It only feels like days since the last football season finished and fans suddenly found themselves with free weekends to play with… so depending on your view point you’ll either be delighted or distraught that the new season is just around the corner. The Premier League 2017/18 season kicks-off on the weekend of Saturday 12 August! The fixtures are out and you can start planning your Premier League away days, following your team of choice around the country.
Instead of abandoning your family for the weekend or spending inhumane amounts of time in the car travelling to and from the game on the day, we’ve got a suggestion: plan a long-weekend or a week’s holiday around your team’s away schedule.
We’ve broken down the Premier League into different regions, this article starts with the south:
The South Coast: Bournemouth, Brighton and Southampton
All just an hour or two from London and blessed with coastline and quintessential countryside in equal measure.
Bournemouth – The New Forest National Park and sandy beaches
Do you want sandy beaches or woodland so pretty they made it a national park? A trip to Bournemouth gives you both, plus Premier League football! The New Forest is famous for ponies, its ancient woodland and beautiful cycling. Peppa Pig World and the ferry to the Isle of Wight are also on your doorstep. If you’d rather relax on a golden sandy beach you’re in luck – the coastline is beautiful and there is even a beach in the centre of Bournemouth. Take a look at our ten reasons to visit the New Forest article for more inspiration.
Brighton – The South Downs National Park & the seaside
There can’t be many top-fight football stadiums in such beautiful settings, Brighton’s stadium is located on the outskirts of the city, on a small peninsula of non-national parkland jutting right out into the heart of the UK’s newest national park. As well as watching your team lose to the mighty Seagulls 😉 you could spend your time hiking The South Downs Way, mountain biking on the downs, exploring the cosmopolitan city of Brighton or road cycling the pretty little Sussex lanes. You could even base yourself within walking distance of the stadium and walk over the hills to the match. If the coast is more your thing you can walk along Brighton promenade for miles or take a dip in the sea. If you prefer swimming in a pool head for an outdoor dip in Lewes and Saltdean.
Southampton – The New Forest National Park & The South Downs National Park
If you thought Bournemouth and Brighton both sound pretty great away days to plan a holiday around take a look at Southampton: it is slap bang in between two national parks! You can take a stroll along The South Downs Way, explore the ancient city of Winchester or stay in the midst of ancient trees in The New Forest. Take a look at the aforementioned ten reasons to visit the New Forest article for more inspiration.