Ringwood, with its market charter dating back to 1226, has plenty to offer visitors throughout the year.
The historic town still holds a lively Wednesday morning street market which complements the wealth of quaint and modern shops, local events, restaurants, pubs and cafes. A visit to the famous Ringwood Brewery offers the chance to sniff the hops and sample the beers made on the premises.
Wander down West Street to view the River Avon from the old three-arched stone bridge and the Saxon parish church. Old town charm is maintained by listed buildings such as Monmouth House and The Meeting House.
Ringwood is well placed on the Avon Valley footpath there are a number of local town trails to choose from and it makes an ideal base from which visitors can explore the area.
Families should head out for Moors Valley Country Park, just a short ride away, which offers great walks and the Go Ape! treetop challenge for the adventurous. At nearby Crow, Liberty's Reptile and Raptor Centre features some fascinating birds of prey.