Brockenhurst, New Forest, Hampshire

Brockenhurst is one of those charming red brick villages that you get in the New Forest, one that has everything the community needs, as in a good selection of shops, including a small supermarket and the traditional butchers, bakers and greengrocers. It’s a nice place to stop off for a browse round when you’re on your group holidays in Hampshire and if you have time you could even go for a wander on one of the footpaths into the beauty of the forest, or hire bikes and set off on one of the cycling trails. Surely though, one of the most memorable ways to see this beautiful part of England is on horseback with Brockenhurst Riding Stables – imagine a leisurely trot through the ancient woodlands and along the winding lanes.

What you’ll notice about Brockenhurst is the laidbackness, the gentle air, even in the summer months when it gets busy with tourists and with the thousands who flock here for the New Forest County Show in July. Everyone likes Brockenhurst, you see, everyone is happy to come and spend time here – even the animals who live free in the forest! It’s nothing to see donkeys and cows ambling along the streets, or to see ponies having a drink from the ford at the top of the High Street.

If you fancy a drink or a bite to eat whilst you’re here you’ll find several tempting cafes and tea shops, and some excellent restaurants including Zen Garden Restaurant for exquisite Thai, Albero for authentic Italian, and The Pig for simple British garden food.

All information correct at the time of writing

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