Welcome to the New Forest

The official tourism website for the New Forest

Wild horses won’t be able to drag you away from the New Forest once you’ve experienced its peace and fallen in love with the forest’s idyllic glades, ancient woodland, open moors, heathland and cliff top walks.

Escape to a world a million miles from your everyday life where ponies, cattle, donkeys and deer roam free...  and all just 90 minutes by train from London.

The New Forest has been a top destination for breaks and getaways here in the UK throughout the ages, with so much to see and do, and places to stay, it’s the perfect place to visit and create unforgettable memories!

Fall in love with the New Forest’s breathtaking wildlife and nature. Each season provides a change of scene from the wonderful bright colours of spring and summer to the kaleidoscope of warm hues in autumn and sheets of white frost in the winter. Explore our incredible National Park to discover the true beauty for yourself, don your walking boots and take a stroll through our magical woodlands and heathlands. Hire a bike and enjoy one of the many off-road cycling routes or simply relax and rejuvenate on a picnic or at one of our award-winning spas

Discover the cobbled streets of our wonderful towns & villages or take a stroll along the gorgeous coastline of the New Forest!

The New Forest is home to a wide selection of accommodation to suit all styles and budgets. From luxury and country house hotels, self-catering holiday cottages and bed & breakfasts to glamping, camping and caravan sites and holiday parks, all set against the majestic backdrop of the New Forest. As you admire the timeless scenery it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular holiday beauty spot. 

There is a wealth of things to do and places to explore in the New Forest from award-winning gardens, theme parks, farms and museums, to exciting outdoor activities and watersports. Plus, we host a huge range of events every year. 

Sample delicious food & drink, visit our country pubs and luxury restaurants or our cosy tea rooms, with their tempting menus and great culinary experiences. Taste our local produce at farm shops, farmers’ markets and food & drink events.  

If you would like to take a look at our brochures and guides before you come, read the New Forest Code, or find out where our Local Information Points are for when you are here, then take a browse through our visitor information. The New Forest also offers superb conference and wedding facilities. 

Whatever you need from a short break with the family to an all-out active holiday, the New Forest‘s enchanting surroundings provide an ideal destination. Come and discover this wonderful area for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.

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Save with the 2024 Go New Forest Card

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Discover the best of the New Forest, support local businesses, and save with your 2024 Go New Forest Card – now available as a digital card! Make sure you take advantage of our unmissable December deal… Go New Forest Cards are half price at just £5… now that’s an offer you don’t want to miss!

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Top festive trails in the New Forest

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Dark nights, bright lights and all the beauty of a winter wonderland – yes, it’s time to get your Festive Trail on! Here in the magical New Forest, you’ll find a festive trail to suit every visitor, whether you’re looking for a traditional Father Christmas experience, or an awesome display of starry…

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Top things to do this December

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As well as a whole host of Christmas and seasonal events, there’s plenty going on across the New Forest this December. Wrap up warm and take a wintery walk through the forest, join Santa for a guided paddle along the Beaulieu River and be entertained by live bands at some of our arts venues. These…

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Top romantic winter breaks in the New Forest

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As the days are getting shorter and the nights grow long, what better way to beat off the winter blues than with a romantic break? Winter in the magical New Forest is a season of dark, starry skies, rustling leaves, roaring fires, and delicious, comforting food. It’s the season of frosts and snow…

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Top Christmas events and days out

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With just over a month until the big day, it’s time to start planning your Christmas fun – with days out and some fantastic Christmas events to get you feeling all warm and festive. With magical forests and gorgeous scenery, the New Forest is the perfect place to spend time in the lead up to…

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Fun whatever the weather in the New Forest

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Whether it’s rain, snow or cold, don’t let the weather spoil your fun here in the New Forest! You’ll find plenty to do here, despite the weather so whether you are looking for rainy day ideas or for a short break at a quieter time of year, you will still find a lot to entertain all ages. Here are…

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Dogstival Jun 01


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