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Buckler's Hard

Open every day except 25th December, Buckler's Hard is a picturesque 18th century village on the banks of the Beaulieu River in the heart of the New Forest. There’s the Buckler's Hard Story and cottage displays to be seen. Visitors can stay in the village at the Master Builders House Hotel, or you can just enjoy the natural beauty of this historic village and soak up the atmosphere as the local ducks waddle past. A river cruise or a walk through the woodlands nearby can only add to the experience of a time gone by. Also on site is the exciting Maritime Museum and Buckler's Hard Story where you can find out about the history of this unique 18th century
shipbuilding village.

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Blackgang Chine

A quick trip across the water to the Isle of White and you have Blackgang Chine, which offers over 40 acres of activities and interest. For the younger ones there’s Nurseryland, Pirate Barrel Ride, Jonah's Whale, Dinosaurland, JungleWalk, Fantasyland, Crooked House, Triassic Club, Sleeping Beauty's Castle, Toddlers Play Area, Smugglers' Ship, Music Factory and Pet-Shop. For the older ones there’s Waterforce, Cliffhanger Roller Coaster, Giant Hedge Maze, Water Gardens, Pirate Fort, Snakes & Ladders, St. Catherines Quay, Blackgang Sawmill, Rumpus Mansion, Smugglers' Cave, Frontierland. A great day out for the whole family!

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Brownsea Island and Nature Reserve

Brownsea Island is famous for being the birthplace of the Scout and Girl Guiding movement. Set in the entrance to Poole Harbour, there are regular ferries across to
the island.

It’s home to thriving natural habitats - including woodland, heathland and a lagoon - create a haven for wildlife, such as the rare red squirrel and a wide variety of birds, including dunlin, kingfishers, common and sandwich terns and oystercatchers. Visitors will be fascinated by the island's rich history, for as well as boasting daffodil farming and pottery works, it was the birthplace of the Scouting and Guiding movement.

The Baden-Powell Outdoor Centre invites you to follow in the footsteps of Lord Baden-Powell and the very first Scouts who camped here in 1907. Brownsea Island is open daily.

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Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre - Fossil Hunting

Entrance to the visitors’ centre is free of charge. Public walks take place most weekends and during school holidays, however these are dependent on the tides. They also offer walks centred around rockpooling, the local countryside and plankton trawling.

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Cheddar Caves & Gorge

A little further afield in Somerset, yet easily accessible in a day, is Cheddar Gorge. Cheddar Gorge is a family attraction suitable for all ages and open throughout the year. Explore Britain's finest caves in Britain's most spectacular gorge. Easy-to-use audioguides are on hand with special story for children. Visit the Museum of Pre-history, or for the more active, take a cliff-top walk. The open-top gorge tour bus is available during the summer.

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