The perfect way to get away this summer is on a staycation in the UK, and where better to feel the freedom, rejuvenate and relax than in the beautiful New Forest National Park nestled in the south-central coast of England. Here you will find yourself surrounded by 143,000 acres of nature and rich wildlife, free roaming animals, magical woodlands and gorgeous landscapes. You can explore over 140 miles worth of wonderful walking and cycling tracks, brilliant visitor attractions, fun-filled activities, gorgeous country pubs, lovely restaurants, quaint cafes & tearooms, local shops and a wide variety of accommodation. What’s more, you can also enjoy over 40 miles of coastline which stretches along the south of the New Forest from Barton on sea right up Southampton Water to Totton, a town not far from the city of Southampton.
Book in to a local hotel, where you can enjoy high quality service, stylish rooms, gorgeous onsite restaurants and beautifully landscaped gardens, surrounded by the wonderful forest. Or rest your heads at a cosy bed & breakfast for a friendly welcome, a good night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast in the morning, made from local New Forest produce.
Self catering properties and holiday cottages are the ideal locations for a distanced holiday, where you can enjoy a whole house, barn, lodge or apartment to yourselves. Use our local markets and local farm shops to get some produce to cook up a storm in your self catering kitchen!
Enjoy the holiday of a lifetime at a holiday park in the forest, where you can relax in a wonderful lodge, chalet or caravan and enjoy the brilliant on-site facilities that our holiday parks have to offer, some including swimming pools, restaurants, cafes, tennis courts, play areas and even archery!
For those who really want to get back to nature, what’s better than staying at a campsite and sleeping beneath the stars! There are lots of campsites in the New Forest to pitch your tents and enjoy a real New Forest experience, staying amongst our nature and wildlife, or you can bring the comfort of your caravan to those sites that welcome caravanners too. Or if you like the sound of camping but are looking for something a little more luxury, glamping is a perfect option for you. From yurts, tipees, pods and huts, there are lots of lovely glamping locations in the forest. But remember to plan ahead and book before you travel to avoid disappointment as our campsites are very popular!
Please note, wild camping and overnight parking is not allowed in the New Forest.
Lots of our accommodation is fantastically family friendly, with specially decorated rooms for the little ones, indoor and outdoor play areas, cinema rooms, brilliant children’s menus in their restaurants and loads more extras to make your whole family happy.
And if you want to bring your whole family along, including the dog, then it’s a no-brainer when loads of our accommodation providers are dog friendly, some even provide doggy welcome hampers for your pooches!
While you’re in the New Forest, you’ll be amazed with how many things there are to do and entertain you, your friends and family. Our brilliant visitor attractions include gorgeous gardens, fascinating museums & historic houses, wildlife parks, theme parks, breweries & distilleries and loads more. Try something new, such as paddle boarding, canoeing, archery or horse riding with the fun-filled activities you can do in the New Forest. As well as all of these great visitor attractions and activities, make sure you explore our gorgeous heathland, woodland and grassland while you’re here and see what animals and wildlife you discover along the way, whether it’s a walk or bike ride you decide to partake in, you’ll be sure to fall even more in love with our National Park on your adventure.
Delicious food is an important part of any holiday, and in the New Forest you will not be disappointed. Check out our lovely, traditional pubs and enjoy some great pub classics, refreshing drinks and brilliant atmosphere. Many have glorious gardens, where you can really chill out with your friends and family. There’s also lots of restaurants in the forest, offering tasty cuisines, including Italian, Indian, Mediterranean and lots more. Make sure you don’t miss out on the experience of our cute cafes and tearooms in the forest, treat yourself to a cup of tea and a slice of cake or a delicious breakfast, brunch or lunch or really indulge in an afternoon tea!
Our website contains all the information you need to know and help you plan your perfect getaway to the New Forest.
Please plan ahead and book before you travel!
Please note, that due to covid-19, as well as accommodation, some things to do and places to eat are also asking visitors to pre-book before visiting, so ensure that you research each business before visiting to find out what their current procedures and operations of business are.
One last thing, we love the forest and we want our visitors to as well – so please follow the New Forest Code and have a fantastic Stay!