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Hit the beach in New Milton

Nestled between the New Forest and the south coast, this attractive market town is a hidden gem set among peaceful country lanes. Head to the pebbly beach at Barton-on-Sea, which adjoins the town. Swim in calm waters and hunt for shells in the fossil beds. If you want to stretch your legs, stride out on a coastal walk along the clifftops.

Get your fix of culture

New Milton is home to the impressive Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum, which displays over 400 rare and classic machines in four galleries, including iconic Vincent bikes and the Norton collection. The Forest Arts Centre has live music, comedy and dance, as well as regular screenings of classic movies. The likes of Harry Hill, Phill Jupitus and Frank Skinner have performed here to test out their new material before embarking on nationwide tours.

Explore the New Forest

It's just a short drive into this vast expanse of woodland, where you can immerse yourself in gorgeous scenery and see animals roaming free. If you want to switch up your mode of transport you can hire a bike for a ride along one of the many cycle trails, or go horse trekking through idyllic glades. Looking for accommodation in New Milton? Travelodge Christchurch is a 10-minute drive from the town. Slightly further afield is Travelodge Bournemouth Cooper Dean.