A bit of history
The areas roots are set in the Bronze age settlement of Castle Rings, West Parley by the river Stour. The modern Ferndown was established by the Stweart Family who set-up a still successful chain of local garden centres. In the 1950’s it even had a Zoo on the north side of Ringwood Road with its most famous inhabitant Ajax the Lion. Surrounded by the historic market towns, heathland, trainlways and woodlands Ferndown has lot worthy of areas ready for you to explore.
Need to know
Play golf at Ferndown golf club whose turf has been graced by many golfing greats, it was Peter Alliss's favourite course so it's rather fitting they now have one named after him. Ringwood was famous in the 19th century for its "Ringwood" woollen gloves, and there was also a large linen collar and cuff factory here.
You will find a range of local shops and amenities in Ferndown, be sure to try the award winning marmalade from Webb's Butchers and one of the many lovely treats on offer at Le Petit Patisserie. Castle Point Shopping Centre is just a short drive away and Bournemouth town centre offers a very wide range of facilities, if you fancy making a day of it a trip to West Quay Southampton is under half an hours drive away and well worth a visit! As well as The Furlong Shopping Centre Ringwood still has a lively Wednesday morning street market and has remained a delightful, historic town with both quaint and modern shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes.
By Road: Ringwood and Ferndown enjoy the benefits of excellent road links to the M27 and M3 towards London via the A31 eastbound and to the A35 towards Devon westbound.
By Air: Bournemouth Airport is conveniently approx fifteen minutes away
By Water: You can take the ferry from Sandbanks Peninsular over to Studland in just five minutes
The parish of Ferndown, which until 1972 was called Hampreston, includes the communities of Hampreston, Longham, Stapehill and Trickett's Cross.