Brockenhurst is the most populous village in the New Forest – it’s about 15 miles North East from Bournemouth and is a similar distance from Southampton the other side.
A beautiful village, Brockenhurst provides amazing facilities for camping, caravanning and off road cycling.
It is twinned exclusively with Pont St Martin, France. The rich and vibrant history of this village is complemented by the plethora of sightseeing, dining and shopping options now available in the picturesque Brockenhurst.
The first settlers are suggested to have come along during the Bronze Age due to excavation work carried out here and archaeological intelligence. In fact, there are countless Burial Mounds still around the village, called Tumuli.
The village was named ‘Broceste’ by William the Conqueror during the Saxon period, as part of the section of New Forest he enjoyed hunting in. In fact, Broceste was often the village he used as accommodation during his hunting trips. The 19th century brought with it the opening of rail-links to Brockenhurst, which in turn brought in tourism, trade and more permanent residents.
If you want somewhere to shop, you have come to the right place. Brockenhurst boasts an array of shops catering for all trades, hobbies and basic needs including convenience stores, bookshops and cafes, pharmacies, estate agents and garden suppliers.
When you are looking for somewhere to eat, relax or stay overnight, Brockenhurst caters for a range of tastes and budgets. Traditional pubs are available, some with bed & breakfast accommodation, gardens and even skittle alleys to compete with the locals.
Relax in a range of cafes including the French Patisserie, the Deli and coffee shops to while away an afternoon. When it comes to dining, Brockenhurst specialises in a selection of tasty cuisine including English, Chinese, French, Indian and Italian, with takeaways offering the same.
The Village Hall is the central piece of this quiet town and holds events throughout the year to keep everyone entertained and active. If the natural beauty surrounding the village has become harsh during the colder months then pop along to the hall for further entertainment.
They offer talks by a selection of experts on a variety of subjects from village planning, conservation and general interest. You can also try your hand at a craftwork lesson or workshop, this year they are offering lessons in needlework for the next few months. There are also amateur theatre groups ready to entertain and enthral both children and adults with their productions. Or for charity you can even take part in a bicycle or horse ride around the village and surrounding areas to support your local good causes.
Brockenhurst is a brilliant village to visit if you are interested in hands-on history, community spirit and beautiful surroundings. Add to that fine dining and a welcoming atmosphere and you may find your second home here.