Last Minute Spooktacular Deals!

Halloween Pumpkin with a smile. Smoke surrounding and lit up.

We have some fantastic last-minute deals for this Hallowe’en season!

With Hallowe’en fast approaching, we have some wonderful offers for the weekend before, the weekend after and midweek, for a break at one of our homes, by offering you a 20% discount on our rates!

With so much to see and do in the area, what a wonderful time to celebrate as a large group or have a family reunion whilst experiencing some of these Hallowe’en festivities.

You can stay from Friday 27th October, for 3, 4 or 7 nights, with a check-in and check-out taking place on Mondays and Fridays. Here is one example of some of the great prices at the moment:

Forest Drove Cottage – Sleeps up to 11.
Poulner, Ringwood, New Forest, Hampshire.

Friday 27th October for 3 nights:
Was £2,020 with the discount is Now £1,616!
This is £48.97 per person per night.

Monday 30th October for 7 nights:
Was £2,695 with the discount is Now £2,156!
This is £28 per person per night.

Monday 30th October for 4 nights:
Was £2,020 with the discount is Now £1,616!
This is £36.73 per person per night.

Although this is just one property, we have a number of properties with this fantastic offer, based in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Devon. Click here to view availability on all of our properties.

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Halloween Spooktacular!

Welcome to the friendliest, most frightful Family Halloween theme park event in the UK!

  • The Halloween Spooktacular occurs between Thursday 12th and Monday 30th of October 2023 (inclusive).
  • Late night openings until 7:30pm on Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th October 2023!
  • The exciting Halloween shows run between 21st – 30th October inclusive.
Stonehenge during a thunderstorm, showing lightning and rain. Wiltshire.

Join Sherlock Holmes this half term and help solve a monolithic mystery at Stonehenge.

The Mystery of the Stones runs from Saturday, October 22 to Sunday 30, 10am to 5pm. There is also some spook-tacular fun with Dennis the Menace and Gnasher at Stonehenge, from 9.30am to 5pm, and Old Sarum, from 10.00am to 5pm.

Follow the dastardly duo and friends to solve creepy clues on the fun Beano Halloween quest.

Adult admission costs £6, children cost £4 and under 5’s go free. 

Gothic woman holding pumpkin in a forest

Nerf Wars Halloween Spooktacular
31st October

Are you feeling brave? We need your help to wipe out the invasion of Zombies!

Zombies have taken over our activity range. You will need to navigate your way through the creepy, infested cave to find the clues to be able to gain entrance to Zombie Land.

You have 20 minutes to survive our spooky set up armed with nerf guns.

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Halloween at Paultons Park 12th – 30th October 2023

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Paultons Park presents Spooktacular this Halloween!

This October, Paultons Park will be welcoming you to the friendliest, most frightful family Halloween theme park event in the United Kingdom!

What’s on at Paultons Park this Halloween?

  • Peppa Pig World‘s spooky Halloween makeover.
  • Tornado Springs – Halloween decorations from the way out west.
  • The Legend of Paultons Manor show – An all-singing and dancing extravaganza. (selected dates)
  • Ghoulish fun – meet Pickles the Pumpkin and the rest of the spirit squad characters!
  • The Fairy Garden – wonder through our majestic secret garden decorated with webs and pumpkins.
  • Rides in the dark! Late night opening until 7.30pm on 24th, 25th & 26th October 2023.

Have the best day at Paultons Park this Halloween.

Mews Hill, New Forest at sunset.

Mews Hill and Criddlestyle Cottage our some of our lovely properties, which are located about 20 minutes from Paultons Park. With room for 10 – 23 in your guest party, you can bring the family along to enjoy the Paultons Park Spooktacular and the wonders of the New Forest and Hampshire.

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The Spooktacular will be starting on Thursday 12th October 2023. The park during this time will be opening at 10:00 – 17:00 except for select dates. Ticket prices for this event is £41.75, a huge 24% saving compared to the on-the-gate prices. Book your tickets here.

