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Learn something new - outdoor pursuits in Test Valley

As well as cycle routes and beautiful countryside walks, Test Valley offers new outdoor experiences such as fishing, clay pigeon shooting, Forest Bathing, outdoor Yoga and more. Here are a few idea's to wet your appetite.

Fishing Breaks offers wonderful opportunities to learn to fly fish or brush up on existing skills. The Test Valley is the birthplace of fly fishing and is famous the world over for its chalk streams, mainly the River Test, rich in trout and other fish. Fishing Breaks has developed days for those wanting to learn to fish, days on the water with a private fishing guide, family sessions, kids’ camps, and guided river walks. It also offers accommodation near the water. Find out more

Stay at The Grosvenor Stockbridge and sample a day of clay pigeon, pigeon or pheasant shooting or deer stalking.

At the Greyhound on the Test, also in Stockbridge, why not try your hand at game shooting or clay pigeon. Both hotels also offer fishing.

Ever wondered what Forest Bathing was all about?You can embrace this wonderful way of being mindful, relieving stress and enjoying nature with this technique that takes place in the outdoors, amongst trees. Sir Harold Hillier Gardens offers year-round 3-hour sessions guaranteed to connect you with nature to make you feel calm and rested.

Enjoy a calm start to your day with early morning Breathwork and Physical Awakening in Hillier Gardens on Fridays during the summer. Learn to coordinate your breath, movement, and mind to help boost your energy levels and increase your stress resilience.

Or how about Yoga in the Gardens on Mondays during the summer at Hilliers Gardens? Suitable for beginners, you will learn the basic standing, sitting and recuperative poses. Those with experience can work at a deeper level.

For something more energetic, try Beginners Hula Hooping on 3 different dates at Hillier Gardens. Join Mrs B's Hula Skoola for this fabulous hula hooping workshop outside in the Gardens. Learn moves like waist and hand hooping, hoop tricks, sequences and more! Its low impact, a great brain work out and suitable for all fitness levels.

Why not try something completely different and learn about birds of prey at the Hawk Conservancy Trust, near Andover? The Trust offers A Day with Birds of Prey, where you will be introduced to some of the wonderful species in their care. You’ll likely fly an eagle, a hawk and a vulture and learn handling and flying skills and watch flying displays. A shorter session gives you an opportunity to learn some handling and flying skills, too. Other experiences include an Owl Experience, and a Beginning Falconry Award Course which will teach you how to prepare for, source, select and care for birds of prey. Photography workshops with the birds are also available.

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