We LOVE the New forest. It is a beautiful national park, with so many things to see and do. Where else could you go where horses, donkeys and cattle roam freely as though they own the place, forcing you to stop your car because they feel like standing in the middle of the road?!
If you love camping, it’s ideal. However, for non-campers, like us, there are a multitude of hotels and B & B’s to suit all budgets and tastes. As a family of five, plus one grandma, we always stay in a holiday park called Shorefields. Located just on the edge of the New Forest at Milford on Sea, it makes for the perfect base to take in both the surrounding countryside and the coast.
The advantage that Shorefields has also always given us is the space, in terms of accommodation. A four bedroomed lodge suits our needs perfectly. The indoor pool and spa is perfect for those rainy days and the games arcade and family entertainment provides something for everyone in the evenings.
On this trip we visited Bealieu Motor museum, Paulton’s Theme Park (home of Peppa Pig World!) and Mudeford Quay (the perfect place to go crabbing). But one thing we all particularly enjoyed was a day of bushcraft on site. It was a course run by Sunrise Bushcraft and involved learning about how to make a shelter, fire making and forest cooking. The morning’s efforts at making a shelter, I think you’ll agree, were pretty impressive:
During the course of the afternoon, we learned all about the different ways that you can start a spark to light your fire. There was flint against metal:
Which was really difficult, as was trying to rub two sticks together. An easier option was the Swedish fire steels:
And a clever trick using a battery and wire wool:
Then we made our own fires and were rewarded with the opportunity to toast some gluten free bread, whilst everybody else made some chocolate bread of their own:
It was a great way to spend the day, which was enjoyed by all ages; five year olds to Grandads alike. It was a new experience for us to add to our New Forest collection and one that I would definitely recommend, if you ever get the opportunity.