New Forest Weekend Breaks

Retreat to the beautiful New Forest

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          Fun things to do in the New Forest

          The New Forest is the perfect holiday destination for anyone wanting a cosy, rural retreat. Home to heaps of homey cottages and natural wonderland full of wild ponies, cattle and deer. There’s a wealth of traditional, country pubs and beer gardens to spend your afternoons in and taste locally brewed lagers and ales. The New Forest isn’t just a haven for luxury and rejuvenation, it’s also packed with outdoor activities and thrilling country pursuits. If you miss the buzz of a city or need a big night out then Bournemouth is just 10 miles away.

          The New Forest is the destination for anyone wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Forget traffic jams and noise and say hello to beautiful landscapes and traditional establishments. If you’re a fan of fine food, you’ll want to sample a selection of traditional hearty pies, locally sourced meat and caught seafood.

          Active things to do in The New Forest

          Get the legs moving with these exciting activities

        • Bubble Football

          From £30.00 per person
        • Clay Shooting

          From £55.00 per person
        • Bubble Mayhen

          From £28.00 per person
        • Footgolf

          From £20.00 per person
        • School Sports Day

          From £30.00 per person
        • Why visit the New Forest?

          The New Forest is a holiday destination for anyone wanting to experience true peace and tranquillity in an idyllic woodland setting. You’ll fall in love with wildlife roaming free around every corner, the picturesque glades, rivers, heather-covered heaths and ancient woods. There’s a wealth of award-winning wildlife parks, museums and gardens for you to explore.

          Each season of the year brings about a completely fresh experience in the New Forest, rich in colours and senses. It’s a beautiful landscape that has been shaped over many years by animals and man. There’s plenty to do and plenty to see on your trip. Discover walking and cycling paths, visit the local cosy pubs, spot the wildlife, and take part in a variety of both indoor and outdoor activites.


          Wild Encounters: Imagine spotting majestic deer roaming freely! The New Forest is home to these iconic animals, creating a magical backdrop for family adventures. Explore ancient woodlands on a guided walk or cycle through charming villages, keeping your eyes peeled for these gentle giants.

          Enchanted Forests: Step into a fairytale with a visit to the New Forest’s mystical woodlands. Explore tangled paths beneath towering trees, build dens amongst the ferns, and create lasting memories in this enchanting natural wonderland.

          Pony Power: The New Forest is famous for its wild ponies, and families can learn all about them at the New Forest Heritage Centre. See these beautiful creatures up close, learn about their history, and even take a pony-themed treasure hunt around the park.

          Nightlife Under the Stars: Pitch a tent under a blanket of stars and enjoy the tranquility of the New Forest at night. Share stories around a campfire, stargaze with friends, and reconnect with nature uniquely and unforgettably.

          Beyond the Forest: The New Forest sits on the edge of stunning coastline, offering a chance to combine your escape with beach fun. Explore charming seaside towns like Lymington or Milford on Sea, soak up the sun on sandy beaches, and try your hand at watersports like surfing or kayaking.

          Brockenhurst: This village is considered the heart of the New Forest. It has a great selection of pubs, restaurants and shops, and is a good base for exploring the forest.

          Bolderwood: This spot is a popular place to go deer spotting. Three marked trails wind through the forest, and a viewing platform at the top of the hill where you can often see the deer grazing in the meadows below.

          Exbury Gardens: These stunning gardens are a must-see for any garden enthusiast. With over 200 acres of gardens to explore, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, from the world-famous Rothschild collection of rhododendrons to the tranquil Japanese garden.

          Beaulieu: This historic estate is home to the National Motor Museum, Palace House and Gardens, and the ruins of Beaulieu Abbey. There’s also a steam railway that takes visitors on a journey through the New Forest.

          Buckler’s Hard: This picturesque village was once a shipbuilding center, and today it’s a popular spot for sailing and boating. There are also a number of shops, cafes and restaurants in the village.

          The New Forest Reptile Centre: Home to a variety of reptiles and amphibians from around the world, this is a great place to learn about these fascinating creatures. There’s also a café on site where you can grab a bite to eat after your visit.

