10 things you never knew you could do on the South Coast
1. Dinosaur Hunting
Want to find a piece of Earth’s ancient history? Why not go fossil hunting along the Dorset coastline at locations such as Charmouth and Durlston Bay.
2. King of the swingers
Embark on a tree top adventure with Go Ape at Moors Valley Country Park, on the edge of the New Forest.
3. Thirsty work
Just over an hour from Poole, discover the secrets of Bombay Sapphire’s world-famous gin in the beautiful setting of Laverstoke Mill, Hampshire.
4. All Aboard
Climb aboard the HMS Victory (Portsmouth Historic Dockyard). Experience life onboard the world’s most famous warship.
5. Nuts about nature
Located in Poole Harbour, with spectacular views, Brownsea Island, owned by the National Trust, is a unique haven for wildlife, such as the rare red squirrel and a wide variety of birds.
6. Up, up and away
Go to the Bournemouth Air Show (31 August - 3 September 2017) for dazzling air displays, on the ground action and evening entertainment.
7. Power ahead
Wind rushing through your hair, sea spray on your face, RIB rides are perfect for thrill seekers - and you’ll see more of the Jurassic Coast’s secrets through this unique perspective.
8. Join the Big Guns
From Brad Pitt visiting the Tank Museum for ‘Fury’ (2014), to the Swanage Railway being used for a scene in ‘Dunkirk’ (July 2017), featuring Harry Styles and Tom Hardy.
9. Wild about ponies
If visiting The New Forest, it’s almost impossible not to spot one of the 3000 wild ponies that graze over the National Parks 150 square miles.
10. Retail therapy
Gunwharf Quays is home to over 90 brand outlet stores and 30 restaurants, situated picturesquely in Portsmouth Harbour.
Find out more at www.visit-dorset.com and www.visit-hampshire.co.uk