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Walking and cycling
This is a great area for walking and cycling. The New Forest National Park is a couple of miles away, with its huge area of paths and tracks; the Avon Valley Path, linking Christchurch and Salisbury, goes right past our door; the Clarendon Way from Salisbury to Winchester is close by; and there are many lovely routes on the other side of the Avon along the ridges and droves. The South Coast beaches and the Purbecks can easily be reached by car.

Local Events
The annual Cuckoo Fair takes place in the first May Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 4th May in 2013). The event is held on the picturesque village green where there is a maypole and dancing, 250 craft and other stalls, rural craft demonstrations, brass band, local scrumpy cider and an annual turnout of local bric-a-brac stalls raising money for charity.

The Salisbury International Arts Festival is a two week event starting in late May. Be sure not to miss the closing ceremony which takes place in the Cathedral Close. Take your picnic and enjoy music, street theatre and fireworks in a spectacular setting.

Riding
What better way to enjoy the New Forest? There are numerous stables not far away.

Places of historic and cultural interest
Amongst many others are Salisbury Cathedral (climb the tower for unrivalled views); the Cathedral Close museums; Stonehenge World Heritage Site; Wilton House; Mottisfont Abbey Gardens (there are extra opening times in June evenings to enjoy the famous rose garden at its best). Further afield are Exbury Gardens, with its wonderful rhododendrons and azaleas; Beaulieu Motor Museum and Buckler's Hard; Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (including the Mary Rose); and Winchester.