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  • Explore UKs countryside
    shores and the inland return loop bares evidence of this today Dotted along the quiet picturesque lanes are some pretty Kentish villages with ancient churches and a Minster Abbey dating back to the year 670 one of Britain s oldest inhabited buildings Minnis Bay is also very popular with swimmers sailors and windsurfers with Westgate on Sea providing perfect beaches and rock pools for the little ones The Blackwater Valley Off Road Trail Cycling The Blackwater Valley Off Road Trail is a beautiful 23 mile stretch of pathway following the course of the River Blackwater from its source in Rowhill Nature Reserve to Swallowfield where it meets the River Whitewater and blends from the Broadwater into the River Loddon and beyond This hidden Hampshire gem passes through mysterious woodlands and lush meadows of the surrounding parks and nature reserves being developed by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership This is a fantastic location for children to explore and there is a range of flora and fauna to view as you make your way downriver Ellisfield Off Road Trail Cycling Ellisfield Off Road Trail is a family friendly 13 mile trail The route is largely off road and uses tracks through the woodland and fields of mid Hampshire The journey begins in the car park beside the pond in Church Lane 1 mile south of Basingstoke and meanders its way through farms and villages to Norton s Wood and beyond Particular places of interest are the Moundsmere Manor house and the Fox Inn based in Ellisfield Here you can quench your thirst with a range of regional ales and relax in the outside garden The surrounding area is also home to snowdrop and blueberry woods The A272 from Uckfield to Stockbridge Driving The A272 from Uckfield to Stockbridge is a wonderful 85

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  • Take a brake
    favourites including Del Boy s Reliant Regal as featured in the BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses Mr Bean s lime green Mini and the De Lorean in Back to the Future Also on display are Chitty ChittyBang Bang and the flying Ford Anglia from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets The motor vehicle collection in the National Motor Museum remains one of Beaulieu s most famous attractions with more than 250 on show from the earliest examples of motoring and family cars of the 30s and 40s through to classic cars of the 70s and 80s and rare motoring oddities such as the giant Outspan orange on wheels that I am sure I can remember from Battle of Flowers parades when I was young There are historic racing cars F1 and rally cars from the earliest examples of road racers to the latest F1 machines and World Land Speed Record breakers including Donald Campbell s Bluebird In the museum Jack Tucker s Garage recreates the sights sounds and smells of a typical country garage from the 1930s while Wheels is a pod ride that takes you on a fascinating voyage through 100 years of motoring Budding drivers can get in the driving seat on Dipstick s Driving Circuit in fun motorised mini vehicles Younger visitors can get physical on the Mini Motor Play Trail with its Veteran Bus climbing frame swings and Little Tykes rideon cars Away from the cars as well as the magnicent gardens and 13th century Beaulieu Abbey film presentation and exhibition of the daily life of its Cistercian Monk founders visitors can see the magnificent rooms and treasures of Palace House Lord Montagu s family home since 1538 Characters such as the Butler Cook and Housemaids tell tales that give a fascinating insight into the workings of a Victorian household showing their life Upstairs and Downstairs A new exhibition opened after we visited marks the 60th anniversary of the Queen s coronation Royal Pageant explores the links between Beaulieu its owners and royalty going right back in time to before the foundation of Beaulieu Abbey in 1204 The Secret Army exhibition tells the story of the Special Operations Executive SOE which trained secret agents at the Beaulieu Finishing School during World War II The agents were trained at a number of large country houses scattered across the Beaulieu Estate before returning to occupied Europe to work with Resistance groups Many paid the ultimate sacrifice and did not return Secret The exhibition introduces visitors to the training schools instructors secret agents and unsung heroes of the SOE their training and secret missions It is interesting to see two names with strong Jersey connections on the information boards Violette Szabo whose daughter Tania lives in the Island was an SOE executive who won a posthumous George Cross Her exploits were dramatised in the film Carve Her Name with Pride starring Virginia McKenna Captain Ralph Vibert who moved to England from Jersey in 1939 was a specialist

