A brief history of Country Shows, and the New Forest and Hampshire county show

A Brief History of Country Shows The first ever country show was said to have taken place in 1763 in Wolsingham, County Durham. Originally, the shows were informal gatherings for rural folk to get together and learn new hobbies, interests and skills, such as tending livestock, cooking and crafts. For hundreds of years, these gatherings […]

Planning Holidays with Dogs

In the not too distant past, holidays used to be a tricky time for many dog owners. According to a recent survey, 36% of us spent our holiday fretting about our pooches not being with us. Were they OK? Did they like boarding? Is my friend looking after them properly? We missed them and what’s […]

New Forest and The National Trust


There are some wonderful National Trust properties surrounding the New Forest. Below are some ideas for a morning or afternoon jaunt, others are a little further, but all within an hour or so’s drive.   New Forest Northern Commons Whilst the National Park Authority run most of the New Forest, pockets of land belong to […]

10 reasons to visit Lymington


Flawlessly linking the New Forest’s ancient woodlands to the sea and Isle of Wight, is the elegant, Georgian market town of Lymington. This active marine town is famous for its sailing and you’ll notice plenty of sailors donned in appropriate gear strolling around the town. 1. Sailing There are two large marinas in Lymington – […]

The New Forest Bike Ride

cycling in the new forest

Cycling and outdoor activities are the best ways to explore the New Forest. For cyclists, the New Forest is well catered for with over 100 miles of designated cycles routes throughout the national park’s 220 square miles. Keep an eye out for cycling events throughout the year. One of the most popular on the summer […]

This beautiful luxury cottage Wal-nut let you down!

walnut cottage lounge

You’ll find enchanting Walnut Cottage in the blissfully secluded and cutely named village of Tiptoe, in the south of the New Forest. The white-washed exterior walls conceal stylish and attractive interiors, with each room exuding oodles of country cottage character. There’s so much to love about this gorgeous, light-filled cottage, which dates back 500 years […]

The Solent Way


The Solent Way is a beautiful 60 mile walk, split into 8 distinct sections through Hampshire countryside and coastline. Each section provides an opportunity for a full day walk with options to stop and explore attractions, wildlife, heritage sites and amazing scenery. There are plenty of opportunities for pit stops for a picnic, or pop […]