Ballard School New Milton THS
16th July to 13th August 2021 12.00 opening and closing
Located in New Milton this private school is just a short walk to the town and is easily accessible from B3058. With tarmac roads around the school (a one‐way system operates) the field has short grass, bounded by trees and is level. It is ideally situated for exploring the delights of the New Forest, from which we take our D.A. name. The lovely coastal area, shops and cinema and theatre trips are also within easy reach. Shops, beaches, forest and local attractions are all close to hand.
Entering BH25 5SU in your sat-nav should bring you directly to the school gates. For those map reading, the school is situated off the B3058 approximately half a mile north of New Milton Town Centre, on the southern edge of the New Forest National Park and 5 minutes walk (going North) from New Milton mainline railway station.
Hurst Castle is situated at the seaward end of the shingle spit that extends 1.5 miles from Milford-On-Sea. The end of the spit, only three-quarters of a mile from the Isle of Wight, and the views from the top of the centre keep are spectacular.
The New Forest is an area of southern England that includes New Forest National Park. The region is known for its heathland, forest trails and native ponies. In the southeast, the National Motor Museum houses F1 race cars and vintage motorbikes. Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway is home to exotic trees, plus colourful rhododendrons and azaleas. Owls, otters and wolves are among the residents of New Forest Wildlife Park.
An easy walk from the site, the small town of New Milton has all the usual shops, supermarkets and a good range of places to eat out, take-away or go for a coffee. Of interest to campers is the Dolphin Leisure shop, where you may be able to obtain that essential item that always seems to break down when on holiday! On the way to the shops you will pass the railway station – ideal if you want leave your vehicle on site to make a trip out. Within ½ mile from the H.S. is a farm shop offering an excellent selection of produce, including meat, and is thoroughly recommended.
The nearest coast to the site, with views of the Isle of Wight. Plus the best fish & chips shop in the area can be found beside the village green. Westwards from here 20 miles of beach take in Hordle, Barton-on-Sea, Highcliffe and Mudeford. These beaches are mostly shingle with some sand (mostly at low tide).
The rivers Avon and Stour flow into the sea here. At the harbour is a fish stall, where freshly landed fish can be purchased. A small pedestrian ferry goes to Hengistbury Head. This prominent headland has sweeping views of the Isle of Wight and westwards across to the Purbeck Hills. It can also be reached by car, or bus from Christchurch, and is a good area for walks.
A pretty little town noted for its old Priory and riverside walks. The restored Regent Centre puts on shows and films. The large garden centre “Stewarts” is on the outskirts of the town, next door to a large “Sainsbury’s” supermarket. The nearest leisure centre to the school with a swimming pool & gym is at 2 rivers meet.
BOURNEMOUTH & POOLE
From Hengistbury Head, which is designated as a SSI with it’s neolithic site, a ten mile stretch of sandy beach extends to Sandbanks and the entrance to Poole harbour. Places along this stretch include Southbourne, Boscombe, Bournemouth and Poole. Bournemouth is famous for its sand, sea, chines, gardens and shops. It also offers restaurants, cinemas and top summer shows. During August, children can take part in candle lighting in the Gardens. Here in the Gardens you will also find the Wave 105 balloon.
This town is much older than New Milton. It has a long main street and many of the shops are contained in properties of character. On Saturdays there is a street market. There is also a museum and Tourist Information Centre. An attraction is the cobbled street at the bottom of the town, which leads to the harbour – famous as a yachting venue. The town’s history includes the salt marshes, which produced salt in years gone by. There is an interesting walk covering this area, which takes you to the open-air swimming pool and the yacht marina. Across the river bridge (within walking distance of the town) is the car-ferry terminal to the Isle of Wight. East of Lymington there is no access to the shore, as it is all privately owned, but at Calshot there is a beach and picnic area, with good views of shipping in the Solent. Following the coast road inland (bordering Southampton Water) takes you to Hythe. Here there is good parking and a pedestrian ferry will take you to Southampton – ideal if you don’t want to drive into the city. Nearby Exbury Gardens offers lovely walks for garden and tree lovers and is famous for its rhododendron and azalea collection.
The Forestry Commission is based here in the heart of the New Forest. It is also home to the Ancient Court of Verderers, who have watched over and protected the Forest for 900 years. The Court is made up of “Commoners” – families who own land with rights to graze their ponies and cattle (some having done so for generations). The Forest is well know for its ponies, but it should be remembered that they are wild animals and you must not feed them. Being in the middle of a popular camping area, Lyndhurst has two camping and caravanning shops, a New Forest museum, a Tourist Information Centre and a busy shopping street.
Situated in the south of the New Forest, most of the surrounding area is richly wooded. There is a network of designated cycle tracks within the Forest (a map is available from the Forestry Commission) and bicycles of all shapes and sizes can be hired in Brockenhurst. New Park Farm, just north of Brockenhurst, is the venue for the New Forest Show. This is a three-day event held annually during the last week of July, and is a premier Hampshire show. Attractions include trade stands, craft and flower marquees, forestry demonstrations, dog shows, two rings where cattle, sheep, ponies, shire horses etc. are displayed. Top horse riders compete at show jumping – a qualifying event for the Horse of the Year Show. Other ring events often include falconry, sheep dog handling, motor cycle display teams etc.
Famous for its Motor Museum, the village is also interesting with its ‘Olde Worlde’ shops, two of which sell home-made jams, pickles and chocolates. There is a pleasant walk to Bucklers Hard, situated on the Beaulieu River, where wooden ships were once constructed using Forest oaks.
Situated about four miles from the H.S, this popular village is noted for its quaint gift shops and tea rooms.
We hope your stay with the New Forest D.A. will be a happy one – a holiday to remember – and that you will be eager to return to explore and enjoy this delightful and beautiful part of Southern England. We open on Friday 16th July until Friday 13th August 2021