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  • The great waterfront city
    Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent the Spinnaker Tower is taller than the London Eye Blackpool Tower and Big Ben Visit Gunwharf Quays and shop at over 90 designer outlets eat at one of 30 cosmopolitan bars restaurants and coffee shops all on the water s edge A walk along Portsmouth s impressive waterfront is a real journey into the city s past follow the Millennium Promenade from Gunwharf Quays through Old Portsmouth taking in the Camber Dock Round Tower and Square Tower Continue along the seafront to find miles of beaches green spaces impressive gardens and a range of activities Attractions include the D Day Museum the only museum in the UK dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D Day landings in Normandy France and home to the impressive Overlord Embroidery Other attractions along the seafront include Southsea Castle built by Henry VIII Blue Reef Aquarium and the Royal Marines Museum Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created his famous character Sherlock Holmes whilst residing in Portsmouth and the city is now home to a large collection of Conan Doyle memorabilia Portsmouth has miles of sea views and centuries of history Located on the South Coast of England Portsmouth is an island city totally surrounded by water A selection of this is on display as A Study in Sherlock exhibition at the Portsmouth Museum where you will also find a temporary exhibition this winter Secret Egypt unravelling truth from myth Portsmouth has a lively and diverse cultural scene All year round there are city wide events and live entertainment find live music theatre and comedy in Portsmouth Guildhall Kings Theatre and New Theatre Royal along with smaller independent venues like the Cellars at Eastney and the Wedgewood Rooms A wide range of independent eateries such as Pie and Vinyl the

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  • Condors top 5 Christmas Markets
    skating Christmas carols and the chance to visit Father Christmas Why not book tickets to see a pantomime whether Aladdin at the Bournemouth Pavilion Robinson Crusoe at the Mayflower Southampton or Cinderella at the Weymouth Pavilion you and your family will enjoy a spectacular show with a bundle of laughs Book today at condorferries com Top five Christmas Markets Bournemouth Christmas Festival 14 November 6 January Held in Bournemouth Town Centre the festival aims to be bigger and better than ever Featuring authentic German cuisine and traditional alpine chalets this festive extravaganza will be full of ambience Winchester Christmas Market 21 November 22 December Recognised as one of the best in Europe Winchester Christmas Market is inspired by traditional German Markets attracting over 350 000 visitors each year with wooden chalets situated close to the Cathedral itself Bath Christmas Market 28 November 15 December For 18 days the quaint streets and square between the stunning Bath Abbey and the internationally renowned Roman Baths are transformed into a Christmas shopper s haven with over 150 traditional chalets adorning the streets Bristol s German Christmas Market 8 November 22 December The ever popular Christmas market returns this year full of market stalls

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  • UK Christmas Shopping
    cabins superior cabins with TVs reclining seats lounge bar and brasserie You will arrive fresh to start your shopping trip Once the festive season is over why not consider a trip to stock up on all those January sales bargains With shopping centres and department stores all offering fantastic discounts to shoppers treat yourself to a weekend away to beat the January blues With no excess baggage charges for bringing all those goodies home again Condor Ferries is the perfect choice for a seasonal shopping trip book today at condorferries com Our top shopping destinations Southampton Head for WestQuay in Southampton for a trip to the UK s favourite department store John Lewis With a dedicated Christmas section every year as well as a host of must have fashion beauty electrical and home ware it s possible to find everything you need all under one roof One of the UK s newest IKEA stores is also situated close by perfect for stocking up on household essentials for the festive period Portsmouth Not far from Portsmouth Port Gunwharf Quays offers a premium shopping experience with many famous brands at discounted prices There are over 90 outlet stores from Ted Baker Ralph Lauren and Superdry to Swarovski The Body Shop and Radley London Bournemouth For a real Christmas atmosphere head to Bournemouth for their annual Christmas market Starting on 14th November it takes inspiration from traditional German Christmas markets featuring quirky and handmade gifts as well as festive roasted chestnuts and mulled wine to warm you up on a cold winter s day Close by is Castlepoint located on the edge of Bournemouth and is home to many of the biggest UK retailers Bristol Visit Bristol s latest shopping development Cabot Circus with over 120 shops including flagship stores Harvey Nichols and

