The travelling support for Nottingham Forest are heading 200 miles down south on Saturday for a 3pm basement battle vs Bournemouth (Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Nottingham Forest fans will be making the long trip down to the south coast on Saturday to face Premier League relegation rivals Bournemouth.

Having snapped up the full allocation of 1,318 tickets, the 400-mile round trip will be a long but hopefully rewarding one for the set of Reds travelling down for the game.

The journey totals up to around three and a half hours each way, and fans should check travel information before travelling as there are forecasts of icy weather.

One positive is that the weather won’t be as bad as the original fixture between Bournemouth and Forest last season, when Storm Eunice postponed their meeting in February 2022.

There are no train strikes planned, so rail services should be running smoothly.

Recommended pubs for Forest fans are along Christchurch Road, with Mello Mello Bar popular amongst travelling support.

Only a 15 minute walk from the ground, it is a regular destination for visiting fans to the Cherries.

Other venues nearby are the Sir Percy Florence Shelley, which is a popular Wetherspoons in the area and opposite Mello Mello Bar.

Shark Bites Sports Music bar is another option and is also within a 15 minute radius of the stadium.

Other than these three, it is recommended visiting the town for pre-match refreshments to ensure a warm welcome and avoid clashes with Bournemouth fans.

If coming by train to the Vitality Stadium, Pokesdown Station is the closest and only requires a right turn from the exit down Christchurch Road, and then turning right again onto Gloucester Road, and continuing until you reach the ground.

However, most fans come through Bournemouth Central, which is a 30 minute walk or around an £8 taxi journey.

Finally, those coming by car should either find street parking, park at the stadium itself or find spaces at the Sovereign Centre, which is 10 minutes from the ground.

Forest fans should be set for a great weekend on the south coast, with the journey set to be even sweeter if the Tricky Trees can crush the Cherries.