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Bournemouth & the New Forest

Bournemouth & the New Forest

An 8 day tour staying in the cosmopolitan seaside resort of Bournemouth


An 8 day tour staying in the cosmopolitan seaside resort of Bournemouth


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


The New Forest is a former royal hunting area in the south of England. It was created in 1079 by William I (known as William the Conqueror) as a hunting area, principally of deer.It is a unique area of historical, ecological and agricultural significance, and retains many of the rural practices conceded by the Crown in historical times to local people. Principal of these is the pasturing of ponies, cattle, pigs and donkeys in the open Forest by local inhabitants known as commoners. The New Forest has also been an important source of timber for the Crown.


Corfe Castle is situated between Swanage and Wareham on the A351, nestled between the Purbeck hills on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset. The history of Corfe Castle dates back to the 9th century and the ruins you see today date back to the 11th century.


Athelhampton House

A lot of Athelhampton House has been in place for over five hundred years, the history of which, and its related families dates back over a thousand years. Numerous owners have carried out works on the building to make it what it is today. The site was inhabited from 1086 and built on in 1485 was the Great hall, Solar and Buttery.

In 1485 a 160 acre deer park was established with the Gatehouse and West Wing being built in 1550. The building to the back of house was split into four seperate households. In 1862 the Church of St. John is built and the Gatehouse demolished. Restoration to the gardens and creation of formal gardens took place in 1891. Also in 1920-1921 the north wing at the back of the house was built. The history surrounding the ghost of Athelhampton is of an Ape, which belonged to the Martyn family in the sixteenth century. The ape is also the emblem on their coat of arms on the stained glass of the Great Hall. The ape is rumoured  to roam the house looking for its new owner, finding four daughters. The haunting heard is said to be the Ape attempting to escape from the stairways and cellar it became trapped in.


Beaulieu, one of the South of England's top day visitor attractions, is set in the heart of the New Forest, the UK's newest National Park. Beaulieu is a guaranteed great family day out with lots for everyone to enjoy including the world famous National Motor Museum, Palace House, home of the Montagu family, and historic Beaulieu Abbey

View over 250 vehicles from every motoring era from some of the earliest examples of motoring to legendary World Land Speed Record Breakers including Bluebird, 'TV Star' cars such as Del Boy's Reliant Regal and rare oddities like a giant orange on wheels. Gardens to enjoy include the fragrant Victorian Flower Garden, the informal Wilderness Garden, dating back to the 1770s, the Victorian Kitchen Garden and Mill Pond Walk. Learn about the Special Operations Executive (SOE) which trained secret agents at the Beaulieu 'Finishing School' during WWll. A film, audio recollections and artefacts combine to tell this amazing story.


Winchester is a unique heritage city just an hour south west of London, with a magnificent Cathedral, award-winning pubs and restaurants and a tempting array of independent shops, all surrounded by fabulous rolling countryside and pretty Hampshire villages. Visit The Great Hall and King Arthur's Round Table, Winchester College, City Museum, The Westgate & The City Mill.

Day 1

We depart early morning for the journey south to Bournemouth arriving at our hotel in ample time to freshen up before our meals commence with dinner in the Marsham Court hotel.


Day 2

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'. Dinner at the Marsham Court Hotel.

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Day 3

A morning visit to historic Dorchester, before heading to Athelhampton House, a delightful 15th century residence with grade 1 listed gardens, admission and cream tea included. Dinner on our return to Bournemouth.

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Day 4

Day at leisure to explore Bournemouth, dinner in the Marsham Court Hotel

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Day 5

Morning at leisure in Bournemouth and in the afternoon we visit Winchester - an unspoilt cathedral city on the edge of the South Downs. Dinner on our return to Bournemouth.

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Day 6

Today we have a full day excursion to Salisbury with its magnificent Cathedral Close returning to Bournemouth via Shaftesbury where Gold Hill with its steep cobbles and picturesque cottages were made famous by the Hovis Bread advert. Dinner in the Marsham Court Hotel.

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Day 7

Full day excursion through the New Forest, calling first at the witch village of Burley then on to Lyndhurst the 'capital' of the New Forest before calling at Beaulieu. This magnificent estate has many attractions including the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu Abbey, gardens and Palace House. We return to Bournemouth for our final dinner in the hotel.

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Day 8

Sadly this morning after breakfast we must leave the Marsham Court hotel for the return journey to Cumbria, lunch and coffee stops will be made en-route and we are due to arrive home early evening.


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The Marsham Court Hotel  is in a superb Central location, overlooking the bay.This Bournemouth Hotel is under the personal supervision of the resident Directors and enthusiastic and well-trained Hotel staff.

You will always find : A warm and friendly welcome, delicious imaginative menu's and attention to detail. The Hotel is a short stroll to Bournemouth town, pier, the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) & beaches.

All 87 en-suite bedrooms are comfortably furnished and have colour tv, radio, hospitality tray and hair dryer.

Some rooms enjoy fabulous sea views and some also have balconies with superb views across the bay. These rooms are very popular and do incur a supplement. Please state at the time of booking if you would like one of these

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 Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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