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Six of the best weekend breaks in the South of England

Beautiful coastlines and sandy beaches, wild ponies, ancient forests, and thriving market towns – the South of England is always a popular holiday destination and it’s easy to see why.

Enjoy a weekend break at one of our locations in the South of England and do some exploring. From the beautiful coastline of Cornwall at Deerpark, to forest ponies and Stone Age splendour near Blackwood Forest, to outdoor adventures in Gloucestershire, near Forest of Dean, you are spoilt for choice.

Cabin at Forest Holidays, Blackwood Forest

We’re not including London within our six because there is so much to do. But did you know you can enjoy London with a difference by staying at Blackwood Forest? It’s just an hour up to the capital city on the train, so you can enjoy the bright lights and bustle and then head back to the forest and enjoy peace perfect peace in your hot tub beneath the beech trees.

Here are our top six picks for a weekend break in the South of England:

1. Family time in the New Forest

Seeing the wild ponies wandering the New Forest will always be one of the most popular reasons to take a weekend break in this beautiful part of the English countryside, but it’s not the only one.

Two New Forest ponies

There’s plenty of family fun to be had at Paultons Family Theme Park, with over 70 rides and the world’s first Peppa Pig world. If you’re a fan of cars and engines, you’ll want to stop in at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, while history lovers will enjoy a visit to Rockbourne Roman Villa. Explore all these places and many more during your stay at Blackwood Forest.

Vintage car

2. Medieval meets space exploration in Winchester

If you love great architecture, then exploring the city of Winchester is a must. Admire the beautiful God Begot House, an ancient manor house built in 1050, or explore the longest medieval cathedral in Europe.

Winchester Cathedral

When you need a family destination on a rainy day, you can’t beat the Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium. There are plenty of interactive experiments to inspire children and a choice of shows for insight into the deeper mysteries of space. If you enjoy exploring a city, but want to feel close to nature too, Blackwood Forest, just a short drive from Winchester, is a great choice for a family break.

3. Scones and seaside in Cornwall

When we’re talking about top destinations, it’s a little bit cheeky to talk about the whole of Cornwall in one breath. But, for a weekend break in the South of England, you cannot go wrong whichever part you visit.


We love Looe as a picturesque example of a traditional Cornish seaside town. Under 20 minutes’ drive from our cabins at Deerpark and a working fishing port, there are lots of boat trips to choose from, a lovely sandy beach, and a chance to witness seals sunbathing on Looe Island. Try Martin’s Dairy for the essential Cornish cream tea.

4. Step back in time at Stonehenge


Stonehenge needs no introduction. This 5,000-year old marvel of human endeavour is a bucket list must. Here you can walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors and gain an insight into their lives. But did you know that Europe’s largest stone circle is at Avebury? Just 40 minutes up the road from Stonehenge, it offers a quieter, more contemplative experience – and it’s close to a couple of thatched pubs for lunch too. Both historic monuments are an easy drive from Blackwood Forest.

5. Beautiful Bath

Bath is always a beautiful destination, at any time of the year. Visit the Roman Baths, admire the iconic Royal Crescent, stop by Bath Abbey and enjoy a promenade through the glorious Georgian streets to Pulteney Bridge.

Pulteney Bridge, Bath

But don’t think it’s a place for history lovers only. Bath is a vibrant city with plenty of restaurants, theatres and bars. Try Dan Moon at the Gainsborough for fine dining, or enjoy live music at the Green Park Brasserie. Catch a show at Theatre Royal Bath, or enjoy some stand up fun and laughter at Krater Comedy Club. If you are planning a weekend break, stay at Forest of Dean and enjoy a day trip to Bath.

6. Brave, daring Forest of Dean

A weekend break in Gloucestershire can be a time to relax – or it can be a time for action, adventure, and exploration. Discover the stunning views from Symonds Yat Rock, or explore the ancient Forest of Dean on horseback, pony-trekking with a qualified instructor, or on two wheels, hiring bikes and packing a picnic.

Symonds Yat Rock view

How about kayaking down the River Wye, zipping across the tree tops at Go Ape, or leave the ground completely with a flying adventure in a two-seater light aircraft. It’s an action weekend for the brave whilst staying at Forest of Dean!

Cabin breaks in the South of England

With so many places to explore, if you’re thinking of taking a weekend break in the South of England, you’ll want to find the right base. Our southern locations of Deerpark, Blackwood Forest, and Forest of Dean are ideal for getting right to the heart of the countryside. Book your weekend break now and start discovering more of southern England.