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Based in the New Forest, this wonderful small town lives up to its expectations. Situated in-between Bournemouth and Salisbury City's, this place is somewhere to stay if you wish to see some of the bigger places of England. With Bournemouth being a huge tourist resort and not to mention being a famous coastal resort. This is also close to the most famous, Sandbanks beach, home of many millionaires including the likes of Harry Redknapp.
Moving on, Fordingbridge is an old Market town, was originally called 'Forde', which was mentioned in the doomsday book. Fordingbridge town is made up of many public houses, a museum, shops, many churches, a museum and a lot of history. Fordingbridge was originally made famous by the bridge; which is the first great bridge, built in the medieval times is the main feature in this historic market town.
This town has many picturesque features such as the river bank which is located in the local recreational ground; which includes of a brand-new skate park, something for the kids. The recreational ground also holds a memorial garden, a large play area for children and a splashing pool for when the weather gets hot. The recreational sporting ground is home of the 'Fordingbridge Turks', which is the local football team- being one of the oldest football teams in England.
Fordingbridge has many schools- however in the main Fordingbridge area there are 4 schools, consisting of:
BOARDING SCHOOL: Forest Sandal Manor, Ages 3-13
INFANTS: Foridngbridge Infants School
JUNIORS: Foridngbridge Junior School
And the local comprehensive: The Burgate School and Sixth Form Centre.
After formerly being a resident of this beautiful town and growing up in the town centre I was of course able to experience the educational lifestyle. And feel that Fordingbridge does well for education up to GCSE level- I would consider sending your child to a different secondary school for GCSE as not all the support is given to the children, and some areas are certainly lacking in concentration; such as coping with bullying and local crimes. Although the sixth-form is a great one, certainly concentrating on the academic section rather than the social side, unlike others. However, social events do take place at least once a month including a night out in town centre of Salisbury.
Foridngbridge usually have a show once a year including of local animals and local produce which runs once a year. This is called 'The New Forest Show' which is a great day out for family and friends.
They held a firework show each year held in November, which normally costs to get in however, it's no more than £5.
They also hold a biker's weekend every year which includes a music festival which can be heard by the outside facilities by many of the pubs.
So, what other things are famous about Fordingbridge?
Well! There's the Casanova of the painting world- the good ol' Augustus John. Who was made famous by painting pretty pictures...
Well, there are lots of charity shops in this great place! There is also a very expensive women's clothing shop- called Jessica's. There is also a cheapy sort of shop which is rather popular, in which you can purchase pens and cheap candles etc.
There's also a very popular bookshop which has been running for years! Which has ended up being an attraction itself!
Well, Fordingbridge does have busses running every half hour from Foridngbridge to Salisbury and Fordingbridge to Bournemouth. However, it's not cheap. This is indeed one of the downfalls of this petite area. With the cheapest return being at £3, for a child's you must remember to carry more than a tenner for transport. Cos you never know! However, places are fairly easy to get to once you know where you are going. And if you don't then there's a travel information centre.
There are a number of huge car parks, so finding a place to park the car won't be an issue...
Would I live there? Well, after living there for a large amount of my life I would have to say no. This is simply because I am not a town person- I prefer the big cities. One disadvantage of this area is once you move you will end up knowing everyone, and in this place people are extremely nosey...
However, I would say it's perfect for a retired couple looking for pretty place to live. However, for a teenager with huge ambitions then no.
All in all, I adore this place- it's beauty, pubs, entertainment. But not for the living atmosphere, for a day visit or a holiday it's perfect!
Such a lovely place! Worth a visit. Fordingbridge is a small country town, on the banks of the River Avon & on the edge of the New Forest. It is in Hampshire, but close to the Wiltshire border. We found it a good base, Stonehenge & Salisbury just a 15 minute drive(traffic permitting). Bournmouth just 20 minutes. Southhampton is not too far either. Fordingbridge is quiet and quaint. There is a lovely pub/restaurant called The George, overlooking the river. It serves very good meals & snacks. Children are welcome too. We stayed in the Ashburn Hotel, which I highly recommend. It is of very high standard & the meals are silver service & the food excellent, as were all of the staff. It is a quiet Hotel with a bar, set in lovely landscaped gardens with a Heated outdoor swimming pool, the pool is covered each night & is kept very clean. The Hotel was immaculately clean. On the drive into Fordingbridge if you enter on the B3078, you cross through the New Forest, where there are horses & ponies roaming free, it is such a great site, seeing so many horses everywhere, they stand in the road, seemingly unaware of the cars. They are protected, so there is a speed limit on the road. There are plenty of places you can stop & pull over. There are also cows roaming about too, & pigs...(although we never saw any pigs). There are many places of interest in the area, and some beautiful villages. If you have children, Paultons (theme park) is close. We had never been to this area before & were not at all disappointed. It was a shame we had to leave.