Things to do in The Local Area

Ringwood Town Centre and Market (Wednesdays)

Ringwood has been the historic market town of the New Forest and Avon Valley for centuries and dates back to 1226. The town get its name from the Saxon Rimue Wode, edge of the wood, or from the Doomsday version Rinvede, meaning a ford (vede) over a river (rine).

Ringwood Town Collage
group hiking in a forest

Walking – Cycling – Wildlife

The New Forest National Park consists of 94,000 acres and has 45 miles of stunning coastline. New Forest ponies, cattle, pigs and donkeys roam freely about the forest. The Park has over 100 miles of wide, gravelled off road cycling paths and hundreds of miles of walking tracks.

The Avon Valley Path and Castleman Trailway both pass close by.

new forest ponies
couple with helmets cycling & laughing


Within 5 minutes from our door you can be in Moors Valley Country Park and Forest with its Play Trail, Tree Top Trail, Go Ape and Junior Go Ape and Forest Segway. You can hire bikes or experience the feeling of steam travel on an authentic narrow-gauge Steam Railway.

Paultons Park Peppa Pig World is just 25 minutes by car.

Snowtrax Skiing and Snowboarding Acitivity Centre and the New Forest Water Park for a wide variety of water sports including Wakeboarding, Inflatable Aquarides, Kayaking and Stand-up Paddleboarding are both within 10 minutes.

Christchurch Harbour for boat hire and the Splashpark or try crabbing at Mudeford Quay both about 15 minutes.

Moors Valley Welcome Sign
young boy climbing on ropes at Go Ape
young boy wakeboarding


Ringwood is situated in the Avon Valley and is renowned for its excellent River Avon fishing and surrounding lake fishing.

cottage by the River Avon
man fishing in river


20 golf courses within 5 to 30 minutes’ drive. This is just a selection:

Moors Valley Golf Course – our nearest at just 5 minutes drive.

Others nearby:
Ferndown Forest
Crane Valley
Remedy Oak

Moors Valley Golf Club
golf ball being placed on tee

National Trust Sites Nearby

  • Kingston Lacy
  • Brownsea Island
  • Studland Beach
  • Mompesson House

English Heritage

  • Christchurch Castle
  • Knowlton Church
  • Hurst Castle
  • Stonehenge & Old Sarum

Wildlife Trusts & Nature Reserves

  • Blashford Lakes
  • Budgens Meadow
  • Troublefield
  • Sopley Common
  • Linwood
  • Hengistbury Head

Other Great Days Out

  • Beaulieu Village, Abbey, House and Gardens, National Motor Museum and Bucklers Hard
  • Salisbury Cathedral
  • Breamore House & Museum
  • Exbury Gardens
  • Furzey Gardens
  • Braxton Gardens
  • Compton Acres
  • Lepe Country Park
  • New Forest Water Park
  • Liberty’s Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre
  • Longdown Activity Farm
  • New Forest Wildlife Park
  • Ringwood Brewery Tour

Annual Attractions

  • New Forest Show – 30, 31 July and 1 August 2024
  • Ellingham and Ringwood Show – Saturday 10 August 2024
  • The Great Dorset Steam Fair – 22-26 August 2024
  • Bournemouth Air Festival – 29th August to 1st September 2024 TBC
  • Southampton International Boat Show – 13-22 September 2024

Pubs, Restaurants & Takeaways– a few of our favourites all within 5 miles