Pumpkin Halloween display at Paultons Park.
  • The Halloween Spooktacular occurs between Thursday 12th and Monday 30th of October 2023 (inclusive).
  • Late night openings until 7:30pm on Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th October 2023!
  • Our exciting Halloween shows run between 21st – 30th October inclusive.
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Electric Vehicle Rally @ Beaulieu

Simply Tesla AT Beaulieu, New Forest

The New Forest plays host to a Tesla only event, held at Beaulieu National Motor Museum. Whether you’re a Tesla brand ambassador, electric vehicle enthusiast or love seeing high performance cars, this is the event for you taking place on Sunday 1st October 2023.

Tesla was incorporated by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning in California, after General Motors recalled all of its electric vehicles and destroyed them in 2003. Now, Tesla is a global brand name, who aim to build a world powered by solar energy, running on batteries and transported by electric vehicles.

Simply Tesla is a brand new event which has sparked in to life in 2023, bringing together a selection of these high performance electric vehicles, as owners are invited to drive in to Beaulieu and park up within the museum parkland for what promises to be a superb day out!

For those participating in the rally, there is a discounted ticket price, however, it isn’t exclusively for Tesla owners, as others wanting to enjoy the day can buy a general admission ticket on Beaulieu’s Website.

This ticket will give you access to the Tesla electric vehicle rally, as well as general admission to the rest of Beaulieu, including the National Motor Museum, on site gardens and more!


All ages and models of Tesla are welcome, which will provide a great opportunity to admire some stunning vehicles, both new and old as the electric vehicle landscape continue to evolve.


Electric vehicle charging points are not available at Beaulieu, however, one of the nearest alternatives is The Drift Inn (SO42 7YQ) followed by Tesco Applemore (SO45 5JA).


Participant and visitor tickets will include entrance to the rest of the Beaulieu attraction, such as the National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, Beaulieu Abbey, Little Beaulieu, Palace House and more!

Recently, Short Stay Homes have been delighted to announce that electric vehicle charging points are available at select properties, including in the New Forest, as we create a convenient charge point for our guests and work towards tackling climate change. For more information, check out the news article here.

Looking for Accommodation?

Check out our Short Stay Homes website, showing local New Forest properties that are available during Simply Tesla.

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Bournemouth Air Festival 31st August – 3rd September 2023

The Annual Bournemouth Air Festival will take place on

August 31st – 3rd September 2023

Whatever you want to see, be it on land, sea or in the air there will be plenty to keep you entertained this year.  As well as flying displays throughout the afternoon and early evening there will be so much more to see across the whole area including a Royal Navy dive tank, unarmed combat displays, cooking demonstrations by Navy chefs, the newly located RAF village, product sampling from a multitude of traders and of course the traditional Funfair.

Getting here

Here is where you will find all you need to make your way to the Air Festival – whether it’s by car, using the park & ride service, public transport, bus, coach or train.

By Car

Park & Ride – Kings Park BH7 7AF

During the Festival, Park & Ride will operate from Kings Park.  Parking is free but there is a charge to use the bus which will drop off at Manor Road      (BH1 3EZ) approx 5-10 min walk to the event site.

Tickets entitle up to 7 people to use the bus (return)

By bus and coach

There are plenty of coach providers offering great prices on travel to and from Bournemouth. All coaches arrive in the heart of Bournemouth, right next to the train station, where taxis and local buses are waiting to take you to your hotel, the Town Centre or seafront.  Bournemouth also has a great bus service with regular routes to the Town Centre.

During the Air Festival coach drop off points are available on Westover Road (BH1 2BU). Coach parking: Queens Road coach and car park (BH2 6BE) will be available for coach parking on all four days of the festival. Please note: coach parking at Kings Park will not be available during the duration of the Air Festival. Please refer to this map for details about our road closures. Coaches will not be allowed through these areas.

By train

Bournemouth is well served by the rail network with three local railway stations – the main Bournemouth station, Pokesdown to the east and Branksome to the west. There is an excellent train service to and from various locations around the UK, as well as a fast service from London Waterloo in as little as 97 minutes.

