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Winchester and the New Forest

  • 5 Days
  • 3 Fixtures
  • 0 Attraction
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Be charmed by ancient streets and surroundings in Winchester, a city packed with culture and filled with vibrant shops, restaurants and pubs. Located on the edge of the South Downs National Park, this tour offers the best of both worlds- bustling county town meets scenic countryside. Based at the centrally located Mercure Winchester Wessex Hotel, you will have plenty of time to explore on foot, before enjoying your afternoon fixtures. You’ll be perfectly positioned to explore further afield in the county of Hampshire, for example Southampton, Portsmouth and picturesque riverside villages.


This tour is perfect to customise, as there are so many great places within reach. To get you started, please find below our suggested itinerary below.

We've included suggested attraction visits (at an extra charge) to make your tour even more memorable, and to cater for those not bowling - why not visit Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, or stay close to home with a visit to the legendary Cathedral?

Please note all attractions and fixtures mentioned are subject to availability.

Day 1. Day of Departure

The executive coach will pick-up from your bowls club (or location of your choice) and proceed to the hotel. Once you’ve dropped off your bags, head to an afternoon fixture at local Hyde Abbey Bowls Club- only a short drive from the hotel. Alternatively, spend the afternoon at leisure – perhaps a light lunch, a spot of shopping or a drink at one of the quirky nearby pubs.

Day 2. Southampton and the New Forest

After a hearty breakfast, we head to Beaulieu- noted as one of the prettiest villages in the New Forest. Situated at the head of the tidal Beaulieu River, the village dates back to the 13th century, and is great for a riverside picnic. In the afternoon, we proceed to Atherley Bowling Club, Southampton- fantastic facilities and the Headquarters for Bowls Hampshire.

Day 3. Winchester

Spend the morning at leisure or take in the magnificent cathedral on a guided tour. Staying local, play an afternoon fixture at Littleton Bowls Club where you are sure to receive a very warm welcome.

Day 4. Portsmouth

Today we journey to Portsmouth- the Waterfront City. With its proud maritime history, Portsmouth offers world-class visitor attractions, including the Historic Dockyard. In the afternoon, we are hosted by the friendly members of Crofton Bowls Club in Fareham. In the evening, enjoy your final dinner overlooking the cathedral.

Day 5. Day of Departure

We’ll say a fond farewell to Winchester and make our journey home.

Winchester and the New Forest

All fixtures with are tailored to your group's needs and include tea, coffee and biscuits for both bowlers and non-bowlers. Please note: The fixtures and attractions mentioned are subject to availability. If you prefer a specific fixture with a club you know, you may include this in your notes when requesting a booking with us and we will be happy to make the arrangements. Prices as stated are based on 6 rinks (24 players). Please contact us if you would like to increase your playing rinks or include any extras such as lunch before your game.

Atherley Bowling Club

Come and experience the warm welcome you will find at the Atherley Bowling Club, Southampton, where we have superb indoor and outdoor facilities. We are the Headquarters for Bowls Hampshire. Centrally located you will be hard pressed to find a better venue to include in your tour itinerary...

Littleton Bowling Club

A great 'family feeling' club which caters to the social and competitive members....

Mercure Winchester Wessex

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

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Situated within a working Naval Base, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is home to a collection of fantastic attractions with so much to see and do. A visit takes you on a journey through...

16 – 20 seater

A coach suitable for smaller groups, whilst still offering premium quality, as with the rest of our fleet. We have a number of coach partners across the country, each with their own...

20 – 29 seater

A coach suitable for small-medium groups- for the comfort of your party, we recommend selecting a coach which allows some spare seats. We have a number of coach partners across the country,...

30 – 40 seater

Suitable for medium sized groups- an executive coach will be provided which is guaranteed to be less than 7 years old. The coach will be operated by one of our expansive network...

49 – 53 seater

Our most popular choice of coach. Facilities typically include air conditioning, an on-board toilet & reclining seats. Coaches are operated by one of our experienced partners, and are guaranteed to be less...

54 + seater

We have an expansive network of coach partners across the country, each providing a fleet of executive coaches ranging in size - this being the biggest. If your group are larger, we...

Winchester and the New Forest




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Melanie Thew
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17:33 07 Oct 19
Our Bowls Club spent 5 days / 4 nights on a Tour to Worcester in September. All the arrangements were made by Bowling Tours....who were friendly, helpful and very efficient, taking great care to support me as this was the first Tour I had been responsible for. Answering all my questions and providing excellent advice. Our hotel in Worcester (The Whitehouse) was welcoming and comfortable.....excellent food and friendly staff. A great location to use as a base to play matches against local Clubs. Our group, of just 24 members, had a great time - and the amazing weather enabled us to enjoy some of the sights of Worcester in our free time.... Thank You !
Frances Hudson
Frances Hudson
10:19 20 Mar 19
Thank you Bowling Tours for arranging our hotel in Cornwall. 40 of us stayed at the Esplanade Hotel in Newquay for 5 nights. The staff were extremely helpful, all the rooms were excellent, the food was of a very high quality and the entertainment first rate. Well done Bowling Tours this is the second year you have catered for us admirably.
Barbara James
Barbara James
17:16 14 Mar 19
We have just returned from a four-day tour organised by Bowling Tours. We stayed at the Queen's Hotel in Paignton which was an excellent hotel - great food and entertainment and the staff couldn't do enough to help - we highly recommend it. The coach and driver were very good. There was good communication with Kahing and the team at Bowling Tours which helped make the whole weekend go very smoothly.
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