Heritage English is located in The New Forest National Park on the south coast of England. It is between the cities of Bournemouth and Southampton – both are about 18 miles away. London is around one and a half hours by train.
The New Forest National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty which shares both forest and coastal areas. The forest is almost 1,000 years old and was created by William the Conqueror in 1079 as his private hunting ground. The New Forest has a long history of “commoning” – this is a system where certain people have the right to put animals such as ponies, donkeys, cattle and pigs on the open forest to graze. You can see these animals wandering freely in the forest.
The landscape of the New Forest is beautiful and rare. It consists of forest, heathland, coastline, rivers and valleys. It is a popular place for people to come on holiday because it has a variety of activities to do such as cycling, horse riding, sailing , hiking , camping and enjoying the forest and coastal areas.
Many of our Heritage Hosts live in and around Lymington.
Lymington is a popular town with lots to see and do. Its Georgian High Street is the venue for a well-known street-market every Saturday morning. This is the busiest time of the week for the town and it has a range of stalls selling everything from local fine foods to craftwork and antiques. Visitors can enjoy the hustle and bustle of this unique shopping experience. The High Street also offers an extensive range of shops; some very familiar and others as unique and individual as the town itself. There are also many parks, cafés and restaurants and, of course, pubs in which to relax and unwind!
The town’s many features include a unique series of cobbled streets leading down to the pretty main quay area, popular with visitors who wish to sit, relax and watch the world sail by. Boat trips around the Solent can be taken from the quayside and private sailing, motor-boating and fishing trips may be arranged at short notice. Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight is a short ferry ride away , only 35 minutes, and caters for both foot passengers and cars.
Cultural Afternoon Activities
The New Forest is an area of ancient woodland. It was made by William the Conqueror in 1079 as his royal hunting ground. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty having the advantage of also being close to the sea. The forest is full of small villages and animals such as horses, deer, cattle, pigs and donkeys which walk freely through the forest, villages and woodland!
A visit to the New Forest Museum is a great way for our students to get to know the area and learn about the forest.
Milford on Sea is a small sea side village about 3 miles from Lymington.
Keyhaven is a tiny coastal village situated along the coastal path between Lymington and Milford On Sea. From Keyhaven students enjoy a visit to Hurst Castle which is an old sea fort built by Kind Henry V111.
For students who like getting wet and being in the water! Kayaking and canoeing with experienced and trained instructors on Beaulieu River. Not for students who do not like getting wet!
Another wet activity! Students can learn to surf or practice their skills if they already surf under close supervision with trained and experienced instructors on Bournemouth Beach….in nearly any weather conditions!
At the National Motor Museum students can see over 250 vehicles from the World Land Speed Record Breakers to the very first cars on the road. Students also have the chance to visit Palace House, owned by Lord and Lady Montagu, cousins to the Queen
The Isle of Wight is situated about 5 miles off the coast of Lymington. It is a short 30 minute ferry crossing from Lymington to Yarmouth on the island. There are over 60 miles of beautiful coastline and spectacular chalk cliffs. Students enjoy an afternoon trip to the Isle of Wight where there is also an open top bus tour which gives you fantastic views of the island.
The forest is a beautiful place to explore by foot, bike or horse! You can get close to the animals that roam freely in the forest (horses, deer, cows, pigs…) as well as see the natural and ancient beauty of the forest in this way. Host families are often able to provide our students with a bike to use during their stay.
Go Ape is situated in Moors Valley Country Park near the New Forest. It offers 2-3 hours of tree top fun where students swing through the trees, walk across bridges and through tunnels between the trees and finish off coming down from the tree tops on a zip wire like real Tarzans!
Bournemouth is a very large, popular seaside town around 16 miles from Lymington. It is popular for its 7 miles of golden sand as well as its town centre with shops and restaurants. It was a very popular holiday destination for the British holiday maker in the Victorian times. Some of the other attractions in Bournemouth include The Bournemouth Eye, a hot air balloon and The Oceanarium.
Southampton is one of Britain’s oldest ports and home to The Titanic museum. It has a world class cruise liner port and is one of the country’s leading commercial dockyards. It is also a very historic city and The Old Town has many examples of architecture from the Tudor times and earlier. Southampton also has a number of large shopping centres – an essential excursion for shopaholics!
An interesting way of travelling to Southampton with students is to take the Hythe Ferry. To reach the ferry you have to board the World’s Oldest Pier train and after a short ride of 640 metres you will have travelled along one of the ten longest piers in the British Isles!
Hengistbury Head is a scenic and historic ancient headland near to Bournemouth. It is a two hour walk around the headland with panoramic views in all directions.
*Located at Hengistbury is also The Hengistbury Outdoor Centre. This offers a variety of activities for all ages including sailing, paddle sports and other water based activities.
Burley is a traditional, New Forest village surrounded by an area of outstanding natural beauty. The forest animals walk freely through the village. Burley has remained untouched by time and is full of old shops and well known tea shops serving the traditional cream tea of scones, jam , clotted cream and of course a pot of tea!