Families have been enjoying high quality, fresh and locally sourced food products as well as a number of other fantastic improvements made all around the country park. There is local, seasonal fruit and vegetables, free range eggs from Fordingbridge and Mozzo coffee, roasted in Southampton.
The Lookout’s signature dish, sustainably sourced Bowman beer battered fish with chips, peas and homemade tartare sauce, is perfect for Lepe’s coastal location.
There are high quality facilities to be enjoyed, with plenty for the whole family to see and do. With thanks to the hard work and commitment from The Friends of Lepe, a sensory cottage garden is a special addition to the country park. The garden encourages visitors to explore lots of different senses in a tranquil setting and features a pond and water feature, a bog garden, a wildflower garden and a pagoda for climbing plants. The varied pathways take visitors around so that they can enjoy the abundance of flowers such as lavender, hydrangeas, azaleas and petunias.
A revamped, clifftop play area with more equipment for the children to play on has already been completed, with a wild play area at Lepe point opening in the summer, featuring bug trap doors and magnifying posts.
There is something for everyone, as the D-Day remains located along the beach can be explored. Thousands of troops and vehicles, who were camping in The New Forest, embarked from Lepe beach in World War Two.
From the clifftop, guests can watch the latest cruise liners navigate the Solent, and those with their sights set on bird watching can look out for a variety of different species of bird which have been spotted at Lepe Country Park. There will be new rigging facilities, which will be completed by the summer, for those who want to get out on the water and join the windsurfing community.
Coming soon, there will be improved signage, maps and trails to highlight the best areas for visitors to explore; including families, dog walkers and kayakers. Cyclists will be able to spend time enjoying the views as improvements will be made to the bicycle stands in the summer.
The Lookout will officially open in the summer and is elevated above the beach, giving a panoramic view of the Solent. Being so close to The New Forest National Park it is the perfect location to explore further afield and ponies can be found grazing just a few minutes inland.
A redesigned beach front car park for improved pedestrian access and better defined parking bays will be completed during the summer, along with new accessible toilets.
The improvements at Lepe really make the most of Lepe’s natural and historical features and make it a destination for visitors of all ages.
The Friends of Lepe volunteers have been fantastic in helping transform Lepe Point. Anna Bedford, Lepe Park Manager, said: “As well as the Friends of Lepe, we’re always looking for people who want to come down and get involved. From conservation work around the Park, to helping with events or chatting to visitors about the park’s heritage at our new information point – there are lots of way to be involved.”