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Rainy Day Ideas

No matter what the weather is, there's always somewhere exciting to visit in the New Forest, from indoor attractions and art galleries to community cinemas and nearby shopping centres. Relax in one of our luxurious spas or even indulge in a traditional afternoon tea.

Visitors to The New Forest have the choice of pretty villages in the heart of the forest or bustling seaside towns, grab your raincoats and brollies and get exploring.


If you do not want to be 'stuck indoors' on a wet day why not visit one of our indoor attractions. We have listed a few ideas below or alternatively download our Rainy Day Discover Mini Guide for more information.


Beaulieu National Motor MuseumFeaturing the National Motor Museum, Palace House home of the Montagu family and Abbey Ruins.

Buckler's Hard

Buckler's HardDiscover what it was like to live and work in an 18th century shipbuilding village.

Liberty's Raptor & Reptile Centre

You will find a large collection of Birds Of Prey, as well as a collection of Reptiles and other creepy crawlies.

New Forest Centre

New Forest CentreThe Museum is packed full of information and fun activities. Share the secrets of The New Forest.

New Forest Cider

New Forest CiderThe old fashioned craft of cider making has been revived, using apples gathered from traditional cider orchards.

Ringwood Brewery

Ringwood BreweryTaste the malted barleys, have a sniff of the hops, and see the fermentations bubbling away in the TunRoom.

Longdown Activity Farm

Longdown Farm


Lots of brilliant farmyard buildings to explore and great indoor (& outdoor) play areas.


Eling Tide Mill

Eling Tide MillThe only remaining working tide mill in the UK, milling wholemeal flour as it has for a thousand years.

St Barbe Museum

St Barbe MuseumExplore the unique history of Lymington and the New Forest Coast.

New Forest Wildlife Park

New Forest Wildlife Park
25 acres of unspoilt woodland, although mostly outdoor there are some parts of the park indoors.