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Mother's Day in the New Forest

No one loves you like your mum. So now’s the time to show her how much you love her – by treating her to a fantastic day out in one of the UK’s most beautiful destinations.

We’ve got more than 200 hotels, pubs, restaurants, B&B’s, holiday parks, shops and activities centres just waiting to make Mother’s Day special. And because we’re less than a minute from the end of the M27 motorway, or 89 minutes by train from London Waterloo, it’s easy to get here and back for a day.

We have more than 143 miles of track, so there are more than enough places to explore on foot. Start off with the way-marked walks at Bolderwood, Blackwood, Knightwood Oak and Wilverly Plain, or marvel at the giant Redwood trees on Rhinefield’s Ornamental Drive.

After you’ve seen the great outdoors do lunch – or afternoon tea.

Balmer Lawn Hotel, Bartley Lodge, Beaulieu Hotel, Moorhill House Hotel, Woodlands Lodge Hotel, The Bell Inn, and the Michelin-starred Montagu Arms all offer special Mother’s Day lunches or afternoon tea. Or take tea by the sea at Elmers Court Hotel or Christchurch Harbour, with fabulous views of the Solent. If tea and cake are not your mum’s thing, try afternoon tapas at Burley Manor, where dishes include sardines in sherry, or lime drizzled prawns.

Why not book her into a luxury spa? Bliss her out with authentic Thai massages, tropical rain showers and delicate foods during SenSpa’s Mother’s Day Escape package at Carey’s Manor in Brockenhurst.

For ultra-luxe try a spa day at 5* Chewton Glen near New Milton, which is doing a special Mother’s Day tea with fizz. For a funkier feel book mum into the Herb House spa at Lime Wood, or the rustic treatment rooms at The Pig at Brockenhurst, which offers its signature treatment at £145 for 120 minutes.

horse and foal in long grass

But if your mum’s not the sort to spa don’t worry – we’ve got that covered, too! Take to the saddle – on bikes or by joining a pony trek – either way she’ll see nature up close and personal including some of our 3,000 free-roaming ponies which help to make this area so special.

Burley Villa School of Riding at New Milton offers year-round day or stay packages, for beginners or experienced horsewomen. For mums who prefer two wheels there’s New Forest Cycle Experience at Brockenhurst or Forest Leisure Cycling in Burley - both offer the chance to get out across the countryside on a bicycle, from £17 for a standard bike and £25 per day for an electric version. Helmets and a mobile back-up service are provided.

Daredevil mums should be treated to a trip to Go Ape at Moors Valley Country Park, where they can take to the skies on the zip-wire adventure of a lifetime. Or launch into the forest’s waters by canoeing or kayaking with New Forest Activities, which also offers archery and a Family Rope Course –truly a Mother’s Day with a difference!