A grown-up summer break on the south coast needn’t always be about kicking back and relaxing on a sandy shore or wooded glade – there’s plenty to satisfy the more adventurous holidaymaker.
Shorefield Holiday’s Oakdene Forest Park may be set in 55 tranquil acres on the edge of the Hurn and Avon Forest in Dorset, but it offers a great base for a holiday of full-on fun from start to finish.
With its Go Active+ programme of activities and loads to do nearby, there’s lots to tempt active couples or groups of friends who much prefer energetic breaks to leisurely ones.
Go Active+ offers more than 20 activities for all ages, from archery and panna soccer to sea scooters, body-Zorbing and Waterwalkerz, where participants climb inside a giant inflatable ball and run, roll, flip and spin on water without getting wet.
Not only are there heaps of activities on park, the local area is full of adventurous things to do. How about a Total Wipeout-style obstacle course at New Forest Waterpark? Or try the Go Ape Treetop Adventure at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, where you’ll also find segway trails, walking and fitness routes, orienteering and fishing.
Over in Milford on Sea, adventurers can explore the scenic coastline of the New Forest, beautiful salt marshes and historic Hurst Castle by kayak or stand up paddle board with the New Forest Paddle Sport Company – there’s also a special rate for those staying at Oakdene Forest Park.
The sandy beaches, with surfing and zip wires, in cosmopolitan Bournemouth, plus a host of great walking and cycling routes in the magnificent New Forest National Park are right on the doorstep, too.
Back on site, VRoom offers guests the chance to explore undiscovered lands and distant galaxies – through fully immersive virtual reality experiences – and still be home in time for a sundowner on the terrace.
The park’s leisure centre has a gym and two swimming pools, while the heated outdoor pool and sun terrace is perfect resting aching limbs in the summer months. Choose a Superior or Signature lodge with its own hot tub and outdoor decking for even more post-activity relaxation.
There are plenty of wind-down activities on site for evenings, too. Guests can enjoy the Oak Showbar which showcases live music, tribute acts, comedy, illusionists and themed shows, with something on every night. The Acorn Bar and Restaurant also shows Sky Sports and BT Sport, with live coverage for all major sporting events – and with great food, wine and beer, there’s no need to worry about cooking or going elsewhere after a hard day.
Prices for a self-catering short break at Oakdene Forest Park start from £199. For further information about Oakdene Forest Park visit: www.shorefield.co.uk/oakdene
*Price based on a Supersaver two-bedroom caravan for breaks before 7th July for three nights.