Stay from just £79 per double room Posted September 29, 2014


Summer’s well and truly passed with crisp mornings creeping in, but there are still plenty of reasons to take advantage of our special midweek rates (Sunday to Thursday, £79 incl. VAT and breakfast for a standard double or twin, subject to availability).

The dog days are over or have they just begun?

Dog walking is allowed on local beaches from 1st October. Moortown Lodge is a dog friendly B&B welcoming all well-behaved pooches (by prior arrangement). Regardless of whether you’re in four-legged company, you’ll be able to experience some fantastic Autumn walks and there’s plenty to see and do:

Beautiful nearby beaches:

Hengistbury Head Beach and Reserve

Just over a 20 minute drive away, the Hengistbury Head Beach is a south facing sand and pebbled beach. The 162 hectares of Hengistbury Head Local Nature Reserve incorporate an excellent variety of habitats including woodland, meadows, heathland, scrub, sand dunes, beach, estuary and saltmarsh, ensuring a huge spread of indigenous mini beasts and other wildlife.

Bournemouth Alum Chine

Home to beautiful tropical gardens and with both Green and Blue Flag awards, this beach is a 25 minute drive away, with a pirate-themed children’s playground.

Other things to see & do:

Swanage Blues Festival – Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th October 2014

The 7th Swanage Blues & Roots festival will be featuring over 50 different gigs with 100+ performers at 20 indoor venues around the picturesque seaside town of Swanage, an hour’s drive away. The 60 gigs in 15 indoor venues will include Assorted Buskers, Back Porch, Blue Touch, Blues Machine and many more.

Find out more here.

Wiggle New Forest 100 – Saturday 11th to Sunday 12th October 2014

Now in its 6th year, and only a ten minute drive away from Moortown, the Wiggle New Forest 100 Sportive has quickly established itself as one of the UK’s biggest and best cycling events – be sure to book quickly as it’s sold out every year. Set against the stunning backdrop of the New Forest National Park, the course sweeps through the quiet leafy country roads, taking in some challenging but short hills and breath-taking views.

Read more here.

Family fungi foray – Sunday 12th October 2014

This is a fun interactive walk aimed at beginners, full of fantastic fungi facts which is open to all ages, just a few minutes drive away in Moors Valley (children must be accompanied and able to walk 2 miles since the walk isn’t suitable for pushchairs).

Find out more here.

New Forest Walking Festival – Saturday 18th October to Sunday 2nd November 2014

Led by the New Forest National Park Authority and partner organisations, the Walking Festival includes many of the area’s best walks. It’s the perfect opportunity to discover more about the National Park, with guidance from friendly and knowledgeable walk leaders to help walkers of all ages unlock the secrets of the Forest.

Read more here.

Beaulieu Road Pony Sale – Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Come along to the New Forest Pony Sale yard, a 30 minute drive away from Moortown Lodge, where the commoners sell their New Forest Ponies by auction. You can walk around the pens and then watch the auction in the show ring.

Find out more here.

Ghosts and Ghouls Half Term Hauntings – Saturday 25th October to Sunday 2nd November 2014

 Beaulieu is supposed to be one of Britain’s most haunted places and ghosts have often been seen and heard in the 13th century Abbey and at Palace House. So, if you’re looking for something spooky to do this October half-term, look no further than Beaulieu, a little over half an hour’s drive away from our Ringwood B&B. Hair-raising happenings will include a Halloween quiz trail, witches cauldron lucky dip and spooky stories.

Read more here.