October 2016

a Swan swimming in the river

Holidays in the UK

It is always a big decision whether to holiday somewhere abroad or visit somewhere closer to home, but more and more families are choosing the convenience and safety of holidaying closer to home in the UK.

We have been speaking to some of our guests to understand why they would chose a UK holiday over a trip abroad and here is what we discovered….

Budget airlines may have lowered the cost of flying abroad, but plane tickets are still one of the most expensive parts of your overall budget.  With extra charges for baggage, choosing to sit together and many other ‘extras’, staying in the UK means that you can save a lot on travelling or even better – spend this money on things you would rather such as excursions and activities for your children.

With the value of the £ plummeting in recent weeks, the cost of a holiday abroad is uncertain. With a UK holiday you will know where you stand and don’t need to worry about costs escalating.

Going on holiday abroad often means that you lose a day just getting to your destination. Lengthy trips to the airport (often at unsociable hours that can prove tricky with children), 2-3 hour check in times and the time of the flight itself can all add up.  Booking a lodge UK holiday might save you a whole extra day off work. Simply load the car up, drive to Sandy Balls and your holiday begins the moment you arrive.

Explore our beautiful country
Have you always wanted to visit Bournemouth’s beautiful beaches or see the unique sight of a New Forest pony sauntering across the road oblivious to anyone around them? Fulfil the kids dream of visiting Paulton’s Parks Peppa Pig World or the motor museum at Beaulieu? A UK lodge break or any other type of staycation would give you a perfect opportunity to explore Britain.


The fact that you are in the UK makes a few things easier. Speaking English, using your own currency, no adaptors to charge your phone and you aware of what is socially acceptable.

No packing restrictions

Push-chair, travel cot, clothes, your child’s favourite toys (all 7 of them), wellies, camera … the list goes on and on. Why limit what you bring on holiday when you can chuck all of these in your boot? Staying in the UK for a holiday means no packing restrictions and no charges for extra baggage.

Discovering our own country has lots of benefits and there are so many ways to do it. Some people like to jump into their motorhome and enjoy the freedom of their “moving-house”, others decide to go glamping or camping and others choose a UK lodge breaks. There are lots of options at Sandy Balls with many places to visit for day trips in the surrounding area.

Why not book a UK lodge holiday with us now? Click here for prices and availability.


little bird in the New Forest

Top 10 attractions close to Sandy Balls

Sandy Balls is conveniently located just 30 minutes from Southampton and is ideally located for exploring the stunning New Forest National Park.

Here are some ideas for some great day trips you can enjoy during your next Sandy Balls holiday…

Marwell Zoo offers an incredible range of exotic and endangered species, where you can get up close and personal to the wonders of the natural world. There is plenty to do on site, from adventure playgrounds and rail trains to picnic areas and cafes.

Adventure Wonderland Dorset’s number one family theme park for young children with indoor and outdoor attractions. With over 30 rides (some suitable for small children as well), your family will surely have a great day out!

Longdown Activity Farm Get close to furry friends at this fantastic family farm. Bottle feed kid goats, cuddle with a baby rabbit or explore their farmyard buildings!

Paulton’s Park with Peppa Pig World has over 60 wonderful rides and attractions. The home of Peppa Pig, Paulton’s now also features a dinosaur theme land (new for 2016) called the Lost Kingdom, so you will find something new even if you have visited before.

Exbury Gardens Take a stroll around the world famous 200 acre Rothschild Gardens and ride the steam railway. Kids will love the adventure playground and the ice-cream from Mr Eddy’s Tea room.

Beaulieu: Spend a great day out in Beaulieu and make a day unforgettable for everyone. Dad will surely like the famous National Motor Museum, Mum will fall in love with the Victorian-style country house and the kids can enjoy the rides on the Monorail and Veteran Bus.

New Forest Towns & Villages The pretty towns of Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst and Lymington all have something different to explore.

Bournemouth’s Beaches: With its seven miles of award-winning beaches, Bournemouth is a great place to visit when the sun is out! Build a sandcastle, swim in the sea or go for a meal or shopping if you are not lucky with the weather.

Oceanarium: If you are visiting Bournemouth and love sea creatures, pop in to the Oceanarium.  You can discover all there is to know about the creatures of the underwater world in this award winning aquarium

Ringwood Brewery: Take a tour of this popular local brewery including a drink in the Pin Room. Please note that they don’t accept kids under 8 years old.

trees and rainbow

Rainy day ideas for your New Forest break at Sandy Balls


Weather is and always has been the favourite topic of us Brits, mainly because it is so unpredictable.  So even if the meteorologists say that it will be sunny, mum’s know that it won’t hurt to have a plan B… Just in case….

At Sandy Balls you can have a great time, no matter the weather as we have planned our facilities and activities to make sure of that. Here are a few things you can do on a rainy day during your stay.

Indoor soft play:

Let your child experience the excitement of climbing, sliding and crawling in a safe environment.  Our indoor soft play area will keep your active children entertained, even on a rainy day.

The Play Zone:

Located in the Village Square, we have a great collection of arcade games to keep the kids entertained. We have enjoyable classics from grab machines to penny falls, from dance machines to pool tables.  We also have ticket redemption machines, where you can win tickets and exchange them for wonderful prices.  Great fun when the weather is not-so-great!

Indoor activities:

Our activity calendar has indoor activities that can be enjoyed whatever the weather.  Book a pirate mania session on our giant pool inflatable, try your hand at archery or a crafty activity to spice up a wet day. During the school holidays we have even more ‘rainy-day’ activities from dance schools to junior fencing!


Our Leisure Centre is a perfect way to have fun on a rainy day.  Splash into our indoor pool and then relax in the spa and sauna. We have splash pools for our younger guests, which mean everyone can come along! Please note that at busy times pre-booking may be required.

Gym and Fitness Classes:

Our gym has the latest equipment and provides a great selection of machines. If you prefer training with a coach we also provide various classes from indoor cycling to aqua-fit.

Family activities in your accommodation:

Pop into the Village Store and surprise your kids with a new DVD or a board game. Listen to the sound of the rain as you curl up in front of the fire and spend some quality time with your loved ones.

Splash in muddy puddles:

You can of course embrace the rain, put on the kids wellies and go and jump in muddy puddles.  Great family memories! 

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