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Beaulieu Supercar Weekend 5th & 6th August 2023

We are pleased to announce the return of Beaulieu Supercar Weekend in 2023 on 5 – 6 August; the must-see family spectacular that brings some of the world’s most exclusive and desirable motors to Beaulieu.

Join us for one of the biggest Supercar events on the South Coast. It is a must for all supercar enthusiasts, providing an opportunity to get almost close enough to touch these impressive motors!

Beaulieu Supercar Weekend


It’s back again for 2023! A must-see highlight for all event goers is the demonstration runs. See incredible machines put through their paces along Beaulieu’s Chestnut Avenue as drivers test their supercars acceleration and braking.



Beaulieu Supercar Weekend


Returning for 2023, a selection of cars will be demonstrating on the arena the tunes of their powerful engines.



The members of The Sporting Bears Motor Club will be returning for 2023. Sporting Bears are a dedicated group of classic car and sports car enthusiasts with the primary aim – to raise money for children’s charities through dream rides and static events.

Since the Club was formed in 1989 they have been very active and have raised well over £3,000,000 for children’s charities in the UK. This year, Sporting Bears will be raising money for local charity, Simon Says which help children through the bereavement process.

The club will be putting on a display of owners’ vehicles and for a small donation there will be a mixture of some awesome cars to be able to have your photo taken in.

Supercar Demonstration Run Raffle – a raffle will be held by Sporting Bears offering visitors the opportunity to be passengers in some of the Sporting Bears vehicles that take part in the demonstration run. Sporting Bears will have vehicles taking part in each demonstration run and you could be joining as a passenger for this exciting experience. Please visit the Sporting Bears stand within the event on the day for further details and to purchase raffle tickets for your chance to be a passenger on a demonstration run.

100% of the money raised by Sporting Bears goes to the Charity! All fuel, insurance, wear and tear, hotels and meals are paid for by the drivers.




Beaulieu Supercar Weekend


Stay tuned for news of some exciting brand-new feature displays coming to Supercar Weekend 2023



Beaulieu Supercar Weekend


As well as being an opportunity to see an array of Supercars, there is also the opportunity to enjoy all that Beaulieu has to offer… Your entry will include admission to all the Beaulieu attractions including; The National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, Little Beaulieu, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and more.




Advance On The Day
Adult £24.00 £27.00
Senior (60+) £23.00 £26.00
Child (5 – 16) £13.00 £16.00
Family £61.00 £71.00


Advance On The Day
Adult £36.00 £40.50
Senior (60+) £34.50 £39.00
Child (5 – 16) £19.50 £24.00
Family £91.50 £106.50

Please note, Gift Aid passes will not be issued over the weekend. Returns with Gift Aid passes will also not be accepted. To visit the event, please purchase event tickets.

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New Forest & Hampshire County Show 25th – 27th July 2023

New Forest & Hampshire County Show

25th, 26th, 27th July 2023

The New Forest Agricultural Show Society was founded in 1920 and the first New Forest and Hampshire County Show was held in 1921 as a small one day local event at Bartley Cross.

Nowadays The New Forest & Hampshire County Show is an annual three day agricultural Show held at the end of July, attracting around 95,000 visitors over the duration. Show jumping is a major feature with international classes held throughout the three days. A full range of equestrian classes also feature, as well as livestock competitions including cattle and sheep, plus a poultry section, rabbits, cage birds, and honey bees.

The Show is rated amongst the top ten agricultural Shows in the country and the visit of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh in 2012 boosted the profile of the Show to its highest level yet.
The New Forest & Hampshire County Show helps raise funds to support the New Forest Agricultural Show Society and other local and national charitable organisations.

Show highlights include:
NEW! Live music stage
Canine arena
Family fun arena
The Kitchen by Chewton Glen
Countryside arena
Sheep ring
Cattle ring
Equine ring
Main ring
Eat & Drink
Public catering
For full information, please visit

Short Stay Homes has numerous luxury accommodation in and around the New Forest, Beck Cottage is an 18th century thatched cottage which is perfect for your stay whilst you visit the show.


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Lymington Seafood Festival 14th – 16th July 2023

Lymington Seafood Feast!!

