Local Area & Attractions

About the Area

Shamba Holidays is situated on the boundary of Hampshire and Dorset, midway between Bournemouth and The New Forest. The New Forest, less than 3 miles away, comprises over 490 square miles of National Forest and heathland where wildlife wanders in its natural habitat. There are many picturesque villages and market towns in the forest worth visiting. A great place to explore on foot, horseback or bicycle. 

The vibrant holiday resort of Bournemouth is within easy access for shops, sandy beaches, restaurants and theatres. The harbour towns of Poole and Christchurch, the cathedral city of Salisbury and Wimbourne Minster are also close by.

Our local market town of Ringwood is less than eight minutes drive away and has most major banks and building societies. It hosts many shops and has two large supermarkets. It also offers some excellent cafes and restaurants and is well worth a visit. 


Please see the pages for both Peppa Pig World and Go Ape. Other great local attractions are listed below - click the attraction title to visit their website.


New Forest CyclingNew Forest Cycle Hire

Forest Leisure Cycling, based at Burley in the heart of the Forest Cycle Trails, offers a large, quality cycle hire fleet. Rides for all ages and abilities and expert back-up and advice. On-line booking. Free parking. Open 7 days a week. Voted a Top 10 Day Out! (The Independent).

Eastmoors Riding School

Directly opposite Shamba is Eastmoors Riding School. Set in the beautiful Dorset countryside, our treks set off into the vast Westmoors Plantation. We offer treks from 30 minutes up to 4 hours.

The treks up to 1.5 hours are suitable for both beginners or experienced riders, the treks 2.5 hrs+ are suitable for advanced riders only. We offer 10 minute arena walks for children between 2 and 4 years old.

Moors Valley Country Park

The award winning Moors Valley Country Park with its play areas, model steam train, adventure play trail, tree top walk, golf course and fishing lake is less than three miles away. 

Longdown Activity Farm

A family-run farm situated a 30 minute drive away from Shamba Holidays - join in with the daily activities which include bottle-feeding the kid goats and calves, feeding the ducks, meeting the pigs, donkeys and alpacas. Have a cuddle with a baby rabbit, hold a chick - you may even get the opportunity to stroke a piglet! There are lots of friendly animals waiting to meet you. Explore the farmyard buildings and the indoor/outdoor play areas. 

Paultons Park

Twenty minutes drive to Ower brings you to Paultons Park. A young family theme park with numerous rides, wildlife gardens and museums. Simply a must if you have children aged between 3 and 12. Or why not take a visit to Adventure Wonderland, previously known as Alice in Wonderland, a fabulous theme park aimed at the younger families from toddlers upwards that offers rides, its famous maze, play/adventure areas, shows and a huge indoor play centre and all just a short drive from Shamba. 

Marwell Zoo

Near Winchester, the world-renowned Marwell Zoo can be found, suitable for all ages. For older children, there is Tower Park in Poole with Multiplex cinemas, bowling and a variety of food outlets. 


The Oceanarium on Bournemouth seafront is an underwater, around the world experience and it is well worth a visit. The Purbecks with beautiful Studland Bay and Corfe Castle are only half an hour away. 

If it's horse riding, fishing or golfing you want to turn your hand to, all can be found close by. We have a range of tourist information on site and are only too happy to assist in seeking any further information you may require. 



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