NEW: Sandbanks & The Isle of Purbeck
Featuring Brownsea Island
Sunday 15th - Thursday 19th April 2018
5 daysDeposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £23.75pp
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A spring holiday with something for everyone, this will be the first time Roadmark has stayed in Sandbanks, the fourth most expensive place to live in the world! Our hotel is right on the beach, overlooking Brownsea Island, with views across the harbour to Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Purbeck.
Your Holiday Hotel
THE SANDBANKS HOTEL sits on the curve of Poole’s natural harbour, with a long terrace overlooking the sea. The building dates from the 1930s, with later additions. The bedrooms are small but functional, with satellite TV, free Wi-Fi and tea/coffee making facilities. A three-course table d’hôte dinner is served each evening, with 4 choices for each course. There is a lift to the first and second floors. The Hotel has a small indoor pool and sauna.
(DAY 1) Sunday 15th April
Taxi pick up from your home to the coach. We drive to the NEW FOREST WILDLIFE PARK. This fascinating conservation centre nestles in 20 acres of ancient woodland and has one of Europe’s largest collections of otters, owls and other forest creatures. We continue through the New Forest and follow the Dorset coast to reach our hotel in good time for dinner.
(DAY 2) Monday 16th April
Today’s excursion takes us to CHRISTCHURCH, which has a fabulous Monday Market. There will be time to explore this historic town on the Rivers Stour and Avon, and to visit Christchurch Priory. Either return to the Hotel for a leisurely afternoon, or visit Bournemouth or Compton Acres Gardens (entrance charge applies).
(DAY 3) Tuesday 17th April
A short drive into POOLE, with its colourful quayside. After time to explore the town we will take a cruise to BROWNSEA ISLAND. Owned by The National Trust, Brownsea has a remarkable history, and was the site of Baden Powell’s first scout camp in 1907. It is one of the last remaining places in the south of England where red squirrels thrive. Please note that a landing fee will be payable on the day (free to NT members).
(DAY 4) Wednesday 18th April
We take the chain ferry across the mouth of Poole Harbour onto the beautiful Isle of Purbeck. Time for coffee in Victorian SWANAGE before driving across the Purbeck Hills with views of ruined Corfe Castle. We will spend this afternoon at MONKEY WORLD. The 65-acre park, regularly featured on TV, provides a sanctuary for rescued and endangered primates from around the world.
(DAY 5) Thursday 19th April
We travel home today, pausing to visit KNOLL GARDENS. Highly respected in the gardening world, Knoll is well known for its ornamental grasses, Mediterranean style gravel garden, and mini-meadow. The RHS gold medal-winning nursery sells many of the plants found in the garden. Later we continue through the New Forest back to Sussex, arriving for late afternoon taxis.