Bournemouth & New Forest Winter Special

Bournemouth & New Forest Winter Special

A 5 day break on the beautiful south coast

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A 5 day break on the beautiful south coast

With seven miles of golden sands and sparkling sea, the vibrant cosmopolitan town of Bournemouth has it all - a vast variety of shops, restaurants, buzzing nightlife and endless countryside with beautiful award-winning gardens and water sports galore.

 

Bournemouth Bournemouth's gardens are split into three areas of Victorian beauty- starting with the Lower Gardens, adjacent to the sea and leading to the Central Gardens in the town centre and then the Upper Gardens.

The Pavilion Theatre and Ballroom is Bournemouth's venue for year round entertainment. Built in the 1920s, it retains its original and elegant styling and is Bournemouth's regular home for West End stage shows, Opera, Ballet, Pantomime, Comedy and concerts as well as for corporate presentations and dinner dances, product launches and small conferences.

 

Salisbury, known as 'The city in the countryside', the magnificent medieval city of Salisbury has it all: historic streets and alleyways, charming half-timbered buildings, traditional English eating houses and characterful shopping streets, not to mention a superb range of attractions, including the UK's finest medieval cathedral .

Salisbury Cathedral offers one superlative after another, from the tallest spire in Britain and Europe's oldest working clock to the world's best-preserved Magna Carta. It stands in the largest medieval close in Britain, where you will also find award-winning museums and a superb National Trust property.

 

The New Forest is an area of southern England which includes one of the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed pasture land, heathland and forest in the heavily populated south east of England. It covers south-west Hampshire and extends into south-east Wiltshire and towards east Dorset. The name also refers to the New Forest National Park which has similar boundaries. There are many villages dotted around the area, and several small towns in the forest and around its edges.

Burley

Burley is located towards the western edge of the New Forest, 5 miles south-east of Ringwood. The village is fairly scattered, and apart from the village centre, there is Burley Street to the north; Bisterne Close to the east; and the Mill Lawn area to the north-east. Burley has a post office, newsagents, butcher’s shop, and village stores, as well as tea rooms, antique shops, art galleries and gift shops. The village still practices the old tradition of commoning, allowing animals to graze on the open Forest, and ponies and cattle roam freely around the village. Burley Fire Station is thought to be the only fire station in the country with a cattle grid at the entrance.

Lyndhurst

Lyndhurst is a large village in the New Forest National Park. Serving as the administrative capital of the New Forest, it is a popular tourist attraction, with many independent shops, art galleries, cafés, museums, pubs and hotels. The name derives from an Old English name, comprising the words lind (lime tree) and hyrst (wooded hill).

The village is known as "Capital of the New Forest" and houses the New Forest District Council. The first mention of Lyndhurst was in the Domesday Book of 1086 under the name 'Linhest'. The Court of Verderers sits in the Queens House in Lyndhurst. The church of St. Michael and All Angels was built in the 1860's and remains a major landmark in the area. Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Alice in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, is buried here.

The village is surrounded by the open heathland of the New Forest, containing a complex of woodland, heathland and acid grassland, shrub and valley bog, supporting a richness and diversity of wildlife. 

 

Poole

Poole is a bustling tourist resort in the east of Dorset, known for its large natural harbour (2nd largest in the world behind Sydney), exciting entertainment and award winning blue flag beaches.

With Poole’s natural coastal setting you are sure to find plenty of superb beachside cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars making it a great place to relax with friends.

Sandbanks Ferry

The Sandbanks Ferry is a chain ferry which crosses the entrance of Poole Harbour. The route runs from Sandbanks to Studland and in doing so connects the coastal parts of the towns of Bournemouth and Poole with Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck. This avoids a 25-mile journey by road on a return trip.

The entrance to Poole Harbour is a particularly busy waterway, used by many private and leisure craft along with commercial vessels including large ferries serving routes to France. This often affects the ability of the ferry to maintain its nominal 20 minute frequency. 

Day 1

We leave Cumbria early morning for the journey south to Bournemouth. We arrive at the Hallmark East Cliff Hotel late afternoon. Dinner in the hotel.


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Day 2

A morning visit to the magnificent cathedral city of Salisbury with its historic charter market. We return to Bournemouth after lunch for some time at leisure in this lovely seaside resort. Dinner at the East Cliff hotel.

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Day 3

A full day tour of the New Forest calling first at the picturesque village of Burley, with its connections to witchcraft and smuggling before continuing to Lyndhurst, the self styled capital of the New Forest. We return to the East Cliff hotel for dinner.

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Day 4

This morning we visit Poole, one of the world's largest natural harbours. We then head to the Isle of Purbeck, passing the magnificent ruin of Corfe Castle on our way to Swanage. We return to Bournemouth via the Sandbanks ferry and Millionaires Row. Farewell dinner in the hotel.

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Day 5

We leave Bournemouth and theEast Cliff Hotel for the return journey to Cumbria, arriving back early evening.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Hallmark East Cliff Hotel

Hallmark East Cliff is the perfect Bournemouth beach hotel, offering spectacular sea views, a bright, modern interior and four star facilities. The hotel is pleased to have been highly recommended at the Bournemouth Tourism Awards in 2012 and again in 2013. Located on the quiet East Cliff, the hotel is just a few minutes' walk away from the seven miles of golden beaches in Bournemouth and only a ten minute walk from the town centre, BIC (Bournemouth International Centre), and Pavilion. The Hallmark East Cliff hotel, stands adjacent to its sister hotel, the Hallmark Carlton and collectively, our Bournemouth beach hotels offer a truly extensive range of facilities including free car parking for all residents is the ideal location for business or relaxing getaways and offers.

The restaurant serves a mix of modern British and European dishes along with a few long haul spicy favourites. Expect anything from beer-battered fish to Moroccan-style slow cooked lamb and pork schnitzel. There’s a homemade pie of the day with mash, delicious bouillabaisse and a memorable arancini, all rounded off – if you have the room left – with sticky toffee and salted caramel sundae or Belgian chocolate cheesecake. And it’s not purely about the food. Our restaurant, a lovely light airy blend of pastels contrasted with rich burgundy drapes, is a wonderfully relaxed stage for the work of our talented kitchen. And we really must mention our cracking afternoon tea, served in our lounge, with finger sandwiches, cakes and scones. When it warms up in summer, you can head out onto our terrace to nibble and sip with a side serving of views and fresh ocean air.

Many of the 67 ensuite rooms have sea views and some with French doors onto balconies. All rooms have mineral water, complimentary toiletries, Freeview TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, hair-dryer and WiFi. Iron and ironing board, laundry/dry cleaning and fridge available on request as are safe storage facilities at reception. The hotel has a lift and two ground floor rooms.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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