Experts have said the mental benefits of looking forward to something, both reduces stress and boosts our moods, so why not start planning your autumn trip now!
If you want to get one last holiday in before the kids go back to school, then just a stone’s throw away from the Merley Court Holiday Park and the Wilksworth Holiday Park is the New Forest Family Fest (3rd-4th September), held in Wimborne. This family friendly music festival includes a craft market, a kids corner and a diverse range of locally sourced food and drink traders, so there really is something for everyone. As well as enjoying the live bands, visitors can join in with singing and dancing workshops to polish their moves.
Just a five-minute drive from Swanage Coastal Park is the Swanage Folk Festival (9th-11th September), which has its 30th anniversary this year, so visitors can expect lots of entertainment with a weekend of concerts, dance displays, music workshops and with lots of free shows means you don’t have to break the bank to get involved. Food, drink and great tunes plus (hopefully!) some end of summer sun - what’s not to like!
If you are keen for some beachside views, why not try Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival (30th September - 2nd October), which is a great day trip if you’re staying at Forest Edge. The festival, with this year’s theme being ‘PLAY’, includes the annual highlight of the local calendar, ‘Carnival by the Sea’ - this year will be the biggest parade ever staged as part of the event! Attendees can enjoy art installations, music, performances and more - from roller discos to gospel choirs, this is a fabulous array of events complete with wonderful coastal views.
Here at Shorefield, we also have a range of music events taking place in the parks throughout October. The SKA and Reggae Weekender we hosted last year was such a success that it will be taking place again this year (14th-15th October). This is a brilliant weekend full of Jamaican inspired music from a number of incredible bands such as Bad Manners, a two-tone ska band, and Loonee Toons, that will surely get the party started. You can book tickets online through Skiddle, starting at just £27.50 for a day ticket.
If you’re looking to book a holiday over October half term, Shorefield Holidays has a number of fun events taking place.
Our entertainment team will be putting on some spooky shows over the Halloween season and there will be a range of themed activities to get involved in. Pumpkin picking at the Instagram-worthy Fordingbridge Picking Patch is a must-do around Halloween, and a great afternoon trip from Shorefield Country Park, where we’ll be also hosting family carving sessions to really get in the seasonal spirit.
If that wasn’t enough, then another treat lies in store for those visiting Shorefield parks in September. The New Forest is of course well known for its roaming cattle and iconic New Forest ponies, but from 13 September onwards another animal is permitted to discover the beauty and tasty treasures of the forest - the humble pig! If you come and stay with us in Autumn, you could witness this local tradition of Pannage pigs feasting on acorns, beech mast and chestnuts. This year you’ll be able to spot pigs until November 14, when they are all recalled for the winter. Read more on the New Forest website here.