At the Calshot Spit close to the Southampton city centre, the Calshot Activities Centre is the perfect venue for adventure sports fans, featuring a superb dry ski slope and other adrenaline-infusing attractions. It's only a short drive from numerous hotels and bed and breakfast establishments, and is just a few miles north of the Isle of Wight.
Next to Calshot Castle
A beautiful rounded landmark in the scenic village of Calshot, Calshot Castle has stood for nearly five centuries and was fortunate enough to be spared damage during the English Civil War, when many other castles near the South Coast were devastated by Royalist and Parliamentary troops. The castle was an important military base in the First World War, and was carefully restored after the Second World War in its original style.
Calshot Castle also has plenty of picnic space, a great café serving various tasty snacks and hot drinks, and a souvenir shop where you can choose from various English Heritage gifts.
On the Edge of the New Forest National Park
One of Britain's most important natural wildernesses, the New Forest coves much of western Hampshire and parts of Dorset and Wiltshire, and marked its 20th anniversary as an official national park in 2013. It's noted for its enchanting Exbury Gardens, a Neo-Classical mansion overlooking elegant landscaped grounds and a steam railway. The park is also home to the beautifully preserved Palace House of Beaulieu, and Hythe Pier, from where you can take regular ferry services to the centre of Southampton.
Visit the New Forest Wildlife Park and observe dozens of species native to Britain, many of which have been rehabilitated and are endangered, or attend the New Forest Show, a thriving agricultural event taking place each July.
Fantastic Places to Stay near the Calshot Activities Centre
Whichever hotel you stay in near the Calshot Activities Centre, you'll normally benefit from Wi-Fi access so you can always stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues online. Many hotel rooms also have en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee-making facilities, stocked mini-bars, and work desks so you can use your laptop or iPad comfortably.