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  • 50 Reasons to travel this summer
    2 Legoland 3 Peppa Pig World 4 Puy du Fol 5 Asterix Park 6 Disneyland Paris 7 Rennes 8 St Servan 9 Isle of Wight Ventnor 10 Bournemouth International Centre 11 Goodwood 12 The Rose Bowl 13 St Mary s for Southampton Premier League 14 South Downs National Park 15 Champney s Forest Mere Spa 16 Grand Hotel des Thermes Northern France 17 West Quay Southamption 18 Markets of Hampshire 19 Dinan 20 Banks of River Rance 21 Poole Sandbanks 22 Brownsea Island 23 Studland Beach and Nature Reserve 25 Poole Museum 26 Compton Acres 27 Upton Country Park 28 Rockley Watersports 29 Monkey World 30 Durdle Door Beach 31 Zorbing South 32 Dorset Snowsport Centre 33 Granby Fun Factory 34 Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park 35 Dorset County Museum 36 Grand Aqarium St Malo 37 Fort National and Chateaubriand St Malo 38 The Canada Collection 39 Les Remparts de Dinan 40 Corfe Castle 41 Stonehenge 42 Oceana Day Spa 43 Le Petit Train de Dinan 44 Bournemouth Balloon 45 Portsmouth Park and Sail 46 Gunwharf Quays 47 Jurassic Safari Weymouth 48 St Malo Go Karting 49 Mont Saint Michel 50 Tower Park Leisure and Entertainment Complex Contact Us Latest

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  • Extend your Summer
    a getaway before winter sets in why not sail with us to Poole this half term There s plenty of unique attractions for all the family to enjoy and with fares from just xx per person with your car what are you waiting for Based on car 2 adults and 2 children fromm 37pp Peppa pig world Paultons Park Let your kids imaginations run wild take a trip to see Peppa and George at the one and only Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park LEGOLAND If you re after non stop stimulation for the kids then try LEGOLAND Windsor with the return of it s spook tacular Brick or Treat event packed with Halloween family frights The Royal Navy Submarine Museum Enjoy special submarine apple bobbing spooky lantern making or simply take a time journey through every decade of Britain s only WW2 Submarine and experience how life was under the sea Marwell Zoo Design and carve your very own pumpkin whilst watching the animals explore and enjoy their very own spooky treats There s loads of fun to be had around the park but beware you may bump into Dracula in half term week Contact Us Latest News FAQs

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  • Top family days out
    The Sealife Centre is off the A353 only 10 mins from Weymouth Ferry Port and less than an hour from Poole LEGOLAND Windsor Rides shows and attractions Discover 150 acres of beautiful parklands where children aged 3 12 can take to the road soar through the skies and sail the seas in complete safety Over 50 interactive rides a driving school and live shows vie to keep all members of the family occupied whatever the weather Located off the M25 Legoland is less than two hours away from Poole Ferry Port and 1 hours from Portsmouth Thorpe Park Rollercoaster heaven Ride Rocky Express the fast paced train that climbs and dips on its journey or the world s most terrifying new rollercoaster Saw the first ever horror themed roller coaster Discover extreme adventure rides for the brave to family friendly rides for younger thrill seekers Situated between junctions 11 and 13 on the M25 less than 2 hours from Poole Ferry Port and just over an hour from Portsmouth Marwell Wildlife Wildlife sanctuary Marvel at the many wonders of the world s wildlife Visit the African Valley where ostriches roam wild or a tropical world where you can explore the secrets of the rainforest Marwell Wildlife is home to over 250 exotic and endangered species from all around the world Off Junction five on the M27 eastbound from Bournemouth and just over one hour from Poole Ferry Port Paultons Park Family theme park Packed with over 50 exciting attractions there s something for all the family From gentle rides to more hair raising experiences such as the raging river log flume or the parks longest fastest rollercoaster the Cobra For the ultimate thrill ride the Edge their new super scary rollercoaster or let the little ones get wet in the

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