Brockenhurst is the largest village in the New Forest with thatched cottages, quaint lanes and beautiful chocolate box scenery. It has all the shops you need for a holiday – grocer, butcher, baker, post office and chemist as well as gift and hobby shops. There are super friendly pubs and restaurants serving great food, as well as Italian, Thai and Chinese restaurants, together with a good fish and chip shop. The local area is home to ponies, donkeys and cattle – all of which at times are known to roam the main street in Brockenhurst in the hope of a carrot or two!
The locals are proud of Watersplash Ford at the top of the High Street where ponies often stop off for a drink on their way to graze on the open forest which surrounds the village. There is also a pretty picnic and a shallow water swimming spot on the Lymington river at Balmer Lawn. During the summer, there is an annual spectacle and celebration of forest life that is the New Forest Show.
For cycling enthusiasts Cyclexperience is a two-minute walk from Cedar Cottage where you will find a large range of bikes, electric bikes, tandems, tag-a-longs and children’s seats. There are a plethora of trails, routes and tracks from the village for bike rides. There are routes with flat, level section through to adventurous, gravel track routes to the boundary of the forest. Cyclists will find wildlife in their natural setting as well as some great New Forest pubs. For those with an equestrian interest, horseback riding is offered at Brockenhurst Riding Stables based at the New Forest Activity Centre. You can even explore the New Forest on a double decker bus.
You may wish to take a look at the oldest church in the New Forest – St Nicholas Parish Church which dates back to AD737. In the churchyard, to the left of the south entrance porch, is an enormous yew tree estimated to be over one thousand years old.
Discover some of the quaint villages and attractions nearby such as Lyndhurst, Beaulieu Motor Museum, Exbury Gardens and the riverside village of Bucklers Hard. Well worth a visit, a little further afield, is Monkey World and the Tank Museum near Wool, Marwell Zoo, Peppa Pig World, the Owl and Otter Park and nautical maritime museum at Southampton. Retail shopping outlets at Southampton and Bournemouth are within easy reach.