New Forest Seasons
Best things to do in Spring
Look out for the new foals! The new arrivals put in an appearance from May and bring a smile to all of our faces with their long legs and fluffy tails. Remember is not just ponies, but baby donkeys, calf’s, fawns and piggies too!
The Foresters Lodge is particularly pretty with a stunning spring garden and surrounded by beautifully vibrant rhododendrons.
For more exquisite foliage why not visit Exbury Gardens? https://www.exbury.co.uk/ – It’s world-famous for its spring display of rhododendrons. Many of its most beautiful trees and shrubs are reflected in its ponds and lakes, doubling the amazing effect. Alternatively enjoy a wander through Furzey gardens and discover the enchanting fairy houses hidden in the woods.
Enjoy a bike ride through the woods and marvel at the Forest bursting into life. Take in one of the great Forest pubs for a well deserved lunch or afternoon tea in one of the village cafes.
The perfect time for a stroll through the woods with a picnic under a shady tree – see our walks from the cottage – link or enjoy the commons nearby https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/new-forest-northern-commons
Open top bus safari – Enjoy outstanding views of the National Park from the open top New Forest Tour http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/info/20047/travel/322/new_forest_tour Choose from three scenic routes around magical landscapes, and popular local attractions.
Hop on and off where you like and switch routes – all on the same ticket. The Tour runs hourly seven days a week during the summer.
Why not include the Beach Bus? http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/info/20047/travel/320/beach_bus ! Multi day tickets available with huge savings! Relax and enjoy the view while Learning more about the New Forest from the informative commentary.
Have fun and do your bit to protect this wonderful natural environment!
Visit the beach. Our favourites are
Lepe country park
Shingle beach, see how many crabs you can catch in the river (buy equipment at the shop). Great outdoor play area, plus large lawn for ball games. Scenic walks, café, nature trail, visitor centre, café, shop, toilets.
Walk along the spit to Hurst castle, enjoy crabbing in the river (buy equipment from the ice cream van), birdwatching over the marshes, boat watching in the Solent, toilets. https://www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/countryside/finder/lymingtonkeyhaven
The closest sandy beach, great for surfing and bodyboarding, making sandcastles and walks. Super restaurant and toilets.
Best things to do in Autumn
Look out for the Pigs! Autumn is the season of pannage – when the pigs are let out to roam the forest and gobble up the acorns that are harmful to the ponies. They are usually out for 6 weeks of the year from the end of September.
Go on a fungi forage. The woods around Bramshaw contain the largest variety of fungi in Northern Europe – so get out and see what you can spot. Find out more https://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-6e3gaz
Enjoy the Autumn colours with a walk through the woods – or visit the commons nearby https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/new-forest-northern-commons May be join a walk on the New Forest Walking Festival 2018. More details from WWW.newforestnpa.gov.uk/walkingfestival
Or perhaps a stroll through one of the nearby Commons to soak up those amazing colours! https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/new-forest-northern-commons
Favourite things to do in Winter
There is nothing better than a brisk forest walk to blow away the cobwebs, enlighten the senses and then back to the roaring log burner and a cup of hot chocolate – or maybe something stronger!
The local Commons are particularly special at this time of year https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/new-forest-northern-commons/features/winter-in-the-new-forest
Sample wonderful food and drink produced in the New Forest under the New Forest Marque. There are a series of events and Christmas fayres running throughout the year. Christmas markets start in November. https://newforestmarque.co.uk/events/new-forest-christmas-fair-2017/
Maybe a ramble through the woods to the local pub link and the roaring fireplace to catch up with friends over a hot chocolate – or hot toddy!