Forest Holidays New Blackwood Forest

We attended yet another awesome bloggers event this week. Forest Holidays invited us to the opening of their brand new Blackwood Forest site in Winchester, Hampshire

We traveled from London to Hampshire by taking the A406, M11, M25 then M3
Took us about 1h 45mins simply because there was traffic *shock* on the M25 then we took a minor wrong turn just before the turning for the retreat … Stupid Google Maps haha

We’ll meet in the Forest Retreat at.
12.00 We’ll take a tour of a typical Forest Holidays cabin.
12.30 Lunch (prepared by our Forest Retreat team, including our wonderful pizzas!)
13.15 Activities with our Forest Rangers
15.00 Farewell drinks at the Forest Retreat

We arrived at the gorgeous 270 hectare beech forest which was not yet open to the public, so there was some evidence of final building touches and landscaping going on,
It’s almost complete, and as such this weekend was their first ‘soft launch’ with their contractors’ families who were welcomed to stay on site to ‘test’ the cabins to ensure everything is as it should be ahead of our opening on 17 May.

We were greeted by the Blackwood Forest site staff with hot/cold drinks and a welcome talk about what’s to offer and whats on site when the retreat is opened to the public

– Bike Hire
For all the family

– Forest Ranger Activities
Uncover the forest’s secrets
-Forest Trails and Walks
Discover the freedom of the forest

The reception staff can even recommend and book activities for you.
After that you can enjoy a freshly cooked meal in the café I had a bacon roll & Rovi had  hamburger despite us being offered a buffet lunch – He was hungry LOL, It was delicious though
There is even a out door play area for the children  

The Forest Retreat has also got a shop, which has everything like day-to-day essentials to even luxuries, gifts and souvenirs, and many locally sourced items.

We were then driven to see one of the Silver Birch cabins by the lovely Gareth who gave us the run down of all things Forest Holiday. Wouldn’t mind taking a trip to see all the sites they all sound so magical – But I was really excited to see this cabin.

Silver Birch Cabins

Style and substance. Sleeps 4-6 (two and three bedrooms available)

An inviting outdoor hot tub, a comfortable, en-suite master bedroom, and high-spec fittings, the Silver Birch cabin is a great choice for your forest break. The cabins are equipped with everything you will need for a forest break, and the attention to the small details of design and finish are evident throughout. Silver Birch cabins offer a choice of two or three bedrooms.

Once inside the cabin we were greeted by the awesome Jill – She was so lovely.
She told us what was available in each cabin, I’m talking in-house entertainment like WiFi  over 100 movies to choose from, pic up the phone and order some scrumptious pizza. You can even have spa treatment in you cabin – Imagine that on a couples holiday?? How relaxing right!

I managed to get a few shots of the cabin.

Living Area
Kitchen/Dining Area

Bedroom 1 – Twin room

Bedroom 2 – Twin room

Bedroom 3 – Double room 

Bathroom – There were two
One with a bath & shaower and one with only a shower

View from the patio

After viewing the cabin we were given the option to take the short 10 min walk back to the reception area, which we jumped at the chance to do

 We arrived back to the reception area where there was a nice little spread laid out for us.
Hayden had his own lunch made by mummy lol

After we eat we had a little play in the kids play area

We then had activities with our Forest Ranger Colette 
We went on a trek through the forest & I got to use my Sanamama carrier.
I couldn’t Instagram any photos for you guys because the reception was so pants unfortunately LOL

Our ranger showed us some baby mice which had made home in the forest – they were so cute

The house we see below is said to have bats that lived in there. I stayed well away HAHA

Overall we had a fantastic day.
Hayden was so tired & so were we. I’m kinda thinking maybe we should have taken the train up & back but the car journey home was a lot of fun – I was just very tired.

We’re absolutely going back once its opened fully so watch this space.

Have you ever been to any of the Forest Holiday sites?
Would you like to go to this new one?
Lotte xo 
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  1. Great post… I wouldn’t mind doing a little weekend break here. Looks really nice.

  2. Wow! Looks amazing! The nearest one to us is about 4 hours away gutted! Ha does look lovely tho!