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Come Summer, the New Forest transforms into the ideal Summer holiday destination for beach lovers and explorers alike. Ringwood is enviably situated near to both the Forest and a range of stunning beaches, including the must-see Hengistbury Head Beach and Reserve, and Green Flag awarded Alum Chine.

Hengistbury Head Beach and Reserve

Just over a 20 minute drive away, the Hengistbury Head Beach is a south facing sand and pebbled beach with relatively safe swimming. A land train runs from the Hiker Cafe down to the Beach Cafe on the Mudeford sandbank. This sandspit hosts a collection of famously expensive beach-huts along with a fine beach and sand dunes. The sandy beach, on the eastern side, faces the Solent, looking out across to the Isle of Wight. The sandbank offers good bathing, a great restaurant and magnificent views.

The 162 hectares of Hengistbury Head Local Nature Reserve incorporate a huge variety of habitats including woodland, meadows, heathland, scrub, sand dunes, beach, estuary and saltmarsh, ensuring a variety of indigenous mini beasts and other wildlife.

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Mudeford Quay

This picturesque fishing quay at the entrance to Christchurch Harbour is great for crabbing and just a quick boat ride across from Mudeford sandbank, making the entire area an adventure packed seaside destination for all the family. Extend the day even further by walking ten minutes along the coast from here to Avon Beach, where you’ll find a sandy beach, large café and a shop, all within a stone’s throw from each other.

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Christchurch Harbour

Why not complete your day with a meal in Christchurch Harbour, or Christchurch itself? Both the town and harbour contain some fantastic restaurants, including Thai, Indian and Seafood eateries, suited to couples and families alike.

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Bournemouth Alum Chine

Just a 25 minute drive away and boasting both Green and Blue Flag awards, Alum Chine is a great family friendly area with a pirate-themed children’s playground. Lifeguards are present from May to September and there are plenty of facilities, including toilets with baby changing and disabled facilities, a first aid post, pubs and hotels.

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Southbourne Beach

This beach is a popular alternative to Bournemouth’s busier beaches, since it’s generally quieter. It’s a sandy Blue Flag beach (though slightly stony) with good facilities.

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Highcliffe Beach and Castle

Highcliffe Castle Beach is a mixture of sand and stones and is a popular yet uncrowded beach, offering the possibility to combine a day at the beach with the option to explore the Castle, its grounds, and some extended walks – or even a visit to the Castle’s lovely tearoom!

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Events near Ringwood

If beaches aren’t for you, there’s plenty to see and do near Ringwood this July, including the New Milton Pedal Car Grand Prix, under half an hour’s drive away, with the next race on Sunday 12th July. If you’re happy to venture a little further afield Swanage Regatta and Carnival is sure to entertain, less than an hour’s drive away, from Saturday 25th July to Saturday 1st August.

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