          Hurst Castle: This 16th-century artillery fort was built by Henry VIII to defend the Solent. Today, it’s a popular spot for picnics and walks, and offers stunning views of the coastline.

          Unusual things to do in the New Forest

          Make the most of your time in the New Forest with these alternative activities

          • Butlers in the buff

            From £20.00 per person
          • Drag Brunch and Dinner Shows

            From £30.00 per person
          • Bottomless Brunch

            From £30.00 per person
          • Cocktail Making Experience

            From £30.00 per person
          • Life Drawing Class

            From £25.00 per person
          • Clay Shooting

            From £55.00 per person
          • Country Pursuits Day

            From £45.00 per person

          Catherine - The Best Weekend Away!

          We had the best weekend arranged by Adventure Connections for my cousin’s hen. Everything was swiftly arranged and we loved the activities booked for us (private chef and butlers). Thanks everyone – a stressful planning situation made easier by great party planners!

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          I highly recommend booking through Adventure Connections, they made my life so much easier and answered every question I had swiftly. Thank you so much for all your help and an excellent trip away!

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          Adam - We'll be using AC again!

          I wanted to give a special shout-out to Nathan at Adventure Connections for making the entirety of our trip easy and enjoyable. He communicated clearly, offered flexibility with our requirements, and helped us arrange a wonderful weekend for our group that everyone loved. We’ll be back to use you again soon!

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          Seasonal events and activities in and around the New Forest

          The New Forest, a sprawling national park in Hampshire, England, isn’t just about majestic roaming deer and ancient woodlands. Beyond its natural beauty, the region pulsates with a vibrant calendar of events, offering something special for every season. So, whether you’re a music lover, a history buff, or a foodie fanatic, plan your New Forest escape around one of these key recurring events:


          Spring events in the New Forest:

          Curtain Up! The New Forest (April): Immerse yourself in the world of theatre at Curtain Up! The New Forest. Held at Hazelhurst Farm, this festival features a hilarious production by a professional company, perfect for a fun night out.

          Burley Horse Show (May): Witness the grace and grandeur of the New Forest’s iconic Burley horses at the Burley Horse Show. This traditional event features showing classes, ridden competitions, and a chance to learn about this unique breed.

          Open Gardens Week (May): Peep into the hidden gems of the New Forest during Open Gardens Week. Private gardens across the region open their gates, showcasing a delightful array of blooms, landscaping styles, and afternoon tea opportunities.


          Summer events in the New Forest:

          New Forest Food Festival (July): Embark on a culinary adventure at the New Forest Food Festival. Sample delectable dishes from local producers and restaurants, witness live cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs, and discover exciting flavor combinations. Stock up on gourmet treats and expand your culinary horizons.

          Bemerton Music Festival (Various Dates Throughout Summer): Enjoy a delightful evening under the stars at the Bemerton Music Festival. Held in the beautiful grounds of Bemerton Rectory, this series of concerts features renowned classical and jazz musicians.


          Autumn events in the New Forest:

          New Forest Film Festival (September): Immerse yourself in the magic of cinema at the New Forest Film Festival. This independent film festival showcases a diverse selection of movies, documentaries, and short films, perfect for film buffs and casual viewers alike.

          The New Forest Marque Food & Country Fair (October): Celebrate the bounty of the autumn harvest at The New Forest Marque Food & Country Fair. Held at Rhinefield House, this event features local food producers, craft stalls, live music, and cookery demonstrations, offering a delightful autumnal experience.


          Winter events in the New Forest:

          Christmas at Beaulieu (Various Dates Throughout December): Step into a winter wonderland at Beaulieu, a historic estate located within the New Forest. This festive event features twinkling lights, traditional Christmas markets, festive afternoon teas, and even a chance to meet Santa Claus.

          New Year’s Day Deer Drive (January 1st): Witness a unique New Forest tradition – the New Year’s Day Deer Drive. Foresters and volunteers gently guide herds of deer from the open forest back into fenced enclosures, ensuring their safety during the winter months. Spectators are welcome to observe this historical practice from designated viewing areas. (Note: Space is limited, so booking in advance is recommended.)

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