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Oakdene Forest Park

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General

Surely even the most determined of sofa-huggers will find something to tickle their fancy at this action-packed Shorefield Holidays park in Hampshire…and if not, you have our full permission to send them home.

It’s all quite effortless too: as the name might hint, St Leonard’s Oakdene Forest Park has a forest backdrop – the Avon – and there are 55 acres of parkland to potter around; the bike and cycle trails from the park lead directly into the forest for access to nature reserves, country parks and the land of the Forestry Commission. (The park is more than half a mile from the nearest road, so safe for kids to run about.)

If even forest walks seem too much hassle to a complaining family member, shove them in the direction of all the on-site activities that come included in the pitch fee: the fully-equipped gym* might be too much, but the sauna, steam room and flumes of the indoor pool should get them up and about.
Naturally they’ll need a rest after all that sauna-going: they can take their pick from the Blues Bar, Colour Café or the Oak Suite… and if they’re feeling up for it they might then want to join in the regular Oak Suite entertainment and activities laid on by the Oakdene team, such as cinema nights, quizzes and parties.

Food of all sorts, as well as takeaway, is laid on at the licensed Oak Suite, and there’s a fully-stocked supermarket on site too with off-licence – everything here has been thoroughly thought of, shorely…

*Please note there is a £2 induction fee for the gym; usage is free thereafter.


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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Hot tub

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Themes

Forest

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Large (51-200 pitches)

Location

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  • St Leonards Ringwood, Hampshire, England, BH24 2RZ
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.8111°N 1.8595°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Ringwood: Meeting House Lane Coach Stop — 3.9 miles
Bournemouth Uni.: Talbot Campus Coach Stop — 5.0 miles
Bournemouth Travel Interchange — 5.8 miles
Train stations
Pokesdown Rail Station — 5.7 miles
Bournemouth Rail Station — 5.8 miles
Christchurch Rail Station — 6.0 miles
Ferry ports
Tuckton Tea Gardens Ferry Landing — 6.4 miles
Christchurch Quay Ferry Landing — 6.6 miles
Wick Christchurch Ferry Landing — 6.6 miles
Airports
Bournemouth International Airport — 2.6 miles
Southampton Airport — 23.9 miles

Directions


Take the A31 westbound from Ringwood. After three miles and two roundabouts, Oakdene is signposted on the left just past St Leonards hospital. Reception is at the end of the drive on the right.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

The sandy beaches of Bournemouth are only nine miles from Oakdene Forest Park: add the ones at neighbouring Poole and Christchurch and you’ll keep the kids happy for the whole hol, especially when you throw in the fossil-hunting of the Jurassic Coast and the Adventure Wonderland Theme Park.

Start off at the Bournemouth Eye to see the town from heady heights; once nerves have recovered, totter off to the seven miles of award-winning Bournemouth beaches and the newly refurbished pier with kids’ rides and boat trips along the Dorset coast. To get about on land, take the Land Train along the pier to Poole – with a stop-off on the way at Alum Chine for the acclaimed Tropical Gardens and the pirate-themed playground.

Poole’s gorgeous natural harbour is the biggest in Europe, and a harbour cruise from Poole Quay might make you think you’re in the Med (the multi-million pound houses of the Sandbanks peninsula might give this impression too). There are boat trips from the harbour to the National Trust’s Brownsea Island, home of increasingly rare red squirrels and described by Bill Oddie as ‘the best place for seeing wildlife in Dorset’.

Go east from Bournemouth and Poole to reach Christchurch and another lovely natural harbour, then Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with historic ships including HMS Victory. West leads to the seaside towns of Weymouth and Swanage, famed for watersports and more miles of sandy golden beaches. Boat trips and sea fishing trips can be picked up anywhere along this stretch of coast; if you want to keep it simple and/or cheap, give the kids a line and bucket and let them crab off Bournemouth Pier.

Back in Hampshire, the New Forest wood be wrong to miss, and we suspect this won’t be an option once small people in your party discover it’s the location of Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park. The popular Beaulieu Motor Museum and Village, voted the best large visitor attraction 2013 by VisitEngland, is in the heart of the New Forest and also has Beaulieu Abbey and Palace House and Gardens on site.

Must see

  • Adventure Wonderland (2.6 miles)
  • The Bournemouth Balloon (6.3 miles)
  • Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum (6.5 miles)

National Trust

  • Kingston Lacy (7.6 miles)
  • White Mill (8.8 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Additional terms

No groups of single sex or mixed parties.

Your pitch is available from 12 noon on the day of arrival, with departure by 10am. Please try to arrive before 8pm. We regret that we cannot accept arrivals after 10pm. On arrival you may be required to show identification.

Shorefield Holidays Ltd will not be liable for any personal injury, loss or damage, direct or indirect, loss or damage to any property, however caused, sustained by or occasioned to any person (including persons under 18 years).

No commercial or transit type vehicles permitted on park.

We are unable to accept liability if we are prevented from supplying a service to you due to a force majeure, an event which we cannot avoid, such as act of God, civil commotion, riot, war, explosion, accident, flooding, hurricane, snow, unusually low or high temperatures, earthquake, terrorism and any similar events which are outside of our control.

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