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What Not To Miss On A Family Holiday To The New Forest

6th February 2017

Among the most attractive National Parks in England, the New Forest welcomes many thousands of visitors every year, drawn by the stunning scenery and wildlife, charming little villages that beg to be explored, and a number of great value, family-friendly activities. Despite that, though, such is the forest’s size that even in peak season it never feels too crowded.

You can base yourselves within easy reach of the New Forest, in similarly beautiful surroundings, with a stay at The Sanctuary, one of the newest in The Dream Lodge Group’s prestigious range of luxury woodland holiday parks. Picture yourselves relaxing in the evenings, enjoying the sun setting gently over the trees as you soak in a private outdoor hot tub, or cosying up as a family in front of a movie. The Luxury Lodges at The Sanctuary are spacious, elegantly furnished and comfortable, with all the amenities you need to unwind on your holiday.

The Sanctuary is so well-connected that reaching the New Forest is easy. Here’s what not to miss while you’re there…

The Wildlife

A diverse range of nesting birds, reptiles and insects call the varied habitats of the New Forest home, but what most grabs the attention is the big beasts – driving through the forest (at a steady pace!) you can regularly expect to see donkeys and ponies which graze freely. You might even catch sight of a shy deer or two if you’re lucky.

The Literary Heritage

Alice Hargreaves, who as a child asked family friend Lewis Carroll to read her a story, is said to have inspired the author’s classic novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Her grave can be seen in the Lyndhurst Cemetery. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, of Sherlock Holmes fame, is buried in the churchyard at Minstead. T.E. Lawrence, the explorer, military leader and author of the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, lived for a time in the village of Hythe.

The Maritime History

Visit Buckler’s Hard, a charming little hamlet on the bank of the Beaulieu River. Henry Adams, a master shipwright, supervised here the construction of over 40 Royal Navy vessels, several of which took part in the Battle of Trafalgar under Admiral Lord Nelson. Buckler’s Hard also has an interesting, and inexpensive little museum dedicated to the area’s seafaring exploits.

The Walks

There are over 140 miles of trails in the New Forest, through ancient woodland, across heaths and amid coastal scenery. Give the dog a holiday too – The Sanctuary, like all Dream Lodge holiday parks, offers pet-friendly accommodation options.

Whether you’re after family fun times, a couple’s romantic retreat or a memorable get-together with a group of friends, The Sanctuary and the New Forest have everything you need for an unforgettable holiday. Find out more today.

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