8th August - 5th September 2018
Ideal for coastal resorts of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch, and within easy reach of New Forest and Purbeck Hills. Own san advisable, but toilets available
£11.00 p.u.n. No Extra Adult charge. Extra £5.00 for EHU
CASH ONLY ACCEPTED
YBSB No. 195/008. From A347 Ferndown/Bournemouth road turn East at traffic-lights onto B3073, signpost Bournemouth International Airport. In approx. 600 yards turn right into Church Lane. Site on right in ¾ m. Flat, sheltered, well-kept site with tarmac entrance. Ideal for coastal resorts of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch, and within easy reach of New Forest and Purbeck Hills. Own san advisable, but toilets available
Bournemouth Air Festival is an annual air show held along the coast at Bournemouth, in Dorset, England. It has featured aircraft from the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy, as well as civil aviation displays
The Site at Parley Glade is situated close to the Airport and visitors can either attended the festival in Bournemouth or relax in on site where you will get the occasional site of the aircraft on route to the show. There is nothing better than relaxing in the field and seeing a Spitfire flying overhead.
Ancient town and former royal borough, the charming market town of Wareham is a veritable delight wherever you look at any time of the year. Between the rivers Frome and Piddle, the attractive gateway to the Isle of Purbeck was a major port until the Middle Ages. Now Wareham is a thriving market town, happily combining the old and the new for locals and visitors alike. Throughout the year there is a small market on Saturday on the Quay, Fish & Chips & other local restaurants in the town centre.
The County town of Dorchester is about thirty minutes by car. It is of Roman origin with the name of Durnovaria. There are many relics of the Roman age to be seen in the County Museum, Colliton Park, the earthworks at Poundbury, Maumbury Rings and two miles west at Maiden Castle. There are associations with Hardy with a reconstruction of his study in the Museum and statue at the end of the town. A statue of William Barnes – clergyman, poet, and champion of the Dorset dialect – is in front of St. Peter’s church. The infamous Judge Jeffreys is remembered where he lodged, a picturesque half‑timbered building, now a pub and restaurant. In keeping with modern times. The main shopping area is pedestrianised. Shops include supermarkets and most of the multi‑nationals. There is a large market held in Dorchester every Wednesday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
A traditional seaside town, perfect for families wanting sand, donkey rides, Punch and Judy and safe, shallow bathing in the sandy bay. Sightseeing and sea-fishing boat trips are available from the quay. There is a Sea Life centre which can be an all day attraction. The South‑West Way coastal path runs from Weymouth west to Abbotsbury and beyond, and east through Osmington, Ringstead, Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and on to Swanage, which has the added attraction of steam trains through to Corfe Castle, Norden and a few go through to Wareham. The coast continues to Studland Bay with large expanses of sand and sea. Inland are the Purbeck hills with footpaths giving panoramic views over the area.
Much publicised on TV, this famous animal park is home to over 250 rescued and endangered monkeys and apes – in 65 acres of ideal, large surroundings. A visit can easily take you all day.
A short drive towards Dorchester turn off left to this family run farm park with a variety of entertainment for young children where they can experience first hand, feeding of some of the animals, milking the cow etc.
There is also a café on site and the all important gift shop as you depart !
BOVINGTON TANK MUSEUM
Near Monkey World, this Museum houses the world’s largest and finest collection of tanks and armoured vehicles from over 26 countries. The many displays are a must for the boys! Lawrence of Arabia’s cottage is just down the road whilst his grave is at Moreton where the church has an interesting history and magnificent etched windows. There is also a tearoom near the church and ford at Moreton..
Poole is a working port with many interesting features. The quay provides fascinating views of shipping into the container port, the new gigantic Condor Fast CAT to the Channel Islands and cross channel ferries together with many leisure boating activities. Harbour boat trips are available and trips to Brownsea Island (National Trust) can be made – a peaceful island where red squirrels live and home to a sea bird sanctuary. There are many varied restaurants along the quay and adjacent side streets.
Tower Park on the outskirts of Poole just off the A35 has a large entertainment complex. Here you will find, Splashdown waterpark & swimming pool (open Tues to Sun), Bowlplex for ten pin bowling, 10 Screen Cinema complex, children’s soft play area and a large range of restaurants. On the same site is a Supermarket & petrol station.
Take a trip back in time and visit the Steam Railway. The small station at Norden has a Park & Ride facility. The Steam train will drop you off in Swanage, a short walk through the town takes you to the beach. In 2017 the line was extended to Wareham with a limited number of trips.
The sandy stretches of Studland Beach are excellent for family bathing, with extensive sloping beaches and shallow waters safe for children. Just one small note of warning – there is a dedicated section for use by naturists towards the northern end, but there is plenty of beach left for everyone else!
Travel a little further east and you will find the chain ferry which will take you over to Sandbanks and Poole.
The Arne Nature Reserve, owned by the RSPB, is considered one of England’s most important nature reserves. It covers around 1300 acres encompassing the three main habitats on the peninsula – estuary, heathland and woodland – and is home to the Dartford Warbler. Arne Nature Reserve is a safe environment for family walks with viewpoints offering panoramic views across Poole Harbour.