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New Year, New Habits (not resolutions)

It’s that time of year.. again..

2024 is upon us, and instead of setting resolutions, why not try and set out new habits? For some people, resolutions work, but for others making a promise to yourself can be hard to keep throughout the year.

Here at Shorefield, we will be looking to 2024 as an opportunity to start new habits whether this be to help guests put their leisure time top of their priority list, begin their wellness journey, seek new adventures or become kinder to the environment. Take a look at some of the habits we want to advise our guests, and those we’ll take on as a business in 2024 too.

Become the best version of you

Looking after your physical, mental and emotional well-being is so important - this can look different for each individual, but becoming active and attune to your mental wellbeing can transform the way you feel.

Here at Shorefield we can help you embark on your wellness journey with our fantastic onsite amenities. Our health and fitness clubs at Oakdene Forest Park and Shorefield Country Park, are the ideal place to keep fit and active, with indoor and outdoor swimming pools as well as fully-equipped gyms.

If you are more of an outdoorsy person, walking is also a great way to maintain physical and mental wellbeing, and many health experts suggest starting your day with a walk as it can boost energy levels and serotonin. Being near the coast or woodland areas also helps to reduce anxiety, stress and depression. This is fortuitous for us and our guests as our parks are all surrounded by nature and stunning scenery. Many of them are also an easy drive from either the glorious South Coast or the New Forest with its ancient, wild landscape and famous roaming ponies.

We have fantastic walking routes, and the paths around Oakdene Forest Park and Forest Edge Holiday Park provide a perfect spot to enjoy fresh air and picturesque views during a leisurely stroll. There are also plenty of bikes to hire in the area for all abilities if you want to step it up from walking!

Couple Walking forest

Embark on a new journey

What’s a better way to create lasting memories than travelling? This year, plan your holidays in a sustainable way by opting for a staycation or flight free travel.

Sometimes it's easy to overlook the stunning and beautiful locations we have right here in the UK. A staycation completely removes the stress of travelling abroad, while also doing a favour to our planet.

Our parks have a whole host of accommodation and activity options to ensure that everyone’s holiday needs are catered to. Whether you’re a family wanting to escape the busy school term for a weekend, or a couple looking for a romantic hot tub retreat - here at Shorefield Holidays we take pride in our ability to accommodate your every need, whatever they may be!

If you're looking to try out something new, and push yourself out of your comfort zone, we have some fantastic GoActive+ activities at Oakdene Forest Park. The wide range of activities available on-site means there’s never a dull moment - from archery and paddle boarding, to crazy carts and body zorbing, there truly is something for everyone!

Outside of our parks you can venture on a new excursion and soak up the local history, visit castles and museums or explore the local wildlife by the sea and the forest.

5 Archery Go Active At Oakdene

Be kinder to our environment

This year, make it a habit to be kinder to our planet; whether it be recycling as much as possible or as previously mentioned, reducing air miles and opting for a staycation - every little helps.

Here at Shorefield Holidays we have taken great pride in our effort to act and work sustainably for many years. As a small local business, we may not be able to change the world but we are keen to do what we can to protect and support the area nearest and dearest to us, and would like to think our guests feel the same too!

All our parks are equipped to minimise our impact on the environment, from biomass boilers using locally sourced waste material to heat our swimming pools, to supporting biodiversity by leaving areas of land to allow bees and pollinators to repopulate.

We also offer cycle-friendly facilities, electric vehicle charging points and free group transport for staff. For our local community, we have reduced Health Club fees for fitness club members who don’t drive to the gym, rewarding those who choose to get around in a sustainable way.

So, if you’re interested in picking up some new habits in the new year that will make you feel good, then consider one of these and on your next stay with us and try to implement these habits in a different environment.

Fully Equipped Gym Fitness Suite


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