valley Country Park and Forest is the natural way to have fun with the whole family in Dorset, learning about and interacting with mini beasts and reptiles.  They have regular events including a Gruffalo hunt, offer accessible trails in beautiful surroundings, as well as cycle tracks, hikes, Go Ape and even their own railway, so there’s plenty to do with the whole family, including the dog.

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Go Ape
(3 miles)

For thrilling tree top adventures, complete with high ropes and zip wires, look no further than Go Ape at Moors Valley Country Park. With different levels for different abilities, it makes for a fun and active day out for the whole family. Booking is advised during peak times.

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Baffi - Ringwood
(Less than a mile)

One of a small local chain of modern Italian restaurants specialising in wood fired Neopolitan pizzas .  Add some fresh antipasti, salad or a mouth watering dessert to your order for a truly authentic Italian experience, all created with super fresh high quality ingredients.  Some interesting Italian wines and aperitifs to choose from too.  Kids menu available. 

Baffi Pizza 3 Southampton Rd, Ringwood,  BH24 1HB (T: 01425476537)

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The Inn on the Furlong
(Less than a mile)

Located in the centre of Ringwood, this pub is a favourite with sports fans who like to come and watch fixtures on the large TV. There’s a good selection of ales and drinks to choose from at the Inn on the Furlong and a simple bar menu serving pub classics.

The Inn on the Furlong, Meeting House Lane, Ringwood, BH24 1EY

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The Railway - Ringwood
(Less than a mile)

A lovely Victorian pub, close to the town centre that serves superb craft beer and award winning food at a very reasonable price. Burgers are hand-made with the option of creative twists. A purveyor of local produce, The Railway menus reflect much of what is fresh, local and delicious. Dogs welcome.

The Railway (T: 01425 473701) Hightown Road, Ringwood, BH24 1NQ

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Frampton & Sons
(Less than a mile)

A friendly café-bar on Ringwood High Street that’s an attractive, lively spot for breakfast, lunch, or coffee with a tasty selection of cakes and all day mezze-style platters during the day, and brasserie-style dishes such in the evening. Perfect for chilling out with a cocktail on a cosy sofa or in the garden at the back. Children and dogs are welcome and there’s live music on Sunday afternoons.

Framptons (T: 01425 473114) Ringwood BH24 1BQ

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Noisy Lobster Ringwood
(Less than a mile)

Sister the Noisy Lobster on Avon Beach, this little restaurant has taken Ringwood locals by storm, winning rave reviews and loyal following. All the menus are fun and exciting with a bias towards fresh seasonal food and of course, lobster when in season.

Noisy Lobster (T: 01425 474253) 25 Market Place, Ringwood, BH24 1AN

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Highcliffe Beach
(9 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
(9 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


Boscombe Beach
(9 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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Barton on Sea
(10 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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Bournemouth Beach
(10 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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