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Ride with heavy horses in Verwood

Lying on the western fringes of the New Forest in Dorset, leafy Verwood is surrounded by trees and heathland. It used to be at the centre of the pottery industry thanks to its clay soil, with over 30 kilns in the vicinity. You can learn more about its past at Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre. Just outside the town is Dorset Heavy Horse and Farm Park, which provides one of the country’s last refuges for heavy horses. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, pony grooming and the collection of gypsy caravans.

Make a splash in the New Forest

During your visit to Verwood, be sure to explore this vast expanse of woodland. There are miles of tracks for keen walkers and cyclists. If you want thrills and spills on the water, head to the New Forest Water Park, the UK’s first outdoor floating inflatable aqua centre - can you negotiate trampolines, monkey bars, swings, hurdles and a giant iceberg? Other water-based activities include kayaking and wakeboarding.

Hit the beach in Bournemouth

Dorset’s largest resort offers fantastic days out, with bags of traditional seaside fun that will bring back childhood memories. Relax in a beach hut, go for a paddle or take the land train across the promenade towards Boscombe. Just a short stroll from the beach are Bournemouth’s splendid Victorian gardens, home to an aviary, bandstand, ornamental rockery, mini golf and an art exhibition at Pine Walk. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Verwood? Travelodge Ringwood Hotel is 5 miles from the town. Another good option is Travelodge Bournemouth Cooper Dean Hotel.