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

14th, 15th & 16th July 2023


We’re excited to bring you our most diverse and best ever line up and all the ingredients for a perfect summer festival. Take a perfect location with Solent views, add delicious food and drink, invite some of the south coasts best bands, artists and entertainers.

We’ll have hilarious street performers and buskers popping up across the festival and more places to sit back, relax and enjoy the weekend.

Here’s what to expect at this year’s Lymington Seafood Festival


Friday 14th July
11am – 3.30pm & 4.00pm – 8.30pm

Saturday 15th July
11am – 3.30pm & 4.00pm – 8.30pm

Sunday 16th July
11am – 6pm.

£5 entry

Bath Road Park, Lymington, SO41 3SE

Check out Lymington Seafood Festival website for more information and booking.


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Dogstival – 3rd & 4th June 2023 New Forest

Dog Festival in The New Forest

The dog friendly New Forest hosts Dogstival. Held at Burley Park, New Forest on 3rd & 4th June, Dogstival is the ultimate day out for dogs and dog-lovers.

The weekend is everything a dog could wish for, with ‘have a go activities’ that are fun for all the family. These include; agility, flyball, a giant K9 splash pool, gundog scurries and even fun dog shows where everyone wins! Plus there’s a giant adventure ‘barkour’ playground.

There are main arena displays, expert talks and over 150 stands to sniff around. They even have live music and great local food, why not get your paws on tickets? Adults are £13.90, children 6-16yrs £8. Concessions and weekend tickets available at

Dog jumping through rings of fire, dog festival

Enjoy amazing displays just like this!

The main arena is JAM PACKED full of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

Dog on a water slide, dog festival

Join in with the fun at K9 Aqua Sport.

Take part or just watch this soggy doggy extravaganza!

Dog Festival, cakes and treats stand

Check out Dogstivals food and drink traders.

You will be spoilt for choice with the range of talented local producers using ingredients from both land and sea.

Looking for


Check out our Short Stay Homes website. Showing local New Forest properties that are available during Dogstival.

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Christchurch Food Festival 27th – 29th May 2023

Crowds turn out to support the festival

Crowds enjoying the seafood at the festival

CHRISTCHURCH FOOD FESTIVAL 2023The Christchurch Food Festival 2022 was amazing – we had 120 artisan producers, 25 delicious street food traders, a choc a block line-up of entertainment, live sheep and one of the best line-ups of chef talent we have ever seen….(thanks James Golding and Dhruv Baker)!

We are already looking forward to next year when the festival will take place from 27th – 29th May 2023 on what must be one of the most beautiful festival venue sites in the UK – Christchurch Quay.

We are planning on bringing even more wonderful content to next years event and will be updating the website over the next few months.

See you next year!

If you want to be kept in touch with what’s going on, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter in the sign-up action on the menu for regular updates and news.

Opening Times:

Saturday 27th May 2023 – 10.00 to 20.00
Sunday 28th May 2023 – 10.00 to 20.00
Bank Holiday Monday 29th May – 10.00 to 17.00

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Salisbury Cathedral – Brahms: Requiem March 25th

Salisbury Musical Society presents this captivating Centenary Concert featuring Brahms’ Requiem.

SMS, accompanied by the Chelsea Opera Group Orchestra, perform one of the most significant choral pieces of the 19th Century, conducted by David Halls, Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral. The concert will open with a specially commissioned piece by David Halls, celebrating Salisbury Musical Society’s Centenary Season.

David Halls: The Beauty of Holiness

This piece was commissioned especially for this SMS Centenary Concert, setting words from Psalm 96. Sung by Salisbury Musical Society and accompanied by Chelsea Opera Group Orchestra.

Johannes Brahms: Academic Festival Overture

An orchestral overture composed by Brahms in 1880 for the University of Breslau.

Johannes Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)

Completed in 1868, this is a large work for chorus, orchestra and two soloists, setting texts from the Scriptures in German.


Chelsea Opera Group Orchestra
David Halls, Conductor
Brittany King, Soprano
Bozidar Smiljanic, Baritone

Tickets £10-40 

25 Mar 2023 | 19:30
Brahms: Requiem
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