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Oakdene Forest Park, St Leonards, Hampshire

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mssoul Mon 03-Jan-11 14:33:05

Anyone stayed in a Rhododendrum Lodge before? I have booked a week in one for me, DH, DD1 (13 and her friend (13) and DD2 (2) at Easter. Nice holiday for the different aged kids...? We have family in the area too. Any day trip ideas would be great too. Thanks peeps...

mssoul Mon 03-Jan-11 14:33:48

And don't know why I typed DH as I am not marries blush

mssoul Mon 03-Jan-11 14:34:10


mssoul Mon 03-Jan-11 17:26:08


purplepidjbauble Mon 03-Jan-11 17:45:52

No idea, sorry - I live about 10 miles away though

DD2 will enjoy the Adventure Wonderland at Hurn, opposite the airport. Might be a bit young for the older girls.

They'll probably all enjoy Splashdown at Tower Park - all water slides, nearly all indoors. Bit pricy, but very worth the money if you like that kind of thing. There's a cinema and bowling alley on site too.

Surfing lessons at Boscombe beach?

I can thoroughly recommend the Raptor and Reptile Sanctuary between Ringwood and Poulner - fantastic place, and a lovely coffee shop. I last went a couple of years ago but have been promising DP a trip - it suits all ages.

Lots of riding stables around which will offer beginner hacks across the Forest.

New Forest Museum in Lyndhurst for the obligatory history lesson, plus the real Alice in Wonderland is buried in the parish church just up the road. Walk about half a mileout of town down the A35 and the Swan does lovely food.

Picnics and walks in the New Forest. Hatchet Pond and Wootton Stream for paddling. Wilverley Plain for kite flying. Beaulieu for classic cars and donkeys wandering around. Lymington or Christchurch for fish and chips on the prom and a goggle at the little boats.

For the witchcraftery-minded, Burley is great fun - afternoon tea and a wander round the hippy shops, with ponies in and out of the traffic...

Both Hengistbury Head and Hurst Spit have ferries, so if you fancy a walk but small legs can't quite manage, maybe walk to the end and get the ferry back (used to do this with my Gran, or we'd meet her at the end for a cuppa)


mssoul Mon 03-Jan-11 17:49:42

Riding is a definite and the raptor and reptile sanctuary sounds brill!

I think the older girls would like to try surfing too so I will think about that and Burley.

Fantastic - that'll keep us busy all week. Thanks purple.

MissAnneElk Mon 03-Jan-11 17:53:45

Well, you might not have any time left if you take up all of purple's suggestions grin. But if you do I'd recommend Moors Valley which is very close. Good walks with a play trail. The older girls might like go ape. Have a google for Moors Valley as an adult would have to accompany 13 year olds at go ape - and you may not want to!
Crabbing at Mudeford Quay is good too. Local shop sells everything you will need (which is not much really).

purplepidjbauble Mon 03-Jan-11 18:19:01

MissAnne, was intended as a list of suggestions to which personal preference would be applied :p

GoApe, Moors Valley and crabbing all awesome - crabbing is also good but in shallower water at Keyhaven smile

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