Old working mill, with stone ground flour. Teas available in lovely garden at weekends. Open: Saturday & Sunday 2pm – 6pm and bank holidays. Milling demonstrations 3pm Easter – Sept. Tel: 01425 653130 www.alderholtmill.co.uk
Avon Valley Way
A footpath running from Salisbury in the North to Christchurch on the coast, passing through Fordingbridge.
A statue near the Avon bridge commemorates Augustus John, the famous portrait artist who lived in the town from 1927 to 1961.
Blashford Lakes Wildlife Reserve, Nr. Ringwood
Eight kilometres of footpaths. Great place for watching and learning about wildlife or just enjoy a gentle walk. Saturday 27th September 10.30-3.00 p.m. Fun for all the Family with Watery Wildlife
Breamore House and Countryside Museum
Family home with splendid pictures, furniture and needlework. Maze and children’s playground. Open: April – August Tel: 01425 653130 (phone for opening times)
A country town museum with a fascinating collection of artefacts “Life of Augustus John” exhibit and more. Open: End of March to end of October – 11am to 4pm (Closed Sundays except bank holiday weekends) Tel: 01425 655222
Fordingbridge Riverside Park
Visit the Riverside Kiosk offering homemade food and beverages. Day tickets for fishing in the Recreation Ground can also be purchased here
Paddling pool, skate park, children’s playground and fishing. Fun for all the family. Dogs are welcome in the Recreation Ground, but owners are requested to not allow dogs onto the sports pitches and to clean up after their dog(s). Dogs are strictly prohibited from the children’s play area.
Fishing in the Recreation Ground, Fordingbridge Day tickets can be purchased from the Information Office, Kings Yard, Salisbury Street. This allows fishing in the Recreation Ground away from the children’s play area. Members of the Ringwood and District Anglers Association also have permits to fish there.
Forest Edge Leisure Centre
Fitness centre offering gym membership, corporate membership, indoor heated pool, toning tables, solarium, sauna and Jacuzzi. Tel : 01425 651216 www.sandy-balls.co.uk
Heavy Horse Centre
Heavy Horse Farm Park. Horses, farm animals & snow dogs. Wagon./Tractor and Pony rides. Vintage Tractor driving. Interesting daily shows. Straw play barn, carts, pedal tractors, play area, cafe, picnic area and gift shop. Open 10 a.m. to 5 pm Easter to October Tel : 01202 824040 www.dorset-heavy-horse-centre.co.uk
National Nature Reserve. One of the largest area of chalk grassland in the country, supporting a wide variety of downland flowers, plus butterflies and birds, including the skylark.
New Forest Doll Museum and Dolls Hospital
Bridge Street, Fordingbridge SP6 1AH
Dolls old – and made in Fordingbridge by artist DAPHNE GORDON. Open for a short time nearly every day but PLEASE telephone ahead: 01425 652450 to check we are going to be open. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Forest Water Park
Great family fun. Learn to waterski, wakeboard, or experience an inflatable banana ride. Clubhouse overlooking the lake. Booking advisable. Open: April – November. Tel: 01425 656868 telephone for detailed opening times. www.newforestwaterpark.co.uk
Canoeing and kayaking. Drop in sessions. May to September – Call 07881 427697 for details. www.liquidlogistics.co.uk
Rockbourne Roman Villa
The remains of the largest roman villa in the area, accompanied by a modern museum.
Open: Easter weekend – September incl.
Tues, Thurs & Sun 11am to 4pm
Tel: 01725 518541 for details of special events www.hants.gov.uk/museum/rockbourne
Voluntary Roles at Knoll Gardens
We are looking for some special people to fill a number of new voluntary roles within the Knoll Gardens Foundation, the Wimborne-based garden charity.
You can find out more online at www.knollgardensfoundation.org
or call Knoll Gardens on 01202 873 931